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Day tour outside of Amsterdam?

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valencia, CA
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Day tour outside of Amsterdam?

I will be staying in Amsterdam for 1 week. I have plenty I want to see/do while I am there, but would like to join a tour of some of the out laying towns. I will be traveling by myself. Does anyone have any reputable tour companies that would do a day trip? Also, how many places can I go in one day?

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If you prefer to be on a tour, this is the standard tour bus company that I'm familiar with. I'm considering a one-day trip to Belgium with this company for my next visit. www.amsterdamcitytours.com/contact-us.html There are reviews for Amsterdam City Tours here on tripadvisor: tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g188590-d2…

There are a lot of choices and you may find that going by yourself on a short train trip to Haarlem or Leiden or one of the other nearby villages or towns is a better option than a standard tour. Haarlem and Leiden are each relatively close to Amsterdam by train. In the upper right hand corner, click the link "Day Trips from Amsterdam," then select the place that looks most interesting to you, and then click "Things to Do."

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I don't know any particular tour companies but a tour that would take you to Zaanse Schans as well as some of the towns like Volendam, Edam, Marken, would be nice. Touristy, but interesting. And it would be hard work to try and combine those by doing it yourself by buses because the two areas are not very well connected by public transport.

You could also do an organized bike tour out of town with a guide and fellow travelers. Typically these rides take you past cute villages with wooden houses and some farmlands and countryside. Companies are Mike's Bikes, Yellow Bike, MacBike. Reviews for all of them can be found here on Tripadvisor. I'd first check the weather a day in advance though.

Another thing you could do as suggested above is just take a train yourself. For example to open air Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen (1 hour by train) which depicts a small village from the past, fully functioning with craftsmen at work and a classroom where you can take lessons and be scolded by the teacher :-)


The options are numerous. What sort of experience are you looking for?




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liverpool, england
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A regular bus service takes you to Zaanse Schans, 4e per person each way, goes from central station to the entrance to ZS, and would save the need for an escorted tour; entrance is free to the site, but some individual windmills cost 3euros to enter, and the museum is at extra cost; there are good guides to the site, with info online, at no cost. Maybe an idea.

Have a good time.

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In May we used this one http://www.tours-tickets.com/ Nobody proposed us, but simply they have a lot of offices so we thought they have a lot of costumers.

We wanted Countryside tour, 5 hours for 36 eur. This group was filled, so they gave us ticket for the same price for 6 hours that cost 42 eur.

They were very professional, the girl was speaking on English and Spanish, and the group/the bus was with people from all over the world. They combine groups depends which language you speak.

We were in Marken with bus, after that with boat to Volendam and on the end with bus to Zaanse Schans.In each of the three vilages we felt like we were part of some story. Our trip wouldnt be the same if we didnt take this tour to see origin Netherlands.

Bus left us on the same place where took us.

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Juejosh, yes Zaanse Schans alone is easy to do by public transport, but combining it with villages like Marken and Volendam would be hard work by bus. You'd have to go back through Amsterdam as far as I know. That's why a tour including all those (as in post 5) would be a nice idea. Saves a lot of travel time and hassle of finding out how to get there.

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Cecile, I never mentioned the other villages, was just letting the OP know that it was one place that wouldnt need to be done by tour, thats all.

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Take a train to Alkmaar and you can visit the Cheese museum and the Cheese market, from there the train to Hoorn where you can get on board of an historical train who will take you to Medemblik. From there with a boat on the Ijsselmeer to Enkhuizen where you can take the train back to Amsterdam

valencia, CA
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Thank you Hansblix,

Do you know if I can just walk out of the train station in either of the a fore mentioned villages and just walk to see everything? And do you know if it is just as easy to get myself to Bruge? It looks like i just take a train to Brussles, and take another train to Bruge. (All of the Bruge tours seem to go on Wed., and I want to go on Tues.) Any other information is very appreciated.

valencia, CA
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Thanks for all the great information Cecilia. I looked at your blog and took note of a lot of the information (especially the places that the locals go to-I usually want to avoid tourists. For my day trips I just want to be able to see some of the countryside getting to wherever I'm going, and then be able to walk around when I get there. I am considering all of the places that have been mentioned, and just have pare down my choices. If all of the people in Amsterdam are as friendly as you, I can't go wrong!