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Amsterdam: GVB Public Transport Ticket

1. Amsterdam: GVB Public Transport Ticket

Experience Amsterdam stress-free with an unlimited travel card for all public transport networks operated by GVB throughout the city. Purchase a ticket valid for a day or a multi-day ticket that best suits your plans. Travel on the metro, trams, buses, and ferries and experience the city like a local. Using your ticket is easy. Simply check in when boarding a tram, bus, or metro, and then check out when you exit or disembark the vehicle. Your ticket will be validated on first use and can be used for unlimited travel until the end of its validity. If you have additional questions, or your ticket appears to be defective, you can easily go to one of the designated pick-up locations or call the number presented on your mobile voucher for assistance.

Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Volendam, and Marken Day Trip

2. Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Volendam, and Marken Day Trip

Enjoy the picturesque Dutch countryside on a day trip by comfortable coach. Encounter the famous windmills, and learn about Dutch traditional crafts. Take advantage of free wi-fi on board the coach before your first stop at the quaint village of Zaanse Schans. Stroll around at your leisure and admire the well-preserved historic windmills and houses.  Next, head to the fishing village of Volendam. Visit a cheese shop that still makes cheese using the traditional Dutch method and take in a demonstration. Enjoy lunch at a traditional fish restaurant at your own expense, before visiting the Volendam Museum and the Old Dutch Bakery. Select the all-inclusive tour option for more activities including a boat ride, visit to an operating windmill, and clog-making demonstration. In Volendam, try to spot the recognizable Dutch traditional costumes often featured on tourist postcards and posters. Afterwards travel back in time to the quaint island community of Marken.

From Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Edam, & Marken Full-Day Trip

3. From Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Edam, & Marken Full-Day Trip

Immerse yourself in the culture of the Netherlands on a tour through the jewels of the Dutch countryside. Visit a cheese producer, a clog factory, a fishing village, and see the iconic windmills. Start your tour at Amsterdam’s Central Station and head in the company of your guide to the first destination of the day, Zaanse Schans. Admire the typical Dutch windmills of the town, and learn about how they are still used today. Next, drive to the Waterland area to arrive at the second stop of the tour, Edam. Walk around some of the town’s most historical sites, including the town square where the famous cheese market used to take place. Then, head to Volendam to visit a local cheese producer, learn about the production of Edam and Gouda cheeses, and try a cheese tasting. Head towards a clog factory next to discover the secrets of this typical Dutch shoe. Finally, travel back in time to the 17th century as you wander through the fishermen’s houses in the Marken, and explore this quintessential fishing village.

From Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans Windmills Half-Day Tour

4. From Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans Windmills Half-Day Tour

Meet your guide and driver at a central meeting point just across from Central Station Amsterdam. A comfortable, air-conditioned single deck bus will take you to today’s destination in just 20 minutes. The windmill village Zaanse Schans is an open air museum that houses a collection of working windmills, wooden houses, barns and shops dating back to the 18th and 19th Century. All these buildings were brought here from 1961 onwards bringing back to life this most prosperous period of the Zaan region. In its golden age the Zaan Region developed into an industrial area on a scale never seen before, with 600 active windmills: wooden factories powered by wind. In these small factories many tasks were being executed with the aid of wind energy: wood sawn by machine, grounding spices, oil for food and paint, flower, cocoa powder and many other things. The prosperity in the 18th and 19th century can be seen in the Zaanse Schans windmill village in several ways. Alongside windmills, barns and other buildings, you will see beautiful houses that were originally built as home to rich windmill owners and merchants. These houses have attractive facades and have been painted in traditional colors such as green, beige and light blue. At arrival in the village, your guide will take you on an orientation tour of the village. You will visit the clog museum annex wooden shoemaker shop and in the cheese farm you will get to taste Dutch farmer cheese. Then it is time to further explore the village on your own. Before you set off to discover the Zaanse Schans on your own, your guide will give you further information on the Zaanse Schans and its unique character, teach you local history and culture, and give you insider’s tips about what to do and where to go.

From Amsterdam: Giethoorn & Enclosing Dike Full-Day Tour

5. From Amsterdam: Giethoorn & Enclosing Dike Full-Day Tour

Climb aboard an air-conditioned coach and travel through a typical Dutch landscape for 1.5 hours en route to the picturesque town of Giethoorn. Experience how the Dutch people live with, and on, the water upon arrival, and set off to explore on foot and by boat. Enjoy the peace and quiet of a town where cars are forbidden and little has changed over the centuries. Admire the many types of boats in the town, from gondolas to punters and flat-bottom vessels used as transportation on the canals. Cruise past the skillfully restored farmhouses on a 1-hour boat trip, and get some free time for lunch and to explore on your own. Get tips from your guide on what to see and where to eat. The tour will continue to the Enclosing Dike (Afsluitdijk), the 32 kilometer dike connecting the provinces of North Holland and Friesland. The Netherlands is famed the world over for the way it deals with water management. The Afsluitdijk, built to tame what was formerly the Zuiderzee (now the Ijsselmeer lake) is a prime example of Dutch water prowess.

Amsterdam: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with 1-Hour Canal Cruise

6. Amsterdam: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with 1-Hour Canal Cruise

Discover the highlights of beautiful Amsterdam on an exciting hop-on and hop-off open-top bus and canal boat tour. Marvel at Van Gogh's famed paintings, contemplate the heart-rending history of the Jewish community at the Ane Frank House, walk the famous alleys of the Red Light District, and discover the multicultural spirit of Amsterdam's Flower Market. Red Line - Some stops only operate during the summer season: Stop 1 - Central Station (in front of LOVERS Canal Cruises) Stop 2 - Amsterdam River Cruises / De Ruyterkade (summer only) Stop 3 - Passenger Terminal Amsterdam Stop 4 - Gassan Diamonds Stop 5 - Jewish Historical Quarter Stop 6 - Royal Theatre Carré Stop 7 - Heineken Experience Stop 8 - Museum Square Stop 9 - Leidse Square Stop 10 - Jordaan Stop 11 - Westerdok Green Line - The route changes between the summer season and the winter season: Stop 1 - Central Station West Stop 2 - Passenger Terminal Amsterdam (this stop is only operated on cruise days) Stop 3 - NEMO Science Museum Stop 4 - Gassan Diamonds Stop 5 - Amsterdam Icebar Stop 6 - Golden Bend (summer) / Amsterdam Cuyp (winter) Stop 7 - Leidseplein (summer) / Rijksmuseum (winter) Stop 8 - Spiegelgracht (summer) / Westermarkt - Anne Frank House (winter) Stop 9 - Hermitage Amsterdam (summer only) Stop 10 - National Maritime Museum (summer only) Blue Line - This line only operates during the summer season: Stop 1 - Central Station West (opposite LOVERS Canal Cruises) Stop 2 - Amsterdam North Stop 3 - Anne Frank Huis Stop 4 - Leidseplein Stop 5 - Spiegelgracht Stop 6 - Albert Cuyp Market Stop 7 - Rijksmuseum Stop 8 - Westermarkt / Anne Frank Huis The summer season is mid-March to mid-October, and the winter season is mid-October to mid-March.

Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam & Marken Bus Tour

7. Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam & Marken Bus Tour

Depart Amsterdam by luxury bus on this exciting tour and head north of the city to see the historic windmills of Zaanse Schans on the banks of the river Zaan. Explore the traditional 17th-century houses and a collection of beautifully preserved windmills from the nation’s industrial heritage. Continue on to visit Edam, a beautiful town known worldwide for its cheese. Before the end the day, go to Volendam and Marken, passing many authentic polders, the name given to land reclaimed from the sea. Wander down narrow streets, past colorful houses and visit the harbors full of fishing boats. You will have some free time to shop for souvenirs and sample the local fish specialties. Back in Amsterdam, you will be dropped off at the meeting point.

Amsterdam: Giethoorn, Volendam, and Zaanse Schans Tour

8. Amsterdam: Giethoorn, Volendam, and Zaanse Schans Tour

You will begin with to a trip to the enchanting village of Giethoorn in the north of the Netherlands for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Known as the “Venice of North”, the village is notable for its many canals and complete lack of roads. You will explore this fairy tale village, where less than 3,000 people live, throughout a 1-hour guided boat tour. Explore the preserved village on foot, and see how each farmhouse is built on a small man-made island. Wander the narrow footpaths to discover hundreds of bridges, and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the village. Your trip will continue to the village of Volendam, where you can admire brightly painted wooden houses and see locals wearing their colorful regional attire. Your guide will take you on a short walk through the Volendam harbor, which has been one of the most popular tourist attractions in the village since 1875. This is a great place to pick up souvenirs and gifts for those at home or for yourself, and to have photos taken in traditional Dutch costume in one of many photo studios of the village. Your last destination is to explore the most picturesque traditional 17th-century Zaanse Schans village which contains houses and a collection of beautifully preserved windmills from the nation’s industrial heritage. In Zaanse Schans village you can stroll past the charming greenhouses and visit a factory where the clogs popular in this part of the country are made. There’s also nothing more Dutch than cheese, and whilst there you can try some at the Catharina Hoeve Farm where you will also learn about its production.

Amsterdam: Amsterdam Travel Ticket for 1-3 Days

9. Amsterdam: Amsterdam Travel Ticket for 1-3 Days

With the Amsterdam Travel Ticket (ATT) you may travel by second-class train between Schiphol Amsterdam Airport and any of the following stations in Amsterdam: Amstel, Bijlmer Arena, Central Station, Holendrecht, Lelylaan, Muiderpoort, RAI, Sciencepark, Sloterdijk, Zuid and Duivendrecht. The ticket is also valid on all trams, buses, night buses, metros and ferries run by the Amsterdam Transport company: GVB. GVB operates an extensive network covering the whole of Amsterdam. Please note the ticket is not valid on buses operated by other transport companies such as EBS, Arriva and Connexxion (Except Connexxion buses 397 and N97). The ticket is valid on the Amsterdam Airport Express, bus 397 and Niteliner N97. Both are operated by Connexxion and depart from bus platform B17 at Schiphol Amsterdam Airport. Check Connexxion.nl for departure and arrival times or download the free app: Amsterdam Airport Express.

Amsterdam: Giethoorn and Zaanse Schans Small Group Day Tour

10. Amsterdam: Giethoorn and Zaanse Schans Small Group Day Tour

Your experience begins as your guide meets you near Amsterdam's Central Station, from where you travel to the typical Dutch windmill village of Zaanse Schans. Zaanse Schans is an open-air museum complete with a cheese farm, clog factory, diamond museum, bakery museum, and Kuiperij, where barrels were made to transport goods, green timber houses, traditional crafts, and windmills. Following noon, be transferred to the unique Dutch village of Giethoorn, heading further north out of Amsterdam. As you travel, listen to nice stories including the history and significant elements in the region of Giethoorn throughout the roughly 2-hour bus ride, with a break included to ensure a pleasant journey. Giethoorn is beautiful in all seasons, and contains a simple beauty which hardly seems real. Discover this as you glide gently through its small canals, passing old but pretty thatched-roof farmhouses. Throughout this 1-hour boat trip around town, be accompanied by a local guide who also doubles as your captain. Get to know everything about Giethoorn throughout your boat trip, with extra time included to walk along a narrow footpath by foot or by bike, or to learn how to operate the ''whisper boat'', an electric-motor boat. In the evening, arrive back to Amsterdam's center with the rest of your night to look forward to.

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What people are saying about Amsterdam

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 9,426 reviews

Kinderdijk is enchanting! It was so interesting to see 19 windmills and how this feat of engineering has helped control the water in Holland. We also went to The Hague, known here as Den Haag, and saw the International Criminal Court, various embassies, and the nearby beach area, courtesy of our guide and driver Theo…who was fabulous and gave us so much interesting information! A definite 5 star tour!

We did have some trouble without ticket not being labeled with a green dot so we were unaware that we needed to get off the cruise at the windmill. We were instructed to return to the boat and we were then let off at the mill and given a one to one tour. Then we were taken immediately by bus to the gardens. We are thankful for the quick response by management to secure the remaining of our tour.

Remember to book tickets for everything, including museums, it was full everywhere. We were in AMS from 19/22, in the middle of the flowering.

Th trip was on time. The guide was nice, a lot of experience, attentive. The staff at the office are kindly.

Our experience from start to finish was seamless and very enjoyable.