Country Roads of Belgium, Luxembourg & the Netherlands

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.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

Day 8: Delft, the Hague and on to Amsterdam

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.

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.

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.

Day 11: Depart Amsterdam

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

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 04, 11, 18, 25$4,595.00Price on Application
May: 02$4,650.00Price on Application
May: 09, 16$4,595.00Price on Application
May: 30$4,525.00Price on Application
June: 13$4,525.00Price on Application
June: 27$4,495.00Price on Application
July: 11, 25$4,495.00Price on Application
August: 08, 22$4,495.00Price on Application
September: 05, 19$4,525.00Price on Application
October: 03$4,525.00Price on Application
Inclusions 
Meals: 10 breakfasts, 5 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 10 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Holland, Luxembourg & Belgium

For those who wish to visit the Benelux countries at a leisurely pace, this Holland, Luxembourg & Belgium tour is perfect. You’ll enjoy three nights in Amsterdam and Brussels and a two-night stay in Luxembourg. The must-see attractions in each city have been included, such as a canal cruise in Amsterdam, pretty Vrijthof Square in Maastricht, the 17th-century Cathedral of Our Lady in Luxembourg, and the Grand’Place in Brussels, the central square surrounded by baroque guild houses and the gothic Town Hall. You’ll visit famous museums, such as the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, which houses priceless paintings by Rembrandt and other Dutch masters, and the Bastogne War Museum in the Ardennes. In springtime, a visit to the famous Keukenhof Flower Park is included as well.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1 Arrive In Amsterdam, Holland

Welcome to Amsterdam! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Hotel: NH Amsterdam Centre, 3 nights

Day 2 Amsterdam

Meet your Local Guide and start your discovery of Holland with 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.

Day 3: Amsterdam – Excursion To Keukenhof, Delft & The Hague

Visit the famous bulb fields in South Holland and the extraordinary Keukenhof flower park (departures 0328-0509). Continue to the world-renowned Roayl 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 Heineken Experience to learn about the history of beer and the art of brewing (departures 0516-1003). Later, you may wish to join an optional walk through Old Amsterdam, followed by a traditional Dutch dinner.

Day 4: 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 in Bastogne, 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.

Hotel: Alvisse Parc Hotel, 2 nights

Day 5: 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 Petrusse Gorges, to the modern administrative centre 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.

Day 6: Luxembourg – Waterloo, Belgium – Bruges

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 Bruges, one of Western Europe’s most perfectly preserved medieval towns.

Hotel: Brugge Hotel

Day 7: Bruges – Brussels

This morning, 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. Continue to Brussels, the thriving capital, where your orientation features the Rue Royale, the Parliament Buildings, the Royal Palace, and St. Michael’s Cathedral. Continue on foot and enter Grand’place to admire its baroque guild houses and the gothic Town Hall. You won’t want to 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.

Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Brussels City Centre, 2 nights

Day 8: 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 at your own pace. Tonight, a farewell dinner at the lively Chez Leon restaurant, specializing in moules et frites (mussels and fries), is the perfect way to celebrate the success of your trip.

Day 9: Brussels

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
March: 28$3,599.00Price on Application
April: 04$3,689.00Price on Application
April: 11$3,809.00Price on Application
April: 18$3,689.00Price on Application
April: 25$4,019.00Price on Application
May: 02, 09, 16$3,689.00Price on Application
May: 30$3,779.00Price on Application
June: 13, 27$3,779.00Price on Application
July: 11$3,589.00Price on Application
July: 25$3,599.00Price on Application
August: 08, 22$3,589.00Price on Application
September: 05, 19$3,659.00Price on Application
October: 03$3,889.00Price on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 8 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Best of Holland, Belgium & Luxembourg

Discover the best of these European countries at your own pace during this At Leisure cross-country trip. Take a jaunt through Benelux – from fairy-tale castles to flowering fields, Rembrandt to Royal Delft. See the historic fortified city of Maastricht and the breathtaking gorge of Luxembourg’s Alzette and Petrusse rivers.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Amsterdam

Fall in love with the Lowlands, launching your holiday in the magical city of Amsterdam, whose labyrinthine canals and vibrant squares you will have an opportunity to explore on your own. Later, you’ll meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception cruise, including a light meal and welcome drink. Cruise the city’s famous waterways admiring the picture-perfect surrounds and gabled façades.

Hotel: Apollo Hotel, 3 nights

Day 2: Amsterdam Sightseeing and Free Time

Explore Amsterdam’s historic city centre this morning and enjoy a Small Group Sightseeing tour of the Rijksmuseum with a ‘Local Specialist’. Come face-to-face with such masterpieces as Rembrandt’s ‘The Night Watch’, Van Gogh’s self-portrait, and ‘The Milkmaid’ by Vermeer. Celebrate spring and enjoy an included visit to Keukenhof (subject to season) where you’ll stroll through an enchanting wonderland of tulips, daffodils and hyacinths with millions of blooms planted across the 32-hectare site.

Day 3: The Hague – Delft and Rotterdam Excursion

Soak up the gezellig Dutch atmosphere this morning, before heading to Delft via The Hague. We ‘Dive Into Culture’ during a visit to the Royal Delft Pottery workshop and admire the delicate blue and white porcelain that has made this historic town famous. We continue our journey south, arriving in the edgy port city of Rotterdam where we will enjoy an informative orientation tour. Heading back to Amsterdam, consider a leisurely evening in one of the charming pleins lined with cosy cafés.

Day 4: Amsterdam – Maastricht – Bastogne – Luxembourg City

The fortified city of Maastricht, with its beautiful old churches, ancient city walls, and stunning merchant houses, takes centre stage this morning. We spend some time strolling through its town centre before continuing to Bastogne, the site of bloody skirmishes in the World War II Battle of the Bulge. Visit the 12th-century Cistercian Orval Abbey, renowned for being one of the few breweries that produce Trappist beer before journeying to the Duchy of Luxembourg, where tonight we’ll dine in our hotel.

Hotel: Novotel Kirchberg, 2 nights

Day 5: Luxembourg City Sightseeing and Free Time

This morning, we pay tribute to Allied Forces hero, General George S. Patton, whose final resting place is the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial. Later, we embark on a leisurely walking tour of Luxembourg City with a ‘Local Specialist’. Our route takes us past the Cathedral and the Grand Ducal Palace, with its Flemish Renaissance façades, and includes spectacular views of the gorge of the rivers Alzette and Petrusse. Spend the rest of the day at leisure soaking up the quaint atmosphere of this tiny country or indulge in a coffee while you people-watch in the leafy Place d’Armes – the choice is yours.

Day 6: Luxembourg City – Dinant – Bruges

En route to the enchanting medieval village of Bruges, we stop in Dinant whose famous son, Adolphe Sax, is credited with having invented the saxophone.

Hotel: Golden Tulip De Medici, 2 nights

Day 7: Bruges Sightseeing and Free Time

Wake up in beautiful Bruges and join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a walking tour of the town. Take to the water and enjoy a whimsical sightseeing cruise along the city’s wonderful canals lined with Gothic façades. ‘Dive Into Culture’ next and admire the delicate art of Belgian lace. Spend the rest of the day on your own, immersing yourself in the old-world allure of this town. This evening, we ‘Connect With Locals’, joining Marc Nyssen at his 18th-century Bruges farmstead to learn about Flanders farm life.

Day 8: Bruges – Ghent – Brussels

Delve into centuries of trade heritage in the port city of Ghent, with its picturesque riverine backdrop. See the medieval city’s three famous towers – Saint Nicholas’ Church, the Belfry and Saint Bavo’s Cathedral – before continuing to Brussels, a multi-cultural melting pot, which you will have an opportunity to explore after your Travel Director shows you the city’s highlights. See the Atomium, designed for the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair, Mannekin Pis and the exquisite Grand Place with its opulent and ornate guildhalls. This evening, consider sampling mouth-watering Belgian cuisine washed down with the city’s best beers.

Hotel: Sofitel Europe, 2 nights

Day 9: Brussels Free Day

Embrace a full free day to explore the Belgian capital as you wish. Stroll past the Royal Palace and through the leafy lanes of Brussels Park or indulge in tasting delicious chocolate. Your Travel Director will assist you to make the most out of your free day at leisure. This evening we celebrate a memorable sojourn through three fascinating countries during a Farewell Dinner.

Day 10: Depart Brussels

We bid Belgium a fond adieu this morning as we prepare to close the curtain on a memorable holiday.

Please note: Your coach returns to Amsterdam from Brussels on Day 10. You are welcome to use this complimentary transfer. Drop-off in Amsterdam will be at the Trafalgar Amsterdam hotel and not at the airport. Arrival will be at approximately 3pm, depending on traffic conditions.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
March: 27$3,695.00$4,885.00
April: 03$3,695.00$4,885.00
April: 10$3,875.00$5,065.00
April: 17, 24$4,150.00$5,740.00
May: 01, 08$4,150.00$5,740.00
May: 15, 22, 29$3,650.00$5,240.00
June: 05, 12, 19$3,895.00$5,485.00
June: 26$3,525.00$5,115.00
July: 03, 10, 17, 24, 31$3,525.00$4,595.00
August: 07, 14, 21$3,525.00$4,595.00
August: 28$4,050.00$5,640.00
September: 04, 11$4,050.00$5,640.00
September: 18, 25$3,895.00$5,485.00
October: 02$3,895.00$5,485.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 4 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 9 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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The Netherlands, Belgium & Luxemburg

Benelux is the historic Union of Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. The name Benelux is formed from the beginning of each country’s name. Enjoy the highlights of 3 very different countries, all in close proximity to each other.

There’s plenty more to the Netherlands than picturesque windmills, multi-coloured tulips, and the world-famous bicycle culture, although that’s three great reasons to visit already. Beyond the clog-wearing, cheese-making stereotypes, the Netherlands is an essential stop for art and architecture enthusiasts, and its cultural capital, Amsterdam, is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city with history and creativity around every corner.

Belgium is Wedged between France, the Netherlands, Germany and Luxembourg, Belgium is a small welcoming country, the meeting point of both Latin and Germanic cultures. With beautiful wooded countryside, charming villages with brick-walled houses, lively cities and a famous cuisine, Belgium is quickly becoming a number one destination for those after a taste of authentic and historical Europe.

Luxembourg, a landlocked country with easy access to Belgium, France and Germany, this fairy-tale haven is the perfect mix of old school elegance and lush green forests. Famed for its striking palaces such as Vianden castle, Luxembourg quite literally translates to “little castle” and rumour has it there is one situated every 100 square miles. For those looking to delve into the country’s history, its capital, Luxembourg City, is a Unesco-listed site, with a medieval old town situated on an impressive cliff top. While here visit the cathedral, the Palace of the Grand Duke and the grave of U.S. General George S. Patton.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.



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From $1,589.00 per person

Famous for its tulips, windmills, and wooden clogs, Holland is a delightful country with scenic landscapes, historic monuments, and vibrant cities. 

From $2,475.00 per person

With the buzz of a big city and charm of a little village, let Amsterdam's tree-lined canals captivate you.

From $2,695.00 per person

This Country Explorer trip takes you beyond Holland's tulips and canals to see its pretty towns and unique customs. Trace the steps of the Dutch Masters.

 



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From $3,589.00 per person

For those who wish to visit the Benelux countries at a leisurely pace, this Holland, Luxembourg & Belgium tour is perfect. You’ll enjoy three nights in Amsterdam and Brussels and a two-night stay in Luxembourg.

From $3,525.00 per person

Discover the best of these European countries at your own pace during this At Leisure cross-country trip. Take a jaunt through Benelux - from fairy-tale castles to flowering fields, Rembrandt to Royal Delft.

From $4,495.00 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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