Cologne - Amsterdam (264 km)
We will proceed to Amsterdam in the afternoon. This is also where we will spend the night.
Standard Hotel: A4 Schiphol Hotel, Inntel Hotels Amsterdam-Zaandam, or similar.
Amsterdam - Zaandam - Amsterdam (298 km)
Today we will travel from Amsterdam to the town of Zaandam, NL, where we will visit a 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. After, we can take an optional hour-long canal cruise before dinner. We will spend the night in the Amsterdam area.
From mid-March to mid-May we will also visit Keukenhof Garden.
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
One of the world's largest flower gardens, Keukenhof in the Netherlands covers 79 acres, all filled with vibrant, colorful displays of floral life. It's name translates to "Kitchen Garden."
One of the world's largest flower gardens is located in Lisse, the Netherlands, covering about 79 acres and containing approximately 7 million flowers. Depending on the weather, the best time to visit is around mid-April.
From 2019-03-15 to 2019-05-15
Admission (Optional): Adult 18; Child (4-17 yrs) 8; Infant (Under 4 yrs) Free
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!
Red Light District & Live Show
Adults can tour Amsterdam's notorious Red Light District and see a live show to get an idea of the city's nightlife.
Admission (Optional): Adult 50
Amsterdam Canal Cruise
With over 100 kilometers of canals, it is no surprise why there are few automobiles in Amsterdam. On this cruise, you will leisurely sail down the most famous of these canals in one of Europe's most beautiful cities.
Admission (Optional): Adult 15; Child (4-16 yrs) 10; Infant (Under 4 yrs) Free
This town square in Amsterdam is host to frequent events and notable historical buildings, making it one of the city's most important locations. It is located in the city's historic center.
Built in 1956 in Dam Square, this monument stands in memory of those who lost their lives in World War II. Each year on May 4th, there is a Remembrance of the Dead ceremony at the monument.
Standard Hotel: A4 Schiphol Hotel, Inntel Hotels Amsterdam-Zaandam, or similar.
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.
Brussels Town Hall
Construction on this Gothic building was completed in 1420, and since then, the site has served as the town hall for the capital of Belgium. In that time, it has also undergone some additions and renovations.
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
Lucerne - Milan - Venice (432 km)
In the morning, we'll have more time to take photoes in Lucerne. And then, we will head to Milan, IT. First, we will visit Sforza Castle, and then the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and Teatro alla Scala. After, we will head to Venice, IT or nearby city for the night.
This city in the northernmost part of Italy is a global center for fashion and design. Its artistic history dates back hundreds and hundreds of years; places like Santa Maria delle Grazie are decorated with Leonardo da Vinci's work.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is one of the world's oldest shopping malls, dating back to 1877. This dramatic building features exclusive, upscale stores as well as some of the oldest shops and restaurants in the city.
This castle in the northern reaches of Italy was built by Francesco Sforza in the 1400s. As it underwent renovations in the ensuing centuries, it became one of the largest citadels in Europe. Today is is home to several museums.
Teatro alla Scala
Usually known simply as "La Scala," this Milanese theater is a world-renown opera house that was founded in 1778. Premieres at the theater include Giacomo Puccini's "Madame Butterfly," among a litany of others. It underwent major renovations in the early 2000s.
Standard Hotel: Hotel Plaza Mestre, Sheraton Padova Hotel, or similar.
Rome - Vatican City - Arezzo (184 km)
In the morning we will visit Vatican City, VA, home of the Roman-Catholic papacy and the smallest sovereign state in the world. There, we will visit St. Peter's Basilica. Alternatively, you can choose to add on the optional Sistine Chapel tour to view Michelangelo's famous painted ceiling. Next you'll see the famous Trevi Fountain. After lunch, we will tour spectacular Rome, IT. An optional guided tour of the Coliseum, is highly recommended. We'll also get up close to the nearby Arch of Constantine and optional to tour the Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli or shop at TYO before journey to Arezzo or nearby city for the night.
Vatican City, ITALY
This small country, surrounded by the larger city of Rome, is the center of the Catholic Church and home of the Pope. Famous sights are St. Peter's Square and the Basilica, as well as the Vatican Museum.
St. Peter's Basilica
Perhaps the most famous church in the world and the center of Roman Catholicism, this ornate basilica in the small sovereign state of Vatican City has been a place of pilgrimage for nearly two thousand years.
In 1508, Michelangelo, the famous Renaissance artist, came to Rome to pain the ceiling of this chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the residency of the Pope. The resulting mural has come to be regarded as a sublime masterpiece.
The history of this amazing city spans more than two and a half thousand years. It is one of the most historic places on the planet Earth, and it's artistic and cultural contributions have colored global development.
Arch of Constantine
This triumphal arch in Rome has been standing for nearly 2,000 years. It commemorates the victory of Constantine I at the Battle of Milvian Bridge. It was built with brick and marble, and the detailing is incredibly intricate.
This nearly 2000-year-old structure is one of the most famous buildings in the entire worldΓ’β¬Β¦ and all of human history. At its height, it could hold up to 80,000 people, and was usually used for gladiatorial contests, executions, and drama productions.
Admission (Optional): Adult 35; including ticket and skip the queue
Perhaps the most famous fountain in the world, this baroque masterpiece from the 18th century is best known for the myth that tossing coins in brings good luck. People from all over the world come to throw money into the fountain.
Standard Hotel: Etrusco Arezzo Hotel/Arezzo Park Hotel or similar
Florence - Pisa - Genoa (268 km)
Today, we will tour Florence, IT. Begin the day by taking in a wonderful panoramic overview of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo. Next we can see a demonstration of the traditional craft of leather working at close quarters in a local workshop. From here enjoy a guided walk around Florence's many highlights, including the Ponte Vecchio over the Arno, the Piazza del Duomo and Campanile Tower. Pass the Uffizi Gallery. We will have some free time in Florence before we leave for Pisa, IT to see the Leaning Tower. We will head to Genoa or nearby city for the night.
There is NO Stay and NO City Tour in Genoa from Feb 2, 2019
Historic Florence, Italy is considered to be one of the most gorgeous cities in the world. Its long tradition of art and culture can be seen on nearly every doorstep. Millions of people travel here each year.
The Piazzale Michelangelo is located at the top of a hill, making it perhaps the best vantage point to take in a full panoramic view of this marvelous city. A restaurant at the top provides visitors with a good meal.
Duration: 1 Day
Piazza del Duomo
The "Cathedral Square" in the heart of Florence is one of the most-visited places on the planet. It is home to an impressive list of breathtaking buildings emblematic of Italian art and culture, including the Florence Cathedral and Baptistery.
The Ponte Veccio is a Medieval stone bridge over the Arno River in Florence. The bridge is lined by shops, something that was typical at the time of its construction in 1345; they are mostly artists and souvenir vendors.
The Uffizi Gallery is an art museum in Florence, Italy that is among the oldest in the world. It is located in a Medieval palace and houses works by da Vinci, Raphael, Caravaggio, Titian, Botticelli, and many more.
Duration: Approx. 11 Hours
This Tuscan town on the Tyrrhenian Sea in northern Italy is most famous for its Leaning Tower. However, there are many more works of art and architecture to see, and time spent in Pisa will not be easily forgotten!
Leaning Tower of Pisa
The world-famous tower built during the Middle Ages is a testament to both human ingenuity and fallibility. The tower tilted because the soil on one side was softer than on the other, and it could not support the tower's weight.
Admission (Optional): Adult 15
Standard Hotel: Miramare Continental, Loano 2 Village, or similar.
Idea Plus Hotel Savona, Novotel Genova City or similar from Feb 2,2019
Genoa - Monaco - Grasse - Nice - Cannes - Avignon (19919 km)
Today we will journey to Monaco. A walking tour takes you to the grand Prince's Palace before continuing on to view the 1920s Courthouse, the Cliffside Oceanographic Museum, and the Cathedral.
Then travel a little further to visit the famous Fragonard Perfume Factory. Next it's Nice, where you'll stop for lunch to sample some excellent local cuisine and warm-hearted hospitality. Then head to Cannes, FR to take some pictures at the Palais des Festivals. We will spend the night in Avignon, FR or nearby city.
There is NO Stay and NO City Tour in Avignon from Feb 2, 2019
Palais Princier de Monaco
The official residence of the Prince of Monaco, a position currently held by Albert II, this palace was originally built in 1191 as a fortress for the ruling Genoese nobles.
Fragonard Perfume Factory
The Parfumerie Fragonard in southeastern France is one of the oldest factories of its kind in the area, dating back to the 18th century. Visitors can join a guided tour that explore the perfume-making process and history of Grasse.
This city in southeastern France is located on the gorgeous Mediterranean Sea. Nice has been a tourist destination for hundreds of years, enticing first the British and then the rest of the world with is amazing scenery and beaches.
is a city located on the French Riviera. It is a commune of France located in the Alpes-Maritimes department, and host city of the annual Cannes Film Festival, Midem, and Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. The city is known for its association with the rich and famous, its luxury hotels and restaurants, and for several conferences.
Palais des Festivals et des Congres
This building on the southern coast of France plays host to the world-famous Cannes Film Festival each year, one of the most prestigious film festivals on the planet. The building has more than 10,000 feet of space and 18 auditoriums.
Standard Hotel: Novotel Avignon Sud, Express by Holiday Inn Avignon, or similar.
Ibis Cavaillon Luberon, Campanile Nimes Centre Mas Carbonnel or similar from Feb 2,2019
Paris - Reims - Luxembourg (365 km)
Today we will travel to Reims, FR. Here, we will see the Reims Cathedral. After, we will drive to Luxembourg to visit the Place de Constitution and Pont Adolphe. 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.
Standard Hotel: Melia Luxembourg or similar.
Luxembourg - Trier - Koblenz - Frankfurt (251 km)
In the morning we will leave Luxembourg for Trier, Germany. We will see the Porta Nigra and spend time at the Karl Marx Haus. From there we will drive to Koblenz, DE, where guests will have the chance to take a boat ride on the River Rhine. After lunch we will head to Frankfurt, DE, where upon our arrival we will tour Romer. Then we will return to Frankfurt, where our tour will conclude.
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.
Admission (Optional): Adult 15; according to time schedule
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.
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