27 Day Great European
Your Trip starts on day one in London to Paris where you will stay for two nights. The third day you travel to Chartres and stay overnight in Bordeaux then its onto Biaritz with an overnight stay in Lourdes. Next visit Madrid for a two night stay before heading to Barcelona also for two nights. The ninth day venture to Cannes for two night overstay then day eleven travel to Monaco, Pisa and stay in Florence. Twelve day takes you to Assisi where you will be overnight and day thirteen its Pompeii and stay for two nights in Sorrento. Fifteenth day takes you to Rome for two night overstay before heading to Venice also for two nights. Next you visit Vienna for two nights then to Salzberg and stay in Munich. Day twenty two travel to Liechtenstein with two nights in Lucerne. You then head to Heidelberg, Rhine before staying in Boppard. Day twenty five your off to Cologne with two nights in Amsterdam before heading back to London.
Our adventure map
Day by day
First Day Arrive in Paris
A warm welcome from your Travel Director! Travel by ferry from Dover to Calais and across World War I battlefields, catch a glimpse of the Canadian Memorial at Vimy Ridge before arriving in Paris. This evening, get to know your companions and Travel Director at a Welcome Reception including dinner and Welcome Drinks. Afterwards, enjoy a wonderful evening drive which will introduce some of the sights of this magical city to you.
Hotel: Renaissance La Defense Paris
Second Day enjoy Paris Sightseeing and Free Time
Admire panoramic views of the city from the second level of the Eiffel Tower. Drive along the Champs Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe on your sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist. Discover the delights of the city on your own this afternoon or perhaps take an optional experience to the Louvre.
Third Day Travel to Chartres then Bordeaux
Visit Chartres Cathedral, renowned for its stained glass windows. Journey through south to the wine-region of Bordeaux, where you spend the night.
Fourth Day its onto Biaritz and Lourdes
Visit Biarritz, the elegant surfing resort. Enjoy the scenery en route to Lourdes in the Pyrénées. Marvel at the Basilica and visit St. Bernadette's grotto.
Hotel: La Solitude Lourdes
Fifth Day Journey to Madrid
Cross the Somosierra Pass to Madrid, the highest capital in Europe.
Hotel: Ayre Gran Colon Madrid
Sixth Day enjoy free Time and Sightseeing in Madrid
Marvel at the city's most important landmarks on your morning sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist including views of the Royal Palace and Plaza de España. Enjoy an included visit to the Prado Museum with its vast collection. Later, consider an optional experience to the fascinating city of Toledo.
Seventh Day see Barcelona
Pass Guadalajara, the Gorges of Jalon and Aragon en route to Barcelona.
Hotel: Abba Sants Barcelona
Eighth Day take some Free Time and Sightseeing in Barcelona
Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist features a visit to the old cathedral and views of Gaudi's Art Nouveau fantasies. Tonight, why not experience a fiery flamenco show and a delicious Spanish buffet.
Ninth day Travel to Cannes
Pass by mountains and spectacular coastlines to Cannes. This picturesque town is home to the annual Cannes Film Festival.
Hotel: Montaigne and Spa Cannes
Tenth day experience Cannes Perfumery Excursion
Free time in Cannes this morning before your visit to the Fragonard Perfumery.
Eleventh day go to Monaco, Pisa then Florence
See the Royal Palace in Monaco and the cathedral where Princess Grace is buried. Pass Genoa, Columbus' birthplace, to Pisa where you view the incredible Leaning Tower. Spend the night in the Renaissance city of Florence.
Twelfth day its Florence and Assisi Sightseeing
Admire the many wonders of Florence on your guided walking tour, including views of the Duomo, Baptistery and Ponte Vecchio bridge. Visit Piazza della Signoria and later enjoy an included visit to the Academy of Fine Arts to see Michelangelo's statue of David, with a Local Specialist. Later travel to Assisi where you visit the Basilica of St. Francis with a Local Specialist.
Hotel: Il Castello Assisi
Thirteenth day journey to Pompeii and Sorrento
This morning travel south towards Naples and stop in Pompeii to enjoy a walking tour with a Local Specialist of the excavations before arriving in Sorrento.
Hotel: La Residenza Sorrento
Fourteenth day Excursion to the Isle of Capri
Explore the enchanting Isle of Capri on your guided walking tour with a Local Specialist. See the Piazzetta and the Faraglioni rocks. Cruise back to Sorrento and enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening with your companions.
Fifteenth day its onto Sorrento and Rome
See the sights of Sorrento before heading north to Rome, the Eternal City.
Hotel: Ateneo Garden Palace Rome
Sixteenth day enjoy Free Time and Sightseeing in Rome
Visit the magnificent St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, with a Local Specialist. Enjoy views of the Forum, the mighty Colosseum and Circus Maximus. Spend free time exploring – don't forget to try the delicious gelato!
Seventeenth day travel to Venice
Drive over the scenic Apennine Mountains, past Bologna and Padua to the magical city of Venice! Stay at your superb hotel tonight on Lido Island.
Hotel: Viktoria Palace Venice
Eighteenth day its Free Time and Orientation in Venice
Appreciate this Byzantine city during your private canal cruise. See St. Marks Square. View the Bridge of Sighs. Enjoy a Cultural Insight into the Venetian tradition of glass making on Giudecca Island and then explore on your own.
Nineteenth day its onto Vienna
Cross the Carnic Alps into Austria en route to Vienna.
Hotel: Hilton Vienna Danube
Twentieth day enjoy Vienna Sightseeing and Free Time
Your Local Specialist shows you the sights, including views of the famous Opera House, Hofburg Palace, Stadtpark, Parliament and Imperial Boulevards. The rest of the day is yours to explore.
Twenty first day see Salzburg and Munich
Hear marvellous tales of the Von Trapp family during your sightseeing tour of Salzburg with a Local Specialist. Later travel to the Bavarian capital Munich.
Hotel: Angelo Munich Westpark
Twenty second day explore Munich, Liechtenstein and lucerne
This morning enjoy an orientation of Munich including views of the Glockenspiel in Marienplatz before travelling to Vaduz in Liechtenstein. Arrive later in Lucerne, surrounded by mountains and standing at the edge of a lake - a spectacular sight to behold!
Hotel: Astoria Lucerne
Twenty third day its Orientation and Free Time in Lucerne
Visit the famous Lion Monument and walk over the Chapel Bridge. The rest of the day is yours to shop, relax or take a mountain experience!
Twenty fourth day Journey to Heidelsberg with Rhine Cruise to Boppard
View the impressive Heidelberg Castle. Enjoy the scenery as you cruise down the Rhine to Boppard.
Twenty fifth day travel to Cologne then Amsterdam
See the impressive Gothic Cathedral of Cologne before crossing into the Netherlands and on to Amsterdam, your home for the next two nights.
Hotel: Mercure Amsterdam City
Twenty sixth day enjoy Orientation and Free Time in Amsterdam
Enjoy an orientation of Amsterdam and free time to explore the many museums and attractions. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your travelling companions, on board a glass-top boat cruising through the city’s canals.
Twenty seventh day Depart Amsterdam
Drive through Belgium and France to Calais and cross to England by ferry. See the famous White Cliffs of Dover on the way to London, where your memorable holiday ends.
Built in 1887, we stay at Best Western Premier Bellevue Rheinhotel in Boppard, Germany, this property has remained in the same family for five generations.
Visit Fragonard Perfumery.
Visit Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. See glassblowing artisans and other craftsmen in action.
Local Specialists in Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Florence, Assisi, Pompeii, Rome, Vienna and Salzburg.
City tour of Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Florence, Assisi, Pompeii, Capri, Rome, Vienna and Salzburg
Cruise along the River Rhine and to the Isle of Capri
Orientation of Bordeaux, Biarritz, Cannes, Monaco, Pisa, Sorrento, Venice, Munich, Lucerne, Heidelberg and Amsterdam
See the Somme Battlefields and the Lorelei Rock
View the White Cliffs of Dover
Visit Chartres Cathedral, St. Bernadette's Grotto in Lourdes, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Prado Museum in Madrid, the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and Vaduz the capital of Liechtenstein
26 hot buffet breakfast, 11 dinners (including Welcome Reception, 6 three course dinners with wine, 3 three course dinners and Farewell Dinner).
Swiss Heritage Experience, a chance to get to know the Swiss, you'll meet local farmers and enjoy a delightful countryside tour in horse drawn carriages. Soak up the stunning scenery as we trot around a typical rural community, en route to a working farm where you'll savour local drinks and snacks.
Swiss Folklore Evening And Dinner, tonight we'll enjoy a tasty Swiss meal, including the famous Swiss cheese fondue, in a typical restaurant. While enjoying dinner, you can also join in a lively folklore show which includes yodelling, flag-throwing and Alpine horn-blowing. Two drinks are also included.
Mount Pilatus And Lake Cruise, we'll ascend through fields and forests to Mount Pilatus' summit, where you'll have time to explore, admire the views, and breathe the pure air. Then we'll descend by cog-wheel train, to enjoy a scenic lake cruise. (On certain departures ascent and descent will be by cable car only. Optional may be operated in reverse, with cruise first.)
Nouvelle Eve Cabaret And Dinner, join us for dinner with wine included at one of the most prestigious cabaret shows in town, where you'll watch an evening of exciting acts, stunning tableaux and wonderful entertainment - including the world famous Can-Can. A Parisian night you'll never forget.
Notre Dame, Latin Quarter And Seine Cruise, come with us to explore the magnificent cathedral at the heart of Paris, Notre Dame. You'll enjoy free time to have a bite to eat in the Latin Quarter or try the famous Berthillon ice-cream . Then relax on our River Seine cruise, the perfect way to discover the city - don't forget your camera.
Moulin Rouge Cabaret And Dinner, dinner and cabaret, including wine and champagne, at the world famous Moulin Rouge - the original Paris cabaret - immortalized by the homonymous award-winning film and featuring 60 dancers and entertainers and over 1000 costumes!
Dinner and Discovery in Old and New Madrid, this evening you'll have the chance to admire the elegance of Madrid's new city, with its wide, tree-lined avenues and decorative fountains, before you experience the flavour of the old. Join the locals in a chat, and people-watch as you sip an aperitif before enjoying a delicious dinner.
Discover Toledo: the Ancient Capital of Spain, visit the ancient capital of Spain, which sits above the River Tagus and is home to the nation's principal cathedral and El Greco's famous views. Learn about Moorish and Jewish cultures, and how the area is famed for the production of Damascene work: intricate inlaid gold jewellery and craft work.
Dinner And Night Time City Panorama, your evening in buzzing Barcelona begins with a delicious Catalonian-style dinner, complemented by drinks and good company. After dinner, we'll take you up to Montjuic for spectacular night-time views of the city.
Flamenco Spectacular With Dinner, come and experience the passion and spirit of Spain at a spectacular flamenco evening. This modern interpretation of Spain's most famous entertainment is one of the best shows in town, and we've even included dinner and drinks.
Montserrat, join us for a trip out of Barcelona as we head for the sacred mountain of Catalonia. You'll ascend this staggering rock formation for a chance to admire its spectacular panoramic views. Arrive at the Basilica Real where newly-weds come to pledge their vows to the mystical Black Virgin.
St. Paul And Corniche Dinner And Discovery, join us on a drive inland towards the mountains to visit the historic, walled hilltop town of St. Paul - an artists' paradise. We'll continue along the Riviera, passing through glamorous Nice and travelling on the Corniche roads as you admire the spectacular views, before arriving at a characteristic restaurant for a delicious meal including drinks.
Traditional Neapolitan Evening, a scenic drive takes you through the Sorrentino countryside to an 18th century Olive Oil mill. You'll enjoy a guided visit of the gardens, mill and wine cellar, followed by a simple meal of traditional pizza and wine. And there'll also be the chance to see how mozzarella and pizza are made.
Experience The Scenic Amalfi Coast, come with us for a drive along the famous Amalfi Coast. You'll have a chance to visit the exclusive artists' paradise of Positano, which is magnificently positioned on the Mediterranean coast.
Roman Treasures, with our Local Specialist, you'll discover the many delights that Rome has to offer by wandering through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares. Developed over many centuries, they've created an amazing legacy for us today.
Roman Dining With Live Entertainment, we'll show you an evening of great entertainment and fun at one of our favourite local restaurants. You'll be served wine and soft drinks, alongside some wonderful musical performances.
Inside The Vatican And The Colosseum, join us for an extension to your included sightseeing tour, which gives you a chance to see the artistic masterpieces collected and commissioned by the Popes. You'll visit the Tapestry Gallery, Gallery of Maps and the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo spent 11 years preparing the vault and altar wall, and we give you plenty of time to admire just how much painstaking work went into his creations. Your evening will be rounded off with a visit to Rome's iconic Colosseum.
Roman Evening With Dinner, spend a light-hearted evening with us in Rome. Relax and enjoy typical Italian cuisine with drinks and music. Afterwards, we'll drive along the Via Veneto, a location made famous by the film 'La Dolce Vita', and which will give you a glimpse into how the Romans enjoy their city.
Explore Ostia Antica, join us on a journey along the Mediterranean coast and visit the excavations of Ancient Ostia, the former harbour of Rome. These ruins offer perhaps a more complete picture of Roman urban life than either Rome or Pompeii. See the remains of the baths, theatre, apartment houses, drinking room, mosaics and wall paintings at this beautiful site, mirrored by cypress trees and umbrella pines.
Discover The Magic Of Venice, join us for a scenic cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal. You'll admire the magnificent palazzos, as well as catching a glimpse of the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Square. Later on, you'll glide gracefully on a gondola along Venice's dreamy, narrow waterways. And if you're lucky, your gondolier will serenade you with an Italian classic.
Lagoon Discovery Cruise With Food And Drinks, come with us on a private boat trip to the lagoon in Venice and you'll see the island of Murano, where the renowned glassblowers live. You'll enjoy lunch or dinner with drinks at the nearby 'Island of the Fishermen', Burano, which is famous for its multi-coloured houses and a photographer's paradise.
Dinner With Traditional Musical Entertainment In A Local Restaurant, enjoy dinner in an atmospheric Viennese restaurant, with drinks and traditional musical entertainment included.
Dinner And Viennese Concert, you'll enjoy a delicious meal of Viennese specialities with drinks, followed by a wonderful concert of Viennese classical music - performed by some of the most highly acclaimed soloists and dancers in Austria. You'll receive 'A Class' tickets and a complimentary glass of local champagne during the interval.
Viennese Concert, you'll enjoy a wonderful concert of Viennese classical music including some of the most famous works of Strauss and Mozart, performed by some of the most highly acclaimed soloists and dancers in Austria. You'll receive 'A Class' tickets and a complimentary glass of local champagne during the interval.
Schönbrunn Palace And Gardens, enjoy a guided visit to the Palace of Schönbrunn, with its magnificently preserved state rooms and exquisite gardens. You'll also have time for a walk through the park, perhaps as far as the Gloriette pavilion with its magnificent views.
Eagle’s Nest Tour And Bavarian Alps, driving deep into the National Park past farmhouses and picturesque villages, we'll arrive at the ruins of Obersalzburg. Here you'll transfer to special coaches for the scenic mountain climb to the notorious Eagle's Nest, with splendid views of the Hohen and snow-capped peaks. This optional is weather dependent, and may not be available on all departures.
Dinner In A Historic Dutch House, join us for a delicious meal of Dutch specialities, including drinks, in the elegant surroundings of this historic house.
Dutch Villages And Farms, come with us on a trip to the reclaimed polderlands around the former Zuider Zee. You'll experience a visit to a cheese farm and wooden shoe maker, then continue on to the picturesque fishing village of Volendam with its wooden houses, locals dressed in traditional costume and old harbour.
Where you stay
All hotels included in your tour package are hand-picked, of an outstanding standard and far better value than if booked individually. Our valued travel partners who organise these tours also own the Red Carnation Hotel Group and where possible Red Carnation Hotels are used and please see our link for further details.
- Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
- Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom
- Hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities
- Pick-up and drop-off if you stay at the recommended London hotel
- Variety of Optional Experiences
- The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your trip
- All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included
- The services of a Local Host if you stay at recommended London hotel
- Airport Transfers
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