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Giethoorn & the New Polders: Small Group Tour from Amsterdam

Giethoorn & the New Polders: Small Group Tour from Amsterdam

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Visit the amazing village of Giethoorn, where canals take the place of streets. Enjoy a canal cruise through this unique place and later visit Enkhuizen, where you’ll explore the old town center. Cross an inland sea on a 16-kilometer-long dike, and more.

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Duration 8.5 hours
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  • Visit Giethoorn, the Venice of the North, on a day trip from Amsterdam
  • Enjoy an hour-long boat cruise along the canals in Giethoorn
  • Explore the charming old center of Enkhuizen
  • Drive through the reclaimed lands of Flevoland
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Take a day trip in a small group, from Amsterdam to visit polders, the Ijsselmeer, and a village known as the Venice of the North. Your day begins with a 1-hour drive to Enk¬huizen, a quaint 17th century port town on the shores of the former Zuiderzee, now known as the IJsselmeer. Take a short stroll in Enkhuizen to get an impression of the old town before crossing the IJssel¬meer on a 20-kilometer-long dike. You’ll continue on through the reclaimed land, known as polders, passing the new town of Lelystad, the capital of Flevoland. The highlight of the full-day tour is a visit to the village of Giethoorn. It is known as the Venice of the North as canals serve as the streets of the village, and access is by boat only. You’ll enjoy a 1-hour boat ride through this lovely village, admiring the beautifully restored farm houses along the canals. There will also be some time to wander around Giethoorn on your own, or to take a break in one of the many cafés. On the way back to Amsterdam, you’ll pass through the scenic landscapes of the Flevoland region.
  • Expert local English-speaking guide
  • Visit to Giethoorn
  • 1 hour boat cruise in Giethoorn
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Lunch

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Meeting point

Meet at the entrance to the Magna Plaza shopping center, located just behind the Royal Palace on Dam Square. Address: Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 182, 1012 SJ Amsterdam Please wait at the entrance to the shopping center. Your guide will find you there.

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  • This is a long day tour that includes long drives. You will havesome time in Giethoorn to eat a light lunch; and you may also want to bring your own sandwiches.
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4.6 /5

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It was a great tour for us and we enjoy it. We learnt a lot about the history and culture, ... from our kind tour leader. She was great. The only negative point was the ftee time in Giethoorn that was 1:15. For a amazing place like there this time wasn't enough and I prefer to cancel other visiting on the way and just focus on this beautiful village

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August 13, 2020

We had a great time!! The driver/tour guide made it extra special. One of the best tours I've ever been... Every stop was beautiful and we had enough time to go around and see everything with no rush. Our guide educated us a bit about the country, history & fun facts. He also talked about the villages we stopped and even places we drove-by. HIGHLY recommended...

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October 30, 2019

Giethoorn is lovely on one canal.

Liked the side trip on the way to Giethoorn. One lovely canal in Giethoorn. Couldn't hear the commentary on the canal tour - volume was too low and it was difficult to hear. When passengers started talking, it was impossible to hear. The tour guide's interest in Coffee (cannabis) shops did not reflect our passion. Good to hear and we appreciated the other commentary more.

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September 26, 2019

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