BEST OF WEST & EAST EUROPE 2018

UK, NETHERLANDS, GERMANY, CZECH REPUBLIC, SLOVAKIA, HUNGARY, AUSTRIA, SLOVENIA, ITALY, SWITZERLAND, FRANCE
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  • Day 1: Visit Amsterdam

    Leaving London behind us, we make our way to Amsterdam, crossing the channel on the way and driving through rural France and Belgium. Arriving in Amsterdam in the late afternoon, we’ll check in to our hotel before joining a complimentary Amsterdam canal cruise! Get on board and have those cameras at the ready – this is the best way to be introduced to Amsterdam, a city of beautiful 17th Century architecture, and 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.

    Dinner. Overnight accommodation. London

  • Day 2: Visit the Rhine Valley

    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 the Riekermolen 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 flowers in the fields! Continuing on to the Rhine Valley, we’ll board a Rhine Valley river boat and sail from St Goar to Boppard. 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 faces 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 flavour profile. This evening, enjoy a traditional German meal.

    Breakfast, dinner. Overnight accommodation.

  • Day 3: Visit Nuremburg and Prague.

    Today we’re off to Prague via Nuremburg, stopping in the Bavarian city for a comfort stop. Having served as a residence for German kings over many centuries, Nuremburg was an architectural marvel, and famous for its artists too. Heavily bombed during WW2, the city was painstakingly rebuilt, and today has been returned to some of its former glory – many buildings being rebuilt in the original stone. Prague is a beautiful city, boasting elaborate baroque, gothic, art nouveau and cubist architecture, and rewarding those who explore it with quirky bars, cobbled lanes and courtyards. Known for its brilliant beer and abundance of art, any exploration of Prague will be a rewarding one. After getting your bearings on a walking tour of the city experience authentic Czech cuisine at our local restaurant for dinner on your first night in Prague.

    Breakfast, dinner. Overnight accommodation.

  • Day 4: A free day in Prague

    Your time is your own today to explore Prague the way you want to. Described by some as the ‘Jewel in the Crown’ of Central Europe, you’ll find that Prague is just as engaging as Rome, London or Amsterdam, and is at least as beautiful as Paris. Let your guard down and explore today – you never know the wonders you might find! Start off with the Charles Bridge, which joins the old and the new town, and marvel at how Prague’s dramatic history is reflected in the beauty of its churches, opera houses, concert halls and of course Prague castle. See the famous main square and the Astronomical Clock too – just a few of this city’s famous attractions.

    Breakfast. Overnight accommodation.

  • Day 5: Visit Bratislava and Budapest.

    Moving on to the Slovakian capital, Bratislava! Located in a country dominated by mountains, vineyards, ski runs and wilderness, Bratislava is a charming city. Here you’ll find medieval castles overlooking the old town, along with more recent Socialist-era architecture. Later in the day we make for beautiful Budapest. With a huge number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, we start things off with a driving tour to help you get acquainted with the city. With a huge variety of architectural styles adorning the city, Budapest promises all manner of untold treasures. Featuring hundreds of thermal and mineral springs, bathing in Budapest has been in vogue since Roman times. Hungarian food, too, is experiencing something of a revival after being somewhat repressed in the Soviet era. Explore and be amazed at the bounty of Budapest!

    Breakfast. Overnight accommodation.

  • Day 6: Visit Vienna

    Heading next to Vienna, we’ll have lunch in one of the city’s traditional beer halls before taking a walking tour of the city led by one of our expert local guides. As a centre for art and culture in Europe for centuries, Vienna was host to some of the world’s leading musical minds at one time or another – including luminaries like Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. But along with its classical heritage, magnificent concert halls, palaces and museums, Vienna is also a modern city, with a vibrant café, restaurant and nightclub culture. Explore the city this afternoon and take it all in!

    Breakfast, lunch. Overnight accommodation.

  • Day 7: Visit Graz and Ljubljana

    After leaving Vienna, we’ll take a comfort stop in Graz – Austria’s second-largest city, but also one of its liveliest. Admire the verdant parkland and Renaissance architecture, and get a glimpse of the small, fast-flowing river which gushes through the centre. Our final stop of the day is the Slovenian gem of Ljubljana, often thought of as a hidden gem of Europe. With its castles, stunning architecture and natural beauty, Ljubljana packs a punch more powerful than its small size would suggest. The museums, galleries and nightlife are not to be missed – after taking the afternoon to soak it all in, we’ll have a walking tour of the city before finishing the day off with dinner.

    Breakfast, dinner. Overnight accommodation.

  • Day 8: Visit Venice

    Venice is our next stop, a city immortalised in literature, film and art for centuries. Its timeless waterways and artistic masterpieces (more per square kilometre than anywhere else on earth) make it truly unique – this is a city that will capture your heart and imagination. Being Italian, there’s no shortage of incredible food and culture either! You’ll start your stay in Venice with an orientation tour to get your bearings, after which you’ll visit a Murano glass-blowing workshop and see a live demonstration of this traditional – and hugely impressive – art-form. The afternoon is yours to explore this unforgettable city on your own.

    Breakfast. Overnight accommodation.

  • Day 9: Visit Florence and Tuscany

    Although we leave Venice today, ahead of us are the hills of Tuscany – marvel at the countryside as we head for Florence. On arrival we’ll get a fabulous panoramic view of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo, then take a fascinating walking tour of the city with a local guide. Learn about the history of the city and see historical landmarks dating from Roman times to the glory days of the Renaissance. After exploring, we make our way to the Tuscan countryside, where we spend the night.

    Breakfast. Overnight accommodation.

  • Day 10: Visit Pisa, travel onward to Switzerland

    Departing Tuscany, we make for one of the world’s most famous buildings, and definitely a place you’ll want to have your camera charged – Pisa! Learn the story behind the leaning tower, and be sure to grab some photos! We continue on to the Alps, climbing higher into the mountains to our accommodation in a typical Swiss mountain village in the Jungfrau region. One of the most popular alpine destinations, it’s a great introduction to the magic of the mountains.

    Breakfast, dinner. Overnight accommodation.

  • Day 11: A free day in the Swiss Alps.

    The splendour of the Alps is yours today – don’t miss the chance to join our optional excursion up to Jungfraujoch, also known as the top of Europe! The trip to Europe’s highest train station 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.

    Breakfast. Overnight accommodation.

  • Day 12: Visit Paris

    It’s an early start today as we make our way out of the mountains and make for the city of lights and love: Paris! Arriving in the late 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! Make a note of your favourites, as tomorrow you’ll be able to explore the city in far more detail. 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 cobble-stone 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 to the world-famous Moulin Rouge!

    Breakfast, dinner. Overnight accommodation.

  • Day 13: A free day in Paris.

    Today is all yours to explore as you wish. Take an optional cruise up the River Seine, head up the tower of Montparnasse for exquisite views, 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 Museum. Get a glimpse of that most famous avenue, the Champs Elysees, overlooked by the famous Arc de Triomphe. Alternatively, 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.

    Breakfast. Overnight accommodation.

  • Day 14: Departure out of Paris

    It’s our last day already! Today we leave the mainland and cross the Channel on our way back to London. Be sure to swap details with your fellow travellers – we hope you’ve loved every minute of your Europe Jewel adventure!

BEST OF WEST & EAST EUROPE 2018

What’s included:

  • 13 Nights accommodation in twin rooms. Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room.
  • 13 Breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners
  • Return private airport transfer on the first and the last day.
  • 17 Experiences (including guided walking tours, orientation walks, driving tours of cities plus other exciting experiences).
  • Free Wi-Fi in hotels
  • Modern air conditioned coach with reclining seats, TV for showing DVDs, and toilet.
  • Services of your tour leader from day 1 till day 13, who will be on hand with advice and tips and ensure that you get the most from your trip.
  • All taxes and fees
  • Any public transport used as part of the tour (excludes free days)
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BEST OF WEST & EAST EUROPE 2018
+ INCLUSIONS

What’s included:

  • 13 Nights accommodation in twin rooms. Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room.
  • 13 Breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners
  • Return private airport transfer on the first and the last day.
  • 17 Experiences (including guided walking tours, orientation walks, driving tours of cities plus other exciting experiences).
  • Free Wi-Fi in hotels
  • Modern air conditioned coach with reclining seats, TV for showing DVDs, and toilet.
  • Services of your tour leader from day 1 till day 13, who will be on hand with advice and tips and ensure that you get the most from your trip.
  • All taxes and fees
  • Any public transport used as part of the tour (excludes free days)
+ EXCLUSIONS
+ BOOKING CONDITIONS