An award-winning tour company based in London, The Ultimate Travel Company specializes in small-group, luxury tours with local guides, scholars and experts, and custom-designed itineraries just for you and/or your group.
They occasionally offer one-of-kind special opportunities, such as this October long weekend in Amsterdam, which would be a great add-on to your European visit this fall.
Highlights are the recently renovated Rijksmuseum, the Rembranthuis, the Van Gogh Museum and the Museum Van Loon. The small group will also visit Delft and The Hague including a visit to the Mauritshuis, all enhanced by a series of talks by guest lecturer, Douglas Skeggs.
Accommodations at uber-chic Hotel Pulitzer, which consists of 25 beautiful 17th and 18th century Dutch canal houses. On the first day, you visit the Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder (Our Lord in the Attic) Catholic Chapel, a restored 17th century canal house that conceals a secret Catholic Church.
Private tour of the Rijksmuseum to see the magnificent restoration and such treasures as Rembrandt’s “ Night Watch”. A visit Rembranthuis to see the artist’s own 17th century objects and furniture and 250 of his etchings and drawings.
The Van Gogh Museum houses the largest collection of the artist’s works: Skeggs will lecture here on the life and work. Private cruise on a vintage barge on Amsterdam waterways.
Private visit and reception at the Van Loon Museum with the curator of the museum. This is an exquisite canal-side house filled with treasures from Amsterdam’s Golden Age of culture.
In Delft, a morning walk to the picturesque market square and Nieuwe Kerk and guided tour of Stedelijk Museum Het Prinsenhof, dating from the late 14th century. The former residence of William of Orange, it now houses Delft’s municipal art collection.
A stop in The Hague, more of a “grand village” than a capital city; including the Mesdag Panorama and Mauritshuis, a 17th century classical palace with a magnificent collection of Dutch paintings including works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Rubens, Teniers, Jordaens and van Brueghel.
Tour Guides for Amsterdam and The Rijksmuseum
Educated at Cambridge, Douglas Skeggs has a degree in Fine Arts and is a veteran lecturer on the history and techniques of painting. He has made several art documentaries and is an accomplished painter. He is also an author of a biography of Monet, River of Light: Monet’s Impressions of the Seine. Over the years he has accompanied numerous tours across Europe.
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A cultural tour curator, Karen Misuraca is a travel writer and the author of several guidebooks, including Backroads of the California Wine Country; Backroads of the California Coast, and Fun with the Family Northern California. Check out Karen's iPhone app, California Coast North.