Come celebrate the beauty of Holland and old-world Flanders in springtime, the best time of year to visit, when the vibrant, abundant Dutch tulip fields are in bloom. Join us for this comprehensive nine-day travel program and cruise for seven nights along the Dutch waterways aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe, small river ship AMADEUS SILVER II. Meet local residents during the exclusive RIVER LIFE(r) FORUM for a personal perspective of daily life and cultural heritage in the Low Countries. Enjoy a private cruise along the enchanting canals of Amsterdam, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Expert-led excursions include the storybook city of Bruges, the world-renowned Kroller-Muller Museum, famous Keukenhof Gardens, the "Golden Age" trading town of Hoorn, ancient Maastricht and charming Antwerp. This delightful itinerary is an exceptional value including all accommodations, excursions and meals, sells out quickly year after year and is continually praised by our past travelers as the ideal Dutch and Flemish experience.
Day 1: Depart US or Canada
Day 2: Amsterdam, the Netherlands / Embark ship
Day 3: Amsterdam for the Keukenhof Gardens / Hoorn
Day 4: Kampen
Day 5: Nijmegen for the Kroller-Muller Museum
Day 6: Maastricht for the Netherlands American Military Cemetery
Day 7: Antwerp, Belgium
Day 8: Ghent for Bruges
Day 9: Ghent / Disembark ship / Brussels / Return to US or Canada
Optional pre-cruise: Amsterdam
Optional post-cruise: The Hague
**Itinerary and pricing subject to change up until date of brochure publication**
Benoit Cushman-Roisin, Professor of Engineering Sciences at the Thayer School of Engineering, has taught at Dartmouth College since 1990. His teaching includes courses in environmental engineering and fluid mechanics and he has also developed new courses in sustainable design, industrial ecology, and environmental fluid mechanics. A native of Belgium, Professor Cushman-Roisin holds a B.S. in Engineering Physics, summa cum laude, from the University of Liege, Belgium (1978) and a Ph.D. in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics from the Florida State University (1980). He is the author of two books and numerous refereed publications on carious aspects of environmental fluid mechanics. In addition to his appointment at Dartmouth College, Professor Cushman-Roisin frequently lectures abroad and maintains an active consultancy in environmental fluid mechanics and alternative energy. He also served as founding editor-in-chief of Environmental Fluid Mechanics, a refereed journal published by Springer.
Prof. Cushman-Roisin will lecture on the environmental engineering feats which make life below-sea-level in the Netherlands possible. He will also discuss the importance of ports during the Dutch Golden Age, as well as the factors that have led to the astonishing level of preservation in Golden Age Dutch architecture.