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Art & archaeology
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Art and history of the Netherlands by rail
From an artistic point of view you will visit fantastic galleries and museums housing some fine collections of art, including the amazing Kroller Muller Museum, beautifully set in a national park, that houses one of the most important collections of Van Gogh's in the world. The tour, part of our 'Europe by Rail' series, also takes in Arnhem and the fascinating Open Air Museum, the royal palace at Het Loo, the beautiful and historic city of Utrecht and Amsterdam with the new Rijksmuseum.
- Return Eurostar/local train from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Dordrecht via Brussels
- Five nights' accommodation on bed and breakfast basis at the four star NH Amersfoort
- Full touring itinerary including entrance fees and transfers as detailed
- Tour manager throughout
- Single room supplement
- Holiday insurance
- Standard Premier/1st Class upgrade on Eurostar/local train. On the Eurostar this constitutes upgraded seating and light meal with complimentary drink
- Meals other than those stated
- Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
- Porterage and gratuities
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 Lille, but bags do need to be carried on to the platform.
Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Brussels and onwards to Dordrecht by local train. On arrival, transfer by coach to Amersfoort and Hotel NH Amersfoort.
Full day tour to Haarlem and Utrecht. A relaxed pace of life and historic centre makes Haarlem a delightful town to explore. A former centre of cloth making, in the 17th century Haarlem became the place to be for a flourishing school of painters, much of whose work is displayed in the excellent Franz Hals museum. Housed in a former almshouse, where Hals himself lived the last years of his life, the museum’s collection consists of works by Hals and a sample of Dutch paintings from the 15th century to the present day. In Utrecht’s centre you’ll find old cobbled lanes, gabled houses and canals. A university town, Utrecht has two museums of particular interest, both of which have small collections of old Dutch paintings – the Centraal and the Catharijne Convent.
Full day tour to Amsterdam and the Rijksmuseum. 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 lanes and canals lined with 17th century merchant’s houses and visit some of the many cultural and historic sites such as the Van Gogh museum or Anne Frank’s house. Reopened after renovation in early 2013, the Rijksmuseum is one of the world’s greatest art galleries with a collection that spans art and history, with masterpieces by Rembrandt, Hals and Vermeer plus a huge cache of sculptures and applied arts.
Morning free in Amersfoort with an afternoon tour to the Open-Air museum, Arnhem. The city of Amersfoort is best known for its well preserved and protected medieval centre full of old buildings and streets – keep an eye out for the original 14th century city gates. The Nederlands Openluchtmuseum, close to infamous Arnhem, showcases old houses, farms and factories from different historical periods from all over the Netherlands. You’ll also find demonstrations of manufacturing in the traditional ways and even a heritage tram line.
Full day tour to the Kröller-Müller museum and Het Loo palace. The Kröller-Müller is an art gallery and sculpture garden located in a national park – you can borrow a white bicycle to get from the park entrance to the museum if you wish. It is home to one of the world’s greatest collections of Van Gogh paintings in the world and also houses works by Mondrian, Seurat, Redon, Braque, Gauguin and Picasso. The museum was founded by art collector Helene Kröller-Müller who donated her collection to the state, now housed in a building designed by Henry van de Velde. Het Loo palace is a symmetrical Dutch Baroque building built between 1684 and 1686 for William III of Orange who became King of England in 1689. Here there are formal gardens to stroll through and interiors with original furniture and paintings from the House of Orange-Nassau.
Transfer back to Dordrecht station to catch the return local train to Brussels. At Brussels, board the return Eurostar service to Ebbsfleet and St Pancras.
NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 49 passengers.
The four star NH Amersfoort hotel is modern and comfortable located just a couple of minutes' walk from the lovely city centre where you will find plenty of medieval streets to wander. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, bar, terrace (open in the summer months) and comfortable bedrooms with private en-suite, TV, telephone, minibar, safe, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities.
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We enjoyed the holiday very much and are glad we stayed at Amersfoort rather than Utrecht. Hotel was in a good position, less than 10 mins from shops and restaurants and the old part of town was very pleasant to stroll in after dinner. The hotel breakfast service was excellent - super selection of food and brilliant coffee. I would not recomment the dinner however, as the service, although pleasant, was very slow indeed and the food mediocre. The only major criticism we can make is about something beyond your control, and that is the train service between Dordrecht and Brussels. This was poor for several reasons in both directions, but the return was so late we almost missed our Eurostar and we had to stand until Antwerp. No criticism of Eurostar - on time and comfortable.
Had a fabulous time. The balance of group visits and time to do one's own thing was perfect. The hotel was comfortable and not too great a distance from the centre (there was a bus option too if required, which the tour manager helpfully pointed out on our first evening). The Kroller-Muller museum is a must-see, as are Het Loo and the open-air museum, but all the trips were interesting and worthwhile. Love the Eurostar option - so much easier than flying. I did the Dutch Masters holiday last year (highly recommended) - thanks for another great trip!
Ms C Price