Experience a captivating seven-night cruise through Holland and Belgium's lovely waterways and canals. As you alight in waterfront towns, customize your cruise with a choice of excursions. In Amsterdam, delight in a vividly colorful tulip garden, pedal through the scenic countryside, or admire the Rijksmuseum's masterpieces. Discover The Hague, the Dutch government's cosmopolitan center, walk through Delft's romantic old town, and select from museum tours featuring fine art or Delft porcelain. Stroll across Bruges' tiny cobbled bridges, and then visit an art museum, family brewery or chocolatier's shop. Other included excursions take you cruising down Amsterdam's picturesque canals, floating through fairy-tale Giethoorn and walking through Antwerp's medieval streets. Your Travel Director handles all the logistics, while local guides and lecturers enlighten you on the region's history and culture. Enjoy the simplicity of unpacking once aboard a first-class ship, where your welcoming crew provides exceptional service and delicious meals, including wine and beer with lunch and dinner.
Day 1: Depart gateway city for Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Day 2: Arrive Amsterdam / Embark MS Amadeus Silver
Day 3: Amsterdam / Kampen
Day 4: Kampen / Giethoorn
Day 5: Utrecht / The Hague / Delft / Schoonhoven / Willemstad
Day 6: Veere
Day 7: Veere / Middelburg / Bruges, Belguim / Antwerp
Day 8: Antwerp
Day 9: Disembark ship / Transfer to Brussels / Depart for gateway city
Optional two night post-cruise: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
**Itinerary and pricing subject to change up until date of brochure publication**
John R. Stomberg is the Virginia Rice Kelsey 1961s Director of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College. Before joining Dartmouth, he served as the Florence Finch Abbott Director of the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum and the Joseph Allen Skinner Museum, and held leadership positions at the Williams College Museum of Art and the Boston University Art Gallery. He holds a B.A. from Georgetown University and both an M.A. and Ph.D. from Boston University--all in art history. The primary focus of his curatorial work is art and culture since 1900, however he has always had a strong interest in Dutch painting. Moving between photography, prints, paintings, sculpture, media art, and installation work, his exhibitions have been conceived to broaden our understanding of how art operates in, and often shapes, society. He publishes on modern and contemporary art and issues directly related to museums, education, and academia. On this departure, he is looking forward to discussing the history of 17th Century Dutch painting and the regions contributions to the art world.