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

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12 Day Tour from Amsterdam to Paris


Holland, Luxembourg & Belgium with Paris
Visit Paris’s famed Eiffel Tower
Visit Paris’s famed Eiffel Tower
Meander through the beautiful Keukenhof gardens
Approximately 7,000,000 flower bulbs are planted annually in Keukenhof
Amsterdam is the largest city and the capital of the Netherlands
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
Enjoy the beautiful views of Luxembourg
Enjoy the lovely canals of Amsterdam
View the magnificent Gothic and Baroque architecture on the Grand Place in Brussels

Vacation Overview

For those who wish to visit the Benelux countries—plus Paris—at a leisurely pace, this Holland, Luxembourg & Belgium tour is the perfect vacation. You’ll enjoy three nights in Amsterdam, Brussels, and Paris and a 2-night stay in Luxembourg. The must-see attractions are included, such as a canal cruise in Amsterdam, and in springtime the famous Keukenhof Flower Park (April 2 – May 14 departures); the 17th-century Cathedral of Our Lady in Luxembourg; the Grand’Place in Brussels, the central square surrounded by baroque guild houses and the gothic Town Hall; and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, with a history dating back to the 12th century. You’ll visit the famous museums, including the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, housing priceless paintings by Rembrandt and other Dutch masters; the “Van Gogh Village” and Museum in Nuenen, where you’ll follow in Van Gogh’s footsteps to learn about his life; the Bastogne War Museum, and the Louvre Museum in Paris, the world’s most visited art museum.

History buffs are sure to be delighted on the visit to Waterloo, where you’ll relive the famous Battle of Waterloo. A tour highlight is a visit to Bruges, one of Western Europe’s most perfectly preserved medieval towns. Here, you’ll enjoy guided sightseeing and a canal cruise, where you’ll have the opportunity to taste Belgian chocolate bonbons—a unique experience offered by Globus to give you a true local perspective.

All of this and much more are included on this grand Holland, Luxembourg & Belgium tour. The Monograms portion of your vacation in Paris includes travel by high-speed Thalys train (first class) from Brussels to Paris, transfers to/from train stations, guided sightseeing, and services of an expert Local Host.

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AMSTERDAM
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, canal cruise, visit Rembrandt’s masterpieces in the Rijksmuseum; visit a major diamond center

KEUKENHOF
Visit the Flower Park (departures April 2-May 14)

DELFT
Visit the Royal Delft Pottery factory

THE HAGUE
Orientation drive

NUENEN
Visit the Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite “Van Gogh Village” and museum, and learn about his early work

BASTOGNE
Visit the Bastogne War Museum; take pictures of the American Memorial

LUXEMBOURG
Guided sightseeing, visit the Cathedral of Our Lady, General Patton’s grave

WATERLOO
Visit the battle site

BRUSSELS
Walking tour including the Grand’Place and a picture stop at Manneken Pis; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite farewell dinner with wine at a local restaurant

BRUGES
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Canal cruise with Belgian chocolate bonbons; guided walking tour, visit the Church of Our Lady and the market square; enjoy a traditional lace demonstration

BRUSSELS-PARIS
By high-speed Thalys Train

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

Headsets throughout the tour


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)

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

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DAY 3Amsterdam. Excursion To Keukenhof, Delft & The Hague

Start with a visit to the famous bulb fields of South Holland and the extraordinary KEUKENHOF flower park (departures 0402-0514). 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. Later, you may wish to join an optional Dutch dinner, followed by a walk through Old Amsterdam. (Breakfast)

Approximately 7,000,000 flower bulbs are planted annually in Keukenhof Amsterdam is the capital and largest city of the Netherlands Meander through the beautiful Keukenhof gardens Keukenhof is the worlds largest flower garden and is known as the Garden of Europe 
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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 
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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 
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DAY 6Luxembourg–Waterloo, Belgium–Brussels

Drive through the Belgian Ardennes to Flanders and arrive in WATERLOO. Visit the site where Napoleon was defeated and European history changed course, and 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 
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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, featured in the movie The Monuments Men, 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)

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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 
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DAY 9Brussels–Paris, France

This morning, travel by high-speed THALYS TRAIN (first class) to Paris. The remainder of the day is at leisure; your Local Host is available to help you make the most of your stay in the “City of Light.” (Breakfast)

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DAY 10Paris

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

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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.
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DAY 11Paris

Your Local Host will have many suggestions for your day at leisure. (Breakfast)

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DAY 12Paris

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Transportation

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


With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

BENJAMIN DEHAM

Years of Experience: 16 years

A European tour is very educational and lots of fun. It is always enjoyable to see guests return home with thousands of beautiful pictures and wonderful memories. My greatest satisfaction as a Tour Director has always been that I can let my guests not only see a city, but also feel and experience the absolute magic of a city like Paris. That cannot be found in any guidebook or on the Internet!

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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