DAY 3 - Amsterdam City Tour, Volendam
Discover Amsterdam on a tour that introduces you to both the old and the new sections of the city. This morning, board a glass-top boat and cruise the winding canals for an up-close view of stately historic homes, 16th-century merchant houses, and charming churches with bell towers. Continue to the unusual Skinny Bridge and then view the Royal Palace on Dam Square and the Dutch National Monument, memorial to victims of World War II. In the afternoon, travel to Volendam, a quaint fishing village on the old Zuiderzee, surrounded by a picture-perfect harbor lined with wooden houses. You’ll see Holland’s iconic windmills and residents who still wear traditional Dutch clogs, aprons and bonnets; travel to a local cheese farm and learn about the process. Tonight, enjoy dinner on your own.
Optional: Amsterdam by Night with dinner (PM)
DAY 4 - Brussels City Tour, Travel to Bruges
Depart Amsterdam and travel through Holland's open fields, crisscrossed with canals and windmills to Brussels, capital of Belgium. Here, you’ll see the Heysel Stadium and the Atomium, a gigantic structure that still remains from the 1958 World Expo. Continue to view the Palace of Justice, Opera House, Royal Palace, Grand Place and the famous Mannekin Pis fountain. Next, continue to the city of Bruges, also known as the “Venice of the North,” and home to some of Europe's best-preserved medieval buildings. Tonight dinner is included in a local restaurant in Bruges.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 5 - Bruges City Tour, Travel to Paris
Morning orientation tour begins at the Lake of Love (Minnewater) and the Beguinage Convent. Then, walk along the picturesque cobbled lanes of the city’s medieval district to Our Lady’s Church,* housing the famous Madonna statue by Michelangelo. Continue past the Market Square and Belfry and the Town Hall Square with its Chapel of the Holy Blood. You’ll understand why Bruges is called a fairy-tale town and considered one of Europe's most beautiful cities. Later, depart Bruges and travel to Paris
Optional: Illuminated Paris and dinner (PM)
DAY 6 - Paris City Tour
Drive along the impressive Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe, Concorde Square, and the stately Eiffel Tower, symbol of Paris. On to the celebrated “Rive Gauche,” the vivacious Left Bank, where artists, philosophers and writers in a long-gone era flourished in the artistic community at Montparnasse. View the imposing Cathedral of Notre Dame, and the Latin Quarter, home to many of France’s higher education establishments, such as the Sorbonne. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure.
Optional: Versailles Apartments (PM)
DAY 7 - Depart for the USA
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
*Dec 21 departures: Please note that Our Lady’s Church will be closed.
|Amsterdam by Night with dinner
||01 Nov 2014 - 03 Nov 2015
An evening to enjoy the excitement of one of Europe's most cosmopolitan cities. You begin with a drive through the floodlit sights as you make your way to a traditional, cozy Dutch restaurant for a dinner of local specialties, with drinks included. Later on foot, explore with your guide the narrow canals and lanes of the notorious "Red Light" district and see the numerous bridges and classic architecture of this 800-year-old capital in its magical night-time glory.
Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.
|Illuminated Paris with dinner
||01 Nov 2014 - 05 Apr 2015
Discover the "City of Lights" with the Illumination tour and dinner in a typical French Bistro. Enjoy the traditional atmosphere and music while being served delicious specialties and unlimited wine in a Parisian restaurant. Then see the striking floodlit monuments as we drive the Champs Elysees and along the River Seine, viewing Concorde Square, Notre Dame, the Louvre and its glass pyramid, and of course the Eiffel Tower.
Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.
||01 Apr 2014 - 03 Nov 2015
Relive the glorious period of Louis XIV, XV and XVI as you pace one of the largest and most influential formal gardens in the world. Today's tour takes you Versailles Palace to witness the grandeur of French classical architecture. Visit the Palace and extravagant State Apartments, including a guided visit to the Reception Halls, the Queen's Bedroom, and the Hall of Mirrors. You will also have time to walk the palace grounds and formal gardens, designed by Andre le Notre, at your leisure.
Approximate tour duration is 4.5 hours.
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