Enjoy Amsterdam By Bike This April
According to a recently released Global Destination Cities Index by Mastercard, Amsterdam is one of the top 5 cities in Europe, and top 15 in the world, when it comes to the number of international visitors.
In 2016, over 8 million foreigners visited the Dutch capital, with early figures suggesting that there has been a 4.3% rise on that figure for the 12 months of 2017. Well known for its artistic heritage, canal system and narrow houses, the cultural city clearly has plenty to offer for its tourists and there’s hardly a better time to visit than April.
Now celebrated on 27th April each year, King’s Day is when the city invites locals and visitors for an open-air party among the street, canals, parks and everywhere in between. The city quite simply comes alive amid orange-pride, live music, DJs, parties and a citywide street market. It’s an electric atmosphere that isn’t to be missed, as Amsterdammers and visitors alike enjoy the biggest street party that Europe has ever seen.
So, how about traveling around Amsterdam like the natives do? Cycling is a huge part of Dutch daily life and every day millions of people around the country hop onto their bikes and ride to the shops, meet-up with friends or do short trips that elsewhere would be taken by car or public transport. Freewheel Holidays has an excellent range of cycling holidays in Amsterdam, giving you the chance to enjoy all the sights and sounds of the Dutch capital.
Here are some of our favourites...
Cycling Holidays to Amsterdam and North Holland
Of all the cycling tours we offer to the Dutch capital, our Amsterdam and North Holland cycling holiday is probably the best for making the most of King’s Day. Unlike other cycling holidays to Amsterdam which have set itineraries for different days, this tour gives you four suggested cycle tours and lets you decide what days you would like to do them. Option 1 is Edam to Hoorn over 60km, while our Beemster tour is only 47km in distance.
For a tour with plenty to see and do, Volendam and Amsterdam could be the one at 60km, or our Zaanse Schans cycling tour (46km) can take you to some of the loveliest places in Holland. Your 4-star hotel is located in the tranquil northern suburb of Purmerbuurt and gives you the option of either taking the bus into Amsterdam city centre or experience Amsterdam by bike and follow one of the many, extremely safe, cycle paths.
Amsterdam to Paris Cycling Holiday
Why not kick-off your cycling tour from Amsterdam? The canals of Amsterdam and the Eiffel Tower of Paris await as you’ll experience two of Europe’s great capitals, packed with world-famous buildings and museums from start to finish. In between famous and beautiful towns like Gouda, Antwerp and Ghent you will be cycling through a varied landscape, including the cycling paradise of Holland with water, windmills and dedicated cycle paths. It’s the perfect way to experience Amsterdam by bike.
From there you’ll travel through medieval cities and villages in Belgium with great food, beer and chocolate, and then on to northern France with its spectrum of food and wine from stretches of lush countryside. That’s all before you end the route by cycling towards the ‘piece de resistance’ – Paris “The City of Lights”.
Amsterdam to Bruges Bike and Barge Cycling Holiday
Amsterdam is well known for its love of boats and bikes, so now is the perfect chance to mix the two together with our superb bike and barge holiday to Holland and Belgium.
Two countries are united in one route to combine the highlights of Holland’s Golden Age and the heydays of the Flemish trade cities in the Middle Ages, plus Holland’s own world wonder: the Delta Works. Starting in Amsterdam, you’ll have the chance to experience all the fun of the fair when it comes to King’s Day before setting sail on the canal to Uithoorn at 2pm on Saturday.
Dinner will even be served on board so there’s no need to worry if you’re still feeling the effects from all that orange-themed partying. Cycling holidays in Amsterdam done properly. That’s what we are all about at Freewheel Holidays.
North of Amsterdam Bike and Barge Cycling Holiday
Just like the cycling tour to Amsterdam and Bruges, our cycling holiday to Amsterdam’s North also allows you to mix the best of both bike and barge. Starting in Amsterdam’s Oosterdock, you’ll sail into the North of Amsterdam and it is here that you will find the stereotypical Dutch landscape of polders, mills and harbours.
Back on the mainland, the route brings you to Holland’s most beautiful dune area, which is in fact, the only stretches of the route that will mean you are riding Amsterdam by bike above sea level!
Does Amsterdam sound like the place for you? Then give our cycling experts Steven and Simon a call to discuss all the finer details and book your next cycling holiday today.