Frankfurt - Bonn - Cologne - Amsterdam (370 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 (298 km)
Call in at the hugely popular model town of Zaanse Schans. Next, you'll back to Amsterdam. After visiting a well-known diamond factory, you can take an optional hour-long pre-dinner canal cruise, Then walk to one of the city's grandest areas, Dam Square. You'll have photo opportunities here, free time for shopping or further sightseeing, and then round the day off with dinner.
From mid-March to mid-May the tour 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.
Established in 1994 by relocating old buildings into one compact area, this collection of historic windmills and houses is located in Zaandam, right on the banks of the river Zaan. There are seven museums in the area.
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.
Admission (Optional): Adult €19
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!
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 (4-14 yrs) €10
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.
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.
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 €40
A city renowned worldwide for the Ch‚teau de Versailles and the gardens of Versailles, designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Located in the western suburbs of the French capital, 17.1 km from the centre of Paris.
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 photos 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 of St. Mary of the Angels and the Martyrs 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 world 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.
Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and the Martyrs
A basilica and titular church built inside the ruined frigidarium of the Roman Baths of Diocletian in the Piazza della Repubblica. It was constructed in the 16th century following an original design by Michelangelo Buonarroti. Other architects and artists added to the church over the following centuries.
A Japanese department store group, founded in 1673, headquartered in Tokyo. It has many branches in Japan, mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Europe and the United States.
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 leatherworking 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 nearby city for the night.
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.
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.
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: Idea Plus Hotel Savona, Novotel Genova City or similar
Genoa - Monaco - Grasse - Nice - Cannes - Avignon (588 km)
Today we will journey to Monaco. A walking tour takes you to the grand Prince's Palace of Monaco 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 nearby Avignon.
Monaco City, Monaco
Located on a headland that extends into the Mediterranean Sea, Monaco is nicknamed The Rock. It has a Mediterranean climate, with an average temperature of 10℃ in January, 24℃ in August and 16℃ in the year.
Prince's Palace of 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.
Grasse is a town on the French Riviera in France. It is famous for its perfume industry. In addition, it has a former Roman Catholic cathedral named Grasse Cathedral with many paintings.
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.
It 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: Ibis Cavaillon Luberon, Campanile Nimes Centre Mas Carbonnel 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.
Koblenz is a German city situated on both banks of the Rhine where it is joined by the Moselle. Its name originates in the Latin confluentes, meaning "at the confluence" of the two rivers.
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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