“When I have a little money,
I buy books; and if I have any left,
I buy hand soap and toilet paper.”

        -- Desiderius Erasmus
          (almost real quote)

STAY-AT-HOME TOURS

We can't say this for certain, but we're pretty sure that even our great philosopher Erasmus might have gotten tired of books during lock down and quarantine. Do you want to  see some cool Dutch sites, learn something new and ask questions while doing it? Tune into our live video-based tours!
Many of us are being economically affected by the COVID-19 situation. These tours will be offered on a donation basis. This is our way of continuing to work and help other local businesses while offering you the option to pay or not for some education and entertainment. If you're not in a position to pay right now, that's okay!
How does it work?
The tours will be offered through Facebook live so if you're signed into your Facebook account you'll be able to chat with the other tour participants and ask questions to the guides. All you need to do is go to the event page at the time of the tour.
 
All tours will be recorded and the video will be available for 24 hours after the tour, for people in different time zones who want to participate. You'll be able to ask questions in the comments, which will be answered by your guide.
We will delete all videos after that. This is to prevent a loss of interpersonal tourism once the virus situation is controlled. Once the world is healthy, we want you to get back out there in the world!
Want to make a donation? We'll announce on the facebook page and on this page when our payment system is live.
We would love it if you RSVP on each tour's Facebook event page, but this is not mandatory.
DONATION-BASED INTERACTIVE TOURS
Our Tours

Tour of Historic Delfshaven and a Bit of Windmill Culture

Wednesday, 18 March
3 PM GMT+1 (10 AM EDT)
Tour length: Approximately 45 minutes
Facebook event page
Our first tour will take you to Delfshaven here in Rotterdam. This is one of the most charming and historic neighborhoods of Rotterdam. We'll see the Pelgrimvaderskerk, which is named as such to commemorate the departure location of the "Mayflower Pilgrims" from the Netherlands. Did you know that they came to the Netherlands before going to the "New World?" We'll talk a bit about Dutch waterways and ships as we stroll past some historic river ships. Then, we'll come to the Delfshaven "Korenmolen" (flour mill) which still functions as a flour mill today. We'll talk about windmill history, a bit about how these impressive machines work and your guide will share some special information about windmill "language." Windmills are one of the most iconic images of the Netherlands, and the country certainly wouldn't be what it is today without them.

 

A Brief Look at the History of Chocolate
And How to (Easily) Make Your Own Dark Chocolate Bar

Thursday, 19 March
Two times: 6 PM Central European Time GMT +1 (1 PM Eastern Daylight Time)
             and 9 PM Central European Time GMT +1 (4 PM Eastern Daylight Time) 
Tour length: Approximately 30 minutes
Facebook event page

Did you know that the Dutch played a very important role in the history of chocolate, but they certainly weren't the first people the enjoy it! This demonstration will have two parts- a brief discussion about the history of chocolate, from Latin America to Europe followed by an easy chocolate making demo. We'll be using ingredients that you might already have at home! We will be using cocoa powder, cocoa butter, coconut oil and maple syrup for our bars. We're testing some recipes without cocoa butter as well.

SS Rotterdam Bridge and Upper Decks Tour

Friday, 20 March
Two times: 6 PM Central European Time GMT +1 (1 PM Eastern Daylight Time) 
Tour length: Approximately 45 minutes
Facebook
event page
The SS Rotterdam was the "Grande Dame" of the Holland America Line fleet from 1959 until 1997. Since 2008 she has been moored in the Rotterdam harbor where she now serves as a hotel. During our tour we'll see the ship's control bridge, the former captain's quarters and more. Your guide will share facts, stories and anecdotes about the ship, Holland America line and the role the Dutch played in bringing immigrants to the "new world"
Please note that this tour will only be offered as long as the SS Rotterdam is still open. As of 16 March the ship was still open. If the ship is closed, the tour will be modified to a shorter tour of the ship's exterior with information about the ship's flags, external markings and equipment followed by a short walk along the waterfront to explore immigration history through local art installations.

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More tours coming soon! Is there a site or topic that you want to explore? Let us know by contacting us via email at info@neutravelcompany.com, Facebook or phone (Whatsapp included!)

Rotterdam, Netherlands
+31 6 14798077

info@neutravelcompany.com

KVK (Chamber of Commerce): 76928446

BTW/VAT: NL003144959B42

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