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Haren, Netherlands

I am happy to show you the beautiful landscapes of the top of The Netherlands, including the Wadden Islands, and tell you about its interesting history and inhabitants.

My area is the provinces of Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe, including all 5 Wadden Islands. My specialty is the ancestry tour, but as a biologist and shell collector I can put emphasis on natural history subjects like bird watching and beach combing. Other options: sailing trips on the beautiful (Frisian) lakes and canals (I am a skilled sail instructor), trips to the Wadden Sea, cycling trips in the countryside of Groningen and Drenthe. City trips include several museums, like the modern art museum in Groningen and the new Drents Museum. I can drive you there and to other places you'd like to visit. I was born in Friesland and speak the Frisian language fluently. I have lived in Groningen for over 40 years now. I like the city of Groningen as well as the flat countryside of the province. My wife was born in Drenthe, with its beautiful woods and small villages; I've been there frequently. In short: this is my world.
Just tell me what you would like to see and do and I will try to make it happen.

A Recent Review of this guide

Excellent experience! Jaap did an outstanding job of researching our family ancestry. He arranged for private tours of churches that our ancestors had attended and also researched the locations of homes and farms that had been in our family. I can't say enough about the thoroughness and diligence of his research work. We learned much more about our ancestry than I expected and the tour will be a life-long memory. This tour exceeded our expectations.
Lewis Wesselius

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Education: Biology and Paleontology at Groningen University. Drivers licence. Sailing instructor.



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Dutch ancestry tour: Drenthe


Find your Dutch roots - for anyone with ancestors from the province,...

579 USD per tour

(for up to 8 people)

8 hours

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A quiet day in the North

If you have seen enough people and traffic, come and visit the quiet,...

434 USD per tour

(for up to 3 people)

8 hours

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Bike-experience Groningen

Experience cycling in the city of Groningen and then discover Groningen,...

133 USD per tour

(max 8 people)

3 hours

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Day trip to Ameland or Schiermonnikoog


One day on the beautiful and interesting island of Ameland or Schiermonnikoog

739 USD per tour

(max 4 people)

9 hours

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Sailing tour in Friesland


Sailing on the Frisian lakes in a small (5 pp.) ship

724 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

8 hours

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Shells and beaches of the top of Holland


Shell collecting and beachcombing tour

127 USD per tour

(for up to 3 people)

8 hours

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