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

North Holland Day Trip from Amsterdam Including Enclosing Dike

Consider the Dutch feat of hydraulic engineering on a visit to the Enclosing Dike (Afsluitdijk) during this day trip from Amsterdam. See the 19-mile-long (32-km) North Holland dike that created the IJsselmeer, an artificial lake. Then step inside a working windmill in the Zuiderzee town of Medemblik, and ride a 1-hour steam train to Hoorn. Take walking tours of each charming village, led by your informative guide, and enjoy free time to explore them 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

This North Holland day trip begins with coach pickup in central Amsterdam. Depart the city for the Dutch countryside, where wooden windmills punctuate the landscape awash in a riot of colorful blooms each spring. 

Your first stop is the Enclosing Dike (Afsluitdijk), a superb example of Dutch engineering constructed in 1932. Step off the bus to take a look at this classic Holland dike, a 19-mile-long and 330-foot-wide (100-meter) dam built to protect much of the Netherlands coastline. 

Listen as your informative guide describes how the Zuiderzee transformed from an inland sea to the manmade IJsselmeer, held back by the dike built 23 feet (7 meters) above water level. Take plenty of photos as you consider the craftsmanship, then re-board your coach for Medemblik, a rural town situated on the IJsselmeer.

Here, visit a working windmill, where you’ll discover how a millstone operates. After a look inside, embark on a brief walking tour through town, then enjoy time on your own when you can purchase lunch (own expense).

Next, hop aboard a classic steam train for the scenic 1-hour journey to the medieval Zuiderzee town of Hoorn, a Dutch harbor village founded in 716 and once a flourishing center of the spice trade. View its landmarks on a guided walking tour of medieval buildings and cobbled squares, followed by free time, before returning to central 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.

Anton D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

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

john b

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!

Phen W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

A really enjoyable trip, with great tour guides.

Leon M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

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

Margarita D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

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

Paul S

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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