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In-Person Cultural Arts Trip – “The Neglected Netherlands” w/Extensions

Sunday, April 27, 2025 @ 5:00 pmMonday, May 5, 2025 @ 9:00 am

De Ruyterkade
Amsterdam, NH Netherlands
Join us in spring to discover beautiful, interesting & delicious gems in charming towns beyond Amsterdam.

The National JCC Adult & Senior Alliance invites all to join our Cultural Arts Trip:

The Neglected Netherlands

with Optional Pre- & Post-Trip Excursions

April 27-(May 5), 2025

Spend Springtime in the Land of Canals & Castles, Tulips & Treasures, Van Gogh & Vermeer.

The Netherlands is a historically rich, artistically abundant, culinarily creative, but often overlooked European treasure. Most may go to Amsterdam for a day or two and then completely ignore the rest of the country; too bad, their loss. There are so many other gems waiting to be explored outside of Amsterdam! The “Low Lands” are filled with charming towns, rich museums, historic architecture, culinary delights, and more! Join in this fabulous exploration less-touristy highlights!

Be based in The Netherlands’ 4th largest city! Known for its charming, medieval city center, Utrecht has beautiful, tree-lined streets, verdant parks, stunning buildings, fascinating museums and more. Located in the center of the country, Utrecht is the perfect home-base for exploring elsewhere. Take several daytrips to other towns from the capital – The Hague – in the west to a beloved Park & Forest toward the east, with one of the country’s most prized museums.

Springtime is a Glorious Period to take in nature’s abundance of magnificent colors, shapes and fragrances; Dutch gardens turn into fireworks of blossoms, especially with the country’s iconic tulips. And, the Famous Keukenhof Garden – open for about only 8-weeks a year – is not to be missed!

In the past, The Netherlands was not known for its cuisine, however, the Dutch culinary scene has evolved into a vibrant destination for foodies. From traditional favorites of Gouda cheese, Stroopwafels (“syrup waffles”), and Pannenkoeken (“pancakes”) to Contemporary Farm-to-Table Gastronomic Tasting Meals to dishes influenced by Jewish, Turkish, Indonesian, and other cultures. Enjoy a myriad of local flavors!

Optional Pre-Trip Extension: Unpretentious Utrecht

April 25-(27), 2025

Arrive two days before the group trip to have time to recover from jet-lag, to experience the Dutch celebration of King’s Day, and to have an extra day to see some special sites in Utrecht.

Optional Post-Trip Extension: Unseen Amsterdam

May 5-(9), 2025

Extend your Dutch adventure with time in its most famous city, but discovering treasures that most American tourists never see!

Led by instructor and arts maven, James Sokol, the trip promises to be a magical mixture of history, arts, architecture, food & fun!

With a limit of 14-travelers, this trip is expected to sell-out quickly!

Spaces are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserve your space(s) soon!

For trip details & paperwork, please register through this Eventbrite page or contact James at jsokol@marinjcc.org.

Cultural Arts Trips offered by the National JCC Adult & Senior Alliance and the Osher Marin JCC are open to all. JCC Members and non-members; people of all backgrounds and faiths, hair styles and chocolate preferences are invited to join in these enriching cultural programs. For information on this and other upcoming Cultural Arts Trips please contact James Sokol at jsokol@marinjcc.org


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