A full day bike trip through a scenic countryside in the direct vicinity of Amsterdam. Along medieval castle and small fortified towns. And windmills too, of course. Pickup in the centre of Amsterdam, cycling starts after a 15 minutes train ride. Total duration 6 - 8 hours. Cycling distance between 15 and 60 km (10 - 40 miles). Fully flexible, we can always make tour shorter or longer while en route. Privately guided for individuals, or family. Maximal group size 6 people.
This country has largely been created from water and dirt by people in the course of time. Through hard labour. Hardship and living conditions we can hardly imagine. So, the focus is on the people's history, how this land was created and preserved. Personal stories, eye witnesses. Pointing out the traces of the past. Of floods and wars, and how people did overcome ... or not.
As this was a disputed region during most of the last 1000 years, plenty of war souvenirs. From medieval castle to fortified towns, from old forts to World War II bunkers. You'll also see part of the Holland Water Defence Lines, and of the 135 km long Defence Line of Amsterdam (on the UNESCO World Heritage List).
Depending on the cycling distance you will discover a variety of landscapes. Of course, there's that classic Holland with green pastures, cows, rivers and canals, and windmills. But also huge lakes and wetlands teaming with wildlife. Forests and heath covered plains, with traces of human presence going back to prehistoric times. Park like woods with stately country mansions, mostly 17th and 18th century. All over, a great variation in historic buildings. Old farmhouses and a couple of charming little towns with Gothic churches. And as a surprise even (modest) hills, just to remind you that the Netherlands are not as flat as you always thought.
Tip for the beginning of your stay:
A countryside bike tour can be perfectly combined with an Amsterdam heritage city walk. Discovering the old centre and places, an introduction to the history of the city and Holland, talking over and giving practical tips for your visit to the Netherlands. Ideal, and very rewarding at the beginning of your stay. For more information on a walk in historic Amsterdam, see supplier profile and other package there.
Additional Option: Amsterdam - History and Culture Walk.
The main aim of this half day private tour is to give you an insight in the astounding history of the Netherlands and Amsterdam. A history marked by triumphs and disasters, often man-made. And all of that left it's marks and made Amsterdam to what it is today. A city that is on the one hand cosmopolitan, busy, sometimes vulgar and noisy. On the other hand you can find parts with something of a village atmosphere, even in the old center. And of course all around you: centuries of culture and art.
During this walk with a local expert you'll see many Amsterdam highlights, but also discover some surprising and less known parts and spots. All of them with their own story. Sad or funny. But always drenched in history. As it's the people who made history, it's also their stories you'll hear. What happened, and why. Trying to understand these far away worlds of the past.
This is a flexible and tailor-made private walking tour, focused on history and culture. What to visit and what not in a couple of hours is always a matter of choice. Impossible to see it all, unfortunately. So, if you have special fields of interest, you're very welcome to mention.
As the town developed around the Old Church (now in the Red Light District), we will certainly try to visit this special monument. Depending on the guests interest (and the weather) other museums can be visited. Admission fees to be paid on site.
You can choose the start time of the Amsterdam walk between 9 am and 2 pm. About half way through the tour there will be a stop for a drink in a café (complimentary).
This city walk can be combined with a half-day bicycle trip in the countryside just outside Amsterdam. For bicycle day trips on history and culture see supplier profile and other package there.
Tip: Personalised advice. Especially at the beginning of your stay an introduction to Dutch history and culture can be rewarding. Also an opportunity for tuning your further travel and visit plans. Plenty of time for personalised advice.
Tip: Museumcard. If you're planning to visit several museums in the Netherlands, buying a MuseumCard might be a good idea. It gives free entrance to over 400 museums throughout the country including all major ones in Amsterdam.
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