London – Amsterdam Day 1 – London – Amsterdam
Meet your Travel Director this morning before leaving London. Venture past the iconic White Cliffs of Dover fringing the English Channel as you board your ferry to Calais. We travel through the lush green landscape of Belgium to Amsterdam. Enjoy an orientation of the historic city centre followed by a Welcome Reception on a scenic canal cruise including a light dinner and welcome drinks.
Amsterdam – Rhine Cruise – Heidelberg – Rhineland Day 2 – Amsterdam – Rhine Cruise – Heidelberg – Rhineland
Travel 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 mesmerising song. The old university town of Heidelberg is our next stop, with its impressive Renaissance structures, Baroque Old Town and view of the ruined red sandstone castle that towers above the city. We then venture to our Rhineland hotel where we’ll spend our evening at leisure.
Rhineland – Schaffhausen – Lucerne (2 Nights) Day 3 – Rhineland – Schaffhausen – Lucerne (2 Nights)
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.
Grand Europe Authentic Accommodation
Swiss Folklore Evening And Dinner
Tonight we’ll enjoy a tasty Swiss meal, including the famous Swiss cheese fondue, in a typical restaurant. While enjoying dinner, you can also join in a lively folklore show which includes yodelling, flag-throwing and Alpine horn-blowing. Two drinks are also included.
Adult Price: Fr.99.00
Lucerne Orientation Day 4 – Lucerne Orientation
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.
Mount Pilatus And Lake Cruise
We’ll ascend by cog-wheel train to Mount Pilatus’ summit, where you’ll have time to explore, admire the views, and breathe the pure air. Then, we’ll descent by cable-car to enjoy a scenic lake cruise. On certain departures this Optional may be operated in reverse.
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
Lucerne – Burgundy Wine Region – Paris (2 Nights) Day 5 – Lucerne – Burgundy Wine Region – Paris (2 Nights)
See the changing landscape as you travel into France through Alsace and across the Maginot Line. Indulge in the mesmerising 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 colourful sights and sounds of a famous Parisian Cabaret.
Pullman La Defense
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
Nouvelle Eve Cabaret And Dinner
One of the oldest and most elegant revue theatres in Paris, Nouvelle Eve is a hidden gem, where you’ll meet the Director and two of the cast members before enjoying a four-course dinner with wine. You will then experience unparalleled Parisian entertainment – including the world-famous Can-Can.
Adult Price: €139.00
Paris Sightseeing Day 6 – Paris Sightseeing
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. 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 indulge in a unique encounter with Parisian culture, enjoying a special Be My Guest Farewell Dinner in the City of Light.
Be My Guest Dining
Notre Dame And Latin Quarter
A guided drive through Paris’ bohemian Left Bank with our Local Specialist brings us to amazing Notre Dame to discover one of the world’s most famous Cathedrals and the epitome of Gothic architecture. Afterwards, take a stroll through the delightful Latin Quarter, a medieval maze of winding cobblestone alleyways where you’ll have free time to enjoy the sidewalk bistros, boutiques and hidden squares.
Adult Price: €33.00
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
Paris – London Day 7 – Paris – London
After breakfast, we say a fond au revoir to Paris. Crossing the infamous Somme battlefields, the final resting place of so many brave souls, we catch a glimpse of the Canadian War Memorial at Vimy Ridge. In Calais, we board a ferry to Dover, continuing to London by coach where our encounter with European Highlights comes to an end.