3544
Netherlands/Belgium
Art History in Belgium and Holland
Find inspiration as you celebrate the achievements of great European artists, gaining a deeper appreciation of their works through scholar-led excursions.
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Program No. 3544RJ
Length
14 days
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3,599
Flights start at
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14 days
13 nights
28 meals
12 B 6 L 10 D
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Ghent
D
Ghent River Hotel

Activity note: Check-in available from 4:00 PM.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own in a restaurant in the neighborhood of the hotel.

Afternoon: Check into your rooms and get settled. In the late afternoon we will have an introduction to the program. Your 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. The orientation will be followed by a welcome reception.

Dinner: Belgian specialties in the hotel dining room. Please note that water is included in the program cost at all meals. Unless otherwise noted, dinners on this program are typically a three-course set menu.

Evening: Free time to get acquainted and recover from jet lag.

DAY
3
Ghent, Museum of Fine Arts
Ghent
B,L,D
Ghent River Hotel

Breakfast: Buffet 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: Mr. Jaap Clement will give a lecture titled "The Development of Craftsmanship into Art in the Low-Lands: Art as a Mirror of Society."

Lunch: At a restaurant near the town hall. Unless otherwise noted, lunches on this program are typically a two-course set menu or a sandwich lunch.

Afternoon: Enjoy an expert-led visit at the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent. Learn an overview of Flemish and Dutch art from the Middle Ages to the middle of the 20th century.

Dinner: Belgian specialties in the hotel dining room.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Ghent, Van Eyck Painting
Ghent
B,L,D
Ghent River Hotel

Activity note: Today you will walk up to 4 miles over cobblestones and uneven pavement, sometimes in very crowded places. There will be stairs without railings.

Breakfast: Buffet in the hotel dining room.

Morning: We take an expert-led walk through the city center of Ghent, a medieval city where in the 19th century the Industrial Revolution began. A local expert will provide us with the history of the city. Walk along the canals, through the historical center with its many squares (Vrijdagsmarkt, Groentenmarkt, and Koorenmarkt), and see such sites as the medieval fortress of Gravensteen, the meat market, and St. Bavo's Cathedral, which houses the famous Van Eyck altarpiece.

Lunch: At a restaurant near the town hall.

Afternoon: We will visit the famous Van Eyck painting, "The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb," at St. Bavo's Cathedral. Later in the afternoon, we will take in a lecture: "From 15th to 16th century, Brueghel and Bosch."

Dinner: We will dine at a restaurant in downtown Ghent.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Brussels, 'Oldmasters' Collection
Ghent
B,D
Ghent River Hotel

Breakfast: Buffet in the hotel dining room.

Morning: We will visit downtown Brussels, and enjoy some free time around the market square.

Lunch: On your own at the Museum of Fine Arts buffet restaurant.

Afternoon: Enjoy a field trip to the Museum of Fine Arts to visit the 'Oldmasters' collection. Here we see the best examples of the 15th and 16th century paintings and sculptures in Flanders on an expert-led excursion through the museum.

Dinner: Belgian specialties in the hotel dining room.

Evening: Hear a lecture titled "Famous Antwerp Painters, Rubens, van Dijck."

DAY
6
Antwerp, The Rubens House
Ghent
B,L
Ghent River Hotel

Activity note: Today you will walk up to 4 miles over cobblestones and uneven pavement, sometimes in very crowded places. There will be stairs without railings.

Breakfast: Buffet in the hotel dining room.

Morning: An expert-led bus excursion to the more remote areas of the city of Antwerp where we will visit the Middelheim sculpture park and the Zurenborg architectural area.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Take a walk through Antwerp's old city center and then visit The Rubens House museum. Peter Paul Rubens is known to some as one of the greatest painters of all time. Explore what was once his home, and now houses a collection of his paintings.

Dinner: Back in Ghent, explore local fare on your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Bruges, Groeninge Museum
Ghent
B,D
Ghent River Hotel

Activity note: Today you will walk up to 4 miles over cobblestones and uneven pavement, sometimes in very crowded places. There will be stairs without railings.

Breakfast: Buffet in the hotel dining room.

Morning: This morning we will have an expert-led walk in the beautiful, fairytale city of Bruges. This excursion will take you along the Minnewater park, the Begijnhof (courtyard of the Beguins - secular nuns), the city's medieval street, and finishing at the Belfry of Bruges.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: This afternoon you will be provided with tickets to explore the Museum of Flemish Primitives (also known as the Groeninge Museum) on your own. This museum houses a beautiful exhibit of paintings by Flemish primitives in the 15th and early 16th centuries. Afterward, enjoy some free time.

Dinner: Belgian specialties in the hotel dining room.

Evening: Free evening to continue exploring Ghent or to pack for our travels to Amsterdam.

DAY
8
Rotterdam, Delft Blue Pottery Factory
Amsterdam
B,L,D
Park Plaza Vondelpark

Breakfast: Buffet in the hotel dining room.

Morning: En route to Amsterdam, we enjoy an expert-led walking and bus excursion through Rotterdam to learn about the city's architecture. See such sites as the former Holland America Line headquarters (today's Hotel New York), the famous Cubic Houses, or the modern Market Hall.

Lunch: At a restaurant in Rotterdam.

Afternoon: Visit the Delft blue pottery factory in Delft, where traditional blue and white hand-painted Delftware porcelain is exclusively produced and sold. After our visit we will continue our transfer to Amsterdam, arrive at the hotel, check-in, and get settled.

Dinner: Dutch cuisine in the hotel dining room.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Amsterdam
Amsterdam
B,L
Park Plaza Vondelpark

Breakfast: Buffet in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Expert-led city walk to admire and learn about the architecture of Amsterdam. See the canals, the National Monument, the Royal Palace, the New Church, and the many different styles of houses the city is famous for.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon in Amsterdam. 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. We suggest visiting the Amsterdam Historical Museum or the Anne Frank House.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
The Hague, Vermeer and Rembrandt
Amsterdam
B,L,D
Park Plaza Vondelpark

Breakfast: Buffet in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Enjoy an expert-led bus excursion to The Hague, the legal capital of the world, with its many legal institutions and the seat of the Dutch Parliament.

Lunch: At a restaurant in The Hague.

Afternoon: Expert-led excursion through the Maurits House Museum to see famous Dutch paintings from Vermeer and Rembrandt. This museum is the home of such famous Dutch paintings as Vermeer's "View Of Delft" and "Girl With A Pearl Earring."

Dinner: At a local restaurant in Amsterdam.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
11
Rijksmuseum
Amsterdam
B,D
Park Plaza Vondelpark

Breakfast: Buffet in the hotel dining room.

Morning: An art historian will give a lecture on art in the 17th century: "The Intellectual Drain from Flanders." Afterwards, he will give an expert-led excursion of the Rijksmuseum, a wonderful representation of Dutch history and art.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon in Amsterdam. You may want to visit the Van Gogh Museum, which is a three-minute walk from the Rijksmuseum.

Dinner: Dutch cuisine in the hotel dining room.

Evening: Listen to a lecture about art in the 18th century.

DAY
12
Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem
Amsterdam
B,D
Park Plaza Vondelpark

Activity note: Today you will walk up to 4 miles over cobblestones and uneven pavement, sometimes in very crowded places. There will be stairs without railings.

Breakfast: Buffet in the hotel dining room.

Morning: A local expert will introduce us to the city of Haarlem with an excursion that includes a visit to the St. Bavo church, home to one of the world's greatest organs.

Lunch: On your own at the museum buffet restaurant.

Afternoon: Discover the paintings of Frans Hals, and other Old Masters from the Golden Age, at the Frans Hals Museum.

Dinner: Dutch cuisine in the hotel dining room.

Evening: Lecture on modern art: "The 19th & 20th Centuries."

DAY
13
Kröller-Müller Museum
Amsterdam
B,D
Park Plaza Vondelpark

Breakfast: Buffet in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Field trip to the Kröller-Müller Museum: Van Gogh and Mondrian. Here we will be led through the museum, which owns the second largest collection of Van Gogh paintings in the world as well as many French impressionist paintings.

Lunch: On your own at the Kröller-Müller Museum buffet restaurant.

Afternoon: View the Garden of Statues of The Kröller-Müller Museum.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant near the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
14
Departures
Amsterdam
B

Breakfast: Buffet in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Transfer to Schiphol airport (AMS). This concludes our program. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures.