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Private Tour in Amersfoort, Netherlands

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 1 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 4 people
Destination(s): Netherlands  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 40 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 190 Euro (EUR)

Amersfoort is situated in the Dutch province of Utrecht, The Netherlands. The local landscape around Amersfoort shows the results of the last ice ages. Like a giant bulldozer the ice pack coming slowly in from the north shoved the sandy earth up into low hills which still can be seen in the landscape.

Amersfoort is situated northeast of the town of Utrecht, and is just 3/4 hours drive away by car from Amsterdam, driving southeast. If you get into my car, it will seat 3 or 4 adults. Amersfoort is a quiet provincial town boasting a number of medieval houses and one great medieval city gate, the Koppelpoort, shown here. It controlled and secured water traffic and land traffic.

The local history museum is called Flehite. Various historical collections include archaeology. One object of world heritage importance is a wooden wagon wheel manufactured many thousands of years old, and it was miraculously preserved from decay deep within the earth under the water table. Another similar world-class object is a prehistoric fishnet, preserved in the same way and now exhibited in the Museum of Antiquities, Leiden (Leyden).

One star attraction in Amersfoort is the group of wall houses or 'Muurhuizen', houses built against the 14th-century city wall. They are shown here on the far right-hand side of this detail of the historic map of Amersfoort by Blaeu. After the town was enlarged this wall became an inner wall and lost its fortification function. These wall parts were then reused as a foundation and were incorporated in the construction of new houses. Thus they became part of the inner city architecture.

The town thrived on beer brewing, textiles, and tobacco. Commerce was however severely hampered in its growth by poor river connections which made boat transport difficult. As an art historian based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, I can meet you in Amersfoort for a personalized guided tour of the art museum and the historic center. Together we will experience the beauty and history.

Enjoy yourself and learn about history while strolling and discussing the country's history, art, and culture. In doing so, we may touch many bases - spanning not only fine art and architecture but also the city's history and current social issues. Starting at your hotel I will take you on a wonderful private cultural walking tour of your choice. My guided itinerary offers you accessible informative conversation in English, Dutch, or German (my French and Italian are more limited).

Supplemental Tour Information:
- Please contact me for time and fees for the tailor-made tour you ar interested in
- These tailor-made tours are available upon request - please contact me to book a date
- Minimum group size: 2 person
- Maximum group size 10 persons

Member discount:
10% discount for InfoHub customer. Request a free gift certificate.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Generally for small groups of 1-4 persons starting in Amsterdam 70 EUR per hour. Contact me for information on higher amounts with other venues and more people.

About This Supplier
Location: Netherlands
Joined InfoHub: Aug 2005

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...

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