Holland and Belgium are two of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, and spring is a wonderful time for strolling through the ancient cities and for seeing the tulip fields and flowers that bloom early.
Holland evokes images of windmills, clogs, canals, diamonds and cheese markets. The capital, Amsterdam, is known as the "Venice of the North" with its miles of canals spanned by hundreds of bridges. It is picturesque, easy to get around and most of the inhabitants speak excellent English. Amsterdam is also an excellent base from which to explore the rest of this compact country. In April, the tulips burst into a blaze of colour that carpets the countryside, so we will visit the spectacular flower displays at the famous Kuekenhof Bulb Gardens. Our other included excursions will show you many other facets of this charming country.
Moving from Holland to Belgium we enjoy the vistas of pastoral landscapes that inspired the great artists of these two countries: Reubens, Van Gogh, Jan Van Eyck and Rembrandt. We overnight and tour in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg before proceeding to Antwerp, Belgium for a 5-night stay. Antwerp is an ancient city that has stood on the River Schelde for 1,500 years. The old quarter is a wonderful place in which to stroll with its great shopping, a magnificent cathedral and many wonderful cafes and restaurants, once the haunts of famous artists. The city generously displays its heritage in 15 art museums. In addition to our excursions to the historic cities of Brussels and Brugge we will also have time to try the country's famous beer, waffles and chocolate.
We will stay in excellent First Class hotels that are centrally located, so that the exploration of Amsterdam and Antwerp on your free time will be easy and delightful.
*** Those joining any of our tours to Europe must be able to walk fairly long distances and climb stairs easily.