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Ultimate Europe Tour

Places Covered: Bruges & Amsterdam, Berlin, Dutch Countryside, Dresden & Prague
Duration: 26 days
Tour Cost: € 2,175

Discover a selection of 15 vibrant countries in comfort on the ultimate European tour. You will have 26 days to enjoy the diverse cultures, cuisines and famous attractions of Europe from the comfort of a luxury coach, while our expert tour leader guides the way to hidden gems as well as to popular destinations. Bring your sense of adventure and plenty of batteries for your camera, as this is one trip you will want to remember forever.

This is the ultimate Europe trip for people who want to really get to know Europe in a fun and exciting way. The great thing about this tour is that you will have plenty of free time to explore destinations on your own, or with the friends that you make along the way.

The ultimate Europe tour allows travellers time to explore European cities such as Bruges, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague and Vienna. Among the other highlights is visiting the Leaning Tower of Pisa and enjoying a perfume making demonstration while visiting the picturesque French Riviera.

Simply hop on board the coach and get ready for the European adventure of a lifetime.

DAY 01

Visit Bruges and Amsterdam

Welcome to your 26 day tour of Europe – we call it the Ultimate Europe Tour as over the next 26days you are going to see Europe’s most popular cities, landmarks and destinations! Waving goodbye to London, crossing the English Channel, we will drive through France, stopping in the ‘Venice of the North’ – Bruges. The Belgian city of Bruges is a small but picturesque city, with breathtaking architecture and a wonderful personality. Take some time to stretch your legs and indulge in a spot of sight-seeing while you are here. Onwards to the Netherlands, you will notice the landscape change to windmills and waterways, as you approach the city of Amsterdam. For those joining the tour here, you will meet at the hotel, and once everyone is checked in, hop back on the coach and head into the city centre, where the action is. Wish to explore Amsterdam with a difference? Well our first excursion is a canal cruise, that includes dinner and is accompanied by interesting commentary and facts about the cities development and history. Sit back, relax and take everything in, as you drift past famous landmarks and sights. After seeing the bridges and city from the waterside it’s time for your tour leader to take you on an included walking tour of the infamous Red Light District. Afterwards, you are free to hit the cafes, bars and coffee shops. This is your first night on tour, so squeeze every last drop out of it!

Dinner. Overnight accommodation. (Alternative start point: Amsterdam)

DAY 02

Take a Dutch Countryside Tour

The morning begins with an entertaining demonstration, on how traditional Dutch clogs are made (by hand), followed by a lesson in local cheese making. There is time to pop some clogs on, and taste the cheesy treats - as well as sample a taste of the local liqueurs and wines (if it isn’t too early for you..) Your next stop for the day is to the historical windmill village of Zaanse Schans. Check out these wind powered wonders, and discover how they were vital to industrial development to the Netherlands. This is a great chance to get some fabulous photos! Ready for a taste of the sea air? A visit to the quaint sea side village of Volendam allows you to stretch your legs, wander the main street filled with cafes and local nick-nacks and admire the sprawling views. If you have time, try the local seafood for an early lunch. Your afternoon is free to spend as you wish. Heading back into Amsterdam there are numerous museums and art galleries to choose from - why not visit the Anne Frank’s house, the Van Gough museum, take a bicycle tour or simply wander the streets and canals. Notice some of the original townhouses seem to have a forward lean to them? This is so furniture can be hoisted on from the outside of the house and brought in through the windows, because the staircases inside are to narrow! Amsterdam is truly unique!

Breakfast. Overnight accommodation.

DAY 03

Visit Berlin

Today you continue your Europe tour into Germany. An early start from Amsterdam is needed to arrive in Berlin by the late afternoon, but it will be worth it. The city of Berlin has a positive energy which bursts in every direction, driven by the young population who reside here for education and art. There is an eclectic mix of different music styles and street art - a stark opposite of the lifestyle which was reflected in times when the city was divided into East and West during the Cold War. Although there are constant reminders of the oppression suffered by the German people who were contained within the walls of the city, the modern day version is practically the opposite of this. If you have time before dinner, take a short wander to the river and check out the highly decorated, Berlin Wall. Tomorrow you will have plenty of time to explore the historical aspects of the city, but for now...kick your heels up and relish in the freedom of the night! The bars and clubs are calling your name... There is an optional excursion which can introduce you to the nightlife of the city - a Berlin Pub Crawl! Offering VIP entries and a great way to explore the city after dark, just ask your tour leader to organise tickets for you.

Breakfast, dinner. Overnight accommodation.

DAY 04

A free day in Berlin

Today, you will be introduced to Berlin on a locally guided walking tour of the city - visiting such poignant locations as the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, the Site of Hitler’s Former Bunker, Luftwaffe HQ, 17th June Street, The Berlin Wall, The Former SS Headquarters, and Checkpoint Charlie. Visitors to Berlin are fascinated with the history surrounding the division of the city in to East and West, and significant locations which featured in news bulletins and TV footage of the day. The Berlin Wall stands as a sombre reminder of the controls imposed on Berlin during and after WW2, however the bright, street art which adorns it today seems to give it a peaceful purpose. A replica of the original Checkpoint Charlie, which is found in the shopping district of the city, is visited by hundreds of tourists every day for a photo opportunity. There are numerous free museums and galleries to visit, which all contribute to the understanding of this cities modern history. Keep an open mind and listen closely, so that you don’t miss a thing.

Breakfast. Overnight accommodation.

DAY 05

Visit Dresden and Prague

It’s time to farewell Berlin, and Czech out Prague but not before stopping at the German city of Dresden. Virtually rebuilt from the ground up after bombing attacks in WW2 destroyed the city centre, Dresden is immaculate and stylish. The grand buildings are no reflection on the pain they suffered during the bombings, and it is a credit that this city has been so lovingly put back together. Try some of the local German food - such as Bratwurst, and have a wander around the beautifully paved streets. Heading east to the Czech Republic, it is time to get excited about what lays ahead. Prague is an unforgettable city, which stays in your memory long after other locations have faded. The historic centre was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992, and your locally guided walking tour will introduce you to many locations, which you will want to explore in more depth on your free day tomorrow. Prague has a vibrant nightlife and a stunning aspect which equally rivals it’s daytime beauty. Watch the lights dance across the river as you cross the Charles Bridge, and marvel at the castles lit against the night sky. Make sure you venture into the city and explore by both the sun and the moon. You will have two very different experiences. For dinner experience authentic Czech cuisine at our local restaurant on your first night in Prague.

Breakfast, dinner. Overnight accommodation.

DAY 06

Spend a free day in Prague.

Treat yourself to the fairytale magic of Prague - often aptly described as the "Jewel in the Crown" of central Europe. This ancient city has an essence which combines youthful inquisitiveness and old world wisdom. Highlights of the day might include the majestic Prague Castle, the famous Charles Bridge (you need to also see the views from the bridge at night - simply stunning...), the ‘Old Town’ and the Jewish Quarter. There is also a ‘Secret Garden’ which leads to a manmade grotto - see if you can find it! The Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square is a ‘must see’ - the intricate puppetry and show which is performed on the hour, draws hundreds of people throughout the day and night. Prague's dramatic history is reflected in the beauty of the architecture of churches, opera houses, concert halls and parks. There are numerous beer halls in which to sample a local brew, and for those who wish to put your stamp on the city, why not visit legendary Lennon wall - a tribute to John Lennon and words of peace, which is added to on a daily basis by the thousands of visitors to the city. Did we mention ‘fairytale’ city earlier?...Maybe it is worth noting that Prague is the home of the "green fairy” - absinthe. Go easy, and enjoy!

Breakfast. Overnight accommodation.

DAY 7

Visit Bratislava and Vienna

Today you will continue your tour of eastern Europe towards the Slovakian capital of Bratislava. Located on the Danube River, the city is a melting pot of numerous nationalities and religions, and so explains the very relaxed and down to earth nature of its residents. After your Bratislavan ‘breather’, you are all set for the Austrian city of Vienna - boasting some of Europe’s most impressive architecture, and a cultural heritage steeped in glorious flamboyance and style. Home to Sigmund Freud, the Vienna boys choir, a clutch of the worlds most celebrated composers (...try Mozart, Beethoven & Brahms), the United Nations, OPEC and Weiner Scnitzel, the city centre has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001. Take a glance at the famous Schonbrunn Palace as you approach Vienna, and once you have arrived, explore the centre on your guided walking tour of the city. Taking in the Golden Mile, Imperial Castle and St Stephen’s Cathedral, allow the history to wash over you and marvel at Vienna’s significance in modern and ancient history.

Breakfast, dinner. Overnight accommodation.

DAY 08

Visit Ljubljana and Venice

Vienna to Venice - no less than 3 countries today! Take your last look at Austria as you head for Slovenia, and the the pint-size city of Ljubljana. A local guide will escort you on a walking tour of this fairytale city, pointing out the numerous bridges and brilliantly preserved baroque, gothic and medieval architecture. Take in the stunning scenery as you head south, crossing the border into Italy. And then...Welcome to Venice! This unique city, straddles 118 islands, and known for its canals, gondolas, Venetian masks, piazzas, art, traditional glass and lace making. On arrival, your tour leader will escort you on an orientation walking tour of the city, so you can use your free time in the early evening to explore properly. Get your cameras ready for the world famous St Marks Square, Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge, and more! The whole of Venice is marked as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which indicates the level historical significance this city carries. The evening is yours to enjoy authentic Italian delights, with hundreds of fantastic local restaurants and bars to choose from. After an espresso, explore Venice the traditional way - from the canals. Relax and glide on a gondola ride. If you are lucky, the gondolier may sing to you to make the trip even more special!

Breakfast. Overnight accommodation.

DAY 09

Visit Venice

The day is yours to explore! The best way to discover Venice is just to get lost in the streets, piazzas and alleyways of the city. Don’t worry, it is easy to find your way back. The day time brings with it opportunity to experience the artistic side of Venice. Handmade Venetian masks adorn the windows of the local gift shops, along with lace and stunning glass creations - Want to see how they make them? Head to the islands of Murano and Burano for demonstrations of how these traditional art forms are still made today. St Marks Square is incredible during the day, and a water tour of the Grand Canal is a must do - especially for those wanting those classic Venetian photos! If it is a warm day, why not head for a dip with the locals at the ever popular, Lido Beach? Venice is also well known for wining and dining. There are hundreds of little cafes alongside the canals, offering a unique view of the waterways and a variety of food and wine options. (The pizza is particularly good here!) So if you prefer to sit back and watch the world go by, then Venice is the perfect place for you. Once the sun starts to sink, the piazzas fill with hundreds of people, looking to relax at the end of their day. Live music guides you through the streets and over the canals, and if you didn’t try it last night, a gondola ride is surely to be next on tonight’s agenda. Enjoy!

Breakfast. Overnight accommodation.

DAY 10

Visit Rome

Continuing on your Italian leg of your Europe tour, the vibe of Venice will suddenly be substituted by the richness of Rome! After a picturesque drive through the Italian countryside, the Italian capital looms. Centuries old Rome will make you feel like you have stepped back in time! The Italian capital buzzes with activity, tradition, passion, and an energy of its own. Your local Roman tour guide, can’t wait to introduce you to the locations which make this city so beloved and famous, on an evening walking tour of the city. The Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Roman Forum and the Coliseum...just for starters! Whilst at the Trevi Fountain, toss a coin over your shoulder. Legend has it, that you will return to Rome again one day. (what a great investment!) On the way back to your accommodation for the evening, you can start to plan what to do with your free day. Enjoy your meal - Bon Appetite!

Breakfast, dinner. Overnight accommodation.

DAY 11

A free day in Rome & optional excursion to the Vatican City

You are going to love to roam Rome! The whole day is yours, to explore this ancient city to your hearts content. Most of the historical landmarks and Ancient Roman structures are located within the city centre so that makes it easier to navigate. (Rome was a much smaller place back when there were emperors and gladiators). Make sure you get an early start at the major attractions, such as the Colosseum, as the queues can get long, and Rome is a popular destination to visit. Want to visit Vatican City and witness Michelangelo’s famous painting on the roof of the Sistine Chapel? Today’s optional excursion is a must! Your tour leader can organise fast tracked tickets for you, and once you are ahead of the queues, you have access to Vatican City - the smallest country in the world! The Sistine Chapel awaits, as does St Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican museums and one of the world’s best private art collections. You never know...maybe the Pope will be in residence! The rest of your day is yours to explore as you wish, and this is the perfect opportunity to return to your favorite landmarks from from last nights walking tour, or indulge traditional Italian fare. Pizza, pasta, vino, espresso...Belissimo! (that means ‘lovely’ in Italian..you will use this one often..)

Breakfast. Overnight accommodation.

DAY 12

A free day in Rome

Time for new Rome-antics! Another free day in in the capital to explore as you wish. This is your opportunity to either catch up on what you have missed, head off on a day trip to somewhere like Pompeii, or simply enjoy a chance to catch your breath and take in the atmosphere of the city. The Italians believe in taking it easy, so why not chill out at a trattoria with some tasty morsels, a cold beverage and some good conversation. This is also the perfect opportunity, to explore the city away from the large crowds. Research some favorite locals haunts, or maybe visit the catacombs for something different. Many of our Explorers actually prefer to relax and enjoy the atmosphere for the day. It is up to you. Whatever you do, take your time and don’t rush. That coin you threw in to the Trevi Fountain last night, means you will return to Rome someday to catch up on what you may miss this time around. Enjoy!

Breakfast. Overnight accommodation.

DAY 13

Visit Florence and Tuscany

Today we head straight to the heart of the picturesque Tuscan region, made famous for wine, great food, art, architecture and the birthplace of Renaissance. Your first stop is the romantic city of Florence, where your local Italian guide can’t wait to show you around. The Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio and Santa Croce Basilica all feature in this guided tour, as well as many other works of art - the street sculptures are amazing! If you have time after the tour, why not visit Michelangelo’s masterpiece sculpture ‘David’, at Galleria dell'Accademia, or wander along the river? Check out the world famous leather markets if you have time! Time to wind down and give yourself a break from the buzz and noise of the big cities - tonight you will head to your accommodation in the beautiful Tuscan hills, where the soft afternoon light which radiates across the land and everyone looks good in a ‘selfie’ at this time of day - is it any wonder this region attracts and inspires so many famous artists? After checking in to your accommodation in the ancient spa town of Montecatini Terme, you can enjoy your dinner before embarking on an evening stroll to relax the mind and explore the town...

Breakfast. Overnight accommodation.

DAY 14

Visit Pisa and Nice

Under the Tuscan morning sun, you will depart Montecatini Terme, in search of stunning coastlines, the rich and famous, and a holiday spirit. Your destination?...the French Riviera! However before saying ohh la la to France you will spend some time visiting one of the most iconic landmarks of Italy - the Leaning Tower of Pisa! A UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the neighbouring cathedral, cemetery and baptistry, this 56m, 840 year old Bell tower draws millions of visitors from all over the globe, namely for one thing...To have their picture taken pretending to push the tower back up! So get creative, get into position - these snaps are always the most memorable. (Make sure you share your favorites on our Facebook page!) After a scenic drive through the last of the Italian countryside, you cross the border into France. Bonjour French Riviera! You have arrived! Having made it to the South of France, you will see one of the most picturesque strips of coast in the world, where the ocean laps the shore, and it’s holiday season all year around. After dinner, why not head into town to join the locals in one of the many bars and restaurants.

Breakfast. Overnight accommodation.

DAY 15

A free day in Nice and the French Riviera

Today, you can do whatever your heart desires! As the saying goes ‘It is always nice in Nice’ - so now is your chance to find out why. One thing is for sure though - this is the playground for the rich and famous. Keep your eyes open for celebrities and stars whilst you are enjoying the sights yourself! Today you also have a free optional excursion to visit Monaco (which is also a principality, and the 2nd smallest and most densely populated country in the world!) If you choose to come with us, you will be taken on a scenic coastal drive from Nice in the late afternoon, and have the rest of the day to explore. The city offers stunning views over an enormous private harbour, where super yachts and ships come to rest. The Grand Casino is particularly spectacular, and the castle district offers beautifully preserved architecture and views of the coast and city.

Breakfast.Overnight accommodation.

DAY 16

Visit Arles and Barcelona

Time to brush up on your Spanish greetings - you will need them this afternoon! As you depart Nice and get back on the road headed for Barcelona, you will make a stop in the UNESCO Heritage Site of Arles, famous for its historical buildings and links to such artists as Van Gough (many of his paintings were inspired by this city). Don’t forget to check out the colourful houses and Roman Amphitheatre on this comfort stop. Barcelona is nearing, and you should be getting excited about exploring this cosmopolitan Spanish metropolis. Once you arrive, we will acquaint you with its vibrant energy with a city coach tour, so you can decide where to start first on your free days. Keep your eyes open for the famous Sagrada Familia cathedral, and any of Gaudi’s spectacular examples of eclectic architecture. Then there is the lively La Ramblas - a pedestrian walk way down the middle of the city which is full of market stalls, cafes, restaurants, street entertainers and just brimming with life. The city comes alive at night, so after dinner, head back into the heart of the action for some music and atmosphere.

Breakfast, dinner. Overnight accommodation.

DAY 17

Visit Barcelona

Today is all yours to do with as you please! Barcelona offers a diversity of options in how to build your day into a lasting memory. The best views of the city can be had from Park Guell, and you can take in the panoramic splendor and skyline of Barcelona. The park itself offers a very interesting design which is a product of Anton Gaudi’s challenging architectural visualisations. Barcelona is home to many of Gaudi’s building designs and you could spend the whole day, simply locating each one and recognising the signature design features. One of his most famous works, is that of the unfinished Sagrada Familia - an interpretation of a gothic cathedral which is unlike any building you will have ever seen. You can’t miss it from Park Guell, or most other vantage points in the city. Harbour tours, La Ramblas, the ‘Old Town’, museums, art galleries and some of Europe’s best shopping - there is much to do in this incredible city. If you wish to participate in our optional excursion, we can organise tickets for you to see a traditional Flamenco show! The dance of passion is performed with style, flair and energy, and is a real experience not to be missed If you prefer to stick to more modern forms of dance, each night the city fills with tourists and locals, who are in search of music and sangrias!

Breakfast. Overnight accommodation.

DAY 18

A free day in Barcelona.

Hola! You have another free day in the Spanish city of Barcelona! Today you can make this your own, by continuing to explore the historical and cultural centres, indulge in some high end shopping and retail therapy, and much more. Football fans can use the extra day to visit Barcelona FC’s stadium - Camp Nou (there may even be a game on whilst you are here), Why not take advantage of the beaches and hit the shores! Ocean tours depart from the harbour and take you for a cruise up the coast to give you a unique perspective of the city. Barcelona is full of things to do, so there is no excuse not to get out and make the most of things. Fiesta, not siesta!

Breakfast. Overnight accommodation.

DAY 19

Visit Avignon

Adios, Barcelona! You have been wonderful! Heading back into France, continue through the French countryside, and get up close and personal, with a 2000 year old Roman Built aqua duct, at Pont du Gard. Walking along it, you will notice that there are no nails, cement or mortar holding the arches together. The Pont du Gard has been an attraction for centuries, primarily based on its immaculate three tiered construction, which carried over 44 million gallons of water a day to the local townships. A very important historical site, UNESCO have included it in their heritage listing - and rightly so. Your final stop of the day will be in Avignon - also known affectionately as ‘The City of Popes’. It is an amazingly preserved, fortified city commune with a long history, stunning architecture and religious significance. Another UNESCO Heritage Site and you will see many more during your tour. Enjoy an orientation walking tour of Avignon, which will show you the Papal Palace as well as other significant structures, and after dinner, your evening is free to explore as you wish.

Breakfast, dinner. Overnight accommodation.

DAY 20

Visit Geneva and the Swiss Alps

Today you will head to Geneva - home of the United Nations and Red Cross headquarters, and then onto the spectacular Swiss Alpine region to fill your lungs with the freshest mountain air. After departing Avignon, we leave France behind in search of mountains and snow. On the way, we make a lunch stop in Geneva where you can wander the small city centre and marvel at Lake Geneva. There is also an old town to explore, and some great shopping to be had. Now you are mountain bound, and heading into the heart of the famous Jungfrau Region. We take you on a stunning mountain drive through the Swiss Alps as we meander our way through rugged mountain faces, forests and Alpine lakes. Once in your mountain village, you can check in and then relax with a sunset view of the mountain peaks, and the cows grazing who are responsible for the wonderful milk that makes Swiss chocolate so amazing . After a hearty dinner, feel free to stroll the streets and breathe in that crisp, fresh air. Tomorrow will be a real highlight of your Europe tour.

Breakfast, dinner. Overnight accommodation.

DAY 21

A free day in the Swiss Alps

Are you excited? Today is all about Swiss bliss! We have an optional excursion to blow your mind and offers a guaranteed snow day! For 365 days of the year, Jungfraujoch is blessed with snow, and today you can visit the ‘Top of Europe’. The journey up the mountain is a highlight in itself, with unmatched views which will really make your Europe tour unforgettable. You will alight onto Europe’s highest railway station, and be able to view the 4000m glacier from unobscured viewing platforms. The majestic combination of ice, snow, rock and epic views will stay with you for life - time to take a deep breath and have some fun!. A snowball fight is a must, and for those artistic types, a snowman building competition. Snow angel anyone? Don’t forget those cameras...swiss cheeeese! Alternatively, for those choosing to spend their free day exploring a local village, why not head to Interlarken, a short train ride away, and try a traditional fondue, pick up some Swiss souvenirs, or just enjoy a wander through the streets?

Breakfast. Overnight accommodation.

DAY 22

Visit Liechtenstein and Munich

So long, Switzerland. With the tinkle of cowbells fading into the distance, you will depart the Jungfrau region, and savour the last of the Alpine views as you head once more for Germany. A lunch stop is scheduled for Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein, and you will have plenty of time to eat, shop and see the Vaduz Castle ( the official residence of the Price of Liechtenstein.) overlooking the city. As the country lies within the Alps, it also makes it a stunning place to visit. Your next stop is the German capital of Munich! Enjoy a guided walking tour of the city and after your excursion, the evening takes a lighter, more sociable turn. Every year, Munich plays host to one of the most famous beer festivals in the world - Oktoberfest! To give you a taste, this evening you will dine in a traditional beer hall, and enjoy a local stein on us! Prost!

Breakfast, Dinner. Overnight accommodation in Bavarian Region

DAY 23

Visit Dachau and The Rhine Valley

Today is a contrast of German cities, history and landscapes, and the emotions which go with it. After departing your hotel, you will be on your way to visit one of the most picturesque sections of the Rhine River, but not before you have experienced Germany’s first ever concentration camp, which was operational during the Nazi occupation. Opened in 1933 by Heinrich Himmler, Dachau is located 16 km from Munich in a beautiful, medieval township, and was originally intended as a holding place for political prisoners and a prototype for further camps. There were many human atrocities which stain the grounds here, and the crunch of the stones beneath your feet as you wander the compound and replica buildings, act as a reminder of the fear which must have been felt by the thousands of people who were imprisoned here. The museum houses photos and documents of the camps’ history from 1933 until it was shut down in 1945, and all displays are represented in an educational, honest way, and provide a truly educational experience for those who know little about this darker time in Germany’s modern history. By now, you may be ready for a lighter end to your day, and a Rhine River cruise will certainly go a long way to lifting the spirits. The Rhine Valley is one of the most scenic stretches of riverbank in the whole of Europe. Boasting the highest concentration of medieval castles, wineries and villages, you will board you riverboat, and take in the breathtaking scenery from the deck. This is where the famous ice wine is produced, be sure to buy some as a souvenier. Cruising into a stunning, gothic German village, you will check in, enjoy dinner, and have the evening free explore the town.

Breakfast, dinner. Overnight accommodation.

DAY 24

Visit Paris

It’s time to leave the Rhine... but there is no sign of slowing down - there is still so much to see! Heading back towards the French border on the way to Paris, you will make a short stop in one of Europe’s smallest countries - Luxembourg. Known as a global financial and banking centre, during your stop you may wish to view the spectacular Renaissance architecture of the Grand Ducal Palace or have an early lunch in Luxembourg’s central square, Place d’Armes, with its numerous cafes and restaurants. Onwards to the capital of France, Paris and after we have checked into our hotel we will be back out again to explore the ‘City of Lights and Love’, from the comfort of the coach on your Paris driving tour. Taking in many of the architectural and historical landmarks which have made this city famous this is the perfect way to get yourself a bit more familiar with the city and help you decide how you will spend your free day tomorrow.

Breakfast, dinner. Overnight accommodation.

DAY 25

A free day in Paris

Bonjour! Time for some French Couture to make Paris the perfect fit for you. Whether it's culture, cuisine or cruising the city, you crave, the French capital will not disappoint. A Seine River cruise to the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame, perhaps?

Maybe a visit to the Louvre to see famous artworks and paintings (make sure you get there ahead of the crowds and check for ‘free admission’ days) Montmartre favours those who savour flavour, in offering quaint, Parisian style alfresco restaurants and cafes, with a beautiful view of the city, just behind the Sacre Coeur. Tickle the taste buds with some traditional French delicacies in the bohemian Spanish Quarter (affordable frogs legs and snails are on the menu, washed down with a nice local wine - divine!) Not forgetting, Paris Disneyland is always popular choice for the ‘young at heart’! Alternatively, stroll the streets as the locals do, checking out the bookstalls, cafes, fromageries and perfumeries. Ask your tour leader for advice on where to start as there are so many options to fit into one day. For those who wish to go up to the top of the Eiffel Tower, it is advised to get an early start to beat the queues. Enjoy the ‘City of Lights and Love’.

Breakfast. Overnight accommodation.

DAY 26

Return to London

The last day of you European tour already? Don’t worry. It’s not over yet. After breakfast, savour the French countryside, one last time and prepare for your final crossing of the English Channel. Once you are back on UK soil you only have a short way to go to complete your Europe tour. This part of your journey is a great opportunity to swap contact details with all of your new found The Europe Holidays companions, and tag each other in all of your photos before you arrive into London. We can’t wait for you to share the your favorite snaps on our Facebook page, so we can see what were the highlights of your 26 day Ultimate Europe experience! We hope you had the time of your life.

Breakfast.

What's Included:

  • 25 Nights accommodation in twin rooms. Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room.
  • 25 Breakfasts, 11 dinners
  • 31 Experiences (including guided walking tours, orientation walks, driving tours of cities plus other exciting experiences).
  • Modern air conditioned coach with reclining seats, TV for showing DVDs, and toilet.
  • Free Wi-Fi in hotels.
  • Services of tour leader who will be on hand with advice and tips and ensure that you get the most from your trip. You can also book any of the optional excursions available during your tour with your tour leader.
  • All taxes and fees
  • Any public transport used as part of the tour (excludes free days)
  • Free tour souvenir – a memorable gift of your once in a lifetime trip.

REMEMBER ALL TOURS ARE GUARANTEED DEPARTURES AND WILL OPERATE

Many other companies that operate tours of Europe cancel tours if minimum numbers are not achieved or will only guarantee some departure dates. All tours operated by us are guaranteed departures and will operate

Tour Experiences

Details of the Experiences that you can enjoy on your 'Ultimate Europe' tour.

Bruges

1 Included Experience

Included:Visit to Bruges

A stop in this beautiful medieval town with some free time so you could try the signature national dish of frites and moules, see or even climb the Belfry Tower, have a Belgian beer or buy some amazing Belgian chocolate.

Amsterdam & Volendam

5 Included Experiences

Included: Visit to Volendam, visit to Zaanse Schans, cheese and clogs demonstration, Amsterdam canal cruise * & Amsterdam walking tour

Visit Volendam, a famous picturesque Dutch fishing village

Visit Zaanse Schans – the windmill village

Cheese and clogs demonstration – see how these famous shoes are traditionally made by hand and taste some fantastic cheeses. Of course the chance to shop and get those unique souvenirs.

Amsterdam Canal Cruise - Sail along Amsterdam's stunning canals at twilight and enjoy a delicious pizza as you cruise. A perfect introduction to Amsterdam you willcruise along Amsterdam's atmospheric canals. Choose from six types of pizza,Ben and Jerry's ice creamand you can also upgrade to include unlimited soft drinks, beer and wine.

Amsterdam orientation walking tour where your tour leader will show you Central Station, the infamous Red light district, Dam Square, Damrak,Royal Palace, National Monument, Old and New Church and of course the canals that weave through the city.

Berlin

1 Included Experience

1 Optional Experience

Included:Walking Tour of Berlin

Walking tour with local guide who will explain the amazing history of this vibrant city where you will see the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, the site of Hitler’s Former Bunker, Luftwaffe HQ, 17th June Street, the Berlin Wall, the Former SS Headquarters, and Checkpoint Charlie.

Optional Excursions:

  • Berlin Pub crawl - Join your fellow travellers for a fun night out. With a range of different style bars and clubs, special drink offers and VIP entries throughout the night experience the cosmopolitan night life that Berlin has to offer.

Other places of interest you could visit in your free time:

  • Friedrichstrasse for high end shopping
  • Altes Museum
  • Deutches Musem
  • Pergamon Museum
  • Guggenheim museum
  • Berliner Dom
  • Alexander Platz

Dresden

1 Included Experience

Included:Visit to Dresden

A short comfort stop in Dresden in the East of Germany, also known as the "Florence at the Elbe" due to its location on the banks of the Elbe River. You will see excellent examples of Baroque architecture, the old palace, Zwinger complex, Martin Luther monument and some time to try some of the local food.

Prague

2 Included Experiences

Included:Walking Tour

Local guided walking tour of the largest and capital city of the Czech Republic. See the Old Town Square & Astronomical Clock, Wenceslas Square, St. Vitus Cathedral, Petrin Tower (Mini Eiffel Tower), Charles Bridge, Church of Our Lady before Týn, and a view of Prague Castle.

Included:Prague dinner

Experience authentic Czech cuisine at our local restaurant on your first night in Prague, the history of this restaurant dates back hundreds of years and it is a favourite place for locals as well as our groups. You will also have the option to try the famous Czech Beer, Budweiser anyone?

Other places of interest you could visit in your free time:

  • Prague Castle
  • Municipal House
  • Old Jewish Cemetery, Jerusalem Synagogue, Jewish Museum
  • The Dancing Building Photos

Bratislava

1 Included Experience

Included:Orientation Tour of Bratislava

On your approach you will see Bratislava Castle. Bratislava is thecapital city of Slovakia and your tour leader will take you on a orientation tour of the city where you will see the Old Town, Primatial Palace, Michael’s Gate, the Main Square, Old Town Hall, Slovak National Theatre and Reduta.

Vienna

1 Included Experience

Included:Local Guide Walking Tour of Vienna

On the drive into Vienna, Austria’s capital city, you will see the Schonbrunn Palace before reaching the Inner City and one of the best vistas from Belvedere Hill. Vienna is known as the ‘City of Music’ due to its classical heritage and the prodigies that worked there including Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms to name a few, as your local guide on your walking tour will tell you. The tour starts at the Golden Mile on the Ring Strasse (Parliament, City Hall, Burgtheater), then discover the courtyards and passages around the Hofburg (Imperial Castle) and St. Stephen’s Cathedral, which is Vienna’s geographic and historic centre.

Ljubljana

1 Included Experience

Included:Local Guide Walking Tour of Ljubljana

Your local guide will take you on a walking tour of this city, the capital of Slovenia where you will see the medieval old town, Preseren Square, City Centre, the Riverfront, Dragon Bridge and Cobblers Bridge. Although not on the walking tour you may wish to see St. Nicholas Church built in the 13th century to honour St. Nicholas, patron of fishermen and boatmen and the present structure dates from 1701 and is a fine example of Baroque architecture.

Venice

1 Included Experience

Included:Walking Tour of Venice

Your tour leader will take you into the heart of this unique floating city for an orientation to help you explore and see St. Mark’s Square, St. Mark’s Basilica, St. Mark’s Museum, Campanile (Elevator to the top), Doge’s Palace , Rialto Market and Scuola Grande di San Rocco.

Other places of interest you could visit in your free time:

  • Grand Canal Tour
  • Glass-Blowing / Murano Island
  • St. Mary of the Friars
  • Santi Giovanni e Paolo
  • San Giorgio Maggiore
  • Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Rome

1 Included Experience

1 Optional Experience

Included:Walking Tour of Rome

Rome has so much to see and do we can’t list everything here but your walking tour of Rome with a professional local guide will give you a great start for further exploration in your free time. You will see the Coliseum, Roman Forum, Arch of Septimus Severus, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona (Fountain of the Quattro Fiumi) and the Spanish steps.

Optional Excursions:

  • Vatican City - Take a guided tour around the amazing art works in the Vatican Museums and bask in the beauty of Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Tour includes queue jumping privileges for both the Vatican Museums and St Peter’s Basilica.

Other places of interest you could visit in your free time:

  • Castel Sant'Angelo
  • Vatican Museums
  • Villa Borghese
  • Villa Borghese bike rental (in the park)
  • Catacombs
  • Saint Peter Basilica
  • Saint Peter Cupola (tower) Campidoglio / Cordonata / Palazzo Nuovo & Senatorio: Famous sights around Capitoline Hill
  • Castel St Angelo
  • Piazza del Popolo
  • Trastevere
  • Capitoline Hill
  • Campo dei Fiori
  • Piazza Venezia – Vittoriano
  • Coliseum

Florence

1 Included Experienc

Included:Walking Tour of Florence

The capital city of the Tuscan region of Italy and considered to be the birthplace of the Renaissance. We will take you on a walking tour with a professional local guide where you will see Florence's Baptistery, Bell Tower, Gates of Paradise, Brunelleschi's Dome, Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, Ponte Vecchio.

Pisa

1 Included Experience

Included:Visit to the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Your chance to see the world famous Leaning Tower of Pisa and take some iconic pictures of you holding up the tower.

French Riviera

1 Included Experience

Included:Perfume Making Demonstration

Visit a perfumery dating back to the 18th century; this traditional French perfumery is one of the oldest in the region. Perfume making is an art that dates back to antiquity and during your guided tour you will learn all about the complex processes involved in capturing and bottling these exquisite scents. Afterwards you will have the opportunity to visit the gift-shop if you wish to take a keepsake home.

Monaco

1 Optional Experience

Optional visit to Monaco- This optional excursion is included at no extra charge if you wish to visit Monaco

We will take you on a scenic coastal drive from Nice to Monaco and we will even drive on the famous Formula One track. You will see the Grimaldi Palace, castle district and visit another Monaco icon – the Grand Casino.

Other places of interest in Monaco:

  • Museum of Napoleon souvenirs and historical archive collections court
  • Cathedral of Monaco
  • Flower Garden of Princess Grace
  • Oceanographic museum and aquarium
  • Museum of Stamps and Coins

Other places of interest you could visit in your free time in the French Riviera:

  • Cannes

Arles

1 Included Experience

Included:Visit to Arles

A comfort stop in this fascinating city with colourful houses that you may have seen in many of Van Goghs’ paintings of Arles. You will have time to see the impressive Roman Amphitheatre.

Barcelona

1 Included Experience

1 Optional Experience

Included:Driving Tour of Barcelona

A driving tour of this vibrant and diverse city that you can then explore further in your free time. You may see La Monumental Bullring, Sagrada Familia, Casa Batllo, Joan Miro Park, Fountain of 3 Rivers, The Venetian towers, Magic Fountain, Poble Espanyol (Spanish Village), Olympic stadium, Port of Barcelona, Christopher Colombus Column, Las Ramblas, and a photo stop with views over the city.

Optional Excursions:

  • Flamenco Show - Enjoy a late night show in the heart of Las Ramblas. Feel the rhythm of the hands and power of the voice with these Spanish singing story tellers.

Other places of interest you could visit in your free time:

  • Basillica Sagrada Família + Gaudi House
  • La Pedrera by Antoni Gaudí
  • Barcelona Football Club Museum
  • Barcelona Centre of Contemporary Culture
  • Museum of Catalunya
  • Catalan Museum of Archaeology
  • National Museum of Catalonian Art
  • The Dalí Museum
  • The beach

Pont du Gard

1 Included Experience

Included:Visit to Pont du Gard<

A stop to see Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aqueduct bridge that crosses the Gardon River. The bridge has three tiers of arches, stands 160 ft tall, and once carried 44 million gallons of water a day to the fountains, baths and homes of the citizens of Nîmes.

Avignon

1 Included Experience

Included:Walking Tour of Avignon

Your tour leader will take you on a short orientation walking tour where you will see the Palais des Papes, the old Avignon town walls, Notre-Dame des Doms and Pont d’Avignon.

Geneva

1 Included Experience

Included:Visit to Geneva

The birthplace of the Geneva Convention and renowned for its place at the forefront of international diplomacy, it also has the largest lake in Western Europe, Lake Geneva. So maybe have lunch by the lake, or even a swim! Alternatively, you could walk towards the Old Town to climb the tower of St Peter’s Cathedral which offers gorgeous views of the city and the lake.

Switzerland

1 Included Experience

5 Optional Experiences

Included:Driving Tour of Interlaken Area

Spectacular views as we drive through this amazing country alongside lakes, breath-taking mountain vistas and scenic views of quaint Swiss towns.

Optional Excursions:

  • Train to Jungfrau ‘Top of Europe’
  • White-water River Rafting
  • Sky-diving
  • Paragliding
  • Halal Barbeque Cruise

Other places of interest you could visit in your free time:

  • Train to Jungfrau Top of Europe – our most popular optional excursion. Please see the optional excursions information for full details.
  • Interlaken – situated between two lakes in the heart of the Jungfrau mountain region. Amazing views and a great place to enjoy a traditional Swiss fondue in one of the many restaurants. Along with the restaurants and bars you can shop for some great souvenirs – of course including the famous Swiss chocolate, the choice of flavours and combinations is truly astounding.

Lichentstein

1 Included Experience

Included:Visit to Vaduz

Visit the smallest yet richest German-speaking country and the only one to lie entirely within the Alps. So you will see fabulous mountain views and a lunch stop in the capital Vaduz where you will have time to eat, shop, and see the Vaduz Castle which overlooks the capital. The castle is a palace and official residence of the Prince of Liechtenstein.

Munich

3 Included Experiences

Included:Orientation tour of Munich, visit a traditional beer hall, visit to Dachau

Your tour leader will take you on an orientation tour of Munich, the capital and largest city of the German state of Bavaria. You will see Karlsplats and Marienplatz, New Town Hall, Church of our Lady, and if you visit in the winter the traditional German Christmas markets.
We take you to visit a traditional beer hall and sample some German food and drink, including famous German sausages (vegetarian options available) and steins of beer.
Dachau. Opened in 1933 by Heinrich Himmler, Dachau was the first of the Nazi concentration camps in Germany and was originally intended to hold political prisoners. Situated near the medieval town of Dachau , about 16 km from Munich, this is a fascinating insight into the conditions and brutal treatment and imprisonment of Jews, ordinary German and Austrian criminals, and eventually foreign nationals from countries which Germany occupied or invaded. It was finally liberated in 1945.

Rhine Valley

1 Included Experience

Included: Cruise

Cruise down the Rhine and see the beautiful scenery and the largest concentration of gothic castles (Sterrenberg, Liebestein, Katz and Fortess Rheinfels).
Opportunity to visit a cuckoo clock and beer stein-making shop.

Luxembourg

1 Included Experience

Included: Visit to Luxembourg

A short stop with some free time to spend as you wish. During your stop in Luxembourg you may wish to view the spectacular Renaissance architecture of the Grand Ducal Palace or have an early lunch in Luxembourg’s central square, Place d’Armes, with its numerous cafes and restaurants. Luxembourg also offers excellent shopping opportunities from modern high-end fashion stores to traditional boutiques.

Paris

1 Included Experience

3 Optional Experiences

Included: Driving Tour of Paris

Driving tour of this famous city where you may see L’Opéra Garnier, the Tuileries Gardens, Place de la Concorde, Hotel de Ville, The River Seine, l'Ile de la Cite, the Louvre Museum, Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Lovers Bridge, Sacre Coeur, Montmartre, Pigalle (the Red Light District) and see the Moulin Rouge.

Optional Experiences:

  • River Seine Cruise
  • Cabaret Show
  • Montparnasse Tower

Other places of interest you could visit in your free time:

  • Disneyland Paris
  • Notre Dame
  • Rodin Museum
  • Louvre
  • Sainte-Chapelle
  • Catacombs
  • Pantheon
  • Jardin du Luxembourg
  • The Arab Institute
  • Orangerie Museum
  • Latin Quarter
  • Place de la Bastille
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Eiffel Tower

Dates: 15th June 2015 onwards

Prices: EURO 2,175 onwards per person on twin sharing basis. Prices are subject to the availability of the seats.

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