Neil KaplanUnited States
If you want to see, experience and taste The Netherlands outside of the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam, then you need to spend time with Stefka. Her intimate knowledge of her country, its history and its people is unsurpassed. This isn't anything like a commercialized clogs and cheese tour. There is a working farm, real Dutch wooden shoe craftsman and real windmill all mixed with intimate Dutch towns. If you want to learn about the Netherlands and get a taste of the country this is the tour for you.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your review, Neil. I enjoyed taking you and Janet to these typical Dutch sights which I love to visit myself :)
Nicole LuoseyUnited States
Stefka was an awesome tour guide and really loved our tour! Each place she took us to really gave us an appreciation for the many aspects of the country. One major highlight was the visit to the windmill and having a truly amazing piece of apple pie! Thank you so much for everything and highly recommend any tour she offers!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Nicole. I enjoyed meeting you!
Karla D.Asheville, NC, United States
We spent a glorious day in the countryside with Stefka. She arranged a visit to a farm (complete with 1.5 day old calves and tiny chicks!). Our grandson got to make a wooden shoe. We sampled delicious cheese and saw how it was made. We toured a beautiful old pumping station and climbed to the top of an old windmill. Stefka even got on stilts with our grandson. Everything was perfect!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: So lovely to meet you and showing you the country!
John SheafferUnited States
Stefka was an excellent guide. She gained entrance to some less traveled sights and had a great knowledge of the areas and the people we encountered. John
Wendy SegolUnited States
Thank you Stefka for taking us to the country! It was a beautiful day! I loved everything you took us to see! The beach was such a fantastic place to take us! I love the beach! I love that you took me to a gluten free bakery so my daughter and I could get some treats! You did a great job teaching us about the making of cheese! You are very pleasant and fun to talk with. You taught us a lot about the areas you took us to. I loved the day! I highly recommend you to tour anybody around!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Wendy. I enjoyed taking you out of the city and show you a different sight of the country. Enjoy London!
Nancy CameronUnited States
this was a wonderful tour. the kids ( 12 and 13) had a great time and learned something too!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Glad they did! :) Enjoy your travels.
Dr. Michelle GordonPUTNAM VALLEY, NY YORK, United States
Stefka took us to the most amazing places. She explained the windmills' purpose to us (who knew it was to reclaim land?), and we ate great food and had a fantastic time. This is a great tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Michelle! Hope you enjoy these travel memories for a long time.
We could not have had a better than we did with Stefka. She was a truly amazing guide. We learned a ton, and felt very connected with her throughout the entire day. Extremely intelligent and animated when describing all the parts of The Netherlands that we visited, drove to, and walked through. Highly HIGHLY recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you! Enjoyed showing you my country. Keep on traveling. Stefka
Gwendolyn Mae DavidsonCanada
Our group of 6 had an absolutely fabulous tour with Stefka on July 27, 2017. We loved Stefka who was knowledgeable about everything but definitely not a know it all. She was friendly, gracious, kind, funny and most accommodating and none of us wanted the day to end. We saw everything described on the tour except the Windmills (seeing them on River Cruise) and instead saw Delft factory and toured Delft which is a wonderful town to see. We highly recommend Stefka & if we go back would only want her again.
Nina WarshawUnited States
This tour was amazing. Stefka picked us up right on time and we went to a wonderful farm where they made cheese and clogs. Got to pet the cows and it was a blast. We got to go into a working windmill, walk on stilts, see an original pumping station and had a wonderful lunch. Our guide was amazing told us many interesting facts that we had no idea about. Tours by locals did not disappoint.
Tommy PolkUnited States
Jon BivensUnited States
Very knowledgable tour guide, friendly and excellent English. We saw many places that most visitors do not get to see let alone hear about. I would recommend STEFKA.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jon! Had a great time showing your party around the Netherlands. Stefka
Michael KlinglerUnited States
I heartily recommend Stefka as a tour guide. My wife and I spent three delightful and informative days with her touring towns and interesting sights outside Amsterdam. Stefka is very knowledgeable and has an engaging personality which we appreciated. She was happy to modify the itineraries of her published tours to include additional sights that we wanted to see.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind review Michael. It was very enjoyable to tour with you for 2 days.
Robert G.United States
Stefka is a friendly, knowledgeable, outstanding guide. She adapted the tour so that our blind friend could touch things to aid her pleasure and understanding of the areas and things we saw. We thoroughly enjoyed her history of the area, the Tulip fields, Cheese factory, and wooden shoe making demonstration. She is flexible at a moments notice, and changes cheerfully and willingly. If we go back to the Netherlands, we will definitely try to get Stefka for our guide.
Virginia BaxterUnited States
Our group of 6 had an amazing time with Stefka when she took us on a tour of the countryside outside of Amsterdam. She made sure we saw highlights stopping at a cheese making and clog making farm, windmills, the town of Edam, where we had an excellent lunch, and a very interesting steam pump museum showing how the water system in the Netherlands was formed. Stefka gave us a glimpse into Dutch culture and we all learned a lot from her. Our day with Stefka was special. Her knowledge is invaluable. Worth it!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind responds. Glad to hear you all had such a lovely day. It was my pleasure to show you around!
Janice LevasheffUnited States
We thoroughly enjoyed our day with Stefka! Throughout the day she talked about her country with an excellent command of English and a delightful sense of humor. We went to great places that seemed off the beaten path. We got insight into how the Dutch drain water to reclaim land at the Cruquius (steam pump) Museum. She recommended Dutch specialties at a local restaurant in a charming village, took us inside a windmill, made an unplanned stop at a Cheese Factory at our request. We highly recommend Stefka!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Janice!
Yakira LeevanUnited States
Sfetka was punctual, courteous , knowledgeable and all together wonderful guide. We give her a 5+ Regards Yakira Leevan
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Yakira! I enjoyed showing you and your family some of the Holland highlights. Enjoy your cruise.
Jacqueline HowePortola Valley, CA, United States
Stefka was fun and informative. Drive to country was a great opportunity to ask questions and learn more. Very safe driver and provided beverages. Family loved country tour to farm for clog and cheese making. Visited a nearby town and walked around...lovely sights and learned more about area. Windmill property was amazing. Toured to top of windmill, learned about history, and ate delicious dutch apple pie! At end, dropped us off at a different location for our convenience. Very accommodating!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Glad you enjoyed it!
Maxwell HickmanUnited States
Very good tour. very knowledgeable-prompt.drove carefully.smart.would highly recommend her
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you!
Cynthia WolfUnited States
We wanted to leave the tour bus behind and truly experience country life in the Netherlands. Stefka was the perfect tour guide choice. We patted baby calf heads and sn iffed fresh cheese curds. We toured a massive steam engine powered water pump and stood on the edge of a brilliantly colored tulip field. We strolled among seaside stores and wound our way through narrow quaint streets. Stefka is warm and friendly. You feel you have known her for years. She loves her native countryside! Don't miss her tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for this review Cynthia! It was my pleasure to show you my country.
We had a marvelous tour with Stefka!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Yvonne! Great to meet you and your family.
Victor LeeUnited States
Friendly, knowledgeable and courteous - these are the words that came to mind when describing Stefka. We were a family of four, with our 90-year-old mother who has limited mobility. We wanted to see the Netherlands during the tulip season. Stefka was very knowledgeable about the countryside, taking us to an old fishing village for lunch and visiting historic windmills and pumping stations along the way. I would definitely recommend Stefka to anyone visiting North Holland!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: :) thanks!
William ClarkUnited States
Stefka was an excellent guide. She has a great personality. Fun and easy to relate to. Very accommodating and interested in making sure we did and saw what we wanted to see - not just what she thought we would want. If we're ever back in Amsterdam we will sign up for another tour with her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for this great review. Loved meeting you and showing you around. When you come back we can go to the Corrie ten Boomhuis. Safe travels! Stefka
Robert BerdanUnited States
Very happy with the tour. Our guide was extremely helpful and knew the history of the Netherlands very well. When we requested inside viewing of a windmill it was arranged with no problems. It was money well spent and nice to have arranged prior to our arrival.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you!
Neal WrinkleUnited States
This is a very interesting tour. Stefka did a great job of taking us around the HUGE building. That is probably the only draw back, we walked 2 - 3 miles. To watch this auction and the constant movement of flower wagons was amazing. Highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Neil! Glad you enjoyed it. Checking Wikipedia it says: It is the largest flower auction in the world. The auction building of the flower auction in Aalsmeer is the 5th largest building in the world, in terms of floorspace, covering 990,000 m² (10.6 million sq ft). So yes a fair bit of walking, but very impressive.
John RieflerUnited States
Stefka was professional and gave us exactly what we were looking for on our tour.She was right on time picking us up and took us to everything we had requested. We liked added touches e.g. the fish market in Delft to sample some of the local specialties and cheese market to sample the local cheeses. She allowed us sufficient time to see the sites and patient during shopping. Needs to talk more about places visited with more information e.g. history, importance, etc. Very happy with our day.
Was great to be met at the airport and have the relaxing, tour of the country side- I would definitly recommend this to anyone else. My regrets were that we didn't have 4 days instead of two and that we hadn't made similar arrangements for Praque( if they were available). Stefka was a great travel giude.
Lenore LevyUnited States
We were 4 New Yorkers debating between taking the train or renting a car and driving to Brugge from Amsterdam ... but then found Stefka! Stefka's large van, guidance and choices greatly enhanced our overall experience. We got to see things we never would have found on our own. Like a small Delft factory, the Delta works, the Kinderdijk and the smallest town in Amsterdam. Stefka is knowledgeable, professional and charming. We recommend her highly!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Lenore! Maybe we meet again and I can show you more interesting places in the Netherlands. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Belgium as well!
Mahdi HabibSaudi Arabia
This tour was truly wonderful and gave us an insider glimpse into Holland and Dutch culture which we would not have experienced on our own, especially the small picturesque villages in the countryside and the delicious pancakes. Stefka is very passionate and made our trip to Holland such a treasured memory.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mahdi. It has been my pleasure to guide you and you brother and sister. I hope you have enjoyed the rest of your stay just as much. It was great meeting you. I hope to meet more wonderful people from Saudi Arabia
Renee D.United States
Stefka worked hard to ensure that she met all of our expectations for the trip. When the weather did not cooperate she found amazing alternatives. Our two day trip took us both to the city of Amsterdam and the Aalsmeer flower auction in the country. She acknowledged that the city was not her speciailty but had a colleague join the tour to ensure that the city was well covered. We appreciated her flexibility and professionalism.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Renee, Thank you for your kind review. Glad to hear you enjoyed your short visit. If you are ever able to return, I would love to show you more great places in the Netherlands. Hope the rest of your cruise was enjoyable as well and the weather not to rough! Regards Stefka