European Highlights with Eurostar - 11 days
This intimate introduction to Europe compares its big players, France and Germany, and their smaller neighbours, Switzerland and The Netherlands.
Discovering six countries in seven days, this intimate introduction to Europe compares its big players, France and Germany, and their smaller neighbours, Switzerland and The Netherlands. It's Insider moments like… smelling sawdust in the air as German clockmakers craft cuckoo clocks in front of you. A storybook setting in the Black Forest, the drive feels like it's straight from the pages of a Hansel and Gretel pop-up book. And Bavarian stories are played out in the carvings of the clocks made in front of you - with their mechanisms, moving parts and musical cuckoo bellows. Often designed to look little Swiss chalets, it's apt you're sleeping in the Alpine town of Lucerne that night.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Local Expert in London.
- Local Expert 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.
- Authentic Accommodation Grand Hotel Europe, Lucerne, Switzerland - Taking you straight back to Switzerland's elegant past, the appropriately named Grand Hotel Europe is a landmark in Lucerne. By the lake, it is our Authentic Accommodation on many of the trips we take to this historic town.
- City tour of London and Paris.
- Orientation of Amsterdam, Heidelberg and Lucerne.
- Visit the Rhine Falls in Schaffhausen, the Lion Monument in Lucerne and the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
- Cruise along the River Rhine and the canals of Amsterdam.
- View the White Cliffs of Dover, the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and Opera House in Paris and the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne.
- See the Lorelei Rock, Vineyards of Burgundy and the Somme Battlefields in France.
Day 1 - Depart USA
Overnight flight to London.
Day 2 - Arrive London
After checking into your Trafalgar hotel, the rest of your day is free to relax or start to explore this exciting capital city. Overnight London.
Day 3 - London Sightseeing and Free Time
Many major sights are included on your morning guided sightseeing tour, including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace with a Local Expert. Your sightseeing tour will finish in central London, so the rest of the day is yours to discover more of the city, or perhaps make time for some last minute shopping. Overnight London. (B)
Day 4 - London - Amsterdam
See the White Cliffs of Dover as you board your ferry to Calais. Travel through Belgium and later arrive in Amsterdam. During your orientation see Dam Square and the Mint Tower followed by a Welcome Reception on a scenic canal cruise including dinner and welcome drinks. Overnight Amsterdam. (B)
Day 5 - Amsterdam - Rhine Cruise - Heidelberg
Travel across the German border 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. Overnight Heidelber. (B,D)
Day 6 - Heidelberg - Schaffhausen - Lucerne
Drive into the enchanting Black Forest and stop for a Local Speciality cuckoo clock making demonstration. Visit the dramatic Rhine Falls at Schaffhausen, which is the largest waterfall in Europe. Arrive later in Switzerland with its alpine scenery and enjoy magnificent views across Lake Lucerne. Overnight Lucerne. (B)
Day 7 - Lucerne Orientation and Free Time
Walk across the 14th century Chapel Bridge on your morning orientation. Visit 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 optional experience up a local mountain for panoramic views, and enjoy the fresh Alpine air by taking a leisurely walk beside the beautiful lake.Overnight Lucerne. (B)
Day 8 - Lucerne - Burgundy Wine Region - Paris
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 experience to see a famous Parisian Cabaret. Overnight Paris. (B)
Day 9 - Paris Sightseeing and Free Time
Your Local Expert shows you the sights, including views of 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 optional experience to visit the Palace of Versailles. Celebrate in the evening with your fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight Paris. (B, D)
Day 10 - Paris - Eurostar - London
You are transferred to Paris Gare du Nord station where you board the Eurostar train to London. The journey time to London St. Pancras International is 2 hours and 15 minutes. On arrival in London you are transferred to your hotel. Overnight London. (B)
Day 11 - London - USA
Enjoy an English breakfast at the end of your vacation. (B)
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