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European Highlights (Winter 2013/2014)

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Paris, FranceNotre Dame Cathedral in Paris, FranceHeidelberg Castle in Heidelberg, GermanyRiver RhineAmsterdam, NetherlandsChapel Bridge in Lucerne, Switzerland
Paris, France
Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France
Heidelberg Castle in Heidelberg, Germany
River Rhine
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, Switzerland
  • Duration: 7 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2013-2014
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  • Style: European Discoveries
  • Description: The best of European sightseeing; explore Gothic cathedrals, medieval castles, fairytale forests, roaring waterfalls and sprawling vineyards. Tour Europe from Amsterdam to Cologne, through the Rhine Valley, the Black Forest, Lucerne and Burgundy and end in Paris - the glittering prize on your journey of European discovery! Visit the Louvre, Champs Elysees and Notre Dame and climb Paris' Eiffel Tower for stunning views across this elegant city.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    ARRIVE AMSTERDAM

    Welcome to Amsterdam! Relax and unwind after check-in or take a leisurely stroll through this unique city. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for an orientation of the city followed by a Welcome Reception on a scenic canal cruise including light dinner and welcome drinks.


    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Mercure Amsterdam City

    Hotels are subject to change.
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  • Day 2

    AMSTERDAM – RHINE CRUISE – HEIDELBERG – RHINELAND

    Travel via Arnhem to the Rhine Valley. Relax as you cruise along the River Rhine past terraced vineyards and medieval castles to St. Goar. Pass the famous Lorelei Rock, named after a mermaid who lured fishermen to their deaths with her mesmerising song. In Heidelberg, view the red sandstone castle, one of the most important architectural structures north of the Alps, which towers above Germany’s oldest university town.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Holiday Inn Mannheim City Centre

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  • Day 3

    RHINELAND – SCHAFFHAUSEN – LUCERNE (2 NIGHTS)

    Drive into the enchanting Black Forest and stop for a cuckoo clock making demonstration. Visit the dramatic Rhine Falls at Schaffhausen, which is the largest waterfall in Europe. Later arrive in Switzerland with its alpine scenery and enjoy magnificent views across Lake Lucerne.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Astoria

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  • Day 4

    LUCERNE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

    Walk across the 14th century Chapel Bridge on your morning orientation. View the solemn Lion Monument, commemorating the massacre of Swiss Guards in 1792. Spend the afternoon shopping in the old town for Swiss chocolates. Consider an excursion up a local mountain for panoramic views, or enjoy the fresh Alpine air by taking a leisurely walk beside the beautiful lake.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 5

    LUCERNE – BURGUNDY WINE REGION – PARIS (2 NIGHTS)

    See the changing landscape as you travel into France, through Alsace and across the Maginot Line. Continue through the Burgundy countryside − one of the country’s main wine producing regions, famous for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grape varieties. This evening you may decide to take an optional to see a famous Parisian Cabaret.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Renaissance La Defense

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  • Day 6

    PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your Local Guide shows you the sights, including views of Notre Dame Cathedral, the Champs Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe and the magnificent Opera House, designed by Charles Garnier and opened in 1875. Ascend to the second level of the Eiffel Tower by elevator and view the city in all its glory. Spend the afternoon as you wish. Perhaps take an excursion to visit the Louvre. Celebrate in the evening with your fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

  • Day 7

    DEPART PARIS

    Say ‘au revoir’ to your Travel Director and new-found friends at the end of a memorable holiday.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Local Guide For included sightseeing in Paris.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Speciality Enjoy a cuckoo clock making demonstration in the Black Forest.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • AmsterdamOrientation includes the Mint Tower, Tower of Tears, Dam Square, and ‘Skinny Bridge’.
  • Rhine ValleyCruise from Boppard to St. Goar (weather permitting).
  • HeidelbergView the ancient Castle.
  • Black ForestScenic drive though the picturesque Black Forest.
  • SchaffhausenVisit the impressive Rhine Falls.
  • LucerneVisit the Lion Monument and see the Chapel Bridge.
  • ParisView Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Élysées and the Louvre with your Local Guide. Enjoy spectacular city views from an included ascent to the second level of the Eiffel Tower.

Dining

  • 6 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 4 evening meals including:
    • Welcome Reception and dinner on a canal cruise with your Travel Director in Amsterdam.
    • 2 three-course dinners.
    • Farewell Dinner with wine in Paris.
  • Christmas & New Year's Eve Highlights:

    • The 22 December 2013 departure
      Celebrate Christmas in Venice. Enjoy a delicious festive meal with all the trimmings – a truly memorable Christmas in this spectacular city!
    • The 29 December 2013 departure
      Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Lucerne. Enjoy a delicious dinner with a glass of sparkling wine to toast your travel companions as you see in the New Year!

      Each of these specially arranged Festive meal celebrations will replace one of the included meals featured in the itinerary.

Travel Highlights

  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map.

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Notes
  • * For single travellers purchasing the twin-share option, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 
  • ^Twin-share option not available for trips to South America., Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey.

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