- The Rijksmuseum
Following a collosal ten-year transformation, Amsterdam's most amazing art gallery is once again open. You can spend as much time as you want here – or even visit more than once – and see the renowned works of Rembrant, Vermeer, van Ruisdel and more
- Frans Hals Museum
Cruise to Haarlem to see paintings and pieces that truly evoke the Golden Age of Dutch Art, also reflected in the town's historic architecture.
- Local flights
- By coach
- Exclusive to Saga
- Half board
- Save £
Discover Amsterdam's artistic treasures on this delightful short break aboard Rex Rheni
Step aboard Rex Rheni, a ship chartered exclusively for Saga passengers, for this unusual spring break. You'll spend most of your time moored in Amsterdam, which puts you within easy reach of the capital's key attractions, and will also make a short journey to Haarlem to see more of the country's Golden Age treasures. During your holiday there will be insightful evening talks from an expert art historian, and with your complimentary Museum Card you can explore a multitude of attractions at your leisure.
8 meals: 4 breakfasts and 4 dinners
- Optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a reduction if not required
- UK travel service
- Return coach travel via Eurotunnel or P&O Ferries
- Saga cruise director
- Saga cruise escort on board
- Museum Card giving unlimited access to multiple attractions
- Three on-board talks from an expert art historian
- Drinks reception
Day 1 UK to Amsterdam
Travel by coach from Folkestone to Amsterdam via Eurotunnel or P&O Ferries and embark Rex Rheni. Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner. During your cruise you can enjoy three art appreciation talks by your expert art historian. You'll also receive your Museum Card which will give you unlimited access to over 30 museums and galleries in the capital.
Day 2 Amsterdam
Set off for a day of independent exploration. With your Museum Card you might want to head straight for the Rijksmuseum. It displays more than 8,000 works of art – just a tiny portion of its one-million-strong collection – and is renowned for its paintings from the Dutch Golden Age: the pièce de résistance is Rembrandt's Night Watch. Later, perhaps visit the Van Gogh Museum, which houses some 200 of his paintings alongside works by Gauguin, Monet and Seurat. Alternatively, you could explore the Maritime Museum or discover the Royal Palace – that's if HM King Willem-Alexander isn't in residence!
Day 3 Amsterdam to Haarlem
Cruise west to Haarlem, which thrived in the Golden Age thanks to its support of the arts. Flemish and French immigrants flocked to the city and the council commissioned many great artists and craftsmen to decorate the city hall. Among them were Jan Steen and Frans Hals – a museum now stands in honour of the latter. You might like to join an included transfer to this museum today, which you can enter with your Museum Card. Depart Haarlem this evening and cruise back to Amsterdam where you moor overnight.
Day 4 Amsterdam
You have another day free to explore Amsterdam. Perhaps stroll alongside the canals and visit the hub of Dam Square, view contemporary art at the Stedelijk Museum or, maybe, visit the former home of Rembrandt or that of Anne Frank. There may also be the chance to visit the gardens of Keukenhof on an optional excursion.
Day 5 Amsterdam to UK
Disembark after breakfast for your return to the UK
Attractions and museums allowing free entry with the Museum Card may vary each year, but entrance will certainly be included for the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum on this holiday. Audio guides will usually cost extra and the card does not give entry to exhibitions or entitle fast track entry.
The board basis on this departure is half board and wine, beer and any soft drinks are at an extra cost, although free tea and coffee is available on board throughout the holiday.