DESTINATION BELGIUM & THE NETHERLANDS
Sample Itinerary: 8 Days | 6 nights
Day 1 – USA / BELGUIM
The journey to Europe begins by boarding an international flight across the Atlantic to Brussels, Belgium, the capital and most populous city in Belgium. Meals and snacks will be served on the plane.
Day 2 – BRUSSELS
Upon your arrival your group will meet with your tour manager and coach and transfer to the city of Brussels for a panoramic city tour. Among the sights you may see are the Grand Place, the Royal Palace and the Cathedral of Saints Michel and Gudule. You will have the afternoon at leisure. In the evening you will enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant and then overnight in Brussels.
Day 3 – BRUGES
On this day after breakfast your group will transfer to the coastal town of Bruges for a one day excursion. On arrival, you will have a 1-hour canal cruise to introduce you to the city. The rest of the day will be at leisure to explore the city on your own. In the late afternoon your ensemble will perform in concert. Afterwards, you will travel back to Brussels for overnight.
Day 4 – UTRECHT
This morning you will travel to Utrecht via Delft and Madurodam. Your first stop is Delft, the birthplace of the painter Vermeer and known because of the blue and white Delftware ceramics. You will visit one of the Delftware factories. Afterwards, continue on to the city center with its nicely decorated city hall and impressive New Church and the newly restored grave of William the Silent. All the members of the Dutch Royal Family are buried there. Later in the day your group will visit The Hague, the seat of the Dutch government and home of the Royal Family. During the orientation tour you’ll see the House of Parliament, Palace Noordeinde and the Queens working palace. You will also see Carnegie’s Peace Palace which is now the International Court of Justice. You will continue to Madurodam, a miniature village of Holland. At the end of the afternoon, your group will arrive in Utrecht for dinner and overnight in Utrecht.
Day 5 – AMSTERDAM
After breakfast, you will transfer to Amsterdam for a day excursion. On arrival, enjoy a 1-hour canal cruise to introduce you to the city. After the cruise you will have some time at leisure to explore Amsterdam on your own. You may want to take a tour of the recently renovated Rijksmuseum and see the famous Rembrandt “Nightwatch” or visit the Anne Frank House. In the evening your ensemble will perform in concert. Afterwards, you will have dinner at a local restaurant and then overnight in Utrecht.
Day 6 – KEUKENHOF (SPRING TIME ONLY) / VOLENDAM & MARKEN
Today travel to Keukenhof, known as the Garden of Europe, and host to the world’s largest flower garden. The garden is filled with over 7 million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths. There will be ample time to explore Keukenhof before returning to Utrecht. / Alternatively, you will visit Volendam famous for its cheese and many windmills. From Volendam you will take the short boat ride to the island of Marken. There will be ample time to visit and explore this quintessential Dutch village before returning to Utrecht for dinner and overnight.
Tonight perform in concert in Utrecht.
Day 7 – ARNHEM
This morning you will continue sightseeing as you visit the town of Arnhem. You will visit the Airborne Museum, which is dedicated to the WWII Battle of Arnhem, fought in September 1944. The museum displays a vast array of weapons, uniforms, equipment, and pictures from this battle. You will have the rest of the day at leisure to explore with your tour manager. In the evening, you will join the group for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant and then overnight in Utrecht.
Day 8 – AMSTERDAM TO USA
After breakfast your group will meet with your guide and coach to transfer to the airport in Amsterdam. You will return to the United States with everlasting memories of the people and culture of Belgium and Holland.
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