Independent Amsterdam: The Best of Dutch Art and Architecture

Discover Amsterdam — once home to artistic greats including Rembrandt and van Gogh, and now a thriving city known for its rich, modern culture.
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Program No. 18101 60MEADV-0218
9 days
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At a Glance

Amsterdam — "Venice of the North" — comprises some 90 islands linked by rings of canals and about 400 bridges. Founded as a marketplace for farmers and fishermen, it became the world's wealthiest and most powerful trading center during the Dutch Golden Age. Discover the neighborhoods, culture, art and daily life of this unique city amid beautiful 17th-century architecture and inside prestigious museums reflecting an extraordinary cultural heritage.
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Keep the Pace
Walking and standing for up to 3 hours per day; downtown city streets, some uneven terrain.
Independent City Discoveries
Independent City Discoveries
Learn with a Group Leader and enjoy educational programming while also getting independent time to explore on your own. Most Independent City Discoveries include lectures, self-guided excursions and passes for public transit and museums.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Enjoy an expert-led city excursion highlighting the history of Amsterdam through its architecture.
  • Local scholars discuss Dutch painting and add context to independent visits inside the city’s greatest art museums.
  • Explore the life and art of Vincent van Gogh and the incredible impact he had on 20th-century art.

General Notes

Included in the program-only price: 7 nights hotel accommodations, all breakfasts, 2 dinners, 6 lectures by local experts, detailed outlines for 4 self-guided excursions, substantial free time. The program also includes a public transportation pass.
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Frans Buijze
Born a Dutchman, Frans Buijze started his career in trading although he favored history and art. In the mid-1990s, he decided to follow his heart. He started his business, “Travel & Training,” and began developing and leading programs for Road Scholar. Since Road Scholar participants travel the world, Frans sees them as ambassadors who can bring people together by learning about cultures and traditions. He very much enjoys sharing the liberal and social way of living in the Netherlands by giving lectures on the Dutch opinion on drugs, euthanasia, politics and water management. In 2009, Frans made a big step and moved from the Netherlands to Hungary. He now lives in Budapest, a city he has started to love.

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

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Max Put
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