GLOBUS 2018: Holland, Luxembourg & Belgium with Paris (HWE)
12 days from Amsterdam to Paris
For those who wish to visit the Benelux countries-plus Paris-at a leisurely pace, this Holland, Luxembourg, and Belgium guided tour is the perfect vacation. You'll enjoy three nights in Amsterdam, Brussels, and Paris and a 2-night stay in Luxembourg. The must-see attractions are included, such as a canal cruise in Amsterdam, and in springtime the famous Keukenhof Flower Park or Heineken Experience (depending on the season); pretty Vrijthof Square in Maastricht, the 17th-century Cathedral of Our Lady in Luxembourg; the Grand Place in Brussels - the central square surrounded by baroque guild houses and the gothic Town Hall - and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, with a history dating back to the 12th century. You'll visit famous museums, including the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, which houses priceless paintings by Rembrandt and other Dutch masters, the Bastogne War Museum, and the Louvre Museum in Paris - the world's most visited art museum. History buffs are sure to be delighted with a visit to Waterloo, where you'll relive the famous Battle of Waterloo. A tour highlight is a visit to Bruges, one of Western Europe's most perfectly preserved medieval towns. Here, you'll enjoy guided sightseeing and a canal cruise, where you'll have the opportunity to taste Belgian chocolate bonbons-a unique experience to give you a true local perspective. All of this and much more are included on this grand Holland, Luxembourg & Belgium guided tour. The Monograms vacation package in Paris includes travel by high-speed Thalys train (first class) from Brussels to Paris, transfers to/from train stations, guided sightseeing, and services of an expert Local Host.
|Offer valid through 3/31/2018|
|Day 1||Amsterdam||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 guided morning sightseeing tour of the capital. 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 its priceless paintings by Rembrandt and other Dutch masters. Then, hear about the importance of beer in the past and the art of beer brewing during the [LF] HEINEKEN EXPERIENCE in the original factory (departures 0519-1006). Afternoon at leisure. An optional excursion is available to a cheese farm, a clog maker, a working windmill, and dinner in the fishing village of Volendam at the former Zuiderzee. (B)|
|Day 3||Amsterdam||Visit the famous bulb fields in South Holland and the extraordinary [LF] KEUKENHOF flower park in springtime (departures March 31-May 12). 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, return to Amsterdam. Later, you may wish to join an optional Dutch dinner, followed by a walk through Old Amsterdam. (B)|
|Day 4||Luxembourg||Enter the Province of Limburg and stop in the picturesque city of Maastricht with its famous VRIJTHOF SQUARE. Cross the border and stop in Bastogne to visit the fascinating BASTOGNE WAR MUSEUM, then see the AMERICAN MEMORIAL of the Battle of the Bulge, where thousands of soldiers and civilians died during the winter of 1944-1945. Arrive in Luxembourg, 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 Petrusse 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 is available to ancient Trier in Germany. (B)|
|Day 6||Brussels||Drive through the Belgian Ardennes to Flanders and to WATERLOO. Visit the site where Napoleon was defeated and European history changed course, and relive the famous Battle of Waterloo. Arrive in Brussels, the thriving capital, where your orientation features the Rue Royale, the Parliament Buildings, the Royal Palace, and St. Michael 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)|
|Day 7||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. Balance of the day is at leisure to further explore Brussels on your own. (B)|
|Day 8||Brussels||Focus on Bruges, one of Western Europe's most perfectly preserved medieval towns. [LF] A CANAL CRUISE (weather permitting) and 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, featured in the movie The Monuments Men, and the famous MARKET SQUARE. Also enjoy 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. Tonight, an [LF] included farewell dinner at the lively Chez Leon restaurant, specializing in moules et frites (mussels and fries), is the perfect way to celebrate the success of your vacation. (B,D)|
|Day 9||Paris||This morning, travel by HIGH-SPEED THALYS TRAIN (first class) to Paris. The remainder of the day is at leisure; your Local Host is available to help you make the most of your stay in the 'City of Light.' (B)|
|Day 10||Paris||Morning guided sightseeing features Paris' most famous highlights, including visits to the gothic NOTRE DAME Cathedral, the louvre museum, and a stop to take photos of the Eiffel Tower. (B)|
|Day 11||Paris||Your Local Host will have many suggestions for your day at leisure. (B)|
|Day 12||Paris||Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)|
|US$ Price Details|
Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.Single room supplement: $1,024-$1,363Triple room reduction per person: $111-$201Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:in single room $261-$457, in twin $151-$253, in triple $131-$201Extra nights per person in Paris:in single room $292-$494, in twin $155-$256, in triple $143-$206
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