Visit two countries in one weekend on this 3-night tour of Amsterdam and Bruges from Cambridge. Explore Amsterdam on a walking tour, cruise along the Amsterdam canals (optional), and visit a clog factory, before crossing the border into Belgium to marvel at medieval Bruges. Tour includes overnight ferries, hotel accommodation, and round-trip transport by coach.
Day 1 (Friday): Meet your guide in central Cambridge at 7.30pm on Friday evening and set off by coach to the ferry port. Day 2 (Saturday): Travel overnight by ferry to the Netherlands, arriving early Saturday morning, and after a stop for breakfast (own expense), arrive in Amsterdam around 9am. If you decide to take part in the optional Amsterdam Canal Boat & Red Light District Tour (payable direct; book with your guide on the coach before arrival in Amsterdam), begin your day with a morning boat cruise around Amsterdam's famous canal ways. Alternatively, spend some time exploring the city independently before meeting back up with the rest of your group for a guided walking tour of the city (included). Discover Amsterdam's scenic canals, historic monuments, and rich cultural heritage as you stroll from Dam Square to the Museum District, and have chance to visit the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, or the Heineken Beer Museum (entrance fees not included). At the end of the tour, you will have the afternoon to explore the city at your leisure before making your own way to the hotel for check in later in the afternoon. For those that chose the optional tour, your guide will pick you up from the hotel in the evening for a 1-hour walking tour of Amsterdam's famous Red Light District. After soaking up the electric atmosphere of Amsterdam by night, enjoy some free time to visit the restaurants, coffee shops, and bars, before being dropped back at the hotel. Day 3 (Sunday): After breakfast at the hotel (included), jump back on the coach and travel south towards Belgium, stopping along the way to visit a historic windmill, sample some Dutch cheeses, and watch a demonstration of clog making (traditional wooden shoes). There will also be chance to pick up some traditional Dutch souvenirs before you cross the border into Belgium. Spend the afternoon in the picturesque Belgian city of Bruges, where you'll enjoy a guided walking tour of the UNESCO-listed historic center, then have free time to browse the shops, stroll along the canals, or visit the museums. Departure from Bruges is late afternoon and continue to the port of Calais in France for the evening ferry back to the UK, with arrival late Sunday evening. Arrival in UK towns will depend on sailing times and immigration formalities. You will arrive back in England late on Sunday evening and be transferred back to Cambridge. The exact arrival time in Cambridge will depend on sailing times and immigration formalities.