River Life Along the Dutch Waterways
Not only did the Dutch wrest a portion of their land from the sea, but they succeeded in building upon it an enchanted realm carpeted by vibrantly hued flowers and traced with storied waterways unparalleled anywhere else in the world. Come celebrate the beauty of Holland and old-world Flanders in springtime and travel with alumni and friends from April 18 – 26, 2019, on this comprehensive itinerary. Cruise aboard the deluxe AMADEUS SILVER II, one of the finest ships to ply the waterways of Europe and traverse the canals of this delightful polder land.
Discover the true essence of river life in the Low Countries with an included excursion in every port and see firsthand this sublime region’s breathtaking tulip fields in full bloom. Explore two UNESCO World Heritage sites—distinctive 16th‑ and 17th‑century house‑lined canals of Amsterdam, and the well‑preserved, medieval Flemish jewel of Bruges. Expert‑guided tours also include the “Golden Age” trading town of Hoorn, the world‑famous Keukenhof Gardens, the mercantile town of Antwerp, the old Hanseatic city of Kampen, the quaint village of Giethoorn, the captivating ancient city of Maastricht, and the poignant World War II American Military Cemetery in nearby Margraten. Discover the artistic legacy of the world‑class Kröller‑Müller Museum and the rich history of the medieval Dutch-speaking county of Flanders. Enjoy enriching lectures and the exclusive RIVER LIFE® FORUM, which features local residents’ perspectives and provides an insider’s view of modern life and cultural heritage in Holland.