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Parliament, ViennaMunich, GermanyAmsterdam, NetherlandsPonte Vecchio in Florence, Italy
Parliament, Vienna
Munich, Germany
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy
  • Duration: 15 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
  • Style: Discoveries
  • Description: The different angle of Europe's most celebrated cities comes from the locals sharing their own perspectives on their home countries, locals you meet between your travels by train, boat and luxury coach. It's Insider moments like… gliding down Amsterdam's canals (less famous but greater in number than its Venetian counterpart) while tasting Dutch delicacies. You become a seasoned sailor the next day as you take a leisurely look at Germany, travelling down the Rhine past vineyards and medieval castles. And experience true Venetian style, as you climb aboard our private launch to cruise Venice's canals to near Piazza San Marco – the only way to travel here.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    This morning, meet your Travel Director before travelling to London's St. Pancras International to board the Eurostar for a high-speed train journey to Brussels. Continue by luxury coach to Amsterdam. During your orientation of Amsterdam, see Dam Square and the Mint Tower before joining your travelling companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception sightseeing cruise followed by dinner.

    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Mercure Hotel Amsterdam City

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 2


    This morning travel to Germany where you visit the magnificent Cologne Cathedral. Embark on a relaxing Rhine cruise at Boppard. Pass medieval castles and vineyards on the way to St. Goar, site of the Lorelei Rock. Dine at your Rhineland hotel this evening.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Leonardo Hotel Mannheim City Center

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 3


    Drive through the Swabian Uplands to Munich and view the Olympic Stadium and Marienplatz during your orientation. Marvel at the Golden Roof and St. Jakob's Cathedral across the border in the Tyrolean capital, Innsbruck. This evening enjoy a Regional Meal with local specialities.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Regional Meal)

    Hotel: Gräuer Bär

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 4


    Admire the splendours of Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart. View the city's major landmarks during a walking tour with your Local Expert, including many locations used in the film 'The Sound of Music'. A scenic journey takes you towards the Danube River and the Baroque elegance of Vienna.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Hilton Vienna Danube

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 5


    Wonderful views of Vienna's sights include the Opera House, the Hofburg, Stadtpark, Parliament and the Imperial Boulevards on your morning sightseeing tour with a Local Expert. Visit the sights of your choice during free time this afternoon. Shop on the fashionable Kärntnerstrasse or simply relax in a typical Viennese café. Perhaps consider taking an optional experience to Schönbrunn Palace.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 6


    Journey into the heart of the Austrian Alps, past the Austrian Lake District, over the Italian border to the fertile plains of the Veneto. Cross into the magical city of Venice, Queen of the Adriatic, your home for the next two nights. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with wine)

    Hotel: NH Laguna Palace

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 7


    Discover the rich heritage of this Byzantine city during your private canal cruise to St. Mark's Square. Admire the Bridge of Sighs and the beautiful Doge's Palace. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating a Local Speciality at a glass-blowing workshop. Spend free time afterwards exploring or shopping. Consider an optional experience to the island of Burano for a delicious seafood meal!

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 8


    Cross the Po valley and journey over the dramatic Apennine Mountains to Rome, the Eternal City. This evening, you might like to discover Rome's vibrant nightlife.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Executive Style Hotel

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 9


    Visit St. Peter's Basilica, home of Michelangelo's Renaissance masterpiece the Pietà with a Local Expert. In ancient Rome, view the Forum and the mighty Colosseum. See the Circus Maximus set in a valley below the Aventine and Palatine Hills. Consider an optional experience to the magnificent Sistine Chapel.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 10


    Admire the Tuscan landscape en route to Florence. Learn about the city's Renaissance history from your Local Expert, who shows you the Cathedral, the Baptistery and Piazza della Signoria during your guided walking tour. View the majestic Ponte Vecchio bridge. Shop for high quality leather and gold.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with wine)

    Hotel: NH Anglo American

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 11


    Drive north and see beautiful Lake Lugano. Through the Ticino region, take the scenic St. Gotthard route through the Alps to the picturesque town of Lucerne. This evening, consider a night out at a traditional Swiss folklore evening with cheese fondue.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Renaissance Hotel

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 12


    Admire the sights of this medieval town on your morning orientation. Visit the poignant Lion Monument and the wooden Chapel Bridge spanning the River Reuss. Don't miss the opportunity to take an exciting mountain optional experience with breathtaking view. Later, there is time to shop for Swiss souvenirs including watches and chocolates.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 13


    From Lucerne, over the French border and past Belfort, see the vineyards in the wine–producing Burgundy region. Arrive later in Paris, where you might like to visit a world–famous Parisian Cabaret tonight.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Pullman La Defense

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 14


    The Champs Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde – see all these sights and more on your morning sightseeing tour with a Local Expert. Admire stunning views across the city from the second level of the Eiffel Tower. Celebrate the end of a wonderful trip this evening with your companions at a Farewell Dinner.

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

  • Day 15


    Drive across Northern France, past the Canadian War Memorial at Vimy Ridge on the Somme battlefields. Sail from Calais to Dover and continue to London by coach, where your splendid European holiday comes to an end.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Local Expert in Salzburg, Vienna, Rome, Florence and Paris.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Speciality Visit Giudecca Island for an insider look at Venetian Arts. See glass-blowing artisans and other craftsmen in action.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Salzburg, Vienna, Rome, Florence and Paris.
  • Orientation of Amsterdam, Munich, Innsbruck, Venice and Lucerne.
  • Visit Cologne Cathedral, St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
  • Cruise along the River Rhine.
  • View the Castles of the Rhine Valley, the Swiss Alps and the White Cliffs of Dover.
  • See the Lorelei Rock, Lake Lugano, the Vineyards of Burgundy and the Somme Battlefields.


  • 14 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 6 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Regional Meal, 2 three course dinners with wine, three course dinner, Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Ferry across the Channel from Calais to Dover.
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • In addition, Eurostar high-speed train tickets from London to Brussels.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.

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