In the City of Bikes

Adults (12+)

Inspired by Pete Jordan’s book “In the City of Bikes”, this is an Amsterdam bike tour like no other. Get the ultimate local perspective on the city’s incredible array of canals, dykes, and culture, complimented by a healthy dose of Amsterdam’s quirkiest tales. Hup hup!

Amsterdam Bike Tour Highlights

  • Get a street’s eye view of Amsterdam like the locals do – by bike!
  • Experience the city’s obsession with history, adventure, and fun
  • Cycle Amsterdam’s dykes, bridges, and canals downtown and beyond
  • Hear the city’s tales of resistance, love, confiscations, and anarchy
  • Combine a local’s passion for Amsterdam with fascinating narratives

Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, a Dutch bike, and a trip on a ferry or stop in naval museum (weather dependent).

Exclusions: Items of personal nature incl. beers at the brewery and coffee and/or snacks at the library terrace bar, and tips or gratuities for your guide.

Schedule details

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Meeting point: “Rent-a-Bike” rental shop, Damstraat 20 -22, 1012 HK Amsterdam ( Your guide will be in the shop wearing or holding something red with the Urban Adventures logo printed on it.
  • Starting time: 10.00 AM
  • Ending point: Amsterdam City Center, Dam Square
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  • There are just a handful of destinations in the world that were built for biking, and it’s very fair to say that Amsterdam is definitely one of them! Join this quirky Amsterdam bike tour that gets you on the city’s most beloved form of transportation accompanied by a stories and tales from the city’s past and present. You’ll feel like a true Amsterdammer in no time!

    You begin your biking tour of Amsterdam by meeting with your local guide in the city centre and hopping on a Dutch bike. Your Amsterdam bike tour adventure is inspired by Pete Jordan’s “In the City of Bikes”, a tale of bike culture in the city throughout history, which lends an intriguing narrative to the day’s adventure.

    We weave our way through Amsterdam’s history and growth by starting out downtown and then making our way out to the northern dijks (dykes). Along the way, we hit up historic sites in the financial district and get an up-close look at the city’s defences, learning how windmills, canals, and walls helped build this nation and its people.

    The sheer volume of bikes and cyclists in Amsterdam is apparent throughout your tour, from a waterfront stop that’s home to no less than 500 bikes parked in stalls to thrilling infamous intersections where at least 30 bikes of all shapes and sizes whiz by every minute!

    By the time you’re done, this Amsterdam bike tour has you cycling and feeling just like a local.

    Additional information

    Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, a Dutch bike, and a trip on a ferry or stop in naval museum (weather dependent).

    Exclusions: Items of personal nature incl. beers at the brewery and coffee and/or snacks at the library terrace bar, and tips or gratuities for your guide.

    Dress standard: Due to the changing Dutch weather it is important to make sure to be well-equipped against rain and wind, and to be wearing proper footwear for the bike ride.

    Your Trip: This trip is offered on a “join-in” basis. Maximum group size is 12

    Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point.  Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.

    Child Policy: Children under 12 years of age are not permitted on this tour.

    Local contact

    Office phone number: +31 64 367 21 86
    Email address: [email protected]

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  • Mr. Ryan P. from USA travelled on 25 Sep 2016:

    A nice tour. Arthur was very good, friendly, etc. The tour was a little scary with all the other traffic and perhaps you should let people know about that.

    Mr. Jason W. from USA travelled on 18 Sep 2016:

    Donovan was a great bike guide. He was patient with us for bathroom and picture breaks, and he took us to some really cool off-the-path places (including the Foodhallen, which we went back to that night for dinner…excellent!!). My only recommendation would be to start with a quick 5 to 10 minute overview/tutorial of the rules of Amsterdam biking, in case we wanted to rent bikes later and do some biking on our own. The rules and signage there are a little confusing to the uninitiated.

    Mr. Evelyn S. from Australia travelled on 14 Aug 2016:

    Very enjoyable and worthwhile. Guide took us outside city centre due to safety reasons. Excellent decision.

    Mrs. Juliane S. from Australia travelled on 09 Apr 2015:

    Fantastic bike tour with Sean. We loved seeing hidden parts of Amsterdam that we would not have found on our own, and it was great to do it with someone who knew the city so well and was so enthusiastic.

    Ms. Lauren S. from Canada travelled on 11 Nov 2014:

    Great guide, great tour – loved the jaunt to the North side. As always, Urban Adventures exceeds expectations.

    Mrs. Caitlin H. from Australia travelled on 23 Jul 2014:

    Excellent tour with Sean. He is very knowledgable and easy to get along with. He pointed out interesting art, architecture and local history. He took us up north and we discovered a side of amsterdam many tourists would never see. Thoroughly recommended.

    Ms. Anna D. from USA travelled on 14 May 2013:

    Sean was amazing. He was funny, knowledgeable, and I was so glad I actually signed up for two tours with him. He showed us cool places I never would have found on my own, knew a ton about the culture of the city, clearly was connected to the local culture (almost everywhere we went, people happily said hi to him) and really made the experience—and my trip—awesome. Would highly, highly recommend any of the Amsterdam Urban Adventure options!

    Mr. Carole F. from Australia travelled on 23 Aug 2012:

    I had a wonderful time and really enjoyed the tour. Thank you!!!
    I would highly recommend it!!!!!