Please join us next fall on an enchanting cruise through the Netherlands and Belgium. From the intriguing Dutch capital to the tiny Belgian town
of Bruges, follow meandering rivers and canals aboard an intimate barge chartered exclusively for us. Discover storybook villages, idyllic countryside, and outstanding art and architecture. You may also wish to take advantage of daily, optional cycling tours to experience the Low Countries as the locals do—by bike.
Barbara Horlbeck, M.A., is an arts and culture professional with extensive global experience. She has traveled in more than 35 countries, including Belgium and the Netherlands, and loves helping travelers develop an understanding of the world’s rich artistic and cultural legacy. As an adjunct professor of art history, Barbara has created and taught courses on European art from medieval to modern times. She looks forward to putting the works of Rubens, Rembrandt, Vermeer, and other Dutch Masters into the context of the 17th-century world in which they lived and worked.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28: U.S. DEPARTURE
Depart on an overnight flight to Amsterdam.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29: AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
Arrive in Amsterdam for a walking tour and a visit to the Rijksmuseum, the State Treasury of Dutch paintings. Embark Magnifique III and enjoy a welcome dinner onboard as we cruise toward Vianen along the winding Vecht River. D
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30: VIANEN / DORDRECHT, HOLLAND
In the “silver city” of Schoonhoven on the Lek River, meet a master silversmith. Bikers can ride from Schoonhoven to Kinderdijk with a stop for lunch at a local farm. Spend the afternoon exploring picturesque Kinderdijk, a village famous for its impressive row of 19 large windmills, all UNESCO listed and a delight to see up close. Continue to Dordrecht, one of the Netherlands’ oldest cities, where the ship is docked overnight. B,L,D
MONDAY, OCTOBER 1: DORDRECHT / ANTWERP, BELGIUM
After a short morning cycle around Dordrecht, transfer to Antwerp to view the restored Harbor House, designed by Zaha Hadid, and the newly-restored Central Station—one of the most beautiful in Europe. Following lunch, visit the 17th-century Rubens House and the cathedral where the painter’s famous Descent from the Cross is on display. In the evening, continue your exploration of the city with a guided walking tour. B,L,D
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2: ANTWERP / SINT-AMANDS / SINT-NIKLAAS /DENDERMONDE, BELGIUM
Sail to Sint-Amands during breakfast and then transfer to Sint-Niklaas for a visit to the Mercator Museum, dedicated to the 16th-century cartographer Gerardus Mercator and presenting a history of cartography from ancient to modern times. Cycle to Dendermonde, a city known for its magnificent Flemish buildings. Enjoy a private concert aboard ship tonight. B,L,D
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3: DENDERMONDE / GHENT, BELGIUM
In Dendermonde, visit the Church of Our Lady, home to two Van Dyck paintings and a 12th-century baptismal font of Tournai stone, and admire the former Cloth Hall on Market Square. Visit a charming medieval beguinage (home for lay religious women), then drive or cycle to Ghent. Visit Ghent’s City Hall, followed by a guided walking tour through its medieval center, including the magnificent Cathedral of St. Bavo. B,L,D
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4: GHENT / BRUGES, BELGIUM
Visit the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent for a special back door tour and talk by restoration specialists, then explore the medieval Gravensteen Castle. Rejoin the ship in Bruges, where she remains docked overnight. Bikers may opt to cycle from Lovendegem to Bruges. Join an evening stroll to see the medieval architecture illuminated. B,L,D
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5: BRUGES
Today explore Bruges, a medieval gem laced with canals and gardens, with a behindthe-scenes look at some of its hidden treasures. Visit the cathedral with its celebrated Madonna and Child by Michelangelo, and view the collections at the Hans Memling Museum, housed in the Hospice of St. John. An optional afternoon visit to the Groeninge Museum is offered, or enjoy free time in this enchanting town. Gather this evening for a
festive farewell dinner. B,L,D
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6: BRUGES / U.S. RETURN
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the Brussels Airport for return flights home. B