A new nine-day Exploring the Low Countries: Holland and Belgium voyage aboard the National Geographic Explorer is set to depart May 4, 2014, and will discover a mix of cultural highlights including the perfectly preserved medievalism of Brugge and Gent, Amsterdam art and the nature that formed the culture of the Low Countries, while exploring Holland and Belgium by sea.
On five of the seven nights the ship will remain in port well into the night. During the days, the expedition team will provide a variety of options, from bicycling along meandering canals.
· Venture into medieval towns to admire legendary art and architecture up close, plus, savor local specialties: Belgian waffles, mussels, chocolates, and the famous beers brewed for centuries by Trappist monks.
· Enjoy a warm welcome at the harbor city of Harlingen, where we will be the first ever passenger ship to dock. Explore its network of canals via Zodiac, by special permission.
· Explore the little-traveled West Frisian Islands located amid the very important tidal landscape called Waddenzee—a UNESCO World Heritage site.
· Art historian Koen Kleijn will expertly examine the masterpieces of Rembrandt, Vermeer and Durer as we visit the Rijksmuseum, newly reopened after 9-year renovation.
Joining the voyage as Global Perspectives Guest Speaker will be Russell Shorto, an American best-selling author, historian and journalist, whose latest book, Amsterdam: A History of the World’s Most Liberal City, is an entertaining portrait of the city. He is a contributing writer for The New York Times magazine and is the Director of The John Adams Institute in Amsterdam, where he has lived since November 2007. National Geographic photographer, Sisse Brimberg, will also be onboard to share insider tips and techniques on photography, along with a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor.
Rates begin at $7,320 per person based on double occupancy in a category 1 cabin.
For more information, visit www.expeditions.com.