Twenty-four years …wow… “Time surely flies when you’re having fun!” That old saying certainly applies to life at Van Gogh Tours. It’s incredible to realize that the idea for doing a few bike tours in Holland each summer has evolved into a full time cycling and walking tour company with many different itineraries in 6 European countries.
In 1992, Huibertha van Teunenbroek and Mike Sorgi started VGT as a way to fund their own Europe bike tours while on summer break from being school teachers. Since then the company has grown and evolved. In January 2013, their granddaughter, Emma Lewin, fully took over the company after working closely with them for a few years both in Europe and in the US. Between the three of them, they’ve designed, refined and led each bike and hotel, or walk and hotel tour. They still love to walk, bike, dine and socialize with interesting, fun-loving old and new adventure vacationers each season. They love Europe with its calm pace, wonderful food and wine and centuries old history.
As the enthusiastic and energetic owner of VGT, Emma and her Dutch co-guide Denise will lead all of the guided cycling and hotel tours in Holland, Belgium and France. Denise is a biking and culture enthusiast who lives in Hoorn in the province of North Holland. She is fluent in Dutch, having grown up in the Netherlands, and is ready to answer all of your “Dutch lifestyle” questions.
Although we are not physically present to make sure that everything is “just right” on all of our tours, our well-trained guides will make sure that your vacation is still provided in the typical “Van Gogh” fashion. Likewise, our Italian and Austrian associates will be running the guided cycling and walking tours in a manner that’s always up to the Van Gogh standard, as will all of our Dutch, Italian, German, and French colleagues who run the bike and barge tour. That means sharing their knowledge and appreciation for the natural beauty, culture, history, and joy of unhurried exercise, cheerful service and alertness to all the details VGT’s Europe bike tours are famous for.
So ‘Carpe Diem”, life is short! Treat yourself to your 1st or your 10th walking or cycling holiday that our clients consistently tell us have met or exceeded their expectations for value and fun (Yes, some loyal guests have traveled with VGT for over ten years already!).
We’ve maintained our winning formula for active vacation success: thoughtful personalized service, small groups, outstanding itineraries, charming, comfortable accommodations and superb dining experiences personally chosen for their truly European ambiance.
Also remember we’ll match our guided hotel tours against our competition for total enjoyment and value any day. Please check out our prices! We want you to compare us to the “bigger names” in the business. Van Gogh Tours always compares favorably! Check www.biketour-reviews.com for an unbiased opinion and then give us a call! We’d also be pleased to supply you with names of delighted customers who we’re sure will tell you to, “Go with Van Gogh!”