Giethoorn, Afsluitdijk, Zaanse Schans Day Tour Mini VIP Bus Incl. Hotel Pick Up

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Day Tour Giethoorn Afsluitdijk Zaanse Schans Mini VIP Bus with max 8 ppls
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From US$139.59

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 10 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Hit three Netherlands signature scenic areas in a group of no more than eight travelers on this action-packed day tour, with an itinerary you couldn’t hope to cover on public transport. Tour a cheese factory and a clog factory and watch a diamond-cutting demo in Zaanse Schans, take pictures at the Enclosing Dike (Afsluitdijk), and enjoy a boat cruise and free time in Giethoorn, the Venice of the Netherlands.
  • Capture classic Dutch photos of windmills, canals and the Enclosing Dike
  • Discover over 20 different Dutch cheeses at a factory tour with tasting
  • Save yourself over four hours’ driving: relax in a stylish Mercedes minibus
  • Cruise the canals of Giethoorn: upgrade to pilot your very own boat

What's Included

  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Bottled water
  • Including guided cheese factory tour
  • Including guided wooden shoes factory tour
  • Including guided diamond demonstration tour
  • Including one hour boat cruise in Giethoorn
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Lunch
  • Rent Your Own Boat (Drive the boat by yourself) with additional price

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

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Start time

08:30 AM

Pickup details

- Please be prepared and wait in front of your hotel before 5 minutes of arrival. - We offer pick-up service for all the hotels in Ring A10, excluding north part of the river (Het IJ). Travelers can take free ferry bus to central station from north Amsterdam. We don't pick up from the airport area. - One day before the tour, we will contact you about the arrival time of hotel pick up. We pick up between 8.30 - 9.00.

What To Expect

Zaanse Schans

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Catharina Hoeve Cheese Farm

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Kooijman Souvenirs & Clogs Wooden Shoe Workshop

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included


30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free


4 hours Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

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 canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:How much does the upgrade to pilot your own boat on the Mini VIP tour?

A:For an hourlong cruise, each boat will cost EUR 40. The boat has a 6-passenger capacity at most and if you wish to upgrade the fee is payable directly to the local tour operator. Please contact the local operator directly after booking your reservation.

Jun 2023

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gary_m, Sept 2023
Itsaf was our driver and guide He went beyond wgat he needed to Do as a drver/ guide Was courteos.. On time Clean vehiclev Everything to krep us all happy I would definitely use his sercvicous Again Great trip Gary MURPHY
Really enjoyed the visit...
Randy_R, Sept 2023
Really enjoyed the visit to Zansee Shans, a fun and interesting little place, plenty to do and see! Great little shops and foods to enjoy. Would have liked a little more time there but fun! The visit to Giethorn was nice also. Really good food and nice boat ride! Great day!
Highly recommended
Andrew_B, Sept 2023
Great tour with terrific guide Pete Nice balance of driving and attractions Visiting Xsan Schans before the crowds arrive is grsat
Wonderful! Would highly recommend!
Susan_K, Sept 2023
A truly wonderful day with a excellent guide who was engaged throughout the day. Would recommend to anyone who desires to see beautiful, pastoral countryside and who wants to learn about timeless Dutch traditions.
Awesome Day Trip to Dutch Countryside!
janessa_t, Sept 2023
Wonderful day trip to the Dutch countryside with Leidse! We can't say enough about our truly memorable day touring the Dutch countryside. Our guide, Leidse made the tour informative and lively.He spoke excellent English and provided just the right amount of information on the history of areas we toured and answered all of our questions. We recommend this tour to anyone who is seeking to visit areas outside of the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam. Leidse kept the day fun and very enjoyable. Highly Recommend!
Pleasant One day trip to Giethoorn
Sharon_W, Sept 2023
Kunhao is very professional and on time. He’s very informative. Transportation is comfortable. All the places are beautiful. Highly recommended.
Great tour! Awesome to see the sites out of the city!
Madeleine_G, Sept 2023
Very fun to go see all the sites out of the city! Our tour guide was great and very knowledgeable. We very much enjoyed it and learned a lot about the Netherlands! The only suggestion I would have is to suggest at the beginning of the tour to rotate where guests sit in the van at each stop as my husband and I were picked up last so we were separated between the middle and back seat for the entire day. We still very much enjoyed it, however it would have been nice to sit together for part of the driving on a 10 hour tour.
Brilliant hosted
John_G, Sept 2023
Kia was great - explained a lot of history & called out many things along the way. Plenty of time to self explore, a well balanced tour
Excellent day out with fabulous guide
Eileen_M, Sept 2023
Kai our guide was excellent. Communication was great and he was on time, had a great sense of humour as was very attuned to the needs of his guests. It was a great day.
Great day outside Amsterdam
Ehab_G, Sept 2023
Great excursion outside the busy, but beautiful city of Amsterdam. Classical windmills, a beautiful boat ride , and a charming countryside. Leidse was a great guide, very knowledgeable and courteous. Highly recommended.
Good tour!
Derrick_G, Sept 2023
I think the trip was great… best part was seeing the windmills at the first stop! We did this tour early September in a mini van with 8 people so we thought it would be a little private at the stops… not a chance, we were with 10,000 tourists and 5,000 locals at every stop as it was beautiful weather and the last weekend before school returns.
Good experience
Angkana_P, Sept 2023
Our tour guide is very nice and helpful. The whole trip experience went well except the personal contact from us to the tour guide should be more clear through the company that we refer contact by email instead of calling or text due to phone number has changed thru SIM card
Quaint Villages
Dawn_S, Sept 2023
Zaanse Schans is a quaint village! We loved the cheese and clog factory workshop demonstrations! The boat ride around the village of Giethoorn, another quaint village was lovely. Our tour guide Pete, was friendly, knowledgeable of the villages and the dyke, which was very interesting to see, and very attentive to guests’ needs!
Fun Day
Brian_R, Sept 2023
It was a great tour. We had lots of fun. Pete, our tour guide was very informative and interactive throughout the day.
Great Day Tour with Pete
Karen_R, Sept 2023
Enjoyed seeing some functioning windmills and how to make wooden shoes. A good variety of Gouda cheeses to find your favorite. As an engineer, found the ride across the 30-mile dike and the system for continually pumping out water very interesting. Canal boat ride through a residential neighborhood in Giethoorn, accessible only by boat, was amazing. What a beautiful town. Our tour guide, Pete, was wonderful and did a great job with the tour; even had photos taken of us on the boat. My husband and I completely enjoyed this day tour and it was even better being picked up at our hotel. Highly recommend. Thank you Pete for a great day.
Beautiful day
Alexandra_T, Sept 2023
Geithoorn was so beautiful, the tour was worth it. Our drive, Pete was very safe and knowledgeable. He gave us time along the way for photos. We
Fun relaxing tour.
Teresa_H, Sept 2023
Koen our tour guide was awesome. He picked us up at our hotel and brought us back when the tour was over. So much better than trying to find the meeting place in an unfamiliar city. We knew what kind of vehicle he would be driving as well as the tag number. Very impressive. We saw the windmills, cheese making and wooden clog making. Only negative was the diamond cutting. Wasn’t interested and would have liked that time to look around the village. On our way to Giethoorn we stopped to look at the dike dividing the North Sea from the lake. Very cool. Loved the village of Giethoorn. Thatched roof cottages, and canals . Had free time for lunch then had a boat ride through the canals and out onto tthe lake where the swans were. Had more free time to walk around and to explore. Koen is a good vehicle driver as well as boat driver. We would take this tour again. Maybe in April when the tulips are blooming.
Good trip, great guide
Jaina_S, Sept 2023
Pete was an engaging, energetic and fun guide. Thought the drive between stops he kept things interesting. Great directions, well planned activities. He made the whole trip fun. Enjoyed all the stops although we could have stayed more time on Giethoorn looking around. Maybe just chat about the dike while flying on over it?
Fabulous tour!
Thomas_L, Sept 2023
Great time with our tour guide, Pete! He got us in to the demonstrations (shoes and cheese making) before the criuds arrived. He also gave a great recommendation for a local/Dutch lunch restaurant while we were touring. Having the private van for our tour group of 8 was fabulous!
Awesome tour and guide
Kendra_M, Sept 2023
Great day out of Amsterdam. Our guide Leidse was outstanding. He made the trip wonderful. I would highly recommend this tour.

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