It's a lovely city that seemed to offer a wonderful snapshot of the beauty and culture of the region.". We've traveled Europe many times, but always on our own. The tour had great preplanned tours and events and just enough free time. The bus was a wonderful enhancement to the trip,making it easy and extremely comfortable to get from place to place. ONLY NEGATIVE The advertised bus trip to the airport the kiosk for ticket at the bus stop not working. So peaceful! I am a traveler who rarely goes on an organized tour and this was my first experience with Rick Steve's. I tour in chocolate country could not have been more fun. Ellen leads Rick Steves tours in the Netherlands and Belgium and offers trip planning for those countries as well as Dutch language lessons. Rick took his first trip to Europe in 1969, visiting piano factories with his father, a piano importer. We'll explore these feats of modern engineering, culminating with a tour of one of earth's largest moving structures — the Maeslant storm surge barrier — and a better appreciation of the fragility of the Low Countries. I had only thought of bicycles for use in recreation and exercise. The tour was a well managed, well planned tour which was fun and exceed our expectations. Seeing the Vermeer paintings in the museums in the Hague and Amsterdam make a trip to the Netherlands all worthwhile. Learning about how the Dutch have been living with water for six centuries during our waterworks day was one. Visit to the flood museum was a good addition to the itinerary. "My "wow" was the tour of the Maeslant storm surge barrier and the Deltaworks in the Netherlands. Technology: Maeslant Barrier I was also surprised how moving the Flanders Fields day was. Also the little side stops for lunch, like the town of Zierikzee, as we headed to our new cities were very cool. The group of travelers turned out to be highly compatible, and every day brought new insights and fresh experiences. It's absolutely a modern marvel and we were able to get so close to it! see our FAQ. The tour showcased an uncharacteristically diverse group of sites from the modern to the ancient, from art to science. SO MUCH FUN and it removed the stress from my first trip in Europe. We have been traveling with Rick for 20 years. This morning an in-depth walking tour with a local will give us a personal introduction to Vermeer's hometown, including the massive, Gothic New Church, where generations of the ruling House of Orange are buried and revered. Amsterdam is a tour unto itself. Our local guide was definitely able to bring the war and time period to life. There was so much to do during free time, I couldn't get it all done. Damme Charming market town a bike ride away from Bruges. Everything ran very smoothly! Kindle Edition. Always educational, varied and with great tour companions. We enjoyed learning about Belgium and the Netherlands, neither of which we had been to before. The places we visited, the experiences we had, and the leadership (tour leader and individual daily guides) were outstanding.The variety of modes for mobility were easily accessible and worked quite will. However, Keukenhof Gardens was gorgeous! 11 days was an adequate amount of time for this trip. It was so unique to have a museum dedicated to one artist and his struggle to achieve his own powerful artistic insight into his world.". Another wow moment was Rembrandt's "Night Guard". "I had several - the WWI battlefields were sobering and we were reminded of what a horrific war it was. I liked the diversity of what we got to do and see. He went on and on with history but most importantly he NEVER kept us abreast of how long we would be on the bus, to our next break? I guess I don"t consider 26 small group. Walking back to the hotel afterwards and seeing the lights reflected in the canals was magic. I ended up taking a taxi to the airport by myself. Wonderful tour with great locations and excellent guides. And when it comes to variety, Belgium is number one. Rick Steves Classroom Europe® is a free online video library for teachers, students, and parents. But each day was truly special to us. The food was amazing and such good herring. choices of cities great, each one unique with its own appeal. Group meals were wonderful. Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Our tour include Keukenhof Gardens, spectacular (though very crowded). The choices today are endless. You'll encounter some of Europe's finest cuisine, including the best beer, creamiest chocolates, and tastiest French fries. Sleep in Delft. The restaurants also did their best to please, "The gardens of Keukhofen in the Netherlands was it. I personally enjoyed my visit to the Groeninge Museum in Bruges. .". This was my first Rick Steves Tour. Our afternoon continues with a visit to a Bruges chocolatier, where we'll learn about the artistry and traditions of Belgium's most mouth-watering export. We saw all the main sights as a group with good orientation to the cities so we were able to explore comfortably in our own. It provided insights into these two very special countries through their industries, challenges of their geography and their innovative technology. You'll also visit a traditional Belgian brewery, thought-provoking Flanders Fields, a high-tech sea barrier project, and the world's largest flower auction — ending in Amsterdam with the brilliantly restored Rijksmuseum. Rick produces a best-selling guidebook series, a public television series, and a public radio show, and organizes small-group tours that take over 30,000 travelers to Europe annually. To walk a few steps in the WW1 trenches was something to ponder, to give honor to those who lost their lives, or limbs on behalf of their country was sobering. Great mix of planned time and free time. This was just our second RS tour. But actually the big Wow moment surprised me and came with viewing the Maeslant storm surge barrier. Almost every day we viewed fabulous great paintings from many periods in history. I was motivated to take this tour after watching the movie "The Monuments Men," which highlighted the Ghent Alter Piece and the Bruge Madonna. I loved the places we visited, the art, architecture and culture we were exposed to, and the information that was provided by our tour guide and additional guides. All the spots that we visited were great. 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