• Discover the wealth of 17th century art in the famous collections of Amsterdam, Haarlem and The Hague
• Enjoy a visit to the Lakenhal Museum in Leiden, reopening in 2019 after major restoration and expansion
• Gain an understanding of Dutch patronage in the age of Rembrandt, Hals and Vermeer
Rupert is an art historian and journalist specialising in Dutch and Flemish art.
Depart London Heathrow 1145 on British Airways, arriving Amsterdam 1405. Transfer to Hotel Estheréa for four nights. Afternoon visit to the Amsterdam Museum.
Morning lecture: Trade, Tolerance and Technology – Foundations of the Golden Age followed by visit to the Rijksmuseum (17th century collections including Rembrandt’s Night Watch – undergoing restoration but expected to be partially on view). Free afternoon (optional independent visits to Van Gogh Museum or Museum Van Loon).
Morning lecture: Serenity, Still Life and the City followed by excursion to The Hague for Mauritshuis (Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring). Afternoon: continue to Leiden for Lakenhal Museum and walking tour. Free evening.
Morning lecture: Rembrandt, Hals & Dutch Portraiture followed by visits to Royal Palace (subject to confirmation) and Amsterdam Hermitage Museum. Afternoon: excursion to Haarlem for visit to Frans Hals Museum.
Morning: Oude Kerk (14th century church – oldest building in the city), The Waag (15th century building – exterior) and Rembrandthuis. Depart Amsterdam 1610, arriving Heathrow 1630.
2 Jul — 6 Jul 2020
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This tour will require a good level of fitness, as several sites will be visited on foot and Amsterdam is not easily navigable by taxi as an alternative to walking. Please note that pavements are uneven, and at some sites participants will be required to navigate stairs as lifts are not always available.
Cost of £1875 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, three dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £325.
Own flight reduction: £140.