If you are tired of the traditional hustle and bustle and want to learn more about the centuries-old history of quiet and peaceful cities in Northern Europe, excursions in Belgium will satisfy you. Fortunately, most cities and monuments of the region have successfully survived both world wars, so today we can enjoy the majesty and beauty of the castles, and the long-term traditions of the Benelux peoples.
Option Light – transfers + city tours
Single supplement – 40 euro / night
Hotels (3 stars de luxe city center – 4 stars)
Day 1 Saturday
Arrival in Brussels, city tour, accommodation in a hotel in Brussels
A medieval city of artisans and merchants, where they used to drink beer instead of water to avoid epidemics, and where nowadays there are hundreds of varieties of this drink. The capital of the young kingdom, where you will learn why the cathedral is dedicated to a duet of saints: Saint Michael and Saint Gudula, and why the Royal Monnet Theater is a symbol of Belgium’s independence.
Day 2 Sunday
Free day(at extra charge-a visit to Luxemburg)
Visiting the “Grand Duchy” will not only allow you to dive into the atmosphere of the Middle Ages, but also to visit the international monetary and financial center where the Council of Europe is located. Despite its truly small area, Luxembourg certainly has features to surprise you with!
Day 3 Monday
Excursion to Bruges and Gent
Despite its rather modest size, Bruges is the capital of Western Flanders and it greets thousands of tourists annually. Bruges rightfully called the small Venice: this amazing city is intersected by a multitude of canals and bridges, which makes it so nice for a sightseeing tour. Once you arrive into the town, you’ll be immediately impressed by its architecture: there is a mix of Gothic and Romanesque styles, Baroque, Rococo, Neo-Gothic and Art Nouveau.
In Gent you’ll learn about the history of this ancient, and at the same time very up-to-date city. You will see a medieval Count’s fortress, a witness of the great past. Feel the unique atmosphere owed by the city, first of all, to its inhabitants. You’ll see why Gent is called the pearl of the Flemish crown the most cozy city of Flanders. You will come to love it sincerely along with its history, buildings, streets, squares, its inhabitants and its legends.
Day 4 Tuesday
Transfer to Amsterdam via Rotterdam with a guided tour
This bright atmospheric metropolis attracts tourists with its extravagance and original architecture. In Rotterdam, solid medieval buildings, high-rise skyscrapers and ultramodern avant-garde buildings organically coexist with each other. Enjoy the cultural life of the city by visiting local attractions that are so different in style.
Day 5 Wednesday
City tour in Amsterdam around its channels, diamond factory, and in the evening - admiring Night Amsterdam
You have heard a lot about Amsterdam, but you’ve never been to this city? It’s time to fix that!
We’re offering you to spend four memorable hours in one of the most extraordinary European cities with a colorful history. Over 6000 monument buildings, 2400 houseboats, 1200 bridges, 150 canals, a multitude of museums – Amsterdam is definitely worth visiting. During the tour you’ll see the beautiful streets of Amsterdam, including Dam square. There you’ll have a chance to walk by the Central Station building that is standing on 9000 stiles. Then we’ll visit the flower market and the former Jew district, walk by the Munttoren, and see the notorious Kalverstraat street with the most ancient house in Amsterdam. Art connoisseurs will love to visit the West Church. Except for its magnificent look, it’s attractive for the fact that Rembrandt is buried here. You will also be attracted by the facades of the New and Old Churches. Not only women but also men will be delighted with the abundance and beauty of precious stones in a diamond cutting factory. Then, you’ll have an opportunity to see the process of diamond cutting on the diamond factory, and buy the jewelry you’ll like.
We’ll complete the tour with a sail through the marvelous canals. Amsterdam looks especially wonderful from the water.
Don’t miss your chance to get acquainted with the beautiful city! Whatever time of the year you choose, you’ll fall in love with Amsterdam.
When we talk about night Amsterdam, many tourists first of all think about the Red Light District. The Red Lights district is the Mecca of the world’s sex industry. This district in Amsterdam is the place where the most notorious sex shops, erotic theaters and brothels of Europe are located. The tempting red lights glowing in the windows of the establishments here gave the district its name. Every year thousands of tourists from all over the world stroll through the narrow streets of the district as this place is truly legendary.
Day 6 Thursday
Free day (at extra charge - Giethoorn), in the evening - night Amsterdam
The village of Giethoorn in Holland has a truly remarkable feature – they don’t move by car or bus, there are almost no roads in the village – only canals. Therefore, the main transports are boats, and thanks to that, the second name of the village is the “Dutch Venice”. Hence you can find here the unique atmosphere of silence, coziness and complete relaxation. Peace and slow pace of the life of a usual Dutch village of the 18th century are in the air. And by all means you will plunge into a state of peace and pleasant relaxation.
Day 7 Friday
A visit to the cheese auction in Alkmaar with the show “Skating cheese”, then transfer through Antwerp to Brussels Airport
Excursion to the cheese market in Alkmaar is obligatory for all lovers of this delicacy! The city of Alkmaar in the north of Holland is known for its developed cheese production and annual cheese fairs.
They begin on every second Friday of April and last until the second Friday of September. The fair in Alkmaar begins with the traditional cheese weighing ritual. The market opens with the bell tower’s ringing, called in by a specially invited important guest or a well-known person. A fascinating presentation begins with the selection of a young princess of cheese. In the town square, a noisy orchestra plays and the crowd greets with the applause of the mayor of the city and his subjects. Such a serious commission considers the little Dutch women to the candidacy of the Cheese Princess, and then solemnly congratulates the happy winner on her honorary status. Soon after choosing a princess, the Dutch go on to the main action: the cheese trade. First, huge cheese heads are carried to the square and laid out in even rows. It is noteworthy that the cheese in red packaging is imported, while the yellow packaging indicates a sale within the country. Eyes run up from the cheese assortment, and most importantly, visitors to the fair can taste and buy the varieties of cheese they like. And here it is customary to bargain and evaluate out loudly the taste and quality of each of the presented varieties.
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