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45 Day Tour of Europe

Searching for that ultimate tour throughout Europe? This tour brings you to 17 countries, with plenty of time and fun included as you explore Europe, including Dover, Paris, Versailles, Beaujolais, Pont du Gard, Barcelona, French Riviera, Monaco, Venice, Verona, Pisa, Florence, Rome, Vatican City, Corinth, Athens, Cairo, Giza, Aswan, Luxor, Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Bucharest, Cluj, Budapest, Vienna, Munich, Liechtenstein, Lucerne, Heidelberg, Rhine Valley, and Amsterdam!!!


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The Ultimate 45 Day Tour of Europe


Day 1 - London to Paris

Meet up with your travel team before we hit the road and take a ferry past the White Cliffs of Dover. We travel via World War I battlefields in the Valley of the Somme, to Paris.

After dinner we will depart for the 'Tour of Illuminations', where the French capital transforms into the "City of Lights". Lamp-lit bridges and cool little cafes give us a real taste of Paris' romance. Your Tour
Manager will fill you in on the world's most recognised monuments, like the Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower. If you're adventurous, get right into French culture when you arrive at a Parisian cafe with the opportunity to try out France's national delicacy - escargot! You'll also get to toast the start of your tour with French Champagne.

Hotel Dinner
* See the White Cliffs of Dover
* Exclusive 'Paris by Night' sightseeing tour with Champagne & escargot
* See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Elysees, and Notre Dame Cathedral

Days 2 and 3 - Paris

This town is loaded with possibilities. Discover its many bistros, museums, tree-lined avenues and diverse quartiers (neighbourhoods). Get a feel for French flair by window shopping on the Left Bank, step into the Notre Dame Cathedral or explore the endless galleries of the Louvre and get up close to the famous Mona Lisa. Try indulging in some delicious pastries and relax in one of Paris' many green spaces.

Time in Paris includes a trip out to France's most well-known chateau: Versailles, once home to `the Sun King' Louis XIV, and hot spot of the French Revolution. Check out the impressive exterior of this extravagant palace. Then there's an opportunity to explore the former royal family's luxurious living quarters.

Treat yourself to a real Parisian night out, starting with an optional dinner in an atmospheric restaurant, where you can get to know your group. Then sign up for an authentic cabaret experience, complete with can-can girls and Champagne.

Hotel Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast
* See Chateau Versailles (entrance not included)
* Parisian Dinner Euro 34.50
* Nouvelle Eve cabaret show Euro 80.00

Day 4 - Paris to Beaujolais Wine Region

Southbound, we stop off at the massive 16th century Chateau Fontainebleau. Walk around the imperial gardens and check out the chateau's imposing, regal exterior.

We continue on through Burgundy's wine country to Beaujolais' green hills and vineyards.

Our team will make you feel right at home in our travel partners very own 16th century Chateau. There's a wine tasting within the Chateau's working winery, where our resident expert will teach you about Beaujolais wine as you swirl and sip on wines made in the area for centuries.

Special Stopover Breakfast, Dinner
* Special Stopover: French Chateau
* Wine tasting at Chateau
* See Chateau Fontainebleau
* See Chablis, Burgundy & Beaujolais vineyards

Day 5 - Beaujolais Wine Region

There's loads of time to catch up on some sleep, laze about the Chateau or position yourself poolside. Explore the French countryside with a walk through the vineyards and picnic in the hills above the Chateau. In the afternoon, get a feel for a real French country town and head into nearby Thieze.

Special Stopover Breakfast, Dinner, Picnic Lunch
* Special Stopover: French Chateau
* Picnic in the French countryside

Day 6 - Beaujolais Wine Region to Barcelona

Today, we head south through the rugged and dramatic scenery of the Pyrenees mountains, over the border into Barcelona. A sizzling, festive capital any night of the week, Barcelona is all about action. In Spain fiesta time starts late, so settle in at one of Barcelona's many outdoor squares to enjoy a glass of sangria and nibble on tapas (plate-sized snacks), before a fun night out exploring the city's nightlife with your new friends.

Hostel Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 - Barcelona

First stop: Montjuic. The hilltop has full-blown vistas of the city and it's where we stop to check out the 1992 Olympic Games complex. Afterwards, get a look into Spanish architect Gaudi's wild imagination with his Art Nouveau masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia church. Your Tour Manager walks you through the cobbled lanes of Barcelona's oldest district, the Gothic Quarter.

There's free time to discover more of Barcelona's creative core. Pick up some quirky buys in the side streets or hit the big label shops on Plac,a de Catalunya. Take in all of Barcelona's buzzing street life on the tree-lined La Rambla - a boulevard packed with street performers, artists, shops and stalls.

Other ideas for your afternoon off include hanging out in the colourful gardens of Parc Gueell or kicking back with the locals on the beach and taking a swim in the Mediterranean sea. For lunch, there's plenty of delicious local seafood to try as well as Spain's signature dish, paella.

Wrap up your time in this hot city with an optional flamenco dance show for a closer look into Spanish culture. Get some tips on regional food from your Tour Manager and head to one of the excellent local
restaurants to try out the flavours of Catalan cuisine, like crema catalana (caramalised custard), cargos a
la llauna (cooked snails) and the fantastic Rioja wine! Afterward, hit the pumping clubs of Port Olympico, by the water.

Hostel Breakfast
* See Gaudi's Sagrada Familia & the 1992 Olympic Games complex
* Walking tour of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter
* Flamenco evening show Euro 30.00

Day 8 - Barcelona to French Riviera

Unwind on the coach and take in the rustic beauty of Provence, known for its pretty landscapes of lavender, sunflowers and wild herbs. A stop for lunch in Arles means a look at the ancient Roman Arena and at a typical provincial French town.

It's back on the road to the rugged coast line of the stunning Cote d'Azur. Follow the beautiful sapphire waters past the movie-star glamour of Cannes (famous for its annual film festival), to Antibes.

Travel Village Breakfast, Dinner
* Visit the historic city of Arles
* Scenic drive along the Cote d'Azur

Day 9 - French Riviera

Next stop on the Riviera and home to the French perfume industry is Fragonard perfumery. Learn about how perfume is made and some of its more surprising ingredients. It's also a chance to pick up a bottle or 2 at great prices.

In your free time live a bit of the lifestyle with a visit to the local markets. Try out the region's produce like lavender honey, aioli (garlic mayonnaise) and mouth-watering rose wine. Window shop the chic boutiques or choose a beach and catch some sun among all the bronzed bodies!

Tonight get a taste of the high life in Monaco, the glamorous principality packed into just 1.92km2 and home to the Formula 1. Get the inside story on the royal family and their place of residence from your Tour Manager. Try your luck at a casino later on!

Travel Village Breakfast, Dinner
* Visit a French perfumery
* See the Royal Palace in Monaco
* Rub shoulders with the rich & famous with a visit to a Monte Carlo casino

Day 10 - French Riviera to Venice

This morning, it's your chance to splash some cash, with our stop at Serravale Designer Outlet mall for our exclusive Italian fashion experience. You can use this opportunity to get some gear to show off to your friends at home... This outlet mall is amazing, with your chance to pick up some designer fashion at incredible prices. With between 30%-70% off regular retail, the savings are epic! From labels like Diesel, Dolce & Gabbana & Roberto Cavalli (to name a few) - there's going to be plenty to tempt today.

With no doubt lots of bags in hand, we'll hit the road to the "floating city" of Venice.

Travel Village Breakfast, Dinner
* Italian fashion experience at the Serravalle Designer outlet mall

Day 11 - Venice At your leisure

Venice is packed with character - crammed with hidden lanes and linked by a network of canals. The group travels on our private boat through the waters of the lagoon to visit the city's historical heart. The limestone Bridge of Sighs, the Gothic arches of the Doge's Palace and the expanse of St. Mark's Square (pigeons and all!) show off Venice's unique beauty and way of life.

Take some time to explore the floating city and lose yourself in the backstreets. There's an optional walking tour where you can discover the labyrinth of interweaving lanes, waterways, palaces, piazzi and markets with our Local Guide. You'll see historic monuments, hidden treasures and the Rialto market - a local favourite for food shopping. Maybe grab a table on St. Mark's Square and eat some delicious Italian food al fresco.

Cap off the day with an optional gondola ride & share this amazing experience with your friends - seeing Venice from on the water is unforgettable!

Travel Village Breakfast, Dinner
* Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice
* See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Square
* See Venice's iconic canals & gondolas
* Venice walking tour Euro 11.00
* Gondola ride Euro 21.00

Day 12 - Venice to Florence

Wind through the Apennine Mountains and Tuscan countryside to the Renaissance city of Florence, with a stop at the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa.

The scene-stealing Duomo Cathedral rises above Florence, which serves up frescoes, markets and priceless art. After dinner, walk along the River Arno with your Tour Manager, take in the atmosphere and head into the heart of Florence, where you can sit back and relax Tuscan style with a glass of Chianti wine.

Travel Village Breakfast, Dinner
* See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Day 13 - Florence

Jump start the day uncovering this open-air museum and its UNESCO World Heritage city centre.

Our Local Guide gives you the inside track as the group learns about Florence's cultural beginnings and explores streets crammed with artworks from masters like Michelangelo. Then take a look into a skillful demonstration of Florentine leather making and understand this region's traditional art.

With bargains and bustle, the city's markets are a great place to hang out. Grab a gelato and enjoy this gorgeous city.

Tonight, there's a choice of a group dinner - an authentic Tuscan feast. Try regional dishes in the heart of Florence. Then keep it moving with a night out and get your groove on at Florence's biggest club.

Travel Village Breakfast
* Discover Ponte Vecchio, the Medici Palace & much more on our guided walking tour of Florence
* See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria
* Learn about Florence's leather craft with a demonstration
* Souvenir group photo Euro 11.00
* Tuscan Meal Euro 29.00
* Space Electronic Disco Euro 15.00

Day 14 - Florence to Rome

Travel through Tuscany's rustic hills, past the recognisable cypress tree landscapes of this olive oil producing region, to vibrant Rome.

Stylish Rome oozes energy and overflows with relics from another age. Our special access coach tour gets you right into the thriving atmosphere of this living timeline as your Tour Manager shows you the Colosseum and Piazza Venezia. Continue on foot to check out the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. Honour tradition at the Trevi.

Fountain and throw a coin in the fountain's waters (it's meant to improve your chances of returning to Rome!) or maybe hang out with your new friends at the Spanish Steps, sit back with a few slices of pizza and people watch.

Travel Village Breakfast
* Special access Rome sightseeing coach tour
* See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona
* See St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City

Day 15 - Rome

This morning, make the most of our Local Guide's inside knowledge with an optional guided tour of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. Then check out Rome's imperial glory by visiting the Colosseum and Roman Forum.

Take off into the city and absorb the atmosphere, as Vespas flash past timeworn monuments that are surrounded by fountains, pizzerias, cafes and bars. Before you hit the shops, let your Tour Manager point you in the right direction with some tips on the best buys.

In your free time, live the local lifestyle by indulging in a long lunch on a paved piazza or knock back a shot of espresso at the bar, like the Romans do.

Travel Village Breakfast, Dinner

* Vatican Tour Euro 34.00
* Imperial Tour Euro 26.00

Day 16 - Rome to Corfu

Pass gritty Naples, see Mt Vesuvius and plunge into Pompeii's well-preserved past in an interesting optional excursion and retrace ancient history with our expert Local Guide.

Then there's time to chill out on the coach, crossing through the rugged landscapes of southern Italy, before boarding the overnight ferry to Greece in Brindisi. Check out the amazing 360 degree views from the deck!

Adriatic Ferry Breakfast
* See Mt. Vesuvius
* Guided tour of ancient Pompeii Euro 19.50

Days 17 and 18 - Corfu

Corfu is all that's great about Greek island living. You'll immediately find yourself on "local time", browsing the markets of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Old Town and bargaining with the laid-back locals.
Jump on board George's Boat optional with a bunch friends for a fun day out on the water. It will give you another angle on idyllic Corfu. Work up an appetite swimming in the secluded spots and then feast on a lunch of olives, salad, cheeses, fresh bread and dips - prepared with ingredients from George's back yard.

Corfu also gives you the chance to dive into action with a selection of water sports, like parasailing, banana-boating and waterskiing. Otherwise hire a car for a deeper look into Corfu and venture across the island to explore some beautiful, remote beaches.

While you're here, there's a fun toga theme party - don't worry, we'll supply the outfit!

Special Stopover Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast
* Special Stopover: Corfu Beach Resort
* See the Venetian fortress in Corfu's old town
* Party in a toga on Corfu
* Caique Cruise around Corfu Island Euro 35.00
* Dinner & Greek Dancing Euro 33.00
* Water sports From Euro 10.00 - 50.00
* Car Hire Euro 55.00-155.00 (cost per day depending on car)
* Tour t-shirts From Euro 20.00 - 30.00

Day 19 - Corfu to Athens

From Corfu, head to the mainland and travel to the impressive, man-made Corinth Canal. Athens is next, a city crammed with myth and ancient wonders, and busy with modern, urban soul.

Hotel Breakfast, Dinner
* See the Corinth Canal

Day 20 - Athens to Ios

Step back in time in Europe's oldest city to the birthplace of democracy. Get the run down on the Parthenon and the Acropolis from our Local Guide, as you wander around the marble columns perched above the city sprawl.

Then we check out the first modern Olympic Stadium from the 1896 Games. Later, jump on the ferry to the island of Ios.

Hotel Breakfast
* Learn about the birthplace of modern society on a guided tour of Athens & the Acropolis
* See the first modern Olympic Stadium

Days 21 and 22 - Ios

Relax on sandy beaches or lounge about poolside before a big night out, when Ios' villages come alive. Head to the small streets of Hora, packed with clubs, bars and pubs and let loose to the pumping tunes.
Otherwise, join the outdoor party in the squares and lanes. If you're keen, you can keep it moving until dawn!

Hotel Breakfast, Breakfast
* Visit Ios town
* Caique Boat Cruise Euro 40.00

Day 23 - Ios to Santorini

Today we change islands and it's a total change of scene.

As stunning proof of a massive volcanic eruption, Santorini will make your jaw drop with its natural beauty. From the water, look up at the well-recognised sight of iconic blue-domed, whitewashed churches.

Hotel Breakfast

Days 24 and 25 - Santorini

Start your day getting familiar with this gorgeous island. Head to Santorini's highest point for full blown vistas over the crater then cool of with a swim stop at Perissa Beach.

There's a chance to check out Santorini's main town, Fira - dramatically perched on the edge of the crater - as the group explores its narrow streets. Get tips on the best places to pick up a piece of Santorini's famous jewellery and where to try out the delicious local specialty, domatokeftedes (fried tomato balls).

Otherwise head to one of the distinctive black or red sand beaches, and soak up the breathtaking scenery. You could jump on an optional boat ride out to the active volcanic island of Nea Kamini. Cruise past lava formations and get up close to the active crater. Or head to the northern tip of Santorini with the group to catch one of the island's famously spectacular sunsets on the Oia at Sunset optional excursion.

Hotel Breakfast, Breakfast
* Visit the main town of Fira
* Island Tour & Winery Euro 32.00
* Santorini Volcano Trip Euro 22.00
* Oia Sunset Euro 25.00 - minimum 15 people

Day 26 - Santorini to Athens

Cruising back to Athens today for your final night in the capital. Catch up with your fellow travellers on their arrival back from Egypt and swap stories. Dinner is your choice tonight, a great opportunity to dine in the famous Plaka district.

Hotel Breakfast

Day 27 - Athens to Kavala

Northbound, we travel past mythical Mt Olympus, Greece's highest peak, and stop off for a crash-course in ancient heroism at Thermopylae, where just 300 Spartan soldiers held off the invading Persian army's masses of thousands. After cruising by Byzantine Thessaloniki, we arrive in the port town of Kavala.

Hotel Breakfast, Dinner
* Scenic coastal drive past Mt. Olympus
* See the Spartan Memorial at Thermopylae

Day 28 - Kavala to Canakkale

Ferry across the Dardanelles, crossing from Europe into Asia, to the habourside town of Canakkale. Get inside the legend of one the world's most famous battles and explore the excavation site of mythical Troy. Learn how heroes and gods fought in a ten year war, as our Local Guide unravels the layers of history.

Tonight, take a walk along the waterfront complete with stunning views, or catch up on your emails back at the hotel.

Hotel Breakfast, Dinner
* Visit Troy's Wooden Horse with a local guide

Day 29 - Canakkale to Istanbul

This morning, make a pilgrimage to the site of the region's other bloody battle, Gallipoli. Visit stunning Anzac Cove where World War I troops landed, Lone Pine Cemetery, where Australian troops are buried and check out the memorial for New Zealand soldiers. Enjoy some down-time on the coach, following the coastline of the Sea of Marmara to the cosmopolitan hub of Istanbul - the last stop on the Silk Road and the only city in the world to span two continents.

Hotel Breakfast
* Pay tribute to heroes at Gallipoli & ANZAC Cove
* Journey along the Sea of Marmara
* Visit ANZAC Cove
* Visit Lone Pine Cemetery

Days 30 and 3 - Istanbul

With a couple of days here, there is plenty of time to get a real feel for this cultural melting pot. Our Local guide shows you one of the city's major draw cards, the stunning Blue Mosque. It's an amazing building with a series of domes and minarets dominating the skyline, complete with a breathtaking interior of tens of thousands of blue tiles.

After that, we head right into the heart of the city and plunge into several kilometres of shops at the Grand Baazar. It's an unforgettable shopping experience and our Local Guide will give you plenty of pointers. Walk through a maze of lanes, where tacky trinkets and authentic treasures are sold side by side.

With carpets, jewellery, spices, music, electronics and more, the place is buzzing, so make sure you've got your haggling hat on.

There are heaps of options for your time here. Monument-wise there's Topkapi Palace for a look into the sultan's lifestyle and Hagia Sofia church to give you a feel for Constantine's empire.

Otherwise, live a bit of Istanbul's daily life. Try your hand at backgammon in a sidewalk cafe and watch the crowds go by as you sip on Turkish coffee. Chill out in a tea garden, or take to the time-honoured tradition of the hammam (steam bath house) and get scrubbed down on heated marble stones.

Opt for a dinner complete with belly dancers and watch some top dancers perform this famous Eastern art. Istanbul's nightlife is fantastic and your Tour Manager knows what you're after - so find out about the city's happening bars and clubs and go discover!

Hotel Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast
* The Blue Mosque, the Galata Bridge, the Spice Markets - discover Istanbul with our expert local guide
* 'Kervansaray' Turkish evening Euro 30.00

Day 32 - Istanbul to Sofia

This morning, it's on to Sofia, Bulgaria's largest city. Once behind the Iron Curtain and today an emerging capital, Sofia brings together traditional Tsarist architecture and a modern feel.

It's the perfect place to explore on foot. Your Tour Manager will lead a walking tour through this compact town. You'll see the massive Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, complete with golden domes, mosaics and murals, and then check out the stalls that surround the building.

Hotel Breakfast, Dinner
* See the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

Day 33 - Sofia to Belgrade

Parked between the Danube and Sava Rivers, Belgrade is a little rough around the edges, mixing up extravagant churches and dull, Communist building blocks.

Your Tour Manager will show off the city's treasures including the Kalemegdan Fortress and the historic old town. Free time means you can go deeper into Belgrade's heart, and find many cute, little shops and interesting galleries.

Tonight, enjoy the town's festive vibe, grab some friends and party on one of Belgrade's floating bars.

Hotel Breakfast, Dinner
* See the Kalemegdan Fortess and the historic old town

Day 34 - Belgrade to Budapest

We'll head north along the Danube River, to the "Paris of the East", Budapest. With two cities rolled into one, this exotic town has a bit of everything. Buda and Pest sit on different sides of the river, but bring together the stunning buildings and atmosphere that makes Budapest so romantic.

To get another take on Budapest from the water, jump on board tonight's optional cruise, and see the city aglow from the water as you feast on a buffet full of Hungarian specialities like goulash and cabbage rolls.

Launch into Budapest's nightlife and live it up like the locals by heading to a beerhouse, a riverside bar or a happening club.

Hotel Breakfast
* River cruise with dinner Euro 33.00

Day 35 - Budapest

On the Buda side of the river, from the Fisherman's Bastion, you'll get a full-blown view of the city and learn about Budapest's history in a nutshell! Check out the colourful Church of St. Matthias, the Royal Palace and the Chain Bridge. Your Tour Manager knows all about Budapest's bumpy history and will tell you more with a visit to the Liberation Monument.

Free time means a chance to treat yourself to a truly local experience: a spa and thermal bath. With outdoor thermal pools, healing waters, Art Nouveau architecture and spa treatments, this is the perfect way to unwind. For more of Budapest's outdoor lifestyle, it's a short bus ride to visit Margaret Island, a favourite among the city's residents with its gardens, fountains, pools and ruins.

Hotel Breakfast
* Sightseeing of Buda, Pest, the Royal Palace, the Church of St. Matthias, the Chain Bridge and Fisherman's Bastion

Day 36 - Budapest to Vienna

Next stop is the cultural hub of Vienna. Your Tour Manager starts the day by introducing the group to the city's historical heritage. There's the imperial grandeur of Schoenbrunn Palace, the elegantly ornate State Opera House and St. Stephen's Cathedral - a Gothic masterpiece. Cruise down Kaerntner Strasse, Vienna's main shopping spot and buy some traditional ceramics and materials for gifts back home.
There's free time to check out the magnificent squares and majestic palaces or the city's art galleries. Take a break in a coffee house like the locals do, chill out in Vienna's manicured gardens or wander along the Danube River. Later, there's a chance for a traditional meal with the group in the Viennese countryside.

Hostel Breakfast
* See Schoenbrunn Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral & the State Opera House
* Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road
* Old Vienna Schnaps Museum Euro 7.00
* Viennese Dinner Euro 29.50

Day 37 - Vienna to Austrian Tyrol

Journey through the Tyrol and "The Sound of Music" country to a cute Austrian village in a region famous for adventure sports. With 2 nights in our travel partners very own Austrian Gasthof (guest inn), there's plenty of time for pulse-racing activities. Our resident crew will give you pointers on the best stuff to do in the region and make sure you get everything out of your time here.

Special Stopover Breakfast, Dinner
* Special Stopover: Austrian Gasthof
* Swarovski Crystal World Euro 8.50

Day 38 - Austrian Tyrol

This morning, fill your lungs with clean mountain air, jump on a bike and get into the region's outdoor lifestyle with a fully guided optional tour through the Tyrol's picture perfect scenery, complete with waterfalls and mountain fields. Work up an appetite - a BBQ lunch is waiting for you at the end!

With time to do your own thing, laze about or get out for a walk in the surrounding hills. Catch up on some emails or postcards at the inn or take a gondola up the mountainside for more spectacular views of the area. For something different, pop into the local trout farm.

For adrenaline-junkies, an optional tandem paragliding experience will give you an awesome angle on the surrounding Alpine scenery.

Special Stopover Breakfast, Dinner
* Special Stopover: Austrian Gasthof
* See this pretty mountain region famous for adventure sports
* Mountain bike tour & BBQ lunch Euro 31.00
* Tandem paragliding Euro 120.00

Day 39 - Austrian Tyrol to Munich

Kick start the day and plunge into some whitewater rafting in an adrenaline-pumping optional activity on the river.

This afternoon, travel north to the home of the world-famous Oktoberfest, Munich - a city that blends traditional Bavarian culture and modern lifestyle.

Explore the heart of Munich's old town with the crew, and head to Marienplatz. It's a central gathering spot famous for the Glockenspiel - a Gothic clock, complete with 32 dancing figures and 43 chiming bells.

Then opt in to get off the beaten track and onto Munich's side streets with our Local Guide on a fun biking tour around the city - it's a great way to see the sights.

Hostel Breakfast
* See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz
* Whitewater rafting Euro 41.00
* City Bike Tour Euro 17.00

Day 40 - Munich to Swiss Alps

Today, travel past the stony cliffs of Liechtenstein, into the capital, Vaduz, where you can grab some lunch and in enjoy it in the shadow of the Royal Family's 12th century castle.

Next stop: the jaw-droppingly beautiful alpine town of Lucerne. With covered wooden bridges, cobbled lanes and quaint buildings, Lucerne's centre is perfect to explore on foot. Also to stock up on lots of genuine Swiss chocolate! Your Tour Manager can give you pointers on where to pick up the best-priced watches Switzerland is so famous for.

Tonight, we head to the alpine heights of Lauterbrunnen and stay at our travel partners very own Swiss Chalet.

Special Stopover Breakfast, Dinner
* Special Stopover: Swiss Chalet
* Visit the capital of Liechtenstein, Vaduz
* See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne
* Scenic drive through the Alps

Day 41 - Swiss Alps

It's a change of pace among Switzerland's massive Alps. Take in the amazing views from the campsite. Opt to visit Jungfrau Mountain, head up the sheer slopes of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site on a cog rail to Europe's highest railway station, and step out onto the "roof" of Europe for spine-tingling views.

Special Stopover Breakfast, Dinner
* Jungfrau mountain visit Euro 120.00

Day 42 - Swiss Alps to Rhine Valley

Over the border and into Germany, we head to the university town of Heidelberg. Wander around, grab a late lunch and check out its famous Baroque church.

The coach follows the Rhine River, weaving through valleys dotted with castles and vineyards. Next stop - the pretty, old-world village of St. Goar, complete with fairy tale castle and even a
free-hanging cuckoo clock! Learn about local know-how and get savvy on the craft of beer steins.

Then kick back with a glass of local wine and choose to find out more with the optional wine tasting in a candlelit underground cellar.

Hotel Breakfast, Dinner
* See Heidelberg's medieval castle
* See the Lorelei Rock
* Visit the riverside town St. Goar
* Learn how beer steins are crafted
* Wine tasting Euro 9.00

Day 43 - Rhine Valley to Amsterdam

In an intro into Dutch culture, see how clogs are made and try some of the famous Dutch Edam at a cheese farm.

Cruise into the countryside and bike around like the laid back locals, past working windmills, to the world-famous cheese village of Edam.

Head into the buzzing capital of Amsterdam and check out the eye-opening Red Light District, where the creative and the wacky come together on narrow cobbled streets, 24/7.

Hotel Breakfast, Dinner
* See canals & a windmill on a countryside bike tour in Edam
* Visit a cheese farm & clog maker's house
* See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night

Day 44 - Amsterdam

There's free time to experience Amsterdam's coffee shops, museums and quirky, cool boutiques. Wander along the canals and pass gabled houses or experience Amsterdam's multi-ethnic cuisine. This cultural melting pot dishes up loads of affordable food.

With an optional evening canal cruise, there's a chance to toast your travels with the group, unwind with a few drinks and uncover Amsterdam at water level as you drift past the city lights.

For your last night on tour, treat yourself to a feast at a rice table dinner with the group in a popular restaurant. With this fun way to eat, you'll be served loads of dishes from colonial times.

Get some pointers from your Tour Manager, dive into Amsterdam's night action with your friends and finish up your travels with a night to remember.

Hotel Breakfast

* Canal bike tour Euro 13.00
* Canal cruise (1 hour) Euro 23.00
* Sea Palace Restaurant Euro 32.00

Day 45 - Depart Amsterdam

This morning after breakfast we transfer you to Schiphol Airport (estimated arrival 10:00am) where your tour ends. Or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay.

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