Day trips & excursions

Netherlands off the beaten track hidden gems tour

Availability: Tuesdays and Fridays
Duration: 9 hours
Mobile voucher accepted
Do this because
  • Escape the noise and traffic of the city for a day
  • Perfect for the whole family to experience - the more the merrier
  • Unique experience - definitely something to write home about
  • Make your friends back home envious with great photo ops
What to expect

This day trip takes you to 5 lesser-known places in the Netherlands on a day trip from Amsterdam. See the monumental village of De Rijp and the windmill of Schermerhorn. Experience the oldest working planetarium in the world and be amazed by the mummies of Wieuwerd!

First, you will travel to De Rijp which resembles an open-air museum. Walk along beautiful wooden houses, white bridges over the water and an incredible townhall from the Dutch golden age. If you're looking for instagrammable pictures, don't look any further!

Continue to Schermerhorn where, in the Dutch golden age 52 windmills made land out of water, and visit one of the few remaining windmills! You can explore it from bottom to top where you will also view the surrounding landscape.

Then head to the province of Friesland to explore Franeker. This town (one of the famous 11 cities of Friesland) is home to the oldest working planetarium in the world. Admire the moving model of the solar system that was built between 1774 and 1781, suspended from the ceiling of a canal house.

In the Frisian village of Wieuwerd go inside the local church where you will see four mummies lying in a crypt dating back three centuries.

Finally, on the way back to Amsterdam, you will stop at the Afsluitdijk. This world-famous water barrier is the most impressive example of Dutch water management. The construction of the 32 kilometers long dyke started a hundred years ago and connects the provinces of Noord Holland and Friesland. Snap photos from the watchtower for a splendid image of the wadden sea at one side and the IJsselmeer lake on the other.

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What's included
  • English speaking guide
  • Admission fees (Museummill Schermerhorn, Planetarium Franeker and crypt of the mummies in Wieuwerd)
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Transportation in air-conditioned vehicle
What's not included
  • Additional food and drinks
Reduced price
  • Children ages (0-15): reduced
Where

De Ruyterkade 5, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Meeting point:

Meet your guide opposite "Kamer van Koophandel” (chamber of Commerce). Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the tours departure.

What to remember
  • Tour operates with a minimum of 3 guests
  • Small-group tour for a maximum of 8 guests
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When
  • Tuesdays and Fridays at 9.00am
  • Tours are available from May through October
  • Please see calendar for exact available dates
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Provider
Best of The Netherlands tours
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100 % refund if you cancel up to 1 day before the activity begins.

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