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Tour Itinerary

Your eight-day off-season vacation in Holland and Belgium is the perfect getaway to Europe! Enjoy seeing the sights, while admiring the Netherlands’ windmills and waterways, and sampling Belgium’s cuisine. Fewer crowds and lower prices during the off-season means having more space and time to enjoy the artistry of both countries. Take a canal cruise in Amsterdam past homes of the “Golden Age,” and visit the Rijksmuseum to see Rembrandt’s The Night Watch. Drive north across the 19-mile dike between the North Sea and the Ijsselmeer (the former Zuiderzee). In Arnhem visit the Airborne Museum and see the John Frost bridge—commemorating the Battle of Arnhem and the British bravery made famous in the film, A Bridge Too Far. On to Antwerp for guided sightseeing in the historic harbor city on the River Scheldt. Visit the Grote Markt in the Old Town and dine at one of the city’s lively restaurants. An included excursion takes you to one of Western Europe’s best-preserved medieval towns—Bruges. Visit the Church of our Lady to see Michelangelo’s Madonna of Bruges, and learn of the town’s rich textile history with a lace-making demonstration. In Holland’s Kinderdijk, see the 18th century windmills—helping to drain the lowlands and make the windmill a national symbol. In Rotterdam, visit the impressive Markthal, and enjoy a visit to the Royal Delft Pottery Factory, before arriving in The Hague—housing the King’s residence, parliament, and International Court of Justice.

Countries Visited

Belgium , Netherlands

Cities Visited

Amsterdam , Antwerp , Arnhem , Bruges , Delft , Kinderdijk , Rotterdam

  1. 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)
    Meals:   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    AMSTERDAM.
    Meet your Local Guide and hear about the fascinating history of the 700-year-old capital during a leisurely CANAL CRUISE. Admire the patrician mansions and the gabled façades, and the “Golden Bend,” the most prestigious part of the Herengracht. Also visit the RIJKSMUSEUM with Rembrandt’s “Night Watch.” Later, an optional excursion is available to make the most of your stay. (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  3. Day 3
    AMSTERDAM–ARNHEM.
    A comfortable drive takes you north and across the 19-mile-long ENCLOSING DIKE, separating the salty North Sea from the freshwater IJsselmeer the former Zuiderzee. A monumental work designed by Cornelis Lely and constructed in the 1920’s. Via the provinces of Friesland and the Noordoostpolder, arrive in Arnhem, setting of the movie “A Bridge too Far.” Hear how the British forces defended the bridge during the Battle of Arnhem during a visit of the AIRBORNE MUSEUM and see the world-famous John Frost Bridge.
    Today’s Distance: 68 mi / 110 km (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  4. Day 4
    ARNHEM–ANTWERP, BELGIUM.
    Cross the border into the Flemish-speaking part of Belgium, formerly part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands until 1830, and arrive in Antwerp. Enjoy guided sightseeing of this important harbor city on the River Scheldt, and visit the GROTE MARKT in the Old Town. This evening, dinner awaits at one of Antwerp’s lively local restaurants.
    Today’s Distance: 124 mi / 200 km (B,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    ANTWERP. EXCURSION TO BRUGES.
    Take an excursion to [LF] Bruges, one of Western Europe’s most perfectly preserved medieval towns. Follow your Local Guide on a walking tour and visit the CHURCH OF OUR LADY with Michelangelo’s Madonna of Bruges, featured in the movie The Monuments Men. See also the famous MARKET SQUARE. Also enjoy a traditional LACE DEMONSTRATION, a reminder of Bruges’ history of cloth-making. Return to Antwerp.
    Today’s Distance: 124 mi / 200 km (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  6. Day 6
    ANTWERP–KINDERDIJK, HOLLAND–ROTTERDAM.
    Back in Holland, stop at the “Kinderdijk,” a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and take pictures of the 19 windmills which were built in the 18th century to drain the polders. Continue to Rotterdam, heavily bombed during World War II, resulting in a city with a totally modern center and the largest harbor in Europe. Sightseeing with your Local Guide features the impressive MARKTHAL, opened in 2014 as a residential and office building with a market hall. This evening, an optional dinner outing is available.
    Today’s Distance: 99 mi / 160 km (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  7. Day 7
    ROTTERDAM–DELFT–THE HAGUE–AMSTERDAM.
    This morning, visit the ROYAL DELFT POTTERY FACTORY with the magnificent collection of hand-painted earthenware pieces, and see skilled craftsmen at work. Next is The Hague, residence of the king, the parliament, and the International Court of Justice. Walk through the INNER COURT of the parliament, a former hunting castle, and enjoy free time with a chance to visit the Mauritshuis Museum, home to the painter Vermeer’s Girl with the Pearl Earring. Return to Amsterdam, for a farewell dinner prepared at the hotel to celebrate your Dutch Escape.
    Today’s Distance: 72 mi / 120 km (B,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  8. Day 8
    AMSTERDAM.
    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Inclusions

  • Hotels listed may occasionally be substituted with alternative hotels of equivalent standard.
Sightseeing & Activities:
Motorcoach; canal cruise in Amsterdam.

Meals:
Full buffet breakfast daily; 3 three-course dinners including dinner at a local restaurant in Antwerp

Health and Safety Protocols for Globus Tours

Today's world has changed, but what remains certain is Globus' commitment to guest safety, comfort and peace-of-mind while traveling with us. To that end, Globus has established a worldwide Assurance program, with enhanced on-trip protocols and procedures, to ensure the health – and happiness – of guests throughout their travels with us.

It all starts with Globus' Global Health & Safety Team, dedicated to ensuring that cleanliness of all operations exceeds today’s travel standards—from start to finish. The following areas address Globus' commitment to providing a safe and clean environment for guests.

A SAFE & WARM WELCOME

Globus will enact new tour check-in procedures and pre-trip health screenings to offer guests a safe start to their journey, including adherence to social distancing requirements.

BLENDING CULTURAL PROXIMITY WITH SOCIAL DISTANCE

Globus will ensure safe distances for guests throughout the journey, on coach and during excursions. This includes providing masks for guests use at any time where social proximity could be an issue as well as the possibility of reducing group sizes, if required. And wireless listening technology – including Globus' Go Beyond Devices in Europe – enables safe distances between guests and other travelers on excursions.

FOCUS ON GUEST AND TEAM MEMBER HEALTH

To ensure a healthy environment for team and guests, Globus will conduct regular temperature checks for both guests and team, and when necessary, masks will be worn by Globus' team members when with guests.

TOUCHING HEARTS, NOT HANDS

Traveling with Globus removes many of the “touch points” of travel, including luggage handling, check in/out, expedited entry into attractions and more. Globus are further reducing risk with hands-free service, meaning all self-services replaced by staff, including buffet meals replaced with table service. Globus will also ensure hand sanitizing is available throughout each trip, on coach and in hotels.

COMMITMENT TO CLEAN

As a part of Globus' commitment to clean, Globus is requiring enhanced cleaning procedures with hotel partners, on motorcoaches, vehicles and throughout every trip, including additional daily disinfecting procedures that go above-and-beyond already strict health and safety procedures.

PARTNERS IN DISCOVERY AND IN HEALTH

Globus has strict health and safety protocols, which have been in place for years, focused on ensuring all aspects of operation- from vehicles and equipment used on trip to excursions and hotel procedures. This process will continue with new, elevated health and safety checks, to maintain their promise that each touch-point on tours and cruises are considered in their commitment to guest and team member well-being.

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Accommodations

Prices are per person in single, double, or triple room occupancy.

The single supplement waiver and single room capacity is limited, please call for availability.

All Escapes by Globus tours and departures are excluded from the following Globus discounts: Book Early & Save, Welcome Back Credit, Second Tour discount and Small Group discount.

Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:
in single room from $118 to $278, in twin from $70 to $150, in triple from $70 to $136

Amsterdam: Leonardo Hotel Amsterdam Rembrandtpark
Overlooking the leafy Rembrandt park, this modern high-rise 446 room hotel has a skybar and open kitchen restaurant located on the 17th floor, with the highest rooftop terrace in Amsterdam offering spectacular panoramic views of the city. Free Wi-Fi internet access is available in all guestrooms and public areas and there is also a sauna and fitness facility.
Address:
Staalmeesterlaan 410
Amsterdam , Netherlands
Amsterdam: Westcord Art Hotel Amsterdam
This modern, themed 191-room hotel is decorated with a broad range of contemporary artworks, including some pieces by the renowned Dutch artist Herman Brood. There is a stylish Brasserie, a terrace with an open-air bar, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and Free high speed Wi-Fi internet access throughout.
Address:
Spaarndammerdijk, 302
Amsterdam , Netherlands
Arnhem Area: Van der Valk Hotel Arnhem
Surrounded by woodlands this hotel features modern rooms with Wi-Fi, tea and coffee maker, plus balconies or terraces. Amenities include a stylish restaurant, a cosy bar, and a lobby / lounge, as well as a wellness area with sauna, steam room, and fitness room. Guests can also enjoy a game of darts whilst enjoying a drink at the bar or try out the international cuisine with seasonal specialities in the elegant but casual restaurant.
Address:
Amsterdamseweg 505
Arnhem , Netherlands
Antwerp: Mercure Antwerp City Center
This stylish, environmentally friendly hotel is located in the heart of Antwerp beside key attractions like the famous Diamond District and Rubens House with city's Central Park on its door step. The spacious and contemporary guestrooms feature Hypnos beds, climate control system, flat screen televisions with international channels, complimentary Wi-Fi, coffee/tea making facilities, and mini fridge. Guests can benefit from an on-site gym and lounge bar offering a wide range of dishes.
Address:
Quinten Matsijslei 25
Antwerp , Belgium
Antwerp: NH Collection Antwerp Centre
Occupying a good location in the Diamond Quarter close to the zoo and main station. Contemporary, air-conditioned rooms have minibar, safe, coffee maker, pillow menu, and free Wi-Fi. The on-site restaurant serves tempting cuisine as well as fine wines. Guests can relax and enjoy a cocktail or drink in the Spanish style bar. There is a fully equipped fitness center including weight-lifting apparatus, and a nice courtyard offers a moment of peace.
Address:
Pelikaanstraat 84
Antwerp , Belgium
Rotterdam: Room Mate Bruno
Located in the heart of Rotterdam in the trendy Kop Van Zuid area, known as the Dutch Manhattan, this exclusive area has become an architectural landmark in Northern Europe. Housed in a former 19th-century spice warehouse, the design of this boutique hotel has been created by the famous Italian Teresa Sapey using a fusion of nautical and astronomical elements while preserving the building's original structure. All rooms are air-conditioned with Free Wi-Fi internet access which can also be used throughout the hotel. Other amenities include a fitness centre and lounge bar.
Address:
Wilhelminakade 52
Rotterdam , Netherlands

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Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Globus Tours Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.2
Accommodations
3.9
Itinerary
4.3
Professional Staff
4.4
Repeat with Operator
4.2
Value for Money
4

Ratings based off 8904 reviews about Globus Tours - currently showing 15 reviews with comments only

This was our first tour with Affordable Tours and Globus. This planned trip exceeded our expectations, from the hotel accommodations, meals, and the guided tours. Special mention to our great tour director, Chiro who ensured that everything ran smoothly, Gerardo, our bus driver, and also tour guide Yvonne. The whole crew went above and beyond what they were supposed to do. Great, reputable company! My husband and I are already talking about planning another Italy tour, hopefully one with Chiro as the tour director.

This trip has exceeded my expectations.

Every aspect of the trip was very smooth. Director provided excellent information on what was upcoming. Local guides were great in sharing personal stories tied in to what was being seen.

Amazing trip, and tour guide. Would recommend to others

Everything was terrific. Would do this again. G

I found Globus Tours (sold by Affordable Tours) to be a good mix of guided tours and free time. The extra excursions offered were excellent and well organized.

This was a first rate, professional tour company. We had an excellent experience.

The tour guide was very knowledgeable and professional. The drivers were above expectations. Rooms and meals were great. Would use Affordable Tours and Globus again.

Our tour guide Helen is excellent, she is very knowledgeable in history and explain things very clear. She is caring and did a very good job and made this trip memorable and the groups are easier going and made a great difference for this trip. Thank you for your services and certainly I will recommend my friends and I hope in near future l will make another trip with you and your company. Thank you.

Our tour director (Bob) and driver (Joe)) we're truly outstanding. The itinerary was great. Highly recommend.

My trip was fantastic, hotels, staff and guide your director was outstanding!!! Very happy with my trip, and will book another trip again we Affortable tours !

Fantastic trip. One of the best trips I ever took.

The tour operator are exceptional professional and friendly

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