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Exploring the North Netherlands
A magical tour what allows you to visit two fairy-tale villages in only one day, the authentic village Giethoorn and Hasselt. Giethoorn, also named The Venice of the North, and only accessible by boat or by walking. Hasselt also named “Little Amsterdam “,a long forgotten Hanseatic city were time stood still and absolutely not known by tourist. On this journey, we drive through typically Dutch polder landscape, reclaimed land and almost all day you’ll find yourself below sea-level!
What to expect
Your private guide will drive directly to the picturesque village of Giethoorn in about 90 minutes. The centre is car-free and the only way to get around is by boat or on foot. Your guide will change himself into a captain and invites you for a private one hour boat tour through Giethoorn, in a typical “punter”, a small Dutch flat bottomed boat designed to sail in shallow waters. After this experience your guide invites you for a short walking tour, what allows you to see the village from a different way as from the waterside. After visiting Giethoorn, you will drive through the countryside to Hasselt, a storybook village and not known by tourism. In Hasselt you will wander with your guide through the old town’s cobblestone streets and learn about its history and why its named “Little Amsterdam”
Please note that traffic can cause delays.
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.
Storybook village Hasselt has a stormy history due to the fact it once was an important Hanseatic village, rich and often attacked by foreign armies. In history, many people passed through Hasselt, as for example pilgrims who went in direction of the Spanish city Santiago de Compostella. Nowadays Hasselt is a little sleepy forgotten medieval town and absolutely not known by tourist. Here you get an impression of typical Dutch life.