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Classic Europe Tour

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Destination : AMSTERDAM - PARIS - SWITZERLAND - TUSCANY - ROME - VENICE - LJUBLJANA - BAVARIAN REGION - RHINE VALLEY

Description

Brand New Tour for 2015! The Classic Europe is an exciting new tour, starting in Amsterdam and covering 8 countries in 14 days! This tour is ideal for any travellers who require a Schengen visa to travel within Europe but don\'t want to apply for a second visa to enter the UK. The Amsterdam starting point for the tour allows you to be covered by one visa application for the duration of your trip. Highlights of the Classic Europe tour include Brussels, Paris, the Swiss Alps, Rome, Venice, Ljubljana, Salzburg, the Rhine Valley and Munich.

DAY 01: Amsterdam

Welcome to the first day of the tour, arrive at the hotel and meet your fellow travellers and meet us. This evening we travel into Amsterdam center for a canal cruise of Amsterdam. Complete with pizza and ice cream, you will explore the city from a unique perspective and gain an alternative perspective of this eclectic and bohemian city, whilst drifting past famous landmarks, and learning about Amsterdam’s interesting history. After this great introduction to the tour, why not join us on a walking tour of the infamous Red Light District? Dinner. Overnight accommodation

DAY 02: Visit Brussels and Paris

On our journey to Paris we take a comfort stop at the capital of Belgium, Brussels, where you will see famous landmarks such as the Mannekin Pis statue and the Atomium. In the afternoon we travel to Paris - \'The City of Lights and Love\'. Explore will introduce you to the iconic sights on a relaxing driving tour of the city, where you will cruise past such iconic landmarks as the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre and Notre Dame - taking note of the places you wish to explore more on your free day. After dinner the rest of the evening is yours to spend as you wish. Breakfast, dinner. Overnight accommodation

Day 03: Free day in Paris.

The wonderful thing about Paris is that it there is so much to experience, regardless of the time of day, or season. The Seine River is the backbone of the capital, and flows through the heart of the city. The banks are peppered with book sellers and market stalls if you wish to walk. But, why not choose a cruise, and cruise your way past the grandeur of the gothic Notre Dame cathedral, to the epic Eiffel Tower? The commentary from the river boats will give you invaluable knowledge and information of the city. For the art buffs amongst you, The Louvre (home of the Mona Lisa) and Montmartre are a classic choice. Famous architecture is scattered through the city, and ‘strolling’ is the best mode of transport for taking in every ounce of history. Paris Disneyland is perfect for the ‘young at heart’, and is only a short distance away.We are brimming with ideas and local knowledge, so that you can get the best out of your time here. Don’t forget to find out where you can sample such French delicacies as frogs legs and snails - not your typical garden variety... Breakfast. Overnight accommodation

Day 04: Visit Switzerland

‘Au revoir’ France...You are heading for the hills! Make yourself comfortable, as the drive through the mountain region of Switzerland is a highlight of the day. As you wind your way through the valleys, take in the snow-capped peaks, forests, changing colours of the landscape and picturesque mountain lakes. Once in the heart of the famous Jungfrau Alpine Region, you will check into your mountain village accommodation and enjoy the stunning views. One of the most visited places in the Alps, it is also a World Heritage site, and there are plenty of reasons to charge your cameras in preparation for tomorrow. Breakfast, dinner. Overnight accommodation

Day 5: Free day in Switzerland

It’s a guaranteed snow day! For 365 days of the year, Jungfraujoch is blessed with snow, and today you have the option to explore the ‘Top of Europe’ on one of our most popular excursions! The journey up the mountain is a highlight in itself, as you take a train to the highest railway station in Europe, and rewarded with the most inspirational views imaginable. This 4000m glacier has a beauty all of its own, and the combination of ice, snow, rock and epic views will stay with you for life. Alternatively, for those who wishing to spend their free day exploring the local sights, you can head to Interlaken, feasting on Swiss chocolate fondue, take in a spot of sightseeing and souvenir shopping, or just wander the village, breathing in that crisp, fresh, Alpine air! Breakfast. Overnight accommodation

Day 6: Visit Pisa and Tuscany

It’s time to swap snow for gelato as you continue your European tour from your mountain adventure towards stunning Italian vistas. Make sure you prepare you camera for a photo opportunity of a lifetime when we stop at the Leaning Tower of Pisa! This world famous 840 year old Bell tower is immaculately presented, and aching for you to creatively try to ‘push’ it back up, in one of your cleverly crafted photos. A world heritage UNESCO site, The Leaning Tower is visited by tourists from every corner of the globe, and is one of the most popular cultural European landmarks. Onwards to the exquisite Tuscan region - famous for wine, food, art and architecture, you will settle in Montecatini Terme, a spa town north-west of Florence. The light here is beautiful at this time of day...time for a local wine or two. Breakfast. Overnight accommodation

Day 7: Visit Florence and Rome

Today, your Italian adventure continues to amaze as you continue through the Tuscan region to the city of Florence, and then on to the capital of the nation - Rome! Once in Florence, a local guide will show you around on a walking tour of the city. History oozes out of every pore of this artistic and cultural centre - the city is home to Michaelangelo’s ‘David’. The architecture lining the streets is astounding and so well preserved, you wouldn’t imagine these buildings are centuries old. Its then off to Rome, a city so popular and fantastically historical, you will feel like you have stepped back in time. The Italian capital buzzes with activity, tradition, passion, and an energy of its own. Our local Roman tour guide will take you by the hand and proudly introduce you to the locations which make this city so beloved and famous. The Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Roman Forum and the Coliseum...just for starters! On the way to your accommodation for the evening, you can start to plan what to do with your free day. Enjoy your meal - Bon Appetite! Tomorrow will be epic! Breakfast, dinner. Overnight accommodation

Day 8: Free day in Rome

Rome wasn’t built in a day, but luckily you have a free one, in which to explore this Italian capital to your hearts content. The city centre boasts ancient ruins, historical landmarks, religious buildings and a buzzing atmosphere like no other. Today is a perfect opportunity to take advantage of an optional excursion to visit the Vatican City - the smallest country in the world! Inside the walls, you can visit Michelangelo’s painting within the Sistine Chapel, as well as numerous other famous art pieces dotted around the buildings. On this optional excursion we get there early ahead of the crowds and our guide ensures you will get the most out of visiting the residence of the Pope. The Colosseum is spectacular, and for those who wish to enter, there are fabulous views of the city, and an unbelievable feeling of drifting backwards in time, to when gladiators, chariots and lions dominated the arena. Another feature of Rome is the constant aroma of Italian food and coffee spilling out from the cafes. You will be made to feel very welcome here, and the authenticity of the cuisine is a reflection of the people who serve it to you. Whatever you do, take your time and don’t rush. Enjoy! Breakfast. Overnight accommodation

Day 9: Visit Venice

After exploring Rome, you shall now visit Venice on the next leg of your 14 day Europe Tour! Take note of the scenery on the way - vineyards and orchards flash in front of a majestic mountain backdrop. The diversity of the Italian landscapes will continue to impress. Venice is a unique city, perched across 118 islands, and known for its canals, gondolas, Venetian masks, piazzas, art, traditional glass and lace making. Your tour leader will introduce you to the city with an orientation walk so you can use your free time in the early evening to explore. See the world famous St Marks Square, Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge. The evening is yours to enjoy authentic Italian delights, with hundreds of fantastic local restaurants and bars to choose from. After an espresso, explore Venice the traditional way - from the canals. Take a gondola ride which gives you a completely different perspective and appreciation for the amazing structure of this supremely unique location. Breakfast. Overnight accommodation.

Day 10: Visit Ljubljana

We leave Italy for its neighbour Slovenia and the stunning Ljubljana, thought of by many as a hidden gem of Europe. With its castles, stunning architecture and natural beauty, Ljubljana packs a punch more powerful than its small size would suggest. The museums, galleries and nightlife are not to be missed – after taking the afternoon to soak it all in, we’ll have a walking tour of the city. After dinner, explore a little more and take advantage of the fact that most of the highlights are just a stroll away! Breakfast, dinner. Overnight accommodation

Day 11: Visit Salzburg and Munich

Leaving Slovenia behind, we stop off in picture-perfect Salzburg in Austria. Featuring gorgeous architecture, a formidable cliff-top fortress and imposing cliffs in the distance, you could be forgiven for thinking that you were in a fairy-tale. This was also Mozart’s home-town – see if a little of the genius rubs off! It is absolutely beautiful, and boasts incredible Austrian architecture and quaint features. Surrounded by amazing countryside, this city looks different with every season, due to the number of trees which adorn the river and parks. Even though this is a comfort stop, you will still have enough time to get a taste of Salzburg on your travel palette. Heading north-east toward Germany, you will encounter some of the most beautiful countryside in central Europe. Arriving in Munich in the afternoon, there is plenty of time for an escorted orientation tour of the city centre. With much of the city having to be restored after WW2, the modern and ancient history of Munich is fascinating, and the appreciation of the effort to rebuild the German capital is gilded with respect. Munich plays host to one of the most famous beer festivals in the world - Oktoberfest! To give you a taste, this evening you will dine in a traditional beer hall, and enjoy a local stein on us! Prost! Breakfast, dinner. Overnight accommodation

Day 12: Visit the Rhine Valley

Your German adventure continues, as you head to one of the most picturesque sections of the famous Rhine River. The Rhine Valley is nestled to the north of Munich and boasts the highest concentration of castles and vineyards in Europe. Just for you, we have organised a Rhine Valley river cruise experience, so that you can relax, take in the scenery and medieval townships, whilst filling your lungs with crisp, fresh country air. As you dock at a quaint gothic German village on the banks of the Rhine, you will be checked into your hotel, and enjoy a lovely German dinner. Afterwards, why not take an evening stroll along the banks of the river, or explore the village? There is a world famous Cuckoo Clock waiting to be discovered, and a shop bearing the world’s largest beer stein! Breakfast, dinner. Overnight accommodation

Day 13: Visit Amsterdam

This morning you will say your goodbye’s to Germany on the final leg of your tour as you return to the Netherlands. We are giving you a run down on local traditions and culture, you will be given an opportunity to indulge three of the most iconic Dutch products - cheese, clogs and windmills! A very entertaining cheese and clog making display will have you fascinated and wanting to taste the cheese and try on the clogs. Checking into your hotel you have a chance to freshen up, before making the most of your last evening of the tour. Why not wander round the city centre - the cafes, restaurants and bars will be buzzing with activity and atmosphere. This is your last night on tour, so squeeze every last drop out of it! Breakfast. Overnight accommodation

Day 14: Tour ends

The tour concludes today after breakfast. Don’t forget to swap details with your fellow travellers before your onward journey home! Breakfast

Inclusions

  • 13 nights\' accommodation in twin rooms. Single travellers have the option to pay a s ingle supplement to ensure a private room
  • 13 breakfasts, 7 dinners
  • 17 Experiences (including guided walking tours, orientation walks, driving tours of cities plus other exciting experiences – please see Experiences tab for more information).
  • Free Wi-fi in all hotels
  • Modern air conditioned coach with reclining seats, TV for showing DVDs, and toilet.
  • Services which we provide are, who will be on hand with advice and tips to ensure that you get the most from your trip.  You can also book any of the optional excursions available during your tour with your tour leader 
  • All taxes and fees
  • Any public transport used as part of the tour (excludes free days)
  • Free souvenir – a memorable gift of your once in a lifetime trip. 

REMEMBER ALL TOURS ARE GUARANTEED DEPARTURES AND WILL OPERATE.

Many other companies that operate tours of Europe cancel tours if minimum numbers are not achieved or will only guarantee some departure dates.

Exclusions:

  • Visa charges, departure tax or any other visa charges
  • Entrance tickets at the sightseeing places
  • Air tickets, Personal expenses, Luggage charges,
  • Personal guide, Tips
  • Any meals which is not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Any items which are not mentioned in the inclusion section.
14 Days / 13 Nights

Hotel Options :

We have searched and invested in excellent budget accommodation either located in cities or well placed with good public transport connections. We use 3 star hotels. During this tour you will stay in twin share rooms and if you are a single traveller, you will be roomed with a fellow traveller of the same gender or you have the option to book a single room at an additional price. Below is a selection of the accommodations that we use on our Comfort Tours, these may be subject to change but are an indication of standards and types of properties you will stay in during your tour. A full list of accommodation names and addresses will be given to you on the first day of your tour.