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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A really terrific week: a great way to get to know Amsterdam and its people no matter what one’s background. I learned lots about the art and architecture in general, as promised in the program’s title, but also got to explore my own particular interests in greater depth. Just the right mix of lectures, guided walks and individual roaming about through museums, other cultural events and just enjoying the city’s serene beauty, vibrancy and elegance. Great food too!


Road Scholar provides an exceptional ability to offer travel and learning in a very safe environment. The fun and family atmosphere amidst your group will enhance your experience!


This was my first Road Scholar experience. Amsterdam was a wonderful city to visit. The program was just right - a good blend of structure and free time to see the sights. Member of the group were able to choose how to spend their free time. The lecturers were excellent and were very helpful with questions about the city. Public transportation was easy to navigate. In summary, an excellent trip!


This program is very independence-oriented. Be prepared to explore Amsterdam with a guidebook in the PMs.


I've taken two trips with Road Scholar. They are well-organized, and one learns and benefits so much from the experience. I'm already looking forward to scheduling my next trip with them.


For the truly independent traveler who wants a minimal framework to explore the fascinating city of Amsterdam, this program is perfect. The lectures were excellent and a great introduction. Aside from a walk or two, though, you are on your own: minimal suggestions for trips beyond the materials provided or for restaurants, etc. Our guide was helpful when asked, but did not offer suggestions. The hotel was in a nice, accessible location, but the room was tiny, with virtually no shelves, drawers, etc., no way to unpack, so living for 8 days out of a suitcase. The bathroom had glass walls, small shower with slippery floor. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Everyone we encountered in the city was friendly and helpful, too. Such a welcoming country!


We enjoyed the lectures and the field trips walking tours. The free time for independent exploration was well used. We had lots of choices for touring, museum visiting,etc. Local transportation was easy to use. Road Scholar programs always generate a yearning for more the next year. And we met great new friends.


For a North American, bi-coastal museum freak, experience with Amsterdam and its museums containing a warehouse of art by local world renowns was the treat of a lifetime.


Independent Amsterdam was a great experience. Excellent blend of lectures and independent time. I'd recommend highly to anyone with an adventurous heart and isn't timid about experiencing city life.


Visit Amsterdam via Road Scholar! It is a wonderful, beautiful and unique city, with so much art to see, lovely neighborhoods, great public transportation. Our recent trip was 'Independent Amsterdam'- just the right blend of educational/group experience w plenty of time to explore on our own. Veda Lyon/Vermont


This is an extraordinary program made even more so by our wonderful leader, Franz. I could help but love his country.


The morning lectures were informative and added to visits later in the day to museums. The lecturer Max was articulate and knew his subject, while the tour guide Frans made getting around Amsterdam easy, solving any difficulties that might come up regarding currency, telephone, transportation, etc. The morning breakfast buffet was quite good and Frans and the staff took care of my lactose intolerance allergy in diet. The experience of learning about the Netherlands in open-ended visits to museums, sights, cafes, and restaurants was stimulating and educational. My one complaint may be that I was not able to obtain tickets or information about classical, jazz, or theater performances, or other cultural happenings.

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