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Country Roads of Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands

COUNTRY ROADS OF BELGIUM, LUXEMBOURG AND THE NETHERLANDS

Europe

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Grand Place - Brussels, Belgium

Grand Place - Brussels, Belgium

Market Square - Brussels, Belgium

Market Square - Brussels, Belgium

Bruges City Hall - Bruges, Belgium

Bruges City Hall - Bruges, Belgium

St. Bavos Cathedral - Ghent, Belgium

St. Bavos Cathedral - Ghent, Belgium

Waterloo Battlefield - Brussels, Belgium

Waterloo Battlefield - Brussels, Belgium

River Meuse - Dinant, Belgium

River Meuse - Dinant, Belgium

Maredsous Abbey - Denne, Belgium

Maredsous Abbey - Denne, Belgium

Grand Duke Palace - Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Grand Duke Palace - Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Pont Adolphe - Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Pont Adolphe - Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Binnenhof - Hague, Netherlands

Binnenhof - Hague, Netherlands

Erasmus Bridge - Rotterdam, Netherlands

Erasmus Bridge - Rotterdam, Netherlands

Mint Tower - Amsterdam, Netherlands

Mint Tower - Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam Canal - Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam Canal - Amsterdam, Netherlands

Dam Square - Amsterdam, Netherlands

Dam Square - Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Travel Period : Valid until October 14, 2017

Description

Step back in time and immerse yourself in idyllic 17th century Dutch landscapes of gently turning windmills and charming bridges, arching over peaceful canals. Enjoy a slower pace of life with all the comforts of modern touches.

Inclusions

    • An expert Insight Tour Director, at the pinnacle of their career, will guide you on your journey. Serving as your 'travelling concierge', this skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.
    • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort.
    • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.
    • Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel.
    • Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
    • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
    • Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
    • Included airport transfers at scheduled times on arrival and departure days.

     

    EXCLUSIONS

    The following are not included in the basic package price, but etravel PH can easily arrange them for you.

    • Airfare and Airline Taxes
    • Pre and Post-accommodation which maybe necessary depending on flight schedule
    • Visa Fee and airport taxes
    • Personal expenses and other services that are not mentioned in the itinerary
    • Tips to guides, drivers, porters and waiters

Things we love

    • Waterloo: 200 years after the fall of Napoleon, visit the site to discover why the Battle of Waterloo was such a defining moment in European history.
    • Ghent: With a Local Expert, visit St. Bavo's Cathedral with its Van Eyck masterpiece and see the Castle of the Counts.
    • Bastogne: Experience a fascinating insight into the history of the Second World War at the modern and interactive War Museum.
    • Amsterdam: Cruise in a glass-topped boat through the old waterways, where the wealthiest merchants built mansions during the Golden Age of the 17th century.
    • Amsterdam: Walk with an art historian through the newly refurbished Rijksmuseum, to where Rembrandt's ‘Night Watch' holds the stage before an admiring crowd.
    • Amsterdam: Journey through the polder landscape to visit Volendam and Edam. Along the way, visit an old cheese farm to learn the secrets of the dairy industry and witness the ancient art of clog making.

Departure Dates

  • 8Sep-2 2017, 8Sep-9 2017, 8Sep-16 2017, 8Sep-23 2017, 8Aug-5 2017, 8Aug-12 2017, 8Oct-14 2017, 8May-27 2017
  • Note:Pre and post-accommodation maybe necessary before and after the tour

Itinerary

    DAY 1 WELCOME TO BRUSSELS
    Airport transfers depart Brussels Airport for your centrally-located hotel at 09:00, 11:00 & 14:30. After checking in, the afternoon is yours to relax. Later, join your Tour Director for a visit to the cheeky Manneken Pis statue and leisurely stroll around the Grand Place, voted the most beautiful square in Europe. Your delightful introductory evening also includes a Welcome Reception with drinks and an opportunity to mingle over dinner with wine.
    Hotel: Sofitel Brussels Le Louise
    Welcome Reception and Dinner

    DAY 2 BRUSSELS AND WATERLOO
    (Relaxed Start) Admire the contrast of the Chinese and Japanese Pavilions and the impressive, metallic spheres of the Atomium. Leaving the city limits behind, visit the battlefield of Waterloo to learn about Napoleon's final defeat in 1815. Immerse yourself in the action at the Panorama, where a huge 360⁰ mural depicts a key moment in the raging battle. If you're feeling energetic, you can climb the 230 steps to the top of the Lion's Mound for panoramic views over the battlefield and countryside. Back in Brussels, the remainder of the day is at leisure. Maybe try some Belgian Stoemp with a ‘Kwak' at dinner?
    Hotel: Sofitel Brussels Le Louise
    Buffet Breakfast

    DAY 3 GHENT AND ON TO BRUGES
    Cross the pasture lands of Belgian Flanders to your next stop in Ghent, the ‘City of Flowers' and rival to Bruges for its rich treasury of medieval heritage. With a Local Expert, visit St. Bavo's Cathedral with its Van Eyck masterpiece and see the Castle of the Counts. Continue to picture-perfect Bruges for a fabulous Dine-Around evening, amid the ‘olde worlde' atmosphere of the town centre.
    Hotel: NH Brugge
    Buffet Breakfast, Dine-Around

    DAY 4 SIGHTSEEING BRUGES
    (Relaxed Start) Meet a Local Expert from Bruges, for a stroll along cobbled streets, lined with high-gabled houses from the Golden Age of the 16th century. Visit the Market Square dominated by the 80m Belfry of the Market Hall. Then explore Burg Square with its ornate Gothic town hall and glorious frescoes on the walls of the Holy Blood Chapel. Later, enjoy a free afternoon. Maybe shop for handmade lace and praline chocolates? In the evening, there is an optional experience to the town of Ypres, where buglers sound the Last Post each evening in a moving tribute to those who fell during WWI.
    Hotel: NH Brugge
    Buffet Breakfast

    DAY 5 TO MAREDSOUS ABBEY AND LUXEMBOURG
    Travel into the French-speaking Walloon region of Belgium today. Picturesque country roads lead you to the neo-Gothic Maredsous Abbey, towering over the Molignée Valley. The Abbey itself dates back to the 19th century, whereas the monks' dairy process and secret brewing recipe represent a thousand years of tradition. Sample for yourself the flowery-fruity ales and salty tang of their golden-crusted cheese. Only a short drive from here is Dinant on the River Meuse, its skyline dominated by the lofty Citadel and onion-domed bell tower of the Collegiate Church. Continue on to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and onto your 18th century castle home for two nights.
    Hotel: Chateau D'Urspelt - Castle rooms, Clervaux
    Buffet Breakfast, Three-course Dinner with wine, plus tea or coffee

    DAY 6 EXPLORE BASTOGNE AND LUXEMBOURG CITY
    (Relaxed Start) Head for Bastogne in the morning to visit the Mardasson Monument, a star-shaped memorial dedicated to the US troops who died during WWII's ‘Battle of the Bulge'. You can also climb to the top for a perspective of what it might have been like during the winter of ‘44. Next, visit the Bastogne War Museum, a fascinating modern and interactive memorial centre highlighting the causes, events and consequences of the Second World War. Then onto Luxembourg City for sightseeing with a Local Expert. See the view over the Petrusse Ravine from the Pont Adolphe. Stroll through the old town to see the cathedral and the Palace of the Grand Duke. Visit the grave of US General George S. Patton, laid to rest alongside the men who fought and died in his great Third Army.
    Hotel: Chateau D'Urspelt, Clervaux
    Buffet Breakfast

    DAY 7 LIÈGE THEN ONTO ROTTERDAM
    Cross the rolling hills of the Ardennes plateau en route to Liège, birthplace of Emperor Charlemagne. In Rotterdam, the world's largest port rebuilt after wartime devastation, marvel at the radical modern design that has become its distinguishing feature. See the impressive market hall and the Erasmus Bridge as part of your orientation. In the evening, dine on local specialities in a friendly restaurant.
    Hotel: Inntel Hotels Rotterdam Centre
    Buffet Breakfast, RD

    DAY 8 DELFT AND THE HAGUE THEN ON TO AMSTERDAM
    (Relaxed Start) Visit one of the manufacturers of original Delft blue pottery and the market hall. Move on to the Hague, elegant governmental centre of the Netherlands. See the Binnenhof courtyards where the Parliament is situated and the impressive Peace Palace. Pass through picturesque villages and windmills of the Dutch countryside to Amsterdam for three fabulous nights.
    Hotel: Okura, Amsterdam
    Buffet Breakfast

    DAY 9 SIGHTSEEING AMSTERDAM
    (Relaxed Start) In the morning, explore Amsterdam, a living museum of the 17th century, yet still a vibrant metropolis and port today. See the Mint Tower and nearby floating flower market before driving across Dam Square. Then take a canal cruise to explore the heart of the Old City.
    Hotel: Okura, Amsterdam
    Buffet Breakfast

    DAY 10 A TRUE DUTCH DELIGHT
    If you choose, you could start the morning by visiting the world's largest flower auction at Aalsmeer? Later, in Amsterdam, visit the newly refurbished Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam's famed treasure trove of Dutch art, housing Rembrandt's ‘Night Watch'. Later, visit the fishing village of Volendam, situated on what was once the Zuider Zee. Learn the secrets of the cheese maker's craft, from milk to finished product and witness a traditional shoemaker turn a block of wood into clogs. Finally, enjoy an end-of-tour Celebration Dinner in a beautiful restaurant in the quaint village of Monnickendam.
    Hotel: Okura, Amsterdam
    Buffet Breakfast, Celebration Dinner

    DAY 11 DEPART AMSTERDAM
    Transfers to Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport arrive at 08:00 & 10:00.
    Buffet Breakfast

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