Rick Steves' Best Of Europe

June 21 - July 13, 2019

Pre-Tour Day

I chose a Rick Steves' tour because I have been on 7 previous tours and thoroughly enjoyed them. The tour guides and other tour members are the BEST! I can't imagine going with any other tour group. You can visit https://www.ricksteves.com  and view all the great tour options. To see the Best Of Europe 21 Day Tour, go to: https://www.ricksteves.com/tours/europe/europe-21-days.

This tour began two days before the actual tour date, allowing a day of travel and a day to tour Haarlem on my own before meeting the group.

I found a great flight deal going round-trip through Paris (the tour ends in Paris), so I booked it then added a separate flight from Paris to Amsterdam. From there, I took the bus to Haarlem. The Rick Steves guidebook gave great detailed information on making the transfer. It was very helpful as I am a solo traveler.

Upon arrival in Haarlem, I passed the town square on my way to the hotel and they were having their Saturday market. I found my hotel and I was able to check in right away (the staff at the Ambassador were great!). I took a short nap, then headed out to explore the town. So beautiful-canals, flowers, windmills, more flowers. I grabbed a quick take-out at the Albert Hein market, headed back to the hotel, and got to bed early. What a great start to my European vacation. Can't wait to meet my tour guide and fellow tour members tomorrow!

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Best Of Europe Tour Map
Best Of Europe Tour Map

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Boarding The Plane For Paris
Boarding The Plane For Paris

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Haarlem Town Square
Haarlem Town Square

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Best Of Europe Tour Map
Best Of Europe Tour Map

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