Why would you want to take excursions from Amsterdam? Well, it gives you more of an insight into Dutch culture, people, and towns without much effort on your part while still staying in the heart of the Netherlands. Because I know how hard it is to stay away from Amsterdam!
It’s an incredible place with lots to do and see. Taking a stroll along the canals, taking a cruise through the canal belt, wandering through the Rijksmuseum and any of the dozens of other museums, are all things you do when in the city.
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If you’ve been to Amsterdam before but it’s calling you back, don’t hesitate to stay in your favorite hotel and go to your favorite restaurants, but keep an open mind to what else the Netherlands has to offer. Maybe you’ve seen my post about day trips from Amsterdam if not, it’s a helpful one to check out. If you like doing things on your own, that’s the way to go. But if you have a group of people you’re traveling with, or just don’t want to leave things to chance (hello, stress!) then these guided excursions are the perfect things for you!
These excursions are super easy day trips from Amsterdam, so you don’t have to worry about taking too much time from your vacation to do them. Besides, you are typically back for dinner! Want recommendations for that? Here are my favorite spots to eat in Amsterdam.
Now, onto the trips that will entice you to get outside the city for a while…
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Travel to Marken and Volendam and/or Edam
The excursion to Marken and Volendam comes in a few different forms. The options range from cycling to the towns (I’ve done it to Volendam!), to big buses or mini-buses, or even electric bikes. No matter which way you book it, you’ll see the beautiful Dutch countryside. In case you want to squeeze a bit more in your day, some tours include visits to farms, clogging making shops, and more. You can even find a few that visit a third town, Edam.
Explore all the options while checking prices and dates, then you’re ready to book!
Explore the windmills at Zaanse Schans
When you think of Holland, you think of windmills, right? Of course, you do! If you want to dive right into that part of the culture if you definitely want to visit Zaanse Schans. The best options are a regular bus tour (cheaper), a small group bus tour (a bit pricer), a combo with bus tour plus THIS IS HOLLAND: The Ultimate 5D Flight Experience and a canal cruise in Amsterdam (best value).
To explore all the options available, just click here to search Zaanse Schans on GetYourGuide.
Excursion to Giethoorn
This might just be the most photogenic place, anywhere! I’ve written about how to visit Giethoorn on your own, but I had so many people reach out for guided trips that I have to add this. It is a bit of a to-do to get there on your own, so here are a bunch of options for you to visit this picturesque, Instagram-worthy, charming little Dutch town on the water. My number one tip when there is to take a canal cruise! To be fair, that’s pretty much my tip when you go anywhere with water.
Visit Kinderdijk plus Rotterdam or The Hague
Can’t get enough windmills? Kinderdijk is the answer to your woes. This combination tour is made for maximizing time with a visit to Kinderdijk and The Hague which is where the political capital is and where the Royal family lives. The other option is to visit Rotterdam and Kinderdijk together. My suggestion would be to take the Kinderdijk and The Hague tour, and then visit Rotterdam on your own and take various tours while there. Getting to Rotterdam is as easy as taking the Intercity Direct (buy the special ticket from the big yellow machines at Central Station).
See the flowers at de Keukenhof (seasonal)
Each year, between March and May the Keukenhof is open for visitors with more flowers than you can imagine in this massive garden. There are a bunch of options for tickets that include transportation and other combinations that are worth sorting through. Even if you want to go to the Keukenhof with no extras, you’ll want a bus/entrance ticket combo, it makes life so much easier and that’s how we get there as well. Don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers! 🙂
Excursions like these are great when you just don’t want to have to figure all out on your own. Many are actual tours as well where you get information that you may not have gotten if you venture out on your own. Of course, you give up a bit of freedom to wander due to time, but there’s give and take in everything. It’s like cruising — you only unpack once and see a ton but you have to be back on the boat at a specific time. Can’t have it all!
If you take one of these guided day trips from Amsterdam, please let us know how you liked it! We always love to hear from you, so leave us a comment.
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Ready to take the trip?
Here’s your toolkit full of links so you don’t have to go searching!
- Get more info on your destination through guidebooks.
- Find the right hotel for you on Booking.com through the incredible amount of filters available.
- Discover the perfect experience through GetYourGuide. From transit tickets to food tours, it’s all right here.
- Need a flight? Gotcha covered with Skyscanner (USA people, THIS link is for you).
- Already in Europe and just need a bus or train. We always use Omio because it’s so easy!
Now, go and have an AMAZING time! Don’t forget to tag us on Instagram (@awanderlustforlife) so we can see you memorable experiences.