Leave the bustle of the city behind on a 4-hour countryside bike tour from Amsterdam. Take a leisurely ride along the banks of the Amstel River, passing green fields peppered with cows, quaint country villages and farmhouses. See a historical windmill and visit a farmhouse and factory, where you'll sample some Dutch cheese and see how wooden clogs are made. Hear about local history and rural Dutch traditions, and admire the scenery of the city's green spaces including Amsterdamse Bos, Beatrixpark and Vondelpark.
Meet your guide in central Amsterdam in late morning. Before you set off, listen to your guide present a brief historical introduction to the city, from its founding in 1275 up to the present day. Then embark on a 13.5- to 15-mile (22- to 25-kilometer) ride to the outskirts of the city and the countryside beyond, taking breaks along the way so your guide can share information and interesting stories. Hop on the saddle and cycle through Amsterdam, a bike-friendly city that's known for its cycling culture. Wind through its narrow streets, along the charming canals and over beautiful bridges. Watch as the city sights begin to wane and are replaced by peaceful green pastures and quiet waterways. Move along scenic paths on the outskirts of town and see a snapshot of a different side of Dutch life. Look out for colorful and funky houseboats, as well as people fishing and rowing in the water. Pull over to take pictures of the iconic De Riekermolen windmill, one of only eight remaining authentic windmills in and around Amsterdam. Later, call into a local farmhouse, where a farmer will introduce you to rural Dutch traditions. Sample the delicious farm-produced cheese and watch a demonstration of how clogs are made, after which you might even get the chance to slip on a pair. During the return trip to Amsterdam, glide through several of the city's finest parks. Enjoy spectacular woodland scenery in Amsterdamse Bos Park, and soak up the serene atmosphere and lush beauty of Vondelpark, Amsterdam's largest and most well-known park. Arrive back in central Amsterdam in the afternoon, where you'll return your bike and bid farewell to your friendly guide.