Belgium & Holland by Barge aboard Magnifique III

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  • Start Date Sep 21 2018   End Date Sep 29 2018

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Lecturer
Paula Swart
Smithsonian Journeys
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Experience the best of Belgium and The Netherlands aboard Magnifique III in its premier year.

Embark on a journey through time, following canals and rivers from Bruges to Amsterdam. Avid cyclists can take to land several times during the cruise, rejoining the ship along the way.

Begin on the medieval streets of UNESCO-listed Bruges. View the Hans Memling collection and Groeninge Museum, and admire Michelangelo's Madonna and Child at the Church of Our Lady. Cruise into Ghent with a stop at the 12th-century Gravensteen Castle. In Dendermonde, see the former Cloth Hall on Market Square. Continue to Sint-Niklaas, home of the Mercator Museum, for a history of mapmaking.

Step ashore in Antwerp to view the 17th-century Rubens House, the Art Nouveau houses of the Zurenborg neighborhood, and the newly restored Port House. Experience Belgium's celebrated beer culture on a tour of the recently reopened De Koninck Antwerp City Brewery. From Dordrecht, call at Kinderdijk to see its iconic row of 19 windmills. Then drive to the cheese market outside Gouda City Hall for tastings and talks with local producers. Before arriving in Amsterdam, bikers may opt to pedal through De Hoge Veluwe National Park to 17th-century Het Loo Palace. Complete your voyage in Amsterdam with a tour of the Rijksmuseum and canal tour of the city.

 
Program Rates From:
$4,995
Summary
• Board the Magnifique III barge for a memorable journey from Bruges to Amsterdam
• Admire the craftsmanship of silversmiths in Schoonhoven, local cheese producers in Gouda, and traditional ale brewers in Antwerp and Dendermonde
• See UNESCO World Heritage sites up close, including the iconic windmills of Kinderdjik
• Discover Dutch and Belgian painting traditions through museum collections in Bruges, Amsterdam, and Delft
• Pedal through De Hoge Veluwe National Park to Het Loo Palace, former summer residence of the Dutch royal family, on an optional bike tour
Program Rates From:
$4,995
Summary
• Board the Magnifique III barge for a memorable journey from Bruges to Amsterdam
• Admire the craftsmanship of silversmiths in Schoonhoven, local cheese producers in Gouda, and traditional ale brewers in Antwerp and Dendermonde
• See UNESCO World Heritage sites up close, including the iconic windmills of Kinderdjik
• Discover Dutch and Belgian painting traditions through museum collections in Bruges, Amsterdam, and Delft
• Pedal through De Hoge Veluwe National Park to Het Loo Palace, former summer residence of the Dutch royal family, on an optional bike tour

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