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Adventures Afloat: The Old Masters: Art Treasures of Holland by River

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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 May 23 — Jun 1, 2013

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Day One: Thursday, May 23 - International Flight
Afternoon: Board an overnight flight.

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Within walking distance to museums

Ship Information: N/A

Contact info:
De Lairessestraat 7
Amsterdam, 1071 Netherlands
phone: +31 (0) 20 6719596
Room amenities: En-suite bathrooms, television, wireless internet, safe deposit box, minibar, air-conditioning

Facility amenities: Hotel Garden Cafe

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Prices may vary
Contact IBT for current rates

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Friday, May 24 - Arrive in Amsterdam/ Zaanse Schans/ Welcome Dinne...
Morning: Arrival at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Transfer to de Zaanse Schans, a village with windmills, a klompen maker (wooden shoes) and a fabulous pancake house.

Lunch: Pancake house.

Afternoon: After lunch we continue to Amsterdam and check into our hotel located in the heart of Amsterdam. The balance of the afternoon is yours to relax or explore the city.

Dinner: Welcome dinner in a local restaurant.

Evening: All evenings are free to explore on your own or relax.

Lodging: Museum Square Hotel Amsterdam

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Type: Barge

Ship Information: The Allure was built in 1908 as a cargo ship and converted into a passenger boat in 1998. A total renovation was completed in 2012. The barge is 138' x 22' wide.

Contact info:
No street address available as
the barge continually moves, Netherlands
phone: +31 (0) 651552268
Room amenities: Private bath with shower, toilet, and sink. There is a porthole in the bathroom and cabin which opens.

Facility amenities: Chartered exclusively for Road Scholar participants, the Allure is a comfort class barge, with a salon where meals are served, a sitting area, a reading-corner, sun deck, and a small bar. There are (10) double occupancy cabins with twin lower beds.

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


Day Three: Saturday, May 25 - Kroller Muller Museum
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Coach to the Kroller Muller Museum, home to the largest private collection of Van Gogh paintings. Located in a dense forest, this one-level museum and sculpture garden will satisfy the most critical art connoisseur.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the Kroller Muller Museum cafeteria.

Afternoon: Coach to Amsterdam and board the barge, our home for the next seven nights. Meet the crew and pay close attention to the captain's safety orientation.

Dinner: Aboard the barge.

Lodging: Allure

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Barge

Ship Information: The Allure was built in 1908 as a cargo ship and converted into a passenger boat in 1998. A total renovation was completed in 2012. The barge is 138' x 22' wide.

Contact info:
No street address available as
the barge continually moves, Netherlands
phone: +31 (0) 651552268
Room amenities: Private bath with shower, toilet, and sink. There is a porthole in the bathroom and cabin which opens.

Facility amenities: Chartered exclusively for Road Scholar participants, the Allure is a comfort class barge, with a salon where meals are served, a sitting area, a reading-corner, sun deck, and a small bar. There are (10) double occupancy cabins with twin lower beds.

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


Day Four: Sunday, May 26 - Frans Hals Museum
Breakfast: Aboard the barge.

Morning: We start the day barging to Haarlem. You'll see locks, bridges and lots of traffic on the rivers and canals. Heavy cargo such as stones and steel is still transported by barge. In addition, the Dutch are passionate about water sports and all kinds of crafts will pass us from sailboats to yachts. When arriving in Haarlem, look to your left for a large building with a glass dome. You don't want to be inside; it is a prison.

Lunch: Lunch onboard.

Afternoon: After lunch we visit the Frans Hals Museum. A lecture will introduce this famous Dutch painter (1581-1666). Hals was commissioned to paint Amsterdam's civic guards with the understanding that he paint in Amsterdam. However, he became tired of traveling between Haarlem and Amsterdam and, when pressed to finish the painting, missed the deadline and didn't get paid. His contemporary, Pieter Codde, finished the painting, called Meagre Company, a reference to the short men in comparison to guards in other paintings. After a lecture you are set free to independently explore this fine museum. Returning to the barge, we stop at the statue of Koster, who, according to the Dutch, was the inventor of printing.

Dinner: Dinner aboard the barge.

Lodging: Allure

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Barge

Ship Information: The Allure was built in 1908 as a cargo ship and converted into a passenger boat in 1998. A total renovation was completed in 2012. The barge is 138' x 22' wide.

Contact info:
No street address available as
the barge continually moves, Netherlands
phone: +31 (0) 651552268
Room amenities: Private bath with shower, toilet, and sink. There is a porthole in the bathroom and cabin which opens.

Facility amenities: Chartered exclusively for Road Scholar participants, the Allure is a comfort class barge, with a salon where meals are served, a sitting area, a reading-corner, sun deck, and a small bar. There are (10) double occupancy cabins with twin lower beds.

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


Day Five: Monday, May 27 - Flower Auction House
Breakfast: Breakfast aboard the barge.

Morning: This morning we bus to Aalsmeer, to the largest flower auction in The Netherlands. Here we take a field trip through acres of flowers and plants. We will also watch the bidding as buyers from all over Europe compete with one another. Soon afterwards, the trucks leave for the distributors, and some flowers head for the airport on their way to the USA. The next day they may be for sale in your flower shop. Our journey continues to Cruquius, a former steam pumping station used to drain the area around Amsterdam which was threatened with flooding. After lunch we bus to Leiden, Rembrandt's birthplace and, appropriately, our home for the night.

Lunch: Free to sample local cuisine.

Afternoon: You are free for independent exploration of Leiden this afternoon.

Dinner: Dinner aboard the barge.

Lodging: Allure

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Barge

Ship Information: The Allure was built in 1908 as a cargo ship and converted into a passenger boat in 1998. A total renovation was completed in 2012. The barge is 138' x 22' wide.

Contact info:
No street address available as
the barge continually moves, Netherlands
phone: +31 (0) 651552268
Room amenities: Private bath with shower, toilet, and sink. There is a porthole in the bathroom and cabin which opens.

Facility amenities: Chartered exclusively for Road Scholar participants, the Allure is a comfort class barge, with a salon where meals are served, a sitting area, a reading-corner, sun deck, and a small bar. There are (10) double occupancy cabins with twin lower beds.

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


Day Six: Tuesday, May 28 - Delft Porcelain Works
Breakfast: Breakfast aboard the barge.

Morning: Our morning starts with a visit to Gemeente Museum in The Hague. Accompanied by a docent, we marvel at the collection of Old Masters.

Lunch: Lunch on barge.

Afternoon: We barge to Delft and visit The Porceleyne Fles, the oldest surviving porcelain factory in The Netherlands. Here we enjoy a lecture and field trip before heading back to our floating hotel.

Dinner: Dinner aboard the barge.

Lodging: Allure

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Barge

Ship Information: The Allure was built in 1908 as a cargo ship and converted into a passenger boat in 1998. A total renovation was completed in 2012. The barge is 138' x 22' wide.

Contact info:
No street address available as
the barge continually moves, Netherlands
phone: +31 (0) 651552268
Room amenities: Private bath with shower, toilet, and sink. There is a porthole in the bathroom and cabin which opens.

Facility amenities: Chartered exclusively for Road Scholar participants, the Allure is a comfort class barge, with a salon where meals are served, a sitting area, a reading-corner, sun deck, and a small bar. There are (10) double occupancy cabins with twin lower beds.

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


Day Seven: Wednesday, May 29 - Pilgrim Church/ Boijmans Museum
Breakfast: Breakfast aboard the barge.

Morning: We barge this morning to Rotterdam and walk to a church where the pilgrims said their last prayers before sailing for England where they boarded the Mayflower for the United States. A lecture on this important part of our history will surely captivate you.

Lunch: Aboard the barge.

Afternoon: After lunch we attend a lecture on the different schools of painting. Then we explore the Boijmans Museum with its fine collection of Old Masters (Van Eyck, Fabricius, J. Bosch) with a lecture and field trip. Afterwards we continue to Gouda, our home for the night.

Dinner: Dinner aboard the barge.

Lodging: Allure

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Barge

Ship Information: The Allure was built in 1908 as a cargo ship and converted into a passenger boat in 1998. A total renovation was completed in 2012. The barge is 138' x 22' wide.

Contact info:
No street address available as
the barge continually moves, Netherlands
phone: +31 (0) 651552268
Room amenities: Private bath with shower, toilet, and sink. There is a porthole in the bathroom and cabin which opens.

Facility amenities: Chartered exclusively for Road Scholar participants, the Allure is a comfort class barge, with a salon where meals are served, a sitting area, a reading-corner, sun deck, and a small bar. There are (10) double occupancy cabins with twin lower beds.

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


Day Eight: Thursday, May 30 - Catharina Gasthuis/ St. John's Church
Breakfast: Breakfast aboard the barge.

Morning: In Gouda we visit the Catharina Gasthuis for an unusual lecture and field trip. The museum exhibits altar panels, painted in the Golden Age, by Dirck Barendsz, Antonie Blocklandt, Pieter Pourdus and Jan Steen. Across from the museum is the St. John's Church where we attend a lecture on the famous old windows with biblical scenes. You may want to consider buying some Gouda cheese, delicious and the real thing.

Lunch: Lunch onboard.

Afternoon: Relax on deck as we barge towards Amsterdam. Weather-permitting, you'll enjoy the ever-changing scenery from a deck chair. We will moor in Oude Wetering.

Dinner: Dinner aboard the barge.

Lodging: Allure

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Barge

Ship Information: The Allure was built in 1908 as a cargo ship and converted into a passenger boat in 1998. A total renovation was completed in 2012. The barge is 138' x 22' wide.

Contact info:
No street address available as
the barge continually moves, Netherlands
phone: +31 (0) 651552268
Room amenities: Private bath with shower, toilet, and sink. There is a porthole in the bathroom and cabin which opens.

Facility amenities: Chartered exclusively for Road Scholar participants, the Allure is a comfort class barge, with a salon where meals are served, a sitting area, a reading-corner, sun deck, and a small bar. There are (10) double occupancy cabins with twin lower beds.

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


Day Nine: Friday, May 31 - Independent Exploration
Breakfast: Aboard the barge.

Morning: An early departure brings our barge back to where it all started one week ago, Amsterdam, or Mokum as the Dutch call it. Your program leader will lead the group to the center of Amsterdam to Rembrandt Square, to the flower market and finally the beguinage.

Lunch: Free to explore local restaurants.

Afternoon: This afternoon you'll have time to visit a museum or see the Anne Frank House. Amsterdam has many terraces where you can watch the locals (and tourists) go about their business while you enjoy a Heineken or a cup of coffee.

Dinner: Enjoy your farewell dinner on the barge.

Lodging: Allure

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Ten: Saturday, June 01 - Departure
Breakfast: Aboard the barge.

Morning: Transfer to the airport for departure.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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

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