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Dutch Wetlands Canoe Safari from Amsterdam


68 EUR

Get back to nature on a guided canoe tour of the Dutch wetlands just 15 minutes from Amsterdam. This active safari will introduce you to fascinating plants and birdlife, and take you on a journey through unique landscapes, past floating villages, and to a charming island for a picnic lunch.

Duration: 5 hours
    Available in
  • English,
  • Dutch
Tour by Majel

Majel Tromp is the founder of Wetlands Safari. She grew up in the Lake District, the Wieden in North West Overijssel, known of the village Giethoorn. In the 1980s she studied environmental science at the College in Deventer and wrote papers how can you bring nature and people together.

After her studies, she travelled for 10 years around the world. Was representative of Dutch travel organisations. In addition, she sailed the Pacific and Atlantic oceans and went to the skipper school in Enkhuizen. Water is the central subject in her life and she wants to share this passion with you.

Majel likes to show you the backwaters of Amsterdam in a different way.

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  • Explore the Dutch wetlands by canoe and head deep into dense reed-land
  • Admire the picturesque Dutch landscape
  • See black-tailed godwits and other birdlife up close
  • Smell the wonderfully spicy aroma of wetland plants and their fascinating flowers
  • Enjoy a picnic on a peaceful island
  • Take the chance to walk on water!
  • start canoeing at a local house of the owner of Wetlands Safari

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Wetlands Safari is an active nature excursion that has been operating since 1995. This tour gives you the chance to experience a peaceful canoe ride deep into the Dutch moorland meadows just 10 minutes from Amsterdam Nortfh (meetingpoint metro statiom Amsterdam Noord. You will be guided through tranquil waterways reminiscent of 17th-century landscape paintings, passing villages built on both water and land along the way. In this unique setting dominated by dense reed-land, you will also see numerous song- and waterbirds, and smell the wonderfully spicy aroma of fascinating wetland plants.

Where possible, we will get out of the canoes and take a small walk into the reed-lands. Your professional English-speaking guide will tell you about plants and wildlife in the area, and also explain the origins of this special landscape – the very same landscape that inspired some of Holland’s most famous painters including Rembrandt and Ruysdael back in the Golden Age.

Halfway through the tour we will visit an island and enjoy a peaceful picnic. You will feel as if you are a million miles from Amsterdam.

We are working with small groups, maximum 10 adults

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What’s included & not included

  • Public transport from Amsterdam Noord
  • Friendly and professional local guide
  • A drink before and after the tour
  • Canoe
  • Picnic including a selection of Dutch products
  • Hotel pick up

Meeting point

Metro Noord, Exit Termini, Bushaltes A. You will find the guide with the sign Wetlands Safari (Termini, Amsterdam, Nederland)

Reviews from travellers (16)


Highly Recommend
For anyone visiting Amsterdam for more than a couple of days, this tour is a must. Our wonderful, friendly and knowledgeable guide met us at Amsterdam's main bus station and, just half an hour later, we were paddling through a picturesque Dutch village along a web of rural canals learning about the wetlan landscape, local nature and history. A delicious picnic was just another highlight. Highly recommended.
Easy, fun, and informative
Mabel was great. Easy day trip from Amsterdam.
Wetlands Wonderland
There wasn't a single aspect of this tour that I didn't enjoy. Majel was a funny, organized, knowledgeable, and skilled guide. She made it easy to relax, learn, and enjoy. The only thing that bothered me is that it had to end. Keep up the great work, Majel!
Wetlands Safari
I enjoyed the information provided on this expedition. It was a relaxing and fun day, not too strenuous but a pleasure being outside exploring an area just outside of Amsterdam. It helped me on the following days as I continued to remember various anecdotes about the Netherlands that helped me understand my visit and expand my depth of knowledge.

This operator has 2 reviews for other tours


for Majel’s tour (Sunset Canoe Safari from Amsterdam)
The safary adventure is a great experience. Allowing an intimate encounter with the semi urban & nature of Amsterdanm's canals. It is a calm relaxing enjoyable time. Majel the organizer & guide is wonderfull & is doing her best for near perfect experience. We even had a great picnic in the wild. Suitable for mostly all ages.... you deffinatley want to join.
for Majel’s tour (Sunset Canoe Safari from Amsterdam)
you won't get to see these things from sightseeing.
It was aamazing, it was only my girlfriend and I— thought hear they have much much agree tour groups— it was incredible. The free drinks and picnic was perfect. And canoeing through holland field ad learning about the people and land was unforgettable. Easily thee best thing we have done while staying in Amsterdam.
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