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Full-Day Total Amsterdam Discovery: Bike and Food Tour

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icon6 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Maximize your time in the Dutch capital on this bike and food tour of Amsterdam. Ideal for lovers of culture and cuisine, this tour provides a comprehensive overview of Amsterdam’s historical, architectural, and culinary delights in just one day. Explore downtown and the Red Light District; cycle alongside UNESCO-listed canals; and sample Dutch classics such as cheese, pancakes, and fries. On this small-group tour, limited to 12 people, you’ll receive personalized attention from your guide.
  • Cycle to UNESCO-listed canals and Amsterdam's northern dijks (dykes)
  • Learn about the history and culture of the city from guide commentary
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people
  • Sip on locally made spirits, straight from a distillery
Local English-speaking guide,
Rental of a Dutch-style back-pedal bike
Some food and drinks (5 afternoon snacks with one traditional drink)
Additional food and drinks
Souvenirs and items of a personal nature
Gratuities

Departure Point

Damstraat 20, 1012 JM Amsterdam, Netherlands

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Return Details

Dam Square, Dam, 1012 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Weave your way through the Amsterdam on foot and by bike on this half-day food and cycling tour of the Netherlands' capital. Discover the city's fascinating history and culture on this combo tour and urban adventure.

Meet your local guide in the city center, hop on a traditional Dutch bike and set off through the city streets. Explore Amsterdam's history as you start in downtown and then make your way out to the northern dijks (dykes). Along the way, pass by historic sites in the financial district and get an up-close look at the city’s defenses, learning how windmills, canals, and walls helped build the nation.

After navigating the city's numerous cycle lanes, alight your bike and set out on a culinary adventure.

Visit Spui Square and the southern part of Amsterdam’s old city center. Snack on hot, salty vlaams friets and discover why locals love this delicacy so much. Take a quick tour of a cafeteria; stroll through a cheese shop; sample some puffed-up pancakes, and digest while we tour the oldest restaurant district in the center of town.

Then, finish up in a traditional Dutch pub after a sip of traditional Dutch liquor.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Dam Square
We will meet at a bike shop next to the absolute centre of Amsterdam: the Dam square. This is where it all began: 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. It's impossible to have been in Amsterdam and not see the Dam.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Nes
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 1500's 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.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Oudemanhuispoort
One of the dykes we will cycle along is the Haarlemmerdijk. Built-in the 13th century as a defence against the sea, today it’s a lively and diverse shopping street. We will pass many trendy bars like the small and cosy Harlem, said to serve one of the best nacho’s in town, and novelty shops like Pappa Bubble, where you can make your own candy.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Amsterdam Centraal
Heading North we will pass by the Central Station, built in the 1880's. This is the grand entrance to Amsterdam and part of the city's ongoing plans for the "Red Carpet" stretching from the station to the Dam square. You can find a lot of intersting shops in the passageways, and a boulevard lined with tasty restaurants on the IJ-side.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
IJ
Behind the station lies the body of water called 'IJ', which seperates 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!
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
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.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
NDSM
On this tour we might end up at the NDSM terrain. It's one of the most interesting places in Amsterdam at the moment. Once part of the 'Netherlands dock and shipbuilding company', the NDSM 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.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
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 or sitting on a terrace.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
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 to 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.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Museumplein
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 its origins and if you're lucky there's an art market on the square, and in winter there's a Christmas market and an ice skating rink.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Rijksmuseum
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.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
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 its river.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
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.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
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 Not Included
Stop At:  
Vondelpark
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.
Duration: 25 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
West Pacific Westergasfabriek
Celebrated these days as a beautiful example of industrial heritage, the Western Gas Factory was built in the 1880's. 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, bars and restaurants, and even a cinema.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Haarlemmerstraat
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's in town, and novelty shops Pappa Bubble, where you can make your own candy.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Statue "Amsterdams Lieverdje"
The meeting point for this tour is next to a small statue of a boy, aptly named "het Lieverdje", or "the little Sweetheart". It was installed in 1960 as an ode to the street urchins of Amsterdam, always mischievous, but with a heart of gold. You will hear about how this little statue became the centre point of subversive happenings in the '60s and 70's.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Spui
We'll make our way across the Spui for our first tasting. Meaning sluice in Dutch, originally there was a sluice here. In 1867 it was filled up and turned into a square. The Spui is jampacked with history. It's also the location of one of Amsterdam's oldest bars: café Hoppe, dating from 1670, and traditionally the favourite hangout of journalists and writers.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Begijnhof
On the Spui, behind a big wooden door, you will find a hidden treasure: the 'Begijnhof', or 'Beguinage'. It's the oldest 'hofje' of Amsterdam and was built in the 1300's. You'll hear a bit about its history, and if you want to know more you can visit during daytime.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Voetboogstraat
This street is named after a type of crossbow because in the 15th century the shooting range of the crossbow archer's guild was situated here. These days it's a lively entertainment area with lots of bars and restaurants, especially popular amongst students. We will take you to Amsterdam's most famous flemish fries shop, or 'Vlaams friethuis' that's been here since 1957. Be prepared for a wait, as the line often stretches all the way around the corner...
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Magna Plaza
We'll be having a herring next to this exuberantly decorated building. originally built in the 1890s as the Main Post Office. Nowadays it is a shopping centre with a newly opened food department. It is worth checking out if you're looking to continue your food tasting feast!
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Royal Palace Amsterdam
While enjoying a herring you'll be looking out at the Royal Palace, originally built as a Town Hall in 1648 and eventually given to the freshly appointed King Willem I in 1813. It is used by the king for entertaining and official functions during state visits and other official receptions. It is also open to visitors.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Amsterdam Museum
On your way to taste some more Dutch street food, you will traverse the grounds of the Amsterdam Museum. Originally this was the site of one of the 21 monasteries you could find in 15th century Amsterdam. In the 18th century, it became an orphanage for Patrician children. The museum is well worth visiting to learn more about the history of Amsterdam.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Wynand Fockink
This tour will end with a delicious liqueur or brandy from the immensely popular Wijnand Fockinck. There has been a distillery and bar on this site since 1670, and they still produce an incredible range of jenevers, fruity brandywines, and refined liqueurs with illustrious names like "Walk in the forest". Slurp a few glasses from the bar in traditional Dutch manner, or buy a bottle to take home with you!
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Due to the ever-changing Dutch weather, please come prepared for rain and wind, and wear comfortable footwear for walking and cycling.
  • Be in a small-group of a maximum of 12 people.
  • Minimum age is 12 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Urban Adventures Amsterdam

If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Full-Day Total Amsterdam Discovery: Bike and Food Tour?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Total Amsterdam Discovery: Bike and Food Tour.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Full-Day Total Amsterdam Discovery: Bike and Food Tour?
A:
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 Full-Day Total Amsterdam Discovery: Bike and Food Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Full-Day Total Amsterdam Discovery: Bike and Food Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Total Amsterdam Discovery: Bike and Food Tour.

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