2018 Tour Details
The perfect photo album should be filled with photos of fun experiences, stunning scenery, fascinating sights, and lots of smiles. On this European tour, you’ll have the opportunity to create this photo album as you travel through France, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and Italy. Throughout this vacation, enjoy fun experiences, such as a visit to a champagne cellar in Reims, home to many of France’s largest champagne producers. Learn how this celebrated wine is made. While in Reims, also see the impressive cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back 800 years and where the Kings of France used to be crowned. Another fun experience is your visit to Neuschwanstein Castle, the fairytale castle of King Ludwig II nestled in the Bavarian Alps. Finally, enjoy a memorable, fun trip aboard Switzerland’s Bernina Express to Tirano, Italy, traveling on the famous “red train” across the Alps, witness glistening glaciers, stunning mountain streams, and alpine scenery. Plus, you’ll discover Paris, Milan, and glitzy St. Moritz, where lots of fun is waiting for you. On this Europe tour, you’ll also witness the breathtaking beauty of Lucerne, nestled amid the snowcapped Alps and surrounded by its magnificent lake. Take in breathtaking views of majestic alpine scenery and glimpses of glittering Lake Walen on the way to Liechtenstein. Enjoy the Swiss Engadine, considered by some to be the world’s most beautiful mountain area with deep-blue lakes, mountain peaks exceeding 12,000 feet, and quaint rural villages.You’re sure to get lots of photos of fascinating sights on this Europe tour as well. See the monumental gothic cathedral in Strasbourg and in St. Gallen, visit the library at the Convent of St. Gall, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This is one of the richest medieval libraries in the world. You’ll return from this value-minded European tour with lots of photos perfect for your Europe vacation photo album!
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Reims champagne cellar visit, Luxembourg City, Neuschwanstein Castle visit, St. Gallen’s historic library, Lucerne Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument, Vaduz, St. Moritz, Bernina Express train ride, Como visitGuides:
Local Guide for city sightseeing in Paris, Strasbourg, Milan; professional Tour Director while touringScenic Highlights:
Lake Constance, Lake Como, German, Austrian, and Swiss Alps
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
Private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; Bernina Express train
Buffet breakfast daily; 3 dinners
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.
ARRIVE IN PARIS, FRANCE. Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
PARIS. A world-class city for centuries, Paris probably has more familiar landmarks than any other place in the world. See the highlights on an included sightseeing tour with an expert Local Guide. Later, sample what life must have been like for 17th-century French aristocrats on an optional tour of the opulent Palace of Versailles. Tonight, consider joining an optional dinner.
PARIS–REIMS–LUXEMBOURG CITY, LUXEMBOURG. Depart the “City of Light” and head east to Reims, home to many of the country’s largest champagne producers. A maze of tunnels and caves dating back to Roman times exists under the city, and these are used to this day for the aging of the champagne. A fascinating visit to a CHAMPAGNE CELLAR teaches you all about how this sparkling wine is made. Also see the city’s exceptionally beautiful gothic cathedral, the traditional coronation site for French kings. Continue to Luxembourg City, situated at the confluence of the Alzette and Pétrusse Rivers and capital of one of Europe’s smallest sovereign states.
LUXEMBOURG–STRASBOURG, FRANCE–FREIBURG AREA, GERMANY. Explore Luxembourg City with its celebrated UNESCO World Heritage status and many European Union institutions, including the European Court of Justice, European Investment Bank, and more. Re-enter France and arrive in Strasbourg, seat of the European Parliament. On your guided walking tour, see the monumental gothic cathedral with its ancient murals, stained-glass windows, and fascinating astronomical clock; experience the unique Franco-German culture; and explore the city’s historic heart in the magical La Petite France district. Cross the border into Germany, and spend the night in the Freiburg area.
FREIBURG AREA–NEUSCHWANSTEIN–INNSBRUCK AREA. A scenic drive takes you along the shores of pretty Lake Constance, Central Europe’s third-largest lake, and into the heart of Bavaria. Ascend the foothills of the Alps for a visit to “Mad” King Ludwig’s romantic NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE, inspiration for Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle. Dinner and an overnight in the Innsbruck area.
INNSBRUCK AREA–ST. GALLEN, SWITZERLAND–LUCERNE. Cross the border into Switzerland to arrive in the canton of St. Gallen. The city grew up around the 7th-century Convent of St. Gall. Visit the abbey’s rococo-style LIBRARY, one of the richest medieval libraries in the world and UNESCO Heritage Site, which houses antiquities, including 400 books that are more than a thousand years old and a 2,700-year-old Egyptian mummy. Carry on to Lucerne.
LUCERNE. Nestled amid snowcapped Alps and surrounded by its lake, Lucerne is one of Switzerland’s finest cities. This morning’s visit takes in the historic city walls, which still include eight watch towers and a gated tower; CHAPEL BRIDGE, Europe’s oldest covered bridge, dating back to 1333; ornate patrician houses lining cobblestone streets; and the LION MONUMENT, a masterful stone sculpture honoring Louis XVI’s heroic Swiss Guards. In your free time this afternoon, you could choose from a great selection of optional activities.
LUCERNE–LIECHTENSTEIN–ST. MORITZ. Majestic alpine scenery and glimpses of Lake Walen will enchant you on the way to Liechtenstein. Stop briefly in its capital, Vaduz, whose castle is visible from almost any spot in the city. Drive towards the Swiss National Park in the Engadine, the country’s biggest nature preserve. Watch for ibexes, marmots, northern hares, and other wildlife as sparkling lakes, larch forests, soaring peaks, and quaint, Grisons-style villages usher you on to glamorous St. Moritz, the oldest and most famous winter resort in the world.
ST. MORITZ–BERNINA EXPRESS TRAIN TO TIRANO, ITALY–COMO–MILAN. Today, experience a memorable trip aboard the BERNINA EXPRESS TRAIN. Crossing the Alps to Tirano in Italy, this spectacular rail journey ascends to altitudes exceeding 6,560 feet above sea level. Rejoin the coach and skirt Lake Como before visiting the quaint historical town center of Como before reaching Milan.
MILAN. Hub of Italy’s economic miracle and the capital of fashion, Milan is a vibrant city. During your guided sightseeing tour, see the awe-inspiring, gothic Duomo, one of the largest cathedrals in the world and which took nearly 500 years to complete. This afternoon, you could spend time in Milan’s famous fashion district to catch up on the latest designs.
MILAN. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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FREIBURG Super 8 Freiburg (ST)
INNSBRUCK Hotel Ramada Innsbruck Tivoli (ST)
LUCERNE Drei Koenige (ST) or BW Rothaus (ST)
LUXEMBOURG Park Inn City Center Luxembourg (ST)
MILAN Leonardo Milan Center (F) or Starhotels Business Palace (SF)
PARIS Forest Hill La Villette (ST) or Novotel Paris La Defense (F)
ST.MORITZ Hotel Baeren (ST)