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Amsterdam Countryside bike and kayak tour

1. Amsterdam Countryside bike and kayak tour

You don’t need to go far from Amsterdam to experience nature, windmills, and waterways. Skip the hassle of route planning and arranging bike and kayak hire and enjoy a curated countryside adventure on this intimate tour, with a maximum of nine travelers. You’ll see beautiful Watergang village and the d’Admiraal Windmill (Krijtmolen d’Admiraal), and enjoy lunch with a tasting of Dutch cheese. Kayaking while being surrounded by cows is the true highlight of the tour.

Amsterdam: 20-Minute Flyboard Experience

2. Amsterdam: 20-Minute Flyboard Experience

If you have ever wondered what it would feel like to be a dolphin and shoot through the water, jump into the sky, and dive back into the waves, then this flyboard adventure is just for you! A unique extreme sports activity, the flyboard is very easy to use. You do not need a lot of training or strength to have fun, which means that virtually anyone can handle it, regardless of how old or fit they are. After a short introduction from the flyboard team, strap on your flyboard and other provided equipment, and shoot into the air for unique views of Amsterdam. Dive into the water to discover the endless possibilities of flyboarding.

Amsterdam 5-Hour Guided Canoe Trip in the Wetlands

3. Amsterdam 5-Hour Guided Canoe Trip in the Wetlands

Start off this 5-hour trip by taking public transportation to a small village near the wetlands area. After a cup of coffee in a local village house, begin your guided canoe trip. Note that there will be 2-3 people per canoe. The guide will tell you all about the unique wetlands area and how it came to be. After the tour, you’ll have a better understanding of why Amsterdam was built the way it was. At the half-way point, stop at an island where you’ll enjoy a picnic with a variety of products such as juices from the region, fresh fruit, all kinds of cheeses, bread, pasta, and more. On the way back, see real Dutch windmills – and they may be smaller than you expected! You can also stop for a swim when it’s warm enough. Before heading back to Amsterdam, there’ll be time for a drink at the local village house that was your starting point.

Amsterdam: Dutch Countryside Sunset Canoe Tour

4. Amsterdam: Dutch Countryside Sunset Canoe Tour

Escape the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam on a peaceful canoe tour through the Dutch countryside on the outskirts of the city center. Watch the sunset as you paddle past farmhouses and beautiful landscapes. Meet your guide at Amsterdam NOORD Termininal metro station exit. You'll then head to a local's house in a small village to enjoy a drink before climbing into a canoe and exploring the scenic surroundings. Pass quaint farmhouses, typical mills and animals grazing in the fields. Stop for a light picnic of local produce at the side of a lake. On warmer days you can swim in the lake, or just relax and enjoy the tranquility of your surroundings. End as you started; with another drink! Then, make your way back to Amsterdam by public transport. Your guide will share fascinating stories throughout the trip for a more intimate experience of Amsterdam and The Netherlands.

Amsterdam: 2-Hour Guided Canoe Trip

5. Amsterdam: 2-Hour Guided Canoe Trip

Travel by ferry and bike, bus, or drive to Watergang from Amsterdam. Meet your guide at the blue house in the village, where you will have a short introduction before you canoeing. Canoe for 2 hours through the village and meadows. Learn about the Dutch waterways and water management as you canoe. Halfway the tour you get, the guide will offer you a drink. After the canoe trip, you can relax in the guide’s garden, where you can have a picnic or snacks (not included in the tour price). The village is very small and don't have any shop or café. Bring your own is not a problem.

Amsterdam: 2-Hour Stand Up Paddle Board Tour

6. Amsterdam: 2-Hour Stand Up Paddle Board Tour

Paddle through the heart of Amsterdam and discover the city on a fun and active tour. Pass bridges, beautiful town houses, and famous museums. Experience the city from the water on a 2-hour paddle boarding tour along its canals and the river Amstel. Your tour begins in a quiet section of canal so you can get used to the paddle board. Once you feel safe, you'll cross the Amstel and hit the city. Admire stunning houses along the river and paddle through the network of canals and bridges. Depending on the group's skill level, paddle level head back via the Red Light District or de Oude Waal. Both locations have plenty of highlights to check out. The last part of the tour takes you past the Nautical Museum and a replica 18th-century ship, before finishing up back at the original meeting point.

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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 13 reviews

My son and I really enjoyed this trip. Majel is very hospitable and knowledgeable about the Dutch wetlands. You start and finish at her waterside home and she brings a picnic lunch with her to eat on the trip (it was really delicious!). The canoeing itself was very gentle - suitable for all abilities I think. Very nice that we were a small group of six in three canoes. Highly recommend!

This was an amazing way to see Amsterdam. I was a first time paddle boarder but Morene is a great teacher! I would highly recommend it.

Beautiful countryside, very kind facilitator, good organization - a fantastic afternoon/evening

A great experience, very nice guide, child friendly. Absolutely to suggest!!!

Excellent experience. Be careful while falling water hits hard