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