Europe Highlights - XEH
Number of Days: 10
This Europe coach tour is one of contrasts and similes, covering 6 countries in 10 days the European Highlights tour is for those who are short on time and don’t want to miss anything. From the Dutch canals of Amsterdam in the north, to the canals of Venice in the south...from a deck of a riverboat in the Rhine Valley, to the peaks of the Jungfrau Region of the Swiss Alps. The romance of Paris and Tuscany. This tour really will show you the highlights of Europe
- Rhine Valley
DAY 1: Visit Paris
Welcome to the Europe Highlights tour! Leaving London, we cross the English Channel and head for the French capital, known the world over as a city of romance and style. Arriving in Paris in the afternoon, we’ll take a driving tour of the city led by your tour leader. Look out for famous sites like L’Opéra Garnier, the Tuileries Gardens, Place de la Concorde, Hotel de Ville, the River Seine, l’Ile de la Cite and the Louvre Museum. You’ll also get a glimpse of that most famous avenue, the Champs Elysees, overlooked by the famous Arc de Triomphe. Tomorrow is a free day, so take note of all the interesting places you’d like to see! After checking in to our hotel, we head out for dinner in the famously arty district of Montmartre, after which the city is yours to explore.
DAY 2: Free day in Paris
Take the day to explore Paris your own way. From the historical attractions, charming boutiques, boulevards and cafes to the world-famous museums and galleries, Paris has something for everyone. There’s the option of a cruise up the Seine River to the Eiffel Tower, and a visit to Montparnasse for an incredible view of the city. Alternatively, see world famous artworks at the Louvre, head to the extraordinary palace of Versailles, or go to Disneyland for the day. Alternatively, why not head to the boutiques of La Marais? Or visit the graves of Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison at Père Lachaise Cemetery? Those with a taste for the macabre can even descend to the infamous catacombs! Alternatively, stay above ground and explore the museums, people-watch from a roadside café, or simply stroll the city, following in the footsteps of great painters, musicians and writers.
DAY 3: Visit Switzerland
Today we have an early start as we make our way to the Swiss Alps, aiming to arrive by late afternoon. Tonight we'll be staying in a typical mountain village in the heart of the Jungfrau region. One of the most visited places in the Alps, it is also a World Heritage site. Take in the gorgeous scenery as we drive through the Swiss countryside – it’s famous for a reason!
- Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 4: Free day in the Swiss Alps
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 year-round 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!
DAY 5: Visit Pisa and Tuscany
We're off to Italy! Enjoy more breath-taking mountain views as we drive through Switzerland and on to 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, Tuscany is guaranteed to enthral.
DAY 6: Visit Florence and Venice
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 art-works per square kilometre than anywhere else on earth! 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.
DAY 7: Visit Munich
We continue on to Munich, the Bavarian capital, arriving in the late afternoon for an orientation tour of the city. A city that exhibits both prosperity and a certain amount of comfort and cosiness, Munich’s apparent contradictions will delight the avid explorer. Along with modern high-powered industry, designer shopping districts and sleek BMWs, you’ll find a wealth of cultural hot-spots in Munich. Even with all its smart sophistication, Munich has a certain charm that visitors find irresistible. This evening, enjoy a beer in one of Munich’s traditional beer halls before dinner – a great way to round off the day. Prost!
- Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 8: Visit the Rhine Valley
Leaving our hotel, we will soon be in the Rhine Valley, where we board a Rhine Valley river boat and enjoy a refreshing beverage on our complimentary cruise. Sail down the Rhine River to your hotel from St Goar to Boppard, enjoying the view as you go. This historic area boasts numerous castles, cliffs, vineyards and medieval German towns. Tonight, after a tasty German dinner, why not take a relaxing stroll along the river or enjoy the hospitality of the locals?
- Breakfast 7 Dinner
DAY 9: Visit Amsterdam
After breakfast our journey continues as we drive into the Netherlands, stopping off first at a windmill, after this quick photo stop 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. Here we’ll check in to our hotel before joining a complimentary Amsterdam canal dinner cruise! Watch the city drift past as you sail along, and listen out for tips and interesting insights into the city from your tour leader. Reclaimed from the sea, these canals and massive harbour offer a truly unique way to see some of the city’s highlights. Later on, why not 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.
- Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 10: Bruges - London
The last day of your European tour already! 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.
This is a Comfort Guided holiday and includes:
- 9 nights' accommodation in twin rooms.
- 9 breakfasts, 5 dinners
- 14 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)
- From $2517 per person, twin share. Single supplement +$765