Europe’s Highlights

From its exciting cities to its spectacular scenery, Europe has it all, and on this affordable European tour, you’ll see the main highlights. Start in Amsterdam with a scenic canal cruise and end in Paris with a guided tour and time on your own. In between, you’ll discover Germany, Austria, Italy, and Switzerland.

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

Day 1: Arrive In Amsterdam Area, Holland

Check into your hotel, and start exploring this exciting city with your CosmosGo app. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Hotel: Best Western Plus Amedia Airport, 2 nights

Day 2: Amsterdam Area

Enjoy sightseeing in Amsterdam with a Local Guide pointing out the city highlights, as well as a Canal Cruise to see the town from water level. Then, watch the cutting and polishing of precious stones at a Diamond Centre. Time in the afternoon to explore on your own or join an optional excursion.

Day 3: Amsterdam Area – Mannheim Area, Germany

Travelling through Germany, choose an included scenic drive along the shores of the Rhine or, even more thrilling, the optional Rhine cruise with vistas of the Lorelei rock, hilltop castles, half-timbered wine villages, and terraced vineyards. Spend the night in the Mannheim area.

Hotel: Achat Premium at Neustadt Weinstrasse

Day 4: Mannheim Area – Innsbruck Area, Austria

Drive through Baden- Wuttenberg to the foot of the Alps to visit King Ludwig’s magnificent Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany’s fairytale castle. Carry on into the verdant Austrian Tyrol.

Hotel: Rumerhof or Ramada Tivoli

Day 5: Innsbruck Area – Venice Area, Italy

Cross the border into italy to the unique floating city of Venice. This afternoon’s orientation includes a Boat Ride to St. Mark’s Square, followed by a visit to a traditional Glassblowing Workshop. Don’t miss out on the romantic optional gondola trip, gliding along the picturesque canals with a local troubadour to serenade you.

Hotel: Poppi at Mira or Il Burchiello at Oriago

Day 6: Venice Area – Assisi – Rome

An interesting drive southward, cutting across the Po Delta, then through the gentle Umbrian hills to medieval Assisi, where St. Francis was born in 1182. Visit the world-famous BASILICA with its beautiful frescoes by Giotto, then head for Rome.

Hotel: Villa Maria Regina, 2 nights

Day 7: Rome

The “Eternal City” is steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts with St. Peter’s Square and Basilica. Other highlights are the iconic Colosseum, the largest amphitheatre ever built, and Circus Maximus.

Day 8: Rome – Pisa – Montecatini

Drive on the Highway of the Sun to Pisa. Hop on a mini train to the SQUARE OF MIRACLES and admire the curious Leaning Tower, a world-favourite photographic subject. Overnight in the spa town of Montecatini.

Hotel: Settentrionale Esplanade

Day 9: Montecatini – Florence – Lake Como

Arrive in Florence. This Renaissance gem and city of the Medicis will keep you enthralled for a whole day. Don’t miss out on the included walking tour with a Local Guide that features most of the city highlights. You will see Piazza Santa Croce; beautiful Piazza Signoria; Palazzo Vecchio and Loggia dei Lanzi. To top it all, see Piazza del Duomo and its cathedral with the Giotto Campanile, and the magnificently carved East Door of the Baptistry, known as the “Gate of Paradise.” Journey northward through the Tuscan hills and across the Apennines to the shores of romantic Lake Como.

Hotel: Lario at Messegra

Day 10: Lake Como – Lugano, Switzerland – Lucerne Area

Leave beautiful Lake Como and cross the border into Switzerland for a stop in the italian-speaking town of Lugano. Continue north and, once through Gotthard Tunnel, see more magnificent alpine scenery as you descend to the shores of Lake Lucerne.

Hotel: Ibis Kriens  at Kriens or Ibis Styles at Lucerne

Day 11: Lucerne Area – Interlaken – Lausanne Area

Spend some time in beautiful Lucerne. Later, stop in idyllic interlaken and follow the shoreline of Lake Thun. A few more miles to Lausanne, overlooking Lake Geneva.

Hotel: Novotel Lausanne at Bussigny

Day 12: Lausanne Area – Beaune, France – Paris

Enjoy vistas of famous vineyards on the way to Beaune. Visit the medieval Burgundian town, known all over the world for its wine production. Take the autoroute to Paris.

Hotel: Ibis Styles Paris Meteor Avenue d’Italie or Ibis Styles Paris Porte d’Orléans , 2 nights

Day 13: Paris

Get to know the romantic city with a local expert and see many of the best-known Parisian sites, such as the Eiffel Tower and Champs Elysees. An optional excursion is available to the Palace and Gardens of Versailles, King Louis XIV’s residence.

Day 14: Depart Paris

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
March: 09$3,029.00$3,864.00
March: 16$3,169.00$4,004.00
March: 23$3,239.00$4,074.00
March: 30$3,299.00$4,134.00
April: 06, 13, 20, 27$3,399.00$4,234.00
May: 04$3,399.00$4,234.00
May: 11$3,349.00$4,184.00
May: 18$3,399.00$4,234.00
May: 25$3,449.00$4,284.00
June: 01, 08$3,449.00$4,284.00
June: 15$3,399.00$4,234.00
June: 22$3,449.00$4,284.00
June: 29$3,399.00$4,234.00
July: 06, 13, 20, 27$3,339.00$4,234.00
August: 03, 10, 17, 24, 31$3,339.00$4,234.00
September: 07, 14, 21, 28$3,449.00$4,284.00
October: 05$3,449.00$4,284.00
October: 12$3,369.00$4,204.00
October: 19$3,289.00$4,124.00
December: 20$3,289.00$4,124.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 13 breakfasts, 6 dinners
Transport: First-class air-conditioned motorcoach while touring
Accommodation:13 nights accommodation
Guide: Professional Travel Director
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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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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WWI & WWII Battlefields

Lest we forget. Visit some of the most historic battlefields in Europe during this poignant Special Interest trip. Explore the moments of the D-Day Landings, infamous Somme and the Battle of Dunkirk, immortalised in the museums, memorials and cemeteries dotting the French, Belgian and Dutch countrysides.

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

Day 1: Arrive London

From tragic battles to tales of triumph, this special-interest exploration of two World Wars kicks off in the vibrant British capital of London. Meet your Travel Director and fellow companions this evening for a traditional English pub Welcome Reception.

Hotel: Park Plaza Riverbank, 2 nights

Day 2: London – Sightseeing and included Imperial War Museum Visit

Towering Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey feature on this half-day introductory sightseeing tour with a ‘Local Specialist’, which also includes views of Buckingham Palace. This afternoon, we visit the Imperial War Museum, which tells the story of those whose lives were shaped by war from World War I to today. See extensive archives and recordings, as well as a Spitfire that saw action in the Battle of Britain. Enjoy London after dark, spending your evening at leisure meandering along the Thames, riding the London Eye or watching the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London.

Day 3: London – Ferry to Caen – Bayeux

We journey south to Portsmouth and leave British shores bound for Caen by ferry this afternoon. After dinner on the ferry, transfer to your hotel in Bayeux.

Hotel: Novotel, 2 nights

Day 4: Bayeux – D-Day Normandy Beaches

We journey to the historic D-Day Normandy Landing Beaches and learn about Canadian, American, and Commonwealth involvement in this unbelievable battle for supremacy. Later, we see the famous Bayeux Tapestry, depicting the Norman conquest of England.

Day 5: Bayeux – Visit Memorial de Caen – Paris

Take yourself back to June 6, 1944. Imagine the terror and bravery of thousands of soldiers who landed on the beaches of Normandy to free Europe from the Nazis. This morning, we visit the Memorial de Caen to learn about the significance of Normandy and the day that changed World War II. You’ll also receive a souvenir D-Day Landings souvenir booklet, before travelling to Paris, the ‘City of Lights’.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Neuilly, 2 nights

Day 6: Paris Sightseeing and Free Time

Join your ‘Local Specialist’ to visit the remarkable church of Saint-Sulpice, then delve into the lives of Parisians, wandering through the enchanting hidden squares and secret passages of one of Paris’s oldest neighbourhoods. Our walking tour concludes in one of the city’s loveliest squares which is a real favourite among the locals. Spend the rest of the day on your own to see the sights. Consider an Optional Experience to the opulent Palace of Versailles. This evening, you may wish to enjoy a traditional Parisian Cabaret.

Day 7: Paris – Somme Battlefields – Amiens

The bloody battlefields of the Somme take centre stage today. Stop at Villers-Brettoneux to visit the memorial to Australian soldiers who lost their lives in WWI. Carry on to Thiepval to see the poignant memorial which honours the 72,337 missing British and South African men who died with no known graves. We journey to Amiens for an evening at leisure.

Hotel: Mercure Cathedrale

Day 8: Amiens – Vimy Ridge – Dunkirk – Fromelles – Lille

Today we visit the memorial at Vimy Ridge dedicated to the Canadian soldiers, who fought a battle here in 1917. This horrific battle, and the bravery of the men who fought in it, came to symbolise Canada’s coming of age as a nation. We then journey to Dunkirk, where Operation Dynamo miraculously saw over 330,000 Allied troops evacuated to Britain. We stop in Fromelles, where there was a combined operation between British troops and the Australian Imperial Force, described as the “worst 24 hours in Australia’s military history”.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza, 2 nights

Day 9: Lille – Excursion to Ypres Battlefields – Menin Gate

Some of the biggest battles of World War I are explored at Ypres Salient in Belgium, where we will see such sites as Tyne Cot, Langemark and Vancouver Corner. Stop in Zonnebeke for an included visit to the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, where you can see a replica trench. See Essex Farm Cemetery where over 1,200 brave servicemen are buried and where Lt. Col. John McCrae wrote his immortal poem, ‘In Flanders Fields’. Spend the rest of the afternoon your own, before making your way to Menin Gate to witness the moving Last Post Ceremony to pay tribute to over 100,000 soldiers who laid down their lives more than a century ago.

Day 10: Lille – Bruges – Amsterdam

Travel to Bruges and perhaps try the delicious local chocolate and Belgium’s famous frites – the perfect fried chip! Explore the cobblestone streets and medieval façades reflected in the still waters of the canals. Continue to Amsterdam, where we spend the next two nights.

Hotel: Mercure City, 2 nights

Day 11: Amsterdam Orientation

Gabled townhouses dating back centuries and leafy canals provide a beautiful backdrop for our orientation tour. Enjoy free time afterwards to explore the city on your own. Later, we ‘Dive Into Culture’ and gain insights into the art of making cheese and wooden clogs, before we ‘Connect With Locals’, joining the Pauw family for a gezellig ‘Be My Guest’ Farewell Dinner.

Day 12: Depart Amsterdam

Say tot ziens to this magical city and the fields of bravery dotted across Western Europe at the end of a remarkable trip.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
March: 28$4,295.00$5,815.00
April: 10$4,295.00$5,815.00
April: 14, 25$4,395.00$5,915.00
May: 01$4,395.00$5,915.00
May: 10, 15, 27, 29$4,575.00$6,095.00
June: 07$4,575.00$6,095.00
June: 19$4,550.00$6,070.00
July: 12, 24$4,450.00$5,970.00
August: 09, 21$4,450.00$5,970.00
September: 04$4,450.00$5,970.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 11 breakfasts, 5 dinners
Transport:Luxury air-conditioned coach
Ferry:Ferry Crossing: Portsmouth - Caen
Accommodation: 11 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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London & Paris

Spend a week discovering two of the world’s most exciting cities on this London and Paris tour. Stay in centrally located hotels and be accompanied by a professional Tour Director who will bring these destinations to life with firsthand, in-depth knowledge. On a guided sightseeing tour with an expert Local Guide in each city, discover the must-see attractions, such as Big Ben and Piccadilly Circus in London, and the Champs-Elysées and Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Get a different perspective of Westminster on a private, narrated cruise on London’s Thames River, and enjoy spectacular views of the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral during a relaxing cruise on the Seine River.

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

Day 1: Arrive In London, England

Welcome to London! Your Tour Director will meet you upon your arrivalat the hotel, and is available to help you make the most of your stay.This evening, enjoy a traditional three-course welcome dinner followed by a private, narrated Cruise on the Thames River to admire some ofthe capital’s most beautiful illuminated sights, including Tower Bridge,St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the Houses of Parliament.

Hotel: Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, 3 nights

Day 2: London

After a hearty English breakfast, morning sightseeing with a LocalGuide includes all the famous landmarks: the Houses of Parliamentand Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall’s mounted horseguardsand the Prime Minister’s Downing Street residence, Piccadilly Circus,and Buckingham Palace. A special highlight is the London Eyechampagne Experience-a ride on the giant observation wheel,with stunning views of the city while you sip a glass of champagne.Free time in the afternoon for independent activities.

Day 3: At Leisure In London

Today offers you the opportunity to join one of our optionalexcursions. Consider a visit to the Tower of London, which has beenguarded by the Beefeaters since the 14th century and houses the fabulous Crown Jewels; to Windsor Castle, the largest inhabitedcastle in the world; or one of the exciting full-day excursions availablefor your enjoyment.

Day 4: London – Paris, France

Pass through the Eurotunnel on the high-speed Eurostar Train ride to Paris. Meet your Local Guide and enjoy a walking tour of the quaint Latin Quarter. See Notre Dame Cathedral, pretty Viviani Square, the Sorbonne University, and more. This evening, why not join an optional dinner at one of Paris’ fine restaurants followed by an orientation drive?

Hotel: Les Jardins du Marais, 3 nights

Day 5: Paris

Guided sightseeing includes Paris’ main sights, like the Arc de Triomphe, Concorde Square, famous Champs-Elysees, and a leisurely Seine Cruise with views of the Eiffel Tower. Continue to Montmartre, Paris’ renowned art district. Ride the little Train through narrow lanes, then follow your Tour Director and enjoy the spectacular panorama of Paris from the Sacre Coeur Basilica. End your walk at Place du Tertre, where artists display their art and where lunch with soupe a l’oignon (onion soup), a traditional crepe, and wine awaits. In the evening, an optional cabaret show is available.

Day 6: Paris

A full day to immerse yourself in this fascinating city. Choose from a range of optional excursions to the magnificent Louvre Museum and the opulent Palace and Gardens of Versailles, the most famous palace in Europe, built by the Sun King, Louis XIV. Tonight, a farewell dinner has been prepared at a local restaurant, the best way to say au revoir, Paris.

Day 7: Depart Paris

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 05$3,319.00Price on Application
April: 12, 19, 26$3,339.00Price on Application
May: 03, 10$3,489.00Price on Application
May: 17$3,779.00Price on Application
May: 24, 31$3,489.00Price on Application
June: 07$3,779.00Price on Application
June: 14$3,489.00Price on Application
June: 21$3,949.00Price on Application
June: 28$3,489.00Price on Application
July: 05$3,529.00Price on Application
July: 12$3,459.00Price on Application
July: 19, 26$3,319.00Price on Application
August: 02, 09, 16, 23$3,169.00Price on Application
August: 30$3,459.00Price on Application
September: 06$3,489.00Price on Application
September: 13$3,779.00Price on Application
September: 20$3,949.00Price on Application
September: 27$3,809.00Price on Application
October: 04, 11, 18$3,489.00Price on Application
October: 25$3,459.00Price on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Transport:Luxury air-conditioned coach
Rail:Eurostar Train: London – Paris
Accommodation: 6 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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European Rhapsody

Discover Europe’s grandeur and the legacy of the powerful Habsburg dynasty on this soul-stirring journey of Europe’s imperial cities. Be inspired by the family heritage of royalty as you meet a castle owner in the Rhine Valley and enjoy dinner at a family home in beautiful Budapest. Your journey culminates in timeless Venice with its romantic and lavish palaces.

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

Day 1: Depart from London by Eurostar to Amsterdam

At 07:00, meet your Travel Director and transfer to London’s St. Pancras Station to board the high-speed Eurostar for a rail journey via the revolutionary Channel Tunnel. Once in Amsterdam, join your Travel Director in the evening for a Welcome Reception. Get to know your fellow guests during a cruise, along some of the many quaint, tree-lined canals. Admire the elegant merchant houses from the 16th and 17th centuries, their facades are a reflection of when trade flourished during Amsterdam’s Golden Age. Relax as you pass stunning gables, beautiful churches and the iconic Magere Brug, better known as the Skinny Bridge. Disembark and venture to Humphrey’s Restaurant for your Welcome Dinner.

Day 2: Würzburg

Relax with a scenic drive along the Rhine Valley to Würzburg. See the mighty Marienburg Fortress – the immense baroque palace of the Prince Bishops and one of the most important landmarks in Germany. On arrival, visit the imposing Würzburg Residenz, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a Local Expert. Marvel at intricate decorations and lavish staterooms boasting with French, Austrian and Venetian influences.

Day 3: Rothenburg and Golden Prague

In the morning venture to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the most well-preserved town on the Romantic Road. Continue east to the Czech border, passing the town of Pilsen renowned for its beer, before reaching the Golden City of Prague. In the evening, perhaps take a river cruise through the heart of the city?

Day 4: Prague, City of a Hundred Spires

Join a Local Expert in the morning for guided sightseeing of one of the most beautiful and intact historic centres in Europe. Start with the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle, to admire the stained glass of St. Vitus Cathedral and enjoy amazing views over the Old Town. Walk on the famous Charles Bridge and through the Old Town. An artisan baker shows you how the Trdelník or traditional Czech chimney cakes are made, and enjoy a tasting. Finish in the Old Town Square where the mechanical antics of the Astronomical Clock’s glockenspiel delights onlookers each hour. Then, the city is all yours to explore with the rest of the day at leisure. Perhaps you may choose to rummage through the renowned antique shops or shop for the finest Bohemian crystal?

Day 5: Through Bohemia to Budapest

Start the day with a journey through the beautiful forested countryside of Bohemia. Journey through Slovakia and travel on to Hungary, following the River Danube to Budapest. Stand atop Gellért Hill where the colossal Liberty Statue stands in front of the Citadella watching over the city. Marvel at extensive panoramic views as you look out over the famous river dividing Buda and Pest – the two sides linked by the mighty Chain Bridge and the newer, elegant Elizabeth Bridge. In the evening, join a Local Expert to enjoy a scenic dinner cruise and take in the city’s nighttime beauty as you float along the Danube.

Day 6: The flavours of Budapest

Stroll through the alleys of the Old Town of Buda and admire sweeping views from the Fisherman’s Bastion with a Local Expert. Drive along the beautiful Andrassy Avenue to Heroes’ Square. Then, enjoy free time to browse the boutiques of Vaci Street. Continue your travels, past the eagle overlooking the town of Tatabanya, to the Austrian border and through pleasant farming country to the imperial capital of Vienna.

Day 7: Vienna and the Habsburgs

In the morning, there is the option to join a private tour of Maria Theresa’s Schonbrunn Palace & formal gardens. Later, get your camera ready for a drive around the famous Ring Road. This grand boulevard, built alongside the lines of the old city walls, showcases many of the capitol’s architectural masterpieces, including the Opera House, magnificent Hofburg Imperial Residence and Parliament. Then join your Local Expert for a walk through Innere Stadt, the first district and historic core of Vienna. Explore Vienna with Insight Choice. Choose between a visit to a traditional Viennese Café to enjoy local specialities of coffee and sachertorte. Alternatively, listen to the musical masterpiece of Mozart as you take to the floor in a Viennese Waltz dance lesson.

Day 8: Along the shores of Lake Wörthersee to Venice

This day’s route takes you past quiet villages, through Styria’s forested mountains and into the Carinthian Lake District. Continue past Europe’s warmest lake, the Wörthersee, to cross into Italy near Tarvisio. Then follow mountain valleys and cascading streams down to the Veneto Plain en route to the unique city of Venice. This evening is truly a special experience, starting with a private boat to arrive at your central hotel. Stroll past the entrance doors of the famous Opera House to La Fenice restaurant for a magical Celebration Dinner. Indulge in traditional Venetian dishes that are enriched with inspiration from seasonal produce. Finish in true Venetian style – savour a cocktail at Café Florian at twilight whilst being serenaded by an ensemble of talented musicians, and admire the peace of St. Mark’s Square long after the day-trippers have gone to their mainland hotels. Return to your hotel along the Grand Canal.

Day 9: The magic of La Serenissima

Wake up to one of Europe’s most romantic cities. Admire the Doge’s Palace and its adjoining Bridge of Sighs. Witness the skill of glassblowers and learn how the Venetian gondola is made on a visit to a traditional arts centre. Only minutes away by private launch is St. Mark’s Square where the city’s former wealth and power is evidenced by the riches of St. Mark’s Basilica. With the rest of the day free, why not cruise along the Venetian lagoon to the island of Burano for a meal of local specialities and wine?

Day 10: Arrivederci Venice

Bid farewell to this enchanting city with departure transfers by water taxi, arriving at Venice Marco Polo Airport at 08:00 and 09:30.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 26$4,325.00$5,405.00
May: 10, 24$4,375.00$5,505.00
June: 07, 21$4,350.00$5,450.00
July: 05, 19$4,195.00$5,165.00
August: 02, 16$4,195.00$5,165.00
August: 30$4,375.00$5,505.00
September: 12$4,375.00$5,505.00
September: 27$4,325.00$5,405.00
December: 23$5,250.00$6,090.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 morning tea, 4 dinners
Transport:Luxury air-conditioned coach
Rail:EuroStar Train: London - Amsterdam
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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European Spotlight

Explore Paris, Florence, Rome and more on this Discoveries trip that reveals all that’s special about Europe. Enjoy the bright city lights and stylish promenades of Europe’s classiest capitals where you can relax at Old Town cafés and brush shoulders with the rich and famous.

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

Day 1: London – Paris

Bid farewell to England watching the mystical White Cliffs of Dover disappearing in the distance as you travel by ferry across to France in the company of your Travel Director and fellow travellers. Pass the tragic World War I battlefields of northern France bound for Paris, where you’ll join your Travel Director and travel companions for a Welcome Reception, including dinner and drinks, followed by an orientation drive through the dazzling ‘City of Lights’.

Hotel: Evergreen Laurel, 2 nights

Day 2: Paris

Explore the iconic and unexpected sights of Paris with your ‘Local Specialist’, which will take you past the grand Champs Élysées and Arc de Triomphe, where we pay tribute to the brave men and women who fought for France. View Notre Dame Cathedral and enjoy a stroll through the Latin Quarter. Spend the rest of the afternoon on your very own journey of discovery. Stroll along the Seine admiring the work of artists who have set up their easels next to the river, shop in the Marais district or find a cosy bistro with great views of the city. This evening, consider indulging in the colourful nightlife of Paris and attend a famous cabaret show.

Day 3: Paris – Beaune – Geneva

A patchwork of colours provide a beautiful backdrop for our journey through France’s rolling countryside to the Burgundy wine region. We visit the region’s capital, Beaune, renowned for its 15th-century Hôtel-Dieu, to admire its colourful geometrically patterned Burgundy tiled roof. Next, we cross the border to Geneva where we will spend the next two nights.

Hotel: Warwick, 2 nights

Day 4: Geneva

Enjoy some free time this morning before continuing along the picturesque shores of Lake Geneva, arriving in the celebrated Chexbres wine region where we will ‘Connect With Locals’ at a ‘Be My Guest’ lunch. Delve into Vaud traditions and generations of expert winemaking at the 15th-century vineyards of Cave Champ de Clos. Upon return to Geneva, explore the ‘City of Peace’ – the dramatic Alps and scenic Lake Geneva provide the perfect backdrop for an enjoyable afternoon of sightseeing. Join your Travel Director on an orientation of this small city to view the Reformation Monument, and see the Old Town, United Nations Building and Red Cross headquarters.

Day 5: Geneva – Grasse – Nice

The idyllic playground of southern France takes centre stage over the next two days as we journey to Nice, the jewel of the French Riviera. ‘Dive Into Culture’ and let the heady scents of French perfume infuse your senses during a visit to the Fragonard Perfumery in the village of Grasse. Here you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the art of creating beautiful fragrances.

Hotel: Holiday Inn, 2 nights

Day 6: Nice

Soak up the sophistication of Nice, which for long has lured sun-worshipping aristocrats and tourists in search of a quiet seaside sojourn. Against the backdrop of colourful Italian and French façades, we drive along the Promenade des Anglais and see Place Massena during our orientation of the Bay of Angels. Spend the rest of the day discovering the Old Town. Consider a quiet coffee at one of the sidewalk cafés or dip your toes in the warm Mediterranean waters.

Day 7: Nice – Monaco – Pisa – Florence

Travel along the southern coastline of France, stopping at the Principality of Monaco to see the famous Prince’s Palace of Monaco, built as a Genoese fortress and home to the Grimaldi family since the 13th century. Cross the border into Italy and visit Pisa and its Square of Miracles to view the Leaning Tower and Baptistery, said to be the largest in Italy. We arrive in the ‘Cradle of the Renaissance’ this evening where we will enjoy dinner at our hotel.

Hotel: Grand Mediterraneo

Day 8: Florence Sightseeing – Venice

This morning, join a ‘Local Specialist’ who will reveal the story of the wealthy Medici family who influenced the art and architecture of what became one of the cultural centres of the world. You’ll visit the Piazza della Signoria with its beautiful statues and palazzi and enjoy views of the magnificent marble Duomo and Ponte Vecchio on whose arches were built the shops of successful merchants over 670 years ago. Learn about the quality and workmanship of one of this city’s historic industries at a demonstration of Florentine leathercraft. Then, drive across the Veneto plain to Venice, where you’ll spend the next two nights.

Hotel: NH Laguna Palace, 2 nights

Day 9: Venice

Glide through the turquoise waters of the Venetian Lagoon by private launch to Giudecca Island. ‘Dive Into Culture’ and witness the centuries-old Venetian tradition of glassblowing. See the Bridge of Sighs and the ornate Doge’s Palace before spending the afternoon at leisure exploring the city’s labyrinthine alleys and ornate bridges that span almost 150 canals. Enjoy an evening drink at a charming trattoria on the water, shop up a storm in the alleyways of Le Mercerie or consider an Optional Experience to the colourful fishing island of Burano for a delicious meal.

Day 10: Venice – Rome

Today we cross the picturesque Apennine Mountains and journey through the rolling gold and green landscape of Tuscany, past the hilltop towns of Orvieto and Orte, arriving later in Rome, the ‘Eternal City’.

Hotel: Barceló Aran Mantegna, 2 nights

Day 11: Rome

Join a ‘Local Specialist’ to uncover the treasures of a city whose history spans millennia. Venture to St. Peter’s Basilica to view Michelangelo’s Pietà, hewn from the most ‘perfect’ block of Carrara marble, and travel across the Tiber River into Ancient Rome. Here you will see the Circus Maximus, which once played host to exhilarating chariot races, and view the Colosseum where brave gladiators and slaves met their fate. This evening we exchange stories about our epic journey through Europe with newfound friends and our Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner.

Day 12: Depart Rome

For now it’s a fond arrivederci to your Travel Director and travel companions at the end of a memorable holiday together.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 22$4,375.00$5,565.00
May: 06, 20$4,575.00$5,765.00
June: 03, 17$4,575.00$5,765.00
July: 01$4,475.00$5,665.00
July: 15, 29$4,275.00$5,465.00
August: 12$4,275.00$5,465.00
August: 26$4,450.00$5,640.00
September: 09, 23$4,595.00$5,785.00
October: 07$4,495.00$5,685.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
Transport:Luxury air-conditioned coach
Ferry:Ferry Crossing from England to France
Accommodation: 11 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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European Sampler

As the name implies, this European Sampler tour is a sample of some of the major highlights of Europe. You’ll spend two nights in Amsterdam, Lucerne, and Paris, as well as one night each in Heidelberg and Dijon. In Amsterdam, your guided sightseeing is via a canal cruise, the only way to experience Amsterdam! In both Heidelberg and Lucerne, you’ll discover the must-see sights on a walking tour, including Heidelberg’s Old Town and Lucerne’s Bourbaki Panorama, a circular painting dating to 1881 and depicting memorable scenes from the Franco-Prussian War. And in Beaune you’ll have a Burgundy wine tasting and a visit to the impressive Hôtel Dieu. Your Paris sightseeing includes a Seine cruise, where you’ll be treated to great views of Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower.

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 picture-book Volendam, a fishing village at the former Zuiderzee, including visits to a working windmill, a clogmaker, a cheese farm, plus dinner.

Day 3: Amsterdam – Rhineland, Germany

Pass the Dutch region near Arnhem, best known as the locale of A Bridge Too Far, and enter Germany. Today’s highlight is a romantic Rhine Cruise. Sit back, relax, and enjoy views of centuries-old castles, cozy towns, and vineyards. Continue to Heidelberg for a pleasant walk through the Old town to the Marktplatz (market square), from where you can take pictures of the famous red-walled ruins of Heidelberg Castle, followed by dinner with beer at Kulturbrauerei Heidelberg restaurant.

Hotel: NH Mannheim at Mannheim or NH Heidelberg at Heidelberg

Day 4: Heidelberg – Black Forest – Rhine Falls, Switzerland – Lucerne

Enter the lush valleys and pine-clad hills of the Black Forest, famous for cuckoo clocks. Be welcomed by a local woodcarver, and see samples of his work during a Woodcarving Demonstration. Then, enjoy Kaffee und Schwarzwaldkuchen (coffee and the traditional homemade Black Forest Cake). On the Swiss border, take pictures of the thundering Rhine Falls before continuing to Lucerne. Start your walking tour with a visit to the impressive Bourbaki Panorama, Edouard Castres’ circular painting dating back to 1881, depicting scenes of the Franco- Prussian War. Also admire Thorwaldsen’s Lion Monument, dedicated to the fallen Swiss Guards who protected the Royal House of France during the French Revolution. See the ornate patrician houses lining the cobblestone streets of the walled Old Town, and cross the famous covered Chapel Bridge to the Jesuit Church.

Hotel: Astoria, 2 nights

Day 5: Lucerne

A whole day at leisure in this picturesque town with lots of things to do: shop for Swiss watches, knives, and chocolate. Choose from a selection of optional excursions to Mount Pilatus, the “Guard of Lucerne,” a lake cruise, or a folklore dinner party with a chance to yodel or blow an alphorn.

Day 6: Lucerne – Beaune, France – Dijon

Leave the Alps behind you and enter the scenic French countryside on your way to the vineyards of Burgundy. Stop in the pretty town of Beaune, where a Wine Tasting awaits at the renowned Marche aux Vins wine cellar. Also visit the Hotel Dieu, originally founded in 1443 as a hospital for the poor, before continuing to Dijon for your overnight stay.

Hotel: Oceania Le Jura

Day 7: Dijon – Versailles – Paris

Enjoy views of castles on your way to Versailles, where a guided visit of the 17th-century Palace and Gardens has been included. This former hunting chateau, built by Louis XIII, was transformed into a magnificent palace by the Sun King, Louis XIV, and housed the French kings until the French Revolution. Arrive in Paris, where an optional excursion is available to try out local specialties in one of its lively restaurants, followed by a drive for a first look at the French capital.

Hotel: Marriott Paris Rive Gauche, 2 nights

Day 8: Paris

Discover the world’s heart of chic and style with a Local Guide. Admire its major sites: the Opera, Arc de Triomphe, and Champs-Elysees. Enjoy a relaxing SEINE CRUISE with spectacular views of Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower. Time to further explore on your own or to join an optional excursion to the impressive Louvre Museum with the Mona Lisa. Tonight, dinner and a lively cabaret show at one of Paris’ nightclubs might just be the ticket!

Day 9: Paris

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 11$3,889.00$4,911.00
April: 25$3,919.00$4,941.00
May: 09$3,849.00$4,871.00
May: 23$3,889.00$4,911.00
June: 06$3,889.00$4,911.00
June: 20$3,949.00$4,971.00
July: 04, 18$3,949.00$4,971.00
August: 01$3,889.00$4,911.00
August: 15, 29$3,849.00$3,871.00
September: 05, 12, 19$3,889.00$4,911.00
September: 26$3,829.00$4,851.00
October: 03$3,829.00$4,851.00
October: 10$3,749.00$4,771.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 dinners
Transport:Luxury air-conditioned coach
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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Continental Introduction

Europe—a continent rich with different cultures, gastronomic specialties, architecture, art, scenery, and history—and this is the ideal Continental Introduction: experience and see what Europe has to offer. Spend two nights in Paris, Rome, Venice, and Amsterdam plus overnights in Lucerne, Lugano, Florence, Munich, and the Rhineland. On the included sightseeing tours, see examples of the local art and architecture, such as Michelangelo’s David statue and the magnificent cathedral in Florence, Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings in Rome’s Sistine Chapel, the Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Elysées in Paris, and the patrician mansions in Amsterdam. Learn about the fascinating histories of the attractions you visit such as Rome’s Colosseum, completed in the 1st century AD; Lucerne’s Lion Monument, commemorating the Swiss Guards killed during the French Revolution; the medieval center of Innsbruck; and Rothenburg, a walled town that has preserved its medieval character, and is famous for Christmas ornaments.

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

Day 1: Arrive In Paris, France

Welcome to Paris! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions and leave the hotel for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant, followed by an orientation drive for a first impression of this magnificent city.

Hotel: Marriott Paris Rive Gauche, 2 nights

Day 2: Paris

In the morning, an optional excursion is available to the lavish Palace and Gardens of Versailles. Later, guided sightseeing features Paris’ main highlights, such as the Arc de Triomphe, Opera, Champs- Elysees, and a relaxing Seine Cruise with spectacular views of Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower. Tonight, why not join an optional dinner and show at the famous Moulin Rouge?

Day 3: Paris – Lucerne, Switzerland

Enjoy a scenic drive past Fontainebleau Forest and into Burgundy, on your way to the Swiss Alps. In picturesque Lucerne, follow your Tour Director for a pleasant walk and admire Thorwaldsen’s impressive Lion Monument, dedicated to the Swiss Guards who protected the Royal House of France during the French Revolution. Walk along ornate patrician houses of the walled Old Town, then cross the famous covered Chapel Bridge to the Jesuit Church.

Hotel: Ameron Flora or Astoria

Day 4: Lucerne – Lugano

Morning at leisure. Take advantage of an optional excursion to Mount Pilatus. Later, admire the towering majesty of the Swiss Alps and St. Gotthard on the way to Lugano in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland. To truly appreciate splendid Lake Lugano, sign up for an optional boat cruise, followed by dinner.

Hotel: Novotel Lugano Paradiso

Day 5: Lugano – Pisa, Italy – Florence

Pass the commercial capital of Milan and turn towards the Mediterranean Sea. Arrive in Pisa, and marvel at its legendary Leaning Tower. In nearby Florence, there is time to explore the many gold and leather shops on Piazza Santa Croce before joining dinner with Tuscan specialties and wine at Finisterrae restaurant.

Hotel: Starhotels Tuscany

Day 6: Florence – Rome

Meet your Local Guide, and visit the Academy Of Fine Arts with Michelangelo’s celebrated David. Continue your walking tour through the historic centre and admire the magnificent cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gates of Paradise,” and sculpturestudded Signoria Square. Continue to Rome, the “Eternal City”.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza St. Peters, 2 nights

Day 7: Rome

Guided sightseeing starts with a visit to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment, followed by monumental St. Peter’s Square and Basilica to admire Michelangelo’s Pieta. Then, visit the amazing Colosseum, where gladiators once fought. For those who wish to see it all, an optional walking tour with a Local Guide is available to further explore Rome’s famous landmarks.

Day 8: Rome – Ferrara – Venice

In Ferrara, walk through impressive Este Castle to the marble cathedral and browse among the attractive little shops. Tonight, in Venice, why not try out local specialties at one of the city’s fine restaurants?

Hotel: NH Laguna Palace at Mestre, 2 nights

Day 9: Venice

Enjoy a Private Boat Ride and a walking tour with a Local Guide to visit St. Mark’s Square, lavish Doges’ Palace and the famous Bridge Of Sighs, followed by a traditional Glassblower Demonstration. Afternoon at leisure. An optional gondola serenade is available and later, an aperitif at the famous Caffe Florian awaits.

Day 10: Venice – Innsbruck, Austria – Munich, Germany

Cross the spectacular Brenner Pass into the Tyrolean Alps. In Innsbruck, a pleasant stroll through quaint medieval lanes takes you to Emperor Maximilian’s Golden Roof. Continue to Munich, and visit Marienplatz with its Old and New Town Halls, and the famous Hofbrauhaus, dating back to 1589. Free time for dinner before going to your hotel.

Hotel: Holiday Inn Munich Leuchtenbergring

Day 11: Munich – Rothenburg – Rhineland

Enter the Swabian Jura with its lush hills and arrive in picturesque Rothenburg for a walk through this walled town. Time to join the locals at one of the many restaurants and to shop for Christmas ornaments, for which the town is famous.

Hotel: NH Bingen at Bingen am Rhein

Day 12: Rhineland – Amsterdam, Holland

Admire castle-crested hills and terraced vineyards during a scenic and relaxing Rhine Cruise, followed by a drive to Amsterdam.

Hotel: Westcord Fashion or Westcord Art, 2 nights

Day 13: Amsterdam

Meet your Local Guide and hear about the fascinating history of the 700-year-old capital during a leisurely Canal Cruise past patrician mansions and gabled facades. Also visit a major Diamond centre. For those who wish to experience Dutch life in the countryside, an optional excursion is available to picture-book Volendam, a fishing village at the former Zuiderzee, including visits to a working windmill, a clogmaker, a cheese farm, plus dinner.

Day 14: Depart Amsterdam

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
March: 14$4,759.00Price on Application
March: 28$5,009.00Price on Application
April: 11$5,619.00Price on Application
April: 25$5,659.00Price on Application
May: 02$5,729.00Price on Application
May: 09$5,579.00Price on Application
May: 16, 23$5,549.00Price on Application
May: 30$5,579.00Price on Application
June: 06, 13$5,709.00Price on Application
June: 20$5,459.00Price on Application
June: 27$5,329.00Price on Application
July: 04$5,329.00Price on Application
July: 18$5,189.00Price on Application
August: 01$5,329.00Price on Application
August: 15$5,229.00Price on Application
August: 29$5,389.00Price on Application
September: 05$5,529.00Price on Application
September: 12, 19, 26$5,579.00Price on Application
October: 03$5,329.00Price on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 13 breakfasts, 6 dinners
Transport:Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 13 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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Highlights of Eastern Europe

Explore the capitals of Eastern Europe on this multi-country trip. Visit Austria, Germany, Poland and more. Explore ‘east’ and ‘west’ in the Croatian city of Zagreb, visit the Hungarian Sea, pay homage to those who lost their lives at Auschwitz, and discover the sights in Prague.

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

Day 1: Arrive Vienna

Tune into the enchanting musical heritage of Vienna, your launch pad to a grand adventure through the highlights of Eastern Europe. After checking in, join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a sightseeing walking tour of Old Town Vienna, revealing insights into the Habsburg dynasty, once one of the most influential royal houses of Europe. Admire the Hofburg Palace, Imperial Boulevards and the beloved St. Stephen’s Cathedral, with its colourful tiled roof. This evening, we join our Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception to kick off our exciting holiday.

Hotel: Hilton Danube Waterfront

Day 2: Vienna – Lake Bled

We cross the Loibl Pass in the Karawanken Mountains and into the lush green hills of Slovenia. Arrive later at Lake Bled, an exquisite natural retreat set against the backdrop of forests and mountains. During your free time, you could consider taking a boat trip on its crystal clear waters to admire the castle, which clings dramatically to a cliff rising up from the lake’s edge. This evening, we dine at our hotel.

Hotel: Park, 2 nights

Day 3: Lake Bled

Spend the day at your leisure, up the romantic atmosphere of this Alpine lake setting. Perhaps take a boat ride along the lake’s tranquil waters, or consider joining an Optional Experience to the extensive maze of underground caves at Postojna.

Day 4: Lake Bled – Ljubljana – Zagreb

We leave the emerald waters of Bled behind and arrive in the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana, where we will join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a sightseeing tour to see its Opera House, Cathedral, National Museum, Three Bridges Square and Castle. We cross into Croatia and travel to its capital, Zagreb – our home for the next two nights. You’ll have a free evening to spend as you wish. Consider heading to Tkalčićeva Street to indulge in the flavours of traditional fruit brandy.

Hotel: International, 2 nights

Day 5: Zagreb

Explore a tale of two hilltop settlements and Zagreb’s scenic cityscape, to this day lit by gas lamps in the Upper Town. Join a ‘Local Specialist’ who will share the landmarks of the city’s Lower and Upper Town, including the Gothic Cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace, the Opera House and St. Mark’s Church, with its exquisitely coloured roof. Spend the rest of the day on your own, paying homage to the patron saint of Zagreb at its Stone Gate, or enjoying the city views from Strossmartre.

Day 6: Zagreb – Lake Balaton – Budapest

Crossing the border into Hungary, we enjoy a photo stop on the shores of Lake Balaton, the largest lake in Central Europe and affectionately known by locals as the ‘Hungarian Sea’. We continue to the romantic capital of Budapest – our home for the next two nights. Perhaps, sail along the Danube on a scenic river cruise, enjoy an evening of Hungarian wine tasting or relax in the healing waters of the Szecheyni Spa Bath as the sun sets.

Hotel: Danubius Margitsziget, 2 nights

Day 7: Budapest

Today, we join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a walking tour of the Castle district to admire picture-perfect views of the Danube and Fisherman’s Bastion with its towers representing the seven Magyar tribes who formed the Hungarian nation. See the imposing Parliament and the Great Synagogue, the largest in Europe. Later we meet the Schieszl family and ‘Connect With Locals’ over a ‘Be My Guest’ dinner.

Day 8: Budapest – Slovakia – Kraków

The exquisite natural landscape of Slovakia provides a scenic backdrop for our journey to Poland, past the foothills of the Tatra Mountains. We arrive in the enchanting city of Kraków. Consider an evening of lively Polish entertainment with dinner, or perhaps visit a traditional Polish Wódka Bar.

Hotel: Qubus, 2 nights

Day 9: Kraków

A leisurely walk through the beautiful streets of Kraków this morning with our ‘Local Specialist’ will include such highlights as the Royal Castle and Cathedral on Wawel Hill, recognised as the most historically and culturally significant site in Poland. We continue through the Old Town with a visit to the Mariacki Church and view of the Cloth Hall. Spend the afternoon exploring the city on your own or consider visiting a traditional milk bar. Enjoy a slice of Polish Sernik Babci in the Old Town Square or join an Optional Experience to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, where underground chambers are hewn out of rock salt. This evening, we dine at our hotel.

Day 10: Kraków – Auschwitz – Czestochowa – Warsaw

Our journey this morning takes us to the concentration camp at Auschwitz, a poignant reminder of the horrors perpetrated during the Holocaust. Travelling to Jasna Góra Monastery, we ‘Dive Into Culture’ and rub shoulders with Catholic pilgrims, who have journeyed to the famous shrine for centuries to see the iconic Black Madonna of Częstochowa. This evening, we arrive in the elegant Polish capital of Warsaw, where we will dine tonight at our hotel.

Hotel: Leonardo Royal, 2 nights

Day 11: Warsaw

Connect with the youthful energy of Warsaw, a city that has triumphed over the tragedy of war and the shackles of communism. This morning, we join a ‘Local Specialist’ visiting the Old Town, which the Nazis destroyed to retaliate against the Warsaw Uprising. You’ll also see the site of the Warsaw Ghetto, immortalised in the Roman Polanski film – The Pianist. Spend the rest of the day exploring the sights on your own, or celebrate the talents of Chopin during a private recital of Chopin’s works.

Day 12: Warsaw – Berlin

Journey across Poland’s patchwork countryside along the Autostrada Wolnośki (Motorway of Freedom) which was first initiated by Nazi Germany to connect Berlin with Poland and left unfinished for decades after World War II. Continue west into Germany and arrive in Berlin, a capital city with an enviable youthful verve and charisma. Here you’ll enjoy an evening at leisure to explore the city your way.

Hotel: Hampton by Hilton City Centre Alexanderplatz, 2 nights

Day 13: Berlin

Ascend an icon of reunification this morning as you witness spectacular panoramic views of the city from the Berlin TV Tower. Then join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a sightseeing tour through the city’s great landmarks, including the Neoclassical Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden Boulevard and the Reichstag Building, lovingly restored after it fell into disuse after World War II. Spend the afternoon people-watching on Friederichstrasse with an Fassbrause or join an Optional Experience to discover Berlin’s turbulent past.

Day 14: Berlin – Dresden – Prague

Travel through the Spreewald Forest to Dresden – its iconic domes and spires almost entirely rebuilt after the Allied Forces left their deep scars on the city during World War II. Hear about its restoration during your orientation tour as you stroll through its streets to see the Semper Opera, Zwinger Palace and fully reconstructed Frauenkirche. We leave Germany behind and travel to the Czech Republic, arriving later in glorious Prague, straddling the mighty Vltava. Spend your evening savouring hearty Czech flavours during a Regional Dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Vienna House Diplomat, 2 nights

Day 15: Prague

Explore exquisite Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque façades as you ramble through the ancient streets of Prague with your ‘Local Specialist’ who will share insights into the city’s centuries-old history. Marvel at Prague Castle, the 14th-century Charles Bridge and Old Town Square, with its Astronomical Clock and hourly Walk of the Apostles. Visit the Cathedral of St. Vitus, then enjoy the rest of the day free to explore or relax. Perhaps indulge with some delicious sweet pastry Trdelník in the Old Town Square, admire the view from Petrin Hill or consider a relaxing cruise on the Vltava.

Day 16: Prague – Tábor – Vienna

Journey through the lush green and golden landscapes of southern Bohemia, stopping in Tábor, once a Hussite stronghold. Later, we travel to the imperial city of Vienna, where we’ll enjoy a final Farewell Dinner together with our fellow travellers and Travel Director.

Hotel: Hilton Danube Waterfront

Day 17: Depart Vienna

Say a fond farewell to your newfound friends and an epic adventure together through eastern Europe.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 17, 24$5,125.00$6,395.00
May: 01, 08, 15$5,125.00$6,395.00
May: 22, 29$5,150.00$6,420.00
June: 05, 12$5,125.00$6,395.00
June: 19, 26$5,095.00$6,365.00
July: 03, 10, 17, 24, 31$5,095.00$6,365.00
August: 07, 14$5,095.00$6,365.00
August: 21$5,195.00$6,465.00
August: 28$5,250.00$6,520.00
September: 04$5,250.00$6,520.00
September: 11, 18, 25$5,225.00$6,495.00
October: 02$5,125.00$6,395.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 16 breakfasts, 8 dinners
Transport:Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 16 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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Grand European

This Discoveries adventure does all the ‘musts’, but also takes you off the beaten path. Tick all the boxes with this grand exploration of Europe – one region, a myriad of flavours for you to enjoy. Wander through 17th century Bruges, the reflective waterways of picturesque Amsterdam and medieval Rhineland. From Pompeii to the Eternal City of Rome, Florence to the sophisticated Promenade des Anglais in Nice, get under the skin of Europe.

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

Day 1: London – Bruges

Leave the White Cliffs of Dover behind for the golden fields of France and Belgium, travelling to medieval Bruges. Explore its canals, lined with centuries-old gabled houses before joining your Travel Director and travel companions for a Welcome Reception including dinner and drinks in beautiful surrounds. We stay overnight in one of Trafalgar’s ‘Stays With Stories’ – a former 17th-century monastery with historical features.

Hotel: NH Brugge

Day 2: Bruges – Amsterdam

Journey through the Dutch countryside to captivating Amsterdam, see the city’s iconic sights from the comfort of a canal boat. This evening, we’ll ‘Connect With Locals’ during a ‘Be My Guest’ dinner at the Pauw family dairy farm.

Hotel: Westcord Fashion

Day 3: Amsterdam – Rhine Cruise – Heidelberg – Rhineland

We travel to Germany, arriving at Boppard where we board a Rhine cruise past hilltop castles. Admire the magnificent ruined sandstone castle in Heidelberg overlooking the Neckar River en route to your Rhineland hotel where you’ll dine this evening.

Hotel: Mercure Am Rathaus

Day 4: Rhineland – Black Forest – Rhine Falls – Lucerne

Journey through romantic Black Forest landscapes today – tales of the Brothers Grimm are your constant companion as you continue through southwest Germany to the Swiss border. See the mighty Rhine Falls plunging dramatically near the town of Schaffhausen before arriving in the medieval city of Lucerne, your home for the next two nights.

Hotel: Astoria, 2 nights

Day 5: Lucerne

See Lucerne’s poignant Lion Monument this morning. The mournful mortally wounded lion hewn from sandstone provides a poignant reminder of the brave Swiss Guards who lost their lives defending Louis XVI during the French Revolution. Venture to the flower-lined 14th-century wooden Chapel Bridge, explore Old Town’s colourful façades or consider an exhilarating mountain and cruise Optional Experience. This evening we enjoy dinner at our hotel.

Day 6: Lucerne – Liechtenstein – Innsbruck

Our love affair with the Rhine continues today as we travel to the tiny Principality of Liechtenstein and see its capital, Vaduz, before crossing into Austria. We follow the scenic Arlberg Pass through the Tyrol to Innsbruck, the capital of the Alps where we will see the ornate Golden Roof during an orientation tour. Admire the fascinating crystal installations and browse for precious gifts and souvenirs at the Swarovski Crystal Worlds Store.

Hotel: Austria Trend Congress

Day 7: Innsbruck – Salzburg – Vienna

Salzburg’s extraordinary natural beauty has inspired musical greats and epic films. Join a ‘Local Specialist’ on guided walking tour of the city that gave birth to Mozart, featuring locations that music and movie lovers will remember from the famous film, “The Sound of Music” . This evening, we arrive in the beautiful Baroque city of Vienna, our home for the next two nights.

Hotel: Azimut, 2 nights

Day 8: Vienna

Join a ‘Local Specialist’ on a sightseeing tour of one of Europe’s most elegant capitals. View the State Opera House, the City Hall, Parliament, the Imperial Boulevards and the Hofburg, the former imperial palace for the Habsburg dynasty. Spend the evening soaking up the melodic charm of what has become the world’s music capital, celebrating the talents of old masters and modern icons at open-air concerts, palaces and expansive stages.

Day 9: Vienna – Venice

Driving through the scenic Austrian Lake District, we cross the Italian border and journey through the Veneto Plains to the Byzantine city of Venice where we’ll spend the next two nights.

Hotel: Le Boulevard Lido, 2 nights

Day 10: Venice

‘Dive Into Culture’ and witness the centuries-old Venetian tradition of glassmaking. Navigate the bustling waterways by private launch to the gateway of Venice, St. Mark’s Square where we tread in the footsteps of Casanova and Marco Polo and admire the sights and sounds of the Queen of the Adriatic. See the ornate Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. This afternoon is yours to get lost in Venice. Explore the labyrinthine calle in search of the best Campari Spritz in town, watch the sun set over the Grand Canal or consider a cruise to the Island of Burano for a delicious meal.

Day 11: Venice – Assisi

Journey south to the mystical town of Assisi, where St. Francis was born and laid to rest. Here you’ll stroll through the city’s streets in the company of a ‘Local Specialist’ and have an opportunity to visit the Basilica of St. Francis. See the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and enjoy dinner at your hotel tonight.

Hotel: Casa Leonori

Day 12: Assisi – Pompeii – Sorrento

Pass the site of the bloody World War II battle of Monte Cassino en route to the Bay of Naples and the lost city of Pompeii where you’ll join a ‘Local Specialist’ who will share the story of this remarkable ancient Roman settlement that was buried in ash following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. We continue to the coast and the beautiful seaside resort of Sorrento where we will stay the night and dine in our hotel.

Hotel: La Residenza

Day 13: Sorrento – Isle of Capri – Rome

Cross the enchanting blue water of the Bay of Naples to the Isle of Capri and ascend to Capri by funicular railway where you will join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a guided walking tour of the town. Spend a leisurely afternoon soaking up la dolce vita in the piazza before sailing back to the mainland. This evening we arrive in Rome, the Eternal City, where we will spend the next two nights.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza St. Peter’s, 2 nights

Day 14: Rome – Vatican Experience

Delve into the treasures of the Vatican City with a ‘Local Specialist’ who will take you on a sightseeing tour through St. Peter’s Basilica to see Michelangelo’s Pietà. Cross the Tiber into Ancient Rome to see the mighty Colosseum and enjoy views of Circus Maximus. Then ‘Dive Into Culture’ and gain priority access to the Vatican Museums for a guided tour. Admire Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoed ceiling when it is less crowded, then enjoy an exclusive after hour’s al fresco dinner against the backdrop of St Peter’s.

Day 15: Rome – Florence

Journey north to Florence where you’ll join a ‘Local Specialist’ for an included walking tour to the Piazza della Signoria, the political hub of this once free republic that became a recognised centre for art, architecture and culture. See the beautiful marble Duomo and Baptistery with its famous bronze doors, and the picturesque Ponte Vecchio which straddles the Arno. Learn about the quality and workmanship of one of this city’s historic industries at a demonstration of Florentine leathercraft. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure admiring the work of great masters in the Uffizi Gallery, climbing the stone steps to Piazzale Michelangelo for iconic views, or relaxing in the Boboli Gardens.

Hotel: Cosmopolitan Concept

Day 16: Florence – Pisa – Monaco – French Riviera

We drive to the city of Pisa and its Square of Miracles to see the famous Leaning Tower which bears this city’s name. From Italy to the sun-kissed landscapes of the French Riviera, we stop in the sophisticated Principality of Monaco before continuing to the French Riviera, our home for the next two nights. Enjoy an orientation drive along the scenic Promenade des Anglais, which for centuries has attracted sun-worshipping aristocrats to its shores, and see Place Massena before spending the evening at leisure.

Hotel: Holiday Inn, 2 nights

Day 17: French Riviera – St. Paul De Vence Excursion

Rub shoulders with artists and actors in the medieval hilltop town of Saint-Paul-de-Vence before enjoying an afternoon at leisure in the French Riviera to indulge in the laid-back seaside atmosphere. Wander along the scenic promenade and embrace café culture on the tranquil shores of the Mediterranean, stroll through the chic city streets shopping at the French Riviera’s fashionable boutiques or relax on the beach watching the sun set. Or perhaps join an Optional Experience to see spectacular views of one of the most beautiful coastlines in Europe and pay an aromatic visit to the historic Fragonard perfumery to learn how French fragrances are crafted before trying some specialities from the region at a local restaurant.

Day 18: French Riviera – Avignon – Beaune

We travel north to the Papal city of Avignon, an important pilgrimage site. We stop for views of the magnificent Papal Palace and famous Pont d’Avignon before arriving in the capital of the Burgundy wine-producing region, Beaune. Explore the ancient walls and Old Town, see its characteristic geometrically coloured tiled roofs.

Hotel: Mercure Centre

Day 19: Beaune – Paris

We travel north through the vineyards of Burgundy to Paris, our home for the next two nights. The City of Lights shines brightly as you explore its grand boulevards, amble along the Seine or embrace the pageantry of a traditional Parisian cabaret.

Hotel: Evergreen Laurel, 2 nights

Day 20: Paris

Join a ‘Local Specialist’ soaking up the sights and sounds of one of the world’s most romantic cities. See the Champs Élysées and the Eiffel Tower. View Notre Dame Cathedral and enjoy a stroll through the Latin Quarter. Spend a free afternoon exploring the city before celebrating an unforgettable experience at a Farewell Dinner with wine in a local restaurant.

Day 21: Paris – London

Say au revoir to Paris as you travel to the coast. Sail from Calais to Dover watching the famous White Cliffs approach as you cross the English Channel. Arrive later in London and bid farewell to your fellow travellers at the end of a memorable holiday.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 01, 08, 15, 22$7,395.00$9,155.00
April: 29$7,475.00$9,236.00
May: 06, 13, 20$7,475.00$9,236.00
May: 27$7,395.00$9,155.00
June: 03, 10, 17$7,395.00$9,155.00
June: 24$7,295.00$9,055.00
July: 01, 08, 15, 22, 29$7,295.00$9,055.00
August: 05, 12, 19$7,295.00$9,055.00
August: 26$7,375.00$9,135.00
September: 02, 09, 16$7,375.00$9,135.00
September: 23, 30$7,350.00$9,110.00
October: 07$7,350.00$9,110.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 20 breakfasts, 8 dinners
Transport:Ferry Crossing from Dover - Bruges - Dover & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation:20 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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