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Uncover the Dutch capital city's historical treasures with author Kate Mosse, whose bestselling new novel The City of Tears takes place there

This fascinating tour with award-winning author Kate Mosse will show you Amsterdam's ancient centre, as Kate tells you how its canals, backstreets and merchant houses inspired her latest novel The City of Tears.

The book explores love, loss, war and displacement across 300 years and is set mostly in Amsterdam. Kate will lead you on a walking tour through the city's oldest streets, where you will discover historic treasures among the intriguing alleys, waterways and townhouses. She will also join you for dinner, give an exclusive talk and then answer all of your questions about her brilliant books.

See historic Amsterdam
Your walk will transport you back to the Amsterdam of the 1500s. You will visit Herengracht, the quaint Begijnhof alms houses, Dam Square, the harbour and Nieuwmarkt.

Explore Rembrandt and Vermeer's birthplaces
You'll also learn about some of the greatest Dutch artists on visits to Leiden, the home of Rembrandt, and Delft, where master painter Vermeer was born.

Four-star hotel stay
The smart and modern Eden Hotel is right on the Amstel river in the city centre and close to Rembrandt Square. Its the perfect base for taking in all of Amsterdam's delights, including its brilliant Museum Quarter. The hotel offers a bar, brasserie and comfortable, contemporary bedrooms.

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Kate Mosse
Kate Mosse is an international bestselling author with sales of more than five million copies in 38 languages

Her fiction includes the novels Labyrinth (2005), Sepulchre (2007), The Winter Ghosts (2009), Citadel (2012), The Taxidermist's Daughter (2014) and The Burning Chambers (2018), as well as an acclaimed collection of short stories, The Mistletoe Bride & Other Haunting Tales (2013). Kate's latest novel is The City of Tears. The Co-Founder and Chair of the Board of the Women's Prize for Fiction, in June 2013 Kate was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to literature. Kate divides her time between Sussex and Carcassonne, the hilltop town in southern France that has featured as a vivid backdrop to several of her novels. Kate was presented with a Médaille d'Honneur by the City of Carcassonne in June 2019.

Price includes

  • Return travel on Eurostar and transfers
  • Services of a tour guide
  • Meals and excursions as listed in the itinerary
  • Visits to Amsterdam, Haarlem, Delft and Leiden
  • Walking tour of Amsterdam with Kate Mosse
  • Dinner, talk and Q&A with Kate Mosse
  • Four nights' accommodation at the four-star Eden Hotel
  • 100% financially protected through the Travel Trust Association

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Price (per person) £1275.00 * Single Occupancy Supplement £280.00

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  1. Day
    Eurostar St Pancras to Amsterdam
    Amsterdam, Netherlands

    After arriving in Amsterdam, transfer to the Eden Hotel in the city centre to check-in for your four-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis. There are a host of restaurants you can choose from close to the hotel.

  2. Day
    City tour Amsterdam and Q&A with Kate Mosse
    Amsterdam, Netherlands

    This morning a guided walking tour will show you some of the many historical sights of the Netherlands' atmospheric capital. The characteristic, beautiful merchant houses that line the labyrinth of canals give the city a very distinct and intimate atmosphere that belies it capital city status. But a wealth of world class museums, galleries, churches and restaurants ensure that there is no shortage of attractions.

    The afternoon is free to take in a museum or two - the Rijksmuseum hosts an art collection to rival any in the world, the Van Gogh Museum has a superlative selection, whilst smaller museums such Anne Frank's House, Rembrandt's House and the Church in the Attic are also must-sees. But strolling the canalside streets is a great part of the city's appeal.

    This evening, the hotel brasserie will host a dinner with a talk and Q&A with Kate Mosse about her latest novel, The City of Tears, which is set in old Amsterdam.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  3. Day
    City of Tears tour of Amsterdam with Kate Mosse
    Amsterdam, Netherlands

    This morning Kate will accompany our group (with whisper headsets so everyone can hear) on a walking tour of some of the sights of Amsterdam that feature in the City of Tears. The book is set between 1572 and 1584, so the city is small (the city walls run along what is now Spuistraat to the west and Kloveniersburgwal to the east) and our walk takes in Herengracht, the quaint Begijnhof alms houses and exterior of the English church, Dam Square, Koninklijk Paleis, the Nieuwe Kerk, the Oude Kerk., Zeedijk and Harbour, and Nieuwmarkt, where the novel's family reside and on to Spui and Singel canals.

    This afternoon we venture out of the city to nearby Haarlem. A relaxed pace and lovely historic centre makes Haarlem a delightful town to explore. A former centre of cloth-making, in the 17th century Haarlem became the place to be for a flourishing school of painters, much of whose work is displayed in the excellent Frans Hals Museum. Housed in a former almshouse, where Hals himself lived the last years of his life, the museum's collection consists of works by Hals and a sample of Dutch paintings from the 15th century to the present day and is well worth a visit.

    Meals - Breakfast
  4. Day
    Full day tour Delft and Leiden
    Leiden, Netherlands

    Our tour today takes us to two beautiful and archetypally Dutch cities that were the birthplaces of two of the world's most renowned artists - Vermeer, who was born in Delft and Rembrandt, in Leiden.

    It isn't hard to see why Delft is one of the most popular attractions for visitors to the Netherlands - firstly there's Vermeer, then the town's famous blue and white ceramics and last but certainly not least the gorgeous centre - a jumble of old tiled houses, tree-lined canals, and lovely little bridges, though it's the feeling of the place that holds most of the appeal. Wandering the narrow streets is a must, and the Prinsenhof, one of a few fascinating old buildings, has a collection of Golden Age paintings. Home to one of Europe's most prestigious universities, Leiden is a vibrant and appealing city. Its beautiful and historic old town, crisscrossed by ancient canals and full of lovely antique buildings, is best explored on foot. The Stedelijk Museum de Lakenhal houses some 17th century Dutch paintings.

    Meals - Breakfast
  5. Day
    Depart Amsterdam
    Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Enjoy a morning at your leisure before transferring to the station for your return Eurostar journey to St Pancras early this afternoon.

    Meals - Breakfast


Eden Hotel, Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Netherlands

City centre hotel overlooking the Amstel River

Newly renovated, the four-star Eden Hotel is situated in the heart of the city centre, overlooking the Amstel River and close to Rembrandt Square, so perfectly located for both the city centre attractions and the museum quarter. Enjoying a 9.0 rating of "superb" on, the hotel has been gradually pieced together since 1977 with additional buildings being incorporated into the hotel's structure. It now boasts a bar, brasserie and very comfortable bedrooms with all modern amenities.

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