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Base of operations: Netherlands -- Number of InfoHub client requests accepted: 288
As a high-level international tour guide, I offer pleasant tailor-made private tours for small groups. Having an academic background in Art History and teaching, my presentation is both in-depth and very communicative, thus open to a wide audience. I prefer to guide small and select groups to museum visits and to walks in historic Dutch towns. I travel with my clients either by car or by public transport. A small van can also be rented.

Over the last 14 years I have been active and therefore interviewed on a number of TV networks - among which are BBC2, BBC3 and by CNN in Atlanta, Georgia. Major cruise companies have also invited me for annual cruise lectures on their cruise ships. As an art historian I have written extensively on Vermeer and 17th century Delft and produced a key web site containing close to 2000 items.

For the Dutch National Tourist Board I have often taken foreign journalists on walking tours of Amsterdam. I also take private parties to other historic towns like Haarlem, Leiden, Delft, Gouda, Utrecht, The Hague, Rotterdam - to tell them about historic times but also about present-day issues in society. These walks have been prepared with a pleasant mix of architecture, history, institutions like guilds and civic guard groups, and finally present day issues. I interlace this with Petites Histoires, small but telling events from key characters in history.
Questions and Answers
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."

Vacation Packages offered by supplier M05587
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Private Tour of the Historic Cheese Town of Alkmaar Private Tour of the Historic Cheese Town of Alkmaar

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Take this wonderful guided tour over the quiet, dreamy city of Alkmaar. Your personalized tour to art museums and historic centres will be led by Drs. Kees Kaldenbach - the renown art historian.

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Archeology/History
EUR 60 Netherlands

Private Dutch Heritage Tour of Amsterdam and Other Cities Private Dutch Heritage Tour of Amsterdam and Other Cities

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Take this great fully-guided tour over Amsterdam. You will be led by a high-qualified art historian Drs. Kees Kaldenbach.

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Sightseeing
EUR 60 Netherlands

Connoisseur's Travel in Amsterdam with your Private Tour Guide Connoisseur's Travel in Amsterdam with your Private Tour Guide

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Take this unforgettable guided tour over Amsterdam. You will be led by a professional tour guide and the renown art historian - Drs. Kees Kaldenbach.

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Sightseeing
EUR 60 Netherlands

Women of Amsterdam a 3 Hour Quality City Walk + Boat Ride or alternatively a 1.5 Hour Walk Women of Amsterdam a 3 Hour Quality City Walk + Boat Ride or alternatively a 1.5 Hour Walk

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Take this Amsterdam all-female history tour. The tour given by art historian Drs. Kees Kaldenbach,

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Sightseeing
EUR 60 Netherlands

The Rich and the Artists in Amsterdam 3 hrs Quality Walk + Boat Ride or just a 1.5 Hours Walk The Rich and the Artists in Amsterdam 3 hrs Quality Walk + Boat Ride or just a 1.5 Hours Walk

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This is an in-depth excursion of high quality, covering a good deal of the centre of Amsterdam. Tour is given by art historian Drs. Kees Kaldenbach.

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Sightseeing
EUR 57.5 Netherlands

Birth of Capitalism. Economy Banking and Ecology Birth of Capitalism. Economy Banking and Ecology 10% off.

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Take this tour and explore its financial sphere. Drs. Kees Kaldenbach will make an overview over its history about venture Capital, cunning bankers with illegal fore-knowledge.

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Archeology/History
Sightseeing
EUR 60 Netherlands

Meet the Super Rich and Wealthy from the age of Rembrandt in Amsterdam Meet the Super Rich and Wealthy from the age of Rembrandt in Amsterdam 10% off.

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Meet the Super Rich and Wealthy from the age of Rembrandt in Amsterdam. Academic tour by scholar-lecturer, art historian Drs. Kees Kaldenbach.

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Archeology/History
Sightseeing
EUR 80 Netherlands

UNESCO World heritage sites in Holland UNESCO World heritage sites in Holland 10% off.

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Take this guided tour over Holland and explore its UNESCO Heritage Sites. You will be guided by renown historian Drs. Kaldenbach.

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Archeology/History
Sightseeing
EUR 150 Netherlands

Amsterdam Science History Walking Tour Amsterdam Science History Walking Tour 10% off.

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Take this guided tour science history walking tour in Amsterdam. Come and visit Blaeu, Bartjens, Van der Heijden, Arti, the Academy of Science, book publishers, university hubs and other sites.

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Archeology/History
Walking Tours
EUR 70 Netherlands

Private Tour on the dark History of Amsterdam in World War II Private Tour on the dark History of Amsterdam in World War II 10% off.

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Take this in-depth tour of WWII History. Academic walking tour - or bicycle tour by scholar-lecturer, art historian Drs. Kees Kaldenbach.

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Military History
Cultural Journey
EUR 70 Netherlands

Amsterdam School Architecture Tour, on Bike or Foot Amsterdam School Architecture Tour, on Bike or Foot 10% off.

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A wonderful tour with a knowledgeable, art historian - Drs. Kees Kaldenbach, for a walk or bike ride along the famous Amsterdamse School architecture.

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Archeology/History
Sightseeing
EUR 70 Netherlands

Gay Amsterdam - the Gay and Lesbian history Gay Amsterdam - the Gay and Lesbian history 10% off.

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A fascinating tour along hotspots of Amsterdams Gay and Lesbian history. Extraordinary stories, expressing how Amsterdam residents and authorities viewed the gay scene.

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Archeology/History
EUR 40 Netherlands

Private Walking Tours, Architecture Tours in the Great Villages of Edam and Monnickendam Private Walking Tours, Architecture Tours in the Great Villages of Edam and Monnickendam 10% off.

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This is a great tour in the villages of Edam and Monnickendam. The tour will be guided by scholar-lecturer, art historian Drs. Kees Kaldenbach.

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Walking Tours
Sightseeing
EUR 120 Netherlands

Private Guided Walking Tour in the Historic Center of Delft, Vermeer and the World of Art Private Guided Walking Tour in the Historic Center of Delft, Vermeer and the World of Art 10% off.

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Take this private guided walking tour in the historic center of Delft, Vermeer and the World of 17th Century Art.

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Sightseeing
EUR 110 Netherlands

Private Tour in Government City of The Hague (Den Haag) and its Museums Private Tour in Government City of The Hague (Den Haag) and its Museums 10% off.

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Enjoy this tour of Hague, the nations seat of Government, many art museums. The tour will be guided by art historian Drs. Kees Kaldenbach.

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Sightseeing
Painting
EUR 110 Netherlands

A Private Tour in the Historic Center of Gouda A Private Tour in the Historic Center of Gouda 10% off.

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Take this guided tour over Gouda. Come and find out about its history and take a visit to the famous Janskerk stained glass windows (not on Sundays).

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Archeology/History
Sightseeing
EUR 150 Netherlands

Private Tour of the Historic Inner City of Haarlem Private Tour of the Historic Inner City of Haarlem 10% off.

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Enjoy this guided sightseeing tour over Haarlem. Come and visit its museums, find out more about its art, history, architecture.

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Sightseeing
Archeology/History
EUR 100 Netherlands

Private Tour of the Architectural Wonders of Hilversum, Centre of Dutch Radio and TV Broadcasting Private Tour of the Architectural Wonders of Hilversum, Centre of Dutch Radio and TV Broadcasting 10% off.

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Take this historical tour over Hilversum. It boasts good examples of town planning, neighborhoods full of villas, great school buildings and a fabulous town hall designed by Dudok.

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Sightseeing
Archeology/History
EUR 120 Netherlands

Private Walking Tour in Leiden through Historic Quarters Private Walking Tour in Leiden through Historic Quarters 10% off.

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Nice guided Leiden tour. Come and visit the grand RMO Archaeology and Antiquity Museum, Ethnography museum and the Fine arts museum called Lakenhal and other great sites.

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Archeology/History
Sightseeing
EUR 90 Netherlands

Private Rotterdam Tour, Modern Architecture and Dockland Redevelopment Private Rotterdam Tour, Modern Architecture and Dockland Redevelopment 10% off.

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Sightseeing tour, Rotterdam. Come and find out more about its architecture, history, museums and culture.

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Archeology/History
Sightseeing
EUR 100 Netherlands

Private Architectural Tour of the Van Nelle Factory in Rotterdam Private Architectural Tour of the Van Nelle Factory in Rotterdam 10% off.

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Take this private guided tour over Van Nelle Factory in Rotterdam. In the 1920s it grew successfully for brand name pre-packaged tea, coffee and tobacco.

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Sightseeing
Archeology/History
EUR 70 Netherlands

Private Walking Tour in the Historic Centre of Utrecht Private Walking Tour in the Historic Centre of Utrecht 10% off.

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Take this Private walking tour in the historic centre of Utrecht an architecture tour and museum tour in Utrecht, the city with unique religious and civic architecture.

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Archeology/History
Sightseeing
EUR 100 Netherlands

Private Tour in the Quiet Town of Amersfoort Private Tour in the Quiet Town of Amersfoort 10% off.

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Have this private tour in the ancient town of Amersfoort. Come and visit the local museum, stroll in the old streets and get to know the history and culture.

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Sightseeing
EUR 90 Netherlands

Private Tour of Ghent and Bruges/Brugge starting in Amsterdam Private Tour of Ghent and Bruges/Brugge starting in Amsterdam 10% off.

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This is a private cultural tour starting in Amsterdam, to Ghent and Brugge. Come and explore the architecture, find out more about local history and culture.

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Archeology/History
Sightseeing
EUR 200 Belgium

Kröller Müller Museum Tour with an art historian Kröller Müller Museum Tour with an art historian 10% off.

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A tour to the Kröller Müller art museum and its sculpture garden in the famous National Park 'Hoge Veluwe', Holland.

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Museum Tours
Garden Tours
EUR 140 Netherlands

Luxurious Private Tour of Keukenhof Flower Gardens Luxurious Private Tour of Keukenhof Flower Gardens 10% off.

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Have an unforgettable tour over Keukenhof flower gardens. You will find out more about historic and cultural matters connected to flowers.

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Garden Tours
EUR 120 Netherlands

Tailor Made Art Tours Tailor Made Art Tours 10% off.

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International sophisticated travel, private tour guide service. Visit major Art cities in Western Europe with your private art historian.

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Cultural Journey
EUR 1000 Netherlands

Vermeer: Guided Museums Tour with an Art Historian Vermeer: Guided Museums Tour with an Art Historian 10% off.

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Discover Vermeer. Enjoy a visit to Museums with art historian Drs Kees Kaldenbach. Experience this wonderful tour and get to know more about painters and techniques.

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Museum Tours
Painting
EUR 70 Netherlands

Private Educational Amsterdam Walks for School Groups and Special Interest Groups Private Educational Amsterdam Walks for School Groups and Special Interest Groups 10% off.

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Private educational Amsterdam walks, for school groups and special interest groups. Get to know Amsterdam in-depth with your private scholar-lecturer art historian Drs Kees Kaldenbach.

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Cultural Journey
Archeology/History
EUR 70 Netherlands

Private Architecture Tour of Exciting Architecture, Amsterdam Eastern Docklands Private Architecture Tour of Exciting Architecture, Amsterdam Eastern Docklands 10% off.

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Great tour, recent developments in Amsterdam urban fabric, docklands. Come and explore its architecture, get to know more about its history.

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Cultural Journey
Archeology/History
EUR 70 Netherlands

Amsterdam Red Light District Tour Amsterdam Red Light District Tour 10% off.

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Have this private walk through the Amsterdam Red Light District with art historian Drs Kees Kaldenbach.

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Sightseeing
Nightlife
EUR 60 Netherlands

Rembrandt / Van Gogh: Private Lecture, Museum tour Rembrandt / Van Gogh: Private Lecture, Museum tour 10% off.

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At my private home: discuss the art books in front of us, on Vermeer, Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Van Gogh and more - with specialist Drs Kees Kaldenbach. Then join me to one of the museums.

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Cultural Journey
Museum Tours
EUR 60 Netherlands

Guided Academic Tour to the Great Water Engineering works in Holland Guided Academic Tour to the Great Water Engineering works in Holland 10% off.

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Take this academic guided tour to the Great Waterworks in Holland by art historian Drs Kees Kaldenbach.

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Cultural Journey
Sightseeing
EUR 170 Netherlands

Tours for handicapped / wheelchair assistance + Museums Tours for handicapped / wheelchair assistance + Museums 10% off.

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For those who cannot walk well, I offer door-to-door guided tours in museums and inner cities. Compact car available.

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Museum Tours
Archeology/History
EUR 80 Netherlands

Redesigned Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Open from April 2013 Redesigned Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Open from April 2013 10% off.

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After ten years of reconstruction, the world famous Amsterdam Rijksmuseum (State museum of art) reopens in April, 2013, containing a fine mix of paintings, furniture and art objects.

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Museum Tours
Sightseeing
EUR 65 Netherlands

Refurbished Amsterdam Maritime (Scheepvaart) Museum Refurbished Amsterdam Maritime (Scheepvaart) Museum 10% off.

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Very well redesigned overview of Dutch shipping history. Ship models, Paintings, Tools and objects. Spectacularly displayed. Plus full size ship.

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Museum Tours
Archeology/History
EUR 65 Netherlands

United East India Company Tour + Rich and Famous People in Amsterdam United East India Company Tour + Rich and Famous People in Amsterdam 10% off.

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United East India Company Tour + Rich People who used to live on the main Canals. Meet the high and mighty. Richess, Success and Evil. BBC quality.

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Tour Guide
EUR 35 Amsterdam

Rembrandt and Vermeer Art Tours in Amsterdam and The Hague Rembrandt and Vermeer Art Tours in Amsterdam and The Hague 10% off.

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Experience high quality personal tour guide service. This Art Tour introduces you to the magnificent work of Rembrandt or Vermeer, world renowed artists.

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Tour Guide
EUR 35 Amsterdam

Vincent van Gogh Tours in Amsterdam, or Otterlo (National Park and museum Kröller-Müller) Vincent van Gogh Tours in Amsterdam, or Otterlo (National Park and museum Kröller-Müller) 10% off.

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Experience your personalized Vincent van Gogh Tour in Netherlands. Drs Kaldenbach, your personal guide, will show and explain how the paintings work in terms of composition, contents.

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Tour Guide
EUR 35 Amsterdam

High quality Guided Walks in Amsterdam, Haarlem, Leiden, The Hague, Delft, Gouda, Rotterdam High quality Guided Walks in Amsterdam, Haarlem, Leiden, The Hague, Delft, Gouda, Rotterdam 10% off.

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Take a fascinating guided tour of Amsterdam, Haarlem, Leiden, The Hague, Delft, Gouda, Rotterdam, with an art historian guide. Enjoy in-depth stories of these amazing Dutch historic cities!

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EUR 34 Amsterdam
Reviews and Comments
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 1  John Shlaes Amsterdam tour 2011-03-08
"Dear Kees,
I wanted to thank you for your helpful support during our tour to Amsterdam. Our whole family appreciated the effort you put into assisting ... view more us plan our visit, and the special knowledge and enthusiasm you imparted to us during our tour. I know my Mom appreciated your thoughtfulness in helping her navigate the many crowds, and your insights into the art. We all could tell of your affection for Amsterdam. We could not have had a better associate to guide us through the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museums. The way you presented the life and art of the Dutch Masters, and the short life of Vincent Van Gogh brought those artists to life. It was special educational opportunity, and one I know would be rare to find elsewhere. Again, thank you for making our visit to Holland a special highlight of our Baltic trip."

Best regards. John Shlaes

 2  Lloyd Nick Rembrandt lecture 2011-03-08
Dear Drs. Kees Kaldenbach,
We wanted to express our gratitude for the insightful lectures you gave on Rembrandt at Oglethorpe University Museum of Art in ... view more honor of our celebrating his 400th Birthday with the special exhibition: "Sordid and Sacred: the beggars in Rembrandt's etchings". Your skillful presentations captivated our record-breaking audience. These fine lectures were able to be appreciated on several levels from novice to professional. Your lectures have a rare quality of being soundly based on your thorough study of Rembrandt, mixed with your keen, first-hand observation and your quick, fluid creative assessments and solutions to visual questions. Above all you are highly attentive to your audience by involving them into your lecture. Thank you again for your visit.

Respectfully yours,
Lloyd Nick
Director
Oglethorpe University Museum of Art
4484 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30319

 3  Ambassador Chang Bloch Various tours, Utrecht, Kröller-Müller, 2011-03-08
Summer, 2007. My husband and I travel the world to stay alive - to see with new eyes and stretch our minds. We love museums and fine food, sometimes stopping at ... view more out of the way Michelin-starred restaurants. With Drs. Kees Kaldenbach we had the best of both worlds. During the day we took a car trip to the Kröller-Möller sculpture garden and fine art museum, where we would certainly have missed the hidden staircase leading into the astonishing Jean Dubuffet's Jardin d'Email without him. Inside the museum, he gave us a humanities course on Impressionist painting, our favorite kind of art. Later that day we drove to a picture-perfect village between Utrecht and Amsterdam, boasting a fine restaurant with one Michelin star, and there the three of us enjoyed an exquisite meal to end a perfect day. To fully enjoy Holland, you need a guide like Drs. Kaldenbach.

Ambassador
Julia Chang Bloch
President
US-China Education Trust
Washington, DC , USA

 4  Jeroen Rembrandt exhibition 2011-03-08
Testimonial, June 2006, by Jeroen, a Dutch art historian already steeped in Rembrandt. His wife presented him with a guided tour through the blockbuster ... view more Rembrandt-Caravaggio show as an anniversary present. Sais Jeroen:
"There are enough art tour guides who can relay dry facts. In the Amsterdam canal boats they have by now been replaced by taped voices. For someone like me, who already knows many facts, Kees Kaldenbach adds just those elements, which make a tour a real success: option and passion. To talk with Kees about Rembrandt and Caravaggio, to hear his specific angle and really talk in-depth is pure pleasure - while in the meantime he is honing your way of seeing. We have had a delicious afternoon."
Jeroen

 5  Harry Morrison Verified User Review 2008-08-26
Nice person with excellent English!

 6  Ganna Elska Vincent van Gogh Tours 2007-11-29
I was completely satisfied with your service in the organization of my visit to Kroller-Muller Museum.

best regards
Ganna

 7  Lloyd Nick Lecture by Drs. Kaldenbach 2007-09-07
Dear Drs. Kees Kaldenbach,
We wanted to express our gratitude for the insightful lectures you gave on Rembrandt at Oglethorpe University Museum of Art in ... view more honor of our celebrating his 400th Birthday with the special exhibition, Sordid and Sacred: the Beggars in Rembrandt's Etchings.

Your skillful presentations captivated our record-breaking audience. These fine lectures were able to be appreciated on several levels from novice to professional. Your lectures have a rare quality of being soundly based on your thorough study of Rembrandt, mixed with your keen, first-hand observation and your quick, fluid creative assessments and solutions to visual questions.

Above all you are highly attentive to your audience by involving them into your lecture.
Thank you again for your visit.

Respectfully yours,
Lloyd Nick
Director
Oglethorpe University Museum of Art

 8  Luly Yang Vermeer tour for a Fashion Designer 2007-09-07
Drs. Kaldenbach,
"What a lovely time I had. It was my 1st time in Amsterdam and your art tour was the highlight. It enriched my experience and my visit ... view more very much. I learned great insight and has inspired me in my designs. I especially loved your inside stories on each of the artists. Things I could only learn from a personal art historian. Thank you!"

Best regards,
Luly Yang
Top Fashion Designer

 9  Jeff Caruso Museum and Modern architecture tour 2007-09-07
Testimonial, December 2006 by Mr Jeff Caruso, an estate developer from Maryland, USA.

We went for a private car ride along the public housing ... view more developments set up during the last 30 years in Amsterdam, on Kadijk, Java, KNSM, and IJburg islands. Then as a topping on the cake we had a short Van Gogh and a Vermeer + Rembrandt tour.

"Drs. Kees, Typically when I review art, I am impressed with its sheer beauty, its value or the reputation of the artist. I wanted to express my gratitude to you for sharing the artist’s feelings, the phase of the artist’s life and explaining how this was expressed in their art. Your in-depth study of shadows, lighting and subtle objects in the paintings made my time in the museum exponentially better. I will be able to take what I’ve learned to enjoy other works of art in the future.

Thank you! I also appreciate the architectural tour you developed knowing we are builders by trade."
Greetings, Jeff.

 10  Jeroen Rembrandt researcher impressed by Drs Kaldenbach's tour 2007-09-07
Testimonial, June 2006, by Jeroen, a Dutch art historian already steeped in Rembrandt. His wife presented him with a guided tour through the blockbuster ... view more Rembrandt-Caravaggio show as an aniversary present.

Sais Jeroen:
"There are enough art tour guides who can relay dry facts. In the Amsterdam canal boats they have by now been replaced by taped voices. For someone like me, who already knows many facts, Kees Kaldenbach adds just those elements, which make a tour a real success: opinon and passion. To talk with Kees about Rembrandt and Caravaggio, to hear his specific angle and really talk in-depth is pure pleasure - while in the meantime he is honing your way of seeing. We have had a delicious afternoon. Jeroen".

 11  Mark Wilhoit Klees' English 2007-07-30
It was great! Klees' English was perfect and he was very friendly, outgoing and his knowledge of Amsterdam and Art was wonderful. Very enjoyable.

 12  Linzie Staley Verified User Review 2006-12-12
Our guide and service was a 10 PLUS on everything. We were delighted with every aspect of the tours we did. We have done extensive travel and experience with ... view more many guides. Kees was just terrific. Not only was he resourceful and impressive knowledge of the art of Amsterdam, we enjoyed the ease and calm personality. I highly recommend this guide and his services. We had visited Amsterdam before and now we would go back again!

 13  Laura Tietz Verified User Review 2006-12-11
I used this service and was totally happy
with it. They get a 10!

 14  Spencer Gelband Verified User Review 2006-12-06
He made excellent suggestions, and contributed to my understanding of the subject in a way I could never have achieved on my own, and far above my expectations.

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