Continental Introduction with London
As the name suggests this trip from Paris to Amsterdam is paced to give you a quick taste of Europe. Enjoy two-night stays in Paris, Rome, Venice, and Amsterdam and guided sightseeing in all major cities like Paris, Florence, Rome, Venice, and Amsterdam. Start with a special welcome dinner with wine at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, followed by a cruise on the River Seine to get a first impression of the “City of Light”. Continue to Switzerland, and stay overnight in German-speaking Lucerne and Italian-speaking Lugano. In Italy, take pictures of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant in Florence to try out Tuscan specialties, and admire Michelangelo’s David; visit St. Peter’s, the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum and more in Rome, enjoy a private boat cruise and visits to St. Mark’s Basilica and Doges’ Palace with its Bridge of Sighs in Venice, plus stops in Ferrara and Innsbruck, Tyrol. Stay overnight in Munich, and enjoy a visit to the famous Hofbräuhaus, dating back to 1589. Visit medieval Rothenburg, overnight on the Rhine River and cruise past the many castles. Stop in Cologne to admire the cathedral and end in Amsterdam, where a canal cruise is the perfect way to see the 17th-century city. This is the best way to see all of Europe in two weeks! Next visit Grand`Place in Brussels before boarding the Eurostar train to London, where you enjoy two nights; Host service and guided sightseeing with a visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Changing of the Guard (if held) are included.
PARIS [LF] Welcome dinner with wine at a local restaurant, followed by a Seine River cruise; guided sightseeing, ascend the Eiffel TowerLUCERNE Walking tour including the Lion Monument and the Chapel BridgePISAMarvel at the legendary Leaning TowerFLORENCE [LF] Dinner with wine at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit Michelangelo’s David and Signoria SquareROME Guided sightseeing, visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, the Colosseum and Roman ForumFERRERAWalk along Este Castle to the cathedralVENICE Private boat ride; guided walking tour, visit St. Mark’s Square, Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs; glassblower demonstrationINNSBRUCK Walk through the Old Town to the Golden RoofMUNICH Visit Marienplatz and [LF] the famous Hofbräuhaus; orientation drive including the Olympic StadiumROTHENBURG Walking tour of the walled townRHINE CRUISECOLOGNE Visit the cathedralAMSTERDAM Guided sightseeing including Dam Square, canal cruise; visit a major diamond centerBRUSSELS Visit the Grand’PlaceBRUSSELS-LONDON By high-speed Eurostar TrainLONDON Guided sightseeing, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral and see the Changing of the Guard, if heldHeadsets throughout the tour
PARIS Mercure Paris Centre Tour Eiffel (F)LUCERNE Ameron Flora (F)LUGANO Novotel Lugano Paradiso (F) or De La Paix (F)FLORENCE Hilton Garden Inn (F)ROME Crowne Plaza St. Peter’s (SF)VENICE Plaza (F) at MestreMUNICH Hilton Munich City (SF)RHINELAND NH Bingen (F) at Bingen am RheinAMSTERDAM NH Carlton (F)LONDON Hilton London Metropole (SF) or The Grosvenor Victoria (SF).
Full buffet breakfast (B); 6 three-course dinners (D), including special dinners with wine in Paris and Florence
NOTE:In the rare event that the Eurostar train is unavailable, alternative services will be provided.December 20 Departure–Christmas Eve in Florence, New Year’s Eve in Amsterdam
Motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; Seine River cruise; private boat ride in Venice, Rhine River cruise; canal cruise in Amsterdam; high-speed Eurostar train