Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age

All tours on this holiday have now departed. Future departure dates will be confirmed in due course.

  • 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

  • Two lectures from accomplished art historian, Clare Ford-Wille

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.

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.


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: Delft and Leiden.
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. 

Day 4: 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’. 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 size 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. 

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.

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I can't praise this tour too highly! Clare was a brilliant lecturer and Gill a very efficient and knowledgeable tour manager. They worked well together. The itinerary was well planned to include 3 special exhibitions as well as the permanent museum collections. I would never have been able to see these otherwise so it was a special treat. The Mesdag Panorama was an unexpected additional pleasure. The hotel in Delft was conveniently placed, the staff were friendly and the food was good (though there were some blips with service at dinner - I guess not normal).

Review by Ellis who travelled 27-November-2019


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Tour Manager, Gill Thompson was excellent - looked after us very well and knowledgeable about the cities visited. Clare Fore Wille also excellent - her knowledge of Dutch Art was wonderful. Hotel very comfortable - food good, but service slow, partic on the first night. (Gill minimised that for the 2nd night by having us pre-order - good move on her part). Very reduced service in the bar area for bar meals on the last night, which was disappointing.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 27-November-2019


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It was quite a tight schedule fitting everything in. Flying so early from Heathrow and returning about 8 p.m. was just a bit inconvenient. The lecturer/guide was very good, a complete expert. We were fortunate that all the museums/galleries advertised were open as were ongoing special exhibitions. The Rijksmuseum might have been a bit quieter on a weekday but then Haarlem or The Hague might also have been busy on the Saturday. Gill was very efficient as usual. I should be happy for Clare Ford-Wille to send me information about any lectures she might give about the Maes exhibition in particular.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 27-November-2019


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We came on this tour because we love Claire Ford-Willie, she is a brilliant art historian and lecturer and was a wonderful tour guide. We couldn’t praise her more highly. We’d also like to say that Jill was a first-class rep for Travel Editions. She was extremely pleasant, efficient and well-informed and nothing was too much trouble. She had excellent local and restaurant recommendations and was very approachable . We can’t imagine having a better or more professional tour manager.

Review by Baillieu who travelled 27-November-2019


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Both Jill and Clair did an excellent job. We learnt a lot about 17th century art which made the gallery visits most enjoyable.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 27-November-2019


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Content of tour was excellent and Clare Ford-Wille and Jill made an excellent team together. This is my fourth trip to the area, and I wish to return again!!

Review by Ashley who travelled 27-November-2019


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Would have liked a list of participants when we arrived or even later.

Review by Murrell who travelled 27-November-2019


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We had two brilliant guides - everything was well organised. It was full on and there was a lot to take in. We will remember this trip for a very long while!

Review by Logie who travelled 27-November-2019


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Hotel was clean and comfortable BUT Shower taps VERY Difficult to figure out. Dinner in hotel disastrous - inedible beef after an EXCESSIVE wait. NOTHING AVAILABLE IN BAR ON LAST EVENING - despite having checked with tour manager. Group size was excessive and above stated maximum. Specialist guide - fantastic as ever - wonderful Clare Ford Wille

Review by Naylor who travelled 27-November-2019


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The tour manager, Gill, was absolutely amazing and Clare the speaker was extremely knowledgeable, despite not using visual aids. The hotel was excellent also.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 02-May-2019


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Excellent tour as you can see .Gill was amazing efficient so helpful and knew so much about the area ,present and Historical . Claire Ford Wille was fantastic and makes the whole tour with her expertise and enthusiasm so much fun and informantive and five star

Review by Bernie who travelled 02-May-2019


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Our Art Historian Clare Ford-Willie was very professional and led us seamlessly despite great numbers at some venues when the 'Whisper Guides' were a great asset. Her Notes were very thorough and also good for future reference. Our Tour Leader Gill was knowledgeable, very clear in her directions, very efficient and was personally very helpful.

Review by Bray who travelled 02-May-2019


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Excellent tour manager and art expert. Hotel only average.

Review by Biggs-Davison who travelled 02-May-2019


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