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Amsterdam, Luxembourg & Brussels

10 days
Wandering along meandering canals, historic bridges, gabled houses and blossoming gardens, you’ll feel as though you were transported into the pages of a storybook. Delve into the Dutch city’s laid-back cafe culture before heading south to Luxembourg City’s quaint, cobbled streets and Belgium’s rolling countryside. Then, make a final stop in Brussels, the unofficial capital of Europe, to savor the sweet life.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 35 travelers

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

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

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

Included meals: Breakfast

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

• Stroll by the canals and bridges, taking in the houseboats that dot the banks

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

Enjoy a free evening in Amsterdam or add excursions.

Optional Excursion - Keukenhof Gardens $89*pp Details

With millions of flowers growing on 70 acres of gardens, Keukenhof has been a showplace for the Dutch floral industry for more than half a century. On this excursion, you may be able to view more than six million flowers in bloom, including daffodils, croci and hyacinths, as well as thousands of tulip varieties. Please note: Peak tulip season varies with the weather. This optional excursion is seasonal and runs only from late March through May. Travelers should be prepared for a fair amount of walking.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $99)

Optional Excursion - Canal Cruise & Dinner $115*pp 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 $105*pp 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. From there, travel to The Hague for a quick photo stop at the majestic Peace Palace, home to the International Court of Justice. Finally, 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 shows you its Old City walls. Later, cross into the tiny principality of Luxembourg.

Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Luxembourg City

Included meals: Breakfast

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

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

• See the 17th-century Citadel of the Holy Spirit, Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Grand Ducal Palace 

• View the World War II Monument to National Unity 

• Enter the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial

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

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

Travel north through the forested Ardennes. Visit the Bastogne Historical Center, which pays tribute to the American soldiers who defended Belgium in World War II during the Battle of the Bulge, before arriving in Brussels.

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Brussels

Included meals: Breakfast

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

• See the infamous Manneken Pis statue, an ode to the city’s rebellious spirit 

• View the modern Atomium and elegant Baroque houses that line the Grand Place

• Pass by the European Union buildings, the 18th-century Place Royale and the Palais de Justice

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 - Bruges $95*pp Details

Journey into Flanders on this full-day excursion. You’ll visit the picturesque town of Bruges, where a local guide will introduce you to the town's market, its belfry and its canals. An included boat cruise takes you through Bruges' canals and makes it easy to leave your cares behind. Please note: This excursion involves extensive walking.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $105)

Day 10: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or board the train to continue on our tour extension to Paris.

Add Paris $599 pp

Please note: Extension is not available on all departure dates.

Ah, Paris, the city of life, love and light. From the Eiffel Tower to the Mona Lisa, from the bustling Champs-Élysées to the winding streets of Montmartre, you'll find magic, romance and history as you sip a café au lait, stroll manicured parks and watch the sun set over the Seine.

Paris 3 nights Hotel info

Day 10: Train ride to Paris

Included meals: Breakfast

Journey by train to Paris, where you’ll have plenty of opportunities to take in the sights, sounds and flavors of the City of Light. 

Enjoy dinner on your own this evening or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Evening in Paris: Dinner & River Cruise $115*pp Details

Take in the nighttime allure of the City of Light on a special evening excursion. The event begins with dinner at a local restaurant. After you dine, board a boat cruise along the Seine. As you coast along the river and under Paris’ bridges, you’ll behold the gloriously illuminated monuments of Paris glittering alongside the riverbanks. Please note: The dress code may vary depending your restaurant. Your Tour Director will advise you on what to wear, but shorts and sneakers are likely to be considered inappropriate attire.

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

Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Paris

Included meals: Breakfast

Get an overview of Paris on a panoramic tour of its most famous sites. 

• Drive down the sycamore-lined Champs-Élysées in view of the Arc de Triomphe

• Pass the legendary Notre-Dame Cathedral, located on an island in the Seine River 

• See the Eiffel Tower, the Palais Garnier opera house and Place de la Concorde, the city’s grandest square

• Marvel at the eclectic and iconic architecture of the Louvre

Enjoy a free afternoon in Paris or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Versailles Palace & Gardens $109*pp Details

The reign of Louis XIV, known as the “Sun King,” set new standards for decadence among the crowned heads of Europe. It took 50 years and 35,000 workers to turn Versailles, once a small hunting lodge, into the most magnificent château in all of France and the envy of royalty worldwide. On this excursion, you will see the palace in all its glory. Tour the State Apartments and the glittering Hall of Mirrors. Then stroll through the lavish gardens with their fine statuary, splendid fountains and colorful flowerbeds.

Must be booked 45 days before departure

Day 12: Free day in Paris

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a full free day exploring Paris or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Monet & the Landscapes of Giverny $85*pp Details

The village of Giverny was home to Claude Monet from 1883 until his death in 1926. On a visit to Monet’s home and gardens, discover the subtle palette of colors that inspired his Water Lilies series and gave rise to a new way of seeing. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs April through October.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $95)

Day 13: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

How's the weather?

  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
  • Brussels, Belgium
  • Paris, France
Temperature Precipitation
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Passport & Visa

This tour includes the following countries: the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium and France (on extension). In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is 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 particular entry requirements.

Health

There are no major health risks associated with traveling on this tour. However, it is always advisable to check with your doctor or health care provider for the latest updates.

Cuisine

In Luxembourg, the culinary influences are mostly Germanic. Smoked sausages, hams and hearty stews are popular. Belgian cuisine is sophisticated and gourmet. Rich sauces accompany dishes of pork, game and beef. Seafood is of a very high quality—mussels steamed in white wine are a favorite. Patisseries offer decadent pastries and cakes, while Belgian chocolate is among the very best in the world. In the Netherlands, the universal staples of beef, chicken and fish are prepared in a simple fashion, and substantial soups and stews are also very popular. Snack food might be less familiar, where the emphasis is on fish. You might try maatje, raw green herrings served with onions. Also popular are pancakes, french fries, doughnuts and waffles served from street stands. In Paris (on the tour extension), you’ll find endless opportunities to sample wonderful food at every price range. For the most casual snack or picnic, stop at a small grocery store for cheeses, patés, cured meats, fresh-baked bread and fruit. Sidewalk vendors are known for their steaming crepes, filled with cheese, ham, fruit or chocolate. Mouthwatering pastries and hot café au lait beckon from the cafes.

Transportation / Walking on tour

Flights arrive in Amsterdam and depart from Brussels (or Paris on theextension). Included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach. In your free time, most locations are best accessed on foot. You may want to use the modern transportation system in Brussels—called the STIB— which covers all bus, tram, metro and train travel.  Tickets are available in varying packages and day passes at metro stations, vending machines and news kiosks. Amsterdam also has a user-friendly bus and tram system.

Clothing & Packing Tips

To ensure you’re comfortable while out exploring, we recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. For sightseeing, we suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight sports jacket or rainwear. If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want to bring dressier attire. Also, please remember that it’s preferable to avoid showing bare legs or shoulders during visits to churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.

Currency

The euro is the currency you’ll be using on your 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. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/ CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/21/2015

Number of Past Tours: 19

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Tour Guide Par Excellence

The tour guide and bus driver made the tour worthwhile despite occasional rains and cold weather. Delft was surprisingly wonderful and the local guide was knowledgeable as were all the local tour guides. The Englishman who was the tour guide at The Luxembourg American Cemetery was exceptional in his knowledge and story telling. All accommodations were very comfortable and clean with staff that were professional in all manners. Bruge, despite heavy rains, was a treat for those who love old buildings. The mussels recommended by our tour guide couldn't have been better.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 11/16/2013

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Perfect except for Luxembourg

The tour was incomparable, however, with that said I would preferred to have stayed an extra day in Amsterdam and Brussels. Luxembourg was a bit of snooze and almost disappointingly boring. Amsterdam was my favorite and Brussels was close runner up!!! The hotel in Amsterdam was probably one the best accommodations of my history with Go Ahead Tours!! It was hip and beautiful and my stay was made even better! Brussels was liken to Paris, I could stayed another day and explored the cuisines and sights!!! Antique markets for days but the time of stay was a bit short!!! Our tour guide, Gerhardt was very professional and polite!! Overall, my trip was very amazing but with the changes I suggested, it could be so much better!!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/11/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great tour

This tour was awesome especially with the extension. The history behind it is just outstanding. Very great tour director, she was super helpful with everything! I went by my self on this tour which was the best decision, I made friends for life! Only con is the hotel in Luxembourg was around nothing. So it wasn't that good there except the awesome tour we had. Thanks go ahead!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/11/2014

Number of Past Tours: 9

From: ON

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Exciting Cities

The cities on this tour, especially when Paris is added to the list, are fabulous cities to visit. Each has a unique character and is bursting with cultural treasures. Highlights for me included the Alsmeer Flower Auction, Vermeer's interactive museum in Delft, the streets and canals of Amsterdam, Bastogne and its war museum, Brussels' lovely architecture, Bruges, and everything to do with Paris! Our tour director, Ildi, is a gem. This was my second tour with her....I'd travel with her anywhere! She is knowledgeable, patient, tells great stories, has a good sense of humor, and she does so many extras to make sure that we are getting the most from our travel experiences. Ildi took us on walks that were not scheduled, during which she told us much about our surroundings and helped us to negotiate public transit, etc. and she arranged for us to have additional opportunities along the way. Once again, Go Ahead lived up to, and exceeded, expectations. I can hardly wait for my next trip!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 8/2/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Old and New Haunts

My husband and I wanted to return to well-loved places in western Europe to celebrate our 51st. wedding anniversary, but we also wanted to see some new venues and this 12-day jaunt filled the bill very nicely. After many years of having made all our own travel arrangements - i.e. - flights, hotels, tours etc - we were very happy to have GoAhead's competent, up-beat tour director Oda take care of all those details for us. Our group of 19 was of a comfortable size so that by the end of our 12 days, we'd been able to get to know most of our fellow travelers and we'd enjoyed their good company. We appreciated the fact that in traveling from one major city to the next, interesting intermediate stops such as Maastricht and Bostogne were made which fleshed out our understanding of the area through which we were traveling. All-in-all, we were very satisfied with both the itinerary and the mechanics if the tour, and we would highly recommend it to others.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/22/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MT

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amazing Experience!

I can't say enough about the tour or our tour director Juan. This was the best experience. I took my 16 year old daughter and 20 year old niece and they loved it too. Since I don't have another tour experience with Go Ahead to compare it to, let me say that I felt like Juan went above and beyond what his job description probably required. He certainly exceeded what I was expecting from him as our tour director. Too many details to list, but he is a gem for Go Ahead. I can't wait to take another tour with this company!

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 7/5/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: PA

Tour Director: 1 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

EF for ADULTS

I would like to preface my review by stating that I have taken many student groups on tours and this was my first with Go Ahead adult tours. First, instead of the normal 2-3 star hotels with student tours, the hotels were upgraded for adults. That being said, I would have preferred the Hilton next to the central station in Amsterdam and taken a lesser in Luxembourg as there is no bus or metro service after 10 PM up to the hotel on the mountain way outside of town and you are forced to pay 20+ euros cab fare to get back to a ridiculously overpriced Hilton (the only people who stay there are on corporate business expense accounts)--a central hotel in Luxembourg City were available & would have helped. The Thon Stephanie in Brussels is a 4 star with access to downtown and was the best of the three hotels. Surprisingly the breakfast was the same for both student and adult tours--scrambled eggs, yougart, etc. Our tour director did select a restaurant I had on my researched list in Luxemberg for suberb lamb in garlic sauce and the dinner at the Thon was the best of all the hotel cuisine. The arrival dinner in Amsterdam left quite a bit to be desired considering other options in that city. The group that I was traveling with had 2 college students with parents and grandparents, a father and son, two couples, and a couple of single ladies---all were senior in age with a couple in their 80's and one with walking duress. The group was friendly and cohesive in their interests--we took this tour for certain reasons--namely WWII sites and gastronomic enjoyment with shopping. Our guide was very experienced with student groups--12 plus years, however, had serious issues being adaptable and receptive to adult interests. Just about every person complained to me about how many "free churches" can one see and when can we stop on these guided walks to shop and not be herded like cattle. I was afraid one lady was going to go into respiratory distress while the local and tour guide are way up front waving everyone to hurry along up this hill-several ladies had swollen ankles and one gentleman actually sat down and took alternate arrangements back to the bus. One gentlemean refused to exit the bus at a 2 hour town stop in the pouring rain. A linear type " A" personality like our tour guide was is exactly what I would want if I were leading a student group but was very condescending to this group-they really were offended by being counted when back on the bus and called "my little ducklings" repeatedly. In customer service--one has to recognize the needs of the group. For example, in Luxembourg, a visit to Patton's grave and the US cemetary is only 4 km outside of town and was not part of the guided tour--when I stated the first Monday that I was not joining the guided group but would find my own way to the site, the rest of the seniors (veterans) threatened to walk with me unless the local tour was changed to go there. Our tour guide was opposed to this side trip and linear, but had to give in after pre-pays threatened to pull out of the scheduled tour. Also, the shopping trip to Delf was going to be canceled for 9 ladies because the tour director stated she did not have 10 as a minimum to go--so I volunteered for this optional (which I had no interest in pottery or wooden shoes) so the ladies could go--this was not stated before these ladies prepaid for the trip that there were minimums for the optional day trip--Delf is not that far from Amsterdam and could be reached easily with an Amsterdam card--I was not at all pleased when the guided tour of Brugges did not include the one euro visit to see the Michelangelo Madonna--especially with the release of the movie the Monument men in the last couple months. Also, Ghent is so close that it was not a big deal to go and see the Ghent alter piece. Again, another euro charge. Adults have no problem paying an additional euro to visit a famous location vs. a free secondary church. This is the difference between an EF tour and a GO Ahead tour that is structured based on the student business model. While I understand that GO Ahead is a minor portion of the revenue stream of EF--the adults are paying more initially, do not have a problem with ancillary costs, and would prefer to be treated as adults and not follow a designed script built for students and with guides who won't take you 3-5 km out of their prescribed route to see something that the group is interested in doing. I still believe that EF is the best for HS students, but for an adult vacation--I was not happy-I think I may look at another adult tour agency if I choose to go on an organized tour as I am a seasoned traveler. I had very mixed feelings regarding this tour and if it were not for the politeness and ease of the seniors & people in this group--it would have been terrible. We shared some great french dinners on our own in both Amsterdam and Luxembourg and enjoyed the world cup at the Thon and the 5 star service of their bar and cuisine--the Thon Stephanie is a place I would compare to the St. Regis down the street. It was fabulous. I will post some photos later--I was able to get photos of the Madonna and several other excellent sites. Just as an aside--Amsterdam and Belgium are places for great beer crawls and I did join the younger set for those adventures late night.

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Dear George, Thank you for taking the time to write your detailed review of your recent trip to Amsterdam, Luxembourg and Brussels. We surely appreciate your candid feedback. I have passed along your remarks on the tour director and itinerary to our operations department to make improvements going forward. While we regret that Go Ahead Tours might not be the best travel fit for you, we are happy to hear that you will be traveling again with EF in our student tours division. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if we can be of any further assistance.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 12, 2014

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 5/3/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: CA

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Good Tour

This tour was good. Director was also ok. I did not like when we went out for a schedule destination and was left to find our way back to the Hotel. This needs to change. Go Head Tours is not taking into consideration that there are several seniors that travel and it's hard to figure out the subway system or finding a bus that will get you back. It was hard for me to figure out the subway system in Paris. You bring us to a destination, you should get us back. Schedule to go to Thailand 2015. If this is in the plan my trip will be cancelled

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/19/2014

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: MO

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

WWII segment - great

Althought the tulips were spectular, the segment of the trip relating to WWII was the best (for me). Would have enjoyed more historical info and greater time at cemetery and NATO area. Of course, that's the problem with traveling with a group of 40 or more - lines for everything - bathrooms - extra time to get on & off the buses and into sites. Hotels were excellent, however they were not in ideal locations.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/19/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: LA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

The tulips were magnificent

What a great time of year to tour the low countries and Paris. The tulips in the Netherlands were remarkable as well as Amsterdam. Luxembourg, Brussels, Bruge and Bastogne were remarkable (the Belgian Chocolates, yum). And Paris in the Spring!! Giverny in full bloom! Go Ahead was quite accommodating the entire trip. Our tour guides, Ilde and Joann, could not have been better. Lots of energy and very well prepared. They often went out of their way to be sure we saw what we wanted and the things we were not aware of. Lost my phone in Bastogne and Ilde did all she could to retrieve it, no luck though but the effort was outstanding. Thanks Go Ahead for another enjoyable adventure. Can't wait for the next one!!!!

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