On this European tour, get a “Taste of Europe” and sample some of Western Europe’s best-loved areas, including England, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, and France. You’ll visit the main cities—London, Amsterdam, Lucerne, and Paris—and you’ll behold fascinating scenery and cruise scenic waterways.
In Amsterdam, hear about its 165 canals with a total length of 62 miles (100 kms). As such an integral part of the city, you’ll enjoy a canal cruise to appreciate Amsterdam from the waterways. Sit back and admire the picturesque German countryside, historic castles, and charming villages on the included Rhine Cruise; you will see the Lorelei rock and hear its legend about a distraught maiden who sat on the rock combing her long golden hair and luring passing navigators to their death.
Dip into the Swiss Alps and discover Lucerne, one of Switzerland’s finest cities nestled amid the snowcapped Alps, surrounded by its beautiful lake, and embellished by the clear mountain waters of the Reuss River. Here, visit the Chapel Bridge, a picturesque wooden bridge with the iconic water tower, and the stone Lion Monument, built to honor the Swiss Guards killed during the French Revolution. More scenery awaits on the drive to Paris, passing some of France’s most famous vineyards. In Paris, see the most the famous sights, such as the Eiffel Tower and Champs Elysées with a Local Guide who will give you an insight on culture, arts and history.
On most days during this European tour, you’ll have the opportunity to venture out on your own and try local cuisine. Sample a pint of bitter in a local British pub, savor French wines in the Parisian cafés, and taste the local beer in Germany. It’s the perfect European vacation for value-minded travelers.
Destinations & Sightseeing
Rhine cruise; visit Lucerne. Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.
Host service in London; Local Guides for city sightseeing in Amsterdam and Paris; professional Tour Director while touring
Rhineland, Swiss Alps
April 13 Departure - Easter
December 24 Departure – New Year in Paris including Reveillon dinner
January 2 March 16 and 23 Departures – Complimentary Eiffel Tower Tour in Paris
Private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; cross-Channel ferry; Rhine cruise
Arrive in London, England. Check into your hotel. In the afternoon, you may want to start exploring the lively British capital. Uniformed hosts are available to help you make the most of your stay.
London. A full day to savor 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, how about a leisurely cruise on the Thames River? (B)
London–Amsterdam Area, Holland. Leave London 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 coach wait to take you to the Amsterdam area. (B)
Amsterdam. Today, enjoy a CANAL CRUISE to see the city from water level, then watch the cutting and polishing of precious stones at a DIAMOND CENTER in Amsterdam. Later, sightseeing with a Local Guide points out the city highlights. (B,D)
Amsterdam Area–Rhineland, Germany. Spend the morning in Amsterdam, doing as you please, or discover the beautiful Dutch countryside on an optional excursion. Later, cross into Germany’s lovely Rhine region, where you will spend one night. (B,D)
Rhineland–Rhine Cruise–Lucerne Area, Switzerland. Start the day with an included RHINE CRUISE to see some legendary sites, including the Lorelei rock. Continue the journey southwards to the Swiss border at Basel. The scenery becomes more and more fascinating as you approach the Lucerne area for two overnights. (B,D)
Lucerne Area. One of Switzerland’s finest cities, Lucerne is nestled amid its snowcapped Alps, surrounded by its lake, and embellished by the clear mountain waters of the Reuss River. Your visit takes in the impressive city walls, the famous CHAPEL BRIDGE, ornate patrician houses lining cobblestone streets, and the LION MONUMENT—a masterful stone sculpture in honor of the heroic Swiss Guard of Louis XVI. A grand selection of optional activities completes the day: a cable-car ride to the 10,000-foot summit of Mount Titlis; a cruise on the fjord-like lake; and, of course, time to shop for an authentic Swiss watch. (B)
Lucerne Area–Paris, France. Enjoy vistas of green pastures and chalets with rustic timbering and luxuriant flowers. Then, head into France, past some of its most famous vineyards, to Paris. Tonight, consider the optional cabaret show. (B)
Paris. The whole day is devoted to the city known throughout the world for its fashions, art and museums, delicious food, and joie de vivre. Included sightseeing with a local expert shows off many of the best-known Parisian sites: La Sorbonne, Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Madeleine, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Pyramid, the Invalides, and Champs Elysées. Celebrate the success of your tour with an optional French farewell dinner. (B)
Paris. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
LONDON Novotel London West (F)
AMSTERDAM AREA NH Airport (F) at Schiphol or Holiday Inn Express Arena (ST)
RHINELAND Leonardo Koln-Bonn Airport (F) or Ramada (ST) at Bruehl
LUCERNE AREA Royal (ST) or Ibis Styles (ST)
PARIS Ibis La Villette (ST) or Forest Hill La Villette (ST)
Dates & Price
05 Oct to 17 Oct - US$ 1769