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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.
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.
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?
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 ‘old world' atmosphere of the town center.
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 80 meter 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. With your free afternoon, maybe shop for handmade lace and praline chocolates? In the evening, perhaps 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 World War I.
Travel into the French-speaking Walloon region of Belgium. 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 along with the 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 to arrive at your 18th century château home for two nights.
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.
Visit one of the manufacturers of original Delft blue pottery before moving on to the Hague, the elegant governmental center 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. In a quaint Dutch village, you will be served a fresh and delicious Farm-to-Table Dinner that will of course be accompanied with wine.
Today you explore Amsterdam, a living museum of the 17th century, yet still a vibrant metropolis and port today. 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.
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 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. In the evening, join your newfound friends and Travel Director at a beautiful restaurant to enjoy your Celebration Dinner.
Transfers to Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport arrive at 08:00 & 10:00.
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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 $750 p.p.
Triple Room Discount: $60 p.p.
Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $127 p.p.
AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive Member Benefit Discount on all Grand European Travel vacations. Plus receive a free travel gift! Call Toll Free: 1-866-847-3858 for details.
Past Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the Land Only price of the vacation.
10 Buffet Breakfasts (BB) and 5 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee
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 24 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.
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 2018 from March 22 until May 13.
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 Experiences are subject to change and seasonal availability. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip, and pricing. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can only be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 center, we'll proceed to the nearby hills for great views over the Moselle River and the surrounding wine region.
Discover 19 working windmills, all in a spectacular straight line, at the Kinderdijk. Part of a UNESCO Cultural Heritage site situated below sea-level, the mills 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.
Experience the excitement at the very epicenter 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.
Holland's bulb district (Bollenstreek) is only a short drive from Amsterdam and a seasonal delight. In the spring months, millions of Dutch tulip, hyacinth and daffodil bulbs erupt into a riot of colour from their orderly rows. A must for gardeners, photographers or anyone with a floral fascination. (Only available in season).
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".
Wealth and spirit is what the Jews brought to Amsterdam. Both can still be admired in the former Jewish part of the city. First follow the tragic story of the Jews in occupied Amsterdam with a visit to the Anne Frank House. Continue to a quiet enclosure shaded by pruned chestnut-trees, the Begijnhof, where unmarried women lived in safety in earlier times.
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