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Tour The Hague

The Hague, The Netherlands
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Personal guided Tours of The Hague & Delft with all the stories behind the best sights. Avoid the crowds and tourist traps, don't waste time, no missing out on the best things to see and do. Customized Tours let you see what you want, when you want, how you want. Options to include a visit to Tour Scheveningen, Rotterdam, Leiden, and Gouda too!
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ABT F wrote a review Nov 2021
Dachstein, France6 contributions
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This time we decided to tour The Hague harbor and beach area known as Scheveningen. We kneVisiting South Holland again, this time we decided to tour The Hague harbor and beach area known as Scheveningen. We knew John from previous tours, and once again he expertly guided us with history and humor, this time for a few hours along the Marina with its collection of luxury yachts, sport fishing boats, and all, to the Fishing Harbor itself to see the small fleet of North Sea Trawlers. John chose a local fish restaurant and we had some of the freshest fish you could imagine. After lunch we went via the Beach Boulevard to look at the North Sea (a bit cold at this time of year) and so we went into the old fishing village itself to see the old church and some small fisherman’s houses. On John's advice we also went with him for a full day to Rotterdam to see it's amazing Architecture. We went inside the Architectural Institute as well as wondering at the new Depot museums. Later we visited inside the incredible Cube-Houses and Market Hall which are not to be missed too. His local knowledge took us past lots of boats from the Maritime Museum, and a walk across the Erasmus bridge over the powerful river Maas for a fantastic lunch at Hotel New York before taking an exciting water taxi on the river too. We ended up at the Rotterdam City Hall where John was able to organize a Private Tour for us as well; finally John come with us on the train back to The Hague making it a day we will never forget. We can now recommend John for Tours in The Hague, Delft, or Rotterdam.
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Date of experience: November 2021
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Mindi Golden wrote a review Sep 2021
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I cannot say enough good things about our tour of The Hague and Delft with John Rice. I highly recommend touring these two cities and the experience will be made all the better if you tour with John. His wit and wisdom are worth every Euro. Our tour with John was one of the highlights of our recent trip to Europe. John’s communication was prompt, clear, specific, and detailed throughout the process of arranging a date for touring, identifying priorities and sites we wanted to see, and confirming the details closer to the date. My husband and I were visiting Amsterdam and, having been there before, I thought it would be nice to use one of our days to visit Delft. When I came across John’s website, I thought: Why not see The Hague as well? I am so glad that we did! There is much to see in both places and John brings what you are seeing to life. We could have walked around both cities on our own, but the history and stories that John shares take the experience to another level. In addition to his knowledge of history, art, and culture, John brings a local’s experience to planning your tour. For example, John highly recommended visiting the Panorama Mesdag while in The Hague. I looked it up online and it sounded interesting. I was not prepared, however, for how awe-inspiring and unique the panorama would be. I have never seen anything like it! John was absolutely right to recommend it and it is something I would likely have missed without his experience. John also easily navigates the cities, tram, and train station, as well as recommended an excellent location for lunch. John wants you to enjoy your day—he knows how to navigate key sites and will make recommendations (such as the Panorama Mesdag), but he will accommodate any requests you might have. I very much wanted to go to the Mauritshuis to see Girl with the Peral Earring. No problem! We added an hour in the museum, during which John offered expert interpretation of key pieces and the museum itself. We wanted to visit the porcelain factory in Delft—also no problem; we added another hour and John gave us an excellent overview of its history and process. (These plans were arranged ahead of time.) We were with John for nine hours, during which he never lost his enthusiasm or energy. John Rice is an exceptional guide. He brings his expertise and passion to guiding you, will offer suggestions, but also listens to your wishes and plans a tour that suits your pace. If you are up for a longer day of touring both The Hague and Delft, I highly recommend it, but whatever you decide to see, see it with John!
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Christal K wrote a review Aug 2021
Morgan Hill, California2 contributions1 helpful vote
My husband and I booked this walking tour as part of our trip to Amsterdam and the Netherlands. John provided us with an exceptional experience that started with him meeting our train at 9:30 a.m. and ending in the early evening by a local restaurant where we enjoyed a meal before heading back to our hotel. We walked about 9 miles that day, but it was worth every minute. John shared so much information and history with us that we simply would not have received on our own. The highlights for us included seeing "The Girl with the Pearl Earring," by Johannes Vermeer and "The Gold Finch," by Carel Fabritiusat at Mauritshuis, both iconic and beautiful pieces of art. John also took us to Panorama Mesdag, the largest panormic painting in Europe. Coming up the top of the stairs to view this was breathtaking. My husband and I are huge history buffs which we shared with John. He started the tour by sharing the history of The Hague and its founding by the House of Orange-Nassau walking through the grounds of the palace. We also wanted to see the Peace Palace due to the legal and historical significance of it, so John also arranged for us to go the grounds. We also walked to the mansions occupied by the Nazis during WWII and was able to see the scarring in the trees caused by barb wire that was wrapped around them. John is very knowledgeable having lived in The Hague for over 30 years (originally from Britain). He was very personable and funny. Throughout the day, John would encourage us to pose for photos in great locations around The Hague. There was so much that we saw that day (too much to list!) and he made it a day we will not soon forget. He ended the trip with some nice tokens from the area, which added a special touch to end the day.
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Response from JohnTourTheHague, Owner at Tour The Hague
Responded Sep 3, 2021
It was a great pleasure to show you my home town and super that you liked my Sights and Stories so. The Art with my Artistic insights when hardly anyone else is about in the museum helps makes for an unforgettable visit indeed. It would be super to meet you both again one day and perhaps we can Tour Delft and Rotterdam together as well !
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Marina W wrote a review Jun 2021
The Hague, The Netherlands86 contributions69 helpful votes
John's Tour was my own B-day gift. We were a group of four, and I cannot imagine having had a better celebration! We have been living in The Hague for quite some time (some of my friends for almost 10 years!), and John let us discover a new city, full of history, anecdotes, hidden gems. We walk for almost 4 hours ,having and entertaining as well as interesting afternoon. We cannot wait to go to Delft with him! He is very knowledgeable and clear. I cannot recommend John enough, not only if you are visiting The Hague but also if you live here and just want to enjoy and to know better city. Sometimes it is just about turning off your cell phone and look up and around! Thanks John for letting us travel through time with you!
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Date of experience: June 2021
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Response from JohnTourTheHague, Owner at Tour The Hague
Responded Jun 25, 2021
It was such a pleasure to meet you all and share in your special day. Thank you so much for the great review and I look forward to showing you Delft next time too ! Kindest regards John
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kaseyface wrote a review Feb 2020
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John is a gracious, thoughtful and considerate guide who was able to show us all the sites of the Hague in just a matter of hours. He carefully catered to our wishes and brought so much more to the picture as well. My husband who usually finds tour guides to be corny said "He was such a great guy. We need to do more tours like this!" I cannot recommend this tour enough.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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