Amsterdam, Luxembourg & Brussels

10 days Multi-country
Wander past meandering canals, gabled houses and blossoming gardens as you take in the picturesque charm of Amsterdam, Luxembourg and Brussels. Delve into the Dutch capital’s laid-back cafe culture before strolling along Luxembourg City’s quaint, cobbled streets and exploring historic Brussels, the unofficial capital of Europe.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 18 - 35 travelers

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

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels

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

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Map of tour of the Netherlands and Belgium

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

Today’s panoramic sightseeing 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 

• Pass the Anne Frank House, where the young diarist and her family hid during World War II 

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

 Enjoy a free evening in Amsterdam or add excursions.

Optional Excursion - Keukenhof Gardens $89pp* 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 $115pp* Details

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

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

Day 4: Free day in Amsterdam

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

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

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

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

Luxembourg City 2 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Luxembourg City via Maastricht

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel south to the mountainous province of Limburg. Stop in its capital, Maastricht, where your Tour Director will show you 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.

• Enter the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brussels 3 nights Hotel info

Day 7: Brussels via Bastogne

  Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Beer tasting

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

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

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

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Brussels

  Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Beer tasting

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

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

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

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

Enjoy a free evening in Brussels or add an excursion.

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

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

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Day 9: Free day in Brussels

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

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

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

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

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

Day 10: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

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

Add Bruges Starting from $439 pp

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

Bruges 2 nights Hotel info

Day 10: Transfer to Bruges

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

• See Burg Square and the Church of Our Lady

• Enjoy the view at romantic Minnewater, the “lake of love” 

• Visit the Beguinage, a  UNESCO World Heritage site, now home to an order of Benedictine nuns

• Pop into some of the many chocolate shops for tastings

• Set sail on the canals and tour the city by boat

Day 11: Free Day in Bruges

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

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

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

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

Day 12: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport in Brussels for your flight home.

How's the weather?

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

  • This tour visits the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Belgium. In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry. 
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.    

Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 1 hour daily across moderately uneven terrain, including cobblestone streets and paved roads, with few hills or stairs.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as getting in and out of boats.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Amsterdam and depart from Brussels. A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival. 
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach. 

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. 
  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights. 
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.  

Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to any of the countries on this tour. 
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to My Account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.

Cuisine

  • In the Netherlands, simply prepared meat and fish dishes, substantial soups and hearty stews are local staples. Snack food traditionally features fish—you might try maatje, raw green herring served with onions—but pancakes, french fries, doughnuts and waffles are just as plentiful.
  • In Luxembourg, the culinary influences are mostly Germanic. Smoked sausages, hams and hearty stews are popular. 
  • In Belgium, seafood is of a very high quality, and mussels steamed in white wine are a favorite. Patisseries offer decadent pastries and cakes, and you won’t want to miss indulging in favorites like fries, handmade chocolate, locally brewed Abbey-style beer and, of course, Belgian waffles. Please note that Belgian beers vary widely in style and flavor and are often much higher in alcohol content than other European beers.

Electricity & air conditioning

  • The Netherlands, Luxembourg and Belgium operate on the European standard 220-240 volts and use Types C, E or F plugs with two small, round pins. 
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.  
  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel. 
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches. 
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.

Time zones

  • The Netherlands, Luxembourg and Belgium are one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST).   
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm on tour.

Currency

  • You will use the euro on this tour. 
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. 
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed. 
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. 
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.

Tipping

  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. 
  • Tips can only be paid in cash. 

Purchasing excursions on tour

  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on your tour. 
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for optional excursions. 
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged. 
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

See what our travelers say about this tour—all reviews are authentic and unedited.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/3/2016

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amsrerdam through to Bruge

We had a wonderful trip. The itinerary is rich in art, architecture and fun food, includiing beer tasting, chocolates, mussels and waffles. The stops that related to WWII history was excellent and moving, like when Taps and the National Anthem played at the Luxembourg Memorial cemetery. Excellent choice of hotels in location ,their interiors and the rooms. As usual a tour director that added to making the experience fun and informative in her own way and with personality, thank you Ione.

 

Hello! Thank you for your wonderful review. We're pleased that you enjoyed the variety of offerings on tour, such as the WWII history components and culinary experiences. We appreciate your feedback on your Tour Director and will be sure to let her know. We hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | September 29, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/2/2016

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: WI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Benelux High Points

The tour to Amsterdam, Luxembourg and Brussels was honestly exceptional. We arrived in Amsterdam the day before our tour was scheduled to begin. Having been in Amsterdam 52 years ago I barely recognized the city except for a few sights like Dam Square and the National Monument, so many new buildings. Our days in Amsterdam were filled with a great tour of the city with a knowledgeable city guide, a trip to the Van Gogh Museum, canal cruise and dinner, and plenty of time for individual exploring. The House of Anne Frank being an exceptional tour so glad we were able to take this tour. The day in Delft with its pleasant restaurants and cafes,and great cuisine was a nice respite on a beautiful autumn day. We took the tour to Delft and saw the production of hand painted Delft ware. Had a nice lunch in Delft. Maastricht was a charming city where we had a tour of the city, another great city guide giving all kinds of information along the way. Then on to Luxembourg, what a beautiful city with its ancient fortification and story book buildings. We traveled to the American Military Cemetery at Hamm, Luxembourg, very impressive to be in this place of honor. The tour of Trier was great, great city guide very knowledgeable in local history. We also had some great German food. Along the way I must say a few words about our tour guide, Ionia she was the best. So informed and such a pleasant person, we think she is exceptional and a great asset to the company. Brussels was all that I expected it to be. The tour of Exposition Park, the Guild, old town, St. Michaels Basilica, the chocolate shops, a few beer tastings all added to the Brussels experience. Then it was time to come home. The Hotels were very nice and the breakfast in each hotel, well they are the best. Our bus driver was so good navigating those narrow city streets. He deserves an award, great job. Flight home was just as delightful as the trip to Europe.

 

Hello! We truly enjoyed reading your rave review and learning that you had an ‘exceptional’ time on tour. It must have been very interesting seeing Amsterdam decades later, seeing how it’s changed and exploring with a new perspective. We agree that visiting the Anne Frank house is an incredible experience, and we’re glad you were able to do it. We appreciate your feedback on the various stops throughout your tour, such as your visit to Maastricht. It’s great to know you were able to enjoy beer and chocolate in Brussels, two ‘must-dos’ in the Belgian capital. We’re glad the hotels met your expectations and that you enjoyed the breakfasts in each location. We appreciate your kind comments regarding your bus driver and will be sure to share them with the bus company. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 03, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/9/2016

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: KS

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

The Benelux tour

We thoroughly enjoyed this tour, from start to finish. The tour director was such a wonderful, upbeat person; she added a lot to the experience. We saw many wonderful sights, and we really enjoyed the optional tours. We added the extension, Bruges, to the tour and were so happy we did!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/13/2016

Number of Past Tours: 6

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

wouldn't have missed it for the world!

I'm a happy traveler and I'm very happy with everything we do. I and grateful for the option you allowed to go early and stay late. It made my tour spectacular. More time is always appreciated. And we loved ODA!

 

Hi Virginia! We're so glad you're a happy traveler. We truly appreciate your feedback and will be sure to share it with our team. Thank you so much! We hope to welcome you on tour again.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | June 14, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 5/5/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: MN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

best tour

had a very good time on tour and love the staff of go ahead tours

 

Hi Marie! We're so glad you had a good time! Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 20, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 4/30/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Go Ahead trip

As I have experienced before, this was a great trip with a great mix of guided and free time. I felt comfortable wandering in each city after the orienting tour and custom helps from our AWESOME tour director, Oda. Hotels were all centrally located and had excellent breakfast buffets. Free wi-fi at each made it easy for me to stay in touch with some people at home. The optional to Trier, Germany was not in my plans but Oda helped me decide to go and it was a highlight of the trip: Roman ruins with perfect weather, riesling from the local area enjoyed at an outdoor table as the church rang a 5 minute bell change in honor of WWII liberating armies on Remembrance Day. Perfect!

 

Hi Cathy! We’re happy you enjoyed the mix of guided and free time on your tour. We’re also pleased to know that you were impressed with your hotels and your Tour Director. Your experience in Trier sounds incredible, and we’re so glad you decided to go. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 20, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 4/16/2016

Number of Past Tours: 6

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Our tenth GoAhead tour

Another great GoAhead tour. Our tour director Ilid was wonderful. She really knows her stuff. The Keukenhof Gardens: Amazing. The dinner cruise through the canals in Amsterdam was very good. My wife and I both enjoyed the beer tastings is Brussels and in Trier Germany, and the cooking class in Brussels. There was the potential for a travel issue at the Brussels airport, so after our farewell dinner, Ildi took a cab by herself, in the middle of the night, to the airport to scope out the security procedures. So when we left the hotel early the next morning, (I don't think she got much sleep) we all knew what to expect. The lines were a little slow but we all got out on time. Thanks iidi. Our next GA tour is in October to Italy!

 

Hi Larry! It’s wonderful to know that you had a great time and that your Tour Director added value to your experience. The beer in Belgium and Germany is certainly a treat, and we’re glad you enjoyed it. We’re also glad you didn’t encounter any issues at the airport, thanks to the hard work of your Tour Director. We thank you for sharing your experience, and we look forward to welcoming you on your next tour to Italy!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 17, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 4/16/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Europe trip

It was a awesome trip. A great way to explore a different part of the world. The tour guide was great and very helpful. I can't wait to book me next trip with you

 

Hi Edward! We're so glad you enjoyed exploring Amsterdam, Luxembourg, & Brussels. It's also great to know that you found your Tour Director to be a valuable resource throughout your time abroad. We can't wait to see where you'll go next!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | November 22, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 4/16/2016

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Tour!

Amazing Tulips ! loved the Keukenhof Gardens. Luxembourg is just okay.. Accommodation in Luxembourg is too far from downtown..

 

Dear Traveler, Thank you for your review. We’re glad that you enjoyed the tulips of Keukenhof Gardens. They certainly are beautiful! We appreciate your feedback regarding Luxembourg and your accommodations. We will be sure to communicate that to our team internally. We look forward to welcoming you on your next tour!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 20, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/25/2015

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Beautiful cities, great trip

This was a wonderful tour of a fascinating part of Europe. Amsterdam has to be one of the coolest, most beautiful cities on earth. Luxembourg is okay for a day -- it comes halfway through the trip, so you can rest. Brussels is terrific, and Bruges incredibly pretty (though a bit of a tourist Disneyland, so remember to walk outside the center). I was surprised, and in the end glad, that the stops are long -- you don't get to the next big city until dinnertime. But Maastricht is a gem, and the WWII museum in Bastogne is fantastic. Our guide Oda was smart, warm, and endlessly helpful. The group was small and 90% women, and everyone got along great. Add in that the chocolate gets better every day (as you reach Belgium) and I was very happy. Every place was beautiful with an undercurrent of rich, if sad, history - the Battle of the Bulge, Anne Frank's house, etc. Great art, great beer, great time of year to go (late October), and did I mention the chocolate? My one complaint is that the hotels, while excellent, were never that central, but except for Luxembourg this wasn't a real problem, since they were easily reached by tram. I recommend a canal cruise in Amsterdam (I did this by day) and Brussels' Grand Place at night. All in all I was thrilled to discover this vibrant corner of Europe.

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4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 9/19/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Great tour director!

Thomas was an absolutely terrific tour director. Paid personal attention to all his guests and just did an overall great job. Our tour was great starting in Amsterdam and ultimately ending in Paris. I would skip Luxembourg in the future but definitely go to Trier. It was just a gorgeous little city over the border in Germany. Thanks again to Thomas for making the trip a great time.

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4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 8/8/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Freedom of Choice is key...and wonderful!

We arrived on the tour not knowing what to expect, if we would be the youngest people, if we would feel hurried and constraint with time, but I have to say I applaud Go Ahead for really being the "do as you please" travel company. What we loved was the ease of booking, and arrangements, taking the headache out of that portion of the trip allowing us to spend time figuring out where and what we would want to see. We loved the group and our guide was great, as were the local guides. All the stops along the way really let us see more of the land than if we traveled on our own. The hotels, my biggest worry were a wonderful surprise, aside from the Doubletree Luxembourg, I would happily stay at all of them again. The food and dinners that were planned were a nice time to bond and not think about our own plans, but the dinner in Luxembourg was quite horrible, and I would avoid going to that restaurant at all cost. As a first time traveler booking with a company like this, I have to say I would 100% do it again. The places we saw were just perfection and I miss them already so much. It is a great, easy, beautiful trip, and I would highly recommend it.

 

Dear David, Thank you so much for taking the time to share the highlights of your trip to Amsterdam, Luxembourg & Brussels! We are so happy that you enjoyed the structure of the tour, and took advantage of the free time to explore and find your own adventure. It is hard not to fall in love with the places visited on this tour, and we can completely understand why you miss them already. We regret to learn that there was one meal on your trip that did not meet your expectations. We are constantly monitoring the performance of every restaurant visited on our tours, and we thank you for alerting us to your experience at this establishment. We are so glad that you loved your headache-free trip, and we hope to welcome you onto another Go Ahead tour soon!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 8/8/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Beautiful experience!!!

This tour was excellent, it was my first time traveling alone and I was a little nervous but our tour guide Tini was amazing, always smiling, She really makes you feel comfortable, I really had a great time and the places that we went were incredible, I'm looking forward my next trip vacation.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 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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4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 6/25/2015

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful Trip!

Go Ahead is such a great company to work with and very accommodating. My husband and another couple arranged to arrive a couple of days before the start of the tour. Mateo was an excellent guide and the bus was quite comfortable. The accommodations, especially in Amsterdam and Brussels were wonderful. The weather was unseasonably hot, but we still managed to have a great time. Definitely add the option for Bruges and get a plain waffle at Chez Albert, then another with warm cherries. Amazing.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 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.

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