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The Old Masters: Art Treasures of Holland by River

Program Number: 19504RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/30/2011 - 10/8/2011; 9/11/2014 - 9/20/2014; 10/16/2014 - 10/25/2014; 5/14/2015 - 5/23/2015; 6/25/2015 - 7/4/2015; 9/24/2015 - 10/3/2015; 10/8/2015 - 10/17/2015;
Duration: 8 nights
Location: Netherlands
Price starting at: $1,798.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; River Boats
Meals: 17; 7 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 7 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Voyage through the provinces of North and South Holland on a private barge and discover the landscapes that inspired Old Masters like Rembrandt, Vermeer, Flinck, Hals and Bol. In museums, professional art experts introduce the great artists of the Low Lands, while field trips explore churches, medieval towns and Holland’s oldest earthenware factory.




Activity Particulars

Program cost excludes five lunches to enjoy on your own. Extensive walking, up to two miles per day, and standing for up to two hours per day.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Aboard vessel, 7 nights.



Day 1:
Overnight flight from the U.S.A.




Day 2:
Arrival Amsterdam (Netherlands) / embark vessel:

Explore the Zaanse Schans, a Dutch village with windmills, a klompen (wooden shoes) maker and a traditional pancake house where you enjoy lunch. Board the barge in Amsterdam.



Day 3:
Haarlem:

At the Frans Hals Museum learn about this famous Dutch painter.



Day 4:
Aalsmeer / Leiden:

Visit the largest flower auction in the Netherlands to watch the bidding.



Day 5:
Delft / The Hague:

At the Mauritshouse, discuss Vermeer’s paintings, then visit De Porceleyne Fles, the oldest surviving porcelain factory in the Netherlands.



Day 6:
Rotterdam:

An art historian details the different schools of painting. A lecture at the Pilgrim’s Church reveals its unique history.



Day 7:
Gouda:

At the Catharina Gasthuis, admire a triptych by Dirck Barendsz.



Days 8-9:
Amsterdam / disembark / departure:

Barge to Amsterdam and explore this intriguing city independently. Delve into the drawings by Rembrandt’s contemporaries, as well as works by his teacher, Pieter Lastman.





Lena Maria

The Lena Maria was built in 1954 as a cargo ship and converted into a passenger boat in 2005. The barge is 148 feet long and 22 feet wide. Barging exclusively for Road Scholar, the Lena Maria has a sitting area, sun deck, bar and an air-conditioned salon where meals are served.


Netherlands

When Antwerp fell to Catholic Spain in 1585, wealthy Calvinists fled north to the United Provinces, which kept up the Dutch Revolt until victory 63 years later. This influx of the wealthy and educated spurred the Dutch Golden Age and turned tiny Amsterdam -- the “new Antwerp” -- into the world’s most important port. Today, the Netherlands sports an international outlook as a member of the EU and home to the International Court of Justice in The Hague.



Meals and Lodgings
   Anna Cornelia Barge
  Amsterdam, Netherlands
Haarlem, Netherlands
Leiden, Netherlands
Delft, Netherlands
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Gouda, Netherlands
Amsterdam, Netherlands
7 nights
 Anna Cornelia Barge
Type: Barge
  Ship Information: The Anna Cornelia was built in 1912 as a cargo ship and converted into a passenger boat in 2001. The barge is 148' long 22' wide.
  Contact info: x
x,   Netherlands
phone: +31 65155 2268
  Facility amenities: Chartered exclusively for Road Scholar participants, the Anna Cornelia has a sitting area, sun deck, bar, and an air-conditioned salon where meals are served.
  Smoking allowed: No


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
10:00 You will be staying at Anna Cornelia Barge that night.
  End of Program:
9:00 You will be staying at Anna Cornelia Barge the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Health & Safety Questionnaire Release of Assumption of Risk form
  Parking availability:
No parking available.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: From the Amsterdam Airport, you can take a taxi to the barge.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Amsterdam
  Nearest airport:  Amsterdam Schiphol
  Transportation to site: Taxi or public transportation.
  From End of Program
  Location: Amsterdam
  Transportation from site: Taxi.
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: International Flight
(Friday, September 30)
   
 Afternoon: Board an overnight flight.

Day 2: Arrive in Amsterdam/Zaanse Schans/Free Time in Amsterdam/Welcome Dinner
(Saturday, October 1)
   
 Morning: Arrival at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Transfer to the 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 board our barge. Meet the crew and pay close attention to the captain's safety orientation. The balance of the afternoon is yours to relax or explore the city.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner aboard the barge.
 Evening: All evenings are free to explore on your own or relax.
   
Accommodations: Anna Cornelia Barge
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Barge to Haarlem/Frans Hals Museum
(Sunday, October 2)
   
 Breakfast: Aboard the barge.
 Morning: This morning we depart Amsterdam and barge to Haarlem.
 Lunch: Free to sample local fare.
 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. Afterwards, we enjoy a lecture and field trip of this fine museum.
 Dinner: Dinner aboard the barge.
   
Accommodations: Anna Cornelia Barge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Flower Auction House
(Monday, October 3)
   
 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 can 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 the way to the USA. The next day they may be for sale in your flower shop. Following our visit, we return to our barge waiting in Leiden, Rembrandt's birthplace and, appropriately, our home for the night.
 Lunch: Aboard the barge.
 Afternoon: You are free for independent exploration of Leiden this afternoon.
 Dinner: Dinner aboard the barge.
   
Accommodations: Anna Cornelia Barge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Johannes Vermeer/Delft Porcelain Works
(Tuesday, October 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast aboard the barge.
 Morning: Our morning starts with a lecture on Johannes Vermeer, whose paintings were known for their small details: holes in the wall or a broken pane of glass. Alas, Vermeer died at a very early age, 43, but his paintings live on forever. Afterwards we visit the Mauritshouse and attend a lecture and field trip of Vermeer's paintings including the Girl with the Pearl Earring, the painting on which the popular movie by the same name was based.
 Lunch: Free to sample local fare.
 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 barge.
 Dinner: Dinner aboard the barge.
   
Accommodations: Anna Cornelia Barge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Boijmans Museum/Pilgrim Church
(Wednesday, October 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast aboard the barge.
 Morning: We barge this morning to Rotterdam and 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.
 Lunch: Aboard the barge.
 Afternoon: This afternoon we'll take you 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 conclude the day before we return to the barge.
 Dinner: Dinner aboard the barge.
   
Accommodations: Anna Cornelia Barge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Catharina Gasthuis/St. John's Church
(Thursday, October 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast aboard the barge.
 Morning: Our floating hotel will take us this morning to Gouda. Here 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.
 Lunch: Free to explore the local restaurants.
 Afternoon: After lunch we'll visit the St. John's Church and attend a lecture and admire the famous windows with biblical scenes.
 Dinner: Dinner aboard the barge.
   
Accommodations: Anna Cornelia Barge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Barge to Amsterdam/ Independent Exploration
(Friday, October 7)
   
 Breakfast: Aboard the barge.
 Morning: We will barge to Amsterdam this morning.
 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: Farewell Dinner
   
Accommodations: Anna Cornelia Barge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Departure
(Saturday, October 8)
   
 Breakfast: Aboard the barge.
 Morning: Transfer to the airport for departure.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


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