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Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age

3 nights starting from
£1099

  • The Hague’s Mauritshuis, Panorama Mesdag and Prince William V Gallery

  • Amsterdam’s incomparable Rijksmuseum and Rembrandthuis

  • The lovely Dutch towns of Haarlem and Leiden

As the Dutch Republic came of age in the 17th century, its northern provinces led the way in a new style of painting that revolutionised Western art and continues to fascinate art lovers to this day. Join expert lecturer Clare Ford-Wille on this tour which visits a host of superb galleries and museums, many hosting special exhibitions to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the birth of Rembrandt, the key artist of this flourishing age.

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Provisional Timings

London Heathrow

Departing: 02nd May 2019 at 08:25

Returning: 05th May 2019 at 19:15

27 - November - 2019 £ 1099.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings

London Heathrow

Departing: 27th November 2019 at 07:50

Returning: 30th November 2019 at 19:35

ITINERARY

2019 is a special year in the Dutch calendar with its focus on Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age. There are many exhibitions taking place throughout the year and each of our departures will include different exhibitions to highlight this theme year.

May 2019 departure

Day 1: Fly from London Heathrow to Amsterdam and transfer by coach to Haarlem for a visit to the Frans Hals Museum. Onward travel from Haarlem to Delft and check-in to the Hampshire Delft Centre hotel in time for a welcome reception, lecture by Clare Ford-Wille, ‘An Introduction to the Golden Age of 17th Century Dutch Art’ and dinner with wine at the hotel.

Day 2: The Hague – Mauritshuis, Panorama Mesdag and Prince William V Gallery.
We start with the largest painting in the Netherlands, Panorama Mesdag, before heading to the exquisite Mauritshuis which reopened in June 2014 and has an outstanding collection of paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Dyck and Rubens. A final visit takes us to the largely unknown Prince William V Gallery with its stunning collection of paintings. Evening lecture 'The Art Collections of Amsterdam’, followed by dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Day 3: Amsterdam – Rijksmuseum, Rembrandthuis and Our Lady in the Attic.
Reopened after renovation in early 2013, the Rijksmuseum is one of the world’s greatest galleries with masterpieces by Rembrandt, Hals and Vermeer. As part of your visit here you will also have entrance to the ‘All the Rembrandts of the Rijksmuseum’ exhibition which marks the 350th anniversary of his death. For the very first time the Rijksmuseum will host its 20 paintings, 60 drawings and 320 prints in one place, which will piece together and explain who Rembrandt was and why he is the most important painter in Dutch history. This afternoon we will visit the Rembrandt House Museum, 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. During May the Rembrandt House is devoting its special exhibition to Rembrandt’s friends and acquaintances ‘Rembrandt’s Social Network’ and will focus on the role they played in his life and work, as well as showcasing some of Rembrandt’s work that has rarely, if ever, been seen in the Netherlands. Our last visit of the day will be to the fascinating church of ‘Our Lady in the Attic’.

Day 4: Delft, Leiden and home.
Our base, Delft is a beautiful town and the birthplace of Vermeer. This morning we will visit its fascinating Museum Prinsenhof Delft, before heading to Leiden for the afternoon. After some free time for lunch, Clare will take you on a special guided tour of the town pointing out Rembrandt’s old haunts including the University where he was enrolled at the age of 14 and the Botanical Gardens. Late afternoon transfer to Amsterdam airport for the return flight to London Heathrow.

November 2019 departure

Day 1: Fly from London Heathrow to Amsterdam and transfer by coach to Haarlem for a visit to the Frans Hals Museum. Onward travel from Haarlem to Delft and check-in to the Hampshire Delft Centre hotel in time for a welcome reception, lecture by Clare Ford-Wille, ‘An Introduction to the Golden Age of 17th Century Dutch Art’ and dinner with wine at the hotel.

Day 2: The Hague – Mauritshuis, Panorama Mesdag and Prince William V Gallery.
We start with the largest painting in the Netherlands, Panorama Mesdag, before heading to the exquisite Mauritshuis which reopened in June 2014 and has an outstanding collection of paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Dyck and Rubens. As part of our visit here we will also have access to the ‘Nicolaes Maes’, Rembrandt’s most famous pupil, exhibition which will showcase some of his work. A final visit takes us to the largely unknown Prince William V Gallery with its stunning collection of paintings. Evening lecture 'The Art Collections of Amsterdam’, followed by dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Day 3: Amsterdam – Rijksmuseum, Rembrandthuis and Our Lady in the Attic.
Reopened after renovation in early 2013, the Rijksmuseum is one of the world’s greatest galleries with masterpieces by Rembrandt, Hals and Vermeer. This afternoon we will visit the Rembrandt House Museum, 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. During November the Rembrandt House is devoting its special exhibition to discovering how Rembrandt made his paintings and etchings titled ‘Rembrandt’s Technique Unpicked’. As part of the exhibition Rembrandt’s former workshop will be transformed into a laboratory-style setting in which the new insights and the master’s secrets will be revealed. This exhibition promises to bring the world of research, materials and techniques to life. Our last visit of the day will be to the fascinating church of ‘Our Lady in the Attic’.

Day 4: Delft, Leiden and home.
Our base, Delft is a beautiful town and the birthplace of Vermeer. This morning we will visit its fascinating Museum Prinsenhof Delft and its special exhibition based on Pieter de Hooch before heading to Leiden for the afternoon. After some free time for lunch, we will visit the newly reopened Museum de Lakenhal as well as its ‘Young Rembrandt’ exhibition which celebrates the museums grand opening. The exhibition will show the exceptional talent of the young Rembrandt in the period of 1624 to 1634 and will include some special loans from all over the world to their hometown of Leiden after almost 400 years. Late afternoon transfer to Amsterdam airport for the return flight to London Heathrow.

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

Please note the maximum group sixe on this tour is 25 passengers.

INCLUDED

  • Return flights from London Heathrow to Amsterdam
  • Three nights' bed and breakfast at the three-star Hampshire Delft Centre Hotel, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room 
  • Welcome reception and two lectures
  • Two dinners with wine at the hotel
  • Transfers, tours and entrance fees 
  • Clare Ford-Wille and tour manager throughout 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Single room supplement 
  • Holiday insurance 
  • Meals other than those stated 
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc 
  • Porterage and gratuities

HOTELS

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. 

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