Giethoorn and Zaanse Schans Windmills Day Trip from Amsterdam

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From USD 126.77

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 9 to 10 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • 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

  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • 1-Hour Boatcruise
  • Bottled water
  • 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 to 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

Zaanse Schans

2 hours Admission Ticket Free


Admission Ticket Free

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 travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 44 travellers
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 cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveller 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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Great Day Trip’
Keith_T, Mar 2023
We had a wonderful time on this tour. The guides were so friendly and informative. I definitely recommend going on this tour if you have the the time.
Great day trip from Amsterdam.
Shirley_W, Mar 2023
I loved going inside a windmill and seeing how it operates and cruising through the canals in the quaint village of Giethoorn. Our tour guide was knowledgeable, friendly and put everyone at ease.
A lovely day out.
Veronica_M, Mar 2023
Nice small group. Ibrahim was a very attentive guide and tried very hard to accomodate all requests. The villages were lovely and not at all crowded.
2 wonderful villages to see
Gene_F, Mar 2023
Wonderful tour! In Zaanes Schans, I loved seeing how clogs were made in one shop plus also tasting all the flavors of cheese they had on sample plates in another shop we visited. The visit to Giethoorn was amazing beautiful. We had nice weather most of the day so after the boat cruise through the canal, we had lots of free time to walk around and take more pictures. Abraham our guide was wonderful and gave lots of information about the 1 villages. Great tour and highly recommended.
Relaxing, informative, fun - excellent guide!
Tina_V, Mar 2023
Ebrahim was an excellent tour guide - so friendly, informative and helpful. A tour that just lets you sit back and enjoy the sights with no stress or pressure. We really enjoyed ourself!
Good experience
Anita_C, Mar 2023
Nice tour guide, explained everything detail, answered all questions in good manner. Besides bad weather during the day we participated, everything‘s smooth and back to city at 5.30pm, 1 hour earlier.
Fabulous Family Tour of Dutch Countryside
Jennifer_G, Mar 2023
The trip to Giethoorn and Zaanse Schans was the highlight of our time in Amsterdam! Thanks to Said's expert guidance and warm approachability, we had a WONDERFUL time with our two small children (ages 3 and 5), despite unpleasant weather. Truly, we can't recommend this tour enough if you want to have the "traditional" Dutch experience with knowledgeable guides. Thank you for the memories!
Quaint village
Emily_C, Mar 2023
Nice quaint little town. Best to visit during summer. The spring drizzles take away some of the enjoyment
Giethoorn is a gem
Natalie_B, Mar 2023
Tour guide Fernando was great. He spoke English and Spanish on my tour. 7 total. Loved the small group. Zaanse Schans wasn't my fave as it seemed like a tourist trap. But I booked this tour for Giethoorn and it didn't disappoint.
Great tour!
Andrew_S, Mar 2023
Great tour and excellent tour guide. The captain for the boat ride was great too! Highly recommended tour to see two amazing places.
Very well organized! Highly recommend.
Kartik_P, Mar 2023
Well managed trip to two very beautiful villages in the North/N.Eastern provinces of Holland. The guide Ibrahim explained the history and culture of the country very well. Highly recommend this trip to anyone who is looking to explore the scenic beauty in Netherlands.
Great trip, do not miss it!
Sab, Mar 2023
It’s worth it to visit both places at once as you will have enough time to go around. Ibrahim was a great guide & helpful all the way.
A memory day from Amsterdam
We have a beautiful day, sunshine and blue sky. We love cheese tasting and enjoy cruise in Giethoorn.
Terrible day for experience
Michelle_T, Mar 2023
Bad vehicle to drove to the destination with no heater in the freezing weather, we all so cold in that passenger's van and when we asked the driver to turn the heater on he said that would burn up at the front . We were so cold that made couple people out of 6 of us had a headache after. His vehicle is old with the heater is not working, all four tires are worn out thread. Need to hire someone with newer vehicle and much more comfortable condition for travelers.
Memorable Day
Worood_H, Mar 2023
Actually, it was my first time visiting these nice places which I have heard about a lot, But living the experience is totally different. Our Guide Ibrahim was so a nice person and he informed us about every and each thing we saw in detail. we enjoyed our day a lot. diffenately I recommend this trip for all. Also planning to take my kids in the near future.
Highly recommended!!
Sarah_B, Mar 2023
What an incredible experience! Our tour guide, Ibrahim (our sincerest apologies if this is spelled incorrectly), was absolutely amazing. He went out of his way to ensure we enjoyed our trip, and he even dropped us off close to our hotel at the end of the day, which was so nice since it was a long day of awesome adventures! He was so knowledgeable about the city and villages we visited. Can’t recommend this tour enough 😊
Wonderful day, kids loved it!
Shaina_S, Mar 2023
We had a wonderful day! Our tour guide was informative, funny, and kept things moving in schedule without feeling rushed. One of our best days of vacation!
Worth the time and the money.
toufic_a, Mar 2023
It was a pleasant. Trip. Very well organized, and put together. We visited interesting places, had the right amount the time at each stop. The van ride was comfortable, and the best part was the tour guide, Ibrahim, who was very well informed, courteous and spoke multi languages. fluently. Highly recommended. Worth the time, and the money.
Worthwhile adventure
Joyce_S, Mar 2023
Our tour guide was very informative and pleasant. The two places we visited were great. I just thought we had too much time to explore on our own. I am not a shopper so there wasn't much to do
Great day!
sarah_g, Mar 2023
Our tour was very small ( five people) and our guide was very knowledgeable and accommodating! It was a great day and I enjoyed it all! I highly recommend this tour!