If you want to see Western Europe’s main highlights but don’t have a lot of time, this European tour is the vacation for you! Begin in England and visit Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, and France with overnights in Brussels, the Frankfurt area, the Innsbruck area, the Venice area, the Lucerne area, Dijon, and Paris.
A tour highlight is a drive along Germany’s Romantic Road, a trade route during the Middle Ages and now known for its charming villages, cobblestone streets, walled cities, half-timbered houses, and scenic countryside. Stop in Rothenburg, a walled town that has retained its medieval character. Another highlight is a scenic cruise along the Rhine River, famous for its castle-crested hills, terraced vineyards, and pretty wine towns. Take a boat ride in Venice along the Giudecca Canal to St. Mark’s Square, allowing you to admire the palazzos and maze of streets. While in Venice, enjoy watching glassblowers create their works as they have done for centuries.
Another highlight of this Europe tour is your stay in the Lucerne area, one of Switzerland’s finest cities, situated on the shores of breathtaking Lake Lucerne and nestled within the snowcapped Swiss Alps. Here, visit the Old Town, one of the prettiest in Switzerland with its painted half-timbered houses. Also enjoy a stop in Verona, the Italian city made famous by Romeo and Juliet; enjoy an orientation drive in Brussels; and see the most famous sights in Paris—including the Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower—during a guided sightseeing tour.
In a short period of time, this affordable European tour offers it all—historic sights, big cities, quaint towns, and scenic beauty. It’s a marvelous vacation!
Destinations & Sightseeing
Brussels orientation drive; Rhine cruise; visits to Rothenburg, Venice canal boat ride, Verona, Lucerne. Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.
Guides: Local Guide for city sightseeing in Paris; professional Tour Director while touring Local Guide for city sightseeing in Paris; professional Tour Director while touring
Scenic Highlights: Rhineland, Romantic Road, Tyrolean Alps, Brenner Pass Rhineland, Romantic Road, Tyrolean Alps, Brenner Pass
NOTE:December 31 Departure-New Year's in London
December 31 Departure-New Year's in London
Transportation: Private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; cross-Channel ferry; Rhine cruise; canal transfer boat in Venice; Eurostar train Paris-London
Private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; cross-Channel ferry; Rhine cruise; canal transfer boat in Venice; Eurostar train Paris-London
Buffet breakfasts daily; 4 dinners, including a special dinner at a local restaurant in Dijon
London, England–Brussels, Belgium. 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.
Brussels–Rhine Cruise, Germany–Frankfurt Area. Journey into Germany to the shores of the mighty Rhine to enjoy a scenic CRUISE. Then, on to the Frankfurt area for an overnight. (B,D)
Frankfurt Area–Romantic Road–Innsbruck Area, Austria. Today’s highlight is a drive along the Romantic Road, through towns and villages with medieval towered gates and battlements, squares of half-timbered houses, and richly decorated fountains. Spend some time in the center of Rothenburg before heading to the Innsbruck area for an overnight. (B,D)
Innsbruck Area–Brenner Pass–Venice Area, Italy. Take in the breathtaking scenery of the Alps while crossing the Europa Bridge and Brenner Pass. Arrive in Venice, where a BOAT RIDE along the Giudecca Canal to Piazza San Marco allows to admire the palazzos and maze of streets. Time at leisure to soak up the magical atmosphere of this unique city. At a GLASSBLOWING WORKSHOP, experience this Venetian art. (B,D)
Venice Area–Verona–Lucerne Area, Switzerland. Stop in fascinating Verona and see Juliet’s legendary balcony. Cross the Swiss border and enjoy the idyllic views of Canton Ticino, then descend to the breathtaking beauty of Lake Lucerne. (B)
Lucerne Area–Dijon, France. Your visit this morning focuses on the Old Town in the heart of Lucerne. Also, there’s time for an optional excursion to Mount 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. Leave Dijon and travel on the autoroute to Paris, where included sightseeing with a local expert shows you many of the best-known Parisian sites. (B)
Paris–London, England. Relax on your EUROSTAR journey back to London, where your holiday ends. (B)
BRUSSELS Ramada La Woluwe (ST) or Ibis St. Catherine (ST)
FRANKFURT AREA Mercure (ST) at Friedrichsdorf or Leonardo Royal (F)
INNSBRUCK AREA Bon Alpina (ST) at Igls or Alpinpark (F) or Alphotel (F)
VENICE AREA Poppi (ST) at Mira or Antony Palace (F) at Marcon
LUCERNE AREA Ibis (ST) at Kriens or Drei Könige (ST)
DIJON Ibis Styles Central (ST)
PARIS Timhotel Berthier (ST) or Ibis La Villette (ST)