Art & History of the Netherlands by Rail Escorted Tour

5 nights starting from
£869

  • Provincial Dutch architectural gems

  • Van Gogh - the Kröller Müller collection is astounding

  • Open air museum – the Arnhem Museum is a delight

  • Canalside restaurants and bars – all Dutch towns have them in abundance!

  • Amsterdam and the new Rijksmuseum

From an artistic point of view you will visit fantastic galleries and museums housing some fine collections of art, including the amazing Kroller Muller Museum, beautifully set in a national park, that houses one of the most important collections of Van Gogh's in the world. The tour, part of our 'Europe by Rail' series, also takes in Arnhem and the fascinating Open Air Museum and the beautiful and historic city of Amsterdam with the new Rijksmuseum.

Available Departures

From

10 - June - 2020 £ 899.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings

St Pancras

Departing: 10th June 2020 at 11:04

Returning: 15th June 2020 at 17:56

12 - August - 2020 £ 869.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings

St Pancras

Departing: 12th August 2020 at 11:04

Returning: 17th August 2020 at 17:56

ITINERARY

Day 1: Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet direct to Rotterdam and onwards by coach to Amersfoort and the Hotel NH Amersfoort

Day 2: Full day tour to Haarlem.
A relaxed pace of life and lovely historic centre makes Haarlem a delightful town to explore. A former centre of cloth-making, in the 17th century Haarlem became the place to be for a flourishing school of painters, much of whose work is displayed in the excellent Frans Hals Museum. Housed in a former almshouse, where Hals himself lived the last years of his life, the museum’s collection consists of works by Hals and a sample of Dutch paintings from the 15th century to the present day.

Day 3: Full day tour to Amsterdam, including the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum.
The largest city and capital of The Netherlands, Amsterdam started life as a small fishing village and became one of the world’s most important ports during the Dutch Golden Age. Wander the narrow atmospheric lanes and canals lined with 17th century merchant’s houses and visit some of the many cultural and historic sites such as Anne Frank’s House and 'Museum Our Lord in the Attic'. Reopened after renovation in early 2013, the Rijksmuseum is one of the world’s greatest art galleries with a collection that spans art and history, with masterpieces by Rembrandt, Hals and Vermeer plus a huge cache of sculptures and applied arts. Visit the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, home of the largest collection of works by Van Gogh in the world.

Day 4: Morning visit to Mondriaanhuis and free time in Amersfoort, with an afternoon tour to the Open-Air Museum, Arnhem.
Mondriaanhuis was the birthplace of Pieter Cornelis Mondriaan, and it is here that you can learn about the life and work of the world famous artist. The city of Amersfoort is best known for its wellpreserved and protected medieval centre full of beautiful old buildings and atmospheric streets – keep an eye out for the original 14th century city gates. The Nederlands Openluchtmuseum, close to infamous Arnhem, showcases lovely old houses, farms and factories from different historical periods from all over the Netherlands. You’ll also find demonstrations of manufacturing in the traditional ways and even a heritage tram line.

Day 5: Full day tour to the Kröller-Müller Museum and the Jachthuis St Hubertus hunting lodge.
The Kröller-Müller is an art gallery and sculpture garden located in a national park – you can borrow a white bicycle to get from the park entrance to the museum if you wish. It is home to one of the world’s greatest collections of Van Gogh paintings in the world and also houses works by Mondrian, Seurat, Redon, Braque, Gauguin and Picasso. The museum was founded by art collector Helene Kröller-Müller who donated her collection to the state, now housed in a building designed by Henry van de Velde. This afternoon, visit the Jachthuis St Hubertus hunting lodge, country house of the Kroller Mullers. Located within the De Hoge Veluwe National Park the hunting lodge was designed by Hendrikus Petrus Berlage and visualises the legend of St Hubert, the patron saint of hunters. The design was inspired by an English country house and includes features such as a library, smoking room, bedrooms and a billiards room. 

Day 6: Morning visit to Antwerp.
We will depart Amersfoort in the morning by coach and transfer to Antwerp. Afternoon transfer to Brussels to board the return Eurostar service to Ebbsfleet or St Pancras.

NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion 

Please note for 2019 the maximum group size on this tour is 39 passengers. 

NEW FOR 2020 
Further to analysis of questionnaires received from many hundreds of our valued clients, we have decided to introduce two key changes to our tours in 2020:

1. The group size on all overseas tours is to be limited to a maximum of 35 or lower.

2. All overseas tours will include a welcome drink on the first evening, so that guests can get to know each other.

We hope that these changes will enhance our tours for all participants.

INCLUDED

  • Return Eurostar from St Pancras direct to Rotterdam, returning from Brussels
  • Five nights' accommodation on bed and breakfast basis at the four-star NH Amersfoort
  • Full touring itinerary including entrance fees and transfers as detailed
  • Tour manager throughout

NOT INCLUDED

  • Single room supplement
  • Holiday insurance 
  • Standard Premier/1st Class upgrade on Eurostar/local train. On the Eurostar this constitutes upgraded seating and light meal with complimentary drink   
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Porterage and gratuities

PLEASE NOTE: As with most trains, passengers are responsible for carrying baggage onto and off the train. Baggage can be stored on overhead shelves or at the entrance to the carriages.Trollies are available at St Pancras and Lille, but bags do need to be carried on to the platform.

Travel Editions recommends a luggage delivery service called thebaggageman, where your suitcase can be picked up from your home before departure and delivered straight to your hotel; therefore removing the worry about carrying your cases onto and off the trains. Please click here for more information and we have arranged a 10% discount exclusive to Travel Editions clients off the thebaggageman service. Tel: 01844 264890

HOTELS

NH Amersfoort, Amersfoort
The four-star NH Amersfoort Hotel is modern and comfortable located just a couple of minutes' walk from the lovely city centre where you will find plenty of medieval streets to wander. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant (please note the restaurant is closed Friday to Sunday), bar, terrace (open in the summer months) and comfortable bedrooms with private en-suite, TV, telephone, minibar, safe, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. 

NH Amersfoort Website

OUR VIEW ON THE HOTEL
The NH Amersfoort is excellently located in the centre of Amersfoort close to both the town's historical attractions and a good selection of cafes and restaurants. Rooms are light, airy and charmingly decorated with spacious bathrooms and are thoroughly modern as well as being clean and comfortable.   

Pre-tour accommodation is available at the Premier Inn, London Kings Cross St Pancras, about a 5 minutes walk from St Pancras International, at an approximate rate of £120 per room. Bookings can be made direct with the hotel on 0871 527 8672 or visit their website

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We booked this tour on the strength of having travelled with you to Delft earlier in the year and it did not disappoint. The galleries & museums visited were wonderful - especially the Kroller-Muller. Once again Gill, our tour manager, was excellent in both her knowledge of the country and in admin/communication.

Review by Day who travelled 07-August-2019


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This was a fabulous trip using an excellent hotel (the very best so far out of all Travel Editions holidays, both uk and abroad) and an exemplary guide with fantastic organisational skills. Again the best guide yet, and the previous ones have been pretty amazing! One of our party was ill for 3 of the 4 main days and both Gill and the hotel looked after her brilliantly. I would like them to be thanked please. My only concern is the information paperwork that was sent before we left the uk: I received a map of Utrecht when we were not even visiting Utrecht and a couple of other maps that we did not, in the end use, as Gill provided much better maps all marked up with highlighter pens each day. Not sure if the maps and museum guides were sourced by Gill or the office, but they were brilliant. When I received the information before travelling I rang to ask for more copies of the maps I had received, as I felt that one map for each place between three people was inadequate. I did not receive these and had to pay for photocopies myself. I also wanted all the information that had been emailed to me, especially the full itinerary, sent as paper cooies, as I have no means of printing anything. It would be great if you could give this some thought in future. Emails are great most of the time, but paper information is better when you are needing to take information with you on holiday. Overall still brilliant though! Thank you. Will be looking to book two holidays next year, for 5 people in total. I am aware that a friend of mine seems to get discounts and upgrades that I do not get. The system needs to be fair.

Review by Grainger who travelled 07-August-2019


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It would have been nice to have a group activity on the first evening to get to know other members of the group and the guide. It would have been helpful to have a handout giving a brief explanation of Netherlands history; a timeline, with rulers, significant events and artists active at the time would have helped to put things in context.

Review by Greaves who travelled 07-August-2019


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The tour was rather tiring for older travellers (90 and 88), and made us doubt that we would be able to undertake another similar holiday. However, the tour guide was knowledgeable and very helpful, and she imparted her knowledge and advice easily and without 'lecturing' us. She was very good= as was the driver.

Review by Howes who travelled 07-August-2019


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This was an excellent tour. The visit to the Kroller-Muller Museum was a delight. We saw some exceptional art and visited very interesting cities. Amersfoort was such a good base for our hotel and a pleasure to explore.

Review by Russell who travelled 07-August-2019


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Great holiday, thank you. Gill our tour guide was informative and very efficient. The coach was comfortable and the driver Piet was very experienced and drove steadily and safely. In 5 days we viewed fabulous Art and lots of great sightseeing.

Review by Delves who travelled 07-August-2019


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t was an exceellent trip with a very good and helpful tour manager. The hotel was very comfortable and obliging, but the hotel restaurant was rather small so it was difficult if one wanted to book a table for an evening meal unless one booked a day or so ahead. There were however plenty of restaurants quite nearby.

Review by Shaw who travelled 07-August-2019


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The best one yet! Hotel fabulous (so much better than the one in Tours last year). The smaller group worked extremely well - do keep the numbers down as everyone benefits. The choice of venues was outstanding; nothing whatsoever disappointed. The tour guide's local knowledge and the suggested routes she outlined for us on the maps were invaluable and much appreciated - we could all select the places that appealed to us as individuals. I am racking my brains to find anything to criticize - maybe the hotel towels were on the thin side - that's all I can offer. Otherwise don't change a thing. Have already booked Delft next year and looking forward to a similar quality experience. X

Review by Walton who travelled 07-August-2019


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A very enjoyable, well organised tour.

Review by Courtis who travelled 12-June-2019


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I enjoyed the trip very much. It all went smoothly. There were a few changes because of restorations and closures( Mondays appears to be a bad day)

Review by Anonymous who travelled 12-June-2019


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Review by Anonymous who travelled 12-June-2019


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It was a really well planned Tour and we saw some very unique Collections. Our guide was superb, calm, knowledgeable and with a great sense of humour. Well done Travel Editions once again you have come up with an enjoyable trip which also allowed for relaxation time. We felt very privileged to be able to see the Rijksmuseum as well as the Van Gogh museum on the same day.

Review by Edwards who travelled 01-August-2018


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It was a really well planned Tour and we saw some very unique Collections. Our guide was superb, calm, knowledgeable and with a great sense of humour. Well done Travel Editions once again you have come up with an enjoyable trip which also allowed for relaxation time. We felt very privileged to be able to see the Rijksmuseum as well as the Van Gogh museum on the same day.

Review by Edwards who travelled 01-August-2018


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Another day needed in Amsterdam. Two museum/art galleries take at least a day on their own leaving NO time to see anything of Amsterdam itself and its history. A one week tour would also have the advantage of stopping in Antwerp on a Tuesday when the museums etc are open.

Review by Cowley who travelled 01-August-2018


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This was the first holiday that I'd taken travelling solo and was a great success. Everyone was very friendly. Gill Thompson , tour guide and bus driver Peter were excellent. The holiday appeared to happen effortlessly which demonstrates their great skill. Gill was very friendly and answered any questions appropriately. She is a great credit to your company. I enjoyed each day especially the Kroner- Muller museum and hunting lodge day. I found the full day in Amsterdam very tiring trying to manage 2 galleries in the one day. It was also very hot that day! I thought that the half day in Antwerp could have been dispensed with. I would suggest that that now the euro-star goes to Amsterdam it would be better to travel to there and spend one full day and the final half day in Amsterdam. That way the Van Gogh Gallery could be visited on the full day, and people choose to use their ticket for the Rijsmuseum on that day or on the final half day before returning home. It would mean that potentially the full day could be more restful or people could choose to have an intense day with gallery viewing and then have a gentle half day to explore Amsterdam before returning to the UK.

Review by Curran who travelled 01-August-2018


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Tour guide excellent. Hotel good, but with no lounge for socialising. Frans Hals exhibition not worth the journey: if possible, substitute Breughel.

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Review by Derwent who travelled 01-August-2018


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I learned so much. The company was excellent an Jill and Peter the driver really looked after us.

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Top of the class tour, Programme and itinerary excellent. Tour Manager keen and enthusiastic. Knowledge of subject remarkable, Nice personality. Good hotel. Travel arrangements without fault Weather perfect. Travelling companions could not be bettered. Very well done.

Review by Bernard who travelled 01-August-2018


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I thoroughly enjoyed this trip, mainly due to the superb organisation, thoughtfulness, consideration and pleasantness of Gill Thompson. I don’t think her knowledge and expertise could have been bettered. I believe that your company is fortunate to have such a superior tour guide. I would like you to convey what I have said to her. Dene Mackay

Review by Mackay who travelled 01-August-2018


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Excellent

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Very impressed indeed by our first Travel Editions tour. Jill our tour leader was exceptional - can't praise her enough. Particularly as working in 37C temps.

Review by Allgood who travelled 01-August-2018


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Gill our tour guide and Peter our driver were both absolutely first class!

Review by Snowden who travelled 01-August-2018


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Our tour guide, Jill, was excellent and made this a special and memorable holiday. Jill was so informative on so many issues. I am sorry I didn't have chance to thank her personally.

Review by Cooper who travelled 16-May-2018


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A totally brilliant tour! Lots of wonderful art by several of the great Dutch painters - Vermeer, Reubens, Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Mondrian. Amersfoort was a really good base for the excellent excursions and a pretty town in its own right. The hotel was very comfortable and breakfast really good. I’m missing the muesli with whole almonds and cashew nuts and the pancakes.! Gill Thompson is a superb Tour Manager. Her knowledge of Art & History is impressive and she looked after us really well. Another memorable tour from Travel Editions. Thank you.

Review by Richardson who travelled 16-May-2018


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Easy to travel on my own for the first time since the death of my husband, Norman, (please remove him from your database) . because there were so many other likeminded single travellers. Good mix of indoor and outdoor activities. Perhaps when one member was lost, the coach should not wait for an hour with all on board.

Review by Johnson who travelled 16-May-2018


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Jill was very helpful when there was a problem at the Van Gogh Museum and sorted the problem very efficiently. Just one minor criticism - on arrival at a site it would have been quite nice for the leader to wait until all people had got off the coach before she set off on a tour. Those of us who were a bit slower were left hoping we could catch up!!!! A very interesting holiday.

Review by Brodie who travelled 16-May-2018


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Very good tour with many interesting visits. Our tour guide was very informative. Perhaps too much time spent on coach travel. One free afternoon in Amersfoort would have been appreciated..Overall though, an excellent experience.

Review by Kelly who travelled 16-May-2018


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I would rate the tour manager as much better than excellent. She was friendly, efficient, helpful, and coped with problems in a calm and measured way. I cannot speak too highly of Jill. One of the best we have had in many holidays with you. Only adverse comment concerns the day in Amsterdam which was too demanding with both the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum to visit, and left us no time to see anything of the city. This is a view expressed by many of the guests. Unavoidable perhaps.

Review by Smith who travelled 16-May-2018


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We did enjoy this tour very much. However, the day in Amsterdam, with visits to two major world-famous art galleries did feel a bit "over the top". With the amount to see in both, I do wonder whether, with the train going direct to Amsterdam in the future, one of the museums could be dealt with on the day of arrival, with a visit to cover the other one later in the holiday. Both the accommodation and its location in Amersfoort were excellent.

Review by Fowler who travelled 16-May-2018


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The group, at 39, was larger than we like. We would have preferred longer in some of the visits, such as Het Loo, the Openlucht Museum, the Rijksmuseum. Karen Blackwell was an efficient manager, though her pronunciation of Dutch was sometimes very questionable (we had a very amicable discussion about this). Our driver was also very good.

Review by Mulhall who travelled 02-August-2017


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Gill was a first-class manager, it all went well.

Review by Mr John Cadisch who travelled 03-August-2016


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Extremely knowledgable and friendly Tour Manager. Lots to see (too tight a schedule (?) but highly recommendable.

Review by Mr Jeremy Neville who travelled 03-August-2016


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Five stars! Fantastic trip. Full of interest. Excellent hotel and base for touring. Friendly fellow travellers. Our tour guide, Gill, could not have been better.

Review by Mr Paul Willatts who travelled 03-August-2016


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Amersfoort makes a good base for this tour and is well worth exploring in its own right. If anything, the provincial attractions - Haarlem, the Openlucht and Kroller/Muller museums - outshone the bigger venues in Amsterdam, We've an appetite for more.

Review by Mr David Hodgkinson who travelled 18-May-2016


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A most enjoyable trip, well thought out and very well led.

Review by Mrs Gillian Riordan who travelled 18-May-2016


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A very good trip. Ambers fort was lovely. Karen was great. HAd a problem with the air conditioning in the hotel. It was difficult to control and switch off

Review by Mrs Paula Palk who travelled 18-May-2016


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A lovely, informative, well-organised holiday. Considering there were 39 people travelling, the Tour manager and driver did a very good job in getting us to our destinations and answering all our queries.

Review by Mrs Helen Brewin who travelled 18-May-2016


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Review by Mr Donald Hill who travelled 18-May-2016


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2nd time with Karen as tour guide and once again she was splendid - a real asset to your company

Review by Mr Laurence Frisby who travelled 18-May-2016


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Review by Dr David Stasin who travelled 18-May-2016


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Very enjoyable, lots to do, well-managed - the tour manager was professional and friendly, did a great job. Het Loo a bit disappointing.

Review by Mrs Angela Brown who travelled 18-May-2016


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Very interesting and enjoyable holiday.

Review by Mr Raymond Pearce who travelled 07-October-2015


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We thoroughly enjoyed this tour lots of interesting museums with wonderful works of art. The visit to the sculpture park was a real bonus for us after the days spent inside museums. Lovely to stretch the legs and appreciate the sun. Must just add that our tour manager GILL was fantastic, so helpful and knowledgeable she deserves the praise.

Review by Mrs Enid Davies who travelled 07-October-2015


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First time that we have traveled with Travel Editions. It was a really enjoyable experience, well organized and well led. Thank you very much.

Review by Mr Derek Kennington who travelled 07-October-2015


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just one hour delay on return Eurostar otherwise all expectations exceeded

Review by Mr John Bromley who travelled 07-October-2015


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We would have liked an area in the hotel where we could have socialized with the other the other members of the group, the bar area was limited to four stools. Gil, the tour manager was excellent.

Review by Mrs B Hotson who travelled 09-September-2015


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Our guide was exemplary in every way - very well informed and extremely efficient, leaving us with nothing to do but enjoy the experience.

Review by Mr Geoffrey Smith who travelled 09-September-2015


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Review by Mr J Clare who travelled 09-September-2015


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Enjoyed this holiday very much......well organised and informative, good blend of activities and free time. Would have liked all day at kröller Miller museum instead of time at Het Loo Palace. ....otherwise no complaints. ....well done to your team there, will definately recommend your services to family/friends and hope to book anther tour in the spring. Best wishes Patrick Harte

Review by Mr Patrick Harte who travelled 05-August-2015


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Wonderful trip made even better by our tour manager, Gill.

Review by Mr Eric Greenyer who travelled 05-August-2015


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Fabulous tour and Gill the tour leader was a real assert, she was professional, knowledgeable and reall made the tour. Excellent Excellent Excellent

Review by Mrs Daveda Deegan who travelled 05-August-2015


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Initial information: could be clearer re when museum entry charges (additional) might be required. Journey: currently unavoidable, perhaps - the long, slow stopping train journey between Brussels and Dordrecht - making for a long travel day overall. But marvellous holiday - I'm a convert to TE.

Review by Mrs Dorothy Paddon who travelled 05-August-2015


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The choice of places to visit was excellent, a very good variety. The transport was very efficient. Hotel comfortable but we did not like the large shared tables for breakfast. Amersfoort is a very good base as it is convenient for the trips and is a very attractive town with excellent choice of restaurants.We would have liked a handout each evening with information about the next day's venue with a short verbal update the next morning rather than than such a lot of talk, some of it quite unnecessary, while we were traveling.

Review by Mrs R Wilson who travelled 08-July-2015


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I really appreciated being able to change the dates of our trip after I had mistakenly booked on the August one. I don't think we were the only people who would have liked more time at the Kroller-Muller museum and less at Het Loo. Finally the trip dossier for the Arnhem day could have left the impression that we would visit the military museum. Would it be possible for future groups to drive over the famous bridge. Overall an excellent trip. We really enjoyed staying in a non-touristy town like Amersfoorte.

Review by Mrs C Burt who travelled 08-July-2015


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The information we were given on booking by phone ie. that the journey wasn't First Class further than Brussels and there wasn't food provided on Eurostar was erroneous ( the printed information wasn't much clearer either!): otherwise the booking was dealt with very well.

Review by Mr I Troth who travelled 08-July-2015


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It was our first time with Travel Editions and it won't be our last as we thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. The trips were very good, well organised and informative. Our Tour Manager, Karen Blackwell,was very professional and helpful.

Review by Mr Gary Russell who travelled 08-July-2015


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A very interesting tour for us - first one we have done without a lecturer. It was a little harder for the group to gel as we only had breakfasts together but it was rather nice to have free reign at the museums and galleries and to be able to organise our time ourselves. We managed to fit in a boat trip in Amsterdam and a bike ride at the Kroller Museum! Excellent!

Review by Mrs Hazel Henry who travelled 08-July-2015


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Would have liked rather more information on Arnhem before we went. Otherwise was very impressed with the tour and what we saw.

Review by Mrs Susan Goodbody who travelled 08-July-2015


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Great trip. Shame the coach journey from Dordrecht station was quite long. Shame about the very early start coming home. Would have been nicer t have the morning there and travel home in the afternoon, but I understand that train times and connections may have made that difficult.

Review by Ms Hannah Kalmanowitz who travelled 08-July-2015


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Amersfoort is a delightful place to stay and walking round it in the evening was one of the pleasures of the holiday. I enjoyed some of the visits more than others - favourites were the Rijks Museum, the open air museum, and the Kroller-Muller Museum, whereas I found the Het Loo Palace overcrowded and claustrophobic.

Review by Ms Vicki Bailey who travelled 08-July-2015


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Karen is brilliant,she really knows about the history etc of the area.She has a great personality and is very efficient and I felt confident that if anything went wrong Karen would sort it out quickly. Very interesting itinerary. Harry is an excellent ,friendly driver and I always felt I was in safe hands.

Review by Mrs Davie who travelled 08-July-2015


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Very enjoyable trip and very well planned and organised. Excellent tour guide too. Perhaps the Open Air Museum could have been an optional tour. It might have been nice to have a 'welcome drink'/reception when we arrived to get to now other tour participants.

Review by Mrs Anna Hornan who travelled 27-May-2015


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Final documents itinerary should give full details as on website. Wrongly included Utrecht and map of Gouda. Gill was an excellent guide, very helpful and informative

Review by Mr Paul West who travelled 27-May-2015


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Our tour guide was superb - she made the tour for us and nothing was too much trouble for her. We appreciated her vast experience, her sense of humour and her great patience. We should love to have her again on another tour.

Review by Ms Jean Johnston who travelled 27-May-2015


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Our tour manager,Gill,was excellent,as was Harry the coach driver.A very good holiday!We hope to travel with you again!

Review by Mrs E Buck who travelled 27-May-2015


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Review by Mrs Carole Critchlow who travelled 27-May-2015


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Free time in Amersfoort and Arnhem Open Air Museum a waste of valuable time. Instead of only one day for Kroller Muller and Het Loo Palace, split these destinations into two days to allow more time in each. Tour Manager Gill was outstanding throughout. Driver Harry could not have been more considerate, pleasant and highly efficient.

Review by Mrs Helen Jamieson who travelled 27-May-2015


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I very much enjoyed the tour, which met the standard I have come to expect from Travel Editions. The organisation was excellent and Jill, the tour manager,well organised and pleasant with everybody. Amersfoot was an excellent centre and a lovely town, and Haarlem particularly attractive.the Frans Hals museum and the Kroller Muller were particularly interesting and the sculpture park just wonderful. Jill particularly came up trumps when the return Eurostar had major delays. She organised us as a group and got us onto the first available train with little fuss and great efficiency. I had a lovely break and increased my art history learning at the same time.

Review by Mrs Susan Booth who travelled 27-May-2015


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This was the most enjoyable holiday I've been on for some time. Gill Thompson was the best TM I've ever met and was spot on with the knowledge, approachability and overall organisation. Every aspect of the holiday worked, the highlight for me being the Kroller- Muller Museum.

Review by Mr Jeffrey Dunkley who travelled 27-May-2015


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We enjoyed our holiday with you very much and we liked seeing something of the Dutch way of life! Hotel was excellent and near City Centre and the coach always ready and on time. We would like to visit the Netherlands again but unsure of rail travel,the chose at St Pancras was just like an airport check in and the trains are looking very worn and in need of upgrade! Train from Brussels much delayed and a tiring trip! Best of all,our dear tour manager Jill could not have been more caring and professional,we felt that we were in very safe hands! Please compliment her!

Review by Mrs Anna-Marie Pagano who travelled 27-May-2015


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Review by Mr Roger Marsh who travelled 06-August-2014


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Our Tour Manager was articulate and very helpful to everyone. She gave clear information in a friendly way.

Review by Mrs Anne Ryback who travelled 13-August-2014


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This tour gave us our first and very, very enjoyable taste of The Netherlands. The hotel accommodation was excellent, Amersfoort was a perfect town in which to stay and explore. Would have preferred to spend the whole day in Haarlem as it was fascinating, Utrecht, far too busy. Gill was one of the best guides we have ever travelled with - knowledgeable, professional and amazingly unflustered by having to cope with such a large party. Finally, the amazingly efficient train travel made the misery of airport delays and security finally loose it's appeal. We should like to travel this way to the South of France next year. Thank you for a very well organised and enjoyable trip Madeline Hazelden

Review by Mr John Hazelden who travelled 13-August-2014


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A well organised and good value holiday which was made excellent by the tour guide, Gill, who was very knowledgeable about The Netherlands and the Golden Age artists and had a pleasant voice to listen to over the coach intercom. She also came prepared with maps of the towns we visited and information about the museums we attended. Gill was a first rate tour leader.

Review by Mr Clive Cotton who travelled 13-August-2014


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I have rated Admin as Poor because the coach which should have met us at Doordrecht had no record of the booking. We stood for an hour waiting and then had to get 2 trains to Amersfoort. A bad start but a wonderful trip 6 art galleries of Dutch gems [ I fitted in a visit to the Mauritshuis and was one of only 2 who went to the central museum in Utrecht Jill's recommendation]

Review by Ms Jane Maxwell who travelled 06-August-2014


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Brochure; more details needed. I did not realise that coach travel was included in the museum visits. Train; Travel from Dordrecht to Amersfoort had not been arranged by London Office.

Review by Mr Daniel Bree who travelled 06-August-2014


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Gill Thompson was an excellent Tour Manager and she dealt with a very difficult problem early on very well(ie a bus failed to turn up at Dordrecht) More generally, we would like to see more rail/B&B trips to new areas in Europe Italy, Austria could be used more. Also Spain where rail trips are now so well linked with France. A final thought: what about some reductions for long term travellers - we must have had at least 12, possibly more trips with travel editions!

Review by Mr Antony Lancaster who travelled 06-August-2014


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Very enjoyable tour with Gill excellent as always as tour manager. Amersfoort makes an excellent base with a fine choice of restaurants for the evening.

Review by Mr John Roberts who travelled 13-August-2014


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Very enjoyable tour overall with excellent tour manager. A very good "taster" holiday, as there was not enough time in most of the places visited. Problem of missing coach in Dordrecht on outward journey -- and return journey seemed unnecessarily early given the relatively short trip.

Review by Dr Ian Roe who travelled 06-August-2014


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Jill was excellent both in her knowledge of Holland and of Art. She rearranged the schedule perfectly around the weather and the days of the week allowing the right amount of time for each venue. A very satisfactory and pleasing experience.

Review by Mr Anthony Glenday who travelled 09-July-2014


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Accommodation- Room perfectly acceptable but poor breakfast and very poor restaurant service in the evening.

Review by Mr B Wolstencroft who travelled 09-July-2014


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Good variety of places to visit although I would have preferred just one main visit on the Saturday. Fitting in both Haarlem and Utrecht was too ambitious and a town the size of Utrecht could not be appreciated in just a few hours. Some in the party were unavoidably held up in Utrecht and missed the departure time by half an hour. I understand that previous members of your groups may have found time dragging by just staying in one town but this may have been affected by the weather, among other things. I did not have time to visit the church in Haarlem as there was a counter attraction in the form of the market, which was splendid, but I feel we did not do the town justice. It was unfortunate that the hotel was unable to meet its commitments when it opened for dinner on the last evening. The guide said that they had agreed to open especially for the group when normally closed on Sunday but service was so slow that people were frustrated and giving up before the dessert course. The restaurant was also quite poor value, compared with restaurants in the town Overall, I thought that Amersfoort was a good base and the balance between galleries, museums and other attractions worked well, as I would not have booked for a "galleries-only" type of trip over 5 days.

Review by Mr Martin Gorman who travelled 09-July-2014


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The weekend dinner in the hotel was not satisfactory, otherwise everything went very well and we much enjoyed the trip. Very good tour manager!

Review by Mr Michael Goode who travelled 09-July-2014


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Het Loo dreary. Every other destination a joy

Review by Mr Philip Mortimer who travelled 09-July-2014


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Centering the tour in Amersfoort is a good idea as Utrecht and Amsterdam are big and noisy, the hotel was very good.

Review by Mrs Honor Clarke who travelled 09-July-2014


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I very much enjoyed my tour. Perhaps the tour manager could have been a little more informative about options. I have been to Delft before and was fortunate to have some knowledge which helped.

Review by Booth who travelled 09-October-2013


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The day in Gouda and Leidan was a day too much; endless cheese and limited art. We consider that the trip could be shortened by one day. However the rest of the trip was great.

Review by Hulbert who travelled 09-October-2013


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Decent hotel (Hampshire, Delft) but they found peak times hard to manage e.g. coffee machine kept breaking down!

Review by Wood who travelled 02-October-2013