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Private Art Tours in Holland. Most often I guide groups of 2-8 persons. Top of the bill are guided museum visits and guided walks in historic cities. Fun personality. Car available.
1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?
Art historian since 1987. In business as tour guide since 2001.
How did it start? In 2001 I was showing a British friend around in the Rijksmuseum (specifically for Rembrandt and Vermeer) and he said the magic words: "Kees, you have such deep passion and knowledge... you should be doing this for business."
2. What is your company's mission?
Giving my clients the highest quality visits to art museums and visits to historic towns. Clients have remarked on my wide range of knowledge, not only about art history but also general history, local history, 'petite histoire' architecture, sociology, philosophy. And communication skills.
3. What does your company specialize in?
To show the true unique quality of Dutch fine arts and Dutch historic towns. To open up doors that are normally hidden and to give ample insight that is a result of decades of study. To teach about art, architecture, culture, institutions, life.
4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?
Founder and owner: Drs. Kees Kaldenbach. Initially a background in education for children and adults. Later entered into a university study of Art history, architecture. Published a wide scope of articles, books, web site.
5. What is your most popular travel package and why?
Amsterdam Rijksmuseum and The Hague Mauritshuis (both with Vermeer, Rembrandt, Hals and other Old Masters). In the field of art history I am regarded by my peers as one of the key specialists, having published many articles, also online. My clients find that I am able to convey this knowledge passionately, in terms that a layman can readily understand.
6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?
August 2010: "You are a sensational guide!" Statement by Lois, at age 70+, a very seasoned VIP worldwide traveler - always hiring the best of the best.
May, 2011. Dean Dalton plus a group of seasoned travelers from Atlanta, GA: "Today Kees, our art historian guide took us to the Rijksmuseum to see the highlights of the Dutch Golden Age: Vermeer, Jan Steen, Frans Hals, and Rembrandt. to name only the most important of the lot. A world-renowned Vermeer specialist, he offered unique insights into Vermeer's The Kitchen Maid (1658-60) and The Little Street (cc. 1658). For the connoisseurs and beyond, Kees's lecture on the Dutch masterpieces was fascinating. We left the museum feeling fortunate to have had such a scholarly yet personable guide at our disposal."