Enchanting Europe

The name of this European tour — Enchanting Europe — says it all! Travel from Amsterdam, Holland’s lively capital, to picturesque Lucerne in the Swiss Alps with overnights in Koblenz and Wiesbaden in the Rhine Valley, in Bavaria’s capital Munich, and in romantic Salzburg. Enjoy a canal cruise in Amsterdam; admire Cologne’s impressive gothic cathedral; walk through the medieval walled town of Rothenburg; visit the famous Hofbräuhaus in Munich; enjoy a guided walking tour through romantic Salzburg and see the sites from The Sound of Music movie; walk through the historic center of Innsbruck and take pictures of the Golden Roof; stop in Vaduz, capital of the Principality of Liechtenstein: and in Lucerne, cross the Chapel Bridge, dating back to the 14th century and admire the emotional Lion Monument.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive In Amsterdam, Holland

Welcome to Amsterdam! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Hotel: Westcord Art, 2 nights

Day 2: Amsterdam

Meet your Local Guide and hear about the fascinating history of the 700-year-old capital during a leisurely Canal Cruise. Admire the patrician mansions and the gabled facades; the “Golden Bend,” the most prestigious part of the Herengracht and a monument to the Golden Age; the Stopera, Amsterdam’s proud concert hall; the Hermitage, a branch museum of the Hermitage Museum of St. Petersburg; and much more. Also visit a major Diamond centre. For those who wish to experience Dutch life in the countryside, an optional excursion is available to picturebook Volendam, a fishing village at the former Zuiderzee, including visits to a working windmill, a clogmaker, a cheese farm, plus dinner.

Day 3: Amsterdam – Cologne, Germany – Koblenz

A smooth drive past the Dutch region best known as the setting of A Bridge Too Far brings you to the Rhine Valley. Stop in Cologne and see the awesome twin-spired gothic cathedral. Overnight in Koblenz, where the Mosel River flows into the Rhine River. Why not join an optional excursion to famous Marksburg castle, from where you have spectacular views of the river below?

Hotel:  Mercure Koblenz

Day 4: Koblenz – Rudesheim – Wiesbaden

Today is dedicated to a romantic Rhine Cruise, including lunch, along the most scenic part of the Rhine River. Sit back and relax while you pass castle-crested cliffs, terraced vineyards, and trim, half-timbered towns. Arrive in Rudesheim, capital of the Riesling wine, for a traditional Wine Tasting, before proceeding to your hotel in Wiesbaden.

 Hotel: Mercure Wiesbaden

Day 5: Wiesbaden – Rothenburg – Munich

Join your Tour Director for a walk through medieval, walled Rothenburg. Time to shop for Christmas ornaments, for which this town is famous. Continue to Munich, capital of Bavaria. Visit Marienplatz with its New and Old Town Halls, followed by the famous Hofbrauhaus, dating back to 1589. Free time for dinner.

Hotel: Holiday Inn Munich Leuchtenbergring

Day 6: Munich – Salzburg, Austria

Drive eastwards, following the Bavarian Alps to Austria. Arrive in Salzburg, where your Local Guide takes you for a walking tour through the historic centre. Admire exquisite Mirabell Gardens, the Great Festival Hall, St. Peter’s Monastery, and magnificent Residenz Square, where some scenes of The Sound of Music movie were filmed. Also see Mozart’s birthplace in the charming Getreidegasse. Time to browse through the downtown market. You may wish to join an optional excursion to spectacular Berchtesgaden and Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest.

Hotel: NH Salzburg-City

Day 7: Salzburg – Innsbruck – Vaduz, Liechtenstein – Lucerne, Switzerland

A scenic drive brings you to Innsbruck, tucked amid the Alps, and capital of Tyrol. Join your Tour Director for a pleasant walk through quaint medieval lanes to Emperor Maximilian’s Golden Roof. Next is Vaduz, capital of the Principality of Liechtenstein. Time to buy your stamps or other souvenirs before continuing to Lucerne in the heart of Switzerland.

Hotel: Grand Hotel Europe, 2 nights

Day 8: Lucerne

During your walking tour, admire Thorwaldsen’s impressive Lion Monument, dedicated to the fallen Swiss Guards who protected the Royal House of France during the French Revolution, and the ornate patrician houses lining the cobblestone streets of the walled Old Town. Then, cross the famous covered Chapel Bridge to the Jesuit Church. Afterwards, shop for Swiss watches and chocolate. Tonight, a farewell dinner has been prepared at a local restaurant, the best way to say auf Wiedersehen, Lucerne.

Day 9: Lucerne – Zurich Airport

Morning transfer to Zurich Airport in time for home-bound flights leaving no earlier than 10 am.

2019 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 15$3,559.00Price on Application
April: 29$3,659.00Price on Application
May: 13$3,699.00Price on Application
May: 27$3,599.00Price on Application
June: 10, 24$3,599.00Price on Application
July: 08$3,599.00Price on Application
July: 22$3,689.00Price on Application
August: 05$3,779.00Price on Application
August: 19$3,689.00Price on Application
September: 02$3,559.00Price on Application
September: 16$3,649.00Price on Application
Inclusions 
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
Transport:Deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring & departure transfer on day 9
Accommodation: 9 nights accommodation
Guide:An expert Tour Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Bavarian Highlights

Lederhosen, Oktoberfest, pretzels, a beautiful Alpine backdrop, excellent beer, storybook castles, and medieval towns…this is Bavaria and on this Germany tour, you’ll experience Bavaria’s highlights. You’ll overnight in Munich, Regensburg, Nuremberg, the Black Forest, and Oberammergau area, and you’ll visit many medieval towns along the way.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive In Munich, Germany

Time to relax or to start exploring the lively Bavarian capital. At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Hotel: Sheraton Arabeelapark

Day 2: Munich – Regensburg

Germany’s “Secret Capital” comes alive during your guided sightseeing featuring the Olympic Stadium, built for the 1972 Olympics; the 1,000-foot-high Olympic Tower; Nymphenburg Palace; and the Konigsplatz, used for Nazi rallies during World War II. Drive along the Ludwigstrasse, and see the Bavarian Arch of Triumph and Field Marshall Hall, a monumental loggia on the Odeonsplatz. Visit lively Marienplatz with the Old and the New Town Halls and the gothic Frauenkirche. Arrive in Regensburg, and meet your Local Guide for a walking tour, featuring the Stone Bridge, the oldest preserved bridge of its kind in Germany; the Porta Pretoria, built in the 2nd century by Emperor Marcus Aurelius; and St. Peter’s Cathedral. Next, board the Swarovski crystal boat for a relaxing CRUISE on the Danube River. You won’t want to leave Regensburg without tasting a “medieval hot dog” at the Historic Sausage Kitchen.

Hotel: Best Western Premier Hotel Novina Regensburg

Day 3: Regensburg – Nuremberg

Visit the Thurn Und Taxis Palace, a former Benedictine monastery that was converted into the residence of the Princes of Thurn und Taxis in 1812. This family started the first large-scale postal service in Europe in the 15th century. Continue to Nuremberg, known for its children’s toys and gingerbread. Admire the medieval ramparts as you walk through the pedestrian area of the charming Old Town. See St. Sebald Church, painstakingly reconstructed as a monument to peace from the rubble of near-total wartime destruction. Also admire the Schoner Brunnen, a 14th-century fountain dedicated to the Holy Roman Empire. It is said that it brings good luck to spin the two brass rings.

Hotel: NH Collection Nuremberg City, 2 nights

Day 4: Nuremberg – Excursion to Bayreuth & Bamberg

This morning, stop in Bayreuth for an orientation of this city of festival fame. When Richard Wagner came to Bayreuth in 1871, he was not satisfied with the existing 18th-century Markgrafliches Opernhaus theatre, so he had a new one built. Today, the Festival Hall is used exclusively for the Bayreuth Festival, and only works by Wagner are performed there. Continue to picturesque Bamberg, the city with the largest historical centre in Germany and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Taste “smoked beer,” with a distinctive smokey flavour imparted by using malted barley dried over an open flame. Later enjoy a guided walk along the cobblestone streets, and admire the architecture of the houses. Return to Nuremberg.

Day 5: Nuremberg – Rothenburg – Black Forest

A short drive delivers you to medieval Rothenburg with its ramparts and towers, cobblestone lanes, and 16th-century houses. Hear how the town survived the Thirty Years’ War, and shop for Christmas ornaments. Enter the Black Forest, associated with the Brother Grimm’s fairy tales and taste the delicious Kaffee und Schwarzwaldkuchen (coffee and Black Forest cake) which the area is famous for.

Hotel: Best Western Hofgut Sternen at Breinau

Day 6: Black Forest – Lake Constance – Fussen Area

Take a scenic drive this morning to sparkling Lake Constance, Europe’s largest freshwater reservoir. Enter the beautiful Bavarian Alps region.

Hotel: Hotel Müller at Schwangau or Best Western Plus Hotel Füssen, 2 nights

Day 7: Fussen Area – Excursion to Neuschwanstein

Today, prepare for a journey into the past with a drive to nearby Schwangau. See two castles facing each other: Hohenschwangau, where King Ludwig spent much of his youth, and the one he built: magnificent Neuschwanstein, the most famous in Germany and inspiration for Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle at his theme park. Follow your Local Guide through this fairytale castle on its craggy outcrop high above a sparkling lake. Also visit the Museum Of The Bavarian Kings and travel in style on a Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride.

Day 8: Fussen Area
Oberammergau – Munich

A short drive leads to Oberammergau, the quaint village known for the once-a-decade Passion Play. Time to browse for souvenirs, and you may wish to join an optional excursion to nearby King Ludwig’s Linderhof Castle. The smallest of the castles he built, it is the only one finished and where he stayed the most. Back in Munich this afternoon, you can return to Marienplatz and explore its many enticing shops. Tonight, a farewell dinner awaits at one of Munich’s lively restaurants to say auf Wiedersehen!

Hotel: Sheraton Arabeelapark

Day 9: Depart Munich

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 17$3,319.00Price on Application
May: 24$3,489.00Price on Application
May: 31$3,389.00Price on Application
June: 07, 14$3,489.00Price on Application
June: 21$3,679.00Price on Application
June: 28$3,489.00Price on Application
July: 05$3,569.00Price on Application
July: 12$3,689.00Price on Application
July: 19$3,459.00Price on Application
July: 26$3,389.00Price on Application
August: 02$3,689.00Price on Application
August: 09$3,389.00Price on Application
August: 16$3,459.00Price on Application
August: 23$3,389.00Price on Application
August: 30$3,489.00Price on Application
September: 06$3,489.00Price on Application
September: 13$3,849.00Price on Application
September: 20$3,729.00Price on Application
September: 27$4,039.00Price on Application
Inclusions 
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 dinners
Transport:Deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring
Accommodation: 8 nights accommodation
Guide:An expert Tour Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice

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German Vista

When you think of a holiday to Germany, what comes to mind? Perhaps it’s visiting fairytale castles and medieval towns. Perhaps it’s seeing the Bavarian Alps and beautiful countryside. Perhaps it’s savoring German food and beer. If so, all of this and more are included on this marvelous Germany tour from Berlin to Munich.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive In Berlin, Germany

Time to rest or to start exploring the German capital. At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Hotel:  Crowne Plaza Potsdamer Platz, 2 nights

Day 2: Berlin

Sightseeing with a Local Guide in the once-divided metropolis includes the boulevard Unter den Linden. See its historical buildings like the Berlin Cathedral, State Opera House, and the Museum Island. Make a picture stop at monumental Brandenburg Gate, and see the restored Reichstag, the 210-foot Victory Column in the vast Tiergarten Park, Charlottenburg Palace, and the elegant Ku-Damm. Visit the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church with its bomb-damaged bell tower, take pictures of the Holocaust Memorial, and pass the former Allied Checkpoint Charlie. Afternoon and evening are at leisure, or choose from a selection of optional excursions.

Day 3: Berlin – Dresden

Dresden, the former capital of Saxony, badly damaged by Allied bombing in February 1945, has since been restored to its baroque splendour. During your guided walking tour, visit the Zwinger Palace Courtyard to admire its impressive architecture; the magnificent baroque Semper Opera, originally built in 1841, once destroyed by fire, then destroyed by bombing, and finally restored in 1985; and the newly rebuilt Frauenkirche.

Hotel:  NH Collection Dresden Altmarkt

Day 4: Dresden – Weimar – Rothenburg

In Weimar, follow your Tour Director for a pleasant walk to the Market Square with its renaissance houses and the Town Hall. Highlight is an overnight stay in medieval Rothenburg. Hear how the town survived the Thirty Years’ War and step back in time while you wander through cobblestone lanes. Take pictures of the ramparts and towers, admire the 16th-century houses, and shop for Christmas ornaments, for which the town is famous.

Hotel:  Goldener Hirsch

Day 5: Rothenburg – Neuschwanstein

Drive along the scenic Romantic Road past small villages and towards the Bavarian Alps, where two of Bavaria’s most famous castles can be found: Hohenschwangau Castle, where King Ludwig spent much of his youth, and Neuschwanstein Castle, which you will visit with a Local Guide. This castle became the most famous of all and was inspiration for Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle.

Hotel: Best Western Plus Hotel Fussen

Day 6: Neuschwanstein – Oberammergau – Munich

Stop in the quaint village of Oberammergau and see the theatre where the Passion Play is held every ten years, and the Bavarian houses with fairy tale scenes painted on their walls, before continuing to Munich. Discover Germany’s “Secret Capital” with your Local Guide who will show you the Olympic Stadium, built for the 1972 Olympics, the 1,000-foot-high Olympic Tower, Nymphenburg Palace, the Ludwigstrasse, the Bavarian Arch of Triumph, and Field Marshall Hall, a monumental loggia on the Odeonsplatz. Also see the Konigsplatz, used for Nazi rallies during World War II, and the gothic Frauenkirche. Visit Marienplatz with its Old and New Town Halls and the famous Glockenspiel.

Hotel: Hilton Munich City, 2 nights

Day 7: Munich

A full day at leisure offers the opportunity to join an optional excursion to Dachau, the former concentration camp near Munich. In the evening, a farewell dinner at a lively Biergarten is the best way to celebrate your German stay.

Day 8: Depart Munich

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

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May: 17$2,809.00Price in Application
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May: 24$3,029.00Price in Application
May: 26$2,879.00Price in Application
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July: 12$2,769.00Price in Application
July: 14$2,699.00Price in Application
July: 19$2,769.00Price in Application
July: 21$2,699.00Price in Application
July: 26$2,769.00Price in Application
July: 28$2,849.00Price in Application
August: 02$2,769.00Price in Application
August: 04$2,699.00Price in Application
August: 09$2,769.00Price in Application
August: 11$2,849.00Price in Application
August: 16$2,769.00Price in Application
August: 18$2,699.00Price in Application
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September: 08$3,199.00Price in Application
September: 13$3,289.00Price in Application
September: 15$3,419.00Price in Application
September: 20$3,779.00Price in Application
September: 22$3,729.00Price in Application
September: 27$3,289.00Price in Application
Inclusions 
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Transport:Deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring
Accommodation: 7 nights accommodation
Guide:An expert Tour Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice

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A Journey through Germany

Follow the course of true love along the Romantic Road on this picturesque journey through Germany, where the snow-capped Bavarian Alps provide a dramatic backdrop to half-timbered chalets and fairytale castles.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Munich – Regensburg – Weltenburg – Bamberg

After meeting the group in Munich, we’ll board the coach and move on to our first stop of the tour: Regensburg. Here, we’ll have enough time to stop off for a light lunch before we move on to Weltenburg Abbey – where we’ll be treated to a tour and beer tasting session. This evening we’ll celebrate our first night together with dinner at a restaurant in Bamberg.

Hotel: Hotel Bamberger Hof Bellevue or similar

Day 2: Bamberg – Würzburg – Rothenburg

This morning we’ll take to the streets of Bamberg on a walking tour, starting with a stroll around the Old Town. Then: it’s onwards to the splendid Würzburg Residence. After taking some time to explore this Baroque palace, we’ll continue our journey along the Romantic Road – passing through pretty Weikersheim and Creglingen on our way to Rothenburg.

Hotel: Hotel Goldener Hirschor similar, 2 nights

Day 3: Rothenburg – Dinkelsbühl – Nördlingen – Rothenburg

Today we’ll venture out of Rothenburg and into brightly-coloured Dinkelsbühl, where we’ll have the chance to explore at our own pace. Nördlingen’s next! Here, we’ll have some free time to discover the town’s medieval walls, towers and parapet paths before we return to Rothenburg.

Day 4: Rothenburg – Ladenburg – Landau – Baden-Baden

We’ll leave Rothenburg behind us today and continue our journey to Ladenburg. The wine lovers among us are in for a treat as we move on to the countryside near Landau – where a vineyard tour awaits! Once we’ve taken a look around, we’ll have the chance to taste some of the wine for ourselves. And after that? We’ll ‘press’ on to the spa town of Baden-Baden.

Hotel: Heliopark Bad Hotel zum Hirsc or similar

Day 5: Baden-Baden – Hausach – Sankt Georgen – Triberg – Freiburg

This morning we’ll say farewell to Baden-Baden and set a course for Hausach. Here, we’ll board a train and travel the Black Forest Railway to Sankt Georgen, admiring some stunning scenery and passing through a grand total of 37 tunnels along the way. After a stop to stretch our legs in Triberg this afternoon, we’ll move on to Freiburg.

Hotel: The Alex Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 6: Freiberg – Todtnau – Todtmoos – Sankt Blasien – Freiburg

Today we’ll venture to Todtnau –a town nestled in the heart of the Black Forest – and the village of Todtmoos, where we’ll have time for lunch. Afterwards, we’ll set off to visit a local café to discover the history behind the famous Black Forest gâteau. When we’ve learnt how to make the confection like a true Black Forest local, we’ll have the chance to indulge in a sample or two. Then: it’s back to Freiburg for the evening.

Day 7: Freiburg – Lindau – Ammergau Alps

First today: a stop at the picturesque village of Bodman-Ludwigshafen. Later, we’ll take in some marvellous views of Lake Bodensee on our way to Lindau – before making tracks to the Ammergau Alps, where we’ll settle down for a farewell dinner together at our hotel.

Hotel: Hotel Hirsch or similar

Day 8: Ammergau Alps – Neuschwanstein – Oberammergau – Munich

The imposing Neuschwanstein Castle (known as the ‘castle of the fairytale king’) will be our first port of call today before we move on to Oberammergau. Later this afternoon, our tour will come to a close back in Munich.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 10$3,449.00$4,489.00
June: 07, 21$3,449.00$4,489.00
July: 12$3,389.00$4,239.00
August: 16, 23$3,389.00$4,239.00
September: 13, 20$3,449.00$4,489.00
October: 04, 11$3,389.00$4,239.00
December: 06, 13$3,289.00$3,949.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 dinners
Transport: Premium Mini-coach transportation
Rail: Black Forest Railway: Hausach - Sankt Georgen
Accommodation: 7 nights boutique accommodation
Guide: Experienced Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice

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