Highlights of Europe – England, France, Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium

10 Days / 9 Nights

Belgium, England, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland

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London, Paris, Geneva, Lucerne, Cologne, Amsterdam, Bruges – visit seven of Europe’s most iconic cities and experience the world’s fastest trains too!

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Itinerary


DAY 1

Arrive London and enjoy a panoramic sightseeing tour of England’s capital city and its most famous sights including the Houses of Parliament,  Big Ben and Westminster Abbey, final resting place of seventeen monarchs, Buckingham Palace,  Trafalgar Square Nelson’s Column, and Piccadilly Circus. You’ll also see Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and St Paul’s Cathedral.   Option to visit the famous Soho area for a spot of nightlife this evening.  Overnight London.

DAY 2

Transfer to St Pancras station in London, a superbly renovated Victorian masterpiece where you may wish to sample Europe’s longest champagne bar before joining the efficient Eurostar high speed train which will whisk you at 300kmh through the “Garden of England”  and the tunnel beneath the English Channel to emerge in France. It seems like no time at all before you are sweeping into the Gare du Nord station in the heart of Paris, where you will transfer to your hotel.  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”. Overnight Paris.

DAY 3

This morning’s sightseeing tour will show you the very best of the wonderful city of Paris. From the hill of Montmartre enjoy a majestic view across the city and take in the nearby church of Sacré Coeur with its great domes and the street cafes and artists that typify this quarter before descending to head along the wide and tree lined boulevards to the Trocadero for an unrivalled view of the Eiffel Tower.  Enjoy the majesty of the Champs Elysées, perhaps Europe’s most famous avenue, leading from the Arc de Triomphe arch to the enormous Place de la Concorde, en route to the world famous Louvre gallery with its well known pyramid. Following the banks of the winding Seine river brings you to the Musée d’Orsay and the towering gothic spires of Notre Dame cathedral to name but a few of the sights you’ll encounter.  This afternoon choose from a whole range of possibilities including time shopping in Paris’s iconic stores or a half day excursion to the Sun King Louis XIV’s magnificent Palace at Versailles. This evening why not enjoy one of the legendary shows maybe at the Moulin Rouge itself! Overnight Paris.

DAY 4

Join the famous TGV train – holder of the world speed record for rail transport. The peaceful French countryside simply whizzes by and in a flash you’re in the heart of Europe and the beautiful country of Switzerland where there’s a short sightseeing tour of the cosmopolitan international city of Geneva, famous for its old town and cathedral , its banks and international organisations – the European HQ of the United Nations is here – and the enormous Jet d’Eau fountain soaring up from the waters of Lake Geneva, all set against the magnificent mountain backdrop of the Alps. Continue into beautiful central Switzerland this evening. Overnight Lucerne area.

DAY 5

A day right up in the mountains as you travel to the ski resort of  Engelberg and up to Mount Titlis to enjoy a day in the heart of the stunningly scenic Swiss Alps. Your cable car ride to the summit is truly spectacular and reveals wonderful views of glaciers and snow-clad peaks all around. Return for a tour of the historic and picturesque city of Lucerne including the Lion Monument  and the covered wooden Chapel Bridge,  and a visit to one of the famous shops such as Bucherer.  Overnight Lucerne area.

DAY 6

Head north via the commercial capital of Switzerland, Zürich, to the spectacular Rhinefall waterfalls where the huge river Rhine tumbles over a rocky rapid in a sea of frothing white water. Continue into Germany and the picturesque wooded 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 then on via historic  Heidelberg and its famous  pink castle to Frankfurt, financial hub of Germany.   Overnight Frankfurt.

DAY 7

Morning panoramic sightseeing of Frankfurt including   Frankfurter Roemer, St Bartholomaus Dom, the Hauptwache, the Main Tower, Mainkai, Borse Stock Exchange, the  Karmeliterkloster  and of course  Goethe’s House. Follow one of Europe’s greatest and busiest rivers, the mighty River Rhine, as it twists and turns 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 for a short sightseeing in  in Cologne with its historic old town, great bridges and magnificent cathedral – one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in Europe. Follow the Rhine further north into the Netherlands.  Overnight Amsterdam.

DAY 8

Your full day in Amsterdam includes a panoramic sightseeing of the city taking in the Rijksmuseum, The National Monument, The Royal Palace, The Van Gogh Museum, 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.

DAY 9

This morning we head south across the sub sea level Dutch polders into Belgium to 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.  Continue the short distance to the wonderful medieval town of Bruges and perhaps a ride by horse drawn carriage around the timeless narrow lanes or climb the winding stairs to the top of the Flemish belfry for amazing views across the higgledy piggledy rooftops. Dont forget to pick up some of the legendary Belgian chocolates while you are there. Later this afternoon return across the English Channel to London area.  

DAY 10

Transfer to the airport for your onward journey or why not join up with one of our superb tours taking in all the highlights of the United Kingdom and Ireland.

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