Daily lectures aboard ship by your Cruise Director / Historian reveal the history, culture, and local life of this splendid region. Enjoy lectures on the following topics:
- Dutch Canals & Waterways
In addition, you’ll have other opportunities to experience the art and culture of the Netherlands, ancient and modern:
Amsterdam- While exploring the scenic walkways of Amsterdam, feed your inner artist with a visit to the gorgeous Rijkmuseum, a must-see attraction with over 8,000 remarkable objects of art and culture on display. Among its most notable pieces are several works by Dutch masters Rembrandt and Vermeer. From the striking, light-filled atrium and regal exterior to the vibrant galleries and soaring halls, the building itself is a work of art you won’t want to miss!
Arnhem- Spend a day delving into the past of Arnhem, the site of an Allied Forces paratrooper landing and ensuing battle during World War II, with a choice of museum tours. Visit the Liberation Museum, an interactive experience that recreates World War II-era conditions from the pre-war days through the post-war rebuilding of the Netherlands and Europe, or explore the Kröller-Müller Museum, which boasts an impressive collection of Van Gogh's work as well as a vast sculpture garden.
Antwerp- Wander among this city’s impressive architecture and lively squares, including a visit to the stunning Antwerp Cathedral. Also known as the Cathedral of Our Lady, it has a rich and fascinating past, surviving fires, plundering, and city rioting throughout history. Of the multiple planned towers, only one was completed; however, that tower is the tallest church spire in the city, full of soaring vaults and gorgeous detail. It is also home to a myriad of notable works of art, including a beautiful collection of stained-glass windows, a bronze tomb from the Middle Ages, and several altarpieces and paintings by Peter Paul Rubens.
Enkhuizen- Get an insider’s look at local Dutch customs when you’re invited for a refreshing aperitif in a local home. Served before a meal to stimulate appetite, this dry, still beverage is only part of the experience. It is also opportunity to engage in conversation with your local hosts. The casual atmosphere allows travelers to learn more about Dutch customs while also sharing their own traditions and experiences from back home – a true cultural exchange.
Rotterdamn- Prepare to be amazed by the grandest of Dutch gardens as you spend the day at Keukenhof Gardens — the world’s largest flower fields and the heart of Dutch flower production. More than seven million tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths fill these magnificent grounds with color and fragrance.