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On this memorable vacation, start in London, cross the English Channel by ferry, and continue to Brussels for an overnight. Travel through Germany’s scenic Rhineland and discover charming medieval Rothenburg along the Romantic Road. Next up: the beautiful landscapes of Bavaria, a visit to King Ludwig’s fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle, then Austria, Italy, and Switzerland. The included panoramic alpine train ride on the spectacular Bernina Express—which leaves from St. Moritz and crosses the Bernina mountain range into the Italian Valtellina—is an unforgettable experience. Enjoy a change of scenery as you arrive in subtropical Lake Lugano, then back over the mountains to Lucerne, Interlaken, and Gruyère in the Swiss Alps. Spend the night in international Geneva, with an included orientation drive, then head north with a stop in medieval Beaune. Your adventure ends with two overnights in Paris, the fascinating “City of Light.”
Destinations & Sightseeing
Individual headsetsInside visits and special features: Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.Sightseeing:Visits to Rothenburg, Neuschwanstein Castle, St. Moritz, Lugano, Lucerne, Interlaken, Gruyère Village, Geneva, Beaune
Scenic Highlights:Rhineland, Romantic Road, Fern Pass, Lake Como, Bernina Mountain Range
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
- La Grand-Place, Brussels
- Upper Middle Rhine Valley
- Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes
Transportation: Round-trip transportation between London and the Channel ports; on the Continent, private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach; cross-Channel ferry; the Bernina Express train (2nd class)
Meals & Itinerary
Buffet breakfasts daily; 3 dinners
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.
Day 1 Arrive in London, England
Check into your hotel. In the afternoon, you may want to start exploring the lively British capital. Uniformed hosts are available to help you make the most of your stay.
Day 2 London–Brussels, Belgium
Leave London in the early morning and head through the lush English countryside to the Channel port, where you board your FERRY for the Continent. Here, your Tour Director and comfortable coach wait to take you to Brussels.
Day 3 Brussels–Rhineland, Germany–Würzburg Area
Start the day by traveling south into Germany to reach the shores of the mighty Rhine for a scenic drive. Even better, opt for a Rhine cruise. Admire the pretty villages, the castles perched high above the river, and the numerous terraced vineyards. Then, head for the Würzburg area for an overnight.
Day 4 Würzburg Area–Romantic Road–Rothenburg–Neuschwanstein Castle–Innsbruck Area, Austria
Drive along the Romantic Road through villages protected by medieval towered gates and with squares of half-timbered houses and richly decorated fountains. Stop awhile to visit the picturesque town of Rothenburg. Travel into southern Bavaria for an included visit to the legendary CASTLE OF NEUSCHWANSTEIN. Just a few more miles into Austria for an overnight in the Innsbruck area.
Day 5 Innsbruck Area–St. Moritz, Switzerland
A magnificent drive this morning through Austrian and Swiss grand Alpine scenery. South into Switzerland’s lower Engadine Valley and past Swiss National Park to the world-famous resort of St. Moritz. Plenty of time to enjoy vistas of the great mountain peaks and the blue water lake just below the town. Take a stroll and let it all sink in.
Day 6 St. Moritz–Bernina Express Train to Italy–Lugano, Switzerland
Enjoy the highlight of the whole tour and a wonderful way of crossing the Alps. One of Europe’s most spectacular train rides on the BERNINA EXPRESS begins in St. Moritz and takes you across lofty Bernina Pass via the Swiss Poschiavo area to Tirano in the Italian Valtellina. Here, rejoin your coach for the journey to the shores of Lake Como and then Lugano, where you’ll overnight.
Day 7 Lugano–Lucerne Area
Another lovely journey today through the valleys of the Canton Ticino, through the Gotthard Tunnel, and into more magnificent Alpine scenery as you descend to the shores of Lake Lucerne. Today, visit one of Switzerland’s finest cities, nestled amid its snowcapped Alps, surrounded by its lake, and embellished by the clear mountain waters of the Reuss River. Your visit takes in the impressive city walls, CHAPEL BRIDGE, ornate patrician houses lining cobblestone streets, and the LION MONUMENT—a masterful stone sculpture in honor of the heroic Swiss Guard of Louis XVI. A grand selection of optional activities completes the day: a funicular and cable-car ride to the 6,227-foot summit of Mount Stanserhorn; a cruise on the fjord-like lake; and, of course, time to shop for that very Swiss watch.
Day 8 Lucerne Area–Interlaken–Gruyère–Geneva
A day packed with a variety of scenery and places to visit. First to Interlaken, a vacationer’s dream. It’s all picture-postcard perfect, lying beneath the towering Jungfrau and between two sparkling lakes. Motor along the shores of Lake Thun, then on to the small but lovely village of Gruyère, with only a few more miles before reaching Switzerland’s most international city, Geneva, for an orientation drive and overnight.
Day 9 Geneva–Beaune, France–Paris
Enjoy vistas of famous vineyards on the way to Beaune. Visit the medieval Burgundian town, known all over the world for its wine production. Later, via the autoroute, travel to Paris. Tonight, maybe an optional cabaret show?
Day 10 Paris
One full day to explore the city that’s known throughout the world for its fashions, art and museums, delicious food, and joie de vivre. Included sightseeing with a local expert shows off many of the best-known Parisian sights: La Sorbonne, Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Madeleine, the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramid near the Louvre, the Invalides, and Champs Elysées. Optional excursions are also available to the Palace and Gardens of Versailles and, to celebrate the success of your tour, a French farewell dinner might be just the ticket.
Day 11 Paris
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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LONDON Kensington Close (ST) or Novotel London West (F)BRUSSELS Ramada La Woluwe (ST)WÜRZBURG AREA Novotel (F) or Zur Schöne Aussicht (ST) at MarktheidenfeldINNSBRUCK AREA Ramada Tivoli (ST)ST. MORITZ Hotel Bären (ST)LUGANO Admiral (ST) or Ibis (ST)LUCERNE AREA Drei Könige (ST) or Ibis Styles (ST) or Ibis (ST) at KriensGENEVA Ramada Encore (ST)PARIS Kyriad Prestige Boulogne (F) or Ibis La Villette (ST) or Ibis Styles Fontenay (ST)
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