23173
Netherlands/Belgium
Learning in Bloom: The Wonders of the Netherlands & Belgium
Sail round-trip between Amsterdam to Brussels as the eye-opening beauty of endless tulip fields welcomes you to the natural wonders and vibrant history of the Netherlands and Belgium.
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Program No. 23173RJ
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16 days
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16 days
15 nights
40 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrivals, Welcome Reception, Program Introduction
Brussels
D
Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel

Activity note: Hotel check in is at 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: From the terminal, walk to the hotel. Check in and get settled. There will be some free time to get over jetlag and relax. Shortly before dinner, attend the welcome orientation. Program Orientation: The 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: Welcome dinner at the hotel. Water is included in the program cost at all meals.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Brussels, Ghent, Embarkation
At sea
B,L,D
Crystal Bach

Breakfast: In the 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: Check out of the hotel and coach to the 1958 World Exhibition grounds to see the famous Atomium of Brussels, then upon arrival to Ghent, enjoy a guided walking excursion in the city center.

Lunch: On board. Lunches on the ship are three or four course, served meals.

Afternoon: Relax on board and check-in to your cabin.

Dinner: On board. Dinners on board are three or four course, served meals.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Antwerp, Belgium
At sea
B,L,D
Crystal Bach

Breakfast: On board. Breakfasts on board are buffet style with typical European offerings.

Morning: Option 1: Enjoy an introduction to Antwerp best discovered by foot. Explore the city of Sir Peter Paul Rubens and get inspired by his Rococo masterpieces. Option 2: On this full-day excursion, take in the sights of the city on a tour of Brussels. Brussels is a city whose character comes from the coexistence of French and Flemish cultures.

Lunch: On board or in a local restaurant, depending on which excursion you choose.

Afternoon: Free tim to see and do what interests you most in Antwerp, or continue your full day excursion in Brussels.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: This evening, enjoy an opera and string orchestra concert at Agusutinus Muziekcentrum.

DAY
5
Sailing Antwerp to Dordrecht
At sea
B,L,D
Crystal Bach

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: Take in an exclusive lecture on daily life, covering the topics of social and health care.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: Attend an exclusive lecture on the European Union, past, present and future.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Dordrecht, the Netherlands
At sea
B,L,D
Crystal Bach

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: This morning, 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.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: Option 1: Discover the oldest city in the Netherlands, Dordrecht, by taking a walking tour of the streets in this picturesque historical city. Option 2: Visit the UNESCO site of Kinderdijk which boasts 19 beautifully preserved windmills. Meet a miller and learn more about local traditions and lifestyle.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Amsterdam
B,L,D
Crystal Bach

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: Option 1: Experience the Keukenhof Gardens. Keukenhof has more than 7 million bulbs in bloom every spring, with a total of 800 varieties of tulips. Be prepared for a unique and unforgettable experience. Option 2: Go on a relaxing canal boat ride for the ultimate experience of Amsterdam, including a visit to the Rijksmuseum, the national museum of the Netherlands. Here you will see highlights like Rembrandt's world famous "Night Watch" painting.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: After lunch, enjoy some free time to explore Amsterdam or one of the museums on your own.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure. The ship stays overnight in Amsterdam, so you have plenty of time to explore this city.

DAY
8
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Amsterdam
B,L,D
Crystal Bach

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: Option 1: Take part in a guided walking tour of the Jewish Quarter, including a special visit to the Jewish Historical Museum. If it's open, we will visit the Portuguese Synagogue as well.. If you chose Option 2, you have free time this morning.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: Option 2: Enjoy a guided walking tour in the oldest district of the vibrant city of Amsterdam, the Red Light District. If you chose Option 1, you have free time this afternoon.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Free Day in Amsterdam
Amsterdam
B,D
Crystal Bach

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: Today you have the opportunity to explore Amsterdam on your own. Stroll around the city or visit the museums you are most interested in, like the Van Gogh museum, the Rembrandt museum, or the Anne Frank House. Please note: for the Anne Frank House, you must buy tickets in advance online. They are available six weeks prior to your visit.

Lunch: On your own to explore local fare.

Afternoon: Free day in Amsterdam continues.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
Amsterdam
Amsterdam
B,L,D
Crystal Bach

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: Today you can choose whichever option you did not do on Day 7. Option 1: Experience the Keukenhof Gardens. Keukenhof has more than 7 million bulbs in bloom every spring, with a total of 800 varieties of tulips. Be prepared for a unique and unforgettable experience. Option 2: Go on a relaxing canal boat ride for the ultimate experience of Amsterdam, including a visit to the Rijksmuseum, the national museum of the Netherlands.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: Enjoy some free time to do or see what interests you most.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
11
Hoorn, the Netherlands
At sea
B,L,D
Crystal Bach

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: Attend a Road Scholar exclusive lecture on Dutch history.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: Option 1: Visit a tulip farm, where you will learn about tulips while enjoying a high tea experience. Option 2: Go on a walking tour to discover the history of Hoorn, a town and former Dutch East India Company base on the Ijsselmeer Lake. Afterwards, a local family will welcome you in their home to tell you about their traditions and lifestyle.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
12
Rotterdam, the Netherlands
At sea
B,L,D
Crystal Bach

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: Option 1: Visit the Hague, one of the three most important cities in the Netherlands. Here, you can explore the palace of Prince Johan Maurits, home to various masterpieces from the Dutch Golden Age, including the painting "Girl with a Pearl Earring" by Johannes Vermeer. Option 2: Take in the architectural highlights of breathtaking Rotterdam, such as the Cubic Houses and the new Market Hall, during a guided walk through the city center.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: After lunch, enjoy some free time to explore the Rotterdam city center or one of the museums on your own.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
13
Rotterdam Harbor, Sail the Southwestern Netherlands
At sea
B,L,D
Crystal Bach

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: Take in an exclusive lecture on daily life and education in the Netherlands, followed by a cruise through the Rotterdam Harbor, the biggest harbor in Europe.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: After sailing through the southwestern part of the Netherlands, a large delta protected by the famous Dutch Delta Project, attend an exclusive lecture on Dutch water management, and learn how the Dutch survive below sea level.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
14
Ghent, Belgium
At sea
B,L,D
Crystal Bach

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: Option 1 is a full-day excursion: an introduction on foot to Bruges, an exquisitely preserved medieval town whose charm will capture us immediately. Smaller and more contained than many other Old Flemish cities, Bruges gives the impression that we have stepped back in time.

Lunch: On board or in a local restaurant, depending on which excursion you choose.

Afternoon: Option 2: Enjoy a panoramic view of Ghent on a canal cruise, offering a unique perspective of the city by boat.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
15
Disembarkation, Ghent and Brussels, Belgium
Brussels
B,L,D
Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: After disembarking the ship, enjoy a guided city walk in the city center of Ghent with an included visit to the St. Bavo Cathedral. Here you will see the "Adoration of the Mystic Lamb," the most famous painting of the Van Eyck brothers and the altarpiece of the cathedral.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Coach to Brussels, where you will stop at the Atomium on the grounds of the 1958 World Exhibition. After this, transfer and check in to the Sheraton airport hotel.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
16
Departures
In Flight
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out is 12:00 PM.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to Amsterdam Schiphol 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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