Private day tours from Amsterdam

Private countryside tour: the highlights of Holland

A complete package with transport and guide

Private day tours from Amsterdam

Looking for private day tours from Amsterdam? Enjoy a carefree day trip (7 hours) to the highlights of Holland, like windmills, tulips, small villages and the countryside.

At Holland Windmills we like to show the secret spots of Holland and the places where the big crowds can’t come. We also love to show the seasonal highlights of Holland, just for you.

Scroll down to see some example itineraries of private day tours from Amsterdam.

Holland Windmills provides a carefree package for private day tours from Amsterdam. For your holiday in Holland and Amsterdam we can arrange everything, including transport and professional guides.

Experience the best Holland has to offer outside of Amsterdam with our Private countryside tour: the highlights of Holland with guide and transport.

Historic Landmarks

See the famous windmills near Amsterdam, taste Dutch cheese and discover small countryside villages.

Live Tour

No fixed itineraries or taped messages: all our tours are live!

Professional Guides

Our guides are born + raised in Amsterdam and know Holland by heart. One of us even worked at a windmill!

Pick-up from your hotel

Pick-up and drop off at your hotel in or around Amsterdam.

Award winning tour

Our tour was awarded Best Cultural Tour in The Netherlands 2022 and 2023 at the World Travel and Hospitality Awards. That’s 2 years in a row!

Custom made itineraties

At Holland Windmills we like to show the things you like. That’s why every tour is custom made. Just tell us your wishes and we’ll make your dream day out. Get in touch and let us take care of it. 

Trip itinerary example 1: Windmills & Villages

This is our most popular itinerary and a good choice for first time visitors to Holland. You experience Holland in a nutshell, with windmills, countryside and famous villages like Volendam and Marken. There's also plenty of cheese, chocolate and waffles, so you definitely won't go hungry! This route is directly north of Amsterdam.

9:00 - Pick-up at hotel
We normally pick you up at 9 in the morning. Later or earlier is no problem.
9:30 - Zaanse Schans windmill village
We visit the Zaanse Schans windmill village. Of course we go into one of the windmills and see how it works.
11:30 - Cheese farm
We visit a cheese farm near Edam, one of the famous cheese making towns in Holland.
12:30 - Volendam
Volendam lies on a dike next to a big fresh water lake. Volendam is also a good place to try some Dutch seafood, like herring.
13:30 - Lunch in Marken
We go for lunch in the picturesque town of Marken. Whether you like to eat in a fine restaurant or just grab a cheese sandwich: just let us know and we’ll arrange it for you!
15:00 - Waterland
We drive through Waterland, the ‘wetlands of Amsterdam’. It’s an area with cute little villages, like Zuiderwoude, Broek in Waterland and Ransdorp.
16:00 - Back in Amsterdam
Our guide drops you off at your hotel.

Trip itinerary example 2: Castles & Gardens

This is a gorgeous trip to the southeast of Amsterdam. We show you the hidden spots we Dutch like to keep secret for the outside world. We see the fortified towns and countryside castles that form the ancient defence line of Amsterdam, now UNESCO World Heritage. Afterwards we drive along beautiful rivers to the summer palaces of wealthy merchands of the Golden Age.

9:00 - Pick-up at hotel
We normally pick you up at 9 in the morning.
9:30 - Amsterdam Castle
We visit Muiden and the Muiderslot, also known as Amsterdam Castle.
11:00 - Naarden Fortress Village
Naarden is a star-shaped fortress village. It was the key to the defence of Holland.
12:00 - River palaces
We drive along small, dreamy rivers like the Vecht and the Angstel. These streams are lined with summer palaces from the 17th century, like Castle Nederhorst and Castle Loenersloot.
14:00 - Ouderkerk aan de Amstel
Following the streams Holendrecht and Bullewijk we head to Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, an ancient village just south Amsterdam.
15:00 - River Amstel
We drive north along the Amstel, the river that gave Amsterdam its name.
16:00 - Back in Amsterdam
We drop you off at your hotel.

Trip itinerary example 3: Old Holland

This route shows the best of Old Holland. It's a region with open spaces, big skies, reclaimed land, picturesque villages and of course windmills. It's not yet discovered by mass tourism: you won't find any other visitor here.

09:00 - Pick-up at hotel
We leave at 9AM and drive to Alkmaar.
10:00 - Alkmaar
We visit Alkmaar. Every friday from the end of March to the end of September Alkmaar has the famous cheese market. Probably the best in The Netherlands.
11:30 - Into Low Holland
We head to the Schermer, one of the largest reclaimed land areas in Holland. It’s completely flat and stretches out over the horizon. We can visit one of the mills that drained the water back in the 17th century.
12:00 - The Schermer
This is the most iconic Dutch landscape there is: flat green pastures with cows, dikes and windmills.
13:00 - Fishing village Graft-De Rijp
De Rijp used to be a fishing and whaling village. Then the sea was reclaimed and De Rijp got surrounded by land on all sides. De Rijp is like a time capsule. It’s one of the most cute villages in Holland.
13:45 - The Beemster
The Beemster is the most awesome reclaimed land area. It’s also the place where the famous Beemster cheese is made. We can visit the cheese factory and drink fresh apple juice straight from the orchard.
14:30 - Zaanse Schans
We save the best for last: the final stop is Zaanse Schans windmill village.
16:00 - Back in Amsterdam
We drop you off at your hotel.

Trip itinerary example 4: the tulip tour

On this Tulip tour from Amsterdam you will experience the very best Holland has to offer, in our most beautiful season: springtime! During this seasonal tour (from the end of March through April and the first weeks of May) you will see the famous tulip fields near Amsterdam. The tulips of Holland only bloom in springtime. After the tulips we also visit the windmills of the Zaanse Schans and a cheese farm near Edam. Of course there's also time for lunch.

9:00 - Pickup
We pick you up at your hotel in Amsterdam and drive to the tulip fields near Lisse. We leave as early as possible to beat the crowds.
10:00 - Flower fields
We have our first view over the flower fields near Lisse. Be ready to be awed!
10:30 - Keukenhof
Visit to the Keukenhof, the largest flower garden in the world. We spend two hours here, enough time to enjoy this wonderful place.
12:30 - Departure
We drive to the Zaanse Schans, the famous windmill village.
13:00 - Windmills
We visit windmill village the Zaanse Schans.
14:00 - Departure
We drive to a local cheese farm near Edam.
14:30 - Cheese farm
We arrive at the cheese farm. Here we see how Dutch cheese is produced. A wooden shoe maker will demonstrate how clogs are made.
15:15 - Departure
We leave for Amsterdam.
16:00 - Return to Amsterdam
We drop you off at your hotel in Amsterdam.

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