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Program #19504RJ
10 Days | 9 Nights
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.
Vicki from Columbus, OH Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 10/16/14 - 10/25/14
This "Old Masters" river barge adventure was a great way to see much of Holland's cities and countryside. This was my first river barge trip, and unpacking once on the barge and having the barge rather than participants move was appealing! The crew of the Fiep was exceedingly efficient and friendly. Meals served were fresh and appealing. Museums were stupendous - especially the Kroller-Muller and Mauritshuis. One regret was the small amount of time we got to spend at the Maurithuis. I'd highly recommending extending a stay at the front or tail end of the program to see more of Amsterdam since limited free time on the last day made visiting more than one Amsterdam site difficult. Tour includes many great lectures and places I'd not have seen on my own. This is a great value for the money, and fellow participants enriched the trip.

Jane from Ancramdale, NY Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 10/16/14 - 10/25/14
Our engaging tour guide Joppe and the friendly crew on the barge Fiep worked hard to make sure everyone had a good trip. The food on the barge is great, and the ship’s size contributes to enjoying time with fellow travelers. The itinerary makes good use of your time, and you’ll see some fabulous art. My friend and I went 5 days early and stayed at the Conscious hotel, ideally located for exploring the city. The hotel is austere, quiet, clean, comfortable, and breakfasts were great. We recommend spending more time in Amsterdam after the barge trip rather than before. This is because you receive a museum pass, good for one year in most museums in the Netherlands (a value of 50 euros plus), as part of your tour, and because the Conscious is steps away from the Connexxion Lijn 197 bus that will take you to the airport for only 5 euros, payable on board. You can just roll your luggage on board, plus the bus runs frequently. There are at least 60 museums in Amsterdam. We enjoyed the Rijksmuseum (get there when it opens and go directly to the Hall of Honor for best viewing of the art everyone comes to see), Museum Willet-Holthuysen, the Stedelijk (excellent crafts and design), Van Gogh, State Archives, and Tropenmuseum. The museum cafes were good, too. We also emailed months ahead to tour the Six Collection – it is free, you just have to request early, and it is extraordinary. Also check what’s playing at the Concertgebouw. We bought tram passes good for four days and thoroughly enjoyed this easy, fun way to get around Amsterdam. Restaurants we liked: Moeders (featuring photos of moms throughout), Seafood Bar, Pannenhoekenhuis Upstairs, and Players. You’ll need reservations for the first two – you can walk to Seafood Bar and take a tram to Moeders. Enjoy!

Barbara from Staunton, VA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 05/01/14 - 05/10/14
Delightful trip! It was well planned, always interesting, and with a really nice group of people to travel with. Each day presented us with museum visits and knowledgeable lecturers, explorations of beautiful towns, then home to the welcoming and comfortable barge for a delicious meal prepared by Chef Duncan. I was glad I brought a hat and gloves, but wish I had packed a wool sweater to wear under my light coat.

Paulette from Kingston, WA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 05/01/14 - 05/10/14
I had no previous classes in art or art history, but felt that by reading the suggested books I was not lost in our visits to the various museums. While volunteering at a local library, I found that the art book section for children was the best way I could have acquainted myself to the artists whose work we observed. This was a great program particularly using a barge and the canals of Amsterdam.

Lucy from Old Greenwich, CT Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/01/14 - 05/10/14
Our recent barge tour in the Netherlands emphasizing the Dutch Master painters exceeded our expectations. Terrific docents and lecturers--just being back in college, only better. We'd do it all again.

Dorothy from Toccoa, GA Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 05/01/14 - 05/10/14
This was a great program and traveling by barge was very pleasant. "Allure" had comfortable cabins, a good chef, and helpful crew. The tulips at Keukenhof gardens were the highlight of the trip -- we were lucky to be there on a warm and sunny day. We stayed two days after the program ended to see more of Amsterdam, and I would recommend this. We did museums one day, and a canal cruise the second. Pack some warm clothes! It was much colder in Amsterdam in May than I had anticipated.

Sara from Mountain View, CA Number of programs attended: 20
Date attended: 04/03/14 - 04/12/14
I loved this program. I found barging a great way to travel since you only unpack once and it was only our group on the barge so I got to know participants much better than in the previous 20 programs I have done. The food was excellent and prepared by an onboard chef. The lectures/museum tour guides were very passionate and knowledgeable about Art and the history. A good balance of guided tours and free time in the Art Museums. A unique visit was to a museum devoted to how the Dutch have reclaimed the land which was very interesting. I would highly recommend this program.

Nancy from Blaine, WA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/03/13 - 10/12/13
What a great way to experience art, the canals and some of the history of The Netherlands. My only regret is that we could have used a little more time enjoying the art in the museums and a couple more hours in Haarlem. (But that being said, this is still a terrific, well-organized tour.) The barge itself was cozy and very comfortable. Chef Rick prepared wonderful meals (his soups are to die for!) and our captain, Martien and his first mate were ever so hospitable. Tour guide Frank is to be commended for his organization, knowledge and, especially, for securing such fantastic guides at the museums and churches we visited. I learned so much. (His sense of humor and friendliness with everyone on board helped make us all feel like family.) I would highly recommend this trip for anyone who has even an inkling of interest in not only the Dutch Old Masters, but even more modern works by artists such as Dali, Picasso, Rodin, and more. And, of course, the great works by Van Gogh. Road Scholar, you have a new convert!

Mary Lynne from Meridian, MS Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/03/13 - 10/12/13
The Old Masters: Art Treasures of Holland by River was absolutely amazing. We were blessed with beautiful sunny weather six of the nine days which showed the Dutch countryside at its very best. After several photos, I understood what the Dutch Painters were showing me. The trip was well planned, well executed, the guest scholars and guides were excellent teachers, the small group was fun and the food on the barge exceptional. The barge was the perfect way to see Holland, making a cozy and and comfortable respite to return to each day.

Flora from Chicago, IL Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 10/03/13 - 10/12/13
Wonderful program. Barge is spotless, captain does a great job.

Carole from Burnaby, BC Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 04/11/13 - 04/20/13
If you are interested in art or art history of the Golden Age in The Netherlands this trip is for you. Also, the crew of the Allure made the trip special. It was very enjoyable travelling on smaller canals which gave one a view into everyday life in The Netherlands.

Lola from Longview, WA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/11/13 - 04/20/13
I went in 4 days prior to the Road Scholar program in order to see & do things that I was interested in that weren't on the program. I would encourage anyone to consider doing that as well. It gave me more time to discover Amsterdam. Traveling on a barge was such a wonderful way to see so much of the countryside as well as visiting the museums. I loved understanding more about how to truly appreciate the art and the artist. The food on board the barge was EXCELLENT and the ship staff was so personable. We grew as a community with others on the trip and shared many experiences. Keep on searching and learning.

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