The ultimate way to explore the lowlands with your own private guide!
Ready for the real Holland adventure?
The best way to discover the countryside is by bike, like the locals!
Leave the city behind and join me on this great tour to the flat countryside just north of Amsterdam. Visit busy fishing villages with wooden houses, learn more about the beautiful lake side cities from the Golden Age, cycle along dikes and ditches, see wooden draw bridges and windmills, visit a cheese farm and wooden shoe maker, take the ferry across the lake and much more!
This tour is a summer only excursion. You should be able to cycle 20-30 miles in a leisurely pace (shorter trips are possible!). There is ample time for relaxing, sight seeing and (souvenir) shopping and of course we will stop for a drink or lunch in a typical countryside pub. If you wish you can even try a typical Dutch pancake!
It will be a great and unforgettable experience. Only a few miles from Amsterdam but yet totally different.
This is a full day tour. Half day tours are possible as well, just ask for details!
In the morning we will meet at the entrance of the iAmsterdam Visitor Centre in front of the central train station. From there we will make our way to the countryside by bus (approx. 30 minutes). We will start our bike tour in the charming village of Edam. From there we will visit charming fishing villages on our way. On our way I will tell you all the stories and traditions about these villages. We will have several stops in the villages for souvenir shopping and a typical Dutch lunch. We will also visit a cheese farm where you will learn how Gouda cheese is made. Our bike tour ends in Edam and from there we will return to the centre of Amsterdam (by bus, approx. 30 min).
This is an example of a bike tour in the Dutch countryside. More half and full day tours are possible, for example:
* Waterland tour
* River estates and lakes tour
* Windmill village tour
* Dunes and sandy beaches bike tour
* National Park & Van Gogh tour
Please ask for details if you are interested. Our country is a bikers paradise!
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: The tour starts at the iAmsterdam Visitor Centre (Tourist Information) in front of the the central train station. However a free pick up at your hotel in the center of Amsterdam or at the cruise ship terminal is possible too.
End location: Central Station Amsterdam
Duration: 8 hours
Strange but true: we do NOT wear helmets in the Netherlands for recreational biking. The bike rental station therefore might not have enough helmets. If you want to make sure to be able to wear a helmet then please bring your own from home!
Also bring rain gear if necessary and a bottle of water.
Don't forget your camera!
Bus (public transportation), Bicyle, Boat
* my guiding services during the tour
* public transport (bus) from/to Amsterdam
* guided tours in the villages
* rental bike during the tour
* 30 minutes boat ride
* visit of a cheese farm
* visit of a wooden shoe maker
Estimated Local Cash Needed
15 EUR - per person for lunch, drinks or snacks.
The local currency is the Netherlands is the Euro. Other currencies (e.g. USD) are not accepted. In shops, restaurants, tourist attractions and taxis you can usually pay with your credit card (Visa and Mastercard, American Express is less common).
only your personal expenses (souvenirs, meals and beverages)
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I've been using tours by locals all over Europe for years and Frank was one of the best guides I've ever had. He was flexible and tailored the trip to our needs...he was considerate and seemed to know exactly what we would want to see. I highly recommend Frank. You can't do better than him for a private guide.