ESC TOURS Amsterdam
Amsterdam & The Netherlands
AMSTERDAM & THE NETHERLANDS 23-26 September 2018 (4-days, 3-nights)
Victoria Price and Vincent Price Legacy UK curator Peter Fuller invite you to join them on a four-day (3-night) tour exploring the premier art and cultural highlights of the Dutch capital, Amsterdam.
90 years ago, a young art-loving Vincent Price started the European leg of his Seven Capitals Tour in Amsterdam, and it was here that he got up, close and personal with Rembrandt and Vermeer, whose celebrated works blew him away. We hope our bespoke tour of the city will do the same for you.
Armed with your Museenkaart, Vincent's daughter, Victoria -- an art historian and art dealer, will guide you through the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Rembrandt Museum, Anne Frank Museum over the four days. In each museum, Victoria will offer suggestions for viewing as well as interactive experiences that will allow you to learn how to see more deeply and discover new ways of enjoying art and culture.
Amsterdam is best experienced on foot, by bike and by boat - so we will explore Amsterdam’s rich heritage ambling through the city’s quirkiest quarters and wonderful waterways, including the historic old town, which contains some beautifully-preserved guild buildings and civic guard structures - all remnants of the city’s glory days as a 17th-century trading capital; the Red Light District; the city’s picturesque UNESCO-listed Canal Ring waterways, and visit significant sites associated with Amsterdam's most prominent former residents, including renowned Dutch painter, Rembrandt van Rijn, US ambassador John Adams, who visited during the American Revolution, and young Jewish heroine Anne Frank.
Vincent loved his food, and we hope you do too. So, alongside your fill of art and culture, you will also visit local foodie hotspots to sample the taste sensations of the city’s local cuisine, which was heavily influenced by the East Indies Spice trade during the 16th century.
Here is our itinerary:
SATURDAY 24 SEPTEMBER
We will meet for dinner on your first night in Amsterdam so that we can all get to know one another and begin to immerse ourselves in Dutch cuisine and culture.
SUNDAY 23 SEPTEMBER
Two must-visit Amsterdam museums -- the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum -- are our primary focus today. With Victoria as your host, we will bypass the main queues at the Rijksmuseum, where we will share stories about the museum’s best and quirkiest pieces as you explore a selection of paintings and artefacts from the 8,000 objects on display, and admire masterpieces like Rembrandt’s Night Watch and Vermeer’s The Milkmaid.
We will have lunch together and the museum and share some of our favorite experiences, after which you will have free time to explore the Museum District on your own. Later in the afternoon, we head to the Van Gogh Museum to learn more about the man behind the famous sunflowers and self-portraits that are featured in galleries around the world. Here’s your chance to walk through the world’s largest collection of Van Gogh’s works while learning about his life, from his days in Holland to his dramatic ending in France. (*)
We conclude the day with an evening boat tour of the city’s iconic canals.
(*) Depending on whether the artwork is on loan or being restored, your tour may include Van Gogh's large collection of self portraits, early and obscure works, objects from his studio, Sunflowers, Yellow House, and Wheatfield with Crows.
MONDAY 24 SEPTEMBER
Windmills are order of the day as we head out of the city for a full day-tour, exploring the Dutch countryside visiting UNESCO World Heritage windmills, as well as Delft and other historic villages where you will see how Dutch cheese and wooden shoes are made. See the natural beauty of Holland before returning to the city in the evening, you will have free time to explore the cobblestone streets of the vibrant city centre, including the infamous Red Light District.
TUESDAY 25 SEPTEMBER
The Rembrandt House Museum was originally the marital home of Rembrandt and his wife, Saskia. Today, we will have the opportunity to browse an incredible collection of Rembrandt’s works, and explore the beautifully restored rooms of the house. We shall follow this with a short walking tour to South Church, the site upon which Rembrandt reputedly painted his prominent masterpiece, The Night Watch, and then the Weighing House, the place where The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp was painted.
Following a stroll around Dam Square, we shall take high tea at the Amstel Hotel, where Vincent and Mary Price also visited and included in their acclaimed culinary tome, A Treasury of Great Recipes.
We shall follow this with informal tour of the city’s UNESCO-listed Canal Ring waterways aboard a hop-on, hop-off boat -- allowing us to be a little more spontaneous on this, our last full day in the city.
WEDNESDAY 26 SEPTEMBER
Our final day we see us visit the Anne Frank House to learn about the horrors of the Holocaust and see the hidden annex where the Frank family lived before being captured and sent to concentration camps, before we head off to the airport and Vienna to begin our three-day (3-night) tour exploring the premier art and cultural highlights of the Austrian city of Vienna, which is also known as the City of Dreams, as coined by psychoanalyst Freud, and the City of Music, as it is a mecca for aspiring musicians with a wealth of classical history.
WHY CHOOSE ESC TOURS?
ESC Tours is a collaboration between Victoria Price and Peter Fuller, two lifelong travelers whose cultural adventures were inspired by the "Explore Savor Celebrate" philosophy of Vincent Price.
We offer a bespoke hosting service, leading new and experienced travelers alike, as we explore, savor and celebrate the art, culture, food and film history of each destination we visit. We create flexible bespoke itineraries with ample free time as well as group activities. We provide guided tours and unique experiences.
Unlike other tour groups, we keep our groups very small so that the experience is more like traveling with friends. In this way, we learn about various cultures through the pleasure of shared adventures, ideas, and meals.
WHAT WE OFFER
* 4 days complete hosting service in Amsterdam led by Victoria Price
* Entry into four museums: Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Rembrandt Museum, Anne Frank Museum (plus more with your Museenkarte)
* Evening canal trip
* One hop-on, hop-off boat ride
* Welcome dinner in Amsterdam
* High Tea at the Amstel
ARE HOTELS INCLUDED?
No. However, we will give you a list of recommended lodging that we will ask you to use so that we are all staying in the same areas. There will be lodging to suit any budget.
ARE FLIGHTS or TRAINFARE TO/FROM AMSTERDAM from US, UK or any other country outside the Netherlands INCLUDED?
No. However, we can provide advice and guidance on airlines, trains and transfer services.TOTAL PRICE: £775
(This does not include hotel in Amsterdam , air or trainfare to Amsterdam, transfer from airport to lodging in Amsterdam, taxis, and some meals)
DEPOSIT OF $50 REQUIRED TO HOLD THE SPACE
We will contact you regarding individualized payment plans suited to fit your needs. All final payments are due by August 1, 2018.