Amsterdam - Brussels - Paris (437 km)
In the morning, we will drive from Amsterdam to Brussels, BE, stopping along the way at the Atomium to take pictures. Upon our arrival, we will visit the Grand Place and see the Manneken Pis. We will head to Paris, FR for the evening, where guests are invited to take an optional night tour of the city.
Brussels, Belgium is not just the capital of the country, but also serves as a headquarters for the European Union. This city has vibrant history stretching back centuries, and visitors can see impressive architecture as well as natural beauty.
This bizarre Belgian building was constructed for the 1958 World's Fair. It is quite literally designed to look like atoms. Each of the "atoms" in the structure are actually showrooms that can be reached via elevator through the connectors.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the main square in Brussels and the city's most popular and most important tourist destination. It is bordered by several important buildings, including the dramatic Town Hall and Maison du Roi.
"Manneken Pis" literally means "Little Man Pee," and that sums up this world-famous statue nicely. Dating all the way back to 1619, this statue is a fountain that depicts a little boy peeing into the basin below.
Standard Hotel: Campanile paris Est-Bobigny or Ibis Paris Orly Rungis
Paris - Versailles - Paris (34 km)
Today we will tour historic and romantic Paris, FR. Stops on our tour include the Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde, and the Eiffel Tower. You can either take time to explore the neighborhood and have some lunch or scale the Eiffel Tower. After, we will dedicate the remainder our day to an exploration of the Palace of Versailles. We will return to Paris for nearby city or the night.
Note: On Dec 24 and Dec 31, it'll be visiting Versailles in the morning, and sightseeing the Louvre and Shopping in the afternoon.
Paris has been a thriving city for more than two thousand years. It is known all over the world as a city of art and romance, from its high-end cafes to the famous visage of the Eiffel Tower.
Arc de Triomphe
This breathtaking neoclassical arch is one of Paris' most famous monuments. It commemorates those who fought and died in the French Revolution and Napoleonic wars. It also sits atop the Tomb of the Unknown Solider for World War I.
One of the most famous monuments in the world, the Eiffel Tower has been a symbol of Paris, France, and Europe since 1889. It was erected as the entryway to the 1889 World's Fair, and has been wowing visitors ever since.
Place de la Concorde
The largest square in Paris is the Place de la Concorde. On it sit many major Parisian tourist spots, such as Champs-Elysees, the Luxor Obelisk, the Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume and the Musee de l'Orangerie.
This office skyscraper in Paris is one of the tallest buildings in the city. Some have criticized the tower, as it rises alone among much older buildings, seeming a bit out of place in the skyline.
Admission (Optional): Adult 14.50
Paris by Night
There is a very good reason why Paris is nicknamed "the city of lights," and you will get to see firsthand where that nickname comes from as you traverse the city in the evening, amazed bvy the illuminated display.
Admission (Optional): Adult 35
Palace of Versailles
Louis IV's opulent mansion is one of the most famous symbols of French political history and power. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was the center of French politics for nearly a century, until the beginning of the French Revolution.
Versailles palace will be closed during Dec 25th and Jan 1st
Admission (Optional): Adult 18
Standard Hotel: Campanile Paris Est-Bobigny or Ibis Paris Orly Rungis
Paris - Reims - Luxembourg (363 km)
Today we will travel to Reims, FR. Here, we will see the Reims Cathedral. After, we will drive to Luxembourg to visit the Villa Haute. This is also where we will spend the night.
Notre-Dame de Reims is a breathtaking French Gothic cathedral built in the 13th century. It is still a functioning church today, but also a major tourist destination that sees more than one million visitors annually for its amazing facade.
Luxembourg City, LUXEMBOURG
Luxembourg City is a commune with city status, and the capital of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. It stands at the confluence of the Alzette and Petrusse rivers in southern Luxembourg, the city lies at the heart of Western Europe.
This unofficial national symbol of Luxembourg was designed by Frenchman Paul Sejourne and built between 1900 and 1903. It was named after the Grand Duke Adolphe, ruler of Luxembourg from 1890 to 1905.
Alzette Valley is a beautiful valley near Luxembourg City. Actually, Luxembourg City lies in a bend in the Alzette River, high on a bluff above the river. The river helped in defense of the city in previous days.
Place de la Constitution
Place de la Constitution is a monument and square that commemorates Luxembourgers soldiers who perished in WWI. Erected in 1923, the monument symbolizes freedom and offers visitors striking views over the Petrusse Valley and the Adolphe Bridge.
The Ville Haute is the "Old Town" section of Luxembourg City. It is located in the very center of the city and is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its many historic buildings and monuments.
Standard Hotel: Melia Luxembourg or similar.
Luxembourg - Trier - Koblenz - Frankfurt (301 km)
In the morning we will leave Luxembourg for Trier, Germany, where we will see the Porta Negra and spend time at the Karl Marx Haus. From there we will drive to Koblenz, DE, where we will have the chance to take a boat ride on the Rhine River. After lunch we will head to Frankfurt, DE, where we will tour the Romer. We will spend the night in Frankfurt.
Trier is a city in Germany on the banks of the Moselle. Trier lies in a valley between low vine-covered hills of red sandstone in the west of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, near the border with Luxembourg and within the important Moselle wine region.
Karl Marx Haus
As its name would suggest, this museum in the German city of Trier was the birthplace of Karl Marx, the perpetually-controversial philosopher who is credited with popularizing the ideas of communism and socialism in the 19th century.
"Black Gate" is the largest Roman city gate north of the Alps, a testament to the far reach of the ancient empire. This World Heritage Site was built in the 100s AD. Nigra is the only remaining of four gates.
River Rhine Cruise
Koblenz is situated right on the banks of the Rhine, the historic river that cuts through West Germany and eventually defines its border with France. Sail down this beautiful symbol of German romanticism on a leisurely cruise.
This historic German city contains more than 30 museums and a large variety of architecture that spans centuries. Its mild climate and picturesque location on the Main River make it a wonderful place to spend your vacation!
Meaning "Roman," the Romer is one of the most important landmarks in the German city of Frankfurt. It has been the city hall for nearly 600 years; its use as an administrative center dates back to the year 1435.
Standard Hotel: Sheraton Frankfurt Congress Hotel or similar.
Frankfurt - Bonn - Cologne - Amsterdam (456 km)
From Frankfurt, we will set out for Bonn, DE, which was the capital of West Germany from 1949-1990. We'll see the Old Town Hall on the edge of the city marketplace square, and then visit Beethoven Haus, the birthplace of composer Ludwig Van Beethoven. After, the bus will take us to Cologne, DE to see the Cologne Cathedral and its world-famous twin-spires that attract more than 20,000 admirers a day. After lunch and some free time to browse a Cologne shopping area, we'll finish our day's travel by heading to Amsterdam or nearby city for the night.
Bonn is a city on the banks of the Rhine and northwest of the Siebengebirge (Seven Mountains) in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Bonn serves alongside the capital Berlin as the seat of government of Germany.
This museum and memorial is dedicated to the life of Ludwig van Beethoven. This quaint house is the birthplace of Beethoven, and visitors to the home can learn about his impressive body of work as well as his life.
Bonn Old Town Hall
The Bonn Old Town Hall is an 18th century Rococo building today used as a visitor's center for travellers as well as the office of the mayor. Like many of Bonn's sights, it is located next to the marketplace.
This German city traces its roots back to the Roman Empire in 50 AD. Today, it is considered a cultural center in Germany, and is known for its influential and busy arts scene. It has more than thirty museums.
The Cologne Cathedral is an incredible dramatic example of Gothic architecture, and has earned itself a place on list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The building dates back to the year 1248, making it more than three-quarters of a millennia old.
Standard Hotel: A4 Schiphol Hotel, Inntel Hotels Amsterdam-Zaandam, or similar.
Amsterdam - Zaandam - Amsterdam (28 km)
Today we will travel from Amsterdam to the town of Zaandam, NL
, where we will visit the Wooden Shoe Workshop
and a Cheese Farm
. We will also have a chance to take photos in front of historic windmills.
We will return to Amsterdam, NL to visit one of the many Diamond Factories in the area and conclude our tour.
Zaandam is a town on the Zaan River, a suburb of Amsterdam to the North. Its quaint atmosphere will give visitors a good idea of what day-to-day life is like in the Netherlands.
Cheese Farm Shop
Visitors to this shop will be able to see a live cheese-making demonstration. It features a fine assortment of Dutch cheeses and other souvenirs to remind you of your trip to the Netherlands.
Wooden Shoe Workshop
The Netherlands is very famous for making wooden clog-style shoes. Visitors to this workshop can witness firsthand the process of making these shoes, as well as visit a small museum dedicated to their history.
Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 8:00am - 6:00pm
The capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam, is also the largest city in the country. This historic city is home to the Anne Frank House, the world's oldest stock exchange, the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum, and much more!
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