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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 - The Palace & Gardens of Versailles $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
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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: 5/2/2015

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best everything!

This was the ninth group tour I've coordinated with a group of my friends. We've done 4 with EF and 5 with Go Ahead. They've all been wonderful and this one was no exception. I would highly recommend this tour. Amsterdam is always lovely, and we especially enjoyed our visits to Delft and the Keukenhof Gardens. The tulips bloomed a little later than usual this year and we were there at the perfect time!! Luxembourg and Brussels were a delight, especially our visits to Bruges, Trier, and of course, we totally loved the Belgium chocolates!!! White asparagus was also in season, so we enjoyed that seasonal specialty prepared in various ways. And then on to Paris!!! Who doesn't love Paris?? Giverney was also lovely. Ildi, our TD, was amazing. She was so very helpful, professional, reliable and FUN!!! Our hotels were very nice and in great locations.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/15/2015

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: NH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Flowers and culture

April was a great time to visit the low countries with flowers blooming everywhere and spring green in prolific beauty. While I also enjoyed seeing great museums, old cities, historic places, and unique structures and places, the highlight was tulips and other spring flowers. As we have come to expect, Go Ahead Tours found very nice hotels strategically located either near the center or on mass transit near the center of places we wanted to see, good meals and a guide who consistently helped us enjoy the experience.

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4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 4/27/2015

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Great Tour Director

We had an another wonderful tour with the best Director. She was very intelligent and the most gracious person. Thank you for a wonderful tour director.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/27/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: KS

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Knowledgeable tour director

Oda, our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the cities we visited and offered to "explore" with many of the members who wished to take walks around the city in the evening during free time. It was wonderful to have this guided extra walking tour time.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/27/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Exceeded our expectations

This was our first GoAhead tour, and my husband and I are already looking forward to touring with GA next year! Everything went smoothly from start to finish. The GA website is very user-friendly. We received confirmation and our itinerary on a timely basis. We were met at the airport by our tour director, Oda, who deserves most of the credit for our outstanding experience. She was so personable, approachable, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable about the places we visited. We arrived in Amsterdam at 7:15 am and waited about 40 min. for other tour members to arrive. This gave us a little time to stretch our legs and grab something to eat. Oda arranged for early arrivals to check into our hotel rooms at arrival, even though check-in wasn't until later in the afternoon. The hotel was in a great location off Rembrandt Square, but the room and bathroom were quite small. We had all day on our own until the group dinner that night, which was a delicious steak dinner. Oda than took us on a walking tour of the Red Light District after dinner. This was impromptu and very generous of her to do. She did this again in Brussels to help members get acquainted with the city. GA's itinerary was very well thought out, and we got to see a great deal of Amsterdam, Luxembourg, and Brussels. My one regret is that we were not able to visit the Anne Frank House. We would have had to stay in line for 2.5 to 3 hours for tickets. My advice to those who want to visit the Anne Frank House is to go online 3 months beforehand to purchase tickets. We went on every optional excursion and are very glad we did. One of my coworkers who had used GA in the past recommended that we take advantage of all of them. This was my first time in Europe, and I found the architecture and the city squares intriguing. Delft, Luxembourg, Trier, Maastricht, and Bruges were so historic and charming! We were so fortunate to visit Keukenhof Garden in full bloom! The millions of tulips,narcissus, daffodils, and crocus were breathtaking! The motor coaches we used to get around were very comfortable with reclining seats. We always had scheduled rest stops, so no worries for those with weak bladders. GA caters to tourists who want to go off and do their own thing as well as to tourists who want to take advantage of the knowledge of local tour guides who point out the most interesting sites. If you have never been on a group tour, it has its mix of advantages and disadvantages. Advantages: the planning and logistics are taken care of, you have the expertise of seasoned tour directors who speak multiple languages, excellent value for the money. Disadvantages: you're traveling with a group of as many as 35 (ours was 26), this means that there may be some eccentric personalities in your group, some members may not be as punctual as you are, the hotels may not be the 5 stars that you would choose yourself. Fortunately, our group was pretty courteous and looked out for one another. Even those members who initially grated on me turned out to have many redeeming characteristics. Oda set the tone for our group with her never-ending patience and fun personality. Everyone in our group sang her praises! You would have to be a real curmudgeon not to love her. I give this tour an A+!

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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.

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