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5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 Reviews

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  • Location:Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Duration:3 hours (approx.)

Amsterdam Bike Tour: Off the Beaten Path

Experience Amsterdam’s passion for all things two wheels on a 3-hour guided bike tour. Pedal through cool, lesser-known neighborhoods on a tour inspired by Pete Jordan’s book, “In the City of Bikes,” passing landmarks such as the Rikjsmuseum and Maritime Museum. Navigate pretty districts such as Jordaan, ride a ferry to see the city’s northern 'dijks' (dykes), and on route, discover quirky bike-related places, unusual trivia and incredible tales such as how Amsterdammers used their bikes to beat wartime Nazi blockades.

Numbers are limited to 12 on this small-group tour, ensuring personalized attention.


  • 3-hour off-the-beaten path tour of Amsterdam by bike
  • Experience Amsterdam's bike culture as celebrated in Pete Jordan’s book In the City of Bikes
  • Explore quirky districts such as the old Jewish quarter and bohemian, canal-lined Jordaan
  • See landmarks such as the Rijksmuseum, Maritime Museum and Amstel sluice
  • Catch a ferry to north Amsterdam to see its dijks and other water defences
  • Hear tales of the city’s wartime cycle-based hunger treks and other stories
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people ensures a personalized experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Highly recommendable for anyone who has already done a tour of Amsterdam’s main sights and wants to explore further. You'll see cool places that you would struggle to discover on your own!

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What You Can Expect

Amsterdam Bike Tour: Off the Beaten Path

Explore Amsterdam's lesser-known neighborhoods on a bike tour!

Meet your guide near Dam Square in central Amsterdam, put on your helmet and hop on your traditional Dutch bike.

Before setting off, get an introduction to Amsterdam’s obsession with two wheels and learn about Pete Jordan's hit book, In the City of Bikes. Hear how it inspired the tour and how you’ll pass some of the bike-related places mentioned in its pages.

Start by cycling through Amsterdam’s historical financial district, passing buildings such as the old Dutch East India Company offices. As you travel, gain quirky insights into the city’s long-held relationship not just with bikes, but with the sea, and how they're closely intertwined.

Leave the financial district behind and then head towards Amsterdam’s northern dijks, starting out through either the interesting old Jewish quarter or along the Amstel River.

Depending on the route you take, cruise through districts such as Jordaan with its pretty bridges and canals; and pass landmarks such as the Rijksmuseum, Amstel sluice gate, de Gooyer windmill and the waterfront Maritime Museum, housed in a resplendently restored 17th century naval storehouse.

Then, take a 5-minute ferry ride to north Amsterdam — an area many visitors never see — and hear tales of the 1944-1945 hunger treks, when thousands of Amsterdammers cycled north to find food during the wartime Nazi blockades.

Cycle around some of the dijks here and learn how they’ve protected against flooding, before returning by ferry to the city center.

Before your tour ends, hear more about Amsterdam’s passion for cycling, and see other places mentioned in Jordan’s book, including the bike parking station with stalls for over 500 bikes, and the famous intersections where 30 bikes or more can zoom by every minute!

Your tour then ends back at the original start point.

Customer Reviews

the worms

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This was a small group tour however it turned out to be just my husband and I. Our tour guide took us over to the north side via a ferry and we rode around some very beautiful places where only the locals tend to go. A must when in Amsterdam

Kenneth B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Sean was a great guide. By pure luck, I was also the only person on the tour, which made it all the more worthwhile. A private guide to an entirely new city is a truly amazing experience. I will definitely consider contacting this tour guide, or participating in similar tours in other cities in the future.

Mary C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This is a MUST DO if you want to see the city from a local perspective. Despite the rain we had a BLAST! Great tour - highly recommend!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was a fun tour in the city. Not for the skittish. Riding through Amsterdam is pretty chaotic and dangerous at times. A great way to see a lot of areas of the city in a short amount of time. Our guide had a lot of interesting commentary on the sites.

Lora D USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

If I could give this tour 10 stars, I would. Sean was a wonderful tour guide and this was truly a bucket list experience.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Very experienced guide . Friendly and courteous and knowledgable about the history , culture and habits of Amsterdam. Would recommend my tour guide Sean .

Jane B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Our bike tour of Amsterdam was an excellent way of seeing this most bike friendly of cities.
Pete is a great guide and inspired confidence and soon we were pedalling along and negotiating the the city almost like locals .
It was great to see the very different neighbourhoods and the beautiful historic areas contrasted with the ultra modern.
The trip on the ferry was good fun and the visit to the dijks and other defensives very informative.
Overall the tour is great value and easy for the less experienced and confident cyclist and to be recommended to all visitors who want to see the less touristy parts of Amsterdam.
Pete is a mine of knowledge about the city and provides a great tour off the beaten path.

Lee C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Loved our trip through and out of the city! Sunday cycling at its best!

Andrew E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

I was the only traveler who signed up, but he still ran the tour and personalized it to what I wanted to see and do. It was great.

Beryl M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed this bike tour. Highly recommended if you want to see it from a locals perspective. The only touristy area we biked through was through the Rijksmuseum, but that on its own, is a unique experience when biking through it! Our guide was great, he gave us honest opinions on what places to see and what not to see. After our tour, he even walked us to some of the cafes/restaurants he frequented.

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