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Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Volendam, and Marken Day Trip

1. Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Volendam, and Marken Day Trip

Enjoy the picturesque Dutch countryside on a day trip by comfortable bus. Encounter the famous windmills, and learn about Dutch traditional crafts.Take advantage of free WiFi on board the bus as you travel. Discover the unique village of Zaanse Schans. Stroll around at your leisure and admire the well-preserved historic windmills and houses. Explore the fishing village of Volendam, visit a cheese shop still making cheese using a traditional Dutch method, and join a demonstration about Volendam cheese. Enjoy lunch at a traditional fish restaurant at your own expense, before exploring more of Volendam. Select the all-inclusive tour option for more activities including a boat ride to Marken, a visit to an operating windmill, and a clog-making demonstration.

Volendam: Express Boat Cruise to Marken Island

2. Volendam: Express Boat Cruise to Marken Island

Make the most of your time in the Netherlands and visit the traditional harbour villages of Volendam and Marken with a one-way or return trip ticket. Hop onboard the vessel from Volendam Harbour, then begin the tranquil 30-minute cruise to Marken where plenty of sightseeing and scenic views await. You can start your trip from Marken as well. As you sail, marvel at stunning views of the coastline and learn about the former Zuiderzee area from an insightful audioguide. Along the way, admire the colorful rows of fishermen’s houses that line the shore and get a sense of local life in the village. Upon arrival in Marken, disembark the boat then head off to explore the island at your own pace. On the island, be amazed by the differences between Volendam and Marken despite their close proximity. When the adventure is over, make your way back to the vessel for the return journey to Volendam.

Lisse: Drive-it-Yourself Tulip Fields GPS Audio Tour

3. Lisse: Drive-it-Yourself Tulip Fields GPS Audio Tour

Experience the enchanting and iconic tulip fields at their purest. You will enjoy a drive-it-yourself trip through the famous flower bulb region, taking in the colors and smells, and stopping as often as you want for a selfie among the tulip and flower fields. Drive in a sturdy open-cab Twizy over a 20-kilometer route past the colorful tulip and flower fields. The road will lead you through the famous flower bulb region and to an authentic flower bulb nursery. Throughout your tour, your audio guide will inform you of all the ins and outs of the area, whilst also sharing interesting facts about the tulip industry, Cruise down country roads along the flowering tulips and park your Twizy beside the road to admire the sea of flowers up close. Driving a Renault Twizy is super easy and fun, and on the road, you will be sure to attract a lot of attention. For kids ages 4 - 16yrs, there is a challenging treasure hunt, will they crack the code of the safe and win a cool prize?

Amsterdam: 20-Minute Flyboard/Jetpack Flight

4. Amsterdam: 20-Minute Flyboard/Jetpack Flight

If you have ever wondered what it would feel like to be a dolphin and shoot through the water, jump into the sky, and dive back into the waves, then this fly-board adventure is just for you! A unique extreme sports activity, the fly-board is very easy to use. You do not need a lot of training or strength to have fun, which means that virtually anyone can handle it, regardless of how old or fit they are. After a short introduction from the fly-board team, strap on your fly-board and other provided equipment, and shoot into the air for unique views of Amsterdam. Dive into the water to discover the endless possibilities of fly-boarding.

From Amsterdam: Villages and Windmills, and Panoramic Tour

5. From Amsterdam: Villages and Windmills, and Panoramic Tour

The day trip will start with a beautiful panoramic tour around the city center of Amsterdam from the bus, with the most iconic places out of the city center. After this panoramic view in Amsterdam, the first stop on this 8-hour trip from Amsterdam will be the windmills in Zaanse Schans. Continue to the region of Waterland, and visit the villages of Edam, Volendam and Marken. Your guide will tell you about the history of each place and the churches and traditional houses of the 15th century. Visit a factory where the clogs popular in this part of the country are made. Learn how they produce world-famous Dutch cheeses as well. Spend some of your free time enjoying a meal (not included in the tour price), before returning to Amsterdam at around 5:30 PM.

Lisse: Drive-it-Yourself Electric Dune & Beach Audio Tour

6. Lisse: Drive-it-Yourself Electric Dune & Beach Audio Tour

Enjoy a leisurely journey across the coastal region of South-Holland in an electric, 2-person Renault Twizy with GPS navigation. The unique open and contemporary design of electric car will give you a sense of freedom on the open road. You feel, smell and experience where you drive. Ride through nature, sand dunes, and picturesque coastal villages at your own pace. As you explore the area, an onboard audio guide shares additional information and facts about the area. Park the Twizy to see the beach and sea up close for some excellent photo opportunites.

From Amsterdam: Group Tour to Hoge Veluwe National Park

7. From Amsterdam: Group Tour to Hoge Veluwe National Park

Discover the beautiful scenery of the Hoge Veluwe National Park on a guided tour from Amsterdam. Admire the variety of wildlife that can be spotted in the park, as well as the beautiful rural scenery. Start with pickup from a meeting point in central Amsterdam in the morning. Travel to the Hoge Veluwe National Park and stop at several lookouts and wildlife viewing areas. Keep a look out for wild boars, red deer, roe deer, mouflon, and possibly wolves. You will receive tea or coffee, as well as a light snack to recharge during your exploration of the park. If you wish you can discover the park at your leisure by bicycle. For those who are more interested in art or architecture, you can be dropped at the entrance of the country residence/museum Jachthuis Sint Hubertus or the Kröller-Müller Museum. After exploring the park, board the bus and relax on the journey back to Amsterdam.

Volendam: E-Bike Rental With Suggested Countryside Route

8. Volendam: E-Bike Rental With Suggested Countryside Route

Depart from the old harbour in Volendam on your E-bike to explore multiple villages. Along the route you will see a beautiful windmill, lots of meadows, countless number of cows and sheep, and you will cross the famous Dutch dikes. From Volendam, you can ask for advice as to which villages you would like to visit with your E-bike. Within one hour you can easily visit Edam, an almost 800 year old town north of Volendam. Edam is famous for its peaceful narrow alleys and small canals, the beautiful façades of the cosy houses, and the unique small boutiques. Also Edam is known for its cheese market where visitors can both taste and purchase various cheeses. Another town,Monnickendam, can also be visited in only one hour of cycling. When walking or cruising around in the old centre of Monnickendam it will feel like you have gone back in time. If you have more time to spend, it is highly recommended that you go from Volendam to Monnickendam and from Monnickendam to the former island of Marken. Marken is a stunning town with lovely bridges over the small canals and really nice wooden façades. Why book your vehicles with Rent & Event? Safety comes first! Before we send you off on your way we will make sure you have exactly the right vehicle for your comfort, whether it be a bike or electric vehicle. If you feel you need to bike with a helmet, just let us know and we will make sure you have one. Our expert staff will make sure you know how to work your chosen vehicle and let you ride on it first to make sure you are comfortable with it and know how it works. We have various routes to choose from where you can easily go off on your own. Just scan the code and the route will open in Googlemaps. (Make sure your maps is set to bike and not car for routes). Thousands of people have done this and we haven’t lost one person yet . If you prefer a guided tour instead, we can arrange that as well. (guide requests must be made well in advance). Do you need support or have questions when you are on your way? Fear not as we are just a phone call away. Our office is ready to answer any questions or offer support with anything you may need.

Amsterdam 5-Hour Guided Canoe Trip in the Wetlands

9. Amsterdam 5-Hour Guided Canoe Trip in the Wetlands

Start off this 5-hour trip by taking public transportation to a small village near the wetlands area. After a cup of coffee in a local village house, begin your guided canoe trip. Note that there will be 2-3 people per canoe. The guide will tell you all about the unique wetlands area and how it came to be. After the tour, you’ll have a better understanding of why Amsterdam was built the way it was. At the half-way point, stop at an island where you’ll enjoy a picnic with a variety of products such as juices from the region, fresh fruit, all kinds of cheeses, bread, pasta, and more. On the way back, see real Dutch windmills – and they may be smaller than you expected! You can also stop for a swim when it’s warm enough. Before heading back to Amsterdam, there’ll be time for a drink at the local village house that was your starting point.

Amsterdam: 2-Hour Guided Canoe Trip

10. Amsterdam: 2-Hour Guided Canoe Trip

Travel by ferry and bike, bus, or drive to Watergang from Amsterdam. Meet your guide at the blue house in the village, where you will have a short introduction before you canoeing. Canoe for 2 hours through the village and meadows. Learn about the Dutch waterways and water management as you canoe. Halfway the tour you get, the guide will offer you a drink. After the canoe trip, you can relax in the guide’s garden, where you can have a picnic or snacks (not included in the tour price). The village is very small and don't have any shop or café. Bring your own is not a problem.

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What people are saying about North Holland

I saw that experience of the Windmills go, being inside one of them was great. Beautiful nature during the tour, Green pastures and beautiful cows and sheep. An unforgettable experience and one that we must see again when we return. Going to the Cheese Factory sailing to get there was incredible. Agustin a very good guide. Thank you

This tour was well organized and very informative. The bus was comfortable and the guide was friendly. We enjoyed all 4 stops so much. The places are very beautiful and iconic. I would do this tour again in a heartbeat!

The local tour guides are very knowledgeable to share us the story of the places of interest. Overall tour arranged timely, bus is clean.

Friendly guides who made the tour very interesting and informative.

This is a great experience. Very organize and informative.