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Lecture from Andrew Graham-Dixon
Private view of the Mauritshuis with Andrew Graham-DIxon
World class art - admire paintings by the Old Masters
Architecture - you’ll see provincial Dutch gems in Delft, Leiden and Gouda
Museums and galleries - the recently refurbished Rijksmuseum, Panorama Mesdag, Rembrandt Museum as well as the Mauritshuis
Join Andrew Graham-Dixon in Holland to explore the art of one of its greatest masters, Vermeer, about whom Andrew is about to publish a grond-breaking new book. A special 90-minute early morning visit to the wonderful Mauritshuis with Andrew and a guided tour before the museum opens its doors will allow special appreciation of two of Vermeer’s masterpieces, Girl with a Pearl Earring and The View of Delft as well as The Goldfinch and works by Rembrandt and other Dutch Masters. The atmospheric Dutch towns of Delft and Leiden provided much artistic inspiration for two of history's great painters: Vermeer and Rembrandt and this tour follows in their footsteps, exploring the towns where they were born, as well as visiting world-class art galleries to view some of their works, including the recently reopened Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Mauritshuis and Panorama Mesdag in The Hague and much more.
Quoted price below is for Telegraph Subscribers only and your subscribers number will be needed at time of booking. (Subscribers will also get a signed copy of one of Andrew Graham-Dixon’s books)
For non-subscribers of the Telegraph, a supplement of £75 per person will be added to your booking.
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Day 1: Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras direct to Rotterdam and 30 minutes onwards by coach to Delft and check-in to the Hampshire Delft Centre Hotel.
Day 2: Morning walking tour of Delft with the afternoon free.
It isn’t hard to see why Delft is one of the most popular attractions for visitors to the Netherlands – firstly there’s Vermeer, then the town’s famous blue and white ceramics and last but certainly not least the gorgeous centre – a jumble of old tiled houses, tree-lined canals, and lovely little bridges, though it’s the feeling of the place that holds most of the appeal. Wandering the narrow streets is a must, and the Prinsenhof, one of a few fascinating old buildings, has a collection of Golden Age paintings.
Day 3: Full day tour to Leiden and Gouda.
Home to one of Europe’s most prestigious universities and the birth place of Rembrandt, Leiden is a vibrant and appealing city. Its beautiful and historic old town, crisscrossed by ancient canals and full of lovely antique buildings, is best explored on foot. The Stedelijk Museum de Lakenhal houses some 17th century Dutch paintings. A typical Dutch country town, Gouda is charming, its old buildings surrounded by quiet canals, known for its cheese. Although it is a fairly small town, Gouda’s Markt square is the largest in the Netherlands, an echo of its days at the centre of the medieval cloth trade and you’ll also find some of the world’s best stained glass in St Janskerk. Welcome reception, talk from Andrew Graham-Dixon and dinner with wine at the hotel.
Day 4: Full day tour to The Hague and private visit to Mauritshuis collection and Panorama Mesdag.
Early breakfast and transfer to the Mauritshuis for a 90 minute private visit from 0830 to 10am, before it opens to the public. This will comprise a 45 minute session with Andrew Graham Dixon in the Vermeer room, which includes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring and The View of Delft as well as The Goldfinch by Fabritius and work by Rembrandt) and a 45 minute guided tour of the other rooms at the Mauritshuis followed by time to look round independently at its world class collection of works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Dyck and Rubens. The museum has fairly recently reopened with a new exhibition space and reception area, but retains its intimate atmosphere – it is one of the world’s best small art galleries. The Hague is the home of the Dutch government and Parliament and is a pleasant, spacious seaside town. With its multitude of parks, squares and gardens interspersed with elegant boulevards lined with mansions; it is a stately place with an air of being well kept and well moneyed. The Hague has plenty of excellent museums and entrance is also included to the incredible Panorama Mesdag, the largest painting in the Netherlands at 120 metres long and 14 metres high and the Prince William V Gallery, part of the Mauritshuis collection.
Day 5: Full day tour to Amsterdam, the Rijksmuseum and Rembrandt’s House.
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 sights – two of which are included. Reopened after renovation in early 2013, the Rijksmuseum is one of the world’s greatest art galleries with a large collection of Dutch works, particularly Rembrandts, several excellent Vermeers and a huge cache of sculptures and applied arts. The Rembrandt House Museum is based in the house where the artist lived and painted for 20 years before his eviction by creditors and displays a number of his etchings.
Day 6: Morning visit to Rotterdam.
We will depart Delft in the morning by coach and transfer to Rotterdam with time for you to see some of the sights of the Netherlands’ second city. The country’s economic powerhouse with one of the largest ports in the world, it was devastated by heavy bombing in May 1940, but has rebuilt very quickly and now arguably boasts some of Europe’s best modern architecture, both civic and residential and excellent museums devoted to art and architecture. Afternoon transfer to Rotterdam station to board the return Eurostar service to St Pancras.
NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 48 passengers.
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 Brussels, but bags do need to be carried on to the platform.
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Hampshire Delft Centre Hotel, Delft
The family-owned three-star Delft Centre Hotel is located - as its name suggests - in the heart of Delft just behind the New Church, so within a few minutes' walk of the main square and all the main sights. Facilities here include bar, restaurant, waterfront terrace, wi-fi and comfortable bedrooms with private bath/shower, air-conditioning, TV, telephone and tea/coffee making facilities.
Hampshire Delft Centre Hotel Website
OUR VIEW ON THE HOTEL
The Hampshire Delft Centre Hotel has been welcoming Travel Editions' guests for nearly a decade now and continue to look after us very well.
Pre-tour accommodation is available at the Premier Travel 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.
A popular art critic, author, broadcaster and lecturer, Andrew is one of Britain's leading cultural commentators. He has presented numerous TV programmes including the BBC's Sicily Unpacked and Italy Unpacked with Italian chef, Giorgio Locatelli. He is also the author of books covering art history, including Renaissance, Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel, and Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane. Andrew is currently writing an eagerly awaited and ground-breaking study of Johannes Vermeer, the 17th-century Dutch artist who painted Girl with a Pearl Earring, A View of Delft, The Milkmaid to The Artist in His Studio. A former judge of the Turner Prize, Andrew has also served on the Government Art Collection Committee and the Hayward Advisory Committee.
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