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Pride - Brussels, Bruges & Amsterdam Gay Pride Tour 2019

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Gay Amsterdam tour

Brussels, Bruges
& Amsterdam Gay Pride Tour 2019

Brussels, Ghent, Bruges, Antwerp & Amsterdam

9 Days from Brussels, Belgium to Amsterdam, Netherlands

July 27 – August 4, 2019

Tickets in Amsterdam

 

Pride Shack

 

OBOY - Your Online Shop for Fashion & Underwear

 

Amsterdam Canal Cruise with Discount

 

Brunos Gay Shop

 

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Amsterdam Tours & Attractions

Amsterdam Pride tourWe’re heading to a place where the Pride Parade is unique in all the world — a colorful floating procession on the canals of Amsterdam! We get the party started in Brussels, Belgium, a multicultural hub of the European Union with one of the continent’s liveliest and friendliest LGBT scenes. We work our way through the dazzling historic cities of Bruges, Ghent and Antwerp before reaching Amsterdam for the final four nights of the tour.

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It’s hard to imagine a more gay and lesbian friendly travel destination than Amsterdam. In 2001, the Netherlands became the first country in the world to officially recognize same-sex marriages. Other countries like Belgium, South Africa, Argentina and most Scandinavian countries followed shortly after. The annual Gay Pride celebration boasts the world’s only pride parade on water. The cavalcade of colorful canal boats packed with hundreds of extravagantly costumed gays is like nothing you’ve ever seen. Don’t miss our best Pride tour to date!

 

Brussels gay tour

 

Pride - Brussels, Bruges & Amsterdam Gay Pride Tour Highlights

• The Grand Place of Brussels*
• Royal Palace of Brussels
• Beguinages of Ghent*
• Gravensteen Castle in Ghent
• Bruges Historic Center*
• Belfry of Bruges
• Antwerp Historic Center
• Amsterdam
• Dam Square
• Grachtengordel, Three Concentric Canals*
• Royal Palace of the Netherlands
• Rijksmuseum
• Amsterdam Gay Pride Canal Parade

* UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Bruges Belgium gay tour

 

Pride - Brussels, Bruges & Amsterdam Gay Pride Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Saturday, July 27, 2019
Arrive in Brussels, Belgium / Welcome Dinner
Brussels, Belgium gay tourYour international flight should land in Brussels, Belgium (airport code BRU) by mid-afternoon today. Collect your luggage, exit the terminal and take a taxi to the city center and our hotel.

Our group will gather for the first time in early evening to have a cocktail in the hotel lobby, before taking a short walk to a nearby restaurant for our Welcome Dinner. Overnight in Brussels.

Meals: Welcome Dinner
Hotel: Metropole Hotel, Brussels

 

Day 2 - Sunday, July 28, 2019
Brussels Sightseeing
Brussels Sightseeing tourEnjoy a half-day sightseeing tour of Brussels, known for its breathtaking medieval center and Parisian-style wide boulevards, and also for its bustling 21st-century modern city center. Sights will include the Gothic Cathedral St. Michel, the Palace of Justice (reputed to be the largest structure built in the 19th century), the ornate Royal Palace, and Grand-Place, one of the most beautiful squares in all of Europe. The square is dominated by the 15th century Flamboyant Town Hall, the Neo-Gothic Breadhouse and the Baroque guildhalls of the Guilds of Brussels. Overnight in Brussels.

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Metropole Hotel, Brussels

 

Day 3 - Monday, July 29, 2019
Ghent / Bruges
Ghent gay tour - Gravensteen CastleThis morning, we make the 35-mile, hour-long journey to the town of Ghent. Enjoy a panoramic overview tour of the city, known for its glorious medieval buildings, with a stop for lunch in the center of town. We drive another hour (30 miles) and arrive in the city of Bruges by mid-afternoon. Along with other canal-based European cities, Bruges is often called “Venice of the North” for its close connection to the waterways that run throughout the city center. Upon checking in at our hotel, the rest of the day is free. Overnight in Bruges.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Grand Hotel Casselbergh, Bruges (canal view rooms)

 

Day 4 - Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Bruges Sightseeing
Bruges, Belgium gay tourThis morning enjoy a walking tour of Bruges’ medieval center. Bruges is filled with historic monuments and fantastic Flemish architecture dating back to the 14th century. It is such a significant place that the entire city center was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010. In terms of sheer beauty, Bruges has few rivals. The afternoon and evening are free to explore the city on your own. A great way to see some of the hidden, out-of-the-way spots is on an optional cruise along the city canals. You might also want to climb the Beffroi Tower for a birds-eye view of the city. Overnight in Bruges.

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Grand Hotel Casselbergh, Bruges (canal view rooms)

 

Day 5 - Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Antwerp / Amsterdam
Antwerp gay tourAfter breakfast, we check out of our hotel and make the 90-minute drive from Bruges to the city of Antwerp, known for its diamond trade. The city is home to an array of 16th and 17th century architectural marvels. We take a walking tour of Antwerp’s town center with a break for lunch. We continue driving north for another 2 hours, crossing into The Netherlands and arriving in Amsterdam in late afternoon. After checking in to our hotel, the evening is free to explore the surrounding area of our hotel and enjoy the delights of this vibrant city, which is our home for the final four nights of the tour. Dinner is included at our hotel tonight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Hotel: NH Collection Barbizon Palace Hotel, Amsterdam

 

Day 6 - Thursday, August 1, 2019
Amsterdam Sightseeing
Amsterdam gay tourThis morning, embark on a half-day sightseeing tour of Amsterdam, getting an overview of the city and its main attractions. We will visit the National Monument, the Royal Palace of the Netherlands, and the three concentric canals known as Grachtengordel (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Dam Square, with its notable buildings, lies in the historical center of Amsterdam. The name derives from the square’s original function: as a dam on the Amstel River (hence also the name of the city). Today it is a popular gathering place for locals and visitors. After a stop for a nice three-course lunch, we have tickets to tour the world-famous Rijksmuseum, with its large collection of masterpieces by Rembrandt and Vermeer. Overnight in Amsterdam.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: NH Collection Barbizon Palace Hotel, Amsterdam

 

Day 7 - Friday, August 2, 2019
Canal Cruise / Farewell Dinner
Amsterdam canals gay tourEnjoy a free morning to sleep in late or do some leisurely strolling near our hotel. This afternoon, we take a canal cruise, which is a lovely relaxed way to see much of historic Amsterdam from the waterways which ring the city. The rest of the day is at your leisure, and you may want to take an optional tour of the Anne Frank House or visit some of the city’s many museums. This evening, Toto Tours hosts an early Farewell Dinner, so we can keep tomorrow’s Gay Pride celebration completely free. Overnight in Amsterdam.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Hotel: NH Collection Barbizon Palace Hotel, Amsterdam

 

Day 8 - Saturday, August 3, 2019
Amsterdam Gay Pride Canal Parade
Amsterdam Gay Pride Canal ParadeAmsterdam Pride happens every August, attracting several hundred-thousand visitors. It is one of the largest publicly held events in The Netherlands each year. Almost a week of activities for the LGBTQ community culminates in the Canal Parade, a procession of many different decoration-festooned boats filled with costumed revelers, that floats through the center of the city. Our group will scout out a prime viewing spot, and the entire day is free to participate in the merriment. Overnight in Amsterdam.

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: NH Collection Barbizon Palace Hotel, Amsterdam

 

Day 9 - Sunday, August 4, 2019
Departure
The tour officially ends after breakfast this morning. Your tour hosts will help to organize small group transfers to the airport by public taxis (optional). If you wish to extend your stay in Amsterdam, please let us know on your reservation form so that we can keep your room available for another night.

Meals: Breakfast

 

Amsterdam Canal Pride

 

Brussels & Amsterdam Pride gay tour map

 

Included:

• 8 nights hotel accommodations:
- 2 nights at Metropole Hotel in Brussels;
- 2 nights at Grand Hotel Casselbergh in Bruges
- 4 nights at NH Collection Barbizon Palace Hotel in Amsterdam
• Hotel breakfasts daily plus Welcome & Farewell Dinners;
• Other meals as listed in the itinerary;
• Ground transportation in climate-controlled motorcoach;
• Sightseeing activities and entrances as listed in the itinerary.
• This is a fully escorted tour, with local guides added during tours.

 

Antwerp gay tour

 

Not Included:

• International airfare to Brussels, Belgium (BRU) and returning from Amsterdam, Netherlands (AMS);
• Hotel transfers;
• Ground transportation for sightseeing on your own (taxis, local guides, etc.);
• Meals and optional activities not specifically listed in the itinerary;
• Camera fees; alcoholic beverages; laundry, telephone calls, faxes, or any other expenses of a personal nature.
Travel Insurance
• Tips to drivers and guides and other conveyance attendants are not included;
• Tipping guidelines for our group tips will be provided prior to departure.

 

Ghent gay tour

 

Tour Hotels

Metropole Hotel, Brussels

Metropole Hotel, BrusselsThis Art Deco hotel dating from 1895 is situated in the historical centre of Brussels, a 10-minute walk from Grand-Place and Brussels Central Station. Guests at Hotel Metropole benefit from 6 free minibar drinks.

The marble staircases in the lobby lead up to the rooms, which include a TV with internet access. The Metropole Hotel also offers 24-hour room service.

Metropole Hotel Brussels roomThe breakfast room has the same layout and design as the Akshardham Temple in Delhi, India. There is also Café Metropole where you can enjoy a premium brasserie-style cuisine in Brussels typical tradition.

The Metropole also offers a fitness room with exercise equipment including cycles and weights. De Brouckère metro station is right in front of the hotel and offers direct access to the European Commission.

 

Grand Hotel Casselbergh, Bruges

Grand Hotel Casselbergh, BrugesGrand Hotel Casselbergh offers historic features and modern facilities in Bruges, 270 m from the Grote Markt. This 4-star hotel includes free Wi-Fi and a wellness centre in the 16th-century cellars.

The wellness centre includes a hammam, sauna and Turkish bath. There is also a fitness centre and a selection of relaxing massage treatments is available.

Grand Hotel Casselbergh roomFlat-screen cable TV, a minibar and tea and coffee making facilities are provided in the air-conditioned rooms at Grand Hotel Casselbergh Brugge. Some of the rooms are in the old part of the building whilst others are in the modern wing.

An extensive buffet including scrambled eggs, bacon and pastries is served in the grand breakfast room. There is also an elegant library and a bar with original features including a fireplace.

 

NH Collection Barbizon Palace Hotel, Amsterdam

NH Collection Barbizon Palace Hotel, AmsterdamNH Collection Amsterdam Barbizon Palace combines modern facilities such as a fitness area with historic features including a 15th-century chapel. It is opposite Amsterdam Central Station and 550 m from Dam Square. Free WiFi is available.

NH Collection Amsterdam Barbizon Palace’s rooms are spacious and some benefit from 17th-century oak beams and high ceilings. Each air-conditioned room includes cable TV and tea and coffee making facilities.

NH Collection Barbizon Palace Hotel roomGuests can enjoy elegant gastronomic cuisine prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients at Restaurant Vermeer. In the bright lobby Hudson’s Terrace & Restaurant offers international meals and specialties including Spanish tapas or a High Tea.

A range of fitness equipment is offered in the health club. The wellness area has a sauna and steambath.

 

Gay Amsterdam Pride

 

Trip Notes

Entry Requirements
For U.S. Citizens a valid passport is the only document required to enter Belgium and The Netherlands for stays of up to 90 days.

Immunizations & Health
No immunizations are currently required for travel to Belgium and The Netherlands, but it is wise to have your inoculations up-to-date. Is your tetanus booster current?

Exit Requirements
There is currently no separate departure tax required of visitors leaving Amsterdam other than that included with the cost of your airline ticket.

Making Travel Arrangements to Belgium & Netherlands
On this tour, international airfare is NOT included. You will need to get your international air to Brussels, Belgium (BRU), and returning from Amsterdam, The Netherlands (AMS).
Please arrive in Brussels by mid-afternoon on Saturday, July 27, 2019.
Departure is from Amsterdam, The Netherlands on Sunday, August 4, 2019.

What to Bring
In July and August, average daily temperatures in Belgium and The Netherlands range from 55 to 72 degrees. You won’t need a suit jacket or tie, as the tour is informal and dinner attire will be casual. Try to pack light and bring only one piece of luggage plus your carry-on. Create mix and match outfits, and think about layering! Pack any medications you require in a carry-on bag and leave expensive jewelry at home.

Money Matters
The Euro is the national currency of both Belgium and The Netherlands (the code is EUR when looking up exchange rates). American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are accepted in larger establishments.

Tipping:
In restaurants the law requires menu prices to include service charge, and tipping is a matter of personal choice. Most people leave some small change if they’re satisfied and 5% is usually plenty. It’s common to leave small change at tables in bars and cafés. We will present collective tips to guides and drivers at appropriate times throughout the tour.

 

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Pride - Brussels, Bruges & Amsterdam Gay Pride Tour 2019 Prices

Tour Date Description
Per person
$ (USD)
Availability

Tour Only, Per Person, Double Occupancy.

$ 3,600

Tour Only, Per Person, Single Occupancy
(Paying a single supplement is not required. Toto Tours will try to match you with a roommate if you are traveling alone and prefer to share a room. If this is not possible, a single supplement will be applied to your reservation before the final payment date.)

$ 4,600

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Prices are per person in USD.

Min. Deposit: $600. Balance Due before May 8, 2019

Price does not include payment card charges.

 

Special Airfares

 

Brussels Airlines

 

 

 

Pre/Post Tour Hotels

 

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