A perfect blue sky, friendly companions, and a knowledgeable guide – what else could you ask for on a Dutch Villages and Countryside Bike tour? We met at the Yellow Bike office near Central Station and biked the quick route to the ferry where we crossed over to the north part of Amsterdam and started the tour. We then took the flat, easy-to-navigate paths all around the countryside, seeing windmills, canals, scenic villages, and old churches interspersed with horses, cows and sheep grazing in the fields.
Halfway through this 4-hour tour we stopped at a quaint village with a small harbor full of sailboats and had tasty Dutch treats and beer while seated at the water under a vine-covered roof. We talked about the landscape, local cheese and other foods, and Dutch ingenuity in creating land from swamp. Our guide was also a graduate student in urban planning, and his information on reclaimed land and living amongst the canals was an added bonus.
We were worried that we wouldn’t be able to keep up on a 30-km bike ride, but the guide went at a leisurely pace and anyone in reasonable shape would be able to enjoy this experience without any stress or strain. Our group had people from age 22 to 64. The terrain is completely flat, so you’ll be able to cruise along with minimum effort and maximum enjoyment.
A few tips to make your trip more fun:
- Map out the location of the Yellow Bike office before you go
- Arrive at the Yellow Bike office 15 minutes early to get your bike and find your group
- Bring water, sunglasses, a hat and a light jacket no matter what the weather looks like (your bike will easily hold a small backpack on the front or back)