Europe Journey Tour - XEJ
The Europe Journey is a two week Europe coach tour designed to give clients a Western and Eastern Europe experience. Paris, Amsterdam, Venice and the Rhine Valley in the West plus the chance to explore Prague, Bratislava, Budapest, Vienna, Graz and Ljubljana – the top sights of Eastern Europe. 10 countries in 14 days makes for a Europe holiday tour which is a priceless experience is yours for the taking.Tour Highlights:
- Rhine Valley
- Florence & Tuscany
DAY 1: London and Amsterdam
Leaving London behind us we make our way to Amsterdam, crossing the channel and then driving through rural France and Belgium into The Netherlands. We arrive in Amsterdam late this afternoon and check-in to our hotel then enjoy a Amsterdam canal cruise to get the real feel of this city of canals and beautiful 17th Century architecture - the best way to be introduced to Amsterdam is from the water. We cruise Amsterdam's stunning canals at twilight and enjoy a delicious pizza as we cruise. 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 has a charm all its own so keep an eye out for places to revisit later on during free time and tips and interesting insights into the city. On our Amsterdam orientation walking tour our 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, then the rest of the evening is free for you to explore or head to Dam Square the centre of the city. D
DAY 2: Rhine Valley
This morning take a look at a traditional craft demonstrations - see cheese made the old fashioned way and learn about the Dutch wooden clog footwear. We have a photo stop the Riekermolen windmill and then depart The Netherlands for the Rhine Valley where we board a river boat to sail from St Goar through to Boppard passing medieval gothic castles including Sterrenberg, Liebestein, Katz and Fortess Rheinfels, vineyards, rugged cliff faces and quaint German towns. Learn about sweet Ice dessert wine (eiswein) made from the juice of naturally-frozen grapes (frozen on the vine). There’s also the opportunity to visit a cuckoo clock and beer stein-making shop. We enjoy a traditional German meal this evening. B,D
DAY 3: Nuremburg and Prague.
Today we go to Prague stopping enroute in the Bavarian city of Nuremburg for a comfort stop. Once a residence for German kings over many centuries Nuremburg was an architectural marvel famous for its artists, but heavily bombed during WW2 and rebuilt. It has now returned to its former glory. See the medieval castle and get a chance to explore the old town.
Prague is often regarded as Europes most beautiful city, with elaborate baroque, gothic and art nouveau architecture. Explore the cobbled lanes, plazas, courtyards and quirky bars, as well as its brilliant beer and art, then experience authentic Czech cuisine at our local restaurant for dinner on your first night in Prague. B,D
DAY 4: Prague
Free time today to explore beautiful Prague, described by some as the Jewel in the Crown of Eastern Europe. See the Old Town Square & Astronomical Clock, Wenceslas Square, St. Vitus Cathedral, Petrin Tower (Mini Eiffel Tower), Church of Our Lady before Týn, and a view of Prague Castle.Don’t forget the famous Charles Bridge, which joins the old and the new town, and marvel at how Prague’s dramatic history is reflected in the beauty of its churches – visit St Vilnius plus opera houses, concert halls and Prague castle, plus the famous main square and the Astronomical Clock. B
DAY 5: Bratislava and Budapest.
Next it’s the Slovakian capital of Bratislava. The country is famous for it’s mountains, vineyards, ski runs and wilderness and Bratislava is a charming city. Check out the medieval castles overlooking the old town, along with more recent architecture. See the Old Town, Primatial Palace, Michael’s Gate, the Main Square, Old Town Hall, Slovak National Theatre and Reduta. We then continue to beautiful Budapest where we have a driving tour to get acquainted with the city. With it’s variety of architectural styles Budapest has untold treasures, thermal and mineral springs and quaint streets. Our local guide points out places of interest, imparting local knowledge and history enroute. You will experience amazing views from Gellert Hill and the Citadel, drive through the city to include a stop at Heroes Square, see Budapest Parliament, St Stephen Basilica, the State opera, Castle District and then drive along Andrassy Avenue crossing the river to stop at Matthias Church and Fisherman's Bastion area. B
DAY 6: Vienna, Austria
On the drive to Vienna today you will see the Schonbrunn Palace before reaching the Inner City and one of the best vistas from Belvedere Hill. We lunch at a traditional beer hall before doing a walking tour with our local guide that includes the Golden Mile on the Ring Strasse, Parliament, City Hall, Burgtheater, the courtyards and passages around the Hofburg Imperial Castle and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Vienna has been a centre for art and culture in Europe for centuries and the home of some of the world’s leading musicians including Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. Despite its classical heritage, magnificent concert halls, palaces and museums, Vienna is also a modern city, with a vibrant café, restaurant and nightclub culture. B,L
DAY 7: Graz and Ljubljana
Leaving Vienna we head to Graz famous for its parkland, Renaissance architecture and the small, fast-flowing river which runs through its centre. You have a chance to visit the old town and see the Rathaus (town hall) and Schloßberg, a hill dominating the old town with amazing views of the city.
We then continue on to the Slovenian city of Ljubljana with its castles, stunning architecture and natural beauty, museums, galleries and nightlife. Our local guide will show you the medieval old town, Preseren Square, City Centre, the Riverfront, Dragon Bridge and Cobblers Bridge. In your free time you may wish to see St. Nicholas Church built in the 13th century to honour St. Nicholas, patron of fishermen and boatmen and the present structure dates from 1701 and is a fine example of Baroque architecture. After the walking tour of the city it’s time for dinner. B,D
DAY 8: Venice
Today we go to the city of water – Venice. Even more beautiful and magic than you would imagine and with more artistic masterpieces per square kilometre than anywhere else on earth. It will capture your heart and imagination and there’s no shortage of incredible food and culture. We start with an orientation tour then visit a Murano glass-blowing workshop to see a live demonstration of this traditional art-form. Free time this afternoon to explore at leisure. Check out 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.B
DAY 9: Florence and Tuscany
Sadly we leave Venice today but there are more treasures ahead as we head into the hills of Tuscany on our way to Florence. We get a fabulous panoramic view of the famous Renaissance city from Piazzale Michelangelo, then enjoy a walking tour of the city with our local guide. Learn about the history of the city and see historical landmarks dating from Roman times to the glory days of the Renaissance including the Duomo, the Baptistry “Gates of Paradise” Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio,and the Ponte Vecchio, Then in your own time check out Galleria degli Uffizi, Galleria dell' Academia, Santa Croce, Piazza della Republica and the leather market. After exploring, we make our way into the Tuscan countryside and our overnight accommodation. B
DAY 10: Pisa and Switzerland
Its farewell to Tuscany as we make for one of the world’s most famous small towns and buildings at Pisa. Learn about the leaning tower and the “Field of Miracles”. We continue on into the Alps to our accommodation in a typical Swiss mountain village in the Jungfrau region and an introduction to the magic of the mountains. B,D
DAY 11: Swiss Alps
Enjoy the splendour of the Alps or join our optional excursion up to Jungfraujoch, known as the top of Europe. The trip to Europe’s highest train station is a highlight as are the quaint villages nestled in the valleys beneath snow-capped peaks and tumbling mountain waterfalls. At the top there’s year-round snow and breath-taking views of the surrounding glaciers and mountaintops before we head back down for the rest of the afternoon.
Interlaken – situated between two lakes is in the heart of the Jungfrau mountain region. Amazing views and a great place to enjoy an optional 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 famous Swiss chocolate, the choice of flavours and combinations is astounding. B
Day 12: Paris
This morning we leave Switzerland for Paris. We arrive in the city of lights and love late this afternoon and we have an orientation driving tour of this famous city to get our bearings and see some of the city’s most treasured landmarks. After checking-in to our hotel, we go to Montmartre (Mount of Martyrs) for dinner and to explore this refuge for artists and bohemians in days gone by and now an area of cobble-stone streets, restaurants and cafes. Check out where many famous artists lived and relaxed and enjoy views over the city from the white stone steps of the Sacre Coeur Basilica. There’s a chance this evening to explore the nightlife on the nearby Boulevard de Clichy, home to the famous Moulin Rouge. B,D
DAY 13: Paris
A free day to explore at your own pace. Options include: a cruise on the River Seine, head up the tower of Montparnasse for exquisite city views, visit L’Opéra Garnier, the Tuileries Gardens and Orangerie, Place de la Concorde, Hotel de Ville, the River Seine, l’Ile de la Cite or the Louvre Museum (closed Tuesdays), the Champs Elysees, the Arc de Triomphe or the boutiques of La Marais with its quaint cobbled streets and cafes. Or even visit the graves of Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison at Père Lachaise Cemetery and check out the infamous catacombs. There’s so much to do in vibrant Paris but take time to people-watch from a roadside café, or simply stroll the city taking in the atmosphere. B
DAY 14: London
Today we leave France and cross the Channel and back to London. B
- 13 nights' accommodation in twin rooms with private en-suite facilities. Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room.
- Services of your tour leader, who will be on hand with advice and tips to ensure that you get the most from your trip.
- 13 breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 5 dinners
- All taxes and fees
- Any public transport used as part of the tour (excludes free days)
- Modern air conditioned coach with reclining seats, TV for showing DVDs, and toilet.
- 17 Experiences (including guided walking tours, orientation walks, driving tours of cities plus other exciting experiences)
Optional activities, gratuities, spending money and other items not specifically shown as included in the final itinerary.
- From $3,450. Single supplement +$981