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Insight Vacations Country Roads of Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands (Summer 2018) (E918)

12 Days from Brussels to Amsterdam Print
Tour Style: Country Roads
Europe 2018
Visits: Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands

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.

Additional Included Highlights

  • Visit the Grand Place and view the Mannekin Pis. See the Atomium, and the Chinese and Japanese Pavilions.
  • The panoramic views atop the Lion's Mound are worth the effort of climbing the 230 steps.
  • Spend time in this pretty town on the River Meuse and see the citadel and bell tower of the Collegiate Church.
  • Visit the Mardasson Monument, dedicated to those who fell during the Battle of the Bulge.
  • Lookout from from the Pont Adolphe. See the cathedral, the Palace of the Grand Duke and visit the grave of U.S. General George S. Patton.
  • Witness the impressive market hall and Erasmus Bridge on your orientation of this modern city.
  • See the Binnenhof courtyards and the Peace Palace.
  • See Dam Square, the Royal Palace, the floating flower market and Mint Tower.
  • Flanders, Walloon region, River Meuse, Ardennes plateau, Semois Valley, Dutch countryside.

Authentic Dining

  • Monnickendam: Enjoy a Celebration Dinner with wine in an elegant restaurant in the quaint village of Monnickendam.
  • Bruges: Experience a Dine-Around Evening in beautiful Bruges; enjoying regional dishes, excellent service and famous Belgian beer.
  • Maredsous Abbey: In the neo-Gothic abbey, learn about the monks’ dairy process and secret brewing recipe. Sample the flowery, fruity ales and the salty tang of their golden-crusted cheese.
  • Dutch Countryside: In the scenic setting of the Dutch coutryside, savour a freshly-prepared Farm-to-Table meal, made of locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients typical of the region.
  • Dining Summary: 10 Buffet Breakfasts (BB) and 5 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

Insight Experiences

  • Amsterdam: Explore the Rijksmuseum with your Local Expert.
  • Volendam: Journey through the polder landscape to visit Volendam. Along the way, visit a rustic cheese farm to learn the secrets of the dairy industry and witness the ancient art of clog making.
  • Delft: Visit one of the manufacturers of original Delft blue pottery and see the potters at work on your guided tour.

Top Rated Highlights

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bastogne: Experience a fascinating insight into the history of the World War II at the modern Bastogne War Museum.
  • Luxembourg: With your Local Expert, enjoy views over the Petrusse Ravine and walk through the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • 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. Disembark your cruise to wander the city to see the floating flower market, Dam Square and the Royal Palace.
  • Keukenhof Festival: Why not take an option to visit Keukenhof to see millions of multi-coloured bulb-flowers in bloom on select departures?

Additional five Star Services

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • 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.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • 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.

Insight Vacations Tour Itinerary

Day: 1 Your Journey Begins
Board your overnight flight to Europe (Please ask about our great deals).
Day: 2 Welcome to Brussels.
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 leisurely stroll around the Grand Place, voted the most beautiful square in Europe. Your delightful introductory 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.(Dinner with Wine)
Day: 3 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 360-degree 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. Return to Brussels, where the remainder of the day is at your leisure. Perhaps venture further afield and visit Antwerp, Belgium’s biggest port? Maybe try the local food and drink, Belgian Stoemp and a Kwak, for dinner?(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 4 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.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day: 5 Sightseeing Bruges.
(Relaxed Start) Meet your Local Expert from Bruges for a stroll along cobbled streets, lined with high-gabled houses from the 16th century. Visit the Market Square dominated by the 80-metre belfry of the Market Hall. Explore Burg Square with its ornate Gothic town hall and glorious frescoes on the walls of the Holy Blood Chapel. With your free afternoon, maybe shop for handmade lace and praline chocolates? In the evening, perhaps 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 World War I.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 6 To Maredsous Abbey and Luxembourg.
Travel into the French-speaking Walloon region of Belgium. 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 along with the 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 to arrive at your 18th century château home for two nights.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day: 7 Explore Bastogne and Luxembourg city.
Head for Bastogne to visit the Mardasson Monument, a star-shaped memorial dedicated to the U.S. troops who died during World War II’s Battle of the Bulge. 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. Continue to Luxembourg City for sightseeing with your Local Expert. 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. 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.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 8 Liège then on to 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.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 9 Delft, the Hague and on to Amsterdam.
(Relaxed Start) 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. Pass through picturesque villages and windmills of the Dutch countryside to Amsterdam for three fabulous nights. In a quaint Dutch village, you will be served a fresh and delicious Farm-to-Table Dinner that will of course be accompanied with wine.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day: 10 Amsterdam Sightseeing.
Today you explore Amsterdam, a living museum of the 17th century, yet still a vibrant metropolis and port today. 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 with your Travel Director. See the floating flower market, Dam Square and the Royal Palace. The rest of the day is at your leisure.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 11 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 with a Local Expert, Amsterdam's famed treasure trove of Dutch art, housing Rembrandt's ‘Night Watch.' Journey to 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. In the evening, join your newfound friends and Travel Director at a beautiful restaurant to enjoy your Celebration Dinner.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day: 12 Depart Amsterdam.
Transfers to Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport arrive at 08:00 and 10:00.(Buffet Breakfast)

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