The countryside near Gouda is beautiful. Especially in spring. Birds nesting, just born cattle in the fields, trees in blossom. In between all this beauty some villages which almost make you feel being back in the 17th century. To avoid repetition, the setting will change: week 16: Haestrecht, week 17: Oudewater, week 18 Schoonhoven. The constant element: the tour starts with the outskirt of the village, the landscape. Thereafter we will enter the village and see the most picturess and monumental sites.
After his graduation in social geography, just in between the big bang and the collapse of the Roman empire, Ton worked on a science program for children and on urban planning in Amsterdam. He found out that his happiest moments were those were the interaction was not with the keyboard but with people. This made him decide to make a living out of guiding. Initially related to urban planning and architecture, later on the scope became much wider: art, history, society. As a social geographer Ton always looks for the reasons behind present day reality: why was a town founded? Why did it grow, or not? Why such an enormous church or city hall in a small town? Ton's philosophy about life is rather simple. He believes the sense of being is Sharing LKW: Love, Knowledge, Wine.
Ton has been guiding since Mar 1994
Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Gouda with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing guide.
The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from Gouda. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!
While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.
We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.
The majority of your tip goes directly to support the guide’s hard work, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.
Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.
For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.
02 May 2021
30 April 2021
Gouda is actually an extremely beautiful location and Ton could transmit very well its serene tranquility, beauty, and well-being of its inhabitants, with interesting historical and geographic information. Outstanding work!
Sue (Oregon) E.
30 April 2021
Very lovely community. Thank you Ton....Sue in Oregon
30 April 2021
Christina (NYC) 🌇🏺🏛🦉 M.
25 April 2021