Explore Europe in a whole new way

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This September, Arrangements Abroad offers its very first cruise by luxury barge — a unique exploration of Belgium and Holland. Experience the Low Countries with just 30 fellow travelers on this intimate voyage. Here are nine wonderful reasons to sign up.

Magnifique II1. A seven-night stay aboard Magnifique II.This comfortable barge features a salon, restaurant, bar, and lounge, where you can mingle with fellow passengers from our small group. Relax on the covered sun deck, or watch the passing scenery through large picture windows. Complimentary bicycles are available to use ashore.

2. Exceptional value! Rates start at just $3,995 per person, double occupancy, and include a full program of lectures and excursions as well as airport/pier transfers, onboard meals, beer and wine at dinners, daily guided or self-guided bike tours, and all gratuities aboard and ashore.

3. Lecturer Jim Salzman, visiting professor of environmental law at Harvard University. Jim is one of the world’s leading experts on drinking water, a topic that we don’t often think about but is crucial to human survival. The first 20 people to sign up for the cruise will receive a complimentary copy of his book, Drinking Water: A History.

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4. Beautiful Bruges, a UNESCO-listed city brimming with sublime architecture and art. Go inside a historic church to see the only sculpture by Michelangelo in the Low Countries (and the only one to leave Italy during his lifetime), or admire the superb collection of Hans Memling paintings in the Hospital of St. John.

5. The windmills of Kinderdijk. These 19 neatly aligned windmills have earned this historic village a UNESCO listing. After your visit, stop at a nearby farm for a specially arranged lunch featuring Dutch specialties.

Cyclists pass group of authentic windmills at Kinderdijk UNESCO World Heritage Site, dykes and polder, Holland, The Netherlands

Photo by Tim Graham

6. A tour of the Antwerp City Brewery, in operation for more than 180 years. Learn about the brewing process through an interactive exhibit, followed by a sampling of classic beers and ales, each served in its own unique glass.

7. The Gouda Cheese Market. Chat with vendors and sample their wares at this world-renowned market. This video offers a preview of what your experience will be like.

8. Optional bike tours. Take advantage of the gentle, even terrain of the Low Countries as you pedal through beautiful scenery and along picturesque canals.

9. Het Loo Palace. The former summer residence of the Dutch royal family offers magnificent works of art and symmetrical Baroque gardens, delightful for leisurely strolling.

For details about this enchanting voyage contact Client Services Associate Katie Schorr at the number below or at katie@arrangementsabroad.com. Download a brochure here.

Flower Power


What could be lovelier than an April picnic amid fields of tulips? Last fall, the landscapers at Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands planted seven million bulbs for visitors to enjoy this spring (photo, above). They also arranged about a hundred thousand crocuses, tulips, and muscari into a mosaic showing a 17th-century sailing ship docked alongside gabled canal houses, representing the Dutch Golden Age (see below). If you stay on for the Amsterdam postlude on our “Dutch & Flemish Landscapes” cruise, you’ll visit Keukenhof for a picnic lunch, during which you’ll be able to admire this floral representation of Dutch cultural history.

Dutch & Flemish Landscapes
The Netherlands & Belgium
Aboard M.S. AmaPrima
April 10 to 18, 2016
(Amsterdam postlude April 18 to 20)
With Harvard professor Thomas Kelly,
Yale professor Gene M. Moore, and Metropolitan Museum of Art curator
Freyda Spira

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More Chances to Travel in 2016


The Metropolitan Museum of Art recently added two trips to its 2016 Travel with the Met lineup: On Hidden Treasures of Northern Italy, art historian Frank Dabell takes travelers off the beaten path to lesser-visited, historically rich towns in Lombardy and Piedmont this September. In October, you can join distinguished scholar and author Olivier Bernier to discover the Houses of the English Aristocracy–an itinerary that generated so much interest we added a second departure.

Britannia Rules!


The Royal Yacht Britannia, formerly the property of Queen Elizabeth II, has been named Scotland’s best visitor attraction for the tenth consecutive year by VisitScotland, the Scottish national tourism board. Five million people from around the world have visited the Britannia in Edinburgh since she opened to the public in 1998. If you haven’t seen this beautiful ship—on which Charles and Diana spent their 1981 honeymoon—consider joining our Celtic Isles cruise in July.

Castles & Collections of the Celtic Isles
July 22 to August 2, 2016
With Met curator Beth Carver Wees,
Yale professor Gordon Turnbull,
Harvard professor Catherine McKenna
and landscape designer Patrick Bowe
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Happy Birthday, Sister Ships!


The beloved tall ships Sea Cloud and Sea Cloud II turn a collective 100 years old in 2016, with the grande dame celebrating 85 years and her younger sister, 15. Throughout the year, we offer voyages aboard these lovely ladies, from the Mediterranean to the Baltic Seas and to the Celtic Isles.

Whether you join Sea Cloud in the Adriatic or sail around Sicily aboard Sea Cloud II this fall, you’re in for a thrill! On Saturday, October 22, saluting battery cannon fire will greet the ships when they both arrive in Syracuse, marking their collective centennial. The sisters then sail together to Malta, arriving the next morning. If you join either cruise, you can witness the historic occasion!

Adriatic Odyssey
October 14 to 23, 2016
With lecturer Patrick Bowe,
Met curator Stephan Wolohojian
and Yale Professor Ivo Banac
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Splendors of Sicily
October 14 to 23, 2016
With Met curator Wolfram Koeppe
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This year marks the 60th anniversary of the 1956 opening of Joan Miró’s studio in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. The studio was central to the Spanish painter’s evolution as an artist and where he worked from age 66 until just two years before his death in 1983 at age 90. This eclectic space has been preserved exactly as Miró left it, and you can view it up close this spring on our upcoming Mediterranean cruise.

Jewels of the Western Mediterranean
May 11 to 20, 2016
With art historian Frank Dabell
and gardening author Patrick Bowe
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11 Reasons to Sail the Black Sea this Fall


Painted church of Modovia by Remus Pereni

We’ve got new experts—and new reasons—to join
“Sailing the Black Sea Aboard Variety Voyager,” September 24 to October 7.

  1. Paul Kennedy, Yale Professor of History
    The Yale historian and best-selling author of The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers, has joined as lecturer, bringing a global perspective to strategic issues in the region.
  2. Metropolitan Museum of Art Lecturer
    Elizabeth Milleker, for many years a curator of Greek and Roman art at the Met, will enhance our appreciation of the region’s treasure trove of art, architecture, and archaeology.
  3. The Painted Churches of Romania
    Discover the region’s vibrantly colored churches, painted by artists fleeing the 16th-century fall of Constantinople, on an exclusive excursion by privately chartered plane, including the Voronets Monastery, which has been called “the Sistine Chapel of the East.”
  5. History
    The shores of the Black Sea were colonized by the Greeks as early as 800 B.C.E. Roman rulers, Byzantine emperors, Ottoman sultans, and Russian tsars have all held sway here, reflected in the four UNESCO World Heritage Sites on our itinerary. This is also where Stalin summered (see his villa in Sochi, painted green for camouflage).
  6. Mystery
    The Black Sea is the legendary home of the Golden Fleece sought by Jason and the Argonauts, and of the Amazon warrior women. Some scientists even believe it’s the site of the Great Flood described in the story of Noah’s Ark.
  7. Georgian Wines
    Wine has been produced in Georgia for more than 8,000 years. After setting sail from the country’s fin-de-siécle resort town of Batumi, we’ll enjoy a special tasting of Georgian reds and whites.
  8. Variety Voyager
    With just 36 cabins, our ship—the elegant Variety Voyager—offers the atmosphere, access, and pleasure of a private yacht.
  9. Amazing Vistas
    Drive into the Caucasus Mountains, which have been viewed as a dividing line between Asia and Europe and also contain Europe’s highest peak, Mount Elbrus. With extensive areas of forests, the Western Caucasus is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  10. harpist

    Anita Burroughs-Price

    Heavenly Harp Music
    Anita Burroughs-Price, principal harpist with the North Carolina Symphony, will join us aboard Variety Voyager to play melodies inspired by Constantinople and Eastern European composers.

  11. “Veni, Vidi, Vici”
    Julius Caesar wrote this famous phrase after his swift conquer of the formidable Kings of Pontus (whom we’ll learn all about during our tour of their capital city of Amasya, Turkey).

Sailing the Black Sea
Round-Trip Istanbul Aboard Variety Voyager

September 24 to October 7, 2015
From $9,995
No single supplement in all cabin categories!

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Rustem Pasha mosque

Rustem Pasha Mosque, Istanbul

Academic Arrangements Abroad, together with leading cultural and educational institutions, is proud to offer a diverse portfolio of exceptional trips.
Call us at (800) 221-1944 or email trips@arrangementsabroad.com.

We look forward to having you aboard!

Paul Kennedy joins “Sailing the Black Sea”

Istanbul Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia in Istanbul by Ben Goetzinger (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons


Paul Kennedy joins Sailing the Black Sea, September 24 to October 7, 2015, as a featured speaker with Yale Educational Travel.

It turns out that the celebrated Yale historian and student of grand strategy has been intrigued by the Black Sea region ever since he read John Buchan’s WW1 thriller Greenmantle as a young student back in Britain. On the first day of the cruise, Kennedy enthused, “we actually follow the route of the German battle cruisers as they steamed out of the Golden Horn to attack southern Russia and bring about the Turkish-Russian fighting in November 1914!  We will sail into the strategically-contested port of Batumi, visit Georgia, and anchor in the estuary of the Danube.”

Sponsored by Yale Educational Travel, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and National Trust of Historic Preservation, Sailing the Black Sea is a 12-night voyage, September 25 to October 7, 2015, aboard Variety Voyager. Kennedy shares the lecture program aboard the 70-guest Variety Voyager with Elizabeth Milleker, Curator in the Department of Greek and Roman Art at the Metropolitan Museum.

Not your standard “call in a port, visit the museum” kind of a experience, the voyage rather has a strong historical theme (for those who like that sort of thing, Kennedy graciously demurred), which is “no less than the struggle of the two great traditional Eastern empires of Imperial Russia and Ottoman Turkey, in the last throes of their older order.  After the war is over, it’s all going to be different (Bolshevik Russia and Ataturk’s modern Turkey), and these will be vanished worlds.  But the palaces, the harbors, the forts, and the seas remain for us to inspect and marvel.”

Paul KennedyPaul Kennedy

The author of The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers and a much-in-demand speaker, Kennedy has devoted a long career to the history of international relations, economic relations and grand strategy.  Co-director of the International Security Studies program, distinguished fellow of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy and J. Richardson Dilworth Professor of History at Yale, Kennedy was most recently awarded the Hattendorf Prize for Distinguished Original Research in Maritime History by the U.S. Naval War College.  He was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2000.

Elizabeth MillekerElizabeth Milleker

Closely involved in the reinstallation of the Greek and Roman galleries at the Metropolitan Museum and editor of Light on Stone Greek and Roman Sculpture in The Metropolitan Museum of Art: A Photographic Essay, Elizabeth Milleker joined the Greek and Roman Department at the Metropolitan Museum in 1986 and worked as a curator there until her retirement in 2009. Currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Museum, she pursues her own work on marble sculpture from Corinth, Greece. After graduating from Radcliffe College, the enterprising scholar founded and ran an art school, then continued her studies at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, where she earned her doctorate. An avid traveler, she has lectured on numerous Travel with the Met trips to Greece, Turkey, and Italy.

Variety VoyagerVariety Voyager

With just 36 cabins, all with double or twin beds and expansive decks, the M.Y. Variety Voyager offers access, comfort and service in the atmosphere of a private yacht. Enjoy panoramic views throughout, whether spending time in your stateroom, dining al fresco, or relaxing on the decks or in glass-wrapped lounges.

For reservations, a brochure or questions, contact Yale Educational Travel directly at 203.432.1952 or email edtravel@yale.edu.

Contributed by Darrel Schoeling. 

Discover Asia at the Met


Make 2015 the year you discover Asia at the Met!

It’s a big year at the Museum with a new president, Daniel H. Weiss, on his way, the new outpost for contemporary art (housed in the old Whitney) just named The Met Breuer — and ongoing centennial celebrations of the Department of Asian Art, which kicked off on February 19 with the Lunar New Year.

Centennial celebrations of Asia go beyond the walls of the Museum this year with Travel with the Met journeys scheduled to Central Asia (September 15-30),  India (October 1-17, 2015), Iran (November 1-17, 2015), Burma (November 8-22, 2015) and Vietnam & Cambodia, December 26, 2015 – January 8, 2016) . All are led by engaging Museum curators and experts.

ThroughTheLookingGlassChina: Through the Looking Glass
A collaboration of the Department of Asian art and the Anna Wintour Costume Center, China: Through the Looking Glass spreads across the Asia galleries on the second floor, where high fashion from the 1700s to the present is juxtaposed with decorative arts from Imperial China. Chinese filmmaker Wong Kar-wei is artistic director for the blockbuster exhibition, which runs from May 7- August 16.

Happy Thingyan!

ThinGyanMIn Burma, the New Year is celebrated not in January or February but in April—and not with fireworks or dragons but with water!  The biggest holiday of the year, the Thingyan Water Festival coincides with the start of the hot season, making the tradition of throwing water at passerby all the more welcome. Join us in Burma, not during the hot season, but rather this autumn, when temperatures are more moderate in Southeast Asia. Participants on Treasures of Burma enjoy a private a cappella performance by the students at Gitameit, a non-profit music center — just one of a number of special events planned over the 12-day program led by Met educator David Bowles. Highlights include a river cruise and a two-night stay at the exquisite Bagan Lodge.

What are your plans for December 31, 2015?

AngkorWatCambodiaLucky travelers on Kings, Gods & Dragons, scheduled for December 26, 2015 to January 8, 2016 will ring in 2016 at the Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor in Siem Reap. What better place to greet the New Year than the extraordinary Angkor Wat? This Travel with the Met program is led by Olivier Bernier, Vice President of The Center for Khmer Studies in Siem Reap. A popular lecturer and an art historian of many interests, Mr. Bernier is confirmed on a number of Travel with the Met programs in 2016, including Titian to Tiepolo: the Veneto and Venice (April 18 – 27, 2016); Gems of Northern Europe: Hamburg, Hannover & the Hague (June 5-16, 2016); Houses of the English Aristocracy: North England & Wales (June 20-29, 2016); and The Romantic Rhone: Lyon to Arles Aboard M.S. AmaDagio (September 21-30).

Founded in 1977, Academic Arrangements Abroad is celebrating 15 years as the exclusive travel provider for Travel with the Met, the travel program of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Architectural Digest Visits Cuba with Arrangements Abroad!

Architectural Digest cover This February, Arrangements Abroad organized one in a series of stellar trips to Cuba with a focus on art & architecture for the Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation. Among the travelers was journalist Mitchell Owens, whose article A Design Lover’s Guide to Cuba for the May 2015 Architectural Digest just hit the stands. His short video on Havana, with spectacular images, may be seen here. The accompanying slide show is also terrific!

Tour Director Kate Klorer reflects on the trip:

“The Soane programs draw many architects and interior designers, so we put together an itinerary focusing on historic houses and some of the best 20th-century architecture in Cuba.

The incredible thing about Havana is that the city itself is like a museum, with examples of nearly every architectural style of the last centuries—from dramatic Baroque buildings of Habana Vieja to the Neoclassical villas of Vedado and elegant Art Deco and Art Nouveau structures throughout the city. Even with so many buildings in heartbreaking condition, Havana is one of the most astonishingly beautiful cities—by far the most captivating place that I have ever visited in all my travels across the globe for its architectural heritage.

Cuban architecture

Image of the Lopez Serrano building by Chas A. Miller, III

It was a lot of fun to be in Cuba with Mr. Owens and lecturer Hermes Mallea (author of Great Houses of Havana) as they pointed out unique architectural details that are distinctively Cuban— like the intricate ironwork that allows breeze to flow through windows on hot Havana days and colorful stained glass that brightens door frames and louvered shutters.”

Mr. Owen’s Architectural Digest video gives a superb glimpse of our week exploring Havana’s great buildings. You can also read the article about his journey here.

Come join us on the next trip! Mr. Mallea is leading a just added Art & Architectural of Cuba program that features the XVII Havana Biennial June 6-11, 2015!