A remarkably preserved medieval city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bruges is one of Europe’s most charming destinations. Experience its ancient cobbled streets and fairy-tale turrets for yourself, and learn about a fascinating history woven in textiles and lace. Picture-perfect market squares encircled by centuries-old guild houses and soaring towers, churches dripping with character and history . . . all reflected in the shimmering waters of Bruges' dreamy canals. You’ll be glad you came.
Board an overnight flight to Brussels, Belgium
Today you’ll board an overnight flight to Brussels.
Upon arrival on Day 2, transfer to Bruges and check into your hotel before heading out on a short orientation walk. You’ll have a few hours to explore on your own before rejoining your fellow travelers for dinner in the hotel this evening.
Embark on a walking tour of Bruges and cruise its legendary canals
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, and then set out on a walking tour of Bruges. Explore the Market Square and see the iconic Church of Our Lady from the outside — its tower is the second-largest brickwork tower in the world, and truly a sight to behold. You'll also embark a canal cruise so you can witness the graceful arched bridges and charming gardens from the tranquil waters. Your afternoon is at leisure to stroll Bruges’ charming streets and admire medieval-era homes once owned by wealthy textile merchants. Perhaps stop in a lace workshop to see the intricate — and speedy! — work performed by the city’s finest artisans. Dine on your own at one of Bruges' fine restaurants. Later tonight, join your guide for a pub crawl to some of the city’s favorite spots, sampling Flemish red ales, and see why the nation’s beer culture has been recognized on UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Discover the city’s magic on your own
After breakfast, enjoy a day at leisure to discover this magical city on your own. Dinner is on your own this evening.
Destination Enhancement: Customize your journey when you add an optional excursion. Embark on an optional full-day excursion of quirky Ghent, Belgium. Learn more
Located in the Flemish region of Belgium, the quirky city of Ghent is well-worth a visit. With its relaxed lifestyle, fascinating street art, innovative cuisine, and historic sites, this is a place where the locals truly enjoy the sweet life. This welcoming and hospitable destination, full of fun things to do and interesting things to see, offers something for everyone.
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This tour is available during your optional trip extension in Bruges, Belgium.
Join your base tour in Amsterdam
After an included breakfast at the hotel, you’ll transfer to Amsterdam, free-wheeling capital of the Netherlands. Upon arrival, embark your river ship and join Day 2 of the base tour.
The 19th-century luminaries who once visited Montreux — Tolstoy, Nabokov, Flaubert, Dostoyevsky — were no doubt drawn by the pleasant climate, idyllic surroundings, and shimmering waters of Lake Geneva. This resort town remains an elegant escape, and you’ll experience its many charms on this extension. Enjoy a full-day tour of the Château de Chillon and Gruyère region — which includes some time at the Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Witness the art of chocolate-making with a local chocolatier. And take time on your own to revel in the beauty of this lakeside gem.
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Transfer from ship to Montreux, stopping in Bern en route
From Basel, enjoy a scenic transfer to Montreux, stopping in Bern for a brief walk in the delightful Swiss capital. Lunch will be on your own here. Arrive at your hotel in the afternoon and relax as you take in your beautiful surroundings.
Explore Château de Chillon and Gruyère region, including a chocolatier visit
Today’s full-day tour introduces you to the singular Château de Chillon and the Gruyère region. The château, perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking picturesque Lake Geneva, evokes visions of fairytales and intrigue. You’ll learn the full story of this fabled fortress, including its famous dungeons, during your visit. You’ll also explore the scenic Gruyère region, including the UNESCO-listed Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, an astonishing 2,000 acres of tidy 11th-century vineyards stretching for some 18 miles along Lake Geneva’s shore. No visit to Switzerland is complete without sampling the works of the local chocolatier, which you will have the sweet pleasure of doing.
Enjoy a day at leisure in Montreux
Enjoy the day at your leisure in Montreaux. Wander Montreaux’s quaint Old Town to the Gorges du Chauderon. The clearly marked trails will lead you to where the La Baye de Montreaux river flows to Lake Geneva. Or, simply walk along the lakefront promenade to soak in the area's breathtaking views.
Destination Enhancement: Customize your journey when you add an optional excursion. Embark on an optional excursion of Lausanne, the gem of the Swiss Riviera. Learn more
This optional tour gives you an up-close look at lovely Lausanne. Located on the shores of Lake Geneva, this hilly city is both an urban location and a coastal resort. Nestled between lake, mountains, vineyards, and forests, Lausanne’s appeal comes from its dolce vita attitude. From its unique museums and tempting gastronomy to the breathtaking natural setting and lively nightlife, it’s no wonder why Lausanne has been voted one of the best small cities in the world.
This tour is available during your optional trip extension in Montreaux, Switzerland.
Today you’ll transfer to Geneva’s airport for your return flight home.
Board an overnight flight to Geneva, Switzerland
Today you’ll board an overnight flight to Geneva.
Upon arrival in Geneva on Day 2, transfer to Montreux and check into your hotel. You’ll have a few hours to explore on your own before rejoining your fellow travelers for dinner in the hotel this evening.
Join your base tour in Basel
After an included breakfast at the hotel, you’ll transfer to Basel, Switzerland’s city of medieval charms and sophisticated art galleries. Upon arrival, embark your river ship and join Day 2 of the base tour
Transfer to Bruges
Disembark your ship and head to Bruges this morning, one of the world’s most remarkably preserved medieval cities. After checking into your hotel, dinner is on your own tonight.
Embark on a walking tour of Bruges and cruise its legendary canals
Today you’ll transfer to the Brussels airport for your return flight home.