A Week in Europe – France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland.

8 Days / 7 Nights

Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland

Paris Brussels Amsterdam Windmills Diamond Factory Cologne Rhine Gorge Frankfurt Heidelberg Black Forest Cuckoo Clocks Titisee Rhine Falls Lucerne Titlis Swiss Alps Zurich

Take in some of the best that Western Europe has to offer – the history and cultural wonders of Paris, the art and architecture of the fascinating “Low Countries” – Belgium and The Netherlands – the glorious scenery of Germany’s Rhine Valley and Black Forest and the magnificent mountains and waterfalls of  Stunning Switzerland – all in just a week!

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Arrive in Paris, capital city of France and enjoy a panoramic tour of some of the key landmarks of one of Europe’s greatest cities –  the golden bridges that stretch over the Seine, the grandiose Place de la Concorde and the famous Arc de Triomphe, elegant boulevards full of shopping opportunities and of course the statuesque structure they thought would only last a few years – the Eiffel Tower!  Overnight Paris.


Take a half day tour of this spectacular city.  Start the day at  the Eiffel Tower and enjoy a bird’s eye view of this breath-taking city as it lies before you.  Marvel at the historic and world renowned monuments and buildings such as the Arc de Triomphe, Trocadero, Opera, Musée d’Orsay, Notre Dame and Les Invalides as well as some lesser known yet equally fascinating corners of the city.  Soak in the glamour of the stunning avenue that is the Champs Elysées before stopping for a leisurely lunch in one of the cafes and bistros that line the leafy boulevards.  This afternoon choose from a whole range of possibilities including a guided tour of the Louvre and its famous art collections, a half day excursion to the Sun King Louis XIV’s magnificent Palace at Versailles  or time to shop in the iconic stores of Paris itself or one of the superb shopping outlet malls nearby such as La Vallée Village Outlet.  This evening why not enjoy a dinner cruise along the tranquil River Seine and a chance to appreciate why Paris is known as the “City of Light” before taking in one of the legendary shows maybe at the Moulin Rouge itself! Overnight Paris.


Travel into the Low Countries today to visit the Belgian capital Brussels, famed for its Art Nouveau buildings and splendid squares. Enjoy a panoramic sightseeing including the the Atomium, the Grand Place, the Hotel de Ville and the iconic statue of the city – Manneken Pis.  Don’t forget to sample the legendary Belgian chocolates while you are there! Continue via Antwerpen and to Amsterdam, the capital of the The Netherlands.  Overnight Amsterdam.


Your full day in Amsterdam includes a panoramic sightseeing of the city including the Rijksmuseum, The National Monument, The Royal Palace, The Van Gogh Museum, a visit to a Diamond “Factory” and of course the canals.   Enjoy lunch then in the afternoon proceed to Zaanse Schans park on the edge of the city to see working windmills, cheese & clog farms and watch a demonstration of how Dutch cheese and wooden clogs are made. Optional evening  canal cruise.  Overnight Amsterdam.


Head into Germany today for a visit and sightseeing of Cologne with its historic old town, great bridges and magnificent cathedral – one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in Europe. Cologne sits astride one of Europe’s greatest and busiest rivers, the mighty River Rhine. Head south taking in its most scenic section, the Rhine Gorge,  twisting and turning amidst impossibly steep vineyards and “fairytale”medieval castles past the legendary Loreley rock. Here medieval boatmen were said to be lured to their doom by the beautiful Rhine Maidens. Arrive in Frankfurt, Germany’s financial hub, for a panoramic sightseeing tour of highlights including  Frankfurter Roemer, St Bartholomaus Dom, the Hauptwache, the Main Tower, Mainkai, Borse Stock Exchange, the Karmeliterkloster and of course Goethe’s House.  Overnight Frankfurt area.


Drive via historic Heidelberg and its famous  pink castle and into the picturesque hills of the Schwarzwald (Black Forest),  “birthplace of the Cuckoo Clock“. Visit a workshop to see how these beautiful wooden timepieces are made and the beautiful lakeside resort of Titisee before driving across the border into Switzerland for a stop at the spectacular Rhinefall waterfalls where the huge river tumbles over a rocky rapid in a sea of frothing white water. The day’s sightseeing ends with a short panoramic tour of the country’s commercial capital Zurich. Overnight Zurich/Lucerne area.


This morning’s short drive brings you to Engelberg and Mount Titlis to enjoy a day in the heart of the beautiful Swiss Alps mountains. Your included cable car ride to the summit is truly spectacular and reveals wonderful views of glaciers – stunning “rivers of ice” and snow clad peaks all around. Return to the valley and travel to the delightful lakeside town of Lucerne for an included guided walking tour exploring this historic and picturesque city and taking in the famous wooden bridge and Lion Monument.  Overnight Zurich/Lucerne area.


Transfer to Zurich, Frankfurt or Munich airport for your homeward journey today, or travel by high speed TGV train to Paris this morning for your return flight from there

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