Our guides' experience, dedication, and enthusiasm make them ideal ambassadors for your destination. They chart the course, finesse the details, and speak the language (English, as well as the local language). They also possess a truly rare skill, knowing when to let serendipity and inspiration take the lead.
A published artist and illustrator, Hennie Vaessen is also passionate about the outdoors, especially walking. Fluent in three languages, and certified to teach English, Hennie runs a small publishing firm with his wife and they recently published a graphic novel trilogy on the Second World War’s Battle of Arnhem in Holland. When not delving into his art, Hennie also enjoys music, movies, T’ai Chi, and discovering new trails.
Marie-Christine Ruijs is a translator (English, Spanish, and French) and a Dutch teacher. She loves walking in nature in all its seasons and looks forward to introducing guests to her native Holland. In addition to a passion for sailing, that she shares with her husband and sons, she also enjoys cooking, yoga, and reading.
With a passion for history and a master’s degree in literary theory (plus a background in philosophy!), Axel Graff will wow you with his knowledge and enthusiasm as he regales you with stories of European history and how it all relates to his native Holland’s story through the ages. Recently elected as president of a local historic society, he has become especially enamored of ancient Rome’s presence in the Netherlands. With most Roman artifacts in museums and few ruins remaining, Axel helps our guests navigate not only the walking trails but the landscape of the imagination thanks to his penchant for storytelling!