TOUR ITINERARY: The Netherlands – Belgium – France – The U.K

Tour Duration : 10 days / 09 nights
Tour Operates : all year round / on demand
Tour Price : Please contact us for a tailor-made quote.

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Itinerary

Day 01: HO CHI MINH CITY – HONGKONG – AMSTERDAM

Meet with your tour leader and other members at G.H.T’s office, 97 – 99 – 101 Nguyen Cong Tru St., Dist. 1 – Ho Chi Minh City, transfer to TSN Airport for departure, flight CX764 leaves at 18:55 for HongKong. Arrive at Chek Lap Kok Airport at 22:35 for transit then take the connecting flight to Amsterdam – The Netherlands.

Day 02: AMSTERDAM

Arrive at Schiphol Airport – Amsterdam at 06:35 – Schiphol’s name is derived from a former fortification named Fort Schiphol which was part of the Stelling van Amsterdam defence works. Before 1852, the Haarlemmermeer polder in which the airport lies was a large lake, in the shallow waters of which sudden violent storms could claim many ships. This was the main reason for reclaiming it. In English, Schiphol translates to ‘Ship Grave’, a reference to the number of ships lost in the area. Do the immigration and customs formalities. Visit Zaanse Schans – a collection of well-preserved historic windmills and houses; the 35 houses from all over the Zaanstreek were moved to the museum area in the 1970s. The Zaans Museum, established in 1994, is located in the Zaanse Schans. The Zaanse Schans is one of the popular tourist attractions of the region and an anchor point of ERIH, the European Route of Industrial Heritage. The neighbourhood attracts approximately 900,000 visitors every year. Lunch. Visit Coster Diamonds – one of the oldest still operating diamond polishing factories in Amsterdam. They were responsible for the creation of a few historical masterpieces, like the re-polishing of the Koh-i-Noor, mounted in the Crown of Queen Mary, to be admired in the Tower of London, amongst the other Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom and the Dresden Green Diamond, which belongs to the Saxon dynasty. Have a Canal Cruise to discover the city’s famous canal systems. Visit Dam Square – the city center of old Amsterdam. Dinner / Chinese food. Check-in at NOVOTEL AMSTERDAM (or similar).

Day 03: AMSTERDAM – THE HAGUE – ROTTERDAM – AMSTERDAM

After breakfast at the hotel, drive to The Hague – the seat of the Dutch government and parliament, the Supreme Court, and the Council of State, but the city is not the capital of the Netherlands which constitutionally is Amsterdam. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands lives at Huis ten Bosch and works at Noordeinde Palace in The Hague. All foreign embassies in the Netherlands and 150 international organisations are located in the city, including the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court, which makes The Hague one of the major cities hosting the United Nations, along with New York, Vienna and Geneva. Take photos with the International Court of Justice. Strolling in the yard of Binnehof – a complex of buildings in The Hague. It has been the location of meetings of the Staten-Generaal, the Dutch parliament, since 1446, and has been the centre of Dutch politics for many centuries. Lunch / local food. Drive to Rotterdam – the second-largest city in the Netherlands and one of the largest ports in the world. Starting as a dam on the Rotter River, built in 1270, Rotterdam has grown into a major international commercial centre. Its strategic location at the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt delta on the North Sea and at the heart of a massive rail, road, air and inland waterway distribution system extending throughout Europe deliver the reason that Rotterdam is often called the Gateway to Europe. Visit St. Laurenskerk – this basilica was the only stone building in Rotterdam. Many important events took place here. The last pastor of the Laurenkerk was Hubertus Duifhuis. The Reformation took place in 1572 and the Laurenskerk became a Protestant church. Visit Euromast Tower – constructed between 1958 and 1960, designed by Hugh Maaskant. It was specially built for the 1960 Floriade. Drive back to Amsterdam, dinner / Chinese food. You can spend your free time at night to discover «Amsterdam by Night»

Day 04: AMSTERDAM – BRUSSELS (205km#03:10’) – PARIS (312km#04:40’)

After breakfast at hotel, check out and then drive to Brussels – the capital city of the Kingdom of Belgium – a founding member of the European Union and hosts the EU’s headquarters, and those of several other major international organisations such as NATO. Belgium covers an area of 30,528 square kilometres (11,787 sq mi), and it has a population of about 11 million people. Lunch, local food and do not forget the chance to taste the very good beer here. Visit «Grand Place» – the central square of Brussels. It is surrounded by guildhalls, the city’s Town Hall, and the Breadhouse. The square is the most important tourist destination and most memorable landmark in Brussels, along with the Atomium and Manneken Pis (including in the program). It measures 68 by 110 metres (223 by 360 ft), and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Keep driving to Paris – one of the world’s leading business and cultural centres, and its influences in politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world’s major global cities. It hosts the headquarters of many international organizations such as UNESCO, the OECD, the International Chamber of Commerce or the informal Paris Club. Paris is considered as one of the greenest and most liveable cities in Europe. Dinner / Vietnamese food. Check in at Mercure Hotel or similar.

Day 05: PARIS

After breakfast, drive to the Palace of Versailles in a suburb 20km southwest of Paris. It was the centre of political power in France from 1682, when Louis XIV moved from Paris, until the royal family was forced to return to the capital in October 1789 after the beginning of the French Revolution. Versailles is therefore famous not only as a building, but as a symbol of the system of absolute monarchy of the Ancien Régime. Lunch. Drive back to Paris, visit Notre Dame Cathedral – a Gothic, Roman Catholic cathedral on the eastern half of the Ille de la Cité in the fourth arrondissement of Paris, France. It is the cathedral of the Catholic Archdiocese of Paris: that is, it is the church that contains the cathedra (official chair) of the Archbishop of Paris, currently André Vingt-Trois. Notre Dame de Paris is widely considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture in France and in Europe, and the naturalism of its sculptures and stained glass are in contrast with earlier Romanesque architecture. The first period of construction from 1163 into 1240s coincided with the musical experiments of the Notre Dame school. Visit Eiffel Tower (318m) which was built in 1889 and has become both a global icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The tower is the tallest building in Paris and the most-visited paid monument in the world; millions of people ascend it every year. Named after its designer, engineer Gustave Eiffel, the tower was built as the entrance arch to the 1889 World’s Fair. Take photos with the Triumphal Arch – one of the most famous monuments in Paris. It stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle (originally named Place de l’Étoile), at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. The “Arc de Triomphe” honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Beneath its vault lies the tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I. Take photos with Place de la Concorde – one of the major public squares in Paris. Measuring 8.64 hectares (21.35 acres) in area, it is the largest square in the French capital. It is located in the city’s eighth arrondissement, at the eastern end of the Champs-Élysées. Dinner / Thai food. Overnight in Paris.

Day 06: PARIS

After breakfast at the hotel, visit Louvre Museum – or simply the Louvre – is one of the world’s largest museums, the most visited art museum in the world and a historic monument. A central landmark of Paris, it is located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the 1st arrondissement (district). Nearly 35,000 objects from prehistory to the 19th century are exhibited over an area of 60,600 square metres (652,300 square feet). Have a close look at the Mona Lisa (also known as La Gioconda or La Joconde, or Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo) is a portrait by the Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci. It is a painting in oil on a poplar panel, completed circa 1503–1519. Lunch / local French food. Visit the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, commonly known as Sacré-Cœur Basilica, is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. A popular landmark, the basilica is located at the summit of the butte Montmartre, the highest point in the city. Sacré-Cœur is a double monument, political and cultural, both a national penance for the supposed excesses of the Second Empire and socialist Paris Commune of 1871 crowning its most rebellious neighborhood, and an embodiment of conservative moral order, publicly dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which was an increasingly popular vision of a loving and sympathetic Christ. Take the photos of Place Vendome – a famous square in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, located to the north of the Tuileries Gardens and east of the Église de la Madeleine. It is the starting point of the Rue de la Paix. Its regular architecture by Jules Hardouin-Mansart and pedimented screens canted across the corners give the rectangular Place Vendôme the aspect of an octagon. The original Vendôme Column at the center of the square was erected by Napoleon I to commemorate the battle of Austerlitz; it was torn down on 16 May 1871, by decree of the Paris Commune, but subsequently re-erected and remains a prominent feature on the square today. Visit Madeleine Church – a Roman Catholic church occupying a commanding position in the 8th arrondissement of Paris. It was designed in its present form as a temple to the glory of Napoleon’s army. Shopping at La Fayette or Paris LookDinner. Overnight in Paris.

Day 07: PARIS – LONDON

After breakfast at the hotel, check out and then travel to London – the capital city of England and the United Kingdom, the largest metropolitan area in the United Kingdom, and the largest urban zone in the European Union by most measures. London is a leading global city, with strengths in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism and transport all contributing to its prominence. It is the world’s largest financial centre alongside New York City and has the fifth-largest city GDP in the world (and the largest in Europe). It has the most international visitors of any city in the world and London Heathrow is the world’s busiest airport by number of international passengers. London’s 43 universities form the largest concentration of higher education in Europe. London has some of the highest real estate prices in the world. In 2012 London will become the first city to host the modern Summer Olympic Games three times. Take the photos with Big Ben – the largest four-faced chiming clock and the third-tallest free-standing clock tower in the world. The erecting of the tower was completed on 10 April 1858. The clock tower has become one of the most prominent symbols of both London and England, often in the establishing shot of films set in the city. Lunch with local English food. Visit Westminster Abbey – a large, mainly Gothic church, in the City of Westminster, located just to the west of the Palace of Westminster. It is the traditional place of coronation and burial site for English, later British and later still (and currently) monarchs of the Commonwealth realms. The abbey is a Royal Peculiar and briefly held the status of a cathedral from 1540 to 1550. Take the photos with Buckingham Palace – the principal residence and office of the British monarch. Located in the City of Westminster, the palace is a setting for state occasions and royal hospitality. It has been a focus for the British people at times of national rejoicing and crisis. Visit London Tower – a historic castle on the north bank of the River Thames in central London. It was founded towards the end of 1066 as part of the Norman Conquest of England. The White Tower, which gives the entire castle its name, was built by William the Conqueror in 1078, and was a resented symbol of oppression, inflicted upon London by the new ruling elite. The castle was used as a prison since at least 1100, although that was not its primary purpose. A grand palace early in its history, it served as a royal residence. As a whole, the Tower is a complex of several buildings set within two concentric rings of defensive walls and a moat. Take the photos with many other famous tour attractions such as London Eyes – the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe, and the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom, visited by over 3.5 million people annually, Trafalgar Square – a public space and tourist attraction in central London. The square is also used for political demonstrations and community gatherings, such as the celebration of New Year’s Eve. The name commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar (1805), a British naval victory of the Napoleonic Wars over France.. Dinner. Check in at Ibis Earls Court (or similar). Overnight in London.

Day 08: LONDON – WINDSOR CASTLE – LONDON

After breakfast, drive to Windsor Castle, visit the largest inhabited castle in the world and the longest-occupied palace in Europe, but it also remains a functioning royal home. As of 2006, around five hundred people were living and working in the castle. The Queen has increasingly used the castle as a royal palace as well as her weekend home and it is now as often used for state banquets and official entertaining as Buckingham Palace. Lunch. Shopping at Bicester Outlet if time permits, if not, we will shop at many other shopping centers such as Harrod’s or Oxford Street… Dinner / Chinese food. Overnight in London.

Day 09: LONDON – HONGKONG

After breakfast at the hotel, check out, transfer to the airport for flying back to Hongkong by CX252, departs at 12:30. Overnight on board.

Day 10: HONGKONG – HCM CITY

Arrive at Chek Lap Kok Airport at 07:05, transit and then fly with CX767 / 08:50 back to HCM City. Transfer to the meeting point. Tour to end.

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Tour Duration: 10 days / 9 nights
Tour Operates: all year round / on demand
Tour Price: Please contact us for a tailor-made quote.
(Rates vary frequently. Please contact us to get the best possible price based upon your travel period and specific touring needs)

TOUR FARE:

Group from 15 pax Single Supplement
Tour Fare: hotel*** US$ US$

Terms and conditions subject to change without notice. This program may be changed or discontinued without notice. Please call our travel consultant for additional information.

  • Including: Round trip ticket – Airport tax – Airport security tax – Fuel surcharge (this rate can be changed on the day of ticket issuance) – Hotel as stated in the itinerary ***, based on twin share – Good meals and admission fees as in the itineraries – Tippings for local guides and drivers – Entrance visas – G.H.T’s tour escort – Travel insurance with maximum compensation of 20,000.00 USD / case and 1,000.00 USD / luggage. Travel Gifts: backpack, cap, G.H.T’s travel organizer or leather passport cover.
  • Excluding: Passport – Telephone fees – Laundry – Transportation without mention in the itineraries – Excess baggages and other personal expenses – Drinks – Single room supplement.

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