If you want to see Western Europe’s main highlights but don’t have a lot of time, this is the holiday for you! Visit England, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, and France. A highlight of your trip is Germany’s Romantic Road. Did you know the Romantic Road was a trade route during the middle ages? Step back in time as you travel this famous area—with its charming villages, cobblestone streets, walled cities, and scenic countryside. Stop in Rothenburg, a walled town that has retained its medieval character, to really experience the appeal of the Romantic Road. Once you cross into Austria, head south into Italy to visit the unique floating city of Venice as well as Romeo and Juliet’s Verona. Another highlight is your stay in Lucerne. Situated on the shores of beautiful Lake Lucerne and nestled within the snowcapped Swiss Alps, Lucerne is one of Switzerland’s finest cities. On this trip, you’ll see this picturesque town and its famous Chapel Bridge, built in 1333 as part of the city’s fortifications and now the oldest preserved wooden bridge in Europe. Don’t miss the Water Tower, built approximately 1300, which has served as a place to store loot, a treasury, a jail, and a torture chamber. Your holiday concludes in Paris with sightseeing.
INSIDE VISITS AND SPECIAL FEATURES Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.
GUIDES Host service in London. Local Guide for city sightseeing in Paris. Professional Tour Director while touring.
TRANSPORTATION Round-trip transportation between London and the Channel ports; on the Continent, private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach. Cross-Channel ferry; Rhine cruise; canal transfer boat in Venice.
HOTELS Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips,and service charges.
ARRIVE IN LONDON, ENGLAND. Check into your hotel. Uniformed hosts are available to help you make the most of your stay.
LONDON. A full day to savour our rich program of optional activities: take a panoramic tour of London's landmarks, visit the Tower of London, or choose an excursion to Windsor Castle. Tonight, maybe a leisurely cruise on the Thames River? (B)
LONDON-BRUSSELS, BELGIUM. Leave in the early morning and head through the lush English countryside to the Channel port, where you board your FERRY for the Continent. Here, your Tour Director and comfortable coach wait to take you to Brussels for an orientation drive and an overnight. (B)
BRUSSELS-RHINE CRUISE, GERMANY- FRANKFURT AREA. Today, journey into Germany to the shores of the mighty Rhine to enjoy the afternoon CRUISE. Then, on to the Frankfurt area for an overnight. (B,D)
FRANKFURT AREA-ROMANTIC ROAD- INNSBRUCK AREA, AUSTRIA. The Romantic Road is undoubtedly today's highlight. See picturesque Rothenburg before heading towards the Innsbruck area for an overnight. (B,D)
INNSBRUCK AREA-BRENNER PASS-VENICE AREA, ITALY. Journey south into Italy by way of the majestic "Europa Bridge" and Brenner Pass. Arrive in Venice, where the included orientation starts with a BOAT RIDE along the Giudecca Canal to Piazza San Marco. Time at leisure to soak up the magical atmosphere of this unique city. Also visit a typical Venetian GLASSBLOWING WORKSHOP. (B,D)
VENICE AREA-VERONA-LUCERNE AREA, SWITZERLAND. Stop in Verona to see Juliet's legendary balcony. Over the Swiss border, begin the climb to the St. Gotthard Tunnel and descend to the breathtaking beauty of Lake Lucerne. (B)
LUCERNE AREA-DIJON, FRANCE. Your visit this morning focuses on the main highlights of Lucerne. Also time for an optional excursion to the Stanserhorn. In the afternoon, journey into France for an overnight in the charming town of Dijon. This evening, dine at a local restaurant. (B,D)
DIJON-PARIS. This morning, leave Dijon and travel via the autoroute to Paris. An afternoon's included SIGHTSEEING with a local expert shows you many of the best-known Parisian sights. (B)
PARIS. Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)