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Best of Holland, Belgium & Luxembourg

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Tour Pace: Comfortable
Keukenhof Gardens, Amsterdam
Tour Style: First Class
11 Days from $2,003 per person

Take a leisurely jaunt through Benelux – from fairy-tale castles to flowering fields, Rembrandt to Royal Delft. 

See the historic fortified city of Maastricht, where four nations converge, the breathtaking gorge of Luxembourg's Alzette and Petrusse rivers, and one of Europe's best-preserved medieval cities, where traditional Belgian chocolate, beer and lace are in plentiful supply – where else but in Bruges?

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Welcome to Amsterdam. Relax and unwind after check-in or take a leisurely stroll through this unique city. Tonight, join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a sightseeing Welcome Reception cruise, aboard a canal boat. Enjoy a light meal and welcome drink as you travel through Amsterdam's famous waterways.
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  3. In Amsterdam, enjoy an orientation of the historic city center. Admire Rembrandt's masterpiece the ‘The Night Watch', during your guided Small Group Sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist of the Rijksmuseum. Visit a historic diamond polishing factory for a Cultural Insight into the traditions of cutting and preparing diamonds for export. During the flowering season (March until mid-May), an included visit to the tulip fields of Keukenhof is sure to dazzle, with several million flowering bulbs planted across a 70-acre site.
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  4. After a leisurely morning, travel through The Hague to the historic town of Delft. Visit the Royal Delft Pottery workshop for a Cultural Insight into the manufacturing of this hand painted porcelain. Continue to Rotterdam, the most important river port in Europe. After a short city orientation, visit the Euromast Tower for spectacular panoramic views of the city and the famous harbor. The rest of the afternoon is yours to spend as you please before returning to Amsterdam this evening.
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  5. This morning stop in the historic fortified city of Maastricht. Enjoy free time to explore the city before continuing to Bastogne. View the American Memorial, erected to commemorate the 76,890 American soldiers wounded or killed during the Battle of the Bulge. Arrive later at your hotel in the Duchy of Luxembourg. Dine tonight at your hotel.
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    hotel:Novotel Luxembourg
  6. This morning, visit General George S. Patton's grave. Your walking tour of Luxembourg with a Local Specialist shows you the sights including the breathtaking gorge of the Rivers Alzette and Petrusse, the Cathedral and the Grand Ducal Palace. The rest of the afternoon is yours to spend at leisure. Your Travel Director will be able to advise on how to get the most from your free time in the city.
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  7. Visit Orval Abbey, a Cistercian monastery famous for producing Trappiste beer. Continue your journey and stop in the pretty town of Dinant, birthplace of Adolphe Sax – best known for inventing the saxophone. Later, arrive in picturesque Bruges and join your fellow travelers this evening for a special Be My Guest dinner at an 18th century farmstead.
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    hotel:Golden Tulip De Medici
  8. Admire the sights of Bruges including the town square during your walking tour with a Local Specialist. Cruise along picturesque canals during your sightseeing cruise and visit the Lace Center for a Cultural Insight into the production of this local specialty. Spend the rest of the day exploring the charming medieval streets at your own pace.
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  9. Visit the beautiful city of Ghent and see the three famous Ghent towers – Saint Nicholas' Church, the Belfry and Saint Bavo's Cathedral. This afternoon in Brussels your Travel Director shows you the city's highlights, including the Atomium, Royal Palace, Japanese Pagodas, the Grand Place and the famous Mannekin Pis.
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    hotel:Sheraton
  10. Today is free for you to do as you wish. Explore the Grand Place, join a beer or bike tour, or simply relax in a café and watch the world go by. Your Travel Director will be able to assist you to get the most from this leisurely day. This evening, celebrate a wonderful trip with your travel companions at a Farewell Dinner.
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  11. This morning bid farewell to your fellow travelers and take home many special memories. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.
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2018 Preview

Preview itineraries and content are based on selected vacations featured in our 2017 Collection, however, items such as (but not limited to), hotels, meals, sightseeing inclusions, trip destinations, transfers and transportation, are subject to change. The final composition of your trip will be published in our 2018 Collection due out in September. By paying your deposit, you are agreeing to accept the finalized version of your trip itinerary.

  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment

Meal Summary

9 nights, 9 hot buffet breakfasts, 4 dinners, On-trip transport.

Included Highlights

Be My Guest

  • Join Marc and Judig Nyssen at their 18th century Bruges farmstead to learn about Flanders farm life and enjoy hearty Belgian fare

Cultural Insight

  • Explore Holland's long diamond heritage at a historic diamond polishing factory in Amsterdam, visit the Delft Pottery factory to see how this delicate, porcelain is created and see first-hand the famous tradition of Belgian lace at a workshop in Bruges

Small Group Sightseeing

  • Enjoy a guided visit to Amsterdam's famous Rijksmuseum with a group size of no more than 25 guests

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Luxembourg and Bruges

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Luxembourg, Bruges
  • Orientation of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Maastricht, Ghent, Brussels
  • Visit the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Royal Delft Pottery, the Euromast Tower in Rotterdam, General George Patton's Grave, Orval Abbey, Dinant
  • Cruise the canals of Amsterdam, Bruges
  • View The American Memorial at Bastogne
  • Tickets for Keukenhof Bulb fields are included during the flowering season (April until mid-May)
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Keukenhof: Departures marked in the price panel will include tickets to the magnificent Keukenhof tulip fields.

undefinedSpecial Rate Solo Rooming: These departures include 25-100% discount on our standard single supplement.

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $660 p.p.

Triple Discount: $120 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $71 per person.

Airport transfers: On arrival at Amsterdam Airport transfers will operate at 9:00 am, 11:30 am and 2:30 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Brussels Airport at 8:00 am and 12:00 noon.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering these countries.

  • The currency in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg is the Euro (€). While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive in Europe, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • Dutch cuisine is simple and rustic.  You might like to try specialties such as rookworst (smoked sausage), kibbeling (fried fish) and pannenkoeken (Dutch pancakes).  And, if you’re feeling adventurous you can try local raw herring prepared with onions and gherkins.  For something sweet, try stroopwafels, a delicious chewy cookie made with two thin layers of waffle and sticky syrup filling.

    Belgian food is saucy, rich, and satisfying. Try popular dishes like waterzooi (fish stew), boudin blanc sausage, stoemp (Belgian mashed potatoes), moules-frites, and waffles.

    If you enjoy large portions of meat and fish, potatoes, dashes of cream and wine, you’ll love the food in Luxembourg. Hearty options include pork and broad beans, fried blood sausage, pates and soups.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress, as well as comfortable walking shoes and a waterproof jacket with a hood.  For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Tipping is less common in Europe than in the U.S. Many restaurants will include a service charge in the bill. While tipping it is not required, you can leave up to 10 percent gratuity for excellent service. In bars and cafes it’s appropriate to round up or leave some small change.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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Service rating : When the original tour that we signed up for was cancelled, we were pleased with how they worked with us to schedule a different tour and to arrange our transportation to include a pre-tour visit to Vienna.
Vacation : We were pleased with the itinerary. Some of the optional items were truly optional such as a horse and carriage tour in Bruges. But mostly they were integral to the rest of the tour and should have been included in a higher package price; if you didn't want to do them you had to wait in the bus.
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Service rating : Sub-contracting tours to other travel agencies (Trafalgar, Insights, etc.) has had a profound impact on services provided. We have taken 4 tours with Grand European, 2 with GET Directors, 1 with Insight, and 1 with Trafalgar. The first two were fantastic, however the final two through subcontractors left us feeling somewhat neglected throughout the tour. On the UK tour that we took in 2016, with Insight, I had a medical problem, which the Insight travel director gave me very little assistance with. I had to seek attention on my own, from Emergency room facilities in both London and Dublin. We spent 6 hours waiting to see a doctor in London, who did nothing, and ten hours in Dublin, and never saw a doctor, only a physician assistant. We missed an optional experience in Dublin as a result. On our most recent tour with Trafalgar, the Travel Director showed very little experience of the areas we were visiting (Best of Holland, Belgium & Luxembourg). She seemed more concerned with accomplishing her administrative duties, i.e. taking sign-ups and collecting payments for optional experiences, while traveling on the coach, rather than explaining the countryside and towns that we were seeing out the window. When we traveled with Grand European, and their travel directors, these administrative functions were all handled at one of our hotel locations. We honestly feel that the services provided by GET through sub-contracting,have been degraded. All others areas of GET, have been exceptional for us, and we would like to continue our travels with you. It has been a very rewarding four years that we have had with GET, and hope to continue our travels in the future.
Vacation : Areas visited were beautiful, and we really enjoyed all of our experiences. As mentioned earlier, minor glitches with tour director had an adverse impact on our overall ability to obtain all information on various sites visited.
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Service rating : excellent experience booking the trip; guide and bus driver, as well as individual guides on local sites were friendly, knowledgable and in tune with the group
Vacation : While the optionals were for the most part enjoyable and inforational, I thought some were a little high priced
Monday, October 17, 2016
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Service rating : very good
Vacation : Energetic Tour Director and Excellent Driver

Keukenhof takes place every year from late March through mid-May. Tickets to the gardens are included on eight departure dates in 2017 from March 30 until May 18.

During the flowering season, we include tickets to the beautiful Keukenhof Bulb fields. See more than 800 varieties of tulips, daffodils and hyacinths in this beautiful 70 acre garden.  Every year world famous artists are invited to design the blooming mosaics around a central festival theme.    

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Amsterdam

Hidden Amsterdam

Adult Price: € 40

Still in use by the Dutch Royal Family, The Royal Palace in Amsterdam was built in 1648. Originally serving as the Town Hall, it was also a Napoleonic Palace before its current role. Its rich history and the interior of this magnificent building in the heart of Amsterdam make this a must see in Amsterdam.

Holland's Favorite Food

Adult Price: € 59

Nibble your way through Amsterdam's international dining scene on a tasting tour led by a local specialist. Learn about the international flavors that have influenced Dutch cuisine, while grabbing bites at a cheese shop, beer garden and family restaurant. Savour handpicked local delicacies including artisanal cheeses, a sweet ‘stroopwafel’ and the best fish in town. We'll wash them all down with a beer or jenever.

Van Loon Museum

Adult Price: € 40

In the heart of the canal district lies Museum Van Loon, a magnificent private residence built in 1672. This former residence of the artist Ferdinand Bol, the interior has remained largely intact since the 18th century and still evokes the splendour of the Golden Age. We’ll discover the museum’s large collection of paintings, fine furniture, precious silver and porcelain from several centuries. Behind the house, the beautiful garden is laid out in formal style and is an oasis of quiet in the modern inner city. This glimpse of the world behind the façades of the world-famous canals is highly recommended.

Dinner In A Historic Dutch House

Adult Price: € 63

Join us for a delicious meal of Dutch specialities, including drinks, in the elegant surroundings of this historic house.

Dutch Countryside Bicycle Ride with a Local

Adult Price: € 52

The Netherlands is well known for being the perfect country to go for a bike ride. We'll leave the hectic city behind and cycle into the beautiful and green nature reserve called “Waterland”. Our Local Specialist will take us through centuries-old picturesque villages with typical wooden houses. We'll cross wooden bridges, pass brooks and green pastures and ride along the Ijsselmeer. Comfortable bicycles, helmets and refreshment in a typical Dutch Café are provided. The best way to experience Holland!

Muiderslot, A Geniune Castle

Adult Price: € 53

We'll take a short drive to imposing Muiderslot Castle, which will give us a real taste of Dutch history. It's part of Amsterdam's Defence Line and is UNESCO World Heritage Listed. During your guided tour, through rooms refurbished in 17th-century style, you'll imagine yourself in a Rembrandt painting as it evokes the period when Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft, known as the "Dutch Shakespeare," occupied the castle. We'll also enjoy a garden tour and a refreshment in a typical Dutch Inn is included.

Bruges

Magical Bruges By Horse And Carriage

Adult Price: € 38

Experience a magical carriage ride by the colourful canals and squares of the Venice of the North. You’ll see the Lake of Love with its gliding swans, the ornate bridges, the step-gabled houses reflecting in the canals and hear the bells of the carillon chiming.

Ypres Excursion and Last Post Ceremony

Adult Price: € 32

Travel with your local expert to the historic town of Ypres, a ‘city of peace’ famous for its involvement in World War I. Afterwards, you’ll visit two famous cemeteries and attend the famous Last Post Ceremony, which commemorates the fallen of the British Army and her allies on the surrounding Flanders Fields. You’ll also have the chance to visit Ypres' famous market square and take in the atmosphere of this unique location.

Brussels

Antwerp Unveiled

Adult Price: € 40

Join this half-day experience to Antwerp, the second largest city and biggest port of Belgium. You’ll discover the city with your Local Specialist and visit the largest Gothic cathedral of Belgium to see artworks by Peter Paul Rubens. You can also enjoy a traditional beer or waffle in the beautiful square right by the Cathedral.

Belgium's Best Traditions and Tastes

Adult Price: € 40

You’ll discover all the secrets and techniques that make Belgian chocolate the most exquisite in the world. Then head to a Belgian Brewery to savour a selection of Belgian beers and typical local appetisers.

Waterloo Explored

Adult Price: € 40

In 1815 Napoleon fought his famous last battle here against the Duke of Wellington. You’ll visit the battlefields and monuments, and discover how the face of Europe was changed forever. You’ll also see the huge iron monument built by the widows of veterans, and hear their story as you gaze at the spectacular panoramic view.

Luxembourg

Roman Trier Discovery And Dinner

Adult Price: € 70

Your Local Specialist will reveal the historic Roman city of Trier, with free time in the centre before you proceed to the nearby hills, for views over the Moselle River and famous wine region. Here, in a traditional villa converted into a restaurant, you’ll enjoy a three-course dinner with drinks overlooking the valley.

Rotterdam

Kinderdijk Exploration And Boat Ride

Adult Price: € 32

Join us to discover the spectacular straight line of 19 working windmills at the Kinderdijk. Part of a UNESCO Cultural Heritage site and situated below sea-level, they were built around 1740 to pump water out of the reclaimed 'polder' lands. You’ll also admire the classic Dutch landscape between the Rhine river branches of the delta, during a relaxing boat ride.

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