There is no better way to experience Holland and Belgium's remarkably rich history and culture than on an engaging cruise through its lovely waterways and canals. Personalize your cruise with a choice of excursions, as you explore celebrated river towns and charming villages. Discover the medieval treasures of Antwerp and stroll along the cobbled lanes and tiny bridges of Bruges. Visit The Hague, the seat of Dutch government, and wander through picturesque Delft. Admire Amsterdam's bridges and canals, and choose from a visit to a gorgeous tulip garden, a bike tour of stunning Waterland or a visit to the renowned Rijksmuseum. Local guides provide fascinating insights during included excursions and lectures that showcase the region's history, art and culture. This expertly crafted Alumni Campus Abroad program features first-class accommodations aboard a modern river ship and an extensive meal plan that includes wine with lunch and dinner.
Day 1: Depart for Amsterdam, Netherlands
Day 2: Amsterdam / embark the MS Amadeus Silver
Day 3: Amsterdam / Kampen
Day 4: Kampen / Geithoorn
Day 5: The Hague / Delft
Day 6: Veere
Day 7: Bruges / Antwerp, Belgium
Day 8: Antwerp
Day 9: Return home
Optional two night pre-cruise: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Gerald Auten, senior lecturer in Studio Art since 1993 and director of the Studio Art Exhibitions Program, teaches drawing, painting, and architecture at Dartmouth College. He was educated at The University of Iowa (BFA Drawing and Painting), Washington University-St. Louis (MFA Painting) and The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (M. Arch). His work has been exhibited widely in the U.S. and abroad, including exhibitions in Teheran, Mexico City, New York, Chicago and Vancouver. Professor Auten's artwork is included in the collections at the Albright Knox Gallery of Art, Booz Allen Hamilton, The Currier Museum of Art and The Hood Museum of Art. He is the recipient of the Ralph Fabri Prize from the National Academy, two Purchase Awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2004, 2016), an Andrew Mellon Foundation Grant and the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding Faculty Travel and Research Grant for travel to the Republic of Georgia. On this departure he will discuss the enduring appeal of Vermeer and draw upon his architectural training to discuss Dutch modern architecture.