Transforming Dreams into Reality: A Glowing Review for Mieke's Dutch Adventure Planning Expertise
The Netherlands | Jun 2 - Jun 11, 2024

Kristie
Kristie B.
Dallas, TX | Reviewed on Jun 13, 2024

Mieke's exceptional expertise and meticulous planning truly transformed our 9-night adventure in the Netherlands into a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Her guidance led us to extraordinary accommodations and facilitated our exploration of three distinct locations—Rotterdam, Texel Island, and Amsterdam—allowing us to immerse ourselves fully in the Dutch culture.

Thanks to Mieke's thoughtful recommendations and bookings tailored to our family's (2 adults and a 11 and 12 year old) preferences, every activity she arranged seamlessly aligned with our interests, creating unforgettable moments throughout our journey. Her availability for questions and assistance was invaluable, reassuring us about using public transportation, which indeed proved to be the most convenient way to navigate the country. With her guidance, we quickly adapted to the Dutch transport system, becoming adept travelers in no time.

During our trip, Mieke remained accessible and supportive, ensuring that our travel experience was smooth and enjoyable. Her dedication to curating a personalized and enriching itinerary reflected her passion for creating memorable experiences for her clients. Without her expertise and attention to detail, we would have missed out on the charm and diversity that each location offered.

In summary, Mieke's exceptional planning skills, hands-on support, and commitment to delivering a tailored Dutch experience made our journey unforgettable. We are grateful for her dedication and expertise, which made our trip truly remarkable. Thank you, Mieke, for orchestrating a dream vacation that exceeded all expectations!

Hotel Reviews
Huize Welgelegen
Amsterdam

Our 3-night stay at Huize Welgelegen within the ARTIS zoo was nothing short of extraordinary. The location was superb, with easy access to transportation and a plethora of excellent dining options nearby. The highlight of our stay was the exclusive access to the zoo after hours—a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to observe the animals up close and personal, with the entire zoo to ourselves. This magical experience was a huge hit with our children and left an indelible mark on our memories and our favorite stay while in the Netherlands. The daily delivered breakfast, thoughtfully left in our fridge, added a delightful touch to our mornings. The historic charm of the home, juxtaposed with its modern and remodeled kitchen and bathrooms, provided a perfect blend of old-world elegance and contemporary comfort. The spacious layout allowed us to relax and unwind, with the primary bedroom offering breathtaking views of the zoo. Every detail, from the comfortable beds and bedding to the overall ambiance, contributed to a restful and rejuvenating experience. We highly recommend Huize Welgelegen for those seeking a unique and unforgettable retreat, as it truly offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience that surpasses expectations.

Authenticity & Character
This is truly a once in a lifetime place to stay
Location
Close to public transportation
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Wikkelboats Wijnhaven
Rotterdam

Our stay at Wikkelboats Wijnhaven in Rotterdam was a fantastic experience that catered perfectly to our family of four. The well-laid-out accommodations made us feel right at home and garnered attention from passersby, giving us a touch of celebrity treatment during our vacation. The location was ideal, being conveniently close to all the amenities one could need in downtown Rotterdam. The highlight of our stay was undoubtedly the hot tub, which provided a luxurious and relaxing way to unwind after a day of exploring the city. The comfort of the beds was much appreciated, ensuring a restful night's sleep for all of us. Overall, Wikkelboats Wijnhaven offered a unique and memorable stay that exceeded our expectations, making it a highly recommended choice for families looking for a truly special accommodation experience in Rotterdam.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Close to everything in downtown Rotterdam.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Daalder
Oost

Our stay at Daalder, the country cottage on Texel Island, was a delightful retreat that offered a clean and well-appointed space for our vacation. The presence of 1.5 bathrooms and shared laundry facilities was a convenient and welcomed perk, adding to the comfort and ease of our stay. The cottage lived up to its description, providing a peaceful atmosphere that allowed us to unwind and relax amidst the island's serene surroundings. While the location was tranquil and ideal for a peaceful getaway, it was a bit distant from most of the island's attractions and activities. However, this seclusion added a sense of tranquility to our stay, allowing us to truly disconnect and enjoy the natural beauty of Texel Island. The thoughtful welcome bag filled with Texel goodies was a charming gesture that added a touch of local flavor to our experience. The kids were thrilled to have their own room, adding an element of excitement and independence to their stay. Daalder on Texel Island provided a cozy and comfortable retreat that met our expectations and offered a quiet respite from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It's a recommended choice for those seeking a peaceful and idyllic escape in the heart of nature.

Authenticity & Character
Location
We felt it was a little far from amenities of the island with kids. If you have a car, this would be of no issue at all.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Rotterdam food tour by bicycle
Rotterdam food tour by bicycle
Rotterdam

AMAZING - Astrid was great with the kids, food preferences and overall made the experience fun for the whole family. The biking made us a little nervous at first, but in the end, it was a fun addition to the trip and we can now say we biked in Rotterdam. Astrid did an incredible job of understanding we were still a little jet lagged and the kids being tweens and them not being fully engaged at all times. We were concerned with it being a private tour that there wouldn’t be anywhere to “hide” if we didn’t care for a food selected, but that was never an issue. Astrid was very understanding that we may not like/enjoy every food we tried. That made the whole experience more enjoyable as we didn’t have to pretend what we liked/didn’t care for. This also allowed us to try everything and not feel forced to eat the entire portions given if we didn’t want to. The tour was certainly more than just about food - but a cultural experience with traditional Dutch food along the way.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Astrid was wonderful to spend our afternoon with!
Transport
It was fun to bike around in Rotterdam.
Amsterdam - Jordaan Dutch Food Tour
Amsterdam - Jordaan Dutch Food Tour
The Netherlands

This food tour was truly delightful, offering us valuable insights into Rotterdam. The transition from Texel to Amsterdam felt quite overwhelming, yet Jelte's expertise truly helped us feel more connected to the city and appreciate its history and charm. Our son has a passion for architecture, and it was truly fascinating when Jelte, who holds a degree in architecture, shared intriguing insights about Amsterdam's architectural aspects during our tour. Jelte also interacted wonderfully with the kids and was empathetic to the fact that we might not enjoy everything we tasted. The only drawback of the tour was the repetition of foods we had already sampled in Rotterdam. However, the silver lining was comparing our preferences between the same dishes from Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Jelte was fantastic in offering us a new item to taste when we mentioned we had tried and disliked herring (we hear the taste grows on you). We certainly appreciated his flexibility and attentiveness he gave throughout the tour.

Quality of Experience
The food was exquisite, and our guide was exceptional, seamlessly fitting in with our family.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
5 stars for Jelte!
Transport
n/a
Amsterdam - Private canal cruise
Amsterdam - Private canal cruise
The Netherlands

Our private canal boat tour in Amsterdam was a truly remarkable experience that brought a unique perspective to our exploration of the city's iconic waterways. The boat itself was impeccably clean and well-appointed, with thoughtful amenities like sunscreen, and beverages available for us, ensuring our comfort throughout the tour. Our guide Julian was not only informative but also engaging, making the tour both educational and entertaining. His insights and knowledge of the city added depth to our understanding of Amsterdam's rich history and culture. What set this tour apart was the flexibility it offered—we had the freedom to request specific sights or let our guide lead us to hidden gems and must-see locations, ensuring a personalized and enriching experience tailored to our preferences. Cruising along the canals in the comfort of our private boat, surrounded by the charm of Amsterdam, was an unforgettable experience that allowed us to immerse ourselves in the beauty and uniqueness of the city.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Mieke Arendsen
Mieke
Mieke Arendsen
Local specialist in The Netherlands | Replied on Jun 15, 2024

hi Kristie and family,
I am so glad you have had such an amazing family time. The places you have stayed at were indeed very bespoke and one-of-a-kind. I loved seeing your pictures of family fun. Lots of happy memories and quality time with the 4 of you. It has been a great pleasure organizing the trip for you and I am thrilled that it was such a success! Kudos for trying all the local specialities and cycling too!
Till next time! :)
Wishing you all the best,
Mieke