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.
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.