Grand Europe Tour

31 Day Escorted Coach Tour from

What do you want from your European tour - historic treasures, amazing architecture, scenic beauty, and exciting cities? Whatever it is, this European holiday offers it to you!  You’ve heard about a tiny but powerful state with a treasure cove of masterpieces, Vatican City – now it’s your chance to visit St Peter’s square. You’ve seen photos of the Leaning Tower in Pisa - now’s your chance to take a photo of yourself pushing back at it. You’ve heard of the French Riviera - now’s your chance to drive along both the French and Italian Riviera’s. You’ve watched the Olympics - now’s your chance to visit the birthplace of the Olympic Games in Greece. You’ve heard how gorgeous the Swiss Alps are - now’s your time to see them in person. You’ve heard how the former communist countries in Eastern Europe have transformed into wonderful holiday destinations—now’s your time to visit Budapest, Bratislava, Sofia, and Belgrade to see for yourself.

All of this and much more are included on this European tour that starts in London, ends in Amsterdam, and travels through France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. Spend time in the French Riviera and France’s beautiful wine region.  Experience lively Barcelona and visit some of the world’s oldest sights, including Athens’ Acropolis, dating back to the 5th century BC; the towers, cobblestones, and turrets in Carcassonne, perhaps Europe’s best-preserved medieval fortified town; Lucerne’s Chapel Bridge, built in 1333 as part of the city’s fortifications and now Europe’s oldest-preserved wooden bridge; Niš in Serbia, one of the oldest cities in the Balkans; and much more.

But that’s not all…you’ll also witness gorgeous scenery throughout this Europe tour—from the rolling hills in Tuscany to the majestic Swiss Alps, Greece’s Peloponnese coast and the Danube valley. It’s a dream holiday for value-minded travellers!
Itinerary

Day 01  ARRIVE IN LONDON, ENGLAND 
Check into your hotel. In the afternoon, you may want to start exploring the lively British capital.
Uniformed hosts and the GO app are available to help you make the most of your stay.

Day 02  LONDON
Enjoy free time for independent activities. Take a panoramic tour of London's famous landmarks,
visit the Tower of London, or choose an excursion to Windsor Castle. Tonight, how about dinner
followed by a leisurely cruise on the Thames River? (B)

Day 03  LONDON-PARIS, FRANCE 
Transfer to the railway station and board the EUROSTAR TRAIN to scintillating Paris with your Tour
Director. Transfer to your hotel. (B)

Day 04  PARIS 
Enjoy a day of sightseeing in Paris starting with an included guided tour to see the best known sites
and monuments. (B)

Day 05  PARIS-CHÂTEAUX COUNTRY- TOURS-BORDEAUX 
Travel south to Blois and along the Loire Valley, stopping in Tours to see the well-preserved historic centre.
Continue to Poitiers, beautifully situated on a rocky plateau. South again to the Grande Champagne
wine-growing area. Spend the night in Bordeaux on the banks of the Garonne. (B,D)

Day 06  BORDEAUX-CARCASSONNE- BARCELONA, SPAIN 
From the vineyards of the Gironde and the Garonne, travel eastward to Carcassonne in the foothills
of the Pyrenées. Spend some time to admire what is perhaps the best-preserved medieval fortified
town in Europe. Later, cross the Spanish border and travel through Catalonia to Barcelona. (B,D)

Day 07  BARCELONA 
Your guided city tour includes a drive around Montjuïc to see the Olympic Stadium and a
panoramic view of the port and city. It continues to the city centre to Plaza Catalunya and Paseo de
Gracia to admire the greatness and eccentricity of Gaudi's architectural masterpieces (entrance fees
not included). (B)

Day 08  BARCELONA-ARLES, FRANCE-FRENCH RIVIERA
Back in France, head into the vineyard-covered region of the Hérault for a stop in Arles. This is where
Vincent van Gogh lived from 1888-1889, and produced more than 300 paintings and drawings.
Continue skirting the stunning shoreline of the Mediterranean to arrive in the heart of the world famous
French Riviera. (B)

Day 09  FRENCH RIVIERA 
A full day at leisure allows you to take advantage of everything the splendid Côte d'Azur has to offer.
You might like to explore the Old Town, climb up Castle Hill for panoramic views of Nice, or spend
some time in the Marc Chagall National Museum. Tonight, consider joining our optional Monte Carlo
by Night excursion to the nearby Principality of Monaco. (B)

Day 10  FRENCH RIVIERA-VENICE AREA, ITALY 
Enjoy a scenic drive along the French and Italian Flower Rivieras. Then, cross the fertile Po River
plains to the shores of the Adriatic to reach the Venice area. (B)

Day 11  VENICE AREA 
Your day begins with a BOAT RIDE to monumental St. Mark's Square. Time at leisure here enables
you to explore and absorb the unique atmosphere of this unforgettable city built on water. Watch a
skilled GLASSBLOWER at work. How about a romantic optional gondola trip? (B,D)

Day 12  VENICE AREA-FLORENCE 
Today, cross the verdant Apennine hills into Italy's most popular region-Tuscany! Arrive in Florence,
the renowned "Cradle of the Renaissance." An included walking tour with a Local Guide features all
the most important sites, including Piazza della Signoria and the copy of the "David" by
Michelangelo. (B,D)

Day 13  FLORENCE-PISA-ROME
Today, hop on a mini train in Pisa to see the famous Leaning Tower, part of the Square of Miracles
and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. (B)

Day 14  ROME 
The "Eternal City" is steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Included
sightseeing with a Local Guide starts with St. Peter's Square and Basilica. Other highlights are the
iconic Colosseum, the largest amphitheatre ever built, and Circus Maximus. (B)

Day 15  ROME-ANCONA (EMBARKATION)-OVERNIGHT FERRY CROSSING TO PATRAS, GREECE 
A day of scenic beauty awaits as you travel through the rugged Apennines past quaint, old-world
villages on your way to Ancona on the Adriatic Sea. This afternoon, embark an overnight FERRY for
your sea crossing to Greece. (B)

Day 16  PATRAS (DISEMBARKATION)- OLYMPIA 
Awaken surrounded by fresh sea air this morning as you cross the Mediterranean. This afternoon,
disembark in Patras and make your way south for a visit to Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic
Games, first held in 776 BC. An optional guided visit to the archaeological site unveils the sacred
precinct of Zeus, whose temple once housed a statue that was one of the Seven Wonders of the
Ancient World. (B,D)

Day 17  OLYMPIA-TRIPOLI- ATHENS 
This morning, travel through the mountains of Arcadia into the heart of the Peloponnese peninsula.
Cross the mighty Corinth Canal, then to Athens, capital of Greece and one of the world's oldest cities.
This evening, bask in the lively atmosphere of the old Plaka district with its welcoming tavernas and
festive bouzouki music, or you could choose to join an optional Greek dinner. (B)

Day 18 ATHENS 
The cradle of Western civilisation and birthplace of democracy, Athens offers so much to see and
experience. Included city sightseeing this morning features the highlights and a visit to the
ACROPOLIS and the Parthenon. Later, explore the shops and museums or spend the afternoon
swimming off the coast. (B,D)

Day 19  ATHENS-DELPHI- THERMOPYLAE-THESSALONIKA 
On the way to Delphi, your Tour Director will tell you all about the area's fascinating history rooted in
Greek mythology. Enjoy a guided tour of Delphi's ancient sanctuary, dedicated to the god Apollo.
Hear about the mystical Oracle and tour the EXCAVATION SITE, then visit the ARCHAEOLOGICAL
MUSEUM. Next is Thermopylae, the cavernous entrance to Hades in Greek mythology and site of the
famous battle between the Spartans and Xerxes' overwhelming Persian forces in 480 BC. See the
LEONIDAS MONUMENT, which commemorates the Spartan king. Travel along the coast to
Thessalonika for an overnight. (B,D)

Day 20  THESSALONIKA-SOFIA, BULGARIA 
Cross the Bulgarian border and head north through the Struma River Valley, Spartacus'
mountainous homeland. In Sofia, capital of Bulgaria, join your Local Guide for a city tour that
includes the Parliament building, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the National Theatre, and St. Sophia
Church. (B,D)

Day 21  SOFIA-NIS, SERBIA- BELGRAD 
On to Serbia. In Niš, visit the well-preserved 18th-century Ottoman FORTRESS. Continue to Belgrade,
capital of Serbia. (B)

Day 22  BELGRADE-SZEGED, HUNGARY-BUDAPEST 
Enter the autonomous Serbian province of Vojvodina and cross into Hungary. Stop at the border
town of Szeged, with fabled ties to Attila the Hun and the ancient home of paprika. Later, arrive in
Budapest, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. (B)

Day 23  BUDAPEST 
Included sightseeing with a Local Guide today features Buda Castle, which dominates the twin cities
of Buda and Pest, separated by the broad ribbon of the Danube River. See Heroes' Square with its
iconic monument and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Also see the Royal Castle, the awe-inspiring
Hungarian Parliament, Margaret Island, Fishermen's Bastion, and Matthias Coronation Church. This
evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 24  BUDAPEST-GYÖR- BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA-VIENNA, AUSTRI 
Head toward the Austrian border today and, along the way, stop in colourful Györ with its narrow
lanes, characteristic corner balconies, and baroque town centre. Continue to Bratislava, capital of
Slovakia, where medieval towers, fortifications, St. Michael's Gate, and gothic St. Martin's Church
await your discovery. Cross into Austria and arrive in its dazzling capital-Vienna. (B)

Day 25  VIENNA 
Once the seat of the mighty Habsburg Empire and home to Strauss, Brahms, Beethoven, Hadyn, and
Mozart, Vienna blends ornate baroque architecture with an irresistible musical heritage. There's
much to enthrall you today on the included guided sightseeing tour. Admire the fabulous State
Opera House and Parliament, and stroll through Heroes' Square for views of splendid Hofburg
Palace. In your free time, be sure to pop into one of the traditional coffee houses for a slice of
heavenly Sachertorte, or you can join one of our exciting optional excursions! (B)

Day 26  VIENNA-SALZBURG-MUNICH, GERMANY 
Travel along the Danube to Mozart's splendid hometown, Salzburg. There's time here to discover the
charming Getreidegasse, the town's elegant main shopping street. On to Germany through green
Bavarian landscapes to arrive in Munich. (B)

Day 27  MUNICH-BREGENZ, AUSTRIA-LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND 
Your day begins with an orientation drive. See its beautiful main square, Marienplatz, and marvel at
the world-famous Glockenspiel. Later, stop in Bregenz before skirting Lake Constance, then cross
into Switzerland to head for Lucerne. (B)
 
Day 28  LUCERNE 
This morning's visit introduces you to one of Switzerland's finest cities. See the impressive city walls;
CHAPEL BRIDGE, Europe's oldest covered bridge; and the LION MONUMENT, a masterful stone
sculpture honouring Louis XVI's heroic Swiss Guard. A selection of optional activities is available to
round out your day. (B,D)

Day 29  LUCERNE-STRASBOURG, FRANCE-TRIER, GERMANY 
Cross into France today and spend some time at leisure in magical Strasbourg, seat of the European
Parliament. See the monumental gothic cathedral; taste the unique Franco-German cuisine; or
explore the city's historic heart in the magical La Petite France district. Return to Germany and head
to ancient Trier for an overnight. (B)

Day 30  TRIER-AMSTERDAM AREA, HOLLAND 
Through the industrial Ruhr region and then into the canal-crossed countryside of Holland to
Amsterdam, vibrant capital of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. On an included CANAL CRUISE,
experience the city from water level, then stop to watch skilled craftsmen cut and polish precious
stones at a DIAMOND CENTRE. Discover the main sites with a Local Guide and spend some time at
leisure (B,D)

Day 31  AMSTERDAM AREA 
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

$5.809

per person twin share

Singles - twin share matching available

Tour Map
Guaranteed Tour Departure
Package Inclusions
  • Travel by bus with English speaking guide, basic travel insurance, and breakfast buffet.
  • Includes arrival transfer
  • Boat: Sogner Fjord, To the Islands of Suomenlinna in Helsinki, Moldava River, Rhein Cruise, Boat on the I Jsselmeer lake from Voledam to Marken in Amsterdam, Boat Trip along River Seine.
  • City tour in : Copenhagen, Stockholm, Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Amsterdam, Paris.
  • Evening Transfer: Rembrandtplein, Red Light District, Quartier Latin.
  • Ticket admission: Turaida Castle, Rundale Palace, Trakai Castle, Grutas Park, Holocaust Memorial and Berlin Wall Museum in Berlin, Prague Castle, Cheese Farm with Testing in Zaanse Schans, Diamond Cutting Workshop, 2nd Floor Eiffel Tower.
  • Ferry: Dinamarca - Noruega, Estocolmo (Sweden) / Turku (Finland), Helsinki (Finland) / Tallin (Estonia).
  • Funicular: Mount Floyen.
  • 2 Lunch or Dinner Included in: Turaida, Rundale.
Dates and Prices

GUARANTEED DEPARTURES

Low Season
$5.069 p.p twin share
Oct. 2018 : 31
Mid Season
$5.098 p.p twin share
Jul. 2018 : 04
Aug. 2018 : 08
High Season
$5.140 p.p twin share
Apr. 2018 : 18
May. 2018 : 09
Jun. 2018 : 06
Sep. 2018 : 12
Oct. 2018 : 03

Singles - twin share matching available

2019

Low Season

$4.736

$5.069 p.p twin share
Oct. 2019 : 30
Mid Season

$4.773

$5.098 p.p twin share
Jul. 2019 : 03
Aug. 2019 : 07
High Season

$4.802

$5.140 p.p twin share
Apr. 2019 : 17
May. 2019 : 08
Jun. 2019 : 05
Sep. 2019 : 11
Oct. 2019 : 02

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