Dutch ancestry tour: Friesland


Tour Number

Activity Level



Museums / Culture, Day Trip / Out of Town


Kid Friendly: Yes. Suitable for kids.

Friendly: Yes.
You must be able to get in and out of a car.

Maximum travelers: 8



Dutch (fluent), English (conversational), French (basic), German (conversational)

Find your Frisian roots

If your ancestors come from the beautiful province of Friesland, in the north of The Netherlands, I can show you around and take you to the places where they once lived. As a born Frisian and native speaker of the Frisian language, I can help you find your way in this province. As a preparation of the tour I can do some research on your ancestry, if provided with sufficient information. I will provide you with a nice insight in history and culture, language, landscape and present day life in Friesland.
Leeuwarden is a good starting point but other starting points are possible, like Heerenveen, Sneek, Drachten or even Groningen.
This tour can be combined with other ancestry tours (Groningen, Drenthe) and with any other tour I offer.


This tour is meant for anyone with Frisian ancestry. I will take you to your roots and show you around the region, guided by your own family history. I will track down the places where your ancestors lived and create a customized itinerary on that information.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Your lodging in Friesland/Groningen or a train station.

End location: Your lodging in the north of The Netherlands, or a train station.

Duration: 8 hours

The tour is cancelled when the circumstances are too dangerous(snowstorms, storms over 7 bft).


Air conditioned, non smoking Toyota Avensis Wagon (2010), for up to three passengers (4 passengers is possible, but not very convenient). At additional cost I can rent a van for up to 8 passengers. Or I could join you in your rented car or van.

What’s Included

4 hrs time for preparing the tour, 8 hrs of guiding through the area you like to visit.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

50 euro - Per person costs for food and drinks (incl. lunch or dinner). Extra guided tours are not included, as it is not clear yet what the itinerary will include. Furthermore transportation costs are not included in the price.

A Recent Review of this tour

Fabulous experience! Jaap's research of our grandfather's history was well beyond of what we expected. Jaap emailed information ahead of time to help us understand who was who in our family history and what motivated many of them to embark on a new life in America. We toured various villages and we enjoyed a wonderful lunch in the town were our grandparents met. Without Jaap's tour we would have missed this unforgettable experience and treasure trove of family history. Highly recommend.
Evan Jellesma

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