Amsterdam: Small-Group Bike Tour of Central Amsterdam
- Small group
- Duration: 3 hours
- Optional audio guide
It sometimes feels like there are more bikes in Amsterdam than any other mode of transportation. Cycling is highly favored by the local population, so a bike tour is an ideal way to take in the city. To ensure fun, though, you need to take the right precautions!
Wear a helmet and more importantly, don't wear headphones. To be alert as possible, you want to make sure you can hear all traffic around you.
Locals often ride quite close to each other and quite quickly. Give yourself some time to adjust to the fast pace of the bike lanes, especially if you're not used to city cycling.
Sometimes seasoned bikers in Amsterdam will run red lights and dart in and out of alleys without looking. We recommend you leave the rule breaking to the pros and follow all traffic signs.
While you walk and bike around Amsterdam you'll notice that there's also a network of trams in the city. Be aware of the trams behind you as you cycle.
There are different types of bike lanes in Amsterdam. Some lanes are on street level and you'll be riding next to cars and others are on the sidewalk. Generally, there are symbols so you'll know which lane is yours. Make sure to follow the direction of traffic as most bike lanes are one-way.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Absolutely loved our tour with Mona. She was informative and concerned for our safety. She would check on the group and make sure we were all together. It is a long trip but the electric bikes really make a huge difference. Literally makes it doable for anyone. The farm and countryside were a lovely treat. A great way to spend a good part of your day out of the city.
Knowlegable guide fluent in several languages, for us, English. Great stories and humor with serious history and commentary. There are more bikes than people in Amsterdam so this is a great way to learn the rules and customs of the road before venturing out on your own on a very good means of transportation.
This was one of the highlights of my trip! The tour guide was so knowledgeable about Amsterdam, and shared all sorts of cool information and stories about the city. We were able to see a large portion of the city on the 2-hour tour. Would highly recommend to anyone visiting Amsterdam!
Thoroughly enjoyed this tour. My guide Mona had lots of knowledge to share. She was awesome! Would highly recommend!
Our guide, David was terrific! We got to see a lot of the city. I would recommend this for sure.