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It’s the A to Z of Europe. Thirteen countries – centuries of culture and history, mesmerising natural landscapes and a feast of flavours on one journey of discovery. From the architecture of Amsterdam to the medieval monuments of Germany, Austria and Bulgaria. Explore myths and legends in Greece, ancient history in Italy and the glittering capitals of Paris, Vienna and Budapest.
• 28 nights hotel accommodation
• 41 meals: 28 hot buffet breakfasts, 6 dinners (including Be My Guest) with local wine and 7 Dinners
• On-trip transport
• All transport shown (including ferry, Rhine cruise and overnight cruise)
• All transfers as per itinerary
27 Jul – 21 Aug 2018
Other departures available between April – October 2018, seasonal surcharges may apply.
unless sold out prior. Availability limited.
Day 1 London ▶ Amsterdam (2 Nights)
Bid farewell to England and the mystical White Cliffs of Dover as you board your ferry to France. Meandering through the picturesque Belgian and Dutch countryside, we arrive in Amsterdam where will spend a memorable evening exploring the capital’s scenic canals on a Welcome Reception cruise with our fellow travellers and Travel Director.
(WR) Hotel: Mercure City
Day 2 Amsterdam Orientation
Explore the fascinating maritime history, treelined canals and gabled façades of Amsterdam on an orientation of the city’s charming 17th century canal ring district. Learn about Dutch diamond heritage and traditions, visiting a diamond polishing factory for a Cultural Insight into diamond cutting. Enjoy the rich aromas and flavours of Dutch cheese this afternoon in Volendam where we enjoy a Cultural Insight into traditional cheese-making and the crafting of Holland’s characteristic wooden clogs. (BB)
Day 3 Amsterdam ▶ Rhine Cruise ▶ Heidelberg ▶ Mannheim
We cross the German border and board a cruise in Boppard. Journeying along the mighty Rhine past vineyard-clad hills and fairy-tale medieval castles, we disembark in St. Goar, avoiding the allure of the legendary Lorelei. We travel past the university city of Heidelberg to admire its magnificent ruined sandstone castle which stands imposingly overlooking the scenic Neckar River.
(BB, D) Hotel: Mercure am Rathaus
Day 4 Mannheim ▶ Munich ▶ Innsbruck
Arriving in the Bavarian capital of Munich today, we see the Hofbrauhaus, City Hall and iconic Marienplatz with its charming Glockenspiel. Crossing the Austrian border, we arrive in Innsbruck for an orientation that will include views of St. Jakob’s Cathedral and Emperor Maximilian I’s glittering Golden Roof. This evening, consider a rousing evening of Tyrolean entertainment.
(BB, D) Hotel: Hotel Innsbruck
Day 5 Innsbruck ▶ Venice (2 Nights)
Cross the snow-capped Alps to Italy today, travelling via the Brenner Pass to Venice, where you will join your travel companions for a delicious Regional Meal at a local restaurant.
(BB, RM) Hotel: Novotel Venezia Mestre Castellana
Day 6 Venice Orientation
Glide through the waters of the Adriatic by private launch arriving in the gateway of Venice, St. Mark’s Square. Delve into the unique history of this beautiful Byzantine city, see the ornate Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Square and the famous Bridge of Sighs before gaining a Cultural Insight
into the centuries-old tradition of Venetian glassblowing. Spend the rest of your afternoon exploring in the labyrinthine calle of this city of islands.
Day 7 Venice ▶ Vienna (2 Nights)
Journey through the Veneto plains, across the Styrian Alps and to Austria’s imperial capital of Vienna. Celebrate the city’s iconic reputation as the world’s music capital and perhaps consider an evening Optional Experience including dinner and entertainment.
(BB) Hotel: Hilton Danube Waterfront
Day 8 Vienna Sightseeing
Join a Local Specialist on an exploration of this elegant capital, including views of the State Opera House, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg, once the home of the powerful Habsburg Dynasty. Spend the rest of your day at leisure, soaking up the cosy coffee culture or visiting such iconic sights as the Schonbrunn Palace with its exquisite gardens. This evening, perhaps indulge in Vienna’s intoxicating musical talent, enjoying a concert of classical music at one of the city’s concert halls, churches or palaces.
Day 9 Vienna ▶ Budapest (2 Nights)
Our love affair with the Danube continues into Hungary where we explore the medieval city of Győr with its exquisite Baroque architecture and historic city centre. We journey to Budapest, the Paris of the East. This evening, relax in the soothing Széchenyi Baths as the sun sets, walk along the glittering Chain Bridge from Buda to Pest, or consider a scenic Danube river cruise including a selection of hearty Hungarian fare.
(BB) Hotel: Novotel Danube
Day 10 Budapest Sightseeing
Join your Local Specialist this morning for a fascinating sightseeing tour of Budapest. See the Great Synagogue, the Chain Bridge and visit Fishermen’s Bastion on the banks of the Danube in the UNESCO-listed Castle Hill district. Admire spectacular views of Pest, including the magnificent Parliament building, one of the largest in the world. This evening we join the Schieszl family for a delicious Be My Guest meal and hear the story of their winery, which doubled as a hiding place during WWII for a Jewish friend who was fleeing Nazi persecution.
Day 11 Budapest ▶ Belgrade (2 Nights)
We visit the vibrant city of Szeged famous for its open-air plays, youthful exuberance and the Votive church, before crossing the border to Serbia and its capital, Belgrade. Dine tonight at your hotel, then take to the city’s streets. Soak up the lively atmosphere on Skadarlija Street, watch the city lights glisten on Belgrade Lake or enjoy a relaxing evening cruise on the Danube.
(BB, D) Hotel: Crowne Plaza
Day 12 Belgrade Sightseeing
A Local Specialist will share the sights of the Serbian capital today, including the ancient Belgrade Fortress and bohemian Skadarlija district. Spend this afternoon at leisure delving into the fascinating life of Nikola Tesla, relaxing at Ada Ciganlija with the locals or perhaps join an Optional Experience into the Serbian countryside.
Day 13 Belgrade ▶ Sofia Sightseeing
Travelling south, we see the 18th century Turkish Fortress in Niš, before crossing into Bulgaria and arriving in the capital, Sofia. We join a Local Specialist this afternoon to explore a city that bridges Europe and the East, with a history that spans millennia. Admire views of the gold-domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral at the highest point of the city, spending the evening at leisure.
(BB, D) Hotel: Anel
Day 14 Sofia ▶ Kalambaka
Departing Sofia this morning, we travel to Greece enjoying views of the scenic Plains of Thessaly en route to Kalambaka with its breathtaking Meteora monasteries that cling impressively to immense, rounded rock towers.
Hotel: Amalia/Grand Meteora/Meteora
Day 15 Kalambaka ▶ Delphi ▶ Athens (4 Nights)
We journey across the fertile Thessaly region and see the battle site at Thermopylae, where the heroic Leonidas and brave Spartans battled against the invading Persians. We arrive at the centre of the world and Mount Parnossos, joining a Local Specialist to explore the ancient sanctuary of Delphi and seat of the most important oracle in the ancient classical world. Wander through the centuries-old ruins of the Sacred Way to the 5th century Temple of Apollo and marvel at the site where athletes once competed in the Pythian Games held in honour of Apollo and the Arts. We arrive in Athens this evening.
(BB) Hotel: Divani Palace Acropolis/ Metropolitan/Amalia
Day 16 Athens
Spend the day discovering the birthplace of democracy – a centre for the arts, learning and philosophy. Meander through the tiny, colourful alleyways of Plaka, join Athenians for a noisy coffee stop at an open-air café or consider embarking on our three-day Aegean Cruise. See opposite page for further details.
Day 17 Athens
Today is yours to embrace the spirited atmosphere of the Greek capital. Venture by funicular to Mount Lycabettus for the most magnificent views of the sprawling city below, watch the pageantry of the changing of the Evzoni or join an Optional Experience.
Day 18 Athens
Soak up the sights, sounds and smells of the bustling Central Market this morning, admire the remarkable antiquities and remnants of ancient Greece at the fascinating Acropolis Museum or wander through the colourful stalls of Monastiraki Square on your final day exploring Athens.
Day 19 Athens Sightseeing ▶ At Sea
Travel to the heart of ancient Athens, back to a time of philosophers and great thinkers. Join a Local Specialist to marvel at the ancient Acropolis, see the Parthenon, dedicated to the goddess Athena, and view the stadium where the first modern Olympic Games took place in 1896. We cross the Corinth Canal that connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea and board our overnight ferry in Patras en route to Italy.
Day 20 Ancona ▶ Assisi
Spend today worshipping the sunshine, as we sail up the dramatic Adriatic coast towards Ancona. This evening we arrive in the mystical medieval town of Assisi, the home and final resting place of beloved St. Francis. (BB, DW)
Hotel: Grand Dei Congressi
Day 21 Assisi Sightseeing ▶ Sorrento
Join your Local Specialist today to delve into the heritage of St. Francis and enjoy a sightseeing tour to see the Basilica that bears his name. We pass the Benedictine Abbey in Monte Cassino before arriving in the sophisticated seaside retreat of Sorrento.
(BB) Hotel: La Residenza
Day 22 Sorrento ▶ Pompeii ▶ Rome (2 Nights)
We join a Local Specialist in Pompeii to hear the story of this remarkable ancient Roman settlement that was buried in ash following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Meandering through the green and golden countryside of Lazio, we arrive in Rome, the Eternal City this evening.
(BB) Hotel: V99/Barcelo Aran Mantegna
Day 23 Rome Sightseeing
Arrive in the centre of Christianity, the Vatican City. Experience a Cultural Insight when you ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante with your Local Specialist, admire Michelangelo’s exquisite frescoed ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica, before crossing the Tiber to visit the Colosseum. Spend the afternoon as you wish, sitting on the Spanish Steps or indulging in a cappuccino on the Piazza Navona. This evening we enjoy a delicious Regional Meal in Rome.
Day 24 Rome ▶ Florence Sightseeing
Journeying north through the beautiful landscapes of Umbria and Tuscany, we arrive in the Renaissance city of Florence. Join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of some of the city’s iconic sites. View Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistery with its renowned bronze doors, and visit Piazza della Signoria. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure or perhaps shop for high-quality gold and leather for which the city is famous.
(BB) Hotel: Nilhotel
Day 25 Florence ▶ Engelberg (2 Nights)
Travel north across the snow-capped Alps into Switzerland, past beautiful Lake Lugano, meandering along the scenic St. Gotthard route into central Switzerland. We spend the next two nights in the popular winter sports resort town of Engelberg.
(BB) Hotel: H+ Hotel & Spa
Day 26 Lucerne Orientation
The picturesque lakeside setting of Lucerne is ours to explore today. Pay tribute to the brave Swiss Guard at the Lion Monument and wander along the wooden Chapel Bridge with its exquisite ceiling. Spend the rest of the day ambling through the medieval streets and admiring the painted façades, or perhaps embark on an Operational Experience up one of the surrounding peaks.
Day 27 Engelberg ▶ Paris (2 Nights)
We cross into France and traverse the rolling Burgundy vineyards en route to the glittering capital of Paris. The City of Light shines brightly tonight as you explore the grand boulevards and quaint cobblestone lanes on your terms. Enjoy dinner at a cosy bistro or consider attending a colourful Parisian Cabaret performance.
(BB) Hotel: Crowne Plaza Neuilly
Day 28 Paris Sightseeing
Join a Local Specialist today for an informative sightseeing tour of the French capital. Enjoy views of the iconic Paris skyline from the second level of the Eiffel Tower, drive along the Champs Élysées and see the Place de la Concorde. This evening, we celebrate an epic European voyage with newfound friends and our Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner.
Day 29 Paris ▶ London
Departing Paris, we head north to Calais and bid France a fond farewell as we board a ferry to Dover and return to London.
*Conditions apply. Prices correct as at 29-01-2018 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Offers subject to availability. Agents may charge service fees, rates vary. Payments by credit card will incur a surcharge. All savings are included in the advertised price. Non-refundable deposit required within 7 days with full payment due 28 Feb 2018. Offers may be withdrawn without notice and are not combinable with any other offers unless stated. Please check all prices, availability and other information before booking. Trafalgar and Helloworld Travel booking terms and conditions apply, see in store for details.
*Conditions apply. Prices correct as at 29-01-2018 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Offers subject to availability. Agents may charge service fees, rates vary. Payments by credit card will incur a surcharge. All savings are included in the advertised price. Non-refundable deposit required within 7 days with full payment due 28 Feb 2018. Offers may be withdrawn without notice and are not combinable with any other offers unless stated. Please check all prices, availability and other information before booking. Trafalgar and Helloworld Travel booking terms and conditions apply, see in store for details.Read more