The Grand European

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Key inclusions

  • Accommodation
  • Individual Audio System
  • Eurostar
  • Western Europe

  • Classic escorted tour

Marvel at the magnificence of Europe on this comprehensive tour across six countries and several beautiful cities.

At a glance


  • Amsterdam City sightseeing, canal cruise and diamond cutting centre
  • Rhineland Scenic drive
  • Heidelberg Lucerne Sightseeing
  • Lugano 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
  • Avignon
  • Carcassone
  • Barcelona City sightseeing
  • Madrid City sightseeing
  • Bilbao
  • Burgos
  • Bordeaux
  • Chateaux Country Scenic drive
  • Orleans
  • Paris City sightseeing
The Grand European

What's included

  • Accommodation
  • Individual Audio System
  • Eurostar
  • 28 Meals
  • Porterage
  • Services of a tour director
  • Single share option

Overview

 

Marvel at the magnificence of Europe on this comprehensive tour across six countries and several beautiful cities.

 

Total meals included:

  • 20 breakfasts, 8 dinners

London - Brussels - Amsterdam Area

Day
1

Travel by Eurostar to Brussels where you will join your coach and transfer to your hotel in the Amsterdam area.

No meals included

Amsterdam area (included sightseeing) - Rhineland

Day
2

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Rhineland - Heidelberg - Lake Lucerne area

Day
3

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Lake Lucerne area

Day
4

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Lake Lucerne - Lugano - Verona - Venice area

Day
5

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Venice area

Day
6

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Venice area - Assisi - Rome

Day
7

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Rome. Included sightseeing

Day
8

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Rome - Pisa - Florence

Day
9

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Florence. Included sightseeing

Day
10

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Florence area - French Riviera

Day
11

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

French Riviera - Avignon - Carcassonne

Day
12

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Carcassonne - Barcelona

Day
13

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Barcelona

Day
14

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).

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Barcelona - Madrid

Day
15

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Madrid

Day
16

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Madrid - Burgos - Bilbao

Day
17

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Bilbao - Bordeaux - Poitiers

Day
18

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Poitiers - Orléans - Paris

Day
19

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Paris

Day
20

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Paris - UK

Day
21

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


  • Amsterdam area: Crown Plaza at Hoofdoorp (4*) or Tulip Inn City West (3*);
  • Rhineland: Ramada Bruehl or Arthotel at Aachen (3*);
  • Lake Lucerne: Hirschen at Fluelen (3*);
  • Venice area: Holiday Inn at Marghera (4*);
  • Rome: Villa Maria Regina or Fleming (4*);
  • Florence area: Holiday Inn (4*) or Europa at Signa (3*);
  • French Riviera: Holiday Inn Le Cannet or Quality at Menton or All Seasons Nice (3*); Carcassonne: Des 3 Couronnes (3*);
  • Barcelona: Catalonia Aragon (3*);
  • Madrid: Rafaeles Hotel Venta or Praga (4*);
  • Bilbao: Novotel Barakaldo (4*);
  • Poitiers: Ibis Centre (2*);
  • Paris: Campanile Porte Italie (2*) or Courtyard at Neuilly (3*).

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