London - Cambridge - York (293 km)
After breakfast, we will visit the University of Cambridge, one of England's most acclaimed educational institutions. Then, we will proceed to York, where we will see the York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe. We will also visit the city wall that date back to Roman times. Afterwards, we will be able to take some time to wander around.
Cambridge, UNITED KINGDOM
A university city and the county town of Cambridgeshire, England, home to the world-renowned University of Cambridge, which was founded in 1209.
University of Cambridge
A collegiate public research university in Cambridge founded in 1209. It is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world and the world's fourth-oldest surviving university.
The River Cam runs through the heart of Cambridge enabling you to enjoy fantastic views of the world famous Cambridge College "Backs" from the comfort of a traditional Cambridge Punt.
Admission (Optional): Adult GBP20; Child GBP20
Bridge of Sighs
The Bridge of Sighs in Cambridge is a covered bridge at St John's College, Cambridge University. It was built in 1831 and crosses the River Cam between the college's Third Court and New Court.
York, UNITED KINGDOM
A historic walled city in North Yorkshire, England. York Minster and a variety of cultural and sporting activities make it a popular tourist destination.
This church in York is the official cathedral of the city, and one of the largest of its kind in northern Europe. It is the seat of the Archbishop of York, the second-highest office in the Church of England.
York City Walls
The English city of York has been defended by walls since its earliest days as a Roman settlement. Today, visitors to the city can still see the significant portions of the medieval walls that still stand.
Standard Hotel: 3* hotel in York or city nearby
York - Edinburgh - Glasgow (400 km)
After leaving York, we will arrive in Edinburgh in the afternoon. Upon arrive, we will visit Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace. After that, we will continue to City Hall and the Royal Parks. We will also get the chance to stop at the cafe where J.K. Rowling wrote much of the beloved Harry Potter series. Later on, we will continue to Glasgow, where we will spend the night.
Edinburgh, UNITED KINGDOM
Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland, to the north of England in the United Kingdom. Learn about the area's proud history at the National Museum of Scotland, and tour the Royal Yacht Britannia and Arthur's Seat.
This historic and famous castle sits atop the Castle Rock precipice in the city of Edinburgh. Human occupation of the area that is now the fortress dates back to the second century AD or possibly even earlier.
The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official Scottish residence of the royal family and has been since the 1500s. The structures on the palace ground dated back even further, to the founding of Hollyrood Abbey in 1128.
Situated in central Edinburgh, this hill is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the headquarters of the Scottish government, which is located at St. Andrews House.
Standard Hotel: 3* hotel in Glasgow or city nearby
Glasgow - Gretna Green - Lake District - Manchester (441 km)
In the morning, we will drive to the Lake District. On the way, we will stop in Greta Green, a village in the south of Scotland famous for the number of runaway marriages that seek refuge here. Afterwards, we will reach the Lake District National Park before continuing to Manchester, where we can visit Old Trafford, the stadium that is home to Manchester United.
Gretna Green, UNITED KINGDOM
This Scottish village, right across the border from England, has grown quite a reputation for being a destination of runaway couples trying to get married. There are many lovely historical buildings in town.
Lake District National Park, UNITED KINGDOM
Usually simply known as the "Lake District," this park in the northernmost area of the United Kingdom is home to nearly one hundred lakes. Its beauty has made it a popular vacation spot with people across the country.
Located in Lake District National Park in the north of England, Windermere is the largest lake in the country. It is classified as a ribbon lake because it is long and narrow, resembling a finger.
Manchester, UNITED KINGDOM
Manchester is a major city in the northwest of England with a rich industrial heritage. It was the world's first industrialized city and is the second largest city in the United Kingdom.
This legendary football stadium is home to Manchester United F.C., one of the biggest and most successful teams in the sporting world. With a capacity of 75,635 attendees, it is the second-largest football stadium in the United Kingdom.
Standard Hotel: 3* hotel in Manchester or city nearby
Manchester - Stratford-upon-Avon - Bicester Village - London (297 km)
Today, we will embark on a breath-taking drive that will take us to Shakespeare's hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon to see the cobble-stoned streets, drinking dens and old theaters. Later, we will go to Bicester Village, an outlet shopping center.
Stratford-Upon-Avon, UNITED KINGDOM
Stratford-upon-Avon is a market town and civil parish in the Stratford-on-Avon District.
Believed to be the birthplace and childhood home of playwright William Shakespeare, this 16th-century house and museum has been called, "a Mecca for all lovers of literature." Shakespeare would have lived here from 1564 until about 1574.
Admission (Optional): Adult GBP17.50; Child (3-17 yrs) GBP11.50
Bicester, UNITED KINGDOM
A town and civil parish in the Cherwell district of northeastern Oxfordshire in England.This historic market centre is one of the fastest growing towns in Oxfordshire.
This outlet shopping center to the northwest of London is home to several luxury stores, including Armani, Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein, Burberry, DKNY, Dior, Givenchy, Jimmy Choo, Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren, and much more!
Standard Hotel: 3* hotel in London or city nearby
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 la Constitution and Adolphe Bridge. This is also where we will spend the night.
Reims is a city in the Grand Est region of France, lies 129 km (80 mi) east-northeast of Paris, which functions as one of the centres of champagne production.
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, 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.
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.
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 (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 Château 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