8-Nights Holland, Luxembourg & Belgium
For those who wish to visit the Benelux countries at a leisurely pace, look no further, this Holland, Luxembourg & Belgium tour is the perfect vacation. Spend three nights in Amsterdam, two-night stays in Luxembourg and Brussels, and one night in the medieval town of Bruges. The must-see attractions in each city have been included, such as a canal cruise in Amsterdam, the impressive Vrijthof Square in Maastricht, the 17th-century Cathedral of Our Lady in Luxembourg, and the Grand-Place in Brussels, the central square surrounded by baroque guild houses and the gothic Town Hall. Visit famous museums, such as the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, which houses priceless paintings by Rembrandt and other Dutch masters, and the Bastogne War Museum in the Ardennes. Visit the famous Keukenhof Flower Park (departures from March 28 to May 9) or the original Heineken factory (departures from May 16 to October 3). History buffs will be delighted on the visit to Waterloo, Napoleon was defeated in the famous Battle. Highlight of this tour is Bruges, one of Western Europe’s most perfectly preserved medieval towns. Enjoy guided sightseeing and a canal cruise, and Belgian bonbon tasting a unique experience offered by Globus to give you a true local perspective. All of this and much more are included on this grand Holland, Luxembourg & Belgium tour.
AMSTERDAM Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, canal cruise, visit Rembrandt’s masterpieces in the Rijksmuseum; enjoy [LF] the Heineken Experience (departures May 16 - October 3)KEUKENHOF [LF] Visit the Flower Park (departures March 28 - May 9)DELFT Visit the Royal Delft Pottery factory THE HAGUE Orientation driveMAASTRICHT Visit Vrijthof SquareBASTOGNE Visit the Bastogne War Museum; take pictures of the American MemorialLUXEMBOURG Guided sightseeing, visit the Cathedral of Our Lady, General Patton’s graveWATERLOO Visit the battle site BRUGES[LF] Canal cruise with Belgian chocolate bonbons; guided walking tour, visit the Church of Our Lady and the market square; enjoy a traditional lace demonstrationBRUSSELSWalking tour including Grand’Place and a picture stop at Manneken Pis; [LF] farewell dinner with wine at a local restaurant
8 nights from $2489 per person
Cosmopolitan Amsterdam is most famous for its narrow, gabled houses lining the canals. Interesting attractions include the medieval weighhouse, Royal Palace on Dam Square, and New Church. Its most glamorous industry is the diamond trade. Not too far from Amsterdam are the flower centers of Aalsmeer, the picturesque fishing villages of Volendam and Marken, cheese markets at Edam and Gouda, and historic Haarlem, the main center of the bulb-growing industry. Enjoy the city’s sights from a glass-topped sightseeing boat which passes characteristic gabled houses and negotiates picturesque arched bridges. Facing Dam Square, the Royal Palace was built in 1648 and is still officially the royal residence, although the royal family resides in The Hague. The marbled Citizens Hall with inlaid maps of the world is worth seeing. One of Amsterdam’s most visited sites is historic Anne Frank House. Rijksmuseum, the city’s most prestigious museum, houses the largest collection of Dutch paintings in the world. Van Gogh Museum houses a striking collection.
Brussels's Upper and a Lower Town conjure up images of important buildings and long avenues and small, dark streets. Lower Town, the old Flemish quarter, contains the city's most famous sites, including its greatest landmark, Grand Place, and the Manneken Pis. It's also the location of around ten churches relatively close to each other; most of them from the Flemish Renaissance and Baroque periods. In Upper Town, you'll find King's palace, royal squares and various palaces from the eighteenth-century neo-classical Austrian period. The built-up business and residential areas are scrupulously broken up by frequent patches of green parks, which help account for the city's sedate, unfrenzied atmosphere. Around the city center are congregated many small, carefully laid-out parks that provide settings for statues and national monuments.
Multilingualism is one of the assets of the Grand Ducal capital. Visitors may be ushered in with a hearty ”Moiën”, as the natives stick to their mother tongue, ”Lëtzebuergesch”, now as before. Placed in the heart of Europe, Luxembourg has matured into an economic and cultural center. The modern edifices of the European Institutions on the Kirchberg Plateau or the futuristic bank head offices lining Boulevard Royal bear witness to progress the city has made. The media world has found a home here, just like the circles of the specialist conventions or international conferences. Many great names, from Goethe or Victor Hugo to William Turner, used to think highly of Luxembourg hospitality and open-mindedness. Therefore, visitors should feel at ease in a cosmopolitan city stamped by the spell of smallness, visible at a glance.
Because of the export of high-quality cloths, Bruges became prosperous and rich. The remaining buildings still let you feel how rich Bruges was. Museums house a lot of fabulous paintings from this time. At the end of the 15th century Bruges was prosperous because of the silting up of the coastal area in Zwin, now a natural park near Knokke that can be discovered by bike during the summer. Walking in the city you can feel Bruges's history. Bruges became poor and was put back in the spotlight by Georges Rodenbach's novel "Bruges la Morte". Bruges was reborn as an Art City, well preserved, never severely damaged. The city is admired every day by thousands of tourists from all over the world. In 2002 Bruges was been chosen together with Salamanca in Spain as culture cities of Europe.
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