Bike Tours#11 in Best Things To Do in Amsterdam
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Biking is one of the most popular ways to get around Amsterdam. In fact, cycling is such a quintessential Amsterdam activity that the city's tourism website offers pages with free route maps and cycling safety tips.
But if you don't feel like renting a bike and exploring on your own, you'll find an array of bike tours catering to every kind of visitor. Below are several traveler-approved cycling tour companies:
Yellow Bike: The first company to provide guided bike tours in Amsterdam, Yellow Bike offers three tours, including two- and three-hour outings with routes that pass must-see sights like Vondelpark and the Anne Frank House, as well as a four-hour excursion through the Dutch countryside. Previous riders raved about all three of the operator's tours, citing the easy-to-use bikes and friendly, knowledgeable guides as highlights. Each bike tour departs at 10:30 a.m. daily from March through October; the Small City Bike Tour is also available at 1:30 p.m. during the cooler months. Tours start at 24.50 euros (about $28) per person and include loaner bicycles and ponchos.
Mike's Bike Tours Amsterdam: According to past participants, Mike's Bike Tours Amsterdam's cycling experiences are fun and relaxing enough to accommodate even the most inexperienced of riders. One of the operator's most popular options is its City Bike Tour, which lasts roughly three hours and starts at 11 a.m. or noon (depending on the season). The tour takes visitors through can't-miss neighborhoods, such as the Jordaan and Leidseplein. Additional experiences include an abbreviated city tour and countryside outings. Excursion fees range from 22 to 50 euros (or about $25 to $56) per adult, with reduced rates available for seniors, students and children.
We Bike Amsterdam: For a bike ride filled with interesting stories and beautiful scenery, travelers recommend booking a tour with We Bike Amsterdam. The standard three-hour City Tour features rides past top attractions like the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum, plus lesser-known landmarks. What's more, participants can order apple pie and coffee from a local cafe (charges apply) during a group break. Countryside bike tours and private cycling excursions are available as well. Expect to pay at least 29.50 euros (roughly $33) per person for a We Bike Amsterdam tour.
Amsterdam Experiences: Visitors with a passion for culture and the arts should consider signing up for Amsterdam Experiences' bike tour. During this 3 ½-hour outing, riders will head off the beaten path to see charming drawbridges and canal houses, colorful street art and a historic Russian submarine. What's more, past participants laud the guides as friendly and informative. Plus, the tour fee – which is 45 euros (less than $51) per person – covers a snack and a beer sample at a microbrewery in addition to use of a loaner bicycle. The excursion departs Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 2 p.m.
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Located southwest of the city center, the 116-acre Vondelpark is the favorite leafy retreat of just about everyone. Not only is it the largest city park in Amsterdam, it's also one of the most revered in all of the Netherlands. Most recent travelers said they enjoyed people-watching and picnicking at the park, but other reviewers recommend avoiding a late-night visit as the park can be a little frightening once the sun sets. During the day, though, the park is filled with couples, families and friends, and is definitely worth a visit.
Ponds, fields and playgrounds are connected by winding paths, which also run by an open-air theater, a rollerblade rental, a rose garden, several cafes and a range of statues and sculptures. Open dawn to dusk, you can take trams 1, 2 or 5 to the Leidseplein, and you'll have just a quick two-minute walk to reach the park's entrance. The park is free to visit.
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