Thursday, April 7 - NEW YORK
Depart New York on an overnight flight to Amsterdam.
Friday, April 8 - AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS / THE HAGUE
Upon arrival this morning, transfer to The Hague and check in at the new
and centrally located Hilton Hotel. A short introduction to this historic city, seat of the Dutch government and residence of the Queen, includes the Parliament and royal structures. Gather at the hotel for a festive welcome reception and dinner.
Saturday, April 9 - THE HAGUE
Begin today at the Mauritshuis, a 17th-century mansion containing a
superb collection of Rembrandts, Vermeers and many other Dutch Masters. Lunch is at leisure before driving to Keukenhof Gardens, where over a million flowering bulbs provide a vast carpet of color. Enjoy a stroll through the gardens before returning to The Hague for an elegant rijstafel supper.
Sunday, April 10 - THE HAGUE / M.V. AMACELLO
Discover the Panorama Mesdag, a huge circular canvas depicting
Scheveningen, The Hague’s fashionable seaside resort as it looked in the 1880s. Then continue to the charming town of Haarlem for lunch. Visit the Frans Hals Museum, housing a collection of masterpieces by Hals. At teatime board the Amacello for our seven-night cruise. This evening the captain invites us for a welcome reception followed by dinner.
Monday, April 11 - ROTTERDAM / DELFT
Dock in Rotterdam, largely rebuilt after World War II and justly famous
for its cutting-edge architecture. A morning city tour takes us past buildings by Renzo Piano, Piet Blom and Rem Koolhaas. Alternatively, you may wish to discover the Windmills of Kinderdijk, nineteen perfectly aligned windmills that comprise Holland’s largest grouping. After lunch travel to Delft, birthplace of Vermeer. Admire the vibrant market square, tree-lined canals and gabled homes, and visit the last remaining Delftware pottery factory, dating from the 17th century. Rejoin the ship in time for dinner.
Tuesday, April 12 - MIDDELBURG / GHENT, BELGIUM
Arrive this morning in Zeeland, a region of dikes and neatly kept farms
that is mostly below sea level. In Middelburg, with its charming houses and 15th-century town hall, a visit to the Zeeuws Museum highlights its unique collection of 16th-century tapestries. In the afternoon cruise to Ghent. We will be welcomed at the magnificent Cathedral of St. Bavo for a viewing of its greatest treasure, the 15th-century Adoration of the Mystic Lamb (Ghent Altarpiece) by the Van Eyck brothers.
Wednesday, April 13 - GHENT / BRUGES
Bruges, which is our focus today, is a medieval gem laced with canals and
gardens. Visit the Cathedral of Our Lady with its celebrated Madonna by Michelangelo and view the collections at the Hans Memling Museum, housed in the Hospice of St. John. After lunch at Duc de Bourgogne which overlooks the waterways, visit the Groeninge Museum and stroll in this enchanting town. This evening attend a special onboard concert of chamber music performed by one of Europe’s exciting new
Thursday, April 14 - ANTWERP
Step ashore in the morning to visit the 17th-century Rubens House and the cathedral, where the painter’s justly famous Descent from the Cross is on display. You may wish to see the Plantin-Moretus House. This former residence and workshop of a leading family of printers has an enchanting Renaissance garden. After lunch on board, enjoy a cruise through the lovely countryside of central Holland.
Friday, April 15 - ARNHEM, THE NETHERLANDS
From Arnhem, remembered for its World War II battles, drive to the Dutch Baroque Het Loo Palace, beautifully restored to its original 17th- century glory. Explore the lovely gardens, with a wealth of fountains, urns and statues. Enjoy lunch on our way to the Hoge Veluwe National Park, whose moors, forests and open fields are often depicted in Van Gogh’s drawings and paintings. Then experience the Kröller-Müller Museum, a treasure house of modern art with a sculpture park that art critic John Russell called “still the best of its kind in the world.” Celebrate a memorable voyage this evening a farewell dinner hosted by the captain.
Meals: (B, L, D)
Saturday, April 16 - AMSTERDAM
Be on deck this morning as we cruise into Amsterdam, past gabled houses
and mansions. Board a canal boat for an architectural tour of the city. Then discover the Rijksmuseum, the State Treasury of Dutch paintings. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure, perhaps to visit the van Gogh Museum and the Rembrandt House or stroll to the Singel, site of a colorful floating flower market.
Meals: (B, L, D)
Sunday, April 17 - AMSTERDAM / NEW YORK
Disembark the Amacello this morning and transfer to the airport for the
flight to New York, arriving in the afternoon.