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Program #3544RJ
14 Days | 13 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for May 10 — May 23, 2013

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Day One: Friday, May 10 - In Transit
In Transit: Depart on international overnight flight to Brussels.

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Ghent River Hotel is situated on the river Leie, just a few minutes walk from the "vrijdagsmarkt" - one of the biggest squares in Ghent, home of the famous statue of Jacob Van Artevelde. Thanks to the ancient pier, this hotel is the only one in Ghent that can be reached by boat. The site encompasses two buildings: a renaissance house dated 1518, and a rice-mill built on a former sugar refinery dated 1857. The building also served as a cotton spinning-mill in 1873, a warehouse in 1879, and a steam actuated baker in 1892.

Contact info:
Waaistraat 5
Ghent, 9000 Belgium
phone: +32 92661010
web: www.ghent-river-hotel.be

Room amenities: Each room has a hair dryer, mini bar, safe, telephone, television, and Internet access with a cable (for a fee).

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a bar and lounge, fitness room and sauna (for a fee), air conditioning, laundry services (for a fee), fax machine, computer in lobby and wireless Internet in lobby and rooms (for a fee).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: n/a
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Saturday, May 11 - Welcome Reception / Program Introduction
Morning: Arrive at Brussels airport (BRU) in the morning. Transfer to Ghent.

Lunch: Lunch on your own in a restaurant in the neighborhood of the hotel.

Afternoon: Check into your rooms and get settled. In the late afternoon we will have an introduction to the program. The orientation will be followed by a welcome reception.

Dinner: Belgian specialties in the hotel dining room.

Evening: Free time to get acquainted and recover from jet lag.

Lodging: Ghent River Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Ghent River Hotel is situated on the river Leie, just a few minutes walk from the "vrijdagsmarkt" - one of the biggest squares in Ghent, home of the famous statue of Jacob Van Artevelde. Thanks to the ancient pier, this hotel is the only one in Ghent that can be reached by boat. The site encompasses two buildings: a renaissance house dated 1518, and a rice-mill built on a former sugar refinery dated 1857. The building also served as a cotton spinning-mill in 1873, a warehouse in 1879, and a steam actuated baker in 1892.

Contact info:
Waaistraat 5
Ghent, 9000 Belgium
phone: +32 92661010
web: www.ghent-river-hotel.be

Room amenities: Each room has a hair dryer, mini bar, safe, telephone, television, and Internet access with a cable (for a fee).

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a bar and lounge, fitness room and sauna (for a fee), air conditioning, laundry services (for a fee), fax machine, computer in lobby and wireless Internet in lobby and rooms (for a fee).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: n/a
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Sunday, May 12 - Ghent / Lecture: Art as a Mirror of Society
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel dining room.

Morning: We take a short guided walk through Ghent to get familiar with the surroundings of the hotel.

Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room.

Afternoon: Mr. Jaap Clement will give a lecture titled: "The Development of Craftsmanship into Art in the Low-lands: Art as a Mirror of Society."

Dinner: Belgian specialties in the hotel dining room.

Evening: Free evening.

Lodging: Ghent River Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Ghent River Hotel is situated on the river Leie, just a few minutes walk from the "vrijdagsmarkt" - one of the biggest squares in Ghent, home of the famous statue of Jacob Van Artevelde. Thanks to the ancient pier, this hotel is the only one in Ghent that can be reached by boat. The site encompasses two buildings: a renaissance house dated 1518, and a rice-mill built on a former sugar refinery dated 1857. The building also served as a cotton spinning-mill in 1873, a warehouse in 1879, and a steam actuated baker in 1892.

Contact info:
Waaistraat 5
Ghent, 9000 Belgium
phone: +32 92661010
web: www.ghent-river-hotel.be

Room amenities: Each room has a hair dryer, mini bar, safe, telephone, television, and Internet access with a cable (for a fee).

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a bar and lounge, fitness room and sauna (for a fee), air conditioning, laundry services (for a fee), fax machine, computer in lobby and wireless Internet in lobby and rooms (for a fee).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: n/a
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Monday, May 13 - Ghent / Van Eyck Painting
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel dining room.

Morning: A guided walk through the city center of Ghent. A guide will provide us with the history of the city. Afterward we will visit the famous Van Eyck painting in Ghent.

Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room.

Afternoon: We will take in a lecture titled: "From 15th to 16th century, Brueghel and Bosch."

Dinner: We will dine at a restaurant in downtown Ghent.

Lodging: Ghent River Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Ghent River Hotel is situated on the river Leie, just a few minutes walk from the "vrijdagsmarkt" - one of the biggest squares in Ghent, home of the famous statue of Jacob Van Artevelde. Thanks to the ancient pier, this hotel is the only one in Ghent that can be reached by boat. The site encompasses two buildings: a renaissance house dated 1518, and a rice-mill built on a former sugar refinery dated 1857. The building also served as a cotton spinning-mill in 1873, a warehouse in 1879, and a steam actuated baker in 1892.

Contact info:
Waaistraat 5
Ghent, 9000 Belgium
phone: +32 92661010
web: www.ghent-river-hotel.be

Room amenities: Each room has a hair dryer, mini bar, safe, telephone, television, and Internet access with a cable (for a fee).

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a bar and lounge, fitness room and sauna (for a fee), air conditioning, laundry services (for a fee), fax machine, computer in lobby and wireless Internet in lobby and rooms (for a fee).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: n/a
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Tuesday, May 14 - Bruges / Groeninge Museum
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel dining room.

Morning: This morning we will have a guided walk through Bruges.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: We will enjoy a guided visit through the Groeninge Museum, a beautiful exhibit of Flemish primitives.

Dinner: Belgian specialties in the hotel dining room.

Evening: Hear a lecture titled "Famous Antwerp Painters, Rubens, van Dijck."

Lodging: Ghent River Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Ghent River Hotel is situated on the river Leie, just a few minutes walk from the "vrijdagsmarkt" - one of the biggest squares in Ghent, home of the famous statue of Jacob Van Artevelde. Thanks to the ancient pier, this hotel is the only one in Ghent that can be reached by boat. The site encompasses two buildings: a renaissance house dated 1518, and a rice-mill built on a former sugar refinery dated 1857. The building also served as a cotton spinning-mill in 1873, a warehouse in 1879, and a steam actuated baker in 1892.

Contact info:
Waaistraat 5
Ghent, 9000 Belgium
phone: +32 92661010
web: www.ghent-river-hotel.be

Room amenities: Each room has a hair dryer, mini bar, safe, telephone, television, and Internet access with a cable (for a fee).

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a bar and lounge, fitness room and sauna (for a fee), air conditioning, laundry services (for a fee), fax machine, computer in lobby and wireless Internet in lobby and rooms (for a fee).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: n/a
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Six: Wednesday, May 15 - Antwerp / Rubens House
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel dining room.

Morning: A guided bus excursion to the more remote areas of the city of Antwerp where we will visit the Middelheim sculpture park and the Zurenborg architectural area.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant near the market square.

Afternoon: Take a walk through Antwerp's old city center and then visit The Rubens House museum.

Dinner: Back in Ghent, explore local fare on your own.

Evening: Free evening.

Lodging: Ghent River Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Ghent River Hotel is situated on the river Leie, just a few minutes walk from the "vrijdagsmarkt" - one of the biggest squares in Ghent, home of the famous statue of Jacob Van Artevelde. Thanks to the ancient pier, this hotel is the only one in Ghent that can be reached by boat. The site encompasses two buildings: a renaissance house dated 1518, and a rice-mill built on a former sugar refinery dated 1857. The building also served as a cotton spinning-mill in 1873, a warehouse in 1879, and a steam actuated baker in 1892.

Contact info:
Waaistraat 5
Ghent, 9000 Belgium
phone: +32 92661010
web: www.ghent-river-hotel.be

Room amenities: Each room has a hair dryer, mini bar, safe, telephone, television, and Internet access with a cable (for a fee).

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a bar and lounge, fitness room and sauna (for a fee), air conditioning, laundry services (for a fee), fax machine, computer in lobby and wireless Internet in lobby and rooms (for a fee).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: n/a
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Seven: Thursday, May 16 - Brussels / Museum of Ancient Art
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel dining room.

Morning: We will visit the Museum of Ancient Art in Brussels. Here we see the best examples of the 15th and 16th century painting and sculpture in Flanders on a guided excursion through the museum.

Lunch: Lunch on your own at the museum buffet restaurant.

Afternoon: Free time to explore the museum on your own, followed by free time around the market square of Brussels.

Dinner: Belgian specialties in the hotel dining room.

Evening: Free evening to continue exploring Ghent or to pack for our travels to Amsterdam.

Lodging: Ghent River Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: This first class hotel is located in the heart of the city center, right next to the Vondelpark, just a few tram stops away from the main museums and shopping streets. The Central Station and the famous Dam Square are easy to reach by tram. The hotel has been recently renovated and is comprised of three former mansions.

Contact info:
Koninginneweg 34-36
CZ Amsterdam, 1075 Netherlands
phone: +31 20 6646111
web: www.parkplaza.com

Room amenities: Each room has a hair dryer, safe, TV, telephone, free wireless Internet access, mini fridge, and coffee & tea making facilities.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lounge, laundry service, free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel, and one Internet computer terminal in the lobby.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: n/a
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Eight: Friday, May 17 - Rotterdam / Delft Blue Pottery Factory
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in hotel dining room.

Morning: En route to Amsterdam, we enjoy a guided bus excursion through Rotterdam and visit the Delft blue pottery factory in Delft.

Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant in Delft.

Afternoon: Excursion in Delft: The city of Vermeer & The House of Orange. After our visit we will continue our transfer to Amsterdam, arrive at the hotel, check-in, and get settled.

Dinner: Dutch cuisine in the hotel dining room.

Evening: Free evening.

Lodging: Park Plaza Vondelpark

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: This first class hotel is located in the heart of the city center, right next to the Vondelpark, just a few tram stops away from the main museums and shopping streets. The Central Station and the famous Dam Square are easy to reach by tram. The hotel has been recently renovated and is comprised of three former mansions.

Contact info:
Koninginneweg 34-36
CZ Amsterdam, 1075 Netherlands
phone: +31 20 6646111
web: www.parkplaza.com

Room amenities: Each room has a hair dryer, safe, TV, telephone, free wireless Internet access, mini fridge, and coffee & tea making facilities.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lounge, laundry service, free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel, and one Internet computer terminal in the lobby.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: n/a
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Nine: Saturday, May 18 - Amsterdam
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Guided city excursion in small groups to admire and learn about the architecture of Amsterdam.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Amsterdam on your own. A free afternoon to do as you wish. We suggest visiting the Amsterdam Historical Museum or the Anne Frank House.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Lodging: Park Plaza Vondelpark

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: This first class hotel is located in the heart of the city center, right next to the Vondelpark, just a few tram stops away from the main museums and shopping streets. The Central Station and the famous Dam Square are easy to reach by tram. The hotel has been recently renovated and is comprised of three former mansions.

Contact info:
Koninginneweg 34-36
CZ Amsterdam, 1075 Netherlands
phone: +31 20 6646111
web: www.parkplaza.com

Room amenities: Each room has a hair dryer, safe, TV, telephone, free wireless Internet access, mini fridge, and coffee & tea making facilities.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lounge, laundry service, free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel, and one Internet computer terminal in the lobby.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: n/a
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Ten: Sunday, May 19 - The Hague / Vermeer and Rembrandt
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Take in a lecture on the Golden Age and its paintings in preparation of the afternoon field trip to the Municipal Museum. Then enjoy a guided bus excursion to the Hague, the legal capital of the world, with its many legal institutions and the seat of the Dutch Parliament.

Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant in the Hague.

Afternoon: Guided excursion through the Municipal Museum to see famous Dutch paintings from Vermeer and Rembrandt. The Municipal Museum is the temporary location for the collection of the Maurits House Museum, which will be temporarily closed.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant in Amsterdam.

Lodging: Park Plaza Vondelpark

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: This first class hotel is located in the heart of the city center, right next to the Vondelpark, just a few tram stops away from the main museums and shopping streets. The Central Station and the famous Dam Square are easy to reach by tram. The hotel has been recently renovated and is comprised of three former mansions.

Contact info:
Koninginneweg 34-36
CZ Amsterdam, 1075 Netherlands
phone: +31 20 6646111
web: www.parkplaza.com

Room amenities: Each room has a hair dryer, safe, TV, telephone, free wireless Internet access, mini fridge, and coffee & tea making facilities.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lounge, laundry service, free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel, and one Internet computer terminal in the lobby.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: n/a
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Eleven: Monday, May 20 - Rijksmuseum
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Field trip to the Rijksmuseum with audio guide provided.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: This afternoon you will have free time to explore the Van Gogh Museum at your own pace.

Dinner: Dutch cuisine in the hotel dining room.

Evening: Listen to a lecture entitled: "Art in the 17th & 18th Centuries: The Intellectual Drain from Flanders."

Lodging: Park Plaza Vondelpark

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: This first class hotel is located in the heart of the city center, right next to the Vondelpark, just a few tram stops away from the main museums and shopping streets. The Central Station and the famous Dam Square are easy to reach by tram. The hotel has been recently renovated and is comprised of three former mansions.

Contact info:
Koninginneweg 34-36
CZ Amsterdam, 1075 Netherlands
phone: +31 20 6646111
web: www.parkplaza.com

Room amenities: Each room has a hair dryer, safe, TV, telephone, free wireless Internet access, mini fridge, and coffee & tea making facilities.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lounge, laundry service, free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel, and one Internet computer terminal in the lobby.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: n/a
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Twelve: Tuesday, May 21 - Frans Hals Museum / Haarlem
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Visit Haarlem and The Frans Hals Museum.

Lunch: Lunch on your own at the museum buffet restaurant.

Afternoon: A guide will introduce us to the city of Haarlem with an excursion that includes a visit to the St. Bavo church, home to one of the world's greatest organs.

Dinner: Dutch cuisine in the hotel dining room.

Evening: Lecture on modern art: "The 19th & 20th Centuries," followed by a short introduction to the next day's program.

Lodging: Park Plaza Vondelpark

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: This first class hotel is located in the heart of the city center, right next to the Vondelpark, just a few tram stops away from the main museums and shopping streets. The Central Station and the famous Dam Square are easy to reach by tram. The hotel has been recently renovated and is comprised of three former mansions.

Contact info:
Koninginneweg 34-36
CZ Amsterdam, 1075 Netherlands
phone: +31 20 6646111
web: www.parkplaza.com

Room amenities: Each room has a hair dryer, safe, TV, telephone, free wireless Internet access, mini fridge, and coffee & tea making facilities.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lounge, laundry service, free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel, and one Internet computer terminal in the lobby.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: n/a
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Thirteen: Wednesday, May 22 - Kroller-Muller Museum
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Field trip to the Kroller-Muller Museum: Van Gogh and Mondrian. Here we will be led through the museum, which owns the second largest collection of Van Gogh paintings in the world as well as many French impressionist paintings.

Lunch: Lunch on your own at the Kroller-Muller Museum buffet restaurant.

Afternoon: View the Garden of Statues of The Kroller-Muller Museum.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Park Plaza Vondelpark

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Fourteen: Thursday, May 23 - Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Transfer to Schiphol airport (AMS).

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Amsterdam
The Rembrandt House MuseumThe Rembrandt House Museum lets you gaze at a huge collection of his drawings while exploring the house in which Rembrandt lived and worked.
For additional information, visit: www.rembrandthuis.nl
Ghent
Cruise in Bruges CanalsFrom Ghent, we travel to Bruges where during free time you may take a guided canal cruise through this fantastic medieval city.
For additional information, visit: www.welcome-bruges.be
The Memling Museum in BrugesFrom Ghent, we travel to Bruges where during free time you may wish to visit the Memling Museum. What was once the St. John Hospital for 700 years, now contains beautiful paintings made by Hans Memling. Hans made these paintings specifically for this hospital, in medieval times.
For additional information, visit: www.brugge.be

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6 Expert-led lectures
16 Field trips

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