Meeting point at Amsterdam Airport. Accommodation. Walk around the city during which we will talk about the beauty of Dutch painting and its golden period – the 17th century when about 2000 artists lived and worked in Holland. Some of them became the greatest of all times: France Huls, Peter de Hoch, Jan Vermeer, and Rembrandt Harmens Van Rijn – the greatest master of light. In addition, 19 years – 350 years since his death, so many museums have prepared special exhibitions and programs in this regard. We will visit the House of the Rembrandt Museum, where we will see the situation in which he worked and talk about his difficult life and fate.
In Giethoorn, a typically Dutch village in Overijssel, you can perfectly see how the Dutch love to live with and on the water. In an environment full of lakes, reed beds and forests lies this picturesque village with its many handsome farms with thatched roofs and characteristic wooden bridges.
Giethoorn was established as a settlement of peat harvesters. Peat cutting created ponds and lakes, and people built houses on the islands between them. As a result, access was only possible by bridge or using traditional Giethoorn boats, so-called punters – narrow boats pushed along using a long pole by a punteraar.
Fortunately, little has changed in Giethoorn. The tall wooden bridges are still there, and you can still travel the waters on a punter, as well as on an electric boat or a tour boat. A 1 or 2-hour boat tour takes you past the gorgeous 18th and 19th-century farmhouses and under the bridges.
Hague. Shooting in the garden Keukenhof park. We will also visit the Maurizhuis Museum, where we will continue our talk about Dutch painting and where there will also be an exhibition dedicated to Rembrandt and his masterpiece, kept in this museum «Anatomy lesson of Dr. Tulp.» In addition, we will see famous works that are known and loved by those who are far from art- it is “the Girl with a pearl earring” by Vermeer and «Shchel» by Karl Fabrizius. The second museum, which is in Hague and can not but please – is a museum of outstanding graphics and the master of optical illusions Maurits Escher.
In the beautiful wetlands around Dordrecht, you will find the windmills of Kinderdijk. Nineteen beautiful windmills, built around 1740, stand here as part of a larger water management system to prevent floods. Today, they symbolise Dutch water management, and in 1997 they were declared to be UNESCO World Heritage.
The windmills of Kinderdijk were built to keep the low-lying lands of the Alblasserwaard dry. Facing each other, they form an iconic Dutch scene. You can also admire many waterways, dikes, mills and sluices and discover how the Dutch have been using water to their benefit for over 1000 years.
Transfer to Bruges (2.5 hours) Sunset and dawn walk around Bruges.
Bruges, or Brugge as it is called in Flemish, is possibly the most photogenic city in the world. Summer or winter, wherever you look you see scenes from postcards. With its charming medieval step-roofed houses and imposing churches reflected in the still waters of the canals, it’s almost too picturesque to be real.
The historic centre is quite small and contained within a ring of canals, so it’s very walkable and easy to just wander through the narrow streets and market squares, exploring the town. To avoid the crowds, try visiting midweek rather than over the weekend, especially during the summer months.
Morning is dedicated to famous Dutchman, but already from the 19th century – Van Gogh. We will visit the museum, which has the world’s largest collection of his works and will also be able to see the works of his contemporaries.
Excursion to the Rijksmuseum. Its world-famous masterworks from the Dutch Golden Age include the Milkmaid by Vermeer and Rembrandt’s Night Watch. The Rijksmuseum itself is also a masterpiece. The collection is presented in a stunning building with amazing interior design. In 80 galleries 8,000 objects tell the story of 800 years of Dutch art and history, from the Middle Ages to Mondrian. Every year, over 2.5 million visitors travel through the ages and experience a feeling of beauty and sense of time.
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