The Low Countries of the Netherlands and Belgium embrace the North Sea which over the centuries has become a vital part of their cultural and even physical fabric. The region is home to innumerable quaint towns, golden cities, fairy-tale castles, unspoiled farmland dotted with windmills, and picturesque vistas. Fabulously historic, bursting with the cutting-edge art, both old and new, these two small countries in Northern Europe are full of unexpected riches: from the labyrinths of romantic canals in Amsterdam and in Bruge and the watery landscapes of storybook countryside carpeted with millions of flowers to the highest calibre art at celebrated museums and the imposing architecture of Brussels, as well as its creative cuisine (topped with the world's best chocolate!), the experience of getting to know this part of Europe offers unforgettable rewards of having truly experienced the Old World.
The Masters and Artisans Tour will start in the Netherlands' capital city of Amsterdam. From our base of an upscale, boutique hotel in the city center, we'll experience both the most famous and the most unique aspects of this city. We'll take a dinner cruise in the labyrinth of the magically lit canals, visit Anne Frank's House, the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum, explore Delft and Haarlem, witness a flower auction in Aslmeer and visit the world's most beautiful spring flowers garden in Keukenhof, bike through the storybook Dutch countryside and be awed by the windmills of Kinderdijk.
The second part of the Masters and Artisans tour will take us to Belgium, where from the base of our hotel, located in the historical center of Bruges, we'll explore Brussels and Ghent, as well as exploring Bruges itself. We'll take a walking tour focusing on the Art Nouveau architecture in Brussels, tour a chocolate museum and learn about assesing the quality of chocolate (tasting included), take a romantic cruise on the peaceful canals of Bruges and explore the reflection of traditional lifestyle on the Ghent's architecture.
HIGHLIGHTS: A private dinner cruise on Amsterdam's canals ● Touring the world famous Rijksmuseum ● Docent led tours of Van Gogh Museum and Frans Hals Museum ● Exploring the historic Haarlem ● The windmills of Kinderdijk ● Watching a flower auction in Aalsmeer ● Seeing Keukenhof Gardens (open only two months a year) ● Visiting Anne Frank's House ● The storybook Dutch countryside and the village of Edam ● A tour of the Royal Delftware Manufactory ● Staying in the frozen-in-time, medieval Bruges ● Experiencing the Gothic and modern Brussels ● Learning about and making Belgian chocolate ● Comparing the old and new architecture of Ghent ● Belgian culinary specialties (chocolate, mussels, beer, waffles) ● Flowers, flowers everywhere!
Itinerary specifics subject to change.