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Trip Overview

The capital cities of the Netherlands, Belgium and France are yours to explore on this nine-day rail journey through Western Europe from London! Famed for its canals and captivating streetscapes, your first three nights in Amsterdam will be everything you imagined it to be and more. In Brussels, you’ll have two days to discover the city’s picturesque medieval streets and architecture, lively squares and boulevards, impressive landmarks, and delicious cuisine. Then, you’ll travel to beloved Paris for a three-night stay and enough time to see all the crowd-pleasing, iconic sights and attractions. Make stops at the Eiffel Tower, Champs-Élysées, Sacré-Cœur Basilica, Musée Picasso, and the Louvre.

Highlights

  • Direct Eurostar from London to Amsterdam
  • Experience the culture and excitement of Amsterdam
  • Visit Brussels, the capital of Europe and Belgium
  • Discover the charm and landmarks of Paris

 PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • Rail travel as per the itinerary
  • 3 nights hotel accommodations in Amsterdam with breakfast
  • 2 nights hotel accommodations in Brussels with breakfast
  • 3 nights hotel accommodations in Paris with breakfast
  • 2-Day Hop-on-Hop-off bus and boat tour in Amsterdam
  • Beer tasting in Brussels
  • 2-Day Paris Visite Card
Trip Map

Why Not...

Extend your trip or try this package in reverse. Call a Rail Expert for details.

Disclaimer:

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travelers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports are required when traveling outside the United States including crossing the Canadian border.

DAY 1 – LONDON TO AMSTERDAM
Take Eurostar from London directly to Amsterdam. When you arrive, check into your hotel and start exploring Europe’s most diverse destination. Check out some of the city’s world-class art museums, like the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, or the Stedelijk, and stroll along the picturesque canals lined by trees and unique houseboats. (Overnight in Amsterdam)

DAY 2 – AMSTERDAM
Today, have breakfast and then begin exploring this great city with your 2-day hop on hop off bus pass.  Stroll through the suburbs of Oost, take a photo of or with the “I Amsterdam” letters, and discover the Begijnhof—one of Amsterdam’s secret, secluded gardens. One of the highlights of your trip will certainly be a visit to the Anne Frank Museum. The canal-side house is where Ann Frank and her family hid for two years during WWII. To avoid long waits, arrive early in the morning, or after 7 pm during the summer. (Overnight in Amsterdam) B

DAY 3 – AMSTERDAM
On your final day in the city, take advantage of the canal cruise included in your pass for a unique viewpoint. Then hop back onto the bus and head out to the beautiful Vondelpark where you can picnic with its many sculptures (including one by Picasso), shop at Magna Plaza, take a peaceful walk through Amsterdamse Bos (a forest with lakes, meadows, and cafes), or catch a film at the art deco Pathé Tuschinskitheater in Southern Canal Ring. (Overnight in Amsterdam) B

DAY 4 – AMSTERDAM TO BRUSSELS
After breakfast this morning, take an IC train from Amsterdam to Brussels. When you arrive, check into your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to spend at your leisure, either relaxing or exploring. Visit the Grand-Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its main market square, local bars, and cafes. Between March and October, there is a daily flower market often accompanied with concerts and a light show at night. Other worthwhile stops include Hôtel de Ville, Place du Châtelain Market, and Musée du Cinquantenaire’s collection of ancient Egyptian sarcophagi and Meso-American masks. (Overnight in Brussels) B

DAY 5 – BRUSSELS
Spend the morning enjoying breakfast and then continue getting to know this amazing city. With its picturesque medieval streets and architecture, lively squares and boulevards, impressive landmarks, and delicious cuisine, there’s no telling what you’ll discover. Visit the Église Notre-Dame du Sablon in the Royal Quarter, the Napoleon III-styled palace of St-Gilles Town Hall, or Place du Jeu-de-Balle Flea Market for the quintessential Marolles experience. And no trip to Brussels would be complete without trying a pistolet (small round bread filled with delicacies) and some chocolate! At the Belgian Chocolate Village—literally a chocolate museum—you can experience a tasting room, workshop, and tropical greenhouse with cacao trees. For a mesmerising array of cheeses, head to Crèmerie De Linkebeek in Grand Palace & Îlot Sacré.  In the evening enjoy one more of the city's finest exports – beer with a 2.5hrs organized tasting.  Dine on a filling bowl of moules and frites at any of the traditional restaurants around the Grand-Place, Chez Leon is highly recommended! (Overnight in Brussels) B

DAY 6 – BRUSSELS TO PARIS
Following breakfast, travel on your own and board a high-speed direct Thalys train to Paris. When you arrive, check into your hotel and begin exploring the charms of Paris. Why not start with visiting the iconic Eiffel Tower in the Champ de Mars park? Towering more than 1,000 feet, the Eiffel Tower is one of the world’s most photographed attractions. Then there’s the Champs-Élysées, the most famous avenue in the city—and perhaps more famous than New York’s Times Square or London's Piccadilly Circus. If you have time to fit in one more stop today, go to Sacré-Cœur Basilica, the Roman Catholic church perched atop Montmartre. (Overnight in Paris) B

DAY 7 – PARIS
Today, have breakfast and then begin exploring all the other places you didn’t get to see yesterday.  Make use of your 2-day Paris Visite card to get around the city.  Visit Musée Picasso, home to the world’s largest public collection of Picasso’s works, stroll through Père Lachaise (Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, Frédéric Chopin, and Jim Morrison are buried here), and make a stop at the beautiful Parc des Buttes Chaumont, located in the 19th arrondissement (district). Other must-see places include Cathédrale de Notre-Dame, Marché des Enfants Rouges, Ile Saint-Louis for shopping, and Rue des Martyrs, Paris’ 200-year-old bustling street market packed with fromageries, boulangeries, and boucheries. You could also spend the day enjoying all the delicious Parisian cuisine, such as steak-frites, fresh baguettes, croque-monsieur (a crispy ham and cheese sandwich with Béchamel sauce), duck confit, jambon-beurre (fresh half-baguette with cool butter and garnished with cooked ham and optional cornichons) or street-stand crêpes. (Overnight Paris) B

DAY 8 – PARIS
After two full days of exploring, you may think you’ve seen it all, but you haven’t. There are still plenty of classic landmarks and off the beaten path experiences to enjoy, like the Centre Pompidou’s vast public library, the Musée National d’Art Moderne, and the Jardin des Plantes, one of the most unique botanical gardens in France. In the Marais neighborhood, known as “Old Paris,” you’ll be greeted by cobblestone streets, hidden courtyards, and cozy cafes and bakeries. Peruse the sky lit passages with its boutiques, bookstores, antique shops, and Parisian gems. Last, but not least, visit the Louvre Museum. Located on the Right Bank of the Seine, the Louvre is the world’s largest museum. To best experience this sprawling historic monument, research the works or wings you want to visit and save the rest of the museum for future visits. (Overnight in Paris) B

DAY 9 – END OF TOUR
Check out of your hotel after breakfast and finish off any final exploring before continuing your onward journey. If you’d like to extend your vacation, perhaps riding the rails to another destination, just speak to one of our Rail Experts, who will make all the arrangements for you. B

 

MEAL GUIDE: B - BREAKFAST, BR - BRUNCH, L - LUNCH, AT - AFTERNOON TEA, D -DINNER

Floris Arlequin Grand Place Brussels

Situated just 200 yards from the magnificent Grand Place, the Floris Hotel Arlequin is the perfect base for sightseeing in Brussels. The hotel boasts 92 elegant rooms, each with Wi-Fi internet access, air conditioning and flat screen TVs. Guests can relax in the hotel bar after a long day of exploring, or can make use of the hotel’s fitness centre during their stay.

Leopold Hotel

The Leopold Hotel Brussels is a historic family-run hotel, with spacious and newly renovated rooms, located in the centre of Brussels, within walking distance of the Magritte Museum, European Parliament, Grand Place and Royal Palace.

NH Brussels Louise

Situated along Avenue Louise, Brussels’ lively shopping area, the NH Hotel Brussels City Centre offers an elegant escape in the heart of the city. The hotel’s 246 rooms all come equipped with cable television, tea and coffee making facilities and Wi-Fi internet access. Guests can dine on Belgian and international cuisine in the on-site ‘Chez Louise’ brasserie, and make use of the well equipped fitness centre.

NH Collection Brussels Centre

Nestled just a stone’s throw from Brussels’ iconic Grand Place and the famous Menneken Pis statue, the NH Collection Brussels Centre occupies a prime position right in the heart of the Belgian capital. The property’s 241 rooms are all warmly decorated, and feature minibars, tea and coffee making facilities and Wi-Fi internet access. Guests can make use of the spacious on-site gym, or dine in ‘Brasserie Atlanta’, where the menus feature the best of Belgian, French and Italian cuisine.

Le Marceau Bastille

Le Marceau Bastille Hotel is a contemporary design hotel with a choice of 55 urban or ecological style bedrooms. The hotel also boasts a funky lobby bar which plays host to its own regularly updated art collection. Le Marceau Bastille is located in the Bastille district of Paris, a short walk from the lively Marais area and the Opera Bastille. The location offers easy access by metro to all of Paris's main sights and attractions.

Saint Paul Rive Gauche Paris

The beautiful Saint-Paul Rive-Gauche is located between the world-famous Sorbonne and the beautiful Luxembourg Gardens in the centre of Paris. The 17th century boutique hotel is housed in a former 17th century grand residence and is known for its beautiful arched cellar. Each room comes fully air-conditioned and is equipped with modern amenities such as a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi access. Other tourist attractions nearby include Notre Dame, the Pantheon, Palais Garnier and The Louvre.

Terrass Hotel Paris

The Terrass Hotel is a classic 19th century building with 98 individually decorated rooms. The hotel features a Piano Bar where guests can enjoy cocktails and bar snacks and a seventh floor summer roof terrace with great views across Paris. The hotel is located a short stroll away from famous landmarks such as the Sacré-Coeur and the Moulin Rouge.

See our special offer package with a free tour and Musée d'Orsay tickets!

Grand Hotel Dore Paris

Located in Paris’ 12th Arrondissement, the Grand Hotel Dore is a traditional hotel in the centre of Paris. Just a stone’s throw from the nearest Metro stop, the whole of Paris is your oyster. Rooms are cosy and comfortable, boasting en suite bathrooms and TVs with satellite channels.

Grand Hotel Francais

The Grand Hotel Francais is a chic, modern hotel located in the centre of Paris, just 550 yards from Nation. Rooms are individually decorated, and come equipped with en suite bathrooms, flat screen TVs and air conditioning. The property is ideally located for sightseeing, nestled just 150 yards from a Metro Station.

Hotel Trianon Rive Gauche

From the entrance, our hotel welcomes you in our beautiful baroque open, spacious and comfortable lobby. Perfectly equipped, you can consult the many newspapers and magazines at your disposal, enjoy a delicious espresso or enjoy computers with Internet access and printers.

NH Amsterdam Museum Quarter

You’ll find the NH Amsterdam Museum Quarter hotel just outside Amsterdam’s center, sandwiched between a scenic canal and the city’s famous Museum Square. We have 163 spacious guest rooms, many of which overlook rows of traditional Amsterdam houses.

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Disclaimer:

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travelers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports are required when traveling outside the United States including crossing the Canadian border.

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