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Tour: 5085 - 2012 (5085) - 2012 / 2014


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Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be available. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; you can use our online currency converter for exchange rate information.

Amsterdam at Night An evening excursion with a local guide will show you the lights of Amsterdam. After a short orientation drive to see parts of the city you will disembark from the coach and proceed on foot through one of the oldest and most beautiful parts of the city - the "Red Light" district - which no doubt you have heard many things about. Walk through its long winding narrow, cobbled streets with its charming 14th century architecture. One cannot but help to admire the old buildings that lean at odd angles and the tree-enshrouded canals. The local guide will introduce you to this fascinating area and during the walk you will stop at one the "brown cafes" for a drink before rejoining the coach to retun back to the hotel. Note that this excursion is not suitable for children under 15 years old.


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Keukenhof Spring has arrived! This excursion takes place only approximately 3 months a year and on the route from Amsterdam to Keukenhof Park the carpets of colour of the flowers on either side of the road are a breathtaking sight. Preparation of the gardens takes place several months in advance when thousands of tulip, dafodil and hyacinth bulbs are planted in order to ensure a full bloom when the park opens. In the park there are numerous large glasshouses and pavillions with various floral exhibitions, theme gardens and a working windmill. You will have about 2 hours to wander around the gardens on your own - perhaps even buy some flower bulbs to take home.


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Volendam & Zaans Schans On this half day tour ancient times will come to life! After departing from Amsterdam a stop will be made first in the old fishing town of Volendam, where you will have a bit of time to stroll through the centre seeing the typical Dutch architecture. Then continue on the drive to the idyllic and picturesque village of Zaanse Schans. This is more an open-air museum created to show visitors what life was like in the "Zaanstreek" in the 17th and 18th centuries. This was one of the first industrial areas of the world with its windmills engaged in the production of linseed oil, paint, mustard and woodworking etc. There are plenty of typical Dutch things to see and photograph including working windmills, clog and cheese making demonstrations, typical houses and shops selling Dutch produce. At the end of this fascinating visit drive back to Amsterdam.


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Dinner & Swiss Folklore Contrary to belief, not all Swiss can yodel or blow the alp horn, but those you will see are real experts. At the Stadtkeller Restaurant, located in the old town of Lucerne, they will entertain you with merry melodies on the accordion and traditional dances whilst you enjoy a delicious meal and sample the Swiss Cheese Fondue.


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Engelberg Only Spend a few hours in this panoramic village very famous winter sport center of Central Switzerland at the foot of Mount Titlis. In Engelberg which is also a charming village you can take a walk or you can shop in the bazaars and enjoy traditional Swiss cuisine in a typical restaurant


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Mount Titlis Drive to Alpine Engelberg - very famous sport center of Central Switzerland - to take the Titlis-Rotair, the world's first revolving cable car, up to 10,000 feet where eternal snow resists even the summer sun. A panoramic view all the way up with 360 degree vistas of glaciers and icefalls. On top of Mount Titlis there is a Restaurant with a nice terrace and a solarium from which you can also enjoy an enchanting view.


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Scenic Lake Cruise An hour's guided cruise on the most beautiful lake in Switzerland gives you an introduction to this lovely city from a completely different aspect. With its many bays, it offers superb panoramas of the surrounding landscape. The cruise is operated on a comfortable private covered boat and a commentary will be given by one of the crew staff who will explain the history of all the enchanting villages and you will learn some interesting stories of the Swiss History.


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The Titlis Ice Flyer An extension to the Mount Titlis excursion, the Ice Flyer is a chair lift, specially equipped to protect from wind, snow and rain. The 2,460 foot journey lasts six minutes and you can enjoy an absolutely unique and unforgettable ride.


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Cabaret Show A trip to Paris is not complete without a visit to one of the famous Parisian Cabaret to enjoy an enchanting night. Whilst you see a colourful costume and decor show of music and dances, you will be served a glass of champagne to fully enjoy your evening. This excursion is not operated as a private charter which means you may join others on the same tour which may require pickign up and dropping off at several hotels.


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Farewell Dinner & Orientation Tonight you will have the opportunity to taste some delicious specialities of the French cuisine. In a Parisian restaurant with a fascinating atmosphere you will enjoy a four-course dinner with an aperitif and wine. Some music will enliven the evening. An orientation drive of Paris will also be part of this special night.


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Versailles-Sun King's Palace Historic Versailles is the beautiful, restored palace of Louis XIV, the Sun King. After the guided tour of the palace where you will have the opportunity to admire the magnificent internal decorations, furniture and huge shining chendeliers, you can stroll in the magnificent terraced gardens with their fountains and statues. The Palace of Versailles is open every day except Mondays.


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A Taste of London A unique chance to combine a traditional London pub experience with a relaxed, night-time river cruise, viewing some of the capital's most beautiful illuminated sights. Enjoy a three-course dinner with several local menu choices, including fish and chips and steak and ale pie at an historic London pub in the City of London. Following dinner you will enjoy scenic views from the comfort of your private cruiser. Highlights include Tower Bridge, St. Paul's and the Houses of Parliament, with commentary from your guide as you cruise along the River Thames.

Private coach pick-up from the first hotel is at about 5:45pm, pick-up from the last hotel at about 6:30pm and you can expect to arrive at the pub at about 7:00pm-7:15pm and on the boat at about 8:30 - 8:45pm.
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A Taste of London A unique chance to combine a traditional London pub experience with a relaxed, night-time river cruise, viewing some of the capital's most beautiful illuminated sights. Enjoy a three-course dinner with several local menu choices, including fish and chips and steak and ale pie at an historic London pub in the City of London. Following dinner you will enjoy scenic views from the comfort of your private cruiser. Highlights include Tower Bridge, St. Paul's and the Houses of Parliament, with commentary from your guide as you cruise along the River Thames.

Private coach pick-up from the first hotel is at about 5:45pm, pick-up from the last hotel at about 6:30pm and you can expect to arrive at the pub at about 7:00pm-7:15pm and on the boat at about 8:30-8:45pm.
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Afternoon Excursion to Windsor Castle Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. One of the official residences of Queen Elizabeth II the castle is still used regularly for ceremonial and state occasions. Visit the magnificent State Apartments furnished with priceless works of art by Holbein, Rembrandt, Rubens and Van Dyck. See wonderful St.George's Chapel the burial place of ten monarchs including Henry VIII and Charles I.

This excursion is not recommended for guests with mobility problems or wheelchair users. Private coach pick-up from the first hotel is at about 12:15pm and at about 1:00pm at the last hotel so you can expect to be at the venue for about 2:00pm.
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Buckingham Palace and the Royal Mews Buckingham Palace serves as both the office and London residence of Her Majesty The Queen. During August and September when the Queen makes her annual visit to Scotland, the Palace's state rooms are open to visitors. These are the heart of the Palace, lavishly furnished with some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection which are used for ceremonial occasions and official entertaining. Before entry to the Palace you will visit the Royal Mews, one of the finest working stables still in existence. See the State vehicles, both horse-drawn carriages and cars, used for coronations, royal weddings and State Visits, including the magnificent Gold State Coach which has been used for every coronation since 1821 and was last used for The Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002.

Some walking involved. Wheelchair access is very strictly limited and needs to be advised in advance. Private coach pick-up from the first hotel is at about 12:30pm, pick-up from the last hotel at about 1:15pm and you can expect to arrive at the venue at about 1:45pm.
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Morning City Sightseeing Morning Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes all the famous landmarks: the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben beside the River Thames, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall's mounted horseguards and the Prime Minister's Downing Street, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace. Highlights are a visit to St. Paul's Cathedral and the ceremonial pageantry of the Changing of the Guard, if held.

This excursion is not available on Sundays.
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Tower of London and Crown Jewels The Tower of London is one of the most famous historic buildings in the world. Built by William the Conqueror in 1066-1067, it has been guarded by Yeoman Warders (popularly known as the Beefeaters) since the 14th century. It has been a fortress, a royal palace, a prison, a place of execution, and an armory. It is most famously known as the home to the priceless Crown Jewels, including the solid gold crown used at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, the Imperial State Crown and Sovereigns Sceptre, the incredible Cullinan diamonds, and the Koh-i-Noor.

This excursion is not suitable for guests with mobility problems or wheelchair users due to cobbles and stone steps. Private coach pick-up from the first hotel is at about 12:45pm, pick-up from the last hotel at about 1:30pm and you can expect to arrive at the venue at about 2:00pm.
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