WAIT LIST STARTED! A classical music and garden river cruise with Performance Today's Fred Child

From Holland to Belgium with Performance Today

SOLD OUT! Wait List Started. Join Performance Today host Fred Child April 2 – 12, 2019, on a privately chartered small ship river cruise with fellow classical music enthusiasts, garden lovers and history buffs. Your river cruise begins and ends in Amsterdam with a concert at the famous Royal Concertgebouw. You’ll journey to Ghent, Bruges, Arnhem and Utrecht and enjoy the colorful gardens and music of Holland and Belgium. From Kinderdijk’s iconic windmills to a captivating tour of the WWI trenches of Flanders; from the beautiful gardens of Keukenhof to the famed works of Rembrandt and van Gogh, all the while enjoying a robust program of classical music performances, private recitals and “Perf Chats” with a special Performance Today artist-in-residence.

Trip Host

Fred Child

Fred Child is the host of American Public Media’s Performance Today®, the most-listened-to classical music radio show in America. Fred is also the commentator and announcer for Live from Lincoln Center, the only live performing arts series on television. In recent years, Fred has hosted a series of unique live national concert broadcasts, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s opening concerts from Walt Disney Hall, Gustavo Dudamel’s debut with the LA Philharmonic, season-opening concerts at Carnegie Hall, the Berlin Philharmonic live at Carnegie Hall, the Last Night of the Proms from the Royal Albert Hall in London, New Year’s concerts by the New York Philharmonic, Seiji Ozawa’s final concert with the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood, and the ground-breaking “Spring for Music” concerts from Carnegie Hall. He has given concert talks for Lincoln Center, the Aspen Festival and Summerfest La Jolla; his CD reviews have appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered; and his music reports have appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition and Weekend Edition. He’s been a contributor to Billboard magazine and a commentator for BBC Radio 3. While growing up in Portland, Oregon, Fred studied classical piano. He also dabbles in guitar, percussion and bagpipes. Fred loves baseball (throws right, bats left) and is an avid hiker, climber, skier, cyclist and runner and a licensed private pilot. This will be the sixth Performance Today Fred has hosted.


Day 1: April 2 – Depart USA

Depart USA for Amsterdam

Day 2: April 3 – Arrive in Amsterdam

Goedemorgen, welkom bij Holland! (Good morning, welcome to Holland!) Explore Amsterdam a bit on your own prior to a welcome dinner this evening with Fred and your guides. Sleep in Amsterdam (D)

Day 3: April 4 - April 4 – Discover Amsterdam

After breakfast, we’ll set out to discover the hidden and historic sights of this fascinating city. Enjoy a private tour of the Rijksmuseum and see Rembrandt’s famous The Night Watch. Those interested can also visit the Van Gogh Museum. History buffs may consider an independent visit to the Anne Frank House. Plant and flower lovers may wish to visit the Hortus Botanicus, one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world. Founded in 1638, it contains some 6,000 plants of over 4,000 different species. Tonight, we attend a classical music concert at the stunning Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Sleep in Amsterdam (B)

Day 4: April 5 - The Flowers of Amsterdam and Board Ship

The Aalsmeer Flower Auction is the largest in the world. Twenty million flowers from all over the world are sold daily here. This morning you’ll tour the facilities and see where the auction takes place. Also known as the Garden of Europe, Keukenhof Gardens is the world’s second-largest flower garden. After a full day outing, return to Amsterdam to board the MS Amadeus Silver II. Welcome drinks and dinner will be served on board. Anchored in Amsterdam (B, D)

Day 5: April 6- Arnhem and Paleis Het Loo & Gardens

Today we set out to explore the 300-year-old Het Loo Palace and its wonderful gardens, which are often compared to those of Versailles. Like those at the larger French palace, these gardens feature an extensive network of lively fountains. We’ll also enjoy a tour of the interior. Lunch will be served on board. For those interested, a battlefield tour that features the Airborne Museum Hartenstein will also be included. This evening, set sail for Kinderdijk (B, L, D)

Day 6: April 7 - Kinderdijk

A network of 19 windmills was built around 1740 to drain the polder of Kinderdijk and other surrounding low-lying lands. The amazing World Heritage Site offers visitors a glimpse at a bygone era when historic 18th-century mills powered by both wind and water were used to grind grain, hammer steel and pump water. After the tour, lunch will be served on board. Then we’ll enjoy an afternoon in Rotterdam. This evening, set sail for Antwerp (B, L, D)

Day 7: April 8 - Antwerp

Today we’ll have a tour of Antwerp’s inspiring Gothic Cathedral of Our Lady, home to three monumental altarpieces painted by Rubens. We also visit the Grote Markt, surrounded by Golden Age architecture, including the town hall, guild halls and Steen Castle, Antwerp’s oldest building. You’re free to explore the old quarter of Antwerp at your leisure. This evening, set sail for Ghent (B, L, D)

Day 8: April 9 - Ghent

Once Medieval Europe’s second-largest city, over the last hundred years, this unsung treasure of a town has developed a strong artistic bent and is now one of the best places in Europe for culture exploration. Here you will find many fantastic museums, galleries and more buildings listed as historic monuments than any other Belgian city. After a walking tour, take a stroll and savor an independent lunch along the scenic network of canals. This evening, enjoy an evening of exploration on the town. Anchored in Ghent (B, D)

Day 9: April 10 - Bruges, The Venice of the North

From Ghent, we travel to charming Bruges, one of the oldest and most beautiful towns in Flanders. Your guided walk will highlight the Church of Our Lady, with its famous Madonna and Child sculpted by Michelangelo. Stay in Bruges for an independent lunch. In the afternoon, choose to either return to Ghent and re-board the Amadeus Silver II or join your guide for a moving excursion to the WWI trenches of Flanders Fields. This evening admire the illuminated town of Ghent as we depart for the canal-lined town of Utrecht. This evening, set sail for Utrecht (B, D)

Day 10 - April 11 - De Haar Castle, Utrecht

There are only a few castles in Europe that possess the quintessential qualities of the Medieval fortress with towers, ramparts, canals, gates and drawbridges. The castle rises from the surrounding gardens as if from a fairy tale. The park and gardens surrounding De Haar Castle cover over 135 acres of land and are worth a visit in their own right. We’ll catch up with the ship in Amsterdam where you’ll have dinner on board followed by free time to enjoy Amsterdam’s nightlife. Anchored in Amsterdam (B, L, D)

Day 11 - April 12 - Return Home

Return home with a lifetime of happy memories.

Highlights in Your Journey

  • Led by Fred Child, host of public radio’s internationally acclaimed Performance Today
  • Onboard “Perf-Chats” and classical music performances with Performance Today artist-in-residence
  • Tours with veteran guide Matthew Brumley, co-founder of Earthbound Expeditions
  • Two pre-cruise nights included in Amsterdam in a centrally located 4-star hotel
  • Classical music concert at the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam
  • Keukenhof Gardens, Gardens of the Palace of Het Loo, Botanical Gardens of Belgium, Aalsmeer
  • Flower Auction and De Haar Castle & Gardens
  • Visit to WWI Trenches of Flanders Fields
  • Entrances to van Gogh, Rijks and Arnhem Airborne Museums
  • All onboard meals included, plus other meals while not on ship
  • All shore excursions (no optional excursions sold)
  • In-depth guided walking tours of Amsterdam, Ghent and Bruges
  • Complimentary wine served with dinner onboard
  • Airport transfers for those on the group flight

Pricing and Terms

Early Bird and Discounts

Reserve by Sept 1 and save! Discounts for paying final balance by check! All Minnesota Public Radio and Performance Today travel alumni receive an additional $100 discount.
Double Cabin CategoryPer Person Before DiscountDeposit by Sept. 1, and Each SavePay Final Balance by Check and SavePrice with Discount
A (Mozart Deck)$6,199-$600-$100$5,499
B (Strauss Deck)$5,499-$500-$100$4,899
C (Haydn Deck) $4,799-$400-$100$4,299

Cabin prices quoted are per person and based on double occupancy. Single travelers on C-deck cabins add $800 Single Supplement; single travelers in A & B deck cabins, add $1,350 to cabin price. Space is limited. Call for single rates on suites.

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