Country Roads of Belgium, Luxembourg & the Netherlands - Small Group

Country Roads of Belgium, Luxembourg & the Netherlands - Small Group

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Country Roads of Belgium, Luxembourg & the Netherlands - Small Group

11 Days Starting in Brussels and ending in Amsterdam

Visiting: Brussels, Waterloo, Ghent, Bruges, Chimay, Clervaux, Luxembourg City, Bastogne, Rotterdam, Delft, The Hague, Keukenhof, Amsterdam, Monnickendam

Tour operator:

Insight Vacations

Tour code:

SE918ZM19

Specialist Group:

Family/Kids

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

12 - 24

Physical rating:

Low, Leisurely

Age range:

5-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Small Group

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$5575
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NB: Prices correct on 20-May-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

This 11-day guided tour whisks you through scenic Belgium, Luxembourg and The Netherlands. In Luxembourg, indulge in a farm-to-table feast at the horse-stables-turned-restaurant L'Écurie du Parc, then stroll past the 12th-Century Clervaux Castle after dinner. Climb to the top of the star-shaped Mardasson Monument for a birds-eye view of the fields where the World War II’s Battle of the Bulge was fought. Cruise through Amsterdam’s canal district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, sailing past 16th-Century merchant houses and the iconic Magere Brug — the skinny, white-painted wood bridge over the Amstel River. Later, join a Local Expert at the Rijksmuseum, where you can view Rembrandt's ‘Night Watch’, and see a shoemaker whittle wood into traditional clogs.

Highlights

  • Brussels: Join a private chocolate truffle-making lesson and tasting with a master chocolatier, before exploring Brussels with your Local Expert.

  • Brussels: Learn about Napoleon's final defeat on a visit to the Panorama of the Battle of Waterloo.

  • Keukenhof: Visit Keukenhof to see millions of multi-coloured bulb-flowers in bloom on select departures.

  • Bruges: Visit the Market Square and famous belfry of the Market Hall with your Local Expert. See the Gothic town hall in Burg Square and the frescoes on the walls of the Holy Blood Chapel.

  • Luxembourg City: With your Local Expert, enjoy views over the Petrusse Ravine and walk through the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the cathedral, the Palace of the Grand Duke and visit the grave of U.S. General George S. Patton.

  • Bastogne: Experience a fascinating insight into the history of the World War II at the modern Bastogne War Museum. Visit the Mardasson Monument, dedicated to those who fell during the Battle of the Bulge.

  • Amsterdam: Cruise along the old waterways, discovering the architectural gems of the old city, including mansions dating from the Golden Age of the 17th Century.

  • Amsterdam: Explore the Rijksmuseum, the Dutch national museum and largest art museum in the Netherlands, with a local art historian. Witness famous works by Van Gogh, Vermeer, and Rembrandt.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Welcome To Brussels

Location: Brussels

Accommodation: NH Collection Brussels Centre.

Meals Included: Dinner with Wine

Airport transfers depart Brussels airport for your centrally-located hotel at 09:00, 11:00 and 14:30. After checking in, the afternoon is yours to relax. At 17:00, join your Travel Director for a visit to the cheeky Manneken Pis statue and a leisurely stroll around the Grand Place, voted the most beautiful square in Europe. Your delightful first evening also includes a Welcome Dinner with wine at a local restaurant in the heart of the Old Town, with an opportunity to mingle with your fellow travellers.

Day 2: The Battlefield Of Waterloo Or Chocolate Truffle Making Lesson Relaxed Start

Location: Brussels, Waterloo

Accommodation: NH Collection Brussels Centre.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Explore Brussels with Insight Choice. Learn about Napoleon’s final defeat at Waterloo or alternatively, join your Local Expert for a walking tour through the streets of Brussels visiting its Chocolate Museum for a lesson with a master chocolatier. Return to Brussels, where the remainder of the day is at your leisure. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to visit the historic town of Antwerp. In the evening, choose from a selection of hand-picked local restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening.

Day 3: Ghent And On To Bruges

Location: Brussels, Ghent, Bruges

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel, Bruges.

Meals Included: Breakfast

In the morning, admire the contrast of the Chinese and Japanese Pavilions and the impressive, metallic spheres of the Atomium.Your journey then crosses the pasture lands of Belgian Flanders to reach Ghent, the City of Flowers, offering a fascinating cultural mix of medieval heritage and modern urban life.With a Local Expert, take a stroll through the historical streets and be mesmerised by the outstanding beauty of its quays, churches and squares. Visit St. Bavo's Cathedral, former home of the Eyck masterpiece, and see the Castle of the Counts. We continue to Bruges, where you'll stay for the next two nights.

Day 4: Sightseeing Bruges Relaxed Start

Location: Bruges

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel, Bruges.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Meet your Local Expert in Bruges for a stroll along cobbled streets, lined with high-gabled houses from the 16th century. Visit the Market Square dominated by the 83-meter medieval bell tower, The Belfry of Bruges. Explore Burg Square with its ornate Gothic town hall and glorious frescoes on the walls of the Holy Blood Chapel. With your free afternoon, perhaps join an Optional Experience to visit the historic town of Ypres? Explore the market square and attend the famous Last Post Ceremony, commemorating the fallen Allied Forces on the surrounding Flanders Fields.

Day 5: Luxembourg

Location: Bruges, Chimay, Clervaux

Accommodation: Château d'Urspelt (Castle Rooms) Clervaux.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, with Wine

Travel into the French-speaking region of Wallonia, where picturesque country roads lead you to the late 19th century Scourmont Abbey. The surrounding plateau on which it is built was once considered wild and barren land, but the Trappist monks have toiled for over 100 years to create a successful farm, brewery and cheese plant. Visit the Chimay Experience to learn about the production secrets of Chimay Trappist beers. Your visit concludes with a sample of freshly brewed beer and a taste of golden-crusted cheese.  Continue on to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to arrive at your 18th century château home for two nights. In the evening, you will be served a fresh and delicious Farm-to-Table Dinner at restaurant L'Écurie du Parc. See the 12th century Clervaux Castle illuminated on your stroll after dinner.

Day 6: Luxembourg City And Countryside

Location: Clervaux, Luxembourg City

Accommodation: Château d'Urspelt (Castle Rooms), Clervaux.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Your travels continue to Luxembourg City for sightseeing with your Local Expert. Visit the grave of U.S. General George S. Patton, laid to rest alongside the men who fought and died in his great Third Army. Admire the view over the Petrusse Ravine from the Pont Adolphe and stroll through the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to see the cathedral and the Palace of the Grand Duke. With the afternoon free for you to explore at your leisure, perhaps join an Optional Experience to the ancient Roman city of Trier, home town of Karl Marx, to explore with a Local Expert?

Day 7: Explore Bastogne Then On To Rotterdam

Location: Clervaux, Bastogne, Rotterdam

Accommodation: Hotel, Inntel s Rotterdam Centre.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Head for Bastogne to visit the Mardasson Monument, a star-shaped memorial dedicated to the U.S. troops who died during Battle of the Bulge in World War II. You may choose to climb to the top for a perspective of what it might have been like during the winter of 1944. Visit the Bastogne War Museum, a fascinating modern and interactive memorial centre highlighting the causes, events and consequences of WWII. Travel through the centre of Belgium as your journey continues to Rotterdam, the world's largest port rebuilt after wartime devastation. During your orientation with your Travel Director, see the impressive market hall and its radical modern design and the Erasmus Bridge.

Day 8: Delft And The Hague

Location: Rotterdam, Delft, The Hague, Keukenhof, Amsterdam

Accommodation: Hotel, Grand Amrâth Amsterdam.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Visit one of the manufacturers of original Delft blue pottery before moving on to the Hague, the elegant governmental centre of the Netherlands. See the Binnenhof courtyards where the Parliament is situated and the impressive Peace Palace. Select departures visit Keukenhof Gardens one of the world's largest flower gardens, an unforgettable experience not to be missed. Pass through picturesque villages and windmills of the Dutch countryside to Amsterdam for three fabulous nights.

Day 9: Amsterdam Sightseeing Relaxed Start

Location: Amsterdam

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today you explore Amsterdam, a living museum of the 17th century, yet still a vibrant metropolis and port. The best way to see this remarkable city is from the water as you cruise through the canal district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire the elegant merchant houses from the 16th and 17th centuries, their facades are a reflection of when trade flourished during Amsterdam's Golden Age. Relax as you pass stunning gables, beautiful churches and the iconic Magere Brug, better known as the Skinny Bridge. Disembark your cruise to wander the city and see the floating flower market, Dam Square and the Royal Palace. The rest of the day is at your leisure. With your free time, perhaps venture out to the Dutch Countryside to the village of Marken?

Day 10: A True Dutch Delight Relaxed Start

Location: Amsterdam, Monnickendam, Amsterdam

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

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 with a Local Expert, Amsterdam's famed treasure trove of Dutch art, housing Rembrandt's ‘Night Watch.' Journey to the village of Monnikendam, learn the secrets of the Cheese Maker's craft, from milk to the finished product. Then witness a traditional Shoemaker turn a block of wood into clogs. In the evening, join your newfound friends and Travel Director at a beautiful restaurant in Monnikendam to enjoy your Celebration Dinner.

Day 11: Depart Amsterdam

Location: Amsterdam

Meals Included: Breakfast

Transfers to Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport arrive at 08:00 and 10:00.

What's Included

  • Expert Travel Director

    Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.

  • Personal Radio Headsets

    Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.

  • Luggage Handling

    We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.

  • Inclusive Tips

    Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

    Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).

  • Insight Flourish

    From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.

  • Scheduled Airport Transfers

    If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

What's Not Included

  • Flights

    International flights to and from the start and end points of the tour are not included.

  • Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is not included and is recommended for all travelers.

  • Optional Experiences

    Costs for optional experiences not included in the tour itinerary.

  • Personal Expenses

    Personal expenses such as laundry, phone calls, additional drinks and meals not specified in the itinerary.

  • Visa Fees

    Any applicable visa fees are not included.

Check out our Q&As

  • What countries does the tour visit?

    The tour visits Belgium and Luxembourg.

  • What are some highlights of the tour?

    Highlights of the tour include a private chocolate truffle-making lesson and tasting in Brussels, a visit to the Panorama of the Battle of Waterloo, a visit to Keukenhof to see multi-coloured bulb-flowers in bloom on select departures, and a visit to the Grand Place and view the Mannekin Pis in Brussels.

  • What are the pick-up and drop-off times?

    Pick-up times at Brussels airport are 09:00, 11:00, and 14:30. Drop-off times at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport are 08:00 and 10:00.

  • What is the primary tag of the tour?

    The primary tag of the tour is Luxury.

  • What is the start location of the tour?

    The start location of the tour is Brussels.

  • What are the inclusions of the tour?

    Inclusions of the tour are a highly-skilled Travel Director, personal radio headsets for visits to famous highlights, baggage handling, hotel and restaurant tips, complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi, and transfers at scheduled times.

  • Are meals included in the tour?

    Yes, meals included in the tour are 5 Dinners with Wine and 10 Breakfasts.

  • What type of accommodations are included?

    The tour includes accommodations such as NH Collection Brussels Centre, Radisson Blu Hotel Bruges, Château d'Urspelt (Castle Rooms) Clervaux, and Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam.

  • What is the end location of the tour?

    The end location of the tour is Amsterdam.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    We regret that no refunds can be made for absences from a tour, including experiences such as missed meals or sightseeing.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1978.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Insight Vacations is a founding member of the TreadRight Foundation, a joint initiative created by the brands within The Travel Corporation (TTC) almost 15 years ago to ensure our impact through tourism is positive. Our ethos to #MakeTravelMatter guides our decision-making at every level of our business.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    You have two options as a solo traveller. Either choose to be matched with a same sex partner for a room share - at no extra cost. Or choose a room of your own with a reduced or even free private room upgrade on select tours.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

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