Private luxury tours in Holland & Belgium

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Luxury Holland Tours

Amsterdam in Depth
(5 days)
Amsterdam, The Hague, Delft

Best of Amsterdam
(4 days)
Amsterdam

Essence of the Netherlands
(9 days)
Amsterdam, Gelderland, Utrecht, Maastricht, Rotterdam, The Hague, Delft

Gardens of the Netherlands
(7 days)
Groningen, Amsterdam, Leiden, Delft, Gelderland

Jewish Tour of Amsterdam
(4 days)

Luxury Belgium Tours

Introduction to Belgium
(6 days)
Bruges & Ghent, Brussels & Antwerp

Best of Belgium
(4 days)
Brussels with Ghent & Bruges

Belgium In Depth
(8 days)
Antwerp & Mechelen, Bruges & environs, Ghent, Brussels & environs

Multi-Country Tours

Best of Belgium & Holland
(6 days)
Brussels & Bruges, Amsterdam

Highlights of Belgium & the Netherlands
(9 days)
Bruges & Ghent, Brussels & Maastricht, Amsterdam with The Hague, Delft

Belgium & Holland for Families
(7 days)
Brussels & Bruges, Amsterdam

Dutch & Flemish Art Tour
(10 days)
Bruges & Ghent, Brussels & Antwerp, Amsterdam with The Hague & Delft

Brussels, Amsterdam & Paris
(10 days)
Brussels with Ghent & Bruges, Amsterdam with The Hague & Delft, Paris

Highlights of Belgium & the Netherlands

(9 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Bruges & Ghent, Brussels & Maastricht, Amsterdam with The Hague, Delft

This in-depth private tour of Belgium and the Netherlands features private touring of the cultural highlights of the region and accommodation at the top luxury hotels.

Begin in Bruges, a fairy-tale town of canals and medieval architecture that’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll through atmospheric backstreets, city gates and squares. Enjoy a boat tour along the canals. See Gothic buildings, ancient monuments, and museums such as the Groeningemuseum of fine art and the Hospital Museum, which has a collection of Hans Memling paintings. Other options include climbing to the top of the Belfry for views over Bruges, visiting a lacemaking studio, touring a local brewery, sampling locally made chocolates, visiting the Basilica of the Holy Blood, biking through lesser-visited neighborhoods, and seeing the historic Beguinage housing, also a UNESCO site.

Next, transfer to Brussels, stopping en route to tour Ghent, a charming university town. Visit St. Bavo’s Cathedral to see the spectacular Ghent Altarpiece (The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb) by Hubert and Jan van Eyck. Also see highlights such as the beautiful waterfront quays of Graslei and Korenlei, landmark Belfry tower, imposing Gravensteen (Castle of the Counts) and medieval Patershol quarter.

Spend the next two nights in Brussels, the capital of Belgium. During flexible private touring, walk through the Grand-Place, the city’s iconic main square, to see the ornate facades of the Town Hall and guild houses. Explore elegant backstreets to see Art Nouveau architecture, and tour the Horta Museum, an Art Nouveau masterpiece and UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the renowned Manneken-Pis fountain. Visit museums such as the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, or browse antiques districts and open-air markets. See the European Parliament and other institutions related to the European Union. Artisans of Leisure can also arrange special interest activities around Brussels such as attending a performance at the Bozar or one of the royal theaters, a Belgian beer tasting or tour of a local brewery, touring the Belgian Center for Comic-Strip Art, visiting locations related to Tintin and his animated stories, seeing the Chinese Pavilion and Japanese Tower, or visiting the Atomium and Mini-Europe. If desired, also browse gourmet food markets, and perhaps sample Belgian specialties such as waffles, chocolate pralines and frites with mayonnaise.

Continue to Amsterdam and tour Antwerp en route. See historical highlights such as the medieval Cathedral of Our Lady, guild houses on the Grote Markt (main square), and fin-de-siecle Centraal Train Station. If desired, also visit one of the city’s museums such as the Rubens House, Royal Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (MuHKA), or the Red Star Line Museum. Alternatively, you might like to stop en route at the Wings of Liberation Museum in southern Holland to learn about the liberation of the Netherlands during World War II.

During private, insider-led touring in Amsterdam, enjoy a cruise through Amsterdam’s famous canals; tour world-renowned museums such as the Anne Frank House, Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum; and visit the most interesting neighborhoods to see our favorite markets, courtyard gardens, gabled houses, canals, bridges and backstreets. Also tour historic houses that evoke the Dutch Golden Age, such as Museum Van Loon, the home of a co-founder of the Dutch East India Company. Other options include visiting the Dutch Resistance Museum and other Jewish sites, seeing interesting contemporary architecture, touring a small local brewery, enjoying the Heineken Experience, shopping for antiques, and dining on culinary treats such as rijsttafel (“rice table”), an Indonesian-influenced meal of many small dishes that’s served in specialty restaurants throughout Amsterdam.

If desired, also visit Zaanse Schans, an open-air museum and historic district filled with windmills and traditional architecture. Artisans of Leisure can also arrange special interest activities in and around Amsterdam such as attending a performance at the Concertgebouw, biking through the city or countryside, touring museums with an art expert, and taking private excursions to the Aalsmeer flower auction, the Keukenhof gardens (seasonal), or cheese-producing towns like Edam or Gouda.

One day, take an excursion to The Hague to see highlights such as the art masterpieces of the Mauritshuis and Gemeentemuseum, the palaces of the Dutch royal family, the Peace Palace (seat of the International Court of Justice), and local markets and shopping districts. Also visit the charming historic center of Delft, where Johannes Vermeer lived, to explore backstreets, antiques shops and the Royal Dutch Delftware Manufactory (Royal Delft).

This tour can easily be extended to include destinations in the Germany, France and other countries.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive Brussels – Bruges

Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights

Day 2 Bruges

Full-day private walking tour, including canal cruise

Day 3 Bruges – Ghent – Brussels

Private transfer to Brugesfor 2 nights, with touring en route

Day 4 Brussels

Full-day private city tour

Day 5 Brussels – Amsterdam

Private transfer to Amsterdam for 4 nights, with touring en route (options include Antwerp or Wings of Liberation Museum)

Day 6 Amsterdam
Full-day private city tour
Day 7 Amsterdam

Full-day private city tour, including flower auction

Day 8 Amsterdam, The Hague & Delft
Full-day private excursion
Day 9 Depart Amsterdam
Private airport transfer

Hotels
Bruges:

Dukes’ Palace

Brussels: Hotel Amigo
Amsterdam: Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam
or InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam

Cost
$12,365 Per person (based on double occupancy)