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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. Colorful and charming, Amsterdam tends to have this effect on its visitors. Delve into the Dutch city’s laid-back cafe culture and modern masterpieces 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 a bit of the sweet life.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

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

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Select entrance fees

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1

Your journey begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to Europe on an internationally recognized airline.

Amsterdam3 nights Hotel info

Day 2

Included meals: Dinner

Touch down in Amsterdam. A Go Ahead representative greets you at the airport after you clear customs and then escorts you to your hotel. This evening, meet your fellow travelers at an included dinner.

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast

A local guide acquaints you with all the charm of Amsterdam this morning, from its canals to its gabled 18th-century homes. You’ll pass along some of the city’s waterways and view the houseboats that still serve as residences for many local citizens. On select springtime departures, an optional excursion to Keukenhof Gardens will be offered. This evening, opt for dinner and a relaxing cruise on Amsterdam’s canals.

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.

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.

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast

You’ll have a full day to take in the sights of Amsterdam on your own. Art lovers should plan to visit the recently renovated van Gogh Museum or the Stedelijk Museum (a collection of modern art). Instead, you might consider an optional excursion to Delft, along with a visit to the Aalsmeer flower auction.

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.

Luxembourg City2 nights Hotel info

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Crossing south to the province of Limburg, notice how the landscape quickly changes from flat to hilly to mountainous (some compare Limburg to Switzerland). Stop in the Limburger capital of Maastricht for Tour Director-led sightseeing of the city. Then, cross into the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, as the country is officially titled. This tiny principality is smaller than the smallest state in the United States. Check in to your hotel and enjoy an included dinner with your fellow travelers.

Day 6

Included meals: Breakfast

A local guide leads today’s sightseeing tour of Luxembourg City, the country’s capital. Travel through the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. View the poignant World War II Monument to National Unity, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the 17th-century Citadel of the Holy Spirit and the elegant Grand Ducal Palace, once a royal residence and now the setting for formal state functions. This afternoon, enjoy free time in Luxembourg City. Stroll the city’s numerous gardens and scenic lookouts or opt for our Medieval Heart of Europe excursion.

Optional Excursion - Luxembourg: Medieval Heart of Europe $49*pp Details

Travel along Luxembourg's scenic "Little Switzerland" route to Château de Beaufort. While visiting the ruins of this medieval castle, stop for a tasting of crème de cassis, a sweet syrup made from local blackcurrants. Next, journey to Echternach, a sleepy country town on the German border. There you'll visit the 7th-century abbey, one of continental Europe's few centers of scholarship during the Dark Ages. Please note: This excursion is seasonal from April through November.

Brussels3 nights Hotel info

Day 7

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Bastogne Historical Center

As you head north, travel through the forested Ardennes. The Battle of the Bulge unfolded amid the rolling hills and dense forests of this region. After crossing the border into Belgium, stop in Bastogne for a visit to the Bastogne Historical Center, paying tribute to the American soldiers who defended Belgium in World War II. Arrive later in Brussels, where dinner is included tonight.

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast

Join a local guide for a tour of Brussels, unofficial capital of Europe and headquarters for the European Union. In the city’s historical center, see the Manneken Pis and the elegant Baroque houses that line the Grand Place. You’ll also view the European Union buildings, the 18th-century Place Royale and the Palais de Justice. In your free time this afternoon, you may choose to browse the galleries of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts, featuring work by Monet and Gauguin. Or, for a true taste of Brussels, stroll down Rue des Bouchers (Butchers’ Street), a narrow alley full of seafood eateries competing for attention.

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day at your leisure in Brussels. Be sure to sample some of Belgium’s renowned pastries or chocolates and take in the colorful local bustle of the Fish Market. Popular museums in the city include the unique Comic Strip Museum and the Museum of Modern Art. Alternatively, join an optional excursion to the Flanders region, including a boat cruise in scenic Bruges.

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.

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Board the train for our tour extension to Paris or transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Add a Paris City Stay $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.

Paris3 nights Hotel info

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast

Journey by train to Paris. Tonight, opt for an Evening in Paris with dinner at a local restaurant followed by a cruise along the Seine.

Optional Excursion - Evening in Paris: Dinner & River Cruise $109*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, and your Tour Director will advise you on what to wear, but shorts and sneakers are likely to be considered inappropriate attire.

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast

With two free days in Paris, you’ll have plenty of opportunities for enjoying the sights, sounds and flavors of the City of Light. Use your free time to stroll along the Left Bank, explore the Louvre or sample Paris’ legendary cuisine. Alternatively, join an optional sightseeing tour of the city by bus, featuring views of Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, Place de la Concorde and the Champs-Élysées. In the afternoon, join an optional excursion to Versailles.

Optional Excursion - Versailles Palace & Gardens $105*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

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy another free day or journey into the French countryside on an optional excursion to Giverny to visit the gardens and home of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet.

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.

Day 13

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative helps you transfer to the airport for departure.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

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

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Select entrance fees

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1

Your journey begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to Europe on an internationally recognized airline.

Amsterdam3 nights Hotel info

Day 2

Included meals: Dinner

Touch down in Amsterdam. A Go Ahead representative greets you at the airport after you clear customs and then escorts you to your hotel. This evening, meet your fellow travelers at an included dinner.

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast

A local guide acquaints you with all the charm of Amsterdam this morning, from its canals to its gabled 18th-century homes. You’ll pass along some of the city’s waterways and view the houseboats that still serve as residences for many local citizens. On select springtime departures, an optional excursion to Keukenhof Gardens will be offered. This evening, opt for dinner and a relaxing cruise on Amsterdam’s canals.

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.

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.

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast

You’ll have a full day to take in the sights of Amsterdam on your own. Art lovers should plan to visit the recently renovated van Gogh Museum or the Stedelijk Museum (a collection of modern art). Instead, you might consider an optional excursion to Delft, along with a visit to the Aalsmeer flower auction.

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.

Luxembourg City2 nights Hotel info

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Crossing south to the province of Limburg, notice how the landscape quickly changes from flat to hilly to mountainous (some compare Limburg to Switzerland). Stop in the Limburger capital of Maastricht for Tour Director-led sightseeing of the city. Then, cross into the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, as the country is officially titled. This tiny principality is smaller than the smallest state in the United States. Check in to your hotel and enjoy an included dinner with your fellow travelers.

Day 6

Included meals: Breakfast

A local guide leads today’s sightseeing tour of Luxembourg City, the country’s capital. Travel through the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. View the poignant World War II Monument to National Unity, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the 17th-century Citadel of the Holy Spirit and the elegant Grand Ducal Palace, once a royal residence and now the setting for formal state functions. This afternoon, enjoy free time in Luxembourg City. Stroll the city’s numerous gardens and scenic lookouts or opt for our Medieval Heart of Europe excursion.

Optional Excursion - Luxembourg: Medieval Heart of Europe $49*pp Details

Travel along Luxembourg's scenic "Little Switzerland" route to Château de Beaufort. While visiting the ruins of this medieval castle, stop for a tasting of crème de cassis, a sweet syrup made from local blackcurrants. Next, journey to Echternach, a sleepy country town on the German border. There you'll visit the 7th-century abbey, one of continental Europe's few centers of scholarship during the Dark Ages. Please note: This excursion is seasonal from April through November.

Brussels3 nights Hotel info

Day 7

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Bastogne Historical Center

As you head north, travel through the forested Ardennes. The Battle of the Bulge unfolded amid the rolling hills and dense forests of this region. After crossing the border into Belgium, stop in Bastogne for a visit to the Bastogne Historical Center, paying tribute to the American soldiers who defended Belgium in World War II. Arrive later in Brussels, where dinner is included tonight.

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast

Join a local guide for a tour of Brussels, unofficial capital of Europe and headquarters for the European Union. In the city’s historical center, see the Manneken Pis and the elegant Baroque houses that line the Grand Place. You’ll also view the European Union buildings, the 18th-century Place Royale and the Palais de Justice. In your free time this afternoon, you may choose to browse the galleries of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts, featuring work by Monet and Gauguin. Or, for a true taste of Brussels, stroll down Rue des Bouchers (Butchers’ Street), a narrow alley full of seafood eateries competing for attention.

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day at your leisure in Brussels. Be sure to sample some of Belgium’s renowned pastries or chocolates and take in the colorful local bustle of the Fish Market. Popular museums in the city include the unique Comic Strip Museum and the Museum of Modern Art. Alternatively, join an optional excursion to the Flanders region, including a boat cruise in scenic Bruges.

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.

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Board the train for our tour extension to Paris or transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Add a Paris City Stay $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.

Paris3 nights Hotel info

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast

Journey by train to Paris. With three free days in Paris, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to take in the sights, sounds and flavors of the City of Light. Use your free time to stroll along the Left Bank, explore the Louvre or sample Paris’ legendary cuisine. Tonight, opt for an Evening in Paris with dinner at a local restaurant followed by a cruise along the Seine.

Optional Excursion - Evening in Paris: Dinner & River Cruise $109*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, and your Tour Director will advise you on what to wear, but shorts and sneakers are likely to be considered inappropriate attire.

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast

Get an overview of Paris by bus, featuring views of all the most famous sites, including Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, Place de la Concorde and the Champs-Élysées. In the afternoon, join an optional excursion to Versailles.

Optional Excursion - Versailles Palace & Gardens $105*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

Included meals: Breakfast

Discover your favorite places with a free day in Paris. Or journey into the French countryside on an optional excursion to Giverny, where you’ll visit the home and gardens of Impressionist painter Claude Monet.

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.

Day 13

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative helps you transfer to the airport for departure.

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: 8/2/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Old and New Haunts

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/22/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MT

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amazing Experience!

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

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 7/5/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: PA

Tour Director: 1 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

EF for ADULTS

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

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

Posted by Go Ahead Tours on August 12, 2014

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 5/3/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: CA

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Good Tour

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/19/2014

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: MO

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

WWII segment - great

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/19/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: LA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

The tulips were magnificent

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/22/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Extraordinaire Director

Without Juan's help, my traveling companion and I would not have been able to get all that we got from this adventure.Not only was he personable but he was knowledgeable, went to great lengths to see that our needs were met and made us feel that whatever our challenge was at that particular time, he would see us through it. He did the same for others.His enthusiasm and love of his job are obvious and comes through to all who are around him. From our flight accommodations, to the selection of hotels, our local tour guides and bus drivers all made the trip special and put us in the mood to concentrate on the attractions that each city offered.The possibilities of arranged activities and the free time were well balanced and provided enough structure without having too much of the time planned. Can't wait to take off again!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/22/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: AK

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Trip EVER

I was skeptical about going on a guided trip, but because I was going to Europe for my first time and it was originally going to be by myself I decided to book a trip with Go Ahead Tours. All I can say is I am so glad I did. It was the best experience and one of the best vacations I have ever had. For starters our tour guide Juan was absolutely amazing. He was so accommodating and made our trip feel like we were spending our time with a friend verses a guide. I really appreciated the fact that we had guided time in the mornings (which was not required to attend) to see the city we were in and then around 11:00 we were free to do what we pleased. It was a healthy mix of both. Also our excursions were so much fun. I really feel like you get treated like royalty. Little things that you would not expect such as cab fair to and from the hotels, wine and other things were paid by Go Ahead tours. In the beginning it doesn’t seem like a big deal but once you actually are on your vacation it really does make your trip more relaxing. Another thing that was really nice was the fact that I was coming from Alaska and our flights were pretty straight to our destination. We didn’t have a bunch of layovers, stops and things that we were expecting before we received our flight information. Overall this trip was amazing now it’s just a matter of time before I book with this company again…. I’m thinking Greece. Thank you Go Ahead Tours for everything and Juan you are amazing!

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/22/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Seamless tour

Go Ahead really has it all together when they put together a tour. Everything was seamless. Juan, our tour director, was "off the charts". He could not do enough for us, and always with a smile. I can even say I may choose my next Go Ahead trip based on where Juan is going, he's that good! Thanks, Go Ahead, for everything. It was a fabulous experience from beginning to end.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 11/1/2008

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Go for Amsterdam and Brussels ... see Luxembourg while you're at it.

Amsterdam was everything I'd heard it to be. Unique, fun, beautiful. Loved the style of homes, the canal boats, the quaint bridges full of bicycles, the friendly people. Of course, a visit to Amsterdam is not complete without an evening walk through the red light district! The Anne Frank Haus is heartbreaking but hopeful, and the homomonument near it is inspiring for the future acceptance of GLBT people everywhere. The excursion to Bruges is a must, and Brussels was beautiful - especially the town hall center at night. Great outdoor markets for easy souvenirs, amazing food and fun bars and clubs. Luxembourg, sandwiched in between the other cities on this tour, was basically a stopover for us as there seemed to be little to do; perhaps there is an excursion we didn't take to fill your time there.

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