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Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Volendam, and Marken Day Trip

1. Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Volendam, and Marken Day Trip

Enjoy the picturesque Dutch countryside on a day trip by comfortable bus. Encounter the famous windmills, and learn about Dutch traditional crafts.Take advantage of free WiFi on board the bus as you travel. Discover the unique village of Zaanse Schans. Stroll around at your leisure and admire the well-preserved historic windmills and houses. Explore the fishing village of Volendam, visit a cheese shop still making cheese using a traditional Dutch method, and join a demonstration about Volendam cheese. Enjoy lunch at a traditional fish restaurant at your own expense, before exploring more of Volendam. Select the all-inclusive tour option for more activities including a boat ride to Marken, a visit to an operating windmill, and a clog-making demonstration.

Amsterdam: Windmills, Edam, Volendam and Marken Private Tour

2. Amsterdam: Windmills, Edam, Volendam and Marken Private Tour

Discover charming villages reared in Dutch tradition on this exclusive tour. Just 20 minutes from Amsterdam, traditional Dutch countryside awaits you. Appreciate the landscape and visit the museum outdoor at Zaanse Schans, which recreates an industrial town full of the windmills for which the Dutch are so famous. Explore inside the mill and get a whiff of all the spices used here. Learn about the many modes of operation and production in these mills. Then, travel to the village of Marken through a lone, winding road that was built in 1957. This historic place remains well-preserved to this day.   Visit a farm in the area and appreciate the high quality craftsmanship used to produce Gouda cheese. Your tour includes an extensive tasting. Volendam, the former fishing village, is the last stop on the tour. Lose yourself amidst the striking wooden houses and a maze of narrow streets and canals. Enjoy some free time to stroll the streets and explore the shops. If you get hungry, nibble your way through the harbor's many food stalls and restaurants, sampling the local fish as you go.

Lisse: Drive-it-Yourself Electric Dune & Beach Audio Tour

3. Lisse: Drive-it-Yourself Electric Dune & Beach Audio Tour

Enjoy a leisurely journey across the coastal region of South-Holland in an electric, 2-person Renault Twizy with GPS navigation. The unique open and contemporary design of electric car will give you a sense of freedom on the open road. You feel, smell and experience where you drive. Ride through nature, sand dunes, and picturesque coastal villages at your own pace. As you explore the area, an onboard audio guide shares additional information and facts about the area. Park the Twizy to see the beach and sea up close for some excellent photo opportunites.

Texel: E-Scooter Rental

4. Texel: E-Scooter Rental

Visit Texel, the largest Dutch Island in the UNESCO-listed Wadden Sea. Discover its unspoiled nature by e-scooter and enjoy all aspects of this beautiful island. Drive across Texel in a relaxed and silent manner with a Texel Cruiser. With extra-thick tires and wide handlebars, it has a real tough chopper look. The moment you set off, enjoy everything you see and encounter along the way. Explore the Island's fantastic beaches and marvelous nature reserves as well as the thousands of sheep, and the landmark of Texel: the picturesque lighthouse in the north of the island.

Amsterdam: 2-Hour Guided Canoe Trip

5. Amsterdam: 2-Hour Guided Canoe Trip

Travel by ferry and bike, bus, or drive to Watergang from Amsterdam. Meet your guide at the blue house in the village, where you will have a short introduction before you canoe. Canoe for 1.5 - 2 hours through the village and meadows. Learn about the Dutch waterways and water management as you canoe. After the canoe trip, you can relax in the guide’s garden, where you can have a picnic or snacks (not included in the tour price).

Amsterdam: 2-Hour Stand Up Paddle Board Tour

6. Amsterdam: 2-Hour Stand Up Paddle Board Tour

Paddle through the heart of Amsterdam and discover the city on a fun and active tour. Pass bridges, beautiful town houses, and famous museums. Experience the city from the water on a 2-hour paddle boarding tour along its canals and the river Amstel. Your tour begins in a quiet section of canal so you can get used to the paddle board. Once you feel safe, you'll cross the Amstel and hit the city. Admire stunning houses along the river and paddle through the network of canals and bridges. Depending on the group's skill level, paddle level head back via the Red Light District or de Oude Waal. Both locations have plenty of highlights to check out. The last part of the tour takes you past the Nautical Museum and a replica 18th-century ship, before finishing up back at the original meeting point.

Amsterdam: Canal Plastic Fishing Cruise with Breakfast

7. Amsterdam: Canal Plastic Fishing Cruise with Breakfast

Amsterdam is a city famous thanks to its amazing canals. Unfortunately, some of the locals and tourists that visit the city (over 18 million a year) leave behind a ridiculous amount of trash - most of it is plastic. Throughout this opportunity, fish the plastic that falls overnight out of the water, endangering the beautiful ducks, birds, and swans which live on the canals. The cruise will start on the Amstel River, from where it travels straight to the Red Light District home to the most trash in town. A local guide shows you how to fish the plastic out of the water with a net, guarded by gloves. All that on an amazing, covered, and 100%-electric boat. All the plastic that you collect will be sent to a local artist who produces plastic lamps, trash bins, and souvenirs. Throughout your cruise, complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks, croissants, pastries, and fresh orange juice will be served.

Amsterdam: Full-Day Small Group Island Tour to Texel

8. Amsterdam: Full-Day Small Group Island Tour to Texel

Experience a full day at the beautiful island of Texel and it’s surrounding UNESCO World Heritage site Waddensea! We will sail to Texel and explore its National Parks, historic villages and beaches. In one of the historic villages we will enjoy a delicious lunch! We will pick you up in Amsterdam in the morning and will bring you back late afternoon. A full day of island experience at one of Holland’s most beautiful islands!

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What people are saying about North Holland

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 13 reviews

really love the places we went to, the vast, natural scenery and fresh air. the tour guide (forgot her name but she was very fluent in both English and Spanish) was very knowledgeable and shared with us sights to look out for along the way. really appreciated it!

Daniel, Adriana and Ian were amazing guides! hilarious commentary and made the overall trip very enjoyable :) whether you choose to do an all-inclusive trip or not the trip itself is definitely good value for money, you also get a break from the city :)

The tour was rewlly fun and enjoyable. The crew was attentive and caring. I would lime to thank the crew Fernando the guide Salvia the other guide Daniel the driver.

Fantastic tour of the countryside, so cool, would love to do it again!!

Wonderful trip to discover the country side of the Netherlands.