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Amsterdam: Small-Group Bike Tour of Central Amsterdam

1. Amsterdam: Small-Group Bike Tour of Central Amsterdam

Discover the sights of central Amsterdam 2ith an expert guide riding by your side. You’ll learn about the city’s culture, see important historical sites, and famous hotspots as well as lesser-known local favorites.  Start your journey near the central station, pass the impressive A’DAM Tower, and ride over to the Western Islands, which are filled with charming drawbridges, old warehouses, and chic artists studios.  Continue along the Brouwersgracht Canal and visit the trendy Jordaan and 9 Street districts flanked by indie boutiques, cozy cafes, and hip eateries. As you ride deeper into the city center, you will enter the Grachtengordel neighborhood and zoom past the Westerkerk (Western Church) and the historic Anne Frank House.  Feel the buzz of music and street performers around Leidseplein Square, a busy theater district with a buzzing nightlife.  After so much excitement, enjoy a pleasant break in the Vondelpark, the largest park in Amsterdam and the most famous park in the Netherlands. Feeling recharged, circle the Museum Quarter and ride through the narrow streets of the Bohemian-influenced De Pijp neighborhood.  Cross the iconic Magere Brug (skinny bridge), a wooden drawbridge over the River Amstel, and arrive at the famed Artis Zoo leading into the Maritime Quarter.  Admire the impressive replica of a 17th-century Dutch East Indian Company ship at the Salt Harbour, before returning to back where your bike journey began.

Amsterdam 1.5-Hour Private Beer Bike Experience

2. Amsterdam 1.5-Hour Private Beer Bike Experience

Climb aboard Amsterdam's unique beer bike tour with your friends, colleagues, or family and discover Amsterdam in an unforgettable way. Cycle past the nicest and most modern cafes, discover the innovatively built hotels, and enjoy a delicious cold beer or a bubbly Prosecco while cycling with your party. The beer bike comes with its own designated driver, known as "BOB", Bewust Onbeschonken Bestuurder (Conscious Sober Driver), removing that awkward choice of who will stay sober for the night.

Amsterdam: Windmills, Cheese & Clogs Countryside E-Bike Tour

3. Amsterdam: Windmills, Cheese & Clogs Countryside E-Bike Tour

Leave behind the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam by taking a ferry to the countryside and embarking on an e-bike tour just outside the city. Cycle through Broek in Waterland past canals, bridges, and historical farms with a guide. Then, visit an authentic cheese farm to see how cheese and clogs are made. Start your bike tour by taking the ferry to the north side of Amsterdam. See the Amsterdam Tower and the Eye Film Museum, a unique introduction to Amsterdam's Old Holland area. Afterward, cycle through the natural area of Waterland. This flat landscape offers views of moments that feel lost in time, as you encounter expansive fields and traditional Dutch farmers going about their daily lives. Cycle through the ancient villages of Broek, where time seems to have completely stopped. The land is protected by kilometers of dikes and pumping stations, allowing picturesque villages to blossom, and the region to become a hot spot for outdoor activities on land and on water. Finally, visit a windmill, and a local farm that produces cheese that is exported around the world.

Amsterdam: Private BBQ Cruise with Live Cook and Drinks

4. Amsterdam: Private BBQ Cruise with Live Cook and Drinks

Tasty food, drinks, and boating on Amsterdam’s canals are the features of this unique tour. Enjoy the city’s sights along with a tasty BBQ or vegetarian menu on this private 2-hour cruise. The private cruise takes you along the Herengracht, Keizersgracht, and Prinsengracht, and by the Red Light district. Experience the history and the hotspots of the capital city. If you’re interested, you can hear fascinating stories about Amsterdam from the skipper. There are no concerns about the weather on this outing as the boat is equipped with a canopy. BBQ Menu: Pepper Steak, Shashlick, 2 skewers of chicken satay, sausages, hamburger Salads: Raw vegetables, potatoes, Russian and cucumber salads Sauces: Garlic, cocktail, BBQ, and satay Extras: Focaccia bread and herbed butter Vegetarian Menu: Vegetarian satay, vegetable burgers, vegetarian chicken, and vegetable skewers Salads: Raw vegetables, potatoes, Russian and cucumber salads Sauces: Garlic, cocktail, BBQ, and satay Extras: Focaccia bread and herbal butter Refreshments: Unlimited beer, prosecco, and soft drinks

Amsterdam: Countryside Bike Tour and Zaanse Schans Windmills

5. Amsterdam: Countryside Bike Tour and Zaanse Schans Windmills

Learn about Dutch culture and history as you discover the area of Zaanse Schans on a half-day bicycle tour from Amsterdam. Meet your guide at Amsterdam Central Station and travel to Zaandam by train to start the bicycle tour. Cycle past industrial windmills and admire the beautiful landscape. Stop at a sawmill to learn how it operates, and visit a paper mill to see how paper was made in the 17th century. Pedal through the stunning wetlands, painted by Monet at the end of the 19th century. Pass the neighborhood of Domineestuin, filled with authentic wooden houses, before arriving in Zaanse Schans. Park your bicycle and enjoy a demonstration of how clogs are made. Take the opportunity to taste delicious Gouda cheese, a local specialty. After a fantastic half-day experience, return by bike to Zaandam and board the train back to Amsterdam Central Station, where your tour will end.

Amsterdam: Beer Bike Ride and Booze Cruise Combo Tour

6. Amsterdam: Beer Bike Ride and Booze Cruise Combo Tour

This 3-hour two-part tour is the perfect way to take your trip to this famous city to the next level! You and your friends can ride 2 Dutch unique transportation methods - bike and boat. This deal is perfect for bachelor and bachelorette, birthdays, or a special occasion to celebrate, party, and see the sights. The beer bike is our most popular activity! Our beer bikes are driven by professional, sober drivers who can also double as a tour guide. The beer bike is suitable for 6-17 people. Are you a larger party? Then no problem, we have multiple beer bikes available. The Booze Cruise will start right in the heart of Amsterdam and take you along the waters of the city's famous and historic canals, whilst you get the party started! Your private boat, stocked with beer, wine and soft drinks, together with one of our exceptional skippers, will be ready for you and your friends.

From Amsterdam: Countryside Bike Tour

7. From Amsterdam: Countryside Bike Tour

Escape the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam for the day and discover the Dutch countryside on bike. Departing from the city center, take the ferry over the beautiful IJ-lake. Ride your bike over dams and dikes, past picturesue villages and through scenic landscapes. Your guide will tell you about the history of this country and the villages you will be seeing. You will learn about watermanegement while cycling over the embankments that keep the Dutch feet dry. Halfway through the tour, stop for coffee in a lovely little restaurant in Holysloot, a tiny village in the farmlands of Holland. Ask your guide all your questions and enjoy a relaxing break in this peaceful place. The homemade apple pie that's served here is world-famous and the perfect fuel to keep you going. After the refreshment break, continue to Ransdorp. Witness the beauty of this former capital of the Waterland region with its iconic flat church tower and fascinating history. Later, begin the journey back to the city. Before getting back, stop to see Holland's last chalk windmill for another iconic photo opportunity. Learn about the functioning of windmills and the mill industry of Holland in the 17th and 18th centuries. Soon after leaving the windmill behind you will arrive back in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam: Guided Countryside 4-Hour Bike Tour

8. Amsterdam: Guided Countryside 4-Hour Bike Tour

Discover a picture perfect landscape on the outskirts of Amsterdam on a half-day bike tour of the Dutch countryside. Depart from the city center, close to Central Station, and transfer to the Waterland District, just 15 minutes north of central Amsterdam. Riding new and comfortable bikes, admire a pancake flat scenery of gentle brooks, wooden houses and iconic windmills. Led by an experienced guide, you will pass through picturesque villages and towns, pedaling alongside the banks of the dikes and waterways that gave the Waterland District its name. Reclaimed from the sea by the entrepreneurial Dutch, the land is as full of history as it is of water.

From Zaandam: Windmills, Clogs & Cheese by Electric Scooter

9. From Zaandam: Windmills, Clogs & Cheese by Electric Scooter

With this 1-day electric scooter rental, you get to decide what time you’ll start out, when and where you’ll stop and how long you’ll spend at the numerous attractions. Before you start the activity you get instructions from an instructor and have a test run. After that, you can go off on your own (not in a group). Your route starts in Landsmeer, a small village just above Amsterdam. It takes about 20 minutes by taxi, car, or bus to get to the starting point from Amsterdam. After a cup of coffee or tea and an explanation of the navigation app routiq, head out to discover the beautiful countryside. With your scooter rental, you’ll get a digital route to the Zaanse Schans, with its traditional Dutch houses and windmills.

Volendam and Marken by Bike: Full-Day Tour

10. Volendam and Marken by Bike: Full-Day Tour

Feel like a local on your bike and discover the countryside North of Amsterdam in a private 8-hour guided full-day bike tour from Amsterdam. Your experienced and friendly guide is at your service all day long.  From the central Amsterdam meeting point, you will catch the ferryboat to the North of Amsterdam. Enjoy a scenic 90-minute ride to the island of Marken. Pass by small villages such as Durgerdam and Uitdam, just north of the city. Stroll through the picturesque streets of Marken and enjoy stunning views of Markermeer. Visit a museum to discover how the people of Marken used to live and enjoy some free time. Next is a half hour boatride to Volendam.  Upon your arrival in Volendam you can enjoy a short walking tour of this famous fisherman village. This typical fishing village with its bustling harbor, small buildings and houses and locals in traditional Dutch clothing has been a major tourist attraction since 1875. Your guide will take you on a short walk through the oldest parts of the city, exploring a labyrinth of twists and turns to sites such as St. Vincent’s Church, the wooden Stolphoevekerk and the Visafslag (Fish Auction). Next is the charming medieval village of Edam, also referred to as the pearl of the Zuiderzee. Edam’s ancient streets and tranquil canals are lined by beautiful 17th century buildings, including the leaning Carillon tower, the Great Church, and town hall. Most famous in Edam is beyond any doubt the public weighing house, where in summer still every Wednesday the famous Edam Cheese is being sold.

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Amsterdam bike tours: Everything you need to know

Take advantage of an Amsterdam bike tour while you’re in town. Savor the capital of The Netherlands as you pedal past iconic waterways, green pastures, and storybook streets. Strap on your helmets, folks, because we are taking the town by bike.

What will I see on a bike tour in Amsterdam?

While cycling through the sights of central Amsterdam, you will no doubt admire the windmills and inspiring scenery. Make your way down main roads to experience the crowds and culture or cut through backroads for an eye into the city's core. You can see a few of the following sites on your way through town.

Cycle past ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo, the first zoo built in The Netherlands. Opened in 1838 and located in the middle of the city, this zoo contains a bird house, planetarium, savanna, butterfly pavilion, and aquarium. It even houses the world’s only microbe museum and invites you to check out nature’s tiny organisms.

You can also see the Magere Brug, or Skinny Bridge that crosses the river Amstel. When erected, this Dutch-built bridge barely allowed room for two pedestrians to walk side-by-side across it. Reconstructed in 1871, the beautiful bridge allows both passersby and cars to cross. It even lights up at night and welcomes romantic evenings and photo ops.

Bike through Amsterdam’s Latin Quarter, De Pijp, and experience the Albert Cuypmarkt street market, Sarphatipark gardens, and bohemian pulse

If you think your garden back at home is exceptional, you need to check out the Hortus Botanicus. This botanical garden boasts over 6,000 plants and exudes peace as you breathe in the fresh air and take in the plentiful plants.

Pass by the Joordan District where you will find unique homes, restaurants, and shops. You can make your way through the canals, visit the flea markets that locals set up throughout the week. This will also be your chance to hear the Westertoren church bells chime at different times during the day.

Looking for a peek into The Netherlands' past? There's a museum for that. Rijksmuseum, or the State Museum, abounds with paintings, antiques, and classic photographs that represent the change in Dutch culture over the years.

What can I expect on a bike tour in Amsterdam?

The tour will provide you with a bike, a live guide, and sometimes a city app available in different languages. Still, you will also need to pack a few things for the trip. Charge your smartphone before you arrive so you can take advantage of the free app and take photos while you’re out. A dead cellphone is a useless cellphone. 

Also, pack along a pair of headphones. If you find yourself in the back of the pack, you can listen to the historic information and interesting facts through the app. Lunch is usually not provided but fear not. You can park your bike at a café for a stroopwafel pastry and a cup of coffee along the way. Don’t know what a stroopwafel is? It is only one of Amsterdam’s most famous pastries.

Last but not least, the best news of all: Amsterdam is as flat as the pannenkoeken, or pancakes, they are known for. The city’s terrain makes it perfect for a leisurely bike tour. It invites you to see the city as the locals see it since many prefer to bike around town over walking or driving. Beginners are just as welcome to saddle up as expert cyclists.

Family-friendly bike tours in Amsterdam

Don’t leave the kids behind for this treat. As long as they are able to keep pedaling, they can come along. Infants get off easy and can enjoy the ride from a complementary baby seat while their parents sweat their way around town. If your children range anywhere from 0-17, a parent needs to be present. So, make it a family day.

How long are most Amsterdam bike tours?

You get to choose the bike tour in Amsterdam to embark on, which will prescribe a time allotment. The tours last from about 1.5 to 3 hours, but there are several you can join if you want to experience a half day tour. You can book a morning, afternoon, or evening tour and enjoy the diversity of commotion that ebbs and flows throughout the day.


Planning Your Visit

  • When is the best time to cycle in Amsterdam?

    Amsterdam's locals cycle year round and it is one of the best ways to get around this city. We would recommend avoiding biking only when it's raining, as the roads can be quite slick.

  • Do I need to wear a Helmet?

    Most cyclists in Amsterdam actually don't wear a helmet and car drivers are quite aware of bikers. However, if you are out of practice or simply nervous, we recommend wearing some protective headgear.

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What people are saying about Amsterdam

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 3,945 reviews

Hans was a very generous guide and very nice one. He explains a lot of the history of Netherlands and made us discover the specialties of his country. We loved the activity and his way of sharing, also we haven’t seen the day passing. We recommend this activity 150% :)

Die Tour mit unserer "Guidin" war klasse. Alles hat perfekt geklappt und sie hat uns sicher durch das Verkehrs-Gewimmel geführt. Alle Sehenswürdigkeiten auf dem Trip wurden bestens erklärt. Wir werden sehr gerne wieder eine Tour bei GetyourGuide buchen. Rolf & Regina

Works perfectly. Cycling in Amsterdam is a challenge for non-locals, but the guide will get you safely through the alleys and across the streets.

Very well organized, the places through which the tour passes are very beautiful. A very good way to get to know Amsterdam.

Loved this bike tour. Would definitely recommend to others.