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2018 Holland & Belgium in Springtime

Belgium: Antwerp, Ghent • The Netherlands: Veere, Kinderdijk, Rotterdam, Arnhem, Enkhuizen, Amsterdam

ABOARD OUR PRIVATELY OWNED 140- TO 164-PASSENGER SHIPS DESIGNED FOR AMERICAN TRAVELERS
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12 Days from only $2495 including international airfare

Activity Level:

1 2 3 4 5

Easy

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Amsterdam and the Netherlands

Witness Amsterdam’s canals, a wooden shoe shop, and other Dutch traditions with travel expert Rudy Maxa.

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Brussels and Belgium

Experience Belgium’s medieval elegance and modern sophistication with travel expert Rudy Maxa.

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Amsterdam's Mouth-Watering Street Food

Get a unique look into what makes Amsterdam special, from the best casual cuisine to local hangouts and more.

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Cruising the Canals of Amsterdam

Stroll a morning market, a home fashion shop, and more—with Amsterdam’s canals always in sight.

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A Famous Flower Auction Fades

Hear how globalization is threatening a famous Dutch Flower Auction, which you can visit on our optional tour.

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NEW: Activity Level

Our NEW Activity Level rating system ranks our trips on a scale of 1 (easiest) to 5 (most difficult) to help you determine if a trip is right for you. The information below is a general guide to our rating system, but see our itineraries for much more detailed physical activity information about each trip.

Activity Level 1:

1 2 3 4 5

Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 25 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 1-2 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last at least 1-2 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 2:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 40 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 2-3 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for at least 2-3 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 3:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderate

Travelers should be able to climb 60 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 3 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 3 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 5,000 to 7,000 feet.

Activity Level 4:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 80 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 4 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 7,000 to 9,000 feet.

Activity Level 5:

1 2 3 4 5

Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 100 or more stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 8 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 10,000 feet or more.

Post-trip: Amsterdam, the Netherlands

3 nights from: $745 Single Supplement: FREE

Trip Extension: Amsterdam

Sample Dutch culture—and cheese—on this trip extension to the Netherlands’ capital—known for its canals and bicycles.

Extend your time in Amsterdam to experience the many delights of this fascinating city. Included tours introduce you to the historic neighborhood known as Zaanse Schans—an old hamlet on the River Zaan—as well as culturally rich Haarlem. Then spend time exploring on your own, with expert suggestions from your Grand Circle Program Director—or join an optional tour of charming Volendam. Whether you choose to admire Van Gogh originals, browse an amazing variety of markets (from a floating flower market to elegant antique shops), or simply stroll along narrow canals, you'll find something to suit every traveler.

It's Included:
Accommodations for 3 nights
All breakfasts
Included tours: Zaanse Schans • Haarlem
Dedicated services of a local Program Director
Gratuities for local guides and motorcoach drivers
All transfers
  • After breakfast this morning, visit Zaanse Schans—an old hamlet on the banks of the River Zaan. Some of the buildings are original to the site while others have been moved here. Eight windmills stand along the river—a far cry from the original 200, when the region was heavily industrialized. Some of the buildings are open for viewing, including a cheesemaker’s store, a wooden shoemaker’s shop, and restaurants as well.

    Following lunch on your own, enjoy the rest of the day to relax or to explore independently. If you choose the latter, you’ll find that Amsterdam, like so many of Europe’s most inviting cities, truly rewards the walker. If you wish, you can join a guided walk in mid-afternoon to get acquainted with the vicinity around the hotel. You can then choose among Amsterdam’s vast variety of restaurants for dinner on your own this evening; your Grand Circle Program Director can offer helpful suggestions.

  • After breakfast this morning, you'll transfer by motorcoach to the nearby city of Haarlem. Upon arrival, enjoy a guided walking tour that showcases Haarlem's rich history and features notable sights like the 14th-century City Hall and Amsterdamse Poort, the former gateway to the city of Amsterdam. Learn about Haarlem's proud tradition of beer brewing, as well as its present-day prominence as a major trading center for tulips. Then take some time at leisure to explore before returning to Amsterdam.

    Then perhaps you'll choose to enjoy a timeless taste of Dutch traditional life on an optional tour of Volendam and nearby Marken peninsula. Travel overland to Volendam, where centuries of tradition have been preserved in the small houses, canals, and drawbridges of this small fishing village. As your Program Director leads a guided stroll through the quaint streets, you might note some of the local women still wearing the pointed white bonnet of their ancestors. 

    Take in the red-roofed skyline of Volendam’s harbor, as you ride a local ferry to Marken, where clusters of traditional wooden homes form little villages on what once was an island.

     

  • After breakfast, enjoy a final day to explore Amsterdam. Perhaps you will explore the Van Gogh Museum, which also offers masterpieces by Gauguin, Monet, Toulouse-Lautrec, and others. The Old Church (De Oude Kerk) is one of the city's historic highlights, with beautiful painted wooden vaults, an 18th-century organ, and the gravestone of one of the Dutch founders of New York City, Kiliaen van Rensselaer. An architectural treasure with artworks spanning centuries, the church also hosts frequent exhibitions and concerts.

    In early evening, enjoy an included Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers to celebrate your adventures.

    • Meals included:

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Please note: This extension may not be available on all departures. Ask our Travel Counselors for details. Call 1-800-221-2610.

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