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. 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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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