Lecture One – Amsterdam, Enhuizen, Hoorn, and Harlingen
Our virtual journey presents a picture-perfect itinerary; one that combines several real-world options available for cruises across Amsterdam
Within Amsterdam, we present several available options. Travelers might decide to enjoy a leisurely cruise through the city’s 165 canals. Other guests might choose a visit to the famous Diamond Factory or a walking tour of the city – similar to Context’s Introduction to Amsterdam: Old Town Tour.
We would also leave time while passing through Amsterdam to explore world-class art galleries at the Rijksmuseum
and the Vincent van Gogh Museum
From Amsterdam, we venture to Haarlem, where the imposing Castle De Haar is a must-see attraction, once owned by the Rothchild family. As we virtually journey across the Ijssel-lake (the former Zuiderzee) we’ll enjoy visiting the charming towns along the waterfront. Here will learn about the national fishing industry, traditional handicrafts, and learn how the Dutch turned a sea into a lake.
Lecture Two – Arnhem, Nijmegen, Kinderdijk, and Rotterdam
While you sleep, an overnight cruise will take you to Arnhem. This city was a bloody battlefield between the Allied Forces and the Germans. An excursion to the Airborne Museum at Hartenstein will give you an account of September 1944. Close to Arnhem, lies a national park and in it, the Kröller-Müller Museum, which houses the second-largest collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh.
The city of Nijmegen, also part of Operations Market Garden, is a stopover too. This city, founded by the Romans, is the oldest city in the Netherlands, it is a lovely place, with a wonderful history and great views over the river. A true gem.
Sailing west, we will be stopping at another UNESCO site: Kinderdijk. Everything you associate Holland with is found here: the windmills, the skies, water… as if you are stepping into a painting. We end this journey in Rotterdam, Holland’s modern and hip city, with Europe’s impressive largest port.
Lecture Three – Zeeland, Antwerp, Bruges, and Ghent
During our third week together, we begin our last leg of the voyage. We are visiting Zeeland and Flanders.
First on our itinerary is the Delta Works, a flood barrier constructed after the devastating floods of 1952, ruining the houses, the lives, and livestock of thousands of people. This is Dutch engineering at its peak.
Then our ship will steer towards Antwerp
, the most important harbor of Belgium. The city has lots of hidden gems to see: the Rubens Museum, the Fashion Museum, market squares, churches, and fun shops. Near to Antwerp, lies Bruges
, once the center of the textile industry and trade. The quaint old town, with its museum of Medieval Art, is worthy of a layover.
Some cruise companies will take you to Ypres
, a town battered by the guns of the First World War, and where every night at 8:00 PM the Last Post is played.
The last city on this tour is Ghent
. The birthplace of the last great emperor of Europe: Charles the V, the Habsburg ruler over Germany, Austria, the Low Countries, Spain, and Portugal. It is the home of the Eyck Brothers’ Lamb of God.