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The Netherlands 2016 & 2017

The Ultimate Amsterdam Experience

 

If you only have one day in Amsterdam, this would be the ultimate tour to see the most famous museums, sights and even more.
This tour can be done any day of the week.

 

8.30am (depending on location) Meet and greet with your English-speaking art historian guide in the hotel lobby, from where you will be taken for a scenic walk to the famous Rijksmuseum.

The Rijksmuseum is a Netherlands national museum dedicated to arts and history in Amsterdam. The museum is located at the Museum Square in the borough Amsterdam South, close to the Van Gogh Museum.

The Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum is the national museum of Dutch art and history and houses in a late 19th century building built on the edge of the famous Amsterdam Canal District. The Rijksmuseum is a masterpiece in itself, both inside and out. Over 800 years of Dutch art and history are on display in 80 recently renovated rooms.

Your guide will introduce you to a time period known as the Dutch Golden Age, a time of great wealth and prosperity but also of unbridled cultural and artistic growth.

In the so-called Eregallerij (Gallery of Honor) you will find a large selection of paintings dedicated to this time period. Here you will find renowned Dutch artists such as Vermeer (The Milkmaid), Rembrandt, Hals, Steen, but also Ruisdael, Heda and others. The Gallery of Honor extends to a room that was specifically created to display Rembrandt’s most famous painting, The Night Watch.

Apart from this must see section, there are different areas to acquaint oneself with other art forms, which are just like the paintings, such as furniture, tapestries, Delftware, silver, glass, uniquely late 17th century Dolls houses and much more. They will fill you with delight!

Depending on your interests and or if there are any must see exhibits, we will take you to the recently opened “Philips (temporary exhibitions) Wing”. www.rijksmuseum.nl

van gogh

Vincent Van Gogh

11.15am We continue the tour with a 5-minute walk to the Van Gogh Museum where you will step into Van Gogh’s world. You enter the Van Gogh Museum through the newly created glass entrance building, located on Museum Square that beautifully complements the exhibition wing created in 1999 by Kisho Kurokawa Architect and Associates.

Discover what Vincent wanted to express in the redesigned exhibit of Van Gogh Museum’s collection.

In the new layout, you step directly into Van Gogh’s world. You obviously see his masterpieces like the Potato Eaters and the Bedroom, but also his drawings and letters. You discover the ideas and ambitions behind his art. Van Gogh experienced life and the world intensely and wanted his art to portray the great themes of life, such as anxiety, suffering, love and hope. You follow the on-going search of an artist who was constantly trying to improve himself. In this way, you get a new view of an artist you thought you knew. www.vangoghmuseum.nl

A saloon boat

12.45pm After this exciting visit you will be taken for a short walk to the historical canal belt area, where you will board a historic Saloon Boat for a private two-hours cruise through the Amsterdam canals. The most relaxed way to get to know Amsterdam with a VIP treatment!

During the cruise a fresh and tasty lunch will be served including coffee and tea.

From the beginning of the 20th Century until the early thirties salon boats were built in the west of the Netherlands and in the province Friesland. These boats shared a couple of features like a load water line; an elegant body and a beautiful build of teakwood and mahogany. The design of a salon boat was entirely made to measure and initiated by the constituent.

These boats were used to transport people on the Frisian lakes, the river Vecht and the Amsterdam canals. Salon boats were nicknamed notary-boats or doctors-boats because the first owners, and often constituents were well to do citizens like doctors, notaries or lawyers. The boats were an easy and classy way to get to their clients or patients. It did not take long to find out it was a great pleasure to invite friends and family on board for a relaxing trip or to cruise the canals and rivers in the weekend to impress the crowd.

Times have changed, but the charm of the salon boats remains. The boats are still providing the same service as in 1920, the year of its construction, plus a great deal more. Its narrow shape and low structure allow the beautifully refurbished vessel to go anywhere, from the narrow canals of the Amsterdam “Jordaan” to the heart of the famed red-light district.

3pm Fully charged we continue with an interesting walking tour through the city center.
You will see some sights most tourists and even local people have never seen!

Discover the hidden treasures behind the facades of Amsterdam’s most impressive mansions and gardens. See and learn more about 17th – 20th century gable architecture, interiors, garden history and how the merchant families lived. The huge gardens behind some of the (private) mansions are Amsterdam’s best-kept secret! We will make a guided visit to the 17th century Van Loon mansion, as well as an almshouse in the Golden Bend, the best area in Amsterdam. Also during this tour, you will visit the Beguines Court with the oldest wooden house in Amsterdam and on request the famous Red Light district.

Van Loon

Museum Van Loon

In the heart of the Amsterdam canal district lays Museum Van Loon, a magnificent private residence built in 1672 by the architect Adriaen Dortsman. The first resident was painter Ferdinand Bol, a pupil of Rembrandt. The interior of the house has remained largely intact during the last centuries and still evokes the splendor of the Golden Age.

In the rooms, a large collection of paintings, fine furniture, precious silvery and porcelain from different centuries is on display. Behind the house is a beautiful garden, an oasis of quiet in the modern inner city. The garden is laid out in formal style, and is bordered on the far side by the classical façade of the coach house. This original unity of canal house, garden and coach house is nowhere else to be seen. If you want a glimpse of the world behind the façades of the world famous canals, a visit to Museum Van Loon is definitely worth your while. www.museumvanloon.nl

6pm The walking tour will end back at your hotel, where you have the remainder of the day for your own leisure.

 

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