Private Guided Bike Tour to the Dutch Windmills

Duration: 4 to 6 hours
Destination: The Netherlands, North Holland Province, Amsterdam
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Amsterdam
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

Explore the storybook landscape of Holland's countryside in the most Dutch way possible — by bike. Take a break from the fast pace of Amsterdam and get your heart pumping as you pedal past  windmills and canals on this private bicycle tour. Your guide, a local art historian, shares details of rural Holland's culture, and you can customize your itinerary to suit your tastes on this personalized tour.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
  • Led by an art historian
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Get inside tips from a local

Meet your personal guide on the morning of your tour at Amsterdam Central Station. After a short train ride, you'll collect your rental bike (additional expense), and get ready to set off on your private custom bicycle tour in the countryside. There will be no city cycling on this tour.

Starting time and tour duration are flexible, with 5 hours and 16 miles (25 kilometers) as the recommended minimum for the best two-wheeled experience. Customize the day to best suit your abilities and interests as you begin biking on easy routes in the countryside. Pedal past windmills, forts, medieval castle, and winding rivers and canals as you tap your art-historian guide's impressive banks of knowledge about the culture and history of the area.

Let your guide know at the time of booking if you'd like to include a traditional Dutch picnic lunch, with a variety of Dutch cheeses, beverages, and bread baked from organic flour ground in a nearby windmill (additional expense).

After the bike tour, you'll return to Amsterdam's Central Station.

Inclusions
  • Private tour
  • Local guide
  • Professional art historian guide
  • Bottle of water
  • Dutch cookies
  • Use of bike bag

Exclusions
  • Bike rental (EUR 7,50-12,50 payable on day of tour)
  • Picnic lunch (EUR 10, payable on day of tour)
  • Gratuities
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required. One person is possible, but the rate will be the same as for two persons
  • A maximum of 6 people per booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • You'll see windmills on any day, but best chances for an inside visit are on Saturday and Sunday
  • Cycling distance flexible but at least 25 km (16 miles)
  • All body heights MUST be advised at time of booking, in order to check availability of fitting bike
  • Picnic lunch pack available upon request (EUR 10). Please ask at least 4 days before tour date. Home baked bread rolls from different organic flours produced by the local windmill, with various Dutch cheeses - no meat or fish. Water, fruit juices and chocolate milk. Plus extra cookies and typical Dutch treats. In fact, a picnic lunch pack is full day catering.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • For this kind of relaxed cycling wearing bicycle helmets is very unusual in Holland. Countryside bike rentals don’t provide helmets.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Bike rental is EUR 7,50 to 12,50 - depends on where bikes in the right size are available. Local countryside bike shops require a refundable deposit in cash. As a service this deposit is settled for you by your private guide. Nevertheless, the customer remains responsible for possible damage to the rental bike.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
If guests have accommodation in Amsterdam pick up at Amsterdam Central Station.


Return Details

Amsterdam Central Station

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

4 to 6 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Julie B

18 Jul, 2019

What a wonderful day. The countryside is beautiful and charming. So glad we didn't miss it. Edmund was a wonderful guide. The perfect combination of sharing the historical perspective and leading us thru a lovely bike ride. All details were well organized. I recommend this highly.

Barbara S

10 Jul, 2018

My husband and I went on a full day biking trip through the Dutch countryside. Our guide, Edmond, was amazing! Not only was he such a great guy, he taught us so much along the way. He tailored our biking tour to us. We biked about 40 Km, which is what I expected. We went by windmills, through small Dutch towns, past castles, past a fortress - I can't begin to remember all the sites along the way. He added a special stop for us - a visit to an old Jewish cemetery. After our visit to Anne Frank House and other Jewish sites in Amsterdam, this was an amazing place for us to visit. At various points along the tour, Edmond offered us choices regarding our route. So at the end of the day, we saw everything we wanted to see, and the biking was very appropriate for us.

Edmond is very well versed in Dutch history and culture. Prior to our bike trip, he invited us into his home and showed us maps and diagrams illustrating, e.g., the various altitudes of places in Holland. (I was shocked to learn that the airport is below sea level!) He also brought along diagrams and other illustrations so that he could teach us about the history and culture of the land. I will never remember all he taught us that day, but the information helped put many of the sights into perspective! And it wasn't overdone. I felt like I was on a bike ride, not getting a history lesson.

Edmond communicated very well prior to our visit. We knew what to expect and he answered all questions. We met him at the Central Station in Amsterdam and rode the train out to his house in Weesp. He invited us into his home in order to use the bathroom and to give us some history and other information about our trip. He had already rented bikes for us - we gave him info prior to the trip that helped him get the proper sized bikes. He provided a home-made lunch for a small reasonable fee - cheese and home baked bread. My husband couldn't eat the cheese so Edmond prepared a special lunch at our request. All was delicious and perfect!

I honestly felt like we spent the day with a friend biking around the countryside. Edmond is such a delightful person. I couldn't have been more pleased with this tour! It was the highlight of our trip!!!

mjdefelice

06 Nov, 2017

We really enjoyed our tour. Edmond was great! He explained with detail all the things we saw and was very friendly! We hope we can do another tour with him next time!

Jeff F

29 Aug, 2017

We have lived in Europe and traveled back many times and this was the best tour we have ever done! It was personalized and a great price. We loved the homemade lunch and getting pictures sent to us after we arrived home. Our family is Dutch and we were even sent information about Dutch traditions. We would highly recommend this tour to everyone!!

Liz T

05 Aug, 2017

This was truly an amazing bike tour, we got more than we paid for for sure. Edmond was extremely hospitable and very flexible in terms of Where we went. He took photos along the way and emailed them to us. He is a great historian. Our tour lasted close to 8 hours, and he saw us safely on the train at the end of the tour. I have done a great deal of tours in many countries, and I recommend a private tour with Edmond.

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