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Amsterdam: Guided Bike Tour of Central Amsterdam

1. Amsterdam: Guided 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: Private Pedicab Historical Sightseeing Tour

2. Amsterdam: Private Pedicab Historical Sightseeing Tour

You'll start the tour at Dam square, birthplace of the city, the main square and heart of the old centre of Amsterdam. It's the place from where Amsterdam started to evolve and where we find the royal palace, the new church and the national monument. Next stop is Zeedijk, nowadays a street but in the old days one of the dikes protecting the old city. Here you'll see the oldest cafe still standing today with it's original interior and a bit futher down the street get a glimpse of the nearby Chinatown. New Market square, with it's most important building, the 15th century city gate, standing right in the middle of it. This place is full of history and you'll learn all about it. Minutes later there will be a stop at the Montelbaanstoren, an old watch and defense tower, part of the Amsterdam expanded defense line early 16th century. From here there is also a good lookout over the 'oude Waal' where there are a lot of houseboats lined up with 17th century canal houses as background decor. Next will be the jewish quarter where you'll see the very first synagoge that jewish people were allowed to built in Western Europe over 350 years ago, the 'big synagoge'. On the other side of the street you'll see the Portuguese synagoge. Nearby there is the holocaust name monument with 102 thousand bricks giving the names of the dutch jewish victims of the second world war. Just opposite the monument are a row of beautiful old 17th century canalhouses that were inhabited by jewish sefardic immigrants who were succesfull in the diamond business. Then you'll see the Hermitage, a huge old 17th century widowhouse that nowadays houses the hermitage museum. The skinny bridge is one of the most iconic bridges of Amsterdam that beautifully lights up at night when hundreds of light bulbs accentuate it's skinny but stylefull design. From here you have a panoramic over the canalised river the Amstel, which is the main and widest canal in Amsterdam. It's a good place to take pictures! The ride continues thrugh the canal district which is the 17th century neighberhoud surrounding the old centre of Amsterdam. On any city map it can be clearly seen as half circles that go around the centre. Here you find the majority of the typical Amsterdam canal houses that were once the homes of successful merchants. Unlike modern times, all canal houses are slightly different, although we will see there are some typical similarities among them that unveil their building era. The final stop before returning is at Museumsquare which is the biggest and greenest squares of Amsterdam with beautiful scenic views over the surrounding museums. On one side resides the largest museum of the Netherlands, the Rijksmuseum, where the bigger Rembrandt paintings are on display, on the other side we will see the Concertgebouw, concert hall for classical music. Also located next to the square are the Van Gogh museum, the Stedelijk museum for contemporary art, the Moco museum (Banksky) and the Diamond museum. Enough to keep you busy for a few days if you have the time. You can set a desired location to finish the tour before hand.

Amsterdam's Best Local Hotspots Private Tour

3. Amsterdam's Best Local Hotspots Private Tour

Step into the shoes of a local guide, and discover the authentic Amsterdam on a private tour of the city center. Go to the best off-the-beaten path locations, and discover a city beyond the usual tulips, cheese and Red Light District. There are so many different things to experience in Amsterdam, you need to know where to look. Get a full flavor of what Amsterdam has to offer and is all about from someone in the know. In addition to secret spots, go to a unique exhibition and visit Amsterdam Noord, the coolest district in the city. Learn where all the hip bars, local markets, and hidden canals are located.

Amsterdam: 3-Hour Private Highlights City Tour by Minivan

4. Amsterdam: 3-Hour Private Highlights City Tour by Minivan

Make sure you don't miss any of Amsterdam's highlights and travel around the city comfortably in a minivan together with your live guide, who will be sure to provide interesting facts, fun anecdotes, explanations of what you see. Being a private tour for you and your group, the tour can also be personalized to your liking and interests.  Start with a panoramic view of the most interesting places in the city: The Museum Square (Museumplein), where you can take photos of important buildings as the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh museum. Rijksmuseum was the largest building in The Netherlands in the 19th century and is really impressive even today. From there, head to the popular Jordaan neighborhood, where the Anne Frank House and Westerkerk are located, the church with the tallest bell tower in the city. Cross the Ij river where the islands of Java and KNSM are located to find some references for modern Dutch architecture.  Then, tour the city center where we can see the most representative buildings and places: Dam Square, Royal Palace, Nieuwekerk, Canal Ring, and much more. The vehicle will make the final stop at the flower market, where we will have free time so that we can take a look at the hundreds of types of flowers that are sold there. After, you will be dropped off at your hotel.

Amsterdam: Urban Golf Walking Tour

5. Amsterdam: Urban Golf Walking Tour

Discover the most exciting and interesting places of Amsterdam, while taking part in a unique Urban Golf challenge. Follow a guide on a walking tour of Amsterdam. Move from location to location on the course of your tour, stopping to play a hole anywhere. Take your Golf Challenge out on the lawn at Museumplein or through the beautiful Vondelpark. Grab a drink in one of Rembrandtplein’s best bars as you play around in front of the great painter’s famous statue. Take in the glory of the Royal Palace as you play a quick hole on Dam Square, the possibilities are endless.

Rembrandt's Art: Guided Tour in Amsterdam & Rijksmuseum

6. Rembrandt's Art: Guided Tour in Amsterdam & Rijksmuseum

Your morning in Amsterdam will start at the Rembrandthouse. The most famous painter of the Dutch Golden Age by far is Rembrandt van Rijn. The painter lived and worked the greater part of his life in Amsterdam. The city tour Rembrandt will bring alive the most important places of this part of his life. Walk through the area where he lived in his wealthy days with his first wife Saskia. Pass by his old house and see where he painted his masterpiece the Night watch. Of course this tour won’t be complete without a visit to the national gallery Rijksmuseum. In this museum you will find back many of the important paintings of Rembrandt such as the Jewish bride, syndics of drapers guild, many self-portraits and the famous Night watch. Join the tour and discover everything about the life of Rembrandt van Rijn!

Amsterdam: Museum District Walking Tour & In-App City Guides

7. Amsterdam: Museum District Walking Tour & In-App City Guides

Gain unparalleled insight into the modern and historic aspects of Amsterdam with this incredible combo experience. Tour the iconic Museum District with the assistance of a local guide. Then, enjoy 3 days of access to a resourceful smartphone app full of resources to explore the city. Become immersed in the city's creative, youthful, and liberal culture as you join your guide on a walk around the Museum District. Come across the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, Moco Museum, Stedelijk Museum, the Museumplein, and many more iconic sites. Discover the trendiest shops, coolest cafes, and hippest hangout spots along the way. After your guided tour, download the included app on your smartphone to discover even more of the city. Access a variety of interactive routes that will bring you to different areas and provide important facts.

Amsterdam: Private or Public Walking Tour

8. Amsterdam: Private or Public Walking Tour

Enjoy a 1.5 hour private or public walking tour of Amsterdam with a small (private) group of maximum four travelers and a guide. The small group size makes it easy to explore this gorgeous but busy city and enhances the feeling of escaping mass tourism. Learn about the city's interesting history and cultural life. You will certainly be impressed by the city's architectural beauty with static and imposing canal houses, its people and its relaxed, open-minded atmosphere. The easiest way and place to meet your guide is at the National Monument on Dam (Dam Square) since you truly cannot overlook the giant white pillar. Dam is the heart of the city and the place where the Amsterdammers built a dam over the river. Because this is where the city originated one could say that this is where all the magic happened. Nowadays the beautiful square is a symbolic location because it houses important national symbols such as the National Monument, the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), and the Royal Palace. Follow your guide who leads the way through quaint alleyways with cobble-stoned streets where no other tourists are to be found. In the Dutch 17th century Holland was incredibly wealthy and powerful. The architectural heritage from those colonial dark days is seen all over this compact city, just like its classical character with gorgeous canal houses and historical houseboats. Admire the Waag, a medieval, fairytale-like building that once served as the gate to Amsterdam and other important sights such as Anne Frank House and the Westerkerk (Wester Church). Make sure to have enough space on your phone to take hundreds of photos because no matter where you look there will be something picturesque to see. Wander a bit off to take that perfect shot, because with the headsets that are used during the tour you can hear your guide even from a distance. Be surprised about Dutch culture and enjoy the entertaining stories your spontaneous and enthusiastic guide shares with you and learn about the city’s vibrant history and the dynamic between history, tolerance, religion, and pragmatism. Curious? Book below and be sure to enjoy a high-quality, off-the-beaten-path walking tour full countless of marvelous views.

Amsterdam: City Highlights Tour by Rickshaw with Transfer

9. Amsterdam: City Highlights Tour by Rickshaw with Transfer

Acquire a perfect overview of the city of Amsterdam in a short time with this convenient rickshaw tour. Ride aboard a bike-taxi to cover as much terrain as possible in just 1 or 2 hours, depending on the option you choose. Come across the biggest landmarks and learn about them from your guide. Begin your journey by riding over to Dam Square, created in the 13th century when a dam was built around the Amstel to prevent the sea from flooding the city. Move on to the iconic Red Light District, with a racy but friendly atmosphere. Then, pass by the restaurants and shops of Chinatown. Continue toward the lively Nieuwmarkt and the busy Rembrandtplein, famous for its nightlife. See the Magere Brug over the river and take in the 3 museum buildings surrounding the Museumplein. Finally, immerse yourself in the trendy shops of the 9 Small Streets area. If you booked the 2-hour tour, enjoy extra sightings of the famous Vondelpark, the impressive eight-sided De Gooyer Windmill, and the Rembrandt House, where the famous painter once lived. Finish your journey with a ride through the Jordaan district, with beautiful homes and nice restaurants.

Secret Amsterdam: Hidden Gems Private Bike Tour

10. Secret Amsterdam: Hidden Gems Private Bike Tour

See Amsterdam like a local and cycle the paths less trodden on a private 3-hour bike tour. Your guide will take you down small backstreets, and focus on the city's undiscovered parts. Climb aboard your 2-wheeled steed and escape the tourist-bubble of the city center. Bike along the banks of the pretty canals in the Canal Belt, and pedal over drawbridges to discover hidden courtyards and secret churches. Stop for a short refreshment break. Then continue to Vondelpark, the city's largest and most beautiful park. After a long ride through the leafy park, head to Museumplein to discover Amsterdam's most important museums. As a private tour, the itinerary can always be customized to your requests, ensuring you see the things you want to see and enjoy a tour that suits you to a tee.

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4.6 / 5

based on 288 reviews

What an experience to ride a bike in Amsterdam being a tourist, but definitely would repeat. We went to sides of the city that I wouldn’t know if I hadn’t gone in bike because of the distance. Also, visiting with a local provides you a better understanding and point of view of the pros and cons of living in such a remarkable place. The guide was super patient with all of us, considering the fact that riding a bike is not part of a day to day of some people.

Christian was an excellent guide. Knows a lot of the history, great explanation of what we were looking at at each site, and very well spoken english. Would absolutely recommend for solo travelers and couples/groups.

The tour and especially Bastion was a terrific introduction to Amsterdam. Patient and understanding with some participants who needed extra attention. A great look around and an excellent way to get your bearings.

its a great way to see Amsterdam. Wether you're comfortable on a bike or not its a good experience. Bastiaan was a lovely tour guide and happily answered any questions we had.

Great way to see the city. Bas did a great job explaining the history of Amsterdam. . I would totally recommend it.