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Program #19504RJ
10 Days | 9 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
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 Jun 25 — Jul 4, 2015

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Day One: Thursday, June 25 - International Flight
Depart From: Overnight flight from U.S.

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Green Key Gold Certified eco-friendly hotel located in the Museum Quarter near Vondelpark. Ten-minute walk to the Rijksmuseum or van Gogh Museum.

Ship Information: .

Contact info:
De Lairessestraat 7
Amsterdam, 1071 NR Netherlands
phone: +31 020 671 95 96
web: www.conscioushotels.com/hotelsMuseumsquare

Room amenities: LCD TV, telephone, WiFi, safe deposit box, minibar, central heating, air conditioning and en-suite bathroom (shower, sink, toilet, shampoo and soap dispensers).

Facility amenities: Garden, luggage storage, organic breakfast, non-smoking rooms.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact IBT for rates.
Please contact IBT directly to confirm the room rates and inquire about availability.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Friday, June 26 - Arrive in Amsterdam / Transfer to Zaanse Schans /...
Arrive in Amsterdam / Transfer to Zaanse Schans / Orientation / Welcome Dinner

Note: Motorcoach time: 1 hour

Arrive To: Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

Morning: Transfer to the picturesque village of Zaanse Schans just outside Amsterdam. We will visit a "klompenmaker" and observe the art of wooden shoe production.

Lunch: Enjoy an authentic taste of the Netherlands at a village restaurant located in an 18th-century grain barn. The restaurant specializes in Dutch-style pancakes, savory or sweet treats, which can measure almost a foot in diameter, and often eaten as a main course.

Afternoon: We proceed to Amsterdam by motorcoach and check into our hotel in the Museum Quarter, close to the Rijksmuseum.

Orientation: The Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date daily program schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

Please be aware that indicated barging and motorcoach times are approximate and that program activities and schedules could change due to local circumstances such as weather, traffic conditions, etc. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

During free time, the Group Leader will often be available to guide informal excursions, activities, or meals not included in the program. You are welcome to join if you wish, with associated costs (if any) on your own, or explore independently.

The remainder of the afternoon is free for you to settle into and relax or explore independently.

Dinner: For our welcome dinner at a local restaurant, enjoy an authentic rijsttafel (rice table), a bountiful assortment of tasty dishes served with rice. The rijsttafel came out of the colonial era in the Dutch East Indies (modern Indonesia), based on the traditional Nasi Padang feast. Your meal includes ice water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. The evening is free to continue becoming acquainted with your fellow participants or set out exploring Amsterdam on your own. Get a good night's sleep for the full day tomorrow.

Lodging: Conscious Hotel Museum Square

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Type: Barge

Ship Information: The Fiep, formerly known as the Anna Cornelia, was built in 1912 as a cargo ship. She was converted into a passenger vessel in 2001 and underwent a total renovation in 2013. Participants must be able to negotiate a ramp to the barge in addition to descending stairs to the cabins which are all located on the lower deck.

Contact info:
XXXX-XXXX
XXXX-XXXX, Netherlands
phone: +31 06 2037 8041
Room amenities: Central heating, air conditioning, closet/storage space for luggage, porthole that opens and WiFi (limited connectivity in Belgium). Each cabin has a private bath with hairdryer, shower, sink and toilet.

Facility amenities: Chartered exclusively for Road Scholar participants, the Fiep is a comfort class barge, with a salon where meals are served, a sitting area, a reading-corner, flat-screen TV, two sun decks and a small bar. There are ten twin-bedded double occupancy cabins with lower beds and two single cabins with lower beds. Please note that there are no laundry facilities on board.

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

Check out time: 9:00 AM

Day Three: Saturday, June 27 - Transfer to Kröller-Müller Museum / Transfer to B...
Note: Motorcoach time: 2.5 hours; Please note that the barge does not move at night and only motors during the day.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, choose from a buffet with meats, cheeses, pancakes, eggs, yogurt, cereals, breads, juices and hot beverages.

Morning: After hotel check-out, everyone brings their luggage to the lobby and staff will load the motorcoach. We then embark on a field trip to the remarkable Kröller-Müller Museum. This magnificent art museum is home to the world’s second-largest collection of van Gogh paintings as well as works by other artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. Situated in a national park with woodlands, heath, and plains, the museum is a testament to one of Europe’s most significant art patrons, Helene Kröller-Müller (1869-1939), who collected more than 11,000 art objects that formed the core of the institution bearing her name. The museum has continued to grow and today has one of the largest sculpture gardens in Europe.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the food of your choice. The museum’s cafeteria offers sandwiches, salads, soups, hot and cold beverages.

Afternoon: We return to Amsterdam and board the barge that will be our home for the next seven nights. You will have some time to settle in to your cabin before meeting the crew during the captain's safety orientation.

Dinner: This evening, and for other dinners aboard the barge, we will have plated three-course meals featuring tasty local cuisine: appetizer, entrée and dessert plus water; other beverages available for purchase (that can be charged to your tab and settled prior to departure with cash payment in Euros on the last night aboard).

Evening: At leisure. Your evenings are free to spend time with new Road Scholar friends, relax, or go exploring on your own.

Lodging: Fiep

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Barge

Ship Information: The Fiep, formerly known as the Anna Cornelia, was built in 1912 as a cargo ship. She was converted into a passenger vessel in 2001 and underwent a total renovation in 2013. Participants must be able to negotiate a ramp to the barge in addition to descending stairs to the cabins which are all located on the lower deck.

Contact info:
XXXX-XXXX
XXXX-XXXX, Netherlands
phone: +31 06 2037 8041
Room amenities: Central heating, air conditioning, closet/storage space for luggage, porthole that opens and WiFi (limited connectivity in Belgium). Each cabin has a private bath with hairdryer, shower, sink and toilet.

Facility amenities: Chartered exclusively for Road Scholar participants, the Fiep is a comfort class barge, with a salon where meals are served, a sitting area, a reading-corner, flat-screen TV, two sun decks and a small bar. There are ten twin-bedded double occupancy cabins with lower beds and two single cabins with lower beds. Please note that there are no laundry facilities on board.

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

Check out time: 9:00 AM

Day Four: Sunday, June 28 - Barge to Haarlem / Frans Hals Museum / Coster Sta...
Note: Barging time: 4.5 hours

Breakfast: Aboard the barge, the breakfast buffet will offer a variable hot entrée each day as well as meats, cheeses, eggs, yogurt, cereals, breads, juices, and hot beverages.

Morning: While barging to Haarlem, you will see locks, bridges and lots of traffic on rivers and canals. The Dutch are passionate about the water and all kinds of crafts will pass us from sailboats to yachts. Heavy cargoes such as stone and steel are still transported by barge. When arriving in Haarlem, look to your left for a large building with a glass dome. It’s a prison! The panoptic design was originally conceived by English philosopher Jeremy Bentham in 1785, allowing one prison guard to observe any of the inmates without them knowing.

Lunch: Aboard the barge, light lunches will typically be soup and salad or sandwich.

Afternoon: Haarlem dates back to before the medieval era and was granted city status in 1245. One of its cultural jewels is the Frans Hals Museum, in an impressive building that was once an Oude Mannenhuis (old men's house). Frans Hals (1581-1666) was the most famous painter of the 17th century “Golden Age” when Haarlem was a prosperous and powerful center of culture and the arts. He specialized in portraits -- individuals and groups -- depicting people from all walks of life.

An expert lecture followed by a guided excursion will introduce this great Dutch artist. After the presentation, you will have free time to continue exploring this fine museum on your own.

On our way back to the barge, we will stop at the statue of Laurens Janszoon Coster, who it is said, to have discovered printing with movable type before Gutenberg.

Dinner: Aboard the barge.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Fiep

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Barge

Ship Information: The Fiep, formerly known as the Anna Cornelia, was built in 1912 as a cargo ship. She was converted into a passenger vessel in 2001 and underwent a total renovation in 2013. Participants must be able to negotiate a ramp to the barge in addition to descending stairs to the cabins which are all located on the lower deck.

Contact info:
XXXX-XXXX
XXXX-XXXX, Netherlands
phone: +31 06 2037 8041
Room amenities: Central heating, air conditioning, closet/storage space for luggage, porthole that opens and WiFi (limited connectivity in Belgium). Each cabin has a private bath with hairdryer, shower, sink and toilet.

Facility amenities: Chartered exclusively for Road Scholar participants, the Fiep is a comfort class barge, with a salon where meals are served, a sitting area, a reading-corner, flat-screen TV, two sun decks and a small bar. There are ten twin-bedded double occupancy cabins with lower beds and two single cabins with lower beds. Please note that there are no laundry facilities on board.

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

Check out time: 9:00 AM

Day Five: Monday, June 29 - Transfer to Aalsmeer Flower Auction House / Cruqu...
Transfer to Aalsmeer Flower Auction House / Cruquius Museum / Transfer to Leiden / Leiden Independent Exploration / Vermeer Lecture

Note: Motorcoach time: 1 hour

Breakfast: Aboard the barge.

Morning: We board the motorcoach for a field trip to Aalsmeer and the largest flower auction in the Netherlands. Watch European traders bid against the clock for more than 20 million of the best blooms. After the auction concludes, flowers are transported by truck to the nearby airport for worldwide distribution. Some of the flowers you see today will be on sale at florists in your hometown tomorrow.

Our journey continues to the Cruquius Museum, where a docent will present the history of this former steam-powered pumping station, operational from 1850-1933. Learn about the technology used to drain the area around Amsterdam that was threatened with flooding in the past.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the food of your choice. Theehuis Cruquius offers hot and cold beverages, sandwiches, salads and soups.

Afternoon: Back aboard the motorcoach, we travel to Leiden, Rembrandt's birthplace.

Free Afternoon. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration in Leiden to see and do what interests you most. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions, give directions and will also lead an informal excursion or activity you are welcome to join at your cost (if any).

Dinner: Aboard the barge.

Evening: Attend a lecture by an art historian about the 17th-century artist Johannes Vermeer.

Lodging: Fiep

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Barge

Ship Information: The Fiep, formerly known as the Anna Cornelia, was built in 1912 as a cargo ship. She was converted into a passenger vessel in 2001 and underwent a total renovation in 2013. Participants must be able to negotiate a ramp to the barge in addition to descending stairs to the cabins which are all located on the lower deck.

Contact info:
XXXX-XXXX
XXXX-XXXX, Netherlands
phone: +31 06 2037 8041
Room amenities: Central heating, air conditioning, closet/storage space for luggage, porthole that opens and WiFi (limited connectivity in Belgium). Each cabin has a private bath with hairdryer, shower, sink and toilet.

Facility amenities: Chartered exclusively for Road Scholar participants, the Fiep is a comfort class barge, with a salon where meals are served, a sitting area, a reading-corner, flat-screen TV, two sun decks and a small bar. There are ten twin-bedded double occupancy cabins with lower beds and two single cabins with lower beds. Please note that there are no laundry facilities on board.

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

Check out time: 9:00 AM

Day Six: Tuesday, June 30 - Barge to Delft / Delft Porcelain Works / Transfer...
Barge to Delft / Delft Porcelain Works / Transfer to Mauritshuis / Transfer to Delft

Note: Barging time: 3 hours; Motorcoach time: 45 minutes

Breakfast: Aboard the barge.

Morning: We barge to Delft, where we will disembark and visit the Porceleyne Fles, the oldest surviving porcelain factory in the Netherlands, producing Delftware since 1653. After an expert lecture, we will explore the factory before returning to our floating home for lunch.

Lunch: Aboard the barge.

Afternoon: We disembark after lunch and take a motorcoach to The Hague, seat of Dutch government and the International Court of Justice. Here we will explore the Mauritshuis. Accompanied by a docent, marvel at works by Johannes Vermeer, Rembrandt van Rijn, Jan Steen, Paulus Potter, Frans Hals, Hans Holbein the Younger and more. After our visit, we return to the barge in Delft by motorcoach.

Dinner: Aboard the barge.

Evening: Join the Group Leader for a walk downtown to admire the magnificent Renaissance architecture of the Delft City Hall.

Lodging: Fiep

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Barge

Ship Information: The Fiep, formerly known as the Anna Cornelia, was built in 1912 as a cargo ship. She was converted into a passenger vessel in 2001 and underwent a total renovation in 2013. Participants must be able to negotiate a ramp to the barge in addition to descending stairs to the cabins which are all located on the lower deck.

Contact info:
XXXX-XXXX
XXXX-XXXX, Netherlands
phone: +31 06 2037 8041
Room amenities: Central heating, air conditioning, closet/storage space for luggage, porthole that opens and WiFi (limited connectivity in Belgium). Each cabin has a private bath with hairdryer, shower, sink and toilet.

Facility amenities: Chartered exclusively for Road Scholar participants, the Fiep is a comfort class barge, with a salon where meals are served, a sitting area, a reading-corner, flat-screen TV, two sun decks and a small bar. There are ten twin-bedded double occupancy cabins with lower beds and two single cabins with lower beds. Please note that there are no laundry facilities on board.

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

Check out time: 9:00 AM

Day Seven: Wednesday, July 01 - Barge to Rotterdam / Rotterdam Pilgrim's Church /...
Barge to Rotterdam / Rotterdam Pilgrim's Church / Dutch Painting Lecture / Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum / Transfer to Gouda

Note: Barging time: 2.5 hours; Motorcoach time: 1.15 hours

Breakfast: Aboard the barge.

Morning: We barge this morning to Rotterdam, where we disembark and walk to the Pilgrim Fathers’ Church. It was here in 1620 that the Pilgrims said their last prayers before sailing for England, where they boarded the “Mayflower” to the New World. During a presentation, learn little known facts about these events that led to our celebration of Thanksgiving before walking back to the barge.

To set the stage for our afternoon field trip, an art historian will present a lecture on board to familiarize you with the various schools of Dutch painting from early Renaissance to Baroque, including the Old Masters.

Lunch: Aboard the barge.

Afternoon: Boarding the motorcoach after lunch, we embark on our field trip to the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum that houses a diverse collection of art ranging from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. A knowledgeable docent will discuss the museum’s masterpieces by Dutch and European artists.

After the field trip, we transfer via motorcoach to the barge that will be docked in Gouda for the night.

Dinner: Aboard the barge.

Evening: Join the Group Leader for a walk to the 15th century Market Square and view the Old City Hall, one of the oldest Gothic municipal buildings in the Netherlands.

Lodging: Fiep

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Barge

Ship Information: The Fiep, formerly known as the Anna Cornelia, was built in 1912 as a cargo ship. She was converted into a passenger vessel in 2001 and underwent a total renovation in 2013. Participants must be able to negotiate a ramp to the barge in addition to descending stairs to the cabins which are all located on the lower deck.

Contact info:
XXXX-XXXX
XXXX-XXXX, Netherlands
phone: +31 06 2037 8041
Room amenities: Central heating, air conditioning, closet/storage space for luggage, porthole that opens and WiFi (limited connectivity in Belgium). Each cabin has a private bath with hairdryer, shower, sink and toilet.

Facility amenities: Chartered exclusively for Road Scholar participants, the Fiep is a comfort class barge, with a salon where meals are served, a sitting area, a reading-corner, flat-screen TV, two sun decks and a small bar. There are ten twin-bedded double occupancy cabins with lower beds and two single cabins with lower beds. Please note that there are no laundry facilities on board.

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

Check out time: 9:00 AM

Day Eight: Thursday, July 02 - Sint Janskerk / Museum Gouda / Cheese Shop / Barg...
Note: Barging time: 4.5 hours

Breakfast: Aboard the barge.

Morning: Our field trip this morning is to Sint Janskerk (St. John's Church), a treasure of the late Gothic, where a local expert will provide background on the famous Goudse Glazen - Gouda stained glass - 71 panels depicting Biblical and historical scenes, some dating back to the 16th century.

Our exploration continues at the "Catharina Gasthuis" that once sheltered the sick and homeless, also serving as chapel and library. It is now the home of Museum Gouda. Among its exceptional holdings are altar pieces from the "Golden Age" painted by Dirck Barendsz, Antonie Blocklandt, Pieter Pourdus, and Jan Steen.

Having sated our quest for knowledge, we walk to a cheese shop to sample the renowned local cheese that takes its name from the city.

Lunch: Aboard the barge.

Afternoon: Relax as we barge towards the village of Oude Wetering. Weather-permitting, enjoy ever-changing scenes from the deck. We will moor in Oude Wetering for the night.

Dinner: Aboard the barge.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Fiep

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Barge

Ship Information: The Fiep, formerly known as the Anna Cornelia, was built in 1912 as a cargo ship. She was converted into a passenger vessel in 2001 and underwent a total renovation in 2013. Participants must be able to negotiate a ramp to the barge in addition to descending stairs to the cabins which are all located on the lower deck.

Contact info:
XXXX-XXXX
XXXX-XXXX, Netherlands
phone: +31 06 2037 8041
Room amenities: Central heating, air conditioning, closet/storage space for luggage, porthole that opens and WiFi (limited connectivity in Belgium). Each cabin has a private bath with hairdryer, shower, sink and toilet.

Facility amenities: Chartered exclusively for Road Scholar participants, the Fiep is a comfort class barge, with a salon where meals are served, a sitting area, a reading-corner, flat-screen TV, two sun decks and a small bar. There are ten twin-bedded double occupancy cabins with lower beds and two single cabins with lower beds. Please note that there are no laundry facilities on board.

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

Check out time: 9:00 AM

Day Nine: Friday, July 03 - Barge to Amsterdam / Amsterdam Independent Explor...
Note: Barging time: 4 hours

Breakfast: Aboard the barge.

Morning: An early departure from the village brings our barge back to where it all started one week ago, Amsterdam, or as the Dutch call it, Mokum. Accompany your Group Leader to the center of Amsterdam to view Rembrandt Square, the Bloemenmarkt (flower market) and finally the Begijnhof (Béguinage).This tranquil courtyard dates back to the 14th century, when it was built for the Béguines, pious women who chose to live like nuns but without taking formal vows.

From there, embark on your own independent exploration. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the food and cuisine of your choice in Amsterdam. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. You may also join the Group Leader at your own cost if you like.

Afternoon: Free Afternoon. Take this opportunity for independent exploration in Amsterdam to do what interests you most. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. If you haven’t already been there, venture to the Anne Frank House or the Rijksmuseum. If you want to relax, seek out one of the local cafés to sip a Heineken or cup of coffee while watching the locals.

Dinner: Recap your adventures and share your favorite memories with your fellow participants tonight at our farewell dinner aboard the barge. Get a good night's sleep and prepare for departure in the morning.

Lodging: Fiep

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Ten: Saturday, July 04 - Program Concludes / Departures
Note: Motorcoach time: 30 minutes

Breakfast: Aboard the barge. This concludes our program.

Morning: Transfers to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport for onward travel.

We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you return on more rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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8 nights of accommodations
21 meals: 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 8 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
14 Field trips

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