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Best of Holland Belgium and Luxembourg 2014

  • Duration: 11 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
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    At Leisure 2014
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  • Style: At Leisure
  • Description: This leisurely trip around Benelux reveals the treasures of three of Europe's smallest nations – from the canals, picturesque towns and fairytale castles to Rembrandt and Royal Delft.It's Insider moments like… strolling up the tree-lined lane to a pretty 18th century farmstead, where its owner waits with an aperitif for you in his courtyard. Marc Nyssen is still farming the land he was born and raised on and he reminisces about his family's history on the Hoeve – where they've farmed for five generations. Sitting down around the big wooden table, he tells more stories as you dine on a meal straight from the Hofstede De Stamper farm – with home-reared beef bourguignon, creamy gratin and tangy apple pie.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    DEPART CANADA

    Overnight flight to Amsterdam.

  • Day 2

    ARRIVE AMSTERDAM (3 NIGHTS)

    Welcome to Amsterdam! Relax and unwind after check-in or take a leisurely stroll through this unique city. Tonight, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a sightseeing cruise aboard a canal boat. Later, get to know your travelling companions at a Welcome Reception including a light meal and welcome drinks.


    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Hilton/Crowne Plaza South

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  • Day 3

    AMSTERDAM SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE

    In Amsterdam, enjoy an orientation of the historic city centre. Admire Rembrandt's masterpiece, the 'The Night Watch', during your guided Small Group Sightseeing with a Local Expert tour of the Rijksmuseum. Visit a historic diamond polishing factory to see the diamond cutters at work for an insight into this Local Speciality. During the flowering season (April until mid-May), an included visit to the tulip fields of Keukenhof is sure to dazzle, with several million flowering bulbs planted across a 70-acre site.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 4

    THE HAGUE – DELFT AND ROTTERDAM EXCURSION

    After a leisurely morning, travel through The Hague to the historic town of Delft. Visit the Royal Delft Pottery workshop for a closer look at the manufacture of this Local Speciality, hand painted porcelain. Continue to Rotterdam, the most important river port in Europe. After a short city orientation, visit the Euromast Tower for spectacular panoramic views of the city and the famous harbour. The rest of the afternoon is yours to spend as you please before returning to Amsterdam this evening.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 5

    AMSTERDAM – HAARZUILENS – MAASTRICHT – BASTOGNE – LUXEMBOURG (2 NIGHTS)

    In Haarzuilens, visit the magnificent gardens of fairy-tale De Haar Castle. Continue your journey and stop in the historic fortified city of Maastricht. Enjoy free time to explore the city before continuing to Bastogne. View the American Memorial, erected to commemorate the 76 890 American soldiers wounded or killed during the Battle of the Bulge. Arrive later at your hotel in the Duchy of Luxembourg. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Doubletree by Hilton

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  • Day 6

    LUXEMBOURG SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE

    This morning, visit General George S. Patton's grave. Your walking tour of Luxembourg with a Local Expert shows you the sights including the breath-taking gorge of the Rivers Alzette and Petrusse, the Cathedral and the Grand Ducal Palace. The rest of the afternoon is yours to spend at leisure. Your Travel Director will be able to advise on how to get the most from your free time in the city.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 7

    LUXEMBOURG – ORVAL – DINANT – BRUGES (2 NIGHTS)

    Visit Orval Abbey, a Cistercian monastery famous for producing Trappiste beer. Continue your journey and stop in the pretty town of Dinant, birthplace of Adolphe Sax – best known for inventing the saxophone. Later, arrive in picturesque Bruges and join your fellow travellers this evening for a special Be My Guest dinner at an 18th-century farmstead.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

    Hotel: De Medici

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  • Day 8

    BRUGES SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE

    Admire the sights of Bruges including the town square during your walking tour with a Local Expert. Cruise along picturesque canals during your sightseeing cruise and visit a Lace Centre to see the production of this Local Speciality. Spend the rest of the day exploring the charming medieval streets at your own pace.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 9

    BRUGES – GENT – BRUSSELS (2 NIGHTS)

    Visit the beautiful city of Gent and see the three famous Gent towers – Saint Nicholas' Church, the Belfry and Saint Bavo's Cathedral. This afternoon in Brussels your Travel Director shows you the city's highlights, including the Atomium, Royal Palace, Japanese Pagodas, the Grand Place and the famous Mannekin Pis.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Thon EU

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  • Day 10

    BRUSSELS – AT LEISURE

    Today is free for you to do as you wish! Explore the Grand Place, join a beer or bike tour, or simply relax in a café and watch the world go by. Your Travel Director will be able to assist you to get the most from this leisurely day. This evening, celebrate a wonderful trip with your travel companions at a Farewell Dinner.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

  • Day 11

    BRUSSELS - CANADA

    This morning bid farewell to your fellow travelers and take home many special memories. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest Enjoy a memorable dinner of Belgian cuisine at an 18th century farmstead near Bruges. The farm is home to cattle, sheep and poultry. Meet the farmer who was born and raised on the farm.
  • Local Expert in Luxembourg and Bruges
  • Local Expert In Amsterdam, enjoy a guided Small Group Sightseeing visit to the Rijksmuseum with a group size of no more than 25 guests.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local speciality Visit a historic diamond polishing factory in Amsterdam.
  • Local speciality Visit the Delft Pottery factory for a look at the creation of this renowned, hand painted, porcelain.
  • Local speciality Visit a lace workshop in Bruges.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Luxembourg and Bruges.
  • Orientation of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Maastricht, Gent and Brussels.
  • Visit the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Euromast Tower in Rotterdam, Royal Delft Pottery, the Gardens of De Haar Castle, General George Patton's Grave, Orval Abbey and Dinant.
  • View The American Memorial at Bastogne.
  • Cruise the canals of Amsterdam and Bruges.

Dining

  • 9 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 4 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, three course dinner and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • Tickets for Keukenhof Bulb fields are included during the flowering season (April until mid-May)

Airport Transfers

  • For full details on transfers, please click here.
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  • * For single travellers purchasing the twin-share option, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 
  • ^Twin-share option not available for trips to South America., Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey.

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