Kimkim Trip Reviews for The Netherlands

5.0
Based on 30 ratings
Read 30 verified reviews by travelers who booked their trip to The Netherlands on kimkim. You can also read reviews about kimkim on 3rd party sites including Google, TrustPilot and Yelp.

Great trip and responsive to our requests
The Netherlands | Apr 14 - Apr 18, 2024

Laura
Laura G.
Newark, NJ | Reviewed on Apr 20, 2024
Mieke did a wonderful job creating an itinerary for our family! She was very responsive before and then during our trip, especially when rain interfered with our bike trip to Keukenhof. We loved staying in Haarlem and the Hotel Malts was wonderful. All in all, a fabulous vacation! Read more

Mieke did a wonderful job creating an itinerary for our family! She was very responsive before and then during our trip, especially when rain interfered with our bike trip to Keukenhof. We loved staying in Haarlem and the Hotel Malts was wonderful. All in all, a fabulous vacation!

Hotel Review
Hotel Malts
Haarlem

Hotel Malts is a lovely hotel in the center of Haarlem, which is a charming bike and pedestrian friendly city. Henk and Annemarie are wonderful hosts. The highlight of our stay was the delicious daily breakfast: croissants, cheeses, hard and soft boiled eggs, yogurt, cappuccino, and fresh squeezed orange juice.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Review
Amsterdam - Jordaan Dutch Food Tour
Amsterdam - Jordaan Dutch Food Tour
The Netherlands

We started with apple pie in a traditional brown cafe and went on to have Indonesian food, stroopwafels, etc. Spending time with a local (Ferry!) was the best.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Local specialist: Mieke Arendsen

Incredible Experience in Netherlands... All thanks to Emma!!!
The Netherlands | Mar 24 - Mar 30, 2024

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Orlando M. R.
Flagami, FL | Reviewed on Apr 01, 2024
Dear Emma, I wanted to take a moment to express our deepest gratitude for the incredible experience we had during our recent trip to the Netherlands. It was truly a journey filled with unforgettable memories, and we owe it all to you. Your meticulous planning, attention to detail, and kind gestures throughout the entire preparation process made our trip seamless and enjoyable from start to finish. From the moment we began discussing our travel plans, it was evident that you were committed... Read more

Dear Emma,

I wanted to take a moment to express our deepest gratitude for the incredible experience we had during our recent trip to the Netherlands. It was truly a journey filled with unforgettable memories, and we owe it all to you.

Your meticulous planning, attention to detail, and kind gestures throughout the entire preparation process made our trip seamless and enjoyable from start to finish. From the moment we began discussing our travel plans, it was evident that you were committed to ensuring that every aspect of our trip was tailored to our preferences.

Your insightful comments and thoughtful recommendations enriched our itinerary and allowed us to discover hidden gems and experience the true essence of the Netherlands. Whether it was exploring the charming streets of Amsterdam, indulging in delicious Dutch cuisine (French Fries were amazing...already missing them; also the mini pancakes), or admiring the picturesque landscapes, every moment was magical.

Your dedication to ensuring that our trip was stress-free and enjoyable did not go unnoticed, and we are truly grateful for all that you did to make our vacation a success. Your passion for travel and commitment to excellence are truly commendable, and we feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with you.

Once again, thank you, Emma, for your exceptional service and for going above and beyond to ensure that our time in the Netherlands was nothing short of extraordinary. We look forward to planning our next adventure with you.

Warmest regards,

Hotel Reviews
Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam
Amsterdam
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Royal Bridges
Delft
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Amsterdam - Keukenhof & tulip experience by bus tour
Amsterdam - Keukenhof & tulip experience by bus tour
The Netherlands
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Public Transport Pass Amsterdam
Public Transport Pass Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Emma Gerards
Emma
Emma Gerards
Local specialist in Nijmegen, The Netherlands | Replied on Apr 12, 2024

Hi Orlando,
Thank you very much for your amazing words and kind review.
I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed your trip and that you appreciated my help in organizing everything! We loved hosting your trip here for you.
Wishing you all the best,
Emma

Great time in the lowlands
The Netherlands | Oct 31 - Nov 5, 2023

Susan
Susan N.
Newark, NJ | Reviewed on Nov 12, 2023
Mieke did a great job planning our trip and answering all of our many questions quickly. We had a wonderful time in The Netherlands despite the rain! Our hotels were perfectly located and we walked everywhere. Alex our walking guide and Maarten our driver were pleasant and very knowledgeable. Unfortunately we cut them both a little short because of the pouring rain. Thanks so much for your great work. Read more

Mieke did a great job planning our trip and answering all of our many questions quickly. We had a wonderful time in The Netherlands despite the rain! Our hotels were perfectly located and we walked everywhere. Alex our walking guide and Maarten our driver were pleasant and very knowledgeable. Unfortunately we cut them both a little short because of the pouring rain. Thanks so much for your great work.

Hotel Reviews
Singel hotel
Amsterdam

Small and quaint. Good location

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel van Walsum
Rotterdam

Comfortable hotel. Very pleasant staff.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Amsterdam - Private guided historic city walk
Amsterdam - Private guided historic city walk
The Netherlands
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Public Transport Pass Amsterdam
Public Transport Pass Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Quality of Experience
Amsterdam - daytrip to Volendam, Edam and Alkmaar
Amsterdam - daytrip to Volendam, Edam and Alkmaar
Amsterdam

Maarten was great. We loved the cheese factory tour and the cows! We did cut the trip short because or the downpour of rain.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Mieke Arendsen
Mieke
Mieke Arendsen
Local specialist in The Netherlands | Replied on Nov 12, 2023

Dear Susan, thank you for your kind words! You id have your share of bad weather during your trip... but I am glad you have enjoyed nevertheless. It's always a bit unpredictable here, and can change quickly. Thank you for your flexibility! We loved hosting your trip for you.
Wishing you all the best,
Mieke

The ideal itinerary (and trip) that fit us perfectly.
The Netherlands | Aug 16 - Aug 24, 2023

David
David R.
Berkeley, CA | Reviewed on Aug 28, 2023
We were thrilled with the trip that was planned and supported by our Kim Kim guide, Bas. Based on our very specific interests, and the way we like to travel, Bas planned a perfect itinerary. The plan included a nice balance of self-led activities and guide-led activities. It included guided walking tours, boat tours, and cycling tours as well as a self-led cycling activity. We had some input on the Bas' initial plan, and he was happy to make accommodations to fit our requests. Bas was... Read more

We were thrilled with the trip that was planned and supported by our Kim Kim guide, Bas. Based on our very specific interests, and the way we like to travel, Bas planned a perfect itinerary. The plan included a nice balance of self-led activities and guide-led activities. It included guided walking tours, boat tours, and cycling tours as well as a self-led cycling activity. We had some input on the Bas' initial plan, and he was happy to make accommodations to fit our requests. Bas was also available to make some changes during the trip. For example, when a cancelled flight at the outset of the trip forced us to change some of our planned activities, he moved things around to make it work. We were able to get hard-to-secure tickets to the Anne Frank museum, and we had the pleasure of having tremendous, friendly, and fun guides for four of the activities. We weren't sure what to expect as this was our first full Kim Kim itinerary, but we couldn't have been happier with the trip.

Local specialist: Bas Naus
Bas
Bas Naus
Local specialist in Nijmegen, Netherlands | Replied on Aug 29, 2023

Dear David and Carla,
Delighted to hear you truly enjoyed your visit to the Netherlands and that you appreciated our help in planning and organizing this! It is a great pleasure to host a trip for positive-minded and enthusiastic guests like you. Thanks for visiting and I hope you will cherish your memories from the lowlands for a long time!
See you again and with warm regards,
Bas.

What a pleasure it was working with Mieke and...
The Netherlands | Jul 15 - Jul 22, 2023

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Scott D.
San Carlos, CA | Reviewed on Jul 27, 2023
What a pleasure it was working with Mieke and KimKim on our family trip to the Netherlands and Belgium! I have to say that planning and coordinating the trip with Mieke was actually a real pleasure. She is very knowledgeable and extremely responsive. I never had to wait for responses of excellent, creative suggestions from Mieke, at any hour. Our trip went quite well. Mieke developed an itinerary for my three kids (22/20/17 - GGB ) that everyone enjoyed. We were in Amsterdam for 3 nights... Read more

What a pleasure it was working with Mieke and KimKim on our family trip to the Netherlands and Belgium! I have to say that planning and coordinating the trip with Mieke was actually a real pleasure. She is very knowledgeable and extremely responsive. I never had to wait for responses of excellent, creative suggestions from Mieke, at any hour.

Our trip went quite well. Mieke developed an itinerary for my three kids (22/20/17 - GGB ) that everyone enjoyed. We were in Amsterdam for 3 nights and Belgium for 4 nights. We are active and did bike rides in the countryside in Holland. We also did a bike ride around the ancient city of Bruges. To top it off, we kayaked in the countryside out of Ghent in Belgium.

United Airlines cancelled our return flight from Europe (just as they did last year - Oh, how I'd like to write a crushing review of UAL!). Anyway, we had 2 extra days in Amsterdam at the end of the trip. Mieke worked closely with me on this portion of the trip in real time while I was in Europe, despite the fact that I booked the hotel and activities myself, so she made no money from these efforts whatsoever.

Our transportation was spectacular. Our driver, Fred, was more than a driver, he became our guide and a friend. The mini-bus was a beautiful Mercedes Benz, and Fred always had cold water bottles for us. We stopped and charged the bus and got food at some cool roadside areas along the way. He always texted ahead of time with exact ETA's.

Our hotels were very nice, especially the Pillows Hotel in Ghent - OMG, it was a five-star experience. We felt like royalty. Our guides for Amsterdam and Ghent were both great and very knowledgable. We did a canal cruise in Amsterdam, which was fun, but I'd recommend a dinner or drink cruise in the evening. Also, be sure to have a rice table (reis taffel) dinner in Amsterdam, it was the best meal of the trip.

My only complaint is that it is not that easy to access KimKim on your phone remotely. I had to find an old email from Mieke in my Gmail box, and then connect to the website, and then select the trip itinerary, then finally, access a PDF of tickets etc. It was a bit of a hassle and could be better designed and more functional. But the good news, is that all your activities and tickets can be accessed from your phone with a little bit of work. So, I didn't even carry a backpack around for most of the trip, just my phone and wallet -- and that was super cool!

Three cheers for Mieke - she is truly a star and is great at what she does. You will love planning the trip with Mieke and KimKim almost as much as the trip itself.

Please add a sixth star, so that we can truly identify Mieke as one of the best travel professionals you will ever work with!

Scott D.
San Francisco, USA

Hotel Review
Pillows Grand Boutique Hotel Reylof
Ghent

Beautiful, luxurious hotel. On a fairly ugly street in Ghent, so the entrance is not much to look at. But the hotel is wonderful and it's a 5 minute walk to the ancient city, without all the crowds and bustle. Breakfast is very nice. They have a gym. The staff is friendly and will pamper you, if you want.

Authenticity & Character
More modern than classic -somewhat of a contrast for an ancient city like Ghent, but very nice indeed!
Location
5 mins from old town - the facade of the hotel is not impressive, but interior is great
Staff
Very friendly and helpful
Cleanliness & Comfort
Sterling
Local specialist: Mieke Arendsen
Mieke
Mieke Arendsen
Local specialist in The Netherlands | Replied on Jul 27, 2023

Dear Scott

Thank you so much for your wonderful review and amazing words. You make me blush :) It was a pleasure working with you and I am glad the trip turned out so well for all of you. You have been very flexible about the bonus time that the airline threw in by cancelling their flight.
Thanks for your notes about the documentation and information; we're working on ways to make this easier to access and more user-friendly. Your insights are very welcome!
Best regards,
Mieke

Can’t say enough good things
The Netherlands | Jul 4 - Jul 16, 2023

Amber
Amber A.
Los Angeles, CA | Reviewed on Jul 24, 2023
This is my second time traveling with kimkim and my first time flying overseas. We couldn’t have asked for a better planner. Mieke was so knowledgeable and helpful, although we never met it seemed she was there every step of the way. Hotels were carefully chosen with wonderful locations to meet our needs. Christien was our guide for a bike tour. She was so kind and shared great tips for getting around Ghent. Martin was another guide whom we can’t say enough good things about either. We came... Read more

This is my second time traveling with kimkim and my first time flying overseas. We couldn’t have asked for a better planner. Mieke was so knowledgeable and helpful, although we never met it seemed she was there every step of the way. Hotels were carefully chosen with wonderful locations to meet our needs. Christien was our guide for a bike tour. She was so kind and shared great tips for getting around Ghent. Martin was another guide whom we can’t say enough good things about either. We came across a hiccup where I lost my luggage and kimkim was kind enough to gift us a wonderful experience at the end of our trip to help soften the loss. I now can’t see myself traveling without kimkim.

Local specialist: Mieke Arendsen
Mieke
Mieke Arendsen
Local specialist in The Netherlands | Replied on Jul 24, 2023

Hi Amber
Thank you so much for your kind words and lovely review. You were wonderful guests, and surely made the best of it, in spite the loss of the luggage and summer storm! It's been a pleasure organizing your trip!
Wishing you all the best,
Mieke

The activities Mieke planned for my family we...
The Netherlands | Jun 24 - Jul 3, 2023

Mary Ellen
Mary Ellen H.
Hamtramck, MI | Reviewed on Jul 04, 2023
The activities Mieke planned for my family were exceptional. The trip to Den Bosch on a very hot day was for adults and included a wonderful museum exhibition on Van Gogh in Brabant and a quirky Bosch museum. The next day for family was a trip to Moduradom which enchanted the entire family.Equally fun and informative were trips on a steam train, a day trip to the Kinderdijk, and and another to cheese market day Gouda. The children and adults loved making Stroopwaffels at the Berg bakery in... Read more

The activities Mieke planned for my family were exceptional. The trip to Den Bosch on a very hot day was for adults and included a wonderful museum exhibition on Van Gogh in Brabant and a quirky Bosch museum. The next day for family was a trip to Moduradom which enchanted the entire family.Equally fun and informative were trips on a steam train, a day trip to the Kinderdijk, and and another to cheese market day Gouda. The children and adults loved making Stroopwaffels at the Berg bakery in Gouda. Our driver Martin was exceptional. All in all our grandchildren had a very special introduction to the Netherlands thanks to .Mieke. The Ambassador Hotel was comfortable, clean, and has an incredible central location. Haarlem was a wonderful base for our train travels.

Hotel Review
Ambassador City Centre Hotel
Haarlem
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Review
Gouda - Stroopwafel workshop
Gouda - Stroopwafel workshop
The Netherlands

A hit with everyone!

Quality of Experience
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Local specialist: Mieke Arendsen
Mieke
Mieke Arendsen
Local specialist in The Netherlands | Replied on Jul 05, 2023

Dear Mary Ellen and Jim,
Thank you for your kind words! It was my pleasure organizing the trip for you and I am delighted that it worked out so well for all of you. And what a lovely picture from the cheese market!
Wishing you all the best,
Mieke

We loved everything about the trip!
The Netherlands | May 14 - May 24, 2023

L
Lynn S.
Levittown, PA | Reviewed on Jun 12, 2023

We loved everything about the trip!

Local specialist: Mieke Arendsen
Mieke
Mieke Arendsen
Local specialist in The Netherlands | Replied on Jun 14, 2023

Dear Lynn,
Thank you so much for placing a review and rating. It's been a pleasure organizing the trip for you and I am glad you have enjoyed!
Wishing you all the best, Mieke

Great trip plan by Mieke - especially getting...
The Netherlands | May 31 - Jun 3, 2023

Ken
Ken W.
Phoenix, AZ | Reviewed on Jun 04, 2023
Great trip plan by Mieke - especially getting us into Anne Frank and Vermeer when I know tix were very tight! Maarten was a great driver and Jelte gave us a fantastic Jordaan food tour. Read more

Great trip plan by Mieke - especially getting us into Anne Frank and Vermeer when I know tix were very tight! Maarten was a great driver and Jelte gave us a fantastic Jordaan food tour.

Hotel Review
Hotel Pulitzer Amsterdam
Amsterdam

Not your standard lux hotel - much more character in a great location (even if the room was a little small). Best French toast I ever had for breakfast!

Authenticity & Character
Made of 25 canal houses. Doesn’t look like a hotel at all from the outside. Beautiful courtyard!
Location
Near Anne Frank and shopping and loads of restaurants
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Room was pretty small for the price
Activity Review
Amsterdam - Private canal cruise to Rijksmuseum
Amsterdam - Private canal cruise to Rijksmuseum
The Netherlands

Joe (Damn Boat Guys) did a fantastic job of showing us around in the early morning when it was very peaceful — and keeping us warm in a cool and blustery day.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Mieke Arendsen
Mieke
Mieke Arendsen
Local specialist in The Netherlands | Replied on Jun 05, 2023

Hi Ken, so good to hear you have enjoyed your trip. It was an absolute please organizing this trip for you and a personal moment of joy when we managed to get you into the Vermeer exhibit after all :). Thank you for your kind words and feedback!
Wishing you all the best, Mieke

Mother/Daughter art Tour of the Netherlands
The Netherlands | May 20 - May 27, 2023

Patti
Patti S.
Rock Hill, SC | Reviewed on May 29, 2023
My daughter and I did an art tour of the Netherlands. Bas from Beat The Dutch did such a great job matching expectations to our budget. I didn't know what to expect, having never used KimKim before, but overall, it was really great - we were comfortable, safe, and were able to move between cities and sites with ease on public transport, thanks to pre-loaded OV chip cards Beat The Dutch provided. Everybody involved did a wonderful job. Read more

My daughter and I did an art tour of the Netherlands. Bas from Beat The Dutch did such a great job matching expectations to our budget. I didn't know what to expect, having never used KimKim before, but overall, it was really great - we were comfortable, safe, and were able to move between cities and sites with ease on public transport, thanks to pre-loaded OV chip cards Beat The Dutch provided. Everybody involved did a wonderful job.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Light
Rotterdam

Super Budget Hotel Friendly and helpful staff, good a/c, good breakfast, very basic amenities, easy access to public transport Make sure you have all your toiletries on hand, as none are provided except for hand soap.

Authenticity & Character
very basic accommodations with no other amenities except hand soap
Location
Staff
Very helpful, ordered an early morning taxi the previous night to bring us to the train station
Cleanliness & Comfort
Room and bathroom were clean
Steenhof Suites
Leiden

Beautiful hotel and rooms/ very helpful staff

Authenticity & Character
beautifully appointed, great old restored building
Location
right in the center of Leiden, public transport, walking distance to town center
Staff
very kind and accommodating
Cleanliness & Comfort
beds were super comfortable, spacious room and bathroom nicely appointed, had all the amenities and toiletries . Great overall stay
Hotel ML
Haarlem

Beautiful room and hotel, terrific breakfast

Authenticity & Character
in a beautifully restored old building
Location
Right in the heart of the center of old Haarlem across the street from the GroteKerk; within walking distance of everything.
Staff
Very accommodating and friendly/helpful
Cleanliness & Comfort
no real heat or a/c due to the age of the building. Open the windows, ask for a floor fan, fall asleep listening to the bells of the Grote Kerk
Hotel des Arts
Amsterdam-Centrum

Restored old building, lots of flights of narrow stairs, rooms clean and comfortable

Authenticity & Character
beautifully restored building-
Location
close to all public transport
Staff
very accommodating and helpful with any questions you may have. Lisa was so kind and helpful
Cleanliness & Comfort
Rooms were clean, modern and comfy. Make sure you have all your toiletries as only hand soap and shampoo are provided
Local specialist: Bas Naus
Bas
Bas Naus
Local specialist in Nijmegen, Netherlands | Replied on May 30, 2023

Dear Patti,
It was a great pleasure for us to host your trip, and we are delighted to hear that you had an enjoyable holiday! Glad to hear our services made your trip comfortable and safe. Thanks for choosing kimkim and Beat the Dutch Travel!
Kind regards,
Bas.

everything was amazing and worked out so perf...
The Netherlands | Apr 30 - May 6, 2023

Brad
Brad R.
Springfield, MA | Reviewed on May 13, 2023

everything was amazing and worked out so perfectly. the timing of all activities, tours, adventures worked great with plenty of free time to explore. all recommendations could not have been better! can not thank you guys enough! min need to worry to get anywhere as the drivers and guides are so professional yet social and friendly! i can’t wait to use kimkim again for my next adventure!!!!

Local specialist: Mieke Arendsen
Mieke
Mieke Arendsen
Local specialist in The Netherlands | Replied on May 26, 2023

Hi Brad
Thank you for your kind words. I am delighted to hear you and your parents have enjoyed this special visit to the lowlands! It was a pleasure organizing it for you and custom it to fit your travel wishes further.
Wishing you all the best,
Mieke

Trip planner/co-ordinator, Mieke, has been ve...
The Netherlands | Apr 24 - May 3, 2023

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Jasmine O.
Singapore | Reviewed on May 12, 2023
Trip planner/co-ordinator, Mieke, has been very professional and patience in putting the trip plan together over more than 2 years, due to multiple disruptions such as COVID-19 locked down. She is always responsive, obliging and accommodating to our requests and made changes swiftly. We are also very happy and grateful for having Mr Maarten Ablij as our private diver to Zaanse Schans, Edam and Keukenhof. He is very gentle, polite and punctual in picking us from accommodation in the... Read more

Trip planner/co-ordinator, Mieke, has been very professional and patience in putting the trip plan together over more than 2 years, due to multiple disruptions such as COVID-19 locked down. She is always responsive, obliging and accommodating to our requests and made changes swiftly.

We are also very happy and grateful for having Mr Maarten Ablij as our private diver to Zaanse Schans, Edam and Keukenhof. He is very gentle, polite and punctual in picking us from accommodation in the morning.

In summary, we had an enjoyable and wonderful time in The Netherlands, especially the visits to Anne Frank House, Naturalis, Boerhaave, Windmill de Valk, Madurodam and Keukenhof. We also loved the Dutch food such as bitterballen and stroopwafel.

Thank you Beat the Dutch Travel and Mieke for the good job well done.

Hotel Reviews
Dutch Golden / Velvet Lodge
The Hague

Hotel staffs are friendly and checking in/out was easy and fast. Room is of a good size, clean and comfortable.

Authenticity & Character
Refurnished old building with a nice welcoming vibe
Location
Within 10mins walk from The Hague Central railway station.
Staff
Both Oscar and his staff are super friendly.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Was not told test the clean would not be cleaned and no towels changed on Koningsdag!
Inntel Zaandam
Zaandam

Disappointed with the check in experience and scare we had. We arrived at 11.30am but was too early as room was not ready. Returned to check in at 7.30pm and being assigned a room on 5th level. However, when we opened the door, we were astonished to see coats hanging on the coats hooks and a big luggage on the luggage rack. Went back to front desk and was told that staff from previous shift had failed to update hotel records when the customer made a room change. Although a new room was cleaned and assigned to us with a complimentary buffet breakfast for the next morning, but we were still very shaken that security and privacy are breached.

Authenticity & Character
Pretty architecture and colors like lego blocks stacked together
Location
3mins walk from Zaadam railway station
Staff
Not competent and did not honor promise.
Cleanliness & Comfort
House keeping did not empty out garbage and replaced clean disposal cups. However, room is big like a small studio with kitchenette.
Activity Reviews
Museum Card Netherlands
Museum Card Netherlands
The Netherlands

Very convenient and budget friendly to have museum card if planning to visit many museums.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Public Transport Pass Amsterdam
Public Transport Pass Amsterdam
The Netherlands

OV card is handy and can be used on almost all kinds of transportation.

Quality of Experience
Transport
Daytrip to Cheese Farm, Edam and Zaanse Schans
Daytrip to Cheese Farm, Edam and Zaanse Schans
The Netherlands

Not worth going to the cheese farm. A very short brief about the history of the farm and various cheeses, then being led to shop. Too commercialise! There is nothing much to do and see at Edam. Zaanse Schans is too crowded within tourists. Walking paths are narrow and hard to pass through when people were standing around to snap pictures of the windmills. Too commercialise and need to pay entrance fee to almost every sights inside the windmills.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Private driver Mr Maarten Ablij is very nice and patience
Keukenhof & tulips fields by private transport
Keukenhof & tulips fields by private transport
The Netherlands

The botanical garden is very well organised with many different types of tulips, other floral, trees and water features.

Quality of Experience
Need more than 2hours to enjoy the garden
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Mieke Arendsen
Mieke
Mieke Arendsen
Local specialist in The Netherlands | Replied on May 24, 2023

Thank you for your wonderful review, Jasmine, and your feedback. This is very valuable to us.
It was a pleasure hosting you here, and thank you again so much for the lovely gift and note you left me. That is so sweet!
Wishing you and your family all the best in the future,
Mieke

Mieke organized a wonderful trip through the Netherlands & Belgium!
The Netherlands | Apr 30 - May 10, 2023

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Anne marie M.
Danbury, CT | Reviewed on May 11, 2023

Mieke organized a wonderful trip through the Netherlands & Belgium. The itinerary was perfect, well laid out & all our tickets / passes worked fine. She was extremely responsive to any questions we had both prior to and during the trip. Cannot say enough good things about her.
This is the second time we have used Kim Kim for our international trip needs and both have been great experiences.
Thanks for everything!

Local specialist: Mieke Arendsen
Mieke
Mieke Arendsen
Local specialist in The Netherlands | Replied on May 27, 2023

Dear Anne Marie,
Thank you so much for your kind words! It makes me blush!
It was a pleasure planning and organizing your trip and you have been wonderful guests. Glad to head it all worked out well and you have enjoyed your adventure here.
Who knows, till next time?
Wishing you all the best,
Mieke

Mieke was very responsive and helpful
The Netherlands | Apr 14 - Apr 23, 2023

David
David S.
Wolf Trap, VA | Reviewed on May 08, 2023

Mieke was very responsive and helpful with both planning our trip and with respect to a situation that arose during our trip. Overall the itinerary was very good and we enjoyed our time in the Netherlands.

Local specialist: Mieke Arendsen
Mieke
Mieke Arendsen
Local specialist in The Netherlands | Replied on May 11, 2023

Dear David, Thank you for sending in a lovely review. I am very happy to know that you have enjoyed your trip to the Netherlands, and the pictures look great! It was a pleasure hosting you here. Best regards, Mieke

Amazing trip to the Netherlands
The Netherlands | Apr 30 - May 6, 2023

Stacey
Stacey R.
Fair Lawn, NJ | Reviewed on May 07, 2023
Our son did 100% of the planning for this amazing trip to the Netherlands with Miecke. Absolutely everything from the hotels, to the itinerary, to the restaurant recommendations , to the guides, was perfect. All of our ticket purchases for admissions to museums events, etc. as well as train tickets, transportation passes were all purchased in advance. Everything went smoothly in everything that we did. We had one guided tour in Amsterdam with Caroline. She really customized it to what we... Read more

Our son did 100% of the planning for this amazing trip to the Netherlands with Miecke. Absolutely everything from the hotels, to the itinerary, to the restaurant recommendations , to the guides, was perfect. All of our ticket purchases for admissions to museums events, etc. as well as train tickets, transportation passes were all purchased in advance. Everything went smoothly in everything that we did. We had one guided tour in Amsterdam with Caroline. She really customized it to what we were interested in and we learned so much from her. We used a driver Maartin who was so nice, pleasant.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel des Arts
Amsterdam-Centrum
Authenticity & Character
Location
Walkable to almost everything
Staff
So helpful and accommodating
Cleanliness & Comfort
No elevator. Tough when on top floor!!
Villa Augustus
Dordrecht

Omg this was the most amazing hotel. Coolest place we stayed in. Delicious dinner in the restaurant. Love how they grow everything they make right out on the property

Authenticity & Character
It was such a cool place. So different from anything we have ever stayed in.
Location
Not sure about the location. It was accessible for us to get to the water bus so that we could get to the windmills. That was all we did. It may have been a little far from the center of town.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Am amazing shower!!!!
Hotel de Wereld
Wageningen
Authenticity & Character
Location
Cleanliness & Comfort
Huys van Leiden
Leiden

Stairs to the loft were a little treacherous. But we took it slowly, and were safe.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Walkable to center of town
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Public Transport Pass Amsterdam
Public Transport Pass Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Easy to use the past, but very often it was quicker to walk than to take the tram

Amsterdam - Private canal cruise to Rijksmuseum
Amsterdam - Private canal cruise to Rijksmuseum
The Netherlands

This was the first thing we did the morning we arrived in Amsterdam. We had an hour and a half private canal tour, which was wonderful. The guide was very informative, and because it was so early in the morning he was able to take us further in the canals, and he would’ve been later in the day.

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Transport
Amsterdam - Private guided historic city walk
Amsterdam - Private guided historic city walk
The Netherlands

Carolyn was very informative regarding Jewish history in Amsterdam. She showed us many interesting sites and give us a good historical tour.

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Keukenhof Gardens by private taxi
Keukenhof Gardens by private taxi
The Netherlands

Spectacular! Words and pictures do not begin to describe what these gardens look like. They are so beautiful. Some thing I have wanted to see for many many years and so glad to be able to check it off my bucket list!

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Transport
Local specialist: Mieke Arendsen
Mieke
Mieke Arendsen
Local specialist in The Netherlands | Replied on Aug 04, 2023

Thank you for your feedback and kind words Stacey! It was an honor for me to form a small part of this special trip and make it happen. Wishing you all the best,
Mieke

And the tulips!
The Netherlands | Apr 11 - Apr 24, 2023

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Tracy U.
Morganton, GA | Reviewed on May 04, 2023
Last August, I Googled "14 days Netherlands and Belgium" and I found Kim-Kim. It proved to be the best search result ever! Throughout the planning process and when we were on the trip, Mieke was very professional and full of great ideas. She steered us away from the ordinary and suggested terrific alternatives. For example, as opposed to staying in Amsterdam (which we have visited before), she suggested Haarlam and as an alternative to Bruges, we directed us toward Ghent. Moreover, she was... Read more

Last August, I Googled "14 days Netherlands and Belgium" and I found Kim-Kim. It proved to be the best search result ever! Throughout the planning process and when we were on the trip, Mieke was very professional and full of great ideas. She steered us away from the ordinary and suggested terrific alternatives. For example, as opposed to staying in Amsterdam (which we have visited before), she suggested Haarlam and as an alternative to Bruges, we directed us toward Ghent. Moreover, she was available to help during our trip. When our flight to Europe was delayed, she was quick to help us adjust our schedule. And we even had the opportunity to share a glass of wine with her during our trip. We were particularly grateful that In the weeks before we began our trip, she offered to get us tickets to the Vermeer exhibit in Amsterdam. We didn't even know this much sought-after exhibit was an option.

We loved Harrlam and the Frans Hal Museum. We had a really fun boat ride in Giethoorn. The Freedom Museum and the Flanders Field Museum were informative and impactful. Ghent was excellent; a beautiful city and some great restaurants. And the tulips!

Local specialist: Mieke Arendsen
Mieke
Mieke Arendsen
Local specialist in The Netherlands | Replied on May 05, 2023

Thank you so much for your kind words! You make me blush! It was a pleasure organizing this trip for you, especially since you had a good number of days to spend and thus had the time for some nice off-beat places as well, besides the highlights. It was an honor hosting you here. I very much enjoyed meeting you and hearing your experiences and stories. Wishing you all the best,
Mieke

Better Than We Could Have Ever Imagined!
The Netherlands | Apr 18 - Apr 25, 2023

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Karla V.
Sunnyvale, CA | Reviewed on May 04, 2023
My husband and I had an amazing 8 days in the Netherlands! I initially tried to book our trip with US agents, but because we wanted to visit the Vermeer Collection and attend other specific events, they were unable to provide what we were looking for. Bas and his team, however, provided exactly what we were hoping for and more! We enjoyed walking tours with very knowledgeable guides like Jelte in Amsterdam and biking through tulip fields and the sand dunes on our own near The Hague. Our... Read more

My husband and I had an amazing 8 days in the Netherlands! I initially tried to book our trip with US agents, but because we wanted to visit the Vermeer Collection and attend other specific events, they were unable to provide what we were looking for. Bas and his team, however, provided exactly what we were hoping for and more! We enjoyed walking tours with very knowledgeable guides like Jelte in Amsterdam and biking through tulip fields and the sand dunes on our own near The Hague. Our schedule was a perfect balance of scheduled events and free time for our own interests. It was especially helpful to have Bas and his team available while we were in country to help with any questions we had. From the beginning to the end of this process, Bas has been easy to contact and quick to respond. This was our first time traveling in Europe and, although we were certain it would be wonderful, Bas created what we consider a perfect experience for us!

Activity Reviews
Zaanse Schans visit
Zaanse Schans visit
The Netherlands

Having a background in farming and engineering, my husband particularly enjoyed our visit to the windmills because he was able to discuss specifics about the inner workings of the mechanics and processes. This is not to be missed!

Quality of Experience
Public Transport Pass Amsterdam
Public Transport Pass Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Having the OV-Chip card made our travel much easier.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Museum Card Netherlands
Museum Card Netherlands
The Netherlands

This was great to have included in our trip documents! We went to many museums, even the Panorama in The Hague, which our hotel receptionist recommended. It was unbelievable— and free! because we had this pass!

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Transport
Local specialist: Bas Naus
Bas
Bas Naus
Local specialist in Nijmegen, Netherlands | Replied on May 09, 2023

Dear Karla,
Thank you very much for your kind words. It was a pleasure to host your trip to the lowlands for you and your husband. Very glad you had a great trip, and that you enjoyed our personalized services. All the best to you and see you again!
Bas.

A Once in a Lifetime Trip to Holland!
The Netherlands | Apr 11 - Apr 15, 2023

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Kyle & Carrie W.
Norway, ME | Reviewed on May 02, 2023
My husband and I had a fantastic time on our trip. We were greeted by our taxi driver Robert and driven to our first hotel. We continued to see and use Robert’s services throughout our trip and we enjoyed his company and tips so much! Our favorite part of the trip was riding our e-bikes around the flower bulb region and seeing all the farms in bloom. It was well organized and throughout and we appreciate Mieke’s tips/advice/and services so much! Read more

My husband and I had a fantastic time on our trip. We were greeted by our taxi driver Robert and driven to our first hotel. We continued to see and use Robert’s services throughout our trip and we enjoyed his company and tips so much! Our favorite part of the trip was riding our e-bikes around the flower bulb region and seeing all the farms in bloom. It was well organized and throughout and we appreciate Mieke’s tips/advice/and services so much!

Hotel Reviews
Het Spoorhuis
Uithoorn
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Dikker & Thijs Hotel
Amsterdam
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Fletcher Hotel de Witte Raaf
Noordwijk
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Review
Amsterdam - Private canal cruise
Amsterdam - Private canal cruise
The Netherlands
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Mieke Arendsen
Mieke
Mieke Arendsen
Local specialist in The Netherlands | Replied on May 03, 2023

Hi Kyle and Carrie, Thank you for your lovely words. It was wonderful meeting you in Noordwijk and seeing you enjoy the cycling, and a pleasure putting the trip together for you. Are you planting tulips in your nursery now?
Wishing you all the best!
Mieke

Excellent two week trip to Benelux
The Netherlands | Apr 8 - Apr 23, 2023

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Libby B.
Avon, CO | Reviewed on Apr 30, 2023
My husband and I had an excellent two week trip to the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg. Mieke was very responsive and quickly answered all our questions. She helped us plan the perfect vacation that allowed us to go at our own pace and explore the cities of our choosing while helping to identify some off the beaten path locations for us. All of the hotels we stayed at were in great central locations and the few guided tours that we did were really enjoyable with very knowledgeable guides.... Read more

My husband and I had an excellent two week trip to the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg. Mieke was very responsive and quickly answered all our questions. She helped us plan the perfect vacation that allowed us to go at our own pace and explore the cities of our choosing while helping to identify some off the beaten path locations for us. All of the hotels we stayed at were in great central locations and the few guided tours that we did were really enjoyable with very knowledgeable guides. Both my husband I have very busy jobs and the use of Kim Kim and Mieke helped us quickly plan a vacation that took all the fuss of planning for travel off our plates. Would highly recommend.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Parc Beaux Arts
Luxembourg

Very cute small boutique hotel with excellent staff and service. The morning breakfast is delightful and the room was quite spacious and cozy. It's central nature in the old city is perfect for wandering around and exploring but it is located in a popular spot and therefore can be a bit noisy on weekend evenings (this is only a problem if you leave the windows open while sleeping at night). Would highly recommend a stay here and would definitely stay again.

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Amrâth Grand Hotel Frans Hals
Haarlem

A great hotel in a perfect location in Harlem. Lovely breakfast in the morning that is quite extensive. The rooms were a bit small, but as we didn't spend much time in them it wasn't an issue. We had a balcony room that faced the main street and therefore things were a bit loud late in the evenings on the weekend, but we otherwise enjoyed our stay. The front desk staff was quite helpful and made delicious dinner recommendations and helped us with reservations.

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Pillows Grand Boutique Hotel Reylof
Ghent

A beautiful grand hotel. A little bit outside of the main bustling aspect of Ghent which we appreciated. The morning breakfast was the best we had on our trip. Lovely room, quite spacious with comfortable bed. Our bathroom shower had trouble draining one day and the hotel fixed it quickly once we called them. Only complaint was that renting bikes was extra but other than that would highly recommend a stay here. They also have a spa which had we known we might have tried and booked ahead of time, but they were all full when we were there.

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Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
La Merveilleuse
Dinant

A fun place to stay for a couple of nights. However, the front desk staff is hard to get ahold of and often not at the desk. The room was spacious and comfortable. They are doing renovations on their spa so this was closed when we were there. The hotel is located at the top of a very large hill so make sure to have good walking shoes if you plan on walking to and from town.

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Hotel Royal Bridges
Delft

Lovely small hotel in a great location in Delft. Easy access from the train station and to most of Delft's main attractions. The room was quite large and comfortable. The breakfast was decent but nothing fantastic. It suited our needs and we were very comfortable during our 3 night stay.

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Activity Reviews
Amsterdam - Private guided historic city walk
Amsterdam - Private guided historic city walk
The Netherlands

Very knowledgeable guide who shared some secret insights into the beautiful and historic city of Amsterdam. We learned some fascinating tid bits and really enjoyed our time in the city.

Haarlem - day trip to Marken, Volendam and Hoorn
Haarlem - day trip to Marken, Volendam and Hoorn
Haarlem

We loved Hoorn! Marken was mostly closed when we were there but we enjoyed wandering around the little sleepy town. Volendam is very touristy and I think we could have skipped it. Would have easily spent more time in Hoorn if possible. We loved our boat tour around Hoorn. This city is incredibly charming and full of great history.

Quality of Experience
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Transport
Hoorn - Private boat tour historic harbor
Hoorn - Private boat tour historic harbor
The Netherlands

Such a fun hour excursion!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Public Transport Pass Amsterdam
Public Transport Pass Amsterdam
The Netherlands

This made all our transport needs quite easy. We didn't have to think about taking any particular train, tram or bus.

Amsterdam - Private walking lunch tour
Amsterdam - Private walking lunch tour
The Netherlands

We were taken to a place with the most amazing Apple pie! All the food we had was delicious. We got a little rushed on our last cheese stop as we had tickets for the Anne Frank House. Otherwise it was greatly enjoyable and we loved all the food.

Ghent - Scenic Boat Tour
Ghent - Scenic Boat Tour
Belgium

We love a good boat tour and while we had already walked around most of the city it was fun to see it from the water.

Local specialist: Mieke Arendsen
Mieke
Mieke Arendsen
Local specialist in The Netherlands | Replied on May 01, 2023

Hi Libby
Thank you so much for your kind feedback and for taking the time to review the hotels and services. It was a pleasure hosting you here! Wishing you all the best, also to Jake,
Mieke

This was a fantastic trip to the flower and museum highlights of the Netherlands
The Netherlands | Apr 18 - Apr 24, 2023

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Shannon F.
Framingham Center, MA | Reviewed on Apr 25, 2023
This was a fantastic trip planned and organized with Mieke. Mieke was so easy to work with. She adjusted our itinerary at least five times to make sure we saw what we were interested in the most. We started in Amsterdam the day before our tour officially began with a trip to the Rijksmusuem for the Vermeer exhibit. What a stunning show! We then walked around Amsterdam and came upon the delightful Albert Cuyp Market. We ended our exhausting travel day with a gourmet meal at De Kaas. This is... Read more

This was a fantastic trip planned and organized with Mieke. Mieke was so easy to work with. She adjusted our itinerary at least five times to make sure we saw what we were interested in the most. We started in Amsterdam the day before our tour officially began with a trip to the Rijksmusuem for the Vermeer exhibit. What a stunning show! We then walked around Amsterdam and came upon the delightful Albert Cuyp Market. We ended our exhausting travel day with a gourmet meal at De Kaas. This is a gorgeous restaurant set in its own gardens. There even was a stork next with parents outside the window!. We were able to follow Mieke's instructions to get back to Haarlem by public transportation.

The Boutique Staats was a lovely, old, boutique hotel with a delicious breakfast. Our rooms on the top floor were very small; I believe the rooms on the lower floors had very high ceilings and were better. The beds were super comfortable and the location was very good.

Highlights of the rest of the tour included the private canal ride to Amsterdam. We loved our captain. Caroline met us for a private tour of the Van Gogh museum - she was great, navigating us to the most important parts of the museum and educating us on Van Gogh's fascinating life. We were especially delighted with the trip to the Poldertuin gardens in Anna Paolowna. This is smaller and more accessible than Keukenhof and almost as gorgeous. The flower mosaics throughout the town were less impressive than I had imagined, but were fun to see. The auction house was fascinating. We didn't see an actual auction but did see the hundreds if not thousands of carts of flower being driven around for delivery to buyers.
Keukenhof was stupendous. Fully in bloom and almost too beautiful to describe. Our driver, Marten, also took us to a private flower bulb farm with rows and rows of tulips in bloom.
Haarlem was an excellent base for day trips and for dining at night. The restaurants were quite good. Plan well ahead, though, for many of them as they fill quickly during the high season.
Our driver Marten was excellent. Always on time and cheerful.

Hotel Review
Boutiquehotel Staats
Haarlem

Good location in Haarlem, good breakfasts , cozy "living room" for guests to have free coffee, cappuccinos, and an honor bar. Our rooms on the third floor were smaller, I believe, than on the other floors. No elevator, but that is common. A quaint hotel with friendly staff.

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Local specialist: Mieke Arendsen
Mieke
Mieke Arendsen
Local specialist in The Netherlands | Replied on May 02, 2023

Hi Shannon, Thank you for your kind words! I will also pass your compliments to Martin/Maarten, he will be happy to hear that! It was a pleasure to be a small part of your exploration of the Netherlands, and good to know that you have enjoyed the trip.
Thank you for the note on the chip cards; we will be more thorough there in the future.
Wishing you all the best, Mieke