Masters and Artisans Tour to Holland and Belgium
Fall under the spell of the glorious Dutch springtime, with colorful carpets of tulips and imaginative flower displays, beautiful cathedrals in fairytale medieval cities, windmills set in green, lush countryside, and the romantic canals lined with traditional houses. View magnificent art collections of Amsterdam, cutting-edge architecture of Rotterdam and Delft pottery, taste local cheesaaes and chocolate and discover the uncommon beauty and the history of the Netherlands.
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. This diverse city is one of Europe’s top ten tourist destinations and attracts 4 million visitors a year.
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 that 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.
Rembrant is considered to be the greatest Dutch painter and also one of the best painters of all time. His pre-eminent position is, however, a relatively recent one; eighteenth and nineteenth-century connoisseurs and critics preferred other artists: Gerrit Dou and Nicolaes Berchem. The artist's life was relatively uneventful and the all-too-few known facts do little to explain the development of his genius.
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 produces 172,000 tons of chocolate every year, and each beautifully hand sculpted chocolate shell contains a surprising filling exploding with texture and flavor. Many chocolatiers still make their pralines by hand, and every town and even small village have chocolate stores with luxurious pralines.
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 which is 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 centre, and 't Apostelientje lace shop.
April 30 - May 8, 2020
9 Days / 8 Nights
Tour starts in Amsterdam and ends in Brussels Airport
$3,880 per person/double occupancy
$1,300 optional single supplement
$380 extra night, single or double, including airport transfer
Includes all fees and taxes