Belgium: Art & Architecture Along the Waterways

Wind your way through the scenic canals and rivers of Flanders by barge and learn from experts about the artistic and architectural masterpieces of Belgium along the way.
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Program No. 20370RJ
9 days
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At a Glance

While barging the delightful canals and rivers of Flanders, discover the superb artistic heritage of Belgium, particularly in the famed "Flemish Primitives." Marvel at the works of Memling, van Eyck and Bruegel with art experts at some of Belgium's best museums. Taste sublime chocolates, Belgian brews and other local delicacies. In Bruges, Antwerp and Brussels, admire architectural grandeur that has transcended time.
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 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
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 ...

  • Discover the lovely, historic canals and rivers of Belgium aboard an exclusively chartered barge.
  • Visit Breendonk, a military fortification outside Brussels that housed Jews and political prisoners during World War II.
  • Visit outstanding museums to admire works by the Flemish Masters including Peter Paul Rubens and Jan van Eyck.

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). May 2019 departure will be aboard the Fleur. The September 2019 departure will be aboard the Liza Marleen.
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Mary van Mil
A native of The Netherlands, Mary’s love affair with French began when she first journeyed to Paris to study the language. She stayed for eight years before returning to her home country to pursue a teaching degree in French. Until recently, she has been sharing her love of the French language with students at a secretarial school in The Hague and Delft. She had two children, including one who lives in England where she frequently travels. Mary speaks Dutch, English and French.

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

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