My boyfriend and I did this tour in January 2014. Our guide was very informative and reliable and at every stop encouraged the group to ask questions for more info on the history of the different places we visited. Our group included a mother and young son and, singles in their 20s and 30s. We were able to test the bikes for comfort before setting out, which were very good. Cycling through Amsterdam is a great experience, sure you dodge people at every turn but you certainly aren't alone and as with most things in this Dutch city, tolerance prevails. There is of course no need to take a tour- it's an easy city to navigate and you may well stumble across a variety of interesting places however, if you are on a short trip or just want to kill a few hours this is an excellent way to do it. I'm not particularly a fan of 'tours' - this felt more like having my own map reader who could also tell me about the places I was at if I wanted. When the group asked no questions we moved on again quickly - for us this was perfect!
We did get a little lost on our way to the boat and I have to say improving the directions to the dock is the only thing I would change about this experience. The staff were very professional and attentive, it's a little cosy around the tables but the mood was very jovial. As is often the case in the winter months, the evening was rainy and cool so it was the perfect time to sit inside and take a ride through the city whilst also being watered and fed. The pizza was delicious though mine was a little cool whislt my boyfriend's was piping hot. The wine flowed and refills were easy to obtain. All in all for the cost of the tour this is a great little evening and a must to see Amsterdam from the water. There is also a toilet on board. I'd recommend arriving at least 10 minutes before departure - when you arrive you must queue up to order your pizzas and then again to get on the boat and find a seat. Even if you aren't next to the window you can still see a lot though pictures might be a bit more tricky to take.
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