Rotterdam’s Modern Architecture

Kinderdijk’s Historical Windmills

Quaint Towns and Canals

8 Nights in Two Lovely Countries

Walk, Eat, and Explore on this Vegan Tour of Two Historic, Eco-Friendly Countries

When it was my 60th birthday last year I wanted to celebrate in The Netherlands and Belgium, two areas I had visited briefly years ago, but not as a vegan, and with not nearly enough time spent. As the blockbuster cities in Europe become overtouristed, we’ve found the joy of traveling in the lesser known “second” cities such as Rotterdam, with its modern architecture and terrific vegan scene, while the nearby smaller cities such as Delft and The Hague offer a completely different and historical vibe. And Belgium? It’s surely one of the most underrated countries in Europe. Bruges is well-known, but I adored Ghent. Excellent train connections throughout this area will allow us to pack in many sights. The vegan scene is wonderful and the historic buildings sitting on canals are breathtaking. We’ve planned a full trip, but with some down-time for you to take it easy or go exploring on your own.

Please note this tour does NOT visit Amsterdam. Should you wish to visit, it would be easy to go on your own before or after our tour.

Why You’ll Love This Tour!

Dine in an exquisite vegan restaurant, situated in an historic train car

Explore several small historic cities by boat

Feast during a vegan food tour in Utrecht

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Essential Info

Essential Info


$4625 USD/per person

*A non-refundable deposit of 25% of the tour cost, along with a registration form, are required in order to join the tour. Your space is not guaranteed until both of these are received.


May 17-25, 2025

Tour duration

8 nights/9 days

Group size

10-12 people


  • 8 nights accommodations (your own hotel room)
  • 8 breakfasts
  • 7 lunches 
  • 7 dinners
  • All activities
  • Arrival transfer
  • Transportation between cities
  • Everything is taken care of for you

Not included

  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes 
  • Travel insurance is highly recommended for any unexpected emergency expenses.

About your guide

This tour will be led by Kim Giovacco

Trip Overview

We will meet at Amsterdam airport and take the train to Utrecht, where we’ll enjoy a vegan food tour before training to our hotel in Rotterdam.

Our first full day will be spent in Rotterdam and its environs. On Day 3, we’ll have a walking tour of Rotterdam and also see the oldest part of the city. 

Day 4 will take us on day trips to the quaint cities of Delft and The Hague. The next day we’ll visit Rotterdam’s new modern area before transferring to our hotel in Ghent.

On Day 6 we’ll explore Ghent with two walking tours. A day trip to Bruges will happen on Day 7, and there will be some free time there.

Day 8, our last full day, will have a walking tour in Ghent, and then some time to explore on your own. Our tour will end the next day after breakfast.



Please arrive at Amsterdam airport by noon. We’re going to hit the ground running by taking the train to the lovely Utrecht, known for its Medieval buildings, the largest university in the Netherlands, and cool canals. We’ll enjoy a vegan food tour, which will serve as our dinner. Then we’ll train to Rotterdam, where our rooms will be waiting for us after a busy start to the tour. 

On our first full day, pay a visit to Miniature World Rotterdam, where the miniature cityscape will give you an overview of the city and its countryside. Think of a model train setup on steroids to grasp the size of this exhibit. After lunch, we’ll take a leisurely boat ride to Kinderdjik, the UNESCO site comprising 19 iconic 18th-century windmills. Dinner will be back in Rotterdam, at a very special vegan restaurant located in an historic train car.

Meals Included
Day 1: Dinner
Day 2: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

The next morning will take us on an art and architecture tour through the city. After Rotterdam was heavily bombed during World War II, it was rebuilt with some dramatic modern buildings. There is also a treasure trove of outdoor art blended into the fabric of the city. After lunch, we will visit the historic quarter of the city that survived the bombing. Dinner will be at one of the city’s many fabulous vegan restaurants.

Day trips to the charming small cities of Delft and The Hague will be on our agenda the next day. Delft is strewn with canals and was the home of Dutch Master painter Johannes Vermeer, and we’ll discover the area with a walking tour. We’ll then take a short train ride to The Hague, where we’ll have lunch and another walking tour, before visiting Mauritshuis, a small world-class art museum showing the works of Rembrandt and Vermeer, among others. Dinner will be in The Hague before training back to Rotterdam.

Meals Included
Day 3: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Day 4: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

On the next morning, we’ll be led by an architect to  Rotterdam’s very cool new city, where former industrial areas are being converted into new sustainable buildings and projects. After a last meal in Rotterdam, we’ll take the train to Ghent, a gorgeous university town with medieval architecture and a pedestrianized center. After checking into our hotel we’ll have a boat tour of the city, and then dinner. After dinner we’ll take a walk to see the city’s historic and picturesque buildings all lit up.

Ghent is known as a very sustainable and green city, and the next morning we’ll embark on an eco tour, which will visit several vegan-friendly local businesses. After lunch, we’ll have a walking tour of two beautiful medieval districts in Ghent. Before dinner, you’ll have a bit of time to explore on your own.

Meals Included
Day 5: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Day 6: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

The next day we’ll take the train to famous Bruges, another beautiful, medieval, and canal-filled small city. We’ll have a private walking tour followed by lunch, and then a relaxing canal boat ride. You’ll then have a few hours to explore on your own. After dinner in Bruges, we’ll take the train back to Ghent.

On our last full day, we’ll have a tour of one of Ghent’s beguinages. Beguines were dedicated, single women who formed a community together. They took vows of obedience and chastity and were able to provide for themselves by sewing, weaving, and knitting. The beguinage we will visit was built in 1662. After lunch you will have an afternoon of free time to explore, or pack for tomorrow’s departure, before we gather for our last dinner of the tour.

The tour will end after breakfast on the final day.

Meals Included
Day 7: Breakfast and dinner
Day 8: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Day 9: Breakfast

Good to Know

Amount of walking: 5-8 miles per day (approximate)

Please fly into Amsterdam (AMS). We will meet at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. You may wish to fly home from Brussels (BRU).


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