The Fine Arts of Holland
5 days from £359 per person*
*based on sharing on a twin/double basis and a minimum of 40 paying passengers
Holland’s museums have recently undergone a major renovation and are newly opened and offer exceptional art. Included in our tour is the Rijksmuseum, home to many of the country’s artistic luminaries and European Masters; the Mauritshuis Museum, housing the Royal Cabinet of Paintings; Het Loo Palace, the Dutch Baroque 17th century house of Orange Nassau and the Kroller-Muller Art Gallery & Museum, located within the Hoge Veluwe National Park containing modern sculptures and paintings. Our tour also includes a visit to the nearby city of Delft, made famous for its Delftware porcelain that has been in production for over 400 years.
We depart by coach and travel to Folkestone and on to Amsterdam, with appropriate comfort stops en route. On arrival in Amsterdam we check-in to our hotel and have dinner at the hotel.
After breakfast we will take the coach to visit the Kroller-Muller Museum and Het Loo Palace. The Kroller-Muller Museum is located within the Hoge Veluwe National Park and has a world renowned collection of 19th and 20th century visual art including works by Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Paul Gaugin. The sculpture garden is set within the forest park and exhibits a fine collection of modern and contemporary sculptures by Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore and Jean Dubuffet among others. Het Loo Palace is a symmetrical Dutch Baroque building designed by Jacob Roman and Johan van Swieten in 1684. The palace was the residence of the House of Orange-Nassau from the 17th century until the death of Queen Wilhelmina in 1962. Audio-guides let us explore the grandeur of the palace at our own pace and provide in-depth information into how the palace was lived in for three centuries by the royal family. We return to our hotel late afternoon.
After breakfast the coach will take us to the city for a morning visit the Rijksmuseum. It was designed by Pierre Cuypers and first opened in 1885. It has recently undergone a €375 million renovation and was reopened by Queen Beatrix. The museum displays 8,000 objects of art and history from their total collection of 1 million objects dating between the 13th and 21st century, among which are masterpieces by Rembrandt and Vermeer. The afternoon will be at leisure for us to explore the city independently as there are a variety of options, such as: Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House, the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam Museum, canal trip or the famous flower market.
After breakfast we visit the nearby city of The Hague, home to the Parliament, Supreme Court, Mauritshuis and Panorama Mesdag. We include entrance to both the Mauritshuis and the Panorama Mesdag. The Hague dates back to 1230 when Count Floris IV and his son William II, King of the Romans, built a palace here that would later be called the Binnerhof. The Knight’s hall remains intact and is still used for political events today. The Hague’s streets boast luxurious 18th century residences, an impressive 16th century city hall and several 17th century palaces. The Mauritshuis displays the Royal Cabinet of Paintings primarily dating from the Dutch Golden Age, and includes works by Johannes Vermeer, Rembrandt van Rijn and Frans Hals. Panorama Mesdag is the hidden gem of the area – a cylindrical painting by Hendrik Willem Mesdag and stretches 14 metres high and 120 metres in circumference. From the observation gallery in the centre of the room, the perspective creates the illusion that the viewer is on a high sand dune overlooking the sea and village of Scheveningen in the late 19th century. There wil be free time ion the city before returning to our hotel.
This morning we check out of the hotel and travel to the city of Delft, where we will have a guided tour of the delightful city. Delft is primarily known for its Delft Blue pottery and as the home of Vermeer. Our orientation tour will include a visit to the Old and the New Church, where William of Orange is buried, Delft City Hall and the Vermeer Centre. After an early lunch we head back to the UK.
Ramada Apollo Hotel
The 4* Ramada Apollo Hotel is situated in Rembrandtpark, only 15 minutes from the historic city centre. Its Skybar offers spectacular views across Amsterdam. All rooms are equipped with tea & coffee making facilities, air conditioning, flat-screen TV and en-suite bathroom. The nearby Admiraal Helfrichstraat tram stop offers a direct tram connection to Dam Square.
• Executive touring coach throughout
• Return Eurotunnel crossings
• 4 nights bed & breakfast accommodation
• Welcome drink
• Dinner on 1st evening
• Excursions as detailed overleaf
What’s not included
• Single supplement
• Travel insurance
• Meals other than those specified
Any of our tours can be tailored to suit your particular groups requirements.
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