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Amsterdam: Guided Bike Tour of Central Amsterdam

1. Amsterdam: Guided Bike Tour of Central Amsterdam

Discover the sights of central Amsterdam 2ith an expert guide riding by your side. You’ll learn about the city’s culture, see important historical sites, and famous hotspots as well as lesser-known local favorites.  Start your journey near the central station, pass the impressive A’DAM Tower, and ride over to the Western Islands, which are filled with charming drawbridges, old warehouses, and chic artists studios.  Continue along the Brouwersgracht Canal and visit the trendy Jordaan and 9 Street districts flanked by indie boutiques, cozy cafes, and hip eateries. As you ride deeper into the city center, you will enter the Grachtengordel neighborhood and zoom past the Westerkerk (Western Church) and the historic Anne Frank House.  Feel the buzz of music and street performers around Leidseplein Square, a busy theater district with a buzzing nightlife.  After so much excitement, enjoy a pleasant break in the Vondelpark, the largest park in Amsterdam and the most famous park in the Netherlands. Feeling recharged, circle the Museum Quarter and ride through the narrow streets of the Bohemian-influenced De Pijp neighborhood.  Cross the iconic Magere Brug (skinny bridge), a wooden drawbridge over the River Amstel, and arrive at the famed Artis Zoo leading into the Maritime Quarter.  Admire the impressive replica of a 17th-century Dutch East Indian Company ship at the Salt Harbour, before returning to back where your bike journey began.

Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans with Cheese Tasting & Clog Factory

2. Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans with Cheese Tasting & Clog Factory

Join a guided tour from Amsterdam to visit the windmill village of Zaanse Schans which is an open-air museum housing working windmills, wooden houses, barns, and shops dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Enjoy live commentary from your guide, a clog workshop and a cheese-making demonstration. Meet your guide and driver at a central meeting point just across from Central Station in Amsterdam. Settle in for a comfortable, air-conditioned ride on a single deck bus that will take you to your destination in just 20 minutes. Upon arrival in the village, follow your guide for an orientation tour of the village. Visit the clog museum for a live wooden shoemaking workshop. Then, taste some Dutch farmer cheese on the cheese farm. Get a sense of Zaanse Schans' prosperity from the 18th and 19th centuries in the windmill village. Alongside windmills and barns, see houses that were originally built as homes for rich windmill owners and merchants. Admire their colorful facades painted in traditional hues of green, beige, and light blue. Finally, it is time to further explore the village on your own. Before you set off, take insider tips from your guide and learn about the region's local history and culture. At the end of the tour, hop back on the bus for your return journey to Amsterdam.

From Amsterdam: Giethoorn & Zaanse Schans Day Tour with Boat

3. From Amsterdam: Giethoorn & Zaanse Schans Day Tour with Boat

Your experience begins as your guide meets you near Amsterdam's Central Station, from where you travel to the typical Dutch windmill village of Zaanse Schans. Zaanse Schans is an open-air museum complete with a cheese farm, clog factory, diamond museum, bakery museum, and Kuiperij, where barrels were made to transport goods, green timber houses, traditional crafts, and windmills. Next, head to the unique Dutch village of Giethoorn, heading further north out of Amsterdam. As you travel, listen to learn about the history and significant elements in the Giethoorn region. The journey will take roughly 2 hours, with a break included to ensure a pleasant journey. Giethoorn is beautiful in all seasons and contains a simple beauty that hardly seems real. Discover this as you glide gently through its small canals, passing old but pretty thatched-roof farmhouses. Your captain will serve as a guide throughout this 1-hour boat trip around town. Get to know everything about Giethoorn, with extra time after your boat trip to walk or bike along a narrow footpath, or to learn how to operate the ''whisper boat'', an electric-motor boat. In the evening, arrive back in Amsterdam's center with the rest of your night to look forward to.

Amsterdam: The Bulldog Smoke-Friendly Cruise with 3 Drinks

4. Amsterdam: The Bulldog Smoke-Friendly Cruise with 3 Drinks

Sit back and relax on a smoke-friendly canal cruise through the heart of Amsterdam aboard a sightseeing cruise. Gain facinating insights into the attractions that you pass and enjoy alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks as you sail through the canals. Hop on board and get cozy for a romantic cruise down the canal. Feel free to bring your own food and smokes to enjoy on board. First, travel through the Redlight District that surrounds the Old Church. Take in views of the waterfront and the Eastern Dock. Follow the Old City Wall onto the Amstel River and see the Bridge of Monet which was made famous by the artist's painting of this spot. Smile at the wacky Deconstructivism of the Dancing Houses and snap a picture of the Blue Bridge. Enter the Canal Belt from the Herengracht along the Mayor's House and take the Golden Bend to the Seven Bridges. Take the Reguliersgracht canal to cross the Keizersgracht canal onto the Prinsengracht canal. Spot many houseboats including the oldest houseboat in Amsterdam and take in the fantastic designs of some of the typical hippie houseboats from the ’60s and ’70s. Return to the Amstel river and see the Skinny Bridge, the oldest and most picturesque bridge in Amsterdam. Along the Hermitage and the Stopera, get up-close views of the “View on the Groenburgwal” painted by Monet in 1884 before returning to Redlight District again.

Amsterdam: Culture & History Walking Tour in German

5. Amsterdam: Culture & History Walking Tour in German

Visit famous sites of Amsterdam downtown and get an overview of the city on this walking tour dedicated to culture and history. Profit from tips every adventurous traveler needs to know and make the best of your trip. Find out which food you should taste and which districts can be discovered independently by bike. Listen to your guide telling you which architectural designs were popular in the past and get an idea of the people of Amsterdam. Hear stories about how merchants, salesmen, and the poor used to live in the Middle Ages, why the world of art blossomed in the Golden Era, how World War II has changed the people of the city and what it feels like to live in the tolerant, multicultural city today. Start your tour in the heart of the city at Dam Square, where Amsterdam was founded. The tour leads you past the Royal Palace of Amsterdam, the New Church Nieuwe Kerk, and past the former main post office, to Torensluis Bridge. See one of the tiniest houses of the city and learn more about the colonial times at the statue of Multatuli on Torensluis Bridge.  Stroll past romantic canal-side houses and cross Spui Square to get to the pearl of Amsterdam – Begijnhof. With its entrance hidden in a narrow side street, this very special hofje is waiting for you to be discovered. On the way back to Dam Square you will see the river that the city owes its name to: the Amstel. The city tour ends at the national monument that was originally built to remember the victims of World War II but is now a memorial to all victims who lost their lives in any war worldwide.

Amsterdam: Red Light District and Local Pub Tour

6. Amsterdam: Red Light District and Local Pub Tour

Discover infamous Red Light District of Amsterdam with a knowledgeable guide. Explore the district's narrow streets and learn about some of the oldest pubs of the city. Finish the tour with a rest at a traditional local pub. Meet your guide in central Amsterdam. Get a comprehensive overview of the history of the city. Start in the Old Town District and Amsterdam's Chinatown. Here your guide will tell you about the history of the city and about some of the city's oldest pubs. Hear stories and take a look inside famous pubs like t' Aepjen and t' Mandje. Continue to the center of the Red Light District where your guide will tell you everything about the sex work industry, peep shows, and the history of the Amsterdam Red Light District. Find many curiosities, like the narrowest street of Amsterdam, famous coffee shops, an indoor prostitution street, and many "smartshops." Hear what it's like to work as a prostitute in the Red Light District and find out about liberal laws. Walk to Dam Square where the tour will end. On your way to this area you'll see some of the last sights of the tour, like the Condomerie, the Royal Palace, and the Dam Square. Finish the tour with a rest at a traditional local pub.

Amsterdam: 3.5-Hour Food Tasting Tour of Jordaan

7. Amsterdam: 3.5-Hour Food Tasting Tour of Jordaan

Enjoy a guided walk through the unique cultural and historical sites of the Jordaan neighborhood on this guided tour. Dig into enough samples to comprise a substantial meal as you stop in for foodie-delighting samples at 6 tasty eateries along the way. Meet your guide at a family-owned cafe on the canals bridge and begin your mouth-watering adventure. Learn how Jordaan went from a working-class neighborhood to a sought-after area to live. Stroll through streets that are lined with specialty shops and charming restaurants. Admire the picturesque network of canals and buildings. Discover local haunts, and meet the families that are keeping Dutch food traditions alive. See historical sites that few tourists ever experience. Be enthralled with stories and insights into Amsterdam’s culture and history from an experienced local guide. End your tour full of good food and just a stone throw away from the Anne Frank House. 

From Amsterdam: Bruges Full-Day Tour

8. From Amsterdam: Bruges Full-Day Tour

Climb aboard an air-conditioned coach for a full-day tour of Bruges in the West Flanders region of Belgium, and discover the Belgian capital of chocolate and canals, with plenty of free time to amble. Depart Amsterdam in the morning and drive across the Dutch border. Upon arrival in Bruges, admire scenic streets and the canals that gave Bruges its nickname, "The Venice of the North." A guide will take you on a 3-hour driving tour of the city center, revealing highlights such as the Church of Our Lady on the banks of the Dijver Canal, the well-preserved, 13th century Sint Salvator’s Cathedral, and Burg Square with its impressive City Hall. Continue on foot for approximately 30 minutes, and enjoy an optional 1-hour boat ride along some of the canals, before your return transfer to Amsterdam.

Marken, Volendam, and Edam Full-Day Tour from Amsterdam

9. Marken, Volendam, and Edam Full-Day Tour from Amsterdam

Enjoy a scenic full-day coach tour of North Holland, and discover a charming landscape of windmills, canals, picturesque villages, and locals in traditional costume. Choose the all-in option to add a few extras to your tour, including a clog-making demonstration and a boat trip. Depart from Amsterdam station for the small fishing town of Marken, renowned for its preservation of traditional Dutch culture. Take a walking tour through streets full of colorful houses. If you've chosen the all-in option, stop at a shoemaker’s studio to watch how wooden clogs are made. Next, head to Volendam by coach if you've chosen the standard option or board the Marken Express if you've chosen the all-in option for a boat trip across the beautiful IJssel Lake. On arrival in Volendam, enjoy free time to explore the shops or try on a traditional costume for a souvenir photo.  Then, enjoy a tasting at a traditional Holland cheese factory and learn how cheese is made before continuing into the heart of North Holland to Edam. Discover the history of the former shipyard and see Grote Kerk, the largest church in the Netherlands, as you stroll the cobbled streets. Next, take in the last stop on your tour, the open-air museum of Zaanse Schans. Admire its magnificent collection of historic windmills. If you opt for the all-in ticket, you can go inside one of the operating windmills to learn more about this Dutch icon of industrial architecture. Finally, marvel at the picturesque homes, wooden barns, and scenic meadows of North Holland as you travel back to Amsterdam by coach.

Amsterdam: Food Tour in the Albert Cuyp Market

10. Amsterdam: Food Tour in the Albert Cuyp Market

Enjoy a guided tour in the Albert Cuyp, the biggest day market in the Netherlands, with a local foodie guide. Hop between the best stalls of the Albert Cuyp market and taste the most delicious snacks that Dutch cuisine has to offer. Enjoy funny and engaging stories about the history of the food and Dutch culture in an easy manner from a local guide. The vibe of the tour is open and easygoing, so feel free to ask any questions you might have about the Dutch cuisine, culture or anything for the rest of your stay. Experience a new side of Amsterdam with a local craft beer tasting and many delicious local snacks, so come hungry.

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What a great activity. The guide was awesome and explained everything very well. I took this tour with my daughter and It was a great experience. I strongly recommend to do this bike tour!! Thank you

It was a very unique and intriguing half day tour. I loved learning about the history of the windmills, how clogs were made and are now made, as well as trying cheese.

Excellent way to start learning about Amsterdam sights / history etc. Guide was also quite good and caring. (Bring a rain jacket to enjoy this Dutch experience)

our tour guide Pedro was great. He was very knowledgeable and made it fun throughout. great English and Spanish explanations from our multilingual guide.

Mariel has guided us very well. She knew fantastical places with interesting stories. Tank you Mariel.The bikes were fantastic.