The Netherlands

The Netherlands is home to some of the greatest art in the world: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Gogh, Hals and Steen are just a few of the magnificent artists who have lived and worked here. Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum are peerless in their collections of Dutch art. Contemporary architecture and design flourish across the country.

The Hague boasts the sensational Mauritshuis, newly reopened, like the Rijksmuseum, to much acclaim. Delft is celebrated for its 17th century painting and exquisite porcelain. Leiden is where The Pilgrim Fathers settled en route to establishing Plymouth Colony in America.

Art Tours can arrange VIP visits to the TEFAF Art Fair in Maastricht. An interesting day trip is the German town of Aachen, famous for Charlemagne's Palatine Chapel.

"We are standing in Amsterdam's Rembrandt House Museum … you can't get any closer to the great man"
Jonathan Lorie, The Independent on Sunday