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From Amsterdam: Giethoorn & Zaanse Schans Day Tour with Boat

4.6 / 5

90 reviews

Activity provider: Cherry Travel & Tours

From Amsterdam: Giethoorn & Zaanse Schans Day Tour with Boat

Activity provider: Cherry Travel & Tours
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Discover the 18th-century lifestyle in Zaanse Schans and cruise around the idyllic canal village of Giethoorn by electric boat on this trip from Amsterdam. Experience driving the boat yourself.

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Duration 9 hours
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  • Experience the traditional lifestyle of Zaanse Schans and fairy-tale atmosphere of Giethoorn in one day
  • Cruise around the canals of Giethoorn
  • Learn about Dutch culture
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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. Next, head to the unique Dutch village of Giethoorn, heading further north out of Amsterdam. As you travel, listen to learn about the history and significant elements in the Giethoorn region. The journey will take roughly 2 hours, with a break included to ensure a pleasant journey. Giethoorn is beautiful in all seasons and contains a simple beauty that hardly seems real. Discover this as you glide gently through its small canals, passing old but pretty thatched-roof farmhouses. Your captain will serve as a guide throughout this 1-hour boat trip around town. Get to know everything about Giethoorn, with extra time after your boat trip to walk or bike along a narrow footpath, or to learn how to operate the ''whisper boat'', an electric-motor boat. In the evening, arrive back in Amsterdam's center with the rest of your night to look forward to.

  • Professional guide
  • Entrance tickets
  • Tour coach or van
  • 1-Hour guided boat trip
  • Entrance fees for attractions not mentioned in the description
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Lunch

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Meeting point

Meet in front of the main entrance of Hotel NH Collection Amsterdam Barbizon Palace.

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4.6 /5

based on 90 reviews

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Everything was perfectly organised. Zaanse Schans and Gietghoorn are so beautiful places - an absolute must when visiting the Netherlands. We saw how the wooden shoes are made, we tasted many different types of cheese at the cheese factory and we had lots of fun driving a boat around the canals of Giethoorn. Cherry, our tour guide, was very helpful and did her best so everybody had a great time. Thank you!

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August 17, 2022

Amazing experience. Our guide Eldos was very efficient and friendly. Very well organized trip. The entire day ran on schedule. The stop at Zaan Schaans was fun. We had a delicious lunch, of veal liver and Prawn tagliatelle when we reached Giethoorn. It was busy in Giethoorn but in a pleasant way. Not crazy crowded. We went on a Tuesday. I Highly recommend!

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August 10, 2022

I thought it was a good experience. Nice to get out of the city for the day and see some of the countryside, windmills, history of the area and culture of the Dutch people. However, I think that the tour operator could have done a better job keeping track of everyone to ensure we all stayed close, heard what was being said and didn’t get lost. She was a very fast walker, and didn’t take much care or time to check to make sure the group was in tact before proceeding. We found ourselves running at times to catch up and make sure we didn’t fall behind. All said, a very enjoyable experience.

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August 10, 2022

Product ID: 182993