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Fullday

Tour Type

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Group Size

8 people

Languages

English

About this tour

Exploring the Enchanting Dutch Countryside: Giethoorn and Zaanse Schans Unveiled

Introduction:

Step into a world where time stands still, where windmills gracefully turn, and idyllic canals weave through picturesque landscapes. Welcome to Giethoorn and Zaanse Schans, two enchanting destinations that epitomize the rustic beauty of the Dutch countryside. Join us on a remarkable guided tour as we unveil the wonders and treasures these hidden gems have to offer.

Overview of Zaanse Schans:

In the heart of the Netherlands lies Zaanse Schans, a living museum that transports you back in time. Immerse yourself in the rich history and marvel at the traditional windmills that have become synonymous with Dutch culture. These majestic structures, with their colossal blades and intricate machinery, are a testament to the industrial heritage of the region.

Stroll along cobbled paths lined with historic houses, showcasing remarkable architecture that reflects the cultural significance of the area. Explore the fascinating museums that showcase traditional crafts like wooden shoe making and cheese production, allowing you to delve into the authentic Dutch way of life. As you wander, be captivated by the scenic landscapes, where vibrant flower fields and lush meadows paint a breathtaking backdrop.

Exploring Zaanse Schans:

Prepare to be awe-struck by the array of attractions that await within Zaanse Schans. Embark on a windmill tour, where you’ll witness the inner workings of these iconic structures and hear captivating stories of their role in Dutch history (optional). Gain insights into the craftsmanship of yesteryear as you visit the workshops, where skilled artisans continue to preserve traditional practices.

For those seeking an immersive experience, lace up your walking shoes to explore the area at your own pace. Follow the winding paths and uncover hidden gems, from charming villages to hidden canals. Breathe in the refreshing air and let the tranquility of the Dutch countryside envelop your senses.

Introduction to Giethoorn:

As we venture further into the Dutch countryside, we encounter Giethoorn, often hailed as the “Venice of the Netherlands.” This picturesque village will transport you to a world where roads are replaced by canals and boats gently glide through a network of waterways. Admire the traditional thatched-roof farmhouses, adorned with vibrant flowers, and marvel at the charming bridges that connect this enchanting oasis.

Experiencing Giethoorn:

To truly appreciate the allure of Giethoorn, embark on a captivating boat tour along its winding canals. Navigate through this car-free paradise, allowing tranquility to wash over you. As you meander along, take in the idyllic surroundings, where quaint houses dot the shores, and lush greenery frames your journey.

For a more intimate exploration, wander on foot through the village’s winding streets. Absorb the serenity that fills the air and indulge in the simplicity of life. Discover hidden corners, stumble upon charming cafes, and bask in the undeniable charm of this waterborne paradise.

Comparing Giethoorn and Zaanse Schans:

Giethoorn and Zaanse Schans may seem worlds apart, yet both showcase the diverse tapestry of the Dutch countryside. While Zaanse Schans celebrates its industrial heritage with magnificent windmills and historic houses, Giethoorn embraces a more tranquil ambiance, where canals reign supreme. These destinations offer contrasting experiences, allowing you to immerse yourself in the charm of yesteryear or lose yourself in the serenity of nature’s embrace.

As we conclude our journey through the Dutch countryside of Giethoorn and Zaanse Schans, we invite you to embark on an unforgettable adventure to Giethoorn and Zaanse Schans. Unveil the historical riches, navigate the picturesque canals, and indulge in local delicacies that tantalize the taste buds. The beauty of the Dutch countryside awaits, where history, nature, and culture intertwine to create an experience like no other. Come, embrace the enchantment, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Highlights

  • Explore the charming village of Zaanse Schans and visit a windmill, wooden shoemaking, and Dutch cheese-making factories.
  • Savor the delicious flavors of Dutch cheese during a cheese-tasting session.
  • Experience Giethoorn's picturesque canals with a canal cruise and walking tour.
  • Indulge in a traditional Dutch lunch.
  • Enjoy a private tour customized to your preferences, with personalized attention from our expert guide.

Included/Excluded

  • Day trip from Amsterdam
  • Live demonstration
  • Food tasting
  • Professional local driver/guide
  • Transportation by minivan
  • Giethoorn canal cruise tickets
  • Food and drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Entry to a windmill at the Zaanse Schans
  • Gratuities
  • Anything else that is not mentioned on "Tour Included"

Itinerary

Begin your day at Zaanse Schans, a living open-air museum renowned for its charming windmills, historic houses, and authentic Dutch experiences. Marvel at the iconic windmills that have become a symbol of the Netherlands' rich history. Capture postcard-perfect moments as you stroll through the picturesque landscapes, surrounded by gently rotating sails and lush greenery. Experience the art of Dutch cheesemaking firsthand, as local artisans demonstrate their craft and share fascinating insights into this time-honored tradition. Delight your taste buds with a delectable cheese tasting session, savoring the flavors of authentic Dutch cheese. Next, immerse yourself in the world of traditional wooden shoemaking, a quintessential Dutch craft. Witness skilled craftsmen shaping and crafting wooden clogs, a symbol of Dutch heritage. Learn about the history and significance of these unique footwear items, and perhaps even try on a pair for yourself. Capture the essence of Dutch culture as you explore the wooden shoe workshop and gain a deeper understanding of this traditional art form.

After a morning filled with history and culture, venture to the charming village of Giethoorn, often referred to as the "Venice of the Netherlands." Board a delightful canal cruise and glide along the narrow waterways that wind through the village. Admire the idyllic thatched-roof cottages, quaint bridges, and beautifully landscaped gardens that create a fairytale-like ambiance. Immerse yourself in the tranquility and beauty of this unique village as you navigate its picturesque canals. As you disembark from the canal cruise, embark on a fascinating walking tour through Giethoorn's charming streets. Discover hidden gems, learn about the village's history and culture, and soak in the serene atmosphere. (OPTIONAL) At midday, indulge in a sumptuous lunch, savoring traditional Dutch dishes and local flavors. Experience true hospitality as you dine in a local restaurant, enjoying the warmth and friendliness of the Dutch people.

Durations

Fullday (7-10 hours)

Languages

English

Frequently asked questions

- This tour is Not suitable for people with mobility impairments, Wheelchair users. - This tour will take place rain or shine. - Please wear comfortable shoes. - Don't forget to bring your camera. - Pets are not allowed. - This tour involves a fair amount of walking. - Times are subject to alteration based on traffic conditions in the area. - Children under 24 months old are admitted free of charge (if they do not occupy a seat).

Tour's Location

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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