New architecture defines Rotterdam, a city that has constantly re-invented itself over the past century in a bold style distinct from other towns in the Netherlands. In the 1920s and 1930s, the Nieuwe Bouwen architectural movement used light, air and space to form the sleek lines of the Van Nelle factory. It became "the most beautiful spectacle of the modern age" according to Le Corbusier. In the 1970s, Piet Blom created a forest of tree houses designed as tilted cubes. Contemporary buildings continue to thrive in Rotterdam with De Markthal forms a horseshoe shape of luxury apartments arching over an indoor market.
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Fly from London (regional connections available)
to Amsterdam with British Airways and drive to
Rotterdam. Stay 4 nights in Hotel Pincoffs Hotel,
a converted waterfront customs house in the
new architectural district. Evening food tour to
discover the cuisine of this major port city. (D)
Visit Rotterdam’s collection of Dutch and
international masterpieces at the Museum
Boijmans Van Beuningen, with its iconic redbrick
tower, built in 1935 by the municipal architect,
Van der Steur. Continue to the nearby Sonneveld
House with original integrated furniture, built for
a director of the Van Nelle factory by Leendert
van der Vlugt. He was a member of the Nieuwe
Bouwen architectural movement, linked to
the Het Nieuwe Instituut, where there will be
a tour with a curator or architect. Tours of the
Sonneveld House and Van Nelle factory will also
be by special arrangement. (B)
Discover the post-war buildings of the city, from
De Bijenkorf department store to the Euromast
and the Cube Houses, built as tilted cubes with
diagonal walls. Continue to the indoor market at
De Markthal for lunch and sample dishes from
the stalls inside this landmark structure. View the
Erasmus Bridge and visit the three linked towers
of Der Rotterdam office building by special
arrangement. Continue to DakAkker, the largest
rooftop farm in Europe, for a private visit. A local
designer who has been involved in many of the
projects seen today will give an insiders view of
life in Rotterdam (subject to confirmation). (B, L )
Drive to the art deco Gemeentemuseum Den
Haag to see the works of De Stijl artists, whose works were based on horizontal and vertical
lines. View a large collection of works by Piet
Mondrian, a De Stijl co-founder. Continue
for a tour of old and new architecture in the
capital. On the return journey, stop in Delft,
a historic canal city with the distinctive tall,
narrow buildings that are typical of the
Netherlands. (B, D)
Drive to De Ceuvel, a former shipyard that has
been converted into a sustainable creative
workspace. Continue to Betondorp, the 1920s
concrete village in the suburbs of Amsterdam
built as a solution to a housing crisis. Transfer to
Amsterdam airport for the flight to London. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is fully escorted
throughout by a lecturer who has specialist
knowledge of the destination and its culture.
Thomas Abbott, a
in architectural history
from the baroque to the
20th century, graduated
in psychology and art
history at Carleton College,
Minnesota. He completed
his graduate studies in the history of
art and architecture at the Technical
University of Berlin, and has also studied
at the Louvre School of Art History in Paris.
He has conducted many acclaimed cultural
and art tours throughout Europe.
Based in 4- & 5-star
This tour involves some long walks
over uneven ground and therefore requires a
good level of fitness.
Please note that the exclusive
and individual nature of private visits means
that they are subject to confirmation nearer the
time of departure. Also churches, private houses
and other buildings often have fluid opening
times. If any visits have to be re-arranged,
please be assured that we will seek alternatives
of equal interest.
A collection of expert accompanied
tours focusing on creativity
in its many forms. No prior knowledge of the
subject matter is required.
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
This tour can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
DAM2018: 4 Nights