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7 Day Taste of Central Europe Tour Germany, Netherlands, France, Belgium

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    Day 1: Tuesday: Amsterdam – Zaanse Schans – Amsterdam (50 km)

    Stop At: Zaanse Schans, Schansend 1, 1509 AW Zaandam The Netherlands
    A day of delights begins with a leisurely trip through the Dutch countryside, where you’ll get to sample at close quarters some of the things that the Netherlands is traditionally famous for: clogs, cheese and windmills. Call in at the hugely popular model town of Zaanse Schans.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Amsterdam Canal Ring, Amsterdam The Netherlands
    Next, you’ll head from the quiet countryside to the cosmopolitan city as your journey takes you back to Amsterdam. After visiting a well-known diamond factory, where you’ll see the unique cutting techniques that have been practised here since the 16th century, you can take an optional hour-long pre-dinner canal cruise, which is a great way to discover more about this unique European city.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Dam Square, Amsterdam The Netherlands
    After disembarking you’ll walk to one of the city’s grandest areas, Dam Square, where the Royal Palace is located and the King’s birthday celebration takes place. You’ll have photo opportunities here, free time for shopping or further sightseeing, and then round the day off with dinner.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Keukenhof, Stationsweg 166A, 2161 AM Lisse The Netherlands
    And mid-March to mid-May we will also visit the beautiful Keukenhof Garden.
    Duration: 1 hour

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Accommodation in a comfortable 3-star (minimum) hotel, twin room with private facilities in Amsterdam or nearby city.

    Day 2: Wednesday: Amsterdam – Brussels – Paris (500 km)

    Stop At: Atomium Square Laeken, Brussels 1020 Belgium
    After leaving Amsterdam in the morning you’ll head south across the border into Brussels, the Belgian capital and political centre of the European Union. On the way, the tour stops to see the distinctive Atomium monument, a cell-shaped structure of stainless steel spheres and tubes built for the 1958 World’s Fair.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Manneken Pis, corner of rue du Chene and rue de l'Etuve, Brussels 1000 Belgium
    In the centre of Brussels itself an orientation tour will call in at the exquisite Grand Place, as well as seeing the famous impish Manneken Pis Statue. After some free time you can try some mouth-watering Belgian delights. Then from Brussels we will head south again across the French border and on to the bright lights of Paris.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Grand Place, Brussels Main Square, Brussels 1000 Belgium
    n the centre of Brussels itself an orientation tour will call in at the exquisite Grand Place, as well as seeing the famous impish Manneken Pis Statue. After some free time you can try some mouth-watering Belgian delights. Then from Brussels we will head south again across the French border and on to the bright lights of Paris.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast: Continental breakfast is included at the hotel.
    Accommodation included: Accommodation in a comfortable 3-star (minimum) hotel, twin room with private facilities in Paris or nearby city.

    Day 3: Thursday: Paris – Versailles – Paris (60 km)

    Stop At: Champs-Elysees, Avenue des Champs Elysees, 75008 Paris France
    Paris is your oyster over the next two days as you enjoy guided tours around one of the world’s most celebrated cities. Your Parisian adventures get off to a spectacular start with a drive along the famous Champs Élysées to the Place de la Concorde, which played such a key part in the French Revolution.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Place de la Concorde, At The End of the Champs Elysses, 75008 Paris France
    Paris is your oyster over the next two days as you enjoy guided tours around one of the world’s most celebrated cities. Your Parisian adventures get off to a spectacular start with a drive along the famous Champs Élysées to the Place de la Concorde, which played such a key part in the French Revolution.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Arc de Triomphe, Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris France
    You’ll also get to see the iconic Arc de Triomphe here too, the imposing monument that sits near the western end of the avenue and commemorates the fallen of the revolution and Napoleonic wars.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Musee de l’Armee des Invalides, 129 rue de Grenelle Hôtel National des Invalides, 75007 Paris France
    You’ll take in another significant historical building next as you head to L’Hôtel National des Invalides, where Napoleon’s tomb is located, followed by a stop at the most legendary of all Paris’s icons: the Eiffel Tower.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Eiffel Tower, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris France
    You’ll take in another significant historical building next as you head to L’Hôtel National des Invalides, where Napoleon’s tomb is located, followed by a stop at the most legendary of all Paris’s icons: the Eiffel Tower.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Palace of Versailles, Place d'Armes, 78000, Versailles France
    You can either take time to explore the neighbourhood and have some lunch or scale the Eiffel Tower. Choice is yours. Finally, you’ll travel on the coach out through the Parisian suburbs to the splendid Palace of Versailles, the vast regal château that was the residence of the royal family until the start of the revolution in 1789. Today the palace is another popular Parisian attraction. In the evening, you can enjoy one of our optional Paris evening shows.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast: Continental breakfast is included at the hotel.
    Accommodation included: Accommodation in a comfortable 3-star (minimum) hotel, twin room with private facilities in Paris or nearby city.

    Day 4: Friday: Paris

    Stop At: Louvre Museum, 99 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris France
    The second day of your Parisian experience begins with a visit to the Louvre, one of the world’s greatest art museums. Here you’ll set your eyes upon some of history’s most famous masterpieces, including the Venus de Milo, Winged Victory of Samothrace (also called Nike of Samothrace), and Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Opt for a guided gallery tour, which will enhance your experience and allow you to browse through hundreds of works in just a few hours.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Seine River, 75001 Paris France
    You can then take a leisurely cruise along the river Seine, a great sightseeing option that offers splendid views of iconic Parisian landmarks, including Notre-Dame Cathedral and Pont Alexandre III.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Palais Garnier - Opera National de Paris, Place de l_Opera Place de l’Opéra, 75009 Paris France
    After an exhilarating morning of walking the gallery corridors, replenish your energy levels with lunch in the museum before heading to the area surrounding the Palais Garnier, Paris’s opera house.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann, 40 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris France
    Afterwards, you have an option of having a French 4 course dinner and show experience or spend time shopping at the legendary department stores Galeries Lafayette. For some members of the group it will be time to say goodbye to new-found friends, while others will opt to stay another night in this French city of delights before picking up the Green Line tour the next day.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast: Continental breakfast is included at the hotel.
    Accommodation included: Accommodation in a comfortable 3-star (minimum) hotel, twin room with private facilities in Paris or nearby city.

    Day 5: Saturday: Paris – Reims – Luxembourg (420 km)

    Stop At: Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims, Place du Cardinal Lucon, 51100, Reims France
    The Red Line tour leaves from Paris for a delightful scenic journey through the rolling countryside of the Champagne region, famous the world over for the sparkling white wine produced here. Enjoy seeing the historic attractions of provincial capital Reims, including the city’s cathedral – a key national heritage site, where coronations of French kings took place from the 11th century onwards.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Pont Adolphe, Luxembourg City Luxembourg
    History and tradition are equally evident in your next location: Luxembourg, the world’s only remaining Grand Duchy. After arriving in refined Luxembourg city, you’ll be introduced on foot to the main places of interest, including the Place de Constitution and Pont Adolphe, before having time for further exploration on your own.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Place de la Constitution, Luxembourg City Luxembourg
    History and tradition are equally evident in your next location: Luxembourg, the world’s only remaining Grand Duchy. After arriving in refined Luxembourg city, you’ll be introduced on foot to the main places of interest, including the Place de Constitution and Pont Adolphe, before having time for further exploration on your own.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast: Continental breakfast is included at the hotel.
    Accommodation included: Accommodation in a comfortable 3-star (minimum) hotel, twin room with private facilities in Luxembourg or nearby city.

    Day 6: Sunday: Luxembourg – Trier – Koblenz –Rudesheim am Rhein–Frankfurt (400 km)

    Stop At: Karl Marx House, Bruckenstrasse 10, 54290 Trier, Rhineland-Palatinate Germany
    Today we leave Luxembourg behind and head across another European border into Germany. The first stop is historic Trier, Germany’s oldest city and the birthplace of Karl Marx. You’ll have the chance to see from the outside the house where the influential philosopher was born, which now functions as the Karl Marx Haus museum.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Porta Nigra, Simeonstrasse 60 Porta-Nigra-Platz, 54290 Trier, Rhineland-Palatinate Germany
    Your walking tour then takes you into the centre of Trier; here you can look around the city’s impressive cathedral, where the celebrated Holy Robe – said to be the tunic of Christ – is preserved and occasionally displayed. Trier is also known as ‘The Second Rome’ (Constantine served as an administrator here for 10 years), and significant legacies of the once-great empire remain today. The highlight is undoubtedly Porta Nigra, the best-preserved Roman city gate north of the Alps, which you’ll get to see and photograph.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Rhein, Rhineland-Palatinate Germany
    After an exciting morning in Trier, you’ll drive on to Koblenz, famous as the location of the confluence of the Rhine and Mosel rivers. Here you have the option of indulging in a relaxing lunch alongside the water, then afterwards you can also choose to add on a scenic Rhine boat cruise for some memorable city vistas
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Roemerberg 27, 60311 Frankfurt, Hesse Germany
    Back on dry land you’ll drive through the wine-making town of Rüdesheim. Then it’s on to Frankfurt am Main, where you’ll discover the delights of Römerberg, a charming plaza with a distinctive medieval town hall as its centrepiece.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast: Continental breakfast is included at the hotel.
    Accommodation included: Accommodation in a comfortable 3-star (minimum) hotel, twin room with private facilities in Frankfurt or nearby city.

    Day 7: Monday: Frankfurt – Bonn – Cologne – Amsterdam (500 km)

    Stop At: Beethoven House, Bonngasse 20, 53111 Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia Germany
    The morning begins with a leisurely drive north-west from Frankfurt to Bonn, the capital of the former West Germany until reunification. The national government is now run from Berlin, but Bonn retains a rich history that is well worth exploring. Discover the city’s secrets on an orientation stroll through its streets, walking past highlights such as the Rococo-fronted town hall and Ludwig Van Beethoven Haus, a museum celebrating the life of the much-loved composer.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Kolner Dom, Domkloster 4, 50667 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia Germany
    Then it’s on to Cologne, where you’ll head inside the city’s glorious Gothic Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore Cologne further, to do a spot of local shopping or to simply relax with a suitably refreshing German brew. After lunch the day is rounded off with a drive back into the Netherlands.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast: Continental breakfast is included at the hotel.
    No accommodation included on this day.
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