18101
Netherlands
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. 18101RJ
Length
9 days
Starts at
2,099
Flights start at
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9 days
8 nights
9 meals
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DAY
1
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Amsterdam
D
Park Plaza Vondelpark

Activity note: Check-in available from 2:00 p.m.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own in the neighborhood of the hotel.

Afternoon: We will meet at 4:00 PM in the hotel lecture room for an introduction to the program. Your Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Indicated times are approximate. Program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: Hotel dining room. Please note that water is included in the program cost at all meals.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Architecture of Amsterdam
Amsterdam
B
Park Plaza Vondelpark

Breakfast: Hotel dining room. On this program, breakfasts will offer a typical European style breakfast buffet with breads, cheeses, cold-cuts, yogurt, fruit, cereals, juice, milk, coffee, tea and water.

Morning: Attend a lecture on the "Architecture of Amsterdam." Each century has left its unique hallmark on the city landscape, from the one-time fishing village to the charming gabled facades, the luxurious canal houses of the Golden Age to the buildings of the Amsterdam School, and today's cutting-edge modern design. Afterward, take an expert-led walking excursion of Amsterdam's old city center. Begin your walk at the Floating Flower Market. See the city's famous signature buildings - the colorful 17th century merchants' mansions along the canals - Dam Square with the National Monument and Royal Palace, and the unique Begijnhof which has one of the oldest remaining wooden houses.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities, which can be found in the first Information Packet. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Historical Amsterdam
Amsterdam
B
Park Plaza Vondelpark

Activity note: Museum passes are not included in the program, so please be prepared to purchase a ticket at each museum you visit during self-guided excursions, unless you plan on purchasing the Museumkaart. Please see the Museum Passes Note in this booklet for more information on the Museumkaart.

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Take in a lecture on "The History of the Netherlands." This lecture will introduce you to an egalitarian society where people cooperate despite differences and do not tolerate intolerance.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Free afternoon for a self-guided field trip. You may wish to expand on your morning lecture with a visit to the Amsterdam Museum to take in the history of this great city. Explore the museum's permanent art exhibition, learn about Amsterdam's rich history, and gain insight into the city's people and culture.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
The Golden Age
Amsterdam
B
Park Plaza Vondelpark

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Attend a lecture on "The Art of the Golden Age." Painters in the Dutch Republic during the 17th century created approximately 5 to 7 million paintings in the distinct genres they specialized in, such as history, portraits, scenes of peasant life, landscapes, townscapes, landscapes with animals, maritime, flowers, and still life paintings.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Free time for a self-guided field trip. After this morning's lecture, you may wish to visit the Rijksmuseum. The entirely renovated museum's world famous collection takes you on a journey through time. 8,000 objects in 80 rooms tell the story of 800 years of Dutch art and history with must-see masterpieces, such as Rembrandt's "Night Watch" or Vermeer's "Milkmaid."

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Jewish Amsterdam
Amsterdam
B
Park Plaza Vondelpark

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Attend a lecture on "The Jewish Heritage of Amsterdam." For centuries Amsterdam was a safe haven for Jews escaping persecution in Portugal, Spain, and Eastern Europe. This unique blend of Sephardi and Ashkenazi traditions has left an irremovable impression on Amsterdam, despite the terrors of the Holocaust.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Free afternoon for a self-guided field trip. You may wish to visit the Jewish Historical Museum and the Portuguese Synagogue. In the 16th century many Jews fled the Inquisition in Spain and Portugal. The Jewish Historical Museum, which lies in the quarter where they settled, tells of their faith and history. The Amsterdam Sephardic community was one of the largest and richest Jewish communities in Europe during the Dutch Golden Age. Their wealth is reflected in the nearby Portuguese Synagogue, a late 17th-century Sephardic Synagogue completed in 1675.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Vincent Van Gogh
Amsterdam
B
Park Plaza Vondelpark

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Take in a lecture on "The Life and Art of Vincent Van Gogh," the 19th-century Dutch post-impressionist painter. He did not paint until his late twenties and completed many of his best known works during the last two years of his life. His works had an incredible influence on 20th-century art; however, he was little appreciated during his own lifetime. He only sold one work of art!

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Free afternoon for a self-guided field trip. Perhaps you'll want to use this time to see Van Gogh's paintings up close at the Van Gogh Museum. No other place in the world has so many paintings of Vincent Van Gogh under one roof. The collection consists of more than 200 canvases, 500 drawings, and 750 written documents. Together these provide a fantastic insight into his life and work.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Daily Life
Amsterdam
B,D
Park Plaza Vondelpark

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Attend a lecture about "Daily Life in The Netherlands." The Netherlands is known for its tolerance. Issues still controversial in most countries are regulated here by law: drugs, abortion, euthanasia, and gay marriage have all been legalized. Then, leave the center of town behind and see how the locals of Amsterdam live their daily lives. Enjoy a guided excursion in the Oostelijk Havengebied (Eastern Harbour Area), known for its modern architecture.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities, which can be found in the first Information Packet. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant near the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Departures
In Flight
B

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Transfer to the airport for departures. This concludes our program. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures.






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