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Christmas Markets of Amsterdam, Luxembourg & Brussels

10 days Special Event, Multi-country
Wander past historic landmarks, meandering canals and gabled houses as you marvel at the storybook atmosphere of Christmas markets in the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Belgium. Immerse yourself in the winter festivities as you delve into Amsterdam’s laid-back culture, stroll along Luxembourg’s cobbled streets and explore Brussels, the unofficial capital of Europe.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 18 - 35 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 1 hour daily across moderately uneven terrain, including cobblestone streets and paved roads, with few hills or stairs.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 3 three-course dinners with beer or wine, 1 wine tasting, 2 beer tastings

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Map of Christmas Market Tour in Belgium and the Netherlands

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Amsterdam today.

Amsterdam 3 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Amsterdam

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Amsterdam! Meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Amsterdam & Christmas market visit

  Included meals: Breakfast

A panoramic tour introduces you to Amsterdam’s iconic canals and unique character.

• Drive past the Hollandsche Schouwburg war memorial, National Opera and Ballet, Rijksmuseum and Mint Tower

• Enter the Van Gogh Museum to admire the world’s largest collection of Vincent Van Gogh’s masterpieces, including the famous Sunflowers

• Stop at Dam Square, home of many landmarks including the neoclassical Royal Palace, the 15th-century New Church and the National Monument

• Set out on foot and pass the Anne Frank House, where the young diarist and her family hid during World War II

• Stroll by canals and bridges as you explore the city’s various Christmas markets,  where stalls sell everything from seasonal food to handmade crafts

 Enjoy a free evening in Amsterdam or add excursions.

Optional Excursion - Canal Cruise & Dinner $115pp* Details

Cruise along the canals of Amsterdam on a houseboat, enjoying the view of row houses lit up for the night. Your cruise will take you through the center of the city as you enjoy dinner by lantern light.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $125)

Day 4: Free day in Amsterdam

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a full free day exploring Amsterdam on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - A Day in Charming Delft $105pp* Details

Pay a visit to the world-famous flower market at Aalsmeer for a close-up look at one of Holland’s best-known national exports: its brilliantly hued tulips. Continue to Delft, a charming town of canals, cobbled alleyways and medieval architecture. Visit the Old and New Churches on a guided tour, and then enjoy free time to grab lunch and explore the town, perhaps visiting the former home of the famous painter, Vermeer.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $115)

Luxembourg City 2 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Luxembourg City via Maastricht

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel south to the mountainous province of Limburg. Stop in its capital, Maastricht, where your Tour Director will show you the Old City walls. Then, enjoy free time to take in the festive spirit at the Vrijthof  Square Christmas market, which is home to an illuminated Ferris wheel and ice skating rink. After exploring the many stalls, cross into the tiny principality of Luxembourg.

Day 6: Guided tour of Luxembourg City & Christmas market visit

  Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Wine tasting

A local guide leads today’s tour of Luxembourg City, the country’s capital.

• Enter the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial

• View the World War II Monument to National Unity in the New Town

• See the Citadel of the Holy Spirit, Notre-Dame Cathedral and Grand Ducal Palace

• Travel through the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site

• Enjoy the best of the season as you stroll through festive Christmas markets in the main square, where you’ll stop for a mulled wine tasting at a market stall

Enjoy a free afternoon in Luxembourg City or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Historic Germany: A Day in Trier $59pp* Details

Set out from Luxembourg and cross over the border into Germany for a day in Trier, one of the country’s oldest cities. With your guide, explore its rich history as you make your way past ancient Roman ruins, medieval buildings and the birthplace of Karl Marx. Then, enjoy a beer with the group before you head out into the city for free time and dinner on your own.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $69)

Brussels 3 nights Hotel info

Day 7: Brussels via Bastogne

  Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Beer tasting

Travel north through the forested Ardennes on your way to Brussels. 

• Visit the Bastogne War Museum, which pays tribute to the American soldiers who defended Belgium in World War II during the Battle of the Bulge

• Stop in Purnode for a guided sightseeing tour of the Brasserie du Bocq brewery and a beer tasting

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Brussels & Christmas market visit

  Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Beer tasting, Chocolate tasting

Join a local guide for a panoramic tour of Brussels, the unofficial capital of Europe and headquarters of the European Union. 

• Drive past the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula, a Gothic church dating back to the Middle Ages  

• Pass by Brussels Park, the Royal Palace and the Palais de Justice, the largest court building in Brussels 

• Stroll through the city’s historic center, stopping at the Grand-Place market for a chocolate and beer tasting

• Take free time to view the Manneken-Pis statue before exploring Brussels’ Christmas markets, where the season comes to life amid soaring Christmas trees and quaint chalets

Enjoy a free evening in Brussels or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Belgian Cooking Class & Dinner $115pp* Details

Discover the best of Belgian cuisine during a cooking lesson this evening. Try your hand at creating local specialties with expert guidance from a professional chef, then enjoy your freshly prepared meal with wine.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Day 9: Free day in Brussels

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend the day at your leisure in Brussels or add an excursion.  

Say goodbye to your group at a farewell dinner this evening.

Optional Excursion - A Day in Antwerp $79pp* Details

Spend the day exploring historic and vibrant Antwerp, the largest port city in Flanders. On your guided tour, you'll stop at the centrally located Renaissance-era City Hall in the stately Great Market Square. Stroll through the Green Square, a popular setting for festivals and market stalls, then enter the Gothic Cathedral of Our Lady to admire its singular, soaring bell tower. End your visit with free time to enjoy lunch and explore the city's museums on your own.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $89)

Day 10: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or board the train to continue the tour in the city of Bruges.

Add 2 nts Bruges Post-extension Starting from $439 pp

From its winding canals to its medieval architecture, there’s no denying Bruges’ storybook appeal. Stroll down cobbled streets, visit a bustling market, stop into a chocolate shop (or two), and experience the city’s fairytale charm up close.

Bruges 2 nights

Day 10: Transfer to Bruges

  Included meals: Breakfast

Travel to Bruges, where you’ll have plenty of opportunities to take in the sights, sounds and flavors of this charming city. Get an overview on a panoramic tour of its most famous sites. 

• See Burg Square and the Church of Our Lady

• Enjoy the view at romantic Minnewater, the “Lake of Love” 

• Visit the Beguinage, a  UNESCO World Heritage site and home to Benedictine nuns

• Pop into some of the many chocolate shops for tastings

• Step inside the 14th-century City Hall, which is built in the Gothic style and is distinguished as one of the oldest city halls in the Benelux region

This evening, walk through the famous Bruges Christmas Market with your Tour Director, followed by free time to enjoy the festivities on your own.

Day 11: Free day in Bruges

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a day exploring the city as you wish or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - A Tasting Tour of Historic Ghent $69pp* Details

Journey to the historic city of Ghent for a tasting tour with a local guide. Sample specialties of the region, including ganda ham, pralines and cheese. Walk through the university city to visit a famous Tierenteyn mustard shop and the Great Butchers’ Hall, which dates back to the 15th century. Then, enjoy free time for lunch by the canals, perhaps trying Roomer, an elderflower liqueur, or the famed local Gruut beer.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $79)

Day 12: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport in Brussels for your flight home.

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  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
  • Brussels, Belgium
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Passport & visa requirements

  • This tour visits the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Belgium. In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry. 

  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.

  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.

  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.    

Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 1 hour daily across moderately uneven terrain, including cobblestone streets and paved roads, with few hills or stairs.

  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.

  • You should feel comfortable managing your own luggage at times, as well as getting in and out of ferries.

  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team at 1.800.597.0350.

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Amsterdam and depart from Brussels. A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.

  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost. 

  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach. 

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. 

  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights. 

  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.  

  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend packing warm, comfortable clothing that can be easily layered, as well as a warm jacket. 

  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes, sneakers or winter boots is recommended for sightseeing. 

  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or special performance.

  • To keep warm while visiting the outdoor Christmas markets in each city, we recommend bringing a warm hat, mittens and a scarf. 

Health

  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to any of the countries on this tour. 

  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.

  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.

  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to goaheadtours.com and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team at 1.800.597.0350.

Cuisine

  • In the Netherlands, simply prepared meat and fish dishes, substantial soups and hearty stews are local staples. Snack food traditionally features fish—you might try maatje, raw green herring served with onions—but pancakes, french fries, doughnuts and waffles are just as plentiful.

  • In Luxembourg, the culinary influences are mostly Germanic. Smoked sausages, hams and hearty stews are popular. 

  • In Belgium, seafood is of a very high quality, and mussels steamed in white wine are a favorite. Patisseries offer decadent pastries and cakes, and you won’t want to miss indulging in favorites like french fries, handmade chocolate, locally brewed Abbey-style beer and, of course, Belgian waffles.  

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply. 

  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches. 

  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.

Electricity

  • The Netherlands, Luxembourg and Belgium operate on the European standard 220-240 volts and use Types C, E or F plugs with two small, round pins.

  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.

  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.

Time zones

  • The Netherlands, Luxembourg and Belgium are one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). 

  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm on tour.

Currency

  • You will use the euro on this tour.  

  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. 

  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks, as needed.  

  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.

  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.

Tipping

  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.

  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver. 

  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. 

  • Tips can only be paid in cash.

Purchasing excursions on tour

  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour. 

  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for excursions. 

  • Please be advised that if you pay for an optional excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged. 

  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

International travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary without advance notice to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates and prices.

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