7 Day Glimpse of Europe
Your Trip starts on day one in London to Amsterdam where you will stay overnight. The second day you travel to Rhine, Heidelberg and stay over in Rhineland. Next its onto the Black Forest, Rhine Falls and Lucerne Region where you will stay for two nights. After the orientation tour you are off to the romantic city of Paris where you will stay for your last two nights before heading back to London.
Our adventure map
Day by day
First day Travel from London to Amsterdam
This morning see the White Cliffs of Dover as you cross the channel to continental Europe. Travel through Belgium and into The Netherlands where you will pass by windmills en route to the lively city of Amsterdam. Perhaps take the opportunity to explore the city further on a canal cruise in a glass-covered boat to enjoy views of the historic gabled houses.
Hotel: Ibis Airport Amsterdam
Second day enjoy a Rhine Cruise, Heidelberg and Rhineland
This morning, after breakfast, travel eastwards through the Dutch countryside passing by Utrecht, both a provincial capital and the largest university city of The Netherlands. Then cross into Germany and travel via Bonn, the former capital of West Germany when the country was divided, to the picturesque Rhine Valley. Here you embark on a cruise at Boppard which glides past medieval castles and steeply terraced vineyards which produce the well-known high quality Rhine wines. You disembark at St. Goar and then have views of the Lorelei Rock and learn about the legends associated with this stretch of the river. Travel to Heidelberg, the oldest university city in Germany. Learn about the riotous life of past students and enjoy views of the sandstone castle from the charming Old Town. Finally continue southwards to your hotel where you dine tonight.
Third day visit the Black Forest, Rhine Falls and the Lucerne Region
Continue south, through the Black Forest region which is bordered by the Rhine Valley to the west and south. This beautiful area is renowned for wood carving, the creation of the original cuckoo clock, and speciality cuisine which includes delicacies such as smoked ham and Black Forest Cake. Cross the border into Switzerland before stopping to admire the impressive Rhine Falls at Schaffhausen. Travel to central Switzerland and enter the scenic region of Lake Lucerne, your home for the next two nights.
Hotel: Swissever Zug Switzerland
Fourth day enjoy Orientation and Free Time in Lucerne
This morning your orientation tour around this medieval city highlights the poignant Lion Monument, built in memory of Louis XVI's courageous Swiss Guards who tried to defend the Palace of the Tuileries in Paris during the French Revolution, the wooden Chapel Bridge across the River Reuss and the onion domed Jesuit Church. This afternoon consider an optional experience of fun and yodelling at a Swiss Folklore Show. Later, perhaps enjoy an exhilarating excursion to the top of one of the surrounding mountains or explore the squares and towers of the quaint old city? Alternatively, there is plenty of opportunity for shopping, whether it be Swiss watches, jewellery or the wide range of deliciously flavoured chocolate.
Fifth day Travel to Paris
Today head north and cross the Rhine River for the final time in the city of Basel as you leave Switzerland and enter France. Pass by Belfort and the remains of the Maginot Line, a vast fortification built after the First World War, which ended in 1918, to protect the French – German border. Then cross through part of the renowned wine producing Burgundy region with views of the extensive vineyards. Continue past the rolling fertile farmland of the Auxerre region before the approach to the capital city of Paris. Tonight perhaps take the opportunity to get to know Paris on a stunning tour of Paris by Night optional experience?
Sixth day experience Paris Sightseeing and Free Time
This morning, your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist introduces you to this exquisitely planned city with views of the Champs Élysées, Place de la Concorde, Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower. This evening, why not sample Paris nightlife at a cabaret show?
Seventh day Paris and return to London
Traverse northern France past World War I battlefields. Cross the English Channel to Dover and continue your journey to London where you say goodbye to your fellow travellers and Travel Director at the end of a memorable holiday.
Amsterdam Orientation includes the Mint Tower and Dam Square
Black Forest See this picturesque region
Dover See the white cliffs
Heidelberg Enjoy views of the castle from the old town
Lucerne Orientation including a visit to the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge
Paris View the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower on your sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist
Rhine Valley Cruise the Romantic Rhine
Schaffhausen View the mighty Rhine Falls
6 buffet breakfasts, 3 three course dinners
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.)
Traditional Folklore Show With Lunch
Enjoy a delicious lunch (including cheese fondue and one drink) as you listen to yodelling and Alpine horn-blowing, during a lively folklore show of typical Swiss entertainment.
Amsterdam Discovery And Canal Cruise
The best way to see Amsterdam, you'll enjoy a private canal cruise in our glass roofed boat, to see the areas our coach can't reach. With our Local Specialist you'll view the great merchant houses and historical churches and explore the colourful Red Light District, with its famous coffee houses and notorious window shopping.
Seine Cruise And Paris Illuminations
Paris at night is a city transformed. Enjoy this superb 'city of light' on a leisurely cruise along the River Seine. Afterwards, as we drive through this amazing city, we'll stop at some vantage points for you to capture the fascinating sights on camera. In summer, this trip may take place before sunset.
Dinner And Hidden Gems Of Paris
Spend an evening discovering one of the loveliest areas of Paris, made famous by artists, writers and students over the centuries. Then enjoy a taste of local cuisine, at a memorable dinner in typical Parisian style with drinks included.
Notre Dame And Latin Quarter Exploration
Discover the history of Notre Dame. Built in 1163, this magnificent cathedral is the cornerstone of Gothic architecture in France. Afterwards you'll explore the Latin Quarter with your Local Specialist and enjoy free time to have a bite to eat, or perhaps try Berthillon ice-cream - the best in France.
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.
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!
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
Guarantees, Bonds and Awards
- This tour is run by our outstanding travel partners who are multi-award winning Globe Best Tour operator in the world 2013, 2014 and 2015.
- Tours are fully bonded, protected and guaranteed and you pay the operator directly when booking.
- ABTA, IATA and ATOL protected
- Part of the Trade Right Foundation
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