Amsterdam & Haarlem, Holland/The Netherlands

Urban Made Amiable: Dutch Art & Culture. Canals, shape, poetics

Your Journey

Program Dates: August 9-19, 2021

(10 days)

August 2022*

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One hundred sixty-five canals give Amsterdam its unique charm, a postcard view in every direction, from curved bridges bejeweled with bicycles to colorful public art. The Dutch capital is full of life, a green and inviting town where businesspeople en route to the office pedal past children and animals at play. World-renowned museums, art galleries, music clubs, and theaters are complemented by easy-going and welcoming locals and a picturesque small-town feel. The city’s small footprint and attention to urban planning and design make it easily and enjoyably navigable by foot, efficient and intuitive public transit, or bike.

Exploring this gem of a city begins with rich history of Amsterdam from the 17th century to the present, starting with the Golden Age of Dutch painting and ending with iconic imagery that challenges conventions. We look at Dutch design’s use of contrast, wit, and reduction and take excursions to world-renowned museums and esteemed design firms, as well as experiencing commercial and street art. 

Engaging with Amsterdam’s unique dedication to art as everyday will challenge preconceived notions of what city living means and allow visitors to explore the best of an urban community that feeds the senses and enriches the mind.


Experience highlights include:

– Stay at a bespoke hotel with an emphasis on community, functionality, and beauty

– Tours of historic works of art and architecture and street art

– Workshops and discussions with contemporary artists & designers 

– Shopping excursions to both fashionable districts and local markets 

– Diverse dining experiences that reflect the international diet of the Amsterdamer 

– Specially curated explorations on bike or foot

– Thought-provoking conversations sparked by project-based discoveries  

Image by Robin Benzrihem


A typical day involves breakfast, group discussion of specific art, design, and cultural topics, exploration of a landmark, museum, or design firm. Free time is built into every day to allow individuals to break out and explore anything that catches their interest in more depth. Project discussions and excursions of a cruise, shopping, or sight-seeing wrap the days before group dinners. 


Day 1

– Arrivals at leisure to accommodations 

– Lunch and shopping at Haarlem open air market 

– Welcome reception and dinner

– Included Meals: Dinner


Day 2

– Discussion of Dutch Golden Age & Project Overview

– Exclusive visit to Frans Hals Museum

– Presentations by trip leaders about work and creative topics.

– Evening at leisure

– Included Meals: Breakfast 


Day 3

– Guided walking tour of city of Amsterdam

– Tour Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum

– Luncheon & discussion

– Included Meals: Breakfast & Lunch


 Day 4

– Explore Haarlem’s historic landmarks and beach, observing Golden Age’s influence on everything from artisan pottery to contemporary architecture

– Attend concert in Golden Age church 

– Course sessions, group gatherings and time to create

– Included Meals: Breakfast 


 Day 5

– Lively discussion of nineteenth-century Dutch art and design 

– Course sessions, group gatherings and time to create

– Behind-the-scenes tour of Stedelijk / Van Gogh Museum

– Included Meals: Breakfast & Lunch



Day 6

– Spend the day walking/biking Amsterdam

– Lunch and tour at Droog Design w/talk on 20th c. & contemporary trends

– Individual feedback & crit sessions with trip leaders

– Included Meals: Breakfast & Lunch


Day 7

– Street art tour and workshop

– Afternoon canal tour on a private boat

– Course sessions, group gatherings, and time to create. Prep for final presentations.​

– Included Meals: Breakfast & happy hour refreshments


Day 8

– Breakfast followed by our final presentations. 

– See and explore everyone's projects. 

– Enjoy a celebration and farewell dinner

– Haarlem evening walk after dinner 

– Included Meals: Breakfast & Dinner


Day 9

– Visit Botermarkt 

– Farewell Dinner

– Included Meals: Breakfast & Dinner


Day 10

– Departures at leisure

– Included Meals: Breakfast

Neighborhoods within Amsterdam well-worth seeing: 

 De Pijp, Oud-Oost, Noord, Oud-West

Nearby cities worth visiting: 

 Rotterdam, Marken, Weesp, Zan Schans

 Your Trip Leaders

David Hardy and Molly O’Donnell are university professors and enormous fans of all things Dutch. They’ve been leading groups of artists and those seeking novel inspiration for years and have learned as much from these adventures as they’ve imparted. They encourage participants to tag along with them on optional side trips to nearby towns and points of interest or to see local friends. 

Image by Anna Kozakova

Your Journey Includes

Our Team: Our Aip team will guide you through the entire experience

Transfers: Private transfers

Food and Drinks: AIP  knows the best places to eat in Jaipur at the hotel and other fabulous places to enjoy all types of cuisine. Arrival and Final Celebration Dinners

Accommodations: Residence at a Gorgeous heritage estate in Jaipur 

Logistics: Private airport transfers and all ground transportation * Flight not included in price

Activities: Guided toga, meditations, day trips, workshops, and supplies. Access to the  Studio and Exhibition Space. ​Creative Presentations, Lectures, Critiques, and Workshops by AIP leaders and teachers, High-Speed wifi

Peace of Mind: International Health Insurance is provided for all of our participants.

Your Art Practice

This trip focuses on visual culture, with each explorer creating their own work of art or design to take home as a unique memento that reflects their journey into the heart of Dutch art, design, and culture. 

-Visit the Rijksmuseum, The Stedelijk, Van Gogh Museum

-Meet artists & designers practicing in Amsterdam

-Attend al fresco luncheons with educators and friendly locals

-Discover art as part of everyday experience

-Sail up canals ringing a city in harmony with the sea 

-Explore parks where farm animals have free range

-Tour a city that puts the human first and the car last

Image by Colton Jones

Trip Details and Pricing

PRICE: $3,900

“They who are outside the door have already a good part of the journey behind them” (Dutch expression).