Kimkim Trip Reviews for The Netherlands

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Charming Towns and World-Class Art
The Netherlands | Aug 3 - Aug 7, 2022

Barbara
Barbara H.
McLean, VA | Aug 08, 2022

We only had 4 nights in the Netherlands, but Mieke put together a great itinerary that made the most of our limited time. From the bustling pace of Amsterdam to the charming canal towns of Leiden, Haarlem, and Delft, we enjoyed every minute of each location. It was magical - a trip we will remember forever.

Local specialist: Mieke Arendsen
Mieke
Mieke Arendsen
Local specialist in Nijmegen | Aug 08, 2022

Thank you so much for your kind words, Barbara. It was wonderful meeting you in Leiden. Glad you have enjoyed it so much!

Mieke is awesome
The Netherlands | May 21 - May 29, 2022

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Sarah L.
Wilkinsburg, PA | Jun 13, 2022

Working with Mieke was great. She offered cool and interesting suggestions such as the Upside Down which turned out to be a really fun activity for our family. She also put together an itinerary that gave us flexibility to do some exploring on our own as well as getting us tickets to the must see Van Gogh museum. The transportation in Amsterdam and the rest of the Netherlands also worked out smoothly with tickets that gave us flexibility in travel times. Our favorite tourist destination... read more

Working with Mieke was great. She offered cool and interesting suggestions such as the Upside Down which turned out to be a really fun activity for our family. She also put together an itinerary that gave us flexibility to do some exploring on our own as well as getting us tickets to the must see Van Gogh museum. The transportation in Amsterdam and the rest of the Netherlands also worked out smoothly with tickets that gave us flexibility in travel times. Our favorite tourist destination was the Gravensteen castle tour- it had everything you want to see in a castle plus a very funny audio guide. Loved it and missing the Netherlands and Belgium already.

Local specialist: Mieke Arendsen
Mieke
Mieke Arendsen
Local specialist in Nijmegen | Jun 13, 2022

How wonderful to read all this, Sarah! I am glad you have had such a wonderful family time and enjoyed the reunion with your Dutch relatives. It is an honor to have been able to play a role in facilitating your family adventure! You have been wonderful guests and we loved hosting you here. Wishing you and the girls all the best,
Mieke

The Netherlands and Belgium
The Netherlands | May 29 - Jun 9, 2022

Cindy
Cindy w.
Canada | Jun 15, 2022

We had an absolutely amazing time traveling to The Netherlands and Belgium thanks to Bas from Beat the Dutch Travel who we met through kimkim.

Throughout the planning process, Bas was exceptionally helpful; he asked us good questions to get a sense of our interests, needs, budget etc. and always responded to our messages in a timely manner. Early in the process he provided a potential itinerary which was sufficiently detailed to give us a sense of what our trip might look like and then... read more

We had an absolutely amazing time traveling to The Netherlands and Belgium thanks to Bas from Beat the Dutch Travel who we met through kimkim.

Throughout the planning process, Bas was exceptionally helpful; he asked us good questions to get a sense of our interests, needs, budget etc. and always responded to our messages in a timely manner. Early in the process he provided a potential itinerary which was sufficiently detailed to give us a sense of what our trip might look like and then refined it after our review. In addition to activities that were booked for us, Bas, and his colleague Mieke, also provided us with a curated list of restaurants and sights we might like to consider during unplanned times. All tickets for transit and for sights were purchased for us, which took the stress out of our travel planning. Having a local specialist make suggestions with regard to sights to see meant that we were able to take in the "must-sees" as well as some that were less likely to be visited by tourists. The accommodations that we selected, based on Bas' recommendations were all unique and interesting and suited our needs well.

During our trip we had private tours booked in Amsterdam, Nijmegen and Antwerp which helped us to get an appreciation for each of these cities from the perspective of and with the expertise of a local guide. One particular highlight of our trip, one for which we are particularly grateful was the opportunity to meet Bas when he acted as our driver so that we could visit 'The Crossing Bridge', the Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery, and Vrijheidsmuseum (Freedom Museum), which would have been difficult for us to visit via public transport. In addition to meeting a very practical need in terms of transport, we deeply appreciated the opportunity to learn about life in The Netherlands through is eyes.

Both Bas and Mieke were very responsive to our questions and concerns both before we traveled and then while we were on the trip. We are very grateful to them for making our trip to The Netherlands and Belgium stress free and highly memorable. Thanks to them we can't wait to plan our next trip!

Hotel Reviews

Amstelzicht

Amsterdam

We loved staying at the Amstelzicht Hotel. It is small (with only 14 rooms) and quaint with a great location. The staff were friendly and helpful. We had a lovely view of the canal and the hotel is a very short walk from Rembrandt Square. Transit from the hotel is very easy. The rooms are comfortable and clean.

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Opoe Sientje B&B

Nijmegen

This was a very unique place to stay. We stayed in the the Deckhouse apartment. Our "room" on the boat was cozy with an outer room (including a kitchenette, dining table, and sofas) and a small bedroom. It has a great view of harbour and the bridge over the river Waal. We took a very peaceful walk around the premises in the early morning. Since we only stayed one night we didn't get to enjoy all of what Opoe Sientje has to offer. Breakfast, served in the Hold, was delicious.

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Hotel New York

Rotterdam

The hotel is very interesting and historic with a wonderful location. The rooms are bright with lots of windows and high ceilings. The staff were friendly and helpful.

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De Keyser Hotel

Antwerp

This hotel is located about a 5 minute walk from the train station and in the heart of the city. The room was small but met our needs.

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Atlas B&B

Ghent

We loved this B&B. Our room was very spacious and had a lot of character. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Our only complaint was that our washroom (although private - just ours) was outside of our room and down 12 stairs. Otherwise, we had a lovely stay. Breakfast, served in a small dining room was delicious.

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Our room was very comfortable and clean. We give only 4 stars since our washroom was outside of our room.
Activity Reviews

Public Transport Pass Amsterdam

The Netherlands

Private canal cruise to Rijksmuseum

The Netherlands

This canal cruise was one of the highlights of our trip. The captain of the boat was very knowledgeable and shared with us interesting information and stories about Amsterdam. Our cruise was scheduled in the morning. It was very peaceful and quiet. Seeing the city from the canal is a must!

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World War II excursion Westerbork & Veluwe

Amsterdam

We were really grateful to be able to visit Het Verscholen Dorp (the Secret Village). Although it has such a troubling history as a hideout for Dutch Jews, it was fascinating to see.

Amsterdam - Westerbork - Veluwe - Arnhem/Nijmegen

The Netherlands

We will be talking about this experience for years to come! It was so sobering to come to this place where Dutch Jews, Roma, and other prisoners were brought during WWII but helped us to visualize history.

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Local specialist: Bas Naus
Bas
Bas Naus
Local specialist in Nijmegen | Jun 15, 2022

Dear Cindy and Clyve,
Thank you so much for this wonderful review! I am delighted to hear you had a pleasant trip in the Netherlands & Belgium, and that you appreciated our help here! Personally, I can also say the 2 full days we spent together when I was your driver/guide, were very nice. I really enjoyed your company, getting to know you and learning about your life in Canada, and talking about life here in the Netherlands. Thanks for the good times we had together!
All the best to you and see you again sometime in Nijmegen ;-)
Warm regards,
Bas.

Four friends bike tour of the Netherlands
The Netherlands | Apr 17 - Apr 22, 2022

Maureen
Maureen M.
Portsmouth, RI | May 31, 2022

Mieke provided us with a fabulous itinerary (Haarlem, Noordwijk, Leiden, Gouda, and Uithoorn) and carefully chosen hotels along the way. She accommodated us with many requests and some changes in the early days of planning this trip. Sebastian was very responsive to our needs regarding the bikes and GPS. The e- bikes provided were in excellent condition and fun to ride. Mieke arranged for transport of one rider on a day she did not wish to ride secondary to some physical concerns. We were very pleased with KimKim and I have told many friends about the company.

Local specialist: Mieke Arendsen
Mieke
Mieke Arendsen
Local specialist in Nijmegen | May 31, 2022

Hi Maureen, thank you for your kind words! You indeed had a very adventurous and active trip, and I am very pleased that you liked it so much. We have enjoyed hosting you here and showing you a bit of the lowlands. Some of your friends have indeed already contacted us for a trip of their own, so thank you very much for the recommendation, this is very much appreciated.
All the best to all you ladies!

Had a great trip that Mieke had only a short ...
The Netherlands | Apr 25 - May 3, 2022

Anthony
Anthony K.
Bushnell, FL | May 13, 2022

Had a great trip that Mieke had only a short time to prepare for us due to our cruise cancelling at last minute. Very easy to work with and great communication. read more

Had a great trip that Mieke had only a short time to prepare for us due to our cruise cancelling at last minute. Very easy to work with and great communication.

Hotel Review

Suitehotel Posthoorn

Monnickendam

Very nice staff and beautiful old hotel. If you enjoy 4 or 6 course meals you will love this place.

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Activity Review

Flower bulb & Keukenhof excursion

Scheveningen

Very beautiful exhibition and our guide was amazing.

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Thank you Maarten!
Local specialist: Mieke Arendsen
Mieke
Mieke Arendsen
Local specialist in Nijmegen | May 13, 2022

Thank you for your wonderful review! We have loved hosting you here.
Wishing you all the best, and maybe till next time :)

Excellent from start to finish
The Netherlands | Apr 19 - May 1, 2022

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John T.
Australia | May 09, 2022

From start to finish, Mieke and Sebastian were amazing. They helped us shape our itinerary, provided the travel passes and all the local insight we needed for a great family holiday. I would highly recommend Mieke and Sebastian to anyone thinking of travelling in The Netherlands.

Local specialist: Mieke Arendsen
Mieke
Mieke Arendsen
Local specialist in Nijmegen | May 09, 2022

Thank you for for kind words! From our side, we have enjoyed hosting you here. You have been great guests!
Also on behalf of Bas/Sebastian, our best regards and hopefully till next time,
Mieke

Netherlands was amazing and Mieke was fabulous!
The Netherlands | Mar 19 - Mar 27, 2022

Karen
Karen P.
Wooster, OH | Mar 29, 2022

Our trip was amazing and Mieke was fabulous! We had fabulous experiences that we would not have had without her. I highly recommend allowing her to schedule guides around the cities. The experiences were so much richer!

Local specialist: Mieke Arendsen
Mieke
Mieke Arendsen
Local specialist in Nijmegen | Mar 29, 2022

How wonderful to read your lovely review - it makes me blush!
You have been wonderful guests, and it has been great to be able to host a trip without any troublesome covid-regulations; very good for our spirits here. I hope you have had a safe journey home.
Thank you for bringing the sunny weather to the lowlands - we are still enjoying it here :)
All the best,
Mieke