Bike with Bill & Puppy Herman
Included in this tour
What makes Bill's Bike Tour unique?
This is not your average bike tour. Bill is a local legend in Amsterdam. But maybe the real star of the show is his puppy Herman. Riding with Bill and Herman is an epic biking adventure in Amsterdam. Travel back in time, as Bill and Herman take you on a magical journey through their neighborhood.
The tour is non-scripted and the route and highlights may differ from tour to tour. What is the same every tour is Bill’s energy. And Herman’s cuteness of course. Join Bill and Herman and immerse yourself in the local Amsterdam biking culture!
You will see and learn more than you can imagine during a relaxing 3 hours of fun on a typical Dutch bike. Bill is an expert storyteller who effortlessly weaves all aspects of Dutch culture and Amsterdam history together.
During Bill’s Bike Tour, you will bike along a carefully selected route of pretty precincts, calm canals, neat neighborhoods, quiet quarters and daring drawbridges. We will make frequent stops and showcase house boats, leaning houses, repurposed industrial buildings, street art and graffiti, typical Amsterdam architecture, chocolate sampling, and ride a ferry across the IJ river.
Bike along hidden gems of Amsterdam, while Bill reveals secrets of Dutch liberalism and Amsterdam culture. Are you ready to meet the real Amsterdam?
Hop on and join the ride!
Where are we biking & what will I see?
Before setting off Bill’s City Bike Tour we will take 10 minutes to make sure everyone is comfortable on their bike and Bill will explain basic cycling rules. From then on it is nonstop fun, cruising on a typical Dutch bike!
Along the route we will make frequent stops and you will see a windmill, explore a beautiful park and even sample some delicious chocolate from Tony’s Chocolonely! Next, we will either explore an untouched canal district without the crazy tourist vibe of the city center or take a ferry over the River IJ and head to an abandoned shipping wharf. Bill loves this area full of street art, graffiti, and pop-up art from local artists.
Crossing back over the river IJ we’ll visit a neighborhood famous for its architectural style called The Amsterdam School, which inspired Gaudí. Finally, we will bike back into Westerpark where we will conclude Bill’s Bike Tour with a refreshing drink, make new friends and share stories!
*Depending on group size and pace we might skip some locations
Bill’s Bike Tour starts at the bike rack alongside the canal, next to the terrace of café Pacific Parc. The address is Polonceaukade 23, 1014 DA Amsterdam. If you don’t see your guide at the bike rack when you arrive please wait patiently until the tour is scheduled to start. Your guide will meet you there!
Is Bill’s Bike Tour safe? Biking in Amsterdam seems daunting…
Do you want to experience what it’s like to be Dutch, navigating your way through Amsterdam on a bike, all the while feeling relaxed and safe? This is your lucky day! You found Bill’s Bike Tour: a unique and safe bike tour, which takes place entirely outside the hectic city center. Bill has carefully selected a safe route through pretty parks, quiet precincts and beautiful back streets. On Bill’s 3 hour bike tour you will hardly interact with motorized traffic.
Who is my guide?
All of Bill’s Bike Tours come under the guided supervision of Bill himself and his cute puppy Herman. Bill’s Bike Tour is a once in a lifetime experience that is fundamentally different from all other bike tours in Amsterdam! We will avoid crowded, touristy places that you likely already visited anyway. Most importantly, Bill is not a typical tour guide or historian. Instead Bill is a storyteller, entertainer and your friend for a day. In the end, Bill cares about one thing only: that you are enjoying yourself and that you are having a good time!
Why should I book Bill's tour?
During Bill’s amazing 3 hour bike tour, you will see a side of Amsterdam you cannot find in the Lonely Planet or other travel guides. A side of Amsterdam big tour operators won’t cover, because they cannot turn it into a money machine. Bill is an avid traveler, so he knows what it is like to get stuck in tourist traps and feeling like a number.
Bill has created an authentic, unique, quintessential experience of Dutch culture and identity. Simply put, we will cycle to and explore places and communities where Amsterdam locals meet, eat, drink, create and socialize. All combined with a balanced mix of art, architecture, humor and socio-cultural and historical context. Not only will you learn what it is like to be Dutch, on Bill’s quintessential bike tour you will experience what it’s actually like to live as a local in Amsterdam!
Will I get tired? Three hours seems pretty long…
During Bill’s unique 3 hour bike tour, we will cover roughly 10 miles or 16 kilometers with plenty of stops and explanation from your expert friend and local hero Bill. That means the tour is slow paced and fit for all ages. Some prior biking experience is required. The minimum age is 8, unless you booked a private tour or family tour.
How about equipment?
Bike rental is included in Bill’s Bike Tour. Bill has bikes in all sizes, including kids bikes, toddler bikes, child seats (for private tours), tandems and of course adult bikes. In case you need small bikes, helmets, a tandem bike or anything out of the ordinary, please notify Bill immediately after booking.
Still have doubts?
No worries, Bill agrees the digital matrix can be a little overwhelming from time to time. Just shoot Bill a WhatsApp message at +31 647 002 878 and he will answer all your questions!
What people say about Bill's City Bike Tour
Bill’s Morning Bike Tour starts at the bike rack alongside the canal, next to the terrace of cafe Pacific Parc. The address is Polonceaukade 23, 1014 DA Amsterdam.
If you don’t see Bill at the bike rack when you arrive, please wait patiently until the tour is scheduled to start. Bill will meet you there!