- 18 April 2021
- 9 May 2021
- 30 May 2021
- Hotel accommodation in twin rooms
- English-speaking guide
- Meals including 21 breakfasts and 9 dinners
- Prepaid taxes and local payments excluding entrance fees
- Transfers and pickups Modern air-conditioned coach
- 23 activities including guided walking tours, orientation walks, driving tours of cities plus other exciting experiences
- Travel insurance
- International airfares
- Personal expenses
- Anything not specifically mentioned in the itinerary
Day 1: London - D
Your tour leader will meet up with you at your accommodation in London during the afternoon, just a subway ride from the must-see sights like Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace. This evening your tour leader will take you on an orientation tour of Greenwich. A historic Royal Borough, it is known for its maritime history and for giving its name to the Greenwich Meridian and Greenwich Mean Time. Your tour leader will introduce you to the sights, including the Royal Naval College and the Royal Observatory, and you’ll get an incredible view of the London skyline from Greenwich Park. You’ll have a chance to get to know the other travellers on your tour at the included dinner in a traditional pub.
Day 2: London, Paris - B, D
Departing London, you will cross the English Channel and travel to 'The City of Lights and Love' - Paris. Your experienced tour leader will introduce you to all the key Parisian sites on a relaxing coach tour of the city. Keep an eye out for such iconic landmarks as the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre and Notre Dame - take a mental note of what you wish to explore more further on your free day.
Day 3: Paris - B
Enjoy a full free day to explore the French capital to your heart’s content. The Seine River is the backbone of the capital, and flows through the heart of the city. Why not choose a cruise, and sail past the grandeur of the gothic Notre Dame cathedral, to the epic Eiffel Tower? Paris Disneyland is perfect for the ‘young at heart’, and is only a short distance away. Your tour leader is brimming with ideas and local knowledge, so that you can get the best out of your time here.
Day 4: Champagne, Luxembourg, Heidelburg - B
This morning we’ll depart Paris and head east to your first stop in the champagne region, where we’ll enjoy a tasting of one of France’s most famous and highly prized exports - champagne. We’ll then continue your journey on to Luxembourg, where you’ll have some free time to explore the capital of one of Europe’s smallest countries; Luxembourg City features a charming Unesco-listed centre with plenty of restaurants and cafés. Your destination today is Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest university town which is renowned for its Altstadt (old town), ruined Renaissance hilltop castle and romantic riverside cityscape.
Day 5: Black Forest, Rhine, Lucerne - B, D
Your first destination today is the iconic Black Forest, where we’ll take a stop at the spa town of Titisee. Located on the shore of the lake of the same name, you’ll witness stunning views of the cobalt blue water bordered by a dark forest canopy. We’ll then cross the border into Switzerland and stop off at the stunning Rhine Falls, the largest plain waterfall in Europe. You’ll have some time to explore and get a view of the Wörth Castle, before we carry on to Lucerne. Adorned with covered bridges (including the famous Chapel bridge), brightly-coloured houses and delightful waterfront promenades, your tour leader will introduce you to the city before we travel on to your accommodation near Lake Lucerne.
Day 6: Lucerne - B
Today you’ll have a free day to enjoy the Lucerne region. Renowned as one of Switzerland's most beautiful cities, Lucerne is one place you'll want to have your camera at the ready for. All the ingredients for the quintessentially picturesque Swiss experience are here - a cobalt lake and well-preserved old-town complete with waterfront promenades, covered bridges and perfect plazas is surrounded by the majestic Swiss Alps. It's no wonder that Goethe, Queen Victoria and Wagner savoured the stunning views that Lucerne offers. There's charm and grace around every corner, but it's not all about history - there's certainly enough of a pulse here to keep things current, with carnivals, concerts and exhibitions aplenty.
Day 7: Liechtenstein, Neuschwanstein Castle, Innsbruck - B
Four countries in one day. Your first stop is the Alpine principality of Liechtenstein, the sixth-smallest nation in the world. Stopping in the capital Vaduz, we'll have some time to stroll around and enjoy the scenery. We’ll then visit Neuschwanstein Castle, a 19th Century German hilltop castle built by Ludwig II of Bavaria, and the inspiration for the famous Disneyland castle. Entrance to the castle is included in the tour package price. Your destination today is Innsbruck, Austria. Home to Austria's third-largest student population, there's no shortage of vibrant bars and beer gardens to enjoy.
Day 8: Tuscany - B,D
Today we head south into Italy. One of the most visited destinations in the world, Italy serves up centuries of incredible history, rich culture and, of course, fantastic food. This afternoon we’ll arrive at your accommodation in Tuscany, a region known for its beautiful landscapes, world-class art and superb cuisine, where you will have free time to explore.
Day 9: Pisa, Florence, Tuscany - B
Today we’ll explore the undoubted highlights of Tuscany; Pisa and Florence. Now over 800 years old, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is a classic sight in Italy and well worth a visit to get a few shots of one of Italy's most famous icons. On arrival in Florence, we’ll take a guided walking tour of the city accompanied by an expert local guide, who will introduce you to all the sights, including Ponte Vecchio, Florence Cathedral and the Basilica of Santa Croce. You’ll then have some free time to explore - why not see Michelangelo’s David in the Galleria dell' Accademia? This evening we’ll return to your accommodation in Tuscany.
Day 10: Rome - B
There is more of Italy to see - we’re off to the capital, Rome. This European metropolis buzzes with activity, tradition, passion, and an energy of its own. Your local Roman tour guide will introduce you to the city and its many historic sites, including the Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Roman Forum and the Colosseum. This afternoon you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Vatican City - the smallest country in the world. You’ll jump the queues and be taken around by an expert guide, and once inside the walls you can explore St Peter’s Basilica and see Michelangelo’s artwork in the Sistine Chapel.
Day 11: Rome - B
Rome boasts ancient ruins, historical landmarks, religious buildings and a buzz like no other, and you’ve got a full free day to explore. The Colosseum and Roman Forum is a popular choice. Those wishing to enter will not only be rewarded with fabulous views of the city, but also an unbelievable feeling of drifting backwards in time, to when gladiators, chariots and lions dominated the arena. Another feature of Rome is the constant aroma of Italian food and coffee spilling out from the cafés. One of the best areas for sampling authentic Roman food is in Trastevere where restaurants, favoured by the locals, serve original and classic dishes you may not find elsewhere.
Day 12: Venice - B
Leaving the churches and basilicas behind, today we head to the canals of Venice. On arrival, we’ll take an orientation walking tour with your tour leader, who will show you the sights including the Rialto Bridge and St Mark’s Square. You’ll also have the option to explore Venice the traditional way - from the canals on a gondola ride, which gives you a completely different perspective and appreciation for the amazing structure of this unique destination.
Day 13: Ljubljana, Zagreb - B, D
Your first destination of the day is a short stop in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana - a hidden gem of Europe, its castles, stunning architecture and natural beauty mean it packs a punch more powerful than its small size would suggest. We then drive on to Zagreb - Croatia’s capital. It offers an interesting mix of Hapsburg and Communist architecture. We'll check into the hotel and have some time to freshen up before the included dinner this evening.
Day 14: Zagreb, Budapest - B
Today we’ll cross into Hungary and head for the capital, Budapest. Cited as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, it straddles the historic Danube River and boasts numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites - its natural geo-thermal springs are a highlight. Enjoy a driving tour of the city, and then use your free time this evening to explore, or join your optional excursion to the Széchenyi Medicinal Bath, one of the most famous icons of the city and Europe’s largest medicinal bath.
Day 15: Bratislava, Vienna - B,D
Moving on to the Slovakian capital, Bratislava. Located in a country dominated by mountains, vineyards, ski runs and wilderness, Bratislava is a charming city. Here you’ll find medieval castles overlooking the old town, along with more recent Socialist-era architecture. Early afternoon we’ll make your way to Vienna, where a local guide will take us on a walking and driving tour of the Austrian capital. As a centre for art and culture in Europe for centuries, Vienna was host to some of the world’s leading musical minds at one time or another – including luminaries like Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. But along with its classical heritage, magnificent concert halls, palaces and museums, Vienna is also a modern city, with a vibrant café, restaurant and nightlife culture.
Day 16: Vienna - B
Enjoy a free day to explore Vienna. Awash with imperial splendour and once the centre of the powerful Habsburg monarchy, dominating central Europe from the 16th-18th centuries. History fans should check out the incredible palaces of the era - Schönbrunn Palace and the Belvedere.
Day 17: Prague - B
Today we’re off to the Czech Republic. Prague is a beautiful city, boasting elaborate baroque, gothic, art nouveau and cubist architecture, and rewarding those who explore it with quirky bars, cobbled lanes and secluded courtyards. Known for its brilliant beer and abundance of history, any exploration of Prague will be a rewarding one. On arrival, we’ll enjoy a special lunch. before a local guide takes us on a walking tour and introduces us to the must-see sights including the Old Town Square, Astronomical Clock, Wenceslas Square, St. Vitus Cathedral and the Charles Bridge.
Day 18: Dresden, Berlin - B
Your first destination today is a lunch stop in the German city of Dresden. Virtually rebuilt from the ground up after bombing attacks in WW2 destroyed the city centre, Dresden is immaculate and stylish. Try some of the local German food - such as Bratwurst, and have a wander around the beautifully paved streets. We’ll then carry on to the capital of Germany, Berlin. A local guide will introduce you to the city on a walking tour - visiting such poignant locations as the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, the site of Hitler’s former bunker and Checkpoint Charlie.
Day 19: Berlin - B
Enjoy a free day to further explore the history of the German capital. The Berlin Wall stands as a sombre reminder of the controls imposed on Berlin during and after WW2, however the bright street art that adorns it today seems to give it a peaceful purpose. Berlin also offers numerous free museums and galleries to visit.
Day 20: Berlin, Amsterdam - B
This morning, we’ll say your goodbyes to Germany as we journey on to the Netherlands, where you will notice the landscape change to windmills and waterways, as you approach the city of Amsterdam. This evening we’ll enjoy a canal cruise, which includes dinner and is accompanied by interesting commentary about the cities development and history. After seeing the bridges and city from the waterside it’s time for your tour leader to take you on an included walking tour of the infamous Red Light District. Afterwards why not hit the cafés, bars and coffee shops.
Day 21: Amsterdam - B
There is so much to see and do in Amsterdam. The city is very picturesque but also bohemian in nature. The streets are full of museums, shopping, and unusual architecture. Take notice of the older, slender canal-side buildings which lean forward - this is so that furniture can be hoisted on a pulley up to the top window because the buildings are too narrow to carry it up the stairs. The Anne Frank Museum and original house is a favourite amongst tourists, and other recommended sights include the Oude Kerk (Old Church - located in the Red Light District) and Waterlooplein, which is a permanent market renown for unusual second hand goods, jewellery and art. Alternatively, wander the canals and enjoy the local cafes. Just watch out for the bicycles - they rule the streets.
Day 22: Bruges, London - B
After your Amsterdam adventure, you have one more stop before you set off for the UK. The Belgian city of Bruges is small but picturesque, with breath-taking architecture and a wonderful atmosphere. Described as the ‘Venice of the North’, take some time to stretch your legs and indulge in a spot of sightseeing. After your visit, you cross the English Channel on your way back to London.
- London: Ibis Greenwich or similar
- Paris: Ibis la Defense, B&B Porte Des Lilas, B&B Paris Malakoff, Ibis Paris La Villette Cité des Sciences, B&B Paris Italie Porte de Choisy, B&B Hôtel Orly Chevilly or similar
- Heidelberg: B&B Hotel Heidelberg or similar
- Lucerne: Hotel Stanserhof or similar
- Innsbruck: Ramada Innsbruck Tivoli or similar
- Tuscany: Hotel President, Hotel Ambasciatori or similar
- Rome: Hotel American Palace, Hotel Cristoforo Colombo, Hotel Club House Roma or similar
- Venice: Hotel Residence Elite or similar
- Zagreb: Hotel Laguna or similar
- Budapest: Ibis Budapest or similar
- Vienna: Roomz Vienna or similar
- Prague: Hotel Duo or similar
- Berlin: Ibis Ostbahnhof or similar
- Amsterdam: Hampton by Hilton Amsterdam Schipol Airport or similar