Best of Holland, Belgium & Luxembourg - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Take a jaunt through Benelux - from fairy-tale castles to flowering fields, Rembrandt to Royal Delft. See the historic fortified city of Maastricht and the breathtaking Gorge of Luxembourg's Alzette and Petrusse Rivers.

Trafalgar Trip Highlights

  • Connect with Locals:  Join Marc Nyssen at his 18th-century Bruges farmstead to learn about Flanders farm life and enjoy a hearty Belgian 'Be My Guest' dinner. (Day 8)
  • Dive into Culture:  Visit the Delft Pottery factory to see how this delicate, porcelain is created. (Day 4)
    See first-hand the famous tradition of Belgian lace at a workshop in Bruges. (Day 8)
  • Local Specialist:  For included sightseeing in Luxembourg and Bruges


Iconic Sightseeing Highlights

  • SIGHTSEEING TOUR with a Local Specialist in Luxembourg City and Bruges
  • SMALL GROUP SIGHTSEEING enjoy a guided visit to Amsterdam's famous Rijksmuseum with a group size of no more than 20 guests
  • ORIENTATION of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Maastricht, Ghent and Brussels
  • VISIT Royal Delft Pottery, General George Patton's Grave, Orval Abbey and Dinant
  • VIEW The American Memorial at Bastogne
  • SCENIC CRUISE on the canals of Amsterdam and Bruges
  • TICKETS for Keukenhof Tulip Bulb fields are included during the flowering season (end of March until mid-May)


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

 

Location:

Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands, Luxembourg City, Canton of Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Bruges, West Flanders, Belgium, Brussels, Brussels-Capital, Belgium, Netherlands, Belgium

11  Days | 9  nights
Call to book: 1-866-529-2079
Travelling as a group of 10 or more?  Request a group quote.

INCLUSIONS

  • Flight to Amsterdam; return from Brussels (if flight and tour package option is chosen)
  • 11 nights of accommodation
  • 13 meals (9 hot buffet breakfasts, 4 dinners including a Be My Guest dinner)
  • Transportation by luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Porterage (1 piece of luggage per passenger)
  • $50 CAD credit voucher for an Optional Experience (described in the itinerary below; 1 voucher per person)
  • English-speaking travel director
  • Earn and redeem Aeroplan® Miles

 

ITINERARY

Day 1

Depart Canada

Fly to Amsterdam.

Best of Holland, Belgium & Luxembourg - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 2

Welcome to Amsterdam

Fall in love with the Lowlands, launching your vacation in the magical city of Amsterdam, whose labyrinthine canals and vibrant squares you will have an opportunity to explore on your own. Later, you'll meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception cruise, including a light meal and welcome drink. Cruise the city's famous waterways admiring the picture-perfect surrounds and gabled façades.

Meal(s): Welcome reception
Best of Holland, Belgium & Luxembourg - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 3

Amsterdam Sightseeing and Free Time

Explore Amsterdam's historic city centre this morning and enjoy a Small Group Sightseeing tour of the Rijksmuseum with a Local Specialist. Come face-to-face with such masterpieces as Rembrandt's The Night Watch, Van Gogh's self-portrait, and The Milkmaid by Vermeer. We leave great art behind and visit a historic diamond polishing factory where we'll Dive into Culture and gain insights into the tradition of diamond cutting. Celebrate spring and enjoy an included visit to Keukenhof (subject to season) where you'll stroll through an enchanting wonderland of tulips, daffodils and hyacinths with millions of blooms planted across the 32-hectare site.

Optional Activities ($):
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: Still in use by the Dutch Royal Family, The Royal Palace in Amsterdam was built in 1648. Originally serving as the Town Hall, it was also a Napoleonic Palace before its current role. Its rich history and the interior of this magnificent building in the heart of Amsterdam make this a must see. Adult Price: €43.00*
  • Van Loon Museum: In the heart of the canal district lies Museum Van Loon, a magnificent private residence built in 1672. The former residence of the artist Ferdinand Bol, the 18th century interior still evokes the splendour of the Golden Age. We’ll discover the large collection of paintings, fine furniture, precious silver and porcelain from several centuries. A short walking tour in the heart of the city will then take us to the Beguinage (Begijnhof), a hidden courtyard where extremely pious women lived for almost 700 years. This glimpse behind the façades of Amsterdam's world-famous canals is highly recommended. Adult Price: €40.00*
  • Holland's Favorite Foods: Nibble your way through Amsterdam's international dining scene on a tasting tour led by a local specialist. Learn about the international flavors that have influenced Dutch cuisine, while grabbing bites at a cheese shop, beer garden and family restaurant. Savour handpicked local delicacies including artisanal cheeses, a sweet ‘stroopwafel’ and the best fish in town. We'll wash them all down with a beer or jenever.Adult Price: €62.00*
Meal(s): Buffet breakfast
Best of Holland, Belgium & Luxembourg - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 4

The Hague - Delft and Rotterdam Excursion

Soak up the gezellig Dutch atmosphere this morning before heading to Delft via The Hague. We Dive into Culture during a visit to the Royal Delft Pottery workshop and admire the delicate blue and white porcelain that has made this historic town famous. We continue our journey south, arriving in the edgy port city of Rotterdam where we will enjoy an informative orientation tour. Heading back to Amsterdam, consider a leisurely evening in one of the charming pleins lined with cozy cafés

Optional Activities ($):
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES:
  • Kinderdijk Exploration & Boat Ride (32 EUR): 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.
  • Muiderslot, a Genuine Castle (56 EUR): We'll take a short drive to imposing Muiderslot Castle, which will give us a real taste of Dutch history. It's part of Amsterdam's Defence Line and is UNESCO World Heritage-listed. During your guided tour, through rooms refurbished in 17th-century style, you'll imagine yourself in a Rembrandt painting as it evokes the period when Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft, known as the "Dutch Shakespeare," occupied the castle. We'll also enjoy a garden tour and a refreshment in a typical Dutch Inn is included.
Meal(s): Buffet breakfast
Best of Holland, Belgium & Luxembourg - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 5

Amsterdam - Maastricht - Bastogne - Luxembourg

The fortified city of Maastricht, with its beautiful old churches, ancient city walls, and stunning merchant houses, takes center stage this morning. We spend some time strolling through its town center before continuing to Bastogne, the site of bloody skirmishes in the World War II Battle of the Bulge. Visit the 12th-century Cistercian Orval Abbey, renowned for being one of the few breweries that produce Trappist beer before journeying to the Duchy of Luxembourg, where tonight we'll dine in our hotel.

Meal(s): Buffet breakfast, Dinner
Best of Holland, Belgium & Luxembourg - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 6

Luxembourg City Sightseeing and Free Time

This morning we pay tribute to Allied Forces hero, General George S. Patton, whose final resting place is the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial. Later, we take to the streets of a fairy-tale capital on a leisurely walking tour of Luxembourg with a Local Specialist. Our route takes us past the Cathedral and the Grand Ducal Palace, with its Flemish Renaissance façades, and includes spectacular views of the gorge of the Rivers Alzette and Petrusse. Spend the rest of the day at leisure soaking up the quaint atmosphere of this tiny country or indulge in a coffee while you people-watch in the leafy Place d'Armes - the choice is yours.

Optional Activities ($):
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: €70.00*

 

Meal(s): Buffet breakfast
Best of Holland, Belgium & Luxembourg - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 7

Luxembourg City - Dinant - Bruges

En route to the enchanting medieval village of Bruges, we stop in Dinant whose famous son, Adolphe Sax, is credited with having invented the saxophone

Optional Activities ($):
Optional Experiences:
  • 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*
  • Ypres Excursion and Last Post Ceremony: Travel with your local expert to the historic town of Ypres, a ‘city of peace’ famous for its involvement in World War I. Afterwards, you’ll visit two famous cemeteries and attend the famous Last Post Ceremony, which commemorates the fallen of the British Army and her allies on the surrounding Flanders Fields. You’ll also have the chance to visit Ypres' famous market square and take in the atmosphere of this unique location. Adult Price: €45.00*
Meal(s): Buffet breakfast
Best of Holland, Belgium & Luxembourg - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 8

Bruges Sightseeing and Free Time

Wake up in beautiful Bruges and join a 'Local Specialist' for a walking tour of the town. Take to the water and enjoy a whimsical sightseeing cruise along the city's wonderful canals lined with Gothic façades. 'Dive Into Culture' next and admire the delicate art of Belgian lace. Spend the rest of the day on your own, immersing yourself in the old-world allure of this town. This evening, we 'Connect With Locals', joining Marc Nyssen at his 18th-century Bruges farmstead to learn about Flanders farm life.

Optional Activities ($):
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. Adult Price: €39.00*
Meal(s): Buffet breakfast, Be My Guest Dinner
Best of Holland, Belgium & Luxembourg - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 9

Bruges - Ghent - Brussels

Delve into centuries of trade heritage in the port city of Ghent, with its picturesque riverine backdrop. See the medieval city's three famous towers - Saint Nicholas' Church, the Belfry and Saint Bavo's Cathedral - before continuing to Brussels, a multicultural melting pot which you will have an opportunity to explore after your Travel Director shows you the city's highlights. See the Atomium - designed for the 1958 Brussels World's Fair, Mannekin Pis and the exquisite Grand Place with its opulent and ornate guildhalls. This evening, consider sampling mouth-watering Belgian cuisine washed down with the city's best beers.

 

Optional Activities ($):
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*
Meal(s): Buffet breakfast
Best of Holland, Belgium & Luxembourg - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 10

Brussels Free Day

Embrace a full free day to explore the Belgian capital as you wish. Stroll past the Royal Palace and through the leafy lanes of Brussels Park or indulge in tasting delicious chocolate. Your Travel Director will assist you to make the most out of your free day at leisure. This evening we celebrate a memorable sojourn through three fascinating countries during a Farewell Dinner.

Optional Activities ($):
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES: Waterloo Explored (40 EUR): 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.
Meal(s): Buffet breakfast, Farewell dinner
Best of Holland, Belgium & Luxembourg - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 11

Brussels - Return to Canada

We bid Belgium a fond adieu this morning as we prepare to close the curtain on a memorable At Leisure holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

Meal(s): Buffet breakfast
Best of Holland, Belgium & Luxembourg - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

ACCOMMODATIONS

WHERE YOU'LL STAY

The hotels listed below are presented as examples for your reference only. Where “or similar” is indicated, guests will stay at a hotel of the same star rating. The hotel accommodations will be communicated to the consumer or travel agent prior to departure.

LOCATION
HOTEL
Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
Apollo Hotel(or similar)
Luxembourg City, Canton of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Novotel Kirchberg(or similar)
Bruges, West Flanders, Belgium
Tulip de Medici(or similar)
Brussels, Brussels-Capital, Belgium
Sofitel Europe(or similar)
Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
Apollo Hotel(or similar)
Luxembourg City, Canton of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Novotel Kirchberg(or similar)
Bruges, West Flanders, Belgium
Tulip de Medici(or similar)
Brussels, Brussels-Capital, Belgium
Sofitel Europe(or similar)

Room Specifications

Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a standard room at all hotels during the trip.
Room occupancy: 2 adults travelling together
Single or Triple occupancy option: Travellers who prefer to stay in a single occupancy or a triple occupancy room can call us book: 1 866 529-2079. Subject to availability.

IMPORTANT INFO

DEPARTURE DATES

2020 departure dates:                                               
May 22                             
June 5, 12*, 19 & 26                                        
July 24 & 31*                                        
August 14, 21 & 28*                                 
September 4, 11*, 18                            
October 2*

  *Non-definite departure dates                                               

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your departure flight to arrive on or before the Tour Start Date.

MORE TO KNOW

For an additional $123 CAD per person, travelers can pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver. Call us at 1 866 529-2079 to add this option to your reservation.

ACTIVITIES

Prices listed in the itinerary are valid as of  November 13, 2019 and are subject to change without notice.

TRANSPORTATION

On arrival at Amsterdam Airport transfers will operate at 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 2:30 p.m. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Brussels Airport at 8 a.m. and 12 p.m.

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Prices take into account taxes and are rounded to the nearest full dollar. Full details on taxes and fees are on the booking page.