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European Highlights (Winter Season)

10 Days from $1,995 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Leisurely

From the White Cliffs of Dover to the lush Burgundy vineyards of France, delve into the mesmerizing landscapes of Europe—its rich heritage and distinctive flavors yours to share with new friends. Explore Amsterdam from its labyrinthine canals, soak up Lucerne's fresh Alpine air, and say 'bienvenue' to the sophistication and splendor of Paris.

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Overview

From the White Cliffs of Dover to the lush Burgundy vineyards of France, delve into the mesmerizing landscapes of Europe—its rich heritage and distinctive flavors yours to share with new friends. Explore Amsterdam from its labyrinthine canals, soak up Lucerne's fresh Alpine air, and say 'bienvenue' to the sophistication and splendor of Paris.

This page shows Winter Season departures and itinerary; click here to see the main season version of this tour!

  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).

  2. Welcome to London – a heady mix of old and new, from the palaces, parks and cathedrals of yesteryear to the trendy city streets of Soho and Shoreditch. After checking into your hotel, spend the rest of your day embracing the energy of this cosmopolitan capital, meandering down the lush tree-lined Mall from Nelson's Trafalgar Square to Buckingham Palace, admiring the bright lights of Piccadilly and exploring art, antiquities and cultural treasures in the city's magnificent museums.

    hotel:The Tower
  3. Today we join a Local Specialist to explore the iconic symbols of London on a guided sightseeing tour of this vibrant city. See Big Ben, the "prince of timekeepers", the imposing Houses of Parliament and the home of Britain's royal family, Buckingham Palace. Our sightseeing tour concludes in central London from where you'll have an opportunity to spend the rest of the day discovering the city on your terms. Board the London Eye for a bird's-eye view of the capital, explore centuries of bloody British history at the Tower of London or meander through Hyde Park amidst the sweet smell of blooms and manicured green lawns, stopping in at Speaker's Corner to see the power of free speech in action.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
    hotel:The Tower
  4. Meet your Travel Director this morning before leaving London. See the White Cliffs of Dover as you board your ferry to Calais. Travel through Belgium and later arrive in Amsterdam. Enjoy an orientation of the historic city center followed by a Welcome Reception on a scenic canal cruise including a light dinner and welcome drinks.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Welcome Reception
    hotel:Mercure City
  5. Take to Amsterdam's charming canals this morning before retreating to Germany's Rhine Valley for a memorable cruise meandering past terraced vineyards, historic towns and medieval castles to St. Goar. We pass the legendary Lorelei Rock, named after a mermaid who lured fishermen to their deaths with her mesmerizing song then venture to our Rhineland hotel where we'll spend our evening at leisure.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Achat Premium Walldorf/Reilingen
  6. The old university town of Heidelberg is our first stop this morning, with its impressive Renaissance structures, Baroque Old Town and view of the ruined red sandstone castle that towers above the city. Delving into a world of legends and fairy-tales, we enter the enchanting Black Forest and stop for a Cultural Insight into the fine craft of cuckoo clock making, before visiting the dramatic Rhine Falls at Schaffhausen, the largest waterfall in Europe. We cross the Swiss border, admiring the exquisite alpine setting and arrive on the shores of Lake Lucerne where we will stay for the next two nights.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Astoria
  7. Soak up the relaxed lakeside atmosphere amidst a stunning natural setting before exploring the city's fascinating heritage. Cross the solid wooden Chapel Bridge on your morning orientation, visit the solemn Lion Monument, commemorating the Massacre of the Swiss Guards in 1792 and spend your afternoon shopping in the old town for Swiss souvenirs and chocolates. Consider an Optional Experience ascending the surrounding mountains for panoramic alpine views, wander along the tranquil lake shore or meander around the city admiring the decorative signposts and ornate façades lining the city's quaint streets.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Astoria
  8. See the changing landscape as you travel into France through Alsace and across the Maginot Line. Indulge in the mesmerizing countryside of the Burgundy Wine Region, famous for its delicious Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grape varieties, before arriving in Paris. This evening is yours to explore the grand boulevards of the French capital. See the pageantry of Paris and opt for an Optional Experience to enjoy the colorful sights and sounds of a famous Parisian Cabaret.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Renaissance La Defense
  9. Join a Local Specialist today to explore the artistic and historic treasures of Paris, including views of the elegant Champs Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe and 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 of Light in all its glory. This afternoon, meander through the stylish gardens, avenues and lanes of Paris admiring the sophisticated atmosphere or perhaps join an Optional Experience to the exquisite Palace of Versailles. This evening we celebrate an epic journey across Europe with our fellow travelers at a Farewell Be My Guest Dinner at a family run bistro.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining
    hotel:Renaissance La Defense
  10. After breakfast, we say a fond ‘au revoir’ to your fellow travelers and Travel Director. An airport transfer will arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport at 8:00am. Conditions apply.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
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8 Mar 19 17 Mar 19 checkmark $1,995pp Request Quote Book Now
22 Mar 19 31 Mar 19 $1,995pp Request Quote Book Now

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a room. 

Airport Transfers: A return transfer on the last day will arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport at 8:00 am.

Gratuities : Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $68 per person.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels

Meal Summary

11 meals:  8 Buffet Breakfasts, 2 Dinners (including Be My Guest) with local wine, 1 dinner. 

Included Highlights

Cultural Insight

  • Watch as skilled craftsman capture the distinctive sound of the cuckoo demonstrating the centuries’ old craft of clock making in the Black Forest

Be My Guest

  •  Experience a classic old style quintessentially Parisian Bistro run by Daniel and his family. This is where the locals come and is one of our favorite places for rustic and soulful French cuisine

Authentic Accommodations

  • Enjoy the elegance of yesteryear and sweeping lake vistas at the Grand Hotel Europe in Lucerne, where warm Swiss hospitality and a grand past spanning over a century guarantee an unforgettable stay

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in London and Paris
  • Orientation of Amsterdam and Lucerne
  • Visit the Rhine Falls in Schaffhausen
  • The Lion Monument in Lucerne
  • The Eiffel Tower in Paris
  • Cruise along the canals of Amsterdam
  • The River Rhine
  • View the White Cliffs of Dover
  • the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne and the Champs Élysées
  • Arc de Triomphe and Opera House in Paris
  • See the Lorelei Rock
  • Vineyards of Burgundy
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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

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    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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Service rating : Our European Highlights tour was excellent and we will definitely do more of these vacations in the future. I loved being able to see so many countries in a short time. However, that's also hard when you want to do more things, but have to move on. I rated my experience as 4 stars for two reasons: a. there were stops where we had to choose between food, seeing the sites, or using the restroom. Time for necessities like food and restroom breaks need to be carved out separate from exploration and fun time. b. we paid for an optional experience at the Palace of Versailles and it was a disaster. A local guide took half of our group and we spent so much time talking about the lineage of Louis XIV, that not one of us will remember, that we missed the features of the palace. And, we were not given any time at all to see the gardens. That was money wasted, I hate to admit. Our tour guide, Lynda was wonderful and our group got along very well. I do think it was a bit silly to have a seat rotation on the motor coach; we're all adults. Other than those little things, this truly was a trip of a lifetime and I'll be returning to Europe at least annually from now on!
Vacation : The trip was amazing. Just the coordination of events, outings, hotels, sights, and entertainment was worth the price. However, we paid to take the Eurostar back to London and there was a 2 hour delay. So, our plan to have some extra time in London didn't work out well. But, that isn't anyone's fault; just the circumstances of the day.
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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

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    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

Mount Pilatus And Lake Cruise
A series of cable cars will take us gradually up through the fields and forests to the summit of Lucerne's most well-known mountain. Here you have time to explore, write a postcard, and breathe in the fresh mountain air, before we descend by cable car once more. A cruise on the tranquil waters of Lake Lucerne will complement this experience.
Adult Price: FR.112.00

Swiss Countryside & Carriages
A chance to get to know the Swiss, you’ll meet local farmers and enjoy a delightful countryside tour in horse drawn carriages. Soak up the stunning scenery as we trot around a typical rural community, en route to a working farm where you’ll savour local drinks and snacks.
Adult Price: FR.67.00

Moulin Rouge Cabaret And Dinner
Enjoy dinner and cabaret, including wine and champagne, at the world-famous Moulin Rouge – the original Paris cabaret. Immortalized by the award-winning film of the same name, this Parisian institution features 60 dancers and entertainers and over 1000 costumes!
Adult Price: €162.00

Seine Cruise And Paris Illuminations
Paris at night is a city transformed. Enjoy this superb 'City of Light' on a leisurely cruise along the River Seine. Afterwards, as we drive through this amazing city, we’ll stop at some vantage points for you to capture the fascinating sights on camera. In summer, this trip may take place before sunset.
Adult Price: €38.00

Versailles Palace And Gardens
Built for the Sun King, Louis XIV, the Palace of Versailles was the envy of every European ruler. Your Local Specialist will take you through the State apartments and famous Hall of Mirrors, with free time to stroll the symmetrical tree-lined gardens. Please note: this optional is subject to availability.
Adult Price: €65.00

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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Europe must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering countries in the Schengen Area, and the UK.

  • The currency for most countries you will visit in Europe is the Euro (€).  Several exceptions apply including the Pound (£) in Great Britain, Scotland and the Swiss Franc (CHF) in Switzerland.

    While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • English specialties include fish and chips, Yorkshire pudding, sausages, stilton cheese, and scones with clotted cream. Culinary experiences to not to miss include a traditional pub meal, afternoon tea, and full English breakfast. 

    Traditional German cuisine is rich and delicious.  Try specialties including a variety of bratwurst with sauerkraut, cold cuts, spätzle and potato dumplings.  For dessert you cannot miss the world famous Black Forest Gateau.   Beer is a big part of German culture; sample a variety of German offerings including pilsner, Kölsch and sour beers.  In Frankfurt, try the local cider (Apfelwein).   Wine is also popular throughout Germany, and world-class whites are produced in the Rhine and Mosel regions. 

    Dutch cuisine is simple and rustic.  You might like to try specialties such as rookworst (smoked sausage), kibbeling (fried fish), and pannenkoeken (Dutch pancakes).  And, if you’re feeling adventurous you can try local raw herring prepared with onions and gherkins.  For something sweet, try stroopwafels, a delicious chewy cookie made with two thin layers of waffle and sticky syrup filling.

    The French have an ongoing love affair with food and wine. Meals are lovingly prepared and consumed leisurely through a bevy of appetizers and main courses, usually accompanied by a number of wines. Boeuf bourgignon (beef stew with wine, herbs and vegetables), coq au vin (chicken cooked with bacon in a white wine and herb sauce) and bouillabaisse (fish stew) are featured on many menus. Cheese lovers will not be disappointed with hundreds of varieties to choose from.  And no visit would be complete without a visit to a pâtisserie, with its delicate pastries you will definitely be tempted.

    Swiss cuisine is a flavorful blend of German, Italian, and French influences and a wide variety of regional offerings.  Specialty dishes include fondue and raclette (cheese dipping dishes), sausages and rösti (fried potato), bündnerfleisch (air-dried beef) and fondue bourguigon (cubes of steak with various sauces). Swiss pastries and desserts are excellent. There are also spirits made from fruit; the most popular are Kirsch, Pflümli and Williamine. And don’t miss out on the world-class selection of Swiss chocolate.

     

  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. A few important items to bring include sturdy walking shoes and a waterproof jacket with a hood. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Tipping through-out Europe is less common or generous than it is in the United States.  Some countries will add a service charge of up to 15%, so be sure to check your bill before leaving extra.  In most places it is appropriate to leave a few euros or between 5% and 10% for exceptional service.  Keep in mind you will likely want to leave cash on the table to ensure your server receives it. 

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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