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Giethoorn and Zaanse Schans Windmills Day Trip from Amsterdam

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  • 9 to 10 hours (approx.)
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  • Offered in: English


Immerse yourself in Dutch culture on this full-day tour through the countryside with round-trip transport from Amsterdam. In addition to navigating, your guide offers little-known facts and anecdotes about each stop on the itinerary, including a traditional clog shop, artisan cheese factory, rural windmills, and the village of Giethoorn. Don’t forget your camera: The day also features a boat ride through Giethoorn’s waterways with rare views of the area.
  • Go with a guide who can offer a local perspective
  • Boat cruise offers sweeping views of the landscape
  • Free time to rest and explore in Giethoorn
  • Convenient round-trip transport from Amsterdam

What's Included

  • Bottled water
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • 1-Hour Boatcruise
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Prins Hendrikkade 75
    Prins Hendrikkade 75, 1012 AE Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Meet your guide IN FRONT OF the Hotel NH Collection Barbizon Palace between 07:45and 08:00 am we leave 08:00 , to be back around 18:30.

Start time

08:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 36 travelers
Operated by Dutchtrips

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips

We recommend this excursion company and especially ask for Ibrahim.
We have a lovely day trip to these two villages.
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Gorgeous trip
Bruce_H, Aug 2022
Zaanse Schans was beautiful, gorgeous little village. I think we enjoyed this the most. Seeing how clogs are made was very interesting as was going inside one of the windmills and watching wind power of wind. Just a beautiful setting with great info. Giethoorn was a beautiful village and without the canal tour we would have missed some of the spots. I then allows you to walk around the village and enjoy it at your own pace.
Many Sights to See in the Contryside!
John_B, Aug 2022
This two-part tour was a nice change from the crowded urban life in Amsterdam. After a short bus ride we arrived at Zaanse Schans Windmills. This site must be a popular stop for ship cruisers on their way to the airport. The cheese demonstration was quite informative. Lots of cheese samples to taste and plenty of cheese to buy. We enjoyed the wooden shoe demonstration. It was cool to watch them make a wooden shoe from a block of wood. There a plenty of good windmill pictures from every angle possible. Enjoyed the visit to the windmill to see how it operated from the inside. The tour guide gave us plenty of time to roam around. Then back on the bus to the village of Giethoorn. The one-hour boat ride was quite enjoyable with a great Captain telling stories along the way. We had plenty of time for a great lunch at one of restaurants along the canal and plenty of time to walk the canals and take many pictures of the houses and their flower gardens. Highly recommend this day-trip to the Dutch countryside.
1 traveler found this review helpful
The guide was great!
Kathryn_C, Jul 2022
Seeing the countryside. Our guide was excellent and kept the tour on time. It’s a long tour but efficiently managed.
Natasha_T, Jul 2022
Michael as a tour guide was outstanding and the whole experience was absolutely wonderful. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone. We truly enjoyed our time on this tour.
Both Geithoorn & Zaanse...
Kamal_S, Jul 2022
Both Geithoorn & Zaanse Schans are 2 little gems, each unique in it's own way. Zandem with it's rural charm , medieval Wind Mills setting, unique wooden shoe and cottage cheese making factories, transport you back in time to the middle ages. While Geithoorn is a unique village paved by canals(rather than streets), & it's so enthralling to go around in a boat or on foot. In addition, what you carry with you forever is the tranquility & serenity of these 2 places. Ibrahim was an Excellent guide & a great storyteller. Kamal Sodhi, India
Deserves 10 stars
Funmilayo_O, Jul 2022
If I could give 10 stars I would. This was one of the best tours I have ever taken and I have taken a lot. The ride was smooth, the tour guide was just absolutely fabulous. Bright , funny and knowledgeable. I had a fantastic time and I highly recommend
2 travelers found this review helpful
Great day trip
Victor_E, Jul 2022
Our tour guide Ibrahim was excellent. He is very knowledgable! It was a memorable trip and highly recommend it!
A taste of Netherlands
Wayne_J, Jul 2022
We enjoyed everything . Beautiful day .loved the boat ride thru the canals , the guide Ibrahim was very good . We loved seeing the windmills and had a cheese making demo as well as a wooden shoe demo
Should be less time or add more attractions
Mahmoud_A, Jul 2022
We visited these 2 nice villages, but there was a lot of free time that we didn't know what to do in it.
Never again
Iulia_J, Jul 2022
I don't know how this trip got so good reviews. It was a wierd experience, the only thing we had for 100£ was the transport and a boat tour in geithorn(which is €10 at the location), no story telling or information provided about geithorn. The guide went with another group and he left us with his "helping hand", a friend or someone, which had no knowlege about what we are seeing, we just had casual talks about the politics in Holland. I'm givig 2 start, just because this "friend" that was our guide was really trying to be nice.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
1 traveler found this review helpful
Laid back tour
Peggy_P, Jul 2022
The canal boat ride. Learning about the creation of the dikes and developing rich farm land. The free time was just a little long.
A must go trip
Sarah_B, Jul 2022
The tour is amazing, we loved the places that we visited and we were given enough time to discover the areas
Must do excursion to 2 beautiful sights.
william_e, Jul 2022
Wonderful full day trip to these Must see villages. Beautiful, historic, relaxing. Our driver and guide Michael was great. Lots of personality and you could tell he loved Amsterdam and the villages. He was very informative during the entire drive. Once at the villages we had plenty of time to walk and explore on our own.
Very cool experience - long bus ride
Dean_W, Jul 2022
Great experience and would highly recommend it! You see two different towns - one right outside of Amsterdam with windmills and one (Giethoorn) 1.5 hours away that you go on your boat cruise for. Both are very cool places to see and the guide makes it very easy with plenty of time to tour. Please be aware of the *1.5 hour* bus ride both ways though. We also wish we had a bit more time to explore Giethoorn and less time in Zaanse Schans.
Highly recommend this tour
Julie_K, Jul 2022
What a memorable day! Highly recommend this tour. Our guide Irbrahim was fantastic, provided lots of facts and history…but also fun. It’s a long day full of sightseeing, photo and shopping opportunities but at a pace that works for this small group tour and some rest time on the way back to the city.
Great day - Worth every penny!
Peter_G, Jul 2022
I took my tour on June 19, 2022 - It was a great day - a long one, but a wonderful one. I am 71 and I appreciated the mixture of busy times and quiet times during the day. A proper time was allotted in each of the villages to "do your own thing". The first village, Zaanse Shans, is a constructed "Dutch Culture" village and Giethoorn is a regular village/town. It was a nice contrast. Our guide was excellent... a nice mixture of facts, laughs and quiet through the day - I was happy to "extra-tip" him as he brought the pieces of the day to life. As we drove across the Dutch countryside, he taught us many things. The bus was very comfortable. I recommend this tour without reservation - worth every penny. Also, just a note: I like to book through Viator - I have done so many times in many countries and do so with complete trust that they will stand behind the products that they offer. I recommend them unconditionally.
Nice to get away from bustle of Amsterdam
Janice_K, Jul 2022
Was as excellent day. Ibrahim was our guide- he was great with his information and with keeping people organized. Both stops allowed enough to for information and for free time. Loved Giethoorn.
Not to be missed an amazing experience
Timothy_D, Jul 2022
A wonderful tour through the town of Giethoorn our tour guide and the sub tour guide for the boat cruise were fantastic and very knowledgeable. The ability to go for a walk and explore the village on your own was a treat. The cheese and windmill tour at Zaanse Schans was a good end to the day with a number of great tasting cheese to try and buy. Got a spare day? Take this tour you will not be disappointed.
The walk in the village...
Sylvie_S, Jul 2022
The walk in the village of Giethoorn was like being in a fairytale village. The comments of the guide were very interesting.
Hmm, mediocre tour
Jenny_W, Jun 2022
Bus was very comfortable, guides were friendly, however, we don't like the tour designed very much, it dragged for too long.


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