Waterloo - Battle that shaped europe

There is one battle that changed the fate of Europe in 1815 ... and you find it in little Belgium. Even the swedish music quartet ABBA wrote a song about Waterloo. The lion on the hill is the symbol that reflects the victory over a feared and formidable enemy with exceptional prestige. Beside the famous hill with a beautiful panorama ...

Travel in style - Fly benelux

Do you want to experience the real deal of luxury travel . We can charter your perfect transport even a private jet. Depart, fly and arrive in style. Belgium and the Netherlands have much opportunities for flying private jets. You can fly from Paris to Bruges or Amsterdam to Antwerp. Everything is possible . A private flight brings you where ...

FRIESLAND - COME SAIL WITH ME

Why not go up north in the Benelux. And discover the Beautiful region of Friesland? Sailing in Friesland is in fact very popular due to the beautiful surroundings and many possibilities. That is why this called the watersports province of the Netherlands. So you are spoiled for choice for a great day in Friesland.  You can hire a ...

Tomorrowland 2020 - 16 years of Magic in style

Tomorrowland is not just a music festival. It’s a world of Magic and an unforgettable expierence! Why not enjoy this beautiful festival in style?. The Mansion is the ultimate experience in luxury accommodations. Located in the countryside you will be surrounded by nature but still within walking distance of the Tomorrowland festival site. On arrival, The Mansion ...

F1 Zandvoort - Back in business

Many racing enthusiasts will not have missed it: from 2020 onwards the Zandvoort F1 Race Circuit Zandvoort will be back on the Formula 1 calendar! In order to meet all requirements, the circuit is subjected to a thorough metamorphosis. In this way you can enjoy Formula 1 sport in the Netherlands after an absence of 35 years. Brilliant Ideas is happy to ...

Hotel August - A new stylish address in Antwerp

In the newly opened Hotel August Antwerp, the legendary Belgian architect Vincent Van Duysen shows his magic architectural skills by transforming  a former Augustinian cloister in a marvelous modern day hotel located in the hidden green quarter of Antwerp. The 40 rooms are a warm homage to the dedicated way of former Augustinian life, with the addition of ...

Outer Space in little Holland

The sky is the limit, but not in the Netherlands! You have always dreamed to be an astronaut and receive your first pair of Astrowings? We have for you the closest simulation that exists of a real space flight! Astronauts that fly up into space and marvel down at the earth say that they are never the same person ...

Brussels - Dali meets Magritte

Visit Dali Meets Magritte, the large exhibition at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts in Brussels. It charts the relationship between two iconic artists, the extravagant Catalan Salvador Dalí and the equally striking Belgian René Magritte. For the first time ever, the connection and influences between these two greatest icons of the surrealist movement are ...

Belgian wine - Something else

Beside beer, chocolate and so many other Belgian delicacies, there is one that is less known but has to be on that long list. Belgian wine! The Belgian climate is just the limit of what is possible to make wine. Climate warming, new techniques and knowledge have put Belgian winegrowing on the map a few years ago. Discover beautiful ...

Delft - The homeground of Delft Blue

Royal Delft is the only manufacturer of Delft Blue since the 17th Century. To this day Royal Delft uses the same method of producing which nowadays is the international standard of Delft Blue. Here, the world-famous Delft Blue is completely hand-painted according to age-old traditions. At the Royal Delft Experience you will discover the complete history and production process of ...

GHENT - THE YEAR OF VAN EYCK

In 2020, the Museum of Fine Arts Ghent (MSK) pays tribute to the Flemish Master Jan van Eyck with the exhibition 'Van Eyck. An Optical Revolution'. The museum promises the visitor a once-in-a-lifetime experience that makes the world of Van Eyck more tangible than ever. The MSK revealed a new series of artworks that are traveling to Ghent. And the message ...

GENK - LABIOMISTA, STUDIO KOEN VAN MECHELEN

With support from the city of Genk and others, Limburg artist Koen Vanmechelen is creating a fascinating ‘mix of life’ in a bid to establish a new and more sustainable balance between man and nature, a place where biological and cultural diversity can flourish. Known as LABIOMISTA Vanmechelen created a garden of order and chaos, an arena of ...

MECHELEN - A HIDDEN GEM

The Besloten Hofjes are the absolute highlights ofthe Collection of Heritage in Mechelen. These 16th-century altarpieces made by the nuns have been registered as Flemish Masterpieces since 2011. The sisters meticulously created their so-called 'courtyards' with representations of an ideal, spiritual and paradise-like world. The Besloten Hofjes are stored in the beautiful Renaissance City Palace in Mechelen 'Hof van ...

AXEL VERVOORDT - DESIGN GURU

The Axel Vervoordt Company is active in the fields of art and interiors & design. From the start, it's always been a family-led business — Axel, May, and their sons Boris and Dick are active in the daily operations with a team of about 100 collaborators.The Company and Axel Vervoordt Gallery are located at a site known as ...

ANTWERP - FASHION CAPITAL

The city boasts one of the world's oldest academies and one of the most renowned fashion colleges. Many alumni from the Antwerp Fashion Department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts belong to the top of the international fashion scene. The academy came to fame with the Big Six - with for example Dries Van Noten ...

AFRICAMUSEUM - ROYAL MUSEUM FOR CENTRAL AFRICA

AfricaMuseum in Tervuren near Brussels is known as one of the most beautiful and impressive Africanist museums in the world. In December 2018, the completely renovated museum will reopen its doors.
The new museum immerses you in the very diverse nature of the continent and its cultural riches and creative cities. It shows life as it is, lets you listen ...

DINNER ON A LIGHTHOUSE ISLAND

Eating out at Vuurtoreneiland ('Lighthouse Island' in Dutch) is not an ordinary evening out in Amsterdam! The island features Amsterdam's only lighthouse and is a unique piece of nature with a rugged landscape. It can only be reached by ship! So your evening starts sailing the historic 'IJveer XIII' boat over the IJ River. Once on the island, ...

STUDIO PIETER STOCKMANS

The Belgian ceramist, industrial designer and artist Pieter Stockmans is fascinated by the medium of porcelain. In his studio located on the spectacular C-Mine mine site in Genk, he creates handcrafted crockery that is brought to the table as a gift and is passed on for generations. Over the years, he developed this exceptional blue to combine with the ...

AMERSFOORT - MONDRIAAN HOUSE

To get to know Piet Mondriaan, most of the aficionados of abstract art go to the largest Mondrian collection in the world - the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag - which is home to 300 of his works. But the Mondriaan House in Amersfoort, the house where Piet Mondriaan was born in 1872, is unique in how it brings knowledge of Mondriaans' life to ...

BELGIUM FOOTBALL CENTER

Thank you Red Devils - That was fun! What a fantastic World Cup it was! Come for a personalized sports camp at the Red Devils Headquarters: 4* hotel, rental of facilities and equipment, coaching and video analysis, catering & laundry service, tours & excursions ... The Belgian Football Center & Brilliant Ideas offer solutions adapted to the specific needs of your company ...

AMSTERDAM - UNUSUAL HOTEL ROOM

Yes, Amsterdam has several great 5* and some gorgeous boutique hotels, but what about something special for your next stay in town?! Why don’t you sleep up high in a crane, or with a view on the canals from a bridge house or in a 1744 hidden chapel in complete Rococo style?

BAROQUE IN ANTWERP

Find out everything there is to know about Peter Paul Rubens and his baroque, cultural legacy during "Antwerp Baroque 2018. Rubens inspires". You can discover and experience first-hand why Rubens was and is still regarded one of the most influential artists ever and is called Antwerp's most famous inhabitant!  Program Antwerp Baroque 2018  

UTRECHT - RIETVELD SCHRÖDER HOUSE

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this small one-family house, with its flexible interior spatial arrangement, and visual and formal qualities, was a manifesto of the ideals of the De Stijl group of artists and architects in the Netherlands in the 1920s, and has since been considered one of the icons of the Modern Movement in architecture. A visit will impress ...

FRANCORCHAMPS - F1 GP

There is always something happening at F1 Belgian Grand Prix! The Spa-Francorchamps circuit is considered to be one of the most challenging race tracks in the world due to its fast, hilly and twisty nature in the magnificent Ardennes forests. The F1 drivers get to corner at speeds above 250 km/h and love it. But the F1 Grand Prix ...

Flanders fields & Ypres - Small place , great history

From 1914 to 1918, Flanders Fields was a major battle theatre on the Western Front during the First World War. With due reason. The lands surrounding Ypres and the town itself became infamous as one of three major battlegrounds. These days the Ypres Salient is dotted with silent graveyards, commemorative museums and monuments. The fallen heroes are honored every evening with the ...

THE NETHERLANDS AND BELGIUM BY BIKE

Explore the Lowlands with its beautiful countryside, coastal region and historical towns 7 days of biking guided by rider-guide, all gear and support van Private canal cruises, hot air ballooning, … to make the most of your experiences   Day 1.  Arrival Amsterdam Private transfer to your hotel. Check-in and rest of the day at leisure.   Day 2.  Amsterdam Before ...

ART FAIR TEFAF - MAASTRICHT

TEFAF (The European Fine Art Fair) Maastricht is widely regarded as the world's leading fair for art, antiques and design. This fine arts fair is a yearly feast for thousands of curious and art lovers. TEFAF Maastricht showcases some of the best works of art currently on the market for 10 days in March each year. In addition to ...

THE NORTH OF THE NETHERLANDS - WADDEN ISLAND -

An island in the north of the Netherlands In the northernmost point of the Netherlands, you can find the Wadden Islands. You really do not have to go that far to enjoy unspoiled nature, fresh seafood and adventure. You can find all of this on one of the most beautiful Wadden Islands "Schiermonnikoog". Nature in Schiermonnikoog is so ...

LUXEMBOURG - BEST TREK OF LITTLE SWITZERLAND

The Mullerthal Region, often referred to as Luxembourg’s Little Switzerland, owes its name to its hilly landscape reminiscent of Switzerland. This region is home to one of the best treks of the entire Benelux: The Mullerthal Trail. The trek takes the experienced hiker on 112 km of valley trails through a magnificent rocky landscape. The ...

BELGIUM - LET'S GO FOR A VESPA RIDE

The Limburg , the North-East region of Belgium, is the greenest of Flanders’ provinces, a  region with surprising landscapes, remarkable cultural heritage & museums as well as sophisticated gastronomy. With your Vespa, follow the footsteps of Ambiorix, the prince of the Eburones, who became famous because of his resistance against Julius Caesar. Along the way, explore national parks, ...

AMSTERDAM - PRIVATE CANAL CRUISE

Few cities blend history with modern urban flair like Amsterdam. And one thing you definitely need to do when visiting the city is to take a private canal cruise and see Amsterdam from the water to discover this floating city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The history of Amsterdam is intimately connected with water. During your private boat cruise, you ...

BELGIUM - WALK AND TRAPPIST BEER

Founded about 60 years ago, the “Association des Sentiers de Grande Randonnée” (long distance footpath) offers hikers a network of over 5,000 routes in Wallonia and Brussels. The association recently launched a 300km itinerary in the South of Belgium to link through beautiful forests and valleys three abbeys famous amongst the beer lovers for their “Trappist&...

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR ATMOSPHERE

Discover the seasonal magic over Christmas & New Year in Belgium and The Netherlands.

Brussels, Bruges, Antwerp, Liège, Ghent but also country side villages set a happy effervescence with a magnificent Christmas tree, ice-skating rink, and wooden chalets offering Christmas presents, great winter food and hot spicy wine to drive away the cold and warm ones ...

DUTCH CHEESE CARRIERS

In the Middle Ages, it was common practice to establish a guild for every professional group, the cheese carriers established theirs in 1593! Every Friday morning in spring & summer, the Alkmaar cheesemarket is held on the Waagplein. It’s a particular spectacle which includes a market filled with cheese and men of tradition, the hauling cheese carriers. It’...

FLOWER POWER - 10N EXAMPLE ITINERARY

Spring is a fantastic season to travel in the Benelux. It will cheer you right up after winter!  When the tulip bulbs are blooming in the Netherlands, this may well be the most colorful region in the world. In Belgium, flowers is a big thing too especially at the Hallerbos and its magnificent purple carpet of bluebells. Of course, ...

OLD MASTERS - 10N - SAMPLE ITINERARY

At the pinnacle of artistic invention from the middle ages onwards, The Netherlands and Flanders were the inspiration behind the famous art movements of the time: primitive, renaissance and baroque. For a period of some 250 years, it was the place to meet and experience some of the most admired artists in Western Europe. Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Eyck, Bruegel, Rubens and ...

THE CARNIVAL OF BINCHE

The Carnival of Binche is a living and exceptional heritage, a popular, human and social event, recognized as a “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO. During a few months, the inhabitants and the City prepare their Carnival, in a real communion, with the strong commitment from the family and carnival societies. The next ...

BON VIVEUR?

While foodies flock to Paris and London, those in the know are sneaking off to the Benelux. Did you know that Belgium has a total of 139 stars at the Michelin Guide 2019, which makes the country one of the most Michelin-starred tables in the world? Belgium is still too much identified with waffles, chocolate, fries & beer. But Flanders Kitchen Rebels, ...

THE WEST FRISIAN ISLANDS

The West Frisian Islands form an archipelago in the North Sea off the Dutch coast, along the edge of the Wadden Sea. Every island has its own style and culture. But on each of the 5 pearls, the beauty of nature is overwhelming and the atmosphere is great. Explore the picturesque villages, ...

ADAM TOREN - OVER THE EDGE

The outdoor skydeck on the 21st floor roof of the A’DAM Toren in Amsterdam offers a spectacular view over the city. A great spot for a drink at sunset and since a couple of weeks, you can even swing back and forth over the edge of the tower! On the “Over The Edge” dangle your legs ...

HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL

Start your trip in Amsterdam and finish in Paris crossing the beautiful Kingdom of Belgium. It breathes history but is also brimming with culture and modern city life, day & night! The perfect itinerary for amateurs of history & culture but also for lovers of regional gastronomy. Please contact us to fine-tune the itinerary according to your clients preferences with ...

FLYING THE ICONIC MUSTANG

The Mustang is probably the most recognized fighter-plane of World War II. Its speed and range made it the ideal bomber escort. “SCAT VII” was the personal plane of Major Robin Olds, a triple ace who scored his 4 last kills in this particular machine. Its now very well maintained and taken care of, flying in the same color ...

PRIVATE CRUISE IN ZEELAND

The Netherlands have a rich nautical heritage and 4,400 km of navigable waterways. It is as easy in some areas to travel on water as it is to travel on land! Enjoy a 2 to 6 nights cruise visiting nature preserved areas & typical villages mooring in the charming harbors & marinas. While on land grab a bicycle - it’s The ...

CYCLING IN BELGIUM

Summer is just around the corner! Not only The Netherlands but also Belgium is a paradise for cyclists. You cycle on comfortable and secured bicycle paths along romantic rivers winding between quaint towns, charming castles, outdoor cafés and incredible restaurants.

Besides guided bicycle tours through cities such as for example Ghent, Antwerp or Brussels you can ...

AMSTERDAM - SHOP 'TIL YOU DROP!

The picturesque Negen Straatjes (Nine Street) intersect the city center’s main canals are doted with great restaurants, cafés, art galleries, jewelers and boutiques. With an exceptional array of styles, trends and prices, this area is truly a shopper’s paradise. 

If you are into vintage or designer shops, grab a bicycle and ...

BELGIAN BEER - WORTH A SOMMELIER!

As goes for Belgian chocolates, Belgian beer is known around the world. However, although they’re great, the majority of exported beers is just the very standard of what the big brands have to offer. The most refined, best beers, brewed with tradition and craftsmanship, are really hard to get outside of Belgium. Top chefs also start to recognize ...

BELGIAN CHOCOLATE

For all who are passionate about Chocolate, Belgium is the perfect destination. Through generations of chocolatier; the Belgian Chocolate Art stand out from the rest because of its exquisite and authentic handmade style, and also because of the use of only natural products and surprising ingredients like spices, cereals, fruits, truffles and more. It is no wonder chocolate has become ...

RED DEER STAG ROARING

During some time in the year, from mid-September to mid-October, the tranquility of the majestuous Ardennes forests, situated in the south-east of Belgium, is disturbed by frequent, irregular calls of rutting red deer stags.

Enjoy a walk in the forest with a naturalist tracking the savage sound and other local fauna in a nature's unspoilt areas with ...

DUTCH OLD MASTERS

The Dutch Golden Age encompasses most of the second half of the 17th century, after the Dutch won their Independence from Spain (1648). During this time, Dutch explorers charted new territory and settled abroad. Trade by the Dutch East-India Company thrived, and war heroes from the naval battles became national heroes. Meanwhile, the Dutch Masters began to prevail in the art ...

ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST UNUSUAL RESTAURANTS!

Every year in June, discover Brussels’ high cuisine in the most extraordinary manner possible: from a crane 150ft in the sky! Instead of a sitting round a cosy kitchen table, you will be dangling from a crane 150ft in the sky, complete with dining chairs, table, crockery, etc. A local ‘starred’ chef will prepare an unforgettable gastronomic ...

CUTTING-EDGE CONTEMPORARY ART

With iconic Masters such as Jan van Eyck, Breughel, Rubens, Rembrandt, and Magritte – just to name a few - it is no surprise that the Benelux has some of the finest museums and art galleries. In Amsterdam, the Modern Contemporary Museum (MOCO) opened its doors last year and Belgium is also punching above its weight in contemporary art. More ...

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