North Holland Day Trip from Amsterdam Including Enclosing Dike

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8 hours
Departs from
Central Amsterdam
Returns to
Returns to original departure point at approximately 5:30pm
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Marvel at a superb example of Dutch engineering – the Enclosing Dike (Afsluitdijk) – and admire more great sights of North Holland on this day trip from Amsterdam. With your knowledgeable local guide, you’ll visit a working windmill in Medemblik on the IJsselmeer and take a steam train ride to the Zuiderzee town of Hoorn. Enjoy a guided walking tour of these two charming towns, plus free time to explore each on your own.

Hop aboard a comfortable coach in Amsterdam and head north through the picturesque Dutch countryside, where charming windmills dot the landscape. In the province of North Holland, your knowledgeable guide will point out the Enclosing Dike (Afsluitdijk), a 19-mile-long (32-km) dam constructed in 1932.

As you stop for photos of the massive dike, learn how its construction transformed the Zuiderzee from an inland sea to a lake known as IJsselmeer. Consider the craftsmanship that went into this feat of hydraulic engineering -- 330 feet (100 meters) wide and standing 23 feet (7 meters) above water level -- built to protect much of Holland's coastline from the open sea.

Continue to the scenic town of Medemblik for a visit to a working windmill. Situated on the IJsselmeer, this town is a popular destination for Olympic-class windsurfers. After a short guided walk through town, you’ll have time for lunch on your own.

Afterward, step aboard a classic steam train for a journey through the lovely countryside for just over an hour. Listen to the engine whistle on your way to the Zuiderzee town of Hoorn, where you’ll embark on another short walking tour with your guide.

See the highlights of this harbor town, founded in 716 and at one time a flourishing center of the spice trade. Discover medieval buildings, squares and statues, as well as other landmarks. Finally, explore the town during your free time before returning to Amsterdam by coach.

What's included

  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Professional guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Train ticket

What isn't included

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off