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London – Calais – Brussels – Holland (Distance: 550 Kms)
Today morning join up with your coach and depart towards Dover for your crossing to Calais or Dunkerque; you will require your passports at hand as we will cross the UK and French immigration, as well as security. The crossing on the ferry will last approx. 90 Minutes; 40 minutes if the crossing is from the Euro Tunnel train. Once we are in mainland Europe we make our way towards Belgium.
On arrival in Brussels, we depart the coach and make our way on foot through the charming cobbled streets of Brussels to the Old Town. Here marvel at the “The Grand Place” or Grote Markt, which is the central square of Brussels. The Square provides wonderful opportunities to photograph the opulent guildhalls and the two larger and imposing edifices of the city’s Town Hall, and the King’s House or Breadhouse building containing the Museum of the City of Brussels. You can then continue down the adjacent street to see the Manneken Pis, an iconic 17th-century bronze fountain, depicting a naked little boy urinating into a fountain’s basin. The Manneken Pis can often be found dressed in costume during festivals. Before departing Brussels, we board the coach and do a photo stop at a giant stainless steel atom, known as the “Atomium”; originally constructed for the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair.
We then proceed towards our hotel and restaurant in the Netherlands. Depending on the hotel location we either go to the restaurant for our Indian dinner, or we head towards the hotel, where dinner will be served in one of the conference rooms by our very own caterers.
Keukenhof Tulip Gardens or Madurodam – Amsterdam (Distance: 190 Kms)
Today morning after breakfast, we visit the world renowned Keukenhof Tulip Gardens; famed for its breathtaking displays of flowers, Keukenhof has over 7 million bulbs that form a sea of flowers, between March and May, it is spread amongst 32 Hectares and is one of the world’s largest flower gardens, situated in Lisse, South Holland. (After 12th May departures Keukenhof will be closed for the season, and instead will be replaced by Madurodam model village – Madurodam is a miniature park and tourist attraction. It is home to a range of 1:25 scale model replicas of famous Dutch landmarks, historical cities and large developments).
In the early afternoon we make our way North of Amsterdam heading towards the Cheese and Clog farm. At the Cheese and Clog farm enjoy a briefing on the cheese making process and the uses of clogs in Dutch history and modern times from a local.
Later afternoon we head towards Amsterdam, the capital of Netherlands. Famous for its artistic heritage, and elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades. Enjoy this magnificent city from the Canal as the cruise that will take you through the intricate canal networks of Amsterdam.
We will then proceed in the evening to enjoy our Indian meal before we settle down for the final night in Holland, as the following day we check out.
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Holland – Cologne – River Rhine Cruise (Distance: 530 Kms)
Today morning after breakfast, we check out of the hotel and board the coach heading South-East through the Netherlands and making our way into Germany heading towards Cologne (Also known in German as Koln). We disembark the coach in Cologne and walk towards the Cologne Cathedral (Cathedral Church of Saint Peter) It is well renowned for its gothic architecture and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1996. It is also Germany’s most visited landmark. Inside you can admire the vast naïve, which itself is impressive, attracting an average of 20,000 people a day. Don’t forget to take to picture the Cathedral from the outside; the 157 meters Cathedral is truly a masterpiece; taking over six hundred years to construct and is one of the best-known architectural monuments in Germany. We then meet up and continue to walk towards our Indian restaurant for our lunch, before we board the coach again.
We continue our drive deeper into Germany before we board our boat for a tranquil and scenic board ride on the River Rhine. Here marvel at the amazing vineyards and national parks along the way, as well as the historic castles as you cruise along the longest river in Germany. Whilst aboard your cruise, enjoy a cup of tea to accompany the wonderful scenery, as you wind down the afternoon.
We then re-join our coach and make our way toward the Hotel. We enjoy a delicious Indian meal before we get our head down for the night, getting ready to check out tomorrow morning.
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Germany – Bruges – Calais – London (Distance: 640 Kms)
After breakfast, today morning you may have a change of coach, seats and tour manager, as we load our luggage on the coach or transfer vehicles that will be taking you back to London.
We make our way towards Bruges in Belgium. You will not be reaching Bruges until mid-afternoon, and we will be stopping on route for Lunch or in Bruges depending on how well we are doing for time. The lunch stop will only sell continental food, and there will be no fast food restaurants located within the services.
We will be covering quite a distance today to reach the hotel, so ensure you carry your key essentials and devices for your entertainment for the journey.
Once we reach Bruges we will be meeting up with our local guide at the Bargeplein. The tour will commence on foot as Bruges is a UNESCO heritage sight that is not accessible by commercial vehicles. The guide will immerse you in the rich history of Bruges and explain the key sights of what is regarded as the “Venice of the North”. You will see the “Markt” of Bruges, which is a bustling plaza in the heart of the city, featuring historic buildings & the Belfry of Bruges. Admire, the capital of West Flanders, distinguished by its numerous canals, cobbled streets and medieval buildings.
We then re-join the coach and continue to make our way towards Calais. The journey back we say goodbye to friends we have made along the way as we drop off those getting off on the route.
Once we reach Calais, we cross over back into Dover or Folkestone depending on our crossing schedule for the tour on the day. We continue our journey towards Wembley and dropping passengers off at their respective drop-offs.
On occasions, due to large events, traffic, logistics and availability of reservations, it may be necessary to change the above itinerary. However, all aspects of the itinerary will be covered. Please note on occasions during peak season maximum occupancy per room will be 2 persons, in which case an alternative room configuration will be provided. Day 4 transfers may be done by alternative vehicles than those advertised.
Peace of Mind Policy
If you book a package tour holiday with us and within 7 days of departure there is FCDO advice against travel, then we will give you the following simple options to choose from:
1. FULL Refund
2. FREE date Change
* Refund will only be processed in the same mode of payment for the tour
On this tour we may not be able to provide a room with more than two occupancy, where you wish to book a room of triple or more occupancy you will need to pay the adult rate for the individuals in the room regardless of the ages. Please be aware this may result in your family being split into various rooms.
- Atomium Structure photo stop
- Walking Tour of Brussels view the Grand Place & Manneken Pis Statue
- Walking Tour of Bruges with Local Guide
- Keukenhof Tulip Gardens (for departures before 12th MAY 2022) OR Madurodam Model Village with entrance
- Amsterdam Canal Cruise with entrance
- Cheese & Clog Demonstration with entrance
- Cologne Cathedral Free time to visit
- River Rhine Cruise with entrance and complimentary tea
- Return transportation by deluxe AC coach from your selected pick up point
- Return channel crossing via Eurotunnel or Ferry
- 3 night accommodation in 3/4* hotel with breakfast
- 3 Indian dinners & 2 Indian vegetarian lunches
- Entrances and sightseeing as mentioned in Tour Highlights
- All tips and service charges
- Premium service of a Star Tours’ Representative
- ABTA Legal Protection
- 2 nights at Golden Tulip Zoetermeer or similar
- 1 night at Hotel Residenz or similar