Circle of Academic Tour Guides (CATON)

Welcome to the web site of the Circle of Academic Tour Guides

with a background in History, Art History, Archaeology and/or Architecture.

We are a worldwide circle of accessible, articulate and inspiring scholars, docents and lecturers with lively minds and broad cultural knowledge,

with a good fit with clients who are 'culture vulture types' and with travelling groups from schools and universities.

We are men and women with academic backgrounds as art historians, general historians, social historians and related experts from alpha disciplines*

(*Yes! we have no "mumbling professors" here!)


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Welcome to this home page of the Circle of Academic Tour Guides (CATON). The circle was founded unofficially on April 13, 1998, and has opened its web site in 2008. Our primary aim is to "Promote and stimulate the highest quality in academic level tour guide activity worldwide."

The circle has opened its web site in 2008. Our primary aim is to "Promote and stimulate the highest quality in academic level tour guide activity worldwide ." In practice, the Circle strives to enhance the professional quality and the communicative skills of tour guides, by organizing communication in didactic matters and in docent techniques, marketing skills, and in some cases through giving its support for relevant activities . Members of the Circle are kept informed of these activities through email announcements.


The Circle of Academic Tour Guides (CATON) considers this characteristic a great tour guide:

" who is a deeply knowledgeable expert in the field of history, art history, archaeology, architecture, or another field of related expertise, and who is able to express this knowledge in an articulate, multi-faceted, enticing, exhilaring and fun way. In the day-to-day work our tour guides express both a lust for life and an enthusiasm for all of these artistic fields of human endeavour."



The Board

The board of the CATON consists of the following members:

• Chairman is Drs Kees Kaldenbach, email
• Vice Chairman is Drs. Michel Didier's site , email
• vacancy (treasurer)


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Fast track entry in ALL Amsterdam museums. Avoid spending time waiting in museum queues. Enter the museums together with Kaldenbach.


Annual Membership

Membership of the Circle of Academic Tour Guides (CATON) is completely free. To join the Society, please contact Drs Kees Kaldenbach (chairman),, and you will receive information on how to become member.


Membership Requirements

The Circle of Academic Tour Guides (CATON) is open to members who can prove to the satisfaction of the Board:

a) to have a University level education and

b) proof of having been professionally active as a tour guide for at least two full years, and

c) show social skills and of customer satisfaction by supplying at least 5 written reports from clients, providing full names, dates, email and other contact information Go to the members page


Membership Benefits

Your name and web site will be listed here on the web site of The Circle of Academic Tour Guides (CATON).

You will be able to meet the other members individually for inspirational meetings.



Members of the Circle of Academic Tour Guides (CATON) may meet clients anywhere for a personalized guided tour of art museums and historic centers. Go to the members page

Together we will express our fascination for history. Enjoy yourself and learn about history while strolling and discussing the country's history, art and culture. In doing so, we may touch many bases - spanning not only fine art and architecture but also the city's history and current social issues.


The founder:

Menu of Kaldenbach tours

Starting at your hotel Drs Kaldenbach will take you on a wonderful private cultural walking tour of your choice. My guided itinerary offers you accessable informative conversation in English, Dutch, or German (my French and Italian are more limited).



You may also arrange this VIP treatment for business contacts or friends. Our cultural tour organisation office will take care of a unique and memorable experience. Please contact me for time and fees of the tailor-made tour you ar interested in. These tailor made tours are available upon request - please contact me to book a date. Minimum group size: 1 person. Maximum group size is limited to about 10 persons. With a megaphone I can also manage larger groups on the streets.

Drs. Kees Kaldenbach is your private "scholar-lecturer on culture tours" *.

*Martha Gellhorn, Travels with Myself and another, p. 182

New improved web site:

Menu of tours

Read a biography.


Drs. Kees Kaldenbach has been featured in television and radio documentaries, including BBC2 TV, NTV Japan, Danish TV and Radio Netherlands World Service. In July 2004 he was interviewed by leading Japanese newspapers. In 2004 and 2005 he acted in an advisory role to additional BBC teams. Kaldenbach has written extensively on Vermeer and 17th century Delft, on Rembrandt, Vincent van Gogh and on other art history topics.

Drs. Kees Kaldenbach is your private "scholar-lecturer on culture tours".

Further information is available on his encyclopedic web site:


Contact information:

Drs. Kees Kaldenbach ,

Haarlemmermeerstraat 83 hs

1058 JS Amsterdam

The Netherlands

telephone 020 - 669 8119 (from abroad NL +20 - 669 8119)

cell phone 06 - 2868 9775 (from abroad NL +6 - 2868 9775)


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Member of the Amsterdam Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel).

Email responses and bookings to art historian Drs. Kees Kaldenbach.

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Updated 13 July 2015, Update 14 October 2016.