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  • Location:Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

North Holland Day Trip from Amsterdam Including Enclosing Dike

Marvel at a superb example of Dutch engineering – the Enclosing Dike (Afsluitdijk) – and admire more great sights of North Holland on this day trip from Amsterdam. With your knowledgeable local guide, you’ll visit a working windmill in Medemblik on the IJsselmeer and take a steam train ride to the Zuiderzee town of Hoorn. Enjoy a guided walking tour of these two charming towns, plus free time to explore each on your own.


  • Day trip to North Holland from Amsterdam
  • Admire the monumental Enclosing Dike (Afsluitdijk) of the Netherlands
  • Take a steam train ride through the scenic Dutch countryside
  • Visit the harbor towns of Medemblik and Hoorn
  • Admire the IJsselmeer, the largest lake in Western Europe
  • See a working windmill and enjoy two guided walking tours

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

It's a great way to get off the beaten path. Admire both natural and manmade wonders on this attraction-packed day trip.

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What You Can Expect

North Holland Day Trip from Amsterdam Including Enclosing Dike

Steam train from Medemblik to Hoorn

Hop aboard a comfortable coach in Amsterdam and head north through the picturesque Dutch countryside, where charming windmills dot the landscape. In the province of North Holland, your knowledgeable guide will point out the Enclosing Dike (Afsluitdijk), a 19-mile-long (32-km) dam constructed in 1932.

As you stop for photos of the massive dike, learn how its construction transformed the Zuiderzee from an inland sea to a lake known as IJsselmeer. Consider the craftsmanship that went into this feat of hydraulic engineering -- 330 feet (100 meters) wide and standing 23 feet (7 meters) above water level -- built to protect much of Holland's coastline from the open sea.

Continue to the scenic town of Medemblik for a visit to a working windmill. Situated on the IJsselmeer, this town is a popular destination for Olympic-class windsurfers. After a short guided walk through town, you’ll have time for lunch on your own.

Afterward, step aboard a classic steam train for a journey through the lovely countryside for just over an hour. Listen to the engine whistle on your way to the Zuiderzee town of Hoorn, where you’ll embark on another short walking tour with your guide.

See the highlights of this harbor town, founded in 716 and at one time a flourishing center of the spice trade. Discover medieval buildings, squares and statues, as well as other landmarks. Finally, explore the town during your free time before returning to Amsterdam by coach.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Loved this tour.tour guide was the best and loved the countryside .This tour is defiantly the tour to do. Great day

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Lovely day out - very interesting and lots of fun. Both driver and guide were really nice.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Very interesting tour - but not for children or teenagers, they found it boring.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

A most informative tour that tells you a lot about the history of holland don't miss or you will be disappointed

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Bring a jacket!! The winds can be strong and cold. Otherwise this was a great day. The towns we visited were charming. Hoorn was especially interesting and you had time to wander around by yourself. Our guide was wonderful, friendly and enthusiastic which made for a great day. Even got to try on real working wooden shoes!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

A really enjoyable trip, with great tour guides.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

Very informative. A good cross section of rural, small towns and or cities visited.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

Marianne was an excellent tour guide. The air conditioner at the bus was very poor.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

Great day trip. Lots to do including a steam train ride. had a great time

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

Wonderful experience. Timing is just nice to include all attractions - North Sea, WIndmill, Steam train, some time exploring the town within the day. The guide is knowledgeable, humourous and caring. He has a charming and soothing voice too.

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