General

Duration: 16 days
Tour Type: Bus/Coach
Start City: Paris
End City: Frankfurt
Language:
English

MEETING POINT
Time Region Location Full Address
9:00AM Paris McDonald’s Restaurant Place d’Italie, 211 Boulevard Vincent Auriol, 75013 Paris

DEPARTURE:EVERY SATURDAY FROM APRIL

OVERVIEW
Day 1
Paris – London
Summary of The Day: In the morning we’ll meet our guide and the rest of our group as we start our amazing tour through the UK.

We’ll kick things off with a scenic drive to Calais. Our coach will either cross the English Channel by ferry or via Eurotunnel, ultimately arriving at Port of Dover. Enjoy the drive across the beautiful English countryside en route to London.

Tips: There is a Euro 10 dollar toll per passenger to cross the English Channel, payable to the tour leader prior to departure. You will not be allowed to board the motorcoach until the toll is paid in full.
Hotel: Holiday Inn London – Brentford Lock / Ibis London Wembley or similar
Visiting Attractions
London London
Day 2
London
Summary of The Day: We’ll begin our thrilling UK tour with a walking tour of London’s major attractions (exterior only): Big Ben, House of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, 10 Downing Street, Whitehall, St James Park, Buckingham Palace and River Thames.

In the afternoon, we’ll visit the famous British Museum, and if time allows, St Paul’s Cathedral. You’ll enjoy the scene of Tower Bridge and Tower of London while on board the motorcoach.

We’ll stay overnight in London or a neighboring city.

Hotel: Holiday Inn London – Brentford Lock / Ibis London Wembley or similar
Visiting Attractions
London London
Big Ben Big Ben
Houses of Parliament Houses of Parliament
Westminster Abbey Westminster Abbey
10 Downing Street 10 Downing Street
Whitehall’s Mounted Horse Guards Whitehall’s Mounted Horse Guards
St. James’s Park St. James’s Park
Buckingham Palace Buckingham Palace
River Thames River Thames
British Museum British Museum
St. Paul’s Cathedral St. Paul’s Cathedral
Day 3
London – Cambridge – York
Summary of The Day: After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll depart London to visit one of England’s most prestigious educational institutions: Cambridge University, comprising King’s College and Queen’s College, among many other world-famous faculties.

After exploring this historic city we’ll journey to York, a true medieval melting pot of Roman, Saxon and Viking heritage. Mostly intact from the Middle Ages, the city is emblematic of England’s more bucolic side. We’ll visit York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe. Then we’ll step up onto the York city walls, dating back to Roman times.

For those keen to discover the little grass-roots shops, there will be ample time to explore.

Hotel: Holiday Inn Harrogate / Blackwell Grange Hotel or similar
Visiting Attractions
York, England York, England
Cambridge, ENG Cambridge, ENG
King’s College King’s College
Queen’s College Queen’s College
York Minster York Minster
Day 4
York – Edinburgh – Glasgow
Summary of The Day: Today we’ll cross the border into Scotland and visit the country’s compact but fascinating capital, Edinburgh, the perfect representation of Scottish heritage. Wooden barrows of gold single malt whiskey, checked kilts and Scottish bagpipes will make you grow fond of this lively nation full of quirky characters.

First up on the agenda is a visit to Edinburgh Castle (admission not included) where we will admire the oldest royal crown and jewelry. From here we’ll continue down the Royal Mile to Holyrood Palace, City Hall and the Royal Parks. You may also opt to join us for a visit to JK Rowling’s Ivory Cafe, where Harry Potter was penned, to enjoy a cup of coffee (own expense).

Accommodations for the evening are in Glasgow or a neighboring city.

Hotel: Days Inn Abington / Holiday Inn Express Glasgow City Riverside or similar
Visiting Attractions
Glasgow Glasgow
Edinburgh Edinburgh
Edinburgh Castle Edinburgh Castle
The Royal Mile The Royal Mile
Day 5
Glasgow – Gretna Green – Lake District – Manchester
Summary of The Day: In the morning, we’ll head back across the border to the Northwest of England. Here we’ll drive straight to Lake Distric, and en route we’ll make a stop in Gretna Green, a village in the south of Scotland famous for ‘runaway marriages’ dating back to 1754.

The most famous and visited national park in England, the Lake District National Park is a picturesque landscape of rolling hills, stunning lakes, and beautiful foliage. Each year tens of thousands of visitors travel here to see thousands of years of geological changes reflected in the lakes, valleys, mountains, and waterfalls. You may opt to join a cruise on Lake Windermere (own expense), or hop off at the World of Beatrix Potter.

We’ll end the day with a drive to Manchester, the headquarters of Manchester United, as well as England’s most industrial metropolis. Football fans will enjoy a pilgrimage to the Manchester United Old Trafford grounds.

Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Manchester East / Novotel Manchester West or similar
Visiting Attractions
Manchester Manchester
Gretna Green Gretna Green
Lake District National Park Lake District National Park
Lake Windermere Lake Windermere
Day 6
Manchester – Stratford-Upon-Avon – Bicester Village – London
Summary of The Day: From Manchester we’ll take a breath-taking drive to the famous English playwright William Shakespeare’s hometown: Stratford-Upon-Avon. From the cobblestone streets to the drinking dens, theatres and road signs, everything is to do with Shakespeare – a heavenly place for the romantically inclined.

The most anticipated outing of the day is the Bicester Village outlet shopping center, home to more than 130 fashion and lifestyle boutiques, including Gucci, Armani, Prada, Calvin Klein, Dunhill, DKNY, Burberry, Paul Smith, Bally, and Clark’s, offering savings of up to 60% year round.

Hotel: Holiday Inn London – Brentford Lock / Ibis London Wembley or similar
Visiting Attractions
London London
Stratford-upon-Avon Stratford-upon-Avon
Shakespeare’s Birthplace Shakespeare’s Birthplace
Day 7
London – Paris
Summary of The Day: Today we’ll travel from Dover to Calais by ferry. After the one and a half hour ferry crossing, we will arrive in France and drive back to Paris.

Tips: There is a Euro 10 dollar toll per passenger to cross the English Channel, payable to the tour leader prior to departure. You will not be allowed to board the motorcoach until the toll is paid in full.

Hotel: Balladins Hotel Villejuif / Comfort Hotel Airport CDG or similar
Visiting Attractions
Paris Paris
Day 8
Paris – Reims – Luxembourg
Summary of The Day: Today we’ll begin our exploration of mainland Europe as we depart Paris and drive out into the rolling countryside of Champagne, famous the world over for its sparkling white wine. Along the way we’ll learn about the region’s history, traditions, and architecture while we visit 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. Here we’ll encounter the Adolphe Bridge, Place de la Constitution and the Alzette River Valley.

We will stay overnight in Luxembourg or a neighboring city.

Hotel: NH Luxembourg / NH Trier or similar
Visiting Attractions
Luxembourg Luxembourg
Reims Reims
Paris Paris
Our Lady of Reims Cathedral Our Lady of Reims Cathedral
Pont Adolphe Pont Adolphe
Place de la Constitution Place de la Constitution
Day 9
Luxembourg – Trier – Koblenz – Frankfurt
Summary of The Day: From Luxembourg we’ll cross the border into Germany and visit the historic Trier, Germany’s oldest city and the former capital of the Western Roman Empire. Also known as the hometown of Karl Marx, the father of Communist thought, we’ll get to 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. Then 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 (admission not included).

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.

Finally, we’ll arrive in Frankfurt, the largest financial center in all of Europe. Here we’ll take a sightseeing tour of the city, visiting the exterior of the following attractions: 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.

Hotel: Mercure Hotel & Residenz Frankfurt Messe / Novotel or similar
Visiting Attractions
Koblenz Koblenz
Frankfurt Frankfurt
Trier Trier
Karl Marx House Karl Marx House
Porta Nigra Porta Nigra
Rhine River Rhine River
Rudesheim Rudesheim
Romer Platz Romer Platz
Alte Oper Alte Oper
Day 10
Frankfurt – Prague
Summary of The Day: In the morning we’ll depart Germany and cross 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.

Hotel: Courtyard By Marriott Hotel / Holiday Inn Prague Congress Centre or similar
Visiting Attractions
Prague Prague
Day 11
Prague – Bratislava
Summary of The Day: We’ll begin our introduction to Prague with a spectacular walk along the coronation path of the kings and queens of old Bohemia.

Starting at the top of Castle Hill in the Hradcany District, we’ll visit Prague Castle first, 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, we’ll make our way to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. There we’ll visit St. Martin’s Cathedral, Slovak National Theater (old opera house) and Old Town Hall.

We’ll stay in Bratislava overnight.

Hotel: Park Inn Hotel Danube / Holiday Inn Bratislava or similar
Visiting Attractions
Bratislava Bratislava
Prague Prague
Hradčany Quarter Hradčany Quarter
Golden Lane Golden Lane
Prague Castle Prague Castle
St. Vitus Cathedral St. Vitus Cathedral
Charles Bridge Charles Bridge
Prague Old Town Square Prague Old Town Square
Prague Astronomical Clock Prague Astronomical Clock
St. Martin’s Cathedral St. Martin’s Cathedral
Day 12
Bratislava – Budapest
Summary of The Day: Following breakfast we’ll say farewell to charming and prestigious Bratislava, departing for Budapest, the capital of Hungary.

Upon arrival we’ll take a sightseeing tour of the city, visiting 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 (admission not included); and Matthias Church (admission not included).

You will then have the option of joining the scenic Danube River cruise (admission not included).

We’ll spend the night in Budapest.

Visiting Attractions
Budapest Budapest
Heroes’ Square Heroes’ Square
Fisherman’s Bastion Fisherman’s Bastion
Matthias Church Matthias Church
Danube River Danube River
Hungarian Parliament Building Hungarian Parliament Building
Buda Castle Buda Castle
Elisabeth Bridge Elisabeth Bridge
Gellert Hill Gellert Hill
Day 13
Budapest – Vienna
Summary of The Day: After breakfast, it’s off to Vienna, the illustrious capital of Austria.

Here we’ll visit the stunning Schonbrunn Palace, former summer residence of the Imperial family and preferred living quarters of Empress Maria Theresa. From here we’ll journey to 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).

Hotel: Park Inn by Radisson Uno City / Ramada Encore Vienna City Center or similar
Visiting Attractions
Vienna Vienna
Schonbrunn Palace Schonbrunn Palace
Palffy Palace Palffy Palace
Golden Hall Golden Hall
Hofburg Palace Hofburg Palace
Vienna State Opera Vienna State Opera
St. Stephen’s Cathedral St. Stephen’s Cathedral
Day 14
Vienna – Salzburg – Munich
Summary of The Day: Following a scrumptious breakfast we’ll begin our journey into the Alps, traveling to the fabled city of Salzburg, birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and setting of the Sound of Music.

Once we arrive we’ll take a tour of the historic Old Town, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. Afterwards you’ll have the option of visiting the house where Mozart was born and raised (admission not included).

Our hotel for the evening will be in Munich or a neighboring city.

Visiting Attractions
Munich Munich
Salzburg Salzburg
Salzburg Cathedral Salzburg Cathedral
Mozart’s Birthplace Mozart’s Birthplace
Day 15
Munich – Mount Titlis – Lucerne – Zurich
Summary of The Day: Today we’ll cross from Germany into Switzerland, traveling through the Swiss alps and its illustrious cities.

Traveling along mountain roads, we’ll slowly wind 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 (admission not included), 10,623 feet above sea level. We can also step 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.

Hotel: Radisson Blu Hotel Zurich Airport / Park Inn by Radisson Hotel Zurich Airport or similar
Visiting Attractions
Swiss Alps Swiss Alps
Vaduz Vaduz
Zurich Zurich
Lucerne Lucerne
Mount Titlis Mount Titlis
Lion Monument Lion Monument
Day 16
Zurich – Rhine Falls – Titisee – Frankfurt
Summary of The Day: Today we’ll introduce ourselves to the main attractions around 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.

Finally, we’ll return to Frankfurt and end our tour.

Tips: Drop-off time and place: approximately 6:30pm at Frankfurt Central Station (Frankfurt am Main

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Tour code

FR80

Per Adult in Double or Twin Room

1395 EUR

Per Adult in Triple Room

1375 EUR

Per Adult in Single Room

1975 EUR

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