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Best of Benelux

7 Days – Amsterdam – Antwerp – Ghent –
Brussels – Ardennes – Luxembourg

Day 1:
Arrival Amsterdam + City Tour
Arrival in Amsterdam. Following the hotel check-in, a tour guide will accompany you on a tour through the city. You will visit the oldest parish church in Amsterdam; the royal palace, which was built in 1648 as city hall and then was changed into a royal palace in 1808 by King Louis Napoleon; the Vondelpark, which is visited annually by more than 10 million people; the Albert-Cuyp Market, the most-visited street market in Amsterdam; the Anne-Frank House, where Anne Frank and her family hid for two years from persecution of the Jews during World War II; the van Gogh Museum with 200 paintings and 500 drawings of the famous artist; the canals, which were dug out from 1612 to 1663; and the 1889-central railway station. The evening is open for your own explorations.

Day 2:
Stay in Amsterdam or optional excursion “Dutch Country Side”
Take your time for a relaxing stroll and explore the Dutch capital on your own account. Upon request, we gladly organize a full-day excursion to the “Dutch Country Side”. Start with a small tasting of some traditionally made products at a cheese farm before you visit the picturesque town Edam. Continue to the open-air museum De Zaanse Schanz, where you can experience a traditional windmill at work as well as genuine Dutch handicraft as the making of the famous Dutch clogs, before you head to the fishermen`s villages Volendam und Marken on the shores of the former Zuiderzee. Return to Amsterdam and evening at your own disposal.

Day 3:
Amsterdam – Antwerp – Ghent – Brussels (ca. 275 km)
After a rich breakfast buffet, you will leave Amsterdam southbound and head to Antwerp. The town of baroque artist Rubens with its picturesque streets of houses and exuberantly decorated buildings can look back on a colorful and changing history of which your guide will give you an understanding during your city tour. Afterwards, you proceed to the city of Ghent. Strolling through medieval lanes, you will see the historic Belfried, part of UNESCO world cultural heritage, and the St. Bavo`s Cathedral with its famous altar painting by van Eyck. Besides, a visit of one of the preserved Flemish Béguinages, nowadays mostly UNESCO heritage, is recommendable and does convey an impression of this 13 century monastery-like way of life. In the late afternoon, you reach the Belgian capital. Hotel check-in and evening at your own disposal.

Day 4:
Stay in Brussels
Today, your tour guide will take you on a sightseeing tour through the Belgian capital: you will see the magnificent Grand Place, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site with its decorated baroque and gothic guild houses; the Manneken Pis, a famous statue of a small boy peeing into a fountain, which has become one of the city`s landmarks; the baroque Cathédrale St. Michel et Gudule, since 1225 national church of the Belgian kingdom; Palais Royal, the official home of the Belgian king and one of the grand European palaces; the Arc de Triomphe and the world-famous Atomium, representing a molecule`s nine atoms in a 165 billion fold magnification, which was built for the World Fair in 1958. The evening is open for your own explorations.

Day 5:
Brussels – Ardennes – Luxembourg (ca. 250 km)
Your program for today will take you on a diverting tour through the beautiful scenery of the Ardennes. Passing Namur with its magnificent fortress you will reach Annevoie. The charming 17th century water gardens of Annevoie influenced by English, French and Italian horticulture and the Castle form a fascinating ensemble which is worth a visit. The next stop will be at the famous cave of Han, which is ranking among the most remarkable grottos in Europe. (optional visit) Passing the picturesque town of Dinant, situated on the foot of a steep rugged rock, you will reach Luxembourg. Hotel check-in and free time.

Day 6:
Stay at Luxembourg
After breakfast you will meet your guide for a sightseeing tour through the 1000-year old fortress city and capital of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the second smallest state in the European Union. You will discover the historic old town with the Palace of the Grand Dukes, city residence of the Grand-Ducal family; the Cathedral; the Kirchberg District, place of the EU Parliament; the Bock Promontory, mythical cradle of the city; as well as the fortress complex, which was regarded for a long time as the strongest fortress in Europe. The evening is at your free disposal.

Day 7:
Departure
After a rich breakfast you will return home with a number of memorable impressions.


Upon request we gladly offer adequate transfer services (coach / minibus / limousine / driver-guide / train / rented car).

Kindly note that our programs are merely suggested itineraries. Please do not hesitate to send us your request for a tailor-made quotation according to your special interests.

Please also note that due to the opening times of included sights the program might have to be modified.

In cases of special events or important fairs and conferences, an accommodation in a centrally located hotel might not be possible. The excursion program however is generally not affected by these events.