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 countryside, canals, dikes lush green and flat. Many travelers 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 favorite 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 me.

Spoken languages

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

DutchEnglish

What makes me happy

  • Making new friends
  • Going off-the-beaten path
  • Sunshine
  • Historical stories
  • Wine
  • Game of Tennis
  • Explore
Ilonka

Ilonka

Tour Manager

Some words about me

Oudekerk a/d Amstel (meaning: Old church at the Amstel river) is a small town right outside Amsterdam. It is there where I spend most of my time growing up, studying and later working. As a child, we would often go camping, and you could always find me outdoors. After being inside an office for some years after graduating from university, I decided it was time to go out again and explore the world.
Experience

I traveled to various places, but my most precious experiences happened when I lived a period of time in a different country. An immersion in the local community. It gives you time to really experience the locals and the culture.
I have always loved working with people and ever since I moved abroad I have been working in tourism. My talent lays in planning and organizing, which I love doing, especially if it helps travelers ending up enjoying their trip/holiday. I currently live in Riga, with my Latvian husband and children, but I can’t stay away from The Netherlands for too long.

My favorite places
Home is where the heart is. The Netherlands is one of my favorite places, not only because of family and friends, but also to soak in the Dutch culture and landscapes. In Latvia, I love exploring the forests and countryside.

Spoken languages

Born and raised in the Netherlands. Now living in Riga (Latvia). Tour manager since 2022.

DutchEnglishGerman

What makes me happy

  • Art Deco architecture
  • Dutch cheese
  • Friends & Family
  • Dropjes (Black Licorice)
  • Cycling & other sports
  • Being in nature
  • Baking
  • Arts & crafts
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 tour leader 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 countryside. 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 tour leader for travel groups in India, and Nepal. In spring and summer I am in The Netherlands, where I love to continue discovering the Netherlands. Will you join me?

My favorite 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 coastline with its 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.

DutchEnglishHindi language

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 forest 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 tour leader I show Dutch people the world and as a guide for Holland Private Tour I show you the beautiful country of The Netherlands.

My favorite 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 1900s over the top exuberant and posh.

Spoken languages

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

DutchEnglish

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
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 favorite 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)
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 favorite 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.

DutchEnglish

What makes me happy

  • A good laugh
  • Family & Friends
  • Beach
  • Talks about life
  • Painting & Writing
  • Music & Sports
  • Dancing Salsa
Ageeth (Kate)

Ageeth (Kate)

Local Tour Guide

Some words about me

During my office job at ABN AMRO bank for 22 years, I travelled a lot, until I no longer wanted to work in an office any longer. A worldwide trip of 5 months, convinced me that this was the life I wanted to live. Since 2007 I’m exploring the world as a tour leader with various groups. After every trip, no matter how enjoyable, I’m always happy to get back to the Netherlands, which is the only place in the world I want to call home. I love history and love to share my knowledge, especially about the Netherlands.

Experience

As a tour leader I have visited almost every continent, Africa, Asia, Australasia, Middle East, Europe. By guiding groups where people have mental and physical disabilities on holidays, I increased my awareness of the difficulties they face on a daily basis.
It gives me enormous gratitude to make a meaningful contribution to people on my trips, and I enjoy the friendships that came from this.

My favorite places

I love the Beemster, which is a Unesco site, because it’s close to home for me and I can reach it on my bike. During the flowering season, there are large fields with tulips in various colors, which is a beautiful sight. Amsterdam, and the other old cities in Holland with the canals and old houses, I enjoy very much. And I’m always discovering more places!

Spoken languages

Born and raised in the Netherlands. Traveling since 1998. Tour guide since 2007.

DutchEnglishGerman

What makes me happy

  • Ride my bicycle
  • My dogs
  • Walking
  • Sports
  • Art
  • Travel
  • A nice dinner with friends
Nini

Nini

Local Tour Guide

Some words about me

Since I was a small child, I accompanied my father when he showed his colleagues from all over the world interesting places in the Netherlands. That is when my interest in people from other cultures started, and that never ended.

I live in Bergen, a lovely little village near the North sea, 40 minutes northwest of Amsterdam. It is known as “Art
village” since it inspired a lot of painters and other artists.

Experience

As a student, living in Amsterdam, I worked a lot of summers as a tour guide. After graduation, my career became training employees to improve their communication skills.
Traveling became my favorite way to spend the holidays. I went to the VS multiple times, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and all-over Western Europe.
After my travels I’m always happy to come back home in the Netherlands. I feel lucky to work as a tour guide again and share my enthusiasm about our lovely little country with people from all over the world.

My favorite places

The beach in Bergen aan Zee, summer and winter you can find me there, walking my dog.
Historic city centers, modern Art museums, and anywhere where there are flowers.

Spoken languages

Born and raised in the Netherlands. Traveling since I was a child. Tour guide since I was a student.

DutchEnglish

What makes me happy

  • My dog
  • Sun & Sea
  • Flowers
  • Cooking
  • Nature walks
  • Mountains
  • Discovering
Danielle

Danielle

Local Tour Guide

Some words about me

When our kids were younger, I worked for my husband’s company. Now they are older, it gives me the possibility to work in the travel industry, as traveling has always been a big passion of mine.
During the Covid pandemic, when we couldn’t travel, I re-discovered my own country, the Netherlands. So many amazing, beautiful sights in a small country.  I look forward to showing you my personal favorite places and share all the fun Dutch traditions.

Experience

For Flow Travel, I travel the world as a tour guide for Dutch people with intellectual disabilities. This has given me the opportunity to explore many different countries. For this group, travelling is not as easy as it is for others, which makes that job diverse and grateful.
I like to make visitors feel at ease, make sure they enjoy themselves, and to have good conversations about different topics. Look forward to being your guide and connect with you.

My favorite places

I myself live in a small village named Stompwijk. It’s located in a rural area and there are three traditional windmills that used to pump water to higher areas to form a ‘polder’. This land below sea level is now safely used by farmers and their livestock.
Only a 15-minute drive away is the beautiful historic city of Leiden. Here the oldest university of the Netherlands is located, where in 1593 the first tulips were planted.
Leiden knows fun streets, canals and many art and science museums. Did you know the Pilgrim Fathers lived in Leiden before they moved to the USA? There is a small museum about it.

Spoken languages

Born and raised in the Netherlands. Traveling since 2012. Tour guide since 2018.

DutchEnglishGerman

What makes me happy

  • Family
  • Traveling
  • Books
  • Music
  • Nature
  • Mountains
  • Sun
  • Good food
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 realized, I was not ready to give up traveling for a steady job as an engineer, and instead I became a tour guide in the Netherlands and abroad.

My favorite 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.

DutchEnglishGerman

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 favorite places

Anywhere where there are windmills or cobblestones.
(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.

DutchEnglish

What makes me happy

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

This is Why We Love What We Do

Robin Rettew
Robin Rettew
2023-11-28
Very customized for our interests and needs. A wonderful knowledge of history and the sights we visited. It made our trip delightful. .
Alesia Cooke
Alesia Cooke
2023-11-27
We shared our needs with Stefka before arriving in Holland and she expertly prepared tours for us that were perfect! We will definitely be booking with her again for our next trip!
Camp Grover
Camp Grover
2023-08-10
Stefka was a great guide. She took us to educational sites and gave us a great feel for the Netherlands, culture, craft, and engineering.
Ryan M. Gill
Ryan M. Gill
2023-08-04
Joyce was an excellent tour guide who quickly adapted the plans to create an optimal tour for my family
Jagat Kamdar
Jagat Kamdar
2023-07-18
Hans, our guide in Amsterdam was exceptionally good and very well knowledgeable about the the history of Holland and tourist attractions in the The Netherlands. I would highly recommend his services for anyone who really needs an informed and knowledgeable guide in the The Netherlands.
Jessica Millen
Jessica Millen
2023-04-28
We had such a wonderful tour with Stella.she took us to a dairy farm, Gouda tastings, and the tulip fields. Not only was it a really fun day but Stefka is charming and we loved every minute with her.
Marcia Bates
Marcia Bates
2023-04-24
EXCELLENT private tour with Niels. He was very knowledgeable and accommodating. Thoroughly enjoyed our time touring Rotterdam and The Hague. Niels definitely enjoys his job and went out of his way prior to and during the tour to make sure all our needs and wishes were met. His tour included a variety of highlights that met the interest level of both my husband and myself. Would not hesitate to schedule another tour with him in the future.
Scott Miller
Scott Miller
2023-04-18
Excellent and knowledgeable! Would use again.
Fred Poteet
Fred Poteet
2023-04-18
Ask for Hand! Excellent
Beth Michaelis
Beth Michaelis
2023-04-12
Niels was the most attentive guide we have ever had! Our private tour exceeded each person’s expectations. He is very personable, humorous, humble and genuinely concerned that we were comfortable and having an exceptional experience. I would recommend both this tour and Niels without hesitation!
Alesia C
Alesia C
2023-11-27
Fabulous trip that met our special needs!!! We booked two-day tours with Stefka with Holland Private Tour. We had made her aware of mobility issues beforehand and both trips were perfect for our needs. We were able to experience the unexpected that only a local would have known about. Even after several trips to Holland, we were surprised and pleased with the places we saw this time! Stefka is extremely kind and knowledgeable. We will definitely book with her again next year!
Catherine G
Catherine G
2023-08-10
a wonderful day out of the city The sites we visited were educational and a fun exposure to the history, culture, and engineering marvels of the Netherlands. Of our 5 days in Amsterdam, this was our favorite day.
Odyssey825698
Odyssey825698
2023-06-15
Great Day! Saw so much We had a great experience with this custom tour. We went to some windmills, stopped in Delft, and then on to Kuekenhoff where our guide gave us a fabulous tour. We truly enjoyed the day, and after he gave us suggestions on where to eat and where to get the best stroopwaffel. Highly recommend using Neils!
LAnderson
LAnderson
2023-05-12
Great private tour to cheese farm, windmills and Keukendorf Gardens with Hans We just had a private tour with Hans to Dutch shoe/ cheese farm, historic working windmills and the Keukenhof gardens. We like the personal interaction and guidance, Hans was very pleasant and had his notebook of information to enhance the experience. Highly recommend.
efabrika
efabrika
2023-04-30
Exploring tulips, windmills and Delft in the Netherlands Neils was our guide. While we saw a lot of sites, we were not hurried. He took the time to explain and educate us on the places we visited. He was extraordinarly kind and helpful. We had our grandchild with us (less than 2 years old) and while the baby was good, Neils was very considerate of the baby. By the end of the trip, we felt like he was family which just made the experience that much more special. I would highly recommend this trip and this guide.
Kou Pin Bao
Kou Pin Bao
2023-03-26
the best The best tour ever. It was so much fun and the Stefka the tour guide was the best. She is knowledgeable and fun. I highly recommend this tour.
Gerard v
Gerard v
2023-01-11
Great experience! We enjoyed our day tour from Amsterdam. We told Holland Private Tour what we wanted to see, and they made it happen. Our guide Stefka was knowledgeable, helpful and very friendly. It was great getting away from the standard tours and travel sustainable. It felt like an authentic view of the Netherlands. We definitely recommend this tour company!!
newtOhio
newtOhio
2022-10-21
Private shore excursion from Rotterdam Truly enjoyed our custom tour/shore excursion with Stepka. We told her what we wanted to see and she made it happen. She was waiting for us as we got off the ship. We got into her electric car and away we went. A little tight for 3 adults in the back, but we made it work. Touring with Stepka was like being with a friend. Loved our Dutch lunch and surprise treat. Beautiful sites and lots of information.Thanks Stepka for making my birthday such a memorable day! Nancy Todd
John S
John S
2022-07-12
Best tour of our European trip!! We chose to customize our itinerary and this was the best tour guide we've ever had ... after years of traveling globally and countless tours. It was fun, informative, personable, etc. The highlight of our trip!! We picked several things to visit over 3 days. Outstanding service and value!!
Brenda H
Brenda H
2022-06-10
A wonderful day with my family It was a spectacular day with my family on a long awaited trip to Netherlands. Our guide Joyce picked us up at our hotel in Amsterdam and brought us to The Hague to the Escher and Mauritshuis museums. Then off to a beautiful lunch on the beach. Then we drove to the Keukenhof gardens. Joyce was so knowledgeable about Holland and answered all our questions. We had a great van to hold all 5 of us and really comfortable. We LOVED our day and didn’t want to leave Holland. THANK YOU FOR THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME. It was fantastic. Would highly recommend. Thank you again.