• Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Duration: Flexible

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Book and travel by October 28, 2018 and get a free 1-hour canal cruise!

Visit the picturesque town of Giethoorn on a full-day tour from Amsterdam. Take a boat ride through ‘Dutch Venice’, where you'll have free time to  explore, then climb a dike for views of lakes and polders, or reclaimed land. See, too, Enclosing Dike (Afsluitdijk) is a 20-mile (32-km) long dike connecting the provinces of North Holland and Friesland. Plus, you'll receive a pass for a 1-hour canal cruise, to enjoy at any time during your stay. The tour to Giethoorn is 7.5 hours during winter months and 9 hours during summer, when a visit to the Enclosing Dike is included as well.


  • Full-day trip to Giethoorn from Amsterdam
  • Tour the "Dutch Venice" by boat
  • See the Netherlands at their most historic
  • Enjoy some free time and lunch on your own (at own expense)
  • Pickup and drop-off in central Amsterdam
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city

What You Can Expect

Giethoorn in One Day with Enclosing Dike from Amsterdam


Make your way to a centrally-located meeting point in Amsterdam for 9:30am departure, then begin the 1.5-hour trip to Giethoorn in a comfortable vehicle. Upon arrival in the car-free town, transfer into a boat for a 1-hour tour of Giethoorn’s waterways, where restored farmhouses sit on carefully-tended plots at the edge of the water.

Following the boat tour, you’ll have some free time to explore on your own or eat lunch in one of Giethoorn’s cafes—lunch is not included in this tour, but the guide can help you find the perfect place to eat. Meet back up for the trip to the Enclosing Dike (Ijsselmeer), one of the largest lakes in Western Europe, where you’ll have views of water and reclaimed land, the polders that Dutch people have drained and farmed for centuries.

Benefit from a free 1-hour Amsterdam canal cruise ticket per person (worth €16) as a bonus to use in the city at any time during your stay.

Customer Reviews

Angelica p

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Really enjoyed the tour. would have been better if the weather was warmer, but the rain did not stop us from enjoying the little village.
Definitely better to visit when everything is greener and the sun is up. Does really worth it to travel from Amsterdam to visit .The tour guide on the coach was very knowledgeable and gave everyone a lot of information .
I always prefer to have a TOUR guide as there is so much to learn from them .


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Lovely place and great tour guide, we will come back to Amsterdam to revisit this Giethoorn .

Lorraine R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Very beautiful trip had a wonderful day.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Nice Tour and many beautiful places to discover


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This is the real-life version of the Storybook Canal boats at Disneyland. It's a beautiful villae with welcoming residents. Loved going through this little village by boat and then walking around.

Tux United Arab Emirates

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This tour was the highlight of our vacation. One of the most beautiful places on the planet Giethoorn simply heaven on earth.
The additional cost for Volendam trip was around Euro 25 which was not mentioned on Viator and a bit disappointing. The tour departed on time from a very central location. The commentary on the way was extensive and sometimes boring but the ride was comfortable. Quite a few pretty sites on the way including some fascinating windmills. First stop was Giethoorn Village and we were awestruck by the beauty. The one hour boat ride was amazing and the tour guide was hilarious. It was a couple of degrees colder on the boat so bring a windbreaker / jacket with you. After the ride we had time to explore the village on our own which was a wonderful experience. There are several cafes along the walkways and we tried coffee and cheese at a couple. The next stop was village of Volendam which seems more like something out of a fairy tale. The houses are stunning, beautiful, clean and well decorated. We stopped at a cheese store where they shared the process of making cheese and offered us variety to taste. Next stop was the stroopwaffle factory which was a lot of fun also. The return was via a nice double deck bus giving some great views of the route. I would strongly recommend this trip to anyone looking for serenity and fairy tale like views. Will also post photos.

Kacapin United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Gorgeous - great little restaurants to snack at while you're there. Also some good shopping. Just precious.

Sandra S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Absolutely worth it love our tour guide , she spoke about some interesting fact about the Netherlands


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Wow - a spellbinding place, right out of a picture postcard!
This is how I would like to describe this place.
Coming to the tour - this is the best way to visit this place within a day. Our guide, a lady I do not remember her name though made every effort to make this tour truly memorable for the visitors. Despite it being a stormy weather, she made sure that we do not the canal tour. She was very informative as well :

FYI - I opted for this tour on Oct 5, 2017


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This was a special trip, the highlight of our week in Holland. The weather was perfect. The place is a virtual garden of Eden. Clean fresh air, no roads meaning no cars. You can walk on the paths next to the canals or hire a boat. there are quaint shops, very good restaurants. I suggest staying there for 2 days at least. Our guide was excellent as was the driver. Our only problem with this tour was the very large group as we travelled to and fro on a double-decker bus, otherwise we would give this six6 stars.

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