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Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans and Giethoorn Day Tour

1. Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans and Giethoorn Day Tour

Your experience begins as your guide meets you at the pickup point 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. Following noon, be transferred to the unique Dutch village of Giethoorn, heading further north out of Amsterdam. As you travel, listen to nice stories including the history and significant elements in the region of Giethoorn throughout the roughly 2-hour bus ride, with a break included to ensure a pleasant journey. Giethoorn is beautiful in all seasons, and contains a simple beauty which hardly seems real. Discover this as you glide gently through its small canals, passing old but pretty thatched-roof farmhouses. Throughout this 1-hour boat trip around town, be accompanied by a local guide who also doubles as your captain. Get to know everything about Giethoorn throughout your boat trip, with extra time included to walk along a narrow footpath by foot or by bike, or to learn how to operate the ''whisper boat'', an electric-motor boat. In the evening, arrive back to Amsterdam's center with the rest of your night to look forward to.

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Private Tour to the Zaanse Schans Windmills and Giethoorn

2. Private Tour to the Zaanse Schans Windmills and Giethoorn

Start your tour with a convenient, pickup service from your accommodation. After being picked up from Amsterdam in a luxury Mercedes sedan or minivan by a professional driver, travel to one of the most beautiful villages in Holland, Giethoorn. Take a lovely canal cruise through the village, known as the Dutch Venice. The elongated village is located in one of the largest areas of continuous fenland in northern Europe. The village is an excellent starting point to make a canoe trip through the area and there are a number of special museums and art galleries to discover.  After exploring Giethoorn, you will visit the Zaanse Schans. Stroll past the bakery museum and enjoy the smell of fresh bread, or take a look at the warehouse where clogs are made. You should be sure not to miss the cheese factory, pewter foundry, and the various windmills. The Zaanse Schans is a unique part of the Netherlands, full of wooden houses, mills, barns, and workshops. Enjoy a cycling or sailing trip, browse the shops, or treat yourself at the pancake restaurant. After the windmills, you will visit Volendam, a small fishing village with 22000 citizens. Walk along the beautiful harbor and marvel at the typical Volendam shops before enjoying lunch at one of the best seafood restaurants in Holland (at own expense). Depending on the amount of time remaining, you can take a boat trip with the Volendam-Marken express. For over 80-years the Volendam-Marken Express has operated a ferry service between Volendam and Marken. The boats sail all year round and every year thousands of travelers use the ferry to enjoy a relaxed trip on the water and to visit the historic towns and harbors of Volendam and Marken. After a day full of adventure and excitement, your driver will return you back to your accommodation for an evening of well-deserved rest.

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Amsterdam: Boat Cruise to Windmill Village at Zaanse Schans

3. Amsterdam: Boat Cruise to Windmill Village at Zaanse Schans

Sail out of Amsterdam and towards the Dutch polder. Enjoy the unique landscape and stroll around a living village filled with operational wooden windmills. Sit back, relax and take in Holland's unique scenery as you leave the port of Amsterdam. Enjoy panoramic views from the boat's sun terrace as you glide through a landscape dotted with pumping stations, dikes, and, of course, windmills. Pass huge container cargo ships and through a traditional lock as you leave the city behind and make your way to the village. Disembark and take in a photogenic array of historic windmills, some of them over 350 years old. Stroll past the bakery museum and enjoy the smell of fresh cookies, or take a look at the clog warehouse or the cheese factory. Enjoy a last look at picturesque historic wooden houses and factories, before boarding your boat back to Amsterdam.

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Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans Windmills Guided Tour in Italian

4. Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans Windmills Guided Tour in Italian

Visit this famous Dutch village and marvel at the windmills and other sights. Taste local spices, and explore factories devoted to clog and cheese making. Meet your guide at Amsterdam Central station, where you'll take the train to Zaanse Schans together. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the flat Dutch landscape as you speed to your destination. Arrive at the windmill village, and enjoy a 90-minutes guided tour in Italian. Encounter the picturesque sights of the village, including the typical houses, and the guide will show you the village and the typical dutch atmosphere. You will have the chance to go inside a typical dutch house and to visit the wooden shoe factory and why not, try on a pair of wooden clogs. After the tour, explore the village at your leisure, and shop for local delicacies like mustard, cheese, and traditional Dutch cookies. At the end of the tour, the guide will leave you to continue the visit of the village by yourself and to be back in Amsterdam when you wish.

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Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam, and Canal Cruise

5. Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam, and Canal Cruise

Zaanse Schans will be your first destination, where you will explore this most picturesque traditional 17th-century village. Discover houses and a collection of beautifully preserved windmills from the nation’s industrial heritage. In the Zaanse Schans village, you can stroll past the charming greenhouses and visit a factory where the clogs popular in this part of the country are made. There’s also nothing more Dutch than cheese, and you will be able to try some at the Catharina Hoeve Farm. The most obvious association with the name "Edam" is its cheese. For centuries the well-known and round Edam cheeses have been sent from this town to all corners of the world. You will be invited to take a walk along the old streets and quiet canals, where one can easily imagine how it looked centuries ago. Discover the well-preserved gables, squares, bridges, and tea-houses on the "Schepenmakersdijk", as well as the leaning Carillon tower (1561), the historic museum with its floating cellar, the dam, the Townhall, and more. Your trip will continue to the village of Volendam, where you can admire brightly painted wooden houses and see locals wearing their colorful regional attire. Your guide will take you on a short walk through Volendam Harbour, which has been one of the most popular tourist attractions in the village since 1875. This is a great place to pick up souvenirs and gifts for those at home, and to have photos taken in traditional Dutch costumes. For the final part of your tour, you will be invited to enjoy the city of Amsterdam throughout a canal cruise. There is no better way to experience the essence of the Dutch capital than on an Amsterdam canal cruise, as you wind past grand merchant houses, Gothic churches, museums, and medieval buildings.

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Private Tour to Keukenhof and Zaanse Schans Windmills

6. Private Tour to Keukenhof and Zaanse Schans Windmills

Enjoy an unforgettable tour of one of the biggest flower gardens in the world. Besides visiting the spacious 32 hectares of flowers, you can enjoy spectacular flower shows, inspirational gardens, unique art, and wonderful events. Do not miss the Tulip mania exhibition at the Juliana Pavilion. Christen your own tulip, see how the tulips are cultivated, and get advice and tips from experts about the use of flower bulbs in your own garden. This Keukenhof flower garden tour is also fun for children, as they can enjoy treasure hunts, a petting farm, a maze, and the playground. Afterwards, you will visit the Zaanse Schans, a residential area in which the 18th and 19th-centuries are brought to life. Stroll past the bakery museum and enjoy the smell of fresh bread, or take a look at the warehouse where clogs are made. You should be sure not to miss the cheese factory, pewter foundry, and the various windmills. The Zaanse Schans is a unique part of the Netherlands, full of wooden houses, mills, barns, and workshops. Enjoy a cycling or sailing trip, browse the shops, or treat yourself at the pancake restaurant. A day out at the Zaanse Schans in North Holland is fun and educational. After the windmills, you will visit Volendam, a small fishing village with 22000 citizens. Walk along the beautiful harbor and marvel at the typical Volendam shops and enjoy lunch at one of the best seafood restaurants in Holland. Depending on the availability of time, you can take a boat trip with the Volendam-Marken express. For over 80-years the Volendam-Marken Express operates a ferry service between Volendam and Marken. The boats sail all year round and every year thousands of travelers use the ferry to enjoy a relaxed trip on the water and to visit the historic towns and harbors of Volendam and Marken.

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From Amsterdam: 4 Provinces Highlights Van Tour

7. From Amsterdam: 4 Provinces Highlights Van Tour

Discover famous Dutch landmarks and lesser-known but equally impressive locations on a van tour from Amsterdam. From iconic windmills to long stretches of water dykes and more, there's something for everyone on this tour. Learn about the fascinating history of all these locations from your licensed guide. First, head out to the Zaanse Schans, where iconic windmills are perfectly lined up along the smooth river. With your early head start, enjoy this unforgettable view in the most pristine way before other tourists arrive. Next, see the 32-kilometer-long Afsluitdijk (enclosing dyke). This water barrier is the most impressive example of Dutch water management, connecting the provinces of Noord Holland and Friesland. Marvel at the view of the Wadden Sea to one side of the dyke and the Ijsselmeer Lake on the other. Then, make your way to Sloten, the smallest of the 11 legendary Frisian cities. Walk along the canal with its charming houses and gables. Continue to the quaint fishing village of Urk. Take a stroll to the characteristic white lighthouse and the small church by the sea, which is the oldest building of the village. Finally, see the fortified Hansa town of Elburg. Take a step back to the middle ages as you marvel at its narrow alleyways and overgrown town walls.

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What people are saying about Zaandam

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 37 reviews

It was a nice day trip. The pickup at the hotel went smoothly and no need to worry about renting a boat once we get there. We also got to ride on one of the smaller electric powered boats instead of the large ones, so we all get the opportunity to drive it around Giethoorn. Zaanse Schans was also a very beautiful location. If you are interested in a day trip to Giethoorn but are not driving, this might be a nice option for you but if you are serious about photography or kayaking, planning to spend a night there might be nice as well.

Nice 6 hour trip. 2 hours out / home and 2 hours at the mills / city. Lots of space on the sun deck - otherwise space down in the boat. The mills and the miniput town were all worth it. Lots to see in the channels back and forth.

The trip was awesome. We are thankful to our guide Cherry. She told us interesting stories, even took photo of our family. We had an opportunity to drive the boat. We recommend Cherry and this one day trip.

Cherry isn't just an excellent tour guide, she is an excellent person. Definitely would recommend this trip to anybody. They let me drive the boat through the canals which was the highlight of my trip.

Pleasant and friendly cruise only small downside the crew did not know the time of the reservation