Introducing a new architectural tour of cities in the Netherlands:
• Explore the less-often visited cities of the Netherlands, travelling from the southern medieval centre of Utrect, to the historic trading outpost of Groningen in the north
• Discover a wealth of artistic and architectural treasures in the smaller towns of Amersfoort, Breda, Deventer and Zwolle including splendid art collections, churches and civic buildings
Depart Heathrow 1145 on British Airways, arriving Amsterdam 1405. Transfer to Utrecht for four nights at Grand Hotel Karel V. Walking tour including the Dom Church (cathedral with detached tower and cloister) and the medieval Buurkerk (now a museum for musical instruments). Introductory lecture: The Undiscovered Cities of the Netherlands.
Morning: Centraal Museum (work by Theo van Doesburg and Gerrit Rietveld) and Museum of the Catharijneconvent (museum of religious art). Afternoon: Rietveld Schroderhuis (avant-garde house designed in 1924 by Gerrit Rietveld).
Whole day excursion to Amersfoort: walking tour of historic centre followed by Zonnehof Pavilion (by Gerrit Rietveld with special exhibition: About Style, Chairs and Pavilions) and Mondriaanhuis (newly reopened with special 2017 anniversary exhibitions).
Whole day excursion to Breda: Breda’s Museum (local visual and applied arts), Grote Kerk (including the Prince Chapel of the House of Orange-Nassau with fine 16th century frescoes) and Begijnhof (former convent of Beguine nuns).
Transfer to Groningen via Deventer: the Waag (historic weighing-house and city museum), the Lebuinuskerk (splendid 16th century wall paintings), Bergkerk (Mountain Church, now a museum for modern art), exterior of Penninckshuis (16th century sculpted allegorical figures). Continue to Hampshire Hotel – Groningen Centre, Groningen, for two nights.
Visits in Groningen including Groninger Museum (impressive collection from Oriental ceramics to 17th century drawings), Noordelijk Scheepvaart Museum (Museum of Nautical History) and walking tour including exterior of the old University buildings (founded in 1614), churches and Goudkantoor (Gold Office).
Transfer to Amsterdam via Zwolle: Grote Kerk (impressive 15th century tower) and the Stedelijk Museum (regional artists and 17th century masters). Depart Amsterdam 1620 on British Airways arriving Heathrow 1640.