- Board your flight Relax and enjoy your journey to Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Van Gogh MuseumMaison du RoiBayeux CathedralLouvreTuileries GardenEiffel TowerMusée d’Orsay
- Meet your Tour Director Arrive in Amsterdam and meet your Tour Director, who will accompany you for the duration of your trip.
- Van Gogh Museum visit Experience the Van Gogh Museum that houses the largest collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh in the world. Witness the artist's developments and compare his paintings to works by other artists from the 19th century in the collection.
Amsterdam tour director-led sightseeing
Canals and crocuses. Bicycles and bluebells. With more canals than Venice (and more flower merchants than perhaps any other city in the world), downtown Amsterdam is an explosion of color and light reflecting off the water. Take a glass-topped canal boat ride—the best way to see the gabled houses and nearly 1200 bridges. Visit a diamond factory to see how the stones are cut, and see the historic home where Anne Frank and her family hid for more than two years during WWII.
Canal guided cruiseTake a glass-topped canal boat ride down the flower-lined canals of Amsterdam for an amazing view of the gabled houses and nearly 1,200 bridges.
Diamond factory visitGo on a Diamond cutting and polishing tour in one of Amsterdam’s renowned diamond factories. The diamond cutting industry was introduced to Amsterdam in the 16th century by the Sephardic Jews.
Anne Frank House visit Take a tour of Anne Frank's house, where three different Jewish families hid for more than two years during World War II and where Anne’s famous diaries were discovered. See where she and her family lived before being betrayed to the Nazis and deported to concentration camps.
- Amsterdam performance Choirs, bands and orchestras often enjoy performances at churches, temples, museums and cultural centers, significant historic sights or exchange concerts with local schools, universities or community groups. Participating in a festival can also be a rewarding experience. For all performances we work closely with each group to ensure the perfect venue to meet their vision. Speak with your WorldStrides representative about what options would be best for your group.
- Travel to Brussels Bid farewell to Amsterdam and begin your journey to Brussels.
- Brussels tour director-led sightseeing Chocolate and comics (home of Tin Tin creator Herge). Surrealism. French fries. The headquarters of the European Union. Art Nouveau. Brussels combines Hapsburg-era elegance with modern business and big-city bustle. See the city's historical heart on a walking tour led by your Tour Director. Start at the cobblestone Grand-Place, a central square lined with ornamental gables, medieval banners, and gilded façades. Look at the 15th-century Town Hall and the King's House, lining the Place. Then walk to the Manneken-Pis and Cathédrale des Sts-Michel-et-Gudule. Tired from so much strolling? Buy a bag of Belgian pralines for fortification.
- Maison du Roi visit Visit the Maison Du Roi, which houses the Museum of the City of Brussels, and whose collection spans the history of the applied arts in Brussels.
- Brussels performance For all performances we work closely with each group to ensure the perfect venue to meet their vision. Speak with your WorldStrides representative about what options would be best for your group.
- Travel to Bayeux
- Bayeux Cathedral visit Tour the Bayeux Cathedral (Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Bayeux). It was consecrated in 1077 in the presence of William the Conqueror.
- Bayeux Tapestry visit Track the story of the successful French invasion of England in 1066 at the Tapestry Museum. William the Conqueror’s accession to the throne in England is charted on the almost 1,000 year old wall hanging.
- Travel to Paris via Normandy
- Musée du Debarquement visit
- Batterie de Longues-sur-Mer visit
- American Cemetery visit
- Paris city walk This city was made for walking. Stroll grand boulevards with sweeping views of the city, pristine parks with trees planted in perfect rows, and narrow streets crowded with vendors selling flowers, pastries and cheese. Then head to the Île de la Cité, a small island in the Seine, to see Notre Dame Cathedral. Please note Notre Dame Cathedral is currently closed due to fire damage. Afterwards make your way to Île St. Louis, and visit the Latin Quarter.
- Louvre visit The world's largest art museum, the Louvre is housed in a Medieval fortress-turned-castle so grand it's worth a tour itself. You walk through the 71-foot glass pyramid designed by I.M. Pei and added in 1989, and step into another world--one with carved ceilings, deep-set windows, and so many architectural details you could spend a week just admiring the rooms. The Mona Lisa is here, as well as the Venus de Milo and Winged Victory (the headless statue, circa 200 BC, discovered at Samothrace). The Louvre has seven different departments of paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures and antiquities. Don't miss the Egyptian collection, complete with creepy sarcophagi, or the collection of Greek ceramics, one of the largest in the world. (Please note the Louvre is closed on Tuesdays.)
- Tuileries Garden Tuileries was originally the name of an old tiles factory. Yet, in the sixteen century, the queen of France, Marie de Medicis, ordered to build a castle with a long French garden at this place. Parisians used to call this new building the Tuileries Palace. During three centuries the garden was exclusively reserved for the court and the King. During the nineteen century, the Tuileries palace became the residence of Napoleon I, Louis XVIII, Charles X, Louis-Phillipe and Napoleon III. In 1871, Parisians burnt down the castle of Tuileries, during the last French Revolution and the insurrection of Paris. However, the garden kept its 17th-century design and became a popular place, always crowded in summer time.
- Arc de Triomphe
- Eiffel Tower ascent Climb to the top floor of this iconic landmark for a spectacular birds-eye view of the glittering City of Light.
- Musée d’Orsay visit You wouldn't think a railroad station would make a great museum, but the sweeping ceilings, huge walls of glass and beautiful neoclassical flourishes of the former Gare d'Orsay (Orsay rail station) make this the perfect, appropriately elegant setting for the collection of 19th- century art held here. The Musée d'Orsay's eighty galleries contain paintings, sculpture, belle époque furniture, photographs, objets d'art, and architectural models. You'll see some of the most beautiful paintings in Europe, including Renoir's "Moulin de la Galette" and Manet's "Déjeuner sur l'herbe."
- Paris performance Potential venues include (but not limited to): La Trinité, where Messiaen served as organist and where Hector Berlioz had his funeral, Saint-Étienne-du-Mont, The American Church in Paris, and the Église de la Madeleine, which is another of our most popular venues for attracting good audiences. Finally, the Église St-Roch regularly hosts concerts. It is an excellent venue for visiting choirs and has good facilities and very organised publicity.
- Montmartre tour director-led sightseeing If you’re coming to Paris, you absolutely need to take a walk in Montmartre! This area will wake the artist in you up. Its narrow alleys, windmills, little details, and soul are some of the things that make Montmartre so unique. As you walk in Montmartre, you will quickly understand how it has inspired so many artists such as Picasso and Van Gogh. As you walk up the hill make sure to take in all that surrounds you, because in Montmartre you are likely to find surprises around every corner! Take in Sacré Coeur, Place du Tertre, and Moulin Rouge.
- Return home Bid farewell to Europe and begin your journey home.
- Optional extension If you are not ready to leave Europe just yet, speak to one of our specialists about extending your trip.