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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Best of Holland

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, ramble through rainbow fields and explore centuries-old maritime heritage, ending your Dutch discovery with Dignie and Gina in Groningen.

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

Day 1: Arrive Amsterdam

What better place to start your jaunt through Holland than Amsterdam? Spend your day strolling through its pretty streets and tree-lined canals, stopping for a coffee and speculaas along the way. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening on a scenic canal cruise, including a light meal and welcome drinks, admiring the centuries-old façades.

Hotel: Bilderberg Garden, 2 nights

Day 2: Amsterdam Sightseeing

Delve into the Golden Age and its extraordinary art, architecture and history, traversing the city’s inner labyrinth of canals and narrow streets, along which hundreds of sturdy Dutch bicycles rattle day and night. Enjoy a Small Group Sightseeing tour of the Rijksmuseum, featuring the works of great Dutch masters, including Rembrandt’s ‘The Night Watch’.

Day 3: Amsterdam – Aalsmeer/Keukenhof – The Hague – Delft – Rotterdam

We rise with the birds this morning, taking a trip to Aalsmeer to visit the vibrant flower auction and see the vividly hued blooms for which Holland is so famous. Alternatively, during the flowering season (end of March until mid-May), we’ll enjoy an included visit to the tulip fields of Keukenhof – the mesmerising sight of several million flowering bulbs planted across 32 hectares will leave you in absolute awe. This afternoon, we travel through The Hague to the historic town of Delft and ‘Dive Into Culture’ at the Royal Delft Pottery workshop where we’ll gain insights into the manufacturing of this delicate hand-painted blue and white porcelain. We continue to edgy Rotterdam, which was rebuilt from the ground up after being destroyed during World War II. Your orientation tour will reveal an innovative city with architectural treasures worth capturing on camera and a vibrant multicultural scene around every turn.

Hotel: Bilderberg Parkhotel

Day 4: Rotterdam – Arnhem – Oosterbeek

We travel north to Arnhem to see John Frost Bridge, so named to pay tribute to the commander of the British forces that held the bridge for four days with a mere 750 soldiers, during the World War II Battle of Arnhem. We stop for a visit of the Airborne Museum to learn about the Battle of Arnhem. This afternoon, we’ll also visit the Hoge Veluwe Park and the Kröller-Müller Museum, featuring the second-largest Van Gogh collection in the world.

Hotel: De Bilderberg

Day 5: Oosterbeek – Zwolle – Groningen

We head north to the beautiful Hanseatic city of Zwolle, where we’ll join our ‘Local Specialist’ for a walking tour through its medieval centre. Ending our day in Gronginen, we’ll ‘Connect With Locals’ joining Dignie and Gina on their farm for a hearty ‘Be My Guest dinner’ and meet-and-greet with their neighbour’s cows, just in time to see them being milked.

Hotel: Apollo Groningen

Day 6: Groningen – Volendam – Amsterdam

‘Dive Into Culture’ and saddle up to explore the university city of Groningen during a guided bicycle tour of its medieval centre. Ramble along the city’s ring of canals like a local, before enjoying a stunning drive through the mesmerising Frisian Lake District en route to Volendam, a former fishing port on the edge of IJsselmeer. ‘Dive Into Culture’ and learn about the craft of wooden clog making and Dutch cheese, followed by a celebratory Farewell Dinner.

Hotel: Mercure City

Day 7: Depart Amsterdam

For now we say a fond tot ziens to Amsterdam and our newfound friends, closing the door on a memorable Dutch experience.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 05, 12, 19, 26$2,775.00$3,425.00
May: 03$2,775.00$3,425.00
May: 10, 17, 24$2,750.00$3,400.00
June: 07, 21$2,750.00$3,400.00
July: 05, 19$2,695.00$3,295.00
August: 02, 16$2,695.00$3,295.00
August: 30$2,850.00$3,500.00
September: 13$2,850.00$3,500.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 6 breakfasts, 3 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 6 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 the Netherlands

Famous for its tulips, windmills, and wooden clogs, Holland is a delightful country with scenic landscapes, historic monuments, and vibrant cities. You’ll get to know the country on this affordable tour of the Netherlands starting and ending in Amsterdam.

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

Day 1: Arrive in Amsterdam Area, Holland

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore Amsterdam on your own with the help of the CosmosGO app. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Hotel: Ibis Styles Airport or Best Western Plus Amedia Airport, 2 nights

Day 2: Amsterdam Area

For centuries, this tiny nation of seafaring traders played a leading role in world history. it reclaimed 40% of its territory from the sea, and produces a healthy agricultural surplus in the midst of Europe’s most densely populated area-yet Holland manages to remain quaint and scenic. Your day begins with a Canal Cruise to see Amsterdam from water level. Complete the experience watching skilled craftsmen cut and polish precious stones at a Diamond Centre, and follow a Local Guide who will point out Amsterdam’s highlights on the included city tour. Enjoy time this afternoon to explore on your own or attend an optional traditional Dutch dinner.

Day 3: Amsterdam Area – Aalsmeer / Keukenhof – Delft – Rotterdam

Begin your day with a visit to the fascinating Aalsmeer Flower Auction or, when the tulips bloom, see some of the 7 million flowers planted annually at the world-famous Keukenhof-one of the world’s largest flower gardens (departures 0404-0502 and weather permitting). Continue to historic Delft to visit the famous Royal Delft Pottery Factory. See how this exquisite pottery is made, and marvel at the magnificent collection of hand-painted earthenware. Continue on to Rotterdam, the world’s busiest port, to marvel at the city’s futuristic architecture during your sightseeing with a Local Guide.

Hotel: Bilderberg Parkhotel

Day 4: Rotterdam – Groesbeek – Arnhem Area

Arrive in Gouda, renowned for its cheese! Stroll around the picturesque narrow streets to the medieval Market Square, see the gothic Town Hall with its red and white shutters and the Goudse Waag used for cheese weighing in the 17th-century. Then, enjoy your interactive Cheese Experience. Next, is Arnhem, site of the WWii Battle of Arnhem, where you will see John Frost Bridge, named after the commander of the British forces that held the bridge for four days. Enjoy time on your own to do some independent exploring.

Hotel: Postillion

Day 5: Arnhem Area – Giethoorn – Groningen

This morning, head for the quaint village of Giethoorn, built on canals but quainter than cities like Venice or Amsterdam. Spend the night in the provincial capital of Groningen.

Hotel: Apollo

Day 6: Groningen – Zaanse Schans – Volendam – Amsterdam Area

Explore Groningen this morning, an important trade centre in the 13th century hailed today as the “World Cycling City.” Cross over the 19-mile Barrier Dam, which is part of an incredible system of 1,200 miles of dikes, dams, and dunes built over the last 900 years to protect the part of Holland that is below sea level. Visit a Wooden Clog Workshop in Zaanse Schans. Continue to the fishing village of Volendam, then arrive back in Amsterdam and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Ibis Styles Airport or Best Western Plus Amedia Airport

Day 7: Amsterdam Area

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 04$1,769.00$2,230.00
April: 11$1,829.00$2,290.00
April: 12, 18, 19, 25$1,879.00$2,340.00
May: 02, 23, 30$1,879.00$2,340.00
June: 20, 27$1,879.00$2,340.00
July: 25$1,589.00$2,050.00
August: 01$1,589.00$2,050.00
August: 22, 29$1,829.00$2,290.00
September: 05, 19, 26$1,829.00$2,290.00
October: 03$1,729.00$2,190.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 6 breakfasts, 3 dinners
Transport: First-class, air-conditioned motorcoach
Accommodation: 6 nights accommodation
Guide: Professional Tour Director
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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