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Welcome to Amsterdam. Complimentary transfers are departing the airport at 09.00, 11.30 and 14.30.Later join your Travel Director as you board your canal boat and dine while gliding along the canals.
It’s off to Keukenhof Gardens to view this amazing spectacle with time to meander through the fields of flowers. This afternoon visit the Floriade Expo 2022, a once-in-a-decade horticultural and international garden exposition. The theme is “Growing Green Cities”. You will have time to visit the Green Island and other districts focusing on food, energy and health.
For the early risers, join a trip to Aalsmeer Flower Auction. The size is so tremendous that will overwhelm the eyes and the senses as millions of brilliant flowers are sold worldwide. Later head to the pretty town of Maastricht on the Dutch/Belgian border. Join your Local Expert for a guided visit of the city, where the European Union was created in 1993. This evening is at your leisure.
This morning travel to Rothenburg, the most well-preserved town on part of the “Romantic Road”. Your Travel Director will walk you through the narrow-cobbled streets lined with high, gabled houses to the market square dominated by its Renaissance town hall. Dinner tonight is in an old town restaurant.
Continue on the “Romantic Road”, meandering through river valleys and rolling countryside, heading for the Bavarian capital of Munich. An orientation on arrival shows the Olympic Stadium, University, Victory Arch and the Marienplatz.
Enjoy the scenery as you travel in the heart of Bavaria visit the fairy tale castle of Neuschwanstein. Perched on a spectacular Alpine mountainside, it features exuberantly decorated apartments, including the impressive Throne Room. Then return to Munich via the Alpine Road.
This morning we travel to Austria to visit Innsbruck, set in a valley surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Here we see the lovely Golden Roof of the Emperor Maximilian and the Royal Palace on your orientation tours. Continue through the Italian Alps and some of the most spectacular scenery Europe has to offer before arriving at the stunning town of Bolzano.
Descending the Dolomites, head to the medieval walled town of Soave, a middle-age wine village situated in the region of Veneto in Italy at the foot of an impressive castle. On an orientation tour of the town, see the churches and palaces of different architectures, including the Palazzo di Giustizia, the 14th century law court and the residence of the Captains of Serenissima. Continue through picturesque scenery to the much loved Italian Lakes District, where we head to our lakeside hotel for our two night stay.
The Italian Lakes District, a favourite haunt for artists and travellers, where a full day is set aside to relax and enjoy. Take a cruise to Isola Bella, the largest and most famous island, renowned for its incredible palace and stunning Botanical Gardens. There is a guided tour of this privately owned palace with free time to admire the gardens.
Travel across the border into Switzerland and ascend the Swiss Alps where we stay for the next two nights.
Marvel at the dramatic glacial views as you travel along Grindelwald Valley, and follow the sparkling Lutschine River to Lauterbrunnen at the head of the “Valley of Waterfalls”. See the Staubbach Falls plunge 300 metres. Perhaps take a cog- wheel train ride to the summit of the Jungfrau Mountain?
This morning, we visit Chillon Castle, set on a rocky inlet on Lake Geneva, immortalised by Lord Byron's 'Prisoner of Chillon'. For nearly four centuries, this water fortress was the residence of the Counts of Savoy and an important stop for traders. We stop in the nearby resort town of Montreux, set against the pristine backdrop of snow-covered peaks and vineyards, with time for lunch before continuing to Burgundy and historic Dijon. Enjoy a walking tour with your Travel Director through the medieval streets where you are sure to appreciate the wealth and elegance of the city’s architectural heritage.
Travel through the countryside before arriving at the Château de Versailles, one of the most beautiful achievements of 18th century French art. Visit the Château and the extensive gardens which in Louis XIV’s view were just as important as the Château itself. In glittering Paris tonight, perhaps see one of the world-famous cabaret shows for an evening of glamour?
Travel first to Giverny to visit the charming house and gardens. Former home of the greatest impressionist painter, Claude Monet, and inspiration for his famous water lilies paintings. Return to Paris where this afternoon is at leisure. This evening, a highlight dinner in true French style.
After crossing the channel this morning from Calais, continue to Sissinghurst, one of the best known and admired gardens in the world. Explore the amazing series of garden spaces and climb the tower for a fabulous view. Then to your hotel in picturesque Kent.
The Gardens of Wisley were gifted to the Royal Horticultural Society in 1903 and since then it has evolved into a world class garden. Explore the beautiful Bowes-Lyon Rose Garden, picturesque orchard and the huge cathedral like glass house. Continue to London to your hotel located by Buckingham Palace, where the rest of the day and evening is at your leisure.
A transfer in the morning takes you to the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show. Bringing together the very best show gardens, flowers, and gardening from around the world. You will be able to see magnificent floral displays and model gardens plus extensive displays of show gardens, courtyard gardens, city and roof gardens with areas to learn about plants and growing flowers. This afternoon a transfer back to your hotel is provided. This evening we dine on a spectacular Thames River Dinner Cruise, a perfect way to complete your memorable journey!
After breakfast bid your Travel Director farewell and transfer to London Heathrow airport to meet your ongoing flight.
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