Art & History of the Netherlands by Rail

5 nights from £925

Start:St Pancras
Finish:St Pancras
Duration:5 Nights
Group size:0 - 36

Overview

You'll love this tour if you like: 

  • Provincial Dutch architectural gems
  • Van Gogh - the Kroller Muller collection is astounding 
  • Open air museums - the Arnhem museum is a delight 
  • Canalside restaurants
  • Amsterdam and the new Rijksmuseum

This delightful rail tour is based in the gorgeous Dutch city of Amersfoort and offers a wonderful variety of the art and history of the Netherlands.

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 and the beautiful and historic city of Amsterdam with the new Rijksmuseum.

LUGGAGE TO YOUR HOTEL
Travel Editions recommends a luggage delivery service called thebaggageman, where your suitcase can be picked up from your home before departure and delivered straight to your hotel; therefore removing the worry about carrying your cases onto and off the trains. Please click here for more information and we have arranged a 10% discount exclusive to Travel Editions clients off the thebaggageman service. Tel: 01844 264890

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Travel Info

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Places of Interest

Gouda
Gouda, renowned for its cheese, is an attractive medieval town with impressive town hall and superb stained glass in its Janskerk.

Haarlem
Little known Haarlem is one of the Netherlands' most appealing cities with delightful pedestrianised streets in its historic centre, perfect for leisurely exploration. Sights include the lively Grote Markt square, lined with cafes and restaurants, Stadhuis, Vieshal meat market and Grote Kerk Gothic church built between 1400 and 1550 and housing one of Europe's finest organs, said to have been played by Handel. Its main artistic destination is the superb Franz Hals Museum which houses works by Hals himself and other Dutch Masters. 

Kroller Muller Museum and Het Loo Palace
The wonderful Kroller-Muller Museum, which owes its existence to the vision of its founder Helene Kroller-Muller (and the wealth of her industrialist husband) who started her collection of modern art in 1906. Donated to the state in 1935, the museum was built to house the collection and boasts 278 works by Van Gogh (not all on show), works by Monet, Manet, Mondrian, Picasso and Cézanne as well as a beautiful sculpture garden. Its location is no less impressive, in the midst of a beautiful national park – the energetic can borrow one of their famous white bicycles to reach the museum from the park entrance. Today’s tour also includes a visit to the stunning 17th century royal palace of Het Loo, the summer residence of the Orange family and often compared to Versailles. Highlights here include the beautiful formal gardens and ornate interiors such as William III’s bedroom and marble-claddining hall.

Arnhem and the Open-air Museum
Arnhem is famous as the location for the failed Operation Market Garden and “A Bridge Too Far.” Virtually destroyed in WWII, it has now been rebuilt to its former glory and is an attractive market town with some notable sights including the Eusebiuskerk and 16th century Duivelshuis. Just outside town is the superb open-air Museum (entrance included) which illustrates Dutch provincial life through the ages in a beautiful Het Loo parkland setting serviced by vintage trams.

Accommodation

NH Amersfoort, Amersfoort
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 (please note the restaurant is closed Friday to Sunday), bar, terrace (open in the summer months) and comfortable bedrooms with private en-suite, TV, telephone, minibar, safe, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. 

NH Amersfoort Website

OUR VIEW ON THE HOTEL
The NH Amersfoort is excellently located in the centre of Amersfoort close to both the town's historical attractions and a good selection of cafes and restaurants. Rooms are light, airy and charmingly decorated with spacious bathrooms and are thoroughly modern as well as being clean and comfortable.   

Pre-tour accommodation is available at the Premier Inn, London Kings Cross St Pancras, about a 5 minutes walk from St Pancras International, at an approximate rate of £120 per room. Bookings can be made direct with the hotel on 0871 527 8672 or visit their website

More Info

PASSPORTS
Valid passport required by all, except:

(a) EU nationals holding valid national identification cards;

(b) Holders of national identification cards issued to nationals of Andorra, Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino and Switzerland.

VISAS
Are not required by EU citizens. All other nationalities should enquire at the French consulate (PO Box 57, 6A Cromwell Place, London SW7 2EW

Tel: (020) 7838 2000/1. Information Service: Tel: (0891) 887 733. Fax: (020) 7838 2046. Opening hours: 0900-1130 (and 1600-1630 for visa collection only) Monday to Friday (except French and British national holidays).

TRAIN
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.  Porters are sometimes but not always available at St Pancras.  The Eurostar and French trains are very long (18 carriages in the case of Eurostar and nearly 400 metres long) so there can be quite lengthy walks from the station entrance to your seat.  On all legs of the journey you have reserved seat and carriage numbers which are shown clearly on your ticket. 

LUGGAGE TO YOUR HOTEL

Travel Editions recommends a luggage delivery service called thebaggageman, where your suitcase can be picked up from your home before departure and delivered straight to your hotel; therefore removing the worry about carrying your cases onto and off the trains. Please click here for more information and we have arranged a 10% discount exclusive to Travel Editions clients off the thebaggageman service. Tel: 01844 264890

HEALTH & INSURANCE – EHIC CARD
Please note that EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) only allows access to the same state-provided healthcare as a resident of the EU country they are temporarily visiting. It is NOT an alternative to travel insurance and will not provide the same level of cover as a travel insurance policy. The EHIC will not cover any private medical healthcare or the cost of things such as repatriation to the UK or lost or stolen property. It is also important to note that each country’s healthcare system is slightly different, so the EHIC might not cover everything that would be generally free on the NHS. On the EHIC application website,  there is a section called Access to Healthcare Abroad which clarifies all the conditions and inclusions. We strongly recommend that you take out an appropriate travel insurance policy when you travel abroad.

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Start:St Pancras
Finish:St Pancras
Duration:5 Nights
Group size:0 - 36
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