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Amsterdam, Luxembourg & Brussels

10 days
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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Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 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

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. You’ll visit a famous Tierenteyn mustard shop and the Great Butchers’ Hall, which dates back to the 15th century, as you walk through this university city. 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.

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

This tour includes the following countries: the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium. 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.

Baggage allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage 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 internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height). Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

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).

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. 

Transportation

Flights arrive in Amsterdam and depart from Brussels. 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.

Electricity

All destinations operate on the European standard 220 volts.

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 6 p.m. in these countries.

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.

Purchasing excursions on tour

If you have not yet purchased your optional excursions, you may be able to do so while 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 the separate “Optional Excursions” sheet for more information.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 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

Traveled On: 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

Traveled On: 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

Traveled On: 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

Traveled On: 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

Traveled On: 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

Traveled On: 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

Traveled On: 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

Traveled On: 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

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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