8 days
from $2,599

GROUP SIZE   ?

16 people max

ACTIVITY LEVEL   ?

 
2

France, Belgium & the Netherlands: Paris to Amsterdam

Three cities, numerous tastes and charismatic sights


Open the door to a different view of Europe, as we experience three of the world’s most fascinating cities through a local lens. Famous for their vision and spirit, we go a little deeper into the lives of the people who call this area home. Meet farmers, brewers, chefs and artists, whose personal interactions will help shape our new perspective of this region.

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the Montmartre district of Paris

  • Taste Belgian chocolate and beer in Bruges

  • Cycle in the Dutch countryside

Trip code: 8PBAILL

Activity Level:
 
2

Unscripted experiences, insider access and authentic local flavors


Our team of travel specialists and local contacts have curated some of the best, most exclusive and authentic experiences, restaurants and accommodations in France, Belgium & the Netherlands to truly immerse yourself in a way that wouldn't be possible in larger groups or just on your own.

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Illuminating Paris, Bruges & Amsterdam

8 days

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Details

  • Countries Visited: France, Belgium, Netherlands
  • Accommodation: Hotel (7 nights)
  • Transportation: Air conditioned vehicle, train
  • Airport Transfers: Arrival and Departure Transfers available for purchase
  • Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
  • Passengers: Maximum 16, Average 12

Day-by-day itinerary from Paris to Amsterdam

Day 1: Paris
Our adventure begins in Paris, the “City of Lights.” Arrive anytime today and make your way to our hotel. Prepare for the journey ahead during an evening meeting with your Local Leader and other adventurers.

  • Our hotel in Paris: Hotel Le Cardinal

Day 2: Paris
Our Insider Expert leads us through the Montmartre district. Wander the cobblestone boulevards as we ascend from the Bohemian streets to the most breathtaking view in Paris. Join students and artists on the steps of the Sacré-Coeur and walk past the Moulin Rouge. (b, l)

  • Our hotel in Paris: Hotel le Cardinal

Day 3: Paris
Explore Paris your way! Choose to cruise the grounds of the Palace of Versailles by bicycle or head to Bastille and get to know Paris through its bistros, wine bars, brasseries and neighborhoods. For those who prefer cheese and macarons, a tour of Secret Paris is a tasty alternative. (b)

  • Our hotel in Paris: Hotel Le Cardinal

Day 4: Paris > Bruges
We travel by train to the beautiful Belgian city of Bruges. Here, we get closer to the culture and charm of this lively destination. Discover the art of brewing at a family-owned brewery, where we savor the flavors during a beer tasting session. (b)

  • Our hotel in Bruges: Martin’s Brugge Hotel

Day 5: Bruges
What will your Bruges story be? Surrounded by beautiful medieval buildings, scenic canals, outdoor concerts and mouthwatering chocolates, there are many chapters yet to be written. The amazing Groeninge Museum is a highlight you’ll want to include. (b)

  • Our hotel in Bruges: Martin’s Brugge Hotel

Day 6: Bruges > Amsterdam
Like an insider, we visit one of the oldest shopfronts in Bruges, spending time with top chocolatier Fangio De Baets. Later, a short train ride moves us into the heart of Amsterdam. A unique and important area of the city, an Insider Expert takes us on a walking tour of the Red Light District. (b)

  • Our hotel in Amsterdam: Max Brown Hotel

Day 7: Amsterdam
With bikes as our mode of transportation today, we venture outside of Amsterdam, riding at our own pace. Explore the Dutch countryside, stopping to meet a local farmer and sample some delectable Dutch cheese. Visit the picturesque village of Oude Kerk, a typical Dutch village located on the Amstel River. This evening, gather for a farewell dinner at a favorite neighborhood spot. (b, d)

  • Our hotel in Amsterdam: Max Brown Hotel

Day 8: Amsterdam
Our enlightening European adventure ends today. (b)

Things to know before traveling to France, Belgium & the Netherlands

CURRENCY:
The official currency of France, Belgium and the Netherlands is the Euro (EUR).

MEALS:
This tour includes 9 meals. We’ve allotted time for you to experience the local cuisine on your own accord. When eating on your own, please note that lunches typically cost $25USD and dinners range from $30USD per person. All breakfasts are included in this tour.

CUISINE IN EUROPE:
Food in Europe is varied and differs significantly between countries and regions. Expect to sample delicious local meals in almost every location you’ll visit on this trip. However, if you do not feel like having a local delicacy, world type food is also widely available, especially in bigger cities.

VEGETARIANS/VEGANS:
European diet is mostly meat based; vegetarians might find the menu selection less varied than they would see at home. Vegetarianism is not as common in this region and choices may be limited to soups, salads, bread, cheese, fruit, yogurt, eggs etc.

Vegans and those on gluten-free diets will find this region very challenging and may need to supplement meals with their own supplies from supermarkets and markets. Wherever possible we will cater for dietary needs for included meals, but there may be times when those with special requirements may need to provide their own.

European breakfasts are often basic and may simply include bread/toast or pastries, butter, jam, coffee/tea/juice (or similar.)

TRAINS:
European trains are comfortable and often decked out with air-conditioning. Toilets are always available. Some of the trains have snack bars (or vending machines) and power points next to the seats but that cannot be guaranteed on every journey.

Train travel is a fast way to traverse long distances, allowing you to avoid traffic jams and arrive right into the city center. Please note that you will have to carry your own luggage on and off the train, and also up or down few flights of stairs as unfortunately some of the stations may not have lifts. In that case it is recommended to bring a backpack instead of rigid wheelie suitcase.

TRAVELING ON LOCAL TRANSPORT:
It's important that your bags can be locked, as on local transport it may be necessary that your luggage gets stowed separately (and unattended). The smaller your bag the better for you and other passengers, for when it comes to travelling on local buses and trains it's often only the smaller bags that will fit into the storage areas inside the bus or your cabin. To ensure maximum comfort, try to pack small and light.

VISAS:
Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it’s important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarize yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

TRAVEL INSURANCE:
Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please ask your travel agent or Club Adventures team member for insurance options at time of booking.

Add-ons available before and after your trip to see the most of France, Belgium & the Netherlands

Pre-Night Add-ons

PARIS: $270, double occupancy; $270 single


Post-Night Add-ons

AMSTERDAM: $345 double occupancy, $345 single


Optional Tours

We’ve already included everything you need to see! While there are no optional tours on this tour, your Local Leader can always point you in the right direction for you to write your own adventure.


Extensions

Extend your stay in Paris or Amsterdam. Ask a Club Adventures team member for details.

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