Overview

Come celebrate the beauty of Holland and old-world Flanders in springtime when the breathtaking tulip fields are in bloom. Join UVA Art History Professor Larry Goedde, a Dutch Masters expert, for this picturesque nine-day travel program. Cruise for seven nights along the Dutch waterways aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe, small river ship M.S. AMADEUS SILVER II, launched in 2015. Meet local residents for a personal perspective of the Low Countries’ modern life and cultural heritage. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of well-preserved medieval Bruges—featuring a private canal cruise. Expert-led excursions include the world-class Kröller-Müller Museum, famous Keukenhof Gardens, “Golden Age” trading town of Hoorn, ancient Maastrich, and medieval Antwerp. This comprehensive itinerary is an exceptional value, including all accommodations, excursions and meals.
*There are also a Delft, Kinderdijk and The Hague Pre-Cruise option and a Golden Age of Amsterdam Post-Cruise Option offered.

Program Highlights

  • Comprehensive, seven-night cruise aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe, small river ship M.S. AMADEUS SILVER II, launched in 2015.
  • All meals are included.
  • All excursions, one in each port, are included.
  • Guided tour of the prestigious Kröller-Müller Museum.
  • Tour the beautiful and ancient city of Maastricht.
  • Visit world-famous Keukenhof Gardens at the peak of tulip season, when thousands of colorful flowers are in bloom.
  • Specially arranged excursion to Giethoorn, regarded as the loveliest village in The Netherlands.
  • Cruise the Ijsselmeer (lake), Ijssel River, Rhine River, Waal River, Maas River and the Albert Canal.
  • Visit Delft and Kinderdijk
  • The Hague Pre-Cruise and Amsterdam Post-Cruise Options.

Faculty

Larry Goedde, Professor of Art History

larry_tuscany2010_cropU.Va. Professor Larry Goedde has taught art history in the McIntire Department of Art since 1981 and served as the department Chair from 1995 to 2010. He received his bachelor of arts in the history of art from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, and went on to earn his M.A. and Ph.D. in art history from Columbia University.

A scholar of Baroque art in Europe, Professor Goedde’s areas of specialization include Northern Baroque art, especially 17th-century Dutch painting, early Netherlandish painting and Old Master prints. He has lectured and written extensively on the topics of seascape, landscape and still life, and his publications include his book Tempest and Shipwreck in Dutch and Flemish Art: Rhetoric, Convention, and Interpretation, along with various exhibition catalogues and essays.

Larry has accompanied previous Cavalier Travels trips to Moscow and St. Petersburg, Tuscany, Holland and Belgium, the Danube River, the Rhine and Mosel, the Western Mediterranean: Rome to Lisbon, and Around the World by private jet.

Itinerary

DAY 1 - April 26

United States

Depart the U.S.

DAY 2 - April 27

Amsterdam, The Netherlands/Ghent, Belgium/Embark ship

Arrive in picturesque Amsterdam and transfer to Ghent to embark the M.S. AMADEUS SILVER II. This evening, join your travel companions for the Captain’s Welcome Reception. (R,D)

DAY 3 - April 28

Ghent for Bruges

Experience the rich history and commercial heritage of Ghent, reflected in the splendid 12th- to 17th-century guildhalls lining the quay. In St. Bavo’s Cathedral, see the Van Eyck brothers’ magnificent polyptych, the altarpiece of the Adoration of the Mystical Lamb.

This afternoon, visit the timeless, fairytale city of Bruges, a UNESCO World Heritage site of treasured architecture, virtually untouched since the 15th century and one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe. It is built around a double ring of picturesque canals connected by charming arched foot bridges and is world-renowned for its delectable, hand-crafted chocolates. Enjoy a walking tour from the Market Square to the extraordinary Gothic Chapel of the Holy Blood, seeing Bruges’ magnificent, deftly crafted stone guildhalls and opulent churches dating back to medieval times. (B,L,D)

DAY 4 - April 29

Antwerp

The Old Town of Antwerp preserves its charming Flemish culture in its labyrinth of squares and narrow passages that lead into the spectacular Grote Markt, where beautifully preserved guildhalls once bustled with Antwerp’s 16th-century merchants and tradesmen. In the Cathedral of Our Lady, featuring a remarkable 47-bell carillon and soaring 401-foot, delicately ornamented spire, you will see the 17th-century Baroque masterpieces of the city’s native son, Peter Paul Rubens, including paintings of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, The Raising of the Cross and The Descent from the Cross.

The afternoon is at leisure on board. (B,L,D)

DAY 5 - April 30

Maastricht, The Netherlands

Founded by the Romans, the fabled city of Maastricht is today an epicenter of history, art and culture. Enjoy a walking tour of the historic city center—the oldest in the Netherlands—and admire its outstanding monuments—the towering Basilica of Our Lady, resembling a high-walled castle, was built in one of Maastricht’s picturesque cobblestone town squares in the year 1000—dignified architecture, and stand on the medieval 13th-century city wall looking down across the River Meuse at the scenic city below. Just outside of Maastricht in Margarten, walk through The Netherlands American Cemetery, one of the largest American military cemeteries in Europe honoring the allied operations during World War II. (B,L,D)

DAY 6 - May 1

Nijmegen for Kröller-Müller Museum

Scenic Nijmegen is widely regarded the oldest city in The Netherlands and was settled in the first century B.C. Downtown, the Valkhof Hill features an impressive ninth-century Carolingian chapel overlooking the River Waal. Among the well-preserved historic buildings are the 15th-century town hall and Latin school, the 16th-century, Renaissance-style Waag (weighing hall) and a series of quaint 17th-century homes.

This afternoon, visit The Netherlands’ largest national park, the picturesque De Hoge Veluwe, for a specially arranged private opening of the world-class Kröller-Müller Museum. It is lauded for its chronological collection of Van Gogh masterpieces and also exhibits works by Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Édouard Manet, as well as captivating late 19th- to 21st-century sculptures by artists such as Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore and Jean Debuffet displayed in its unique 60-acre garden. (B,L,D)

DAY 7 - May 2

Kampen for Giethoorn/Hoorn

From Kampen, drive to the beautiful town of Giethoorn, known as the “Venice of The Netherlands” with four miles of canals and over 150 ridges. No traditional roads can be found in this village; residents and visitors commute by boat, by bicycle or on foot. Board a small boat for a private tour along the village’s serene waterways.

Continue to Hoorn, once a prominent harbor that became one of Holland’s most important centers of trade during the Golden Age in the 17th century as the home of the Dutch East India Company, the first multinational corporation in the world. Stroll along the charming, lively harbor and admire the landmark Hoofdtoren tower, one of the city’s last preserved defenses dating to the 16th century (B,L,D)

DAY 8 - May 3

Amsterdam for Keukenhof Gardens

A brilliant and breathtaking tapestry of color and fragrance when in full bloom, the gardens of Keukenhof are affectionately known as the Garden of Europe. Our program has been planned during the height of Holland’s spectacular spring flower season, when more than seven million flowers are expected to be in bloom across this 79-acre wooded park in a dazzling display of color. “Keukenhof” translates to “kitchen garden” and was inspired by the early 15th-century Countess Jacoba of Bavaria, who resided in a nearby castle and tended an herb garden on this site. Today, Keukenhof Gardens is an international showcase for the Dutch floriculture industry with an emphasis on flower bulbs. Exhibitors feature more than 1000 varieties of their tulips, along with daffodils, hyacinths, orchids, roses, carnations, irises and lilies—and new strains of tulips are cultivated every year. This idyllic setting is meticulously planted and landscaped, complete with tranquil ponds, gentle flowing streams and winding, tree-shaded paths.

A private canal cruise offers a unique firsthand look at the integral role waterways have played for centuries in the life of Amsterdam. This city’s canal district, a UNESCO World Heritage site ringed by concentric canals and lined with 16th- and 17th-century merchant row houses, charming houseboats and world-renowned museums, is brimming with history and artistic wealth. What began as a simple fishing village developed into the thriving economic center of the world in the 17th century and produced master artists including Rembrandt and Vincent van Gogh.

Return to the ship this evening for the RIVER LIFE FORUM® and the Captain’s Farewell Reception. (B,L,R,D)

DAY 9 - May 4

Amsterdam/U.S.

Disembark the ship this morning and continue on The Golden Age of Amsterdam Post-Cruise Option or transfer to the airport to board your flight back home. (B)

*Cruise itinerary is subject to change.

 

PRE AND POST TOURS:

THE JUWELEN OF ZUID-HOLLAND

DELFT KINDERDIJK THE HAGUE Pre-CRUISE OPTION

The Hague showcases stately municipal buildings, elegant residential houses and picturesque cobblestone courtyards. In the city’s historic center, walk through Holland’s oldest museum, the recently reopened Mauritshuis, featuring one of the most renowned collections of Dutch and Flemish art in the world, including Jan Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring. Visit historic Delft, where you will watch traditional craftsmen create the iconic “Delft Blue” porcelain; and tour an authentic 18th‑century windmill—a remarkable innovation of Dutch engineering—in Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Accommodations are for two nights in the deluxe, iconic HOTEL DES INDES.

THE GOLDEN AGE OF AMSTERDAM POST-CRUISE OPTION

The historic heart of Amsterdam, lined with tree-shaded canals and stately 16th- and 17th-century merchant houses, is designated a UNESCO World Heritage. A guided city tour acquaints you with its historic landmarks and famous monuments. Walk through Jordaan, the most picturesque neighborhood in Amsterdam and a center for art, music and antiques; and visit the historic Anne Frank House museum. Enjoy time at leisure in this city known for its vibrant culture and friendly people. Spend two nights in the Five-Star RENAISSANCE AMSTERDAM HOTEL, ideally located in the heart of the city

Accommodations

M.S. Amadeus Silver II

The meticulous crafting of the deluxe M.S. AMADEUS SILVER II, newly launched in 2015, sets new standards in ship design and technology and features the comforts of a deluxe floating hotel.

This exclusively chartered ship offers 84 river-view, air-conditioned, stylishly appointed Suites (284 square feet) and Staterooms (from 172 square feet), among the most spacious of any European river ship. Most accommodations feature a floor-to-ceiling panoramic window that can become a French balcony. Junior Suites feature a private balcony and an interior sitting area. Each Suite and Stateroom has two twin beds (convertible to one queen-size bed), a private bathroom with shower, individual climate control, satellite telephone and television, safe and hair dryer.

Freshly prepared continental meals featuring local ingredients are served in single, unassigned seatings in  the delightfully scenic Panorama Restaurant and include early-risers’ coffee, buffet breakfast and lunch, afternoon tea, four-course dinner and late-evening snack. Complimentary wine and beer are served with lunch and dinner.

Inviting public facilities are spacious and include the Panorama Bar, Lido Bar, Amadeus-Club with Internet station, beauty salon, boutique, fitness studio with massage services and early morning exercise classes. The Sun Deck has a giant chess board and shuffle board. Guests will also appreciate the complimentary use of an audio headset, available to all passengers for listening enhancement during shore excursions. Laundry service is available.

The English-speaking, international crew provides warm hospitality. The ship meets the highest safety standards and is part of the Amadeus River Fleet, the only European river fleet to have been awarded the “Green Certificate” of environmental preservation.

Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel

Meals

7 breakfasts/6 lunches/7 dinners/2 receptions

Program Fees

Prices per person, land/cruise option, based on double occupancy

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All river-view accommodations with two twin beds convertible to one queen bed, private bathroom with shower, individual climate control, sitting area, radio, television, safe and hair dryer

Category 6 – $2,995
Stateroom with small window (limited availability).172 sq feet Hayden Deck, aft.

Category 5 – $3,695
Stateroom with window. 172 sq feet Hayden Deck, forward.

Category 4 – $4,195

Stateroom with floor-to-ceiling panoramic window that can become a French balcony. 188 sq feet Strauss Deck, aft.

Category 3 – $4,495
Stateroom with floor-to-ceiling panoramic window that can become a French balcony. 188 sq feet Strauss Deck, forward.

Category 2 – $4,995
Stateroom with floor-to-ceiling panoramic window that can become a French balcony. 188 sq feet Strauss Deck, midship.

Category 1 – $5,495
Stateroom with floor-to-ceiling panoramic window that can become a French balcony. 188 sq feet Mozart Deck, midship.

Junior Suite – $6,195
Suite with private balcony (sliding glass doors with railing), large sitting area with minibar. 285 sq feet Mozart Deck, midship.

A limited number of single cabins are available in category 5 ($7,195) and category 2 ($9,695).

OPTIONAL PRE AND POST TOURS

OPTIONAL AMSTERDAM–

$695 per person based on double occupancy
$1150 per person based on single occupancy

Pricing based on a minimum of 35 paying passengers.

OPTIONAL THE HAGUE –
$835 per person based on double occupancy
$1135 per person based on single occupancy

Pricing based on a minimum of 35 paying passengers.

Price includes:

  • Seven-night cruise from Ghent to Amsterdam, with port calls at Ghent for Bruges, Antwerp, Nijmegen for the Kröller-Müller Museum, Maastricht, Kampen for Giethoorn, and Hoorn.
  • River-view, air-conditioned Suite or Stateroom, each with a private bathroom.
  • All meals served at single, unassigned seatings—early-risers’ coffee, buffet breakfast and lunch, afternoon tea, four-course dinner and late-evening snack—featuring fine continental cuisine.
  • Complimentary wine and beer are served with lunch and dinner.
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions.
  • Transfers and luggage handling abroad for participants whose arrival(s)/departure(s) coincide with the scheduled group transfer(s).
  • All excursions and visits, as outlined above, with experienced local guides.
  • Gratuities to local guides and drivers on included excursions.
  • Complimentary bottled water in your Suite or Stateroom and on included excursions.
  • Hospitality desk aboard ship.
  • The services of experienced Program Directors throughout the program.

Price does not include:

  • Tips to ship’s staff; domestic and international airfare
  • Baggage charges on aircraft
  • Local departure air/airport tax(es)
  • Airport facility and security taxes and federal inspection fees not listed in the “Inclusions” section of the brochure
  • Transfers and baggage handling to/from airport/hotel/ship
  • Passport, visas and associated fees
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls and Internet access
  • Accident/sickness, trip cancellation, and baggage insurance
  • Gratuities to hotel personnel on pre and post tours
  • Optional sightseeing excursions if offered
  • Meals, alcoholic or other beverages and all other services not specifically mentioned in the “Inclusions” section.

General Terms & Conditions

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