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Essential Holland & Belgium Culinary Cruise: Tulips in Spring - 2021

9-night river cruise with Amsterdam, Enkhuizen, Arnhem, Antwerp, Ghent, Bruges, Middelburg, Kinderdijk, Rotterdam, Keukenhof Gardens, Amsterdam
  • FROM BEER AND CHOCOLATE TO FRIES AND WAFFLES, BELGIAN FOOD DELIGHTS THE TASTE BUDS
  • MARVEL AT THE KALEIDOSCOPIC OF BLOOMS AT KEUKENHOF GARDENS, HOME TO 7 MILLION FLOWERS
  • TOUR MEDIEVAL BRUGES, THE UNESCO-LISTED "VENICE OF THE NORTH"
  • DISCOVER THE UNESCO-LISTED KINDERDIJK WINDMILLS, A QUINTESSENTIALLY DUTCH COLLECTION OF 19 WORKING WINDMILLS
  • CRUISE AMSTERDAM’S 17TH-CENTURY CANAL RING, A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE
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  • 26
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Brussels, Belgium

4 DAYS FROM $849

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

3 DAYS FROM $849

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Brussels, Belgium

FROM $849 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $212 PER DAY

Informal capital of the European Union, Brussels is a city of contrasts, from Gothic, Baroque, and art nouveau treasures to gleaming glass modernity. You’ll peel back its French and Flemish layers on this exciting extension. From your centrally-located hotel, discover the city’s pretty squares and elegant architecture on an included half-day panoramic city tour, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Grand Place. During your free time, consider a fascinating optional excursion to Waterloo.

Your Price Includes:

  • 3 nights accommodations at the Superior First-Class Sofitel Brussels Le Louise (or similar)
  • 4 meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • Brussels city tour
  • 1 UNESCO Site: Le Grand Place Brussels
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a City Host and experienced local guides
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides (excluding City Host)
  • Services of the Vantage Worldwide Concierge, to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com.
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Day 1:

Board an overnight flight to Brussels, Belgium

Today you’ll board an overnight flight to Brussels.

Day 2:

Brussels arrival

Upon arrival on Day 2, check into your hotel before heading out on a short orientation walk. You’ll have a few hours to explore on your own before rejoining your fellow travelers for dinner in the hotel this evening.

Included meals:

Dinner

Day 3:

Discover the historic gems of Brussels on a tour, then on your own

Today, enjoy a half-day city tour of Brussels. In the Lower Town, marvel at the historic guild houses of the expansive Grand Place, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to the Upper Town, with its unique spread of regal architecture. Your guide can point out some restaurants where you can have lunch on your own. The rest of the afternoon and evening is yours to spend as you wish.

Included Feature:

  • City tour of Brussels

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 4:

A day at leisure in Brussels, or opt for a tour of Waterloo

Enjoy a day at leisure in the remarkable city. Peruse the collection at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts or gaze upon the towering triumphal arch and stunning arcade in the Parc du Cinquantenaire, constructed to commemorate 50 years of Belgian independence. Be sure to sample the many varieties of Belgian waffles as you explore! Or, join an optional tour to Waterloo, where Napoleon was famously defeated in 1815.

Included meals:

Breakfast
Optional Tour: Waterloo: The Last Battle of Napoleon

Waterloo: The Last Battle of Napoleon

  • Approximate Cost: $115
  • Approximate Time: 5 hrs
  • Location: Brussels, Belgium
  • When: Afternoon Tour

Step back in time to one of the most pivotal battles in European history, the Battle of Waterloo, on this half-day tour from Brussels. Gain insight into the final defeat of France’s Napoleon Bonaparte against the British and the Prussian armies from your guide as you tour the battlefield, see where the commanders strategized, and visit the monument Lion Hill.

You'll begin this tour with a short drive south to city of Waterloo, where notorious French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte met his final defeat in 1815 in one of the most epic battles in history. Climb up Lion Hill, a man-made monumental hill erected in honor of William II of the Netherlands, who was killed here during the battle. Listen as your guide gives an overview of the Battle of Waterloo, during which the French army fell to the Duke of Wellington’s British and Prussian forces, signaling the end of Bonaparte’s controversial reign and the end of France’s domination in Europe. Waterloo is considered one of the most pivotally important battles of the 19th century, affecting the fortunes of France, Belgium, Great Britain and many other nations.

You'll drive past the Duke of Wellington’s former headquarters and listen as your guide explains the battle strategies planned there. Then, head out onto the battlefield, where you’ll see where the forces entered into combat and view the grand Gordon Monument, in honor of Allied Lieutenant-Colonel Sir William Alexander Gordon of the Scots Guards.


Day 5:

Join your base tour in Amsterdam

After an included breakfast at the hotel, you’ll transfer to Amsterdam, free-wheeling capital of the Netherlands. Upon arrival, embark your river ship and join Day 2 of the base tour.

Included meals:

Breakfast
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Amsterdam, the Netherlands

FROM $849 PER PERSON | 3 DAYS | $283 PER DAY

Laced with lovely canals, gracefully arched bridges, and charming gabled houses, Amsterdam is steeped in romance. Walks here are endless, the architecture is timeless, and the art of the Rijksmuseum and other institutions will leave you breathless. Your two-night extension gets you acquainted with a walking tour, then you’re free to follow your interests in this delightful cultural hub. Don’t miss this true Dutch treat!

Your Price Includes:

  • 2 nights accommodations at the First-Class Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre (or similar) 
  • 3 meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 Farewell Dinner
  • Amsterdam walking tour and pub crawl
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a City Host and experienced regional experts
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides (excluding City Host)
  • Services of the Vantage Worldwide Concierge, to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com.
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Day 11:

Disembark ship and transfer to Amsterdam hotel

Transfer by coach to your hotel, where you’ll begin a walking tour to Dam Square, site of the lovely Royal Palace, and the Floating Flower Market, or Bloemenmarkt, a riot of color and fragrances lining the Singel canal. Tonight, step out with your Cruise Director for a fun pub crawl and get to know this lively city after dark.

Included Feature:

  • Amsterdam walking tour with visit to Bloemenmarkt

Cultural Connection:

  • Pub crawl led by your Cruise Director

Day 12:

Spend a day at leisure, or explore Zaanse Schans & Edam on an optional tour

You’ll have today at leisure, which gives you ample opportunity to shop, eat, pop into museums, or pursue your own interests. If you wish to visit the Anne Frank House, where the young Jewish girl famously penned her diary, be sure to reserve tickets long before your trip. Or, take an optional half-day trip to Zaanse Schans, a charming 17th-century living history village, and Edam, where the country’s famous cheese is made. Tonight, rejoin your Cruise Director and fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner.

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner
Optional Tour: Zaanse Schans & Edam Excursion

Zaanse Schans & Edam Excursion

  • Approximate Cost: $85 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 5 hours
  • Location: Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • When: Half-Day Tour

The Dutch say, “if you only have one day to see Holland, then go to Zaanse Schans,” so we take you there on our “quintessential Holland” excursion. You’ll take a short scenic ride through the countryside to this “living museum” to admire the houses, humpbacked bridges, charming gardens, tradesmen’s workshops, and authentic, working windmills dating to the 17th century. You’ll get a lesson in cheese making, step inside a windmill, and see how a clog maker crafts those unique shoes. Next you’ll go on a guided tour of picturesque Edam, famous for its eponymous cheese. Before heading back to Amsterdam, you’ll try a typical Dutch treat, coffee and cake, at a local café.


Day 13:

Return home

Today you’ll transfer to Amsterdam’s airport for your return flight home.

Included meals:

Breakfast

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