Local Tour Guides

Our Team in Amsterdam / The Netherlands

We are a team of professionals, passionate and dedicated local tour guides. Ready and looking forward to take you on an amazing tour of the Netherlands. Creating fun memories you’ll never forget.

Welcome! This is our team of fantastic local tour guides. Did we mention we love to show you the Netherlands? So don’t be shy, get in touch!

Stefka Waaijer

Stefka Waaijer

CEO & Local Tour Guide

“Come and let’s get lost together, I know the way!”

Some words about me

Returning to the Netherlands after a trip I always loved the typical Dutch country side, canals, dikes lush green and flat. Many travellers to the Netherlands only know about Amsterdam, Volendam and Kinderdijk. I enjoy taking you off-the-beaten-path and giving you a true local experience.

Experience

I got my degree in Graphic Design, but not long after high school the travel bug got me. Backpacking in Australia, New-Zealand and Indonesia. Trip to Nepal. Cooking on a dude ranch in Wyoming. Tour guide in Peru, Southern Africa, Mexico and Guatamala. Done it all! :)

My favourite places

For me a great way to ‘taste’ the country is through wine. Being a wine lover and WSET 3 graduate, I’d love to let you experience the Netherlands through a glass of wine. Perhaps with some oysters, mussels or lobster on the side?
Most people are not aware the Netherlands has some great beaches at the North Sea. A stop for lunch here is always a wonderful treat for my guests and myself.

Spoken languages

Born and raised in the Netherlands. Travelling since 1997. Tour guide since 2002.

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What makes me happy

  • Making new friends
  • Going off-the-beaten path
  • Sunshine
  • Historical stories
  • Wine
  • Game of Tennis
  • Dancing Salsa
Miko

Miko

Local Tour Guide

Some words about me

Together with my girlfriend I live just outside the historical center of Utrecht, in a small, very old house with a garden. My girlfriend studies at the Academy of Arts and in our free time we enjoy visiting museums in the Netherlands. I love to be active in nature and riding my race bicycle in the dunes of the North Sea.

Experience

Since I was just a baby my parents took me all across Europe for vacations. We slept in tents. When I studied Engineering, my internship in South Africa took me for the first time outside of Europe. An incredible experience, as only a few months before Mandela came to power and South-Africa was undergoing a momentous transition. After graduation I traveled extensively solo to Central America, South America and Asia. Back in the Netherlands I realised, I was not ready to give up traveling for a steady job as engineer and instead I became a tour guide in the Netherlands and abroad.

My favourite places

My engineering heart gets touched at Kinderdijk windmills. The ingenuity of the Dutch people who lived 400 years ago, reclaiming land for agriculture is incredible.
I discovered Giethoorn on one of my long bicycle rides, with canals in the city center, thatched roofed farms, and over 200 wooden bridges. Lovely town.

Spoken languages

Born and raised in the Netherlands. Traveling since 1973. Tour guide since 2003.

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What makes me happy

  • Bicycle rides
  • Sports
  • Good company
  • Mountains
  • History & Culture
  • Modern Art
  • Sunshine
  • Singing birds
Joyce

Joyce

Local Tour Guide

Some words about me

Born and raised in the Netherlands, I moved to Canada for a year in 2003. That is where the travel bug bit me. My husband and I like to travel a lot, exploring new places together. But we also enjoy just being home in our beautiful city Haarlem.

Experience

Being outdoors, exploring places, meeting people and giving them a wonderful day is what makes me happy. After years in IT I needed a change and became a tour leader. First part-time for Dutch people who travel outside Europe. Since 2016, after a Tourism study, full-time in the Netherlands and a few times a year abroad. Perfect! As my husband doesn’t like it when I’m away for a long time, and I love The Netherlands.

My favourite places

Anywhere where there are windmills or cobble stones.
(P.S. there are still 1200 windmills and 100+ old towns in the Netherlands!)

Spoken languages

Born and raised in the Netherlands. Traveling since 2001. Tour guide since 2016.

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What makes me happy

  • Bunnies
  • Windmills
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Sunshine
  • Exploring new places
  • Ice cream & chocolate
  • Play Pickleball
  • Catch up with friends
Niels

Niels

Local Tour Guide

Some words about me

Born and raised Dutchman I grew up near Rotterdam where I lived and studied. Being educated as a primary school teacher I worked as a teacher for 8 years. Then I decided to change my life and become a tourleader in Asia. Since 2008 I have been regularly working and living in India, Spain, South East Asia and my beloved home country the Netherlands!

Experience

As a student and later when I was teaching I loved taking the train out into the Dutch country side. It was my goal to visit every Dutch town with a train station. The beauty of travel, and my first culture shock, was in 2002 when I traveled to Indonesia. Since 2010 I am tourleader for travel groups in India, Nepal and Bhutan. In spring and summer I am in The Netherlands, where I love to continue discovering the Netherlands. Will you join me?

My favourite places

Typical Dutch landscapes! Green meadows with cows and dotted with windmills. Above it the Dutch blue skies with a few clouds. The North Sea coast line with it’s sand dunes. The variety of ecosystems of N.P. Hoge Veluwe. And any Dutch city with a river flowing through it.

Spoken languages

Born and raised in the Netherlands. Traveling since 1980. Tour guide since 2010.

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What makes me happy

  • Art Deco architecture
  • Singing songs
  • Vegetarian food
  • Cycling Dutch country side
  • Listening to music
  • Being a guide
  • Exploring new places
Mieke

Mieke

Local Tour Guide

Some words about me

I’m a travel addict and love to do it as much as I can! Being single and not having any pets, makes that easier. When in the Netherlands I live in a small (not yet Tiny) house at Utrechtse Heuvelrug. This is a forrest on a hill. Quite rare in the Netherlands as most is flat with lush green meadows.

Experience

For my job in IT Project Management I often worked abroad. In 2018 I even lived and worked in Malaysia for some time. When I didn’t work I loved exploring the country. That is when traveling and exploring became a necessity for me. I decided to change my career, followed a tour guide study and now I’m living my dream! As a tourleader I show Dutch people the world and as a guide for Holland Private Tour I show you the beautiful country of The Netherlands.

My favourite places

There are 2 places that stand out for me:
National Park Veluwezoom. The variety in vegetation make it great for hiking and bicycling. Especially when the heath flower purple in fall.
‘De Haar’ is our largest castle. Rebuilt in the early 1900’s over the top exuberant and posh.

Spoken languages

Born and raised in the Netherlands. Traveling since 2000. Tour guide since 2019.

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What makes me happy

  • Discovering countries & cultures
  • Walking in forest & mountains
  • Big cup of tea
  • Welness Day
  • Smelling fresh cut grass
  • Funny facts
  • Spending time with friends
Marko

Marko

Local Tour Guide

Some words about me

I live in The Hague together with my girlfriend. The Hague has two beach area’s: Kijkduin and Scheveningen. Love to hop on my bicycle, ride through the dunes and relax on the pretty sandy beaches. I’m passionate about speaking different languages and connecting with people.

Experience

At the age of 18 I had my first job abroad as an animator in Greece. Host jobs in Italy and Spain followed. After graduating the University of Tourism I worked as a tourmanager in Peru, Mexico/Guatemala and Asia. It was great to support Dutch tourist to enjoy these countries as much as I do. Since 2017 I do the same for Holland Private Tour. Proud of my country I love to show you the most beautiful places of The Netherlands and discover new sights together!

My favourite places

Spring is when the country comes alive! Flowers start to grow, people go outside to enjoy the sun and nature. Lush green the country looks beautiful and people are happy. As an experienced and professional guide I love to share this with you. Look forward to meet you!

Spoken languages

Born and raised in the Netherlands. Traveling since 2002. Tour guide since 2009.

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What makes me happy

  • Capoeira
  • Salsa / Latin dance
  • Meeting people
  • Sunshine
  • Languages
  • Cycling
  • Sports
Hans

Hans

Local Tour Guide

Some words about me

I live in Rotterdam where I was born and raised. I did my study and worked as a teacher at a primary school. After 32 years teaching, I thought it was time for a change and became a tour leader.

Experience

During my working years in The Netherlands I travelled a lot. From 1980 I travelled to different countries outside Europe. Since 2010 I am guiding groups in especially India, but also Nepal, Bhutan. And when I am in The Netherlands, I love to explore and show my beautiful country.

My favourite places

The green meadows with cows and above it the Dutch blue skies with some clouds. It’s a beautiful scene that you can’t see anywhere else. Place a few windmills there and you have the perfect Dutch landscape.

Spoken languages

Born and raised in the Netherlands. Traveling since 1980. Tour guide since 2010.

DutchEnglish

What makes me happy

  • Friends & Family
  • Spring in the Netherlands
  • Discover Museums
  • Cold glass of beer
  • Dutch Gouda cheese
  • Bitterballen (typical Dutch snack)
Chantal

Chantal

Local Tour Guide

Some words about me

Born and raised in The Netherlands, I live in a beautiful old house in the historical center of Maastricht. Besides being a tour guide I am also an artist in photography, video and poetry. Traveling I love to do near and far as you always meet nice people or discover something new.

Experience

I studied Art and Design. After graduation I followed my dream and went on a trip around the world. From working in a summer camp in U.S.A. to Mexico, Kenia, India, Indonesia, Australia, China, Japan, Trans-Siberia express, Russia. My passion for traveling is why I started working as a tour guide. Showing Dutch tour groups all the amazing places in the world. In the Netherlands I love to show travelers all the beautiful places in The Netherlands.

My favourite places

Cycling through the Dutch country side, visiting small villages, Keukenhof and the tulip field. It always make me smile. Another favorite is the modern Art museum Kröller-Müller in National Park De Hoge Veluwe. Many Van Gogh paintings and the sculpture garden is one of the largest in Europe.

Spoken languages

Born and raised in the Netherlands. Traveling since 1997. Tour guide since 2005.

DutchEnglishGerman

What makes me happy

  • Meeting new people
  • Art
  • Discover new places
  • Picnic in nature
  • Dancing all night
  • Talking to friends about life
  • Eating Vlaai (Delicacy from Limburg)
Caspar

Caspar

Local Tour Guide

Some words about me

After exploring the world by travelling independently, I’ve been a tour guide across the globe since 2003. Accompanying tourists to -for them- new and exhilarating destinations, seeing their enthousiasme, fills me with joy and energy. Through their eyes I see the beautiful places, like I saw them the first time.

Experience

Since I was 6 months old, my parents took me across Europe during holidays, sleeping in tents. During my studies I ventured outside Europe for the first time. Taking an internship for my study Engineering in South Africa. A country in transition, as a few months before Mandela had come to power. After graduation I traveled extensively to Central America, South America and Asia. I didn’t want to give it up for a desk job and became a tour guide.

My favourite places

There are many but the windmills at Kinderdijk are at the top. A very pretty place with stunning windmills, where my engineering heart gets touched by the ingenuity of the Dutch people. Another favourite place I encountered during a long bicycle ride when I reached the ‘Venice of the north’, Giethoorn. Loved the picturesque canals with, wooden bridges and thatched roofed farm houses, making this an unforgettable sight

Spoken languages

Born and raised in the Netherlands. Traveling since 1980. Tour guide since 2004.

DutchEnglishGermanFrench speaking guide

What makes me happy

  • (Hitch)hiking
  • Road cycling
  • Tapas
  • Craft beers and special wines
  • Going off the beaten path
  • Travel documentaries
  • Quaint pubs
  • Discussing life & politics.
Wieske

Wieske

Local Tour Guide

Some words about me

I live in the Dutch city of Haarlem in my dream house. It is also a B&B “Circuit de la vie” which I run together with a dear friend. During weekends I like to walk along the beach or cycle through the polders and dunes. I am a cultural historian and I love to tell you about history, anecdotes, architecture and art. With friends we go out for dinner, have a good talk about life, a good glass of wine and visit museums.

Experience

I love travelling, sharing experiences and knowledge. It is part of my being as an education professional. Since 2008 I organize walking tours in Dutch cities. When I returned, in 2006, after 10 months in Scotland, I realized how beautiful the Netherlands is. Stories are there to talk about and I love sharing them with people from other countries.

My favourite places

Haarlem historical center has great museums like Teyler and Frans Hals. The Amsterdam School architecture of the Spaarndammerbuurt, the Jordaan and New Docklands are my favorite areas in Amsterdam. Zaanse Schans is where I was raised and it has a special place in my heart.

Spoken languages

Born and raised in the Netherlands. Traveling since 1998. Tour guide since 2008.

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What makes me happy

  • A good laugh
  • Family & Friends
  • Beach
  • Talks about life
  • Painting & Writing
  • Music & Sports
  • Dancing Salsa
Sanne

Sanne

Local Tour Guide

Some words about me

After 15 years of travelling and working in Latin America and Asia I enjoy being back in the Netherlands. Although our young twin girls keep me busy, I love to spend time showing guests Amsterdam and Holland. Especially a scenic bicycle ride in the countyside and a culinary walk through the historic Jordaan.

Experience

After 4 years Social and Cultural studies, I traveled Asia, and later Latin America. Ten years I worked abroad as a tourguide, taking Dutch travelers to the most impressive places. Now I have settled down in the beautiful city of Amsterdam where I have been a passionate guide for 6 years.

My favourite places

From Amsterdam it is an easy bike ride to surprising picturesque villages, offering an unique view of the countryside. Get some fresh air, while cycling on top of a dike, next to the water.
I also love the beach area, where you can experience flowers, forest and dunes close to the beaches. This, combined with a local café and good company, is all I need!

Spoken languages

Born and raised in the Netherlands. Traveling since 1998. Tour guide since 2003.

DutchEnglish

What makes me happy

  • Visit dunes & beaches
  • Cooking for friends
  • Bicycling with the family
  • Playing the violin
  • Dancing Salsa
  • Tulip flowers in spring
  • Showing guests Amsterdam & The Netherlands

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