About the Holiday
Sightseeing highlights of this trip
- Amsterdam - Orientation includes the historic city centre
- Black Forest - See this picturesque region
- Cologne - View the Gothic Cathedral
- Dover - See the White Cliffs
- Lucerne - Orientation including of the the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge
- Paris - View the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower on your sightseeing tour
- Rhine Valley - Cruise the romantic Rhine
- Schaffhausen - View the mighty Rhine Falls
Day 1: London - Amsterdam
This morning see the White Cliffs of Dover as you cross the channel to continental Europe. Travel through Belgium and into The Netherlands where you will pass by windmills en route to the lively city of Amsterdam. Perhaps take the opportunity to explore the city further on a canal cruise in a glass-covered boat to enjoy views of the historic gabled houses.
Day 2: Amsterdam - Rhine cruise - Heidelberg - Rhineland
This morning travel through the Dutch countryside before crossing into Germany and arrive to the picturesque Rhine Valley. Here you embark on a cruise at Boppard which glides past medieval castles and steeply terraced vineyards which produce the well-known high quality Rhine wines. You disembark at St. Goar and then have views of the Lorelei Rock and learn about the legends associated with this stretch of the river. Travel to Heidelberg, the oldest university city in Germany. Learn about the riotous life of past students and enjoy views of the sandstone castle from the charming Old Town. Finally continue southwards to your hotel where you dine tonight.
Day 3: Rhineland - Black Forest - Rhine Falls - Lucerne region (2 nights)
Continue south through the Black Forest region which is bordered by the Rhine Valley to the west and south. This beautiful area is renowned for wood carving, the creation of the original cuckoo clock, and speciality cuisine which includes delicacies such as smoked ham and Black Forest cake. Cross the border into Switzerland before stopping to admire the impressive Rhine Falls at Schaffhausen. Travel to central Switzerland and enter the scenic region of Lake Lucerne, your home for the next two nights.
Day 4: Lucerne orientation & free time
This morning your orientation tour around this medieval city highlights the poignant Lion Monument, built in memory of Louis XVI's courageous Swiss Guards who tried to defend the Palace of the Tuileries in Paris during the French Revolution, the wooden Chapel Bridge across the River Reuss and the onion domed Jesuit Church. This afternoon consider an Optional Experience of fun and yodelling at a Swiss Folklore Show. Later perhaps enjoy an exhilarating excursion to the top of one of the surrounding mountains or explore the squares and towers of the quaint old city. Alternatively there is plenty of opportunity for shopping, whether it be Swiss watches, jewellery or the wide range of deliciously flavoured chocolate.
Day 5: Lucerne region - Paris (2 nights)
Today head north and cross the Rhine River for the final time in the city of Basel as you leave Switzerland and enter France. Pass by Belfort and the remains of the Maginot Line, a vast fortification built after the First World War, to protect the French-German border. Then cross through part of the renowned wine producing Burgundy region with views of the extensive vineyards. Continue past the rolling fertile farmland of the Auxerre region before the approach to the capital city of Paris. Tonight perhaps take the opportunity to get to know the city on a stunning tour of Paris by Night Optional Experience?
Day 6: Paris sightseeing & free time
This morning your sightseeing tour introduces you to this exquisitely planned city with views of the Champs Élysées, Place de la Concorde, Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower. This evening why not sample Paris nightlife at a cabaret show?
Day 7: Paris - London
Traverse northern France past World War I battlefields. Cross the English Channel to Dover and continue your journey to London where you say goodbye to your fellow travellers and Travel Director at the end of a memorable holiday.