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Paris to Amsterdam Family Adventure

Valid for all trips departing January 1st, 2013 - December 31st, 2015 Last Updated:
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Introduction

It’s tough to pack all of Europe into a single trip, especially when you’re travelling with kids. The solution? Take smaller bites. This brief-but-brilliant 8-day journey through three of the continent’s most scenic cultural hotspots blends the highlights of Paris, Bruges and Amsterdam into a digestible experience that will stay with the whole family long after you’ve come home. Eiffel Tower? Check. Canals? Check. A museum about chocolate? Check. Best trip ever? Check and mate.

  • Take in the culture and history in Paris
  • Taste Belgian chocolate in Bruges
  • Wander among the canals and streets of Amsterdam.
Duration: 8 days
Start/Finish City: Paris to Amsterdam
Service Level: Upgraded
  • All the adventure you want, with a softer landing
  • Handpicked, character-rich accommodations with upgraded amenities services
  • Upgraded and private transport, including flights to maximize time
  • More included meals, activities and transfers
Physical Grading: 1
You'll have to walk around on your own, climb some stairs and carry your own bag. Easy does it.
Travel Style: Family
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Trip Type: Small Group
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Itinerary

Route map for Paris to Amsterdam Family Adventure (EFFH)

Day 1 Paris (1D)

There are plenty of ways to arrive into Paris. You might arrive to the international airport, possibly by train to many of the stations around the city or even by car or bus coming through the suburbs. Because of this, we have not included an arrival transfer in this trip, but we do have details of how best to get across the city to our starting point.

Once we are in Paris, we meet our CEO at our hotel, and get to know our new, extended family. This evening is our first chance to try out the food for which France is so rightly renowned. From the more unusual, such as snails, to the classic, such as a quiche, there is something for everyone.

Return to our hotel for the evening.

Day 2 Paris (1B)

This morning we take to the streets of Paris for an introductory walk of the city with our CEO. We'll get to see some of the city's best sights, and along the way, we will pick up some ingredients for our final stop, the Eiffel Tower. Once we arrive here, we'll stop for a picnic lunch with our groceries, before we can climb to the top of the tower and marvel at the views over the city.

The afternoon is free for you to explore more of the city at your leisure. Having seen many of the sights this morning, there is more time to actually visit these this afternoon. You can come face to face with the gargoyles at Notre Dame cathedral or try some shopping along the Champs Elysees. The hillside of Montmartre was famous for artists and the bohemian lifestyle for many years, and you could happily wander around here for the afternoon.

Return to our hotel for the evening.

Day 3 Paris (1B)

Since the nineteenth century Paris has been at the forefront of cultural and artistic endeavour, and it was during this time that Napoleon built the Jardin d'Acclimatation on the outskirts of the city. We take the 'Petit Gauge' railway to the Jardin today, where we can be immersed in a nineteenth century wonderland. The highlight here is the Exploradome, a science museum with many interactive activities.

There is also plenty of time to enjoy the rest of the attractions in the park, such as a mini golf course, house of mirrors or a pony ride.

We return to Paris later in the day.

Day 4 Bruges (1B)

We travel today by train from Paris to Bruges. This journey across Europe may take us via Lille or Brussels, and ends in Belgium's most beautiful city. Bruges is a haven of medieval buildings, canals and churches waiting to be explored. We take to two wheels and cycle around the city centre today, before a traditional Belgian meal this evening. Belgian food includes a wide variety of different food to try, from mussels and fries to waffles. Something for everyone, not forgetting the most important of all, the Belgian chocolate.

Day 5 Bruges (1B)

Time to explore the city of Bruges further today. Enjoy the sights on a half day city tour, enjoying the medieval architecture. The afternoon is free to see more of the city, including another chance for yet more chocolate at the Choco-story Museum.

Day 6 Amsterdam (1B)

Continue on into the Netherlands today on another train journey up to Amsterdam. The most popular form of transport in the city is the bike, and this afternoon there is the option to traverse the canals, or criss-cross the streets by bike, to make you feel more like an Amsterdammer in training.

Day 7 Amsterdam (1B)

There's more time to explore the city today on an Included city tour. Walking between the canals of the city, we can see the different parts of the city, the many ancient buildings. The afternoon is free to visit some more of Amsterdam's historic sites at leisure. The Anne Frank House is a fascinating and sombre reminder of World War Two, while the Vincent Van Gogh museum is full of the works of Amsterdam's finest artist.

This is our last night in Amsterdam, so a good chance to have one final dinner with our new friends.

Day 8 Amsterdam (1B)

The tour ends at any time, so you can make your way to your departure point at the end of the tour.

What's Included

Orientation walk in Paris. Picnic under the Eiffel Tower. 'Petit Train' railwau & Jardin d'Acclimatation entrance fee. Train to Bruges. Cycle tour of Bruges. Choco-story museum in Bruges. Train to Amsterdam. Kid's bakery class. Visit Ann Frank's house.

Highlights

Take in the culture and history in Paris, taste Belgian chocolate in Bruges, wander among the canals and streets of Amsterdam.

Itinerary Disclaimer

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Meals Included

7 breakfasts, 1 dinner

Meals

Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. On truck trips in Africa, aboard the M/S Expedition or our Galapagos yachts, while trekking in remote regions etc. food is included, plentiful and made of fresh local ingredients. The above information applies to G Adventures group trips. For Independent trips please check the itinerary for details of meals included. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

Meal Budget

Allow EUR200-300 per person for meals not included.

Transport

Local transport, train

Solo Travellers

We believe solo travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and solo travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

Accommodation

Hotels (7 nts)

My Own Room

Please note that if you have booked the "My Own Room" option for this tour, you will receive your own single room for all night stops

About Accommodation

Accommodation for family trips has been chosen to give the best location and facilities for your family. They may vary depending on the location and destination, but designed to give the most comfortable experience while travelling.

You and your family will generally be sharing rooms on a twin or triple share basis. These rooms will be either adjoining or located at close proximity to each other.

Families will be roomed together and not with other families everywhere we stay. If you have any special hotel requests at the time of booking, let us know and we will do what we can to accommodate them.

Arrival Complications

We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, as soon as possible please contact your starting point hotel, requesting that you speak to or leave a message for your CEO (if you are not on a group tour please refer to the emergency contact details provided in this dossier). If you are unable to get in touch with your leader, please refer to our emergency contact details.

Checklist

Suggested Items:
•Light fleece top
•Light windproof/waterproof jacket
•Small towel and swimwear
•Sun hat
•Personal clothing for mild weather (See also "What to Take" and "Local Dress" sections of this dossier)
•Sturdy walking shoes
•Sunblock
•Sunglasses
•Toiletries (biodegradable)
•Watch or alarm clock
•Water bottle
•Money belt
•First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, bandaids, anti-histamine,
Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, insect
repellent, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)

Optional Items:
•Cell/mobile phone
•Camera and memory card/stick
•Charger for phone/camera/music device
•Reading/writing material
•Cover for backpacks

Documents:
•Passport (with photocopies)
•Travel insurance (with photocopies)
•Airline tickets (with photocopies)
•EUR cash
•Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)
•G Adventures vouchers, pre-departure information and dossier
•Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required

Visas

Contact your local embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent. It is your responsibility to have the correct travel documentation. While we provide the following information in good faith, it is vital that you check yourself and understand that you are fully responsible for your own visa requirements.

All visitors to the EU (European Union) and EEC (European Economic Community) countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity). USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand passport holders do not need a visa to visit the Schengen area (see below), however they may not stay longer than three months in any 6-month period.

For other nationalities, travelling in Europe has been simplified with the introduction of the Schengen visa. As a visitor to the Schengen area (Austria, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Greece, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Portugal, Finland, Italy, Spain, France, Luxembourg, Sweden, Czech Republic, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland) you will enjoy the many advantages of this unified visa system. Generally speaking with a Schengen visa, you may enter one Schengen country and travel freely throughout the Schengen region during the validity of your visa. There are limited border controls at Schengen borders, if any at all.

Please note that the UK and Ireland are NOT part of the Schengen agreement.

A Schengen visa is applied for at the Embassy or Consulate of the Schengen country in which you will be spending the most nights on your trip to the Schengen space. If you are only visiting one country on your trip then you apply for your visa at the Consulate of this Schengen country.

Spending Money

Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.

Emergency Fund

Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 (or equivalent) as an 'emergency' fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!

Tipping

It is customary in Europe to leave a small tip for service providers, such as waiters, if you are pleased with the service (€1-2). Tipping is an expected - though not compulsory - component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides. You may do this individually, or your CEO will offer to collect the money and tip as a group. Recommendations for tipping local guides would range from €3-5 per day depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture. Also at the end of each trip if you felt your G Adventures CEO or skipper did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline €20-25 per person, per week can be used.

Safety and Security

Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewelery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. When travelling on a group trip, please note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it deemed necessary, due to safety concerns. Your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) will accompany you on all included activities. During your trip you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy and explore at your leisure. While your CEO will assist you with options available in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Although the cities visited on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any major city at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time excursions.

Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards), have a balanced approach to safety. It is our policy not to allow our CEOs to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by guide(s).

Swimming, including snorkeling, is always at your own risk. Read more about travel safety for ways to further enhance your personal safety while traveling.

Medical Form

Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information.

The medical questionnaire can be found online at:

www.gadventures.com/medical-form
.

A Couple of Rules

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your leader, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy we require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. A minimum coverage of USD200,000 is required. G Adventures can provide you with the appropriate coverage. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.

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MAKE EVERY DAY COUNT
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Minimum Age

Minimum age of 4 years for this trip. Please see the activities for any specific minimum age requirements.

Recommended for children of all ages.