- Overnight in Luxembourg
- Visit Trier, Germany’s oldest city
- See the historical landmarks in Frankfurt
- Enjoy a lovely tour in Prague
- Overnight in Bratislava
- See the beautiful Budapest
- See all the hightlights in Vienna
- Look for the perfect souvenirs in Lucerne
- Let the Rhine Falls impress you
- Visit the Black Forest
- 9-night hotel accommodations
- Breakfast (coffee or tea, juice and bread)
- Ground transportation in air-conditioned motorcoach
- Professional tour guide
- Mandatory Service Fee: EUR 10.00 per day, per guest, payable to the guide (Cash Only)
- Prague entrance tax: EUR 5.00/guest
- Vienna entrance tax: EUR 5.00/guest
Day 1: Paris – Reims – Luxembourg (Hotel: Innside Luxembourg / Ibis Esch Belval or similar)
In the morning 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.
Day 2: Luxembourg – Trier – Koblenz – Frankfurt (Hotel: NH Frankfurt Airport West / Mercure Frankfurt Airport Langen or similar )
Our first stop is 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); Romerberg, 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.
Day 3; Frankfurt – Prague (Hotel: Best Western Amedia Prague / NH Prague City or similar)
We’ll depart in the morning, reaching the Czech border in the early afternoon and Prague by dusk. Commonly referred to as Zlata Praha, or Golden Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic is a resplendent vision of Old World glory.
Day 4: Prague – Bratislava (Hotel: Vienna House Easy Chopin Bratislava or similar)
Your Prague adventure begins with a spectacular walk along the coronation path of the kings and queens of old Bohemia. We’ll start at the top of Castle Hill in the Hradcany District and then visit Prague Castle, official residence of the president of the republic, and according to Guinness Book of World Records, the largest ancient castle in the world. Fees for the castle also include admission to Golden Lane, a street of 11 historic houses situated inside the castle complex, and the imposing St. Vitus Cathedral. Crossing the Charles Bridge, we’ll enter the old quarter and see the Astronomical Clock in Old Town Square, which has played host to both uprisings and executions, and remains the political and cultural heart of the city to this day.
After lunch in the square, our coach will make the scenic transfer from Prague to the hotel in or near the Slovakian capital, Bratislava.
Day 5: Bratislava – Budapest (Hotel: Expo Congress Hotel / Ibis Styles Budapest City West or similar)
After breakfast we’ll depart for Budapest, the capital of Hungary. Major attractions on our tour include Heroes’ Square, featuring statues of the Seven Chieftains of the Magyars and other important national leaders, as well as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier; the Hungarian Parliament Building; Elisabeth Bridge; Fisherman’s Bastion; and Matthias Church. You will then have the option of joining the scenic Danube River cruise. We’ll spend the night in Budapest.
Day 6: Budapest – Vienna (Hotel: Hotel ibis Vienna Airport or similar)
After breakfast, it’s off to Vienna, the capital of Austria, to see Schonbrunn Palace, former summer residence of the Imperial family and preferred living quarters of Empress Maria Theresa; Stadtpark (City Park), home of the gilded bronze statue of Johann Strauss; the Austrian Parliament Building; the world-famous Vienna State Opera; and Hofburg Palace. After a stroll along the Kartnerstrasse we’ll arrive at St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Tickets for a Viennese Waltz concert may also be arranged (at your own expense).
Day 7: Vienna – Mondsee – Munich (Hotel: Tulip Inn München Messe / NH Munchen Ost Conference or similar )
After joining the scheduled tour in Vienna, you’ll head up into the Alps to fabled Mondsee, a town situated on the shores of Lake Mondsee, home to the medieval Mondsee Abbey. The cloister church was used as the site for the wedding in The Sound of Music. After arriving in Munich, we’ll visit Marienplatz, a central square in the city center, and New Town Hall, which has continuously housed the city council, the mayor’s office, and part of the the administrative body since 1874. Our hotel for the evening will be in Munich or a neighboring city.
Day 8: Munich – Mount Titlis – Lucerne – Zurich (Hotel: Mövenpick Zurich Regensdorf or similar)
After breakfast we’ll take the mountain roads farther into Switzerland, slowly winding our way up to the snow-capped giants of the Alps. Once in Engelberg, we’ll take the gondola 45 minutes up to Mount Titlis, 10,623 feet above sea level. Go inside a glacier cave and stroll across the Titlis Cliff Walk, Europe’s highest suspension bridge. You may opt to have your lunch at one of the several dining options at the peak. Afterwards we’ll drive to picturesque Lucerne to see the Lion Monument and venture into the narrow alleyways to find the perfect souvenir. Shops selling Swiss watches are also in abundance here. We’ll spend the night in Zurich or a neighboring city.
Day 9: Zurich – Rhine Falls – Titisee – Frankfurt (Hotel: NH Frankfurt Airport West / Mercure Frankfurt Airport Langen or similar)
After breakfast we’ll go out into beautiful Zurich, the financial capital of Switzerland. Our first stop will be Lake Zurich for some of the best photo opportunities of the day, followed by a trip to Schaffhausen to see Rhine Falls. Then we’ll take the mountain roads back across the German border to see the Black Forest and Lake Titisee. The optional lunch by the lake includes pork knuckle and authentic black forest cake. Accommodations for the evening are in Frankfurt.
Day 10: Frankfurt – Bonn – Cologne – Amsterdam
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. After lunch we will depart for Holland.
Looking for a cheaper tour? You can check out this 9-Day Italy, Switzerland and France Tour Package from Paris that provides similar itinerary plus free airport transfers.
- Drop-off time and place: Approximately 7:00pm at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
Alternatively, you may opt to leave the tour at 1:00pm at Cologne Central Station.