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Based in the lovely, atmospheric city of The Hague, this tour will also visit both Amsterdam and Haarlem, three cities which capture the spirit of the country’s Golden Age in the 17th century. Prosperity bred extraordinary artists and distinctive themes, from landscape to quiet domesticity, and the country’s museums hold some of its greatest creations, including Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, Rembrandt’s Night Watch and Hals’ Regentesses of the Almshouses. More recently, in a brief but brilliant career, Vincent van Gogh’s lack of commercial success meant that his works were not dispersed and form the core of the great museum dedicated to him, as well as the superb Kroller-Muller collection in Otterloo, and from the 20th century, we can examine the distinctive geometry and primary colours of Piet Mondrian.



Based on 15 participants and strictly limited

£2,770.00   per person sharing a twin/double room

£700.00      deposit is needed to confirm your place


£225.00      single room supplement


The price includes:

  • Lecturing by Nicole Mezey
  • Return scheduled airflights from London Heathrow to Amsterdam
  • 4 nights bed and breakfast at 4* Park Centraal Den Haag  
  • City Taxes throughout
  • Services of local licenced guides throughout
  • Welcome dinner on arrival day
  • 5 lunches in local restaurants
  • All local coach transport in Holland as per itinerary
  • All entrance charges and fees for visits as per itinerary
  • Vox Headsets


The price does not include:

  • Dinners (Days 2, 3, 4 and 5)
  • Teas or coffees during any mid-morning/mid-afternoon breaks
  • Refreshments
  • Any incidental and personal expenditure (laundry/telephone etc)
  • Taxis or other transport not specified
  • Personal insurance


Your Lecturer: Nicole Mezey

Nicole studied at the Universities of Sussex, York and Paris before becoming Senior Lecturer at Queen’s University, Belfast, where she established the Department of Art History and worked extensively with adult students on part-time degrees and Open Learning programmes. Nicole is currently a freelance lecturer for The Arts Society, the National Museum of Northern Ireland, Queen’s University and the National Trust. Her publications focus on adult education and the arts. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.



Your Hotel

Park Centraal Den Haag   4 * (4 nights)

Molenstraat 53 2513 BJ Den Haag

+31 (0) 70 362 4371

Gracing the famous Royal Gardens, diverse Hofkwartier neighbourhood and cobbled streets, Park Centraal Den Haag has been here for 160 years. Today, its classic and modern design combines to make an elegant experience with every amenity.

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1 /MONDAY 9 September 2024


Depart London – Amsterdam

British Airways flight from London Heathrow to Amsterdam

Met by local guide and transfer by private coach to The Hague

Lunch local restaurant

Visit the Kunstmuseum (Fine Arts Museum)

A major collection of modern art including Degas and Picasso but most famous for its unrivalled range of work by Piet Mondrian.

Check in to Park Centraal Den Haag Hotel

Welcome Dinner in nearby restaurant, t’Goude Hof


DAY 2 /TUESDAY 10 September 2024 


The Hague

Visit the Mauritshuis

Originally created for the distinguished statesman Johan Maurits van Nassau-Siegen, the building itself is considered one of the most beautiful in the country and the paintings reflect the range of artwork of 17th century Holland and include Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring and View of Delft.

Lunch Brasserie Mauritshuis

Visit the Panorama Mesdag

14m high and 120m around, this cylindrical view, painted in 1880-81, immerses us in The Hague of the day, and is still in the building for which it was designed.

Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder Art Dealers

Early evening takes us to these renowned dealers, who display their Old Masters in a 17th century building, rich with period furniture. In a private visit, we will view the current collection with the resident specialist and conclude with drinks.

Evening at leisure


DAY 3 / WEDNESDAY 11 September 2024



By private coach to Amsterdam

Visit The Rijksmuseum

This historic museum displays some of the greatest and most familiar of Dutch masterpieces, including Rembrandt’s Night Watch, Vermeer’s Milkmaid and Hals’ Jolly Toper.

Lunch local restaurant

Visit The van Gogh Museum

The light-filled building displays to perfection its collection of over 200 works by the tragic 19th century artist, as well as related others by his contemporaries.

Return to the Hague

Evening at leisure


DAY 4 / THURSDAY 12 September 2024


Apeldoorn – Otterlo

By private coach to Apeldoorn

Visit Het Loo Palace

Home of the Dutch royal family from the 17th to the mid-20th century, Het Loo retains its magnificent furnishings and is set in extensive French-style gardens.

Lunch local restaurant

By private coach to Otterlo


Visit Kroller Muller

Assembled by a dedicated private collector, this is now one of the jewels of the state. We will see a vast selection of works by van Gogh but also by Monet, Seurat, Picasso and Mondrian, and a walk in the sculpture park reveals masterpieces by artists including Rodin, Hepworth, Oldenburg and Dubuffet.

Evening at leisure


DAY 5 / FRIDAY 13 September 2024


Haarlem – London

Check out of the hotel and transfer by private coach to Haarlem

Visit the Frans Hals Museum 

Housed in a historic almshouse in his native city, an incomparable collection of the work of the master portraitist.

Lunch local restaurant (Café Fortyn)

Transfer by private coach to Amsterdam for flight to London

Booking Information

For further information:

Contact: Mary Bromley

Telephone: 0770 288 7383


Write: The Course, 105 William Court, 6 Hall Road, London NW8 9PB

This tour is organised by Heritage Group Travel who are responsible for all the arrangements. Please refer to Heritage Group Travel Booking Terms and Conditions which can be sent upon request. The Company holds ABTOT number 5093 and AITO licence number 5060 for your protection. This itinerary is subject to change should local conditions or unexpected restrictions occur. As the tour is arranged many months in advance visits may be subject to amendment.


9 September 2024
13 September 2024
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Nicole Mezey


Mary Bromley
Our Lecturers