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Brussels, Belgium
BRUSSELS AT A GLIMPSE – THE CHOCOLATE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD

The capital of Belgium and the European Union, Brussels, is a perfect blend of the old and the new. Often referred to as "the city of chocolate", it offers travelers numerous chocolatiers and places to taste this delicious Belgian-style treat, which is noted for its high quality around the globe. Local waffles and beer are also worth a taste when in Brussels.

Despite the relatively tiny size of the city, which is actually small than Brooklyn, there's much to see and do. The historic part of Brussels, dominated by the Grand Place market square is an absolute must-see for first-timers. The square houses many outstanding well-preserved buildings, most of which date back to the 17th century.

The petite bronze statue Manneken Pis created in 1618 is also worth a stop. For a pleasant leisurely stroll, head down to the vast Jubelpark, also called Cinquantenaire, where you can see the large U-shaped complex built in 1880. For a taste of the futuristic side of Brussels Belgium, a visit to the Atomium is a must, this landmark that is a museum today was built for the World Fair, that was held in Brussels in 1958.

Among the top places not to miss during a tour to Brussels are:
 
  • Grand Place central square
  • Maison du Roi Museum
  • Royal Palace
  • the Gothic Brussels Town Hall built in 1420
  • the famous Manneken Pis statue
  • the Atomium World Fair landmark
  • Parc du Cinquantenaire with the imposing arch
  • Mini-Europe miniature park

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Cruise | Adventure, European Cruise

Rhine River Cruise | Netherlands and Belgium
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7 cities

2 countries

Amsterdam | Brussels | The Hague | Rotterdam | Bruges | Ghent | Antwerp

Discover the enchanting land of Belgium and Netherlands with a river cruise on the Rhine on the modern MS Bellejour. Go on an adventure that is the perfect blend of guided land tours and time on the ship, taking in the beautiful scenery of the region.

Small group tour | Classic

Best of Netherlands & Belgium in Small Group
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Apr 21, 2019

8 days

3 cities

2 countries

Amsterdam | Bruges | Brussels

Set off on a small group tour exploration of Amsterdam and blooming Holland, then continue to the best of Belgium from Bruges to Brussels. Tase delicious Belgian chocolate, explore Anne Frank's Museum, smell blooming tulips.

Private tour | Heritage

World War II: Battlefields of France and Belgium
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10 days

6 cities

3 countries

Paris | Bayeux | Rouen | Lille | Brussels | Luxembourg

Step back in time with the thematic World War II tour, dedicated to the life in France, Belgium and Luxembourg in the 1940's. Traverse monumental landmarks such as the D-Day sites in Normandy, historic quarters and museums.

Private tour | Classic

Best of Netherlands & Belgium
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8 days

4 cities

2 countries

Amsterdam | Rotterdam | Bruges | Brussels

Travel from the canals of Amsterdam and the windmills of Holland in Rotterdam to the open-air museum of medieval architecture in Bruges, before relaxing in the beer and waffles powered hub of Brussels! All with our private Europe tour.

Private tour | Classic

Gems of Belgium and Luxembourg
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10 days

6 cities

2 countries

Brussels | Ghent | Bruges | Antwerp | Namur | Luxembourg

Explore all of the must-see attractions of two spectacular countries located in the very heart of Europe, Belgium and Luxembourg, included in one customizable private package. Also, have a great time in Namur and Dinant, enjoy chairlifts, glass panoramic elevator rides, tastings and more.

Private tour | Classic

Essence of Belgium
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8 days

4 cities

1 country

Brussels | Ghent | Bruges | Antwerp

Traverse the historic streets and winding canals of Belgium's treasured cities with a fully customizable private tour. Explore Brussels, Ghent, and Antwerp from land with private guides and Bruges from water too! Taste Belgian chocolate and stay at central hotels.

E.g., Nov 16 2018