Day 1: Amsterdam
Welcome to the first day of your tour. Upon arrival at the hotel, meet your fellow travellers and your tour leader. This evening, we travel into Amsterdam centre for a canal cruise of Amsterdam. Complete with pizza and ice cream, explore the city from a unique perspective and gain an alternative perspective of this eclectic and bohemian city, while drifting past famous landmarks and learning about Amsterdam’s interesting history.
Day 2: Amsterdam - Brussels - Paris
On our journey to Paris, we take a comfort stop at the capital of Belgium, Brussels, where you will see famous landmarks such as the Mannekin Pis statue and the Atomium. In the afternoon we travel on to Paris, 'The City of Lights and Love'. Enjoy a driving tour of the French capital; get your cameras ready and see some of the city’s most treasured landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and the Arc de Triomphe. After the driving tour, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant in the Latin Quarter, an eclectic, bohemian and historic neighbourhood. Travel via Paris' world-famous metro system back to the hotel for your overnight stay.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3: Paris (Free day)
The wonderful thing about Paris is that there is so much to experience, regardless of the time of day, or season. You can explore on your own and soak up the city or join a full day of exploration in Paris! The Paris+ excursion will take you to all the iconic sights including the Tuileries Gardens, the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral and much more! You can also cruise down the River Seine with an included lunch and get a bird’s eye view from the Montparnasse Observation Deck. In the evening, you have the option to watch a cabaret show or join an evening tour of the fabulous Montmartre area.
Day 4: Burgundy - Swiss Alps
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 alpine resort town. Welcome to the Swiss Alps, your home for the next two days!
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: Swiss Alps (Free day)
It’s a guaranteed snow day! For 365 days of the year, the summit of Mount Titlis is covered in snow, and your tour leader can arrange a full day excursion to the top of this mountain in the heart of the Swiss Alps! The journey up the mountain is a highlight in itself, providing panoramic views of mountains, lakes and glaciers. Alternatively, for those who wish to spend their free day exploring the local sights, you can explore Engelberg, feast on Swiss chocolate fondue, take in a spot of sightseeing and souvenir shopping or just wander through the town, breathing in that crisp, fresh, Alpine air!
Day 6: Pisa - Tuscany
It’s time to swap snow for gelato as you continue your European tour from your mountain adventure towards stunning Italian vistas. Capture your iconic shots at the Leaning Tower of Pisa! A World Heritage UNESCO Site, The Leaning Tower is visited by tourists from every corner of the globe and is one of the most popular cultural European landmarks. Onwards to the exquisite Tuscan region, famous for wine, food, art and architecture. Settle in Montecatini Terme, a spa town Northwest of Florence. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 7: Florence - Rome
Today, continue through the Tuscan region to the city of Florence, then on to the capital, Rome! Once in Florence, enjoy an orientation tour of this Renaissance city. The city is home to Michelangelo’s ‘David’. The architecture lining the streets is astounding and so well preserved, you wouldn’t imagine these buildings are centuries old. Then, continue on to the capital, Rome! This afternoon is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of an optional excursion to visit the Vatican City, the smallest country in the world! Inside the walls, you can visit the Sistine Chapel and see for yourself the famous ceiling painted by Michelangelo, as well as numerous other famous art pieces dotted around the buildings.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8: Rome (Free day)
Today is a free day for you to experience Rome's ancient history, exquisite culture and delicious food at your own pace. The Colosseum is spectacular, offering an unbelievable feeling of drifting backwards in time, to when gladiators, chariots and lions dominated the arena. Your tour leader can arrange for a combined tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum with an expert local guide. You also have the option of joining our 'Conquer the Capital' excursion and see sites including the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and Pantheon and enjoying a delicious lunch and gelato tasting.
Day 9: Rome - Venice
Take note of the scenery as we make our way to Venice as the diversity of the Italian landscapes will continue to impress. Venice is a unique city, perched across 118 islands and known for its canals, gondolas, Venetian masks, piazzas, art, traditional glass and lace making. Your tour leader will introduce you to the city with an orientation walk. See the world-famous St Marks Square, Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge. The evening is yours to wine and dine. Then, explore Venice the traditional way, from the canals. Your tour leader can arrange for gondola and water taxi rides that give you a completely different perspective and appreciation for the amazing structure of this unique destination.
Day 10: Venice - Munich - Bavaria
Today, we leave Italy for Munich, the capital of the Bavarian region of Germany. With much of the city having to be restored after WW2, the modern and ancient history of Munich is fascinating and the appreciation of the effort to rebuild the city is gilded with respect. Your tour leader will take you on an orientation tour of the city, showing you some highlights, including Karlsplatz and Marienplatz and explaining more of its history. This evening, enjoy dinner in a traditional German beer hall. After dinner hop on the coach to your accommodation in Bavaria.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11: Bavaria - Nuremberg - Berlin
Leaving Bavaria behind, we stop off in picture perfect Nuremberg. Having served as a residence for German Kings over many centuries, Nuremberg was an architectural marvel. Then, head to Berlin, Germany's capital. On arrival, take a driving tour through the city and see some of the city's most famous landmarks. Having prospered until the outbreak of the Second World War, it then endured division during the Cold War, symbolized in the infamous Berlin Wall. This is a fascinating city with a firm understanding of what it takes to rebuild and regenerate over and over again; the very essence of creativity. Reminders of the past are everywhere, but Berlin has a vibrant culture to enjoy, too.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12: Berlin (Free day)
Today is a free day in Berlin, so take time to investigate some of the sites you would have seen yesterday on the driving tour or strike out on your own to discover more of the city for yourself, the choice is yours! For an incredible bird's eye view of the city, head up the Berlin TV tower, located close to Alexanderplatz, it has become an icon of the capital. Fancy some museum action? Then head over to the museum island, a collection of five world-famous museums on an island in the heart of Berlin’s city centre. After a day of exploring you may wish to relax or party; Berlin has you covered, with an incredibly vibrant nightlife offering plenty of bars, clubs and shows, from theatre to cabaret.
Day 13: Berlin - Amsterdam
This morning, say farewell to Germany and set off on the final leg of the tour and return to the Netherlands. En route, indulge in three of the most iconic Dutch products, cheese, clogs and windmills! Enjoy a very entertaining cheese and clog making display, both made the traditional way before enjoying a photo stop at a windmill in the Dutch countryside. Check into your hotel and freshen up, before making the most of your last evening of the tour. Why not wander around the city centre, cafés, restaurants and bars will be buzzing with activity and atmosphere. Enjoy an optional farewell dinner at a local Dutch restaurant. This is your last night on tour, so squeeze every last drop out of it!
Day 14: Amsterdam - End of the tour
After 14 days of exploring the highlights of Europe, this bucket-list tour comes to an end. This morning the tour concludes in Amsterdam, the Netherland’s bustling capital city. Share memories with your newly-made travel friends over the last breakfast.
Escorted Tour Package Includes:
- 13 nights' accommodation in twin rooms with private en-suite facilities
- 13 Breakfasts (Vegetarian options available for all meals on request)
- 6 Dinners (Vegetarian options available for all meals on request)
- Transportation by air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and toilet onboard
- Any public transport used as part of the tour (except on free days)
- Tour leader, who will be on hand with advice and tips to ensure that you get the most from your trip
- All taxes and fees
- Free tour souvenir
- International flights
- Travel insurance
- Tips and extras in general
- Arrival and departure transfers
- Everything which is not clearly specified under "package includes"
Hotels (or similar):
- Amsterdam: Best Western Plus Plaza Almere
- Paris: Hotel Ibis Paris La Défense Centre / B&B Hôtel Paris Porte des Lilas / B&B Hôtel Paris Italie Porte de Choisy / Hôtel Kyriad Paris Nord Porte de Saint Ouen
- Swiss Alps: Hotel Hoheneck
- Tuscany: Hotel Belvedere / Hotel Piccadilly / Hotel Nuovo Savi / Hotel Manzoni / Parma & Oriente / Hotel Montebello
- Rome: BV Oly Hotel / Hotel Ergife Palace / Hotel Marc'Aurelio
- Venice: Hotel Ambasciatori & Delfino / Hotel Venezia / Russot Hotel
- Bavaria Region: Ibis Nürnberg City am Plärrer / Vienna House Easy Amberg
- Berlin: AMBER ECONTEL Berlin Charlottenburg / Hotel Ibis Berlin Ostbahnhof / Good Morning + City East
Tour Prices are per person twin share in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply and group tours are subject to change and availability. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations. (ex)