Amsterdam Bike Tours are such a wonderful way to explore the beautiful city – it’s such a shame to speed by it in a car or on the tram. Perhaps that’s part of the reason why so many of the locals choose to get around by bicycle. It’s also one of the best ways for a tourist to see the city.
There are many bike tour companies operating in Amsterdam, and many of them are very good. That said, one of the best ones out there is Mike Bike’s. Mike’s Bikes tours go every day from March 1st to November 30th. In winter the low season in Amsterdam, the tours are available almost every weekend. This tour takes you through the city and the Dutch countryside surrounding Amsterdam, stopping at several great sites, including a cheese farm (where you get to sample some Gouda), a clog factory, and a windmill.
What probably sets Mike’s tours apart are the tour guides. I’ve found Mike’s tour guides to be friendly, enthusiastic, and super knowledgeable about the city. The tour itself isn’t one of those dry cookie-cutter tours it’s full of interesting little titbits and quirky bits of Amsterdam history. If you’re lucky, you may even stop for a beer or two along the way.
Sure, some of the places you stop and visit are a little touristy and cheesy (pun intended). But that does make the visit any less fun, or the free Gouda any less creamy. And sure, many of the bikes are a bit rusted and worn down. But a rusty bike is as traditionally Dutch as a Dutch apple pie.
Note: If you’re looking for a super authentic tour that will take you to all the shadiest spots of the Red Light District, this isn’t the tour for you. While you will spend some time biking around the city, the bulk of the tour takes place in the Amsterdam countryside. So if that sort of thing turns you off, you might want to look elsewhere.
Mike’s Bikes is located at 134 Kerkstraat in Amsterdam, and tours run at 11:00am, 12:30pm, or 4:00pm depending on the time of year. If you’re planning on a Mike’s Bike tour, do it early in your trip. Taking a tour with Mike’s will give you half off a bike rental for the rest of your trip.
For those of you interested in combining bike & boat travel Mike’s Bikes also now have a City Bike & Boat tour that takes you right through the Red Light district and also shows much more of Amsterdam city itself.