Using the new direct Eurostar service we are delighted to offer a 6-day long weekend in Amsterdam‚ including a day in the lovely city of Haarlem. We have chosen to go outside the tourist season‚ at a time when galleries are refreshingly less crowded than later in the year.
Our activities focus in the main on the city’s unique artistic and musical heritage. Within 200 yards of our hotel, we have three of the world’s greatest art galleries and one of the world’s most important concert halls. We shall‚ of course‚ visit the Rijksmuseum‚ the Van Gogh and the Stedelijk (one of the finest collections of 20th-21st-century art). Our visits will be enhanced by exclusive guided tours conducted by the museums’ specialists.
The Concertgebouw is a magnificent complex of concert halls‚ again‚ a stone’s throw from our hotel. Here‚ one can hear world-class music-making on a daily basis. We have tickets for two superb concerts; the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra will play an attractive programme of Mozart‚ Saint-Saens and Tchaikovsky, while on Sunday evening the great pianist Hélène Grimaud will give a fascinating recital combining works by Debussy‚ Satie‚ Chopin and Rachmaninov.
As well as the spectacular art and music content of the tour‚ we shall take to the water for a leisurely exploration of Amsterdam’s canals‚ have a private tour of a 17th-century merchant’s house and savour the best of Dutch cuisine as well as the more exotic food from Indonesia and Surinam.
On Day 4 we take the train to Haarlem. A journey of about 20 minutes brings us into Haarlem’s lovely railway station. From here it’s a short walk to the centre of this stunning medieval city. We start our exploration with an hour or so on the river and canals. Then‚ on dry land we have a mouth-watering day ahead of us. The highlights are the spectacular Franz Hals Museum‚ the marvellous central square and the magnificent cathedral.