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Mieke Arendsen

Born and raised in the province of Gelderland in the east-central part of the Netherlands, I have traveled to most corners of the world, especially to Asia. But deep down, I will always remain a true Dutchy. I love cycling, I even own a pair of wooden shoes and you can wake me up any time to have some cheese.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"The Netherlands are excellent for cycling since it is extremely flat and has the most brilliant cycling lanes in the world. As distances between sights are relatively short, I would suggest the bicycle as a means of transportation. For those that like to take it easy, an e-bike can be a good choice.
I especially love the landscape on the northern islands and the vast forests in the central part of the country. But it’s not all nature that charms me; I also enjoy a stroll through the small cobbled streets of the lesser known characteristic cities of the Netherlands, such as Deventer and Groningen."

How did you get involved in travel?

"I have been in the travel business for about twenty years, both in outbound as well as in inbound tourism. Distant places have always fascinated me, but closer to my home there’s also a lot to explore….it’s a never-ending process of finding new places and routes. What also keeps the work interesting is that each client has his/her own wishes and interests; every request is different and thus treated as such. I take joy from trying to make an itinerary that fits their specific wishes best. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Cycling the island of Texel with one of my kids in the bicycle front seat, the sea breeze cooling us down. With the sound of the cycle wheels on the lane consisting of shells and sometimes a screeching seagull flying over, I secretly stuffed my nose in my kids hair to sniff that baby smell. Heaven!"

Mieke is part of the following groups: Belgium Travel Agents, The Netherlands Travel Agents
Ghent, Belgium
Discover the Best of Flanders - 5 Days

Discover Flanders' charm on this five-day journey around northern Belgium. You'll start by visiting Antwerp, a port city known for its Renaissance buildings and quaint historic center. Sample Belgian waffles and other regional delicacies on a food tour before continuing to Ghent. With picturesque canals, lively squares dominated by cathedrals and churches, and a medieval castle, you'll see the sights on a guided cycling tour, stopping to try locally brewed Belgian beers along the way.

On the carousel at Efteling theme park
Family Adventure in the Netherlands & Belgium - 14 Days

Bring the whole family along on this kid-friendly journey around the Netherlands and Belgium! Start with a cruise along the canals of Amsterdam and a visit to a futuristic science museum. Then ride an old steam train to Medemblik, where you'll board an antique ship to Enkhuizen, known for its cheese markets. Cycle through the sand dunes to the North Sea, spot colorful tulip fields, and feast on traditional stroopwafels before spending three days at a popular Dutch theme park. Then cross the border to Belgium, where you'll go on a food tour of Antwerp, stay at a real Belgian farm, and relax at the beach resort of De Panne. Offering a great mix of outdoor adventure and cultural education, this itinerary is a hit with travelers of all ages.

Dutch Delta Works
Explore the History of Water in the Netherlands - 5 Days

A significant portion of the Netherlands is below sea level, so the Dutch have been coming up with ingenious ways to manage water for over a thousand years. You'll learn all about it on this interesting 5-day itinerary. Visit the world’s largest storm surge barrier, the Delta Works, in the province of Zeeland. You'll cycle around the island of Schouwen-Duivenland and learn more about the natural environment on a boat cruise around Oosterschelde National Park — keep your eyes open for whales! Discover beautiful beaches and pedal along dune landscapes, stopping for fresh seafood, along the way, as you explore Walcheren Island. Finish with a day in historic Middelburg, an important trading center for the Dutch East India Company, before the trip ends in Amsterdam.

The National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam
Explore Dutch Seafaring History - 5 Days

Immerse yourself in the seafaring history of the Dutch Golden Age on this enlightening 5-day trip. The Dutch East India Company was extremely important in trade during the 17th and 18th centuries. Discover reminders of this rich past as you gaze upon naval scenes in Frans Hals’ paintings in Haarlem, stroll along city canals bordered by ancient warehouses in Middelburg, tour Hoorn's historic harbor, and ride an antique boat across IJsselmeer lake. You'll also travel on an old steam train, cycle to a coastal fort in Zeeland, and wander around a replica of an 18th-century cargo ship in Amsterdam.

Boating in Giethoorn
Cycling & Boating Adventure in Weerribben-Wieden National Park- 5 Days

This refreshing 5-day cycling trip takes you to the beautiful Weerribben-Wieden National Park. Peat and reed cutters created this unique landscape filled with lakes, canals, reed lands, swamp forests, and floating mats — today, it's one of the largest wetland areas in Europe. Begin the journey in Zwolle, pedaling away on forested paths on your way to Sint Jansklooster. Continue on to the quiet village of Kalenberg, where you'll take a break from cycling to paddle around the wetlands in a canoe. Discover some of the park's most scenic areas as you cycle to Giethoorn, a picturesque village nicknamed "the Venice of the North."  Explore its waterways by boat on the last day of the trip before transferring back to Amsterdam, where the trip ends.

A square in the old town of Valkenburg
Cultural Tour & Outdoor Adventure in Southern Holland - 5 Days

Cycle, hike, and relax in open-air cafés on this outdoorsy 5-day tour of Holland's southernmost region. Limburg is home to historic cities like Maastricht and Valkenburg aan de Geul, where you'll tour grand churches and romantic castles. It's also known for its hilly countryside, particularly the gorgeous scenery of the National Landscape of Zuid-Limburg, which you'll explore on e-bike and on foot. Since this area of the Netherlands is known for its vineyards and gastronomic traditions, you'll dine well, too, a perfect way to end a day's worth of fresh air and active pursuits.

Recent trip reviews for Mieke

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

Barbara
Barbara H.
McLean, VA | Reviewed on 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 The Netherlands | Reviewed on 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

S
Sarah L.
Wilkinsburg, PA | Reviewed on 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 The Netherlands | Reviewed on 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

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

Maureen
Maureen M.
Portsmouth, RI | Reviewed on 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.

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Mieke
Mieke Arendsen
Local specialist in The Netherlands | Reviewed on 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 | Reviewed on 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!
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Mieke
Mieke Arendsen
Local specialist in The Netherlands | Reviewed on 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

J
John T.
Australia | Reviewed on 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 The Netherlands | Reviewed on 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 | Reviewed on 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 The Netherlands | Reviewed on 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