Welcome to Holland! Are you looking to get away from the crowds in Amsterdam?

Dutch Tours offers 6 small group tours off the beaten track with experienced local guides. Come and explore nature looking for wildlife, ride a horse on the beach or enjoy a day on a boat looking for seals. Learn more about WWII at a former camp site or dive into art and architecture surrounded by Holland’s most beautiful nature.

OUR TOURS

  • We offer small group tours, for up to 8 people
  • Our Dutch Tours guides/drivers are fully vaccinated
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in the minivan
  • Multiple day discount!

We are very flexible and can add new destinations upon request. Existing destinations are: Seals, concentration camp Vught, National Park Hoge Veluwe, Castle, Horse riding, Bird watching and Island Tour. Adding tours with destinations like Giethoorn, Zaanse Schans, Marken or Kinderdijk is definitely a possibility!

If you are traveling by yourself we welcome you to join our tours! Please call or email for availability! info@dutch-tours.com
For our bird watching tour click here

National Park Tour

We will explore the Hoge Veluwe National Park, home to Red Deer, Roe deer, Wild Boar and Mouflon, in a small group, stopping at several lookouts and wildlife viewing areas. If you like, you can discover the park on your own by bicycle as well! For those in your group who are more interested in art or architecture we offer to drop you at the entrance of the country residence/museum Jachthuis Sint Hubertus or the The Kröller-Müller Museum.

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Seal Tour

On this half day tour, we will take you on a journey along the breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage site Waddensea. We will explore the Waddensea by boat at low tide, scouting for seals and migrating birds. We will visit the historic town of Medemblik on the IJsselmeer coast, the golden era village of Twisk, and we will see the famous enclosing dike between Noord-Holland and Friesland up close, on this family friendly trip.

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Horse Riding Tour

Come and discover Holland from horseback! Our amazing trail ride takes you through the forest of the Veluwe or the dunes on the Dutch coast. We offer hacks for beginner, intermediate and experienced riders. The ride typically lasts 1,5 – 2,5 hours, depending on the weather and riding level of the people in your group. Please note our age (10+) and weight(<85kg/185lbs) restrictions for this activity. Contact us for a customized tour!

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Remembrance Tour

On this small group tour, we will visit the remainders of the WWII Nazi concentration camp Vught, with its reconstructed watchtowers, barracks, crematorium and children’s memorial. The camp was first used in 1943 and held 31,000 Jewish and political prisoners. During this visit, the importance of this time in our recent history will be highlighted. An audio tour is included at the site. Our tour guide will stay with the group throughout the visit and will be able to answer your questions.

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Castle Tour

On this small group tour, we will visit the castle, its gardens, and the beautiful, landscaped park around it. Kasteel de Haar is characterized by its rich and extravagant history and the many special stories hidden behind the castle walls. First built in the 13th century it came in the van Zuylen family in the 15th century.

 

 

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Island Tour

Experience a full day at the beautiful island of Texel and it’s surrounding UNESCO World Heritage site Wadden sea! We will sail to Texel and explore its National Parks, historic villages and beaches. We will pick you up in Amsterdam in the morning and will bring you back late afternoon. A full day of island experience at one of Holland’s most beautiful islands! A boxed lunch is included. Upon request and availability you can add a seal watching tour to this booking.

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TESTIMONIALS

    star rating  The bike riding in the national park was the best. Getting there was a much longer ride than we anticipated. The tour guide provided a lot of interesting... read more

    Clotilde L
    29 september 2022

    star rating  We had a really nice experience with the horse riding on beautiful Fresian horses next to Veluwe national park. The guides were patient and nice, they made us feel secure... read more

    AresSV
    26 september 2022

    star rating  We had an absolutely wonderful day with Eva of Dutch Tours at Castle De Haar in Utrecht!

    Eva picked us up promptly from our hotel, and we had... read more

    SheilaKentucky
    23 september 2022

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Unesco heritage

The Waddensea is the largest unbroken system of intertidal sand and mud flats in the world. The Waddensea is one of the largest wetlands in the world. It consists of islands, channels, gullies and flats, which are continually changing shape and sometimes even location. The Waddensea is unique: it is the only tidal and coastal island system in the world with a temperate climate that is so large and contains such an enormous variety of plants and animals. A World Heritage Site since 2009 it has a surface area of almost 11,500 km² and is shared by The Netherlands, Germany and Denmark.

Wildlife

The Waddensea is teeming with life! Mussel banks and mudflats that arise from the sea at low tide form a rich area where large amounts of mussels, shellfish, worms, shrimps and plants make up a richly laid table for many birds and fish. Many North Sea fish use the Waddensea as a nursery while others live there year round. Marine mammals, such as the harbour seal, the grey seal and the porpoise, profit from the rich fish life in the Waddensea. The seals hunt in the sea at high tide and rest on the sandbanks at low tide. More than 30,000 harbour seals live in the Waddensea as well as over 2000 grey seals. The area is famous as both a breeding ground and winter fuel station for migrating birds. In total, 10-12 million migrating birds pass through every year, consisting of waders, geese, ducks and gulls.

Vintage villages

During our half day tour we will stop in the beautiful historic town of Medemblik on the IJsselmeer coast. Founded in the 13th century the town became important and wealthy in the 16th and 17th century, largely because of the trade vessels which sailed to faraway cities on the Hanze Trade route. The town has a small castle from the 14th century as well as a working grain mill.  Wandering along its canals it is easy to imagine the times of the golden age!

During our full day Island tour we explore the beautiful island of Texel, located in the Unesco World Heritage site Wadden Sea. The island has a wide variety of picturesque fisherman’s villages that we will visit along the way.

About us

Dutch Seal Tours was founded by Sarah and Eva, close friends since they were kids. Both coming from a family of passionate flatboat sailors, we spent a substantial part of our childhood out on the mudflats of the Wadden Sea, searching for shellfish and scouting for seals. We have already passed on the love for this unique wildlife area to our kids and friends, but we are convinced the Waddensea is one of the must sees for international nature lovers! This small country is home to a great UNESCO World Heritage site teeming with wildlife and we would like to share it with you! As conservation of the area is key, our focus is on sustainable tourism. It’s a wonderful world out there, let’s go exploring!

Dutch Seal Tours is a member of VvKR (Dutch Association for small scale travel organizations).

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