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Holiday type Art & archaeology
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Rail holidays
Country Netherlands
Travel type Train
Price range From £679
Travel partner Travel Editions
Duration 5 nights
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In the footsteps of the Dutch masters - featuring the Rijksmuseum

The atmospheric Dutch towns of Delft and Leiden provided much artistic inspiration for two of history's great painters: Vermeer and Rembrandt. This tour follows in their footsteps, exploring the towns where they were born, as well as visiting world-class art galleries to view some of their works, including the recently reopened Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and Mauritshuis in The Hague featuring Vermeer's 'Girl with a Peal Earring' which is back in its rightful home after a worldwide tour.

Included

  • Return Eurostar/local train from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to The Hague via Brussels
  • Five nights accommodation on bed and breakfast basis at the three star Hampshire Delft Centre hotel in the heart of Delft
  • Full coach touring itinerary including entrance fees and transfers as detailed
Not included

  • Single room supplement
  • Holiday insurance
  • Standard Premier/First 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.
Day one

Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Brussels and onwards to The Hague by local train. On arrival, transfer by coach to Delft and Hampshire Delft Centre hotel.

Day two

Morning walking tour of Delft with the afternoon free. It isn’t hard to see why Delft is one of the most popular attractions for visitors to the Netherlands – firstly there’s Vermeer, then the town’s famous blue and white ceramics and then the centre – a jumble of old tiled houses, tree-lined canals, and lovely little bridges. The Prinsenhof, one of a few fascinating old buildings, has a collection of Golden Age paintings.

Day three

Full day tour to The Hague and the Mauritshuis collection. The Hague is the home of the Dutch government and Parliament and is a pleasant, spacious seaside town. With its multitude of parks, squares and gardens interspersed with elegant boulevards lined with mansions; it is a stately place with an air of being well kept and well moneyed. The Hague has plenty of excellent museums and entrance is included to the Mauritshuis collection. The Mauritshuis itself is currently closed for renovations but it scheduled for completion in mid-2014, so you may be visiting Masterpieces from the Mauritshuis at the Gemeentemuseum or possibly in late 2014 the Mauritshuis itself. The collection includes Rembrandt, Vermeer, van Dyck and Rubens. Tours departing in 2015 will include entrance to the Panorama Mesdag, the largest painting in the Netherlands at 120 metres long and 14 metres high.

Day four

Full day tour to Leiden and Gouda. Home to one of Europe’s most prestigious universities and the birth place of Rembrandt, Leiden is a vibrant and appealing city. Its historic old town, crisscrossed by ancient canals and full of lovely antique buildings, is best explored on foot. The Stedelijk Museum de Lakenhal houses some 17th century Dutch paintings. A typical Dutch country town, Gouda’s old buildings are surrounded by quiet canalsand is known for its cheese. Although it is a fairly small town, Gouda’s market square is the largest in the Netherlands, an echo of its days at the centre of the medieval cloth trade and you’ll also find some of the world’s best stained glass in St Janskerk.

Day five

Full day tour to Amsterdam, the Rijksmuseum and Rembrandt’s House. 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 sights – two of which are included. Reopened after renovation in early 2013, the Rijksmuseum is one of the world’s greatest art galleries with a large collection of Dutch works, particularly Rembrandts, several Vermeers and a huge cache of sculptures and applied arts. The Rembrandt House museum is 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.

Day six

Transfer back to The Hague 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.
Hampshire Delft Centre hotel, Delft


The brand new, 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 and comfortable bedrooms with private bath or shower, TV and telephone.

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All in all a very enjoyable break; Steve is a very professional tour manager whose knowledge and skills were evident from the start. He kept us informed and amused in equal measure. Hotel was also very good. Not surprised to discover that the Hampshire is part of the excellent Eden Hotels Group with whom we have stayed in the UK. Otherwise the visits were superb and were exactly as advertised. The additional excursion to the Mesdag Panorama was an especial highlight
Sep 2013
Mr Evans


We loved everything about the tour, and this despite not good weather. Sandra our Tour guide was first class, entirely sensible and deeply knowledgeable. We managed to fit in a huge amount and yet not feel too galleried-out. Many thanks.
Oct 2011
Ms E Rowbottom
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