Delve into art, history, and age-old Dutch traditions on a journey that combines the world-class cities of Amsterdam and The Hague with canal-carved villages and medieval towns from Edam to Delft.

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 View of the bridges in Amsterdam during a canal tour  Tulip fields in bloom in the Netherlands are a wondrous sight.  Traditional Dutch pancakes

Exploring Dutch Culture: A Tailor-made Journey to the Netherlands

10 days from $5,610

Delve into art, history, and age-old Dutch traditions on a journey that combines the world-class cities of Amsterdam and The Hague with canal-carved villages and medieval towns from Edam to Delft.

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Accommodations

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Ambassade Hotel

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Spread across ten of Amsterdam’s distinctive canal houses, the Ambassade Hotel combines charming canal-side architecture with a convenient location, just a short walk from the city’s main sights. The hotel’s atmosphere is both stylish and relaxed, with a host of personal touches from the owner’s library of signed books to a collection of original artworks from the avant-garde CoBrA movement.  Due to the configuration of each canal house, rooms are unique in their design and décor, each offering elegant furnishings, a sitting area, and modern amenities. The hotel’s bar and brasserie offer seating along the canal.

Number of nights: 4

Hotel Indigo

The Hague, Netherlands

Hotel Indigo is located in a storied former bank building across from the Palace Noordeinde. The bank was built in 1882, and later used as a bunker during World War II. During that time, the royal family had their own room, and Jews were hidden from the Nazis on the third floor. Many of the bank’s original features remain, including marble columns, old bank signs, and royal portraits, and the vault has been transformed into a bar. Communal spaces and the 63 rooms have a chic, retro feel to them, with geometric patterns, bold hues, and nods to the building’s history. The hotel safe and minibar are set within a blue vintage safe, complete with a vault-wheel you can turn to open it.

Number of nights: 3

Hotel Pincoffs

Rotterdam, Netherlands

An intimate boutique hotel on Rotterdam’s trendy Left Bank, the Suite Hotel Pincoffs combines personal service with an excellent location. The hotel is housed in a former customs building, now a national monument, and named for Lodewijk Pincoffs, a controversial businessman who was an integral part of making Rotterdam the modern city it is today. The 17 rooms range from cozy nooks to high-ceilinged mezzanine suites, each elegantly decorated to highlight the building’s original architectural features. The hotel’s bar and restaurant serve meals and drinks on the outdoor terrace or in an inviting lounge with a wood-burning fire. The hotel is plastic bottle-free and serves mostly organic produce, and has been recognized with a Golden Green Key for its sustainability initiatives.

Number of nights: 2

Tailor-Made Benefits

When you travel on a tailor-made journey, you will receive a Friends of the Smithsonian Archivist Circle membership. Benefits include:

  • Recognition in the Friends of the Smithsonian Honor Roll displayed electronically on the National Mall in the Membership Reception Center
  • Invitation to a special welcome tour for new members at a Smithsonian venue
  • A Smithsonian Institution annual engagement calendar with full color images of exceptional art and artifacts
  • A complimentary Smithsonian museum guidebook
  • Subscription to the award-winning magazine Smithsonian
  • 20% discount at Smithsonian Museum Stores, 10% discount at selected dining facilities, at SmithsonianStore.com, and Folkways Recordings
  • Special member rate for tickets to the Smithsonian's IMAX® theaters and Einstein Planetarium
  • Admission to Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City
  • Weekday access to the Friends of the Smithsonian Reception Center

If you are already a member of the Archivist Circle or above, you will receive The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects by Richard Kurin.

Reading List

Highly Recommended

Why The Dutch Are Different: A Journey into the Hidden Heart of the Netherlands
By: Coates, Ben
A Worldly Art: The Dutch Republic, 1585-1718
By: Westermann, Mariƫt
DK Eyewitness Netherlands (Travel Guide)
By: DK Eyewitness
Girl with a Pearl Earring: A Novel
By: Chevalier, Tracy

Also Recommended

Netherlands - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture (95)
By: Buckland, Sheryl, Culture Smart!
Lonely Planet Dutch Phrasebook & Dictionary 3
By: Lonely Planet
Tulipomania : The Story of the World's Most Coveted Flower & the Extraordinary Passions It Aroused
By: Dash, Mike
The Embarrassment of Riches: An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age
By: Schama, Simon
Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City
By: Shorto, Russell
Rembrandt: Master of the Portrait (Discoveries)
By: Pascal Bonafoux
The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition
By: Frank, Anne
Dear Theo: The Autobiography of Vincent Van Gogh
In the City of Bikes: The Story of the Amsterdam Cyclist
By: Jordan, Pete
Netherland Chef: Start To Cook Dutch Food: Recipes Book
By: Feibusch, Tijuana
The Netherlands: A Photographic Tour
By: Hoover, Randy
Art of the Northern Renaissance
24x36 World Wall Map by Smithsonian Journeys - Tan Oceans Special Edition (24x36 Laminated)
Travel Insurance

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