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Cruise through Old World cities

  • 04/17/2019 - 04/25/2019
  • 9 Days
  • Starting price $2,995

Experience the waterways of the Netherlands and Belgium during a seven-night cruise and discover Old World cities, picture-perfect towns, and centuries of history and culture. In Amsterdam, take a special canal cruise through the city and see its architectural gems. Savor the ambience and history of other charming cities and villages including the serene village of Giethoorn, where winsome Dutch houses can be reached only on foot or by boat; Antwerp, which has an impressive medieval cityscape; and Delft, filled with scenic waterways and remarkable architecture.

No single supplement!

Space reserved for 20 Architectural Adventures guests

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Architectural highlights

  • Take in the neo-gothic Provincial Court.
  • Visit the elegant Renaissance-styled 16th-century town hall in Antwerp.
  • Marvel at the stunning Church of Our Lady in Bruges.
  • Enjoy visiting Antwerp's soaring Gothic Cathedral of Our Lady, which houses noteworthy works by the Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens.
  • Explore Amsterdam’s historical center, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Discover the contemporary Barge Bridge.
  • Admire the superb 12th-century Basilica of the Holy Blood.
  • Visit the incredible Market Square in Bruges and see the medieval guild hall buildings.

 

More highlights 

  • See the village-like Jordaan quarter with its hidden courtyards in Amsterdam.
  • Explore the Wassenaar neighborhood, where King Williem-Alexander and his family reside.
  • Enjoy the Mauritshuis to see the famous Vermeer painting “Girl with a Pearl Earring.”
  • Learn the history of Amsterdam’s urban design, canal houses, and water management.
  • This trip qualifies for 12 AIA learning units.

 

Accommodation

MS Amadeus Queen - The stylish MS Amadeus Queen, launched in 2018, and its experienced crew provide the highest levels of service and comfort. Relax in a lounge chair on the sun deck or treat yourself to a soothing massage. If you’d like to be more active, use the golf green or exercise in the fitness room. Savor international cuisine at the restaurant’s delicious breakfast and lunch buffets, and enjoy regional specialties served with wine, beer, and soft drinks at lunch and dinner. Each cabin is bright, offers modern decor, a river view, a satellite TV, and a private bathroom with a shower. (Deck plan available upon request).

 

Also included

  • Seven nights on the first-class MS Amadeus Queen.
  • 19 Meals:  7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 7 dinners.
  • An experienced Tour Director, in addition to the Architectural Adventures Educational Expert.
  • Land transportation by private motor coach for excursions as outlined in the itinerary.
  • Gratuities and service charges for local guides, bus drivers and restaurant staff for included meals.
  • Group transfers between Airport & Hotel for all participants who purchase group flights from AHI Travel’s FlexAir program.

 

What to expect

  • Appropriate for people in good health with overall good mobility
  • Traveler should be comfortable participating in a full day of sightseeing
  • Activities range from light to moderate intensity at an easy pace, but with lengthy walks, sometimes on uneven terrain, and climbing on stairs.

 

Price

Book by September 18, 2018 to ensure your space.

Starting at $2,995 per person, plus Port and VAT Taxes of $395 per person for all categories and suites.

  • Category E – $2,995
  • Category D – $3,095
  • Category C – $3,395
  • Category B – $3,495
  • Category A – $3,795

There is no single supplement for this tour!

  • A deposit of $600 per person, payable by credit card or check is required to reserve a space
  • Deposits are applied to payment of the total price and the final payment is due by January 17, 2019.  

 

Not included

International airfare and air departure taxes; passport/visa fees, entry/departure fees; visa photos as required; excursions, wines, liquors, mineral waters, meals not specified in the itinerary; personal items and expenses such as laundry and valet services, medications, telephone and cable charges; gratuities other than specified; travel and trip cancellation insurance; airport transfers (if AHI FlexAir is not purchased); other items not specifically mentioned in the itinerary or as included.  

Prices, itinerary, accommodations and experts subject to change.

 

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Itinerary

Overview

Begin your journey

Depart from your preferred airport and fly to Brussels, Belgium.
Overview

Arrive in Brussels, Belgium

Transfer to Antwerp and board the MS Amadeus Queen. Discover the rich legacy of Antwerp, an important seaport and center of trade. On a guided walking tour, discover medieval architecture, including the elegant Renaissance-styled 16th-century town hall; the soaring Gothic Cathedral of Our Lady, which houses noteworthy works by the Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens, as well as paintings by artists such as Otto van Veen, Jacob de Backer, and Marten de Vos; and the market square with the impressive Brabo Fountain at its heart. Gain insights about Belgium, a bilingual country that includes the Dutch speakers of Flanders and the French speakers of Wallonia.

Accommodations: MS Amadeus Queen
Meals: Reception, Dinner
Overview

Discover Bruges, the Venice of the North

Travel by motor coach to Bruges. Choose one of four included excursions, each featuring a guided walking tour of Bruges, the capital of West Flanders, which is distinguished by its canals, cobbled streets, and medieval buildings. Walk through the Market Square and see the medieval guild hall buildings, the superb 12th-century Basilica of the Holy Blood, and the stately Belfry Tower that looms over the square.

1. Cultural Bruges – Enjoy the tour of Bruges. Admire the outstanding artwork at the Groeninge Museum, built on the site of the medieval Eekhout Abbey. View the collection of Flemish Primitive and Expressionist paintings.
2. Bruges and Beer – Enjoy the tour of Bruges. Visit the De Halve Maan Brewery. Learn about the family business and the history of Belgian brewing. Take in the panoramic view of Bruges from the brewery’s rooftop, then enjoy a glass of freshly brewed beer. Be sure to ask about the 2-mile long pipeline underneath Bruges’ cobblestone streets for transporting beer from De Halve Maan Brewery brewery to a bottling plant outside the city.
3. Bruges and Belgian Chocolate – Enjoy the tour of Bruges. Visit a chocolatier’s shop. Learn about the art and history of Belgian chocolate-making, talk with the chocolate experts, and enjoy a sample.
4. Bruges and Architecture – Enjoy the tour of Bruges, which hides stunning architectural monuments within its egg-shaped boundary. Continue touring the city’s modern and medieval masterpieces. Along the way, pass by the contemporary Barge Bridge, the 17th-century Provost’s House, the neogothic Provincial Court, and visit the stunning Church of Our Lady. (Bruges and Architecture is reserved exclusively for Architectural Adventures guests.)

Rejoin the ship in Middleburg and cruise to Veere. Enjoy the Captain’s Welcome Reception.
Accommodations: MS Amadeus Queen
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overview

Explore Veere

Explore Veere at leisure. See sights including the Town Hall Museum Vierschaar, Terra maris, or Museum Veere.

Or choose to go on an elective excursion to Neeltje Jans and its Delta Expo at an additional cost. Travel along the Zeeland cost to the artificial island of Neeltje Jans, named after a nearby sand bank, and its Delta Expo. Learn about the Delta Works, a series of massive dams and storm surge barriers built after the 1953 North Sea flood, that now protect the third of the country’s landmass that sits below sea level. A riveting 3-D exhibit allows travelers to experience how the North Sea waves wiped out a part of the country in 1953. (Elective excursion available at an additional cost.)

Accommodations: MS Amadeus Queen
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overview

Iconic Hague & Delft porcelain

Travel by motor coach to The Hague. Choose one of three included excursions that feature either a panoramic tour of The Hague or a guided walking tour of Delft’s old town. In The Hague, see the home of the Dutch parliament, the Binnenhof; the Peace Palace; and the Wassenaar neighborhood, where King Williem-Alexander and his family reside. In Delft, see the old town’s highlights, including Market Square and the Palace Prinsenhof, once home to William of Orange.

1. The Hague and the Mauritshuis– Enjoy the tour in The Hague. Explore the renowned Mauritshuis museum with over 800 works by Dutch and Flemish masters, Rembrandt, Holbein the Younger, and see the notable Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring.
2. Delft and Royal Delft Porcelain - Enjoy the tour in Delft. Visit the Royal Delft porcelain factory, founded in 1653. Discover the complete history and see how this iconic blue and white pottery is produced, watch a passionate artisan at work, and view Royal Delft’s porcelain collection.
3. Architectural Tour of The Hague – The Hague, once known as the Jugendstill or art nouveau capital of Holland, is now fast developing into a true metropolitan city with an astonishing amount of (high-rise) buildings recently completed or under construction. The city also boasts three projects by OMA, as well as many other magnificent contemporary and historic buildings including the parliament of the Netherlands and the Peace Palace. Enjoy a guided tour around these buildings and stop at the Mauritshuis to see the famous Vermeer painting Girl with a Pearl Earring. (Architectural Tour of The Hague is reserved exclusively for Architectural Adventures guests)

Accommodations: MS Amadeus Queen
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overview

The fairy tale village of Giethoorn

Walk through Giethoorn at leisure. Giethoorn is a mostly car-free village known for its boat-filled waterways, footpaths, and centuries-old thatched-roof houses. See Museum Giethoorn‘t Olde Maat Uus, a farm museum illustrating the region’s history or shop at Gloria Maris Schelpengalerie. Spend the afternoon strolling through the preserved old town center in Kampen at leisure.

Accommodations: MS Amadeus Queen
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overview

The canals of Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ capital, known for its intricate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. The Museum District contains the Van Gogh Museum, works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum, and modern art at the Stedelijk. Glide through Amsterdam’s canals and admire the gabled Dutch homes, rustic houseboats, and other architectural gems.

For an additional cost, savor a delicious multi-course dinner at an authentic Dutch restaurant full of old-world charm.

Accommodations: MS Amadeus Queen
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overview

Blooming Amsterdam

Choose between four excursions before enjoying the afternoon at leisure in Amsterdam and the farewell reception in the evening.

1. Keukenhof Gardens – Journey through the 80-acre paradise of 7 million vibrant tulips, daffodils, and other flowers.
2. Waterland Ride – Explore Holland like a local and pedal through lush Waterland with its quaint fishing villages and stunning views.
3. Dutch Art – Visit the Rijksmuseum to see its outstanding collection, featuring works by 17th-century Dutch masters Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Frans Hals.
4. An Architect’s Perspective on Amsterdam – Amsterdam’s historical center, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, counts 8,500 listed monuments. Originating as a 12th-century fisherman’s village, Amsterdam developed into an important harbor before becoming a prominent European city. Take a chronological walk from the first harbor to the medieval part of town and the baroque canal area, concluding in the village-like Jordaan quarter with its hidden courtyards. Learn about urban design, canal houses, and water management, as well as recent developments, conversions, and real estate prices. (An Architect’s Perspective on Amsterdam is reserved exclusively for Architectural Adventures guests.)

Accommodations: MS Amadeus Queen
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Reception, Dinner
Overview

Depart Amsterdam

Transfer to the Amsterdam airport for your flight home.

Meals: Breakfast
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