Meet a guide and group at 10:30am at Victoria Hotel, in central Amsterdam near Amsterdam Central Station. Board a luxury van or coach for the trip to Giethoorn. Giethoorn’s city center is filled with canals and is entirely car-free, so you’ll start by exploring on foot: walk at the water’s edge as traditional, flat-bottom punters cruise between small farmhouses.
Board a boat for a 1-hour guided tour of Giethoorn, cruising down the village waterways, ducking under wooden bridges, and learning about life in the area, which was once a waterlogged swamp. After the boat tour, you’ll have some free time to explore Giethoorn on your own, following narrow walking paths, browsing for souvenirs, or simply soaking up the easy-going atmosphere of the village. Don’t miss Giethoorn’s distinctive thatched-roof houses, which are fringed with small patches of green grass and compact gardens.
At the end of the afternoon, make the return trip to Amsterdam, where this tour concludes.