Best of Benelux - Leisure Holidays

Best of BeneluxNetherlands

From RM8,849 / per person for 9 nights
Discover the best of these European countries at your own pace during this At Leisure cross-country trip.

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Summary

Take a At Leisure jaunt through Benelux - from fairy-tale castles to flowering fields, Rembrandt to Royal Delft. See the historic fortified city of Maastricht, where four nations converge, the breathtaking gorge of Luxembourg's Alzette and Petrusse rivers, and one of Europe's best-preserved medieval cities, where traditional Belgian chocolate, beer and lace are in plentiful supply - where else but in Bruges?



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Transfer

On arrival at Amsterdam Airport transfers will operate at 9am, 11.30am and 2.30pm. Guest arriving later should make their own arrangement to the hotel.

Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Brussels Airport at 8am and 12 noon.

Accommodation

Day 1 - 3: Hotel Apollo Hotel

Day 4 & 5: Hotel Novotel Kirchberg

Day 6 & 7: Hotel Golden Tulip De Medici

Day 8 & 9: Hotel Sofitel Europe

Day 10: Depart Brussels

Best of Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg

Day 1 - Arrive Amsterdam (3 Nights)
Fall in love with the Lowlands, launching your At Leisure holiday in the magical city of Amsterdam, whose labyrinthine canals and quaint cobbled squares you will have an opportunity to explore before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception cruise including a light meal and welcome drink. Cruise the city’s famous waterways admiring the picture-perfect surrounds and gabled façades. 


Day 2 - Amsterdam Sightseeing and At Leisure
Explore Amsterdam’s historic city centre this morning and enjoy a Small Group Sightseeing tour of the Rijksmuseum with a Local Specialist. Come face-to-face with such masterpieces as Rembrandt’s ‘The Night Watch’, Van Gogh’s self-portrait, and ‘The Milkmaid’ by Vermeer.

We leave great art behind and visit a historic diamond polishing factory where we’ll gain an Cultural Insight into the tradition of diamond cutting. Celebrate spring and enjoy an included visit to Keukenhof. Meander through an enchanting wonderland of tulips, daffodils and hyacinths with millions of blooms planted across the 70-acre site (subject to season). 


Day 3 - The Hague ▶ Delft and Rotterdam Excursion
Soak up the gezellig Dutch atmosphere this morning before heading to Delft via The Hague. We admire the delicate blue and white porcelain that has made this historic town famous during 9 a Cultural Insight at the Royal Delft Pottery workshop. Meandering south, we arrive in the edgy port city of Rotterdam where we will enjoy an informative orientation and ascend the iconic Euromast Tower for stunning panoramic views of this city. Heading back to Amsterdam, consider an evening relaxing in one of the charming pleins lined with cosy cafés.


Day 4 - Amsterdam ▶ Maastricht ▶ Bastogne ▶ Luxembourg (2 Nights)
The fortified city of Maastricht takes centre stage this morning. We spend some time ambling through its cobblestone town centre before continuing to Bastogne, the site of bloody skirmishes in the World War II Battle of the Bulge. See the Mardasson Memorial commemorating the almost 80,000 American soldiers who were injured or killed during the siege before journeying to the Duchy of Luxembourg, where tonight we’ll dine in our hotel. 


Day 5 - Luxembourg Sightseeing and At Leisure 
This morning we pay tribute to Allied Forces hero, General George S. Patton, whose final resting place is the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial. Later, we take to the streets of a fairy-tale capital on a leisurely walking tour of Luxembourg with a Local Specialist. Our route takes us past the Cathedral and the Grand Ducal Palace, with its Flemish Renaissance façades, and includes spectacular views of the gorge of the Rivers Alzette and Petrusse. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.


Day 6 - Luxembourg ▶ Orval ▶ Dinant ▶ Bruges (2 Nights) 
We begin our day with a visit to the 12th century Cistercian Orval Abbey renowned for its distinct cheese and for being one of the few breweries that produces Trappiste beer. En route to the enchanting medieval village of Bruges, we stop in Dinant whose famous son, Adolphe Sax, is credited with having invented the saxophone. This evening we enjoy a memorable Be My Guest experience with Marc and Judig Nyssen at their 18th century Bruges farmstead to learn about Flanders farm life and enjoy hearty Belgian fare. 


Day 7 - Bruges Sightseeing and At Leisure
Wake up in beautiful Bruges and join a Local Specialist for a walking tour of this picturesque town. Take to the water and enjoy a whimsical sightseeing cruise along the city’s wonderful canals lined with Gothic façades. Admire the delicate art of Belgian lace during a Cultural Insight at the Lace Centre in the old lace school of the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception. Spend the rest of the day at leisure soaking up the old-world charm of this beguiling town. 


Day 8 - Bruges ▶ Ghent ▶ Brussels (2 Nights)
Delve into centuries of trade heritage in the port city of Ghent, with its picturesque riverine backdrop. See the medieval city’s three famous towers – Saint Nicholas’ Church, the Belfry and Saint Bavo’s Cathedral – before continuing to Brussels, a multi-cultural melting pot which you will have an opportunity to explore after your Travel Director shows you the city’s highlights. See the Atomium – designed for the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair, Mannekin Pis and the exquisite Grand Place with its opulent and ornate guildhalls. This evening consider sampling mouth-watering Belgian cuisine washed down with the city’s best beers.


Day 9 - Brussels At Leisure 
Embrace a full day at leisure in the Belgian capital to explore the city on your terms. Meander past the Royal Palace and through the leafy lanes of Brussels Park or indulge in delicious chocolate tasting. Your Travel Director will assist you to make the most out of your full day at leisure. This evening we celebrate a memorable sojourn through three fascinating countries during a Farewell Dinner.


Day 10 - Depart Brussels
We bid Belgium a fond adieu this morning as we prepare to close the curtain on a memorable At Leisure holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

Please Note: Your coach returns to Amsterdam from Brussels on Day 10. You are welcome to use this complimentary transfer. Drop-off in Amsterdam will be at the Trafalgar Amsterdam hotel and not at the airport. Arrival will be at approximately 3pm, depending on traffic conditions.

Extras

Included Extras

Please find below a selection of extras that are included within the price of your tour.

Meals

13 Meals included, 9 hot buffet breakfasts, 4 dinners (including Be My Guest)

On-Trip Transport

Luxury air-conditioned coach

Travel Director

An expert Travel Director, Driver Guide or Trafalgar Representative

Connect with Locals

Join Marc Nyssen at his 18th-century Bruges farmstead to learn about Flanders farm life and enjoy a hearty Belgian Be My Guest dinner. (Day 6)

Dive into Culture

Explore Holland's long diamond heritage at a historic diamond-polishing factory in Amsterdam. (Day 2)
Visit the Delft Pottery factory to see how this delicate, porcelain is created. (Day 3)
See first-hand the famous tradition of Belgian lace at a workshop in Bruges. (Day 7)

Optional Extras

All of the below extras are additional to the price of your tour, and can be selected on the next stage.

Pre-pay Gratuities

Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver

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