The Best of Holland Belgium and India 15 Days
Discover the beauty and history of the Dutch and Belgian waterways in the spring. Admire the spectacular tulip carpets in Keukenhof Gardens. Visit the lush green countryside of Kinderdijk, home to the country’s greatest concentration of windmills, and experience Amsterdam’s distinctive architecture and vibrant nightlife. A wonderful opportunity to admire the great medieval cities of Antwerp and Ghent. Arrive in Delhi the majestic capital city built during the British Raj, Jaipur the pink city of Rajasthan, Agra, home of the world famous Taj Mahal, Historical Red Fort, center of the 17th. Century Mogul Empire. Return home rejuvenated with Great experience of a unique tour ever.
Day 1 New York-Amsterdam
Welcome aboard your flight to Amsterdam, enjoy onboard hospitality.
DAY 2 Amsterdam
Welcome to Amsterdam, a modern city with a rich and fascinating 700-year old history. This evening, meet your fellow travelers on board. (D)
DAY 3 Amsterdam
Enjoy a scenic cruise through the Ijsselmeer to Hoorn, where you have a choice of three excursions. Visit a family-run tulip farm with over one million tulips, each in different phases of growth and in many species and colors. For those seeking to travel back in time, you can tour De Halve Maen, a replica of the Dutch East India Company’s most famous ship and then stroll through Hoorn’s beautiful old harbor. And for more active adventurers, go for a guided bike ride through the Dutch countryside. (B,L,D)
DAY 4 Middelburg
After enjoying a scenic cruise through the Delta, you can explore medieval Middelburg, which was the second largest trading city of the Dutch East India Company. Or, if you feel like exploring the city on two wheels, a guided bike ride is the perfect choice. Alternatively, you may venture off to the Delta Works storm surge barrier, an impressive series of dams and Dutch hydraulic engineering. More than half of the Netherlands lies below sea level and the Delta Works were built to prevent a recurrence of the 1953 flood disaster. (B, L, D)
DAY 5 Antwerp
Explore this trendy city on a walking tour where you’ll see Antwerp’s Steen Castle, Grote Market and Brabo Fountain, along with the UNESCO-designated Cathedral of Our Lady. For a more active exploration of the area, join a guided bike tour. Or you can visit the Rubens House, the former home of the famous 17th-century Flemish Baroque painter. Later in the afternoon, you have a choice of two excursions. Foodies will want to go on a culinary tour to indulge in chocolate, waffles and beer. Flower lovers and gardeners can roam through the Floralia, an annual spring flower show featuring approximately one million bulbs that are hand-planted each year by the castle staff. (B, L, D)
DAY 6 Ghent
Discover medieval Ghent on a walking tour. Admire the canal-side architecture and some of its famous sights, including the Castle of the Counts and Ghent Cathedral. Those more inclined to learn about the art of Belgian chocolate making can join a master chocolatier as he shares his insights. Alternatively, you may also visit one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe, Bruges, on a full-day excursion that includes a visit to the Church of Our Lady, home to the beautiful Carrara marble Madonna and Child sculpture by Michelangelo. And for those who wish to see both Ghent and Bruges, join a highlights tour showcasing them both. (B, L, D)
DAY 7 Rotterdam
During the morning, you can visit The Hague, the capital city of the province of South Holland, before going to the charming city of Gouda, known for its delicious cheese. Alternatively, combine Gouda with a visit to the Royal Delft Porcelain Factory and Museum, known for being the manufacturing base for hand-painted blue pottery known as Delftware. Or enjoy a guided bike tour through scenic Rotterdam, nicknamed the "Gateway to Europe." In the afternoon, venture to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kinderdijk, a lovely village renowned for having the country’s greatest concentration of windmills, all dating from the 18th century. (B, L, D)
DAY 8 Amsterdam
One of the most impressive public gardens in the world, Keukenhof, presents a spectacular display of millions of flowering tulips spread out over 70 acres. Spend time ambling through this legendary garden, open only nine weeks a year and sometimes referred to as the "Garden of Europe." Later in the day, admire Amsterdam’s historic harbor and canals, where you’ll see beautiful homes lining the water, the fabled Skinny Bridge and the Anne Frank House. (B, L, D)
DAY 9 Amsterdam/Delhi
Disembark the ship and prepare for your flight to Delhi. Welcome to India! Arrive in the energetic capital city of New Delhi; meet your representative and transfer to the Hotel Park. Time to rest and relax after your journey and acclimate to the new time zone. (B)
Day 10 Delhi- Old & New Delhi
Wake up this morning to the incredible journey in India that awaits you. Begin in the walled city of Old Delhi, founded by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan. Travel along the winding streets to Raj Ghat, memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Nation and site of his cremation. Stop to photograph the massive Red Fort, a reminder of the magnificent power and pomp of the Mughal emperors. Then, ride a cycle rickshaw along the lanes of Chandni Chowk, once the imperial avenue of Mughal royalty. The tour continues to New Delhi, a city of airy boulevards, lush parks and gardens. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Qutab Minar, the world's tallest brick minaret (spire) and the 20th-century Birla Temple, honoring the Hindu goddess of wealth. Drive past the imposing India Gate War Memorial to Indian and British soldiers, Parliament House and the Presidential Palace. Tonight, return back to the hotel, and enjoy an orientation meeting with your fellow travelers and tour manager. The remainder of your evening at leisure. (B)
Day 11 Delhi/Jaipur
After breakfast drive to Jaipur. Arrive Jaipur and check in at hotel. After lunch visit Jai Singh's Observatory built in the 17th century by the founder of Jaipur who, besides being a prince was also soldier, astronomer and builder. This is an architectural feat, drive past the Hawa Mahal an elaborate building encrusted with delicate honeycomb screens and carved balconies from behind which the royal Zanana, could view the world outside, the City Palace now a museum exhibiting fine Rajput and Mogul paintings, rare manuscripts and an armory. Hotel ManSingh Palace. (B)
Day 12 Jaipur
Morning after breakfast check out from hotel, visit Amber Fort AMBER - Just 7 miles north of Jaipur is Amber with its a honey-colored fortress-palace in the Aravalli Hills. Enjoy an elephant ride along the fortress ramparts. The somber exterior belies the richness of the royal apartments which open on to striking views of the gorge. Walk into the Sheesh Mahal and admire the amazing interior décor thought of over 200 years ago. Spend rest of the day shopping for gems, jewelry and ornate home fashions items that Jaipur is famous for. (B)
Day 13 Jaipur/Agra
After breakfast, on your way to Agra you'll stop at Fatehpur-Sikri, the deserted Sandstone City built by King Akbar. This behemoth imperial complex of forts, palaces, mosques and temples was short lived and represents a testament to that golden era. The Diwan-e- Khas, Hall of Private Audiences has a unique interior design. The Diwan-e-Am or Hall of Public Audience is an open courtyard surrounded by cloisters and adjoining it, is the Parcheesi courtyard arranged like a gigantic game board, where the Emperor played chess using slave girls as pawns. Arrive Agra and check in at hotel. Clarks Shiraz Hotel. (B)
Day 14 Agra/Delhi
At sunrise visit Taj Mahal, the most extravagant monument ever built for love. On the death of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, Mogul Emperor Shah Jehan built her this memorial over which 20,000 men labored for 22 years to create a masterpiece in white marble inlaid with semi-precious stones; the art is called pietra dura.
After breakfast visit Agra Fort where Shah Jehan spent the last years of his life, imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb. The most impressive part of the Fort are the Dewan-e-Am, Hall of Public Audience and the Dewan-e-Khas Hall of Private Audience where he received foreign dignitaries. Afternoon drive to Delhi. Time free for shopping and personal activities and getting ready to return home. Late evening transfer to airport. (B)
Day 15 Delhi/New York
Early this morning final departure by homeward bound flight, and arrive home the same day
Tour cost includes:
+Round trip coach airfare from New York
+Sharing state room on the boat
+Airports meet and greet assistance in India
+Transfers to and from airports to hotels in India
+Sightseeing by deluxe coach and cars
+Boat tour in Amsterdam
+Elephant ride tour in Jaipur
+English speaking guide
+Services of our tour managers.
+ Airlines Taxes & Fees 859.54
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