The ideal way to discover all this beauty is on foot (in a city) or on a bicycle (in the countryside). So, guided day-trips and city walks on Dutch history and culture, mainly in Amsterdam, and in the surprisingly varied countryside around. However, as all day trips are perfectly tailor made, other towns or regions can be explored as well. The tours presented on InfoHub are therefore mere suggestions and examples.
The aim of company owner and guide Edmond Van Putte is to give you an insight in the fascinating history of this part of Europe. No dry history lessons. Instead very human stories, with man often blundering and causing disaster, and then making the best of it. Understanding this past also leads to a better understanding of the Netherlands today, with all its good and bad sides. There's even a fair chance that what once happened here influenced the history of the visitor's country as well.
Edmond is a graduate of Amsterdam School of the Arts, with a life long passion for history, and member of several historical societies. For many guests his day trips have proven to be an ideal introduction to the Netherlands and Europe.
For a tailor-made proposal, please feel free to send a mail with your fields of interest, places you would like to visit, and you'll receive a specified proposition.
1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?
Edmond has been showing people around and telling about history all his life. For love of the subject and for fun. About six years ago he built a simple website on these subjects. Reactions and questions started coming in, leading gradually to a wide range of private tours, practical support for guests visiting Holland, and research in the field of history and heritage.
2. What is your company's mission?
To provide an insight in the fascinating history of this part of Europe, with focus on the everyday life of the people.
3. What does your company specialize in?
Truly tailor-made programs for individuals and small groups. For people who really want to find out, and are willing to take the time for it.
4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?
Edmond Van Putte is a graduate of Amsterdam School of the Arts, with a life long passion for history, and member of several historical societies.
5. What is your most popular travel package and why?
Bicycle trip in the countryside near Amsterdam. Guests are generally absolutely amazed by the scenery and the variation in landscapes. Surprised to find this amount of beauty, culture and history so close to Amsterdam. They also discover that relaxed cycling proves a very efficient way of sightseeing, and great fun as well.
6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?
With little notice, Edmond accommodated my schedule and created a customized trip based on my interests, the weather conditions for the day and available local activities (which in my case involved an operational windmill that was in use that day because of high winds and recent rains). In that respect, Edmond was like a private chef creating dinner from scratch using the best seasonal ingredients.
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