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One of the best-preserved Old World cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bruges is one of Europe’s most charming destinations. Experience its ancient cobbles and fairy-tale turrets for yourself, and learn about the city’s fascinating history as capital for textiles and lace as you admire the view of centuries-old guild houses reflected off the shimmering waters of Bruges meandering canals.
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Transfer to Bruges, Belgium and familiarize yourself with the city
Transfer from Amsterdam to Bruges, then enjoy an orientation walk with your City Host as you get acquainted with this charming town.
Bruges walking tour and canal cruise, pub crawl
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, and then embark on a walking tour of Bruges. Explore the Market Square and see the iconic Church of Our Lady from the outside — its tower is the second-largest brickwork tower in the world and is truly a sight to behold. You'll also set off on a canal cruise that will allow you to admire the arched bridges and charming gardens as your boat plies these tranquil waters. Your afternoon is at leisure to explore the same canals, as well as the lovely homes once owned by wealthy textile merchants. You can also discover Bruges' restaurants and shops, perhaps even seeing some handmade lace, a product for which Bruges is renowned.
You won’t want to leave Belgium without sampling its famous beers, considered by many connoisseurs to be the finest in the world. So, join your travel mates this evening for an included pub crawl after dinner on your own. You’ll meet up in the hotel lobby.
Enjoy Bruges at leisure or experience its Delights on an optional tour
After breakfast, enjoy a day at leisure to discover this magical city on your own. Or embark on an optional tour of "Bruges Delights." This is a foray into the city's culinary treasures, and will take you to a chocolatier, a local pub for some beer tasting, and a stop for a delicious Belgian "lace cookie." This is an ideal excursion for those looking to taste some of the country's signature food and drink. Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Among the most famous “delights” are Belgian chocolates! Nothing like what you’ll find in other parts of the world, Belgian sweets are much richer and this world-renowned chocolate is a true treat. On this optional tour, hear how to make the perfect chocolate — while tasting some! You'll also sample light, crisp, and elegant lace cookies, which are named after the lace-like holes that form as they bake. But if the sweets don’t do it for you, the beers just might. This little country makes a lot of beer (almost 200 breweries reside here!) and really good beer, too — from Flemish reds to lambics, dubbels to blondes. You probably won’t be able to try them all, but while on cruise, you’ll have the opportunity to taste a few.
Transfer to the Brussels airport for your flight home
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, then transfer to the airport in Brussels for your flight home.
The 19th century luminaries who once visited the renowned jazz city of Montreux — such as Tolstoy, Nabakov, Flaubert, Dostoyevsky — were no doubt drawn by the pleasant climate, idyllic surroundings, and shimmering waters of Lake Geneva. This resort town remains an elegant escape, and you’ll experience its many charms on this extension. Enjoy a full-day tour of the Chateaux de Chillon and Gruyeres region — which includes some time at the Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, a UNESCO World Heritage Site — as well as the opportunity to watch witness the art of cheese making with a local family and visit a chocolatier. You’ll also have time on your own to explore Montreux and nearby Gruyere, and generally revel in the beauty of this lakeside gem.
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Transfer to Montreux with a delightful stop in Bern along the way
From Basel, enjoy a scenic transfer to Montreux, stopping in Bern for a brief walk in the Swiss capital. Arrive at your hotel in the afternoon and relax as you take in your beautiful surroundings.
Explore Chateaux de Chillon and Gruyeres region, including cheesemaker and chocolatier visits
Today embark on a full-day tour of the Château de Chillon and the Gruyères region. The château, which is perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking picturesque Lake Geneva, is Switzerland’s most visited historic attraction. It was once used as a prison and the poet Lord Byron immortalized its most famous captive, François de Bonivard in his epic The Prisoner of Chillon. You’ll learn the full story of this fabled fortress, including its famous dungeons, during your visit here. You’ll also explore the Gruyère region, including the UNESCO-listed Lavaux Vineyard Terraces.
You’ll get the chance to sample two of Switzerland’s most famous delicacies when you visit a local cheese-making family as well as a chocolatier.
A day at leisure, or go for the gold with an optional tour and visit Lausanne and the Olympic Museum
Have you ever harbored Olympic dreams of glory? Imagined yourself on the podium with a medal? Then go for the gold with an optional visit today to Lausanne and the world-class Olympic Museum. After breakfast at the hotel this morning, we head to picturesque Lausanne for a guided walking tour of the city that is also home of the International Olympic Committee. Enjoy time on your own for shopping and lunch at one of the lovely cafés or restaurants. Then join us for a visit to the museum, recently renovated in 2013. Exhibitions traces the history of the games from ancient times to the modern era with highlights that include a display of Olympic torches and medals. Alternatively, you can choose to spend the day at your leisure in Montreaux. No matter how you choose to spend your day, everyone will gather again for a splendid Farewell Drink and Farewell Dinner at the hotel this evening.
Transfer to the Geneva airport for your flight home
After breakfast this morning, transfer to Geneva airport to begin the journey home.