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Best of Holland Belgium and Luxembourg

10 Days 3 Countries 6 Cities

Discover the best of these European countries at your own pace during this At Leisure cross-country trip.

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About this trip

Take a leisurely jaunt through Benelux - from fairy-tale castles to flowering fields, Rembrandt to Royal Delft. See the historic fortified city of Maastricht, where four nations converge, the breathtaking gorge of Luxembourg's Alzette and Petrusse rivers, and one of Europe's best-preserved medieval cities, where traditional Belgian chocolate, beer and lace are in plentiful supply - where else but in Bruges?


Trip type: At Leisure i

Trip code: EHBL

9 Nights

accommodation

13 Meals
  • 9 hot buffet breakfasts

  • 4 dinners (including Be My Guest)

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

Best of Holland Belgium and Luxembourg

Your Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrive Amsterdam (3 Nights)

Day 2

Amsterdam Sightseeing and At Leisure

Day 3

The Hague – Delft and Rotterdam Excursion

Day 4

Amsterdam – Maastricht – Bastogne – Luxembourg (2 Nights)

Day 5

Luxembourg Sightseeing and At Leisure

Day 6

Luxembourg – Orval – Dinant – Bruges (2 Nights)

Bruges, Belgium

Day 7

Bruges Sightseeing and At Leisure

Grand Place, Bruges, Belgium

Day 8

Bruges – Ghent – Brussels (2 Nights)

Bruges, Belgium

Day 9

Brussels – At Leisure

Bruges, Belgium

Day 10

Depart Brussels

Day 1

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 Welcome Reception cruise, aboard a canal boat. Enjoy a light meal and welcome drink as you travel through Amsterdam's famous waterways.

Hotel

Wyndham Apollo

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

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 tour with a Local Specialist of the Rijksmuseum. Visit a historic diamond polishing factory for a Cultural Insight into the traditions of cutting and preparing diamonds for export. During the flowering season (March 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.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Dinner In A Historic Dutch House

Join us for a delicious meal of Dutch specialities, including drinks, in the elegant surroundings of this historic house.

Adult Price: €63.00

Hidden Amsterdam

Discover more about the Frank family and their story with your Local Specialist at the Anne Frank House. You’ll also see the Begijnenhof, where unmarried women lived in safety in earlier times, and discover the rich history and influence of Jewish settlers in Amsterdam.

Adult Price: €40.00

Dutch Farms, Volendam and Windmill

On this trip to the reclaimed polderlands around the former Zuider Zee, we start by visiting a cheese farm and wooden shoe-maker. Our next highlight is visiting a working windmill, with a tour by the miller himself! We continue to Volendam for free time in the lovely fishing village with its old harbour, wooden houses and locals dressed in traditional costume.

Adult Price: €30.00

Van Loon Museum

In the heart of the canal district lies Museum Van Loon, a magnificent private residence built in 1672. This former residence of the artist Ferdinand Bol, the interior has remained largely intact since the 18th century and still evokes the splendour of the Golden Age. We’ll discover the museum’s large collection of paintings, fine furniture, precious silver and porcelain from several centuries. Behind the house, the beautiful garden is laid out in formal style and is an oasis of quiet in the modern inner city. This glimpse of the world behind the façades of the world-famous canals is highly recommended.

Adult Price: €40.00

Day 2

Day 3

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 Cultural Insight into the manufacturing of this 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.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Kinderdijk Exploration And Boat Ride

Join us to discover the spectacular straight line of 19 working windmills at the Kinderdijk. Part of a UNESCO Cultural Heritage site and situated below sea-level, they were built around 1740 to pump water out of the reclaimed 'polder' lands. You’ll also admire the classic Dutch landscape between the Rhine river branches of the delta, during a relaxing boat ride.

Adult Price: €32.00

Day 3

Day 4

Amsterdam – Maastricht – Bastogne – Luxembourg (2 Nights)

This morning 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.

Hotel

Novotel Luxembourg

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 4

Day 5

Luxembourg Sightseeing and At Leisure

This morning, visit General George S. Patton's grave. Your walking tour of Luxembourg with a Local Specialist shows you the sights including the breathtaking 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.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Roman Trier Discovery And Dinner

Your Local Specialist will reveal the historic Roman city of Trier, with free time in the centre before you proceed to the nearby hills, for views over the Moselle River and famous wine region. Here, in a traditional villa converted into a restaurant, you’ll enjoy a three-course dinner with drinks overlooking the valley.

Adult Price: €65.00

Day 5

Day 6

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.

Hotel

Golden Tulip De Medici

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Day 6

Day 7

Bruges Sightseeing and At Leisure

Admire the sights of Bruges including the town square during your walking tour with a Local Specialist. Cruise along picturesque canals during your sightseeing cruise and visit the Lace Centre for a Cultural Insight into the production of this local speciality. Spend the rest of the day exploring the charming medieval streets at your own pace.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Hitler’s Atlantic Wall And Flanders Fields Experience

Conducted by an expert Local Specialist, you’ll enjoy an insight into Belgium's historic heritage on a visit to Hitler's Atlantic Wall, the seaside resort of Ostend, Flander's fields and the Nieuwpoort war memorial.

Adult Price: €41.00

Magical Bruges By Horse And Carriage

Experience a magical carriage ride by the colourful canals and squares of the Venice of the North. You’ll see the Lake of Love with its gliding swans, the ornate bridges, the step-gabled houses reflecting in the canals and hear the bells of the carillon chiming.

Adult Price: €38.00

Antwerp Unveiled

Join this half-day experience to Antwerp, the second largest city and biggest port of Belgium. You’ll discover the city with your Local Specialist and visit the largest gothic cathedral of Belgium to see artworks by Peter Paul Rubens. You can also enjoy a traditional beer or waffle in the beautiful square right by the Cathedral.

Adult Price: €40.00

Day 7

Day 8

Bruges – Ghent – Brussels (2 Nights)

Visit the beautiful city of Ghent and see the three famous Ghent 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 Manneken Pis.

Hotel

Sheraton

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Belgium's Best Traditions and Tastes

You’ll discover all the secrets and techniques that make Belgian chocolate the most exquisite in the world. Then head to a Belgian Brewery to savour a selection of Belgian beers and typical local appetisers.

Adult Price: €40.00

Day 8

Day 9

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.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Optional Experiences

Waterloo Explored

In 1815 Napoleon fought his famous last battle here against the Duke of Wellington. You’ll visit the battlefields and monuments, and discover how the face of Europe was changed forever. You’ll also see the huge iron monument built by the widows of veterans, and hear their story as you gaze at the spectacular panoramic view.

Adult Price: €40.00

Day 9

Day 10

Depart Brussels

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

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 10

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest
    Join Marc and Judig Nyssen at their 18th century Bruges farmstead to learn about Flanders farm life and enjoy hearty Belgian fare

  • Cultural Insights
    Explore Holland's long diamond heritage at a historic diamond polishing factory in Amsterdam, visit the Delft Pottery factory to see how this delicate, porcelain is created and see first-hand the famous tradition of Belgian lace at a workshop in Bruges

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

  • Local Specialists
    For included sightseeing in Luxembourg and Bruges

  • Small Group Sightseeing
    Enjoy a guided visit to Amsterdam's famous Rijksmuseum with a group size of no more than 25 guests

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Luxembourg and Bruges

    • Cruise the canals of Amsterdam and Bruges

    • Orientation of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Maastricht, Ghent and Brussels

    • View The American Memorial at Bastogne

    • Tickets for Keukenhof Bulb fields are included during the flowering season (April until mid-May)

    • Visit the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Royal Delft Pottery, the Euromast Tower in Rotterdam, General George Patton's Grave, Orval Abbey and Dinant


What's Included

Dining

    • 9 hot buffet breakfasts

    • 4 dinners
      (including Be My Guest)


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • VIP entry to many sights


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


Why Trafalgar?

The Trafalgar Experience

Enjoy

Enjoy the wonder of travel, crisscrossing the globe through the seasons. On effortless adventures in breathtaking new horizons, forge lifelong friendships and memories. Our lovingly crafted itineraries are a fascinating mosaic of cultures, flavours, festivals and local stories. We’re with you all the way, guiding you and ensuring you experience the real thing: the sheer love of travel, entirely hassle-free.


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Meet

Meet warm-hearted locals and like-minded travellers. Along your journey of discovery, stop to share stories and flavours with local farmers, chefs and winemakers. Pause to admire the handicrafts and rich traditions of amazing artisans. Explore the essence of Europe through captivating accounts shared by expert historians and savvy local guides.


Taste

Travelling with your tastebuds, treating them to new flavours, spices and textures along the way. From the very first breakfast to the last nightcap, travelling through Europe indulges your palate, with every meal an opportunity to discover regional fare. Savour each new flavour, try the local tipple and take home fresh culinary inspiration. Let us share our love for food and hospitality with you.


Unwind

Once you've packed your suitcase, we take care of the rest, removing all your concerns so that you can be secure in the knowledge that an award-winning global company with an impeccable reputation has taken care of every little detail. We arrange everything you'll need along your journey - meals, accommodation and travel logistics, because we are with you all the way. Travel the world with peace of mind, knowing you’re in the hands of Trafalgar.


Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 81 Reviews

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Service rating : My group was smaller. Only 25 people. We all got along and the sits were fantastic. So much history and my guide Heidi Feys was so nice and knowledgeable.Product : It was a very interesting mix of things to do. From diamonds to the battle of the bulge.

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    Service:

    Service rating : Everything was organised to the tee. And we had the best tour director ever in Heidi Feys!Product : Different aspects were covered, which gave us a more complete impression of the Low lands. The Be my guest dinner was a particularly novel experience!

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    Service:

    Service rating : The hand holding and safety and personal touches given. Heidi Feys so professional, caring and knowledgeable. Lucas great driver and always there to help us emerge from the coach and care for our safety and luggage. Trip wonderful especially all the excursions - Dinant,

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    Service:

    Service rating : Our tour guide Pedro Pinto (Portugal) and Simone Scheffer (Holland, Luxembourg & Belgium) were excellent and very knowledgeable.Product : Loved all the tours and went to places we never expected. Great list of optionals.

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Service rating : Bioth the tour guide Heidi and the driver Lukas went out of their way to make the trip go smoothly. Everything was well planned . The Be my guest dinner was particularly enjoyable and I met lovely fellow guests.Product : I was a little disappointed initially not to see Anne Frank

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    • Special Rate Solo Rooming: Departures 07 July and 04 August 2017 include 25-100% discount on our standard single supplement.
    • Keukenhof: Departures 31 March, 07 April, 14 April, 21 April, 28 April, 05 May, 12 May and 19 May 2017 will include tickets to the magnificent Keukenhof tulip fields.
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