Island hopping in Holland


Island hopping in Holland

Who would have ever guessed that a Dutch island would be listed as one of Europe's top ten destinations for 2016? Well, to be honest, we did. Toms Travel Tours organizes private tours to all five inhabitant islands.


Last week the travel guide Lonely Planet listed the Dutch island of Texel number nine on the Best in Europe 2016 list. This Wadden island in the North Holland province is praised by its “unspoiled dunescapes, wildlife reserves, gloriously deserted white-sand beaches and pine forests”.


Texel is part of the five inhabitant Wadden islands in the North of the Netherlands. On one side of the island lies the North Sea, on the other side the Wadden Sea. This intertidal zone forms a shallow water body with flats and wetlands. Its such an unique ecosystem and famous for its biological diversity that it is listed on the Unesco World Heritage List.


Seals and mud walking


Since my childhood, I regularly visit the Wadden islands. I first went with my parents and brother to Texel. We explored nature, visited the seals sanctuary Ecomare, which you can imagine was so much fun for me as a kid. Years later I went sailing with a flat bottom boat with high tide and waited the tide going out. In Dutch it’s called ‘droogvallen’. The boat rests on the bottom of the sea. It’s an incredible sight. For the last 15 years I’ve organized mud walks with low tide from the main land to the islands of Ameland and Schiermonnikoog. In my opinion this is the best Dutch nature experience. It’s amazing how much wildlife you see. From fish, shells, crabs and oysters to seals and thousands of birds. And it’s really special to walk for hours, first through deep mud and then via sand plates, through little streams until you reach the island.


Private day trips and multiple day trips to the islands


The last years Toms Travel Tours offers day trips and multiple day trips to the Dutch Wadden Islands. Not everybody fancies mud walking. And there is so much more to experience. We go walking or cycling across the islands, doing boat trips to see seals laying on sandbanks, climbing lighthouses and visiting tiny picturesque villages. We can even go Dutch island hopping!


My favorite island is called Schiermonnikoog which is part of the province of Friesland. The name is almost impossible to pronounce for a foreigner, I know it. It has just below a thousand inhabitants, contains one beautiful old village, there are almost no cars and the entire island is a national park. It has even the widest sand beaches of Europe where you can walk on for hours without seeing a single soul!


Special weekend


In September Toms Travel Tours organizes a special weekend for friends and guests to Schiermonnikoog. First we will do a four to five hours mud walk. Bikes will be waiting for us on the island. We will explore the island and its nature at its best and have fun with a group of diverse friends. We reserved just a couple of places for nature and adventure lovers that want to experience the most beautiful spot of the Netherlands.


For questions about the September tour or any private tours for one day or multiple days to the Wadden islands please contact Toms Travel Tours at


Tom van der Leij

Toms Travel Tours




Happy New Year!

We are finishing a great 2014 and we want to thank you for making it so special. We had great fun walking and cycling together in Amsterdam and visiting the most diverse villages in our beloved country side.


We hope you had a beautiful year and look forward to see you back in Amsterdam!


We want to use this opportunity to wish you a healthy 2015, full of happiness and new trips.


Warm greetings,


Tom van der Leij & Ana Rodríguez Giles.



Good News! Easy to book tours


Good News! Easy to book tours

After an amazing year touring guests from all over the world in Amsterdam and the rest of The Netherlands we can say that our company is doing great!

We are super happy and grateful about that.

Our guests understand our concept of being personal, offer custom made tours from a few hours to multiple days and enjoying above all that the fact all our tours are local and genuine. Due to their recommendations which resulted in the highest ranking on travelpages and the recommodations of the best Amsterdam hotels, Toms Travel Tours is expanding rapidly!

We continuously are looking for ways to improve our services.We work hard to offer the best experiences in Amsterdam and around. Every day we scout new places, meeting interesting persons, offer updated tours and improve our website in order to bring the best since the very first contact with new guests.

Though we like to finish this year with a new challenge. 

Because although our guests love our personal touch, we also know that there are travellers who just want the best tour and book it quick and easy.

Today we launch our easy to book tour! These deals are meant for travellers who don't want all that precontact emailcorrespondence but instead a perfect tour and above all an easy booking one. For these guests we developed a tour by selecting all our favorite elements and put them in an easy to book tour!

For the time being we offer an easy to book morning walk. You will enjoy the most popular Toms Travel Tours choices through the most beautiful and interesting Amsterdam Hidden Highlights.


We will offer you more options soon!


You just have to check the availability in our calendar, type the basic info and pay. That's all: your private tour is a fact! 


To promote our new deal, we offer them for a special price.


Tell your travelling friends about it, or come and try it out yourself!




new tours

In 2013 we started with 2 tours and 1 concept. In May 2013, the first and only Amsterdam  Ecotour, a tour along the sustainable hotspots in Amsterdam was a fact. We also started that month with the Amsterdam phototour given by a professional photographer. And above all we launched the Rent a friend concept for people who want to rent a reliable and interesting local. From the start all three were a great succes.

Since 2014 we have 4 brand new tour concepts: 

- Amsterdam phototour by Night

- Amsterdam Hidden Highlights

- Tulip photo excursion (april/may only) 

- Active Holland Tours


We organise again private/ custom made and open tours. 


For more information about the individual tours; see above under "our tours"

For available dates Open Tours see: "book now"


Please don't hesitate if you have any questions! 


Prices private tours: depends on whises and groupsize.

Remember; Everything is possible, your wish is your tour!

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