Brussels & Amsterdam, Air, Rail, 6 nights, From $1,149
Sample the chocolates, waffles, and beer that make Belgium famous, then take a train to Amsterdam and pay the Van Gogh Museum a visit.
The Real Deal Round-trip airfare from New York City to Brussels, then from Amsterdam to New York City on American Airlines; three nights at the luxurious Crowne Plaza Brussels; three nights at the Rembrandt Residence Hotel, close to the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam; transportation between the two cities via standard rail; and breakfast daily, from $1,149 per person—plus up to $135 in airport taxes and fees.
When Jan. 12, 19, 26; Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23; Mar. 1, 8, 2012 ($1,149).
Gateways New York City ($1,149); additional gateways available.
The Fine Print Airport taxes and fees cost up to $135 extra per person. Based on double occupancy; the single supplement is from $339. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
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Contact Virgin Vacations, 888/937-8474, virgin-vacations.com.
Why It's a Deal A recent Kayak search shows the lowest round-trip multicity airfare from New York City to Brussels and Amsterdam starts from $752 in January (Aer Lingus). Add to that $635 per person, including taxes, for three nights at the Crowne Plaza Brussels, and $596 per person, including taxes, for three nights at the Rembrandt Residence Hotel, and you're spending $1,983 for air and accommodation alone. For $699 less, this package gives you airfare, 6 nights accommodations in two cities, standard rail between them, breakfast daily, and all taxes and fees.
More Options include a half-day city bus tour of Brussels—complete with stops at the Grand Palace, St. Michael's Cathedral, and the Royal Palace, among other popular sites—for $34 per person; full-day tours of the medieval city of Ghent and Bruges, the "Venice of the North," for $59 per person; a tour of Amsterdam by bus and boat for $34 per person; or a half-day windmill appreciation tour through the Dutch countryside, with stops at Zaanse Schaans heritage park, the old fishing villages of Volendam and Marken, and a tour of a cheese farm in Edam from $44 per person.
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