North Holland Sailing trips & boat tours

Our most recommended North Holland Sailing trips & boat tours

Aalsmeer: Traditional Dutch Barge Lake Cruise

1. Aalsmeer: Traditional Dutch Barge Lake Cruise

Experience an alternative side to Aalsmeer as you sail through the town's canals on an authentic electric barge. Sail past sights such as the De Zwarte Ruiter mill and the Het Oosterbad natural pool. Meet your guide and step on board the barge to begin your journey through the waters surrounding Aalsmeer and Schipol Airport. Travel back in time as you travel on the 'electric whisper boat', a traditional Giethoorn barge that has been modernized for sustainable travel through the Oosteinderplassen. Sail along the Haarlemmermeer and enjoy panoramic views of Schipol Airport. You may even get to see airplanes taking off and landing. Finish your tour in the nature reserve and sail past the De Zwarte Ruiter mill and the Het Oosterbad natural pool.

From Amsterdam: Private Giethoorn Tour by Car

2. 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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based on 17,934 reviews

An experience of a lifetime!

While everyone knows Venice, very few have heard of Giethoorn - a small village in Netherlands which has no roads. This pristine village is probably the closest backdrop to the fairy tales that we have often read/heard in our childhood. Apart from the picturesque location, we were also impressed by our tour guide Steven, who was very friendly and had a great sense of humor. We enjoyed his titbits about the area and the local culture (something that cannot be found on the internet). Overall, an amazing experience!

We were really impressed by Steven, our guide for this private Giethoorn tour! Nice drive from Amsterdam city to Giethoorn with Steven’s detailed introduction on the attractions. Boat trip was nice and relaxing, and it’s a wonderful way to explore this beautiful village. Lunch at a local cafe was another great point to mention. We got to experience yummy Dutch food and the Genievre! This day tour is Really worth it!

Very personal tour - tailored to our needs.

Awesome experience, like a fairy-tale. This tour was a highlight of our 2-week trip through Europe. - Steve was a great guide.

Top tour with a very nice guide, lots of information in a relaxed atmosphere

Its was great trip and the guide ( steven ) he was great really great