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11 Days / 10 Nights

Day 1 - Amsterdam - Maastricht
After meeting in Amsterdam, we drive south to luxurious Kasteel de Haar. We tour the lavish interior and stroll around the gardens, before heading down to Maastricht, where we
experience our own taste of country life with a stay in historic Buitenplaats Vaeshartelt, near Maastricht. (D)
Overnight: Kasteel Vaeshartelt (or similar)

Day 2 - Maastricht - Cologne - Boppard

The morning takes us to Cologne, where we turn our gaze upwards to the skyscraping spires and lofty arches of the UNESCO protected Gothic cathedral. Then we follow our noses to an Eau de Cologne House to learn all about this world-famous scent. From Cologne, our path follows the majestic Rhine River to the town of Boppard, where we enjoy dinner together. (B, D)
Overnight: Bellevue Rheinhotel (or similar)

Day 3 - Rhine Valley
Today is free for you to spend as you wish. Explore charming Boppard, with its cluster of riverside buildings encircled by the hills and woods of the Rhine Valley. Or leave dry land behind on a day cruise through the Rhine Gorge. Take in sights that seem straight out of a storybook, from deep forests to sheer cliffs capped by medieval fortresses. (B)
Overnight: Bellevue Rheinhotel (or similar)

Day 4 - Boppard - Trier - Luxembourg
We swap road for river as we cruise down the Moselle, watching as rugged terrain gives way to terraced vineyards. Next we walk through Trier, whose Roman ruins stand testament to the heritage of the town, thought to be the oldest in Germany. Then we travel on to the next country on our adventure: the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. (B)
Overnight: Hotel Simoncini (or similar)

Day 5 - Luxembourg - Durbuy
Today begins with a walking tour of the old city of Luxembourg. Afterwards, we drive to ‘Little Switzerland' from where we cross into Belgium, whose landscapes carry enduring reminders of the many battles fought here. Our first stop is the War Museum at Bastogne, where we gain an insight into the notorious Battle of the Bulge, the biggest battle fought by the United States in World War II. We reach Durbuy in time for dinner together, and make ourselves at home in this pretty medieval town that will be our base for the next two nights. (B, D)
Overnight: Hotel Le Sanglier des Ardennes (or similar)

Day 6 - Durbuy - Dinant - Durbuy
The morning you have a choice: either spend time exploring Durbuy, or join our tour leader on a trip to Dinant, with its impressive 11th century fortified citadel. You'll have free time here, too - just be sure to fit in a local favourite, ‘Couques de Dinant', which are hard cakes moulded into intricate shapes. Then we come back together to explore the grand, 18th century Gardens of Annevoie. (B, D)
Overnight: Hotel Le Sanglier des Ardennes (or similar)

Day 7 - Durbuy - Waterloo - Ypres - Bruges
Our compass points north today. First on the agenda is the peaceful Villers Cistercian Abbey, before we carry on to the town of Waterloo, where we learn about the eponymous battle at the Wellington Museum. We continue to Ypres where we'll pause at the Menin Gate to witness the Last Post Ceremony - a poignant, nightly memorial dedicated to the unknown soldiers of World War I. The evening brings us to Bruges, a beautiful city where we?'ll spend the next two nights. (B)
Overnight: Hotel Oud Huis de Peellaert (or similar)

Day 8 - Bruges
Bruges, its medieval canal system lined with half-timbered guild houses, is fascinating to explore. After a short walking tour, the rest of the day is yours until we meet up for dinner together. (B, D)
Overnight: Hotel Oud Huis de Peellaert (or similar)

Day 9 - Bruges - Delft - Haarlem

We almost come full circle as we return to The Netherlands. We pause in Kinderdijk to watch the windmills and continue to Delft, a charming city circled by canals, and famed for its delicate blue and white ceramics. We gain an inside look into the crafting of this historic pottery at the Royal Delft factory, before continuing on to Haarlem. (B)
Overnight: Duin & Kruidberg (or similar)

Day 10 - Haarlem - Edam - Haarlem
Marken and Edam - centuriesold market towns where timeless traditions continue to this day - are our stomping ground this morning. Afternoon sees us back in Haarlem, where we explore the historic centre before sitting down to a farewell dinner. (B, D)
Overnight: Duin & Kruidberg (or similar)

Day 11 - Haarlem - Amsterdam
Our road brings us back to Amsterdam. Before we say goodbye, there's time to visit the Albert Cuyp market - a bustling city institution dating back over 100 years. Then a cruise along the famous canals sees us end our tour in style. (B)

Pick-Up & Drop-Off
This tour commences from NH Barbizon Palace Prins Hendrikkade 59-72, 1012 AD Amsterdam, at 8.30am. Please ensure you are at the meeting point at least 15 minutes prior to departure. The tour finishes at 3:00pm at NH Barbizon Palace Prins Hendrikkade 59-72, 1012 AD Amsterdam.

    Departure: April to September, 2017  
    Departure Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
    August 30 $4,405 $5,365
    Sep 17 $4,405 $5,365
  • 10 nights' boutique hotels accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Driver/tour leader
  • Luxury mini-coach transportation
  • European breakfast daily (B)
  • 6 x evening meals (D)
  • Local guides in Trier & Luxembourg
  • Moselle Boat Trip
  • Amsterdam canal cruise
  • Included Entrances: Kasteel de Haar, Cologne Cathedral, Eau de Cologne House, Bastogne War Museum, Gardens of Annevoie, Villers Abbey, Wellington Museum, Royal Dutch Delftware Manufactory.
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