All tours on this holiday have now departed. Future departure dates will be confirmed in due course.
Visit the magnificent Markthal, an apartment building and indoor market
Walking tour around the Museumpark
Tour the Van Nelle Factory
Kiefhoek House Museum, an innovative housing estate
Rotterdam is the Netherland’s second largest city and its economic powerhouse with one of the largest ports in the world. Devastated by heavy bombing in May 1940, the city 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. Architectural and art historian Mike Hope will take you on a very different modern tour with his trademark wit, enthusiasm and knowledge.
Day 1: Arrival and Harbour Cruise.
Fly to Amsterdam and transfer to Rotterdam. After some free time for lunch, join a harbour cruise and experience one of the world’s largest ports. The cruise will give a good overview of Rotterdam’s impressive skyline, as well as getting a unique view of the harbour’s shipyards and docks. Evening lecture, ‘Rotterdam 1919-2019 – the Architectural Rebirth and Regeneration of a City’ and dinner at the hotel.
Day 2: Museumpark, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Sonneveld House and Chabot Museum.
Morning short walking tour around the Museumpark to externally view some of the modernist villas before visits to the Het Nieuwe Instituut, Museum of Architecture for an overview of Dutch design. Afterwards we visit the Sonneveld House, dating from 1933 and designed by the architecture firm of Brinkman & Van der Vlugt (also known for the Van Nelle Factory) in the Dutch Functionalist style, it is one of the best-preserved houses in this style. Afternoon visit the Chabot Museum and Villa, which houses an important collection of works by Dutch Expressionist Henk Chabot. The striking white villa in the very heart of the city was designed in 1938 by architect, G. W. Baas in a Modernist style and initially built as a private residence for the Kraajeveld family. The house is distinguished by light, airy spaces with open views over the garden and the surrounding Museumpark. A visit here combines modern art, architecture and history. Evening lecture, ‘Ten Dutch Contemporary Architects You May Never Have Heard Of’ and dinner at the hotel.
Day 3: Van Nelle Factory, architectural walking tour seeing the city's most important sights.
Morning guided tour of the Van Nelle Factory, dating from 1931, described by Le Corbusier as ‘the most beautiful spectacle of the modern era’. The rest of the day will be taken up with a walking tour taking in some of the city’s architectural sights including the Centraal Station, Café Unie, De Bikenkork department store, guided tour of the Timmerhuis, described as a floating cloud of steel and glass, Markthal apartment building/indoor market, the eccentric Cube Houses, De Rotterdam building, Erasmus Bridge and the Euromast, the tallest building in the city, dating from 1960.
Day 4: Kiefhoek House Museum, Housing Scheepvaartstraat and departure.
Morning guided tour of the Kiefhoek House Museum, one of an innovative housing estate by JJP Oud, dating from 1927 and then onto the Housing Scheepvaartstraat to see more of his buildings (externally only). Afternoon transfer to Amsterdam airport for return flight to London Gatwick.
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.
Bilderberg Parkhotel, Rotterdam
Stylish, modern four-star hotel in the city centre, next to the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum with bright, spacious public areas, bar, courtyard garden and very comfortable bedrooms. Bedrooms all have TV, telephone, hairdryer and free wi-fi.
Bilderberg Parkhotel Website
Your Lecturer - Mike Hope
Mike Hope author, lecturer, curator and designer, has spent more than twenty-five years at four universities (Staffordshire, Portsmouth, Nottingham Trent and Plymouth) and nearly thirty years delivering Summer School Programmes. He has lectured around the world and was a founder board member of The European Academy of Design. Alongside an extensive publication list, he has researched, designed and curated many exhibitions, and advised on stained glass to the Diocese of Exeter. He specialises in Art and Design History, Stained Glass; Churches and Cathedrals; the English Country House and Garden.
1. The description of the tour is misleading. It was a tour concentrating on modern architecture, with the opportunity to view some art. We were initially disappointed but nevertheless very much enjoyed the tour. 2. There was no meeting point for arrival in Amsterdam mentioned on the paperwork. By chance we noticed some of the group standing together [they knew each other from previous trips]. This felt a shaky start to the tour. But after that everything was very well organised. We would like to praise both Karen and Mike for their dedication, knowledge and boundless enthusiasm.
Review by Barraclough who travelled 28-March-2019
A truly excellent tour - we saw a wide range of modern architecture both in terms of period and style, well paced, and with interesting lectures. Accommodation was very good and so conveniently located so that it was possible to walk to some locations. Both tour expert and tour manager first rate.
Review by Anonymous who travelled 28-March-2019
Packed with insight and smoothly organised. Travel Editions are setting a benchmark in short cultural breaks. Needless to say Karen and Mike were outstanding.
Review by Watson who travelled 28-March-2019
There were 18 of us but somehow I could not say that. As with other tours we have done, this one was very good., even more so as we understood that it was the first time it had been run. Both the tour manager and the expert were good at their jobs and kind and helpful particularly in our case as we traveled by ferry and needed extra help which they provided.
Review by Anonymous who travelled 28-March-2019