Vermeer And The Dutch Golden Age

3 nights starting from

  • The Vermeer retrospective exhibition at the Rijksmuseum

  • Vermeer’s Delft exhibition at Museum Prinsenhof Delft

  • The Hague’s Mauritshuis

  • Panorama Mesdag and Prince William V Gallery in the Hague

  • 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. One of these artists was Johannes Vermeer, whose art is being bought together at the Rijksmuseum in a dedicated retrospective exhibition for the first time in history. With loans from all over the world, this promises to be the largest Vermeer exhibition ever. Running in parallel, the Museum Prisenhof Delft will be housing an exhibition on Vermeer’s Delft, that will explore in depth the cultural- historical context in which Vermeer’s practice flourished. This is a unique opportunity to see Vermeer’s paintings in one place, alongside his contemporaries and to understand the context and world he was painting in.

 The tour will be joined by expert lecturer Clare Ford-Wille who will give evening talks and narrative throughout the visits to the galleries.

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23 - March - 2023 £ 1375.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings

London Heathrow

Departing: 23rd March 2023 at 08:20

Returning: 26th March 2023 at 19:15


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 – Panorama Mesdag, Mauritshuis and the 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 after a big renovation project and is home to an outstanding collection of paintings by Rembrandt, Van Dyck and Rubens. It was built as a private house in the seventeenth century, commissioned by Count Johan Maurits van Nassau-Siegen, hence the name: Maurits' house and has been in use as a museum since 1822. Our final visit of the day is to the largely unknown Prince William V Gallery with its stunning collection of paintings. Called the ‘Hidden Gem’ of The Hague it houses works by Steen, Rubens and Potter in grand surroundings. 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 which not only showcases wonderful pieces of art paying tribute to Delft’s fame including Delft Blue and the Delft Masters but also has a dark history as the building where the murder of William of Orange took place in 1584. Our tour dates are timed to coincide with the Vermeer’s Delft exhibition that will create a rich picture of the artistic, intellectual and social climate in Delft during the 17th Century. This afternoon we head to Leiden, and after some free time for lunch (not included) we will visit the newly reopened Museum de Lakenhal, housing paintings from old masters such as Lucas van Leyden, Rembrandt van Rijn and Jan Steen.

Day 4: Amsterdam – Rijksmuseum, Rembrandthuis and Our Lord in the Attic. 
Reopened after renovation in early 2013, the Rijksmuseum is one of the world’s greatest galleries. The tour dates are timed to coincide with the museums major Vermeer exhibition, bringing together pieces from around the world. There will be time to enjoy the exhibition as well as other masterpieces throughout the museum.  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. Our final visit of the tour is to Our Lord in the Attic, a 17th century canal house which conceals a secret Catholic church in the attic. Built in 1663 and accessed through a secret door in the living room of the house the secret church has seating for approximately 150 worshippers and is beautifully decorated in the Dutch classicist style. Turned into a museum in 1888, it’s the second oldest museum in Amsterdam and is even still used today to hold regular services for worshippers. 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.


  • 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 


  • 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.

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

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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Your Lecturer - Clare Ford-Wille
Clare has lectured in most areas of art history for over thirty-five years. She still teaches at the University of London, where she obtained her degree at Birkbeck, but also lectures regularly for Morley College, the City Literary Institue, the Victoria and Albert Museum and Branches of The Arts Society throughout Britain, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Every year since 1978 Clare has led art study tours to places of artistic importance throughout Europe and the USA, including Amsterdam, Padova and Vicenza.

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