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Country Roads of Belgium, Luxembourg & the Netherlands

Amsterdam, Netherlands
12 Days from $2,585 per person

Step back in time and immerse yourself in idyllic 17th century Dutch landscapes of gently turning windmills and charming bridges, arching over peaceful canals. Enjoy a slower pace of life with all the comforts of modern touches.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Airport transfers depart Brussels Airport for your centrally-located hotel at 09:00, 11:00 & 14:30. After checking in, the afternoon is yours to relax. Later, join your Tour 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 introductory evening also includes a Welcome Reception with drinks and an opportunity to mingle over dinner with wine.
    hotel:Sofitel Brussels Le Louise (2 nights).
  3. Admire the contrast of the Chinese and Japanese Pavilions and the impressive, metallic spheres of the Atomium. 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 360⁰ 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. Back in Brussels, the remainder of the day is at leisure. Maybe try some Belgian Stoemp with a ‘Kwak' at dinner?
    hotel:Sofitel Brussels Le Louise.
  4. Cross 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, visit St. Bavo's Cathedral with its Van Eyck masterpiece and see the Castle of the Counts. Continue to picture-perfect Bruges for a fabulous Dine-Around evening, amid the ‘olde worlde' atmosphere of the town centre.
    meal(s):BB, DA
    hotel:NH Brugge (2 nights).
  5. Meet a Local Expert from Bruges, for a stroll along cobbled streets, lined with high-gabled houses from the Golden Age of the 16th century. Visit the Market Square dominated by the 80m Belfry of the Market Hall. Then explore Burg Square with its ornate Gothic town hall and glorious frescoes on the walls of the Holy Blood Chapel. Later, enjoy a free afternoon. Maybe shop for handmade lace and praline chocolates? In the evening, there is an optional experience to the town of Ypres, where buglers sound the Last Post each evening in a moving tribute to those who fell during WWI.
    hotel:NH Brugge.
  6. Travel into the French-speaking Walloon region of Belgium today. Picturesque country roads lead you to the neo-Gothic Maredsous Abbey, towering over the Molignée Valley. The Abbey itself dates back to the 19th century, whereas the monks' dairy process and secret brewing recipe represent a thousand years of tradition. Sample for yourself the flowery-fruity ales and salty tang of their golden-crusted cheese. Only a short drive from here is Dinant on the River Meuse, its skyline dominated by the lofty Citadel and onion-domed bell tower of the Collegiate Church. Continue on to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and onto your 18th century castle home for two nights.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Chateau D'Urspelt - Castle rooms, Clervaux (2 nights).
  7. Head for Bastogne in the morning to visit the Mardasson Monument, a star-shaped memorial dedicated to the US troops who died during WWII's ‘Battle of the Bulge'. You can also climb to the top for a perspective of what it might have been like during the winter of ‘44. Next, visit the Bastogne War Museum, a fascinating modern and interactive memorial centre highlighting the causes, events and consequences of the Second World War. Then onto Luxembourg City for sightseeing with a Local Expert. See the view over the Petrusse Ravine from the Pont Adolphe. Stroll through the old town to see the cathedral and the Palace of the Grand Duke. Visit the grave of US General George S. Patton, laid to rest alongside the men who fought and died in his great Third Army.
    hotel:Chateau D'Urspelt, Clervaux.
  8. Cross the rolling hills of the Ardennes plateau en route to Liège, birthplace of Emperor Charlemagne. In Rotterdam, the world's largest port rebuilt after wartime devastation, marvel at the radical modern design that has become its distinguishing feature. See the impressive market hall and the Erasmus Bridge as part of your orientation. In the evening, dine on local specialities in a friendly restaurant.
    meal(s):BB, RD
    hotel:Inntel Hotels Rotterdam Centre.
  9. Visit one of the manufacturers of original Delft blue pottery and the market hall. Move on to the Hague, 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.
    hotel:Okura, Amsterdam (3 nights).
  10. In the morning, explore Amsterdam, a living museum of the 17th century, yet still a vibrant metropolis and port today. See the Mint Tower and nearby floating flower market before driving across Dam Square. Then take a canal cruise to explore the heart of the Old City.
    hotel:Okura, Amsterdam.
  11. 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, Amsterdam's famed treasure trove of Dutch art, housing Rembrandt's ‘Night Watch'. Later, visit the fishing village of Volendam, situated on what was once the Zuider Zee. Learn the secrets of the cheese maker's craft, from milk to finished product and witness a traditional shoemaker turn a block of wood into clogs. Finally, enjoy an end-of-tour Celebration Dinner in a beautiful restaurant in the quaint village of Monnickendam.
    meal(s):BB, CD
    hotel:Okura, Amsterdam.
  12. Transfers to Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport arrive at 08:00 & 10:00.

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10 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Dine-Around Evening (DA), 1 three-course table d'hôte Dinner (DW), 1 Restaurant Dinner (RD) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee

Signature Experiences


  • 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.


  • With a Local Expert, visit St. Bavo's Cathedral with its Van Eyck masterpiece and see the Castle of the Counts.


  • Experience a fascinating insight into the history of the Second World War at the modern and interactive War Museum.


  • Cruise in a glass-topped boat through the old waterways, where the wealthiest merchants built mansions during the Golden Age of the 17th century.
  • Walk with an art historian through the newly refurbished Rijksmuseum, to where Rembrandt's ‘Night Watch' holds the stage before an admiring crowd.
  • Journey through the polder landscape to visit Volendam and Edam. Along the way, visit an old cheese farm to learn the secrets of the dairy industry and witness the ancient art of clog making.
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28 Apr 17 9 May 17 checkmark $2,875pp
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19 May 17 30 May 17 checkmark $2,875pp
26 May 17 6 Jun 17 $2,875$2,659pp Early PaymentPay by Feb 28
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23 Jun 17 4 Jul 17 $2,795$2,585pp Early PaymentPay by Feb 28
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21 Jul 17 1 Aug 17 $2,795$2,585pp Early PaymentPay by Feb 28
28 Jul 17 8 Aug 17 $2,795$2,585pp Early PaymentPay by Feb 28
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1 Sep 17 12 Sep 17 checkmark $2,825$2,613pp Early PaymentPay by Feb 28
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22 Sep 17 3 Oct 17 checkmark $2,825$2,613pp Early PaymentPay by Feb 28
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13 Oct 17 24 Oct 17 $2,795$2,585pp Early PaymentPay by Feb 28
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Keukenhof Gardens are available as an option on these departures.

undefinedThis departure will stay at the Sofitel Brussels Europe in Brussels.

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 $770 p.p.

Triple Supplement: $160 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $97 per person.

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Past Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the Land Only price of the vacation.

  • 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 in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. 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.


Sunday, October 16, 2016
Country Roads of Belgium, Luxembourg & the Netherlands
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Keukenhof takes place every year from late March through mid-May. Tickets to the gardens are available as an optional excursion on eight departure dates in 2017 from March 24 until May 12.

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.    

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