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Giethoorn & Enclosing Dike Full-Day Tour from Amsterdam

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Giethoorn & Enclosing Dike Full-Day Tour from Amsterdam

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Visit the picturesque town of Giethoorn on a full-day tour from Amsterdam. Take a boat ride through ‘Dutch Venice’, where you'll have free time to  explore, then climb a dike for views of lakes and polders, or reclaimed land. See, too, Enclosing Dike (Afsluitdijk) which is a 20-mile (32-km) long dike connecting the provinces of North Holland and Friesland.
  • Full-day trip to Giethoorn from Amsterdam
  • Enjoy some free time and lunch on your own (at own expense)
  • Pickup and drop-off in central Amsterdam
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
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Transport in a airconditioned coach
1-hour boat tour of Giethoorn (Please note: weather conditions could have influence on the boat trip)
Photo stop at Enclosing dike
Personal expenses
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

De Ruijterkade 34, 1012 AA Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Tours & Tickets Shop is located in the IJ hall of Central Station on the far eastern side. Show your (smartphone) ticket at the Tours & Tickets office, where you'll be guided to the bus across the street.

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet in central Amsterdam and begin the trip to Giethoorn in a comfortable vehicle. Upon arrival in the car-free town, transfer into a boat for a tour of Giethoorn’s waterways, where restored farmhouses sit on carefully-tended plots at the edge of the water.

Following the boat tour, you’ll have some free time to explore on your own or eat lunch in one of Giethoorn’s cafes—lunch is not included in this tour, but the guide can help you find the perfect place to eat. Meet back up for the trip to the Enclosing Dike (IJsselmeer), one of the largest lakes in Western Europe, where you’ll have views of water and reclaimed land, the polders that Dutch people have drained and farmed for centuries.(seasonal visit)
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Tours & Tickets Amsterdam Central Station
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Giethoorn Molenweg
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 80 travelers
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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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Giethoorn & Enclosing Dike Full-Day Tour from Amsterdam?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Giethoorn & Enclosing Dike Full-Day Tour from Amsterdam.
What is the policy on sanitization during Giethoorn & Enclosing Dike Full-Day Tour from Amsterdam?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
See all safety measures taken by Giethoorn & Enclosing Dike Full-Day Tour from Amsterdam.

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Traveler Tips

  • "Wr really enjoyed our trip to this georgous little village, this trip is a must to anyone visiting Amsterdam!" See review
  • "I can actually understand spanish too so whenever I miss somehting from the english explanation I can listen to the spanish but whenever the lady would translate, her voice was even more distorted." See review


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Some hits and misses
, Oct 2019
Tour was advertised as small group max 10 persons. In the end, it was like 25-30 persons! What a misrepresentation. Also, the stop at the enclosing dike was pretty pointless. There was nothing to see and we were there for 30 minutes for no reason. Rather spend the time at Giethoorn instead. Am giving this 4 stars only because I enjoyed my time at Giethoorn.
1 traveler found this review helpful
A day tour outside of Amsterdam
, Sep 2019
We chose this tour as a chance to visit something located outside the city hustle and bustle of Amsterdam. It was a good choice. The city was lovely with all its canals and beautiful homes and landscaping.
Not totally as expected
, Apr 2019
Impressed with seeing the Dike. Was somewhat disappointed with Giethoorn. Was expecting a small boat. We received a large boat . The pilot was supposed to give us some information. We received none. The canal through town was a nice ride. Although , it was very crowded and I was expecting to see a number of old homes. The tour guide was impressive. Speaking 4-5 languages well and handling upset clients. He mentioned he would report various issues. But, wonder if he did. As its difficult to believe the issues had not been experienced before. At Giethoorn, the bathrooms should have been noted. The tour says it starts at 9:30am and you have to be there 30 min. before. We get there at 9am and they say the tour starts at 10am and now ends at 7PM. Then the tour guide runs into issues and we get extended from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM return time. The photo of the tour is deceiving.
Giethoorn and Enclosing Dike
Cindy S
, Oct 2018
History of Enclosing Dike interesting. Boat ride was not good. 81 people were crammed into 2 boats. We were seated with out backs facing the front with a window and a wood pillar blocking my bride for one hour. Uncomfortable to have people sitting so close on back bench with occasional bumpimg if we tried to turn to see. Exploring the islandWas good, ice creamGood, prices in shops good.
Terrific trip!
, Sep 2018
Elsa, our tour guide, and Eric, our bus driver gave us a wonderful trip to the charming village of Giethooorn!!! The trip was very scenic and very informative!
, Sep 2018
Wr really enjoyed our trip to this georgous little village, this trip is a must to anyone visiting Amsterdam!
A fairytale day!
Donna-Michelle R
, Jul 2018
Beautiful place, quiet and unspoilt!Well worth the trip. Food at the Italian restuarant not good but otherwise amazing. Tour guide was noce.
Way too long
, Jul 2018
Beautiful little town. We enjoyed the boat tour. Then we had three more hours to walk around and look at the same thing. I would not recommend this trip.
Great change of pace from the city
, Jul 2018
I enjoyed this day trip- gave some variety to my Amsterdam trip and even though I love the hustle and bustle of a city, this was a nice change. The village was very interesting and I enjoyed the boat ride. Compared to other tours I found this one very relaxing and not rushed at all. The bus ride is not long and we had plenty of free time to explore Giethoorn, Also, often on these tours there is no time to eat or you just grab something quick for lunch- not the case at all for this tour. We had plenty of time to have a nice lunch in a restaurant.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Out of town paradise:
, Jul 2018
Beautiful paradise outside the city. Tour guide gives you more than 3 hours of free time with the opportunity of renting your own small boat and explore around the canals or biking.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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