War History of Holland & Belgium

8 days from $6,304 per person*
  • Head to Bastogne for a private guided Battle of the Bulge day tour.
  • Visit the Anne Frank House, and the Jewish Quarters of Amsterdam with a private guide.
  • Explore the National Liberation Museum with private guide, and discover Arnhem, a city where fierce battles were fought during WWII.
  • Discover Waterloo with private guide, where Napoleon Bonaparte's infamous losing battle took place.
  • Visit the WWI battlefields of Flanders in Belgium.
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A journey of sorrow and triumph, uncovering battlefields, memorials and monuments as you venture through the history of wars that forever changed Holland and Belgium, along with the entire world.

Start your journey on an uplifting note, exploring the beauty and charm of Amsterdam with a private guide, passing over bridges and alongside quaint cafes, and passing 17th and 18th century mansions lining the canals, before boarding a boat to cruise this extravagant canal system that envelopes the city. Tour Amsterdam's Jewish Quarters with your private guide, as well as the Anne Frank House, and the Dutch Resistance Museum, all offering opportunities to imagine war-time Holland. Explore the National Liberation Museum with private guide, and discover Arnhem, a city where fierce battles were fought during WWII. In Brussels, set out to discover Waterloo with private guide, where Napoleon Bonaparte's infamous losing battle took place, effectively ending his reign as Emperor of France. Head out to Flanders and visit the WWI battlefields, forever captured in John McCrae's famous war poem 'In Flanders Fields'. Head to Bastogne for a private guided 'Battle of the Bulge' day tour in Belgium’s dense Ardennes region, allowing you to pay homage to US soldiers lost in combat. A somber, yet insightful experience all around.

Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Amsterdam
    Amsterdam
    • Netherlands - Welcome Package
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Hotel with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Walking Tour with Canal Cruise (4hrs) - Guide/Cruise
  • Day 2 Amsterdam
    Amsterdam
    • Tour - Private - Jewish Quarters, Anne Frank House & Verzetsmuseum (8 hrs) - Guide/ PublicTransport)
  • Day 3 Amsterdam
    Amsterdam
    • Tour - Private - Liberation Museum & Arnhem (8 hrs) - Vehicle/LocalGuide/Driver
  • Day 4 Amsterdam to Brussels
    Amsterdam to Brussels
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Amsterdam - Brussels [3hrs] - 2nd Class Train Ticket
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Belgium - Welcome Package
  • Day 5 Brussels
    Brussels
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Trip to Waterloo (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 6 Brussels
    Brussels
    • Tour - Shared - World War I Battlefields Tour of Flanders (9 hrs) - Coach/Guide/Driver
  • Day 7 Brussels
    Brussels
    • Tour - Private - Battle of the Bulge (8 hrs) - Vehicle/driver
  • Day 8 Brussels
    Brussels
    • Transfer - Private - Airport (Brussels Airport) - Vehicle/Driver
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: Amsterdam

A welcome package with  a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be given to you by your driver upon arrival. Alternative arrangements will be made if you do not have a private transfer at the start of your itinerary.

For your added comfort, you will have Meet & Greet guide assistance upon your arrival, which will be waiting for you outside the customs. Your representative will help to co-ordinate meeting up with your private chauffeur at the airport and accompany you to your accommodation.

Your English speaking guide will meet you at your hotel and take you on a tour of wonderful Amsterdam. Your guide will take you through the most picturesque neighborhood of Amsterdam on foot, the canals, the bridges, and to the beautiful 17th and 18th century mansions along the canals. You will also see the Royal Palace on Dam square, the historic buildings along the Amstel River, the colorful flower market and more. Cruise the canals by boat, the best way to see Amsterdam; Holland’s capital has 100 canals and 1000 bridges. While cruising through the old city you will see elegant merchant's mansions, carillon-topped churches and warehouses dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries.

Accommodation: The Blue Tower (4*)

On the outskirts of Amsterdam, located in the greenest district, sits the Blue Tower Hotel, part of the Best Western brand. The hotel is situated in an emerging neighborhood; the dynamic Bos & Lommerplein, with fast tram connection to the center of the city and the Schipol Airport. With simple and stylish modern decor, the Blue Tower Hotel boasts beautiful air-conditioned guestrooms, each one offering complimentary wireless Internet access and satellite television. With its open kitchen concept, restaurant Saffron allows guests to enjoy a delicious dinner while viewing creative cooking at its finest.

War History of Holland & Belgium Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Amsterdam
Amsterdam
War History of Holland & Belgium Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Blue Tower (4*)
The Blue Tower (4*)

Day 2: Amsterdam

Follow a path through Amsterdam’s Jewish history and heritage on a full day tour of the city with your guide. See the Portuguese synagogue, the Hollandsche Schouwburg and explore an atmospheric neighborhood where 16th-century Jewish residents created a thriving community. Feel and learn all about the Jewish history and stroll past monuments and buildings still marked by traces of war. Visit Anne Frank House, where she went hiding and wrote her famous diary. Enrich your knowledge and discover documents, letters and original objects that belonged to Anne Frank. Next, you will visit 'Verzetsmuseum' (The Dutch Resistance Museum), the exhibition takes visitors back to the 1930s and 1940s with its life-like street scenes and recreated interiors of Dutch homes. The collection is marked by many personal stories with (propaganda) posters, photos, and artifacts giving a taste of what life was like during the period. Admission and public transport card (24 hours) included.

Accommodation: The Blue Tower (4*)
War History of Holland & Belgium Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Verzetsmuseum
Verzetsmuseum

Day 3: Amsterdam

Meet your driver at your hotel and transfer to the National Liberation Museum to meet your private guide for a 1 hour guided tour. As you walk along you will live through the period preceding the war, experience the occupation, celebrate the liberation and witness the rebuilding of Holland and Europe after the war. By using smells, interactive presentations, diorama’s, models, original film and sound fragments, the depiction of the liberation is captivating. The museum shows both young and old the current value and importance of democracy, freedom and human rights. After that, transfer to Arnhem, and to meet your private local guide for an informative city tour. Learn the basics of Arnhem’s history as you trace a route into the heart of downtown, which was almost entirely leveled during the Second World War. Explore Second World War landmarks including the John Frost Bridge.  Hear about the fierce battles that were fought in the city when Allied troops launched Operation Market Garden to take strategic bridges across the Nederrijn. After the tour ends, your driver will drive you back to your hotel.

Accommodation: The Blue Tower (4*)
War History of Holland & Belgium Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Liberation Museum
Liberation Museum

Day 4: Amsterdam - Brussels

Enjoy a private transfer from the train station.

Enjoy a transfer by high speed train from Amsterdam to Brussels. Travel time is approximately 3 hours.

For your added comfort, you will have a Meet & Greet guide assistance upon your arrival who will be waiting for you at the platform where your train arrives. Your representative will help to co-ordinate meeting up with your private chauffeur at the train station and accompany you to your accommodation.

A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.

Accommodation: Sofitel Le Louise (5*)

Sofitel Brussels Europe, a luxury hotel in Brussels European District set serenely among green parks cafés, museums, and steps away from the Louise Metro Station. Step into theatrical interiors by renowned architect Antoine Pinto and be awed by ruby pink crystal chandeliers a transparent wall carved with lace patterns, soft lavender lighting & Fornasetti cushions that scream out luxury. The hotel features tastefully decorated guestrooms, a trendy Lounge restaurant, and a bar.

War History of Holland & Belgium Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Brussels
Brussels
War History of Holland & Belgium Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Sofitel Le Louise (5*)
Sofitel Le Louise (5*)

Day 5: Brussels

Meet your private driver and guide to uncover the legends of the Battle of Waterloo during a private half-day tour from Brussels to Waterloo, the site of the bloody battle. See the battlegrounds where the British and Prussians defeated Napoleon Bonaparte, ending his reign as French Emperor. Visit important sites and memorials including La Haie Sainte, La Belle Alliance, Papelotte Farm and Lion Hill. Then return to your hotel in Brussels, enriched by your newfound historical knowledge.

Accommodation: Sofitel Le Louise (5*)
War History of Holland & Belgium Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Battle of Waterloo Reenactment
The Battle of Waterloo Reenactment

Day 6: Brussels

Meet your guide and climb aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned coach and admire the scenic surroundings as your travel towards the town of Vladslo, your first destination of the day. Stop to see the German Military Cemetery of Vladslo, the most important German cemetery from WWI, and as you walk through the hauntingly peaceful area that features the famous sculpture by Käthe Kollwitz, Grieving Parents. Next, venture to the small city of Diksmuide and see a stretch of the Western Front that symbolizes Belgium’s courage and heroism during the conflict. See impressive monuments like the Yser Tower and the Grand Gate of Peace then return to the vehicle. You will also see the Peace Mill and the Canadian Monument in St Julien on the subsequent leg of the journey. Next, travel to Essex Farm Field Hospital and see the bunkers that inspired John McCrae to write his powerful poem, In Flanders’ Field. Venture to Hill 60 to see some strategic tunnels then disembark at the picturesque town of Ypres to enjoy some time at leisure. Attend the 'Last Post Ceremony,' the ceremony is a simple, yet moving, tribute to the bravery of those who died defending their town. At the end of the ceremony, return to your coach and drive back to Brussels.

 

Accommodation: Sofitel Le Louise (5*)
War History of Holland & Belgium Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Military Cemetery of Vladslo
Military Cemetery of Vladslo

Day 7: Brussels

Meet your private driver and delve into the history of one of Europe’s bloodiest conflicts on a full-day trip to Belgium’s dense Ardennes region. Visit the Bastogne War Museum and admire artifacts that speak eloquently of the town's turbulent history. See a collection of modern, interactive exhibits pays homage to the US soldiers who died in the Battle of the Bulge through a series of personal testimonies, displays of uniforms, maps and weaponry, and graphic black-and-white footage of the battle’s aftermath. The museum will put into context the causes, events, and consequences of the Second World War and particularly the Battle of the Bulge. Next, you will continue onto The Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, a somber place in which 8,000 soldiers are laid to rest. Gaze at the interminable rows of reflective grave markers and reflect on the lost lives of soldiers at a memorial dedicated to the soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division. After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Accommodation: Sofitel Le Louise (5*)
War History of Holland & Belgium Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Bastogne War Museum
Bastogne War Museum

Day 8: Brussels

Relax on your private airport transfer to Brussels Airport with private vehicle and English speaking driver.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

The Blue Tower (4*): Amsterdam

On the outskirts of Amsterdam, located in the greenest district, sits the Blue Tower Hotel, part of the Best Western brand. The hotel is situated in an emerging neighborhood; the dynamic Bos & Lommerplein, with fast tram connection to the center of the city and the Schipol Airport. With simple and stylish modern decor, the Blue Tower Hotel boasts beautiful air-conditioned guestrooms, each one offering complimentary wireless Internet access and satellite television. With its open kitchen concept, restaurant Saffron allows guests to enjoy a delicious dinner while viewing creative cooking at its finest.

War History of Holland & Belgium Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Blue Tower (4*)
The Blue Tower (4*)

Sofitel Le Louise (5*): Brussels

Sofitel Brussels Europe, a luxury hotel in Brussels European District set serenely among green parks cafés, museums, and steps away from the Louise Metro Station. Step into theatrical interiors by renowned architect Antoine Pinto and be awed by ruby pink crystal chandeliers a transparent wall carved with lace patterns, soft lavender lighting & Fornasetti cushions that scream out luxury. The hotel features tastefully decorated guestrooms, a trendy Lounge restaurant, and a bar.

War History of Holland & Belgium Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Sofitel Le Louise (5*)
Sofitel Le Louise (5*)

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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