Grand Tour of Europe 25 Days

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Welcome to our most comprehensive ever tour of Europe. Experience the best of Europe’s charming towns and imposing palaces, soaring mountains and placid lakes, ancient cities and modern technology.

You’ll experience the diverse cultures, the varied landscapes, the wine and the food, the arts and architecture. Visiting ten countries over 25 days, including several nights in Paris to explore the City of Light, and three nights based in Zurich to discover the charming towns and mountainous scenery of Switzerland, this extensive tour package delivers a European experience beyond your expectations.

Tour Highlights:

  • Arrive in Paris and step out to dinner in Montmartre District
  • Climb the Eiffel Tower, cruise on the River Seine, and visit the Latin Quarter
  • Travel through the villages and vineyards of the Bourgogne Region
  • Transit Switzerland’s gorgeous mountains and lakes en route to Geneva
  • Admire the medieval architecture, mountainous setting, and scenic lakes of Lucerne and Lugano
  • In Italy, visit Milan’s Duomo Square and Pisa’s Leaning Tower
  • Take a scenic tour of Rome, and visit Vatican City and the imposing Roman Coliseum
  • in Florence, visit the the Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo, and the Piazza della Signoria
  • Take a ride in a vaporetto on Venice’s Grand Canal, and visit the imposing Saint Mark’s Basilica
  • Explore the city of Mozart Salzburg
  • Stroll through the grounds of Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace
  • Discover the surprising charms of Budapest, the ‘Queen of the Danube’
  • Explore the stunning capitals of Slovakia and the Czech Republic – Bratislava and Prague
  • Travel through Bavaria to Frankfurt and Cologne, including a cruise on the River Rhine
  • Take in the canals, windmills, and liberal delights of the Netherlands, in and around Amsterdam
  • In Belgium, visit historic central Brussels, and take in Bruges, the Flemish ‘little northern Venice’

Package Inclusions:

  • Return international airfares economy class and taxes flying China Southern or China Eastern Airlines or similar (subject to availability), departing Sydney, Melbourne, or Perth. Note: Flight itineraries are not available until approximately 2 weeks before departure. Some flights may depart one day after and may involve up to 2 transits per leg.
  • 22 nights accommodation in comfortable three-star hotels, twin rooms with private facilities. Double rooms and Triple share are not available. Note: Hotels will vary depending on group sizes and hence hotel information can only be ascertained within 5-7 days prior to departure.
  • Insurance: Basic insurance cover is provided for our clients during the land component of this tour. See below for details.
  • City tours: Paris, Rome, Florence, Venice, Vienna, Budapest, Prague, Amsterdam.
  • Ticket Admission: Funicular in Montmartre in Paris, 2nd Floor Eiffel Tower in Paris, Coliseum of Rome, Saint Mark’s Basilica and Murano Glass Factory in Venice, Prague Castle, Diamond cutting workshop in Amsterdam.
  • Boating: River Seine in Paris, Zurich Lake, Vaporetto in Venice, Traunsee lake in Traunkirchen, Danube River in Budapest, Vltava River in Prague, Cruise on the Rhine, I Jsselmeer lake from Voledam to Marken in Amsterdam.
  • Evening Transfers: Montmartre Dictrict in Paris, Quartier Latin in Paris, Via Cavour in Rome, City Hall Square in Vienna, Vaci Utca in Budapest, Old Town Square in Prague, Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence, Rembrandtplein in Amsterdam.
  • Trains: Rapperswil/Zurich, Piazza dei Miracoli in Pisa.
  • Daily breakfast and two (2) lunch or dinner included in: Grindelwald and Kitzbuhel
  • Dedicated coach transportation
  • Return airport-hotel transfers
  • English speaking tour guide(s)

Price Excludes

  • All optional activities, tours and attraction tickets not included in the itinerary (please see below for more detailed information)
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Visas (if applicable)
  • Personal expenses

Optional Activities

    • Paris
        • Moulin Rouge Show: How could you miss making the most of the Parisian night by attending the oldest and most famous cabaret in the world? We’re talking about the Moulin Rouge, with more than one hundred years of history. It evokes the moments of the Belle Epoque, in the Parisian district of Pigalle where the concept of the French ‘varieté’ began. More than 100 artists on stage, including 60 dancers from around the world, a gigantic aquarium, varied international attractions, and the famous French Cancan. All with one of the fastest scene changes in the world. This is a show that will not soon be forgotten!
          • PRICE: EUR130pp (approx. AUD193pp). Minimum participants: 15 persons. DURATION: 2 hours. Includes: Round-trip transport service from and to the hotel. Table reservation. Tips included. Show with 1/2 bottle of French champagne per person. NOTE: No children´s discount.
        • Louvre Museum: This museum, besides being the best-known gallery in the world, brings together a huge collection of archaeological and sculptural works. Due to the large size of this museum and its huge number of works of art we suggest you take a guided tour that will allow you to see some of the most important works. Our selective tour will take you through the Egyptian Sphinx, Greco-Roman sculptures (including the famous Venus de Milo), and the summer apartments of Anne of Austria and Cardinal Mazarin, until you reach the Victory of Samothrace. We will also visit the Western painting section, seeing the primitivist Italians, Cimabue and Giotto, following by the Grande Galería where at this moment we can see The Virgin of the Rocks by Leonardo da Vinci. Next, we will admire The Wedding of Cana by Veronese and the most famous painting of the La Gioconda museum. We will also see the Gallery of French painting, which includes The Raft of the Medusa by Gericault, Liberty Guiding the People by Delacroix, and The Coronation of Napoleon by David. Next, we will go to the Apollo Gallery where we will find finely-wrought gold objects and some of the ‘Crown Jewels’. We’ll also visit the Gallery of the Guards, where we will find Etruscan and Roman jewels. And finally, view the apartments of Napoleon III with their splendid furniture.
          • PRICE: EUR50pp (approx. AUD74pp). Minimum participants: 15 persons. DURATION: 1h 30mins. Includes: Admission to the Louvre museum. Group reservation fee (set time, no queues). Louvre authorised local guide in English. Private audio guide service.
        • Full Day at Disneyland Paris: Prepare for fun and adventure in ‘the happiest place on Earth’ – Disneyland Paris! Travel through the 5 wonderful lands of the Park, where fairy tales come to life through exciting attractions, shows, and parades. Join the most intrepid pirates, teleport through space and time, and enjoy the amazing fireworks and light shows of the Sleeping Beauty Castle. All the magic is waiting for you at Disneyland Paris!
          • PRICE: EUR170pp (approx. AUD252pp). Minimum participants: 8 persons. DURATION: Full Day. Includes: Transfer to and from the park. Entrance ticket included.
    • Rome
        • Baroque Rome: This excursion is essential to complete your stay in Rome. You can enjoy the great Rome of Bernini and Borromini. The great baroque Rome with its beautiful fountains, squares and obelisks. The Rome that the Popes created. We will make a complete tour, visiting Lungotevere, Ara Pacis, Porta Pinciana, Via Veneto, Plaza de España with its wonderful fountain of the boat and its staircase Trinidad de los Montes, Fontana de Trevi where you can fulfill the rite of throwing your coin, Piazza Colona, Pantheon (possibly the best preserved archaeological temple of ancient Rome), and finishing in the extraordinary Piazza Navona. An important part of this excursion is done on foot enjoying the heart of Rome.
          • PRICE: EUR35pp (approx. AUD52pp). Minimum participants: 15 persons. DURATION: 2h 30min. Includes: Entrance included to the Pantheon. Transfers by bus. Local guide. Individual headphones connected directly with your local guide.
      • Vatican Museums: On many Sundays, the Vatican Museums remain closed. We have organized a visit for the most interested passengers, accompanied by an expert guide in Fine Arts. Visit the most important rooms of the Vatican Museums: galleries of tapestries, sculptures, and paintings, and other rooms in which we will have the opportunity to appreciate some of the most important works of art of classical and Renaissance antiquity. Our highlight will be the Sistine Chapel, dazzling after its brilliant restoration. Finally, we will visit the Basilica, where we can see Michelangelo´s Pieta, the Baldachin of San Pedro and the dome of Michelangelo.
        • PRICE: 45EURpp (approx. AUD67pp). Minimum participants: 20 persons. DURATION: 3hours. INCLUDED: Visit with entrances to the Vatican Galleries, Sistine Chapel and St. Peters Basilica. Local Spanish-speaking specialized guide (max group per guide: 40 people). Right of entry to the Vatican included. Headset connected privately with your local guide.
    • Florence
      • Tuscan Dinner: Sieze the chance to enjoy a magnificent dinner in a Tuscan atmosphere. A group of musicians will set the mood for this beautiful evening. We can taste the typical products of the region, such as the extraordinary Fiorentina steak. During dinner, you’ll enjoy live music from a pianist singer from Fiorentino who will perform local and international music.
        • PRICE: EUR55pp (approx. AUD82pp). DURATION: 3 hours. INCLUDED: Transfers with the roundtrip bus. Assistance from our guide. Dinner included, with drinks.
    • Venice
      • Gondola Ride: Discover the romance of Venice. This may be the best way to get an introduction to the city. We include a Gondola ride through the channels, and have also hired our own musicians to play beautiful Venetian ballads as you cruise through the most beautiful channels to reach the Grand Canal, where the most fantastic Venetian palaces are located.
        • PRICE: EUR35 (approx. AUD52pp). Minimum participants: 10 persons. DURATION: 35 mins. INCLUDED: Tour on private gondolas along the canals. Musicians (1 tenor and one accordionist) for the gondola group.
    • Vienna
      • Valses in Vienne: Transfer to a beautiful baroque palace where you can enjoy a chamber concert performed by the Residenz Orchestra of Vienna. The concert has two parts: the first dedicated to the great Mozart and the second to Strauss. At the concert you can hear a tenor and a soprano singing some famous arias. During the concert we will hear polkas and pardas reminiscent of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, as well as some pieces of classical ballet.
        • PRICE: EUR45pp (approx. AUD67pp). Minimum participants: 15 persons. DURATION: 1h 30mins. INCLUDED: Transfer by coach with our guide. Entry to the concert. A glass of champagne or orange juice.
  • Budapest
    • Dinner at Magiar Budapest: Travel by coach with our guide to one of the leafy forests of Budapest. Crossing through beautiful and dense trees we will arrive at a famous typical restaurant where we will be able to enjoy a tasting of the local cuisine, the result of the long historical development of the Magyar culture over more than 1000 years. At the same time, we will enjoy a colorful demonstration of folk dances from different regions of the country.
      • PRICE: EUR60pp (approx. AUD89pp). Minimum participants: 15 persons. DURATION: 2 hours. INCLUDED: Travel by coach with our guide. Dinner-tasting with show.

NOTES:

  • These prices are given in Australian dollars at the rate of exchange on the date of publication. Actual Prices may vary at the time of purchase.
  • The number of people who can visit the LOUVRE MUSEUM, VATICAN MUSEUMS, and the MOULIN ROUGE SHOW is limited. If not all tickets are available, priority will be given to travellers who have made reservations in advance. For this reason, we recommend that you purchase your tickets for these excurions in advance through MY TRIP before your arrival in Europe.
  • Please use the above as a reference only, as prices are subject to change. Some excursions are subject to minimum numbers and local conditions. You can only book optionals/pay taxes whilst on tour with the tour manager, who will also collect payment in cash only (Euros).
Itinerary

Day 1Australia - Paris

Take an international flight from Australia to Paris.

Day 2Paris

Welcome to Paris! On arrival at the airport, you will be transferred to the hotel, where your guide will give an overview of the tour. At the end of the evening, we provide transfer to the Montmartre district. Named for a large hill in Paris’s 18th Arrondissement, and the site of beginning of the revolutionary uprising of the Paris Commune in 1871, this neighbourhood is known for its painters, artists, and cabarets. Picasso, Modigliani, Matisse, and Degas had studios there, as did the composer Eric Satie. Sit down to dinner and enjoy a magical night of Indian, Chinese, French or American cuisine. We will ascend Montmartre (the hill) by funicular cable car to admire the spectacular view of Paris from the top. Return to hotel.

Day 3Paris (B)

A scenic guided tour to discover the history, main boulevards and breathtaking monuments of Paris, ending near the Eiffel Tower. You will have the opportunity to climb up to the second level of this remarkable metal monument (admission is included). Take a boat cruise along the River Seine, which divides the north of Paris from the south, then enjoy a free afternoon to explore the city as you choose. At sunset, transfer to the Quartier Latin, a very picturesque area of the historic centre, were you can enjoy dinner selected from a wide variety of international cuisine. Return to hotel.
Note: Sometimes queues to climb the Eiffel Tower are long. For organisational reasons, if deemed appropriate, the climb can be made at a different time or on another day..

Day 4Paris (B)

Today we go to the centre of Paris, to the area of the Louvre Museum, for free time at leisure. If you wish, we can accompany you to Benlux, one of the best-known perfumeries in Paris. An optional excursion to Eurodisney is available (at your own expense).

Day 5Paris - Noyers - Beaune - Lyon (B)

Today, travel to the Bourgogne region in the centre of France, famous for its wines. Stop in Noyers, a small medieval town that is amongst the prettiest places in France. After this we will visit Beaune in the centre of the Bourgogne region with its memorable streets full of flowers, its hospice, and fascinating wine museum. After lunch, travel to Lyon, the capital of Roman Gaul on the banks of the Rhône. Its historic centre has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy free time at leisure.

Day 6Lyon - Geneva - Zurich (B)

On this beautiful stage of the tour, we travel to Switzerland. On arrival in Geneva, visit the Palais des Nations (the United Nations headquarters in Europe) and then to the beautiful Jardin Anglais (English Garden) with its flower clock, and admire the Jet d’Eau, the highest-reaching fountain in Europe. After lunch, we will continue through Switzerland passing the beautiful Leman and Neuchatel Lakes.
Note: Depending on the number of travellers from Geneva to Zürich, this trip might be done by train.

Day 7Zurich - Rapperswil - Zurich (B)

Take a guided stroll in Zurich, the most populous city of Switzerland, and the financial and cultural capital of the country. This ‘city of banks’ has twice been declared to have the best quality of life in the world. Then, take a boat trip on Lake Zurich, lasting almost two hours. The boat makes brief stops, allowing passengers to admire villages on the way, such as Rapperswil, a small and highly picturesque village overlooked by a medieval castle. We return to Zurich by train, and will see the efficiency and punctuality of the Swiss Railway. Enjoy an evening in Zurich’s historic city centre, next to the lake, where you can dine at your preferred restaurant.

Day 8Zurich - Grindelwald - Lucerne - Zurich (B,L)

Today´s stage reveals beautiful landscapes, with high mountains and scenic lakes. Enjoy breathtaking scenery in the region of Interlaken. In Grindelwald, we will have time for a coffee before taking the cable car up to Grindelwald first (ticket included). Walk along the path (around 30 minutes) and take the ‘footbridge over the empty’ among fantastic scenery, with glaciers all around. Lunch is included (vegetarian option available). Then, continue to Lucerne, one of the most beautiful cities in Switzerland. Enjoy free time at the end of the day to stroll, enjoy the city, and dine before returning to the hotel in Zurich.

Day 9Zurich - Burglen - Lugano - Morcote - Milan (B)

Travel to Burglen, the tiny village where William Tell was born, and see a 16th century chapel with paintings illustrating his life. Continue to Lugano, the cosmopolitan capital of Italian Switzerland, with its beautiful lake. Enjoy free time at leisure time to stroll and have lunch. Afterwards, following the shores of the lake, we reach the enchanting little town of Morcote, with its houses made of stone and covered with flowers. On arrival in Milan, visit the impressive Duomo Square. There will be time to dine at the Porta Venecia (Port of Venice) where an outstanding variety of restaurants can be found to delight your palate. Transfer to the hotel.

Day 10Milan - Pisa - Rome (B)

This morning, spend time in Milan and see the great cathedral and the galleries in the city centre. Then, continue towards Pisa. On a little tourist train we will travel to the Piazza Dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles), to admire one of the most alluring and beautiful art complexes in Italy, including the well-known Leaning Tower of Pisa. Then, continue to Rome, arriving late afternoon.

Day 11Tour Rome and Vatican City (B)

In the morning, take a scenic tour as an introduction to Rome: The Eternal City. Enter the tiny city-state of The Vatican. Vatican City is the world centre of Catholicism. You will be able to visit St. Peter’s Basilica, and later, the Roman Coliseum. This impressive structure dates back 2,000 years and will transport us in time to learn about ancient society during the Roman Empire. In the evening we provide transport to the Via Cavour area for dinner, where you will find restaurants serving Italian, Indian, Chinese and other international food. Dine and return to the hotel.

Day 12Rome - Florence (B)

Leave Rome this morning, heading north. Upon arrival in Florence, head straight to Piazzale Michelangelo, an impressive site with a panoramic view of the city. In the evening you’ll enjoy a tour with a local expert, and walk through the historic centre, taking in places such as the Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo, and Piazza della Signoria. This city is truly an outdoor museum – enjoy free time at leisure to explore. In the evening, you can dine at your preferred restaurant; you can find restaurants offering a wide range of international cuisine.

Day 13Florence - Venice (B)

Today we cross the Apennine Mountains en route to Venice. Board a Vapporetto to cruise the canals in the historic centre. With a local guide, we will visit the marvellous Saint Mark´s Cathedral and enter the marvellous Basilica (entry included). Afterwards, we shall visit the Murano glass factory city. It is marvellous to see the technique with which this ancient glass is made. Enjoy free time at leisure. At the end of the afternoon, you will have the chance to eat dinner in the Mestre area, where you can choose whichever type of restaurant you prefer.

Day 14Venice - Innsbruck - Kitzbuhel (B,D)

Depart from Venice, travelling to Austria!. Upon arrival to Innsbruck we will enjoy the historic centre and have lunch. Then, continue your journey to beautiful scenic road between the mountains to Kitzbuhel – where we will be visiting the picturesque little village, a famous ski resort and enjoy the snow for a large part of the year. Free time for the rest of your day. Dinner included (vegetarian option is available).
Note: In case of few travellers on the trip, the journey from Venice to Innsbruck may be done by a train.

Day 15Kitzbuhel - Salzburg - Vienna (B)

Today we will discover Austria more thoroughly. We travel between mountains to SALZBURG. On arrival, explore the most beautiful streets of the historic centre of this city declared a World Heritage site. We then go on our way between lakes and mountains, it is a very beautiful scenic stage in the Alps. We then stop at ST. WOLFGANG, a famous place of pilgrimage in Austria and continue the journey to TRAUNKIRCHEN along with the very beautiful TRAUNSEE lake, where we include a cruise on the lake to see four castles and disembarking in GMUNDEN. Continuation to VIENNA and we arrive in the late afternoon.

Day 16Vienna (B)

After breakfast, you will have free time in the morning. At noon, we will start our scenic tour around Vienna with a local expert. Here, we experience its majestic avenues, its palaces and the vibrant city centre. Directly afterwards, we head to the Schönbrunn Palace where visitors can stroll around and enjoy its beautiful gardens. In the evening we go to the City Hall Square to enjoy the lighting and the nightlife in the neighbouring streets, where you can dine at your preferred restaurant with cuisines from around the world including Austrian, Chinese, Indian and Italian.

Day 17Vienna Budapest (B)

We depart for a little under a 3-hours trip to Budapest. Arrival to BUDAPEST around lunch time. Discover the “Queen of the Danube” on a scenic highlight tour. This city is divided by the Danube, with historic Buda on one side and cosmopolitan “Pest” on the opposite bank.
After time for lunch, we will include a boat tour along the Danube River; the views of the city and parliament are impressive. Leisure time after the tour.There will be time at the end of the day in the lively area of Vaci Utca, where there are lots of little restaurants with food from different countries (Indian, Chinese, Hungarian and Italian).

Day 18Budapest - Bratislava - Prague (B)

Leave Budapest for Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia and a city alongside the Danube River, with an attractive historic city centre. See the city and have lunch, then continue to the Czech Republic. On arrival in Prague in the late afternoon, transfer to the Old Town Square. This central location is full of energy and touristic activities. It’s a marvellous place to become acquainted with Prague, and to find a place for dinner before returning to the hotel.

Day 19Prague (B)

Today we further explore Prague, the Baroque jewel of Europe. Our local expert will provide a guided city tour, which will include the most outstanding monuments. During the visit we walk through Prague Castle (admission included). Subsequently, we shall take a magnificent boat tour along Moldava River. Enjoy free time at leisure in the afternoon to explore Prague. In the evening, enjoy yourself in the historical city centre, where you can select dinner from cuisines from around the world before returning to the hotel.

Day 20Prague - Lauf - Wurzburg - Frankfurt (B)

This morning we leave for Germany. In the region of Bavaria, see Lauf An Der Pegnitz, a picturesque little village which stands out for its busy market square and castle. After this, carry on to Wurzburg, with time for lunch and to see this Bavarian city, a former bishopric centre and now a very busy university city, on the banks of the River Main. Our journey continues towards Frankfurt. Explore the historic city centre and choose your favourite restaurant for dinner, before returning to the hotel.

Day 21Frankfurt - Cruise on the Rhine - Cologne - Amsterdam (B)

Today we enjoy a short cruise on the Rhine, between the villages of Rudesheim and St. Goar; undoubtedly the river’s most picturesque sector. Then, travel to Cologne, a city which stands out for its immense, gothic Cologne Cathedral. Then, on to Holland, arriving in Amsterdam at the end of the day.

Day 22Amsterdam - Zaanse Schans - Volendam - Marken - Amsterdam (B)

Today we explore Amsterdam, starting with Zaanse Schans with its mills, canals, and distinctive houses. Then it’s on to Volendam, a picturesque fishing village. From Volendam, take a short boat trip to Marken, an island that is connected to the mainland by a fixed dike. In the afternoon we take a tour of Amsterdam to see its narrow canals, the Dam Platz, official buildings and parks, and also to see the technique of diamond cutting. Transfer to the red light district, with its liberal atmosphere and restaurants from all corners of the world.

Day 23Amsterdam - Brussels - Bruges - Paris (B)

In the morning, leave for Brussels. Visit the Grand Place and stop to photograph the Atomium. Later, we arrive in Bruges, the marvellous Flemish city known as the ‘little northern Venice’. After lunch, continue to France, arriving in Paris at the end of the day.

Day 24Paris Australia (B)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Day 25Australia

Arrive home this morning.

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