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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.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      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 cafe 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.

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
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

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.

How's the weather?

  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
  • Brussels, Belgium
  • Paris, France
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

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: 6/25/2015

Number of Past Tours: 6

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Matteo is awesome!

I and 98% of the member of our tour group really enjoyed Matteo as our tour director. Some even scheduled their tours around his availability. Yes, it was really hot in Europe, but everyone did their best to adjust to those circumstances. Before booking a tour, travelers should consider if it's for them. They shouldn't blame other people if they can't deal with their surroundings. The tour was informative and a lot of fun. This is our 6th Go Ahead Tour and we look forward to more Go Ahead Tours with high quality tour directors.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/25/2015

Number of Past Tours: 6

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Awesome locations, awesome tour director!

This was our sixth Go Ahead tour, and it was up to the usual high standards. I felt I needed to write this partly because the only public review from the date we went on the tour criticized our tour director. There were over 30 people on the tour and there was one couple who did a lot of complaining and were actually quite rude to Matteo, even right to his face while we were on the tour. The rest of the tour loved Matteo. Several of us asked what Matteo's usual tour is so he could guide us again. So, lest Go Ahead or anyone else think this was a universal experience, it certainly was NOT. He gave us some great insider tips, like where to find the best waffle in Bruges, the best restaurants in Amsterdam, good ice cream, and so on. He gave us some history on the bus, and handled everything gracefully. Top notch. The destinations were all great, too. A wooden shoe making place that was also a farm that made cheese was excellent, and this is where you can get that great pic of a windmill if you didn't do the Delft optional, which we didn't. I highly recommend Bruges. It's quite picturesque and relaxing. We also extended our stay a couple days at the beginning so we could have more time in Amsterdam. Amsterdam is much more of a "wandering around" city than Brussels, and very walkable. Figure out the trams. This will help you. Luxembourg isn't exactly the center of activity, however some of my prettiest pictures of landscapes and old buildings came from there, and the city tour was pretty good. The museum in Bastogne dedicated to WWII and specifically the Battle of the Bulge was incredibly poignant and well done. I was looking forward to it and it exceeded my expectations. My only complaint really was that a couple of the included dinners were not very good, and I believe their AC was broken at the Brussels restaurant, but that happens sometimes.

 

Dear Erik Thank you very much for taking the time to review your recent tour with us to Amsterdam, Luxembourg, and Brussels. I wanted to take a moment in particular to address your comments about your Tour Director in reference to the other review that has been posted from your same departure date. We hold all of our Tour Directors to a very high standard, and are constantly reviewing their performance on tour to ensure that they are providing our travelers with the best experience possible. I have personally looked through your fellow travelers’ ratings of Matteo, as well as their comments, and I can assure you that the majority of your group agreed with you in that he was a professional, knowledgeable, and courteous Tour Director. Your review is particularly important for situations such as this, where it is important to learn both sides of the story. I would once again like to thank you very much for your positive review about your Tour Director, and let you know that I have passed your comments along to his manager. We do hope to welcome you onto another go Ahead tour in the near future!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 18, 2015

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/10/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: DC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Well done!

I felt this tour was a great value. The tour group was unusually small and the people were wonderful. We were so fortunate to have Thomas as our Director; always patient and helpful and he really knew the cities well so he could make excellent suggestions when asked about how to spend free time. I wish the hotels were more centrally located to reduce travel time to the important sites but all were near easy public transportation. Aside from the extremely bizarre decor in Amsterdam (see photo), all the hotels were comfortable and we were treated well by the staff. Overall, the city guides were very knowledgeable and personable with a few exceptions. (Some were too long.) Be prepared for a lot of walking but, fortunately, you can always opt to stay in and rest when you need to. I highly recommend this company. Everything was well organized and, when my return flight was cancelled, they handled all the hotel and flight details. It was a very memorable trip.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/20/2014

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: NV

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful tour

Loved most everything about this tour, even the Amsterdam flower market visit, much to my surprise. This was my second tour with tour director Thomas and he was fabulous as always.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 6/27/2015

Number of Past Tours: 14

From: VA

Tour Director: 2 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Excellent Tour-but not so great tour director

Traveled on this tour and thoroughly enjoyed the sights of Amsterdam, Belgium, Luxembourg and Trier, Germany. Great food and hotels. My only complaint was with our tour director, Matteo. He could have done a much, much better job with leading our tour. I have traveled extensively with GoaheadTours, and this was the first tour director that I ever found any fault with. We had some horrendous hot weather on our tour which was completely out of anyone's control. Yet, Matteo did not seem to be bothered by the heat, as was the rest of the group on the tour. So, he continued to act as though it was a normal day, and had us walk all over the place in the extreme heat (got up in the high 90's to even over 100 degrees in some cases) for hours. When those in our group (young and old) complained, he simply stated that "the heat was not bothering him", as though that made it okay for us to continue as though nothing out of the ordinary was going on! This happened on more than one guided tour with him. This was just so out of the ordinary for a tour director with Goahead to act this way.There were several other incidences of his lack of concern for the group, but this was the major issue that I found the most troubling, so I won't go in to detail with the other incidences. Just wanted to point out that this tour would have been a 5 star tour had it not been for our tour director! I would like to add that our bus driver for the majority of the tour, Raymon, was the best driver ever!! He was extremely courteous with everyone and could not have been any nicer!

 

Thank you very much for writing your review about your recent tour, and additionally for taking the time to speak with us about your experience in Amsterdam, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Trier. Here at Go Ahead, we understand that extraordinary Tour Directors are paramount to travelers’ experience. We work hard to ensure that our Tour Directors are experienced, well trained, and always receive very high ratings from our customers. We are sorry to hear that you did not feel that your Tour Director was accommodating to your concerns about the heat, and other incidences. We understand that Europe in the summer months can be quite hot, and we will continue to work closely with our Tour Directors to ensure the comfort and safety of our travelers. We are glad to learn that you enjoyed other aspects of the tour, and that Raymon was courteous! Thank you for your important and thoughtful feedback, and we do hope to welcome you onto a Go Ahead tour in the future.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 16, 2015

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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