rent a boat in giethoornDiscover the Venice of Holland, Giethoorn and the surroundings and the nature area in a so called whisper boat.
These are open little boats with a silent motor which is electrical driven by a battery, that is why there called whisper boats ("punters").
Without the smell and the noise of a gasmotor the whisper boat is the ideal vehicle to discover the rustic surroundings en it is good for the conservation of the environment.
You may talk out loud in a whisper boat...........
Rental boats: There are 38 boats for rent at Canal touring and boat rental company The little swan ('t Zwaantje) in Giethoorn. Our boats have the nice colour red. The boats admit seats for 4 or 5 adults (depending on weight); there are some familyboats for ± 8 adults, max. 10 persons per boat.
Ofcourse you can also rent a boat just the two of you or alone, the prices are per boat.
You have to stear yourself. You get an explanation of the simple operation of the electrical motor and of the route; with the plan of the route you cannot miss the way "home".
The bottom of the boats are very flat (stability); the water in the canals and the lake is shallow water and are only 1 meter deep; so the boats are very suitable for families with children. It is possible to hire life-jackets for little kids.
The minimum boattrip (time for hire) is 1 hour; you see the most tourist part of Giethoorn (In the highseason from July - September 2012, festive day's and all day s with temperatures above 20ºC the minimum rent is 2 hours).
There are more possibilities: 2, 3, 4 hours or even throughout the day. With a boat you are very flexibel. Further explanations at the boatrental cashdesk.
All boattours can be made guarantueed within the time mentioned.
We have plans in German, English, Dutch, French, Italian and Spanish.
Would you like to have more background information about Giethoorn? Rent the city audio guide tour. You can listen to the mp4 player with or without the earphones. Available in Dutch, German and English.
At all the tours you will pass the little isle in the lake (about half hour from point of departure). You only can get at the isle by boat; this place is very suitable for taking a swim or picknick. The water is very unshallow, only 1 meter deep.
Stearing the boat is with the motorhandle or a stearingwheel. The difference is that you have the wheel in front of you and you don't have to stear in the opposite direction; most people find this easier to handle.
Pictures at the bottom motor's of the standard boats, above left with the stearing wheel and at the top right the motor of the 6 and 10 persons boat.
Why to rent a boat with company the little swan?:
- We are a professionel boat rental company
- Every year the batteries of the boats are replaced by new ones
- Helpdesk phonenumbers available during your boattrip
- In case we can't solve the problem on the phone, your boat, motor will be replaced or we come to pick you up.
- Very detailed maps of the boattour, available in German, English, French, Italian and Spanish
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