8.30am (depending on location) Meet and greet with your English-speaking art historian guide in the hotel lobby, from where you will be taken for a scenic walk to the famous Rijksmuseum.
The Rijksmuseum is the national museum of Dutch art and history and houses in a late 19th century building built on the edge of the famous Amsterdam Canal District. The Rijksmuseum is a masterpiece in itself, both inside and out. Over 800 years of Dutch art and history are on display in 80 recently renovated rooms.
Your guide will introduce you to a time period known as the Dutch Golden Age, a time of great wealth and prosperity but also of unbridled cultural and artistic growth.
11.15am We continue the tour with a 5-minute walk to the Van Gogh Museum where you will step into Van Gogh’s world. You enter the Van Gogh Museum through the newly created glass entrance building, located on Museum Square that beautifully complements the exhibition wing created in 1999 by Kisho Kurokawa Architect and Associates.
Discover what Vincent wanted to express in the redesigned exhibit of Van Gogh Museum’s collection.
In the new layout, you step directly into Van Gogh’s world. You obviously see his masterpieces like the Potato Eaters and the Bedroom, but also his drawings and letters. You discover the ideas and ambitions behind his art. Van Gogh experienced life and the world intensely and wanted his art to portray the great themes of life, such as anxiety, suffering, love and hope. You follow the on-going search of an artist who was constantly trying to improve himself. In this way, you get a new view of an artist you thought you knew.
12.45pm After this exciting visit you will be taken for a short walk to the historical canal belt area, where you will board a historic Saloon Boat for a private two-hours cruise through the Amsterdam canals. The most relaxed way to get to know Amsterdam with a VIP treatment!
During the cruise a fresh and tasty lunch will be served including coffee and tea.
From the beginning of the 20th Century until the early thirties salon boats were built in the west of the Netherlands and in the province Friesland. These boats shared a couple of features like a load water line; an elegant body and a beautiful build of teakwood and mahogany. The design of a salon boat was entirely made to measure and initiated by the constituent.
3pm Fully charged we continue with an interesting walking tour through the city center.You will see some sights most tourists and even local people have never seen!
Discover the hidden treasures behind the facades of Amsterdam’s most impressive mansions and gardens. See and learn more about 17th – 20th century gable architecture, interiors, garden history and how the merchant families lived. The huge gardens behind some of the (private) mansions are Amsterdam’s best-kept secret! We will make a guided visit to the 17th century Van Loon mansion, as well as an almshouse in the Golden Bend, the best area in Amsterdam. Also during this tour, you will visit the Beguines Court with the oldest wooden house in Amsterdam and on request the famous Red Light district.
6pm The walking tour will end back at your hotel, where you have the remainder of the day for your own leisure.