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
10 days
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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
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 common. Embark/disembark barge via ramp. Cabins located on lower deck and reached by steep, narrow stairs with hand rails. Barge does not move at night and only motors during the day.
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Admire the largest private collection of van Gogh paintings at the Kröller-Müller Museum.
  • Learn how Delft pottery is made at the oldest surviving factory.
  • Explore the Pilgrims Church where American history started in Rotterdam.

General Notes

Please note that the Aalsmeer Flower Auction visit may be substituted with a visit to the Keukenhof Gardens (weather permitting) for the April and May 2017 and 2018 departures. Note: 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). Note: April, May, October 2017 and April and August 2018 departures will be aboard the Fiep. June 2017 and September 2018 departures will be aboard the Liza Marleen. August 2017 departure will be aboard the Lena Maria. May 2018 departure will be aboard the Fleur.
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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.
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