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Tours & Excursions

Blacks in Amsterdam Canal Tour

After a brief introduction, the tour begins with a short walk around the Dam Square exploring sites with the Black presence in Amsterdam from the 16th century forward that are still visible on national landmarks, canal houses, art, and more. Some of the locations we visit include: Dutch West India Houses, Anton de Kom's House, buildings with Moors' heads, the Mayor's Residence (an Unseco Heritage Site), a 17th Century sugar refinery, former homes of financial investors in slavery, plantation owners/enslavers, historical figures from Africa and the Dutch colonies who were not enslaved. We also pass many other historical city landmarks and attractions along route (e.g., Stopera, Anne Frank House, 7-briges in a row, The Carre Theater, Nemo Science Museum, and more).

Anne Frank Tour

Better acquaint yourself with Anne Frank's fascinating yet tragic story on a 2-hour Anne Frank walking tour through the Jewish Quarter and the historical city center of Amsterdam.  Your tour begins at the Jewish Historical Museum. Walk past monuments and buildings still bearing scars from WWII. Your guide will bring history to life, giving you a sense of how the city’s citizens coped during the occupation and how they moved around in times of alarm, fear and horror. Visit the Jewish Cultural Quarter, listen to the history of dokwerker, the Portuguese synagogue and the Auswitz monument. Discover locations the Dutch resistance offered as secret hiding places to families like the Franks.  The tour ends by the Anne Frank House. 

Amsterdam Flower Tour

Behind the dunes that run from Haarlem to Leiden lies the bulb area like a magical canvas of daffodils, hyacinths and tulips, alive with the most delightful smells and colors. We visit the flower exhibition ‘Keukenhof’, and experience the perfection of millions of bulbs displayed over a wonderful park with fantastic flower shows and sculptures.  This colorful tour takes us through the outstanding flower fields in the direction of the Keukenhof, the world’s largest flower garden. Inside the Keukenhof gardens there will be plenty of time to admire this beautiful internationally renowned display of all sorts of flowers in a relaxed way. There are about seven million different bulbs planted each year, including a wide variety of tulips, hyacinths, orchids, daffodils, lilies and crocuses. Especially the tulip displays are breathtaking; there are more then 700 different varieties.

City Tour of Brussels

On this city walking tour get an overview of the fascinating city of Brussels, with a tour through the medieval and Baroque city, the industrial city, the bourgeois city, and on to modern Brussels. This tour ensures you get to see all the parts of this multi-faceted city. With your informative tour guide, learn about the city’s museums, where the best bars and local beers are, and where to buy the best chocolate at a reasonable price. Your guide will also answer any practical questions you might have about restaurants, attractions, nightlife, or even just getting around on public transport.  You will see highlights such as The Grand Palace, The Everard t'Serclaes monument on Charles Buls Street, The Manneken Pis and Grands Carmes Street, Marché au Charbon Street, Anspach Boulevard, The covering of the Senne, Riches Claires Street and Grande Île Street and The Saint-Géry Island, The Grand Place, the power of merchants, The Galeries Royales St Hubert, The Mort Subite, The Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula, The Royal Park, the Royal Palace, the Royal Square and The Palace of Coudenberg amongst many others.

Day Tour to Bruges from Brussels

Depart the Belgian capital and transfer to the charming town of Bruges, located 100 kilometers northwest.  Upon arrival, see why the entire historic center of Bruges is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Go to the Lake of Love (Minnewaterpark) to see a tranquil oasis in the heart of the city. Marvel at the 13th-century Begijnhof, which is covered in a carpet of daffodils in the spring. Continue to the quiet, paved square of Walplein, and stroll down the narrow Stoofstraat. See sights such as the 800-year-old St. John’s Hospital and the imposing façade of the Church of Our Lady (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk). Learn the history of the opulent palace of Gruuthuse, and walk alongside the banks of the Dijver Canal.  Other highlights include the charming canal-side houses of the Rozenhoedkaai, the tiny square of the Huidenvettersplein (Tanners Square), and the site of the 1st count’s castle on Castle Square. Striking buildings on the square and nearby include the Basilica of the Holy Blood, City Hall, the Oude Griffie, the neighboring Market Square (Grote Markt), a handsome Belfry (Belfort) and the impressive tower of St. Salvator’s Cathedral.

Blacks in Paris Tour

From the once upon a time rebellious Latin Quarter to the exotic Château-Rouge, the Black Paris will lead you to an alternative and original experience in the City of Lights.  Starting with a quiet walk in the intellectual and cultural heart of Saint-Germain, we will hop on a 15-minute metro trip for a quick experience of the urban diversity and then finish in La Goutte d’Or a hypnotic working-class neighborhood, a stone’s throw away from Montmartre and le Sacré-Coeur. If you saw the PBS documentary 'Harlem in Montmartre' you will enjoy retracing the steps the vibrant Black community of Lower Montmartre of the 1920s. You hear the exciting story of the coming of jazz to Paris, and pass the sites of famous clubs run/owned by Bricktop, Eugene Bullard, Josephine Baker, Miles Davis, and Bud Powell. 

Half-day in Versailles

Get the royal treatment with an exclusive guided tour of the palace.  In over 90 minutes, see the State Apartments, the King's Bedroom, and the Hall of Mirrors. Learn about the main figures of the French monarchy, from King Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette. Your guide will bring these legendary characters to life and more.  The palace is one of the largest in the world - there are more than 700 rooms. To make sure you see and explore the best of them, a knowledgeable guide is a must. What's more, beat the huge crowds (peasants) and jump straight in with your pre-booked time slot. This exclusive ticket also includes access to the gardens.  After the tour ends, feel free to explore the rest of palace until it closes.

Seine River Cruise

Be welcomed with a smile as you embark on a Seine River cruise that begins at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. Marvel at a succession of stunning monuments along the river as you listen to commentary and music.  Glide through the Paris of today and yesterday on board a modern panoramic trimaran with terrace and exterior passageways.  Take in views of the Eiffel Tower, Invalides, the Parliament, Musée d’Orsay, Institut de France, Notre Dame Cathedral, City Hall, the Conciergerie, the Louvre, the Obelisk, the Grand Palais, and more.

Eiffel Tower Tour

Enjoy bird’s eye views of Paris from the second-floor observation deck of the Eiffel Tower. Bypass the notoriously long lines to ascend to the 2nd floor, where your guide will tell you interesting tales and anecdotes about the tower’s unique history. Learn more about the “City of Light,” and enjoy privileged views of the Notre-Dame, Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, and Les Invalides.  Your guide will then leave you to enjoy the Eiffel Tower at your own pace.  Ascend to the summit for even more breathtaking views and enjoy a glass of bubbly in the Champagne Bar (if option booked).  On the way down, make sure you stop on the 1st floor to walk on a new glass floor, 200 feet above ground.

Louvre Guided Tour

Visit the Louvre Museum’s must-see attractions and discover under-appreciated treasures on this comprehensive tour. Skipping the Louvre’s famously long lines gives you time to absorb all the massive museum has to offer. Your expert guide will share their passion for the collection as you move through the Louvre, unveiling subtle details most visitors never learn about the works of art on show. The ‘Mona Lisa’; the ‘Venus de Milo’; the ‘Winged Victory of Samothrace’. While they’re familiar the world over, no one can truly know these works without spending time in their presence.  Often overshadowed by the famous highlights, but no less significant as works of art, the tour features Greek and Roman antiquities like the 4,000-year-old ‘Great Sphinx of Tanis’, other recognizable works by Da Vinci and Raphael, and highlights of the French Romantic period. Learn what people get wrong about Delacroix’s ‘Liberty Leading the People’ and decode the message of hope in Géricault's ‘Raft of the Medusa’. Sculptures like Michelangelo’s ‘Dying Slave’ and Antonio Canova’s ‘Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss’ add another dimension to the experience.  After the tour, you can continue exploring the Louvre at your leisure. Revisit earlier stops armed with new knowledge or embark on your own journey of discovery.

Moulin Rouge Cabaret Show

Take your seats at one of the world’s most famous cabarets at a performance of the Moulin Rouge show “Féerie”, created by Doris Haug and Ruggero Angeletti, and choreographed by Bill Goodson.  Watch a troupe of 100 artistes, including 60 Doris Girls, parade in 1,000 flamboyant costumes of feathers, rhinestones and sequins. Designed by Corrado Collabucci, and handmade in some of the most famous workshops in Paris, the costumes are complemented by the sumptuous set designs of Gaetano Castelli, and the return of the giant aquarium. Listen to music by Pierre Porte, brought to life by 80 musicians and 60 choral singers.  Upgrade to one of the dinner options and feast from a menu of traditional French gastronomy. It all takes place in a beautiful 850-seat Belle Epoque venue.

Optional Extension

Provence Wine/Vineyard Tour

The wines of Provence tour allows you to discover Provence’s’ stunning countryside and its magnificent sights. The red hills of the Esterel alternate with the green olive trees and vineyards with glimpses of the blue Mediterranean in the distance. On this tour you will visit a variety of wineries, each with their individual winemaking style. You will be able to taste numerous wines; fruity whites, bold reds and of course excellent rosés.  This tour provides you not only with interesting wine information but also with excellent knowledge of the local area, with its history, anecdotes and points of particular interest.

French Riviera Tour

Explore Cannes and discover its magnificent palaces along the Croisette Boulevard where the stars are staying during the Film Festival. Take the opportunity to walk on the famous red carpet covering the world famous steps of the Palais des Festivals.  Follow the seaside toward Antibes and discover the old town surrounded by ramparts. They were built in the medieval period to protect the city from the barbarian invasions of the Goths, Visigoths and other Saracens. Antibes has become a focus of contemporary art thanks to the famous Picasso painter who spent a part of his life. Also look at the Cap d' Antibes peninsula between Antibes and Juan -les- Pins, famous seaside resort.  Enjoy one of the most visited places in France: Saint Paul-de-Vence. Your tour will go through on the scenic roads of the "Moyenne Corniche " offering a splendid view over Villefranche -sur-mer and the peninsula of Saint Jean Cap Ferrat.  En route to Monaco, make a first stop to discover the medieval village of Eze, one of the most picturesque sites of the French Riviera. Take the cobbled streets and reach the top where you can find today the exotic garden and the castle ruins; the view is amazing (427 meters high).

You will then reach the Principality of Monaco. The old town on "Le Rocher" (the rock) overlooking the sea and harbor (60 meters high), where you will discover The Prince's Palace.  You will then reach Monte-Carlo in the most beautiful way by taking the famous Grand Prix track of Formula One.  Explore Monte Carlo and discover The Casino de Monte- Carlo.

Day Trip to St. Tropez

Take the ferry to Saint Tropez from Cannes and arrive in just 1 hour and 15 minutes. During the transfer, you'll enjoy the stunning scenery of the French Riviera.  Explore Saint Tropez, which combines the charm and allure of Provence. Browse the boutiques, and visit the Place des Lices and the Quartier de la Ponche, the citadelle, the church, the Annonciade Museum and other must-sees in the village.  Through splendid greenery landscape, browse the famous roads of Pampelonne in the aim of enjoyment, from the medieval village of Gassin, one of the most beautiful panoramic views over Saint-Tropez.  Then, conclude your “Tropezienne day” with a wine tasting at Château Minuty. Spend a day at the heart of the peninsula’s treasures and soak up the laid-back lifestyle of this seaside town.