London – France (including 2 days in Paris) – Switzerland (including the Swiss Alps) – Italy (including Pisa, Florence and Venice) – Germany (including the Rhine Valley) – Holland (including Amsterdam) – Belgium (including Bruges) – UK (including 2 days in London).
Alternative start point: Paris on Day 3
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<p>Welcome to one of the most exciting cities in Europe – London!</p><p>After your arrival to the airport your driver will meet you at the arrival lobby and escort you to the car for your private transfer to your hotel. You can spend the rest of your day relaxing and recovering from your jet-lag, or in case you feel energetic enough you can hop on a double-decker or do some shopping on Oxford street.</p><p>Private airport transfer. Overnight accommodation.</p>
<p>Leaving London behind us, we make our way to Paris, crossing the English Channel and arriving in the ‘City of Lights’ in the afternoon. We’ll take you on a driving tour of the French capital; get your cameras ready - you’ll be seeing some of the city’s most treasured landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and the Arc de Triomphe! After the driving tour we’ll enjoy dinner at a restaurant in the Latin Quarter, an eclectic, bohemian and historic neighbourhood. We’ll then travel back to the hotel on Paris’ world famous metro system, ready to explore the city further on our free day tomorrow!.</p><p>Breakfast, dinner. Overnight accommodation.</p>
<p>The wonderful thing about Paris is that it there is so much to experience, regardless of the time of day, or season. The Seine River is the backbone of the capital, and flows through the heart of the city. The banks are peppered with book sellers and market stalls if you wish to walk. But, why not choose a cruise, and sail your way past the grandeur of the gothic Notre Dame cathedral, to the epic Eiffel Tower? The commentary from the river boats will give you invaluable knowledge and information of the city. Famous architecture is scattered through the city, and ‘strolling’ is the best mode of transport for taking in every ounce of history. 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. Lastly, don’t miss the opportunity to sample such French delicacies as frogs legs and snails!</p><p>Breakfast. Overnight accommodation</p>
<p>Au revoir Paris! Today we sample a taste of small town France with a lunch stop in Burgundy. In the town of Beaune you can visit the beautiful Hospices de Beaune, or try the famous wine. After lunch we take a long scenic drive across the border into Switzerland and head towards the Swiss Alps for our stay in a typical mountain village in the heart of the Jungfrau region. This is one of the most-visited regions of the Alps and also a World Heritage site, containing Europe’s largest glacier. Welcome to the Swiss Alps, your home for the next two days!</p><p>Breakfast, dinner. Overnight accommodation.</p>
<p>The day is yours to enjoy the majesty of the Swiss Alps. Be sure to book a spot on the optional excursion to Jungfraujoch, the highest train station in Europe, where you’ll also find a visitor’s centre, lookout point and weather station. The views are simply breath-taking all the way up – don’t be surprised to find yourself pressed up against the train window! Once you’re at the top, take a look at the utterly enormous glacier and enjoy the yearround snowy conditions. This is one trip that you won’t forget anytime soon; guaranteed to put your head in the clouds in every way possible!</p><p>Breakfast. Overnight accommodation.</p>
<p>We’re off to Italy! Enjoy more breath-taking mountain views as we drive through Switzerland and on to see the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa! After some free time here (be sure to get the perfect photo!) we travel on to our accommodation in Tuscany, arriving in the late afternoon. Famous for its stunning countryside, fine food and wine, Italy’s most beautiful region is guaranteed to delight you.</p><p>Breakfast. Overnight accommodation.</p>
<p>This morning we leave our accommodation in Tuscany and make for the famous city of Florence for a guided walking tour. Learn about the legacy of the Medicis and see the Duomo and Piazza della Signoria, featuring Michelangelo’s ‘David’. This is the cradle of Renaissance culture – soak it all in while you can! Then it’s ‘Buon giorno Venice!’ Venice is known as one of the world’s most romantic cities. Spread across 118 islands, you’ll spend the afternoon discovering why this is such a ‘must-see’ destination, with more artworks per square kilometre than anywhere else on earth!</p><p>See the famous Rialto Bridge, St Mark’s Square, the Bridge of Sighs and the Doge’s Palace. Afterwards, sip an espresso, enjoy a cruise along the canals on a gondola or relax and watch the world go by in one of the many piazzas.</p><p>Breakfast. Overnight accommodation</p>
<p>We’re off to Italy! Enjoy more breath-taking mountain views as we drive through Switzerland and on to see the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa! After some free time here (be sure to get the perfect photo!) we travel on to our accommodation in Tuscany, arriving in the late afternoon. Famous for its stunning countryside, fine food and wine, Italy’s most beautiful region is guaranteed to delight you.Breakfast.</p><p>Overnight accommodation.</p>
<p>This morning we board the coach once more as we make for Germany’s famous Rhine Valley! Relax on board a Rhine riverboat as we head to our hotel in the heart of the Rhine Valley. This is the most concentrated stretch of castles in all of Europe, and it also features vineyards, charming medieval towns and lofty cliffs. Learn the story of the castles, many of which are now in ruins since the river barons left long ago. Once the cruise is over we’ll visit a local wine merchants for an included wine tasting - if the harvest has been good, you may even get to try eiswein (ice wine), a very sweet dessert wine that is produced in very small quantities as it can only be harvested when the temperature drops below freezing.</p><p>Breakfast, dinner. Overnight hotel.</p>
<p>The Netherlands is our next stop, and we arrive first at the windmill. Following that enjoy a traditional cheese-making demonstration, and learn about how that most quirky and quaint of footwear choices – the clog – is made, before travelling onward to Amsterdam. We’ll check in to our hotel before joining a Amsterdam canal dinner cruise! Get on board and get those cameras ready; this is the best way to experience the city of Amsterdam, with its 17th century architecture, fascinating museums and cafes. Watch the city drift past as you sail by, and listen out for tips and interesting insights into the city from your tour leader. Later on, you have the option to join your tour leader for a walking tour of the infamous Red Light District! The evening is yours – explore the canals and Dam Square, and enjoy your time in this fascinating city.</p><p>Breakfast, dinner. Overnight accommodation</p>
<p>After breakfast, we bid farewell to Amsterdam and make our way back to London via the Belgian city of Bruges. Famous for its beer, waffles, chocolate and moules et frites, this is definitely a good place to be if you’ve brought your appetite. An extremely popular medieval city with no shortage of cobblestone streets, historic old churches and lofty towers, this is a great city to explore and a good spot to pick up any last-minute souvenirs. Once you’ve had a look around, it’s back to the coach for the final leg of our journey back to London.</p><p>Breakfast. Overnight accommodation</p>
<p>Today is all yours. You can visit museum or galleries, spend your day shopping or exploring the most famous sights in London. You can also take one of our optional escorted or private tours and visit sights in or around London.</p><p>Breakfast. Overnight accommodation.</p>
<p>After breakfast get ready for your private transfer which will take you to the airport. In case your flight is leaving later in the afternoon or in the evening you could take in more of London’s sights, do some last minute shopping or even join one of our half day optional tours.</p><p>Breakfast. Private airport transfer.</p>
- 12 Nights accommodation in twin rooms. Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room.
- 12 Breakfasts, 5 dinners
- 15 Experiences (including guided walking tours, orientation walks, driving tours plus other exciting experiences).
- Modern air conditioned coach with reclining seats, TV for showing DVDs, and toilet.
- Return private airport transfer on the first and the last day.
- Free Wi-Fi in hotels
- Services of your tour leader from day 2 till day 11, who will be on hand with advice and tips and ensure that you get the most from your trip.
- All taxes and fees
- Any public transport used as part of the tour (excludes free days)
- A complimentary memorable gift of your once in a lifetime trip.