It was water that enabled the Dutch to expand to far-flung territories in the 17th century, the region's "Golden Age," when culture flourished on a grand scale. Next spring, as Europe sheds its winter gloom and the sensational spring flowering season is at its peak, surround yourself with intimate gardens and endless flower fields daubed with magnificently brilliant color. Join your fellow Princetonians April 12-22, 2012, aboard the AmaDolce on a journey along the Waterways of Holland and Belgium, with their canals, waterside cities, and windmills.
See the masterpieces of Rembrandt, Vermeer, Rubens. Admire thousands of beautiful tulips, descendants of those that fostered the economic debacle of "Tulipmania" in the 1600s. And, this year, visit the Floriade, the World Horticultural Expo staged once every ten years in the Netherlands, presenting visitors with the opportunity to enjoy the world’s most exquisite and exceptional flowers, plants, trees, fruits and vegetables.
An optional pre-tour extension in and around Brussels (4/9-13) allows for exploration of the Musee Magritte Museum, housing the richest collection of Surrealist works by Rene Magritte, visits to various Art Nouveau and Art Deco residences, and strolls along the Grand Place, one of Europe's most beautiful public squares.
Please note: Princeton Journeys will be sharing this voyage with travelers from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Harvard Alumni Association.