Private full day tour to Giethoorn and Zaanse Schans

Looking for daytrips from Amsterdam but don’t want the hassle of driving yourself? On this private full day tour to Giethoorn and Zaanse Schans, we combine beautiful landscapes and historic villages, see windmills, explore traditional crafts, and taste local delicacies like cheese and cookies.


Giethoorn, also known as the Venice of the North, is the first stop on this perfect daytrip from Amsterdam. We will visit the preserved village on foot and see how each farmhouse is built on a small man-made island. There is time to wander the narrow footpaths to discover hundreds of bridges and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the village during our boat tour!

Zaanse Schans

Then it is time to discover the Dutch countryside, driving to historic open-air museum Zaanse Schans: here you will see the typical Dutch windmills, waterlands, cheese makers and clog factories up close, and learn about the region’s rich history. Visit Zaanse Schans traditional wooden windmills and distinctive green wooden houses which were relocated there to recreate the atmosphere of an 18th/19th-century village. Here oil, paint, mustard, and paper were produced.

We will spend about 3 hours at Zaanse Schans including a demonstration of wooden shoe making and a visit to the cheese factory. A photo stop at the bank of Zaan River for the best panoramic view of all the windmills is of course included!

We are very flexible and can customize the tour to your specific requests!



08.00 pick up at your accommodation.

09.30 Giethoorn

Known as the “Venice of North,” the village of Giethoorn is known for its many canals and picturesque footpaths and bridges. You will explore the fairytale village on foot and experience the scenery on a leisurely trip through the canals on a boat tour!

We will enjoy coffee and cake (or an early lunch) in Giethoorn before we drive to our next stop!

12.00 transit to Zaanse Schans

13.45 Zaanse Schans

This open-air museum deserves much more time than the regular tours provide! Take your time to see the mills, wooden shoe making demonstration and cheese making. Or join the boat ride to look at all the mills and houses from the water.

17.00 Transit to Amsterdam


  • Pick up at hotel
  • Transfers from Amsterdam in sedan or minivan
  • Guide that stays with your group all day
  • Boat tour in Giethoorn
  • Entry tickets to 2 windmills in Zaanse Schans
  • Cheese tasting
  • Cold drinks and snacks during transits
  • Small souvenir

Excluded: Meals

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