Globus – Tour Details 2019-01-31T18:04:57+00:00

Holland, Luxembourg & Belgium 2019 - 9 days from Amsterdam to Brussels

Holland, Luxembourg & Belgium 2019

9 days from Amsterdam to Brussels

Starting at $2,250


Destinations & Sightseeing
Itinerary and Meals
Accomodations

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For those who wish to visit the Benelux countries at a leisurely pace, this Holland, Luxembourg & Belgium tour is the perfect vacation. 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 (departures 0330-0518). Departures 0601-1005 will have the Heineken Experience in the original factory included.

History buffs are sure to be delighted on the 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 offered by Globus to give you a true local perspective.

All of this and much more are included on this grand Holland, Luxembourg & Belgium tour.


Destination & Sightseeing

AMSTERDAM Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, canal cruise, visit Rembrandt’s masterpieces in the Rijksmuseum; enjoy [LF] the Heineken Experience (departures June 1 - October 5)
KEUKENHOF Visit the Flower Park (departures March 30 - May 18)
DELFT Visit the Royal Delft Pottery factory
THE HAGUE Orientation drive
MAASTRICHT Visit Vrijthof Square
BASTOGNE Visit the Bastogne War Museum; take pictures of the American Memorial
LUXEMBOURG Guided sightseeing, visit the Cathedral of Our Lady, General Patton’s grave
WATERLOO Visit the battle site
BRUSSELS Walking tour including Grand’Place and a picture stop at Manneken Pis; [LF] farewell dinner with wine at a local restaurant
BRUGES [LF] Canal cruise with Belgian chocolate bonbons; guided walking tour, visit the Church of Our Lady and the market square; enjoy a traditional lace demonstration
BRUSSELS–PARIS By high-speed Thalys Train
PARIS Guided sightseeing, Seine Cruise
Headsets throughout the tour.
Transportation:
Motorcoach; canal cruise in Amsterdam and in Bruges; high-speed. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

MEALS

Full buffet breakfast daily; 3 three-course dinners, including a dinner at a local restaurant in Brussels

ITINERARY

Day 1 ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND.
Welcome to Amsterdam! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel
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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
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Day 3 AMSTERDAM. EXCURSION TO KEUKENHOF, DELFT & THE HAGUE.
Visit the famous bulb fields in South Holland and the extraordinary [LF] KEUKENHOF flower park (departures March–May 18). 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 [LF] HEINEKEN 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)
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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
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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 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
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Day 6 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. In Brussels, the thriving capital, 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 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
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Day 7 BRUSSELS. EXCURSION TO BRUGES.
Focus on Bruges, one of Western Europe’s most perfectly preserved medieval towns. [LF] 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
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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 [LF] 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 trip
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Day 9 BRUSSELS.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Accommodations

AmsterdamLuxembourgBrussels
NH Amsterdam Centre
Superior First-Class

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