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Lonely Planet Experiences: Amsterdam Bike Culture Off the Beaten Path Tour

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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Enhance your sightseeing experience of Amsterdam on a 3-hour bicycle tour of the dazzling Dutch capital. With a knowledgeable guide, stray from the conventional tourist trail to explore lesser-known neighborhoods home to landmarks like the Maritime Museum and the Rikjsmuseum. Weave your way through charming districts like Jordaan; gain fascinating insight into the rich historical heritage of Amsterdam. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 12 cyclists.
  • 3-hour off-the-beaten path tour of Amsterdam by bike
  • Experience Amsterdam's bike culture as celebrated in Pete Jordan’s book In the City of Bikes
  • Explore quirky districts such as the old Jewish quarter and bohemian, canal-lined Jordaan
  • See landmarks such as the Rijksmuseum, Maritime Museum and Amstel sluice
  • Hear tales of the city’s wartime cycle-based hunger treks and other stories
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people ensures a personalized experience

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Highly recommendable for anyone who has already done a tour of Amsterdam’s main sights and wants to explore further. You'll see cool places that you would struggle to discover on your own!
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Local English-speaking guide
A Dutch back-pedal bike
Items of a personal nature incl. and coffee and/or snacks at the library terrace bar
Tips or gratuities for your guide
Damstraat 20, 1012 JM Amsterdam, Netherlands

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Greet your professional guide at a central Amsterdam location and receive an interesting introduction to Amsterdam’s obsession with two-wheeled vehicles, a passion emphasized in Pete Jordan’s bestselling book In the City of Bikes. 

After a short safety talk, cycle through Amsterdam’s glamorous financial district and pass buildings like the Old Dutch East India Company. Listen to illuminating commentary from your knowledgeable guide as you glide past quaint bridges, winding waterways and landmarks like the de Gooyer windmill and the Rijksmuseum. 

Admire the Maritime Museum, housed in a beautifully preserved 17th-century naval storehouse and then climb aboard a ferry travelling to north Amsterdam, a vibrant area that has recently undergone a radical transformation. 

Cycle around the protective dijks and then enjoy a whistle-stop tour of places mentioned in Jordan’s book. Return to your original departure point and bid your expert guide farewell.
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Dam Square
We will meet at a bike shop next to the absolute centre of Amsterdam: Dam square. On this site the first dam was built in the river Amstel sometime around 1265. The square has a rich history and has always been the site of national remembrances, events, and celebrations such as King’s Day.
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Next, we’ll be making our way down the Nes. A local favourite for its theatres and restaurants, the Dutch word Nes means headland or spit. In the 1500s it had a high concentration of monasteries, and the street was nicknamed Prayer without end. A side alley bears that name to this day. From early in the nineteenth century, Nes became a centre for entertainment, which it still is today.
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In the 17th century the Oudemanhuispoort, or ‘old man’s gate’ was the entrance to the old people’s home. Since the 17th century there has been a book market housed in the corridor. These days the building is part of the law faculty of the University of Amsterdam. We will stop here for a moment to explain some things about cycling in the city and decide which direction we want to take today.
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Amsterdam Centraal
Heading North we will pass by the Central Station. Built in the 1880s, this is the grand entrance to Amsterdam and part of the city’s ongoing plans for the “Red Carpet” stretching from the station to Dam Square. You can find a lot of interesting shops in the passageways, and a boulevard lined with tasty restaurants on the IJ-side.
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Behind the station lies the body of water called IJ, which separates the north from the rest of Amsterdam. In the Golden Age this was the harbour and It’s still a thoroughfare for the big barges transporting their cargo up and down the rivers of Holland. We will take one of the ferries that go to different parts of the north from the pier directly behind the station. On foot or by bike, It’s a fun ride across the water, and it’s free!
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Amsterdam North
Until 1795, Amsterdam-Noord was used as a gallows field, where the bodies of convicts were hung after the execution as a frightening example. We’ll be showing you that these days it has become one of the more edgy and innovative parts of Amsterdam, with music and theatre festivals, art spaces, trendy restaurants, and many new initiatives that are well worth a visit.
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On this tour we might end up at the NDSM terrain. It’s one of the most interesting places in Amsterdam at the moment and has become a popular location for innovative theatre, music and art. We’ll show you around the terrain with it’s interesting buildings and landmarks, and point out a few good bars and restaurants if you want.
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De Pijp
If we choose to go South we will make our way down the bohemian neighbourhood of the Pijp, or ‘the Pipe,’ so called because of the narrow, straight streets, that resemble pipes. These days it has a very diverse population, and you can see Turkish and Surinamese shops next to hipster lunchrooms and organic food stores. It’s a great neighbourhood for strolling around, sitting on a terrace, or visiting the famous Albert Cuyp market.
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Albert Cuyp Market
Reputedly the largest daytime outdoor market in Europe, the Albert Cuyp market started in 1912. Today you can find everything here, from fresh fish and clothing to exotic fruits and vegetables. We will stop here for a moment before we cycle on, but it’s definitely worth it to come back for a real Dutch ‘Stroopwafel’ hot from the plate, prepared right in front of you.
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We will spend some time at this square, appropriately called Museum Square, where you can find the Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum, and the van Gogh Museum. We’ll tell you a bit about it’s origins and in the winter there’s a Christmas market and an ice skating rink.
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On our way south we will be passing underneath the beautiful Rijksmuseum, built in 1885 to house the national art collection. This passage is often used by musicians to busk or practise, because the acoustics are so beautiful. It’s a delight to the ear when you cycle past it.
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The Amstel
The Amstel is the river that gave Amsterdam its name. It flows into the city from the south, and on a sunny day you can have a great time cycling all the way up the river to Oudekerk. We won’t go that far on this tour, but we’ll cycle along the banks for a while and tell you about the historical bond between Amsterdam and it’s river.
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ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo
As we cycle to the east we pass the elegant 19th century Artis Zoo. It is the oldest zoo in the Netherlands and one of the oldest zoos of mainland Europe. With 27 monumental buildings, some of which you can admire while cycling past, Artis Zoo forms a unique cultural heritage example of 19th century design.
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Hortus Botanicus
The route might take us past the Hortus Botanicus. Founded in 1638 as an herb garden for doctors and apothecaries, it’s one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world. They have a café that serves a set lunch menu on their shaded terrace and in the Hortus shop you can find plants, seeds, gardening tools, but also books and the cutest gifts.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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On our way west we will cycle through the monumental Vondelpark. Named after a famous Dutch poet, the park opened in 1865. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, it’s the perfect park for a cycle ride on the shady lanes underneath the amazing variety of stately trees. Or you can visit the rose garden, and afterwards chill out on the terrace of one of the cafés in the park. In summer there are performances at the open air stage.
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West Pacific Westergasfabriek
Celebrated these days as a beautiful example of industrial heritage, the Western Gas Factory was built in the 1880s. After it closed the buildings stood derelict for a long time, but slowly the terrain evolved into the cultural and entertainment centre it is today. We’ll spend some time exploring these picturesque surroundings: there’s lots going around here with weekly arts and crafts markets, festivals, and bars and restaurants, and even a cinema.
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On this tour we will make our way back into town by way of the Haarlemmerstraat. A street with a colourful history, today it’s a lively and diverse shopping street. We will pass many trendy bars like the small and cosy Harlem, said to serve some of the best nachos in town, and novelty shop Pappa Bubble, where you can make your own candy.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This tour is intended for adults only. You must be at least 12 years or older to participate.You may be required to provide identification verifying your birth date at the start of the tour
  • Wear clothing suitable for weather conditions
  • Please bring a bottle of water
  • Footwear should be suitable for a bike ride; sneakers recommended
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Urban Adventures Amsterdam

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What is the social distancing policy during Lonely Planet Experiences: Amsterdam Bike Culture Off the Beaten Path Tour?
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Lonely Planet Experiences: Amsterdam Bike Culture Off the Beaten Path Tour?
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Lonely Planet Experiences: Amsterdam Bike Culture Off the Beaten Path Tour.
What is the maximum group size during Lonely Planet Experiences: Amsterdam Bike Culture Off the Beaten Path Tour?
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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54 Reviews
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Burn carbs not oil!
, Nov 2019
I took this tour to kick start my week in Amsterdam and get a feel for the city. What's more Dutch than cycling? It was a fun and well-curated ride! Our guide, Dax, was friendly, knowledgeable, and had a good sense of humour. He offered a lot interesting anecdotes and insights about the city like it being the headquarters for the Rolling Stones. Amsterdam is also where John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged one of their famous Bed-Ins for Peace. Full of information, Dax was able to engage his audience on a variety of different topics while keeping us safe on the bike paths. Overall, good value!
Seeing Amsterdam on two wheels
Jill Y
, Apr 2019
A beautiful sunny, Sunday morning found us exploring the canal paths and countryside of Amsterdam. Our bike guide, Tyler, led us around the streets and explained some of the history of the city. The weather contributed to the enjoyment of this trip but Tyler was also an excellent guide and I would recommend this experience to anyone.
Very fun tour, but you may be sore...
Revital L
, Jan 2018
Very fun tour, but you may be sore the next day. This tour really allowed me to see the rest of Amsterdam, places where tourists don't visit. I felt very Dutch biking through the rain, and truly enjoyed the sights.
Fantastic way to see the suburban...
, Dec 2017
Fantastic way to see the suburban Amsterdam! Where and how people live. Our guide was the owner of the company and took us to a great bakery and on a ferry to another island. Very informative and fun!
Amsterdam is truely a city of bikes...
, Nov 2017
Amsterdam is truely a city of bikes, and there's no better way to see it than by bike. Most bike lanes are completely seperate from city streets and the ubiquotous trams. But, without a guide, you'd miss so much. This was a great way to see the highlites and learn a bit about the present and past of Amsterdam. Bikes are comfortable, safe, and easy to ride. There are no hills to climb, so anyone can take advantage of this delightful tour.
Great bike tour of the central and...
Robert W
, Oct 2017
Great bike tour of the central and northern parts of this fascinating city. The highly knowledgeable guide provided much insight about the history and character of the city. The visit to neighborhoods north of the city was especially interesting. A very enjoyable bike tour.
Tour guide was amazing! He gave me...
Alexei L
, Sep 2017
Tour guide was amazing! He gave me a one-on-one tour off areas of Amsterdam and nearby areas that I would normally not have encountered. We visited parks, nearby towns, and areas within Amsterdam that are not normally seen by tourists. Highly recommend this tour to anyone who likes to ride bikes and explore beyond the touristy areas.
Sean was a great guide! I recommend...
Nancy T
, Aug 2017
Sean was a great guide! I recommend Urban Adventure for your bike tour. We saw parts of Amsterdam that we wouldn't have gone to otherwise.
This was a great adventure. We...
, Jan 2017
This was a great adventure. We enjoyed our bike ride through the city while learning about bicycle riding and the rules. The guide was extremely helpful. We are going back with friends and will take this tour.
Had a great time on this tour...
Todd S
, Nov 2016
Had a great time on this tour. Ended up with a beautiful fall day. Sean was a great guide and was very knowledgeable about Amsterdam. I saw a lot I would of never saw otherwise and getting around on a bike like most people in Amsterdam was great.

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