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Amsterdam: Giethoorn, Volendam, and Zaanse Schans Tour

Amsterdam: Giethoorn, Volendam, and Zaanse Schans Tour

From US$ 134.25 per person

Discover the remote, fairytale villages of Giethoorn, Volendam, and Zaanse Schans on a guided day tour from Amsterdam. Wander past traditional houses, charming farmhouses, and Dutch windmills.

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Dutch, Indonesian, Arabic

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the enchanting village of Giethoorn in the north of the Netherlands, known as the “Venice of the North”
  • Take a short walk through the Volendam harbor, one of the most popular tourist attractions in the village since 1875
  • Enjoy a picturesque 17th-century village which houses a collection of beautifully preserved windmills
Full description

Immerse yourself in Dutch culture on this day trip from Amsterdam with a guide offering anecdotes about each stop, including the colorful wooden houses of Volendam, the windmills of Zaanse Schans, a traditional clog shop, a cheese farm with tasting included, and the waterways of Giethoorn. 

Begin with a trip to the enchanting village of Giethoorn in the north of the Netherlands for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. 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.

Includes
  • Day trip from Amsterdam
  • Live demonstration
  • Food tasting
  • Local driver/guide
  • Transportation by car/minivan/bus
  • Canal cruise in Giethoorn
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

Meet at Hotel ibis Amsterdam Centre to exchange your voucher before the tour begins.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility
  • This tour will take place rain or shine
  • This experience requires a minimum number of 4 travelers (if it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund)
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 159 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Transportation
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5

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I highly recommend this tour. The 3 locations Giethorn, Volendam and Zaanse Schans were absolutely beautiful. The tour was well organized with about an hour or so to wander on your own. Zaanse Schans was visited first with over an hour of free time, then Volendam with time for lunch and lastly Giethorn with an hour of free time. The amount of time was ample to shop or walk around. These areas are small so it doesnt require alot of time. The tour operator was informational, was clear in describing the cities and itinerary. He was also lighthearted and funny. Dont hesitate, book this tour and enjoy the beauty of Holland.

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September 29, 2022

My wife and I went on this tour last week. It was a wonderful and fun tour! Perfectly organized and enough time in every stop. Special thanks to Noval and Mario! Thank you both for making it a fun and amazing day for us. Highly recommend this tour for anyone traveling the Netherlands, you definitely won’t regret it.

September 14, 2022

The tour was great! Our group was small so the tour was in a van. Our guide was very nice, and great at getting us where we needed to be and clear about our allotted time at each location. Our guide didn’t offer a lot of information about each location without being asked, but this wasn’t really an issue for us! I think I may have preferred only two locations, so you have a bit more time to explore.

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August 25, 2022

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