EUROPEAN EXPLORER - 23 Glorious Days
Featuring: London, Amsterdam, Rhineland, Innsbruck,
Vienna, Venice, Rome, Florence, Nice, Lucerne, Paris
DAY 2 – ARRIVE LONDON. Welcome to London! On arrival we are transfered to our London tour hotel. Hotel: Crowne Plaza St James.
DAY 3 – LONDON SIGHTSEEING. Our half day sightseeing tour shows us Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. The afternoon is free to explore or shop. (Full Breakfast)
DAY 4 – LONDON – AMSTERDAM. We travel to Dover and cross the channel to Calais. Then it's on through Belgium to Amsterdam. Tonight, we enjoy a Welcome Drink. Hotel: Crowne Plaza Amsterdam City Centre/Sofitel. (Continental Breakfast, 3 or 4-course or buffet-style Dinner with menu choices)
DAY 5 – AMSTERDAM SIGHTSEEING. Today we cross Dam Square past the Royal Palace to see diamonds being cut and polished. Now we travel into the countryside to watch cheese and clogs being made, before a visit to the fishing village of Volendam. (Buffet Breakfast)
DAY 6 – AMSTERDAM – RHINELAND. We see the 'Bridge too Far' at Arnhem on our way to see Cologne Cathedral. Now we join our cruise on the Rhine, before reaching our hotel. Hotel: Ramada Treff Wiesbaden/Rhein – Main. (Buffet Breakfast, 3 or 4-course or buffet-style Dinner with menu choices)
DAY 7 – RHINELAND – NöRDLINGEN. We visit Heidelberg's ruined castle and see the world's largest wine vat. Now on to Rothenburg, with its city walls and market place. We drive along the Romantic Road to fortified Nördlingen. Hotel: NH Klosterle. (Buffet Breakfast, 3 or 4-course or buffet-style Dinner with menu choices)
DAY 8 – NöRDLINGEN – INNSBRUCK. We head to Munich where we see the Olympic Stadium, then visit the Marienplatz with its Glockenspiel and see the Hofbrauhaus. Continuing to Innsbruck, we visit the Wilten Basilica and see the Golden Roof and Imperial Palace. Hotel: Hilton Innsbruck. (Buffet Breakfast, 3 or 4-course or buffet-style Dinner with menu choices)
DAY 9 – INNSBRUCK – VIENNA. We make our way to Salzburg for a guided tour.We walk through the Mirabell Gardens and see Mozart's Birthplace. Later we drive by Mondsee Lake and Melk Abbey, to Vienna. Hotel: Hilton Plaza/Renaissance Wien. (Buffet Breakfast)
DAY 10 – VIENNA SIGHTSEEING. This morning we visit the fabulous State Apartments of Schönbrunn Palace. Later, we see the Winter Palace, Parliament building, Opera House and City Hall. (Buffet Breakfast)
DAY 11 – VENICE. Over the Semmering Pass today, then across the border into Italy. Our hotel is located in beautiful Venice, on the fashionable Lido. Hotel: Hungaria Palace. (Buffet Breakfast)
DAY 12 – VENICE SIGHTSEEING. Our private launch brings us to St Mark's Square to see the Doges' Palace, Bridge of Sighs and ornate Basilica. Now a demonstration of Venetian glass-blowing before a highlight gondola ride along the canals. (Buffet Breakfast)
DAY 13 – VENICE – ROME. Across the Apennine Mountains we go, into the Tuscan Hills, and on to Rome. Tonight, we visit Trevi Fountain before enjoying our highlight dinner, with pasta, vino and musica! Hotel: Sheraton Roma. (Full Breakfast, Highlight Dinner)
DAY 14 – ROME SIGHTSEEING. A local guide reveals Michelangelo's 'Pieta' inside St Peter's Basilica. Then we cross the River Tiber to visit the Colosseum and overlook the Roman Forum. (Buffet Breakfast)
DAY 17 – FLORENCE – NICE. We lend our support to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, before following the Italian Riviera coast to France. We stop in Monaco to see its harbour, Monte Carlo Casino and drive along the Grand Prix circuit, before continuing to elegant Nice. Hotel: Massena/Boscolo Park. (Buffet Breakfast)
DAY 18 – ST PAUL DE VENCE EXCURSION. This morning we visit the medieval town of St Paul de Vence, perched high on the hilltop. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the French Riviera. (Buffet Breakfast)
DAY 19 – NICE – LUCERNE. First we visit a local French perfumery, then we pass through the Italian Lake District en route to the Swiss Alps and lovely lakeside Lucerne. Hotel: Astoria. (Buffet Breakfast)
DAY 20 – LUCERNE SIGHTSEEING. We ascend Mount Pilatus by cog-wheel railway, for 360 degrees views overthe Swiss Alps! Later, back in Lucerne we see the Lion Monument, Jesuit Church and Chapel Bridge, before some free time to shop. (Buffet Breakfast, 3 or 4-course or buffet-style Dinner with menu choices)
DAY 21 – LUCERNE – PARIS. We cross the French border at Basel and continue through the wine growing district of Burgundy to Paris. Hotel: Sofitel Forum Rive Gauche/Concorde Ambassador. (Buffet Breakfast)
DAY 22 – PARIS SIGHTSEEING. With a local guide we see Notre Dame Cathedral and then drive along the elegant Champs Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe. Now we ascend the Eiffel Tower, before visiting Napoleon's Tomb. (Buffet Breakfast)
DAY 23 – RETURN HOME. Our tour ends this morning after breakfast with a transfer to the airport. (Buffet Breakfast)
There is an excellent selection of modern hotels like the elegant Vienna Hilton Plaza on the Ringstrasse and the contemporary Hilton in Innsbruck, plus the more traditional style of the Hungaria Palace on the Venice Lido which reflects the elegance of a bygone age.
This is a comprehensive tour for the first-time visitor to Europe who wants to have time to really get to know the key cities, but it is also ideal for those returning to Europe, as it revisits all the Continent’s really classic highlights.
There are so many contrasting sights: from the unique lowlands of Holland to the soaring peaks of the Alps which surround Innsbruck and Lucerne. Then there are the historic and artistic sights of Rome and Florence, and the glitter and glam of Monte Carlo and Paris.
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Excursions & Sights
Visit the fishing village of Volendam
See the Leaning Tower of Pisa
Indepth sightseeing tours in Salzburg, Vienna, Rome, Florence
Escorted by a professional Tour Director
This tour has a leisurely pace with two night stays in the eight key cities & overnight stays in the Rhineland, Nördlingen & Innsbruck. Travelling days are well balanced with frequent stops. There is definitely time to truly explore Europe on this tour.
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