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Hosted By: Eric Greiling
Chief Development Officer
Spring flowers are in bloom as we discover the culture and heritage of Holland and Belgium. Arrive in Amsterdam and visit Zaanse Schans, a picturesque open air museum with windmills and a recreated Dutch village. Tour Amsterdam and go on a narrated canal boat ride. See famous works of art at the Rijksmuseum and visit the Aalsmeer Flower Auction where 20 million flowers are bought and sold every day. Cross into Belgium to learn about the Belgian Draft horses and tour a Belgian brewery with an overnight in Bruges. Back in Holland, tour the city of Delft and the last remaining 17th-century Delft blue & white pottery factory on our way to the Hague, where we explore the city and stroll the pathways of Keukenhof, popularly known as “the Spring Garden of Europe.”
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April 14th, 2023 - April 22nd, 2023
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Final Payment Date: 01/09/2023
Day 1 : Fly to Amsterdam
We fly to the Netherlands, known for their tulip fields, windmills, canals, and interesting architecture.
Day 2 : Zaanse Schans & Haarlem
Our first visit is the famous Zaanse Schans, a picturesque
village established as an open-air museum. See iconic
windmills and quaint wooden houses. View a range of
traditional Dutch crafts such as cheese and wooden shoe
making. Then, enjoy a typical Dutch lunch and relax before
our afternoon excursion. This afternoon, explore with a
walking tour of the historic city of Haarlem including
the St. Bavo church and view the Corrie Ten Boom House,
a hiding place for Jews during World War II. Get to know
your fellow travelers during a delicious welcome dinner
Day 3 : Amsterdam
At the Rijksmuseum we view an unrivaled collection of 16th and 17th-century art including works by Rembrandt and other Dutch Masters like Vermeer and Frans Hals. We will join a local Dutch guide to learn about this fascinating city and its unique architecture. This afternoon, view the city of canals from the water aboard a narrated canal boat ride as Amsterdam is best seen from the water. The city is comprised of 70 islands connected by more than 1,000 bridges and miles of canals This evening enjoy a typical Dutch dinner before our second overnight.
Day 4 : Flower Auction
We are spectators at the Aalsmeer Flower Auction, the
world’s largest international flower market. Around 20 million
flowers of many varieties are traded on a daily basis. Learn
how the flowers journey from the fields to local florists in
an amazingly short amount of time. Then, we travel just
outside of the city of Utrecht to tour the enchanting Castle
de Haar and see the beautiful and extensive gardens. Lunch
is included at a charming local restaurant near the castle.
Our destination today is Valkenburg, a historical city in the
southeastern province of Limburg. This evening enjoy dinner
at Chateau St. Gerlach, a former monastery located on a
Day 5 : American Cemetery & Belgian Beer
We start our day with a visit to the Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten. Immaculately maintained rows upon rows of crosses and Stars of David mark the final resting place of 8,301 American military and over 1,700 missing in action from WWII. We then cross into Belgium to visit the Diepensteyn Stud Farm to learn about the origin and history of the Belgian draft horse. Originally bred as a work horse and eventually replaced by tractors, we see these magnificent horses which today are used by The Palm Brewery to promote their beer. Tour the Palm Brewery and have an opportunity to taste this Belgian brew.
This afternoon we enjoy a walking tour of beautiful Bruges, Belgium, the Venice of the Benelux countries.
Day 6 : Delft
We cross the border back into Holland to visit Delft. Our guided walking tour takes us through historic Delft, one of the most beautiful squares in the Netherlands, where we visit the iconic Nieuwe Kerk (New Church). This afternoon tour Royal Delft, the last remaining earthenware factory from the 17th century. Here we watch skilled artisans create this distinctive, handpainted blue & white porcelain.
Day 7 : Gouda & The Hague
This morning we journey to the city of Gouda to see the historic cheese market and learn how cheese was bought and sold in times past. After our tour of Gouda, we enjoy a stroopwafel making demonstration followed by time to make one of these traditional wafer cookies on your own! After, we pause to shop, wandering the charming streets. Later we tour The Hague, the Royal City of the Netherlands and the country’s government seat. See the Peace Palace, the home of the International Court of Justice for the United Nations.
Day 8 : Keukenhof
Sure to be a highlight of our vacation, we visit Keukenhof, “the Spring Garden of Europe.” Pathways throughout this beautifully landscaped park weave among creatively designed plantings of tulips, daffodils, narcissus, and other spring blossoms. Stroll through the gardens at your own pace, view plantings in the three exhibition halls, and walk up the windmill for a magnificent look at the adjoining bulb fields. Our farewell dinner is at the beautiful historic seaside resort, the Kurhaus.
Day 9 : Fly Home
PBS Wisconsin Pickup Locations:
Appleton, WI - DoubleTree By Hilton Appleton
Baldwin, WI - WisDOT Park & Ride 55-02
Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport
Eau Claire, WI - Groome Transportation
Eau Claire, WI - Holiday Vacations
Fond Du Lac, WI - Radisson Hotel And Conference Center Fond Du Lac
Green Bay, WI - AmericInn By Wyndham Green Bay East
Hudson, WI - WisDOT Park & Ride 55-05
Janesville, WI - Festival Foods
Madison, WI - Baymont By Wyndham Madison West/Middleton WI West
Marshfield, WI - WisDOT Park & Ride 71-01
Milwaukee, WI - WisDOT Park & Ride 40-20 Northeast
Minneapolis, MN - Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport
Oconomowoc, WI - Metro Market
Onalaska, WI - Walmart Supercenter
Oshkosh, WI - Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
Osseo, WI - McDonald's
Portage, WI - Petro Travel Store
Racine, WI - Racine Travel Store
Rockford, IL - Holiday Inn Rockford
South Beloit, IL - Flying J Travel Center
Stevens Point, WI - Target
Tomah, WI - McDonald's
Wausau, WI - Walmart Supercenter
Wauwatosa, WI - Radisson Hotel Milwaukee West
Wisconsin Rapids, WI - Walmart Supercenter
Eric is the Chief Development Officer at PBS Wisconsin and also serves as Executive Director of Friends of PBS Wisconsin, the non-profit organization that supports PBS Wisconsin. In his position Eric serves with the leadership team and oversees all of the station’s fundraising activities, including major events such as Garden & Landscape Expo and The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show.
Eric came to the station from the University of Wisconsin Foundation where he served as Senior Director of Development for the School of Education. Previously, Eric was the general manager at American Players Theatre in Spring Green, Wisconsin. That role included supervising operations and managing many of the classical theater company’s capital projects.
At home, you would likely find Eric building something, fixing something, cooking, gardening, or watching public television.
Join Eric and PBS viewers on this exciting vacation.
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