Your eight-day off-season vacation in Holland and Belgium is the perfect getaway to Europe! Enjoy seeing the sights, while admiring the Netherlands’ windmills and waterways, and sampling Belgium’s cuisine. Fewer crowds and lower prices during the off-season means having more space and time to enjoy the artistry of both countries. Take a canal cruise in Amsterdam past homes of the “Golden Age,” and visit the Rijksmuseum to see Rembrandt’s The Night Watch. Drive north across the 19-mile dike between the North Sea and the Ijsselmeer (the former Zuiderzee). In Arnhem visit the Airborne Museum and see the John Frost bridge—commemorating the Battle of Arnhem and the British bravery made famous in the film, A Bridge Too Far.
On to Antwerp for guided sightseeing in the historic harbor city on the River Scheldt. Visit the Grote Markt in the Old Town and dine at one of the city’s lively restaurants. An included excursion takes you to one of Western Europe’s best-preserved medieval towns—Bruges. Visit the Church of our Lady to see Michelangelo’s Madonna of Bruges, and learn of the town’s rich textile history with a lace-making demonstration. In Holland’s Kinderdijk, see the 18th century windmills—helping to drain the lowlands and make the windmill a national symbol. In Rotterdam, visit the impressive Markthal, and enjoy a visit to the Royal Delft Pottery Factory, before arriving in The Hague—housing the King’s residence, parliament, and International Court of Justice.