Holland, Luxembourg & Belgium with Paris (HWE) - 2015 / 2016

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12 Day Tour from Amsterdam to Paris

Holland, Luxembourg & Belgium with Paris
Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower
Meander through the beautiful Keukenhof gardens
Enjoy the lovely canals of Amsterdam
Amsterdam is the largest city and the capital of the Netherlands
Enjoy the beautiful views of Luxembourg
Approximately 7,000,000 flower bulbs are planted annually in Keukenhof
Visit Paris’s famed Eiffel Tower
Keukenhof is the worlds largest flower garden and is known as the Garden of Europe
Amsterdam became one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age

Vacation Overview

For those who wish to visit the Benelux countries at a leisurely pace, this is the perfect vacation. Enjoy three nights in Amsterdam and Brussels and a 2-night stay in Luxembourg. Special highlights have been included like an Amsterdam canal cruise, the Rijksmuseum to see Rembrandt’s masterpieces, a major diamond center, the Royal Delft Pottery Factory, the world-famous bulbfields of South Holland, Keukenhof Flower Park during spring time (departures April 4-May 16; departures May 23-September 26 visit the world’s largest flower auction, in Aalsmeer instead), and the Anne Frank House. A special stop has been included in Nuenen, the “Van Gogh Village,” where Vincent Van Gogh lived and worked for two years, to visit its museum. Also visit the fascinating Bastogne War Museum, and see the American Memorial of the Battle of the Bulge and the grave of General Patton in Luxembourg. In Waterloo, your special Lion Hamlet Pass gives you access to various sites to relive the famous Battle of Waterloo. In Brussels, visit Grand’Place, and enjoy a full day at leisure with the possibility to visit Antwerp. An excursion to Bruges features guided sightseeing, a canal cruise, during which you can try Belgian chocolate bonbons, and a traditional lace demonstration. A farewell dinner with wine has been included at the lively Chez Léon restaurant. Transfer by high-speed Thalys train to Paris, where you enjoy morning guided sightseeing and a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral. All services, including Local Host assistance, are provided by Monograms.

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Orientation drive

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By high-speed Thalys Train

Guided sightseeing, visit the Notre Dame Cathedral and The Louvre, Photo stop Eiffel Tower

Headsets throughout the tour


  • In the rare event that the Thalys train is unavailable, alternative services will be provided.

DAY 1Arrive in Amsterdam, Holland

Welcome to Amsterdam! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel. (Dinner)

Enjoy the lovely canals of Amsterdam Amsterdam is the capital and largest city of the Netherlands Boats along the beautiful canals of Amsterdam Amsterdam became one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age 

DAY 2Amsterdam

Your discovery of Holland features a morning sightseeing tour of the capital with a Local Guide. Enjoy a CANAL CRUISE past gabled merchant houses, arched drawbridges reminiscent of the Golden Age, and the strikingly modern buildings of a young-at-heart city. Next, visit the fabulous RIJKSMUSEUM with priceless paintings by Rembrandt and other Dutch masters. Then, time to explore Dam Square and the city center on your own, or to join your Tour Director for a visit to a major DIAMOND CENTER to appreciate how a rough mineral is transformed into a sparkling jewel. Afternoon at leisure. An optional excursion is available to a cheese farm, a clog maker, a working windmill, and dinner in the fishing village of Volendam at the former Zuiderzee. (Breakfast)


DAY 3Amsterdam. Excursion To Aalsmeer (or Keukenhof), Delft & The Hague

Start with an early highlight visit to the impressive AALSMEER FLOWER AUCTION (departures May 23-September 26), where more than 17 million flowers and two million plants are sold each day. (Departures April 4-May 16 visit the famous bulbfields of South Holland and the extraordinary flower park of KEUKENHOF instead.) Next, continue to the world-renowned ROYAL DELFT POTTERY FACTORY with its magnificent collection of hand-painted earthenware pieces, and see skilled craftsmen at work. After an orientation drive of The Hague, seat of the Dutch government and the International Court of Justice, return to Amsterdam and visit the ANNE FRANK HOUSE. (Breakfast)

Meander through the beautiful Keukenhof gardens Amsterdam is the largest city and the capital of the Netherlands Approximately 7,000,000 flower bulbs are planted annually in Keukenhof Keukenhof is the worlds largest flower garden and is known as the Garden of Europe 

DAY 4Amsterdam–Nuenen–Bastogne, Belgium–Luxembourg

Enter the Province of Brabant, and stop in the picturesque town of Nuenen, the “Van Gogh Village.” Enjoy a unique experience: Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite follow Van Gogh’s footsteps in the town where he lived and worked from 1883-1885, visit the fascinating museum, and learn about his life, family, and early paintings, like the world-famous Potato Eaters, which he painted there. Next, cross the border and stop in Bastogne. Here, visit the fascinating BASTOGNE WAR MUSEUM, then see the AMERICAN MEMORIAL of the Battle of the Bulge, where thousands of soldiers and civilians died during the winter of 1944-1945. Arrive in Luxembourg, the capital of one of Europe’s smallest sovereign states. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Enjoy the beautiful views of Luxembourg 

DAY 5Luxembourg

Morning sightseeing with your Local Guide covers the city’s past and present—from the fortifications and the Old Town, perched high atop a sandstone outcrop with striking views of the Alzette and Pétrusse Gorges, to the modern administrative center of European institutions. Visit the CATHEDRAL OF OUR LADY, see the turreted Grand Ducal Palace, take a stroll along the panoramic cliff path known as “the most beautiful balcony in Europe,” and see the GRAVE OF GENERAL PATTON. An optional excursion to Trier in Germany can be arranged. (Breakfast)

Visit the Porta Nigra in Trier, the oldest city in Germany 

DAY 6Luxembourg–Waterloo, Belgium–Brussels

A highlight visit today: drive through the Belgian Ardennes to Flanders and arrive in WATERLOO, where Napoleon was defeated and European history changed course. Your Lion Hamlet Pass gives you access to the Visitor’s Center, where the Lion Mound, the films, and the Panorama help you relive the famous Battle of Waterloo. Arrive in Brussels, the thriving capital, where your orientation features the Rue Royale, the Parliament Buildings, the Royal Palace, and St. Michael Cathedral. Continue on foot and enter GRAND’PLACE to admire its baroque guild houses and the gothic Town Hall. You cannot leave Brussels without touching the statue of Everard ‘t Serclaes, a 14th-century hero, for good luck, and taking pictures of the tiny but world-famous statue of Manneken Pis. (Breakfast)

View the magnificent Gothic and Baroque architecture on the Grand Place in Brussels 

DAY 7Brussels. Excursion to Bruges

Focus on Bruges, one of Western Europe’s most perfectly preserved medieval towns. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite A CANAL CRUISE (weather permitting), during which you can try Belgian CHOCOLATE BONBONS, will give you a first taste of this delightful town. The Local Guide will show you the Madonna of Bruges by Michelangelo in the CHURCH OF OUR LADY and the famous MARKET SQUARE. Also enjoy a traditional LACE DEMONSTRATION, a reminder of Bruges’ history of cloth-making. Time for souvenir hunting and exploring on your own before returning to Brussels. (Breakfast)


DAY 8At Leisure in Brussels

This morning is your chance to join a half-day optional excursion to Antwerp, the second-largest Belgian city and one of the world’s most important ancient seaports. Tonight, an Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite included farewell dinner with wine at the lively Chez Léon restaurant, specializing in moules & frites (mussels & fries), is the perfect way to celebrate the success of your vacation. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Antwerp’s Grote Markt is still the heart of the old city 

DAY 9Brussels–Paris, France

You will be transferred by high-speed THALYS TRAIN to Paris, arriving at lunchtime. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (Breakfast)


DAY 10Paris

Morning sightseeing features Paris’ most famous highlights, including visits to the gothic NOTRE DAME Cathedral, the louvre museum, and a photo stop at the Eiffel Tower. (Breakfast)

Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral

Europe’s most famous cathedral, whose twin Gothic towers loom above France’s most beloved river, the Seine, actually owes a lot of its international success to the author Victor Hugo. Back in 1831, when Hugo wrote his classic novel about a hunchbacked bell-ringer at Notre Dame who falls in love with a beautiful gypsy, the medieval cathedral had fallen on hard times. During the Revolution in 1789, it had been seized, looted of its treasures and converted into an atheistic “Temple of Reason.” Even worse, after the monarchy was restored in 1815, Notre Dame was used as riverside warehouse – its once-splendid glass windows now dimmed and its facades decaying pathetically above the Île de la Cité. But Parisian’s indifference to their landmark ended suddenly in 1831, when Victor Hugo published his romantic novel the “Hunchback of Notre Dame,” (called “Notre-Dame de Paris” in French). The book was an international bestseller and lured armies of tourists to Paris in search of its Gothic cathedral setting. Hugo used this groundswell of public interest to lobby the French government for renovations of his beloved Notre Dame. From 1845 to 1864, repairs were indeed carried out – the clogged medieval streets nearby were cleared, revealing the marvelous edifice we see today.
Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

Imagining Paris without the Eiffel Tower is like London without Big Ben or San Francisco without the Golden Gate Bridge. But no sooner had the architect Gustav Eiffel beaten his 700 competitors in the design competition for the 1889 Centennial Exposition, celebrating a century since the French Revolution, than a vocal outcry began to halt construction of the edifice. Three hundred famous French artists and writers signed a petition in the newspaper “Le Temps” denouncing Eiffel’s radically modern design as “useless and monstrous,” a blight upon the elegant fabric of the City of Light. Others critics were even more vicious, describing the proposed tower as a “tragic street lamp,” a gymnasium apparatus…incomplete, confused and deformed,” “a giant ungainly skeleton,” “a half-built factory pipe,” “a carcass” and even “a hole-riddled suppository.” Nature-lovers argued that it would disturb the flight patterns of Parisian birds. Even as the iron lattice began to rise, Parisians continued to refer to it by the less-than-flattering nickname, “the metal asparagus.” Of course, no sooner had the tower opened in 1889 than the rabid criticism evaporated.

DAY 11At Leisure in Paris

Full day at leisure. Ask your Local Host for suggestions. (Breakfast)


DAY 12Paris

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)



Motorcoach; canal cruise in Amsterdam and in Bruges; high-speed first-class Thalys train. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

Full buffet breakfast; 3 three-course dinners with wine, including a welcome dinner in Amsterdam and a special farewell dinner in Brussels

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Holland, Luxembourg & Belgium with Paris:

  • Historic Centre of Bruges
  • La Grand-Place, Brussels
  • City of Luxembourg: its Old Quarters and Fortifications
  • 17th Century Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam