Explore the north Netherlands, in particular, the towns of Giethoorn and Hasselt, known for their fairy-tale charm and unique characteristics.
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Giethoorn & Windmills tour
This wonderful tour covers two magnificent Dutch highlights in only one day ! You will please yourself with a visit of the Dutch heritage site of De Zaanse Schans and “ the Venice of the north”, Giethoorn. Your guide drives through the magnificent Dutch polder landscape with its ribbons of farmland and almost all day you’ll find yourself below sea-level.
What to expect
Your private guide will drive directly to the Zaanse Schans and will take you around through this Dutch heritage site, here you will experience famous aspects of Dutch manufacturing and visit a working old windmill to learn how products were fabricated in the 17thand 18thcentury. After de Zaanse Schans your guide will drive directly to Giethoorn in about 90 minutes, and take you across the famous Houtribdijk, one of the country’s most popular water engineering constructions. This dike has a length of 26 KM, crossing the IJsselmeer from west to east. You pass locks and the only Naviduct worldwide were you find yourself 10 meters ( 32 feet ) below sea level ! On both sides you have a stunning view over the water. The second highlight of the day is the picturesque village of Giethoorn. The centre is car-free and the only way to get around is by boat or on foot. During a short walking tour, your guide will point out some highlights of Giethoorn and you will experience a private one-hour canal cruise which is included in this tour.
Please note that traffic can cause delays.
Immediately when you leave Amsterdam, you drive through peatland and find yourself at least 6 feet below sea level. There were always people from elsewhere who wanted to discover the Zaan region, the best known of which were Tsar Peter the Great and the famous impressionist Claude Monet. The Zaanse Schans nowadays is a Dutch heritage site, here you will experience famous aspects of Dutch manufacturing and are able to visit a working old windmill to learn how products were fabricated in the 17thand 18thcentury.
There are many Dutch towns, cities and villages that merit a visit, but one of them is certainly Giethoorn. Often referred to as the ‘Little Venice’of the Netherlands, only accessible by boat and with an absence of roads and cars. This picturesque village located in the north of the country consists of islands that are connected by approximately 175 bridges. It’s beautiful canals, picturesque wooden bridges and farmhouses with centuries-old thatched roofs will give you a unique fairy-tale vibe. We invite you also for a private canal cruise to experience the peace, tranquility and natural beauty of this magical village.