Country Roads of Belgium, Luxembourg & the Netherlands (Summer 2019)
About Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Bruges: Experience a Dine-Around Evening in beautiful Bruges; enjoying regional dishes, excellent service and famous Belgian beer.
- Scourmont Abbey: Visit the late 19th century abbey, built upon what was once wild and barren land. Then, learn about the production secrets of the Chimay Trappist beers and cheeses before sampling freshly brewed beer along with a taste of golden-crusted cheese.
- Luxembourg: After admiring Luxembourg countryside, savour a freshly-prepared Farm-to-Table meal, made of locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients typical of the region.
- Monnickendam: Enjoy a Celebration Dinner with wine in an elegant restaurant in the quaint village of Monnickendam.
- Dining Summary: 10 Breakfasts (B) and 5 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.
- Amsterdam: Explore the Rijksmuseum with a local art historian.
- Volendam: Journey through the polder landscape to visit Volendam. Along the way, visit a rustic cheese workshop to learn the secrets of the dairy industry and witness the ancient art of clog making.
Stay in Style
- Clervaux: The Château D'Urspelt is a magnificent 18th century residence, classified as a national monument and fully renovated to feature both modern convenience and style, together with traditional charm.
Top Rated Highlights
- Keukenhof Festival: Visit Keukenhof to see millions of multi-coloured bulb-flowers in bloom on select departures.
- Brussels: Visit the Grand Place and view the Mannekin Pis.
- 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. Those feeling adventurous can experience panoramic views from atop the Lion's Mound, worth the effort of the 230 steps.
- Brussels: See the Atomium, and the Chinese and Japanese Pavilions.
- 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.
- Luxembourg: 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. Lookout from from the Pont Adolphe.
- 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.
- Rotterdam: Witness the impressive market hall and Erasmus Bridge on your orientation of this modern city.
- The Hague: See the Binnenhof courtyards and the Peace Palace.
- Delft: Visit one of the manufacturers of original Delft blue pottery and see the potters at work on your guided tour.
- 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: Led by your Travel Director, wander the city to see the floating flower market, Dam Square and the Royal Palace.
- Scenic Drives: Enjoy the scenery as you travel through Flanders, the Walloon region, along the River Meuse, across Ardennes Plateau and through the Semois Valley and Dutch countryside.
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Belgium is a sovereign state in Western Europe. It is one of Europe’s most underrated travel destinations. Beer, chocolate and moules-frites might be the starting points for many first-time visitors, but while you’ll eat and drink well, the country’s other selling points are no less weighty. Medieval cities like Brussels, Bruges, Antwerp and Ghent play home to some stunning architecture, while a military legacy that covers everything from Waterloo to WWII holds its own interest. It’s compact, easy to travel around and boasts no fewer than 60 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.