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Small Group Tour Highlights
  • Amsterdam touring, including guided visit to Rijksmuseum and candlelight canal cruise
  • Medieval windmills at Kinderdijk
  • Three-night stay in medieval Bruges
  • Bruges touring and canal cruise
  • Champagne tasting
  • Visit to Mardasson Memorial and Bastogne War Museum
  • Paris city tour
  • Pleasing mix of guided touring and free time
  • Relaxed pacing
  • Centrally located lodgings
Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Depart U.S. for Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Day 2: Arrive Amsterdam After arriving in the Dutch capital, there’s time to relax at our center-city hotel before this afternoon’s walking tour of the area. Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner at our hotel. D

Day 3: Amsterdam We discover this canal-laced capital city on a morning tour, passing such highlights as the Royal Palace, Floating Flower Market, central Dam Square, the renowned Red Light District, and the historic canals lined with houseboats. Then we visit the celebrated Rijksmuseum, where a guide illuminates for us the Golden Age of Dutch painting through works by Vermeer, Rembrandt, and other masters. Our tour ends here; we are free to continue exploring the museum on our own; tour the famed Anne Frank House; explore the Hermitage Amsterdam, a Western branch of the famed Russian museum; or to do anything else we wish. This evening we enjoy a candlelight canal cruise with wine and cheese before dinner on our own. B

Day 4: Amsterdam On tours departing in April and May, this morning we enjoy a half-day visit of the dazzling gardens at Keukenhof; on tours departing June through October, we visit the acclaimed Vincent Van Gogh Museum. With more than seven million tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths blanketing more than 79 acres with dazzling color, Keukenhof – also known as the “Garden of Europe” – ranks as the world’s largest flower garden and one of the most beautiful spring gardens anywhere. At the Van Gogh Museum, we see the world’s largest collection of works by the Dutch artist known for his bold colors and raw emotion – and who had an incalculable impact on 20th-century Western art. The museum houses some 200 paintings, along with works by such contemporaries as Corbet, Monet, and Gauguin. Then the afternoon is at leisure for independent exploration. Tonight we enjoy dinner together at a local restaurant. B,D

Day 5: Amsterdam/Kinderdijk/Bruges, Belgium Today we travel to the village of Kinderdijk to see The Netherlands’ iconic windmills, approaching by boat. A local expert tells us about this UNESCO World Heritage site, whose 19 original windmills date to medieval times and still operate today. After lunch, we depart for Bruges, arriving late afternoon. Dinner tonight is on our own. B,L

Day 6: Bruges This morning we embark on a walking tour of this gem of a medieval city then visit a chocolatier to watch the chocolate-making process and, of course, to sample the goods. Next: a leisurely private cruise along the city’s romantic canals. After lunch on our own, the remainder of the afternoon is ours to do as we wish in this beloved city. We meet up tonight for dinner together at a local restaurant. B,D

Day 7: Bruges/Ghent This morning is at leisure to enjoy Bruges on our own. With its historic city center now a UNESCO World Heritage site, treasure-filled museums, well-preserved historic architecture, and evocative network of canals, the intimate town offers diversions aplenty. This afternoon we visit vibrant Ghent, capital of Belgium’s East Flanders region and the country’s “flower city” for its renowned international trade. Our walking tour here includes a visit to St. Bavo’s Cathedral, filled with priceless artworks including a 24-panel altarpiece by Jan Van Eyck and works by Peter Paul Rubens. We return to Bruges in time for dinner together at a local restaurant. B,D

Day 8: Bruges/Luxembourg We travel today to tiny Luxembourg, the world’s only Grand Duchy and once the crossroads of Western Europe. Now known for its surprising natural beauty and rich history, Luxembourg boasts one the world’s highest standards of living. Upon arrival in Luxembourg City, we enjoy a city tour then have time at leisure to explore on our own. We dine tonight at our hotel. B,D

Day 9: Luxembourg/Bastogne Today we honor the 77,000 American troops killed or injured in the deadliest battle of WWII, which took place in the Ardennes, the deeply forested region flanking Belgium, France, and Luxembourg. The Battle of the Bulge, as it became known, left an indelible mark on the region, as we see on our visit to the Mardasson Memorial, commemorating those who died here. We also tour the adjacent Bastogne War Museum, which provides a dramatic look at the war through personal testimony, artifacts, and interactive exhibits and displays. Capping this poignant excursion, we visit the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial, where the graves of 5,076 American soldiers lie along with that of General George S. Patton, who commanded the U.S. Third Army from Luxembourg City. We return to Luxembourg City for some time at leisure before we dine together tonight at a local restaurant. B,D

Day 10: Luxembourg/Reims, France/Paris En route to Paris today, we stop in the French city of Reims, the unofficial capital of the Champagne-Ardennes region. One of France’s leading centers of méthode Champenoise (traditional champagne production), Reims also is where the Germans surrendered to General Dwight D. Eisenhower on May 7, 1945. Here we visit Notre-Dame de Reims, the celebrated cathedral where kings of France were crowned and which Joan of Arc liberated. After lunch together we visit a champagne house for a tour and tasting of the prized bubbly. Then we continue on to Paris, where dinner is on our own tonight in this city renowned for its fine cuisine. B,L

Day 11: Paris We pass by many highlights on this morning’s city tour, including the Eiffel Tower, the Seine, Champs-Elysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Then this afternoon is at leisure to enjoy Paris as we wish. Tonight we celebrate our European adventure over a farewell dinner. B,D

Day 12: Depart Paris for U.S. We transfer to the airport this morning for our return flight to the United States. B

Special Tulip Season Departures

April and May 2018: All departures during April and May feature a special visit and tour of Amsterdam’s renowned garden at Keukenhof, when the more than seven million tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths planted there are in full bloom.

B = Breakfast included L = Lunch included D = Dinner included

Tour Price Includes
  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities
  • 10 nights’ accommodations in Superior First Class hotels
  • 19 meals: 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)
Tour Dates & Prices

2018 Tour Dates & Prices
including international airfare and all taxes, surcharges, and fees

Apr 12*
Sep 27
Oct 4
Aug 30
Sep 6 
Apr 19*
Apr 26*
Apr 30*
May 3*
May 10*
Jun 7
Jul 5
Boston, New York$3,789$3,889$3,989$4,089
Phil, Wash, DC$3,989$4,089$4,189$4,289
Atlanta, Baltimore,
Charlotte, Chicago,
Cinc, Cleve, Dallas,
Detroit, Hou, Miami,
Orlando, Tampa
Denver, Los Ang,
Minn, Phoenix,
Portland (OR),
San Fran, Seattle

Please call if your city is not listed or for land only prices. Prices are per person based on double occupancy and include airline taxes, surcharges, and fees of $494, which are subject to change until final payment is made.

Single travelers please add $995 Sep, Oct; $1,195 all other dates. Your $375 deposit is fully refundable up to 95 days prior to departure. All 2018 tour prices above (excluding airline taxes, surcharges, and fees) are guaranteed.

*Includes visit to Keukenhof during tulip season

Airline upgrades on round-trip Trans-Atlantic flight: Business Class – $3,595 per person; Premium Economy – $995 per person

A visa is not required for this tour.

    NH Collection Barbizon Palace, Amsterdam / Days 2-4 / Superior First Class 

    Ideally located in the center of Amsterdam just a five-minute walk from Dam Square, the NH Collection Barbizon Palace comprises nineteen 17th-century townhouses tastefully transformed into contemporary accommodations while still embracing their historic legacy. The 274-room hotel has two restaurants; fitness room and wellness area with solarium, sauna, and Turkish steam bath; and a private boat dock. Guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, mini-bar, in-room safe, internet access, TV, and phone.

    Grand Hotel Casselbergh, Bruges / Days 5-7 / Superior First Class 

    The 18th-century Grand Hotel Casselbergh comprises three historic residences (Casselbergh, Zeven Torens, and t Fransch Schildt) that were previously owned and lived in by leading citizens and local aristocracy. Well located in the heart of the city, the 118-room Grand Hotel Casselbergh provides easy access to popular attractions including Grote Market, Belfort, Stadhuis, and The Burg. Hotel facilities include bar and lounge; wellness center with fitness room, sauna, Turkish bath, and relaxation room; laundry and dry cleaning services; and internet access. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, mini-bar, tea- and coffee-making facilities, in-room safe, TV, and phone.

    Sofitel Luxembourg Europe, Luxembourg / Days 8-9 / Superior First Class 

    Situated on the city’s prestigious Kirchberg Plateau close to the Mudam modern art museum and the Luxembourg Philharmonic concert hall, the 109-room Sofitel Luxembourg Europe features a large central atrium and modern European décor in keeping with its surroundings. Hotel amenities include two restaurants and two bars, complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, and laundry and dry cleaning services. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, tea- and coffee-making facilities, mini-bar, in-room safe, TV, and phone.

    Hotel Splendid Etoile, Paris / Days 10-11, Extension / Superior First Class 

    Ideally located in the heart of one of the world’s great cities, the Splendid Etoile sits just a few steps from the Arc de Triomphe.  The 57-room hotel features Haussmann style architecture and includes a restaurant and bar, laundry and dry cleaning services, and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hairdryer, minibar, TV, and phone.

Ratings are based on the Hotel & Travel Index, the travel industry standard reference.
Post-Tour Extension

Paris – On Your Own

3 days/2 nights for $435 total price
Single Supplement: $295

Savor more time in the “City of Light,” at your own pace, in your own time.


Your Tour Price Includes
  • 2 nights’ accommodations at Hotel Splendid Etoile (Superior First Class)
  • 2 meals: 2 breakfasts
  • Transfer to airportPlease see the Accommodations tab for hotel information.
Tour Directors for this Journey
Annelies Burgers

“We really enjoyed our time with Annelies. She was very efficient and handled each situation effectively. Materials she prepared in advance were very helpful.”
Steven Scholten
Grand Rapids, MI

Marieke Geleijsne

“The best tour director in my 50 years of travel.”
Paul Buchanan
Hoover, AL

Ron Lazet

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Ingrid van Mil

“We really enjoyed Ingrid. She was excellent.”
Robert & Jane Mann
Northborough, MA

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