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Country Roads of Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands

Operated by: Insight Vacations

11 Days from $2,971 per person
Ansterdam Canal lit up at dusk, Netherlands

Countries Visited

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

Locations Visited

Amsterdam ...more 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

    Explore Brussels with Insight Choice. Learn about Napoleon’s final defeat at Waterloo or alternatively, join your Local Expert for a walking tour through the streets of Brussels visiting its Chocolate Museum for a private lesson with a master chocolatier. 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 reach Ghent, the City of Flowers, offering a fascinating cultural mix of medieval heritage and modern urban life.With a Local Expert, take a stroll through the historical streets and be mesmerised by the outstanding beauty of its quays, churches and squares. Vsit St. Bavo's Cathedral with its Van Eyck masterpiece and see the Castle of the Counts.Continue to 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?(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 Chimay Trappist beers. Your visit concludes with a sample of freshly brewed beer and a taste of golden-crusted cheese. Continue on to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to arrive at your 18th century château home for two nights. In the evening, you will be served a fresh and delicious Farm-to-Table Dinner at 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 that has become the distinguishing feature of the city 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 and 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, 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

Top Rated Highlights

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Delft: Visit one of the manufacturers of original Delft blue pottery and see the potters at work on your guided tour.
  • The Hague: See the Binnenhof courtyards and the Peace Palace.
  • 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.

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Reviews
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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
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provided information that helped me in choosing particular tour. yes I will contact her when planning my next tour.
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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
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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
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Daniel Pelletier was a wonderful, patient, and knowledgeable help with my booking and other questions.
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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
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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.
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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.
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017
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Organized, informative, great Tour Director & Driver (Nathalie & Jan), & I would highly recommend "GET", & go on another trip.
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Superior trip!. Will definitely go again.
Trusted Customer
Sunday, October 16, 2016
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Grand European is a great travel company with great service.
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The Country Roads Vacation was great.
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