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A Connoisseur’s Tour through Holland, Belgium and France


For aficionados of history, art, architecture… and fried potatoes!

Daily Itinerary

Day 1-2

Depart the U.S. and arrive in Amsterdam the next morning. Meet your guide, and embark on a highlights tour including lunch and a canal boat ride. Your hotel is in nearby Haarlem where dinner is served before an early night’s sleep. Carlton Square Hotel – 3 nights (L,D)

Day 3

Start the day with a visit to the Rijksmuseum, the largest and most important museum in the Netherlands, where you’ll find works by Rembrandt, Vermeer and other renowned Dutch Masters. After lunch visit the magnificent synagogues and impressive memorials in Amsterdam’s old Jewish neighborhood, home to the Hollandsche Schouwburg and the National Holocaust Museum. (FB,D)

Day 4

Travel to famous Zaanse Schans with windmills at nearly every turn. Here’s your chance to step back in time and view a living village of the past including demonstrations of Dutch crafts as cheese and clog making. In the afternoon visit the picturesque fishing village of Volendam located along the shoreline of the Zuiderzee. (FB) 

Day 5

Delft is famous for its prized blue porcelain. Visit the Royal Delft Factory and Museum where you will discover its history and production process. Continue to Antwerp, known for its Old Harbor and Gothic Cathedral, with free time for browsing, shopping and lunch. Onward to the medieval city of Bruges, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Hotel Academie – 2 nights (FB,D)

Day 6

Bruges is a feast for the senses with centuries-old architectural gems best discovered on foot. A guided walking tour spotlights both the fantastic and funky, such as the Friet Museum, the first and only museum in the world dedicated to fried potatoes, and the ’De Halve Maan Brewery introducing you to traditional Belgium Zotse blond beer. We hope they both offer samples! (FB)

Day 7

Dating to the Middle Ages, Ghent is one of Belgium’s most celebrated cities. There you’ll visit St. Baaf’s Cathedral, home to paintings by Peter Paul Rubens, and Belfry Hall. Arras, France is your home for the evening, famous for its two arcaded Flemish-style squares, Grand Place and Place des Herós. Mercure Arras Centre Gare (FB,D)

Day 8

On to the shining capital city of Paris. See the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Napoleon’s Arc de Triomphe and drive the Champs Elysees on a city tour. On foot explore Montmartre, famous for the iconic Sacré-Coeur Basilica; and the Abbesses, site of the famous cabaret Moulin Rouge. Paris Marriott Rive Gauche – 3 nights (FB,D)

Day 9

The most famous museum in Paris, if not the world, is the Louvre. Home to Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo, the Louvre welcomes almost 9 million visitors a year. Take some time to people watch in the idyllic Jardin des Tuileries which separates the museum from the Place de la Concorde. The afternoon and evening are free for personal exploration. (FB) 

Day 10

Located on the banks of the River Seine, the Musée d’Orsay is renowned for its collection of 19th century sculptures and impressionist paintings. End the day with a truly grand grande finale – a farewell dinner cruise aboard the Bateaux Mouches. (FB,D)

Day 11

The drive to Charles de Gaulle Airport concludes your connoisseur’s tour. (FB) 

Daily Itinerary Meal Legend
CBContinental Breakfast
BGenerally a limited buffet or menu
FBFull buffet or choice of menu
BRBrunch, often buffet-style
LLunch, often several menu options
HT or ATHigh or Afternoon Tea
DDinner, often several menu options


Friday, June 5, 2020 to Monday, June 15, 2020

11 Days, 16 Meals

Full breakfast daily and a farewell dinner cruise on the Bateaux Mouches


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