Grand European

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Tour Pace: Leisurely
Salzburg, Austria
Tour Style: First Class
24 Days from $5,126 per person

Tick all the boxes with this grand exploration of Europe – one region, a myriad of flavors for you to enjoy. Wander through 17th century Bruges, the reflective waterways of picturesque Amsterdam and medieval Rhineland. From Pompeii to the Eternal City of Rome, Florence to the sophisticated Promenade des Anglais in Nice, get under the skin of Europe.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. The bright lights of London are your launchpad to a grand adventure through Europe.
    hotel:Cumberland
  3. Join a Local Specialist this morning to see the iconic sights of London. From Big Ben and the imposing Houses of Parliament that stand alongside the Thames, to regal Buckingham Palace at the end of the grand Mall.
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  4. Meet your Travel Director before departing London for mainland Europe. Leave the White Cliffs of Dover behind for the golden fields of France and Belgium, traveling to the medieval town of Bruges where you will join your Travel Director and new travel companions for a Welcome Reception including dinner and drinks.
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    hotel:NH Brugge Authentic Accommodation
  5. Arriving in the magical capital of Amsterdam, we see the city's iconic sights before visiting a renowned diamond factory for a Cultural Insight.
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    hotel:Westcord Fashion
  6. Leaving Dutch gezelligheid behind, we travel to Germany, arriving at Boppard where we board a Rhine cruise past fairy-tale castles. Admire the ruined sandstone castle in Heidelberg.
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    hotel:Mercure Am Rathaus/Sinsheim
  7. Journey through the romantic Black Forest landscape. See the mighty Rhine Falls before arriving in the charming medieval city of Lucerne.
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    hotel:Astoria
  8. See Lucerne's magnificent Lion Monument the flower-lined 14th century wooden Chapel Bridge.
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  9. We travel to Liechtenstein and see the capital, Vaduz. Crossing into Austria, we follow the scenic Arlberg Pass through the Tyrol to Innsbruck, where we will see the ornate Golden Roof.
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    hotel:Austria Trend Congress
  10. Join a Local Specialist on a guided walking tour of Salzburg.
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    hotel:Falkensteiner Wien Margareten
  11. Join a Local Specialist to view the State Opera House, the City Hall, Parliament, the Imperial Boulevards and the Hofburg.
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  12. We cross the Italian border and meander through the Veneto Plains to the Byzantine city of Venice.
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    hotel:Le Boulevard
  13. Navigate the bustling waterways by private launch to St. Mark's Square. See the ornate Doge's Palace and the Bridge of Sighs, before traveling to Giudecca Island to enjoy a fascinating Cultural Insight into the centuries-old Venetian tradition of glassmaking.
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  14. Journey south to the mystical town of Assisi, where we have an opportunity to see St. Francis Basilica and the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels with a Local Specialist.
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    hotel:Casa Leonori
  15. Pass by Monte Cassino en route to Pompeii where you'll join a Local Specialist who will share the story of this ancient settlement. We meander to the beautiful seaside resort of Sorrento.
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    hotel:La Residenza
  16. Cross the Bay of Naples to the Isle of Capri and join a Local Specialist in Capri Town for a guided walking tour of the town's charming streets.
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    hotel:Crowne Plaza St. Peter's
  17. Enjoy a leisurely morning exploring the sights and sounds of Rome. This afternoon, gain priority access via a dedicated VIP line to the Vatican Museums where a Local Specialist will take you on a guided tour. Admire Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel when it is less crowded and meet an official representative of the Vatican Museums during your private guided tour of the Missionary Ethnological Museum. Enjoy an exclusive after hour's dinner at the museum amidst three centuries of Vatican art, history and antiquities.
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  18. Journey north to Florence where you'll join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour to the Piazza della Signoria. See the beautiful marble Duomo and Baptistery with its famous bronze doors, and the picturesque Ponte Vecchio.
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    hotel:Nilhotel
  19. We drive to the city of Pisa and its Square of Miracles to see its famous Leaning Tower. We stop in Monaco before continuing to Nice where we enjoy an orientation drive along the Promenade Anglais.
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    hotel:Holiday Inn
  20. Rub shoulders with artists and actors in the medieval hilltop town of St. Paul de Vence, before the heady scents of French perfume fill the air at the Fragonard Perfumery.
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  21. We travel to the papal city of Avignon, where we'll enjoy an orientation walk including views of the magnificent Papal Palace and famous Pont d'Avignon before arriving in Beaune where we'll join an unforgettable Be My Guest dinner toasting to the joie de vivre of this region.
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    hotel:Mercure Centre
  22. From the romantic vineyards of Burgundy, we travel north to Paris.
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    hotel:Evergreen Laurel
  23. Join a Local Specialist soaking up the sights and sounds of one of the world's most romantic cities. See the magnificent Champs Élysées, Place de la Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe. Marvel at the iconic skyline from the second level of the Eiffel Tower. This afternoon is yours to explore the city before celebrating an unforgettable experience at a Farewell Dinner with wine in a local restaurant.
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  24. Today bid farewell to your fellow travelers and Travel Director at the end of your vacation. An airport transfer is available. Conditions apply.
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a room. 

Single Room Supplement: from $1,500 p.p.

Triple Room Discount: $60 p.p.

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, $204 per person.

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Meal Summary

22 nights, 22 hot buffet breakfasts, 6 dinners, 2 dinners, On-trip transport, .

Included Highlights

Be My Guest

  • Beaune is renowned as being the wine capital of Burgundy. Tonight we will introduce you to our local friends who will host you for an evening of local specialties accompanied by a glass of the regions finest

Authentic Accommodations

  • A former monastery from the 17th century, the NH Brugge has historical features such as stained-glass windows and exposed beams

Cultural Insight

  • Enjoy a private guided tour and exclusive dinner in the midst of three centuries of art, history and antiquities at the Vatican's Missionary Ethnological Museum. Be inspired by the magnificence of Michelangelo and da Vinci at the Vatican Museums. Explore the centuries-old heritage of the diamond trade in Amsterdam with a visit to a diamond-polishing factory

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in London, Salzburg, Vienna, Assisi, Pompeii, Capri, Rome, Florence, Paris

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in London, Salzburg, Vienna, Assisi, Pompeii, Capri, Rome, Florence, Paris
  • Orientation of Bruges, Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Lucerne, Innsbruck, Venice, Pisa, Monaco, Nice, Avignon
  • Visit the Rhine Falls at Schaffhausen, Vaduz the capital of Liechtenstein, the Sistine Chapel in Rome, St. Paul de Vence, Beaune, the Eiffel Tower in Paris
  • Cruise along the Canals of Amsterdam, River Rhine, to the Isle of Capri
  • View the ancient sites of Rome
  • See the Lorelei Rock in Rhine Valley, Benedictine Abbey at Monte Cassino, the Vineyards of Burgundy

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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, the UK, Ireland, or Croatia.

  • The currency for most countries you will visit in Europe is the Euro (€).  Several exceptions apply including the Pound (£) in Great Britain, Scotland and Northern Ireland; the Swiss Franc (CHF) in Switzerland; the Swedish Krona (SEK) in Sweden; the Danish Kroner (DKK) in Denmark; the Norwegian Krone (NOK) in Norway; the Czech Koruna (CZK) in the Czech Republic; the Forint (HUF) in Hungary; the Zloty (zł) in Poland; and the Kuna (KN) in Croatia.

    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 48 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. 

From $475 per person on a double share basis Includes one-way Eurostar train ticket from Paris to London Standard Class, London accommodations at the Cumberland and station transfers.

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