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NETHERLANDS / BELGIUM / FRANCE

Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris: Cities of Inspiration

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Program #19401RJ
14 Days | 13 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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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.
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Irv Smith Apr 02, 2014 at 09:31 PM

Watch the movie "Tim's Vermeer" if available in your town. Unfortunately, the particular painting featured is in the Queen's private chambers in London. But we'll see other Vermeers in the Rijksmuseum.


Irv Smith Feb 15, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Museumplein is only a few blocks from our hotel, so anybody wanting to get pickpocketed can walk down after dinner to mingle with the other 800,000 revelers!


Irv Smith Feb 14, 2014 at 11:49 AM

People on tours starting in Amsterdam on April 25th should be aware that it's "Kings Day" national holiday. We're coming by train from Luxembourg and will have to get off at Schipol station (and will take taxi it to hotel if can't hook up with Road Scholar group at airport).

Wikipedia says:

Koningsdag now sees large-scale celebrations, with many concerts and special events in public spaces, particularly in Amsterdam. An outdoor concert is held on Amsterdam's Museumplein, where as many as 800,000 people may gather. To aid visitors in returning home by train after the festivities outdoor events must end by 20:00, and the Museumplein show by 21:00. The city centre is closed to cars, and no trams ride in the heart of the city; people are urged to avoid Amsterdam Centraal railway station and use other stations if possible from their direction. International trains that normally begin or terminate at Amsterdam Centraal are instead directed to a suburban stop.

In recent years parties and concerts have been held the evening before Koningsdag. Until 2013, nightclubs across the Netherlands organised special events for what became known as Koninginnenacht (Queen's Night). Many young people celebrate in the streets and squares (and in Amsterdam, the canals as well) throughout the night, and after all-night partying join the crowds at the vrijmarkt.

While King's Day celebrations take place throughout the Netherlands, Amsterdam is a popular destination for many revelers. Often the city's 750.000 residents are joined by up to 1 million visitors. In recent years Amsterdam authorities have taken some measures to try and stem the flow of visitors as the city simply became too full.

Those taking part in Koningsdag commonly dye their hair orange or wear orange clothing in honour of the House of Orange-Nassau, which rules over the Netherlands. Orange-coloured drinks are also popular. This colour choice is sometimes dubbed "orange madness", or in Dutch, oranjegekte.


Irv Smith Jul 24, 2013 at 10:50 AM

My roommate is wife Jane! We're taking a repositioning cruise from MIA to BCN, and then will make our way by train to AMS -- stopping for a few days in LUX.
Irv Smith Jul 24, 2013 at 12:13 PM

(This is for the 25Apr14 departure.)


Lassey Dahlstrom May 01, 2013 at 04:02 PM

I think I was the last person to sign up for the 19401 trip before it went on standby. Haven't a clue who my roommate is.
Maxine Schuster May 01, 2013 at 04:10 PM

I paid the single supplement so it's not me. Maxine


Maxine Schuster Mar 28, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Is anyone flying from Boston to Amsterdam nonstop on 6/14/13?
Kathleen Moscillo Apr 22, 2013 at 07:04 PM

I am flying from Boston to NY and then onto Amsterdam.
Maxine Schuster Apr 22, 2013 at 07:37 PM

I wonder why you're not flying nonstop. Thanks for responding. See you in Amsterdam.
Kathleen Moscillo May 21, 2013 at 12:46 PM

My husband works in Long Island so we are meeting in NY.


Mary Schwartz Mar 25, 2013 at 03:56 PM

Hello All,
Is anyone taking the Amsterdam, Brussel and Paris trip on May 3, 2013 and leaving from JFK? I'd love to say hello and perhaps share a cab to the hotel.


Mary Schwartz Mar 25, 2013 at 03:56 PM

Hello All,
Is anyone taking the Amsterdam, Brussel and Paris trip on May 3, 2013 and leaving from JFK? I'd love to say hello and perhaps share a cab to the hotel.


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