This morning we’ll grab a quick bakery breakfast together as we set out as a group for a guided bike ride that will orient us to Antwerp, with a special emphasis on the history of the city’s diamond trade along with its Jewish culture and traditions since all of these are intertwined.
In the late morning our group will divide into smaller groups. Between this afternoon and the following morning and afternoon everyone will go diamond shopping with Katie and also have their choice of two of the three other activities listed below.
Diamond shopping with Kate Szirmay: Each member of the group (or couple, or traveling companions) will be led by Kate Szirmay, Diamond Concierge, on a private diamond shopping trip. Kate has connections and know-how and will be able to help you find just what you’re looking for in the world’s greatest diamond district.
Rubenshuis: Enjoy a private guided tour of the home of Dutch Master Peter Paul Rubens, the “Palazzo on the Scheldt.” In the early 17th century he renovated and designed much of this home himself and a great deal of his work was created and is still housed here.
Plantin Moretus Museum: This printing plant and publishing house dates from the Renaissance and Baroque periods and is associated with the history of the invention and spread of typography. The oldest printing presses in the world are located here and you’ll enjoy a fascinating private tour that will truly take you back in time.
Fashion Walk: Find out more about Antwerp as a vibrant lifestyle city on this cultural exploration of the city, which focuses on contemporary design, architecture and history. The emphasis is on the more recent past when the city developed into a leading fashion centre. This isn’t a shopping trip, but an exploration of local fashion culture.
Spend this evening in Antwerp as you please.