Day 1 Amsterdam - Zaandam - Amsterdam (18 km)
Today we will travel from Amsterdam to the town of Zaandam, NL, where we will visit a Wooden Shoe Workshop and a Cheese Farm. We will also have a chance to take photos in front of historic windmills. We will return to Amsterdam, NL to visit one of the many Diamond Factories in the area. After, we can take an optional hour-long canal cruise before dinner. We will spend the night in the Amsterdam area.
Day 2 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.
Day 3 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.
Day 4 Paris
Our morning will be spent exploring the Louvre. Afternoon will be free; you will also have an option of having a French 4 course Dinner and Show experience or spend time shopping at the legendary department stores Galeries Lafayette. You can then take a leisurely cruise along the river Seine.
Day 5 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.
Day 6 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.
Day 8 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.
Day 9 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.
Day 11 Avignon - Paris (577 km)
Our day will be spent on route from Avignon to Paris. We will arrive in Paris in the early evening.
Day 12 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.
Day 13 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.
Day 14 Frankfurt - Prague (514 km)
From Frankfurt we will journey to Prague, CZ. This is also where we will spend the night.
Day 15 Prague - Bratislava (289 km)
Your Prague adventure begins with a spectacular walk along the Royal Route, start from the top of Castle Hill in the Hradcany district, and then tour Prague Castle. Further exploration then heads off around the imposing gothic St. Vitus Cathedral, the Old Royal Palace, St. George's Basilica and along Golden Lane.
Later we will stroll across the iconic Charles Bridge, and on through the winding alleys to the Old Town Square, where you can see the City Hall and the Astronomical Clock.
After lunch in the square, our coach will make the scenic transfer from Prague to the hotel in or near the Slovakian capital, Bratislava.
Day 16 Bratislava - Budapest (200 km)
One of the best ways of seeing Budapest is by taking a river cruise. After a morning of activity, you'll relax over lunch at Buda Palace, and then have a chance to look at the exhibitions in the Budapest History Museum and Hungarian National Gallery, or do a spot of souvenir shopping.
Next you'll explore both sides of the city on a cultural and historic tour. Highlights on the Buda side of the Danube include the towered terrace of Fisherman's Bastion, the medieval Matthias Church and a walk up to the summit of Gellert Hill for panoramic views. While over in Pest the sights include the expansive Heroes' Square and Hungary's dramatic riverside Parliament Building. In the evening, you can choose to round off an eventful day with an optional dinner in the heart of Budapest, where you can sample traditional dishes such as goose liver, goulash, duck leg and local wine, accompanied by Hungarian folkdance and music.
Day 17 Budapest - Vienna (243 km)
Today we will enter the city of Vienna, AT Austria's capital.
Begins at one of the city's most popular attractions, Schonbrunn Palace. After lunch in this refined setting, you will take a driving tour past many grand, famous buildings, including the City Hall, the Austrian Parliament, Hofburg Palace and Heroes'Square.
In the afternoon, you'll have some shopping time, before adding the Wiener Staatsoper (opera house). Later, optional for dinner in the heart of the city or visit St. Stephen's Cathedral, before taking a stroll in Stadtpark.
In the evening, we recommend the option of attending a Viennese waltz concert, which will allow you the unforgettable experience of hearing the music of Mozart and Strauss in the place where it was composed.
Day 18 Vienna - Mondsee - Munich (363 km)
In the morning, we will depart from Vienna and head to Munich. On the way, we will visit the Mondsee, a beautiful town in the Alps. Upon our arrival, guests will have time to explore the city center. We will spend the night in Munich or nearby city.
Day 20 Zurich - Titisee - Frankfurt (367 km)
The tour begins in Zurich, a city with a reputation as a leading global financial centre. There is chance for a picture stop at the impressive Lake Zurich, before moving on to Rhine Falls.
Next you'll cross back into Germany and the Black Forest. Here you will see the beautiful lake Titisee, where you can stop at one of the many lakeside cafes to enjoy some of the region's best Black Forest cherry gateaux. Cuckoo clocks are made in Titisee, making this the ideal place to pick up a few souvenirs from the local shops and you'll also get to see a demonstration of how these magical mechanisms work.
Finally, you'll head back to Frankfurt.
Day 21 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.