The Grand European

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The Grand European

Marvel at the magnificence of Europe on this comprehensive, six-country tour, taking in beautiful cities and stunning natural landscapes on the way.

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  • Heidelberg University Heidelberg University
  • Enjoy a canal cruise in Amsterdam Enjoy a canal cruise in Amsterdam
  • See the wooden windmills at Kinderdijk See the wooden windmills at Kinderdijk
  • Rheinstein Castle overlooking the Rhine Valley Rheinstein Castle overlooking the Rhine Valley
  • Stahleck Castle and the Lorelei Valley, River Rhine Stahleck Castle and the Lorelei Valley, River Rhine
  • Heidelberg and the Neckar River Heidelberg and the Neckar River
  • Lake Lucerne Lake Lucerne
  • Lake Lucerne Lake Lucerne
  • Chapel Bridge, Lake Lucerne Chapel Bridge, Lake Lucerne
  • Take an optional trip to Mount Titlis Take an optional trip to Mount Titlis
  • Take a trip in the revolving cable car for stunning panoramic views over Mount Titlis and the awesome landscape Take a trip in the revolving cable car for stunning panoramic views over Mount Titlis and the awesome landscape
  • Lake Lugano Lake Lugano
  • Lake Lugano Lake Lugano
  • Verona Verona
  • Verona and the River Po Verona and the River Po
  • The Campanile and Ducal Palace, Venice The Campanile and Ducal Palace, Venice
  • The Grand Canal, Venice The Grand Canal, Venice
  • The Rialto Bridge, Venice The Rialto Bridge, Venice
  • Assisi Assisi
  • St Francis Basilica, Assisi St Francis Basilica, Assisi
  • Colosseum, Rome Colosseum, Rome
  • Colosseum interior, Rome Colosseum interior, Rome
  • St Peter's Basilica, The Vatican, Rome St Peter's Basilica, The Vatican, Rome
  • Leaning Tower and Square Of Miracles, Pisa Leaning Tower and Square Of Miracles, Pisa
  • The beautiful skyline of Florence The beautiful skyline of Florence
  • Ponte Vecchio, Florence Ponte Vecchio, Florence
  • Papal Palace, Avignon Papal Palace, Avignon
  • Bénézet Bridge, Avignon Bénézet Bridge, Avignon
  • Sagrada Familia, Barcelona Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
  • Barcelona Barcelona
  • Las Ramblas, Barcelona Las Ramblas, Barcelona
  • The Royal Palace, Madrid The Royal Palace, Madrid
  • Plaza Mayor, Madrid Plaza Mayor, Madrid
  • Burgos Burgos
  • City Hall, Bilbao City Hall, Bilbao
  • Eiffel Tower, Paris Eiffel Tower, Paris
  • Sacre Coeur, Paris Sacre Coeur, Paris
  • L'Arc de Triomphe, Paris L'Arc de Triomphe, Paris

Itinerary Map

DAY 1 : London - Channel crossing - Amsterdam area.

Join your tour by travelling on our free coach service from London for your Channel crossing to the Continent. Here you will be met by your tour director and touring coach to continue to the Amsterdam area for one night.

DAY 2 : Amsterdam area (included sightseeing) - Rhineland.

A morning to enjoy Holland's bustling metropolis. Begin with a canal cruise followed by a visit to a diamond cutting centre, then a drive with local guide pointing out the city's highlights. Continue to the Rhineland for one night. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3 : Rhineland - Heidelberg - Lake Lucerne area.

Today you may like to join the optional cruise along the Rhine past the Lorelei Rock. Then continue to Germany's oldest university town - Heidelberg. Head to the shores of lovely Lake Lucerne for two nights. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4 : Lake Lucerne area.

Lucerne enjoys a delightful lakeside location, nestling amid snow-capped Alps. The town visit takes in the city's trademarks - the Lion Monument and wooden bridge. Enjoy a spectacular view of the Alps on the optional cable car trip to the summit of Mount Titlis - a breathtaking sight. Includes Breakfast

DAY 5 : Lake Lucerne - Lugano - Verona - Venice area.

More breathtaking scenery today as you head south through Alpine scenery to the subtropical climes of the Ticino region. Stop in beautiful Lugano and then cross into Italy. Next on to Verona to see the legendary balcony of Juliet before heading to the Venice area for two nights. Includes Breakfast

DAY 6 : Venice area.

Enjoy your included canal boat ride today followed by an orientation of this romantic city and a typical Venetian glass blowing demonstration. Includes Breakfast

DAY 7 : Venice area - Assisi - Rome.

Drive southward via the Po Delta, skirting the Adriatic coast before stopping in Assisi, St Francis' birthplace. Visit the splendid Basilica that bears his name. Later to Rome for two nights in this great capital. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8 : Rome. Included sightseeing.

The 'Eternal City' - a city steeped in history, vibrantly alive, exciting and absolutely unique! Included sightseeing with local guide starts in St Peter's Square, followed by a visit to the Roman Forum and the mighty Colosseum. Includes Breakfast

DAY 9 : Rome - Pisa - Florence.

Northward to Pisa to see the fascinating Leaning Tower before heading to the great Renaissance city of Florence. Spend two nights in the Florence area. Includes Breakfast

DAY 10 : Florence. Included sightseeing.

This wonderful city will keep you enthralled for the whole day. All traffic is banned in the historic centre so visitors can wander at leisure and admire this city's timeless beauty. Enjoy the included sightseeing walking tour with local guide and visit one of Florence's bargain leather shops. This evening you will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11 : Florence area - French Riviera.

Journey past the great port of Genoa to the glamorous French Riviera. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon in this lovely area. Includes Breakfast

DAY 12 : French Riviera - Avignon - Carcassonne.

A leisurely drive this morning to Avignon. Immaculately preserved, Avignon is enclosed by medieval walls and boasts a host of fascinating sights including the famous Papal Palace. Continue to Carcassonne for one night. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13 : Carcassonne - Barcelona.

Time this morning to become better acquainted with impressive Carcassonne, one of the best examples of a medieval fortified town. Then through endless vineyards, past picturesque fishing ports of the Languedoc-Roussillon region to Spain and Barcelona for two nights. Includes Breakfast

DAY 14 : Barcelona. Included sightseeing.

This morning's sightseeing with local guide will include a drive around Montjuic to see the Olympic Stadium and a great panoramic view of the port and city. The drive continues to the city center to Plaza Catalunya and Passeig de Gracia to admire the greatness and eccentricity of Gaudi's architectural masterpieces in the Houses Batllo and Mila and the Sagrada Familia (entrance fees not included). Includes Breakfast

DAY 15 : Barcelona - Madrid.

See more of Catalonia as you drive northwest via Zaragoza through the very heart of Spain to reach Madrid for two nights. Includes Breakfast

DAY 16 : Madrid. Included sightseeing.

Just one day to discover Madrid and it's certainly worth making the most of it by taking advantage of the included city sightseeing with a local guide. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 17 : Madrid - Burgos - Bilbao.

Start the day by driving up to and through the Somosierra Pass before stopping in Burgos. Then through Basque country to Bilbao for one night. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 18 : Bilbao - Bordeaux - Poitiers.

Across the flat plains of the Landes to Bordeaux, the wine capital of France, for an orientation. Then on to historic Poitiers, for one night. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 19 : Poitiers - Orléans - Paris.

Head north and enjoy a scenic drive along the shores of the river Loire dotted with some of France's most famous castles. Stop in Orléans to see the statue of Joan of Arc before reaching Paris in time to enjoy the optional cabaret show. Enjoy two nights in this fascinating city. Includes Breakfast

DAY 20 : Paris. Included sightseeing.

Enjoy this exciting and beautiful city. Sightseeing with a local guide in Paris includes many of the best-known Parisian sights: La Sorbonne, Boulevard St Germain, Eiffel Tower, Opéra, Champs Elysées and the Rue de Rivoli. Includes Breakfast

DAY 21 : Paris - Channel crossing - London.

Today you are transferred to the railway station for your Eurostar service back to the UK. Includes Breakfast

What's Included

  • VIP Private Home Pick-up Service to take you to and from your UK departure point (Terms & Conditions apply)
  • Ferry Crossing UK - Continent
  • Accommodation on tour in twin room with private facilities
  • Meals on tour 20 breakfasts (B) and 7 dinners (D)
  • Professional tour director
  • Porterage at hotels on tour (for one suitcase per person)
  • Individual Audio System you will be given headphones and a receiver so you can always hear the tour director/local guides on the coach and on visits.
  • Single share option

Your price includes

  • Amsterdam City sightseeing, canal cruise and diamond cutting centre
  • Rhineland Scenic drive
  • Heidelberg Visit
  • Lucerne Sightseeing
  • Lugano Visit
  • Verona Juliet's balcony
  • Venice Canal boat ride, orientation & glass blowing
  • Assisi St Francis' Basilica
  • Rome City sightseeing
  • Florence City sightseeing
  • Pisa Square of Miracles
  • French Riviera Visit
  • Avignon Visit
  • Carcassone Visit
  • Barcelona City sightseeing
  • Madrid City sightseeing
  • Bilbao Visit
  • Burgos Visit
  • Bordeaux Orientation
  • Chateaux Country Scenic drive
  • Orleans Visit
  • Paris City sightseeing

Why Book With Archers Holidays?

  • We've been part of the same family-owned company for 85 years
  • Great value holidays with no hidden costs
  • We have more touring holidays in North America and Europe than any other operator
  • Our expert Tour Directors have a 96% customer satisfaction score
  • Your holiday is fully protected through ABTA and ATOL
  • Private airport transfer included in your holiday
  • Great for single travellers
  • Save £50pp on your second holiday

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