Dutch Masters: Art in Amsterdam

This tour has already taken place and is now here as an archive
Marie-Anne Mancio

This study tour is now fully booked. A repeat trip will be offered from Monday 7 - Thursday 10 April 2014.

Please contact Mary Bromley on 020 7266 7815 or info@thecoursestudies.co.uk for further information.

Amsterdam, the ‘Venice of the North’ is unrivalled in Europe for the visual arts. This tour offers a unique opportunity to consolidate your learning on The Course’s year long programme The Golden Age of Dutch Art. You will see key artworks by Rembrandt and Vermeer and be transported back to the seventeenth century through beautifully preserved architecture and decor. But you will also be able to trace the development of Dutch art in the practice of Van Gogh and twentieth century avant gardists such as Mondrian. Highlights include a whole day in the Rijksmuseum whose much-anticipated re-opening has been greeted with critical acclaim for its stunning refurbishment and bold curation. You will also visit two beautiful 17th-century canal houses, exquisitely furnished and sited on world heritage canals.

Your lecturer

Dr Marie-Anne Mancio trained as an artist before gaining a DPhil in Art History and Critical Theory from the University of Sussex. She has lectured on art for various institutions including The Course, Tate Modern, Art in London, University of Hertfordshire, and the City Lit. She has also written on art and architecture for Make, Art and Design, Europaconcorsi, and others. She has led private tours to Paris, Venice, and Florence. Since gaining an MPhil in Creative Writing, her practice is mainly text based and includes a conceptual art work for New York duo Praxis and James Franco's Museum of Non-Visible Art and Whorticulture, a novel about four migrant women in antebellum America. She is currently working on her second novel, Bouche about the artist Francois Boucher.

Portrait of an Old Woman Reading, Gerard Dou, c 1630-35

Your Hotel

The Bilderberg Hotel Jan Luyken view website »
Jan Luykenstraat 58, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The Bilderberg Hotel Jan Luyken is a charming and elegant four star boutique hotel in the cultural heart of Amsterdam opposite the Rijks, Van Gogh and Municipal Museums. The Concertgebouw, Municipal Theatre and main shopping streets are within a few minutes walk. It occupies three 19th century townhouses where modern design is combined with classic elements of Amsterdam architecture. All ensuite rooms have tea and coffee making facilities, minibar, tv, safe and hairdryers.

Enkhuizen Zuidhavendijk, Cornelis Springer, 1868
The Merry Drinker, Frans Hals, c 1628-1630

The price includes:

  • Lecturing by Dr Marie-Anne Mancio
  • Return scheduled flights from London Heathrow (Terminal 5) to Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam inclusive of airport taxes, security charges and local taxes
  • 3 nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation at 4* Jan Luyken Hotel
  • 3 dinners
  • 2 lunches
  • transport by private coach from airport to hotel
  • transport by private coach from hotel to Rembrandt House
  • transport by private coach to Schiphol Airport
  • All admission charges

The price does not include:

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

A £300.00 deposit is needed to confirm your place on the tour

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 ATOL number 3707 and ABTOT licence number 5093 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.

Children of the Sea, Jozef Israëls, 1872

Book your place

Places are limited so please book early. For further information:

Mary Bromley
020 7266 7815
E Mail:
The Course, 105 William Court, 6 Hall Road, London NW8 9PB

The Tour: Itinerary

Day 1 / Saturday 29 March

BA430 British Airways from Heathrow (Terminal 5

Arrival at Schipol Airport, Amsterdam and transfer to The Bilderberg Hotel Jan Luyken


Walk to the nearby Stedelijk Museum and see some of the key artists and designers of the twentieth century including Mondrian, Van Doesburg, Kandinksy, Matisse, Picasso and many more.

Return to hotel


Day 2 / Sunday 30th March 2014

Walk to the nearby Van Gogh Museum. See the development of Van Gogh’s work through his letters, over 600 drawings and 200 paintings of portraits, landscapes and still lifes. The world famous The Potato Eaters and The Sunflowers are here.

Lunch at leisure

Reconvene at the Museum Van Loon, Keizersgracht 672

Tour this lovely canal house and garden built in 1672 and sometime home to the wealthy van Loon family (co-founders, in 1602, of the Dutch East- India Company) and noted artist Ferdinand Bol, pupil of Rembrandt. See its portraits, silverware, and interiors.

Walk to the Willet-Holthuysen Museum, 605 Herengracht

Tour this 17th-century canal-side house, which is filled with furnished period rooms and works of art donated by the owner Louisa Willet-Holthuysen to the city in 1895.

Leisurely walk back to the hotel


Day 3 / Monday 31 March 2014

Walk to the nearby RijksMuseum. Focus on Rembrandt, including Rembrandt’s masterpiece The Night Watch, Frans Hals, Jan Steen, Vermeer, de Hooch.

Lunch at leisure

Reconvene at the Rijksmuseum and continue exploring its other highlights including Delftware and dolls’ houses.

Return to the hotel


Day 4 / Tuesday 1 April 2014

Check out of hotel

Transfer by private coach to the Rembrandt House Museum

Rembrandt’s home and studio where he made many of his famous works and where his son Titus was born. The interiors have been restored and rooms refurnished. Works on display include paintings by Rembrandt’s teacher Pieter Lastman. Rembrandt is considered one of the best etchers of all time; see examples here along with a demonstration of how etchings were printed in the seventeenth century and how paint was mixed.


Depart by private coach for Schiphol Airport

Check in at Schiphol Airport
Depart on BA439 British Airways
Arrival at Heathrow (Terminal 5)