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HOLLAND & BELGIUM
Masters and Artisans

Embracing the North Sea, the Low Countries of the Netherlands and Belgium burst with the artistic riches of the Old World. Filled with colorful carpets of tulips and imaginative flower displays and the cutting-edge art, both old and new, the region is full of unexpected riches: romantic canals, watery landscapes which inspired Vermeer and his contemporaries, fairytale medieval cities, windmills set in green, lush countryside, and the romantic canals lined with gravity-defying houses. This tour explores the fabulous cities of Amsterdam, Delft, Haarlem and the spring gardens of Keukenhof, before continuing to Belgium and its medieval cities of Bruges, Ghent and Brussels.

Amsterdam
Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a cosmopolitan city bursting with culture and boasting a rich collection of art. The city is rampant with photography exhibitions, dance performances, theater shows and museums housing some of the world's most storied masterpieces. The city of Amsterdam uses the arts to bind communities and people together, drawing travelers from all over the world. Amsterdam experienced an influx of religions and cultures after the Second World War, and today it is one of the world's most multicultural cities, with at least 177 nationalities represented. more

Bruges
Bruges

The medieval Flemish architecture and cobbled streets of Bruges is a step back in time. Bruges first received its city charter in 1128, when new walls and canals were built. Bruges is often compared to Venice and Florence as it experienced a prosperous period in the 16th century, still apparent by its Renaissance flamboyance. The Count of Flanders was based in Bruges and the town was a hub of commerce, with merchants from 34 different countries coming to trade here. Like Venice, Bruges was famous for its high quality lace, and the same kind of luxurious lace can still be found at Kantcentrum lace center and 'T Apostelientje lace shop. more

Tulip Mania
Tulip Mania

Tulips have held significant role in shaping the Dutch history and culture ever since the mid-1500s when they were introduced to the Netherlands by the Ottoman Empire. At that time, the passion the Dutch had for tulips was so strong that in the Dutch Golden Age of the mid-1600s, the ever increasing prices for tulip bulbs created the first ever recorded financial crisis, as the prices for tulip bulbs soared to astronomical prices before crashing and sending the Dutch economy into a tail spin. In the Golden Century, between 1600 and 1700, the city of Amsterdam was one of the richest cities of all of Western Europe. more

The Art of Rembrandt
The Art of Rembrandt

Rembrant is considered to be the greatest Dutch painter and also one of the best painters of all time. Born the son of a Leiden mill owner, the young Rembrandt attended the local university in 1620, but in the following year apprenticed to the now-obscure but then relatively important local artist Jacob Isaacsz van Swanenburgh, with whom he remained for three years. In 1624 Rembrandt moved to Amsterdam, where he apprenticed to the fashionable Pieter Lastman, but he only remained there for a year before returning to Leiden. It was not until 1631 that Rembrandt received his first important commission, for the Anatomy Lesson of Dr Tulp. more

Belgian Chocolate
Belgian Chocolate

Belgian chocolate has been the food of champions, a lure for lovers, the indulgence of the rich, as it has long been considered the most decadent of foods and the favorite chocolate in the world. Belgium’s connection with chocolate dates back to 1635 when the country was occupied by Spain. In the early 20th century, Belgium was able to import cocoa from its colony, the Belgian Congo. Belgian chocolate is so unique and sought after due to the high standard and quality of the ingredients and the dedication to traditional production techniques. more

2021 / 1: DATES & COST 

April 4 - 12, 2021
9 Days / 8 Nights

Tour starts in Amsterdam and ends in Brussels Airport

$3,980 per person/double occupancy
$1,360 optional single supplement
$400 extra night, single or double, including airport transfer
Includes all fees and taxes

2021 / 2: DATES & COST 

April 13 - 21, 2021
9 Days / 8 Nights

Tour starts in Amsterdam and ends in Brussels Airport

$4,140 per person/double occupancy
$1,380 optional single supplement
$400 extra night, single or double, including airport transfer
Includes all fees and taxes

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