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Haarlem: 50-Minute Sightseeing Canal Cruise

1. Haarlem: 50-Minute Sightseeing Canal Cruise

Experience and discover the beautiful historic city center of Haarlem from a unique perspective as you cruise around the Old Town's canals on a 50-minute cruise. After meeting your professional skipper and boarding the boat in the city center, begin your journey of discover of Haarlem's unique architecture, picturesque buildings, and romantic canals. Once onboard, admire attractions such as the Molen de Adriaan, the Teylers hofje, Frans Hals Museum, and the Jopenkerk. Munch on complimentary snacks and drinks as you sail in the company of a crew with many years of experience on the water of Haarlem. The boat is heated for your comfort.

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Amsterdam: Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket for 1-3 Days

2. Amsterdam: Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket for 1-3 Days

Travel easily in Amsterdam and the surrounding area by purchasing an Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket (ARTT).  You can use the ARTT for unlimited travel by train (2nd class) between any of the following stations in Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Region: Amsterdam Amstel, Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA, Amsterdam Central station, Amsterdam Holendrecht, Amsterdam Lelylaan, Amsterdam Muiderpoort, Amsterdam RAI, Amsterdam Sciencepark, Amsterdam Sloterdijk, Amsterdam Zuid, Duivendrecht, Schiphol Amsterdam Airport, Halfweg-Zwanenburg, Haarlem, Haarlem Spaarnwoude, Overveen, Zandvoort aan Zee, Zaandam, Zaandam Kogerveld, Purmerend Weidevenne, Purmerend, Purmerend Overwhere, Koog aan de Zaan, Zaandijk Zaanse Schans, Hoofddorp, Diemen, Weesp, Almere Poort, Almere Centrum, Almere Muziekwijk, Almere Parkwijk, Almere Buiten, Almere Oostvaarders, Lelystad Centrum, Diemen Zuid, Naarden-Bussum, Hilversum, Hilversum Mediapark, Hilversum Sportpark, Bloemendaal, Santpoort Zuid, Santpoort Noord, Driehuis, Uitgeest and Beverwijk. The ticket is also valid on all trams, buses, night buses, metros and ferries run by the Amsterdam Transport company GVB, EBS and Connexxion in Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Region including the Amsterdam Airport Express Bus 397 and N97 (operated by Connexxion). During Keukenhof Season this ticket is valid: From Amsterdam (Europaplein) to Keukenhof on bus route 852 operated by Arriva From Schiphol Airport to Keukenhof on bus route 858 operated by Arriva From Hoofddorp station to Keukenhof on bus route 859 operated by Arriva From Haarlem station to Keukenhof on bus route 50 operated by Connexxion

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Haarlem Highlights Bike Tour

3. Haarlem Highlights Bike Tour

Join a 2-hour city highlights bicycle tour departing every weekend at 10:30 AM, 1:00 PM or 3:30 PM on Saturdays and 1:00 PM or 3:30 PM on Sundays.  Discover many great hidden places in Haarlem and learn stories about the city's rich history. Get tips on where to go, what to see and where to eat. Peddle past historical churches and famous windmills. Wind your way through the old city center and see the former city gate. Learn about Haarlem's hidden streets and secrets from your professional guide. 

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From Hans Brinker to Frans Hals: Haarlem Walking Tour

4. From Hans Brinker to Frans Hals: Haarlem Walking Tour

Your morning or afternoon in Haarlem will start at your hotel in downtown Haarlem or if you travel to Haarlem from elsewhere at a meeting point near the train station. Explore at a relaxing pace to make sure you really get to see, feel, and learn all about this town. See the houses of the Frans Hals Museum, a museum dedicated to preserving the works of this Golden Age painter. Immerse yourself in the lively shopping streets and square market. Wandering through the streets of Haarlem will take you back to the glory days of Haarlem in the 16th and 17th Century, but you will also encounter some great modern architecture built no more than a few years ago. Visit the famed Saint Bavo Church, whose construction started in the middle ages. One of its famous visitors has been Mozart, who played the famous Müller organ at the age of 10. Other famous composers who played the organ are Händel and Mendelsohn.

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Haarlem: Off-The-Beaten Path Walking Tour

5. Haarlem: Off-The-Beaten Path Walking Tour

Escape the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam for the day and explore the charming city of Haarlem on this walking tour. Discover a windmill along the river, a grand cathedral, beautiful historical houses with classical facades, hidden courtyards, and narrow streets. Meet your guide right outside Haarlem Central Station and begin your walking tour. Learn more about the city's history as the home of 17th-century aristocrats and see how this is reflected in the lavish architecture of the city. Soak up the city's medieval character as you wander through cobble-stoned streets and narrow alleys. Admire hidden courtyards and pass by beautiful historical sights. As you walk, let yourself be entertained by your guide's interesting stories.

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Amsterdam: Day Trip to Delft, Leiden, The Hague, and Haarlem

6. Amsterdam: Day Trip to Delft, Leiden, The Hague, and Haarlem

Enjoy a full-day excursion to the picturesque cities of Delft, Leiden, The Hague, and Haarlem from Amsterdam. See historic architecture, visit the birthplace of Rembrandt, and discover some hidden gems with your guide. Have a comfortable trip from your accommodations in Amsterdam on your way to your first stop in Delft. Take a walking tour, passing canals, Medieval buildings, and churches. Learn about the history of William of Orange. Next, take in the mix of modern and old architecture in The Hague. See the impressive Houses of Parliament and walk the historic streets of this administrative capital. Visit Leiden; an extraordinarily beautiful hidden gem and birthplace of Rembrandt. Take in the fabulous Market Square and stroll the alleys and courtyards on your last stop in Haarlem.

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From Amsterdam: Haarlem Private Day-Trip

7. From Amsterdam: Haarlem Private Day-Trip

Along with your friendly, local guide, enjoy an authentic Haarlem experience on a personalized tour. Explore this picturesque city’s history, culture, and fantastic food scene as you’re led down quaint streets (those off the well-trodden tourist trail) flanked by grand architecture. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Meet your host at Amsterdam Station (or directly in Haarlem) and begin to explore this university town, an enchanting hub of leafy courtyards, gabled houses, and monuments dating back almost 800 years. Walk along tranquil canals and explore Haarlem’s quaint cobbled streets, straight from the pages of a storybook, while marvelling at grand gothic-style churches and turning down the lesser-known streets and exploring hidden gems. Peer into cosy bars, fine cafes, and the unique stores that have given Haarlem a reputation as one of the world’s best shopping cities. Visit Molen de Adriaan, a traditional windmill and a striking feature of Haarlem’s skyline for centuries. See the monumental Grote Kerk, a Protestant church in the city center that’s home to a world-famous gilded organ and a treasure trove of medieval art. Join locals browsing stalls selling fresh produce, local cheeses, clothes, and antiques at Grote Markt, an authentic taste of the day-to-day life of Haarlem’s people, and admire the grand buildings lining even the quietest of streets. Of course, in a city famed for having the best museums in the Netherlands, it would be a crime not to explore them. The Frans Hals Museum is always an excellent choice. Your itinerary can be personalized according to your preferences. Once you’ve booked, someone from the local partner's team will be in touch so arrange any preferences or special requirements.

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Amsterdam: Half-Day 30km Bike Tour of Bloemendaal Dunes

8. Amsterdam: Half-Day 30km Bike Tour of Bloemendaal Dunes

Escape the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam or Haarlem and enjoy a unique experience in the beautiful surroundings of Bloemendaal’s dunes. Enjoy the fresh sea air less than 25 minutes from Amsterdam. Suitable for all ages and levels of fitness, the bike tours are available as private or group options, all under the guidance of an experienced guide. You can also book a customized tour if you are a group of at least 4 persons. Cycle past historic buildings and estates to discover old ruins and villas. Stop to take a look at a working flour mill, and travel back in time at the authentic mill shop. Enjoy the landscape of the National Park of South Kennemerland, where 3,800 acres of dunes bloom with rare flora and fauna. Cycle through ancient forests to see large herbivores, such as Scottish Highland cattle and Konik horses. Look out over the sea while sipping a drink at the best beach club in Bloemendaal aan Zee, or reflect at one of the 8 memorial stones erected in memory of the 422 people shot in the dunes by the Germans during World War 2. You can also book additional workshops like wine/beer tasting, beach activities like stand up paddling, surfing lessons, etc, book a private dinner or hotel in Amsterdam or Haarlem. Please ask about the possibilities.

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From Amsterdam: Haarlem City, Canal Cruise & Windmill Visit

9. From Amsterdam: Haarlem City, Canal Cruise & Windmill Visit

Start your guided tour of Haarlem inconvenience and meet your driver/guide at your centrally located accommodation or transport terminal. After a short meet and greet you will drive to this beautiful, historic city untouched by mass tourism.  Enjoy a private walking tour through Haarlem and get to see many of the sights tourists don't get to see. On your walk, through Haarlem, you will see the great Gothic Church of Saint Bavo, one of the most beautiful market squares in the country, hidden courtyards and a wide array of shops. End your tour in convenience with your personal guide/driver taking you back to your accommodation at the end of a full day of adventure.

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What people are saying about Haarlem

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 96 reviews

Because we were in the first group of that day, we almost had a private trip (total 4 people), wonderful! Add to that the beautiful weather and the peace and quiet on the water (it was early, that's why) and you understand that it really was a 'zen moment'. In addition to the information via the wristband, the guide also gave all kinds of information and answered our questions. What a beautiful city Haarlem is with a long, interesting history. This boat trip is highly recommended, especially if you are unknown in the city like us.

Everything worked very well. It was very easy to pick up the tickets with the voucher from the automatic machines in the airport's baggage collection area.

Great fun learned a lot about the history of Haarlem both grandpa and grandma and the two grandchildren loved the leather

Travel easily with any public transport. Highly recommended, as the infrastructure is great.

Get on almost anywhere you want without worrying about a valid ticket