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Country Roads of Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands

Operated by: Insight Vacations

11 Days from $3,083 per person

Countries Visited

Belgium, Luxembourg ...more Belgium, Luxembourg

Locations Visited

Brussels, Waterloo, Ghent, Bruges, Luxembourg, Bastogne, Amsterdam ...more Brussels, Waterloo, Ghent, Bruges, Luxembourg, Bastogne, Amsterdam
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Brussels.

    Airport transfers depart Brussels airport for your centrally-located hotel at 09:00, 11:00 and 14:30. After checking in, the afternoon is yours to relax. At 17:00, join your Travel Director for a visit to the cheeky Manneken Pis statue and leisurely stroll around the Grand Place, voted the most beautiful square in Europe. Your delightful first evening also includes a Welcome Dinner with wine at a local restaurant in the heart of the Old Town with an opportunity to mingle with your fellow travellers.(Dinner with Wine)

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel NH Collection Brussels Centre.
  2. Day 2 The Battlefield of Waterloo.

    Leaving the city limits behind, visit the Battlefield of Waterloo to learn about Napoleon’s final defeat in 1815. Immerse yourself in the action at the Panorama, where a huge 360-degree mural depicts a key moment in the raging battle. If you're feeling energetic, you can climb the 230 steps to the top of the Lion's Mound for panoramic views over the battlefield and countryside. Return to Brussels, where the remainder of the day is at your leisure. Perhaps venture further afield and visit Antwerp, Belgium’s biggest port? Maybe try the local food and drink, Belgian Stoemp and a Kwak, for dinner?(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel NH Collection Brussels Centre.
  3. Day 3 Ghent and on to Bruges.

    In the morning, admire the contrast of the Chinese and Japanese Pavilions and the impressive, metallic spheres of the Atomium. Your journey then crosses the pasture lands of Belgian Flanders to your next stop in Ghent, the City of Flowers and rival to Bruges for its rich treasury of medieval heritage. With a Local Expert, take a stroll through the historical streets and be mesmerised by the outstanding beauty of its quays, churches and squares. Continue to picture-perfect Bruges for a fabulous Dine-Around Evening, amid the old-world atmosphere of the town centre.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Radisson Blu Hotel, Bruges.
  4. Day 4 Sightseeing Bruges.

    Meet your Local Expert from Bruges for a stroll along cobbled streets, lined with high-gabled houses from the 16th century. Visit the Market Square dominated by the 80-metre belfry of the Market Hall. Explore Burg Square with its ornate Gothic town hall and glorious frescoes on the walls of the Holy Blood Chapel. With your free afternoon, maybe shop for handmade lace and praline chocolates? In the evening, perhaps visit the town of Ypres, where buglers sound the Last Post each evening in a moving tribute to those who fell during World War I.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Radisson Blu Hotel, Bruges.
  5. Day 5 To Luxembourg.

    Travel into the French-speaking Walloon region where picturesque country roads lead you to the late 19th century Scourmont Abbey. The surrounding plateau on which it is built, was once considered wild and barren land, but the Trappist monks have toiled for over 100 years to create a successful farm, brewery and cheese plant. Visit the Chimay Experience to learn about the production secrets of the monks' Chimay Trappist beers and cheeses, representing a thousand years of tradition. Your visit concludes with a sample of freshly brewed beer and a taste of their golden-crusted cheese. Continue on to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to arrive at your 18th century chateau home for two nights. In the evening, you will be served a fresh and delicious Farm-to-Table Dinner accompanied with wine at the restaurant L'Écurie du Parc. See the 12th century Clervaux Castle illuminated on your stroll after dinner.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Château d'Urspelt (Castle Rooms), Clervaux.
  6. Day 6 Luxembourg City and Countryside.

    Your travels continue to Luxembourg City for sightseeing with your Local Expert. Visit the grave of U.S. General George S. Patton, laid to rest alongside the men who fought and died in his great Third Army. Admire the view over the Petrusse Ravine from the Pont Adolphe and stroll through the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to see the cathedral and the Palace of the Grand Duke. With the afternoon free for you to explore at your leisure, perhaps join an Optional Experience to the ancient Roman city of Trier, home town of Karl Marx, to explore with a Local Expert?(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Château d'Urspelt (Castle Rooms), Clervaux.
  7. Day 7 Explore Bastogne then on to Rotterdam.

    Head for Bastogne to visit the Mardasson Monument, a star-shaped memorial dedicated to the U.S. troops who died during World War II’s Battle of the Bulge. You may choose to climb to the top for a perspective of what it might have been like during the winter of 1944. Visit the Bastogne War Museum, a fascinating modern and interactive memorial centre highlighting the causes, events and consequences of WWII. Travel through the centre of Belgium as your journey continues to Rotterdam, the world's largest port rebuilt after wartime devastation. During your orientation with your Travel Director, marvel at the radical modern design of the city that has become its distinguishing feature and see the impressive market hall and the Erasmus Bridge.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Inntel Hotels Rotterdam Centre.
  8. Day 8 Delft and The Hague.

    Visit one of the manufacturers of original Delft blue pottery before moving on to the Hague, the elegant governmental centre of the Netherlands. See the Binnenhof courtyards where the Parliament is situated and the impressive Peace Palace. Pass through picturesque villages and windmills of the Dutch countryside to Amsterdam for three fabulous nights.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam.
  9. Day 9 Amsterdam Sightseeing.

    Today you explore Amsterdam, a living museum of the 17th century, yet still a vibrant metropolis and port. The best way to see this remarkable city is from the water as you cruise through the canal district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire the elegant merchant houses from the 16th and 17th centuries, their facades are a reflection of when trade flourished during Amsterdam's Golden Age. Relax as you pass stunning gables, beautiful churches and the iconic Magere Brug, better known as the Skinny Bridge. Disembark your cruise to wander the city with your Travel Director. See the floating flower market, Dam Square and the Royal Palace. The rest of the day is at your leisure. With your free time, Perhaps venture out to the Dutch Countryside to the village of Marken?(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam.
  10. Day 10 A True Dutch Delight.

    If you choose, you could start the morning by visiting the world's largest flower auction at Aalsmeer? Later, in Amsterdam, visit the newly refurbished Rijksmuseum with a Local Expert, Amsterdam's famed treasure trove of Dutch art, housing Rembrandt's ‘Night Watch.' Journey to the village of Monnikendam and learn the secrets of the Cheese Maker's craft, from milk to the finished product. Then witness a traditional Shoemaker turn a block of wood into clogs. In the evening, join your newfound friends and Travel Director at a beautiful restaurant in Monnikendam to enjoy your Celebration Dinner.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam.
  11. Day 11 Depart Amsterdam.

    Transfers to Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport arrive at 08:00 and 10:00.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
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Price Includes

Included Insight Services

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Authentic Dining

  • Bruges: Experience a Dine-Around Evening in beautiful Bruges; enjoying regional dishes, excellent service and famous Belgian beer.
  • Scourmont Abbey: Visit the late 19th century abbey, built upon what was once wild and barren land. Then, learn about the production secrets of the Chimay Trappist beers and cheeses before sampling freshly brewed beer along with a taste of golden-crusted cheese.
  • Luxembourg: After admiring Luxembourg countryside, savour a freshly-prepared Farm-to-Table meal at restaurant L'Écurie du Parc, made of locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients typical of the region.
  • Monnickendam: Enjoy a Celebration Dinner with wine in an elegant restaurant in the quaint village of Monnickendam.
  • Dining Summary: 10 Breakfasts (B) and 5 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

Insight Experiences

  • Amsterdam: Explore the Rijksmuseum with a local art historian.
  • Monnikendam: Journey through the polder landscape to visit Monnikendam. Along the way, visit a rustic cheese workshop to learn the secrets of the dairy industry and witness the ancient art of clog making.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Keukenhof Festival: Visit Keukenhof to see millions of multi-coloured bulb-flowers in bloom on select departures.
  • Brussels: Visit the Grand Place and view the Mannekin Pis.
  • Waterloo: 200 years after the fall of Napoleon, visit the site to discover why the Battle of Waterloo was such a defining moment in European history. Those feeling adventurous can experience panoramic views from atop the Lion's Mound, worth the effort of the 230 steps.
  • Brussels: See the Atomium, and the Chinese and Japanese Pavilions.
  • Ghent: With a Local Expert, visit St. Bavo's Cathedral with its Van Eyck masterpiece and see the Castle of the Counts.
  • Bruges: Visit the Market Square and famous belfry of the Market Hall with your Local Expert. See the Gothic town hall in Burg Square and the frescoes on the walls of the Holy Blood Chapel.
  • Luxembourg: With your Local Expert, enjoy views over the Petrusse Ravine and walk through the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the cathedral, the Palace of the Grand Duke and visit the grave of U.S. General George S. Patton. Lookout from the Pont Adolphe.
  • Bastogne: Experience a fascinating insight into the history of the World War II at the modern Bastogne War Museum. Visit the Mardasson Monument, dedicated to those who fell during the Battle of the Bulge.
  • Rotterdam: Witness the impressive market hall and Erasmus Bridge on your orientation of this modern city.
  • The Hague: See the Binnenhof courtyards and the Peace Palace.
  • Delft: Visit one of the manufacturers of original Delft blue pottery and see the potters at work on your guided tour.
  • Amsterdam: Cruise along the old waterways, discovering the architectural gems of the old city, including mansions dating from the Golden Age of the 17th Century.
  • Amsterdam: Led by your Travel Director, wander the city to see the floating flower market, Dam Square and the Royal Palace.
  • Scenic Drives: Enjoy the scenery as you travel through Flanders, the Walloon region, along the River Meuse, across Ardennes Plateau and through the Semois Valley and Dutch countryside.

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
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Keukenhof
Start Date: Sat, Apr 4, 2020
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Keukenhof Bulb Fields

Keukenhof takes place every year from late March through mid-May. Tickets to the gardens are available as an optional excursion on departure dates in 2020 from April 4 until May 2.

During the flowering season, we invite you to join us on a visit 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 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.

Brussels

Antwerp Unveiled

Join this half-day experience to Antwerp, the second largest city and biggest port of Belgium. You will discover the city with your Local Expert and visit the 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

Bruges

Magical Bruges By Horse And Carriage

What could be more magical than a horse and carriage ride by the colourful canals and squares of the ‘Venice of the North’? See the Lake of Love with its gliding swans, the ornate bridges, the steep gabled houses reflected in the canals, the bells of the carillon chiming – all of which conjure up a fascinating dream-like atmosphere. Photo stops included, of course.
Adult Price: €38

Scenic Canal Cruise of Brugge & Taste of Belgium

Experience Bruges from a different perspective as you take to the water. A delightful cruise through the peaceful canals explores places you normally can't get to on foot and discover some of the interesting background of the historic houses. An unforgettable experience.
Adult Price: €28

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. 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.
Adult Price: €45

Luxembourg

Excursion To The Roman City Of Trier In Germany

Drive into Germany to visit the ancient Roman city of Trier, home town of Karl Marx. Sightseeing with a local expert will reveal the superb Porta Nigra and the Imperial Baths, the largest outside Rome You'll also walk through the old town to see the fine Liebfrauenkirche, as well as Marx's house. After free time in the centre, we'll proceed to the nearby hills for great views over the Moselle River and the surrounding wine region.
Adult Price: €33

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: €32

Rotterdam Harbour Cruise & Dinner

A fascinating opportunity to experience the bustle of Europe’s largest port, so crucial to the Dutch economy. We'll admire the city’s impressive skyline and take in all the activity of the harbour, shipyards, docks and the ultra-modern technology of the container port. The cruise ends with a view of the steamship SS Rotterdam, the flagship liner of the Holland America Line. Later, we’re off to a favourite local restaurant for a delicious three-course dinner with unlimited drinks.
Adult Price: €68

Amsterdam

Aalsmeer Flower Auctions

Experience the excitement at the very epicentre of the international flower trade! Each day, over 19 million flowers are sold at 'Bloemenveiling Aalsmeer', the world's largest flower auction. Witness all the action from a specially-designed viewing gallery as traders bid against the clock for a mind-blowing assortment of blooms. A unique experience you'll remember forever! This optional does not operate on Saturdays and Sundays.
Adult Price: €24

Traditional Dutch Countryside Tour

Take a break from the hectic pace of city life and unwind as you visit the ‘scenic Dutch countryside’. Enjoy a boat trip on the IJsselmeer lake (1100 kms) and visit the village of Volendam and the island village of Marken. You’ll be able to enjoy the tranquillity of the countryside surroundings and immerse yourself in the old way of life. There will be free time to stroll around the villages, shop for traditional Dutch souvenirs (and to have a nice lunch - not included).
Adult Price: €36

Dutch Dinner & Sailor's Quarter

Dine in a beautiful historic restaurant which offers a wide selection of delicious food and drink. Amsterdam is famous for its liberal principles and attitudes, so after dinner, take a guided walk through one of the city's tourist hot spots - the vibrant 'Sailors Quarter', crammed with around 300 "red-light windows".
Adult Price: €63

Reviews
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Independent Reviews
Laura Creagan
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Service
Daniel did an excellent job booking our trip and communicating with us! When he was out of office, on vacation, we dealt with another agent to get tickets issued. Again, a very helpful agent! Have recommended GET to friends.
Vacation
A very well planned itinerary that allowed us to experience the beauty and many sites of the 3 countries ! Our tour director did an outstanding job coordinating things!
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Service
provided information that helped me in choosing particular tour. yes I will contact her when planning my next tour.
Vacation
I already did. I have no photos or videos to share.
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Service
We worked with Barb Gardner to plan & book our trip & it all was completed quite smoothly. Barb helped us find the most convenient flights & upgraded our seats without difficulty. She made the whole process easy. Barb had also assisted us with our Best of Germany trip last fall & it also worked out beautifully.
Vacation
It was an excellent trip with lots of enlightening historical sites, some wonderful works of art, breath-taking floral displays and, per my husband, outstanding Belgium beers. Philip Orna and the driver, Mr. Ludwig, did a great job of making adjustments to the schedule and routes to ensure the best experiences for us during the crowded Easter holiday.
Beverly Stichtenoth
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Service
GET is easy to work with and our travel documents were delivered in a timely manner.
Vacation
All in all, we were satisfied with the itinerary of this tour. An opportunity for improvement for future tours may involve managing tour included experiences and optional experiences that are offered on the same day in places where the hotel location is outside of city centers (Luxembourg, Amsterdam). Some travelers were seemingly forced to either include an optional experience when they may not have wished to do so, or were forced to skip an included experience because of transportation limitations that were an impact of those accommodation locations. Specifically, the walking tour of Luxembourg City and the optional experience to Trier should probably both be marketed as included experiences in the tour itinerary, since there was no viable option to accommodate people who would have done the Luxembourg City tour but did not wish to do the optional excursion to Trier.
Priscilla Webb
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Service
Daniel Pelletier was a wonderful, patient, and knowledgeable help with my booking and other questions.
Vacation
Insight runs wonderful tours. Our tour guide, Gary, was patient, diplomatic, extremely helpful and accommodating, and very knowledgeable. The bus is beautiful and comfortable, and the bus driver, Gerard, was polite, helpful, and expert at driving and parking the huge bus. The itinerary was exciting. Everything possible was done to make everyone comfortable and happy. We look forward to our next Insight tour!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much! We will be sure to share your comments with Daniel, Gary and Gerard.  We hope to see you on another trip very soon!
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Service
First and foremost is the guide and driver were excellent. Chantal went above and beyond to make our vacation stress free and enjoyable. Gerard was the best. He got into places I thought were unnavigable but he did it. All in all I thought the trip met my expectations.
Vacation
I thought most of the add ons were good. I would have preferred an extra day in Rotterdam. I was not happy with the Chateau experience. If we didn't like there menu there was no place else to eat. Also it was pretty far from everything. I heard about Dinant and was looking forward to visiting but it wound up being a big disappointment. They were working on the canal so there were no boats and most of the shops were closed because of it. It was like visiting a ghost town.There should have been a substitution for this visit due to the circumstances.
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Service
Organized, informative, great Tour Director & Driver (Nathalie & Jan), & I would highly recommend "GET", & go on another trip.
Vacation
Superior trip!. Will definitely go again.
Trusted Customer
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Service
Grand European is a great travel company with great service.
Vacation
The Country Roads Vacation was great.
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