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Welcome to Amsterdam! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Meet your Local Guide and hear about the fascinating history of the 700-year-old capital during a leisurely CANAL CRUISE. Admire the patrician mansions and the gabled façades, and the “Golden Bend,” the most prestigious part of the Herengracht. Also visit the RIJKSMUSEUM with Rembrandt’s “Night Watch.” Later, an optional excursion is available to make the most of your stay.
A comfortable drive takes you north and across the 19-mile-long ENCLOSING DIKE, separating the salty North Sea from the freshwater IJsselmeer the former Zuiderzee. A monumental work designed by Cornelis Lely and constructed in the 1920’s. Via the provinces of Friesland and the Noordoostpolder, arrive in Arnhem, setting of the movie “A Bridge too Far.” Hear how the British forces defended the bridge during the Battle of Arnhem during a visit of the AIRBORNE MUSEUM and see the world-famous John Frost Bridge.
Today’s Distance: 68 mi / 110 km
Cross the border into the Flemish-speaking part of Belgium, formerly part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands until 1830, and arrive in Antwerp. Enjoy guided sightseeing of this important harbor city on the River Scheldt, and visit the GROTE MARKT in the Old Town. This evening, dinner awaits at one of Antwerp’s lively local restaurants.
Today’s Distance: 124 mi / 200 km
Take an excursion to LF Bruges, one of Western Europe’s most perfectly preserved medieval towns. Follow your Local Guide on a walking tour and visit the CHURCH OF OUR LADY with Michelangelo’s Madonna of Bruges, featured in the movie The Monuments Men. See also the famous MARKET SQUARE. Also enjoy a traditional LACE DEMONSTRATION, a reminder of Bruges’ history of cloth-making. Return to Antwerp.
Today’s Distance: 124 mi / 200 km
Back in Holland, stop at the “Kinderdijk,” a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and take pictures of the 19 windmills which were built in the 18th century to drain the polders. Continue to Rotterdam, heavily bombed during World War II, resulting in a city with a totally modern center and the largest harbor in Europe. Sightseeing with your Local Guide features the impressive MARKTHAL, opened in 2014 as a residential and office building with a market hall. This evening, an optional dinner outing is available.
Today’s Distance: 99 mi / 160 km
This morning, visit the ROYAL DELFT POTTERY FACTORY with the magnificent collection of hand-painted earthenware pieces, and see skilled craftsmen at work. Next is The Hague, residence of the king, the parliament, and the International Court of Justice. Walk through the INNER COURT of the parliament, a former hunting castle, and enjoy free time with a chance to visit the Mauritshuis Museum, home to the painter Vermeer’s Girl with the Pearl Earring. Return to Amsterdam, for a farewell dinner prepared at the hotel to celebrate your Dutch Escape.
Today’s Distance: 72 mi / 120 km
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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Overlooking the leafy Rembrandt park, this modern high-rise 446 room hotel has a skybar and open kitchen restaurant located on the 17th floor, with the highest rooftop terrace in Amsterdam offering spectacular panoramic views of the city. Free Wi-Fi internet access is available in all guestrooms and public areas and there is also a sauna and fitness facility.
This modern, themed 191-room hotel is decorated with a broad range of contemporary artworks, including some pieces by the renowned Dutch artist Herman Brood. There is a stylish Brasserie, a terrace with an open-air bar, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and Free high speed Wi-Fi internet access throughout.
Surrounded by woodlands this hotel features modern rooms with Wi-Fi, tea and coffee maker, plus balconies or terraces. Amenities include a stylish restaurant, a cosy bar, and a lobby / lounge, as well as a wellness area with sauna, steam room, and fitness room. Guests can also enjoy a game of darts whilst enjoying a drink at the bar or try out the international cuisine with seasonal specialities in the elegant but casual restaurant.
This stylish, environmentally friendly hotel is located in the heart of Antwerp beside key attractions like the famous Diamond District and Rubens House with city's Central Park on its door step. The spacious and contemporary guestrooms feature Hypnos beds, climate control system, flat screen televisions with international channels, complimentary Wi-Fi, coffee/tea making facilities, and mini fridge. Guests can benefit from an on-site gym and lounge bar offering a wide range of dishes.
Occupying a good location in the Diamond Quarter close to the zoo and main station. Contemporary, air-conditioned rooms have minibar, safe, coffee maker, pillow menu, and free Wi-Fi. The on-site restaurant serves tempting cuisine as well as fine wines. Guests can relax and enjoy a cocktail or drink in the Spanish style bar. There is a fully equipped fitness center including weight-lifting apparatus, and a nice courtyard offers a moment of peace.
Located in the heart of Rotterdam in the trendy Kop Van Zuid area, known as the Dutch Manhattan, this exclusive area has become an architectural landmark in Northern Europe. Housed in a former 19th-century spice warehouse, the design of this boutique hotel has been created by the famous Italian Teresa Sapey using a fusion of nautical and astronomical elements while preserving the building's original structure. All rooms are air-conditioned with Free Wi-Fi internet access which can also be used throughout the hotel. Other amenities include a fitness centre and lounge bar.
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