Paris – Reims – Luxembourg
Hotel: NH Luxembourg / NH Trier or similar
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 Lady of Reims Cathedral
- Pont Adolphe
- Place de la
Luxembourg – Trier – Koblenz – Frankfurt
Hotel: Mercure Hotel & Residenz Frankfurt Messe / Novotel 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); 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.
- Karl Marx House
- Porta Nigra
- Rhine River
- Romer Platz
- Alte Oper
Frankfurt – Prague
Hotel: Best Western Amedia Prague / Dorint Hotel Don Giovanni Prague 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.
Prague – Bratislava
Hotel: Vienna House Easy Chopin Bratislava / Lindner Hotel Gallery Central 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.
- Hradčany Quarter
- Golden Lane
- Prague Castle
- St. Vitus Cathedral
- Prague Old Town Square
- Prague Astronomical
Bratislava – Budapest
Hotel: Expo Congress Hotel / Mercure Hotel Korona Budapest 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.
- Heroes’ Square
- Hungarian Parliament Building
- Fisherman’s Bastion
- Matthias Church
- Danube River
- Buda Castle
- Elisabeth Bridge
- Gellert Hill
Budapest – Vienna
Hotel: Park Inn by Radisson Uno City / Ramada Encore Vienna City Center 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).
- Schonbrunn Palace
- Vienna State Opera
- Hofburg Palace
- St. Stephen’s Cathedral
- Golden Hall
- Palffy Palace
Vienna – Mondsee – Munich
Hotel: Holiday Inn Munchen Unterhaching / NH Munich am Ring 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.
- Mondsee Abbey
- Neues Rathaus (New Town Ha
Munich – Mount Titlis – Lucerne – Zurich
Hotel: Radisson Blu Hotel Zurich Airport / Park Inn by Radisson Hotel Zurich Airport 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.
- Mount Titlis
- Lion Monument
Zurich – Rhine Falls – Titisee – Frankfurt
Hotel: Mercure Hotel & Residenz Frankfurt Messe / Novotel 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.
- Lake Zurich
- Rhine Falls
- Lake Titisee
- Black Forest
Frankfurt – Bonn – Cologne – Amsterdam
Hotel: A4 Schiphol Hotel / Inntel Hotels Amsterdam-Zaandam or similar
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, staying overnight in Amsterdam or a neighboring city.
- Cologne Cathedral
Amsterdam – Zaanse Schans – Amsterdam
Hotel: Tulip Inn City West / Radisson Blu Amsterdam Airport or similar
After breakfast at the hotel, we will tour all the major attractions in Dam Square, including the Royal Palace and the National Monument. You will have the option of hopping onto a glass-topped boat for an hour-long cruise through the storied canals. We will then visit Coster Diamond Factory to see how diamonds are cut and prepared for market, using techniques that have been in use since the 16th century. Our first stop in the afternoon will be Zaanse Schans, the windmill capital of Holland. There we will visit the Wooden Shoe Workshop & Museum and the Cheese Farm to see how clogs and cheese are made. Back at the hotel, you might be interested in an optional tour of Amsterdam’s world-famous Red Light District.
- Zaanse Schans
- Amsterdam Canals
- Coster Diamonds Factory
- De Catherina Hoeve (The Cheese Farm)
- Wooden Shoe Workshop & Museum
- Amsterdam Red Light District
- Keukenhof Gardens
Amsterdam – Brussels – Paris
After breakfast 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.
- Drop-off time and place: approximately 7:30pm at Place d’Italie in Paris
- Grand Place
- Manneken Pis
- 11-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
- Prague city tax: EUR 5.00/person
- Vienna city tax: EUR 5.00/person
- Airfare & Visa
- All personal expenses and additional hotel services
- Lunch and dinner
- Optional tours (prices and availability subject to change