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Immerse yourself in the legacies of Van Gogh, the Dutch Golden Age of trade and art, iconic narrow houses and gabled facades, glittering canals, cheese shops at every corner and bike paths to zip past them all in the Netherlands’ unforgettable capital: Amsterdam. Enhance your base tour with more cultural discoveries, such as an included visit to the Rijksmuseum, a canal cruise, and walking tour of Dusseldorf along the way.
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Dusseldorf orientation walk before Amsterdam
Transfer to Amsterdam, stopping off along the way in Dusseldorf for a walking tour.
While Dusseldorf is an economic powerhouse, it’s also famed for its arts scene and lovely location on the picturesque banks of the Rhine. Besides a charming Old Town (Altstadt), there’s also a famous beer to sip — Altbier — and it’s dark and plentiful, along with lots of shopping streets.
This evening, enjoy a Welcome Briefing at the hotel
Amsterdam canal cruise, and a visit to the Rijksmusem
Embark on a canal cruise through this charming city — the canals are considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site — and also stop at the famed Rijksmusem. You'll also get a chance to visit a local diamond shop, a popular trade in this region.
Wander this European gem
Today, enjoy a full day at leisure. Perhaps you’ll visit the Anne Frank House (make sure to reserve your tickets in advance online or with your city host); the site of the WWII heroine is located in a charming district called De 9 Straatjes (The 9 Streets), a photogenic canal side neighborhood filled with charming shops and bakeries. You may also consider our optional tour to Zaanse Shaanse & Edam, a charming 17th-century living history village. This evening, toast a great trip at an included dinner.
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, hump-backed 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 apple cake, at a local café.
Today after breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Make the most of your included airfare by adding two more European countries to your passport — three nights in magnificent Prague, an elegant, Old World capital boasting many grand castles, and two nights in Bratislava, the delightful capital of Slovakia.
In Prague, you'll enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Jewish Quarter. En route to Bratislava, you'll stop in Brno, Czech Republic for a stroll with your city host.
Then, in Bratislava, a baroque city along the Danube River cruise portion of your journey, you'll be captivated by the many historic treasures on a walking tour. To conclude your journey, you'll stop in the village of Dunaalmas, Hungary for a community hosted lunch, where you can help prepare the meal with guidance from your friendly hosts.
Today, take an overnight flight from the U.S. bound for Prague, Czech Republic.
Arrive Prague, Czech Republic
Arrive in Prague and transfer to your hotel, where you will have a welcome drink this evening. If you purchased your airport through Vantage, you'll be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
Prague's religious highlights, or a tour of Kutna Hora
Get to know Prague on a walking tour featuring the Old Town and Jewish Quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy the rest of your day to explore at your own pace, or join an optional tour to Kutna Hora, the City of Silver.
Following an hour-long motorcoach ride through the beautiful Bohemian countryside, you will reach the stunning town of Kutná Hora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Established near the area’s rich silver mines, the town ultimately became the second most important town in the Kingdom of Bohemia after Prague. During this great excursion, you will see all of the key medieval and baroque monuments, including the former central royal mint, the interior of St. Barbara’s Cathedral, and the nearby Ossuary — famous for its elaborate decorations made out of human bones!
Inside Prague Castle, and an afternoon at leisure
Today, fascinating Prague Castle awaits. Now the official residence of the President of Czech Republic, it dates back to the 9th century, and you'll learn about it today during an included tour.
Head to Bratislava, but first an orientation walk in Brno
You’ll transfer from Prague to Bratislava today, stopping in the beautiful old town of Brno, Czech Republic for a walking tour and lunch at a local restaurant. Upon arrival in Bratislava, you’ll check into your hotel and enjoy an evening at leisure.
Bratislava walking tour, or explore Cerveny Kamen Castle on an optional tour
This morning, you'll see more highlights of Bratislava up close on a walking tour, then enjoy the afternoon at your leisure. Alternatively, you can join an optional tour to the Cerveny Kamen Castle.
Travel by motorcoach through the Little Carpathian mountain range, where vineyards have been sprawling since the Middle Ages, to Red Stone Castle, home to Europe’s largest wine cellar. Inside the castle, you’ll find period furniture as well as a unique collection of arms. After the castle tour, you’ll visit a wine cellar in the village of St. George, where you’ll enjoy a tasting of local vintages with commentary and video about the region’s wine production.
Lunch in Dunaalmás en route to Budapest, Hungary
Transfer from Bratislava to Budapest, stopping in the village of Dunaalmás, Hungary for a community-hosted lunch, where you can help prepare the meal with guidance from your friendly hosts.