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World class art - admire paintings by the Old Masters
Architecture - you’ll see provincial Dutch gems in Delft, Leiden and Gouda
Restaurants - Delft’s are excellent
Galleries - the recently refurbished Rijksmuseum and Mauritshuis are stunning
The atmospheric Dutch towns of Delft and Leiden provided much artistic inspiration for two of history's great painters: Vermeer and Rembrandt.
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 and Mauritshuis in The Hague featuring Vermeer's 'Girl with a Pearl Earring' which is back in its rightful home after a worldwide tour.
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Day 1: Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet 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 The Hague and the Mauritshuis collection and Panorama Mesdag.
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 included to the Mauritshuis collection which has reopened with a new exhibition space and reception area. The museum retains its intimate atmosphere and has an outstanding collection of Rembrant, Vermeer, Van Dyck and Rubens. Entrance is also included to the incredible Panorama Mesdag, the largest painting in the Netherlands at 120 metres long and 14 metres high.
Day 4: 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.
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 Antwerp.
We will depart Delft 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 49 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.
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.
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The tour manager was wonderful. Everything worked as planned and we thoroughly enjoyed the holiday in spite of some not very good service at the hotel.
Review by Anonymous who travelled 08-May-2019
Only a small point - although the itinerary mentioned that two museums were included in the price, these were not shown under the heading “Included in the price” in the brochure. The hotel was in an excellent location and the room was satisfactory but it was the breakfast service which fell short. Not the fault of Travel Editions but too many people were admitted to the Rembrandt exhibition and it was impossible to see the small exhibits properly.
Review by Anonymous who travelled 08-May-2019
The tour manager was really good. She was clear and precise in her instructions and guidance and her general knowledge was excellent for the places we visited as well as facts around the subjects. The hotel restaurant was overwhelmed at some breakfast times, which they should have predicted and planned for. Always in very short supply - cutlery and English Breakfast tea bags. Bed needed a new mattress and lumpy pillows! Otherwise, very nice with helpful staff. Finally, we are not sure how successful a visit to Antwerp was. It was an unpleasant experience at the end of a lovely holiday. On a personal level, we would have loved to have found time to visit the Van Gogh/Hockney exhibition. Any criticisms were minor and certainly didn’t spoil anything.
Review by Anonymous who travelled 08-May-2019
A special commendation to Gill Thompson, our tour manager, for her VERY efficient running and organisation of the group, as well as her encyclopedic knowledge of her subject.
Review by Anonymous who travelled 08-May-2019
Review by Anonymous who travelled 08-May-2019
overall a great trip
Review by Klein who travelled 08-May-2019
I have downgraded the transport (train) due to the stressful nature of check-in for the Eurostar at St. Pancras. As my ticket would not scan I had to take it to a member of staff, which was no problem as such but I became separated from my partner and was pointed towards a queue for the next stage of the process then for some reason told to join a different queue; after about 5 minutes there, I was then told to re-join the queue that I was originally part of! All I can say is "got there in the end". The journey itself was very good. The hotel I have marked down a notch as it seemed to be run with a skeleton staff who got their wires crossed a bit at dinner time. The staff were pleasant enough and everything else was very good; location, comfort & cleanliness. A special mention for our tour leader, Gill Thompson. She was very knowledgeable about the destination; had good, clear, communication skills and was very helpful whenever called upon.
Review by Day who travelled 08-May-2019
Generally, a very good tour, with Delft as an excellent base. Two points: 1. The tour manager, all of whom should be accessible 24/7, should give out her mobile number at the BEGINNING of the tour and not on the penultimate day. What if a traveller has an emergency, either to return home or to see a doctor, dentist or visit a hospital as a result of an accident?; 2. Time should be spent on the last day in Delft, rather than spending 3.5 hrs in Antwerp. Delft is lovely and I am sure time for last minute shopping or sightseeing would be a bonus. (And, all museums in Antwerp, not a particularly prepossesing city at best, are closed on Monday.)
Review by Derwent who travelled 08-May-2019
The hotel had a management gap on the evening of 18 August, which contributed to the poor food and service in the hotel restaurant that evening after 8pm. With this exception, we found all the staff exceptionally pleasant and helpful. Terry, in my experience, is unrivalled as a guide for such art/history tours.
Review by Marum who travelled 26-May-2019
Lovely trip! The third time we’ve travelled with your company and it won’t be the last.
Review by Deegan who travelled 10-October-2018
Karen led our tour superbly and allowed those of us with slightly different interests to undertake them. I booked an online ticket for Van Gogh which was a rush, with so much to see in the Rijksmuseum, but worth every minute. I gather Van Gogh don't sell tickets at their desk, only online so I was lucky.
Review by Sharp who travelled 10-October-2018
We would have liked longer in the Mesdag Panorama. Also longer in Gouda and less time in Leiden. Karen did a splendid job or introducing us to Delft after we had settled into the hotel. Her suggestions on what to see and where to eat were all very useful. The driver Peter, was always helpful and polite. All in all we thoroughly enjoyed our holiday.
Review by Kelsall who travelled 10-October-2018
We enjoyed the trip very much and appreciated our guide's leadership.
Review by who travelled 12-September-2018
It was a brilliant experience but the accommodation was the only quibble. The hotel was clean and comfortable but let down by its staff. When we wanted a drink there was no one at the bar. When we wanted dinner in the hotel we were told there was no need to book but when we turned up for dinner we were told that we could not be accommodated. As a result I decided not spend any money in the hotel at all and we had all meals and drinks outside the hotel
Review by Clark who travelled 12-September-2018
An interesting tour with an excellent guide .
Review by who travelled 12-September-2018
Very well balanced tour enhanced greatly by tour manager but with enough flexibility to do your own thing too. Hotel -- good location, room and food but needs to sharpen up restaurant dinner service and management and ensure tables are available in evening for in house guests
Review by Adams who travelled 12-September-2018
Very interesting and well paced tour. Hotel very well equipped and comfortable with excellent choices for breakfast. Gill, our tour guide, was very caring and efficient. Personally we would have liked longer in Gouda, even at the expense of not going to Leiden.
Review by Cumper who travelled 12-September-2018
Review by Voase who travelled 12-September-2018
Brilliant holiday - booked in 2017 but had to postpone because of hip replacement operation - people in office very helpful. Pleasant travel on Eurostar. Tour Guide Gill absolutely excellent - friendly, very knowledgeable, good communicator. Hotel comfortable with excellent staff - my wife left her handbag in a town centre restaurant and one of the receptionists cycled into town and collected it. Good choices of places to tour, though I would have preferred more Gouda, less Leiden.
Review by Ostermeyer who travelled 12-September-2018
Gill was an excellent tour manager, very professional and thoughtful. The timing of the trip is odd: it finishes in Antwerp on a Monday, when the museums are closed (though Gill did give us details of the churches that were open), and the visit to Amsterdam is on a Sunday, when the Rijksmuseum is particularly busy (we were unlucky to coincide with a 'family day', though that wouldn't always be the case). I realise part of the thinking may be to experience market days in Delft on Thursday and Gouda on Saturday, but given the focus on art, I would not imagine markets were a very high priority for most of the group members.
Review by Fraser who travelled 12-September-2018
Gill Thomson is an outstanding tour manager who added much to our enjoyment of the tour. It was a wonderful experience.
Review by Hocombe who travelled 11-July-2018
We had a wonderful holiday and this was due, in large measure, to our outstanding guide Gill. She provides information in such a comprehensive yet unassuming ways with her enlightening commentary on the coach and by distributing good-sized maps with helpful additions. She is very thoughtful and tactful about people's various needs. We very much enjoyed her company.
Review by who travelled 11-July-2018
This was an excellent tour. Really enjoyable. Jill, our tour manager was brilliant. Very informative and knowledgable. We look forward to travelling with Travel Editions again.
Review by who travelled 11-July-2018
A well organised tour, with a good itinerary and a very well located hotel. Delft is a lovely town and made an excellent base for the holiday. Gill, our Tour Manager, was helpful, approachable and efficient, exactly what you want from the person in charge! I have toured with Travel Editions before and this tour lived up to all my expections.
Review by Baker who travelled 11-July-2018
Enjoyed the tour and Jill was an excellent tour manager. We are also lucky to have wonderful weather through out. Thank you
Review by who travelled 11-July-2018
Excellent well organized holiday. Delft is a lovely place to stay and a good centre.
Review by Trenouth who travelled 11-July-2018
Review by who travelled 11-July-2018
Review by who travelled 11-July-2018
Very good tour - aided by some amazingly good weather.. Gill excellent guide,.
Review by who travelled 11-July-2018
Gill Thompson was superb. She was very clrear, helpful and Kind. I would be very happy to travel with her again. I found the Rembrandthuis very disappointing; the setting has been destroyed. The hotel was faultless and Delft was an excellent base.
Review by Ray who travelled 11-July-2018
I loved the tour. It had just the right amount of free time at the different cities with useful information being given en route and no being rushed around sites by a guide. Gill Thompson was a superb tour manager, always helpful and with a great depth of knowledge about the places we visited -both about the place and also how to navigate it. Delft was a glorious base for the week.
Review by who travelled 11-July-2018
very well done ! the scores for excellent in all areas say it all , except one , that being the tour manager. gill, deserves a score above that given, she was the consummate expert without continuous chatter, and gave just the right amount of info when needed. just a couple of slight negatives for us during the very hot weather, firstly maria our walking guide in delft gave far to much info and had her group standing still for far to long, we decided to abandon the group and do our own thing, the other thing for two old ,uns (mid seventies) we found the walking in the galleries to much for us, but the trip was excellent.
Review by Goodall who travelled 11-July-2018
Review by who travelled 09-May-2018
We would like to commend very highly our guide Gill. She was extremely knowledgeable but knew how to deploy knowledge without giving indigestion. She also knew when to guide and when to leave people to do their own thing. She also did the management side of guiding very efficiently. Perhaps in these days of smartphones it would be as well for the guide to have a list of mobile numbers so that if someone goes walkabouts there is a way of making contact. (Not that anyone did for more than a few minutes.)
Review by George who travelled 09-May-2018
Very good itinerary, well located hotel and excellent, highly knowledgable tour guide.
Review by Allen who travelled 09-May-2018
Glad to have stayed in Delft which was delightful, very convenient hotel. Good Centre for visiting other towns. Rijksmuseum was a disappointment after all the years of renovation. Our tour leader was excellent and made the holiday enjoyable and easy with highlighted maps and clear information.
Review by Fisher who travelled 09-May-2018
Extremely good tour guide who told us a lot in the coach, gave us maps and then left us to explore on our own, always there with advice if needed. Very comfortable and friednly hotel. Packed a lot in but came home refreshed.
Review by Shakeshaft who travelled 09-May-2018
A lovely trip.Tour guide enhanced our enjoyment with in depth knowledge and information.Timings were good and having time to explore our own preferences from the range offered was admirable.
Review by Williams who travelled 09-May-2018
The tour guide, Gill, was excellent. She had a vast knowledge of the Netherlands, not only art but a lot of general information as well. She kept us entertained with many anecdotes about the Netherlands. Nothing was to much trouble for her.
Review by Marks who travelled 09-May-2018
Very enjoyable tour with Gill, our tour manager, an excellent and knowledgeable guide. Our only negative comment would be that the female Delft Official Guide (?Marie) was disappointing and at times gave incorrect information. Otherwise all was fine, and we learned a lot and saw some wonderful art.
Review by Newell who travelled 09-May-2018
A very enjoyable trip, ably led by the tour guide Gill, and coach driver, Peter. Hotel Hampshire Delft Centre was welcoming, comfortable and friendly, and within easy reach of Delft Town Centre. Whilst it was interesting to see Gouda and Leiden, it would have been good to have had the opportunity to have a second visit to either The Haag, or to Amsterdam instead. Plenty of good places to eat, again at Gill's recommendation, and everyone we met was helpful and friendly. The new Brasserie at the Mauritshuis, and at the Rijksmuseum were especially good! With the new direct rail service to Amsterdam or Rotterdam due in 2019, this trip should be even more worthwhile. An excellent taster introduction to the area.
Review by Lawley who travelled 09-May-2018
Gill Thompson is an absolutly excellent tour manager. She made the trip for us. We felt very well looked after. She was informative, professional, kind and thoughtful.
Review by Payne who travelled 09-May-2018
Thoroughly enjoyed my first trip with Travel Editions and would like to thank Gill for looking after us and her invaluable knowledge. I look forward to the next holiday with you
Review by who travelled 09-May-2018
Gill was an excellent tour manager and guide. Thorough and efficient without being in the least heavy-handed. We would with pleasure travel with her again
Review by Mr Anthony Aldous who travelled 12-July-2017
Review by Mrs Brenda Beal who travelled 12-July-2017
Well organised tour made extra special with our guide Gill who gives ample information without being overpowering.Hotel staff very friendly and in a good position for walking into Delft.First holiday with the company but not my last!
Review by Mrs Yvonne Ullyett who travelled 12-July-2017
Excellent hotel, beautiful position. Gill was superb too!
Review by Mr David Adshead who travelled 12-July-2017
Review by Ms Susan Butterworth who travelled 12-July-2017
Gill Thompson was an excellent tour manager going over and above what is normally assumed necessary making our holiday outstanding.
Review by Mr Reginald Harris who travelled 12-July-2017
very nice comfortable hotel BUT food/evening meal expensive and very poor cooking so gave up eating there
Review by Mrs Elizabeth Hill who travelled 10-May-2017
great tour manager, very knowledgeable
Review by Mr Daniel Stapley who travelled 10-May-2017
42 participants a lot for Jill but she was excellent. I should have liked the final info. earlier---I had to change my arrangements for getting to St. Pancras. My suitcase was collected very late (7:45 pm not between 11 and 4) & Baggageman not VERY sympathetic. 'Stuff happens' but some communication would have been good (DHL). Wonderful art and the Dutch people very friendly and helpful. Eurostar very cramped and a long way to walk.
Review by Mrs Jan Barrett who travelled 10-May-2017
Review by Miss Doreen Gemmell who travelled 10-May-2017
A really enjoyable tour with a very informative, competent and caring tour manager. The hotel in Delft was very comfortable with efficient staff. Moreover its location meant that the journey times to all the sites visited were relatively short.
Review by Mrs Hubert Bermingham who travelled 10-May-2017
Jill made everything so smooth running. A really enjoyable and informative holiday
Review by Mr Trevor Owens who travelled 10-May-2017
Jill was an excellent tour guide. The best ever. Very knowledgeable and with a very nice manner with everyone. She took her job very seriously and helped everyone
Review by Mrs Marian Louis who travelled 10-May-2017
A very enjoyable and interesting holiday. Thank you!
Review by Mr Anthony Way who travelled 10-May-2017
This was our first trip with Travel Editions and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We particularly appreciated the freedom to choose how to spend our time once we had arrived at our daily destination. The sequence of visits was well organised, and the earlier start for the visit to the Rijksmuseum meant we arrived soon after opening, and had good access to all the paintings. The Mauritshuis was another highlight. Our tour manager, Gill, was excellent, providing invaluable information and literature (especially very good town maps), contextual history of the places we were visiting, and suggestions for eating out in Delft. I thoroughly recommend the holiday.
Review by Luna who travelled 10-May-2017
Thought hotel was in excellent position and very clever of you to find it. We were easily able to walk in and out of Delft to find a restaurant etc and much more restful to stay in Delft. Day trips very well organised. Guide was excellent and so nice as well! What a lovely country, so restful and I liked the Dutch. The art and history and the wonderful paintings were quite magnificent. Hotel restaurant service could have been better. Not enough staff. Room was spacious and very clean and just what I had asked for. They coped well with our large group. Karen, our guide, was really excellent. She worked terribly hard all the time, giving us non stop information and looking after us. She kept very calm and was so knowledgeable about Holland and the wonderful art and buildings. She was very nice to the hotel staff and to the driver and to our guides. I really enjoyed meeting her. I loved Holland and thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Thank you so very much Susan Simpson
Review by Mrs Susan Simpson who travelled 12-October-2016
Karen was brilliant at looking after us all and anticipating our needs. Maps she provided were really useful. Disappointed that the hotel breakfast did not have all items available at start and some days not at all. No prosecco on our anniversary :(
Review by Mrs Margaret Cooper who travelled 12-October-2016
Review by Ms Diane Mcilroy who travelled 12-October-2016
Over all we enjoyed the holiday. The one exception was that the visits to the two major centres and galleries were timed or changed to Saturday (Amsterdam) and Sunday (The Hague). These were times when the galleries which had the most interest to us were busy with weekend crowds. The Rijmuseum in particular was not a pleasant viewing experience . We understood the logistical reasons for these timings but it was a disappointment. Otherwise a good tour and an excellent tour manager (Karen).
Review by Mr Keith Savage who travelled 12-October-2016
Faith in your tour leaders restored: Karen excellent in all respects. Enough free time to explore Delft, Gouda and Leiden on foot at ones own pace, coupled with the right amount of culture.
Review by Mrs Leslie Batchelor who travelled 12-October-2016
Karen the tour manager was first class, good at her job and charming and caring to her group. We would be very pleased to travel with her again.
Review by Mr David Edwards who travelled 12-October-2016
This was my second Travel Editions visit to the Netherlands this year. I enjoyed both visits enormously and both tour managers, Gill and Karen, were wonderful.
Review by Ms Susan Richards who travelled 12-October-2016
Review by Mrs G Pilkington who travelled 12-October-2016
Karen was excellent, very attentive and knowledgeable Delft, and the hotel, were excellent choices. We were lucky with the weather, walking about in the rain would not have been very pleasure able. Would be happy to recommend this tour.
Review by Mr Dugald Campbell who travelled 12-October-2016
The trip was excellent and greatly enhanced by Karen the Tour Leader. I was especially pleased that we could spend a long time in the Rijksmuseum and the Maurithuis. There was no hassling. I would definitely consider booking with Travel Editions again.
Review by Mrs R Davie who travelled 12-October-2016
It was a very good tour which was made even better by Karen our guide who was extremely good.
Review by Mrs Lucy Delacombe who travelled 12-October-2016
Should have added that apart from the disturbed sleep the Hotel reception staff were extremely helpful
Review by Dr Grenville Watson who travelled 14-September-2016
Hotel accommodation was good but our sleep was disturbed in the early hours of one morning by a group of people who gathered outside the main entrance just below our room (external smokers table?) This should not happen
Review by Dr Grenville Watson who travelled 14-September-2016
Gill our guide was excellent. Our hotel the Hampshire Delft Centre was good but training of waiting staff in the restaurant needs to be improved. Excellent food was let down by inattentive service. We had difficulty in getting menus (15 minutes) and one group had to wait almost an hour between courses.
Review by Mrs Lynn Turner who travelled 28-September-2016
Really enjoyed the trip and the art galleries We thought Leiden was disappointing but all other trips were excellent Karen our tour manager was excellent,unflappable and very informative
Review by Mr Brian Stevens who travelled 14-September-2016
We enjoyed this tour, especially Gouda and Leyden, but we thought we were on too much of a conveyor belt, and the tour manager seemed to think she had to talk the whole time on the coach, reading from notes and with no real understanding of the focus of the tour.
Review by Mrs Cary who travelled 14-September-2016
A little disappointed with what Leiden had to offer but loved being based in Delft and visits to Gouda ,The Hague and Amsterdam. Tour guide very pleasant and helpful.
Review by Mrs Elizabeth Runnacles who travelled 14-September-2016
Karen was an outstanding tour manager, informative, friendly, helpful, resourceful.. The hotel was very well situated ,a few minutes walk from the centre of Delft.Recommended without reservation.
Review by Mrs Frances Murton who travelled 14-September-2016
We would particularly like to commend to you our tour manager Karen Blackwell who was outstanding in every way. I have been a tour leader myself and have a good idea of what is required in this position. I cannot speak highly enough of her qualities. She made our experience excellent. Could not have been better.
Review by Mrs Dorothy Tinsley who travelled 14-September-2016
A very enjoyable trip. Excellent tour manager.
Review by Mr Peter Mobbs who travelled 10-August-2016
Review by Mr Derek Kennington who travelled 10-August-2016
Review by Ms Pat Heynes who travelled 10-August-2016
We felt the balance on tours and free time was good: we left the hotel early but returned late afternoon thus allowing plenty of time for evening in the town, dinner wherever, etc. A good pattern. Thank you.
Review by Mr T Davies who travelled 10-August-2016
Never had a better tour manager/guide, she was REALLY GOOD!
Review by Mrs Gillian Rands who travelled 10-August-2016
Loved the tour. Karen was lovely. Harry was a good driver. The group were really pleasant. Delft is delightful, must go back. Restaurants were good. What more can I say. I'd recommend this tour and Travel Editions.
Review by Mrs Angela Taylor who travelled 10-August-2016
Karen was a calm, efficient and friendly tour leader and I was able to enjoy the riches of the museums. We could have almost had another day in Amsterdam to take in the Stedlijk Museum and the Van Gogh museum as well. This was just as good as the last one and I look forward to No 3!
Review by Mr Philip Smith who travelled 10-August-2016
Very much enjoyed the holiday. We loved Delft. Excellent hotel. Friendly and obliging tour leader and coach driver. Interesting itinerary. Leiden lacked focus, perhaps due to the lack of a central square.
Review by Mrs G Brown who travelled 10-August-2016
Review by Mrs G Birks who travelled 06-July-2016
Very good tour. Our tour manager was excellent - informative and didn't lose anyone! Will strongly recommend to anyone.
Review by Dr Susan Jones who travelled 06-July-2016
You'll notice I don't do excellence.I reserve that for the Dutch Masters. Both of us very satisfied. We will be very likely to use you again.
Review by Mr John Riley who travelled 06-July-2016
tiring but very interesting break ; well organised; however, one should travel with a friend, I was lucky to find another 'solo' traveller.
Review by Mrs Sybil Northcoombes who travelled 06-July-2016
An enjoyable tour - very interesting.
Review by Mr Peter Robinson who travelled 06-July-2016
Overall a very enjoyable trip. We much enjoyed our stay in Delft, a delightful town, and our visits to The Hague and Amsterdam. We felt that the visits to Gouda and Leiden amounted to a long day, with perhaps insufficient interest to justify the effort. It might have been better to have a half-day trip to Leiden, omitting Gouda. Our tour manager, Gill, was excellent throughout, and in particular coped very well with the difficulties which we caused by missing the Eurostar from London at the outset. She could not have been more helpful.
Review by Dr Adrienne Taylor who travelled 06-July-2016
Delph was a magnificent location and base for this break. I will certainly be anticipating going there again. Good balance of free time v booked time and enjoyed Amsterdam and The Hague with Vermeer and Rembrandt themes. Well done Gill our guide as well.
Review by Mr Richard Gilbert who travelled 06-July-2016
Steve, the Tour Manager was excellent and could not be faulted. He was always on hand, gave clear instructions but was never over familiar or intrusive. A very enjoyable holiday.
Review by Mr Philip Wells who travelled 25-May-2016
Congratulations to Steve who, faced with a lightning strike by Belgian Railways, managed to get us all to Brussels, via three different trains, in time to catch the scheduled Eurostar train to London
Review by Mrs Susan Phillips who travelled 25-May-2016
The tour had an excellent balance between group activities and free time. All the cities were a pleasure to walk around, with Delft the pick and the Leyden Panorama the most memorable event. The hotel was comfortable and friendly, and Steve an excellent manager throughout. He solved admirably our rail problems on the return journey.
Review by Mr Anthony Edwards who travelled 25-May-2016
Our return journey could have been hampered by Belgian/French striking rail workers, but the guide, Steve, calmly took us by different routes to Brussels where we caught our Eurostar train. This sort of holiday allows a lot of personal freedom to do what you want but removes the hassle of thinking of how to get to various towns and cities - the bus drops you off at the centre.
Review by Mrs Joan Watson who travelled 25-May-2016
Our tour guide Steve Hartnell was most helpful especially when the Belgian railway workers were on strike on 30 May and he managed to get 22 elderly people from one train onto another within 4 minutes so we did not miss our Eurostar connection. He always kept us fully informed in a relaxed manner. Hotel was lovely and peaceful with good breakfasts and service. Delft good centre to stay in. Loved Gouda and Leiden too. A relaxing five days holiday
Review by Mrs Lesley Aitken who travelled 25-May-2016
A very well organized tour with the right mix of organized tours and free time .Our guide/leader couldn't have done a better job.
Review by Mrs Patricia Stewart who travelled 11-May-2016
The adverse travel comments are for events outside your control - a broken Eurostar and a cancelled Belgian train. Both caused little anxiety because our guide, Karen, was on top of everything and made us feel so too! No praise would be too high for her - she gave us a wonderful time.
Review by Mr Michael Catty who travelled 11-May-2016
Good accommodation but room house keeping patchy.
Review by Mr James Scott who travelled 11-May-2016
First time we have used travel editions and we shall use them again. Enjoyed the free time and freedom at the venues.
Review by Mrs Helen Stretton who travelled 11-May-2016
It was up to the standard I have come to expect from Travel Editions. The hotel was really lovely and well located, the itinerary was interesting and the company was excellent. The minor hiccups on Eurostar and local trains were outside Travel Editions' control but they were felt with seamlessly and professionally by Karen and by Peter the driver. Altogether a lovely interesting and pleasant break. Here's to the next one.
Review by Mrs Eunice Kenny who travelled 11-May-2016
Karen coped admirably with the Eurostar delay going, the confusion at The Hague on the way back, and 2 participants being robbed in Brussels. Otherwise, it was a very good trip!
Review by Ms Lois Hamlyn who travelled 11-May-2016
Pity the trains let us down but this was not anything the tour could have done to avoid, and Karen coped magnificently.
Review by Mrs Marian Cooke who travelled 11-May-2016
There was a delay on outward Eurostar journey - technical fault - and cancellation of train from The Hague - could this not be checked by head office? However Karen, the tour manager remained calm and good-humoured throughout it all and our Dutch driver got us all to Rotterdam for another train to Brussels, to catch our booked Eurostar leg. So all was well and not stressful, except for them. We've also just received compensation from Eurostar which will go towards another break. Wouldn't hesitate to use Travel Editions again. A very good, well-organised and stimulating holiday.
Review by Mrs Sheila Stephens who travelled 11-May-2016
Karen our tour guide was very good looking after us well with clear and precise instructions of where to be and when.
Review by Mr David Vail who travelled 14-October-2015
We did not realise how much we would be left on our own, though it was not a problem, but if I had been alone it would have been miserable. With 41 on the trip this was inevitable. The coach was fine and we found some excellent restaurants further afield with the help of trip adviser. Our guide directed us to some as well. It was an enjoyable week.
Review by Mrs Anne-Marie Travis who travelled 14-October-2015
our Tour manager,Karen, was first rate, always in control,very well organised gave out many interesting facts about the visits and where to eat in Delft. one of the best tour managers we have had. hotel very good .
Review by Mr D Stock who travelled 14-October-2015
Tour manager was excellent & the visit very enjoyable
Review by Mrs Jane Orchard who travelled 14-October-2015
it would have been better not to go to Amsterdam on the day of the city marathon which meant roads were closed and travel delayed. Otherwise, excellent tour and first class tour leader in Karen.
Review by Mrs Margaret Bardell who travelled 14-October-2015
The single suplement is to costly. Surely you would get more bookings from singles if you could negotiate lower prices in out of season half empty hotels. The hotel restaurant was very slow. It would also be good for singles if at least the first evening dinner was included.
Review by Mrs Claudine Lemaitre-Milward who travelled 14-October-2015
Kate our tour manager really gave us every help we could ask for, including best places to eat and other points of interest. She went out of her way to make sure everything was well organised and allowances made for those needing assistance.
Review by Mr Robert Douglas who travelled 14-October-2015
Karen Blackwell was an excellent guide. Informative but not pushy and not bossy. The hotel restaurant is not to be recommended but the restaurant choice in Delft is varied and we enjoyed excellent meals.
Review by Mrs Francoise Findlay who travelled 14-October-2015
Review by Mrs Jane Orchard who travelled 14-October-2015
It was a most enjoyable tour, and tour manager looked after us extremely well.
Review by Mr Geoffrey Gammon who travelled 30-September-2015
A really lovely holiday. Karen is an excellent guide. The hotel was very helpful when my partner felt ill and stayed in the hotel one day. They made him a sandwich specially even though they were not doing lunch. A bit more time in Delft would have been welcome but appreciate that this may be difficult to do. I am sure most people would be willing to go for six nights to do this.
Review by Mrs Paula Palk who travelled 06-October-2015
Hard to improve! Balanced pace.
Review by Mr Douglas Bateman who travelled 06-October-2015
We very much enjoyed our recent holiday in the Netherlands especially our full day in Delft. Although we enjoyed seeing the stained glass in Gouda and the lovely town, we thought that having to share the day with a trip to Leiden wasn't doing justice to either place and our visit to the Lakenhal museum was one of the the highlights of our holiday. A whole day visit to each place would be good as they offer so many different things. We were very impressed with the Mauritshaus, the Mesdag panorama and the Rijkmuseum although Amsterdam was very busy perhaps because we were there on a Saturday. Maybe the weekend isn't a good time to be there? We thought the hotel location was wonderful being only a short walk to lots of good restaurants and a short drive to all the places of interest. Everybody was extremely friendly and helpful and we shall probably look at using Travel Editions again.
Review by Mr Jeffrey Webb who travelled 06-October-2015
Is there any way of adding a visit to Harleem as part of this tour so that you had focused on the three great painters, Vermeer ( Delft and the Hague) Rembrandt ( Amsterdam and Leiden) and Hals- Hals was not really covered in this tour
Review by Miss Diane Finlayson who travelled 06-October-2015
I should have liked a passenger list. Just names and where from. Also an introductory evening with a drink at the hotel so we could meet the others at the beginning of the tour as we did not have a single sit-down meal together.
Review by Mrs Elisabeth Jervis who travelled 30-September-2015
Review by Mr John Shuttleworth who travelled 30-September-2015
Gill is an excellent tour manager. Just possibly the best we have encountered. Very knowledgable and enthusiastic. Hotel very good. Well chosen tours. The smaller group does work a lot better. The low point was Pieter, the guide in Delft, who seemed not to 'read' the group, belabouring ponts with which we were all very familiar.
Review by Mrs Melanie Hollinshead who travelled 30-September-2015
Gill Thompson, the Tour Manager is excellent. Well organised, knowledgeable, helpful. Gives just the right amount of useful information, plans the day well, and then - and this is most important to me - leaves you in peace! There is no herding and being told what to look at for how long etc so all the tedious bits of travelling are taken care of and all the best bits are free to enjoy as one wishes.
Review by Miss Jacqueline Warner who travelled 30-September-2015
Review by Prof Frank Hibbert who travelled 30-September-2015
Review by Mrs Mary Travis who travelled 30-September-2015
An excellent tour, Gill the tour manager was very thorough and looked after us very well. Itinerary was also excellent. Hotel was well situated in Delft but staff not always efficient. Room cleaning was erratic, bins not always emptied etc and at breakfast supplies often ran out and were not replaced. This didn't detract from the holiday and we were very impressed with the organisation.
Review by Mr Stanley Bond who travelled 30-September-2015
Review by who travelled 16-September-2015
Steve our guide was excellent. Hotel room was not cleaned every day but was quiet
Review by Mr John Clarke who travelled 16-September-2015
Review by Mr George Manuell who travelled 16-September-2015
we had a few minor inconveniences at the hotel.
Review by Mrs Catherine Gridley who travelled 16-September-2015
Review by who travelled 16-September-2015
Overall very good. The hotel restaurant being closed on the last night (Sunday) was the only diisappointment. Steve the tour manager was entertaining and thoroughly efficient.
Review by Mr Philip Carr who travelled 16-September-2015
Review by Mr David Mayer who travelled 16-September-2015
Many thanks as I had a really enjoyable holiday and have just a couple of comments/feedback. I felt it might have been useful to have had a bit more of an idea of what was happening and when more in advance just so that I could have planned the day/s better but just a minor point. I think the main problem was the housekeeping/room cleaning at the hotel which should have been better. I know several people on the holiday had problems with this including Steve, our tour manager. Otherwise, the hotel was ideal.
Review by Ms Teresa Connors who travelled 02-September-2015
Enjoyed holiday very much. Good variety of visits, not too much time on coach. Early mornings!!! Hotel not quite as good as last year in small details such as changing towels, accessing iron(first one sent broken & in dangerous condition -receptionist assured us she had thrown it out), otherwise service good. Menu on Sunday night very limited.
Review by Mrs Janet Pidgeon who travelled 02-September-2015
Very good tour. Food in the hotel not good, especially the last night.
Review by Mrs Janet Lambert who travelled 02-September-2015
We enjoyed our holiday very much,and we will be looking for some new ideas in your brochure for next year.
Review by Mr David Jones who travelled 02-September-2015
A hot rail in the bath room would have avoided changing towels every day; with no means of drying off they were always damp after use.
Review by Mr John Wilson who travelled 02-September-2015
Review by Mr Michael Nicholson who travelled 02-September-2015
The hotel accommodation was very good except that it only provided a duvet which I found far too warm. The restaurant had some misleading translations of its menu. The tour leader was very competent and provided just the right level of information and clear instructions.
Review by Mrs I Jeffers who travelled 02-September-2015
Review by Mrs Susan Brimlow who travelled 02-September-2015
Quite one of the best tours we've been on.
Review by Mrs Jennifer Davis who travelled 12-August-2015
Apart from the afternoon visit to Leiden which was too short (we left at 4pm) the museum visits and excursions were well planned and executed. For such a large party, the atmosphere was relaxed and happy: a good trip.
Review by Mr Stephen Aris who travelled 12-August-2015
Review by Mrs Janet Browning who travelled 12-August-2015
Review by who travelled 12-August-2015
Really enjoyed the experience. Never been on such a group trip before, found the whole pace just right. Karen was superb, a real gem, but I bet you know that anyway, constantly checking on everything and us! Would travel with you again.
Review by Miss Sarah Inman who travelled 12-August-2015
Karen our tour manager was really good. Nothing was too much bother for her she took good care of us. Was very clear about where we needed to be and at what time. She was full of good tips and went the extra mile for us.
Review by Ms Amanda Gaylard who travelled 12-August-2015
Karen was always smiling helpful and very organised and a pleasure to have as our guide. The hotel was ok but the room cleaning left something to be desired as did the bed making skills. Complaining to reception fell on deaf ears.
Review by Dr Harvey Leigh who travelled 12-August-2015
This was a very rewarding experience. The whole tour was well organised and the guide Karen was not only well informed but a delight to be with. Harry was a safe careful driver but also charming and knowledgable. Would travel with you again without hesitation and would recommend to others.
Review by Ms Susanne Donnelly who travelled 12-August-2015
We really enjoyed this trip. The tour manager was excellent, knowledgeable and friendly and kept everyone happy.
Review by Mr Howard Cooper who travelled 12-August-2015
Review by Ms Catherine Pepinster who travelled 12-August-2015
This was a most interesting and informative tour which lived up to expectations. Karen, the tour manager was most informative, friendly and efficient. Everything ran smoothly from start to finish. The hotel was excellent and conveniently located and the bus and driver very friendly and helpful. Everything worked as it should and there were lots of helpful hints of local knowledge to enable one to get the best out of the whole experience.
Review by Mrs Juliette James who travelled 12-August-2015
Would have preferred a longer stay at the Rijksmuseum and less at Rembrandt's house.
Review by Mrs M White who travelled 15-July-2015
Review by Mrs Christine Robinson who travelled 15-July-2015
Review by Miss D Gane who travelled 15-July-2015
A very enjoyable, well planned and organised trip. The tour manager was spot on in terms of making the trip interesting and she made sure every thing ran smoothly from start to finish. We are looking forward to choosing another trip with Travel Editions.
Review by Mrs Karen Lesslie who travelled 15-July-2015
I had some trouble. Getting CIV tickets. I have travelled with other tour operators who provides CIV tickets along with Eurostar tickets. I am sure you can provide this service as well,one shop stop!.
Review by Mr R Mehta who travelled 15-July-2015
Review by Mrs Pamela Holt who travelled 15-July-2015
Delft is an excellent base - perhaps travelling to Amsterdam direct from London would be a safer option - then coach to Delft.. Hotel rooms needed a minibar. Our tour guide was outstanding and quite exceptional - very pleased with the trip.
Review by Mr John Russell who travelled 15-July-2015
This was a lovely tour and Gill was an excellent tour manager. The hotel was excellent, and Delft is a charming town in which to be based. Bron Rees
Review by Ms B Rees who travelled 15-July-2015
A well organised trip with the right amount of 'nannying' by the rep, Steve. I was particularly impressed by the company's efficient last minute organisation in arranging a replacement,Terry, to accompany us on the outward journey when Steve was stuck in Paris. Most of my scores on the tour are somewhere between "good"and "excellent" say 'very good' but there is no box for this and excellent has to mean exceptional in my book.
Review by Ms Catherine Mann who travelled 01-July-2015
We greatly enjoyed our trip,especially the Museums.We were grateful for Terry's help with the first section of our journey.The whole holiday was well organized.
Review by Mrs Magaret Martin who travelled 01-July-2015
I've already filled in evaluation form, and gave it to Steve.
Review by Ms Susan Smith who travelled 01-July-2015
More time in The Hague would have been a bonus but overall a great holiday
Review by Mr William Reid who travelled 01-July-2015
through ticketing London - The Hague would have been FAR easier than the arrangement in place. And that is ignoring the particular difficulties for this trip because of Eurostar disruption.
Review by Mr Keith Mendum who travelled 01-July-2015
Very well organised holiday we were very impressed with how you dealt with the trouble on Eurostar the previous day which resulted in our tour guide being stuck in Paris by providing a substitute at the last minute who obtained fresh tickets in Brussels for the final leg of our trip.
Review by Mr Edgar Mason who travelled 01-July-2015
Review by who travelled 01-July-2015
Contacting the office was always direct and simple no menus to negotiate. Eurostar is very tired. The hotel was superb, staff friendly and welcoming. Rooms clean not cramped. Bathroom spacious with excellent walk-in shower. Loved fact that though a group of 39 we were not herded and had a lot of freedom within the days to do our own thing and go at our own pace. My only problem was my diet and finding places where I could eat. The hotel food was excellent but the menu too limited.
Review by Mr R Glatter who travelled 01-July-2015
Another great tour, excellently guided by Gill The cost of extra nights at the hotel seemed high compared with direct purchase
Review by Mr Paul West who travelled 17-June-2015
A great tour ,well planned and organised. The guide Gill was outstanding in every way. Every possible event or problem was anticipated and so avoided. She is a great asset to your organisation. PD
Review by Miss Pamela Drinnan who travelled 17-June-2015
Very enjoyable tour wellplanned and exceedingly well managed. There were some minor points for the hotel which I made direct. On the last evening with three ladies we had a bar meal (a flamme tart) and we all found this very poor lacking taste and bulk with a few miserable vegatables barely covering the base. A pity as the other meals had been good.
Review by Mr Michael Sheridan who travelled 17-June-2015
Review by who travelled 13-May-2015
Lovely tour and Terry Regan tried very hard looking after us all. My only comment might be that to go to Amsterdam on a Sunday when it is so busy is not the best idea. Perhaps you might care to think of starting the tour two days earlier on a Monday to avoid the weekend altogether.
Review by Mrs Linda Connor who travelled 13-May-2015
Review by who travelled 13-May-2015
A very enjoyable tour. Thank you. Kay and Martyn Pells.
Review by Mrs Kay Pells who travelled 13-May-2015
Review by Mrs Catherine Schling who travelled 22-October-2014
A thoroughly good time thank you
Review by Mr Peter Noble who travelled 22-October-2014
little attempt to help 'group'identity.Rather too many slightly offensive comments re women/porn/red light districts rather than accurate factual background info. BUT helpful hints re approaching the major collections were good.
Review by Ms Margaret Amor who travelled 22-October-2014
Review by Mr Rodney Dawson who travelled 22-October-2014
It would have been good if our tour manager had suggested a drink in the bar on the evening of arrival to get to know fellow travellers. He seemed slightly disorganised at times on the coach with things spilling out of his bag and papers in disarray but he always managed to get us from A to B with some interesting facts on what we were about to see.
Review by Mrs Jill Woodward who travelled 22-October-2014
I would welcome wherever possible a later start from St Pancras to avoid rush hour travel from home or a night in a hotel in London.
Review by Ms Lynda Wigley who travelled 22-October-2014
Review by Mrs Jennifer Sandys who travelled 22-October-2014
Review by Mr Phillip Anderson who travelled 15-October-2014
Our only disappointment was the Hague as we didn't have long enough in the Maruitshuis. As this was an art tour, other locations in The Hague could have curtailed to make more time.
Review by Mrs Elizabeth Campling who travelled 15-October-2014
Would have preferred a welcome meal in the hotel upon arrival and would have re-arranged the trips.Too much time spent in Gouda and not enough in Leiden. Did not see enough of Amsterdam and would have appreciated a less full day before our long journey home
Review by Mrs Sheila Healey who travelled 15-October-2014
Tour Manager and Coach Driver did an excellent job - especially on the Amsterdam Leg where there was a major problem caused by the Marathon. Accommodation was fine but lacked any drawers for storage and Breakfast was poor. Staff excellent. Will, hopefully, be looking for a tour to Lisbon area next year.
Review by Mr John Ellis who travelled 15-October-2014
Very enjoyable tour. Our Tour Manager Karen was an excellent host and her explanations and arrangements were faultless. One point about transport. We would have much preferred a faster train transfer from Brussels to the Hague, even if this meant a small increase in overall cost of the holiday.
Review by Mr Denis Loretto who travelled 15-October-2014
This was my first holiday with your company and I was so impressed that I am planning to travel with you again.
Review by Miss Barbara Broughton who travelled 01-October-2014
Review by Mr John Thomas who travelled 08-October-2014
V.enjoyable tour. Karen was an excellent tour manager and she coped with some very difficult elderly people very well. I've worked with people of all ages I know how hard it can be to keep everyone happy!!! Large numbers in group cause logistic problems. Need to avoid w/e of Amsterdam Marathon. Could travel be simplified by coach travel from either Brussels or Lille to Delft.
Review by Mrs Pam Johnson who travelled 15-October-2014
Excellent tour with very good leader - Karen - and coach driver - Harry. A lot crammed into 5 days. Not enough time allowed in Amsterdam, where 2+ days necessary to do justice. Hotel rooms at Hampshire functional, not enough drawer space. Bathroom layout poorly planned but good location with Delft on doorstep. There were 49 people on our tour. This is too many and became unwieldy. Should be restricted to 30 or else 2 guides. Is there a quicker route eg Brussels to Delft station then coach?
Review by Mr Edward Whitehill who travelled 15-October-2014
Travel Editions feedback:
Thank you for your constructive comments and we were pleased you enjoyed the tour. We do try to make it as clear as possible on our brochure the expected number of passengers on each tour and our popular ones do sell out. For 2015 we are introducing a few of our popular tours at a maximum of 35 passengers but this will put up the price for the same tour by approx £50 per person.
Tour leader Stephen took good care of this large group and gave excellent introductions to each day & site. Coach driver also friendly & competent. Delft proved an good base - not too large a town and with plenty of good restaurants within easy walk.
Review by Mr Richard Gompertz who travelled 08-October-2014
Strange hotel: only rear entrance; no detailed food menu; no TV channel guide; no snacks on Sat. evening; but location very good with many good restaurants within ten min. walk.
Review by Mr Alan Hilton who travelled 08-October-2014
Very good holiday tour well planned.
Review by Mr D Stimpson who travelled 08-October-2014
Everything excellent except for the dire boat-trip in Amsterdam. A decent, reasonably articulate, human guide here would have been appreciated--the puerile chit-chat coming over the headphones infuriated, also the deafening roar of our boat- driver's radio system--we asked him to turn it off, or at least down, but without effect. Perhaps if Steve had accompanied us on the water, it might have been more satisfactory. We were unlucky on the return train journey to run into what appeared to be the entire High School population of Rotterdam, travelling to London for half-term, and very excited they were. This was just bad luck Apart from this, the whole trip was excellent, and the hotel very comfortable and the staff friendly and helpful.
Review by Mrs Caryl Rothwell who travelled 08-October-2014
Delft is a lovely town, which we did not know at all, and we particularly enjoyed the opportunities to explore it.
Review by Dr David Handscomb who travelled 08-October-2014
Review by Mrs Stella Mehew who travelled 01-October-2014
Change of date meant additional expense due to changing connecting flights. However we enjoyed the tour that was well managed with interesting visits
Review by Mr Adrian Gaggs who travelled 08-October-2014
I did fill in the form at the time, but now would like to add, that having plenty of time between trains made it a much more comfortable journey; so much better than rushing around buying a lunch etc. (Although the outward journey went very smoothly as well.) It was a lovely holiday. Thank you.
Review by Mrs Jane Gowers who travelled 01-October-2014
We were disappointed with the size of the group. 47 people for one manager we felt was too many, some times leading to delay when waiting for the group to gather. Delft was an excellent base and the hotel location couldn't have been better. Overall we enjoyed our break with Travel Editions and will use them again.
Review by Mrs G A Heath who travelled 01-October-2014
Travel Editions feedback:
Thank you for your comments and pleased to learn you enjoyed the tour. These tours are costed at higher numbers to get the most competitive price for our customers. For 2015 we are trialing a number of departures on this tour and 3 others with a mximum number of 35 passengers but the price will be a lot higher.
Review by Mrs A Wakes-Miller who travelled 01-October-2014
Review by Mr Paul Thompson who travelled 10-September-2014
The Tour manager was excellent - would be pleased to travel with him again. The outward train travel was marred by platform changes and a train failure!
Review by Mr C Burtt who travelled 17-September-2014
Review by Mrs Carol Fielding who travelled 17-September-2014
Review by Mr John Pryce who travelled 17-September-2014
Train journey would have been good/excellent but for train from Brussels to Hague which broke down and delayed arrival in Delft by 2 hours plus. Information was slow in coming from rail guard who proved unable to carry out emergency door opening procedure until she had consulted other staff. Also, my wife suffered bruised knuckles when a carriage door closed on her hand without warning on the loss of power.
Review by Mr Adam McLean who travelled 17-September-2014
Review by Mrs Kim Buckley who travelled 17-September-2014
Review by who travelled 17-September-2014
The connecting train to The Hague broke down which caused a problem with us being separated from the main group. Our tour leader was not at fault and dealt with the matter very satisfactorily.
Review by Mr Robin Self who travelled 17-September-2014
You will notice 2 "goods". The problem with the train at Roosedaal is the reason not the excellent Eurostar journeys. Sightseeing we mark just "good" although they were excellent, because the Rijks Museum on a Sunday is too crowded. Could the visit be on another day? We liked the hotel but think the restaurant staff can be complacent at times. There was a problem one evening with another couple and the waiter concerned had been lackadaisical with us. Also running out of breakfast bacon was bad. Maybe the restaurant management is taking too casual an approach. We thought Terry Regan was excellent. He was always prepared and worked very hard on our behalf. The size of the group was too big and at Roosedaal there could have been a serious problem with many elderly, some physically impaired, passengers having to carry their luggage from one area to another. We thought Harry our driver was also excellent, so careful and helpful.
Review by Mr David Bransom who travelled 17-September-2014
Belgian/Dutch train service very poor: a potentially disastrous train failure on outward journey, and only one working toilet on the Intercity train to Brussels on the return. No fault of Travel Editions, or the excellent Tony Regan.
Review by Mr Peter Taylor who travelled 17-September-2014
Review by who travelled 17-September-2014
We had a most enjoyable holiday. Our Tour Manager, Terry Regan, was very helpful, as was our coach driver, Harry and the hotel staff. All in all, an excellent time in Holland.
Review by Mr Geoffrey Winwood who travelled 17-September-2014
Review by who travelled 10-September-2014
All went well, informative, interesting and enjoyable. Return journey seemed to be unnecessarily early, could we not have caught a later Eurostar from Brussels.
Review by Mrs Winifred Mozley who travelled 10-September-2014
Train from The Hague to Brussels was delayed over an hour but as Travel Editions built in extra time we still caught our scheduled Eurostar train home. Delft is a lovely base for this tour. Good choice of restaurants, lots to see and hotel just a short walk from the historic centre.
Review by Mrs Susan Simpson who travelled 10-September-2014
excellent holiday - programme well balanced; sufficient information & time to be able to make the most of visits to museums, towns etc Hotel -excellent service & food (traffic noisy). Had a wonderful time. Thank you
Review by Mrs Janet Pidgeon who travelled 10-September-2014
The only suggestion we would make is that the walking tour of Delft booked for the first morning of our stay would be better to start at 10am instead of 9.30am to allow people to have a more leisurely start to their first day, having spent the previous day travelling.
Review by Mrs Sandra Jones who travelled 10-September-2014
Hugely enjoyable with good travelling companions and wonderful food. The added bonus of the Maestag panorama made it a memorable holiday. The museums were the icing on the cake - fabulous.
Review by Mrs B Hotson who travelled 10-September-2014
Maybe coach travel from Brussels would be a little less arduous.
Review by Mr Stephen Moors who travelled 20-August-2014
Scheduling of free days could have been better
Review by Mr Peter Leaver who travelled 14-August-2014
This was the first time we have travelled with you but I suspect it will not be the last. The Hampshire hotel in Delft was excellent, wonderful position, lovely food and great staff. Terry our tour manager was really good. Nothing was too much trouble to ensure we got the most out of our time in Holland but all done in a very quiet relaxed way. All the visits lived up to or exceeded expectations so full marks!
Review by Mrs Elizabeth Thorn who travelled 14-August-2014
Review by Mr Dermot Byron who travelled 14-August-2014
Our Tour Manager Terry Regan was superb. His Knowledge of Holland and the Dutch Masters was amazing. His care of everyone and there were 49 of us could not be faulted.
Review by Mrs Sandra Thomas who travelled 14-August-2014
Review by Mr David Worrall who travelled 14-August-2014
We were very lucky to be the right side of the Hotel - see Trip Advisor for details. Dont think you should schedule this trip to clash with the Delft Jazz Festival. Terry was excellent and even the downpours did not spoil this trip.
Review by Mr John Morrissey who travelled 14-August-2014
Maybe would have been better to avoid the Sunday for the visit to the Rijksmusuem because of the crowds.
Review by Mrs Wendy Woodhouse who travelled 14-August-2014
The trip lived up to our expectation, and more. The Tour Manager, Terry was excellent and really worked hard on our behalf. There was a hitch with our return journey which could have proved very difficult but for his quick thinking. We really appreciated his efforts. We would certainly use Travel Editions again.
Review by Mrs Kate Watson who travelled 31-July-2014
Particular thanks to our tour guide Terry Regan who was excellent in every way. He was most helpful in writing us a note for our train company explaining that we had missed our Eurostar connection due to a problem with the Dutch railways - this meant we did not have to pay any more to get home to Sheffield.
Review by Mr Donald Callister who travelled 31-July-2014
" It was exactly what it said on the tin". Terry, the tour manager was excellent and coped well with train problem on our return journey. Hotel really should have plugs for the wash basins in this day and age!
Review by Mr David Fry who travelled 31-July-2014
Sandra was a superb guide and set the perfect tone for a group holiday. The itinerary was very well constructed and Delft was an excellent base
Review by Mr Terence Akerman who travelled 09-July-2014
We loved it all , our two extra days gave us the relaxed time to explore all the corners of Delft and the Hague by ourselves ready for a relaxed journey home (it was anything but relaxed due to a broken down train!).
Review by Mr Alfred Greenwood who travelled 09-July-2014
The tour manager was excellent in that she managed to overcome the power cut in the Hague and enabled us to catch our booked Eurostar at Lille. As far as the Hotel went it was in many ways ideal. However it would be helpful to know what facilities are offered (star rating is pretty meaningless) e.g. we carried a electric kettle unnecessarily, and we did not have a fridge in our room which, in the summer, is desirable. The restaurant menu was limited whilst the service was good the cooking left something to be desired. The out of hours snacks provided nothing substantial and there was no real food at weekends (I think the hotel could have frozen some of their cooked food for microwave heating at weekends.) The trip all in all was very good value.
Review by Dr Edward Martin who travelled 09-July-2014
Sandra the Tour Manager was an excellent organiser with a fund of relevant historical and cultural knowledge. All visits were managed thoughtfully and enjoyed by all.
Review by Mr John Rickard who travelled 09-July-2014
Sandra McGill (our Tour Guide) was more than excellent and we could not recommend her enough. Her general supervision of the Tour was highly professional but she came into her own when a rail emergency threatened our homeward jorney. With an aura of great calm and competence, she sorted out an alternative route to catch Eurostar and we were able to catch our scheduled train with 20 minutes to spare (and no feeling of panic or stress)! Overall trip was very enjoyable and it was a very good introduction to that area of the Nederlands and of course the Dutch Masters.
Review by Mr Roger Brown who travelled 09-July-2014
Only slight downside was that the guide we had for the tour of Delft was very hard to understand: her English was heavily accented and broken. Shame because she was very nice and knowledgeable.....
Review by Mr Paul Legg who travelled 09-July-2014
Review by Mr & Mrs W J Atkin who travelled 02-July-2014
Gill, our tour manager, was excellent - competent and calm, but enthusiastic. She added very welcome extras beyond what was in the brochure itinerary and allowed as much flexibility as possible. We would be encouraged to book a holiday if we knew that she would be leading it. This holiday left us wishing we had had more time everywhere, but we would have particularly liked more time in Delft. The return train connection was poor - had Eurostar not cancelled our train, it is possible we would have missed it. Our Inter-City train was badly delayed, but the impression we got was that this was not all that unusual so perhaps more time should be allowed.
Review by Mr Gregory Gomberg who travelled 02-July-2014
we thoroughly enjoyed our trip. It was food for the brain. Gill our tour manager was excellent.
Review by Mrs Diana Turner who travelled 02-July-2014
Review by Mr A Seymour who travelled 02-July-2014
I was surprised at the large size of the group (48), however, your tour manager was obviously very experienced and managed the tour extremely well. The aspects of this art tour exceeded our expections.
Review by Mr Ian Mackay who travelled 02-July-2014
Overall an excellent tour with a truly efficient and friendly tour leader Gillian. No hitches at all except for disruption of journey home caused by problems outside Gills control on Eurostar route.Gill dealt with this crisis extremely well. Hope to do more trips soon with your company. Exceeded my expectations!
Review by Mr William Fay who travelled 02-July-2014
Gillian, our Tour Manager, was superb throughout. Eurostar cancelled, hence poor rating. Hotel very good, staff v. pleasant. Restaurant closed on Sunday unhelpful. Itinerary excellent - would recommend Travel Editions to anybody.
Review by Mr John Jackson who travelled 02-July-2014
A packed and informative tour. Two towns on the third day is rather rushed,better to have more time in one. Thanks to our guide Jill for her help in soting out return travel problems!
Review by Mr Richard Fryer who travelled 02-July-2014
Our tour manager, Helene, was absolutely wonderful when an elderly member of the party fell on the journey home. The hotel was excellent value for money but we were disappointed at the limited same choice menu and no food served on Sunday. The evening weather was such that we did not want to travel out of the hotel. What was served was excellent but apparently the menu is only changed once a week. Lovely friendly helpful staff though and very comfortable room, etc. We will travel with you again.
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Review by Campbell who travelled 09-October-2013
Our tour manager, Helene Gaujac was excellent in every particular. She was particularly helpful to us in that she located and forwarded on to us a bag of tourist shopping that we had left on the coach! Nothing seemed too much trouble and she conducted herself in a friendy,warm and professional manner throughout the trip. Our sincere thanks to her and to yourselves for a great experience.
Review by Blanco who travelled 02-October-2013
After an excellent journey, the hotel room was a good size but lacking drawer/cupboard/shelf space and I had ordered a double bed not twins joined together! Hotel food was adequate but the small menu (with one vegetarian option) was poor with the menu changing once a week. Staff were very good. Itinerary could have been better organised but one realises that Travel Eds is at the mercy of museums, galleries etc as to group availability. It was a very enjoyable holiday and we would certainly choose Travel Editions again.
Review by Scott who travelled 02-October-2013
Our tour manager Helene Gaujac was excellent. She was friendly and efficient throughout the trip and was ably supported by the Dutch driver Peter. It was not always easy to hear the tour guide on the walking tours. It may be worth considering the use of audio sets for some tours.
Review by Cheng who travelled 02-October-2013
Helene, our tour manager was one of the best we have travelled with on any holiday.
Review by Holder who travelled 02-October-2013
This was a very well-managed and enjoyable tour. The itinerary, tour manager, and driver were excellent. This tour provided the right balance between support and independence. A flight, even at a higher cost, rather than rail travel would have been better.
Review by Hitchin who travelled 02-October-2013
It was a good trip with an excellent guide and coach driver. The hotel was comfortable, although the breakfast arrangements were a bit chaotic.
Review by Woldermaram who travelled 02-October-2013
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