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The scenic Dutch village of Zaanse Schans is most famous for its windmills, once used to power everything from paint-making to paper production. Today, the Zaanse Schans is set up like an open-air museum, with five working windmills open to visitors. Wander the village, view the preserved architecture, and watch the locals at work—in their traditional wooden shoes and Dutch garb, naturally. Green wooden houses, a historic shipyard, and a pewter factory are among the village’s top attractions.

The Basics
The Zaanse Schans is a popular day trip destination from Amsterdam; the scenic drive through the Dutch countryside—past lovely fields, green pastures, and winding canals—is a tour highlight in and of itself. Visit on a half- or full-day tour to explore the five Dutch Golden Age windmills, including some that serve as a sawmill and an oil mill, and visit the workshops of local craftspeople. Cheese-making and clog-making demonstrations are other key experiences, in addition to pewter-casting and mustard-making demos. For a fun photo souvenir, stop by a shoemaker’s shop and try on traditional Dutch clogs and costumes. When you get hungry, pop into a bakery for a taste of the sweet white duivekater bread, head to the cheese factory for some famous Edam cheese, or step inside Albert Heijn—the village’s oldest shop—for a bag of sweets. A boat trip or a canal cruise is another excellent way to see the Zaanse Schans and the surrounding villages.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Zaanse Schans is a must-see for visitors interested in learning about traditional Dutch culture.
  • Wear comfortable shoes for exploring the outdoor area.
  • The Zaanse Schans is free to visit, but some individual attractions may require fees.
  • Not all areas are wheelchair accessible due to the historic nature of the area, but accessible bridges and parking are available. Jonge Schaap is the only wheelchair-accessible windmill.
  • Most shops and restaurants in the neighborhood accept credit and debit cards; ATMs are located at the Zaanse Schans parking office.

How to Get There
The Zaanse Schans neighborhood is set in Zaandam, near Zaandijk, about 13 miles (21 kilometers) northwest of Amsterdam. The village, located on the eastern bank of the Zaan river, is easily accessible from Amsterdam’s Centraal Station by transit—it takes less than an hour to get there by bus, train, or car. Fee-based parking is available.

When to Get There
Though there is plenty to do year-round in the Zaanse Schans, much of the village’s charm lies in its outdoor attractions, making late spring and summer the best times to visit. Winters in the Netherlands are known to be rainy and windy, so if you’re visiting then, wear warm layers under a waterproof jacket.

The Dutch and Their Bicycles 
It’s said that there are 1.5 bicycles for every inhabitant of the Netherlands. The Dutch love their bikes and can be found pedaling them to work, school, the grocery store, and everywhere else in between. Renting a bicycle is a great way to see Holland like a local. In summer, a bike tour from Amsterdam to the Zaanse Schans is a popular way to experience the quaint village and the bucolic countryside.
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Zaanse Schans and Volendam Private Day Tour in comfy private car

Zaanse Schans and Volendam Private Day Tour in comfy private car

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Swap the canals of Amsterdam for the iconic windmills of Zaanse Schans on a private day trip that comes with the flexibility to personalize your sightseeing itinerary. Ideal for visitors with limited time, this stress-free tour saves you the hassle of advance planning by including private transport and the insider knowledge of your guide.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$382.20
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Half-Day Zaanse Schans Tour from Amsterdam including Boat Ride to Zaandam

Half-Day Zaanse Schans Tour from Amsterdam including Boat Ride to Zaandam

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Explore the windmill village of Zaanse Schans and ride a boat through the Dutch countryside on a 4-hour tour from Amsterdam. Admire the picture-postcard hamlet with its traditional green-painted houses, and visit a clog workshop, cheese farm, working windmill and more. Take a boat trip on the River Zaan, passing windmills and the former warehouses of the Zaandam region as you learn about its industrial past. Plus, enjoy free time to shop, relax or visit the Czar Peter House, where the Russian ruler learnt about Dutch shipbuilding in the 1600s.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$61.55
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$61.55
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Keukenhof & Flower fields, Volendam and Windmills & Canal cruise

Keukenhof & Flower fields, Volendam and Windmills & Canal cruise

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Trade the bustling city of Amsterdam for a trip to the tulip fields on this small-group tour. Visit the famous Keukenhof Gardens to see thousands of colorful tulips and flowers. Then travel to Zaanse Schans, Edam, and Volendam to learn about Dutch culture including windmills, cheese, and clogs. At the end of your tour, receive a voucher for an Amsterdam canal cruise to use at your leisure.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$206.73
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$206.73

Discover the Dutch countryside & windmills with a private guide

Discover the Dutch countryside & windmills with a private guide

Explore the Dutch country side with this private day trip to Zaanse Schans Windmills, Volendam and Marken. Get picked up at your hotel by your private guide that will drive you around in a comfortable vehicle. After 30 minutes you will arrive at Zaanse Schans where you explore the Dutch countryside and windmills. Your private guide will tell you about the area and you have entrance to various windmills. See the inside of a Dutch windmill and explore the many traditional wooden houses, barns and shops. Your private guide will also bring you to a Dutch cheese farm to taste cheeses and a traditional Dutch waffle factory. From Zaanse Schans your private guide will drive you to Volendam and Marken. These traditional fishing villages are known for its green timbered houses and harbor. Your private guide will tell you about the interesting history of these villages and show you around. From here your guide will drive you back to the hotel.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$419.44
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Amsterdam City & Countryside Tour: The Best of both Worlds

Amsterdam City & Countryside Tour: The Best of both Worlds

The perfect day trip: Amsterdam’s highlights and the idyllic Dutch countryside. Learn about the young Jewish writer Anne Frank and explore the masters of the Golden Age, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals and Steen. Admire the line-up of 19 historical windmills in the spellbinding town of Zaanse Schans. Visit a working windmill, a cheese farm and watch a shoemaker craft clogs! We know there is a lot to discover in Amsterdam and its surrounding countryside. That’s why you can extend your Amsterdam City & Countryside Tour at any given moment. You might want to explore the fisherman village of Volendam or step on the former island of Marken. Just let your chauffeur guide know what you would like to see and he will bring you there. The staff of Dutch Tours and Transfers is determined to provide you with the best personally customized service for you to experience the wonders of Amsterdam city and its sublime surroundings.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$412.97
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Private Guided Tour to the Windmills, Cheese and Clogs, Edam & Volendam (5hrs)

Private Guided Tour to the Windmills, Cheese and Clogs, Edam & Volendam (5hrs)

In our high luxury vehicles you will be visiting the famous Zaanse Schans,Edam & Volendam. On this tour your group will be the only customer for this private tour. With our high luxury vehicles/minivan you will picked up by your hotel, cruiseport or Schiphol Airport and go on your way to the Zaanse Schans in Zaandam. Your guide will tell you on the way all about the waterlands that you will be passing. A unique history of people creating land. The windmills are a symbol of the Netherlands, but why? Lear all about it and see a windmill from inside. The private guide will take you to the cheese shops where you can see the whole process of cheese making. Of course there will be time to try the cheeses and buy some of that dutch gold. Learn all about wooden shoes and see how they are made at a life presentation. The guide will be with you the whole time, will provide you with all information you need and of course makes sure you have a fun and comfortable experience
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$485.85
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$485.85
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Private Tour to Giethoorn incl Canal Cruise and Windmills Tour from Amsterdam

Private Tour to Giethoorn incl Canal Cruise and Windmills Tour from Amsterdam

Explore the picturesque village of Giethoorn and sail down its beautiful canals during this full-day private tour from Amsterdam. Giethoorn is a car-free known for its old thatched-roof houses and boat-filled canals as well as its special museums. Then head to the Zaanse Schans district and see the famous Dutch windmills, wooden houses, and cheese factory before heading back to Amsterdam.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$382.60
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Countryside: Windmills, Cheese & Wooden Shoes

Countryside: Windmills, Cheese & Wooden Shoes

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This private day tour brings you back to the historical Dutch lifestyle and heritage. You will see the old houses, the windmills, the wooden shoes, the beautiful landscapes and other things that can’t be missed on a day out in the countryside of the Netherlands. On top of that we will see demonstrations of the Wooden Shoe process and the making of cheese (including tasting all Dutch cheeses!)
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$485.85
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$485.85
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Sightseeing Tour to the Windmills, Cheese factory and Volendam from Amsterdam

Sightseeing Tour to the Windmills, Cheese factory and Volendam from Amsterdam

Get a taste of Dutch country traditions on a private half-day trip from Amsterdam to the picturesque villages of North Holland. Explore the centuries-old industries of cheesemaking and clog carving in Zaanse Schans, famous for its working windmills that line the River Zaan. Hop back into your private vehicle for the drive to the pretty fishing village of Volendam, where there’s time to enjoy a fresh seafood lunch on the harbor or catch a ferry over to Marken, another charming heritage town.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$235.64
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Private Amsterdam City & Countryside Tour: modern culture and local folklore

Private Amsterdam City & Countryside Tour: modern culture and local folklore

Discover modern Amsterdam and the traditional Dutch countryside in this Private Half Day Tour. Canals, cozy squares, museums, windmills and... cheese! At your own pace, surrounded by comfort in a luxury vehicle with private driver. Your local chauffeur knows the region like the back of his hand. Is there anything particular you would like to see or do? Just let us know!
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  • 4 hours
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$388.68
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Private Tour from Amsterdam to the Windmills, Cheese & Clogs (Roundtrip)(4hrs)

Private Tour from Amsterdam to the Windmills, Cheese & Clogs (Roundtrip)(4hrs)

In our high luxury vehicles you will be visiting the famous Zaanse Schans. On this tour your group will be the only customer for this transfer to Zaanse Schans. With our high luxury vehicles/minivan you will picked up by your hotel, cruiseport or Schiphol Airport and go on your way to the Zaanse Schans in Zaandam. Your guide will tell you on the way all about the waterlands that you will be passing. A unique history of people creating land. The windmills are a symbol of the Netherlands, but why? Lear all about it and see a windmill from inside. The private guide will take you to the cheese shops where you can see the whole process of cheese making. Of course there will be time to try the cheeses and buy some of that dutch gold. Learn all about wooden shoes and see how they are made at a life presentation. The guide will be with you the whole time, will provide you with all information you need and of course makes sure you have a fun and comfortable experience
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$218.64
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$218.64
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Private Transfer from Amsterdam to the Windmills, Cheese and Clogs (4hrs)

Private Transfer from Amsterdam to the Windmills, Cheese and Clogs (4hrs)

In our high luxury vehicles you will be visiting the famous Zaanse Schans. On this tour your group will be the only customer for this transfer to Zaanse Schans. With our high luxury vehicles/minivan you will picked up by your hotel, cruiseport or Schiphol Airport and go on your way to the Zaanse Schans in Zaandam. Enjoying the luxury style of our cars and the Dutch countryside passing your window, you will arriving in less than 30-60 min by the Zaanse Schans. You’ll have about 2,5 hours of free time at Zaanse Schans to explore the Zaanse Schans, admiring the windmills, visit the small traditional shop, take the cheese tasting tour and you can see how they make the Woodenshoes. And when you are ready for your return your chauffeur is waiting for you to bring you back to Amsterdam. LXRYTours Amsterdam is specialized in Luxury Customized Private Tours in The Netherlands & Belgium.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$227.73
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$227.73
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4-Day Highlights of Amsterdam and Paris

4-Day Highlights of Amsterdam and Paris

Catch a glimpse of Central Europe's two most fascinating and vibrant cities. Your journey starts with a stroll around the Dutch countryside and windmills town, Zaanse Schans. And between 21 March till 10 May 2020, we will visit the beautiful garden of Europe, Keukenhof. Then you will continue to the bustling streets and canals in Amsterdam. After Amsterdam we are heading towards South to Brussels and arrive finally in the City of Lights, Paris with all its main attractions, Louvre museum, Galerie Lafayette, Eiffel tower and more, This tour will leave you a grandeur and historic feeling after those vibrant cities. You will end your tour in Paris with an unforgettable experience!
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  • 4 days
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$373.90
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$373.90

Private Countryside & Windmills day tour by Car

Private Countryside & Windmills day tour by Car

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This wonderful tour covers the magnificent Dutch polder landscape with its ribbons of farmland north of Amsterdam. You will please yourself with the visit of fishing villages marked by windmills, lakes, dikes and dams.This tour allows you to visit a working windmill, a visit to a wooden shoe manufactory and cheese farm!
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$293.61
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$293.61
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7 Day Taste of Central Europe Tour Germany, Netherlands, France, Belgium

7 Day Taste of Central Europe Tour Germany, Netherlands, France, Belgium

This week-long adventure hits several of Europe’s great cities and is an excellent choice for travelers who want to make the most of their travel time. Beginning in Amsterdam, make your way through the Dutch countryside and on to several cities across Belgium, France, Luxembourg, and Germany. See the highlights of each city via a luxury coach with the added bonus of traveling with a dedicated tour guide.
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  • 7 days
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$735.69
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$735.69

E-fatbike rental Volendam - Countryside of Amsterdam

E-fatbike rental Volendam - Countryside of Amsterdam

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Avoid the restrictions of a formal itinerary on a self-led tour of Amsterdam’s rural surrounding by e-fatbike. Customize your itinerary according to your interests, and set off to explore at a time that suits you, with a range of departure slots and rental periods to choose from. Zip between Dutch villages such as Volendam, Edam, or Marken with ease, and enjoy time away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
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  • 1 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.35
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$35.35

Amsterdam Holland Flower auction ,Cheese farm and Windmills Tour.

Amsterdam Holland Flower auction ,Cheese farm and Windmills Tour.

On this guided tour, we will meet you at your hotel and take you on this private tour along Holland's highlights, meaning: flowers, cheese and windmills. Our experienced guide will show you around and explain all details of the destinations that we will visit in a relaxed atmosphere.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,164.73
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$1,164.73
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Charming Holland - All inclusive private tour

Charming Holland - All inclusive private tour

Our travel designers will plan for you a daytrip of a lifetime. Whilst some of our customers want to base their tailor-made experience on one of our standard tours, with a few additions or alterations, others wish to do something completely different. Of course all of our tailored tours are true to our Dutch Touring spirit: where possible we will travel through the back roads, experiencing unique scenery while driving, we will make sure you enjoy a nice balance between guided walking and leisurely time, the transport will be premium and you will have a truly authentic experience from the food you eat to the places we visit. Your driver/private tour guide will be an integral part of the experience and will be on-hand to ensure all of your personal requirements are met. You can literally sit back and enjoy the ride, safe in the knowledge that all of the planning and logistics have been taken care of. Of course you can also book our standard tour for a private group.
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  • 6 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$401.63
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$401.63

Private Holland Tours

Private Holland Tours

Private Tours with the most luxury cars of the world. Lamborghini Urus Rolls - Royce Classic / Phantom / Ex Dutch Royal RR about 19 Rolls-Royces available
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  • 5 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$2,996.02
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$2,996.02
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Shun Shun exclusive customized minibus itinerary (Benelux: 1 day: multi-day also available)

Shun Shun exclusive customized minibus itinerary (Benelux: 1 day: multi-day also available)

1. Select 9-seater coaches throughout the journey to provide high-quality shuttle and sightseeing services (working 10 hours a day, based on continuous calculation) 2. The driver and tour guide (mainly in Mandarin) borrowed by Huahua throughout the journey, with rich experience and attentive service 3. Multi-day itinerary: Arrange 3-star hotel accommodation (double standard room) and daily breakfast (single room surcharge, 35 Euro per room per night) 4. Accommodation arrangements for the director 5. Toll, petrol and parking fees on the itinerary 6. 5 days tour includes 4 nights hotel accommodation, 6 days tour includes 5 nights hotel accommodation, and so on 7. Prices are negotiable during peak season and exhibition
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$659.12
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$659.12

Amsterdam Super Saver: Hop-on Hop-off Bus, 1-hr Canal Cruise and Volendam, Marken & Windmills Tour

Amsterdam Super Saver: Hop-on Hop-off Bus, 1-hr Canal Cruise and Volendam, Marken & Windmills Tour

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Maximize your time in Amsterdam and experience the best Holland has to offer with this Amsterdam Super-Saver combo. Your package includes a day outside the city, enjoying the villages of Volendam, Marken and Zaanse Schans, where you can immerse yourself in the typical Dutch culture that makes this country special. Enjoy a popular canal cruise and spend a day discovering Amsterdam on the distinctive red Hop-on Hop-off bus at your leisure. Make sure to see it all, and be able to schedule your tours at your convenience.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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$100.67
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$100.67

Holland Dutch Golden Age Private Tour (Choice of your Own Itineraries)

Holland Dutch Golden Age Private Tour (Choice of your Own Itineraries)

Choose your own adventure on this fully customizable private tour of the Netherlands. Choose from a list of top destinations; pick three that interest you the most to build your itinerary. Travel in a luxury minivan with your private group, which makes it easy to get between sites. Your guide will provide insightful commentary and answer any questions.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$750.23
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$750.23
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Customized Day Tour in the Netherlands with Art Historian

Customized Day Tour in the Netherlands with Art Historian

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Gain intimate insight into the Netherlands’ artistic heritage on this private tour from Amsterdam, led by a professional art historian. Benefit from your guide’s insider knowledge to create a fully personalized itinerary and choose from a vast range of museums, galleries, and attractions across the region, such as the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery in The Hague, or Keukenhof Gardens.
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  • 4 to 10 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$540.55
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$540.55
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Private Tour: Zaan River Cruise Including 3-Course Dinner from Amsterdam

Private Tour: Zaan River Cruise Including 3-Course Dinner from Amsterdam

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Embark on a unique culinary and sightseeing experience with a private dinner cruise along the Zaan River. Glide past windmills and through a lock system while a knowledgeable skipper and guide shares stories of life on the river and among the surrounding landscape. Toast your voyage with a glass of sparkling wine, and stop at three different riverside restaurants to complete a 3-course meal of traditional Dutch dishes. Includes pickup and drop-off from central Amsterdam hotels for a seamless and memorable day trip.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$269.64
Price varies by group size
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$269.64
Price varies by group size
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