Netherlands - An Introduction to Dutch Painters

Amsterdam Canal
Amsterdam Canal
Rembrant House Museum
Rembrant House Museum
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Mauritshuis Museum, The Hague
Mauritshuis Museum, The Hague
Traditional dutch clogs, Amsterdam
Traditional dutch clogs, Amsterdam

Home to one of Europe’s fastest developing contemporary markets, the Netherlands’ growing buzz of artistic activity is really nothing new. On this tour, we are privileged to cast our eye over some of the incredible paintings that were created in this wonderful country. From Rembrandt’s The Night Watch to Vermeer’s The Milkmaid, we get the opportunity to stand before some truly fantastic masterworks that are known and loved around the world.

Paint, however, isn’t the only medium in which the creative Dutch excel. This is demonstrated on our visits to the town of Delft, famed for its striking blue and white pottery, and also the Stedelijk Museum, where modern art is celebrated in a broad variety of art forms. Add to this an exclusive out-of-hours tour of the Rembrandt House Museum and a glide along Amsterdam’s legendary canals by private boat, and you have all the makings of a perfectly composed cultural holiday.

  • Experience Rembrandt’s House during a very special out-of-hours visit
  • Cruise along Amsterdam’s scenic canals on a private boat
  • Take a private tour of the world-renowned Delft pottery factory
  • Admire the stunning tulips at Keukenhof Gardens


  • Cultural Excursion


  • Special Access
  • All Inclusive

Itinerary 2019

Day 1

Fly from London to Amsterdam. After a welcome drink and informal introduction, we visit the Rembrandt House Museum for an exclusive out-of-hours tour. A Dutch dinner follows later.

Hotel: Park Hotel, Amsterdam
Meals: Dinner included

Day 2

Today we visit the Rijksmuseum, dedicated to Amsterdam’s arts and history. We have lunch on board a private boat and take a trip along the canals to Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder.

Hotel: Park Hotel, Amsterdam
Meals: All meals included

Day 3

We visit the Hague and the Mauritshuis Museum, and after lunch, we explore Keukenhof and admire its stunning tulips, taking a brief boat trip before returning to Amsterdam for dinner.

Hotel: Park Hotel, Amsterdam
Meals: All meals included

Day 4

Culture awaits at the Van Gogh Museum, which we follow with a visit to the Stedelijk Museum. Sample Dutch cheeses over lunch and then depart for Zaane Shans, where a clog-making workshop and tour awaits. Later, we return to Amsterdam.

Hotel: Park Hotel, Amsterdam
Meals: All meals included

Day 5

This morning, we travel to Delft. Here, we walk around the centre and see its architecture and sights, and then we visit the Vermeer Centre. Afterwards, we sit down to lunch and then enjoy a tour of a Delft pottery factory. We make our way back to Amsterdam and our final evening will be spent indulging in a delicious dinner.

Hotel: Park Hotel, Amsterdam
Meals: All meals included

Day 6

We have lunch before heading to the airport for our return flight home.

Meals: Breakfast & lunch included

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  4. Meals - Most meals included with wine at dinner
  5. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
  6. Hotels
  7. Flights

Travel Information

There will be some walking around cities although none of the distances will require more than about 20 minutes walking at any one time. Visits to museums and art galleries will involve some standing and moving around and there will be seating for some of the longer visits. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

A boat trip is planned for day 2 with lunch on board. Other meals will be in restaurants. For dinner there is no specific dress code although most people feel more comfortable in smart/casual clothing.

The local currency is the Euro.

Passport & Visa Information

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There aren’t many cities as iconic as some of those in Europe. We invite you to explore Europe’s most stunning cities embellished in Renaissance beauty and Imperial splendour of dynasties gone by. These cities, dotted with not only architectural masterpieces, also house some of the world-class artworks of the Great Masters. Discover the romance in works of Botticelli & Michelangelo, the secrets of Da Vinci or look out to the scenes captured by Picasso. Each tour showcases an inspirational city, some of which these world-renowned artists called home and the stunning fine works created in them.

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