Private Holland Tours
Private Holland Tours
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Private Holland Tours is specialized in affordable private guided tours for active singles, couples, families and small groups. I heartily welcome travelers from all countries of the world. My walking tours in small quaint towns often depart from the usual tourist routes, showing you the medieval highlights. Driving through the countryside I usually take the scenic roads, thus giving you a better sense of Holland's rural environment. Professionalism, care and fun, plus my friendship are the cornerstones of my tours. Ray Vandenburg, owner and guide PrivateHollandTours.com
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Nikki W
Macau, China15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Our family really enjoyed our tour with Ray - he was great at communicating, prompt and timely - showing up as scheduled, and prepared a wonderful day for us, showing us a wonderful cheese store and cafe in Gouda, and the quaint town of Delft. Ray even accommodated our request of including a stop at Kinderdijk when we booked the trip!

We were a bit disappointed we didn't get to see the pottery factory in Delft but that was our fault for not clarifying that it was included when booking the trip. This is nothing against Ray, only including in my review so you can clarify and avoid our mistake!
Written 29 April 2024
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Hi dear family, thank you all for having a good time during the tour. I loved all of your presence, we laughed and even poked fun at eachother. Nikki and Austin, I wish you have a beautiful and exiting marriage and much LOVE from here to eternity. I hope to see you you guys back soon, be well! Ray
Written 1 May 2024
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Cara C
Lexington, KY2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
WE WENT ON THE COUNTRYSIDE & LAKES TOUR IN DECEMBER 2023, (AFTER THE CONCLUSION OF A 7 DAY RIVER CRUISE). FOREMOST, RAY IS VERY NICE, HAS A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR, EXTREMELY KNOWLEDGEABLE, AND IMMEDIATELY FELT LIKE I'D KNOW HIM FOR YEARS. WE SAW PLACES, THAT UNLESS YOU HAD LOCAL KNOWLEDGE, YOU'D NEVER BE ABLE TO SEE. THE COUNTRYSIDE IS BEAUTIFUL, EVEN I N THE WINTER. IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR THE COLORS OF TULIPS, THIS ISN'T WHEN YOU CHOSE TO TOUR HERE. WE WANTED TO COME IN THE WINTER. THE WEATHER WAS COOL AND CRISP, AND AFTER A SLIGHTLY CLOUDY MORNING, THE BLUE SKIES APPEARED. THE WEATHER WAS IDEAL FOR WALKING AND SIGHTSEEING. OUR AGES RANGED FROM 27-65, WE NEVER FELT OVERWHELMED. RAY CAPTIVATED US WITH STORIES AND DETAILS OF THE AREA. FROM HISTORIC COUNTRY HOMES, CHEESE MAKING, WOODEN SHOE MAKING DEMONSTRATION, AND LOCAL CUISINE, WE THOROUGHLY ENJOYED OUR DAY. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND A TOUR WITH RAY.
Written 22 December 2023
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Dear Cara, what can I say? Do you see me blush? This is a wonderful review, thank you soooo much! I really loved your interest in NL, your cooperation and pleasant conversations. I'd love to see you back one day. Greetings, Ray.
Written 24 December 2023
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Go64393266548
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
We hit the jackpot when we hired Ray 12 years ago. I reached out again in July 2023. Lucky us, Ray was available for 2 days of touring the charming villages outside of Amsterdam.
Ray met us at the harbor when we disembarked a Viking Rhine riverboat cruise in Amsterdam. The first day was spent in Giethoorn and Blokzijl. I highly recommend Giethoorn.
The second day Ray picked us up at the Amsterdam Hyatt for a day of exploring. We went to De Rijp, Broek in Waterland, West Graftdijk and my favorite Edam.
We laughed for two days and had the best time with Ray. We are hoping Ray will come and visit us in Overland Park, Kansas.
Written 9 August 2023
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Dear Hal & Julie, This was a fantastic review. After twelve years of absence, we could greet each other again, after which I took you on a wonderful two-day tour. We did indeed laugh a lot and enjoyed the historical and pristine highlights, such as Giethoorn and North Holland. My highlight was the moment that during a gigantic cloudburst, we were invited by a resident of De Rijp to take shelter in her beautiful house. We were even showered with coffee and cookies. I know that you too will not soon forget this form of hospitality. I hope to be able to tour you again soon, to show you more beautiful parts of the Netherlands. And Julie, don't be shy about taking the steering wheel next time if we're making a boat ride. All the best.
Written 12 August 2023
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April S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Ray was such a delightful tour guide. So knowledgeable and he definitely knew his way around, especially to get us in before the large crowds showed up. My boyfriend and I got engaged on his tour and he was so good at keeping it a secret and getting wonderful pictures of us! We plan to go back one day and use Ray again!
Written 27 April 2023
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byrdie50
Bath68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
We had the best day out with Ray! I booked the visit way back last summer and we were so looking forward to it. Ray collected us promptly from our hotel at 7.30am this morning and we were at Keukenhof when it opened at 8. The park was stunning and it was such a joy to be taken around and shown all of it in a logical and efficient manner, but also relaxed and fun. Being there early meant we almost had the place to ourselves and exploring the pavilion with all the hundreds of tulips in perfect bloom without crowds was heaven. My daughter loved the Miffy shop and statues. Ray knew all the best spots for photos and things to show us. After visiting the gardens we saw lots of beautiful flower fields, had a quick and unexpected but wonderful trip to the seaside, and then off to a cheese and clog factory where we had lunch and a tour and tasting - we were treated like royalty because they knew we were with Ray! The day was so enjoyable and easy going, Ray was a great guide and I’m so pleased we decided to choose Private Holland Tours.
Written 13 April 2023
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Byrdie50, what can I say after having read your review. You describe perfectly who I am and where I stand for in the tour business. I'm so glad you loved all the sites we've visited and that your daughter got her coveted gift. Thank you for being my ambassador, you really have described the tour as I've designed it. Thanks a lot, Ray.
Written 30 April 2023
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vttravellover
Virginia49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Family of four (kids aged 12 and 10) took the countryside tour with Ray. It was incredible. Ray answered all our questions and engaged the kids. His car was roomy and comfortable (we are big people). He stopped to help my wife with a medicine she needed. We had great photo ops with the kids. Saw many small towns and enjoyed the cheese making farm and clog maker. Would definitely book another tour with Ray. Price was fair. Overall, this was incredible!
Written 28 March 2023
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You were incredible! It was an honor to take your easy going and laid back family on a tour. We laughed and we were relaxed, even when we queued up in a traffic jam noticing how Dutch drivers were behaving themselves. Thanks a lot for your cooperation, your interest for NL and the sites I showed you. I really hope to see you guys again. Ray.
Written 30 March 2023
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katharm
Dallas, TX2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
Planned a spring break trip—starting with a couple of days in Amsterdam, highlight of our time there was definitely the Countryside Tour. Our tour guide Ray’s knowledge of the area + engaging personality made the day both memorable and fun! As a college student I was a little concerned when my Mom wanted to make the reservation—I wasn’t sure how interesting a full day would be, but I was pleasantly surprised. Learned a lot and had a lot of fun—thank you Ray!!
Written 14 March 2023
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Wow Kendall, you wrote a blushing review. What can I say? You and your mom are the ideal persons to tour with. It's feels good that you had a wondertime. Please don't walk too much around in your apartment, the wooden shoes you bought might cause disturbance to your neighbors. 😊See you guys back soon.
Written 15 March 2023
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Cory C
Genoa, IL23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
We hired Ray on an extended layover to take us to the small Friesland villages that my Mother's ancestors had immigrated from and we couldn't have been happier with his service.

From picking us up in the airport to dropping us off at our hotel that evening Ray was informative, entertaining, and an absolute pleasure to spend the day with.

I would, 100%, hire him again and I highly recommend anyone else to the same.
Written 19 February 2023
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Hi Cory and parents, it was such a pleasure to take you to Friesland for paying a visit at the towns of your ancestors. I love the pictures of Dokkum with all the charming Xmas lights and of course the famous Dutch windmill. Thanks a lot for the review and I hope to meet you again soon.
Written 21 February 2023
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Cindy R
Palos Verdes Estates, CA9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
What a delight it was to spend a day with Ray Vandenburg as he escorted our small group of four adults through lovely parts of Holland.

We began and ended our day in Amsterdam where Ray picked us up at our ship and dropped us off at our hotel in the museum district. We drove out to the countryside, stopping in small villages where we walked through picture-book charming lanes, seeing small canals, local shops, seaports, homes and gardens that the adjectives pretty and adorable are sorely inadequate. We learned history, culture and customs, and we stopped at an historic inn for the best apple pie of my life. At another stop, a clog maker demonstrated his craft and he described cheesemaking process before we had a tasting. We opted to enjoy a local lunch at the clog and cheesemaker, and if you have not had smoked herring on rich brown bread, it is a must. Local wine and beer completed our order. Our final stop was to see windmills, where Ray spoke about their different purposes.Throughout the day, Ray enriched us with his knowledge of Netherlands geography, reclaimed land, dikes, and the worldwide impact of the dominant seafaring merchant trade dating back to the sixteenth century.

It was a beautiful experience to have so much come alive in this one day of touring. I highly recommend you book with Ray, whether it is one of his well designed tours or you and he create your own. Ray is open to listening and offering suggestions, he is easy to be with, and so pleasant. And he will respond promptly if you email him!
Written 28 October 2022
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Dear Cindy, what a wonderful review! I’m so glad you and your company loved the sights I showed you. When you are back in NL I will treat you with herring and bread. At the farm you had fried fish (cod) and chips. Actually both herring and cod are delicious seafood, we Dutch love it. Kind regards,
Written 31 October 2022
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Liz
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Ray picked up our group of 6 and whisked us off for a great day seeing some small towns north of the city! He is full of interesting information and also so fun! We had a great lunch at a cheese farm including a full demonstration on making wooden shoes. We drove through the most beautiful countryside stopping to see windmills along the way. We loved being off the beaten path and appreciated Ray taking extra time to get my husband the distilled water he needed at a pharmacy on our way home. We were treated like family and had a wonderful day. We would highly recommend Ray and hope that when we return he'll want to see his group of loud Americans who have butter on their heads:)
Written 3 October 2022
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Dear Liz and the Gang, thank you so much for the rave review. If its possible I always try to help my client's additional wishes. I recently heard the 'butter' saying on American TV. You guys are real ambassadors of Dutch expressions. I hope we'll see each other again soon.
Written 15 October 2022
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