Art & History of the Netherlands by Rail

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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.

Travel Info

Please hover over the departure dates in the panel to your left for train departure points and timings.

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

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.

Destinations
  • Europe
  • Brussels
  • Haarlem
  • Rijksmuseum
  • Amsterdam
  • Amersfoort
  • Holland
Tour Types
  • Seniors
  • Art
  • History
  • 50 plus
  • Art/History Tours
  • Rail Tours
Departure Points
  • St Pancras

For more information about the places of interest please click here or on the tab above

Day 1: Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Brussels and onwards to Dordrecht by local train. On arrival, transfer by coach to Amersfoort (approx. 1 hour) and Hotel NH Amersfoort (2017). For 2018, travel from Brussels to Amersfoort and the Hotel NH Amersfoort by coach (approx. 2 hours 30 minutes).

Day 2: Full day tour to Haarlem. A relaxed pace of life and lovely 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 Frans 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.

Day 3: Full day tour to Amsterdam, including the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum. 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 atmospheric lanes and canals lined with 17th century merchant’s houses and visit some of the many cultural and historic sites such as Anne Frank’s House and 'Museum Our Lord in the Attic'. 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. Visit the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, home of the largest collection of works by Van Gogh in the world.

Day 4: Morning visit to Mondriaanhuis and free time in Amersfoort, with an afternoon tour to the Open-Air Museum, Arnhem. Mondriaanhuis was the birthplace of Pieter Cornelis Mondriaan, and it is here that you can learn about the life and work of the world famous artist. The city of Amersfoort is best known for its wellpreserved and protected medieval centre full of beautiful old buildings and atmospheric streets – keep an eye out for the original 14th century city gates. The Nederlands Openluchtmuseum, close to infamous Arnhem, showcases lovely 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.

Day 5: Full day tour to the Kröller-Müller Museum and Het Loo Palace (2017 only). 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 (2017 only) 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 beautiful formal gardens to stroll through and interiors with original furniture and paintings from the House of Orange-Nassau. In 2018 the Het Loo Palace will be closed for refurbishment and you will instead visit the remarkable Jachthuis St Hubertus, country house of the Kroller Mullers. Located within the De Hoge Veluwe National Park the hunting lodge was designed by Hendrikus Petrus Berlage and visualises the legend of St Hubert, the patron saint of hunters. The design was inspired by an English country house and includes features such as a library, smoking room, bedrooms and a billiards room. 


Day 6: Transfer back to Dordrecht station to catch the return local train to Brussels (2017) or transfer to Brussels station by coach (2018). 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. 

INCLUDED

  • Return Eurostar/local train from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Dordrecht via Brussels (2017) or return Eurostar from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Brussels and coach transfer to Amersfoort (2018)
  • 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

NOT INCLUDED

  • 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 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

You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

Dates Price Single Availability
09-Jun-2021 for 5 Nights Visit Website
11-Aug-2021 for 5 Nights Visit Website

Touring with Travel Editions

Offering a wide range of extended tours and cultural short breaks for the discerning traveller, Travel Editions was established in 1994 and is now one of the leading specialist independent escorted tour operators in the UK. The company started with the idea of creating itineraries that were not readily available on the high street, and the team still remains focused on offering escorted tours that appeal to travellers rather than tourists.

Over the years, Travel Editions has developed and diversified its range of escorted tours to include rail tours, air tours, history tours, Christmas tours and even specialist interest tours that have specific appeal for walkers, foodies, art lovers, music addicts and flower enthusiasts. From enjoying wonderful walks and tasty local cuisine in Crete to visiting the art nouveau buildings of Milan and exploring the architectural gems of the Netherlands, Travel Editions creates amazing tours to suit every budget and interest.

As rail transport is one of the most environmentally friendly ways to travel, the company has carefully developed nearly 30 exciting escorted rail tours that include trips to France, Spain, Brussels, Arnhem, Luxembourg and the Italian Riviera. Travel Editions believes that the journey becomes part of the holiday, and is why this specialist tour operator also offers a range of tours by air, such as Delphi and Mount Pelion in Greece, the beautiful Italian city of Florence, and Paphos, Nicosia and the Troodos Mountains in Cyprus. Whatever the escorted tour or the destination, Travel Editions provides holidays that are packed full of cultural and historic treasures, as well as plenty of free time to relax and soak up the local atmosphere and the regional food and wine.

One of the best things about Travel Editions is that the team can tailor-make all tours to your group’s budget and specification, be it shopping till you drop in New York or tasting the most delicious gastronomic delights of Sicily. Not only can the activities be tailored to meet your requirements but so can the travel options, hotel selection (three, four or five-star hotel) and the whole itinerary. Alternatively, you can simply pick one of the many carefully curated escorted tours listed on the Travel Editions website.

In almost all cases, daily excursions are included in the price of a trip, and all excursions are taken by private coach. The size of the group varies depending on the escorted tour, and Travel Editions limits some holidays to lower numbers to suit the nature of the specific holiday. Walking, culinary and special interest tours are limited to approximately 20-30 passengers, and the Europe by Rail and Europe by Air holidays are limited to a maximum of 35 passengers. Then there’s the UK British Heritage Tours with a maximum capacity of 49, however, some are much less than this. No matter which tours you choose, you will never feel as though you are in a big group.

Travel Editions is passionate about delivering a personal service every step of the way, and its team of experts will arrange your holiday with minimum fuss and maximum effort. Customer service and attention to detail are at the heart of everything they do, plus you will always be treated as an individual and get the benefit of affordable prices by travelling as a group. Another bonus is that Travel Editions is ABTA and ATOL protected, which means your money and your holiday will be protected from the moment you book.

In addition to offering extended tours and cultural short breaks, Travel Editions offers a large range of special events in the UK that bring the culture and history of the United Kingdom to life. These events can be found in the Art & History Abroad programme and include expert speakers, entertaining concerts and impressive dinners in historic locations.

 

 

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