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.
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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 & Prices||Twin Share||Solo Traveller|
|July: 04, 18||$3,949.00||$4,971.00|
|August: 15, 29||$3,849.00||$3,871.00|
|September: 05, 12, 19||$3,889.00||$4,911.00|
|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.