13 days - Highlights of Europe

Visit Venice on Days 6 & 7 of our Europe Highlights tour!

Route

A LondonB ParizC JungfrauD PisaE FirenceF BenetkeG MH Sankt GoarI AmsterdamJ Brugge

Day 1: Welcome to London

Welcome to one of the most exciting cities in Europe – London! After your arrival to the airport your driver will meet you at the arrival lobby and escort you to the car for your private transfer to your hotel. You can spend the rest of your day relaxing and recovering from your jet-lag, or in case you feel energetic enough you can hop on a double-decker or do some shopping on Oxford street.
Private airport transfer. Overnight accommodation.

 

Day 2: Visit Paris

Leaving London, we cross the English Channel and head for the French capital, known the world over as a city of romance and style. Arriving in Paris in the afternoon, we’ll take a driving tour of the city led by your tour leader. Look out for famous sights like L’Opéra Garnier, the Tuileries Gardens, Place de la Concorde, Hotel de Ville, the River Seine, l’Ile de la Cite and the Louvre Museum. You’ll also get a glimpse of that most famous avenue, the Champs Elysees, overlooked by the famous Arc de Triomphe. Tomorrow is a free day, so take note of all the interesting places you’d like to see! After checking in to our hotel, we head out for dinner in the famously arty district of Montmartre, after which the city is yours to explore.
Breakfast. Dinner. Overnight accommodation.
Alternative start point: Paris.

 

Day 3: A free day in Paris

Take the day to explore Paris your own way. From the historical attractions, charming boutiques, boulevards and cafes to the world-famous museums and galleries, Paris has something for everyone. There’s the option of a cruise up the Seine River to the Eiffel Tower, and a visit to Montparnasse for an incredible view of the city. Alternatively, see world famous artworks at the Louvre, head to the extraordinary palace of Versailles, or go to Disneyland for the day. Alternatively, why not head to the boutiques of La Marais? Or visit the graves of Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison at Pere Lachaise Cemetery? Those with a taste for the macabre can even descend to the infamous catacombs! Alternatively, stay above ground and explore the museums, people-watch from a roadside café, or simply stroll the city, following in the footsteps of great painters, musicians and writers.
Breakfast. Overnight accommodation

 

Day 4: Visit Switzerland

Today we have an early start as we make our way to the Swiss Alps, aiming to arrive by late afternoon. Tonight we'll be staying in a typical mountain village in the heart of the Jungfrau region. One of the most visited places in the Alps, it is also a World Heritage site. Take in the gorgeous scenery as we drive through the Swiss countryside – it’s famous for a reason!
Breakfast, dinner. Overnight accommodation.

 

Day 5: A free day in the Swiss Alps

The day is yours to enjoy the majesty of the Swiss Alps. Be sure to book a spot on the optional excursion to Jungfraujoch, the highest train station in Europe, where you’ll also find a visitor’s centre, lookout point and weather station. The views are simply breath-taking all the way up – don’t be surprised to find yourself pressed up against the train window! Once you’re at the top, take a look at the utterly enormous glacier and enjoy the yearround snowy conditions. This is one trip that you won't forget anytime soon; guaranteed to put your head in the clouds in every way possible!
Breakfast. Overnight accommodation.

 

Day 6: Visit Pisa and Tuscany

We're off to Italy! Enjoy more breath-taking mountain views as we drive through Switzerland and on to the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa! After some free time here (be sure to get the perfect photo!) we travel on to our accommodation in Tuscany, arriving in the late afternoon. Famous for its stunning countryside, fine food and wine, Tuscany is guaranteed to enthral.
Breakfast. Overnight accommodation.

 

Day 7: Visit Florence and Venice

This morning we leave our accommodation in Tuscany and make for the famous city of Florence for a guided walking tour. Learn about the legacy of the Medicis and see the Duomo and Piazza della Signoria, featuring Michelangelo’s ‘David’. This is the cradle of Renaissance culture – soak it all in while you can! Then it's 'Buon giorno Venice!' Venice is known as one of the world's most romantic cities. Spread across 118 islands, you'll spend the afternoon discovering why this is such a 'must-see' destination, with more art-works per square kilometre than anywhere else on earth! See the famous Rialto Bridge, St Mark's Square, the Bridge of Sighs and the Doge's Palace. Afterwards, sip an espresso, enjoy a cruise along the canals on a gondola or relax and watch the world go by in one of the many piazzas.
Breakfast. Overnight accommodation

 

Day 8: Visit Munich

We continue on to Munich, the Bavarian capital, arriving in the late afternoon for an orientation tour of the city. A city that exhibits both prosperity and a certain amount of comfort and cosiness, Munich’s apparent contradictions will delight the avid explorer. Along with modern high-powered industry, designer shopping districts and sleek BMWs, you’ll find a wealth of cultural hot-spots in Munich. Even with all its smart sophistication, Munich has a certain charm that visitors find irresistible. This evening, enjoy a beer in one of Munich’s traditional beer halls before dinner – a great way to round off the day. Prost!
Breakfast, dinner. Overnight Bavarian region

 

Day 9: Visit the Rhine Valley

Leaving our hotel, we will soon be in the Rhine Valley, where we board a Rhine Valley river boat and enjoy a refreshing beverage on our complimentary cruise. Sail down the Rhine River to your hotel from St Goar to Boppard, enjoying the view as you go. This historic area boasts numerous castles, cliffs, vineyards and medieval German towns. Tonight, after a tasty German dinner, why not take a relaxing stroll along the river or enjoy the hospitality of the locals?
Breakfast, dinner. Overnight hotel.

 

Day 10: Visit Amsterdam

After breakfast our journey continues as we drive into the Netherlands, stopping off first at a windmill, after this quick photo stop enjoy a traditional cheese-making demonstration, and learn about how that most quirky and quaint of footwear choices – the clog – is made, before travelling onward to Amsterdam. Here we’ll check in to our hotel before joining a complimentary Amsterdam canal dinner cruise! Watch the city drift past as you sail along, and listen out for tips and interesting insights into the city from your tour leader. Reclaimed from the sea, these canals and massive harbour offer a truly unique way to see some of the city’s highlights. Later on, why not join your tour leader for a walking tour of the infamous Red Light District! The evening is yours – explore the canals and Dam Square, and enjoy your time in this fascinating city.
Breakfast, dinner. Overnight accommodation.

 

Day 11: Visit Bruges and return to London

After breakfast, we bid farewell to Amsterdam and make our way back to London via the Belgian city of Bruges. Famous for its beer, waffles, chocolate and moules et frites, this is definitely a good place to be if you’ve brought your appetite. An extremely popular medieval city with no shortage of cobblestone streets, historic old churches and lofty towers, this is a great city to explore and a good spot to pick up any last-minute souvenirs. Once you’ve had a look around, it’s back to the coach for the final leg of our journey back to London.
Breakfast. Overnight accommodation

 

Day 12: Free day in London

Today is all yours. You can visit museum or galleries, spend your day shopping or exploring the most famous sights in London. You can also take one of our optional escorted or private tours and visit sights in or around London.
Breakfast. Overnight accommodation.

 

Day 13: Time to say goodbye

After breakfast get ready for your private transfer which will take you to the airport. In case your flight is leaving later in the afternoon or in the evening you could take in more of London's sights, do some last minute shopping or even join one of our half day optional tours.
Breakfast. Private airport transfer.

 

What's Included:

• 12 Nights accommodation in twin rooms. Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room.
• 12 Breakfasts, 5 dinners
• 15 Experiences (including guided walking tours, orientation walks, driving tours plus other exciting experiences).
• Modern air conditioned coach with reclining seats, TV for showing DVDs, and toilet.
• Return private airport transfer on the first and the last day.
• Free Wi-Fi in hotels
• Services of your tour leader from day 2 till day 11, who will be on hand with advice and tips and ensure that you get the most from your trip.
• All taxes and fees
• Any public transport used as part of the tour (excludes free days)
• A complimentary memorable gift of your once in a lifetime trip.

 

ACCOMMODATION

 

LONDON

Ibis Greenwich
Travelodge
Royal National
Ibis Excel

 

PARIS

Ibis la Defence
B&B Porte de Lilas
Ibis Budget La Villette
IBIS Paris La Villette Cite des Sciences

 

JUNGFRAU, SWITZERLAND

Alpenrose Hotel
Hotel Schönbühl 
Swiss Youth Hostel Interlaken
Hotel Baren, Ringgenberg
Hotel Oberland
Ibis Budget Lucerne

 

TUSCANY

Hotel Massimo D'Azeglio
Hotel Autopark
Hotel Raffaello

 

VENICE

Hotel Centrale
Residence Elite
NH Venezia Congress Center
Hotel San Guiliano
Hotel Venezia

 

BAVARIAN REGION

Hotel Dolomit München
Ibis Muenchen City
Ibis Budget Augsburg Gersthofen
Ibis Augsburg Hauptbahnhof
Leonardo Hotel Nürnberg
Ramada Nuernberg Park hotel
Leonardo Hotel Munich Arabellapark
Tryp Munich North
Azimut City Ost
B&B Munich City West
Winters Hotel 
Leonardo Hotel Munich City Olympiapark
Avis Hotel Regensburg
A&O Nurnberg
A&O Munich Laim

 

RHINE VALLEY

Rheinlust Hotel Boppard  
Hotel Weiland
Hotel Gorres
Ibis Bonn
InterCity Bonn

 

AMSTERDAM

Hilton by Hampton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Holiday Inn Express Amsterdam Airport
Lakelands Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Arena Tower