Private luxury tours in Holland & Belgium

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Luxury Holland Tours

Amsterdam in Depth
(5 days)
Amsterdam, The Hague, Delft

Best of Amsterdam
(4 days)
Amsterdam, The Hague, Delft

Essence of the Netherlands
(9 days)
Amsterdam, Gelderland, Utrecht, Maastricht, Rotterdam, The Hague, Delft

Gardens of the Netherlands
(11 days)
Amsterdam, Leiden, Delft, Groningen, Gelderland, Maastricht, Utrecht

Jewish Tour of Amsterdam
(4 days)

Luxury Belgium Tours

Introduction to Belgium
(6 days)
Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent, Bruges

Best of Belgium
(4 days)
Brussels, Ghent, Bruges

Multi-Country Tours

Best of Belgium & Holland
(6 days)
Brussels, Bruges, The Hague, Delft, Amsterdam

Highlights of Belgium & the Netherlands
(11 days)
Bruges, Ghent, Brussels, Maastricht, Amsterdam, The Hague, Delft

Belgium & Holland for Families
(10 days)
Bruges, Ghent, Brussels, Gouda, The Hague, Delft, Amsterdam, Utrecht

Dutch & Flemish Art Tour
(10 days)
Amsterdam, Haarlem, Leiden, Gelderland, The Hague, Delft, Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent, Bruges

Brussels, Amsterdam & Paris
(10 days)
Brussels, Ghent, Bruges, The Hague, Delft, Amsterdam, Paris

Dutch & Flemish Art Tour

(10 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Amsterdam, Haarlem, Leiden, Gelderland, The Hague, Delft, Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent, Bruges

Holland and Belgium are renowned for their heritage of great art, architecture and design—old and new. This private art tour features private touring of atmospheric towns, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and the most important regional art museums and other cultural institutions. Touring is flexible and can be customized to include additional interests, such as modern and contemporary architecture.

Begin in Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands and one of the most charming cities in Europe. During private, insider-led touring in Amsterdam, enjoy a cruise through Amsterdam’s famous canals; tour world-renowned museums such as the Anne Frank House, Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum; and visit the most interesting neighborhoods to see our favorite markets, courtyard gardens, gabled houses, canals, bridges and backstreets. Also tour historic houses that evoke the Dutch Golden Age, such as Museum Van Loon, the home of a co-founder of the Dutch East India Company. Other options include visiting the Dutch Resistance Museum and other Jewish sites, seeing interesting contemporary architecture, touring a small local brewery, enjoying the Heineken Experience, shopping for antiques, and dining on culinary treats such as rijsttafel (“rice table”), an Indonesian-influenced meal of many small dishes that’s served in specialty restaurants throughout Amsterdam. Artisans of Leisure can also arrange special interest activities such as attending a performance at the Concertgebouw, biking through the city or countryside, seeing the windmills at Zaanse Schans, and taking private excursions to see modern architecture in Almere or cheese-producing towns like Edam or Gouda.

One day, visit the courtyard gardens, market square and Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem, where several famous Dutch painters once lived. Another day, tour the attractive town of Leiden—Rembrandt’s birthplace—which is famous for its university, canals, museums and open-air market.

In the Gelderland countryside, tour the Kroller-Muller Museum—an acclaimed art institution in the middle of a national park—and Paleis Het Loo, a 17th-century royal palace with extensive formal gardens.

Another day, visit The Hague to see highlights such as the art masterpieces of the Mauritshuis and Gemeentemuseum, the palaces of the Dutch royal family, the Peace Palace (seat of the International Court of Justice), and local markets and shopping districts. Also visit the charming historic center of Delft, where Johannes Vermeer lived, to explore backstreets, antiques shops and the Royal Dutch Delftware Manufactory (Royal Delft).

Next, transfer to Brussels, stopping en route to tour Antwerp, a lively port city famous for fashion, diamonds and Peter Paul Rubens. During flexible touring, see historical highlights such as the medieval Cathedral of Our Lady, guild houses on the Grote Markt (main square), and fin-de-siecle Centraal Train Station. Visit art museums such as the Rubens House, Royal Museum of Fine Arts and Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (MuHKA). Perhaps tour the Red Star Line Museum, the departure point for millions of Europeans immigrating to North America in the 19th and 20th centuries. Along the way, browse street markets, and sample local treats such as chocolate and baked goods. Other options in Antwerp include visiting the ModeNatie fashion district to browse high-end boutiques and see the MoMu Fashion Museum, learning about diamond processing, walking through the Jewish Quarter, seeing the striking Museum on the River, and visiting the Plantin-Moretus Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that preserves an important 16th-century printing and publishing house.

Spend the next two nights in Brussels, the capital of Belgium. During flexible private touring, walk through the Grand-Place, the city’s iconic main square, to see the ornate facades of the Town Hall and guild houses. Explore elegant backstreets to see Art Nouveau architecture, and tour the Horta Museum, an Art Nouveau masterpiece and UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the renowned Manneken-Pis fountain. Visit museums such as the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, or browse antiques districts and open-air markets. See the European Parliament and other institutions related to the European Union. Artisans of Leisure can also arrange special interest activities around Brussels such as attending a performance at the Bozar or one of the royal theaters, a Belgian beer tasting or tour of a local brewery, seeing Palais Stoclet, touring the Belgian Center for Comic-Strip Art, visiting locations related to Tintin and his animated stories, seeing the Chinese Pavilion and Japanese Tower, or visiting the Atomium and Mini-Europe. If desired, also browse gourmet food markets, and perhaps sample Belgian specialties such as waffles, chocolate pralines and frites with mayonnaise.

Next, transfer to Bruges. En route, stop in Ghent to visit St. Bavo’s Cathedral and see the spectacular Ghent Altarpiece (The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb) by Hubert and Jan van Eyck. Also see other Ghent highlights such as the beautiful waterfront quays of Graslei and Korenlei, landmark Belfry tower, imposing Gravensteen (Castle of the Counts) and medieval Patershol quarter.

Continue to romantic Bruges, a fairy-tale town of canals and medieval architecture that’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll through atmospheric backstreets, city gates and squares. Enjoy a boat tour along the canals. See Gothic buildings, ancient monuments, and museums such as the Groeningemuseum of fine art and the Hospital Museum, which has a collection of Hans Memling paintings. Other options include climbing to the top of the Belfry for views over Bruges, visiting a lacemaking studio, touring a local brewery, sampling locally made chocolates, visiting the Basilica of the Holy Blood, biking through lesser-visited neighborhoods, and seeing the historic Beguinage housing, also a UNESCO site.

This tour can easily be extended to include destinations in the Netherlands, Germany, France and other countries.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive Amsterdam
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 5 nights
Day 2 Amsterdam
Full-day private tour
Day 3 Amsterdam, Haarlem & Leiden
Full-day private excursion
Day 4 Amsterdam & Gelderland
Morning private city touring. Afternoon private excursion to Kroller-Muller Museum
Day 5 Amsterdam, The Hague & Delft
Full-day private excursion
Day 6 Amsterdam – Antwerp – Brussels
Private transfer to hotel for 2 nights with touring en route
Day 7 Brussels
Full-day private city tour
Day 8 Brussels – Ghent – Bruges
Private transfer to hotel for 2 nights with touring en route
Day 9 Bruges
Full-day private walking tour
Day 10 Depart Brussels
Private airport transfer

Hotels
Amsterdam:

InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam

Brussels: Hotel Amigo
Bruges: Hotel Dukes’ Palace

Cost
$14,940 Per person (based on double occupancy)