Historic Cities of Northern Europe
A Voyage from Denmark to France aboard the All-Suite, 100-Guest Corinthian
- Insights from the West of Ireland
- Fabulous shots from Smithsonian Journeys Expert Kirt Kempter
- Visiting Mount Fuji, by way of rural Japan
- Saturday in Pamplona
The Netherlands and Belgium were at the very center of the expansion of European commerce with India and East Asia in the 17th century, both as traders in their own right and as the financiers of others’ trade. The wealth accumulated in these countries at the time led to what historian Simon Schama has called an “embarrassment of riches.” On this voyage along the coast of Europe from Denmark to Normandy, we will explore the legacy of those riches in the great public buildings, private houses—and above all, museums—that these fortunes built and furnished. Amsterdam’s famed Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum, the Hague’s Mauritshuis, the Rubens House in Antwerp, the great art of Bruges—we will explore all of these splendid collections. And our voyage will come to an end with a visit to Rouen and Giverny in France, Monet’s favorite subjects and his home.
September 6, 2015 – U.S.
Fly from the U.S. to Copenhagen.
September 7 – Copenhagen, Denmark, Embark
Arrive in Copenhagen and embark Corinthian. Sail in the afternoon. (D)
September 8 – Kiel Canal, Germany
Spend the day enjoying the amenities of Corinthian as it navigates the 61-mile-long Kiel Canal, which cuts across the Jutland Peninsula and connects the Baltic Sea to the North Sea. (B, L, D)
September 9 – Harlingen, Netherlands, Leuwarden
This morning explore the old Frisian harbor town of Harlingen, whose center is a protected collection of 16th to 18th-century homes. Continue to nearby Leeuwarden, the former capital of the Frisian stadholders, for a visit to the Fries Museum. Housed in one of the city’s finest homes, it showcases Frisian history, culture, and contemporary art. Of note is the huge collection of silver items, a local specialty. (B, L, D)
September 10 - Amsterdam
Known for its picturesque canals, Amsterdam is one of the great capitals of Europe and home to a wealth of museums. Our tour includes the famed Rijksmuseum with its unrivaled collection of Dutch Masters including Vermeer and Rembrandt. Afternoon options include a visit to the Van Gogh Museum, featuring 200 paintings and 500 drawings by Van Gogh and his contemporaries; the Anne Frank House; or time on your own to explore this walking-friendly city and its compact core laced with canals, cafes, and gabled buildings. (B, L, D)
September 11 – Rotterdam, The Hague
Suffering immense damage from WWII, Rotterdam rebuilt itself in a post-modern style that is unique in Europe. You'll see examples of this daring ingenuity during our tour of the city, which includes a visit the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, one of the leading art collections in the Netherlands. In the afternoon visit The Hague, the Netherland’s administrative capital. This city of wide, tree-lined avenues hosts the Mauritshuis, a Palladian-style mansion housing one of the finest collections of paintings, with examples of the greatest 17th-century artists including Vermeer and Rembrandt. The Mauritshuis is the permanent home of the famed Girl with a Pearl Earring and Carel Fabritius' The Goldfinch. (B, L, D)
September 12 – Antwerp, Belgium
Antwerp was one of Europe's most important cities in the mid-16th century. Tour this historic city in the morning, including the Rubens House, where Baroque artist Pieter Paul Rubens lived most of his life and which houses a number of his works. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure, or choose between visiting the Plantin-Moretus Museum (a UNESCO World Heritage site housed in a medieval building, with a beautiful courtyard garden and historic bookshop); or the Mayer van den Bergh Museum. Overnight aboard ship in Antwerp. (B, L, D)
September 13 – Antwerp, Ghent
From Antwerp drive to quaint Ghent, where our tour of the city includes the magnificent Saint Bavo Cathedral. The interior is resplendently appointed with stained glass and an unusual combination of brick vaulting with stone tracery. The 1432 masterpiece The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb is displayed here. There will be time to explore the medieval quarters of the city on your own. (B, L, D)
September 14 – Ostend, Bruges
Corinthian docks today in Ostend. Enjoy an excursion to Bruges, a perfectly preserved medieval town characterized by its cobbled squares, enchanting canals, charming buildings, and famous local fare. Explore the town on a walking tour including a visit to the Church of Our Lady, home to a sculpture by Michelangelo. (B, L, D)
September 15 – Dover, United Kingdom, Canterbury
From Dover, enjoy the short drive to Canterbury for a visit to the awe-inspiring cathedral, begun in the 11th century and the seat of the Church of England. More than 1400 years of Christian history is on display here, including monuments commemorating the nation's battles, the grave of Edward the Black Prince, and the crypt, which is the only structure that survived a fire in 1174. There will be time at leisure to explore this medieval city before returning to the ship. (B, L, D)
September 16 – Cruising Seine River, France, Rouen, Giverny
Sail the storied Seine River during the early morning hours. Arrive in Rouen, the ancient capital of the Duchy of Normandy, for a tour of this historic city including the Vieux Marche, the cathedral, and St. Ouen Abbey. Enjoy a ride through the Norman countryside on our way to Giverny, Monet’s home for over 40 years, for a visit to the house and gardens. (B, L, D)
September 17 – Rouen, Disembark, Paris, U.S.
Disembark and transfer to Paris for return flights. (B)