Discover Holland and Belgium
Explore historic cities and the beautiful countryside, from Amsterdam to Brussels
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At a glance
From windmills slowly sweeping the skies and fields of bright tulips, to popular cafes in the shadows of historic gothic buildings, this epic trip will introduce you to the beauty and vibrancy of Holland and Belgium.
You’ll begin with three nights in Amsterdam, where you will explore the winding waterways; admire masterpieces by masters like Rembrandt, Vermeer and Van Gogh; attend the fascinating Aalsmeer Flower Auction; visit the Panorama Mesdag, a cylindrical painting; and head north into the countryside for the opportunity to see working windmills and fields of flowers.
Next, you’ll stop over in the vibrant port city of Antwerp where you’ll see some of its most iconic places before making your way onwards to Ghent with its beautiful medieval architecture. From there you will head to the picture-perfect city of Bruges where you will discover cobbled streets, winding canals and dramatic gothic architecture. Take some time for contemplation as you visit Ypres and some of the Flanders Fields sites. This poignant tour will give you a better understanding of the challenges faced by World War I soldiers.
Finally, you’ll find yourself in Brussels. Take a walk through the downtown part of the city, stopping to enjoy local delicacies along the way and visiting museums, galleries and popular sites, like Manneken Pis. And have your camera at the ready for a driven tour of some of the other architectural and monument highlights of the city.
Example Trip Itinerary
Private transfer to your hotel in Amsterdam
Accommodation in Amsterdam
- 129 guestrooms and suites
- Taiko restaurant
- Tunes Bar
- The Conservatorium Brasserie & Lounge
- Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre
The Conservatorium Hotel takes residence in a magnificent Neo-Gothic building in the heart of the Museum Quarter, a former home of Amsterdam’s Sweelinck Conservatory of Music, with its rich historical narrative carefully woven throughout its glorious regeneration. 129 guestrooms and suites are spread over eight floors and range from a spacious superior room up to a penthouse suite. All rooms and suites include state of the art in room technology, luxurious linens and a private bar. Brushed-oak flooring and beige furniture define the cool autumnal colour scheme that is simultaneously modern and classic. The large bathrooms feature large rainfall showers, marble tubs and LCD mirror TVs. Central to the hotel’s design and lifestyle vision are its restaurants and bars. All dining here is under the direction of celebrated Dutch chef Schilo van Coevorden. Taiko restaurant sits in the spacious historic part of the hotel serving up contemporary Asian cuisine made from local, seasonal produce. The chic Tunes Bar is an elegant yet casual haven in which to enjoy classic drinks, cocktails, sushi and Asian tapas day and night, while the Conservatorium Brasserie and Lounge are located in the atrium, offering contemporary local dishes for all-day dining. Guests here have complimentary access to the divine Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre, a personal host assigned to them and there is also a shopping gallery with a hair salon and high-end luxury stores. Outside, the best shops, restaurants, museums and galleries are waiting to be explored within easy walking distance.
Row upon row of colourful houses; a network of waterways winding their way through the city; and elegant Golden Age architecture. The capital of the Netherlands really does seem to have it all. It’s not all about looks though, as Amsterdam is chock-a-block with world-class museums including the Rijkamuseum with more than 8,000 pieces of art. The Van Gogh museum celebrates the life and work of one of the country’s most famous artists and in case you thought the city wasn’t keeping pace, the Stedelijk museum houses an impressive collection of modern and contemporary art. One of the joys of the city is simply wandering through the pretty streets and along the canals. Be sure to look up and admire the iconic gabled facades of the houses and visit the ancient churches and synagogues.
Enjoy a short walk to ease you into your surroundings. You will pass some of Amsterdam's monumental highlights such as the Dam Square with the Royal Palace, the Old Church, the Begijnhof, the Jordaan neighbourhood, and admire the merchant houses and floating flower markets.
A popular haunt for creatives, students and bohemian spirits, De Pijp has always harboured beatnik flair and is nowadays Amsterdam's lively Latin Quarter. The Jordaan is known for its beautiful houses, nice restaurants and original shops. Once a working-class bastion, it's now attracting art galleries, restaurants and boutiques. Explore this part of the city with a local guide who will show you its best-kept secrets. You'll also visit some flower markets and stroll past beautiful canal houses. This tour can be adjusted to suit your interests.
Head to the museum quarter and visit Rijksmuseum, a national museum dedicated to arts and history, among which are some masterpieces by Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Johannes Vermeer. You will also visit the Van Gogh Museum which is dedicated to the works of Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries.
Get an early start on the day and head to the Aalsmeer Flower Auction with your guide. It is the largest trading centre for plants and flowers in the world. It opens to the public at 7am, which is the best time of day to visit to get a proper feel for the energy and activity of the market place.
Meet your guide and take the road north to a small place called Jisp. This is how a lot of Dutch villages used to be built, along the waterways. You'll then continue your trip on a dike, along the water, enjoying the very flat Dutch landscape to a place called Spijkerboor for a warming cup of coffee. Then it's onward to Schermerhoorn to visit the windmill museum, enjoying stunning views over five other working windmills and the tulip fields. End the tour in the village of Broek in Waterland to enjoy a traditional 'pannekoek' in a very charming local restaurant.
You will be driven to the royal city of The Hague where you will visit the Mauritshuis. Situated in the heart of the city, beside the government centre, the museum hosts a magnificent collection of Dutch Golden Age paintings including works by Vermeer.
Take some time to marvel at a cylindrical painting more than 14 metres high and about 120 metres in circumference at Panorama Mesdag. From an observation gallery in the centre of the room the cylindrical perspective creates the illusion that you are on a high sand dune overlooking the sea, beaches and village of Scheveningen in the late 19th century.
Private transfer to your hotel in Antwerp
Accommodation in Antwerp
- 21 rooms
- Rooftop terrace
In the heart Antwerp you will find this beautifully designed urban retreat. Relaxed and welcoming, the hotel which is spread across two 16th century properties, has been carefully restored and combines authentic features with modern furnishings. Just a short walk from some of Antwerp’s most popular sights and shopping hotspots, it’s the perfect place from which to explore the city. The 21 rooms are each unique and boast designer furniture and luxurious linens. Light meals are served all day, and breakfast is served in the spacious dining room. Bring the day to a close with a cocktail at the bar, settle down in front of an open fire, or head to the rooftop terrace and drink in the views of the city. There are a variety of treatments on offer at the spa in the historic cellars of the hotel. Unwind in the hamman and sauna, and feel refreshed beneath the waterfall.
Belgium’s second city and biggest port, Antwerp is a vibrant destination with a flourishing cultural scene and a sea of great restaurants. The city fans out from the east bank of the River Scheldt and its pretty medieval centre is easily navigated along the cobbled streets. At the heart of the city is Grot Markt home to the town hall, its facades decorated by the flags of the 28 countries of the European Union, and an impressive statue of Brabo throwing the severed hand of Antigoon.
Antwerp boasts one of Belgium’s finest Gothic cathedrals, the Cathedral of Our Lady. Its 123m spire seems to follow you round the city, popping its head up between the myriad of art nouveau buildings and narrow town houses with stepped gables. Its huge seven-aisle nave dwarfs all who visit and four Rubens canvases hand proudly within its walls.
Your guide will introduce you to some of the most popular places in the city, from the medival majesty of Market Square and the beautiful Baroque facades of the Cathedral of Our lady, to the outstanding architecture of Antwerp railway station. Visit the Museum aan de Stroom, which houses several temporary exhibitions. From its rooftop you can enjoy panoramic views of the city. You can also visit Rubens House, where the famous painter spent most of his time.
Private transfer to your hotel in Ghent
Accommodation in Ghent
- 37 rooms
- Cocktail bar
Housed on the upper floors of Ghent’s old post office building, this intimate hotel boasts 37 luxurious rooms. The rooms have been designed to highlight the building’s dramatic 19th-century architecture, with dark green walls, antique furniture, high ceilings and restored wood elements. The elegant and inviting rooms have been named to fit the theme of the old post office, and offer arresting views of the city. Tuck into breakfasts and light meals at The Kitchen, or simply take your time over a cup of coffee and a homebaked pastry in front of the open fireplace. Then end the day with a cocktail at The Cobbler, while gazing out at the spires of the historic part of Ghent. The bar also offers a tapas menu.
Ghent is a city that has succeeded where many others struggle. Beautiful medieval architecture sits alongside scores of bustling restaurants and quirky bars making this Belgian city the perfect blend of old and new. What started as a couple of abbeys at the confluence of the rivers Lys and Scheldt soon became a prominent settlement and, thanks to the cloth trade, development flourished. By the 13th century, Ghent was one of the most important cities in Europe and second only to Paris in size.
The architecture in the old city centre reflects nearly 1400 years of history. The belfry is a proud city of the city’s independence and stands in the middle of a three-tower row, together with Saint Bavo’s Cathedral and Saint Nicholas’ Church. Attached to the belfry is the cloth hall which served as the headquarters of this illustrious trade.
Your guide will meet you at your hotel and take you on a walking tour, introducing you to Ghent, one of the most vibrant cities in Belgium. You will get to see highlights like the new library ‘De Krook’ which has a specific contemporary architecture, St Peter Cathedral, the City Hall, the Patershol, the Castle of the Counts, the Beguinage, and St. Bavo’s Cathedral with the unique altarpiece ‘the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb’.
Private transfer to your hotel in Bruges
Accommodation in Bruges
- 22 rooms
- Steambath and sauna
- Fitness room
This beautifully restored building in the centre of Bruges houses the charming boutique Hotel Heritage. The 22 rooms seamlessly blend comfort and elegance and boast views out over the city. Carefully chosen furniture and artworks are complemented by rich fabrics and luxurious textures. Take a table at Le Mystique where the finest local ingredients are used to create a feast of Belgian favourites and world flavours. Mingle with your fellow guests and locals at the elegant Bar Le Magnum where you will find a wide range of wines, local beers and classic drinks on offer. The hotel boasts a 24-hour fitness centre for active guests, and a steambath and sauna to help you relax after a day exploring the city.
There are few medieval cities as beautifully preserved as Bruges, a picture-perfect scene of canals, bridges, secret gardens and colourful houses. Nestled in the top corner of Belgium, most people come to explore the old city, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Although the city walls themselves have long gone, four gates, the ramparts and one of the water towers remain and just looking around, you know you’re somewhere special. The city is characterised by imposing Gothic architecture, the City Hall arguably the finest example of all. Its façade is impressive enough but reaches a new level once you step inside and see the murals and golden vaulted ceiling.
Enjoy a walking tour of beautiful Bruges. It is the best-preserved example of medieval Flanders and similarly to Amsterdam, the heart of Bruges is surrounded by an almost continuous ring of canals. Therefore Bruges is also known as "the Venice of the North". You will walk down small streets, pass green parks, see picturesque houses and city highlights like the Beguinage and Minnewater, the Burg and city hall, the belfry (if you're up to the challenge you can climb the 366 stairs to the top and enjoy the view over Market Square.), the Church of our Lady, the old nunnery and St. Saint Saviour’s Cathedral.
Your guide, an author and passionate historian of the Flanders Fields, will collect you at your hotel and drive you to Ypres where you will spend time visiting some Flanders Fields sites. The visit will give you a better understanding of the physical and strategic challenges faced by the World War I soldiers and generals. Some of the sites included in the tour are The Ypres Sallient, Passchendaele, Site John McCrae, Menen Gate, Polygon Wood and In Flanders Fields Museum.
Private transfer to your hotel in Brussels
Accommodation in Brussels
- 173 rooms and suites
- Italian restaurant
- Lounge and bar
- Fitness centre
Just around the corner from Brussel’s beautiful Grand Place, the Hotel Amigo is the first choice for visiting dignitaries, a stylish central place from which to explore Belgium’s capital where five centuries of history meets contemporary luxury. All 174 rooms are spacious, stylish, with large marbled bathrooms. There are a selection of interconnecting suites suited to families and many rooms enjoy wonderful rooftop views over the city, none more impressive than from the terrace of the Armand Blaton Suite. There is a smart Italian restaurant, stylish bar and lounge, and the Amigo is renowned for its delectable buffet breakfasts. A two-minute walk over cobbled streets will bring you into the middle of the Grote Markt, the city’s central square and UNESCO World Heritage Site flanked by opulent guildhalls, the grand Town Hall and the Museum of the City of Brussels.
Brussels might be at the centre of European politics but it’s not all about policy and procedure. This city is both a buzzing metropolis and a historical gem, and should certainly not be overlooked. The city centre is divided into the upper and lower town, the former traditionally inhabited by the Francophile ruling classes who kept watch over the workers down below. Most of the city’s main sights are contained within what is known locally as the ‘petite ceinture’ and easily navigated by foot.
The Grand-Place is one of Europe’s most beautiful squares, four sides of magnificent baroque architecture. The spire of the Town Hall soars towards the sky, flanked by 17th century guildhalls with gilded facades and scrolled gables. Originally marshland, the square was drained in the 12th century and became a bustling centre for trade. The surrounding streets are a reminder of this past and are named after foods such as chicken, herbs and cheese. Every two years a flower carpet is laid in the centre of the square, consisting of over 600,000 colourful begonias.
Go on a guided walking tour through downtown Brussels with emphasis on history. You will see the Old Market, the Manneken Pis, the Gallery Royal Saint Hubert, the Central Station and Gallery and the Bozar. On the way, look out for comic strip murals, and stop to enjoy some chocolate, special beer or other local delights such as speculoos cookies and waffles. You will also visit the Magritte Museum which displays works by René Magritte. The collection contains oils, drawings, sculptures, musical scores, photograph and films about the surrealist artist.
You will be driven around the city with stops along the way for photographs. The tour will include highlights like the Atomium, the Royal Palace of Laken, Parc du Cinquantenaire, the European district, the central station.
Private transfer to Brussels airport
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