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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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Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans and Giethoorn Day Tour

2. Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans and Giethoorn Day Tour

Your experience begins as your guide meets you at the pickup point 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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Private Tour to the Zaanse Schans Windmills and Giethoorn

3. Private Tour to the Zaanse Schans Windmills and Giethoorn

Start your tour with a convenient, pickup service from your accommodation. After being picked up from Amsterdam in a luxury Mercedes sedan or minivan by a professional driver, travel to one of the most beautiful villages in Holland, Giethoorn. Take a lovely canal cruise through the village, known as the Dutch Venice. The elongated village is located in one of the largest areas of continuous fenland in northern Europe. The village is an excellent starting point to make a canoe trip through the area and there are a number of special museums and art galleries to discover.  After exploring Giethoorn, you will visit the Zaanse Schans. Stroll past the bakery museum and enjoy the smell of fresh bread, or take a look at the warehouse where clogs are made. You should be sure not to miss the cheese factory, pewter foundry, and the various windmills. The Zaanse Schans is a unique part of the Netherlands, full of wooden houses, mills, barns, and workshops. Enjoy a cycling or sailing trip, browse the shops, or treat yourself at the pancake restaurant. After the windmills, you will visit Volendam, a small fishing village with 22000 citizens. Walk along the beautiful harbor and marvel at the typical Volendam shops before enjoying lunch at one of the best seafood restaurants in Holland (at own expense). Depending on the amount of time remaining, you can take a boat trip with the Volendam-Marken express. For over 80-years the Volendam-Marken Express has operated a ferry service between Volendam and Marken. The boats sail all year round and every year thousands of travelers use the ferry to enjoy a relaxed trip on the water and to visit the historic towns and harbors of Volendam and Marken. After a day full of adventure and excitement, your driver will return you back to your accommodation for an evening of well-deserved rest.

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Amsterdam: Giethoorn, Volendam, and Zaanse Schans Tour

4. 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.

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Giethoorn Sightseeing Tour from Amsterdam

5. Giethoorn Sightseeing Tour from Amsterdam

After being picked up from Amsterdam in a luxury Mercedes sedan or minivan by a professional driver, travel to one of the most beautiful villages in Holland, Giethoorn. Take a lovely canal cruise through the village, known as the Dutch Venice. The elongated village is located in one of the largest areas of continuous fenland in northern Europe. The village is an excellent starting point to make a canoe trip through the area and there are a number of special museums and art galleries to discover.  After exploring Giethoorn, you are transferred back to Amsterdam.

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Superluxury Giethoorn (Venice of the North) Private Tour

6. 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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From Amsterdam: Private Giethoorn Tour by Car

7. From Amsterdam: Private Giethoorn Tour by Car

Start your tour with pickup from your accommodation in Amsterdam. The tour itinerary is flexible and designed to maximize your enjoyment in Giethoorn. Once you have got to know your driver and discussed your itinerary for the day, board your luxury, air-conditioned vehicle and set off on your adventure.   The 1.5-hour drive to the picturesque village of Giethoorn will pass through the typically Dutch polder landscape. The village center is car-free and the only way to get around is by boat or by foot. During a short walking tour, your guide will point out some highlights of Giethoorn and you’ll enjoy a 1-hour canal cruise. You’ll have time to stop for lunch in town (at your own expense). After visiting Giethoorn, drive through the countryside to Hasselt, a storybook village untouched by tourism. Wander through the old town’s cobblestoned streets and learn about the city’s history. Take in the fairytale charms of Hasselt by foot, the most intimate way to get to know one of Holland’s most delightful riverside towns. Walk along the atmospheric canals and down narrow streets. Discover why Hasselt is known as small Amsterdam, then finish your day with a relaxing trip back to your accommodation in Amsterdam. 

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Small Group Full Day Trip to Giethoorn

8. 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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Giethoorn: Private Day Trip with Boat Tour from Amsterdam

9. Giethoorn: Private Day Trip with Boat Tour from Amsterdam

Start this tour from your hotel or any other desired location where you will be picked up by your personal guide and driver. From here, drive to the picturesque town of Giethoorn. You will embark on a private walking tour of Giethoorn where you will be shown all the sights. Explore the beautiful Dutch countryside and its many waterways and small farmhouses. After your private walking tour, set sail on a 1-hour boat tour of Giethoorn. This way you will be able to authentically explore the village as the only way to get around the center is by boat. Following your boat tour you will have the option to have some free time to explore the village yourself, take some pictures and visit the many small shops. Since it is a private tour the guide is very flexible and will customize the tour to your needs. After the visit of Giethoorn the guide will bring you back to your hotel in Amsterdam.

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From Amsterdam: Private Day Trip to Giethoorn and Lelystad

10. 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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What people are saying about Giethoorn

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 779 reviews

It was a nice day trip. The pickup at the hotel went smoothly and no need to worry about renting a boat once we get there. We also got to ride on one of the smaller electric powered boats instead of the large ones, so we all get the opportunity to drive it around Giethoorn. Zaanse Schans was also a very beautiful location. If you are interested in a day trip to Giethoorn but are not driving, this might be a nice option for you but if you are serious about photography or kayaking, planning to spend a night there might be nice as well.

The trip was smooth, fun, and perfect! We loved it! Cherry was a great guide and gave us a detailed overview. The weather was permitting that we totally enjoyed both the windmills and the boat ride. The tour was worth our day and I would recommend it!

The trip was awesome. We are thankful to our guide Cherry. She told us interesting stories, even took photo of our family. We had an opportunity to drive the boat. We recommend Cherry and this one day trip.

Cherry isn't just an excellent tour guide, she is an excellent person. Definitely would recommend this trip to anybody. They let me drive the boat through the canals which was the highlight of my trip.

It was a great day with our guide Peter! He is really knowledgeable about Giethoorn and the Netherlands in general. This tour is a must do for anyone visiting the Netherlands. Thank you Peter!