2-14 Day Cologne, Amsterdam, Paris, Rome, Frankfurt Europe Explorer Flexible Tour from Cologne in English

  • Tour code: 943-1075
  • Available: Mon
  • Depart from: Cologne, Germany
  • Duration: 2-14 Days 1-13 Nights
From USD$81.72

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Highlights:

Visit Amsterdam (The Hague, Scheveningen/ Keukenhof), Brussels (Atomium, Grand' Place, Manneken Pis), Paris (Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde, Palace of Versailles, The Louvre), Milan (Sforza Castle, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, La Scala), Verona (Verona Arena), Venice (San Marco Square, Basilica di San Marco, the Bridge of Sighs, Grand Canal Gondola Ride), Vatican (St. Peter’s Basilica), Rome (Colosseum, Arch of Constantine, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Square), Florence (Piazzale Michelangelo, Ponte Vecchio, Campanile Tower, Uffizi Gallery), Pisa (Leaning Tower), Monaco (Monte-Carlo Casino), Cannes (Palais des Festival) Reims, Luxembourg (Place de Constitution), Trier (Porta Nigra), Koblenz, Frankfurt (Romerplatz). Up to 13-night hotel accommodations. Flexible schedule. Ground transportation and tour guide.

Special Remarks:

  • English speaking tour guide(Level 2: semi-guided tour

Pricing Details

Single: $120.91
Double (/Person): $81.72
Third Person Adult: N/A
Child (Age 2-11): $70.53
Fourth Person Adult: N/A
Child (Age 2-11): N/A

Note: *Price in USD is based on the lowest price per person per room over the next 30 days. Exact prices are displayed when you select a date.

  • Price listed is per day per person.
  • Currency: All prices are shown in U.S. dollars (USD) except admission and meal fees which are paid upon arrival.
  • Lodging: Max 2 adult and 1 child are allowed in one room. We will not charge client any single supplement if they are willing to share the room with other tour members. But No complaints or amendments could be made based on this issue. If clients did not choose to share room with others, they will have to pay the single supplement fee, which costs for EUR 30 per person per night.
  • Child fare: 2 - 11 year old share a room with two adults (no bed). No charge for infants under 2 years old.
  • Pre-Post Accommodation(Same as Tour): Available only on the day before (one night) or after the tour(one night). USD$55 per person per night (twin share basis), there is no charge for child share a room with two adults. USD$100 per night applies for Single Room.
  • Airport transfers (pick up / drop off): Available in Paris (CDG and ORY of Paris), Amsterdam (AMS), Frankfurt (FRA), Rome (FCO/CIA). Airport, Train, hotel, meeting place transfer (available between 7am and 10pm), USD$45 each way per person (minimum 2 people). The transfer service needs to be placed at least 3 business days in advance.

Tour Itinerary

    What it's like to travel on a Flexi Tour? How does it work?
    • You decide how many days you want to travel
    • Each day you can travel to a different place
    For example, if you want to stop in Florence (Day 5), please select "5" in "Number of Days". Please note the hotel accommodation is not included on the last day of your tour. List price is per person per day.
    Changing your departure city is easy, just click on any "marker" along the route. To see other available loops, check out the complete "Europe Freestyle Bus Tours".
  • Day 1 Cologne - Amsterdam(264 km)
  • Day 2 Amsterdam - Zaandam - Amsterdam(28 km)
  • Day 3 Amsterdam - Brussels - Paris(466 km)
  • Day 4 Paris - Versailles - Paris(34 km)
  • Day 5 Paris
  • Day 6 Paris - Lucerne(486 km)
  • Day 7 Lucerne - Milan - Venice(522 km)
  • Day 8 Venice - Rome(393 km)
  • Day 9 Rome - Vatican City - Arezzo(222 km)
  • Day 10 Florence - Pisa - Genoa(287 km)
  • Day 11 Genoa - Monaco - Grasse - Nice - Cannes - Avignon(434 km)
  • Day 12 Avignon - Paris(577 km)
  • Day 13 Paris - Reims - Luxembourg(363 km)
  • Day 14 Luxembourg - Trier - Koblenz - Frankfurt(301 km)
  • IMPORTANT! Itinerary and End City Variations:
    We constantly strives to improve tour itineraries and features. If such improvements can be made, or unforeseen circumstances beyond our control make changes necessary - we reserve the right to vary the end cities to substitute hotels. At certain peak periods duplicate departures may operate, and sometimes in reverse order in which case hotels may vary from those stated on the itinerary pages.
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Day 1 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.

Day 2 Amsterdam - Zaandam - Amsterdam(28 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 spend the evening exploring the city on our own before dinner. We will spend the night in the Amsterdam area.

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.

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    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.
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    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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    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
Standard Hotel: A4 Schiphol Hotel, Inntel Hotels Amsterdam-Zaandam, or similar.

Day 3 Amsterdam - Brussels - Paris(466 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.

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    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.
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    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.
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    "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: Express by Holiday Inn Porte d'Italie, Kyriad Joinville le Pont, or similar.

Day 4 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. 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.

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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Paris is synonymous with sublime beauty, and you will see firsthand why that is as you leaisurely sail down the Seine, the river that flows through the heart of the city of lights.
    Admission (Optional): Adult €13.50
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    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
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    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

  • Versailles palace will be closed during Dec 25th and Jan 1st
    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 €15
Standard Hotel: Express by Holiday Inn Porte d'Italie, Kyriad Joinville le Pont, or similar.

Day 5 Paris

Our morning will be spent exploring the Louvre. In the afternoon, our tour guide will take us for a ride on the Paris underground metro for a better understanding of how the city runs, and then we'll have free time to spend in the city center before returning to our hotel for the evening.

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.

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    One of the most well-known art museums in the world with one of the largest collections, the Louvre houses such masterpieces as the Mona Lisa and works by artists ranging from Raphael to Monet and everyone in between.
    Admission (Optional): Adult €15
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    This cabaret and burlesque show in Paris openend in 1946. The show is comprised of about 10-20 scenes, and each show has different themes. The dancers themselves are called the Blueball Girls and have an average height of 5'11".
    Admission (Optional): Adult €140
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    The famous Moulin Rouge - where the hit musical movie got its name - was founded in 1889, and is credited with popularizing cabaret performances and the can-can dance. It is marked by the red windmill on the roof.
    Admission (Optional): Adult €140
Standard Hotel: Express by Holiday Inn Porte d'Italie, Kyriad Joinville le Pont, or similar.

Day 6 Paris - Lucerne(486 km)

Today we will board a luxury coach in Paris and enjoy a scenic drive through the French countryside en route to the mountains of Switzerland. Passing through Basel, located at the point where the Swiss, French, and German borders meet, we will eventually reach the lakeside city of Lucerne. Here, we will see the city's famous landmarks, including the Chapel Bridge, the Water Tower, and some examples of wonderfully preserved Baroque and Gothic architecture. Afterwards, we will have some free time to shop and take pictures before the tour comes to a close.

This Swiss city on gorgeous Lake Lucerne is popular with tourists due to its amazing views of the lake, Mount Pilatus, and Mount Rigi of the Swiss Alps. Some of the buildings in Lucerne date back hundreds of years.

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    This covered bridge that crosses the Reuss River in Lucerne is one of Switzerland's main tourist attractions. The interior of the bridge contains several paintings which were completed in the 17th century.
Standard Hotel: NH Lucerne or similar.

Day 7 Lucerne - Milan - Venice(522 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.

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    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.
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    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.
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    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.

Day 8 Venice - Rome(393 km)

After breakfast, we will take a tour of Venice, IT by way of its famous canal system. We will stop at the Piazza San Marco, home of Saint Mark's Basilica, and then see the Bridge of Sighs. We will then have the chance to take a gondola ride through the Grand Canal. We will spend the night in the Rome, IT area.

This city off the coast of northeast Italy is famous the world over for its many canals. It is actually a chain of 118 islands linked together by bridges and waterways. Venice is world-renown for its art and beauty.

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    This gorgeous white-limestone bridge in Venice gets its name from an almost ironically bleak place: In the 1800s, the windows looking out from the enclosed bridge's interior were the last views of sublime Venice convicts would see before their imprisonment.
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    Venice's Grand Canal is the major canal in the city's expansive system. It takes an S-shaped path through the length of the city, and is used for public transportation as well as tourism; Gondola rides for visitors are popular.
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    The canals of Venice are what make this city iconic. Gondolas are special boats designed to navigate these channels. No visit to Venice is complete without a romantic ride down the canals on a gondola.
    Admission (Optional): Adult €30
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    The Piazza San Marco is the largest and primary public area in Venice. The structures surrounding it date back more than one thousand years, although the vast majority are from Renaissance times. It has been called "the drawing room of Europe."
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    The Basilica Cattedrale Patriarcale di San Marco is the most famous church in Venice and is known for its unique and ornate Italo-Byzantine architecture that includes five hemispherical domes and fine patterns. It was built in the 11th century AD.
Standard Hotel: Domina Hotel or similar

Day 9 Rome - Vatican City - Arezzo(222 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. After lunch, we will tour spectacular Rome, IT. Our tour includes the Pantheon, Arch of Constantine, Trevi Fountain, Colosseum and more! We'll also get up close to the nearby Piazza della Repubblica 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.

is a walled enclave within the city of Rome. With an area of approximately 44 hectares (110 acres), and a population of 842,[3] it is the smallest internationally recognized independent state in the world by both area and population.

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    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.

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 artistic and cultural contributions have colored global development.

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    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.
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    This nearly 2000-year-old structure is one of the most famous buildings in the entire worldÒ€¦ 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
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    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

Day 10 Florence - Pisa - Genoa(287 km)

Today, we will tour Florence, IT. Our sightseeing tour of the city includes stops at the Ponte Vecchio, Piazza del Duomo, and 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.

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.

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    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.
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    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.
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    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!

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    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.

Day 11 Genoa - Monaco - Grasse - Nice - Cannes - Avignon(434 km)

Today we will journey to Monte Carlo, Monaco to see the Monte Carlo Casino. We will visit the Fragonard Perfume Factory in Grasse, FR. 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.

Monte Carlo is a section of Monaco that was built up around the site of the Monte Carlo Casino. This administrative division hosts the Circuit de Monaco automobile race.

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    The Monte Carlo Casino is an internationally famous casino in the Mediterranean country of Monaco. It is commonly associated with James Bond and his author, Ian Fleming, though it has appeared in many places in pop culture since its building.

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    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.

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    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.

Day 12 Avignon - Paris(577 km)

Our day will be spent en route from Avignon to Paris. We will arrive in Paris in the early evening.
Standard Hotel: Express by Holiday Inn Porte d'Italie, Kyriad Joinville le Pont, or similar.

Day 13 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.

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    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 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.

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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.

Day 14 Luxembourg - Trier - Koblenz - Frankfurt(301 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.

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    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.
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    "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.

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    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

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!

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    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.
IMPORTANT! Itinerary and End City Variations:
We constantly strives to improve tour itineraries and features. If such improvements can be made, or unforeseen circumstances beyond our control make changes necessary - we reserve the right to vary the end cities to substitute hotels. At certain peak periods duplicate departures may operate, and sometimes in reverse order in which case hotels may vary from those stated on the itinerary pages.

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