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The Old Masters: Art Treasures of Holland by River

Discover the cultural heights of Holland’s Low Lands as you join experts to learn about artistic masterworks, renowned museums, historic architecture and an iconic earthenware factory.
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Program No. 19504RJ
Length
10 days
Starts at
4,699
Netherlands

The Old Masters: Art Treasures of Holland by River

Discover the cultural heights of Holland’s Low Lands as you join experts to learn about artistic masterworks, renowned museums, historic architecture and an iconic earthenware factory.
Length
10 days
Starts at
4,699
Length
10 days
Rating (5)
Starts at
4,699
Program No. 19504RJ

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May 18 - May 27, 2023
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Jun 15 - Jun 24, 2023
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Aug 17 - Aug 26, 2023
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Oct 12 - Oct 21, 2023
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DATES & starting prices
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May 18 - May 27, 2023
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6,499
Jun 15 - Jun 24, 2023
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6,499
Aug 17 - Aug 26, 2023
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6,499
Oct 12 - Oct 21, 2023
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6,499

At a Glance

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 Level
Keep the Pace
These programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking at a leisurely pace with plenty of stops through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours; uneven terrain, stairs and cobblestones are common. Embark/disembark barge via ramp. Cabins located on lower deck. Barge does not move at night and only motors during the day.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Admire the private collection at the Kröller-Müller Museum.
  • Learn about pottery at the oldest surviving factory.
  • Explore the church in Rotterdam where the Pilgrims said their last prayers before sailing for North America.

General Notes

While you are taken by bus to the various sites outlined in the program’s itinerary, the barge makes its way to the next port, and meets you there at the end of the day. (No barging during the night.)
Featured Expert
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Kees Grandia
Kees was born and raised in the city of Rotterdam. He received a teaching certificate in Dutch and English at the teachers training college in Delft and studied history at the University of Leiden and the University of Texas in Austin. In 1999 he returned to education at the Albeda College as a teacher of Dutch to immigrants. Kees currently works as an educational manager with Albeda College in Rotterdam. He enjoys a game of tennis, loves opera and is interested in American politics.

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

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Kees was born and raised in the city of Rotterdam. He received a teaching certificate in Dutch and English at the teachers training college in Delft and studied history at the University of Leiden and the University of Texas in Austin. In 1999 he returned to education at the Albeda College as a teacher of Dutch to immigrants. Kees currently works as an educational manager with Albeda College in Rotterdam. He enjoys a game of tennis, loves opera and is interested in American politics.
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Jan Vijftigschild is a certified leader with a Master of Arts degree from the Academy for Teachers in Art. Before working in marketing and public relations, Jan taught Art at the university level. Combining his experience, he became an informer in the field of Natural Stone for ten years. Eventually, he returned to school and received his English Language Certificate Academic Level. Having returned to teaching, he lectures about art and water issues in the Netherlands on ships with visitors coming to the Netherlands.
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Jane E. Choy-Thurlow earned a B.Sc. from Salem State University, a Master of Education from Trinity College, Dublin, and studied history and art history at Leiden University, The Haagse Hogeschool, and the Volks University. She is a docent in the Mauritshuis and enjoys sharing the treasures of this museum. Jane is Chairman of the Mainland Europe National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies and has worked for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Center of Educational Research and Innovation in Paris.
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