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2021 Tours Coming Up 
2022 Tours Coming Up 
HOLLAND & BELGIUM 
Masters and Artisans
Itinerary 
DATES & COST 

April 8 - 16, 2022
9 Days / 8 Nights

Tour starts in Amsterdam and ends in Brussels Airport

$4,180 per person/double occupancy
$1,380 optional single supplement
$420 extra night, single or double, including airport transfer
Includes all fees and taxes

TOUR DIRECTOR 
TOUR MAP 
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THIS TOUR IS FULL. WE ARE ACCEPTING STANDBY RESERVATIONS.

This tour starts at 3:00PM on Friday, April 8, 2022 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Your flight should arrive before 1:00PM.

Day 1: Arrivals, Introductory Tour of Amsterdam, Welcome Dinner Cruise 

On arrival at the Amsterdam airport, you will be met by your private chauffeur, who will bring you to our boutique hotel in the center of Amsterdam. After some time to rest and refresh, you will meet other guests on this tour and together, we will start our tour with an introductory walking tour of Amsterdam. This impassioned introduction to Dutch history and the people of Amsterdam will make the city come alive. At the conclusion of the tour, we will board a private boat for a canal cruise, where an elegant catered dinner will be served, as we sail along the magically lit canals of Amsterdam.
Meals: Dinner
Accommodations: Hotel Notting Hill, Amsterdam

Day 2: Amsterdam's Museums 

We'll spend our first full day in Amsterdam touring two of Amsterdam's most celebrated museums. In the morning, we'll visit Anne Frank's House for a vivid, firsthand experience of her life while hiding in the Secret Annex during the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam. After an authentic Dutch lunch, we'll enjoy a guided visit to the Van Gogh Museum. The museum houses the world's largest collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh, and provides an opportunity to learn about the artist's life and compare his paintings to works by his contemporaries. The evening will be free to immerse in the spirit of Amsterdam and peruse the city according to your individual interests.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Hotel Notting Hill, Amsterdam

Day 3: Edam, Zaanse Schans, and Haarlem 

After breakfast today, we will venture outside of the city and travel to the frozen in time village of Edam known for its cheeses and the Old World cheese markets. Here, we'll learn about this world-famous cheese and of course taste several varieties, before we continue to the Open Air Museum of Zaanse Schans, with its beautiful old wooden houses, picturesque windmills, and flower fields awash with color. Our last stop today will be the historic city of Haarlem. This charming medieval market town gave its name to American Harlem in the 17th century, when New York was still a Dutch colony. Here, we'll enjoy a guided walk of the city, concluding at the Frans Hals Museum, located in a 17th century almshouse, to appreciate the town's creative spirit and artist's best known works. This evening, we'll celebrate our journey through history at dinner at an upscale restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Hotel Notting Hill in Amsterdam

Day 4: Aalsmeer, Keukenhof, and Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum 

This morning, we'll set out from the city and travel through the storybook Dutch countryside to the town of Aalsmeer. Here, we'll visit FloraHolland, and watch from a special guests' gallery the world's largest flower auction, where more than five billion flowers are sold every year. This is a very unique experience that will allow us to get a taste of life behind the Dutch tulip fever. Afterwards, we'll continue to Keukenhof, the most beautiful spring garden in the world, with more than seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths filling the manicured and meticulously designed gardens. After ample time to admire the flower fields, we'll return to Amsterdam for a guided tour of the world famous Rijksmuseum, featuring many of the readily recognizable paintings: from Rembrandt’s Night Watch to Vermeer's Milkmaid, and from extravagant costumes to a complete, original 18th-century period rooms. In the evening, we'll celebrate the Dutch spirit with an Indonesian cuisine dinner which plays an important role in the culture of the country.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Hotel Notting Hill, Amsterdam

Day 5: Amsterdam to Bruges via Delft and Kinderdijk 

After checking out from our Amsterdam hotel, we'll continue our exploration of Holland with a visit to the city of Delft, known for its distinctive blue and white ceramics. With its tree-lined canals, great museums and famous monuments, Delft is also one of Holland's most charming towns. We'll start with a tour of the Porceleyne Fles, the Royal Dutch Delftware Manufactory, established in 1653, where the Royal Delftware is still hand-painted according to centuries-old tradition. Afterwards, we'll have some time to stroll through the town to admire some of its churches, visit the Vermeer Museum or have lunch, before we continue to the fairytale site of Kinderdijk, where 19 windmills, originally built around 1740, still do their work draining the marshy lowlands. Here, we'll take a boat to admire the windmills from different perspectives and to soak in the beauty of this historic area to fully appreciate "Vermeer's light" on the fields and on the water. There will also be an option to ride bicycles along the canals. Then, we'll be ready to continue our journey to the historic town of Bruges in Belgium, our home for the second part of the tour.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Grand Hotel Casselbergh, Bruges

Day 6: Guided Walk of Bruges, Canal Cruise 

This morning, we'll wake-up in one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe, Bruges. We'll start the day with a guided walk through the historical city center, meandering along its narrow cobbled streets and contemplating its weathered beauty reflected in the dark mirror of its peaceful canals, as we learn about its history from a knowledgeable local expert. A visit to Bruges would not be complete without a boat trip on its canals, so we'll take a cruise on the picturesque waterways to admire the city’s beautiful buildings from a different viewpoint. We'll enjoy an authentic Belgian lunch at a peaceful café, then, we can take advantage of a free afternoon to pursue individual interests, shop or just relax and enjoy Belgium's most mesmerizing city.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Grand Hotel Casselbergh, Bruges

Day 7: Belgian Chocolate Village, Guided Walk of Brussels 
Today, we'll tour Brussels, the capital of Europe. Accompanied by our Brussels guide, we'll enjoy a walk of this beautiful, chocolate-themed city adorned by such architectural masterpieces as the Grand Place with its flower market and the background of an impressive Gothic townhall and rows of flamboyant guild houses. We'll learn the secrets of the city's Art Nouveau architecture and stroll in its beautiful gardens. There will be some free time to explore the city, including its famous chocolatiers or to have a lunch of Belgian waffles and beer. In the afternoon, we'll visit the Chocolate Museum, where we'll not only learn about the chocolate making process, but we will also make some of our own chocolate, followed by a mandatory chocolate tasting.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Grand Hotel Casselbergh, Bruges
Day 8: Walking Tour of Ghent, Canal Cruise 

Today, we'll visit Ghent, a historic medieval city, yet with a youthful energy created by a renowned university, it is also a city of a very modern ambiance, where the contemporary daily life plays itself out against a gorgeous historical backdrop. After a guided tour of the city, including St. Bavo's Cathedral, St. Michael's Bridge and the photogenic riverfront, we'll enjoy a boat trip in the historical heart of Ghent, followed by some free time to enjoy the canal side dining, the gorgeous architecture and the youthful atmosphere of this city. We'll return to Bruges in the afternoon, and in the evening, we'll celebrate the memories and friendships we created during this trip with a festive farewell dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Grand Hotel Casselbergh, Bruges

Day 9: Bruges to Brussels Airport - Departures 

This is our last day in the Low Countries, and after breakfast, we'll have an early morning group transfer to the Brussels Airport (BRU). We expect to arrive at Brussels Airport around 8:30AM, so please schedule your return flight after 10:30AM.
Meals: Breakfast

This tour ends at 8:30AM on Saturday, April 16, 2022 in the Brussels Airport, Belgium.
Your return flight should depart after 10:30AM.

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

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