Holland, Luxembourg & Belgium At Leisure 2013

Holland, Luxembourg & Belgium At Leisure 2013


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Belgium , Luxembourg , Netherlands

Tour Itinerary

Explore the Benelux countries at a leisurely pace on this exciting vacation that features three nights in Amsterdam and Brussels and a two-night stay in Luxembourg. Special highlights include the world-famous Aalsmeer Flower Auction, the Royal Delft Pottery Factory, the bulb fields of South Holland, Keukenhof Flower Park during springtime (departures April 6-May 11; departures May 18-September28 visit the Anne Frank House instead), an Amsterdam canal cruise, and a visit to the Rijksmuseum to see Rembrandt’s masterpieces. Also visit Maastricht, where the treaty for a stronger unified Europe was signed, the American Memorial in Bastogne, and General Patton’s grave. In Waterloo, your special Lion Museum Pass gives you access to various sites to relive the famous Battle of Waterloo, and a special lunch with local specialties awaits you at the well-known Bivouac de l’Empereur restaurant. An excursion to Bruges featuring guided sightseeing, a canal cruise during which you can try out Belgian chocolate bonbons, and a traditional lace demonstration. In Brussels, visit Grand'Place, spend a full day at leisure with the possibility to visit Antwerp, and enjoy a farewell dinner at the lively Chez Léon restaurant, the perfect way to conclude your vacation.

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. (D)

Day 2: Amsterdam.
Your discovery of Holland features a morning sightseeing tour of the capital with a Local Guide. 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 priceless paintings by Rembrandt and other Dutch masters. Then, time to explore Dam Square and the city center on your own, or join your Tour Director for a visit to a major DIAMOND CENTER to appreciate how a rough mineral is transformed into a sparkling jewel. Afternoon at leisure. An optional excursion to a cheese farm, a clog maker, a working windmill, and dinner in the fishing village of Volendam at the former Zuiderzee is available. (B)

Day 3: Amsterdam. Excursion to Aalsmeer, Delft, The Hague & Keukenhof.
Start with an early highlight visit to the impressive [LF] AALSMEER FLOWER AUCTION, where more than 17 million flowers and two million plants are sold each day. 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, continue to the famous bulbfields of South Holland and visit the extraordinary flower park of KEUKENHOF (departures April 6-May 18) before returning to Amsterdam. Departures May 25-September 28 visit ANNE FRANK HOUSE instead. (B)

Day 4: Amsterdam–Maastricht–Bastogne, Belgium–Luxembourg.
Drive south to Maastricht, where the famous treaty for a stronger unified Europe was signed, the set-up of today’s European Union. Time to stroll around this delightful city, and to maybe have lunch like the locals at one of the quaint cafés flanking Vrijthof Square. Cross the Belgium border and stop in Bastogne at the AMERICAN MEMORIAL of the Battle of the Bulge, where thousands of soldiers and civilians died during the winter of 1944-1945. Late-afternoon arrival in Luxembourg, the capital of one of Europe’s smallest sovereign states. (B,D)

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 to Trier in Germany can be arranged. (B)

Day 6: Luxembourg–Waterloo, Belgium–Brussels.
A highlight visit today: drive through the Belgian Ardennes to Flanders and arrive in WATERLOO, where Napoleon was defeated and European history changed course. Your Lion Hamlet Pass gives you access to the Visitor’s Center, where the Lion Mound, the films, and the Panorama help you relive the famous Battle of Waterloo. [LF] Enjoy a lunch of local specialties and wine at the well-known Bivouac de L’Empereur restaurant. Arrive in Brussels, the thriving capital, where your orientation features the Rue Royale, the Parliament Buildings, the Royal Palace, and Saint Michel 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,L)

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), during which you can try 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 and the famous MARKET SQUARE. Also enjoy [LF] 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 8: 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. Tonight, an [LF] included farewell dinner with wine at the lively Chez Léon restaurant, specializing in fish dishes like moules, is the perfect way to celebrate the success of your vacation. (B,D)

Day 9: Brussels.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Inclusions

AMSTERDAM
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, canal cruise, visit Rembrandt’s masterpieces in the Rijksmuseum; visit a major diamond center; visit Anne Frank House (departures May 25-September 28)

AALSMEER
[LF] Visit the world’s largest flower auction

DELFT
Visit the Royal Pottery factory

THE HAGUE
Orientation drive

KEUKENHOF
Visit the Flower Park (departures April 6-May 18)

MAASTRICHT
Walk through the Old Town

BASTOGNE
Take pictures of the American Memorial

LUXEMBOURG
Guided sightseeing, visit the cathedral, General Patton’s grave

WATERLOO
Visit the battle site with included Lion Hamlet Pass and [LF] enjoy lunch with local specialties and drinks

BRUSSELS
Walking tour including the Grand’Place and a picture stop at Manneken Pis; [LF] farewell dinner with wine at a local restaurant

BRUGES
[LF] Canal cruise with Belgium chocolate bonbons; guided walking tour, visit the Church of Our Lady and the market square; [LF] enjoy a traditional lace demonstration

Headsets throughout the tour

MEALS
Full buffet breakfast (B); 1 special lunch with wine (L) in Waterloo; 3 three-course dinners (D), including a welcome dinner in Amsterdam and a farewell dinner with wine in Brussels

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Accommodations

AMSTERDAM NH Amsterdam Centre (SF)
LUXEMBOURG Mercure Grand Hotel Alfa (F)
BRUSSELS The Hotel (SF)

Prices based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:
$514.

Triple room reduction per person:
$39.

Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:
in single room $330, in twin $200, in triple $165.
July-August: in single room $275, in twin $165, in triple $130.

Extra nights per person in Brussels:
in single room $172, in twin $96, in triple $93.

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By Edwin C on May 07, 2016

If possible, go during the KEUKENHOF flower park time, which is mid March to mid May. The tulip displays are just amazing!!

By Sylvia B on Apr 30, 2016

This was a wonderful trip! Our travel guide was excellent and everything ran very smoothly.

By Elena V on Aug 08, 2015

Excellent tour director , coach and driver. Interesting things to see, and a lot of flexibility. Excellent choice of itinerary. The optional excursions (some of which we wish had been included), as well as the required gratuities to the tour director and driver, added substantially to the overall cost of the trip.

By Charles H on May 02, 2015

I recommend this tour for someone who is looking for an easy pace and varied itinerary. The location of the hotels is near city center in both Amsterdam and Brussels. Both were very upscale with large rooms and near markets for sodas, beer and snacks. The included dinner at the hotel in Amsterdam was very good, but I would have preferred going out. The Maximus Steakhouse was really good and only five minutes from the hotel. It's next store to the Hard Rock for fans of that chain. The hotel in Luxembourg is in a financial district and far from any convenience stores or attractions. There isn't a lot of free time in Luxembourg City, so it isn't much of a problem. This assumes that you are taking the optional excursion to Trier, which I highly recommend both for the city tour and dinner at Kockelsburg Café. This hotel was a bit run down, and the included meal was a buffet, but the desserts were too die for, so I skipped the salads, and went straight to the main course and filled up on dessert. Of the optional items, avoid the Diamond Center unless you want to shop. Antwerp and Trier are must do's. We skipped the Volendam excursion because of the weather, so have no opinion there. The latest change in Globus itinerary took us through Nuenen, where Van Gogh started his career. Very nice choice. The museum was fairly small, but the walking tour of the city was excellent and more than made up for it. This is something that separates Globus from Trafalgar. I was disappointed with Waterloo, expecting a little more than a movie, hill and panorama. The tour highlight was the Keukenhof flower garden. It was why we booked a May 1st departure and we were not disappointed. The weather was great for most of the tour, but was perfect that day. I'm sure that I took 200 photos as every step through the garden was a memorable one. Our tour director was exceptional. She grew up near Brussels; was friendly and knowledgeable. We didn't spend much time on the bus, so the driver didn't have to show his skills. We had a leased bus that had little space for bags, and no WiFi as it broke at the very beginning of the trip. The only drive that was any length was from Amsterdam to Luxembourg, arriving around 7pm. A great, slow paced tour with easy access to Paris by train for pre or post tour adventures. We loved it.

By Susan S on Apr 25, 2015

Keukenhof Gardens were spectacular! We enjoyed Bruges with its canals and beautiful buildings. The food was great, although we missed having music or entertainment with dinners.

By Sherry R on Sep 29, 2012

I loved the whole experience-easily met my expectations! I will travel with Globus again!

By Harriet S on Apr 21, 2012

The trip was fabulous. It went beyond our expectations. We have already suggested this trip to a friend.


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