Netherlands Trip Schedule (2018)

Day 1, Sunday, 11 November, 2018 (Reception)

Hotel Des Indes

Arrival at Amsterdam airport. Independent transfer (not included, but can be booked separately) to the hotel for check in to the Des Indes Hotel in the Hague. Hotel Des Indes has a tradition of 134 years of welcoming quests, including royalty and celebrities and offers elegance and grandeur. In the early evening, fellow travelers will enjoy a reception. www.hoteldesindesthehague.com/The_Hague/Luxury_Hotel

Note on airport transfer:
Four trains per hour from airport to The Hague (23 minutes, 10 euros)
Taxi (30 minutes, $120-$150)

Day 2, Monday, 12 November, 2018 (Breakfast)

Meermanno Museum

Visit to the Meermanno Museum (the Museum of the Book). Known for its large collection of medieval manuscripts and early printed books assembled by the baron W.H.J. van Westreenen van Tiellandt (1783-1848). A 19th-century collector, he assembled books, antiquities, family portraits and travel souvenirs. We will have an orientation symposium here, in addition to visiting the collection. https://www.meermanno.nl/home-en/

Lunch on own.

In the afternoon, we will visit the Netherlands Institute for Art History, the largest such institution in the world. It specializes in archives and books of Western art from the late Middle Ages to the present day. https://rkd.nl/en/

Our afternoon will conclude with a visit to the Mauritshuis museum, known for its works by Rembrandt, Vermeer & Holbein the Younger.  https://www.mauritshuis.nl/en/

Day 3, Tuesday, 13 November, 2018 (Breakfast, Lunch)

Teylers Museum

As we travel by bus from The Hague to Amsterdam, we will visit archives dealing with the Pilgrim experience in Leiden and the Pilgrim Fathers Museum. http://www.leidenamericanpilgrimmuseum.org/index.htm; continuing to Haarlem for lunch at restaurant ML. From here we will walk to the Teylers Museum for a tour of the museum and a special “behind the scenes” visit to its exquisite Library. By special arrangement, there will be a private presentation of the museum’s impressive compendium of Dutch 17th-century master drawings, including works by Goltzius, Avercamp, Ostade and Rembrandt. This is the first and oldest museum in The Netherlands, created to house exhibits selected by the owner, Pieter Teyler (1702-1778), a wealthy Mennonite merchant and banker, who left a substantial legacy to the pursuit of religion, arts and science in his hometown. Teyler’s collection of objects references the literary, cultural and scientific age of Enlightenment. https://www.teylersmuseum.nl/en

Traveling to Amsterdam, we will check in to the Pulitzer Hotel, set within 25 restored 17th and 18th century houses that were homes of Dutch aristocrats.  www.pulitzeramsterdam.com/

Day 4, Wednesday, 14 November, 2018 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Amsterdam Canals

We begin our tour today with a visit to the Amsterdam city archives for a presentation of historic documents including those relating to the history of the United States https://www.amsterdam.nl/stadsarchief/

Lunch on board of a private canal boat. Our guide for the tour is an art historian, journalist, writer and producer, who has among other things co-authored two large volumes on the history and architecture of the center of Amsterdam (Canal books Vol. I & II) and has coauthored Behind the Facades; Gardens of Canal Houses of Amsterdam.

Rijksmuseum

Afterwards continue to the Rijksmuseum where we will have a guided tour of the collection. Since it opened in1885, the Rijksmuseum has been the greatest treasure house of the Dutch Golden Age, brimming with paintings by masters like Rembrandt, Vermeer, Jan Steen and Frans Hals. The museum is the largest building designed by Pierre Cuypers which combined a melding of Gothic and Renaissance architecture which had expanded over the years as additions and courtyards were built to create more space. The result was an inefficient structure that could not handle the museum’s growing collection and attendance, so in 2003 it closed for a much-needed makeover which was completed and the museum re-opened in April 2013. The Spanish architects Cruz y Ortiz, who won an architectural competition to renovate the museum, undid years of renovations, restoring Cuypers’s original layout of the galleries, along with ornamental details that had been obliterated over the years. That straightforward design and faithfulness to tradition struck a chord with museum officials and produced a stunning result that has met with rave reviews after it’s re-opening. https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en

Dinner will be in the De Kas Restaurant, housed in the former Amsterdam Municipal Nursery greenhouse. www.restaurantdekas.nl/

Day 5, Thursday, 15 November, 2018 (Breakfast)

After breakfast we walk the short distance to the “House with the Heads”. The house derives its name from the six heads on the façade, later added by the second occupant, an iron and paper merchant called Louis de Geer. The heads are the busts of the gods Apollo, Ceres, Mercury, Minerva, Bacchus and Diana. Mercury, the god of trade, and Minerva, the goddess of wisdom, are situated on the left and right side of the main entrance suggesting that Louis de Geer, being a ‘mercator sapiens’ – a wise and erudite merchant – liked to identify himself with trade and wisdom. Not surprisingly, his House with the Heads became a center for the development and exchange of creative and contrarian ideas in the fields of science, philosophy, culture and commerce. The building is currently under renovation until 2018 when it will house the library of Joost Ritman known as the BibliothecaPhilosophica Hermetica. The Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica is a treasure house and knowledge center of the Western free and contrarian thought. It has a story to tell, that of the mystical and still generally unknown story of this spiritual and philosophical tradition. The library achieved international renown as a scholarly research library with its research institute, publishing house and its international exhibition program. To date, the library holds more than 23,000 volumes: some 4,500 manuscripts and printed books before 1800, some 17,000 works (primary and secondary sources) printed after 1900, unique archival collections and a choice collection of prints and engravings http://www.ritmanlibrary.com/visit-us/visit-the-library/ and http://www.huismetdehoofden.nl/en/

Lunch On Own

In the afternoon, a special visit to the Portuguese Synagogue and its famous library has been arranged. The congregation’s Ets Haim is the oldest functioning Jewish library in the world. http://jck.nl/nl/locatie/portugese-synagoge

Afterwards, the next stop is the archives of the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam. archief.concertgebouworkest.nl/en/archive/about-the-archive

Day 6, Friday, 16 November 2018 (Breakfast)

Today, the destination is Utrecht and the Museum Catharijneconvent. It is known for its collection of richly illuminated manuscripts, jeweled bookbindings, richly decorated images and other treasures. Yet, the greatest item is the Utrecht Psalter. In October, 2015 it was listed in UNESCO’s “Memory of he World Register for Documentary Heritage.” https://www.catharijneconvent.nl/

Day 7, Saturday, 17 November (Breakfast, Dinner)

Participants will enjoy a before opening time visit to the Our Lord in the Attic Museum, a Catholic Church hidden in an attic. One of the most cherished Amsterdam museums, it is representative of the persecution of Catholics during the 17th century. https://www.amsterdam.info/museums/museum_lordattic

Our final library visit will be to the Maritime Museum to see its magnificent collection of atlases. https://www.amsterdam.info/museums/netherlands_maritime_museum/

In the early evening, we will have our farewell dinner.

Day 8, Sunday, 18 November 2018 (Breakfast)

Independent departure.