Holland, Luxembourg & Belgium with Paris
See tulip fields, battlefields, medieval cities, and houses of international diplomacy on this 12-day journey through the Benelux countries and Paris.
For those who wish to visit the Benelux countries—plus Paris—at a leisurely pace, this Holland, Luxembourg, and Belgium guided tour is the perfect vacation. You’ll enjoy three nights in Amsterdam, Brussels, and Paris and a 2-night stay in Luxembourg. The must-see attractions are included, such as a canal cruise in Amsterdam, and in springtime the famous Keukenhof Flower Park or Heineken Experience (depending on the season); pretty Vrijthof Square in Maastricht, the 17th-century Cathedral of Our Lady in Luxembourg; the Grand Place in Brussels – the central square surrounded by baroque guild houses and the gothic Town Hall – and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, with a history dating back to the 12th century. You’ll visit famous museums, including the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, which houses priceless paintings by Rembrandt and other Dutch masters, the Bastogne War Museum, and the Louvre Museum in Paris – the world’s most visited art museum.
History buffs are sure to be delighted with a visit to Waterloo, where you’ll relive the famous Battle of Waterloo. A tour highlight is a visit to Bruges, one of Western Europe’s most perfectly preserved medieval towns. Here, you’ll enjoy guided sightseeing and a canal cruise, where you’ll have the opportunity to taste Belgian chocolate bonbons—a unique experience to give you a true local perspective.
All of this and much more are included on this grand Holland, Luxembourg & Belgium guided tour. The package in Paris includes travel by high-speed Thalys train (first class) from Brussels to Paris, transfers to/from train stations, guided sightseeing, and services of an expert Local Host.
Highlights and Inclusions
- 11 nights hotel accommodation
- Full buffet breakfast daily and 3 three-course dinners
- Locally guided tours of Amsterdam, Luxembourg, Brussels, Bruges, and Paris
- Brussels-Paris transportation via high-speed Thalys train
- Stop in Maastrict and at the American Memorial in Bastogne
- Canal Cruise in Amsterdam and Bruges
- Dinner in the fishing village in Volendam
- Belgian Beer and chocolate tasting
- Lacemaking demonstration
- Aalsmeer Flower Market
- Royal Delft Pottery Factory
- Anne Frank House
- Cathedral of Our Lady
- General Patton's grave
Day 1 - Depart USA for Amsterdam
Embark on your transatlantic flight to Amsterdam from your U.S. gateway. (International flight not included in tour price)
Day 2 - Arrive in Amsterdam
Welcome to Amsterdam! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)
Day 3 - Amsterdam
Your discovery of Holland features a guided morning sightseeing tour of the capital. Enjoy a canal cruise past gabled merchant houses, arched drawbridges reminiscent of the Golden Age, and the strikingly modern buildings of a young-at-heart city. Next, visit the fabulous Rijksmuseum with its priceless paintings by Rembrandt and other Dutch masters. For those who wish to experience Dutch life in the countryside, an optional excursion is available to picture-book Volendam, a fishing village at the former Zuiderzee, including visits to a working windmill, a clogmaker, a cheese farm, plus dinner. (B)
Day 4 - Amsterdam. Excursion to Keukenhof, Delft & Hague
Visit the famous bulb fields in South Holland and the extraordinary Keukenhof flower park in springtime (departures March - May 18). Next, continue to the world-renowned Royal Delft Pottery Factory with its magnificent collection of hand-painted earthenware pieces, and see skilled craftsmen at work. After an orientation drive of The Hague, seat of the Dutch government and the International Court of Justice, return to Amsterdam and visit the Heinken Experience to learn about the history of beer and the art of brewing (departures June 1-October 5). Later, you may wish to join an optional Dutch dinner, followed by a walk through Old Amsterdam. (B)
Day 5 - Amsterdam-Maastricht-Bastogne, Belgium-Luxembourg
Enter the Province of Limburg and stop in the picturesque city of Maastricht with its famous Vrijthof Square. Cross the border and stop in Bastogne to visit the fascinating Bastogne War Museum, then see the American Memorial of the Battle of the Bulge, where thousands of soldiers and civilians died during the winter of 1944-1945. Arrive in Luxembourg, capital of one of Europe’s smallest sovereign states. (B, D)
Day 6 - Luxembourg
Morning sightseeing with your Local Guide covers the city’s past and present—from the fortifications and the Old Town, perched high atop a sandstone outcrop with striking views of the Alzette and Pétrusse Gorges, to the modern administrative center of European institutions. Visit the Cathedral of Our Lady, see the turreted Grand Ducal Palace, take a stroll along the panoramic cliff path known as “the most beautiful balcony in Europe,” and see the Grave of General Patton. An optional excursion is available to ancient Trier in Germany. (B)
Day 7 - Luxembourg-Waterloo, Belgium-Brussels
Drive through the Belgian Ardennes to Flanders and to Waterloo. Visit the site where Napoleon was defeated and European history changed course, and relive the famous Battle of Waterloo. Arrive in Brussels, the thriving capital, where your orientation features the Rue Royale, the Parliament Buildings, the Royal Palace, and St. Michael Cathedral. Continue on foot and enter Grand'Place to admire its baroque guild houses and the gothic Town Hall. You cannot leave Brussels without touching the statue of Everard t’Serclaes, a 14th-century hero, for good luck, and taking pictures of the tiny but world-famous statue of Manneken Pis. (B)
Day 8 - Brussels. Excursion to Bruges
Focus on Bruges, one of Western Europe’s most perfectly preserved medieval towns. A Canal Cruise (weather permitting) and Belgian Chocolate Bonbons, will give you a first taste of this delightful town. The Local Guide will show you the Madonna of Bruges by Michelangelo in the Church of Our Lady, featured in the movie The Monuments Men, and the famous Market Square. Also enjoy a traditional Lace Demonstration, a reminder of Bruges’ history of cloth-making. Time for souvenir hunting and exploring on your own before returning to Brussels. (B)
Day 9 -
At Leisure in Brussels
This morning is your chance to join a half-day optional excursion to Antwerp, the second-largest Belgian city and one of the world’s most important ancient seaports. Balance of the day is at leisure to further explore Brussels on your own. Tonight, an included farewell dinner at the lively Chez Léon restaurant, specializing in moules et frites (mussels and fries), is the perfect way to celebrate the success of your vacation. (B, D)
Day 10 - Brussels-Paris, France
This morning, travel by high-speed Thalys train (first class) to Paris. The remainder of the day is at leisure; your Local Host is available to help you make the most of your stay in the “City of Light.” (B)
Day 11 - Paris
Morning guided sightseeing features Paris’ most famous highlights like Place de la Concorde, the Arc de Triomphe and a stop to take photos of the Eiffel Tower. Also enjoy a relaxing Seine river cruise with views of Notre Dame Cathedral. (B)
Day 12 - Paris
Your Local Host will have many suggestions for your day at leisure. (B)
Day 13 - Paris
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotel Accommodations include: NH Amsterdam Centre, Netherlands; Alvisse Parc Hotel, Luxembourg; Radisson Blu Royal, Brussels; Mercure Paris Centre Tour Eiffel, Paris.
Dates & Prices
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|23rd August 2019||$3,657||Please call for availability.|
|6th September 2019||$3,687||Book Now|
|20th September 2019||$3,462||Book Now|
|4th October 2019||$3,402||Book Now|
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: Departs 23rd August 2019 from $3,657 - Please call for availability 6th September 2019 ($3,687), 20th September 2019 ($3,462), 4th October 2019 ($3,402)
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