Dates: April 19 - April 27, 2017
Total Duration: 9 days
Cost: Starting from $4,995 per person, double occupancy
Deposit (per participant): $1,000
Activity level: Moderately Active
Humanities, Department of English Language and Culture
Vehicle: M.S. AmaPrima
Tour Operator: Academic Arrangements Abroad
Region: Western Europe
In the still-life paintings of the Dutch Golden Age, flowers often remind the viewer of the transience of all earthly things. In April, as tulips and daffodils unfurl in a fleeting riot of colors, join a captivating seven-night cruise along Dutch and Flemish waterways aboard the elegant AmaPrima. Abundant visual delights await during visits to famed gardens and museums.
Admire cutting-edge contemporary buildings by Rem Koolhaas and Renzo Piano in Rotterdam, and cruise to Delft, birthplace of Vermeer, to stroll its market square and tree-lined canals. See the dikes and farms of low-lying Zeeland and spend an afternoon in Ghent, to marvel at the Van Eyck brothers' altarpiece in the Cathedral of St. Bavo, stolen by the Nazis and rescued by the Monuments Men (many of whom had close ties to Yale).
Spend a day in medieval Bruges, to see the celebrated Madonna by Michelangelo, also rescued by the Monuments Men, at the Cathedral of Our Lady. Enjoy an onboard concert of chamber music before stepping ashore to marvel at Rubens' four paintings displayed on the altar of Antwerp's colossal Gothic cathedral.
From Arnhem, famed for the tragic battles depicted in the classic World War II film, A Bridge Too Far, drive through Dutch countryside to the Kröller-Müller Museum, with its excellent modern collections and superb sculpture park. Disembark in Amsterdam to tour the recently renovated Rijksmuseum, home to Vermeer's The Milkmaid, Rembrandt's The Night Watch, and other national treasures.
Optional pre-trip extension: Amsterdam. Optional post-trip extension: The Hague