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Amsterdam, Germany & Belgium Vacation
Amsterdam, Germany & Belgium Vacation May 15th - 27th, 2018 12 days, 11 nights with air from LAX- $3,389 Other gateways available - see below 4-nights Amsterdam; 3-nights in Mainz, Germany; 4-nights in Bruges, Belgium Ready for the next singles travel European adventure? We went to Amsterdam and Brugge back in 2008 so it's been quiteawhile. On that trip we included Ireland as well but this time we are making our 3rd destination Germany. This is a wonderful itinerary that we're sure you're going to enjoy. We will start out in Amsterdam for 4 nights. This is the most multi-cultural, multi-dimensional city in Europe. You’re in the Netherlands now baby and everyone will find this city extremely beautiful and interesting. Sure, there’s a reputation for an open attitude and permissiveness, but in addition it’s quaint, colorful and extremely scenic. Some of the tours that we planned on our 2008 trip was a visit to the red light district, a really great bicycling tour, we went to the Anne Frank house, made a day of the hop on/ off canal bus (http://www.canal.nl/en/theme.php?theme_id=3%20) which took us to the Rijksmuseum. We organized a candelight and wine dinner cruise on the canal and of course we visited the Van Gogh Museum. Since it will be spring in Holland you can expect to see plenty of flowers all over. We will set up a bus tour that will allow us to see and admire many of the key sites of Holland including a visit to the the world's biggest flower auction in Aalsmeer and to visit Delf (http://delftnetherlands.com/attractions/)t, Rotterdam (https://www.lonelyplanet.com/the-netherlands/rotterdam), The Hague (https://www.lonelyplanet.com/the-netherlands/the-randstad/den-haag) and Madurodam (http://www.holland.com/global/tourism/destinations/the-hague/madurodam-5.htm). From there our trip will continue to Germany and specifically to the town of Mainz located in the middle section of the Rhine River. The bus ride (https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Amsterdam,%2BNetherlands/Mainz,%2BGermany/@51.1762993,5.6121912,8z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x47c63fb5949a7755:0x6600fd4cb7c0af8d!2m2!1d4.8951679!2d52.3702157!1m5!1m1!1s0x47bd912e33df1379:0x422d4d510db1ba0!2m2!1d8.2472526!2d49.9928617) is only about 4-hours with some great stops planned along the way. This is considered the very best scenery on the rhine. Not only is the city itself beautiful and historic (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g187393-Activities-Mainz_Rhineland_Palatinate.html), it is also the perfect starting place to enjoy some day cruises on the Rhine (https://www.viator.com/tours/Rhine-River/KD-Rhine-Pass-from-Mainz/d767-3320KDRHINEMAINZ?pref=02). Mainz is known for its old town, with half-timbered houses and medieval market squares. In the center, the Marktbrunnen is a Renaissance fountain with red columns. Nearby, a distinctive octagonal tower tops the Romanesque Mainz Cathedral, built of deep red sandstone. The Gutenberg Museum honors the inventor of the printing press with exhibits, including 2 of his original bibles. In the evenings, one thing is plain to see: Mainz is Germany's wine capital. Rheinhessen is the country's largest winegrowing region, and a generation of young vintners are proving that they have what it takes to achieve extraordinary feats year after year. Locals enjoy the fruits of the winegrowers' labours in cosy bars and taverns with pious names like Collection Box and Confessional.Oh yes, I can certainly see us spending a couple of days going from town to town without being locked into a set itinerary on a full board cruise ship. This has been on my bucket list! Our trip continues south to Bruges,Belgium. Our bus ride is less than 5-hours that will take us through some amazing scenery. Belgium is home of many artists, museums, fine chocolate and some of the best beer in the world. Sandwiched between France, Germany and the Netherlands, Belgium is often called the Essence of Europe - both multicultural and multilingual. Within the span of one day you can take a cruise down a canal in Bruges, hunt for diamonds in Antwerp, enjoy waffles on the beach in Oostende, frolic in a festival in Binche, get lost in a castle in Namur, discover antiques at an outdoor market in Liege, and explore a fine art museum in Brussels. A dense train network connects all of Belgium and makes navigation simple and comfortable for travelers. While some tour groups might stay in the capital of Brussels, Bruges, known as the "Venice of the north" and located just an hour train ride away, is more beautiful and will make a more enjoyable stop (we will tour Brussels in route). We’ll have 3 nights to discover,stroll, relax and tour this city that many have made their favorite. We will be supplying links in our email updates where you will be able to see for yourself how adorable this town is. This may be the highlight of your trip. One of the tours that we took on our 2008 trip that I plan to repeat was a one-hour ferry ride to Damme. Once you arrive in Damme, you will find a charming small city with numerous delightful restaurants, surrounded by medieval buildings such as the Town hall, the windmill, the Church of Our Lady and the St. John's hospital. It is impossible to imagine a visit to the historic and picturesque cities of Bruges and Damme without a passage on the Lamme Goedzak Paddler. Plus, we’ll be home on Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend giving you a day to rest up before heading back to work! Costs were still being finalized at press time. We are making every effort to put our group up in quality hotels at an affordable price. For Bruges, we are booked at the 4-star NH Bruges which will be awesome. One of the finer and best located hotels in this town. Cost of $3,389 plus departure taxes (running $358 at the time of this posting). Deposit of $200 to sign up. Early signups always get the better rooms. SINGLE SUPPLEMENT (Your own room, otherwise we match you with a roommate): $1,355 THIS TRIP IS BEING RUN BY ED REDER FROM SINGLES IN PARADISE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON OUR COMPANY GO TO www.SinglesInParadise.com (http://www.singlesinparadise.com/) TO SPEAK WITH SOMEONE ABOUT THIS TRIP OR ANY OTHERS CALL[masked] GO TO THE WEBSITE FOR THIS TRIP (http://www.singlesinparadise.com/singlestravel_amsterdam.htm) OUR AIR: FROM LAX: Flight: United Airlines 247 Departure:Los Angeles 15MAY/700A Arrival:Newark Liberty 15MAY/317P Flight:United Airlines 70 Departure: Newark Liberty 15MAY/555P Arrival:Amsterdam 16MAY/735A Flight: United Airlines 998 Departure:Brussels 27MAY/1100A Arrival:Newark Liberty 27MAY/110P Flight: United Airlines 751 Departure:Newark Liberty 27MAY/350P Arrival:Los Angeles 27MAY/645P FROM SAN DIEGO: Deduct $140 Flight: United Airlines 751 Departure:San Diego 15MAY/652A Arrival:Newark Liberty 15MAY/311P Flight:United Airlines 70 Departure: Newark Liberty 15MAY/555P Arrival:Amsterdam 16MAY/735A Flight: United Airlines 998 Departure:Brussels 27MAY/1100A Arrival:Newark Liberty 27MAY/110P Flight: United Airlines 1827 Departure:Newark Liberty 27MAY/515P Arrival:San Diego 27MAY/816P FROM NEWARK: Deduct $325 Flight:United Airlines 70 Departure: Newark Liberty 15MAY/555P Arrival:Amsterdam 16MAY/735A Flight: United Airlines 998 Departure:Brussels 27MAY/1100A Arrival:Newark Liberty 27MAY/110P IF YOU ARE DOING YOUR OWN AIR, DEDUCT $800 FROM THE COST OF THE TRIP AND YOU DO NOT PAY THE DEPARTURE TAX. INCLUDES: Round trip international air from LAX (other gateways available but could be slightly more) 11-nights accommodations (double occ.) All ground transportation, Daily Breakfast. DOES NOT INCLUDE: Departure taxes or any fuel surcharge (currently running $358 but subject to change). OUR HOTELS: Amsterdam - Radisson Blu Link to Amsterdam Hotel (https://www.radissonblu.com/en/hotel-amsterdam) reviews on Tripadvisor (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g188590-d230875-Reviews-Radisson_Blu_Hotel_Amsterdam-Amsterdam_North_Holland_Province.html) Stay downtown in the city of canals at our 4-star, pet-friendly Radisson Blu Hotel in Amsterdam. At our doorstep, the historical monuments of Dam Square await. And if you’re looking to soak up some culture, the famed Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House are a short stroll away. Surrounded by 2 canals, our hotel offers easy access to the scenic waterways which provide a unique and picturesque way to explore the city. There are also plenty of public transit options within walking distance, making it an ideal location for a business hotel in Amsterdam and sightseeing starting point. Housed in a building that has seen many uses over the years, the hotel balances historical charm with modern amenities designed for your comfort. All 252 guest rooms and suites boast conveniences such as One Touch Service and free high-speed wireless Internet. Our hotel is fully accessible; and our facilities include a fitness room, sauna, solarium, digital reading material and a variety of concierge services. Mainz, Germany - Riverfront Hilton Hotel Website (http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/rhineland-palatinate/hilton-mainz-QMZHITW/index.html) reviews on Tripadvisor (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g187393-d199253-Reviews-Hilton_Mainz-Mainz_Rhineland_Palatinate.html) Our hotel is on the River Rhine, creating breathtaking views throughout the day. Start your day with a jog along the water and end it with a drink on the outdoor patio watching the star light twinkle across the water. Watch the boats, feel the breeze and hear the sounds of a bustling river. Stroll along the tranquil banks of the Rhine and head for the Old Town (Altstadt) to experience the magnificent architecture of the city’s Dom cathedral. Take a rest in one of the many historic taverns and sample some of the area’s delicious wines and beers. Each room includes an HD plasma TV, WiFi and a separate work area. Upgrade to a river view room for more space and stunning views. We have upgraded all rooms to deluxe, river views. Brugge - NH Bruges Website (https://www.nh-hotels.com/hotel/nh-brugge) Sign up for this Trip! (https://secure.hostwizard.org/singlesinparadise.com/form/rsvp.php) GO TO THE WEBSITE FOR THIS TRIP (https://www.crystaldi.org/singleinparadise.com/form/rsvp.php) www.facebook.com/singlesinparadise (http://www.facebook.com/singlesinparadise)

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Welcome to Outdoor Singles and Socials (OSS)!

If you like hikes, walks, bar socials, beach parties, parties, zip lining, camping, river rafting, etc, then this Meetup is for you!

Non-singles are welcomed to attend our events. Our Friday night hikes are for singles and non-singles (married, in relationships, etc). These Friday night hikes are open to everyone!

Welcome to this fun Meetup group in Los Angeles, Orange County, Ventura County, San Diego County (Southern California)! This hiking club in Los Angeles area has many fun singles activities and singles events in Los Angeles. Most of our events are outdoor activities around Los Angeles area. We have many fun hikes in LA such as hiking to where they filmed MASH, biking around LA, biking along the beach, hiking to the Hollywood sign, hike to the Batcave, hike to water falls, going to FREE TV show tapings, going to a movie set where you can walk around (Paramount Ranch), checking out the Oscars the day before, camping at Catalina Island. We also have hikes for 20s, 30s & 40s. This group has done many fun train trips to Santa Barbara, Solvang, San Diego, La Jolla, San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, Oceanside, etc.

We have a variety of singles at our events. The singles range from blue collar to singles professionals. Most of our members are straight singles professionals. Come and join and meet other singles at fun events at this fun Meetup group! This Meetup is FREE!

Some of the events on this Meetup site are Sierra Club events. This is separate from the Sierra Club.

Come hiking and be in better health--burn approx. 400-650 calories an hour.

This hiking group keeps safety in mind. This group hikes usually hike on established trails such as fire roads. We don't go off trails like some other meetup groups do. Although, we try to keep hikes safe, unexpected things can happen on hikes. Any outdoor event can have risks. To minimize risks, please come prepared such as bringing shoes with good traction, lots of water, sweater if it is an evening hike, rain gear if it is expected to rain, etc.

HOSTS/VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

If you want to host an event, either message the organizer of post it in Schedule a Meetup on the homepage.

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Welcome to Outdoor Singles and Socials Meetup group!

I DON'T RECOMMEND CARPOOLING UNLESS YOU KNOW (AND/OR THEIR DRIVING) THAT PERSON!! There are some creeps in Meetup. :(

If you're a female and looking to carpool, you may write, "Seeking female carpoolers." Women should carpool together and never carpool alone with a guy you don't know !

You do need a picture to join. This group is for normal people. That means no creeps, weirdos, peeps covered all over with tattoos, no gangsters, people with mohawks, etc.

DISCLAIMER: Outdoor Singles & Socials isn't responsible for your safety. Outdoor activities are inherently dangerous. By signing up for these events, you agree to release organizers and Outdoor Singles & Socials Meetup from ANY responsibility/liability. If you DON'T agree to these terms, DO NOT JOIN THIS MEETUP GROUP.
Outdoor Singles & Socials Meetup doesn't certify the expertise of the organizers.
The event/assistant organizers (hike leaders) in this Meetup aren't professional hike leaders and/or sports/outdoor leaders. The event organizers are volunteers. You are responsible for yourself.
When organizers charge for their events, this is between you and them. This has NOTHING to do with Outdoor Singles & Socials. Also, the people who post Ideas and ask for money for their events are NOT associated with Outdoor Singles & Socials Meetup. Pay at YOUR OWN DISCRETION. These finacial transactions are between you and them and NOT Outdoor Singles & Socials Meetup. Outdoor Singles & Socials Meetup is NOT responsible for any possible monetary losses/ financial disagreement.

Outdoor events can be inherently dangerous and accidents may and do happen. By participating in any events, you're taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. The Outdoor Singles & Socials Meetup Group and its organizers are not trained leaders and we don't confirm the qualifications of any of our members to lead or participate in trips/events. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions. If you choose to sign up for any Outdoor Singles & Socials Meetup events, you are releasing the Outdoor Singles & Socials Meetup Group and its organizers from all and any liability in case of possible injuries.

The hike leaders in this Meetup aren't professional hike leaders. You are responsible for yourself! By signing up for these events, you agree not to hold the Meetup organizers of Outdoor Singles & Socials responsible for what happens to you on these events. Outdoor activities are inherently dangerous.

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