In this full-day small group tour, discover the Giethoorn, picturesque town where people live with and on the water. Enjoy a boat cruise along the restored farm houses. You will have some free time for lunch and to explore the place on your own. The tour will continue on to the Enclosing Dike (Afsluitdijk), the 32 kilometer dike connecting the provinces of North Holland and Friesland. The Netherlands is famed the world over for the way it deals with water management. The Afsluitdijk, built to tame what was formerly the Zuiderzee (now the Ijsselmeer lake) is a prime example of Dutch water prowess. (Please note: we only visit the Enclosing Dike during the period 18 March - 27 October 2019). Then we head back to Amsterdam and in addition get a complimentary 1-hour canal cruise in Amsterdam to use at your leisure (worth €16).
Your guide will pick you up at a centrally located place in Amsterdam in the morning. On board in your comfortable vehicle, you will pass through the typical Dutch landscape the drive will last approximately 1.5 hours to the Dutch Venice, Giethoorn. In this picturesque town with all it’s canals it becomes very clear how the Dutch people can live with and on the water. In Giethoorn cars are not allowed and little has changed over the centuries. You will enjoy this wonderfully preserved town walking and by boat. There are many types of boats, gondolas and punters, flat bottom boats that are used for transport on the canals. Your included 1-hour boat tour passes the skillfully restored farm houses. After this you will have some free time for lunch (not included) and be able to do some further exploring on your own. Naturally, your professional guide can give you some tips on what to see and where to eat.
After lunch we continue to the impressive 32 km. long Enclosing dike in the Ijsselmeer, on of the largest lakes in Western Europe. It is a fundamental part of the larger Zuiderzee works, damming off the Zuiderzee, a salt water inlet of the North Sea, and turning it into the fresh water lake of the IJsselmeer. (Please note: we only visit the Enclosing Dike during the period 18 March - 27 October 2019) We make a stop for approximately 30-45 minutes before continuing on to Amsterdam.
Benefit from a free 1-hour Amsterdam canal cruise ticket per person (worth €16) as a bonus to use in the city at any time during your stay.