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Amsterdam + Bruges: Spirit of Christmas Tour / December 5th-13th, 2020

Amsterdam + Bruges: Spirit of Christmas Tour / December 5th-13th, 2020

$2890 per person

Amsterdam + Bruges 2020: Spirit of Christmas Tour

9 Exciting Days + 8 Luxurious Nights

Journey across the seas to discover a new side of Europe at its most festive.

We’ll visit renowned cities, once important centers of trade and emigration, and take in sparkling lights and local festivities!

Celebrate the yuletide in three charming, medieval cities: Amsterdam, Bruges, and Leiden.ย ย With day trips, and en route stops built into our itinerary, you’re in for an immersive treat providing memories that will last a lifetime (did we mention luxury hotels??)

Amsterdam – wander past historic landmarks, meandering canals, and gabled houses as you marvel at the storybook atmosphere of Christmas in the Netherlands.

In Bruges, a medieval jewel in Belgium, we’ll discover waffles, chocolate and beer (oh, and the scenery is pretty amazing too).

Leiden, our final overnight stop, provides Europes only ‘Floating Christmas Market’! So much to see, and we do it in comfort of 4-star hotels, private transportation, and experienced guides!





What’s Included: Everything (just about)

  • 8 Daily traditional breakfast
  • 5 Star Hotel in Amsterdam Historical City center
  • Happy hour ‘Meet & Greet’ Amsterdam
  • Private tour: Redlight District
  • *Half Day Tour – Zaanse Schans
  • All private, ground transportation
  • Private Chocolate, Beer, Walking tour (Bruges)
  • Private Walking tour (Bruges)
  • 4 Star Hotel in Bruggeย  Historical City Center
  • 4 Star Hotel in Leiden Historical City Center
  • Group Farewell Meal
  • Goodie Bag Stuffed!

A few of the highlights included in the adventure:

Amsterdam:

The Zaanse Schans

A residential area in which the 18th and 19th centuries are brought to life. Stroll past the bakery museum and enjoy the smell of fresh cookies, or take a look at the warehouse where clogs are made.ย  Beย sure not to miss the cheese factory, pewter foundry, and the various windmills. The Zaanse Schans is a unique part of the Netherlands, full of wooden houses, mills, barns, and workshops.


Red Light District, Coffee Shop & Sexmuseum

Amsterdamโ€™s Red Light District and coffee shops on a private walking tour with a local guide. As you stroll the cobbled lanes, see red-lit windows, sex shops, and erotic theaters; and listen as your guide separates facts from fiction about the areaโ€™s past and the legalization of prostitution in 2000. Discover Amsterdam’s coffee shop culture or upgrade to include admission to the Sexmuseum, whose exhibits chart eye-popping erotica through the ages. Hear the facts and fiction behind Amsterdamโ€™s tolerant attitudes and laws Learn about the areaโ€™s colorful past and how prostitution came to be legalized Visit a vibrant coffee shop to learn about Amsterdam’s coffee shop culture and the Sexmuseum, a showcase of historical erotic art and objects.


Bruges:

Walking, Beer & Chocolate Tour

Experience the best of Bruges on this 3-in-1 walking tour.ย  Head to a top-rated chocolatier, where youโ€™ll learn about Belgian chocolate-making traditions and will do some sampling. Then, continue on a history-themed walking tour of the cityโ€™s UNESCO-listed, medieval center. Finally, venture to the esteemed Bourgogne de Flandres brewery for a tour and beer tasting. Discover three of Brugesโ€™ top highlights, all in a single tour Visit a local chocolate maker and enjoy some decadent samples.



We visit Christmas Markets in Bruges & Leiden!

Bruges:

Itโ€™s hard to imagine a more mesmerizing Christmas setting than the historic center of Bruges. Every winter, the cityโ€™s old town is transformed into a magical winter wonderland with sparkling lights and decorated Christmas trees against a backdrop of gingerbread-like houses. This postcard-worthy setting with its convivial atmosphere combined with Belgianโ€™s many culinary delights results in an incredible Christmas experience.

Theย Markt is Brugesโ€™ central square, framed by the grand Belfry of Bruges, the Provincial Palace and the iconic guild housesย withย stepped gables. Itโ€™s the gorgeous medieval decor for Brugesโ€™ main Christmas market featuring dozens of food and Christmas decorations chalet-like stalls. Itโ€™s a festive experience for all senses: the twinkling lights in the tall Christmas tree, the classic Christmas songs, the aroma ofย glรผhweinย (mulled wine) in the air and that cup of hot chocolate warming your hands.

Thereโ€™s a second Bruges Christmas market, in a more intimate setting. Itโ€™s located just a few minutes from the main Christmas market, at the Simon Stevin square adjacent to the main shopping street called Steenstraat. The rectangular square is symmetrically aligned with trees and Christmas stalls. Oh, how we love checking out the many Christmas decorations and handmade gifts with a delicious, warm Belgian waffle in hand.

Leiden:

There are only a few floating Christmas markets in Europe, and some say that the Leiden market is the best. The cozy attraction boasts nearly 90 stalls that sell various foods, warm drinks, and handcrafted items. Youโ€™ll also find a floating ice rink and a small stage with around-the-clock performances.

Visitors to Leidenโ€™s market can also enjoy a boat tour of the old canal. Itโ€™s no wonder this yearly affair was awarded the prize for the โ€œbest Christmas market in Europeโ€ in 2016.



Hotels:

Hyatt Regency Amsterdam
Awarded for its refreshing sustainable โ€˜livingโ€™ dรฉcor, five star Hyatt Regency Amsterdam offers spacious botanical-inspired guestrooms, relaxing public spaces, a 24H Fitness Centre and Mama Makan Indonesian Restaurant, Bar & Terrace. Located in the city center, bordering the trendy east neighborhood, the vibrant hotel seamlessly connects business with pleasure and the city with nature.


Hotel Sablon Bruges
Hotel Sablon is the oldest as well as the most trendy hotel in the heart of Bruges. You will spend the night in a historical environment, surrounded by contemporary luxury and therefore live a unique experience. Your host will treat you as if you were hisย own private guest. Hotel Sablon offers youย a warm and natural atmosphere, a dedicated staff, a unique interior design as well as an exclusive range of regional products.


Boutique Steenhof Suites Leiden
Situated in a typical dutch building from 1460 with a canal view in the center of bustling Leiden. This unique national monument with a 15th-century core has been fully renovated and revived to our modern-day needs. The suites all have a unique, modern style and have been furnished with comfort and luxury in mind. All suites have a spacious seating area, air conditioning, Swiss Sense bed, Ritual bath products, 50-inch smart TV and many other luxurious amenities. All sights of Leiden are within walking distance of the hotel such as Hortus Botanicus and National Museum of Antiquities. Feel the historic atmosphere as soon as you enter the property and enjoy the beautiful view of the canal.


  • Destination
  • Departure
    Tour begins/ ends in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Departure Time
    12/05/2020
  • Return Time
    12/13/2020
  • Dress Code
    Smart casual
  • Included
    4 Star Accommodation
    Breakfast
    Departure Taxes
    Entry Fees
    Goodie Bag
    Group Meals
    Personal Guide
    Private Ground Transportation
    Private Tours
  • Not Included
    Airfare
    Airport Transfers
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Day One:

Arrive in Amsterdam ready for your adventure!

*After check-in at your 4 Star hotel feel free to wander along the canals, get acquainted with the Historic neighborhood.

* 7 pm meet and greet - meet your fellow adventurers in a fun social atmosphere - location to be announced.

*Evening free for dinner, exploration
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Day Two:

*Traditional, cooked breakfast

*Free Morning...Tour a world-class museum: -Rijksmuseum -Anne Frank House -Moco House Many more recommendations to be made:)

*Happy hour meetup!  
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Day Three:

*Breakfast

*Private Guided Tour Redlight District

*Explore the area canals, Neighborhoods, Rembrandt museum...

*Happy Hour meetup!
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Day Four:

*Breakfast

*Half Day Tour - Zaanse Schans Located just north of Amsterdam, the Zaanse Schans offers a perfectly preserved glimpse into the Netherlands' industrial past with its traditional houses, windmills, warehouses, and workshops. Find out what there is to do and see at the Zaanse Schans! In its 18th and 19th century heyday, the Zaan region was an important industrial area dotted by hundreds of windmills producing linseed oil, paint, snuff, mustard, paper, and other products. Many of the Zaanse Schans' characteristic village houses are now museums, gift shops or workshops while others are still used as private residences. Some of the Zaanse Schans' remaining windmills are also open to the public.

*Enjoy free time upon our return to shop, explore parks or just relax in a cafe somewhere and people watch!    
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Day Five:

*Breakfast

*Leave Amsterdam for our next stop...Bruges! A Medieval city with lots of lovely nicknames..."Venice of the North", the "Jewel of Belgium".

*We will stop along the way visiting either The Hague, or Delft for luncheon.

*After settling into our beautiful Hotel in the Historic City Center, we will meet up for Happy Hour is a traditional pub!

*Grab some dinner and wander through the Christmas Market, Old town streets, or find another pub!
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Day Six:

*Breakfast

*Private Chocolate, Beer, Walking tour - this extensive, fun tour will make you an expert...(at least of beer and chocolate!)

*Free time after lunch and then...

*Time to hit the Christmas Market! Beautiful, unique and the prettiest Christmas Market in Belgium!

*Meet for Happy hour, or wander around and see more of this beautiful city.      
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Day Seven:

*Breakfast

*Day free to explore the city, neighborhoods, and canals, or visit the markets once again!

  *Happy Hour Meetup!

*Optional Day Tour To Flanders: Visit the WWI War Memorials

Overview Delve into the poignant history of World War I on a full-day tour of the Flanders Battlefields from Bruges. Follow in the footsteps of soldiers with an accomplished historical guide and visit moving memorials that immortalize soldiers lost in battles.   Gaze at endless rows of graves at the German Military Cemetery; revitalize with a traditional Belgian lunch at a local restaurant; and visit Flandersโ€™ Field Museum to see exhibitions that speak eloquently of the areaโ€™s turbulent past.   Conclude your emotionally stirring tour by experiencing the Last Post Ceremony in Ypres. Day trip to Flandersโ€™ WWI battlefields from Bruges with an expert guide See the sobering Kรคthe Kollwitz sculptures, Grieving Parents, at the German Military Cemetery of Vladslo Pay your respects to fallen WWI soldiers at Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery Explore In Flandersโ€™ Field Museum at leisure, listening to audio-guided commentary.   Attend the Last Post Ceremony in Ypres with your guide  
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Day Eight:

*Breakfast,

*Board our private ground transportation for the Historic and Medieval town of Leiden!

*Stop for group lunch along the way

*Check into our City Center Hotel

*Hit the famousย  'Floating Christmas Market'.    
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Day Nine:

*Breakfast

*Depart Leiden for Amsterdam Schiphol Airport - an approximate 25 min journey.

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  Hyatt Regency Amsterdam
Awarded for its refreshing sustainable โ€˜livingโ€™ dรฉcor, five star Hyatt Regency Amsterdam offers spacious botanical-inspired guestrooms, relaxing public spaces, a 24H Fitness Centre and Mama Makan Indonesian Restaurant, Bar & Terrace. Located in the city center, bordering the trendy east neighborhood, the vibrant hotel seamlessly connects business with pleasure and the city with nature.

Hotel Sablon Bruges
Hotel Sablon is the oldest as well as the most trendy hotel in the heart of Bruges. You will spend the night in a historical environment, surrounded by contemporary luxury and therefore live a unique experience. Your host will treat you as if you were hisย own private guest. Hotel Sablon offers youย a warm and natural atmosphere, a dedicated staff, a unique interior design as well as an exclusive range of regional products.

Boutique Steenhof Suites Leiden
Situated in a typical dutch building from 1460 with a canal view in the centre of bustling Leiden. This unique national monument with a 15th century core has been fully renovated and revived to our modern-day needs. The suites all have a unique, modern style and have been furnished with comfort and luxury in mind. All suites have a spacious seating area, air conditioning, Swiss Sense bed, Ritual bath products, 50-inch smart TV and many other luxurious amenities. All sights of Leiden are within walking distance of the hotel such as Hortus Botanicus and National Museum of Antiquities. Feel the historic atmosphere as soon as you enter the property and enjoy the beautiful view of the canal.  

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