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Amsterdam - Villages, fields & water - Durgerdam to Schellingwoude

Villages, fields & water - Durgerdam to Schellingwoude

(43 reviews)
Durgerdam / Schellingwoude, Amsterdam, Netherlands
45 mins

About the tour

Mark begins this tour on the outskirts of Amsterdam in the small village of Durgerdam and shows how the Dutch have defended themselves against water for centuries. Durgerdam is made up of a string of colourful woden houses on an ancient dike / levee and is exceptionally pretty. The walk includes a look at the tiny drawbridge behind the dike next to the old church of the village. Next Mark takes you on a 5 minute scooter ride to the next stop though typical Dutch countryside of green fields and ditches, 5 metres below sea level! His camera is in a body harness so you see what he sees and he explains what is passing by. The destination is another picturesque village, just inside the Amsterdam boudary, called Schellingwoude with it's huge community of housboats. After another very scenic walk, the tour finishes at the massive Orange Locks, which are an important part of Amsterdam's water defences.

Meet your local guide


Mark has been sharing places and stories about Amsterdam, his adopted home, for 10 years now and he is still smitten by the place! He absolutely loves distilling chunks of history into bite-sized bits of fun. The vibrancy of the city takes his breath away, and he loves finding odd little details to share. Live-streaming tours are an exciting adventure as it is possible to open places and areas that are not accessible on in-person tours!

Mark has been guiding since Dec 2011

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We're travelling to Amsterdam with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you'll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing guide.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from Amsterdam. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to book and join, but you have the option to tip the guide during the tour.

Leaving a tip will help support the guides and allow us to offer tours in more places around the world. If you aren't able to leave a tip, then it would be great if you can share the tour with friends and family to spread the word.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Maureen P.

11 April 2021

Excellent tour guide but will have to re-visit tour as I was having too many difficulties and missed a lot. But from what I saw Mark gives a great tour.

jean H.

09 April 2021

How lovely to be taken to view two villages, countryside and the waterside. Fascinating to hear of the reasoning and method of water control. Learned a great deal, all with humourous touches. Great fun.

Lynn T.

09 April 2021

Great to learn about the Dykes and Dams...very interesting.

Janet B.

09 April 2021

Mark was entertaining and very knowledgeable.

Arja J.

09 April 2021

Mark is the guide who goes the extra mile for an extraordinary experience. What a great tour to the outskirts of Amsterdam and what a great effort touring whilst on a scooter. A+++++

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