Summary of The Day: Welcome to the start of your tour! Arriving in Amsterdam, you'll meet your tour group at the hotel. Once you've settled in, we'll head to the center of Amsterdam to experience the wonders of this fascinating city with an Amsterdam canal dinner cruise! Get on board and have those cameras ready – this is the best introduction to Amsterdam, a city of beautiful 17th Century architecture with a charm all its own. Keep an eye out for spots to revisit later on during your free time. 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, join your tour leader for a walking tour of the infamous Red Light District! The evening is yours – explore the canals some more, or head to Dam Square, one of the most important parts of the city.
Summary of The Day: This morning we'll take a look at a cheese-making demonstration, revealing how cheese has been made in the traditional way in these parts for many years. Following that, we'll learn about that most quirky of Dutch footwear choices – the clog – and see how these traditional shoes are carved. Stopping off at a windmill for a photo stop, you'll be able to appreciate the scenery that the Netherlands is famous for. If the season is right, look out for tulips in the fields!
Continuing on to the Rhine Valley, we'll board a Rhine River boat and cruise the Rhine river. Enjoy a drink on board as you sail, and admire the passing scenery. With the highest concentration of medieval castles in all of Europe, this is a memorable trip, especially with all the vineyards, cliff walls and medieval German towns! Learn more about ice wine (eiswein), an intensely sweet wine made from the juice of naturally frozen grapes. The frozen grapes concentrate the sugars of the juice, intensifying the flavor. Enjoy a traditional German meal this evening; why not walk it all off with a stroll along the river?
Summary of The Day: On Day 3 we'll visit Innsbruck, Austria, making a comfort stop in Ulm on the way. This historic German city is famous not only as the birthplace of Albert Einstein, but also as having the tallest Church steeple in the world! Innsbruck is one of the few places in the world that really can lay claim to having something for everyone. It's not everywhere that offers extreme sports (thanks to the close proximity of the soaring Nordkette Alps), fascinating historical heritage courtesy of the legacy of the Habsburgs, and vibrant modern attractions too. This is where the modern urban meets the great outdoors, with a space-age funicular taking you up into the mountains in literally a matter of minutes.
Once we arrive in the afternoon, we'll have dinner, after which the day is yours to explore this fascinating Austrian city. You can take the cable car to the peak of Nordkette for stunning Alpine views, visit town square and its famous Goldenes Dachl (Golden Roof) or, for something a little different, visit the Swarovski Crystal Museum!
Summary of The Day: Leaving Innsbruck behind us, we journey onward to the enchanting city of Venice. Traveling through stunning Alpine scenery, we'll make a photo stop so that you can record memories of the incredible mountain vistas spread out before you. The timeless waterways and artistic masterpieces of Venice make it truly unique – this is a city that will capture your heart and imagination. There's no shortage of incredible food and culture either!
We'll start with an orientation tour to get your bearings; see St Mark's Square, the famous Rialto Bridge and the beautiful narrow alleyways lined with shops offering unique souvenirs. The afternoon is yours to explore this unforgettable city. If you wish to take part in the true Venice experience, your tour leader can organize at your own expense a gondola ride through the enchanting waterways, under the quaint bridges and between the beautiful houses that Venice offers in abundance.
Summary of The Day: It's back into alpine territory once again today, but first we'll make a detour in Verona for a comfort stop. Verona is the setting for the most famous love story of all time: Romeo and Juliet. One can seek out the balcony where Romeo reportedly wooed his lover.
After a short stop, we'll continue on to Lucerne. Renowned as one of Switzerland's most beautiful cities, this is the one place you'll definitely want to have your camera ready! All the ingredients for the quintessentially picturesque Swiss experience are here: a cobalt lake and well-preserved old-town replete with waterfront promenades, covered bridges and immaculate plazas, all surrounded by the natural skyscrapers of the Swiss Alps. It's really no wonder that Goethe, Queen Victoria and Wagner savored the stunning views that Lucerne has to offer. There's charm and grace around every corner, but it's not all about history - there's certainly enough of a pulse here to keep things current, with carnivals, concerts and exhibitions aplenty.
Summary of The Day: Before we travel onward to Burgundy you'll have the morning to enjoy more of Lucerne - why not join our Mount Pilatus optional excursion? Whether you take the world's steepest cogwheel railway from Alpnachstad or the panoramic gondolas and aerial cableway from Kriens, you'll go up through lush meadows carpeted with Alpine flowers, past sparkling mountain streams and fascinating rock faces. The Mount Pilatus option truly offers that unique alpine experience!
If Paris is the place for romance, then Burgundy is the place for two other things the French are celebrated for: great food and wine. Some of the most famous names in wine-making call Burgundy home, and trust us, they go very well with the region's typically rich, meaty cuisine.
You'll be staying in Dijon, the capital of Burgundy - a place of tremendous wealth and power and one of the great European centers of art, learning and science. Beyond the food and wine, this is the place to soak up fascinating history and culture, with excellent museums and fabulous Renaissance architecture making this one of the most memorable parts of the entire tour!
Summary of The Day: The city of lights is our next stop, as we take in the home of some of the world's most famous cultural landmarks, museums that feature some of the world's most important artworks, cafes, galleries, boutiques and more. Trying to see it all is futile, but wherever you explore will leave an impression you're likely to forget anytime soon. Whether you're strolling the boulevards, visiting stylish boutiques, admiring the artwork, exploring the famous neighbourhoods that have been home to so many of the world's great thinkers and artists or simply sitting at a street-side cafe and watching the world go by, Paris is unforgettable.
To help you make the most of your time, your tour leader can organize queue jump tickets to the River Seine Cruise and a visit to the Montparnasse tower, offering incredible views of the Paris skyline, including the Eiffel Tower! For the uniquely Parisian experience, join your tour leader on a visit to an incredible Cabaret show!
Summary of The Day: It's the last leg of our journey already! On our way back to the Dutch capital we'll stop in Brussels for a comfort stop and the chance to explore the Belgian capital. Sample typical Belgian fare (moules et frites, countless varieties of beer and of course that famous chocolate), or wander around. Perhaps grab some last-minute souvenirs for the folks back home?
We will also take a photo stop at the incredible Anatomium. Originally built for the 1958 World's Fair, this unique structure makes for a truly incredible selfie opportunity! After our comfort stop, we continue on to Amsterdam, where our tour officially ends. We hope you've enjoyed this whirlwind tour of Europe!
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