Europe Escape 12-Day - XEE

Number of Days: 12
Destination: Europe

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    The Europe Escape is our most popular tour, covering 8 countries in 12 days! Is it because of the city of romance Paris? Is it Rome, Venice, Tuscany, Florence, the Vatican City and posing with the Leaning Tower of Pisa? Maybe the highlight is the Swiss Alps - a chance to have a snowball fight on the ‘Top of Europe’. Surely, time spent in Amsterdam and Germany is a favourite, topped off with a leisurely cruise through the Rhine Valley. The Europe Escape seems to be the ‘Goldilocks’ of tours - not too long - not too short...just right, with the balance of duration and free time to explore.

    The Europe escape tour is 12 days in Europe that starts and ends in London. This exciting and well planned holiday excursion is suitable for anybody aged 10 years old and above! The tour has been planned by experts and leaves the holidaymaker free to relax and just enjoy the ride. And what a ride it is. This 12 day Europe trip by coach will take you to 12 destinations in seven countries.

     

    Tour Highlights: 

    • Paris
    • Rome
    • Venice
    • Tuscany
    • Florence
    • Vatican City
    • Leaning tower of Pisa
    • Swiss Alps
    • Amsterdam
    • Rhine Valley
  • DAY 1: Paris

    Welcome to your 12 day Europe tour! 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!

     

    • Dinner

    DAY 2: Free day in Paris

    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 cruise 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. Don’t forget to find out where you can sample such French delicacies as frogs legs and snails - not your typical garden variety...

     

    • Breakfast

    DAY 3: 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 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!

     

    • Breakfast & Dinner

    DAY 4: Free day in the Swiss Alps.

    Are you excited!! It’s a guaranteed snow day!! For 365 days of the year, Jungfraujoch is blessed with snow, and today you have the option to explore the ‘Top of Europe’ on one of our most popular excursions! The journey up the mountain is a highlight in itself, and you shall be shuttled to the highest railway station in the whole of Europe, and rewarded with the most inspirational views imaginable.. This 4000m glacier has a beauty all of its own, and the combination of ice, snow, rock and epic views will stay with you for life. Once at the top, frolic as you will. Alternatively, for those who wishing to spend their free day exploring the local sights, you can head to Interlaken, feasting on Swiss chocolate fondue, do a spot of sightseeing and souvenir shopping, or just wander the village, breathing in that crisp, fresh, Alpine air!

    • Breakfast

    DAY 5: Swiss Alps - Florence - Tuscany

     

    It's time to swap snow for gelato, as you continue your European tour through northern Italy to Florence. Once we arrive, a local guide can’t wait to show you around on a walking tour of the city. History oozes out of every pore of this artistic and cultural centre - the city is home to Michaelangelo’s ‘David’. After some free time to further explore Florence we head to our accommodation for the evening, either in Florence or the spa town of Montecatini Terme.

     

    • Breakfast

    DAY 6: Tuscany- Pisa- Rome 

    Today, your Italian adventure continues! Make sure you prepare your camera for a photo opportunity of a lifetime..when we stop at the Leaning Tower of Pisa! This world famous Bell tower is immaculately presented. 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. We then continue on to Rome, where your tour leader will introduce you to the Italian capital from the comfort of your coach. This afternoon is a 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. On the way to your accommodation for the evening, you can start to plan what to do with your free day tomorrow.

     

    • Breakfast & Dinner

    DAY 7: Rome- free day 

    Rome wasn’t built in a day, but luckily you have a free one, in which to explore the city to your hearts content. The city centre boasts ancient ruins, historical landmarks, religious buildings and a buzzing atmosphere like no other. The Colosseum is spectacular, offering fabulous views of the city, and an unbelievable feeling of drifting backwards in time, to when gladiators, chariots and lions dominated the arena. For those who wish to enter, your tour leader can organise a tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum with a local guide. Later, you will also have the option of joining our 'Conquer the Capital' excursion, a fun-filled day of exploring Rome, seeing sights including the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and Pantheon, and enjoying a delicious 3-course lunch and gelato tasting.

     

    • Breakfast

    DAY 8: Visit Venice

    After roaming Rome, you shall now visit Venice on the next leg of your 12 day Europe Tour! Take note of the scenery on the way - vineyards and orchards flash in front of a majestic mountain backdrop. The diversity of the Italian landscapes will continue to impress. And then...Venice. 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 so you can use your free time in the early evening to explore. See the world famous St Marks Square, Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge. The evening is yours to enjoy authentic Italian delights, with hundreds of fantastic local restaurants and bars to choose from. After an espresso, explore Venice the traditional way - from the canals. Take a gondola ride which gives you a completely different perspective and appreciation for the amazing structure of this supremely unique location.

    • Breakfast

    DAY 9: Visit Munich

    Arrivederci, Italy...until we see each other again. Heading north toward Germany, you will encounter some of the most beautiful countryside in central Europe. The famous Brenner Pass will appear before you, and simply take your breath away. Arriving in Munich in the afternoon, there is plenty of time for an escorted walking tour of the city centre. 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 German capital is gilded with respect. Munich plays host to one of the most famous beer festivals in the world - Oktoberfest! To give you a taste, this evening you will dine in a traditional beer hall, and enjoy a local stein on us! Prost!

    • Breakfast & Dinner

    DAY 10: Explore Bavaria and cruise the Rhine Valley.

    Your German adventure continues, with you heading to one of the most picturesque sections of the famous Rhine River. The Rhine Valley is nestled to the north of Munich and boasts the highest concentration of castles and vineyards in Europe. Just for you, we have organised a Rhine Valley river cruise experience, so that you can relax, take in the scenery and medieval townships, whilst filling your lungs with crisp, fresh country air. As you dock at a quaint gothic German village on the banks of the Rhine, you will be checked into your hotel, and enjoy a lovely German dinner. Afterwards, why not take an evening stroll along the banks of the river, or explore the village? There is a world famous Cuckoo Clock waiting to be discovered, and a shop bearing the world’s largest beer stein!

    • Breakfast & Dinner

    DAY 11: Visit Amsterdam

    This morning you will say your goodbye’s to Germany, and continue your Europe tour into the Netherlands. With your tour leader giving you a run down on local traditions and culture, you will be given an opportunity to indulge three of the most iconic Dutch products - cheese, clogs and windmills! A very entertaining cheese and clog making display, will have you fascinated and wanting to taste and ‘klomp’ (klompen is the Dutch word for ‘clogs’. Checking into your hotel you have a chance to freshen up, and then whisked to the centre of Amsterdam for a twilight canal cruise. Complete with pizza and ice cream, you will explore the city from below sea level, and gain an alternative perspective of this eclectic and bohemian city, whilst drifting past famous landmarks, and learning about Amsterdam’s interesting development. Afterwards, why not join your tour leader on a walking tour of the infamous Red Light District, and then you are free to explore the city to your heart’s content. The cafes, restaurants and bars will be buzzing with activity and atmosphere.

    • Breakfast & Dinner

    DAY 12: Visit Bruges and return to London

    After your Amsterdam adventure, you have one more stop before you set off for the UK. The Belgian city of Bruges, is a small but picturesque city, with breathtaking architecture and a wonderful personality. Described as the ‘Venice of the North’, take some time to stretch your legs and indulge in a spot of sight-seeing. Gastronomy is its forte, You will find plenty of chocolatiers ready to educate you on the quality of their produce. After your visit, you will then be on your way back to London, crossing the English Channel on the way.

    • Breakfast

    Paris - 1 Included Experience | 3 Optional Experiences

    Included: Driving Tour of Paris

    We’ll take a driving tour of this famous city when you arrive. Look out for L’Opéra Garnier, the Tuileries Gardens, Place de la Concorde, Hotel de Ville, The River Seine, l'Ile de la Cite, the Louvre Museum, Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Lovers Bridge, Sacre Coeur, Montmartre, Pigalle (the Red Light District) and the Moulin Rouge!

    Optional Excursions:

    • River Seine Cruise
    • Cabaret Show
    • Montparnasse Tower

    Other places of interest you could visit in your free time:

    • Disneyland Paris
    • Notre Dame
    • Rodin Museum
    • Louvre
    • Sainte-Chapelle
    • Catacombs
    • Pantheon
    • Jardin du Luxembourg
    • The Arab Institute
    • Orangerie Museum
    • Latin Quarter
    • Place de la Bastille
    • Arc de Triomphe
    • Eiffel tower

    Jungfrau, Switzerland - 1 Included Experience | 4 Optional Experiences

    Included: Scenic Mountain Drive

    Spectacular views as we drive through mountain passes and alongside lakes, breath-taking mountain vistas and scenic views of quaint Swiss towns.

    Optional Excursions:

    • Train to Jungfrau ‘Top of Europe’
    • White-water River Rafting
    • Sky-diving
    • Paragliding

    Other places of interest you could visit in your free time:

    Interlaken – situated between two lakes in the heart of the Jungfrau mountain region. Amazing views and a great place to enjoy a traditional Swiss fondue in one of the many restaurants. Along with the restaurants and bars you can shop for some great souvenirs – of course including the famous Swiss chocolate, the choice of flavours and combinations is truly astounding.

    Pisa - 1 Included Experience

    Included: View the Leaning Tower of Pisa

    Your chance to see the world famous Leaning Tower of Pisa, or even take some iconic pictures of you ‘holding up’ the tower.

    Florence - 1 Included Experience

    Included: Walking Tour of Florence

    The capital city of the Tuscan region of Italy and considered to be the birthplace of the Renaissance. We will take you on a walking tour with a professional local guide where you will see Florence's Baptistery, Bell Tower, Gates of Paradise, Brunelleschi's Dome, Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, Ponte Vecchio.

    Rome - 1 Included Experience | 1 Optional Experience

    Included: Walking tour

    Rome has so much to see and do we can’t list everything here but your walking tour of Rome with a professional local guide will give you a great start for further exploration in your free time. You will see the Coliseum, Roman Forum, Arch of Septimus Severus, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona (Fountain of the Quattro Fiumi) and the Spanish steps.

    Optional Excursions:

    • Vatican City - Take a guided tour around the amazing art works in the Vatican Museums and bask in the beauty of Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Tour includes queue jumping privileges for both the Vatican Museums and St Peter’s Basilica.

    Other places of interest you could visit in your free time:

    • Castel Sant'Angelo
    • Vatican Museums
    • Villa Borghese
    • Villa Borghese bike rental (in the park)
    • Catacombs
    • Saint Peter Basilica
    • Saint Peter Cupola (tower) Campidoglio / Cordonata / Palazzo Nuovo & Senatorio: Famous sights around Capitoline Hill
    • Castel St Angelo
    • Piazza del Popolo
    • Trastevere
    • Capitoline Hill
    • Campo dei Fiori
    • Piazza Venezia - Vittoriano
    • Coliseum

    Venice - 1 Included Experience

    Included: Orientation tour of Venice

    Your tour leader will take you into the heart of this unique floating city for an orientation to help you explore and see St. Mark’s Square, St. Mark’s Basilica, St. Mark’s Museum, Campanile (Elevator to the top), Doge’s Palace, Rialto Market and Scuola Grande di San Rocco.

    Other places of interest you could visit in your free time:

    • Grand Canal tour
    • Glass-Blowing / Murano Island
    • St. Mary of the Friars
    • Santi Giovanni e Paolo
    • San Giorgio Maggiore
    • Peggy Guggenheim Collection

    Munich - 3 Included Experiences

    Included: Scenic drive through the Brenner Pass, orientation tour of Munich & visit a traditional beer hall

    Cross spectacular mountain passes and experience some amazing mountain vistas.

    Your tour leader will take you on an orientation tour of Munich, the capital and largest city of the German state of Bavaria. You will see Karlsplats and Marienplatz, New Town Hall, Church of our Lady, and if you visit in the winter the traditional German Christmas markets.

    We take you to visit a traditional beer hall and sample some German food and drink, including famous German sausages (vegetarian options available) and steins of beer.

    Rhine Valley - 1 Included Experience

    Included: Cruise

    Cruise down the Rhine and see the beautiful scenery and the largest concentration of gothic castles (Sterrenberg, Liebestein, Katz and Fortess Rheinfels).

    Opportunity to visit a cuckoo clock and beer stein-making shop.

    Amsterdam - 5 Included Experiences

    Included: Visit to Riekermolen Windmill cheese and clogs demonstration, Amsterdam canal cruise * & Amsterdam walking tour

    Visit the Riekermolen Windmill

    Cheese and clogs demonstration – see how these famous shoes are traditionally made by hand and taste some fantastic cheeses. Of course the chance to shop and get those unique souvenirs.

    Amsterdam Canal Cruise* - Sail along Amsterdam's stunning canals at twilight and enjoy a delicious pizza as you cruise. A perfect introduction to Amsterdam you will cruise along Amsterdam's atmospheric canals. Choose from six types of pizza, Ben and Jerry's ice cream, and you can also upgrade to include unlimited soft drinks, beer and wine.

    Amsterdam orientation walking tour where your tour leader will show you Central Station, the infamous Red light district, Dam Square, Damrak, Royal Palace, National Monument, Old and New Church and of course the canals that weave through the city.

    Bruges - 1 Included Experience

    Included: Visit to Bruges

    A stop in this beautiful medieval town with some free time so you could try the signature national dish of frites and moules, see or even climb the Belfry Tower, have a Belgian beer or buy some amazing Belgian chocolate.

     

  • This is a Comfort Guided holiday and includes:

    • 11 nights' accommodation in twin rooms.
    • 11 breakfasts, 6 dinners
    • 18 Experiences
    • Free Wi-fi in all hotels
    • Modern air conditioned coach with reclining seats and toilet.
    • Services of your tour leader, who will be on hand with advice and tips.
    • All taxes and fees
    • Any public transport used as part of the tour (excludes free days)

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