Holland and Belgium

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APR. 24 - MAY 2, 2015 From $2,495
Amsterdam, The Hague, Delft, Veere, Bruges, Antwerp
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Holland and Belgium

APR. 24 - MAY 2, 2015
Amsterdam, The Hague, Delft, Veere, Bruges, Antwerp
Aboard Amadeus Silver

Experience the beauty, history and culture of Holland and Belgium aboard the elegant MS Amadeus Silver. Enjoy beguiling Amsterdam’s canals and contrasts and the exuberant Hague. Stroll through the famous Keukenhof Gardens where 70 acres of tulips and hyacinths bloom each spring. Marvel at the Delta Works, a massive dam and engineering feat, and travel the renowned Zeeland coast. Admire beloved vistas of Vermeer in Delft. In Belgium, savor the medieval architecture and art of Bruges and the unrivaled charm of Antwerp, diamond capital of the world. This cruise includes all excursions, educational programs and most meals.

Cost: From $2,495
AHI Travel
Activity Level: Mild Activity
COVID-19 Information:
  • Cruise the waterways of Holland and Belgium aboard the exclusively chartered MS Amadeus Silver
  • Experience the medieval architecture and unique ambience of Belgium with visits to beautiful Antwerp and Bruges
  • Visit the fascinating Delta Project, a tribute to the Netherlands’ 2,000-year battle against the sea
  • Enjoy a specially arranged presentation on the Dutch and Belgian masters, and see masterpieces at the Mauritshuis
  • Admire the art of Rembrandt and see the scenes that inspired him
  • Stroll through the famous Keukenhof Gardens, the world’s most expansive and stunning floral display, where 70 acres of tulips and hyacinths bloom each spring

 

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310.206.0613 (P)
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  • I enjoyed the breakup of land and water. Seeing towns and places from the river was a delightful experience."
    Raymee Olin-Weiman, Traveler
  • We loved Holland and Belgium with UCLA Alumni Travel; the accommodations, service and food were all top-notch! "
    Marian Schneider ’64, Traveler

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Itinerary

DAY 1 | April 24
Depart for Brussels, Belgium.

DAY 2 | April 25
Upon arrival in Brussels, transfer to Antwerp and the pier to embark the MS Amadeus Silver.
Excursion: Antwerp. This afternoon, stroll through Antwerp, one of Europe’s leading art centers. Home of painter Peter Paul Rubens and the School of the Southern Netherlands, Antwerp dates back to the 13th century and features a wealth of medieval architecture.
Educational Focus: Contemporary Belgium. Learn about this region of Europe, which is located at the historical crossroads of many major trading routes. Belgium is a bilingual country, with deep cultural, geographic and linguistic divisions between the Dutch speakers of Flanders and the French speakers of Wallonia.

DAY 3 | April 26
Excursion: Bruges. This romantic town’s nickname, the Venice of the North, is well deserved. Stroll along winding cobbled lanes and across tiny arched bridges over ivy-clad canals to discover charming buildings and impressive art collections. See the colorful shops and cafés of the Markt and Burg Central Square. Rejoin the ship in Middelburg and cruise to Veere, where the ship remains overnight. Gather with your fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception and Dinner.

DAY 4 | April 27
Educational Focus and Excursion: Holland’s Battle against the Sea. Travel along the Zeeland coast to the artificial island of Neeltje Jans and its Delta Expo. Learn about the Delta Works, a series of massive dams and storm surge barriers, conceived after the 1953 North Sea flood and built over a period of 30 years. These 65 enormous gates can be slammed shut on the North Sea when powerful storms strike — an engineering masterpiece that now protects the third of the landmass of the Netherlands that sits below sea level. Depart Veere this afternoon and cruise to Schoonhoven, where the ship remains overnight.

DAY 5 | April 28
Educational Focus: The Dutch Masters. Consider how the pioneering brush strokes of artists like Rembrandt van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer, Jans Steen and Frans Hals forever changed the art of painting.
Excursion: Delft and The Hague. Discover Delft, the home of Vermeer and the site of a collection of lovely canal houses, as well as the purveyor of a world-renowned tradition of ceramics. Stroll its Market Square and admire the sights of Old Delft, including the Palace Prinsenhof, once home to William of Orange. Continue to The Hague, home of the royal residence and a number of world-class museums. Visit the Mauritshuis, which houses some of Rembrandt and Vermeer’s finest works. Rejoin the ship in Vreeswijk and cruise to Kampen.

DAY 6 | April 29
Excursion: Giethoorn. Stroll through this charming, road-free village located in a nature preserve. With four miles of canals and exquisite 18th-century farmhouses, Giethoorn seems to have popped out of the pages of a storybook.
Independent Exploration: Spend some time at leisure in the historic city of Kampen.
Depart Kampen and cruise to Amsterdam, where the ship overnights.

DAY 7 | April 30
Excursion: Canal Cruise. Admire Amsterdam by the light of morning as you cruise through its scenic ring of canals to see its important sites.
Independent Exploration: Your afternoon is at leisure in Amsterdam.
Educational Focus: Contemporary Holland. Review the current state of affairs in the Netherlands and discuss its future as a member of the European Union.

DAY 8 | May 1
Excursion: Keukenhof Gardens. Journey through Dutch flower fields to the renowned Keukenhof Gardens, an 80-acre paradise of tulips and other flowers, complete with Europe’s largest fountain and a 700-tree labyrinth.
Independent Exploration: Your final afternoon is at leisure to pursue your own interests in Amsterdam. Tonight, gather for a Graduation Ceremony and a Farewell Reception and Dinner.

DAY 9 | May 2
Disembark the ship and transfer to Amsterdam for the return flights to your gateway city.

Note: Itinerary subject to change. Some events on this program involve an element of walking.

Accommodations
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MS Amadeus Silver
The state-of-the-art MS Amadeus Silver debuted in 2013 as a flagship of the innovative Lüftner cruise line. This stylish ship offers the utmost in service, safety and comfort. Step into the elegant reception area and immerse yourself in the ambiance of a high-end hotel. Relax on the sun deck, indulge in a soothing massage, browse in the boutique or connect with friends at the Internet station. If you wish to be more active, practice your golf game on the putting green or exercise in the fitness room. Savor international cuisine at the restaurant’s delicious breakfast and lunch buffets, and enjoy regional specialties at dinner. At the end of each day, return to the comforts of your cabin, appointed in bright, modern décor and featuring a river view, a satellite TV and a private bathroom with shower.

 

Pricing

Pricing: $2,495
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What’s Included

Meals

  • Enjoy an extensive meal plan, including seven breakfasts, four lunches and seven dinners. Coffee or tea is included with all meals, plus wine with dinner. Take advantage of leisure time to try local cuisine independently.
  • Attend a special Welcome Reception and Dinner.
  • Gather for a Graduation Ceremony and a Farewell Reception, followed by a Farewell Dinner.

Exciting Travel Program

  • Informative programs, presented by local experts, enhance your insight into the region.
  • Personal VOX listening devices allow you to hear every word from your expert, English-speaking guides.

All Excursions

  • Set out on a walking tour of Antwerp.
  • Experience the romantic ambience of medieval Bruges.
  • Enjoy a tour of the Delta Project on the Zeeland Coast.
  • Visit Delft, the birthplace of Vermeer.
  • Travel to The Hague and visit the Mauritshuis.
  • Stroll through the charming, road-free village of Giethoorn.
  • Board a canal cruise in Amsterdam.
  • Admire colorful fields of tulips at the Keukenhof Gardens.

Extras

  • Consultation services of a Passenger Service Representative prior to departure.
  • Services of an experienced Campus Director throughout your stay.
  • Detailed travel and destination information to assist in your planning.
  • Tipping of all excursion guides and drivers.
  • Complimentary travel wallet.
Download Reservation Form Download Brochure (4.1 MB) Request Brochure In Mail
310.206.0613 (P)
310.209.4271 (F)
travel@alumni.ucla.edu
  • I enjoyed the breakup of land and water. Seeing towns and places from the river was a delightful experience."
    Raymee Olin-Weiman, Traveler
  • We loved Holland and Belgium with UCLA Alumni Travel; the accommodations, service and food were all top-notch! "
    Marian Schneider ’64, Traveler

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How to Book

STEP 1
Download the tour Reservation Form here. This tour is booked quickly, so sign up early to reserve space.

STEP 2
Enclose a check or provide credit card information for $600 per person, per tour, as a deposit for the selected tour. Make check payable to AHI Travel. Deposits are provisional and fully refundable pending your acceptance of final brochure terms.

STEP 3
Mail completed reservation form and your deposit to:
UCLA Alumni Association
Attn: Alumni Travel
James West Alumni Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1397

A brochure will be mailed to you as soon as it is available.

Terms & Conditions

Written cancellations from time of booking up to 90 days prior to departure will be assessed a minimum administrative fee of approximately $250; within 90 days of departure, refunds vary according to the policies of each tour operator. Please download brochure for this tour here.

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Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance to cover the possibility of trip cancellation or interruption, emergency medical evacuation, medical expenses and baggage loss incurred while traveling. All confirmed passengers will receive travel insurance information in your confirmation packet. It’s one of our many membership benefits! For information about travel insurance, visit alumni.ucla.edu/travel-insurance. Coverage for pre-existing medical conditions, terrorist incidents and travel supplier financial insolvencies will be provided if the insurance is purchased within 15 days of your trip deposit. Please read the insurance brochure carefully.

Download Reservation Form Download Brochure (4.1 MB) Request Brochure In Mail
310.206.0613 (P)
310.209.4271 (F)
travel@alumni.ucla.edu
  • I enjoyed the breakup of land and water. Seeing towns and places from the river was a delightful experience."
    Raymee Olin-Weiman, Traveler
  • We loved Holland and Belgium with UCLA Alumni Travel; the accommodations, service and food were all top-notch! "
    Marian Schneider ’64, Traveler