Private tour : 8-10 hours car / walk / boat / 400 km, due to the traffic, on weekends only!
This full day tour will take us around the IJsselmeer, the former Zuiderzee(South Sea), which was a part of the North Sea until 1932 when the Dutch engineer Lely finished the 30 km (20 miles)dyke that connects North Holland and Friesland and closed this part of the sea.
It is the only man-made object visible from space!!!
We will cross this dyke into Friesland, this special part of The Netherlands, centre of water sports, with their typical farms and their own language.
In Franeker we will visit the oldest working PLANETARIUM in the world, built in his sitting room by Eise Eisinga in 1778.
We will continue to the small old fishing village of Hindeloopen with its museum of ice skating and full of painted furniture.
We'll have and have lunch here or in Balk on Slooten Lake.
Then on to Giethoorn, the "Venice of the North" with its thatched roof houses, where we will take a boat trip in an electric sloop.
Back to Amsterdam trough the polders of Flevoland, 250. 000 acres of new land, reclaimed in 1970.
Enclosing Dyke, Franeker, Hindeloopen, Balk, Giethoorn, Lelystad.
If you have a special interest, let me know!!
The time we start the tour is flexible and is meant to accomodate your schedule and interests.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Anywhere in Amsterdam, hotel or cruiseterminal
End location: Anywhere in Amsterdam
Duration: 10 hours
Extra hours € 75
No long walking tours.
No evening tours.
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Rene was an incredible tour guide for my grandparents and I. My great grandfather, Cornelis Andringa, was a Frieslander, so the amount of research Rene did before the tour on our behalf really made the trip special for us. He found the port that my grandfathers father left from to sail to Ellis Island, something we could never have done without him. He also found our family's crest dating back from the 1800's, another irreplaceable memory. He had a wealth of knowledge on any topic we were curious about.