6-Day Western Europe Tour from Amsterdam-Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Germany
In the morning we’ll head to Brussels, the Belgian capital and political center of the European Union. Our first stop will be the Atomium monument, a cell-shaped structure of stainless steel spheres and tubes built for the 1958 World’s Fair. Then it’s on to Grand Place and Town Hall, the crowning achievement of Gothic civil architecture. After a look at Manneken Pis, the famous tinkling cherub, we’ll head to the French border and make a beeline for Paris. Next we’ll travel on coach through the Parisian suburbs to the splendid Palace of Versailles, residence of the royal family until the start of the revolution in 1789. We’ll return to Paris in the evening. After dinner you may want to avail yourself of the optional cruise along the river Seine. Tips:Effective January 1, 2018, we will take a stop at Eiffel Tower right after L’Hotel National des Invalides. You can either take time to explore the neighborhood and have some lunch or scale the Eiffel Tower. Choice is yours.
We’ll begin our Paris adventure with a drive along the famous Champs Elysees to the Place de la Concorde, which played a key role in one of darkest chapters of the French Revolution. You’ll also get to see the iconic Arc de Triomphe. Next we’ll head to L’Hotel National des Invalides, which houses Napoleon’s tomb and a number of other monuments relating the military history of France. Next we’ll travel on coach through the Parisian suburbs to the splendid Palace of Versailles, residence of the royal family until the start of the revolution in 1789. We’ll return to Paris in the evening. After dinner, you may want to avail yourself of the optional cruise along the river Seine. Tips: Effective January 1, 2018, we will make a stop at Eiffel Tower right after L’Hotel National des Invalides. You can either take time to explore the neighborhood and have some lunch or scale the Eiffel Tower. Choice is yours.Tips:Effectively January 1, 2018, you can take a optional cruise along the river Seine after your visit of the Louvre. It is a great sightseeing option that offers splendid views of iconic Parisian landmarks, including Notre-Dame Cathedral and Pont Alexandre III.
The second day of our Paris experience begins with a visit to the Louvre, the grande dame of art museums. Here you will set your eyes upon some of the highest-valued masterpieces of the Western world, including the Venus de Milo, Winged Victory of Samothrace, and the Mona Lisa. After lunch we’ll head to Boulevard Haussmann, a shopper’s paradise in the heart of Paris, where you will be free to shop till you drop. Accommodations for the evening will either be in Paris or a neighboring city. Before you leave this captivating city don’t miss the world-famous cabaret shows at the Lido and Moulin Rouge (optional).
After breakfast we’ll venture out of Paris and into the rolling countryside of Champagne, famous the world over for its sparkling white wine. A hefty dose of history, tradition and architecture is yours for the taking in Reims, where every king from the 11th century on was formally anointed. Our last stop on this day is Luxembourg, the world’s only remaining grand duchy. Highlights include the Adolphe Bridge, Place de la Constitution and the Alzette River Valley. We will stay overnight in Luxembourg or a neighboring city.
Our first stop is the historic Trier, Germany’s oldest city and the former capital of the Western Roman Empire. Trier is also the hometown of Karl Marx, the father of Communist thought. We’ll visit his former residence, which now houses the Karl Marx Haus museum. After a lesson in ideology, we’ll make our way to Porta Nigra, the largest and most well-preserved Roman city gate north of the Alps. After an exciting morning in Trier, we’ll drive to Koblenz, the town located at the confluence of the Rhine and Mosel Rivers. In the summertime you will have the option of joining a scenic river cruise on the Rhine. We’ll make a short stop in Ruedesheim to see the Niederwalddenkmal, a monument built in the late 19th century to commemorate the founding of the German Empire. Then it’s off to Frankfurt, the largest financial center in all of Europe. There you will see the Old Opera House (Alte Oper); Roemerberg, the historic heart of Frankfurt; St. Paul’s Church, where Germany’s first united constitution was drafted by the freely-elected National Assembly; and Die Zeil, Germany’s busiest shopping street.
We will breakfast at the hotel, then make our way to Bonn, the former capital of West Germany. There we will visit Beethoven House and University of Bonn, then head to Cologne to see the iconic Cologne Cathedral, followed by a stroll along the shopping street Schildergasse. Our final destination on Day 6 is Amsterdam Next you’ll see the famous Trevi Fountain, the lavish Baroque showpiece where people flock to throw coins into the water – an action which is said to ensure that you’ll return to the city again one day. After lunch, take a step even further back in time as you visit Italy’s unrivalled Roman relics. An optional guided tour of the Colosseum, built in AD 72, comes highly recommended. History comes to life as you imagine yourself witnessing gladiatorial combat inside the spectacular amphitheatre. You may also choose to walk at your leisure around the outside to admire the facade of this ancient wonder. After the Colosseum, get up close to the nearby Arch of Constantine, which dates back to the fourth century AD, then spend some further free time enjoying Rome, sampling the rich and creamy delights of gelato. After some free time you can either visit Basilique Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri (Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and the Martyrs) near Piazza della Repubblica or head directly to the nearby Mitsukoshi Department store for some serious shopping.
Cancellation made within:
Cancellation Made Within 18 days to 2 days prior to departure, Refund 100.00% of total purchase amount
Cancellation Made Within 10 days to 17 days prior to departure, Refund 50.00% of total purchase amount
Cancellation Made Within 2 days to 9 days prior to departure, No refund
5-night hotel accommodations
Breakfast (coffee or tea, juice and bread)
Ground transportation in air-conditioned motorcoach
Professional tour guide
Mandatory Service Fee: EUR 7.00 per day, per person, payable to the guide
Paris city tax and overnight tax of EUR 15 per person, per day