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Amsterdam: Keukenhof Tulip Garden and Giethoorn Experience

1. Amsterdam: Keukenhof Tulip Garden and Giethoorn Experience

Explore the extraordinary phenomenon of Keukenhof from up close. Keukenhof is a place to enjoy millions of flowering tulips, daffodils, and other bulb flowers in the spring. This beautiful spring garden offers a unique scent and color experience, over 20 spectacular flower shows, surprising inspirational gardens, and exciting events. Surrounding Keukenhof lie the famous bulb fields. From the windmill you take in spectacular views of some of the bulb fields, with a visit to Keukenhof guaranteeing beautiful photographs. There are activities for all ages, allowing you to stimulate your senses as you smell, taste, listen, and enjoy. Keukenhof is a treat for the whole family with children being able to enjoy themselves in the playground, pet the animals in the petting zoo, and go on a scavenger hunt. Your tour will continue to visit 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 the fairy tale village, where less than 3,000 people live, throughout a 1-hour guided boat tour. Experience the scenery on a leisurely trip through the canals. 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.

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Superluxury Giethoorn (Venice of the North) Private Tour

2. Superluxury Giethoorn (Venice of the North) Private Tour

Giethoorn can only be accessed by boat and therefore has a tranquility due to the absence of roads and cars. This picturesque village located in the north of the country consists of islands that are connected by approximately 180 bridges. Its beautiful canals, picturesque wooden bridges, and farmhouses with centuries-old thatched roofs will give you a unique fairy-tale vibe. Enjoy a canal cruise to experience the peace, tranquility, and natural beauty of this magical village. Giethoorn is also known for its excellent restaurants, where you’ll be able to have lunch (at own expense) and take some free time to explore Giethoorn by yourself. Then, take in the fairy-tale charms of Hasselt by foot - the most intimate way to get to know one of Holland's most delightful riverside towns. You will walk directly into the Old Town, following its cobblestone streets and passing by medieval houses. You will walk with your experienced private guide along the atmospheric canals and the narrow streets.

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Small Group Full Day Trip to Giethoorn

3. Small Group Full Day Trip to Giethoorn

Meet your guide/driver before heading in a comfortable, air-conditioned luxurious minivan to your first destination in about 90 minutes. The journey takes you goes through the typical flat Dutch ‘polder’ landscape. Polder is land that has been reclaimed from the sea, and most of the land you drive through today was a sea until the 1950s. Giethoorn is definitely one of the most picturesque villages in the Netherlands. The town has been one of the country's most popular tourist villages and is nicknamed the Dutch Venice. Just like Venice, Giethoorn has many canals and the only way to get around town is by boat or walking.  After a short walking tour of the village, you will have leisure time to discover the village on your own. Your driver/guide will reveal the city’s unique character, and give you insider’s tips about great local restaurants, shops, attractions, activities and more. End of the afternoon being driven back to Amsterdam.

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From Amsterdam: Private Day Trip to Giethoorn and Lelystad

4. From Amsterdam: Private Day Trip to Giethoorn and Lelystad

Get picked up at your hotel in Amsterdam and travel to Lelystad and Giethoorn with your personal guide. Lelystad is a unique city where will see the reconstruction of the famous VOC-ship Batavia which lies in the Batavia harbor where you can see dozens of old historic ships. Lelystad is also known for its unique architecture. You can see the Zilverparkkade and the Agoratheater. Then explore Giethoorn, the Venice of the Netherlands, a must-see when visiting the Netherlands. Experience the beautiful landscape of quiet canals, wooden bridges, and Dutch homes. Learn about life in the area, which was once a waterlogged swamp and has now become one of the most iconic places in The Netherlands. At the end of the day, your guide will drive you back to your hotel.

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From Amsterdam: Giethoorn Day Trip and One Attraction

5. From Amsterdam: Giethoorn Day Trip and One Attraction

Take a day trip from Amsterdam to discover the traditional town of Giethoorn. Meet your guide/driver in central Amsterdam and board a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan. Relax during the 1.5-hour journey as you admire the typical Dutch landscape of polders — land that has been reclaimed from the sea. Arrive in Giethoorn, nicknamed the Dutch Venice, and explore the beautiful town with a short walking tour and a canal cruise. Afterwards, enjoy some free time to discover the village on your own. Your driver/guide will give you insider tips about great local restaurants, shops, attractions, activities and more. Stop to enjoy a coffee and a piece of apple pie before heading back to Amsterdam to finish your day with your choice of two attractions. Select either a 5D VR flight experience over the Dutch countryside or a relaxing canal cruise to see the city’s most famous attractions from the water. With the 5D flight, breathtaking film and special effects will take you soaring over the must-see sites of the Netherlands as you learn about the country’s history. On the cruise you’ll pass all of Amsterdam’s top sights, admire canal houses from the Golden Age, and see the Westerkerk and Anne Frank’s House.

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From Amsterdam: 7-Hour Private Sightseeing Tour to Giethoorn

6. From Amsterdam: 7-Hour Private Sightseeing Tour to Giethoorn

Explore Giethoorn, called the “Little Venice of the Netherlands”, on this full-day private sightseeing tour. Begin with a convenient pickup at your hotel in Amsterdam and head to Giethoorn, a village in the north of the country.  This town is full of thatched-roof farms that are connected by more than 170 wooden bridges. Explore this unique townscape either by sailing a boat yourself or joining a canal cruise. On the water, your guide will share information about the history and culture of Giethoorn. After taking in the sights, you can take a seat in one of the town’s many restaurants for lunch.

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Private Day Trip to Giethoorn and the Afsluitdijk

7. Private Day Trip to Giethoorn and the Afsluitdijk

Start with pickup at your hotel and get personal service by a professional guide that will drive you to Giethoorn and The Enclosing Dyke, also named Afsluitdijk. First, explore the charming town of Giethoorn, one of The Netherlands' most popular destinations. Experience the beautiful landscape of quiet canals, wooden bridges, and Dutch homes. Learn about life in the area, which was once a waterlogged swamp and has now become one of the most iconic places in The Netherlands. Travel to the Afsluitdijk and learn all about this 32.5 km long architectural masterpiece. Originally built in 1927, the dike still stands strong today and protected many in the flood of 1953. After some exploration along the massive construction, be returned to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Giethoorn

Fantastic tour

We booked the tour as this was our second visit to the Netherlands and we wanted to see the countryside . Our guide made it an amazing experience - the kids call him Uncle Bramsterdam and he’s a rock star through and through . He regaled us with personal stories , anecdotes and history of the area. We learned so much about how they reclaimed the land and enjoyed a leisurely stroll in Geithoorn. Such a idyllic beautiful village , we are glad we went early and missed the crowds.

Excellent!!

We took the tour my family and I and we recommend it 100%. Our guide was super friendly, very attentive and took us to know more places that were left over the way. I recommend you take this tour, you will not regret it.

Giethoorn is a fairytale place. Loved it. Theo was our guide. He was informative, entertaining and flexible. Would happily recommend this day out from Amsterdam to others.

There were only 4 of us in the group & we all agreed it was one of the best day tours we have had. Our guide Bram was pleasant & knowledgeable & professional.

Friendly people and boat drive highly recommended.

Small group tour was great with Dutch apple pie n coffee