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Holland Luxembourg Belgium

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 9 day(s)
Group Size: 40 - 44 people
Destination(s): Luxembourg   Belgium   Germany  
Specialty Categories: Archeology/History  
Season: April - September
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1999 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1999 US Dollar (USD)

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Imperial Splendors: •Historical Centre of the City of Salzburg
•Historical Centre of Vienna
•Historical Centre of Prague
•Palaces and Ponts of Potsdam and Berlin
•Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, and Andrássy Avenue


Itinerary



Day 1 Arrive in Amsterdam, Holland

Welcome to Amsterdam! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)


Day 2 Amsterdam

Your discovery of Holland features a morning sightseeing tour of the capital with a Local Guide. Enjoy a CANAL CRUISE past gabled merchant houses, arched drawbridges reminiscent of the Golden Age, and the strikingly modern buildings of a young-at-heart city. Next, visit the fabulous RIJKSMUSEUM with priceless paintings by Rembrandt and other Dutch masters. Then, time to explore Dam Square and the city center on your own, or join your Tour Director for a visit to a major DIAMOND CENTER to appreciate how a rough mineral is transformed into a sparkling jewel. Afternoon at leisure. An optional excursion to a cheese farm, a clog maker, a working windmill, and dinner in the fishing village of Volendam at the former Zuiderzee is available. (B)


Day 3 Amsterdam. Excursion to Aalsmeer, Delft, The Hague & Keukenhof

Start with an early highlight visit to the impressive [LF] AALSMEER FLOWER AUCTION, where more than 17 million flowers and two million plants are sold each day. Next, continue to the world-renowned ROYAL DELFT POTTERY FACTORY with its magnificent collection of hand-painted earthenware pieces, and see skilled craftsmen at work. After an orientation drive of The Hague, seat of the Dutch government and the International Court of Justice, continue to the famous bulbfields of South Holland and visit the extraordinary flower park of KEUKENHOF (departures April 6-May 18) before returning to Amsterdam. Departures May 25-September 28 visit ANNE FRANK HOUSE instead. (B)


Day 4 Amsterdam–Maastricht–Bastogne, Belgium–Luxembourg

Drive south to Maastricht, where the famous treaty for a stronger unified Europe was signed, the set-up of today’s European Union. Time to stroll around this delightful city, and to maybe have lunch like the locals at one of the quaint cafés flanking Vrijthof Square. Cross the Belgium border and stop in Bastogne at the AMERICAN MEMORIAL of the Battle of the Bulge, where thousands of soldiers and civilians died during the winter of 1944-1945. Late-afternoon arrival in Luxembourg, the capital of one of Europe’s smallest sovereign states. (B,D)


Day 5 Luxembourg

Morning sightseeing with your Local Guide covers the city’s past and present, from the fortifications and the Old Town, perched high atop a sandstone outcrop with striking views of the Alzette and Pétrusse Gorges, to the modern administrative center of European institutions. Visit the CATHEDRAL OF OUR LADY, see the turreted Grand Ducal Palace, take a stroll along the panoramic cliff path known as “the most beautiful balcony in Europe,” and see the GRAVE OF GENERAL PATTON. An optional excursion to Trier in Germany can be arranged. (B)


Day 6 Luxembourg–Waterloo, Belgium–Brussels

A highlight visit today: drive through the Belgian Ardennes to Flanders and arrive in WATERLOO, where Napoleon was defeated and European history changed course. Your Lion Hamlet Pass gives you access to the Visitor’s Center, where the Lion Mound, the films, and the Panorama help you relive the famous Battle of Waterloo. [LF] Enjoy a lunch of local specialties and wine at the well-known Bivouac de L’Empereur restaurant. Arrive in Brussels, the thriving capital, where your orientation features the Rue Royale, the Parliament Buildings, the Royal Palace, and Saint Michel Cathedral. Continue on foot and enter GRAND’PLACE to admire its baroque guild houses and the gothic Town Hall. You cannot leave Brussels without touching the statue of Everard ‘t Serclaes, a 14th-century hero, for good luck, and taking pictures of the tiny but world-famous statue of Manneken Pis. (B,L)


Day 7 Brussels. Excursion to Bruges

Focus on Bruges, one of Western Europe’s most perfectly preserved medieval towns. [LF] A CANAL CRUISE (weather permitting), during which you can try Belgian chocolate BONBONS, will give you a first taste of this delightful town. The Local Guide will show you the Madonna of Bruges by Michelangelo in the CHURCH OF OUR LADY and the famous MARKET SQUARE. Also enjoy [LF] a traditional LACE DEMONSTRATION, a reminder of Bruges’ history of cloth-making. Time for souvenir hunting and exploring on your own before returning to Brussels. (B)


Day 8 At Leisure in Brussels

This morning is your chance to join a half-day optional excursion to Antwerp, the second-largest Belgian city and one of the world’s most important ancient seaports. Tonight, an [LF] included farewell dinner with wine at the lively Chez Léon restaurant, specializing in fish dishes like moules, is the perfect way to celebrate the success of your vacation. (B,D)


Day 9 Brussels

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)


Vacation Highlights

AMSTERDAM
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, canal cruise, visit Rembrandt’s masterpieces in the Rijksmuseum; visit a major diamond center; visit Anne Frank House (departures May 25-September 28)

AALSMEER
[LF] Visit the world’s largest flower auction

DELFT
Visit the Royal Pottery factory

THE HAGUE
Orientation drive

KEUKENHOF
Visit the Flower Park (departures April 6-May 18)

MAASTRICHT
Walk through the Old Town

BASTOGNE
Take pictures of the American Memorial

LUXEMBOURG
Guided sightseeing, visit the cathedral, General Patton’s grave

WATERLOO
Visit the battle site with included Lion Hamlet Pass and [LF] enjoy lunch with local specialties and drinks

BRUSSELS
Walking tour including the Grand’Place and a picture stop at Manneken Pis; [LF] farewell dinner with wine at a local restaurant

BRUGES
[LF] Canal cruise with Belgium chocolate bonbons; guided walking tour, visit the Church of Our Lady and the market square; [LF] enjoy a traditional lace demonstration

Headsets throughout the tour



Hotels

AMSTERDAM NH Amsterdam Centre (SF)
LUXEMBOURG Mercure Grand Hotel Alfa (F)
BRUSSELS The Hotel (SF)

Meals

Full buffet breakfast; 1 special lunch with wine in Waterloo; 3 three-course dinners, including a welcome dinner in Amsterdam and a farewell dinner with wine in Brussels

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices are based on double occupancy land only and vary on departure dates.

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