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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.

Pre-trip: Bruges, Belgium

3 nights from: $595 Single Supplement: FREE

Trip Extension: Bruges

Watch travelers on a canal tour of Bruges and visiting a local lace-maker shop on their optional extension.

Originally a ninth-century fortress built to protect the Flemish coast from marauding Vikings, Bruges today retains its reputation as one of Europe's best-preserved Old-World cities. Bruges’s centuries-old canal system, which was essential to its once thriving textile industry, has beckoned tourists to meander its narrow, winding streets in search of art, history, and fine chocolates for nearly two centuries. 

It's Included:
Accommodations for 3 nights
All breakfasts
Included tour: Bruges
Dedicated services of a local Program Director
Gratuities for local guides and motorcoach drivers
All transfers
  • Leave the U.S. today on your flight to Brussels, Belgium. Please refer to your personal air itinerary for exact departure and arrival times.

  • Arrive this morning or afternoon in Brussels. A Grand Circle representative will meet you at the airport and assist with the transfer to your hotel in Bruges.

    The balance of the day is at leisure to relax after your overseas flight. You are invited to join an orientation walk that will acquaint you with both the neighborhood around your hotel and your travel companions.

    Join your fellow travelers and Program Director this evening for a Welcome Drink and briefing. Dinner tonight is on your own; your Program Director can offer advice about local restaurants.

  • It is often said that the best way to see Bruges—where almost every street is lined with historic buildings—is on foot. So after breakfast, you’ll set off on a walking tour of this city of canals, the former capital of West Flanders, and Europe’s best-preserved medieval city. From the 13th to the 15th centuries (until the Zwin River silted over), Bruges was northern Europe's leading trade center, owing its prominence largely to thriving wool and textile industries. You’ll see signs of this mercantile history in the beautiful houses built by the wealthy textile merchants.

    Your walking tour takes you to the Church of Our Lady and to Market Square, with its distinctive belfry tower and carillon of 47 bells. You’ll also see the Holy Blood Chapel, containing relics from the Crusades.

    You then have a chance to see Bruges from another perspective—from onboard a boat navigating the city’s winding canals. Back on terra firma, your tour continues with a visit to a local lace shop, where you'll learn about the artistry and craft involved in this traditional creation of Belgium. Lace-making has a long history but came into its own in the 15th century. Belgium soon gained a peerless reputation for fine lacework, and Bruges became a world center for lace.

    After the morning tour, you have the remainder of the day at leisure. If you like, you can remain in town for shopping and independent exploration. Perhaps you'll spend some of your time taking part in one of the pleasurable pursuits of travel—finding an enticing restaurant for local cuisine. Seek out interesting spots to dine on your own for lunch and dinner today.

  • Enjoy the day in Bruges to spend as you please. No other European city has the medieval look and feel of Bruges. Even its 19th-century neo-Gothic restorations add to the ambiance of the Middle Ages.

    This afternoon, choose to join an optional Flanders Fields tour to visit Ypres, the site of three great battles of World War I, and the World War I Memorial Museum.

    • Meals included:

    Join an optional half-day tour of Scenic Belgium, featuring an excursion to the Flanders countryside. First, you'll take an included tour (with audio guide) of the Atlantikwall—an unfinished steel and concrete wall constructed by Germans during World War II to block England from invading German-claimed territory and to protect some of Hitler's weapons. From this landmark, you'll venture to Damme, a former fishing village on the Zwin River, to embark the boat that will transport you back to Bruges. As you cruise, you'll sample some of the quality beers for which Belgium is known.  Or, enjoy the day at leisure in Bruges.

    Please note: Visit to Damme and boat ride is not available on trips departing before April 1. Instead, travelers will sample artisanal beers during a visit to a local craft brewery.

    This afternoon, you'll transfer to Antwerp where you'll board your ship on Day 2 of your Holland & Belgium in Springtime River Cruise.

     

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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