Amsterdam Countryside Bike Tour Including Cheese Tasting and Clog Demonstration

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Amsterdam Countryside Bike Tour Including Cheese Tasting and Clog Demonstration
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Leave the bustle of the city behind on a 4-hour countryside bike tour from Amsterdam. Take a leisurely ride along the banks of the Amstel River and hear about local history and rural Dutch traditions, and admire the scenery of the city’s green spaces.

The majority of the tour is spent riding along the Amstel River beyond the edge of town and through the polder landscape with its rectilinear ditches and dikes. We’ll show you two of the few remaining authentic windmills and 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 and taste some free samples of authentic Dutch cheese.
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In Brief

Location:
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
4 hours
Operates:
March 1-November 30:
Daily
Highlights:
Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
Enjoy fantastic aerial views
Fully narrated tour
Get inside tips from a local
Overview
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Meet your guide in central Amsterdam in late morning. Before you set off, listen to your guide present a brief introduction on how to ride safely in amsterdam. 

Then embark on a 15-mile (25-kilometer) ride to the outskirts of the city and the countryside beyond, taking breaks along the way so your guide can share information and interesting stories.

Hop on the saddle and cycle through Amsterdam, a bike-friendly city that’s known for its cycling culture. Wind through its narrow streets, along the charming canals and over beautiful bridges. Watch as the city sights begin to wane and are replaced by peaceful green pastures and quiet waterways.

Move along scenic paths on the outskirts of town and see a snapshot of a different side of Dutch life. Look out for colorful and funky houseboats, as well as people fishing and rowing in the water.

Pull over to take pictures of the iconic De Riekermolen windmill and de Zwaan windmill, two of only eight remaining authentic windmills in and around Amsterdam. Later, call into a local farmhouse, where a farmer will introduce you to rural Dutch traditions. Sample the delicious farm-produced cheese and watch a demonstration of how clogs are made, after which you might even get the chance to slip on a pair.

Arrive back in central Amsterdam in the afternoon, where you’ll return your bike and bid farewell to your friendly guide.

Inclusions

  • Local guide
  • Use of bicycle
  • Use of rain poncho

Exclusions

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Prins Hendrikkade 176, 1011 TC Amsterdam, Netherlands

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Distance approximately 25 km (15 - 16 miles)
  • A reasonable level of fitness, health and biking skill is necessary.
  • This tour operates with English language only
  • Lunch: feel free to pack a lunch and bring something to snack along the route or 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.
  • Minimum age is 13 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund

Booking Information

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

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

We had so much fun on this tour!!! Our guide--Girl Mike--was fun and informative and had great energy! I am not very experienced or comfortable on a bike (have ridden one other time as an adult in Costa Rica) and was extremely nervous, especially riding in the city. You do have to be very alert and aware. If you have never ridden a bike this isn't the time to learn. If you are in very bad shape this might not be for you. I'm not going to lie--the first part where we were in the city was stressful for me. The rest of the group did just fine though and they were all very supportive. Once we got into the countryside it was just absolutely peaceful and beautiful! By the time we got back into the city I felt much more comfortable and didn't have any problems. The stop at the cheese farm is really interesting and we were able to pet some beautiful baby cows! The cheese was so yum and we each bought a wheel. Also checked off our windmill quota for the trip! The ride was long but we went at an easy pace that everyone could keep up regardless of fitness level (I wouldn't have minded a little more speed when we were in wide open spaces but that is what happens with a group tour). Overall I would definitely recommend this tour! It was an amazing way to spend half a day and a great opportunity to see some countryside without doing a full excursion. Plus experiencing Amsterdam like a local's perspective (aka from the seat of a bike) should be on everyone's list!
• Submitted 07 Oct 2019
Very easy bike tour through the countryside of Amsterdam. Very beautiful sites along the way. Highly recommended!
• Submitted 10 Sep 2019
The bicycle ride was amazing! I got to pet a cow and try some amazing cheese. I mean, what else can you ask for? This has it all! Loved the clog building workshop demonstration.
• Submitted 29 Aug 2019
Excellent! We were very well looked after, it was a thoughtful and informative tour, and we saw some uniquely Dutch things along the way. Full credit to Mike's bike shop and to our guide Mike (different person and gender!) for setting us up so well and providing a memorable day. It was fun all the way. Even a puncture in our party was dealt with efficiently and with good humour. The bikes are very good quality and easy to master in terms of gear changes. We covered some decent mileage, but it's not a tough ride and everyone in our group easily coped. The visit to the farm is certainly an experience....the farmer is a character! Any men in our party were safe in the knowledge that they wouldn't be dragged in for audience participation! This guy likes ladies, especially Asian ladies....but as our guide said to us in advance, he means well. What I would say is that this was billed as a 2-hour tour, but in fact it lasted over 4 hours. That's not at all a complaint - it made it even better value for money. But it's worth knowing this in case people are trying to plan other parts of their day. The tour detail also points out that the price doesn't include food and drinks. That's true. But it's worth pointing out that it is a good idea to bring your own water and snacks along. You need to be a vaguely competent bike rider. We felt safe throughout, but as you cycle through and out of the city you need to have some decent road sense and not be wobbly on your bike. Overall, an excellent experience....a lovely way to see Amsterdam and some of the surrounding countryside.
• Submitted 09 Aug 2019
Fun tour. Ivan was a funny and friendly guide. Lots of breaks along the way and beautiful views along the Amstel. Highly recommend it.
• Submitted 25 Jul 2019
This is a great tour to take and get away from the city. You ride on a trail alongside the river and see horses, cows and sheep. Our guide Ivan was great telling us about the history of Amsterdam and fun facts. We went to a farm where you taste cheese that is made there and the farmer has a great sense of humor and he gave a clog making demonstration. Ivan then took us to the oldest bar in Amsterdam for a cold beer this is a great tour and I highly recommend it when visiting Amsterdam
• Submitted 24 Jul 2019
Our tour was amazing. Our tour guide Pete was fun and informative. Once we got out of the city, the bike ride was relaxing and easy. The countryside is beautiful. It was a nice break from being in the city. The gentleman demonstrating how to make cheese and clogs was hysterical. I would highly recommend this tour.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
This trip is well worth it and best if you are a reasonably skilled rider and in good enough shape to ride leisurely but steadily for 3 hours or so. Lots of history, current info and an up close and personal view of the city and nearby countryside.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Really enjoyed getting away from the noise and crowds from Amsterdam and enjoyed the country side. The cheese farm was a great experience. And the cheese prices a real deal compared to the ridiculous prices in town. I figured cheese stores downtown Amsterdam were selling the same cheeses at 400 % the price than at the farm! Our guide was cool and cheerful and took time to explain and explore. And last but not least, we were incredibly lucky with the weather!!!
• Submitted 17 Apr 2019
We had a really fun time and enjoyed being out in the Dutch countryside. Our guide was female Mike who did a great job narrating and answering questions. It was good to get some exercise in on the trip.
• Submitted 19 Aug 2018
Our guide Patrick was great. They broke us into small groups which made it easier to get around in the city as well as out in the country. You definitely should plan to bring water bottles (they give you the opportunity to refill them) and pack a lunch as you will be out for 4 hours for sure. They give you the chance to sit and eat your lunches at the farm. The farmer definitely has a 'unique' sense of humor but they warn you about him. Overall, a great time and so much fun to be on the bikes!
• Submitted 06 Aug 2018
Can it get any better than getting exercise and learning about Amsterdam at the same time? Mateus, our guide , was extremely knowledgeable, charming and was very concerned about our safety and keeping our group together. We would recommend this group to all that enjoy biking while learning about the rich history of Amsterdam.
• Submitted 19 Jul 2018
This tour was so much fun! I would highly recommend it. You learn a lot and you get to sample many cheeses. Riding through the countryside is a great way to see the life here.
• Submitted 18 Jul 2018
It was great to leave the city and ride in the countryside, enjoy good cheese, views and learn about the Netherlands.
• Submitted 11 Jul 2018
We really enjoyed visiting the countryside by bike. The Cheese tasting and Clog demonstration session was super and very entertaining. The tour guide Mike was excellent! She was experienced in keeping the group together at the required pace and good fun as well.
• Submitted 10 Jul 2018
Amazing time! It rained during our tour ponchos were provided- you would think this ruined the trip, but not at all. Our guide one of the Mikes had very amicable, he was full of insights, and very communicative about what the bike route was going to be. We kept a really steady pace and everyone in the group kept up nicely. We saw windmills, got a chance to try and buy cheese at the farm we stopped by, and we even visited a local biergarden they opened for our group! so it was really chill and got to buy snacks and try their brews. This tour was probably my favorite part of the trip.
• Submitted 06 Jun 2018
We did this bike tour with Patrick not Swayze : and it was so much fun! He gave us good background history information without boring us with too many facts and the country side we rode through was beautiful. It was a pretty leisurely ride and didnt take someone incredibly fit. The local farm was neat as well. We got to pet and feed the cows and the cheese was absolutely delicious!! Highly recommend.
• Submitted 25 Apr 2018
I would do this again. It was a fast pace and you will need to be assertive riding the bike in Amsterdam. The cheese farmer certainly loves little women. He was a character. The cheese and wooden shoe price was very reasonable. You should bring a lunch and bottled water with you. This is not a leisurely bike ride.
• Submitted 16 Apr 2018
We loved this and would definitely recommend it to other travellers to the city. Our guide Pete guided us through the city into the surrounding countryside with stops for sightseeing. The cheese tasting was immense!
• Submitted 09 Apr 2018
The experience was fantastic!! Really enjoyed this tour, it was fun, informative and seen things we wouldn't of seen/known there was.
• Submitted 11 Jan 2018
So much fun, would highly recommend doing this tour!
• Submitted 10 Jan 2018
Mikes Bikes.....This was the most enjoyable day, we had a fantastic guide knowable but a lot of fun I thoroughly recommend this to all, we are over 70's and had the most fabulous day trip...go book it now you will have the best time !!! There were about 40 riders but you are divided into groups of 10 each with their own guide, very comfortable riding NO hills in Holland ! Other than the Rijks Museum this was our favourite day.
• Submitted 29 Oct 2017
Aaron and Mike's Bike Shop were great!!
• Submitted 17 Oct 2017
Please do yourself a favor and take this trip. This was the highlight of our whole trip. We had about 17 people on our tour. There were three separate tours that went out to the countryside. The people ranged from 25-65 and varying degrees of health. I would say if you can walk around a city for a day then you can probably do this tour as it's pretty flat. They took us through the city and then out to a windmill and onto the farm. The farmer is slightly odd but harmless. He hands out cheese to the ladies and makes fun of men. Slightly weird but I highly suggest getting something from him as it's the best souvenir that you'll have. The trip ended with another view of a windmill and a stop at a local biergarden. This will be a new tour next year from what they were saying. The craft beer was awesome with the view of the windmill is one I won't forget. Our tour guide's name was Patrick and he was awesome. I can't say enough good things about Mike's Bike Tours and this particular tour. We did the city tour the next day too just because we had so much fun on this tour! The city tour is great but if you can only do one - do the countryside tour!. Enjoy!
• Submitted 16 Oct 2017

In Brief

Location:
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Country:
Netherlands
Duration:
4 hours
Operates:
March 1-November 30:
Daily
Highlights:
Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
Enjoy fantastic aerial views
Fully narrated tour
Get inside tips from a local

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