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Length:  11 days from London to London

2018 Season Departs From:  London


Overview

If you want to see Western Europe’s main highlights but don’t have a lot of time, this European tour is the vacation for you! Visit England, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, and France with overnights in London, Brussels, the Frankfurt area, the Innsbruck area, the Venice area, the Lucerne area, Dijon, and Paris.

One of the tour highlights is a drive along Germany’s Romantic Road, a trade route during the Middle Ages and now known for its charming villages, cobblestone streets, walled cities, half-timbered houses, and scenic countryside, with astop in Rothenburg, a walled town that has retained its medieval character. Enjoy an included scenic cruise along the Rhine River, famous for its castle-crested hills, terraced vineyards, and pretty wine towns. Take a boat ride in Venice along the Giudecca Canal to St. Mark’s Square, allowing you to admire the palazzos and maze of streets. While in Venice, enjoy watching glassblowers create their works as they have done for centuries.

Another highlight of this Europe tour is your stay in the Lucerne area, one of Switzerland’s finest cities, situated on the shores of breathtaking Lake Lucerne and nestled within the snowcapped Swiss Alps. Here, visit the Old Town, with its famous Chapel Bridge. Stop in romantic Verona, the Italian city made famous by Romeo and Juliet; enjoy an orientation drive in Brussels; and see the most famous sights in Paris—including the Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower— on the guided sightseeing tour.

In a short period of time, this affordable European tour offers it all—historic sights, big cities, quaint towns, and scenic beauty. It’s a marvelous vacation!

Duration:  11 Days

Schedule:   

Start Date End Date
01 September, 2018 11 September, 2018
08 September, 2018 18 September, 2018
15 September, 2018 25 September, 2018
15 September, 2018 25 September, 2018
29 September, 2018 09 October, 2018
29 September, 2018 09 October, 2018
13 October, 2018 23 October, 2018
13 October, 2018 23 October, 2018
20 October, 2018 30 October, 2018
03 November, 2018 13 November, 2018
17 November, 2018 27 November, 2018
01 December, 2018 11 December, 2018
31 December, 2018 10 January, 2019
31 December, 2018 10 January, 2019


City Highlights

Brussels orientation drive; Rhine cruise; visits to Rothenburg, Venice canal boat ride, Verona, Lucerne





Scenic Highlights

Rhineland, Romantic Road, Tyrolean Alps, Brenner Pass

Day 1   ARRIVE IN LONDON, ENGLAND. Check into your hotel. Uniformed hosts are available to help you make the most of your stay.

Day 2   LONDON. A full day to savor our rich program of optional activities: take a panoramic tour of London’s landmarks, visit the Tower of London, or choose an excursion to Windsor Castle. Tonight, how about a leisurely cruise on the Thames River? (B)

Day 3   LONDON–BRUSSELS, BELGIUM. Transfer to the railway station and board the EUROSTAR TRAIN to Brussels. Here, your Tour Director and comfortable coach wait to take you for an orientation drive. (B)

Day 4   BRUSSELS–RHINE CRUISE, GERMANY–FRANKFURT AREA. Journey into Germany to the shores of the mighty Rhine to enjoy a scenic CRUISE. Then, on to the Frankfurt area for an overnight. (B,D)

Day 5   FRANKFURT AREA–ROMANTIC ROAD–INNSBRUCK AREA, AUSTRIA. Today’s highlight is a drive along the Romantic Road, through towns and villages with medieval towered gates and battlements, squares of half-timbered houses, and richly decorated fountains. Spend some time in the center of Rothenburg before heading to the Innsbruck area for an overnight. (B,D)

Day 6   INNSBRUCK AREA–BRENNER PASS–VENICE AREA, ITALY. Take in the breathtaking scenery of the Alps while crossing the Europa Bridge and Brenner Pass. Arrive in Venice, where a BOAT RIDE along the Giudecca Canal to Piazza San Marco allows you to admire the palazzos and maze of streets. Time at leisure to soak up the magical atmosphere of this unique city. At a GLASSBLOWING WORKSHOP, experience this Venetian art. (B,D)

Day 7   VENICE AREA–VERONA–LUCERNE AREA, SWITZERLAND. Stop in fascinating Verona and see Juliet’s legendary balcony. Cross the Swiss border and enjoy the idyllic views of Canton Ticino, then descend to the breathtaking beauty of Lake Lucerne. (B)

Day 8   LUCERNE AREA–DIJON, FRANCE. Your visit this morning focuses on the Old Town in the heart of Lucerne. Also, there’s time for an optional excursion to Mount Stanserhorn. In the afternoon, journey into France for an overnight in the charming town of Dijon. (B)

Day 9   DIJON–PARIS. Leave Dijon and travel on the autoroute to Paris, where included sightseeing with a local expert shows you many of the best-known Parisian sites. (B)

Day 10   PARIS–LONDON, ENGLAND. Relax on your EUROSTAR journey back to London. (B)

Day 11   LONDON. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Meals:  Buffet breakfasts daily; 3 dinners

Hotel Information:  LONDON Novotel London West (F)
BRUSSELS Ramada La Woluwe (ST) or Ibis St. Catherine (ST)
FRANKFURT AREA Mercure (ST) at Friedrichsdorf or Qgreenhotel by Melia (F)
INNSBRUCK AREA Bon Alpina (ST) at Igls or Alpinpark (F) or Alphotel (F)
VENICE AREA Poppi (ST) at Mira or Antony Palace (F) at Marcon
LUCERNE AREA Ibis (ST) at Kriens or Drei Könige (ST)
DIJON Ibis Styles Central (ST)
PARIS Timhotel Berthier (ST) or Courtyard Arcueil (F)

Guides

Host service in London; Local Guide for city sightseeing in Paris; professional Tour Director while touring

Transportation

Private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; Eurostar London–Brussels and Paris–London; Rhine cruise; canal transfer boat in Venice





Note: Flights are NOT included with the Tour and unless otherwise stated above transfers are also NOT included.





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