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.

Highlights

  • Uncover the artistic side of Paris on a Montmartre walking tour

  • Choose a bike tour of Versailles, or a Parisian foodie tour

  • Taste Belgian chocolate and beer in Bruges

  • Explore Amsterdam on a walking tour

  • Cycle in the Dutch countryside

Itinerary for France, Belgium and the Netherlands

Day 1: Paris

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

  • Our hotel in Paris: Hotel Cardinal
  • Transfers are not included on this tour, but are available for purchase at time of booking.

Day 2: Paris

Our Insider Expert leads our discovery of the hidden gems of the Montmartre district. Wander the cobblestone streets and enjoy the unfolding stories of its unique history, as we slowly ascend from the Bohemian streets to the most breathtaking view in Paris. See this area through the eyes of locals as we join students and artists on the steps of the Sacré-Coeur and walk past the Moulin Rouge. The remainder of the day will be unscripted to make your own discoveries. (b, l)

  • Breakfast this morning is full buffet
  • Lunch today will be a picnic lunch at the end of our Montmartre tour
  • Our hotel in Paris: Hotel Cardinal

Day 3: Paris

Explore Paris your way! Choose to cruise the grounds of the Palace of Versailles by bicycle and wander through the incredible palace corridors. Or, head to Bastille and get to know Paris through its bistros, wine bars, brasseries and cool local neighborhoods. For those who prefer cheese and macarons, a tour of Secret Paris is a tasty alternative. The rest of the day is free to continue your personal exploration of the city. (b)

  • Breakfast this morning is full buffet
  • Our hotel in Paris: Hotel Cardinal

Day 4: Paris > Bruges

We’ll travel by train to the beautiful Belgian city of Bruges. Spending three days here, we’re able to get closer to the cultures and charm of this lively destination. The epitome of European beauty — cobbled lanes, meandering canals, a chocolate museum and plenty of tasty beverages — are all ours to enjoy. Discover the art of brewing at a family-owned brewery, where we’ll savor the flavors during a beer tasting session in the cellars of the brewery. (b)

  • Breakfast this morning is full buffet
  • 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 — with its world-famous collections and masterpieces — is a highlight you’ll want to include. (b)

  • Breakfast this morning is full buffet
  • Our hotel in Bruges: Martin’s Brugge Hotel

Day 6: Bruges > Amsterdam

Like an insider, we’ll go behind one of the oldest shopfronts in Bruges. Here, in the Wollestraat district, we spend time with top chocolate maker Fangio De Baets and his team, who demonstrate the art of making chocolate for us. Later, a short train ride moves us into the heart of Amsterdam, where we catch a tram to our hotel. An Insider Expert takes us on a walking tour of the Red Light District, which has been a unique and important area of Amsterdam since the city’s earliest history. (B)

  • Breakfast this morning is full buffet
  • Our hotel in Amsterdam: Park Plaza Vondel Park

Day 7: Amsterdam

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

  • Breakfast this morning is full buffet
  • Our hotel in Amsterdam: Park Plaza Vondel Park

Day 8: Amsterdam

Our enlightening European adventure ends today. (b)

  • Breakfast this morning is full buffet
  • Transfers are not included in this tour

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

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.

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. 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, yoghurt, 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.)

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

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.

TRAVELLING 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 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 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 and the Netherlands

Pre-Night Add-ons

Pre-night accommodation is on request only for this product. Please ask a Club Adventures representative for more details.


Post-Night Add-ons

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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.

8 days, from $2,599 USD