Country Roads of Belgium Luxembourg and the Netherlands (Summer 2017)
About Amsterdam, Netherlands
ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS
- Brussels: Visit the Grand Place and view the Mannekin Pis. See the Atomium, Chinese and Japanese Pavilions.
- Bruges: Visit the Market Square and famous belfry of the Market Hall. See the Gothic town hall in Burg Square and the frescoes on the walls of the Holy Blood Chapel.
- Dinant: Spend time in this pretty town on the River Meuse.
- Luxembourg: Enjoy views over the Petrusse ravine from the Pont Adolphe. Guided walk through the old town to see the cathedral, Palace of the Grand Duke. Visit the grave of US General George S. Patton.
- Bastogne: Visit the Mardasson Monument, dedicated to those who fell during the ‘Battle of the Bulge'. Rotterdam: Witness the Cubic Houses and Erasmus Bridge.
- Delft: Visit a manufacturer of original Delft Blue pottery.
- The Hague: See the Binnenhof courtyards, the Peace Palace and the lively seaside resort of Scheveningen.
- Amsterdam: See Dam Square, Royal Palace and Mint Tower.
- Scenic Drives: Semois Valley.
AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS
- Bruges: There can be no place better than Bruges' canal side setting for a Dine-Around evening. Choose from a selection of restaurants offering a range of regional dishes, excellent service and the famous Belgian beer.
- Maredsous Abbey: In the neo-Gothic abbey, learn about the monks' dairy process and secret brewing recipe and sample their flowery-fruity ales and salty tang of their golden crusted cheese.
- Monnickendam: Enjoy a Celebration Dinner with wine in an elegant restaurant in the quaint village of Monnickendam.
- 10 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Dine-Around Evening (DA), 1 three-course table d'hôte Dinner (DW), 1 Restaurant Dinner (RD) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee
- 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.
- Bastogne: Experience a fascinating insight into the history of the Second World War at the modern and interactive War Museum.
- Amsterdam: Cruise in a glass-topped boat through the old waterways, where the wealthiest merchants built mansions during the Golden Age of the 17th century.
- Amsterdam: Walk with an art historian through the newly refurbished Rijksmuseum, to where Rembrandt's ‘Night Watch' holds the stage before an admiring crowd.
- Amsterdam: Journey through the polder landscape to visit Volendam and Edam. Along the way, visit an old cheese farm to learn the secrets of the dairy industry and witness the ancient art of clog making.
STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES
- Brussels: The Sofitel Brussels Le Louise is designed to create a theatrical and stylish atmosphere and is located in the exclusive Avenue Louise area.
- Clervaux: The Chateau D'Urspelt is a magnificent 18th century castle residence, classified as a national monument and fully renovated to feature both modern convenience and style, together with traditional charm.
- Amsterdam: The bar on the 23rd floor of the luxurious Hotel Okura offers magnificent views over the city.
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The Netherlands is a small, densely populated country, a land of colourful tulip fields and canals, sophisticated cities and some of the most striking coastline in Northern Europe. The people, language, and culture of the Netherlands are referred to as "Dutch". At the head of the state sits the country's constitutional monarchy, whose palaces dominate many of the larger cities, including The Hague and the gorgeous capital city, Amsterdam. Its small size, welcoming attitude to travellers and many wonderful sights make it a unique and fairly easy to discover destination and a great addition to any European trip.
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.