Best of Holland Belgium and Luxembourg - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

10 days

from £1473 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Sep 2015.
"Another first rate performance"
Glenn , Jun 2014

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 a tree-lined lane to an 18th century Belgian farmstead, where its owner, Marc, waits with an aperitif for you in his historic courtyard, before serving up home-reared beef bourguignon.

Trip type:
At Leisure
Trip code:
EHBL

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Trip Itinerary

  • 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.

    Meal(s)

    Welcome Reception

    Hotel

    Wyndham Apollo/Crowne Plaza Amsterdam South/Ramada Apollo

  • 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 (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

  • 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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 4.

    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

  • 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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining

    Hotel

    De Medici

  • 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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 8.

    BRUGES – GENT – WATERLOO – 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 year is the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo where the Duke of Wellington defeated Napoleon. Visit the Wellington Museum which is dedicated to the battle. 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

  • 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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

  • 10.

    DEPART BRUSSELS

    This morning bid farewell to your fellow travellers and take home many special memories. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. Please note: Your coach returns to Amsterdam from Brussels on Day 10. You are welcome to use this complimentary transfer. Drop-off in Amsterdam will be at the Trafalgar Amsterdam hotel and not at the airport. Arrival will be at approximately 3pm, depending on traffic conditions.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • 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.
  • Cultural Insights

    Visit a historic diamond polishing factory in Amsterdam.
    Visit the Delft Pottery factory for a look at the creation of this renowned, hand painted, porcelain.
    Visit a lace workshop in Bruges.
  • Local Specialists

    in Luxembourg and Bruges
    In Amsterdam, enjoy a guided Small Group Sightseeing visit to the Rijksmuseum with a group size of no more than 25 guests.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Luxembourg and Bruges
  • Cruise the canals of Amsterdam and Bruges
  • Orientation of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Maastricht, Gent and Brussels
  • View The American Memorial at Bastogne
  • 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, Dinant and the Wellington Museum in Waterloo

Dining

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

Travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Hand-picked 4 or 5 star accommodation
  • 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
  • Tickets for Keukenhof Bulb fields are included during the flowering season (April until mid-May)
  • 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

Optional Experiences

Notes

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Amsterdam

  • Volendam Revealed

    Adult Price: €28.00 Come with us as we discover the polder lands of the former Zuider Zee (Southern Sea) and its beautiful countryside. You’ll feel the power of a 17th century windmill in action and explore picturesque Volendam, with its old harbour, wooden houses and locals in traditional dress. This optional experience will only be offered during the period when Keukenhof is closed.
  • Dinner In A Historic Dutch House

    Adult Price: €62.00 Join us for a delicious meal of Dutch specialities, including drinks, in the elegant surroundings of this historic house.
  • Hidden Amsterdam

    Adult Price: €39.00 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.
  • Kinderdijk Exploration And Boat Ride

    Adult Price: €31.00 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.

Luxembourg

  • Roman Trier Discovery And Dinner

    Adult Price: €60.00 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.

Bruges

  • Magical Bruges By Horse And Carriage

    Adult Price: €37.00 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.
  • Hitler’s Atlantic Wall And Flanders Fields Experience

    Adult Price: €40.00 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.
  • Antwerp Unveiled

    Adult Price: €39.00 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.

Brussels

  • Belgium's Best Traditions and Tastes

    Adult Price: €39.00 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.
  • Waterloo Explored

    Adult Price: €30.00 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.
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