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Best of Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg

Operated by: Trafalgar

10 Days from $2,453 per person
MAY - OCT 2021
Old Town Luxembourg

Countries Visited

Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium ...more Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium

Locations Visited

Amsterdam, Keukenhof, Delft, Luxembourg, Orval, Bruges, Brussels ...more Amsterdam, Keukenhof, Delft, Luxembourg, Orval, Bruges, Brussels
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Amsterdam

    Fall in love with the Lowlands, launching your holiday in the magical city of Amsterdam, whose labyrinthine canals and vibrant squares you will have an opportunity to explore on your own. Later, you'll meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception cruise, including a light meal and welcome drink. Cruise the city's famous waterways admiring the picture-perfect surrounds and gabled façades.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Apollo
  2. Day 2 Explore Amazing Amsterdam

    Explore Amsterdam's historic city centre this morning. Dive Into Culture and enjoy a Small Group Sightseeing tour of the Rijksmuseum with a Local Specialist. Come face-to-face with such masterpieces as Rembrandt's 'The Night Watch', Van Gogh's self-portrait, and 'The Milkmaid' by Vermeer. Celebrate spring and enjoy an included visit to Keukenhof (subject to season) where you'll stroll through an enchanting wonderland of tulips, daffodils and hyacinths with millions of blooms planted across the 32-hectare site.

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Discover Delft and Rotterdam

    Soak up the gezellig Dutch atmosphere this morning, before heading to Delft via The Hague. We Dive Into Culture during a visit to the Royal Delft Pottery workshop and admire the delicate blue and white porcelain that has made this historic town famous. We continue our journey south, arriving in the edgy port city of Rotterdam where we will enjoy an informative orientation tour. Heading back to Amsterdam, consider a leisurely evening in one of the charming pleins lined with cosy cafés.

    meals Breakfast
  4. Day 4 Onwards to Maastricht, Bastogne and Luxembourg City

    The fortified city of Maastricht, with its beautiful old churches, ancient city walls, and stunning merchant houses, takes centre stage this morning. We spend some time strolling through its town centre before continuing to Bastogne, the site of bloody skirmishes in the World War II Battle of the Bulge. Visit the 12th-century Cistercian Orval Abbey, renowned for being one of the few breweries that produce Trappist beer before journeying to the Duchy of Luxembourg, where tonight we'll dine in our hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Novotel Kirchberg
  5. Day 5 See the Sights of Luxembourg City

    This morning, we pay tribute to Allied Forces hero, General George S. Patton, whose final resting place is the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial. Later, we embark on a leisurely walking tour of Luxembourg City with a Local Specialist. Our route takes us past the Cathedral and the Grand Ducal Palace, with its Flemish Renaissance façades, and includes spectacular views of the gorge of the rivers Alzette and Petrusse. Spend the rest of the day at leisure soaking up the quaint atmosphere of this tiny country or indulge in a coffee while you people-watch in the leafy Place d'Armes - the choice is yours.

    meals Breakfast
  6. Day 6 Journey to Bruges

    En route to the enchanting medieval village of Bruges, we stop in Dinant whose famous son, Adolphe Sax, is credited with having invented the saxophone.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel De Medici
  7. Day 7 Uncover the Treasures of Bruges

    Wake up in beautiful Bruges and join a Local Specialist for a walking tour of the town. Take to the water and enjoy a whimsical sightseeing cruise along the city's wonderful canals lined with Gothic façades. Dive Into Culture next and admire the delicate art of Belgian lace. Spend the rest of the day on your own, immersing yourself in the old-world allure of this town. This evening, we Connect With Locals, joining Marc Nyssen at his 18th-century Bruges farmstead to learn about Flanders farm life and enjoy dinner at an exclusive Be My Guest experience.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
  8. Day 8 Continue to Ghent and Brussels

    Delve into centuries of trade heritage in the port city of Ghent, with its picturesque riverine backdrop. See the medieval city's three famous towers - Saint Nicholas Church, the Belfry and Saint Bavo's Cathedral - before continuing to Brussels, a multi-cultural melting pot, which you will have an opportunity to explore after your Travel Director shows you the city's highlights. See the Atomium, designed for the 1958 Brussels World's Fair, Mannekin Pis and the exquisite Grand Place with its opulent and ornate guildhalls. This evening, consider sampling mouth-watering Belgian cuisine washed down with the city's best beers. Our Stays With Stories accommodation is the elegant Sofitel Brussels Europe. The hotel has long been the lodgings of choice for the world's movers and shakers, including Mark Zuckerberg and Angela Merkel. It's surrounded by leafy parks, cafes and museums, in the heart of the tranquil European District.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Sofitel Europe
  9. Day 9 Brussels Your Way

    Embrace a full free day to explore the Belgian capital as you wish. Stroll past the Royal Palace and through the leafy lanes of Brussels Park or indulge in tasting delicious chocolate. Your Travel Director will assist you to make the most out of your free day at leisure. This evening we celebrate a memorable sojourn through three fascinating countries during a Farewell Dinner.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  10. Day 10 Journey Home

    We bid Belgium a fond adieu this morning as we prepare to close the curtain on a memorable holiday. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

    meals Breakfast
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Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 9 breakfasts
  • 4 dinners (including Be My Guest)

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Handcrafted Highlights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Explore the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Luxembourg City and Bruges with a Local Specialist
  • Discover Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Maastricht, Ghent and Brussels
  • Visit Royal Delft Pottery, General George Patton's Grave, Orval Abbey, Dinant and a lace making workshop in Bruges
  • View The American Memorial at Bastogne
  • Scenic Cruise on the canals of Amsterdam and Bruges
  • Tickets for Keukenhof Tulip Bulb fields are included during the flowering season (end of March until mid-May)
  • Connect with Locals Join Marc Nyssen at his 18th-century Bruges farmstead to learn about Flanders farm life and enjoy a hearty Belgian Be My Guest dinner. (Day 7)
  • Dive into Culture Visit the Rijksmuseum, the national art gallery of the Netherlands, where you’ll enjoy its exceptional collection of works by the Dutch masters. (Day 2) Visit the Delft Pottery factory to see how this delicate, porcelain is created. (Day 3) See first-hand the famous tradition of Belgian lace at a workshop in Bruges. (Day 7)
  • Stays with Stories Stay where Europe's movers and shakers do when they visit Brussels. The elegant Sofitel Brussels Europe lies in the leafy European District of the city. (Day 8)

Dates & Prices

Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. To request a personalized travel quote, click "Request Quote" and a Travel Specialist will send your custom quote including airfare if requested.

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Optional Add-Ons

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

We'll pay a visit to The Royal Palace in Amsterdam with our Local Specialist. Built in 1648, it originally served as the Town Hall and is still in use by the Dutch Royal Family today. It has also been 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.
Adult Price: € 48

Van Loon Museum

In the heart of the canal district lies Museum Van Loon, a magnificent private residence built in 1672. The former residence of the artist Ferdinand Bol, the 18th-century interior still evokes the splendor of the Golden Age. With our Local Specialist, we’ll discover the large collection of paintings, fine furniture, precious silver and porcelain from several centuries. A short walking tour in the heart of the city will then take us to the Beguinage (Begijnhof), a hidden courtyard where extremely pious women lived for almost 700 years. This glimpse behind the façades of Amsterdam's world-famous canals is highly recommended.
Adult Price: € 42

Dinner In A Historic Dutch House

Join us for a delicious meal of Dutch specialties, including drinks, in the elegant surroundings of this historic house.
Adult Price: € 63

Holland's Favorite Foods

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. savor 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.
Adult Price: € 62

Muiderslot, A Genuine Castle

We'll take a short drive with our Local Specialist 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, it's easy to picture 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.
Adult Price: € 56

Rotterdam

Kinderdijk Exploration And Boat Ride

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.
Adult Price: € 34

Luxembourg

Roman Trier Discovery And Dinner

Your Local Specialist will reveal the historic Roman city of Trier, with free time in the center 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.
Adult Price: € 70

Bruges

Ypres Excursion and Last Post Ceremony

Travel with your local expert to the historic town of Ypres, a ‘city of peace’ famous for its involvement in World War I. Afterward, 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.
Adult Price: € 47

Belgium's Best Traditions and Tastes

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 savor a selection of Belgian beers.
Adult Price: € 39

Magical Bruges By Horse And Carriage

Experience a magical carriage ride by the colorful 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.
Adult Price: € 38

Brussels

Waterloo Explored

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 famous iron lion monument on top of the hill, which you can climb if you wish. The monument was built by the widows of veterans and you'll hear their story as you gaze at the spectacular panoramic view.
Adult Price: € 40

Antwerp Unveiled

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.
Adult Price: € 40

Reviews
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Independent Reviews
Trusted Customer
Thursday, October 3, 2019
Service
Daniel did our bookings, he’s wonderful
Vacation
Hope there’s at 3 days to explore Belgium, Luxembourg and more flexibility to go around the city, villages and not rushing due to time allowed, otherwise good experience
Trusted Customer
Friday, June 28, 2019
Service
My contact was rude.
Vacation
Our tour director was dishonest and lied about timing and dates so we would buy her excursions.
John Fitzgerald
Monday, May 20, 2019
Service
All was done professionally and well.
Vacation
Interesting sights and well planned. Hotels in Amsterdam and Luxembourg were poorly located and our excellent guide could have led walking tours better if he’d worn an orange scarf or somesuch. Otherwise, all was great.
Trusted Customer
Sunday, May 19, 2019
Service
Staff was knowledgeable and did great job of getting good flights.
Vacation
We were able to see a lot of interesting sights without the hassle of trying to do it on our own. Everything was well organized and professionally executed.
Trusted Customer
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Service
Figure out what holidays are in the schedule. 20%of our trip was not able to be utilized in the way it should have been. One day was a holiday where streets were closed, another was a bank holiday where no restaurants or museums were open and our hotel was horrific and in a construction zone near nothing. 100% payment for 80% of a trip.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We do apologize for your disappointment. Our Guest Relations team has already been in touch with you and provided compensation.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Vacation
Rushed schedule due to two days of unscheduled holidays which were never advertised. Another day, a parade (which tourndirector didn’t know about) interferes with our plans... clearly a bungled job of scheduling.
Trusted Customer
Sunday, July 22, 2018
Service
They were diligent and friendly. They accommodated all requests.
Vacation
The package was as promised with a few extras which was a nice touch. They should examine the Hotel De Medici.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for that suggestion. We will definitely look into that specific hotel for areas of improvement.
Monday, July 23, 2018
D Sand
Sunday, June 24, 2018
Service
Great tour venues with excellent hotel facilities. Great tour director and bus driver got us into major sights without delays.
Vacation
Overall tour price (including airfare) was very competitive. However, more information should be provided up front about "optional tours" that typically become "required" if you don't want to be left out of everything. Pricing and level of activity of these options should be more clearly stated.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your suggestions and feedback. We do list the optional experiences on our website for every trip we sell. Please accept our apologies if this was not made clear to you at the time you booked.
Monday, June 25, 2018
Charles Doeller Iii
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Service
Although tour guide said pace would be geared to the slowest member of the group, my wife and I were continually left behind. Once we had to take a taxi back to the hotel because we missed the spot she pointed to indicating where the bus should be.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are terribly sorry to hear that you felt rushed and left behind during the sightseeing. We will be happy to reimburse your taxi cost back to the hotel. Our Guest Relations team will be in touch shortly to work out the arrangements. Thank you.
Friday, June 15, 2018
Vacation
Trip planning and sites were wonderful.
Trusted Customer
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Service
No special services. They did what any agency wold do, no more.
Vacation
Too large a group. However, guide w as helpful in arranging a visit to the Brussels Synagogue. I had an accident in the hotel in Brugge. Hotel refused to write up the accident and insisted that I reord the accident with Trafalger with your guide, which I did.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear about your accident and hope now that you're home, you are feeling better. It is standard policy for any guests who suffer a fall or accident to record it the Travel Director. We keep this on file for use with any insurance claims and/or missed parts of the trip. Thank you for letting us know!
Friday, June 8, 2018
Trusted Customer
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Service
Accommodations were excellent and dining experiences were fine. The bus was clean and comfortable. The guide was friendly, attentive, efficient, well-informed and generally very good.
Vacation
I was not prepared to travel with such a large group - 48 people and very much disliked having to be herded around with so many people and not to have enough time at certain places such as the the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. It was a great disappointed to me that we could not have more time there and that we had no free time on our own to do that or the Van Gogh Museum.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to see hear of your disappointment.  The group sizes do vary from tour to tour, but 40- 45 is typically the average number of guests in a group.  We will pass along your comments about more time in the museums and additional free time.  Thank you for taking the time to share your comments.
Friday, June 1, 2018
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