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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 on a 3-hour bike tour. With an expert guide riding by your side, you’ll learn about the city’s culture, see important historical sites, and famous hotspot 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.

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Amsterdam: City Highlights Bike Tour

2. Amsterdam: City Highlights Bike Tour

Start your Amsterdam tour by jumping on board a bicycle and traveling like the locals do. On this quirky Amsterdam bike tour you will use the city’s most beloved form of transportation and hear stories and tales from the city’s past and present. You’ll feel like a true Amsterdammer in no time. Weave your way through Amsterdam’s history by starting downtown. See all the major highlights as you learn about Amsterdam's rich history. Cycle over bridges, along idyllic canals, and into hidden courtyards. You will have plenty of opportunities to stop and photograph the picturesque city. At each stop your guide will tell you about the history of the sites that you’re visiting and also about Amsterdam's culture.

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Amsterdam: Half-Day Flower Fields and Keukenhof Bicycle Tour

3. Amsterdam: Half-Day Flower Fields and Keukenhof Bicycle Tour

Meet your experienced guide at Amsterdam Central Station. Hop aboard the train together and head to the flower village of Hillegom, where your bicycle will be ready for you. Embark on a guided tour through the flower bulb region.  Cycle through the most beautiful fields filled with flowering tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths, and discover the hidden spots of the region with the help of your guide. Hear all the ins and outs of the flower bulb-growing process and about why the flower bulb region is so unique. A visit to the Keukenhof follows. Enjoy free time within this most beautiful spring park in the world, rounding off a wonderful experience before returning to Amsterdam via train.

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Amsterdam: 3-Hour Private Beer Bike & Beer Boat Package

4. Amsterdam: 3-Hour Private Beer Bike & Beer Boat Package

Make your special occasion in Amsterdam an unforgettable one with this private 3-hour Beer Bike and Beer Boat combination! See the hotspots of Amsterdam by both bike and boat, and ride along the famous canals with your friends on the perfect bachelor or hen party.  On the Beer Cruise you’ll start out in the heart of Amsterdam and cruise along the historic canals of the city center, while enjoying a party on the water! Your own private boat is ready for you to come aboard, with cold beer and a hospitable skipper. The Beer Bike tour is an ideal activity that’s suitable for 10-16 people. If your group is larger than this, there are multiple bikes available. Your sober driver will steer you through Amsterdam and show you the city while you relax and enjoy your beer. There’s 20 liters of brew on board! The Beer Bikes are equipped with electric pedal assistance which makes them the lightest pedaling bikes in the Netherlands!

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Amsterdam: Private BBQ Cruise with Live Cook and Drinks

5. 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

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Amsterdam: Private Bike Tour with a Local

6. Amsterdam: Private Bike Tour with a Local

The best way to explore Amsterdam is like the locals do, on a bike. You will meet your guide in the bike shop and be given a city bike that is comfortable for you. During the tour you will stop at a number of interesting places where your personal guide will tell you about the history and architecture of the city. Discover some of the most important sites and learn all about the rich history of Amsterdam. Cycle along the famous canals and Dam Square. Cycle through the various different neighborhoods of Amsterdam, such as the Jordaan, where you will pass the Rijksmuseum, home to a rich collection of Dutch art and history. Discover other gems such as the Museumplein, Stedelijk Museum, and Concertgebouw.

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Amsterdam: Beer Bike Tour

7. Amsterdam: Beer Bike Tour

Enjoy the scenic streets of Amsterdam’s Canal Belt while savoring beers served from the bar of an unusual bike. The beer bike comes with its very own driver/guide to navigate you through Sloterdijk — an up-and-coming neighborhood to the west of Amsterdam — so you can concentrate on the free-flowing beer and taking in the sites of the neighborhood. Your guide is a 'BOB' ('Bewust Onbeschonken Bestuurder', or 'Conscious Sober Driver') and guarantees safe and responsible cycling while you drink the beer. Your BOB will navigate you safely around some of Amsterdam’s most picturesque spots. Each beer bike is equipped with a beer tap as well as extra beer cans for backup. Enjoy a fantastic activity to celebrate special occasions such as bachelor/bachelorette parties, or corporate outings. Have a blast pedaling through the city and making new memories with your friends.

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Amsterdam 1.5-Hour Private Beer Bike Experience

8. 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. Suitable for groups of between 6-16 people, the beer bike comes with its own designated driver, known as "BOB" (Bewust Onbeschonken Bestuurder - or “Conscious Sober Driver"), removing that awkward choice of who will stay sober for the night.

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

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

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. Afterwards, 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, you will visit a windmill, and a local farm that produces cheese that is exported around the world.

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Amsterdam: Countryside Bike Tour and Zaanse Schans Windmills

10. 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.

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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.

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.


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What people are saying about Amsterdam

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 3,945 reviews

This tour was one of the highlights of my trip to Amsterdam! Red was a very knowledgeable guide and also cracked some good jokes along the way. Three hours seems like a long ride but time went by so quickly! We also had a little break where we enjoyed a beer with everyone on the tour. I definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to learn more about Amsterdam with the typical experience of riding a bike in the city.

I recommend this 3h tour. Our guide (Mona) was great and being with a small group (8 pers) makes it very nice. We had an awful weather with heavy rain the whole time but our guide could not do anything about that. I wish I can redo the tour with a dry weather.

Veronica was a wonderful guide with lots of knowledge. Great fun. She even arranged a rainbow halfway the tour. Amazing!

We had an amazing tour with Thijs, he was very knowledgeable and entertaining. We had a great time :)

Excellent tour…Rad was extremely helpful and informative. Pace was perfect.