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  • Ghent
  • Belgian Chocolate Tasting
  • Bruges Canals
  • Delft
  • Spring Flowers in Holland
  • Canal bridge, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Amsterdam's Gabled Houses
  • Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam
  • Pickled Herring!

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Heart of Belgium & Holland in 11 Days Tour

from $3,595 per person + air

Single Supplement $875

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The cities of the Low Countries are a delight to experience. Beginning in the medieval masterpiece of Ghent, your Rick Steves guide will take you on story-filled walks through the hearts of Bruges, Delft, and Amsterdam. You'll also visit a traditional Belgian brewery, thought-provoking Flanders Fields, a high-tech sea barrier project, and the world's largest flower auction — ending in Amsterdam with the spectacular Rijksmuseum. Join us for the Heart of Belgium & Holland in 11 Days!

Dates & Prices

2023

    • Apr 10–Apr 20 (Mo–Th)
    • $3,795 + Air

    Visits Keukenhof Gardens in lieu of Aalsmeer Flower Auction

    • May 29–Jun 8 (Mo–Th)
    • $3,595 + Air

    • Mar 27–Apr 6 (Mo–Th)
    • $3,795 + Air

    Visits Keukenhof Gardens in lieu of Aalsmeer Flower Auction

    • Mar 29–Apr 8 (We–Sa)
    • $3,795 + Air

    Visits Keukenhof Gardens in lieu of Aalsmeer Flower Auction

    • Apr 3–Apr 13 (Mo–Th)
    • $3,795 + Air

    Visits Keukenhof Gardens in lieu of Aalsmeer Flower Auction

    • Apr 5–Apr 15 (We–Sa)
    • $3,795 + Air

    Visits Keukenhof Gardens in lieu of Aalsmeer Flower Auction

    • Apr 12–Apr 22 (We–Sa)
    • $3,795 + Air

    Visits Keukenhof Gardens in lieu of Aalsmeer Flower Auction

    • Apr 15–Apr 25 (Sa–Tu)
    • $3,795 + Air

    Visits Keukenhof Gardens in lieu of Aalsmeer Flower Auction

    • Apr 17–Apr 27 (Mo–Th)
    • $3,795 + Air

    Visits Keukenhof Gardens in lieu of Aalsmeer Flower Auction

    • Apr 22–May 2 (Sa–Tu)
    • $3,795 + Air

    Visits Keukenhof Gardens in lieu of Aalsmeer Flower Auction

    • Apr 24–May 4 (Mo–Th)
    • $3,795 + Air

    Visits Keukenhof Gardens in lieu of Aalsmeer Flower Auction

    • Apr 26–May 6 (We–Sa)
    • $3,795 + Air

    Visits Keukenhof Gardens in lieu of Aalsmeer Flower Auction

    • May 22–Jun 1 (Mo–Th)
    • $3,595 + Air

    • Jun 14–Jun 24 (We–Sa)
    • $3,595 + Air

    • Jun 21–Jul 1 (We–Sa)
    • $3,595 + Air

    • Jun 26–Jul 6 (Mo–Th)
    • $3,595 + Air

    • Sep 6–Sep 16 (We–Sa)
    • $3,595 + Air

    • Sep 13–Sep 23 (We–Sa)
    • $3,595 + Air

What's Included

You'll get at least 18 group sightseeing events — at no extra cost!

Here's what you'll see and do on our Belgium & Holland tour:

  • Ghent canal cruise
  • Ghent walking tour
  • St. Bavo's Cathedral
  • Ghent Museum of Industry
  • Flanders Fields WWI sites
  • Bruges walking tour
  • Bruges Memling Museum
  • Chocolate demonstration and tasting
  • Bruges Museum Pass
  • Belgian brewery tour and tasting
  • Deltaworks and Maeslant sea barrier
  • Delft walking tour
  • Delft Old and New Churches
  • Delftware demonstration
  • Aalsmeer Flower Auction
  • Historic Amsterdam tour
  • Anne Frank House
  • Rijksmuseum

Plus you'll get all this, too.

  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Belgium and Holland come alive for you
  • All group transportation from Ghent to Amsterdam
  • 10 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (when available) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken with us
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing. See our Tour Conditions for important details regarding everything listed above.

Group sightseeing events subject to change.

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Belgium

Our adventure begins in medieval Ghent. We'll gather at our hotel at 4 p.m. for an introduction meeting, then hop aboard a fun and informative canal cruise through the city. Our evening ends with a traditional Belgian dinner together.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Boat: 1 hour. No bus. Sleep in Ghent.

Day 2: The Medieval Masterpiece of Ghent

This morning we'll meet with a local expert for a walking tour of the historic center of Ghent. Together we'll visit soaring St. Bavo's Cathedral, home to Van Eyck's sublime altarpiece The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, which was stolen and hidden by the Nazis during World War II. We'll also visit the city's newly restored Museum of Industry. Housed in an old cotton mill, this interactive museum weaves through Ghent's history as an international powerhouse in the textile industry. Your afternoon and evening are free for more exploring at your leisure.

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. No bus. Sleep in Ghent.

Day 3: Flanders Fields and Beautiful Bruges

Today we'll meet our driver and board our bus for a drive to the WWI battlefields around Ypres. Half a million soldiers were killed here, making it one of the deadliest — and today the most hallowed — stretches of land along the Western Front. With the aid of a local expert, we'll tour the American Cemetery, visit a thought-provoking museum, and see "the fields where poppies grow." After lunch together, we're off to Bruges and our lovely canal-laced and ivy-draped hotel. After check-in and some time to relax, we'll regroup for an orientation walk and dinner together.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 5 hours. Sleep in Bruges.

Day 4: Gothic Bruges

We'll meet our savvy local guide who will introduce us to the pedestrian-friendly streets and alleyways of Gothic Bruges, including a tour of the Memling Museum — showcasing several of Hans Memling's masterpieces, all housed within one of Europe's oldest medieval hospitals. Our afternoon continues with a visit to a Bruges chocolatier, where we'll learn about the artistry and traditions of Belgium's most mouth-watering export. After a free afternoon, we'll regroup for a brewery tour to learn about what makes Belgian beer famous around the globe — and enjoy a taste ourselves. The remainder of the evening is free to find the perfect Belgian dinner.

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. No bus. Sleep in Bruges.

Day 5: Free Day in Bruges

Today is yours to explore Bruges. Armed with your Bruges Museum Pass, you'll have free entry to any four museums — including the masterpiece-packed Groeninge Museum. You may decide to go on a culinary scavenger hunt, tasting your way through a myriad of Belgian specialties, or you can hop on a bike and take a wonderful hour-long ride along a tree-lined canal to the nearby small town of Damme. The choices today are endless.

Light to strenuous walking (your choice). No bus. Sleep in Bruges.

Day 6: Challenging the Sea

Today we'll discover how a country stays dry when nearly half of its land is below sea level. Over centuries, the Dutch created an immense system of dams, barriers, and dikes for protection from the North Sea — the Deltaworks. We'll explore these feats of modern engineering, culminating with a tour of one of earth's largest moving structures — the Maeslant storm surge barrier — and a better appreciation of the fragility of the Low Countries. We'll continue on to the traditional Dutch town of Delft for an orientation walk and dinner together.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Bus: 5 hours. Sleep in Delft.

Day 7: Delectable Delft

This morning we'll take a walking tour with a local who will give us a personal introduction to Vermeer's hometown, including the massive, Gothic New Church, where generations of the ruling House of Orange are buried and revered. We'll also visit a workshop to discover the qualities that make Delftware so dear. The rest of your day is free to explore the many other charms of Delft or to take a short tram ride to The Hague — where you can view paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Rubens at the Mauritshuis — or travel back to an 1880 seaside at the Panorama Mesdag.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. No bus. Sleep in Delft.

Day 8: Tulips, Countryside, and Bustling Amsterdam

We'll begin our day in Europe's biggest building — filled with acres of flowers — learning about the worldwide distribution of beauty that begins each day at the Aalsmeer Flower Auction. Then we'll stop for lunch on our way into Amsterdam. Upon arrival, we'll dodge bicycles and hipsters on our neighborhood orientation walk, as we adjust to the pace of this progressive world capital. We'll end our day with a traditional rijsttafel dinner together.

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. Bus: 3 hours. Sleep in Amsterdam.

Day 9: Vibrant and Historic Amsterdam

This morning, we'll get chummy with Amsterdam's gabled houses, bridges, and canals while learning why the Golden Age glimmered so brightly here. We'll take a historic tour through the heart of the city, stopping to visit the Anne Frank House for a thought-provoking look at the hideaway of Anne and her family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. The rest of the day is yours to tackle any number of Amsterdam's wonderful museums.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. No bus. Sleep in Amsterdam.

Day 10: Amsterdam's Art

We'll start the day with a thrill: getting up-close and personal with the Dutch masters on our tour of Amsterdam's remarkable Rijksmuseum. You can continue your encounter with artistic genius at the nearby Van Gogh Museum* — home to 200 of Vincent's works — or enjoy the nearby charm of Vondelpark. This evening we'll meet for our farewell dinner, where we'll share memories and toast new friends. Proost!

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. No bus. Sleep in Amsterdam.

Day 11: Tour Over After Breakfast

Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today. Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport is an easy bus ride away. Your guide will help you with any post-tour planning, leaving you well prepared for the road ahead. Tot ziens!

 

*Reserve a time before you leave the US

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Physical Demands

Our tours are physically active! It's an essential part of the Rick Steves tour experience. On our Heart of Belgium & Holland in 11 Days tour — among other things — you'll need to happily…

  1. Carry/roll your luggage over uneven pavement (possibly several blocks), on and off public transportation, and up stairways to reach your hotel.
  2. Sleep comfortably in historic canal houses with several flights of steep, narrow staircases to reach your room, with street noise and no (or weak) air conditioning.
  3. Be on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions.
  4. After orientation and transportation lessons, be able to navigate towns and cities on your own.

Reviews

Kenneth

Tour: 09/14/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

good guide makes all the difference, local guides and tours were good. Nice distribution on free time and guided tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Holland Flower market"

Steve

Tour: 09/14/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was an immersive experience and I enjoyed seeing all the different cities we toured.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's a tie between the Royal FloraHolland international marketplace and the DeltaWorks ."

Lavinia

Tour: 09/14/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I liked learning about a wide variety of stuff: WW1 cemeteries, the Deltaworks, the Flower Auction, the art, and Anne Frank's House. Ellen was a good guide, especially early on making the paper with our photos and names.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of the above."

Howard

Tour: 09/14/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Overall it was a nice trip. Ghent, Bruges, and Delft were beautiful and charming. There were also a couple of lunch stops in small towns that were also very nice. Ellen, our tour guide did a workmanlike job of guiding us and keeping us on schedule. There were a couple of misfires, though.The day we spent touring WWI battlefields and cemeteries needs to be reworked with more tim touring the actual trenches and museum and a more engaging local guide. A couple of the hotels were not up standards.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I discovered Vermeer. The Vermeer Center in Delft was excellent. It helped me really understand his gift for using light and composition. There were other wow moments: In Ghent and Bruges the scenery along the canals in the early morning and late afternoon was magical. There is just something special the way the light hits the water and the old houses."

Lisa

Tour: 09/14/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Loved the places we visited. Guide was awesome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The storm surge protector - awesome! (Water works)"

Patricia

Tour: 09/14/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was interesting to see those old cities with canals and charming old buildings. The pace of the tour was good. I would like to have spent an additional day in Delft. I don't think one day was enough.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't think of a "wow" moment. Going to the WWI cemeteries was an emotional experience. The trip to the water control equipment to protect the land was very interesting."

Gail

Tour: 09/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the start, Ellen, our tour guide, was organized, helpful and caring. The areas visited were as described on the tour information and did not disappoint. Ellen also offered opportunities to try local foods and beverages that we would never have known about without her expert guidance. Belgium and the Netherlands were beautiful and examples of being proactive with climate change.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The town of Bruges was like being on a movie set and was fun to walk around. I loved Delft for much the same reason. And the Delta works and storm surge barriers were incredible examples of engineering. Oops, that's 3!"

Heather

Tour: 09/14/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very good tour guides with one exception.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty and charm of the smaller towns we visited."

Patrice

Tour: 09/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The countryside of Belgium is just beautiful. Bus trips for this particular tour were never very long, and there was always something to see along the way. The towns of Ghent, Brugge, and Delft were charming and bursting with interesting history. The tour experience was enhanced by having delightful weather the entire trip, not the many rainy days we anticipated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many interesting things on this trip. I enjoyed learning some of the World War I history, but I think my favorite part was visiting the Royal Holland Floral Market. It was just amazing to see this place. It gave me a whole new perspective when I purchase flowers for my home!"

David

Tour: 09/07/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

So much to see in a small area of Netherlands and Belgium. Nice combination of history and modern technology. Great trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As usual with RS trips, there were many. Aside from the beauty of Ghent, Brugge, and Delft, the Rotterdam storm surge gates and the Amsterdam flower exchange were very impressive."

Monica

Tour: 09/07/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, Tim, was extremely knowledgeable about the area we were traveling in. The local guides (Mieke, Raoul, Danielle, Anne, and Saane) gave excellent and lively commentary that held our attention during the city walking tours of the different cities. We were given a lot of information about the cities and towns we visited and are still processing a lot of it after the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, there were several wow moments. The various war memorials in Flanders and Ypres. The storm barrier system near Rotterdam. The Mauritshuis in Hague and Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam."

Barbara

Tour: 09/07/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tim was a wonderful guide, knowledgeable and patient. He facilitated many thought provoking discussions which added to the richness of the tour. If I was rating Tim alone he would get 5 stars. Loved the historic sections of Bruge and Ghent and the totally different vibe of busy Amsterdam. We were pleasantly surprised by the delicious cuisine of both Belgium and The Netherlands.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aalsmeer flower auction building and the Rotterdam Storm Surge Barrier were both fascinating. My favorite view was early morning from our room in Bruge looking out over the canal"

John

Tour: 09/07/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great tour guide (Tim) Local tour guides were very knowledgeable , could speak good English, very entertaining.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ww1 experience. Cemeteries, trench fields, lunch with the folks that owned the farm"

Anindya

Tour: 09/07/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were lucky to have Tim as our tour guide and a very positive, educated, curious bunch of travelers with us. The tour was extremely well planned but it also had unscripted moments like amazing pianists playing in Ghent city hall during our post dinner walk. The staff at different hotels, local tour guides, the driver - people made a big difference to the tour. This is in addition to the choice of the food, route, venues/themes, city walks, rest stops - intense, yet relaxed feeling.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was the first day when we met our fellow travelers. I usually travel just with my family because I am not sure about what others might bring to the travel. Here we had a surprisingly nice group of folks - positive, curious, well read people - and many of them have been regulars at Rick Steves tours. They were least bit surprised at how good the group was - in fact was expecting to meet similar minded folks in the tour. We learnt a lot from them and had warm conversations."

Susan

Tour: 09/07/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was amazing. So many great people on the tour. Tim was an awesome tour guide. His enthusiasm, knowledge and love for the job was clearly evident. We would hope to have him again as a tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is hard. But for me, I think the Aalsmeer Flower Auction place was my wow moment even though since Covid they do it online. The driving of those vehicles on the floors were amazing to watch. It was obvious they knew what they were doing without any accidents or very few. A well oiled production. I could or want to work there."

Pam

Tour: 09/07/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great group of interesting people, all of whom like to travel in the same small group way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Can't rate one over the other: Flanders Cemeteries Water Barrier in Rotterdam Aalsmeer Flower Auction (my reason for the trip)"

Virginia

Tour: 09/07/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed both Belgium and Netherlands. Tim, our guide, did a great job of setting us up for each new adventure. He made sure to point out sights, or ideas that gave us insight into the society and culture of each place we visited. The local guides were also outstanding. Each one was a fount of knowledge, while presenting to us in an interesting way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Delta Storm Surge Barrier surprised me at how interesting it is. Our guide there explained it well. Seeing the flood museum beforehand drove home its importance to the safety of local residents. We also appreciated the amazing artwork in the museums. It was quite an experience to be able to view so many renowned works in the various small cities, besides in Amsterdam."

Malcolm

Tour: 09/07/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great guide (go Tim!) providing worthwhile insights and information. The pacing was excellent; felt comfortable at each focused mini-tour/walk. Only caveat: could have spent an extra day in Delft.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Enjoyed Delft far more than expected. Finally seeing Vermeer’s Girl with Pearl Earring and Rembrandt’s Night Watch—wow!"

Randy

Tour: 09/07/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Tim was awesome! He went out of his way to make everything interesting and fun. The local guides were quite knowledgeable and very informative. The places visited were great selections and the time spent in each place was adequate although an extra day in Delft would have allowed people to spend more than a few hours visiting The Hague. And the bus driver was amazing and was so personable that he became a member of the group!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The flower market in the Netherlands was amazing! Observing organized chaos in action made us wonder how so many people could be doing so many different things so fast across each other's paths without crashing into each other."

Sinde

Tour: 09/07/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a fantastic group of people on our tour. Tim was wonderful and was very helpful and listened to what we wanted to experience on this tour. Hotels were nice and our group dinners were yummy. Loved the choices of food at group dinners. Our bus driver John was very nice

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going to Delft, Holland."

Linda

Tour: 06/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour!! Really enjoyed Bruges and Ghent and appreciated ("enjoyed?") the battlefield/cemetery tours.

Paul

Tour: 06/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the variety of experiences, the tour group size, the knowledge and care provided by our tour guide and the individual event guides. I liked the balance of group time and individual time. Not needing to manage all aspects of the day was beneficial and the tour provided opportunities to see parts of cities that we might otherwise not have been exposed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many but the opportunity to experience the I-Storm Network of Storm Surge Barriers was truly unique and a favorite for me. It was unique in terms of the solutions, the technology, the ability to see it up close, and for its relevancy to the time we live in."

Heather

Tour: 06/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really enjoyed Belgium and The Netherlands. Our guide, Nico, did a great job orienting us to each city and providing historical and cultural information. We felt like we were able to jump in and start experiencing each city right away because we didn't have to figure things out on our own. There is an excellent balance between group activities and free time! It was wonderful to be traveling again!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are many "wow" moments from this tour - there is really nothing we did not fully enjoy. One highlight was biking from Bruges to Damme on our free day. We enjoyed engaging in the bike culture, exploring the town of Damme, getting close up with a canal and a windmill!"

Jeff

Tour: 06/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful tour. We were initially interested in Holland but delighted to find out how much Belgium had to offer. The pace was perfect, with just the right amount of time in Ghent, Bruges and Delft. Amsterdam, with countless bikes and a faster pace than the smaller cities, was exciting and offered a wealth of interesting sites. We enjoyed the balance between time with the group and time on our own. We would recommend this tour to anyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The museums of Amsterdam are incomparable. The Rijksmuseum has so many treasures including "The Night Watch" by Rembrandt and several paintings by Vermeer. We gained a new appreciation for the humanity that Rembrandt brought to his portraits and marveled at the depth and beauty of "The Milkmaid." Perhaps overlooked but definitely worth a visit are the Dutch impressionists. And what can one say about the Van Gogh Museum. It was a long time goal to visit here and it was outstanding."

Christine

Tour: 06/29/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Bruges with all the canals and beautiful architecture"

Roderick

Tour: 06/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my third tour, each one has gotten better than the last one. I have been very lucky with quality of tour guides plus very good groups of fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The very talented city guides that Rick gets for his tours! Plus Nico was absolutely awesome."

Thelma

Tour: 06/29/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The North Sea barriers"

Lori

Tour: 06/15/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves' tour but it will not be our last! I especially appreciated all the "extra" things our guide did for our group: hosting group happy hours, giving us snacks on the bus, giving each person a small gift of candy, a snack, or a beer by pulling names out of a hat. It was nice that she took care of all our admission tickets, and she even purchased us 3 day tram tickets for Amsterdam.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wows" that I don't think I can choose just one. I will say that when I looked over the tour itinerary, there were some things that I thought would be boring, like the tour of the textile museum in Ghent, but I ended up really enjoying it! I especially liked the city walks with the local guides. I learned so much about the food, history, art, religion, and culture of the area."

Kenneth

Tour: 06/15/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour stops, guide, and group were fantastic. We had a great time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to pick a favorite...perhaps the tour of the Rjksmuseum in Amsterdam. The local guide's enthusiasm for the art and his thought-provoking commentary on the works we viewed were fascinating and really added to the experience viewing the masterpieces in the museum."

Emma

Tour: 06/15/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ruby was our tour guide and she was amazing! She made everyone feel incredibly welcome and was always surprising us with gifts and fun facts. Etelka was the assistant and she was the sweetest person I have ever met. The toe of them working together made the group feel like a family and they didn't everything they could to make it the most amazing experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was the views of the small towns. I loved that we went to smaller cities and the canal cruises were breathtaking. I enjoyed that we got to do more than one canal cruise."

Danny

Tour: 06/15/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Cemetery day in Ypres was too much cemetery (we went to 4 or 5) It felt like a wasted day capped off with what seemed to me a poorly reconstructed small trench system. Our day at the beach was not on the published itinerary and was again a time waste for me. I would have preferred more time in Bruges, Ghent, or Delft

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the art. The local guide at the Rijksmuseum really broadened my understanding of the paintings"

Thomas

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I was pleasantly surprised with the richness of Belgium and the Netherlands. While these countries are small the feature some of the best western art in the world and played a crucial role in WWI and WWII.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Viewing the annual Procession of the Holy Blood in Bruges."

Janis

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great stops and guides. This was our first RS tour, although we have travelled with your books for 33 years. I still prefer independent travel, but the switch to group travel is helpful as we age.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to Ghent"

David

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour provided an excellent insight into the cities of Ghent, Bruges, Delft, and Amsterdam, as well as the history and everyday life of living in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Anne Frank House and Museum in Amsterdam gave visitors a chilling reminder of how hate and nationalism have dangerous and deadly consequences."

Jeannette

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great! Very enjoyable trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Royal Floral Auction - so huge and bustling."

Joan

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Well organized; knowledgeable take-charge leadership by Nina; respectful group of people on tour; learned a lot about art and the culture of the communities visited

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Holland dam structure; world-famous art I could walk up to (ex., Girl with the Pearl Earring)"

Jacqueline

Tour: 05/16/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The well-balanced itinerary offered something for everyone: splendid architecture and art, good grounding in history and culture, and free time for exploring and mingling with locals, and breathtaking views. We appreciated both the abundant opportunities for "customizing" our experience and the planned stops and visits.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a tough question to answer, but I'll pick one at random. Simply waking early (on purpose!) to watch a dozen or so swans gliding in the canal in front of our hotel in Bruges -- against a background of 17th-century buildings -- was as magical as it was peaceful. And while I was appreciating that view, I was greeted by a pleasant elderly nun who shared the weather forecast and wished me a happy day."

Carol

Tour: 05/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was an excellent balance of education about what makes the Low Countries unigue, their culture, their amazing water engineering, their art and the beauty of their cities and people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The surge protector and the WW I battlefields."

Judith

Tour: 05/16/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This was my fifth Rick Steves tour. The guide was great but needed an assistant. It is impossible to walk through a city as a unified group of 22 in the rain and crowds.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The coffee shop in Delfts with friends."

Todd

Tour: 05/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a great trip. We learned so much about Belgium and the Netherlands and both World Wars!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is impressive how the Dutch have combatted the sea. We loved the flexible dykes and Sea Surge Protector. We loved the art and learning about the areas artists. And Brughes!"

Serge

Tour: 05/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour met all expectations and then some. The tour was well organized and expertly run. Prior to the tour I knew little about. europe’s Low Countries. So this tour was educational from start to finish

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dodging bicyclists in Amsterdam"

Deborah

Tour: 05/16/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Another wonderful Rick Steves tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Aalsmeer flower tour was outstanding - so incredibly interesting"

Michael

Tour: 04/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Nothing but the best. Small group of 12, great guide, smooth logistics.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to mention just one! If I were to generalize it was the immersion into the art at various museums with the great local guides."

Richard

Tour: 04/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time. The weather was good most of the time. We were prepared which really helped on a couple of breezy days. Nico was a great guide. He was very attentive to our needs. Very knowledgeable about the are. Mixed a lot of humor in with telling us about the culture and expectations of The Netherlands and Belgium. Our group got along well. Lucky for us, there were only twelve of us. The hotels were good and the breakfasts were great! We all loved the bus driver, John.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved the car free squares and roads. The stone buildings and walkways were also a wow. Every turn was interesting. Add in the canals and we were constantly in awe."

Mary

Tour: 04/25/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great leader and participants.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Keukenhof"

Marc

Tour: 04/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Throughly enjoyed our small group tour. Nico went above and beyond to educate us about some Belgian traditions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to pick just one. As a Puget Sound native I enjoy boating so our private boat tour with sunny weather sticks in my mind. I also enjoyed the quiet Sunday with Ann taking a minutes to enjoy a hit coco on a cool morning. Our picnic that moved under the windmill was another highlight. Last but not least we enjoyed spending a few minutes with Rick Steves in a Belgian brewery."

Thomas

Tour: 04/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enriching historical perspectives; savory food; learning experience; enjoyable tour members; top-notch guides; nice meld of new & old... medieval town centers, modern transportation, water technology, & bikes; comfortable, central lodging with helpful staffs; stunningly scenic (Keukenhof, canals, Dutch towns.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I choose two: the splendor of color, design, and varieties on display at Keukenhof AND the solemn, memorials in Flanders fields"

Brian

Tour: 04/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We've come to expect excellent tour guides when traveling with a Rick Steves tour and Nico Favoreel exceeded expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The day at the Keukenhof Gardens was spectacular. I can't imagine that there is a more brilliant display of flowers anywhere. We also ran across Rick himself and enjoyed getting to talk with him. In spite of what was an interruption to his itinerary, he was very gracious."

Ellen

Tour: 04/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First, Ellen and Ruby were wonderful. Knowledgable, interesting, kind, helpful. I left my brand new pants in Ghent and they went to great lengths to get them back to me! So, they handled flaky tourists well! The group was so fun. Lots of nice, interesting people. The tour itself was a nice mixture of art, culture, history. Being an art and flower person, I unexpectedly ended up loving the day we spent hearing about water control in the Netherlands! Our first RS tour - we'll be back!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the tulip gardens - I won't spell it right. They were breathtakingly beautiful. Beyond anything I could have imagined!"

Laura

Tour: 04/23/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our guides Ellen and stunt were wonderful. Any time we had a question about anything, they were on it. The local guides in the cities we visited were wonderful as well - all were very knowledgeable. I loved that we had the tour of the waterworks which was something we would never have done on our own. The balance of time spent with the group and free time was perfect. The day of visiting cemeteries got a bit long . I’d suggest leaving one of them out, but Flanders Field was not to be missed,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tulips at Keukenhof were glorious! (The boat ride was a complete waste of time and money, however). Loved Ghent and Bruges - both so very picturesque and interesting. Also loved the Anne Frank tour. The Mauritzhaus which we visited on our own was incredible - a must for lovers of Dutch golden age painters. Rijksmuseum tour was also great."

Michael

Tour: 04/23/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was our first tour of this type as a couple, we had a great time and learned a lot about our destination cities. We also learned a lot about this type of traveling that would make it better on a second tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was walking through the streets of Bruges, Belgium imagining that what I was seeing was what it was like in the Middle Ages."

David

Tour: 04/23/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very nice tour. Covers medieval history through First World War to the present. I liked that it allowed for a lot of free time to discover things on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Keukenhof gardens was amazing. I loved the architecture of Ghent and Bruges as well."

Gay

Tour: 04/23/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We were lucky that the pandemic didn't prevent anything we wanted to see or do.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tulips at Keukenhof Gardens were amazing. I can't believe it is only open two months a year."

Dee

Tour: 04/23/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Loved seeing these beautiful areas in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"After watching 10 episodes of "In Flanders Field" mini series (PBS Masterpiece) about a family in Ghent during World War I, the trenches we visited really came alive for me. I could imagine what took place where we were standing and it was very touching."

Karen

Tour: 04/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first Rick Steve's experience was WONDERFUL! We had a great group of people to travel with. I love how the tours are set up with walking tours, education, but also down time or time to do what we want. We were able to see things that we would not have been able to see on our own. We loved the quaint hotels in great locations to walk to things. Our guides were great and so knowledgable, patient and helpful. It was a great experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Keukenhof!!! Wow! But also I was impressed by how well run the countries are as we learned about them and saw how they take care of their people and their land."

Scott

Tour: 04/23/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very good. We enjoyed the tour group; Ellen and Ruby were great tour guides and responsive to questions/concerns. The planned meals were excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Keukenhof Gardens, although the Rijstaffel dinner and the Hill 62 trench tour were great too."

Robin

Tour: 04/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an excellent tour. Enjoyed Tim our RS tour guide, felt the individual tour guides were extremely knowledgeable and mostly personable. We were blessed with the most incredible weather, no rain!!! This made the trip all the more enjoyable. The 14 other people on our tour were friendly and the whole group got along well. We had a good time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the picture I took in Ghent of the sunrise hitting the Cathedral at a perfect time. It epitomized the joy of the trip and oddly enough was taken from the dormer window (on the 3.5 story room) of our funky room. So had we not stayed there, I wouldn’t have taken the best picture of the entire tour. While we quite frankly did not like the room, the staff and the front patio as well as the picture made up the room."

Terese

Tour: 04/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great ! Our tour guide Tim was the best! He was so informative, friendly and made our tour one of the best I've ever taken!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going to see all the tulips in bloom !"

Gail

Tour: 04/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I felt like the pace of the trip was a little bit of a challenge for me even though I walk 2 miles a day at home. Mostly a challenge because I get up about 5 am and on those nights we had group dinners I was dragging a bit. But would I go again? You bet. The quality and thought put into each day can not be beat and of course our guide Tim was a awesome young man.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several. Ghent, Brugge, and Delft. Just being in and walking around the towns was such an experience. I loved every minute. Well the Keukenhof gardens were spectacular. We could not stop saying wow and taking pictures. The Watersnood museum was very moving as well as Anne Franks annex. I haven't mentioned the canals yet. But we never tired of them."

Kimberly

Tour: 04/13/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a wonderful way to learn about two countries that are very similar yet also very different. There is much to see, and more people should visit Belgium & Holland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tram to our hotel didn't follow its original route & even the locals were confused. A kind passenger saw us looking lost & asked where we were going. When we told him, he asked a mother & daughter who were getting off if they spoke English & then asked them to help us get to a tram that would get us to our hotel. The mother & daughter walked us all the way to the street of the hotel for 20 minutes on cobble stone sidewalks & streets. We experienced this type of kindness throughout our trip!"

Terri

Tour: 04/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Nico is a wonderful tour guide, knowledgeable, kind, funny and charming. The hotels were wonderful glimpse of each city. Restaurant choices were wonderful. A few too many cemeteries on the tour. But overall, it was a fun trip, filled with lots of memories. Looking forward to our next tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Keukenhof Gardens. It was SPECTACULAR! Better than I could ever imagine. Photos do not do it justice."

Sandra

Tour: 04/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was impressed by the organization of each day’s activities.Nico was always organized, helpful and upbeat. When we went to various sites,I was always impressed with the local guide’s knowledge.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of the Keukenhof gardens was breath taking."

John

Tour: 04/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed every part of the experience; the planning, visit to each city and the guides, who shared their expertise.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many to name just name one. However, when we visited the Keukenhof gardens the tulips were in full bloom and spectacular."

Donna

Tour: 04/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well-run, interesting, educational, fun. All the usual components of a Rick Steves tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Maeslant Barrier storm surge dike. Amazing innovation. A view into the spectacular use of engineering to improve lives."

Phil

Tour: 04/13/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed learning about the "low countries" now that I know what they are.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from our room at the Hotel Adornes in Brugge was my "wow" moment as it was the quintessential European scene."

Patricia

Tour: 04/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time. Our tour guide Nina was fabulous - she asked each of us why we had picked the Belgium/Netherlands tour. When most everyone said 'the tulips' she ensured that we had a lot of time at Keukenhof gardens. The bus was comfortable and expertly driven - with just 15 of us on tour we had a lot of space to spread out. The tour was structured with knowledgeable local guides followed by lots of free time (plenty of time in each location to see the sites).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The day where we toured Ypres, and the WWI sites was extremely moving. The local guide, Raoul, was fantastic, presenting the history of world war 1 in an interesting and engaging manner. Getting to see the American and battlefield cemeteries and understand the scope of the sacrifice made this day an absolute standout. The tulips at Keukenhof were a definite highlight, along with the glorious works of art at the Rijksmuseum, the Ghent altarpiece and the Michelangelo Madonna in Bruges."

Ken

Tour: 04/11/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We were able to see and do all the things on the itinerary. On Location guides were fantastic. The pace was good for us: nice balance between free time and planed time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Keukenhof was amazing. Close seconds would have been the dikes and the Anne Frank House."

Judith

Tour: 04/11/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Several museums were not open and there was no notice until we arrived. (Even the some of the museums' websites failed to advise of the closings.) Nina selected substitute venues to visit when a museum closing was on the schedule. These were included on my list of places to visit on my free time so I feel they were good choices and I got more out of them because the local guides explanations were excellent. Learned so much about the history and culture of the area.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Rijksmuseum and the Marianne, the local guide, was superb. Her, dare I say "lecture", on Rembrandt's Night Watch provided so much information not only about that specific painting but on Rembrandt's methods and techniques as well. Marianne's knowledge and enthusiasm for the paintings and exhibits made this one of the best museum visits ever."

Donna

Tour: 04/11/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Nina’s, our tour guide , enthusiasm was contagious!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gardens at Keukenhof."

Brenda

Tour: 04/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tulips at Keukenhof Gardens"

Gail

Tour: 04/11/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I am happy with the things I experienced on the tour. However, this tour felt a bit more like a "Your Way" tour than what I experienced previously. There was an overabundance of "on your own" time. However, some of the suggestions to fill that time required reservations that were impossible to get once the tour started, especially The Hague (booked) while we were in Delft and the Van Gogh Museum (booked). Too much free time in Ghent as we did things there having arrived prior to the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Keukenhof Gardens were fabulous. Rotterdam Water Engineering was fascinating. Flanders Field - moving."

Delmas

Tour: 04/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed all the towns that we visited. The meals hosted by our tour guide were very good. Our tour guide Tim was outstanding. He was very Informative and entertaining.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The historic buildings and the canals were amazing. The art, food, and wonderful Belgian beer was a wow for me."

Virginia

Tour: 04/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Holland and Belgium tour was fantastic, I loved the locations we visited and the hotels we stayed in. Tim, our tour guide was so friendly and informative. Traveling by coach was effortless and the guided tours we had in Brugge, Ghent, and Delft were all great! I was surprised at how much I enjoyed seeing the great surge barrier and visiting the WWI cemeteries.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One of my favorite memories from the trip was driving into Brugge and seeing the windmills along the city gates. I loved getting to take bikes from the hotel and ride in the countryside outside of Brugge, it was beautiful!"

Larry

Tour: 04/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour- very good itinerary, saw a lot of very interesting things that you would not see on most tours. Tim is an excellent guide- very personable and knowledgeable. Very comfortable bus, good driver.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tulip gardens, Water control installations, Anne Frank House, Old towns"

Deborah

Tour: 04/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second Rick Steves tour and it was outstanding. Again. Will be scheduling more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Ghent Altarpiece took my breath away. I knew it would be a ‘wow’, but it was a ‘WOW’."

Pamela

Tour: 04/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Belgium & The Netherlands, and Ellen, our tour guide, was absolutely brilliant. Her knowledge of the history, culture and character of these two countries was a highlight and greatly increased our understanding and appreciation for these wonderful people. Our time in each city and surrounding countryside was enhanced by the local guides. The planned meals were delicious! Our small group of 14 made for easy movement to each site, and we formed some lovely friendships.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hands down The Rijksmuseum was absolutely awesome! To be surrounded by so many well-known works of art had me mouthing "Wow!" as we moved through the galleries. The Keukenhof Garden was another great favorite, and I agree with another reviewer that more time there would have been lovely. Each day was a delight and we so appreciate the flexibility and grace with which Ellen handled our orientation tours and jaunts about each city. I would highly recommend this tour."

Laurie

Tour: 04/06/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a wonderful time, our tour guide Ellen was amazing! We feel we were so lucky to have her as our tour guide. I loved the group size of only 14, as we all became connected very fast and it was a wonderful group. Having a smaller group made the trip so enjoyable, it made all the logistics so easy, and saved us so much time. I would be willing to pay more money for a future trip if the number of travelers were limited to 14 All of our local tour guides gave an excellent presentation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to pick out just one "wow" moment....but I would choose the time spent at the Keukenhof Gardens. The tulips were beautiful, I could have spent more time just wondering around the gardens."

Gary

Tour: 04/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall the trip was great. Ellen was an excellent tour leader and the city guides were excellent too. We were fortunate to only have 14 people in our group so we got to know everyone very well. The art we saw and the history we learned were incredible. And then, of course, there were those beautiful tulips!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't say there was a particular "wow" moment. But there were many great highlights, perhaps visiting the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam was my favorite."

Ann

Tour: 03/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had fantastic guides in Nico and Ruby. Both very knowledgeable about the history and current events of the Netherlands. They were so welcoming. We felt like long lost friends. Our trip was great. We saw and did so much. The local guides were very informative and entertaining. Our fellow travelers were friendly, not one grump among them!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My husband really enjoyed the visit to the storm serge barrier. Amazing! I loved walking the narrow shopping streets and marveling at the age of the buildings. The Rijksmuseum was wonderful."

Janet

Tour: 03/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is a great tour that covers unique architecture, engineering, history, art and nature. Each city had some beautiful art works in it. The engineering that gave these countries canals and new land is phenomenal. The visit to Keukenhof gardens was the highlight for me. It was wonderful to be back in Europe. The locals we talked to were very glad to see us. I loved seeing all the things unique to Belgium and the Netherlands. The chocolate was terrific!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing all the floral displays at Keukenhof Gardens. The colors, the displays the fragrances were so beautiful. The second wow moment was our visit to the American cemetery. We was snowing and that blanket of snow gave it a peace and solemnity that was very special and moving. The British, Canadian, French and German cemeteries were reminders of the brutality and extremely high death rate of this horrible war."

Carol

Tour: 03/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My experience was fantastic! Tour guides Nico and Ruby were great and very helpful. I loved the places we stopped and the opportunity to see and hear about each one. The local guides were wonderful as well. I felt like I was a part of the community.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was Keukenhof Gardens. The flowers were in full bloom, including the tulips, and the colors were just phenomenal! I couldn't take enough pictures!"

Jeff

Tour: 03/30/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had another positive experience with a RS tour. Activities were will thought out, guides well informed, and free time adequately scheduled. I enjoyed the group with no exceptions. Weather was problematic with rain and I did not have all the clothing necessary to fight the elements. My bad!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I did not feel one activity far outweighed all others. Positive moments/events included both boat tours, the Delft pottery shop, the storm surge facility, the trenches at Flanders, and Kuekenhof."

Thomas

Tour: 03/30/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was like a string of pearls, one splendid thing after another.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sweep of the terrain at Flanders and the fact that so many died there left me in awe."

Janice

Tour: 03/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Nico and Ruby were great tour guides

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Flower show"

Gloria

Tour: 03/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour had it all - great guide, great tour group and a perfect variety of experiences unique to Belgium & the Netherlands.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many to choose from but I have narrowed it to two: Visiting the WWI cemeteries and battleground trenches which helped me realize how little I knew about Belgium's sacrifices. The other was seeing the infrastructure of the storm surge barrier system. What an engineering miracle! But then there is a number three: Viewing the Old Masters' of the Low Countries paintings in person!!"

John

Tour: 03/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Nina was an enthusiastic and very empathetic guide. She worked constantly behind the scenes to make sure in advance that each day came off as smoothly as possible. The local guides were all very good to excellent. Overall we had an excellent time as we always do with RS tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The local guide who gave us the tour of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. He was truly inspirational."

When To Go & Weather

Any time between April and September is a good time to take a Heart of Belgium & Holland tour. However, the months of April, May, and September are best for offering generally good weather, lighter crowds, and the full range of tourist fun. April and early May are also the best time to catch flowers in bloom.

Belgium / Brussels

Belgium Weather


Holland / Amsterdam

Holland Weather

Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

In case you wish to book pre- or post-tour hotel accommodations, the contact information for the tour's first and last hotels is included in your tour confirmation email, as well as in the Itinerary section of your tour account. One month prior to the tour departure, you'll find the directions to your first tour hotel and a complete list of hotels where we'll be staying in the Documents section of your tour account.

Flights

Our tours don't include airfare, so your flight arrangements are completely up to you.

Most tour members arrange to fly into Brussels (BRU) and out of Amsterdam (AMS) — choose "multicity" on flight-booking websites. It's a 1 to 1½ -hour train ride from the Brussels airport to Ghent (where the tour begins). Booking round-trip to one city will require a connecting flight, train trip, or additional overnight stay in Europe.

We suggest arriving a day or two before your tour begins to allow ample time to get over jet lag and be well-rested for the first few days of your tour. For more information about transportation options for getting to and from your tour, see your Rick Steves guidebook.