One of our favorite programs each year is Dutch & Flemish Landscapes , a spectacular springtime voyage along the waterways of the Netherlands and Belgium. Here are a few of the highlights of the trip:
Before boarding M.S. AmaLyra, travelers spend two nights in The Hague at the historic Hotel Des Indes. Built in 1858 as a city palace and operating as a hotel since 1881, it is located near restaurants and shopping. In 2006, the hotel underwent extensive renovations. Condé Nast Traveler described the overhaul as “a shrewd and sexy makeover that doesn’t compromise the old-world atmosphere.”
A day in Bruges, a medieval gem laced with canals and gardens, includes a gourmet lunch at the Duc de Bourgogne, which overlooks the waterways. This famous restaurant features seasonal and fresh vegetables, meat and fish every day. The restaurant, whose history extends back to the 17th century, is currently managed by the De Vadder-Calleeuw family, among the top restaurant owners in Bruges.
The late art critic John Russell called the Kröller-Müller Museum “the best of its kind in the world.” A treasure house of modern art, it is located in the 5,500-hectare Hoge Veluwe National Park , home to freely roaming red deer, wild boars and other animals. The museum’s collections include works by Vincent Van Gogh as well as George Seurat, Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger and Piet Mondrian.