10137
Netherlands/Belgium

Tulipmania

From the floor of the world’s largest flower auction to prized botanical gardens to the works of the Golden Age Masters, discover the history of the iconic tulip.
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Program No. 10137RJ
Length
13 days
Starts at
3,599
Flights start at
775

At a Glance

In the early 17th century, amateur speculators in North Holland sold their farms and possessions to bet big on the hottest new commodity on the market: tulips. First imported from Turkey in the mid-1600s, the bloom became a status symbol and extraordinarily expensive luxury during the Dutch Golden Age. At the height of tulip mania, 12 acres of land were reportedly offered for a single Semper Augustus bulb. Learn the story of the tulip craze, go inside today’s evolved tulip industry and discover the flower’s lofty place in Dutch culture.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two hours / two miles at a time, sometimes twice per day; cobblestones and many unavoidable stairs. Public transportation used throughout the program.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • On the floor of the world’s largest flower auction watch as more than 20 million flowers are bought and sold in a daily flurry of activity.
  • A tulip farmer discusses the art and the business of growing tulips bulbs at his farm.
  • Art experts at museums in Amsterdam highlight Vermeer, Frans Hals and other masters of the Dutch Golden Age.
Featured Expert
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Jaap Clement
Jaap Clement has been an art lover for as long as he can remember. The son of a tulip grower near Haarlem, he earned a degree to become an art teacher, but soon realized that he’d prefer to be an artist and moved to Maastricht to study at its Art Academy. Today, he enjoys both making and teaching art. He has been lecturing on Road Scholar programs for many years preparing participants for field trips to the art museums of Flanders.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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