Huon Mallalieu writes: 'The recently restored Rijksmuseum and Mauritshuis are among the world’s greatest museums and galleries, where we shall find new friends as well as old favourites among the exhibits. Cosmopolitan Amsterdam and The Hague, intimate capital of The Netherlands, combine to show us the spirit of the country.’
The group of no more than 22 will be staying at the 4-star Hotel Jan Luyken (https://www.bilderberg.nl/en/amsterdam/hotel-jan-luyken), which is conveniently located close to the Museumplein. The hotel is a converted 19th century building in the heart of the city, and has a popular wine bar. We will have dinner in nearby restaurants
Thursday, July 18th - Arrival in Amsterdam
Depart BA Gatwick at 10.40am; arrive Amsterdam at 1pm. On arrival we will transfer to the Hotel Jan Luyken. In the afternoon we will meet in the hotel reception for a short walk in the nearby Vondelpark, Amsterdam’s delightful 19th century park, home to an open-air theatre and a café where we will stop for afternoon tea. In the evening, we will meet in the hotel bar for a welcome drink and Huon’s introductory talk before we go to dinner at the nearby Brasserie Keyzer.
Friday, July 19th - Canal cruise and Hermitage (pictured below)
We will enjoy a canal cruise which will leave us at the Hermitage Amsterdam where important works from the collection of the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg are beautifully displayed in an historic building overlooking the Amstel.
Saturday, July 19th - Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum
This morning we go to the Van Gogh Museum where over 200 paintings, drawings and letters are on display. Afterwards we will visit the most important art museum in Holland, the Rijksmuseum. Designed by Pierre Cuypers and first opened in 1895, the Rijksmuseum was reopened in 2013 after a ten-year restoration project, and houses the world’s greatest collection of Dutch paintings dating from the 17th century, Holland’s Golden Age, which includes Rembrandt’s eminent The Night Watch.
Sunday, July 20th - Hague and the Mauritshuis (pictured below)
This day is devoted to The Hague, the Dutch seat of government and a dignified town of great charm, just an hour from Amsterdam. The highlight of any visit to The Hague is a visit to the Mauritshuis with its wonderful collection of works by Dutch and Flemish masters, including Vermeer’s ‘The Girl with the Pearl Earring’ and ‘The Goldfinch’ by Carel Fabritius.
Monday, July 21st - The Museum Van Loon and Museum Willet-Holthuysen
Today we will discover something of life in the Dutch Golden Age with visits to two private house museums: the 17th-century Museum Van Loon, a charming yet opulent canal-side mansion, which was the former home of the Van Loon family and has been immaculately restored to its gilded glory; and the even grander Museum Willet-Holthuysen, which houses an impressive collection of decorative objects, from paintings and sculpture to ceramics, glassware and silver. Both houses also have elegant but secluded private gardens, which most passers-by never glimpse.
Tuesday, July 22nd - Free morning
After lunch, we leave for the airport at 4pm for the 7pm BA flight which lands at 7.25pm, at Gatwick.
Price: £1886 per person including flights, accommodation, breakfast, all lunches and dinners with wine, all entrance fees and the tour rep. Single Supplement: £350. To book: call Patrick on 020 7593 2281 or email firstname.lastname@example.org