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Amsterdam by bike and its polders, 4-day tour in Holland

Visit Amsterdam by bike thanks to our tours guiding you from the historic center to pretty typical Dutch villages in a 4-day getaway.

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Reference NE0401
  • Centre based trip
  • 4 days
  • Very easy
  • every day from March to November
  • Minimum age from 9 years old
499€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • Do like the Dutch, get on your bike and visit Amsterdam by bike!
    Here, it is king like nowhere else. The city center’s narrow streets and 17th century canals make it the ideal means of transportation.

    The bike tours offered for this long weekend will of course take you into the historic center but also out of the city via the cycle paths along the canals and through the parks. You ride among the polders around Amsterdam dotted with pretty historic villages such as Broek in Waterland, Muiden and Oudekerk aan de Amstel.

    You will be able to admire the landscapes full of tranquility painted by Flemish painters and particularly appreciated by Rembrandt. Your accommodation is located in the city center, a stone’s throw from Museumplein, the museum square, where major museums such as the Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk Museum and the Van Gogh Museum stand.

    This long cycling weekend in Amsterdam will seduce you by revealing Holland in all its authenticity.

    Day 1

     
     

    Arrival in Amsterdam and city center loop

    Bike
    19km
    You can take a short loop around the city center to soak up the very special atmosphere of Amsterdam. Cycle along the Amstel to the picturesque village of Ouderkerk aan de Amstel. The famous painter Rembrandt loved walking along the banks of the river and made many drawings and engravings of the Amstel country. Then return to Amsterdam on the other side and discover the country villas built by wealthy Amsterdam bourgeois in the 17th and 18th centuries.

    Day 2

     
     

    Loop to Broek in Waterland

    Bike
    48km
    Cross Amsterdam city center to reach Lake IJ, a former estuary located behind the central station and take a ferry to cross it. On the other side of the IJ, you leave the city and arrive in the Waterland region and its marshy meadows crossed by canals and streams. Many birds have taken up residence there. Drive through the villages of Durgerdam and Uitdam, which once were still on the banks of the Zuiderzee, a gulf of the North Sea today transformed into a lake thanks to the polders. Admire the typical pastel-colored wooden houses before returning to Amsterdam along the Noordhollands canal.

    Day 3

     
     

    Loop to the fortified city of West and the medieval castle of Muiderslot

    Bike
    47km
    Cycle along the banks of the Amstel and the Waver through the magnificent polders to reach the fortified town of Weesp. Follow the meandering River Vecht until you arrive in Muiden, where you can also see the medieval Muiderslot Castle. Following the shores of Lake IJ you arrive at IJburg, a new district of Amsterdam, built on artificial islands. Cross the Amsterdam-Rijnkanaal to return to the city center, passing through neighbourhoods built in the 19th century with a rich architectural heritage.

    Day 4

     
     

    Departure from Amsterdam

    Take advantage of your last day in Amsterdam to stroll around the city center and visit the Rijksmusum or the Van Gogh Museum before leaving.
  • Accommodation
  • Category B

    * Example of the type of accommodation
  • Bikes, luggage and documents
  • Bikes

    On your arrival day, we provide you with:

    • a touring bike adjusted to your size or a tandem
    • equipped : front rack pack with an integrated file compartment, saddlebag, helmet, reflective vest, repairing toolkit with patches etc.
    Please bring your own helmet for sanitary reasons.

    We also provide you with the appropriate equipment for your children : baby seat, bike trailer or trailer bike depending on their age and size.

    Electric bikes are also available for adults (+1m55).

    You can of course also bring your own bikes, in this case a reduction will be applied (see the Tarif tab)


    Travel documents

    A cycling holiday is the best way to explore a region and discover its culture, landscapes and local traditions.

    Your tour is self-guided to give you the freedom to ride at your own pace. You will be provided all the information you need to enjoy peacefully the itinerary and its interesting sites.
    You will have in your travel documents maps of the itinerary (A4 format) that we drew at the easiest scale to follow for a bicycle rider.

    Example of a map


  • Practical information
  • Traveling to the starting point:

    • By plane: fly to Amsterdam
    • By train: Trains from Brussels, London, Paris, Berlin... To plan your travel : www.thetrainline.com

    Parking:

    The hotel has a private parking for about € 30 /day.. It is not possible to reserve a parking space. For cheaper alternatives, check www.parkopedia.com


    Appointment schedule:

    Your bicycles will be delivered to the hotel around noon on the day of your arrival. You can use them until 6 p.m. on the 3rd day. Your hotel room will be available as of 2 p.m.


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  • Reviews
  • 1 bike travelers reviews 5.00 / 5

    Découverte d'Amsterdam

    On the 2020-07-28 by Céline et Laurent
    Dépaysement total pour ces 4 jours à Amsterdam. Malgré un temps mitigé, nous avons adoré passer de la ville, à la campagne. Nous avons longé la mer, traversé des canaux, pris des petits ferrys et découvert des jolies ruelles. Notre balade préférée fut incontestablement l’escapade « Broek in Waterland ». Pas besoin de vélo électrique... ici tout est plat ! Mais c’est quand même sportif quand on a le vent de face. Seul bémol, les vélos n’avaient pas de sacoche avant avec porte document. Trouver son chemin dans les rues pavées de la ville en tenant les feuilles en main n’était vraiment pas évident. Le road book était moins pratique que celui que nous avions eu lors de notre voyage de Toulouse à Carcassonne. Il comportait quelques erreurs (probablement erreurs de traduction).
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