In the company of The Met’s Nadine Orenstein, Drue Heinz Curator in Charge of the Department of Drawings and Prints, cruise through the enchanting landscapes of Belgium and Holland at a time when daylight extends deep into the evening. Celebrate the Low Countries’ rich art heritage in the region’s most acclaimed museums, meeting Dr. Orenstein’s longtime friends along the way. Start with a pre-cruise overnight stay in Amsterdam, where you will experience the Rijksmuseum’s historic exhibition devoted to Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. Witness an unprecedented gathering of Vermeer masterpieces in one place, including the famous Girl with a Pearl Earring and two treasures on loan from The Met.
Transfer by motor coach to Bruges and embark the boutique riverboat Magnifique IV. Throughout this cruise, enter ornate medieval cathedrals in charming towns and village and encounter the titans of Dutch and Flemish art, from Hans Memling’s works at his museum in Bruges, to a viewing of the Van Eycks’ recently restored Ghent Altarpiece in its original home, Saint Bavo’s Cathedral. Behold works from Rubens and other Old Masters at Antwerp’s Royal Museum of Fine Arts, now reopened after a $105 million, 11-year renovation. Conclude with a return to Amsterdam, where you will explore the Van Gogh Museum.