Join us in Washington, D.C. to experience the landmark Johannes Vermeer exhibition at the National Gallery of Art and view other stellar European art collections in the Capital City.

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 Johannes Vermeer, <i>A Lady Writing</i>, 1665. Credit: The National Gallery of Art  Johannes Vermeer, <i>Woman Holding a Balance</i>, c. 1664. Credit: The National Gallery of Art  Caspar Netscher, <i>A Woman Feeding a Parrot</i>, 1666. Credit: The National Gallery of Art  Gerard ter Borch the Younger, <i>The Suitor's Visit</i>, 1658. Credit: Andrew W. Mellon Collection, The National Gallery of Art  Edward Hopper, <i>Sunday</i>, 1926. Credit: The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.  Entry hallway at Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens. Credit: John Dean  Foyer at Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens  French drawing room at Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens  The Kreeger Museum. Credit: Robert Lautman  Pierre‐Auguste Renoir, <i>Luncheon of the Boating Party</i>, 1881.  Credit: The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.  Honoré Daumier, <i>The Uprising</i>, 1848 or later. Credit: The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.

Vermeer and the Genius of Dutch Art

Featuring the landmark exhibition at the National Gallery of Art

4 days from $2,795

Join us in Washington, D.C. to experience the landmark Johannes Vermeer exhibition at the National Gallery of Art and view other stellar European art collections in the Capital City.

or Call 855-330-1542

Overview

Join us in Washington, D.C. and experience the landmark exhibition Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting at the National Gallery of Art, accompanied by popular Smithsonian Journeys Expert Bill Kloss. You’ll also view other fine collections of European art at important galleries and museums throughout the city. 

Highlights Include

  • The National Gallery of Art: Spend a full morning at the National Gallery of Art. Visit the stunning exhibition on Johannes Vermeer and his contemporaries, featuring ten paintings by Vermeer including The Lacemaker (c. 1669–1670, Musée du Louvre, Paris). Also, take the time to explore highlights from the museum’s esteemed permanent collection.
  • The Phillips Collection: View masterworks by Rothko, Bonnard, and Van Gogh and see Renoir’s famed Luncheon of the Boating Party at America’s first museum of modern art.
  • Kreeger Museum and Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens: Trace Picasso’s storied career through the collections at the Kreeger Museum, and visit Hillwood Estate, renowned for important collections of French and Russian imperial art, collected by heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post.

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Itinerary

Day 1 – Washington, D.C.

Individual arrivals at The Mayflower Hotel in downtown Washington, D.C. Gather for a welcome reception, opening remarks, and lovely dinner with your Smithsonian Journeys Expert, Bill Kloss. (R,D)

Day 2 – Washington, D.C.

Depart for the National Gallery of Art. Tour the Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry exhibition. Opening in October 2017, the exhibition examines the artistic exchanges among Johannes Vermeer and his contemporaries from 1650 to 1675 and brings together some 65 works by Vermeer (1632–1675) and his fellow painters of the Dutch Golden Age including Gerard ter Borch, Gerrit Dou, Pieter de Hooch, Gabriel Metsu, Frans van Mieris, Caspar Netscher, and Jan Steen.

Afterward, gather for a leisurely lunch at the National Gallery of Art’s Garden Cafe. In the late afternoon depart for The Phillips Collection, where you’ll receive a guided tour by Smithsonian Journeys expert, Bill Kloss, and view Renoir’s renowned Luncheon of the Boating Party. You’ll have free time to explore other works by European masters Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Vincent van Gogh. This evening is at leisure and dinner is on your own. (B,L)

Day 3 – Washington, D.C.

This morning enjoy breakfast at the hotel followed by a lecture with your Smithsonian Journeys Expert. Spend the morning at the Kreeger Museum. Tucked away in a residential area of Washington D.C., the Kreeger features the collections amassed by David and Carmen Kreeger including feature works by European Masters; Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley, and Camille Pissarro. From his early work to the end of his life, Pablo Picasso's career can be traced through the many paintings at the Kreeger. Here, 20th-entury European artists include Edvard Munch, Max Beckmann, Jean Dubuffet, Wassily Kandinsky, and Joan Miro.

After touring the Kreeger, enjoy a relaxing lunch at a local restaurant then venture on to the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, the former home of Marjorie Merriweather Post. Explore the mansion with an expert docent and see a world-renowned collection of French art and the most comprehensive collection of Russian imperial art outside of Russia. Return to the hotel in downtown Washington, D.C. before enjoying a festive farewell dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 4 – Washington, D.C.

Individual departures from the hotel.

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)