Belgium Holiday

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This is the perfect way to see the Benelux countries at a leisurely pace. Enjoy three nights in Amsterdam and Brussels and a 2-night stay in Luxembourg. Special highlights include: the bulb fields of South Holland and Keukenhof Flower Park, an Amsterdam canal cruise, and visits to the Rijksmuseum and the Aalsmeer Flower Auction. Also enjoy stops in quaint Maastricht, at the American Memorial in Bastogne, General Patton’s gravesite, and Waterloo. An excursion to Bruges features guiding sightseeing, a canal cruise, and Belgian beer tasting or a traditional lace demonstration. In Brussels, visit Grand’Place and a chocolate museum.

Highlights Guided sightseeing
canal cruise
Flower Auction
Royal Pottery factory
General Patton’s grave

Transatlantic flight

images Day 1: Board your overnight transatlantic flight.

Arrive in Amsterdam

images Day 2: The day is free to rest or to start exploring the Dutch capital. Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Amsterdam

images Day 3: Start your discovery of Holland with a morning sightseeing tour of the capital with a Local Guide. Enjoy a CANAL CRUISE along gabled merchant houses and 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 an included visit to a major DIAMOND CENTER to appreciate how a rough mineral is transformed into a sparkling jewel. Afternoon at leisure. You may want to join an optional excursion to the fishing village of Volendam at the former Zuiderzee.

Amsterdam. Excursion to Aalsmeer, Delft, The Hague & Keukenhof

images Day 4: A scenic day. Start with an early visit to the impressive 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 before returning to Amsterdam.

Amsterdam–Maastricht–Bastogne, Belgium–Luxembourg

images Day 5: This morning, drive south to Maastricht, where the famous treaty for a stronger unified Europe was signed. Learn more about the European Union as you stroll around this delightful city and enjoy time for lunch in 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. Late-afternoon arrival in Luxembourg, the homonymous capital of one of Europe’s smallest sovereign states.

Luxembourg

images Day 6: 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 on 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.

Luxembourg – Waterloo, Belgium – Brussels

images Day 7: Through the Belgian Ardennes to WATERLOO, where Napoleon was defeated and European history changed course. Arrive in Brussels, the thriving capital, where your orientation features the Rue Royale, the Parliament Buildings, the Royal Palace, and Saint Michel Cathedral. Admire GRAND’ PLACE with its baroque guild houses, the gothic Town Hall, and take pictures of the statue of Manneken Pis. Highlight is a visit to the CHOCOLATE MUSEUM.

Brussels. Excursion to Bruges

images Day 8: Most of today is dedicated to Bruges, one of Western Europe’s most perfectly preserved medieval cities. A CANAL CRUISE (weather permitting) will give you your first feel of this delightful town. Your Local Guide will show you the Madonna of Bruges in the CHURCH OF OUR LADY and the famous MARKET SQUARE. Enjoy a BELGIAN BEER with locals or a traditional LACE DEMONSTRATION. Then, time for souvenir hunting and exploring on your own before returning to Brussels.

At Leisure in Brussels

images Day 9: Full day at leisure. You may want to join a half-day optional excursion to Antwerp, the second-largest Belgian city and one of the world’s most important ancient seaports. Visit the famous Rockox House, where the art collector and friend of Rubens lived; the Plantin-Moretus Museum, a permanent exhibition dedicated to the early days of book printing in the 16th century; the Grote Markt; and the Church of Our Lady to admire two of the most important triptychs by Rubens. Tonight, an included farewell dinner is the perfect way to celebrate the success of your vacation.

Homebound flight

images Day 10: Your homebound flight from Brussels arrives the same day.

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