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Netherlands, Belgium and France
May 15 - 26, 2021 - Ten Nights

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Day 1 - Overnight Flight
From iconic Dutch windmills and cozy Belgian streets to the world-renowned Champagne region and the “City of Light,” experience the essence of three European countries. Connect with deeply rooted cultures as you make your way through the Netherlands, Belgium, and France.

Day 2 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Tour Begins
Narrow canals, stone bridges, and bike-brimmed lanes - this is Amsterdam, the lively starting point of your journey. Check into your boutique hotel, located in the heart of the city center and your home for the next three nights. Get a taste of the local flavors and meet your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 3 - Amsterdam
See the city the way it’s meant to be seen - by canal. On your private boat, cruise under sloping bridges and pass by quintessential Dutch houses. As the day ends, meet with a local for a chat about the city’s progressive and often controversial culture. The evening is yours to enjoy on your own. (B)

Day 4 - Amsterdam
This morning it’s your choice! Hop on the train to The Hague and visit the Mauritshuis, home to iconic paintings of the Dutch Golden Age and the renowned Girl with a Pearl Earring -OR- bike the countryside with a local guide, riding through villages as you take in the charming scenery and history. No matter how you spend your day, come together for an Impact Moment at a local brewery that employs individuals that face obstacles in the workplace. Make the evening your own with Diner’s Choice, selecting the perfect spot for dinner from a “menu” of restaurants. (B/D)

Day 5 - Amsterdam - Gouda - Kinderdijk - Bruges, Belgium
Say hello to Gouda, famous for its namesake cheese. Get a taste of this celebrated product at a nearby farm, learning about the process and trying a bite yourself. Head through the countryside to Kinderdijk (UNESCO), where iconic Dutch windmills spin slowly over the marshy landscape. Step into a storybook when you end your day in Bruges, settling in for the next two nights. As the crowds leave, get familiar with this cozy Belgian town and wander the cobblestone streets with a guide. (B)

Day 6 - Bruges - Optional Excursion
The day is yours. Perhaps you’ll embark on an optional tour of Bruges, where you’ll cruise through fairytale canals before connecting with local traditions - tasting Belgian chocolate and learning about the intricate craft of lace making. After a day at leisure, embark on a tasting tour of Bruges. Start with Belgium’s most quintessential beverage and some small bites at a historic family-run brewery. Your culinary campaign continues at a local restaurant that fuses the best of French and local specialties. (B/ D)

Day 7- Bruges - Brussels - Reims, France
Enjoy a day in Brussels, the bustling capital of Belgium and the base of the European Union. Meander alongside 19th-century facades and medieval towers as you get a local’s perspective on the city. After some free time to explore, trade your waffles for wine as you enter Reims, set in the heart of France’s illustrious Champagne region. Settle into your city-centric boutique hotel before dining your way through French cuisine with a 5 - course tasting menu and glass of champagne. (B/D)

Day 8 - Reims - Épernay - Reims
Discover Reims, uncovering the city’s Celtic roots and Gothic architecture. Step into Notre- Dame de Reims Cathedral, gazing up at a sea of colorful stained glass. Cityscapes give way to vineyard rows as you make your way along the Route du Champagne, learning about this world-famous artisan production. Peer at the sprawling mansions on the Avenue de Champagne en route to Épernay, where you’ll have free time to explore followed by a tour and tasting at a nearby maison du champagne. (B)

Day 9 - Reims - Paris
Say bonjour to Paris, a hub of innovative cuisine and artistic culture. Experience this creative flare in the Montmarte neighborhood, where hip bohemia meets heaven-seeking basilicas. Make the most of your free time before settling into your one-of-a-kind abode in the 2nd arrondissement. Explore your new neighborhood until the sun fades and the “City of Light” debuts its sparkling grandeur. Spin the wheels of time from the backseat of a retro car, cruising through the chic boulevards and peering up at the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe from the car’s open roof. (B)

Day 10 - Paris - Optional Excursion
Today’s your day to experience Paris however you please. Hop on Le Métro like a local, skirting your way to each iconic neighborhood and district. Perhaps you’ll spend your morning at the legendary Louvre, an otherworldly glass pyramid home to Da Vinci’s elusive Mona Lisa. Or, consider spending your evening with an optional dinner at the dynamic Paradis Latin cabaret show, featuring champagne, can-can dancers, and endless excitement. (B)

Day 11 - Paris
Let the art scene leave its impression on you with a Claude Monet inspired choice on tour! Experience Monet in the city at the Musee D’Orsay, a former railway station that now houses the world’s best impressionist art -OR- visit Monet’s countryside home at Giverny with a local guide, where you’ll see the source for the artist’s inspiration, including the setting for his iconic Waterlilies. End the day with a hands-on cooking class, mastering Parisian classics before dining on your creations at a farewell dinner. (B/D)

Day 12 - Paris - Tour Ends
Say au revoir to Europe as you depart for home. (B)




Departure From:
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Cleveland
Columbus
Louisville
Newark
Philadelphia
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Price Includes:



Deposit:
A nonrefundable deposit of $2,000.00 per person is due at the time of booking. A Trip Cancellation Waiver of $329.00 per person (nonrefundable) is available and must be purchased at time of deposit.



Hotels (subject to change):
Amsterdam - Die Port Van Cleve - 3 nights
Bruges - Aragon Hotel BVBA Bruges - 2 nights
Reims - Continental Hotel - 2 nights
Paris - La Maison Favart - 3 nights



Notes:



Final Payment:
March 8, 2021



Cancellation Penalties:
$2,000.00 per person is nonrefundable. Cancel on or after March 8, 2021, and the entire tour is nonrefundable. With Trip Cancellation Waiver purchase (at time of deposit) you may cancel for any reason prior to the day of departure and receive a full refund less cost of waiver ($329.00 per person).


Travel Insurance:
Please ask your Travel Agent about travel insurance to protect your investment.


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Pricing Table

AAA Rate - Per person rate prior to any discounts or promotions is based on double occupancy and is subject to air availability, current taxes, and fuel surcharges:

  Single Double Triple
Buffalo On Request $5,599.00 On Request
Cleveland On Request $5,599.00 On Request
Columbus On Request $5,599.00 On Request
Louisville On Request $5,599.00 On Request
Newark On Request $5,649.00 On Request
Philadelphia On Request $5,649.00 On Request
Pittsburgh On Request $5,499.00 On Request

Airfare, taxes, surcharges, gratuities, transfers and excursions are additional unless otherwise indicated. Fuel surcharges, government taxes, other surcharges and deposit, payment and cancellation terms/conditions are subject to change without notice at any time. Rates quoted are per person, based on adult double occupancy unless otherwise stated. Cruise rates are capacity controlled. Rates, terms, conditions, availability and itinerary are subject to change without notice. Other airline restrictions, including, but not limited to baggage limitations and fees, standby policies and fees, non-refundable tickets and change fees with pre-flight notification deadlines may apply. Fees and policies vary among airlines without notice. Please contact the airline directly for details and answers to specific questions you may have. Certain restrictions may apply. AAA members must make advance reservations through AAA Travel to obtain Member Benefits and savings. Member Benefits may vary based on departure date. Unless otherwise stated, rate is accurate at time of printing and is subject to availability and change. Not responsible for errors or omissions. AAA East Central acts only as an agent for the various cruise and tour providers listed.


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