Summary of The Day: Leaving London behind us, we'll make our way to Paris, crossing the Channel and arriving in the City of Lights in the afternoon. Your tour leader will lead you on a driving tour of this famous city. Get your cameras ready – you'll be seeing some of the city's most treasured landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower! Make a note of your favorites, as tomorrow you'll be able to explore the city in depth. After checking in to the hotel, we'll travel to the hilltop region of Montmartre for dinner, a refuge for artists and bohemians in Paris' glory days, an area whose cobblestone streets have seen their share of famous faces over the years. Enjoy views of the city from the white stone steps of the Sacre Coeur, and take the chance this evening to explore the nightlife on the nearby Boulevard de Clichy, home of the world-famous Moulin Rouge!
Summary of The Day: The day is yours to explore this magical city at your leisure. Take a look at our optional excursions: enjoy a cruise up the River Seine, or ascend the tower of Montparnasse for exquisite views of the city (own expense). Visit L'Opéra Garnier, the Tuileries Gardens, Place de la Concorde, Hotel de Ville, the River Seine, l'Ile de la Cite or the Louvre. Get a glimpse of that most famous avenue, the Champs Elysees, presided over by the Arc de Triomphe. Feel like shopping? Why not head to the boutiques of La Marais? Or visit the graves of Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison at Père Lachaise Cemetery? Those with a taste for the macabre can even descend to the infamous catacombs! Alternatively, stay above ground and explore the museums, people-watch from a roadside café, or simply stroll the city, following in the footsteps of great painters, musicians and writers.
Summary of The Day: It's an early start this morning as we continue on to the Swiss Alps. Arriving in the late afternoon, we'll wind our way through dramatic Swiss mountain scenery – look out for quaint villages, snow-capped mountain peaks, delightful homesteads and rolling hills as we climb higher into the mountains. We'll stop for the night in the Jungfrau region, one of the most beautiful in the Swiss Alps.
Summary of The Day: Merry Christmas! The splendor of the Alps is yours today – don't miss the chance to join the own-expense excursion up to Jungfraujoch! The trip to the top is a real highlight; you might find yourself pressed up against the windows as the picture-perfect Swiss countryside rolls beneath you. Look out for quaint villages nestled in the valleys beneath snow-capped peaks and tumbling mountain waterfalls. Once we've reached the top, enjoy the year-round snow and breathtaking views of the surrounding glaciers and craggy mountaintops. Once you've had a chance to explore and capture as many photos as possible, it's back down to lower altitudes for the rest of the afternoon.
Take the opportunity to stroll around Interlaken and see the Christmas decorations. Tonight you'll have the opportunity to enjoy an own-expense Christmas dinner with your travel companions.
Summary of The Day: This morning we board the coach once more as we make for Germany's famous Rhine Valley! Relax on board a Rhine riverboat as we head to our hotel in the heart of the Rhine Valley. This is the most concentrated stretch of castles in all of Europe, featuring vineyards, charming medieval towns and lofty cliffs. Learn the story of the castles, many of which are now in ruins since the river barons abandoned them long ago. Once the cruise is over, enjoy a traditional German dinner, then walk it off with a stroll along the riverside. The perfect end to the day!
German food is typically unfussy and hearty. At the dinner this evening, you may have the chance to try saurkraut (fermented cabbage), sauerbraten (beef sausages marinated in vinegar before cooking) or schweinbraten (roast pork in beer, usually wheatbeer). Although meat features heavily in Germany cuisines, there will of course also be a vegetarian option, for example pasta, potato salad and red cabbage.
Summary of The Day: Our first stop in the Netherlands: a windmill village, followed by a traditional cheese-making demonstration. Learn about how that most quirky and quaint of footwear choices – the clog – is made, before traveling onward to Amsterdam. We'll check in to our hotel before joining a Amsterdam canal dinner cruise! Get on board and get those cameras ready; this is the best way to experience the city of Amsterdam, with its 17th century architecture, fascinating museums and cafes. Watch the city drift past as you sail by, and listen out for tips and interesting insights into the city from your tour leader. Later on, you have the option to join your tour leader for a walking tour of the infamous Red Light District! The evening is yours – explore the canals and Dam Square, and enjoy your time in this fascinating city.
The Dutch tradition of making cheese stretches all the way back to the Roman times. At the cheese making demonstration you will have the opportunity to try typical Dutch varieties, such as Gouda, Edam, Maasdammer (a nutty cheese with large holes), Boerenkaas (raw milk cheese), goat's cheese, smoked cheese and Frisian clove cheese (made with cumin and cloves).
Summary of The Day: After breakfast, we bid farewell to Amsterdam and make our way back to London via the Belgian city of Bruges. Famous for its beer, waffles, chocolate and moules et frites, this is definitely a good place to be if you've brought your appetite. An extremely popular medieval city with no shortage of cobblestone streets, historic old churches and lofty towers, this is a great city to explore and a good spot to pick up any last-minute souvenirs. Once you've had a look around, it's back to the coach for the final leg of our return journey to London.
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