Mike’s Bike Tours
Countryside bike tour
is a great way to explore the Dutch landscape
We’ll begin with a brief introduction, show you how our bikes function and inform you how to safely ride a bike in Amsterdam. The bike tour starts with biking a little through the city, where we give you a run down on skinny bridges, crooked building and bike filled canals and then we continue biking out to the beautiful countryside.
The majority of this guided bicycle tour is spent riding along the Amstel River beyond the edge of town where we’ll pass by funky houseboats, rowing clubs and people fishing. Then we’ll show you one of the few remaining authentic windmills; the Riekermolen. We’ll make a nice photo stop at the windmill and you can also check out the remembrance statue of Rembrandt. We bike a little further along the Amstel River and stop at the Rembrandthoeve farm, where we visit an eccentric and entertaining Dutch farmer at his cheese farm/clog factory. At the farm they will demonstrate the traditional art of making wooden shoes and famous Gouda cheese. Afterwards you’ll be able to have a look around in their little gift shop, taste some free samples of authentic Dutch cheese, try on wooden shoes and go cow tipping (if you can catch them) or eat your packed lunch (if you’ve brought any). We continue the bike tour riding through the polder landscape with it’s rectilinear ditches and dikes.
With nice weather and good riders you may also see a second windmill further south where we visit the village of Oudekerk which is even older than Amsterdam or we ride west through the Amsterdam Bos (forest) and the Vondel Park before finishing back at our tour garage.
This guided bike tour is 25-30 kilometers long and lasts +/- 4 hours. We do not feel it is a strenuous tour and is suitable for people 10 years and older as long as you can ride a bike on your own . However a reasonable level of fitness and biking skill is necessary to join this activity. The route is flat but the wind can be strong. We do have stops throughout the tour so you are not riding for 4 hours straight. The longest we bike on the countryside bike tour without a stop is 20-30 minutes at a time (depending on the direction of the wind). Join us for a fun and informative ride you’ll be glad you decided to take!
If you’re looking for an English speaking tour, a great time, a smooth ride, background on the city you are visiting and its history, a chance to make new friends, an opportunity to enjoy the childhood skill of bicycle riding and a chance to get in touch with your inner self, among other wonderful pleasures, this tour is definitely for you. Coming on Mike’s Bike Tour of Amsterdam will make you a better person. It will make you stronger, more attractive, funnier, more popular and whatever else you may desire!
Cost: only € 28, € 25 for students and seniors (+65), € 20 for kids 10 -12 years old (bicycle is included in tour price) and €5 off if you have your own bike. Cash and cards (Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, JCB, Diners and Discover) accepted in our shop, pre-purchase through the reservations system only possible via PayPal and/or credit card.
We recommend to book your Countryside bike tour in advance, but will still accept walk inns on the day of the bike tour (depending on guide availability). Please note that our bike tours often gets sold out, so to avoid any disappointment you really need to book in advance.
Group size: between 10 and 18 people in one group.
Our Countryside bike tour departs daily at 11 am from 1st of March through 13th of November. In the winter months; December, January and February we only offer the countryside bike tour as a private tour option.
Please note that we are closed on Kings Day; the 27th of April 2016.
Lunch: feel free to pack a lunch or bring a snack along for out at the cheese farm because while the farmer has cheese to eat, the wooden shoes are not fun to nibble on unless you are a chipmunk.
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Weather: We provide rain gear – which can often be necessary in Amsterdam. (A note on the weather, if you come to town and it’s raining, you have two choices as we see it; either you sit bitching in your hotel room and don’t see anything, or you put a jacket on and come join us on the tour! Nobody has drowned yet!! But some have gone swimming).