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This is an independent vacation itinerary where you are not travelling in a bus with a group. Our carefully selected partners at the destination take care of you during your stay.
Combine Amsterdam, Cologne, Koblenz, Heidelburg, Strasbourg, Luxembourg, Bruge and Brussels with the ICE, IC and RE Trains.

This 16 night sample itinerary includes:
  • Flight into Amsterdam and out of Brussels
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Amsterdam
  • ICE High Speed train Amsterdam - Cologne
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Cologne
  • ICE High Speed train Cologne - Koblenz
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Koblenz
  • ICE High Speed train Koblenz - Heidelburg
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Heidelburg
  • IC High Speed train Heidelburg- Strassbourg
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Strassbourg
  • RE High Speed Train Strassbourg - Luxembourg
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Luxembourg
  • IC High Speed Train Luxembourg - Bruge
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Bruge
  • IC High Speed Train Bruge - Brussels
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Brussels
  • Daily breakfast (if stated in hotel info)
  • Hotel taxes

Related Cities:
Amsterdam (84)   Belgium (35)   Bruges (18)   Brussels (35)   Cologne (28)   France (284)   Heidelberg (35)   Koblenz (10)   Luxembourg (18)   Luxembourg City (19)   Netherlands (83)   Strasbourg (21)  
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1. Amsterdam
   (96 hotels)
2. Cologne
   (61 hotels)
3. Koblenz
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4. Heidelberg
   (20 hotels)
5. Strasbourg
   (73 hotels)
6. Luxembourg City
   (24 hotels)
7. Bruges
   (60 hotels)
8. Brussels
   (147 hotels)
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2 nights in Amsterdam

Easygoing, liberal Amsterdam is "different." Its citizens, bubbling along happily in their multiracial melting pot, are not so easily poured into the restrictive molds of trade and industry. More important, you can enjoy Amsterdam, its culture, history, and beauty, without stretching the limits of your credit cards. Few skyscrapers mar the clarity of the sky and the populace mostly walks or bikes from place to place. The historic center recalls Amsterdam's Golden Age as the command post of a vast trading network and colonial empire, when wealthy merchants constructed gabled residences along neatly laid-out canals.

Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
Dam Square, Anne Frank House, Bloemenmarkt, Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Canal Belt, Jordaan, Red Light District and so much more!


2 nights in Cologne

The world feels at home in Cologne, where people meet to enjoy a Kölsch. (Kölsch is a language, a philosophy of life and also the popular local beer.) The largest city in the Rhineland, Cologne is rich in antiquity. There is much to see from every period of the city's two millennia history: from the old Roman towers to the modern opera house. Cologne is also a bustling modern city with a decent shot at becoming the fine-art capital of Germany. The city of Cologne also hosts an annual Carnival.


2 nights in Koblenz

This town was founded as a military post about 8 BC and occupied an excellent strategic position, as a triangle bordered by the confluence Rhine-Mosel and a line of strong forts on the surrounding hills - most razed to make room to the modern railway station. The visitor is invited to admire the Alstadt historical buildings (the church of Saint Castor, the municipal picture gallery) and also the palace Residenzschloss and memorial equastrian statue of the emperor Wilhelm I (in the new city).


2 nights in Heidelberg

This town is especially famous for its oldest German University of Heidelberg (1386). As students always made up the majority of population, it escapes from the war air raids and managed to preserve the ancient buildings from Middle Ages and Renaissance. Beside the University decorated with towers and turrets, you can admire the Heidelpberg Castle, with its charming color changing with the sunlight. You can get excellent photos from the Karl-Theodor Bridge or walk along the famous Philosophenweg.


2 nights in Strasbourg

The capital of Alsace, Strasbourg is one of France's greatest cities and also one of France's major ports, only 2 miles west of the Rhine. It was wrestled back and forth between the Germans and the French, resulting in a curious - and often rewarding - mixture of language, culture and food. La Petite France is the most interesting quarter of Strasbourg. For a good view, walk along rue des Moulins, branching off from rue du Bain-aux-Plantes.


2 nights in Luxembourg City

Luxembourg's diminutive capital is a delicious contrasting mix of the old and the new. Spend some time exploring the old city with its cobbled streets and imposing walls, and feast your eyes on ornate windows or jewel-like medallions. Come back to modern day as you pass contemporary constructions of glass and steel that house the many banking and business establishments in the capital. Take a lovely walk through Useldange where you can't miss the feudal castle surrounded by rolling plain.


2 nights in Bruges

Known as the 'Venice of the North', Bruges seems to have changed little from its 13th-century origins as a cloth-manufacturing town. With the city center closed off to cars, all the architectural and artistic treasures, folklore, chocolate shops, lace boutiques, and ambient restaurants of this unforgettable city can be easily explored on foot, by boat ride along quiet canals, or by horse-drawn carriage among cobblestone streets. The city center also made the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.


2 nights in Brussels

Brussels is sumptuous, historic and luxuriously cozy. What makes Brussels special? For visitors, it's full of delights - Grand Place, mussels with chips, pralines, under crowded museums, intimate hotels, Art Nouveau, Horta, Tintin and unbelievable beers. Modern edifices are only a few steps from the cobbled streets, splendid cafés, and graceful Art Nouveau architecture that speak to the city's eventful past. The city's spirit survives in traditional cafes, bars, bistros, and restaurants. Whether elegantly Art Nouveau or eccentrically festooned with posters, curios, and knickknacks, such centuries-old establishments provide a warm, convivial ambience that is peculiarly Belgian.



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Amsterdam
Day 1
Arrive to Amsterdam
Overnight in Amsterdam    96 hotels offered
Optional   177 Things to do
Day 2
Overnight in Amsterdam    96 hotels offered
Optional   177 Things to do
Day 3
Departing from Amsterdam
Transportation to next city by: ICE - Amsterdam to Cologne (r)
Cologne
Day 3
Arrive to Cologne
Overnight in Cologne    61 hotels offered
Optional   9 Things to do
Day 4
Overnight in Cologne    61 hotels offered
Optional   9 Things to do
Day 5
Departing from Cologne
Transportation to next city by: ICE - Cologne to Koblenz (r)
Koblenz
Day 5
Arrive to Koblenz
Overnight in Koblenz    4 hotels offered
Optional   6 Things to do
Day 6
Overnight in Koblenz    4 hotels offered
Optional   6 Things to do
Day 7
Departing from Koblenz
Transportation to next city by: ICE - Koblenz to Heidelberg (r)
Heidelberg
Day 7
Arrive to Heidelberg
Overnight in Heidelberg    20 hotels offered
Day 8
Overnight in Heidelberg    20 hotels offered
Day 9
Departing from Heidelberg
Transportation to next city by: IC - Heidelberg to Strasbourg (r)
Strasbourg
Day 9
Arrive to Strasbourg
Overnight in Strasbourg    73 hotels offered
Optional   6 Things to do
Day 10
Overnight in Strasbourg    73 hotels offered
Optional   6 Things to do
Day 11
Departing from Strasbourg
Transportation to next city by: RE - Strasbourg to Luxemburg (r)
Luxembourg City
Day 11
Arrive to Luxembourg City
Overnight in Luxembourg City    24 hotels offered
Optional   1 Things to do
Day 12
Overnight in Luxembourg City    24 hotels offered
Optional   1 Things to do
Day 13
Departing from Luxembourg City
Transportation to next city by: IC - Luxemburg to Bruges (r)
Bruges
Day 13
Arrive to Bruges
Overnight in Bruges    60 hotels offered
Optional   1 Things to do
Day 14
Overnight in Bruges    60 hotels offered
Optional   1 Things to do
Day 15
Departing from Bruges
Transportation to next city by: IC - Bruges to Brussels (r)
Brussels
Day 15
Arrive to Brussels
Overnight in Brussels    147 hotels offered
Optional   26 Things to do
Day 16
Overnight in Brussels    147 hotels offered
Optional   26 Things to do
Day 17
Departing from Brussels

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Amsterdam Hotels (96 total)
 
Cologne Hotels (61 total)
 
Koblenz Hotels (4 total)
Heidelberg Hotels (20 total)
 
Strasbourg Hotels (73 total)
 
Luxembourg City Hotels (24 total)
Bruges Hotels (60 total)
 
Brussels Hotels (147 total)
 


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Tours in Amsterdam (177 total)
 
Tours in Cologne (9 total)
 
Tours in Koblenz (6 total)
Tours in Heidelberg (0 total)
 
Tours in Strasbourg (6 total)
 
Tours in Luxembourg City (1 total)
Tours in Bruges (1 total)
 
Tours in Brussels (26 total)
 


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Belgium

Small as it seems Belgium has been the unlikely backdrop for some of the most important events in European history. Artists like Breughel, Van Dyck and Rubens were all masters in their day and Belgium's art galleries are replete with their fantastic and moving works. Many of Belgium's cities are works of art on their own. The simple beauty of historic centers such as Ghent and Bruges is matched by few other European cities. And capital city Brussels is a masterpiece of Renaissance art and architecture and has a refinement not found in many cities of its size.

France

Charming properties of France is a collection of quaint, picturesque, historic, first-rate and boutique hotels in France for the discriminating, independent traveler. They are located throughout the country, in the heart of the countryside and in small towns. Most properties are family owned and operated, service is quite good, and in almost all cases the staff speaks some English. You can also expect extraordinary dining with regional specialties accompanied by local wines. France offers an exceptional variety of landscapes, from the Lavender Fields of Provence to the manicured Chateaux of the Loire. We have grouped into areas for your booking convenience. These suggested itineraries offer the opportunity to experience a different France. Absorb history, art and culture; discover exquisite cuisine and wine and explore France?s diverse countryside.

Luxembourg

Luxembourg is one of Europe's oldest and smallest independent states. Although famous for its picturesque villages, medieval castles, and natural beauty, Luxembourg is one of the world's most industrialized countries and has the highest standard of living in the EU. The center of Luxembourg is Luxembourg city and there are a number of other beautiful small cities and villages that well worth a visit like Echternach and Vianden. All places can be easily visited in a day from the capital or neighboring Trier.

Netherlands

Visiting the Netherlands should mean more than Amsterdam. The vast flower fields, old windmills and bustling market towns make it an exceedingly pleasant place to explore. The Hague, Delft and Alkmaar are three cities with their own distinctive charms and are less frenetic than the Dutch capital. Also growing in popularity is the town of Maastricht in the far south. Undoubtedly, Amsterdam`s Rijksmuseum, packed with priceless paintings, will appeal to culture vultures. Outside of its beautiful cities, the Wadden Islands of the north are a Mecca for yachting enthusiasts, while the flat landscape makes touring by bike easy.

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Amsterdam
Easygoing, liberal Amsterdam is "different." Its citizens, bubbling along happily in their multiracial melting pot, are not so easily poured into the restrictive molds of trade and industry. More important, you can enjoy Amsterdam, its culture, history, and beauty, without stretching the limits of your credit cards. Few skyscrapers mar the clarity of the sky and the populace mostly walks or bikes from place to place. The historic center recalls Amsterdam's Golden Age as the command post of a vast trading network and colonial empire, when wealthy merchants constructed gabled residences along neatly laid-out canals.

Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
Dam Square, Anne Frank House, Bloemenmarkt, Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Canal Belt, Jordaan, Red Light District and so much more!
Cologne
The world feels at home in Cologne, where people meet to enjoy a Kölsch. (Kölsch is a language, a philosophy of life and also the popular local beer.) The largest city in the Rhineland, Cologne is rich in antiquity. There is much to see from every period of the city's two millennia history: from the old Roman towers to the modern opera house. Cologne is also a bustling modern city with a decent shot at becoming the fine-art capital of Germany. The city of Cologne also hosts an annual Carnival.
Koblenz
This town was founded as a military post about 8 BC and occupied an excellent strategic position, as a triangle bordered by the confluence Rhine-Mosel and a line of strong forts on the surrounding hills - most razed to make room to the modern railway station. The visitor is invited to admire the Alstadt historical buildings (the church of Saint Castor, the municipal picture gallery) and also the palace Residenzschloss and memorial equastrian statue of the emperor Wilhelm I (in the new city).
Heidelberg
This town is especially famous for its oldest German University of Heidelberg (1386). As students always made up the majority of population, it escapes from the war air raids and managed to preserve the ancient buildings from Middle Ages and Renaissance. Beside the University decorated with towers and turrets, you can admire the Heidelpberg Castle, with its charming color changing with the sunlight. You can get excellent photos from the Karl-Theodor Bridge or walk along the famous Philosophenweg.
Strasbourg
The capital of Alsace, Strasbourg is one of France's greatest cities and also one of France's major ports, only 2 miles west of the Rhine. It was wrestled back and forth between the Germans and the French, resulting in a curious - and often rewarding - mixture of language, culture and food. La Petite France is the most interesting quarter of Strasbourg. For a good view, walk along rue des Moulins, branching off from rue du Bain-aux-Plantes.
Luxembourg City
Luxembourg's diminutive capital is a delicious contrasting mix of the old and the new. Spend some time exploring the old city with its cobbled streets and imposing walls, and feast your eyes on ornate windows or jewel-like medallions. Come back to modern day as you pass contemporary constructions of glass and steel that house the many banking and business establishments in the capital. Take a lovely walk through Useldange where you can't miss the feudal castle surrounded by rolling plain.
Bruges
Known as the 'Venice of the North', Bruges seems to have changed little from its 13th-century origins as a cloth-manufacturing town. With the city center closed off to cars, all the architectural and artistic treasures, folklore, chocolate shops, lace boutiques, and ambient restaurants of this unforgettable city can be easily explored on foot, by boat ride along quiet canals, or by horse-drawn carriage among cobblestone streets. The city center also made the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
Brussels
Brussels is sumptuous, historic and luxuriously cozy. What makes Brussels special? For visitors, it's full of delights - Grand Place, mussels with chips, pralines, under crowded museums, intimate hotels, Art Nouveau, Horta, Tintin and unbelievable beers. Modern edifices are only a few steps from the cobbled streets, splendid cafés, and graceful Art Nouveau architecture that speak to the city's eventful past. The city's spirit survives in traditional cafes, bars, bistros, and restaurants. Whether elegantly Art Nouveau or eccentrically festooned with posters, curios, and knickknacks, such centuries-old establishments provide a warm, convivial ambience that is peculiarly Belgian.
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