Welcome to Giethoorn


When the tourist hordes get too thick (the site has become a must-visit for Asian tour groups), head to the northern part of the village, which is quieter and quainter.


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$112.94 Day Trips & Excursions

Giethoorn Day Trip from Amsterdam

Meet your friendly guide at 10:30am at Victoria Hotel Amsterdam, right opposite to Amsterdam Central Station. You will them board in your private tour coach and go directly to Giethoorn. You will explore the charming village by boat cruising around the fairyland as there are no roads in the city center, all transport is done by water over one of the many canals (but nowadays there is a cycling path). Venice has gondolas, Giethoorn has punters, traditional flat-bottom boats that are used for transport over the canals.  First, you will go towards your boat, by walk or by bike to admire the beautifully preserved unique village built in the middle of a swampy area. Each farmhouse is actually built on a small man-made island and the access to the village center is traditionally done by boat. Then, you will have 1-hour English guided boat trip hosted by a local captain, cruising around the village center, experiencing the idyllic beauty of this amazing place. In order to fully discover this charming village, take some time to wander through the narrow walking paths and discover Giethoorn with more than 150 bridges. Enjoy the beautiful and peaceful atmosphere.  Giethoorn is one of the best ways of spending a day out in the nature and experiencing a completely different lifestyle while visiting the Netherlands.

$101.05 Day Trips & Excursions

Giethoorn in One Day with Enclosing Dike from Amsterdam

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 22 March - 28 October 2018) 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.

$177.14 Day Trips & Excursions

Small-Group Day Tour to Giethoorn from Amsterdam

Meet your guide/driver at our central meetingpoint at the Heineken Experience. A comfortable, air-conditioned luxurious minivan will take you to the first destination in about 90 minutes. The journey takes you through the typical flat Dutch ‘polder’ landscape. Polder is land that has been reclaimed from the sea and most of the land where you drive through this day was a sea untill the 1950-ties.Giethoorn is definitely one of the most picturesque villages of the Netherlands. The town has been one of the most popular tourist villages of the country and is nicknamed the Dutch Venice. Just like Venice, Giethoorn has many canals and the only way to get around town is by boat or walking. No cars are allowed in the old town, whose history dates back to the Middle Ages.After a short walking tour through the village you have time to discover the village on your own. Your driver/guide will reveal the city’s unique character, and give you insider’s tips about great local restaurants, shops, attractions, activities and more.At the end of the afternoon we drive you back to Amsterdam. A goodie bag will be given, with a light refreshment and a souvenir.

$93.92 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Trip to Giethoorn and the Dutch Polders and Dikes

Meet your guide and driver at 10:30 at Hotel Barbizon Palace (check in 10:15) near Amsterdam Central Station. Board a luxury coach for a beautifull ride to one of the most visited places in Holland .Giethoorns city center is filled with canals  and is car free .While riding you”ll drive true amazing villages and  dutch landscapes . we ll drive on an old sea, what is today one of the biggest Lakes of western Europe and your guide will tell you everything about  dikes and dams  and everything about dutch watermanagement as we passing the places. when we get in Giethoorn we board an electrical boat for a 1-hour guided tour. we will sail past beautifull restored thatched-roof farmhouses ,we will duck under picturistic bridges and sail on the lake Bovenwiede where people move them self forward with punting ,(traditional transport system of Giethoorn) after the boattour you ll have free time to explore the fairylike village on your own, get tips from your guide of what to see and where to go .after you enjoyed your visit and made a lot of pictures ,we drive you safely back at the end of the afternoon to the pick-up location.

$141.47 Tours & Sightseeing

Full-Day Tour to Giethoorn, Enclosing Dike & Bourtagne

Meet your guide/driver at our central meeting point in Amsterdam. A comfortable, air-conditioned single deck bus will take you to today’s destinations. The journey takes you through the typical flat Dutch ‘polder’ landscape. Polder is land that has been reclaimed from the sea, and most of the land where you drive through today was a sea until the 1950-ties. Your first destination will be Giethoorn, definitely one of the most picturesque villages of the Netherlands. The town has been one of the most popular tourist villages in the country and is nick named the Dutch Venice. Just like Venice, Giethoorn has many canals and the only way to get around town is by boat or walking. No cars are allowed in the old town, whose history dates back to the middle ages. During a short walking tour trough the village, your guide will reveal the city’s unique character, and give you insider’s tips about great local restaurants, shops, attractions, activities and more. You'll also experience Giethoorn from the water in a 1 hr boattrip. After that you will enjoy a one course meal of high quality. After that you will depart to Bourtange. Fort Bourtange is a star fort located in the village of Bourtange, Groningen, Netherlands. It was built in 1593 under the orders of William the I of Orange, to control the only road between Germany and the city of Groningen, which was controlled by the Spaniards during the time of the Eighty Years' War. You will be guided through the highlights of Bourtange. Late afternoon you drive back to Amsterdam via the Enclosing Dike (Afsluitdijk), one of the most famous waterworks of Holland!

$177.14 Tours & Sightseeing

Full day tour with luxury minivan to Giethoorn

Meet your guide and driver at our central meetingpoint just across from Central Station Amsterdam. A comfortable, air-conditioned luxurious minivan will take you to today’s destination in about 90 minutes. The journey goes through the typical flat Dutch ‘polder’ landscape. Polder is land that has been reclaimed from the sea and most of the land where you drive through today was a sea untill the 1950-ties Giethoorn is definitely one of the most picturesque villages of the Netherlands. The town has been one of the most popular tourist villages of the country and is nick named the Dutch Venice. Just like Venice, Giethoorn has many canals and the only way to get around town is by boat or walking. No cars are allowed in the old town, whose history dates back to the middle ages. After a short walking tour of the village you have time at leisure to discover the village on your own and enjoy the one hour boat tour. Your driver/guide will reveal the city’s unique character, and give you insider’s tips about great local restaurants, shops, attractions, activities and more. End of the afternoon you drive back to Amsterdam.

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