Day 1: Amsterdam
On 13 June, board Stenaline cruise for your overnight journey to Holland. Treat yourself and enjoy some extra privacy by unwinding in one of our en-suite cabins, designed to make your crossing as comfortable as possible so that you arrive relaxed and refreshed for your onward journey. Arrive in Amsterdam, which has more canals than Venice, flanked by 17th century gabled houses and spanned by 1,281 bridges, Amsterdam fully deserves its reputation as one of Europe's most picturesque cities. However, far from a living museum, the Dutch capital lays claim to a vibrant cultural life with world-class museums, music and theatre venues and a burgeoning collection of chic hotels and restaurants. Explore by getting around Amsterdam is a breeze with a hop-on hop-off Canal Bus Day Pass. The boats operate a regular service along Amsterdam's canals, following four routes: the Green Line, Red Line, Blue Line and Orange Line. While you cruise, an on-board commentary provides interesting information about Amsterdam. Hop-on or off as often as you like at 19 stops located near Amsterdam's major museums, attractions and shopping centers. Duration: 24 Hrs Departure Point: Green and blue lines start from Central Station West, the red line starts from Central Station East, and the orange line from Rembrandt Plein. You can also hop on and off at any of the other 19 canal stops. Return details: You may disembark the Canal Bus at any of the 19 stops throughout the city Overnight in Amsterdam.
Day 2: Amsterdam City Sightseeing Tour (Morning) Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken and Volendam Half-D
Today you will see the best of Holland, old and new, in one day! Amsterdam City Sightseeing Tour (Morning): Your day starts with a city tour of the beautiful city of Amsterdam. You will see historic buildings such as the Royal Palace and National Monument, the Skinny Bridge, Albert Cuyp Market and traditional gabled houses lining the banks of the canals. Stop to visit a diamond factory to see how the gems are polished using traditional methods. You'll also have plenty of time at leisure to enjoy lunch in Amsterdam before your afternoon tour starts. Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken and Volendam Half-Day Trip (Afternoon): Travel through the Dutch countryside to Zaanse Schans, a well-known windmill village. After a stop for photos of the windmills, visit a clog-maker to see how the traditional wooden shoes are made. After Zaanse Schans, continue to the world-famous fishing villages of Volendam and Marken, with their charming wooden houses and locals wearing colorful traditional clothes. During the afternoon you will also stop at a Dutch cheese farm, where cheese is still made in the traditional way. Inclusions: - Transport by air-conditioned coach - Local guide Duration: Full Day Departure Point: Central Amsterdam Departure Time: 9 am Return details: Returns to original departure point Overnight in Amsterdam.
Day 3:Amsterdam - Heilig-Bloedbasiliek
Today Board your comfortable coach in central Amsterdam and travel 3.5 hours to the small, enchanting city of Bruges in Belgium. With its cobblestone streets, canals and many festivals, Bruges overflows with charm. After getting an overview of the city from your guide, set out to explore Bruges on your own. Tour the serene Begijnhof - a group of white houses once housing single and widowed women and now run by Benedictine nuns. Visit the Heilig-Bloedbasiliek, a church that holds a vial of Christ's blood. Or marvel at the artistic masterpieces at the Groeningemuseum, which displays paintings dating back to the 14th century. Admire the architectural beauty of the buildings in bustling Markt and Burg squares and watch fascinating lace-making demonstrations at the Kantcentrum. Or simply stroll the streets of Bruges and cruise its canals, soaking up the warm, friendly atmosphere of this lovely Belgian city. After 5 hours of discovering Bruges at your leisure, travel by coach back to Amsterdam. Inclusions: - Transport by air-conditioned coach - Professional guide Duration: 11 hours 30 minutes Departure Point: Central Amsterdam Departure Time: 9:30am Return details: Returns to original departure point at approximately 9:30pm Overnight in Amsterdam.
Day 4 : Paris
Train transfer to Paris. In evening see Paris is enchanting by night, so take this comprehensive four-hour tour to experience the magic first-hand and discover why Paris is known as the "City of Light". You'll visit the illuminated Eiffel Tower, take a one-hour evening cruise on the Seine River and tour Paris' floodlit monuments at night. You'll have unbeatable views of Paris at night from the Eiffel Tower, and again from the Seine River as you pass under the famous bridges of Paris. Then as you tour Paris' tree-lined boulevards in the comfort of your air-conditioned motor coach, you'll see the famous sights of Paris lit up for the night, including Concorde and Vendome Squares, Opera and the Champs-Elysees. Inclusions: - Transport by air-conditioned coach - One hour Seine River Cruise - Sightseeing tour of Paris - Entrance fees to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower Duration: 4 hours Departure Point: Pyramides, central Paris Departure Time: 6:15pm Return details: Eiffel Tower Overnight in Paris.
Day 5 : Paris
Discover Disneyland Resort, a Magical Kingdom not so far away - somewhere between a place where you wish upon a star and dreams come true, and classic Disney heroes and heroines live once upon a time in fairytales that are, happily, never ending. Explore Disneyland Park and travel freely through the Kingdom of Entertainment and its 5 famous lands in Disneyland Paris: - MAIN STREET, USA: a reminder of bygone America at the turn-of-the-century - ADVENTURELAND: the country of adventure where all is possible and exoticism is guaranteed - FANTASYLAND: the wonderful land of fairy tales and child dreams - FRONTIERLAND: the world of the Far West, the legends and the folklore - DISCOVERYLAND: to try amongst others in this futuristic land the newest attraction: "Honey, I Shrunk the Audience!" Right next door to Disneyland Park, discover the magical world of cinema and television at Walt Disney Studios Park - 4 cinemagical 'lots', featuring thrilling attractions and spectacular shows with your dreams center-stage.
Day 6 : Grindelwald
Train transfer to Switzerland - A divine beauty & nature. After you enter in Switzerland, ride on Swiss trains and reach the Eiger village of Grindelwald in the Bernese Oberland lies embedded in a welcoming and green hollow, surrounded by a commanding mountainscape with the Eiger north face and the Wetterhorn. This mountainscape and the numerous lookout points and activities make Grindelwald one of the most popular and cosmopolitan holiday and excursion destinations in Switzerland, and the largest ski resort in the Jungfrau region. Overnight in Grindelwald.
Day 7 : Grindelwald
The beautiful Bernese Oberland! Grindelwald or Wengen to the Kleine Scheidegg, at the foot of the famous Eiger North Wall. Then by Jungfrau Railway via the Eiger Glacier to the Jungfraujoch - at 3454 m/11,333 ft the highest railway station in europe. Views of the Aletsch Glacier, the longest glacier in the Alps. Overnight in Grindelwald.
Day 8: Grindelwald-Lucerne
Visit Lucerne. Enjoy a ride in the first revolving gondola to Mount Titlis at 3020 m/10-000 ft. In Lucerne you board the LSE-train to Engelberg. There a small gondola takes you up to the Tr-bsee. You continue your trip by another gondola to Stand. Finally the revolving gondola takes you up to Mount Titlis. For a spectacular, close-up insight into a glacier, you visit the glacier cave and ride the Ice Flyer chairlift. Overnight in Grindelwald
Day 9 : Lucerne - Weggis - Vitznau - Beckenried - Brunnen - Fl-elen
Today explore Mount Rigi which is a traffic-free recreation resort and covers 90 km2 of scenic landscape. Specially marked viewing points provide superb panoramic views. Also enjoy The flotilla on Lake Lucerne consists of five nostalgic lake steamers and 15 elegant salon motor boats. Together, these twenty boats ply the lake on various routes that add up to 38 kilometers. Lucerne - Weggis - Vitznau - Beckenried - Brunnen - Fl-elen Lucerne - Kehrsiten - Stansstad - Alpnachstad Lucerne - K-ssnacht am Rigi Overnight in Grindelwald.
Day 10: L-tschberg - Zermatt
Travel either via the L-tschberg base tunnel directly to Visp and further to Zermatt. Or by the L-tschberger - the train with big windows using the L-tschberg mountain route, passing the imposing Kander Viaduct, the helical tunnel around the Felsenburg and the descent to Brig with the imposing view onto the Rhone Valley and continue your journey to Zermatt (www. bls.ch/loetschberger). Zermatt, at the foot of the Matterhorn, is the perfect Alpine resort. On arrival you might take the opportunity to go on an optional excursion to Rothorn paradise to enjoy the best view of the Matterhorn. Overnight in Grindelwald.
Day 11: Grindelwald - GoldenPass
Day to enjoy The GoldenPass Line links six lakes and two of the country-s contrasting language regions. Combine timeless tradition in German-speaking Central Switzerland with French flair on Lake Geneva. All in one day. Once you reach Lausanne, board cruise for cross country scenic journey to Evian-Les-Bains. The town of Evian is located on the south shore of Lake Geneva, backed by the foothills of the pre-Chablais Alps, north of the department of Haute-Savoie. Spend some time at leisure and Come back to grindelwald from same route. Overnight in Grindelwald.
Day 12: Grindelwald - Milan
Day at leisure and Overnight in Grindelwald. Recommendation: Explore -First-. Here not only the upper and lower Grindelwald glaciers seek the limelight, instead the four-thousand-meter-high Finsteraar, Schreck, Lauteraar and Fiescherh-rner also stick their necks out! Train transfer Milan (Milano) is the second largest city in Italy and financially the most important. Milan is also the country's most modern Italian city but it manages to keep most of its historical past intact. Day at leisure and Overnight in Milan.
Day 13 : Milan - Lugano
Leave central Milan by air-conditioned coach, and travel away from the city toward the snowcapped Italian Alps and Swiss border. Relax on the scenic journey and get ready for your 2-hour cruise! Board your private boat to cruise past luxury real estate along the shoreline. You quickly realize how Lake Como has become one of Italy's most exclusive residential areas. Plush villas belonging to the likes of Sir Richard Branson and George Clooney are common sights around the glamorous lake. Hear about the mansion-size villas and their celebrity owners from your onboard guide, and look out for some of Como's historical landmarks, too. After returning to dry land, explore the beautiful town of Bellagio, the 'pearl of Lake Como'. Make the most of your free time here to get to know the town. For lunch, stop at one of Bellagio's cafes (own expense). After your break, leave the lakeside area and travel over the border to Lugano, aka the Monte Carlo of Switzerland. Located on a lake of the same name, Lugano is an Italian-speaking Swiss town and favorite vacation spot for affluent Europeans. How you spend your time in the chic city is up to you. Pay homage to Lugano's cultural scene with a visit to Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angioli to see Bernardino Luini's Renaissance masterpiece titled Passion and Crucifixion; hit the downtown shops and scout out Swiss chocolate, fine luxury goods and clothes; or simply soak up the lakeside sights. Meet back up with your guide in the late afternoon, and finish your day trip by traveling back to the start point in central Milan. Inclusions: - Transport by air-conditioned coach - Professional guide, Headsets, if needed Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes Departure Point: Cadorna, central Milan Departure Time: 8:30am (meet strictly at 8:15am) Return details: Concludes at original departure point at approx. 6:30pm Overnight in Milan.
Day 14 : Venice
Train transfer to Venice. In afternoon, enjoy the comprehensive introduction to Venice begins near St Mark's Square with a two-hour guided walking tour highlighting the city's important monuments. Follow your guide to the famous piazza and learn the history behind its landmarks, including the Byzantine architectural heritage of St Mark's Basilica and the adjoining prisons of Doge's Palace. Visit the famed basilica of St Mark's with skip-the-line admission, without having to stand in long queues! At the Scuola di San Marco, learn about the medieval trade schools of Venice that provided the foundations for the great mercantile empire of Venice. Leaving the crowds behind, enter a labyrinth of narrow passageways, alleys and meandering canals punctuated by delicate bridges as you further explore the enchanting city with your guide. Explore the lively Campo Santa Maria Formosa with its outstanding Gothic palaces, and view Marco Polo's house as well as an old merchant's warehouse and the city's most beautiful wellhead. Complete your walking tour near the Rialto Bridge, and enjoy free time before your boat tour of the Grand Canal begins. (Depending on the season, your boat tour will start between 4:30pm and 5:30pm. Your guide will provide details of the exact meeting location and time after the walking tour.) Next, enjoy a relaxing one-hour cruise along the Grand Canal of Venice via water taxi. Along the way you will learn the history of the stunning palaces and churches that line the famous canal, as well as hear anecdotes about the famous people who have resided on Venice's most important 'street.' During the second half of your boat tour, discover the minor canals of Venice and soak up the romantic atmosphere. Please note: St Mark's Basilica is free of charge to enter and we guarantee that you'll skip any long lines as part of this tour. Venice is subject to flash floods and occasionally the Basilica is closed to the public (without notice) because of high water or festivities. Inclusions: - Professional guide - Skip-the-lines entry to St Mark's Basilica - Walking tour (2 hours) - Grand Canal boat tour (60-70 minutes) Duration: 3 hours Departure Point: Royal Gardens (Giardini ex Reali) near San Marco Square Departure Time: 1:45 pm Return details: Concludes near the Rialto Bridge Overnight in Venice.
Day 15 : Venice, Murano, Burano and Torcello
Board a comfortable motorboat, departing from the Alilaguna pier in front of the Royal Gardens, and speed along the Venetian Lagoon to three islands famous for their handicrafts and architecture. You'll cruise past the islands of San Giorgio Maggiore, San Servolo, San Lazzaro degli Armeni and Sant'Elena Gardens to Murano, divided into nine islets crossed by a wide canal. Known for its glassware shops and factories, Murano boasts a long and still-thriving tradition dating back to 1291, when glass artisans moved their kilns from the old city center. Explore the island on foot and stop at a glass factory to watch a skilled glass blower create works of art. Learn from your guide about Murano's wealth in the 15th and 16th centuries when the island was central to Europe's glass making. View the magnificent splendor of Murano's palaces and Veneto-Byzantine style churches, some with mosaics and ornamental motifs designed in the 12th century, and catch a glimpse of San Michele - Venice's 19th-century cemetery - across the water. Before re-boarding the boat, you'll have time to visit a museum showcasing the world-famous Murano glass. When you reach the island of Torcello - established between the 5th and 6th centuries and the earliest center of civilization in the Venetian Lagoon - you'll see evidence of the island's glorious past as it once flourished with ornate palaces and churches. First, view the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, founded in the 7th century. Your guide will also show you the excavated remains of the circular baptistery in the Church of Santa Fosca, which showcases a delightful portico and striking Byzantine interior. Afterward, journey to the island of Burano and admire the picturesque fishermen's houses painted in bright pastel colors. In this miniature Venice, you'll find the famous lace - abundant since the 16th century and once considered the most refined in Europe. Browse local shops and find lace on display at a museum dedicated to the craft of lace making before your guide returns you to Venice. Inclusions: - Professional guide - Visit a glass-blowing factory at Murano - Travel by shared motor boat between Venice, Murano, Burano and Torcello Duration: 4 hours Departure Point: Alilaguna pier in front of the Royal Gardens (Giardinetti Reali) at San Marco Departure Time: 11am Return details: Returns to original departure point Overnight in Venice.
Day 16 : Venice-Florence
Train transfer to Florence. In the romantic region of Tuscany lies the jewel city of the Renaissance, Florence. Surrounded by the Appenine mountain chain it lies in a fertile valley surrounded by the charming Tuscan vineyards and olive groves. The art galleries and museums of Florence are renowned throughout the world and holiday makers flock to admire the superb David of Michaelangelo, the Venus of Botticelli or the stunning Duomo with its marble facade.The city is not only culture however, it is also home to elegant boutique, tiny craft shops and tempting ice cream parlors with gelato served in every flavor under the sun. Florence Fiesole Tour The entire route takes 2 hours. Buses departs every 60 minutes from each stop. Take this tour to see views of the city of Florence and visit the museums. A vacation in Florence won't be complete without visiting Fiesole, the famous etruscan city lying on a hill just 3 kilometers away from Florence downtown. Fiesole offers a panoramic view over Florence , but it also gives the opportunity to visit museums, churches or to take country paths ideals for trekking or walking Florence City Tour The entire route takes 1 hour. Buses departs every 30 minutes from each stop. This tour takes you around the city of Florence. The buses follow a 16-km route that snakes through the city with eighteen stops, from Santa Maria Novella station to Barbetti. Duration: 1 day Overnight in Florence.
Day 17: Florence
Meet your local guide before heading for the hills on a scenic drive through the Tuscan countryside. Your first stop for the day is gothic Siena, famous for its medieval streets. Choose to join a guided tour through the city(free entry inside the Cathedral is included). Or, alternatively, you're free to marvel the sights of Siena at your own pace, enjoy a drink in an open air cafe and meet the locals. Enjoy a stroll among Chianti vineyards, olive groves and wine cellars before indulging in a traditional Tuscan lunch amongst the Sienese hills where Chianti wine is produced. Surrounded by grapes vines you'll have the opportunity to meet fellow travelers while feasting on local foods including cold meats, salads, pasta and bread. A wine-tasting class will be held during lunch including free samples of wine and olive oil (which are also available for purchase). After lunch you will visit San Gimignano where you can roam the maze of cobbled streets and small squares, grab a gelato and walk between San Gimignano's famous 14 towers. Your final stop is Pisa, where you can take an up-close inspection of The Leaning Tower, view the Cathedral, the Baptistery and monumental Cemetery in Pisa before venturing back to Florence where your full-day tour concludes. Inclusions: - Transport by air-conditioned coach - Professional guide , Detailed maps of all destinations visited - 3-course lunch at a wine estate - Wine tasting - Entrance fees to Siena Cathedral (approximately 3-5 Euros per person) Duration: 12 hours Departure Point: Tour commences at Santa Maria Novella station. Departure Time: 8:30am Return details: Tour returns to original point of departure at approximately 8:30pm. Overnight in Florence.
Day 18: Florence
Meet your guide bright and early outside Florence's Santa Maria Novella train station to begin your one-of-a-kind Cinque Terre day trip. Pronounced a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997, the Cinque Terre National Park is one of the most enchanting landscapes in Italy. Translated as 'five lands,' the Cinque Terre is made up of five uniquely constructed fishing villages that line the coast of the Italian Riviera. Your first stop is Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre's southernmost village. The largest out of the five, the historical village dates back to the early 13th century and is famous for its local wine and jaw-dropping views. Admire the pastel buildings that lean against each other as you stroll along the tiny cobbled streets with your tour leader. Next on your tour, visit Manarola, a tiny harbor village that is said to have more grapevines than any other Cinque Terre village. As one of the oldest villages in the area, it is home to many priceless medieval relics. Walk along the harbor and spend a few minutes taking photos of the picturesque buildings that cling to the cliff faces. After exploring Manarola, board your boat (or train if the weather is bad) to beautiful Monterosso. If you have opted for the Tour with Lunch, it's here that you will sit down for lunch in one of the village's traditional restaurants and enjoy a delicious meal of seafood and pasta, served with water and wine. See the Itinerary for a sample menu. The rest of your time is spent at your leisure. Make sure you pack your bathing suit! Often referred to as 'the pearl of the Cinque Terre,' Monterosso is famed for its long sandy beach, so why not take the plunge and enjoy a swim before topping up your tan- Your final stop is Vernazza, a seaside town that surrounds a tiny natural port. Probably the most characteristic of the five villages, Vernazza is bordered by steeply terraced olive groves that are said to produce some of the finest olive oil in the entire country. Explore the village's lively piazza and winding streets at your leisure, before boarding your train with your guide back to Florence. Finish in the early evening when arriving back at Florence's Santa Maria Novella train station. Inclusions: - Transport by air-conditioned coach, train and boat - Professional guide Duration: 13 hours Departure Point: Santa Maria Novella train station, central Florence Departure Time: 7am Return details: Returns to original departure point Overnight in Florence.
Day 19 : Florence - Rome
Train transfer to Rome. Relax as you are visiting last city of your this tour program. Rome serves up more sights than many capital cities put together. Thanks to its illustrious past, Italy's capital bursts with art and architectural masterpieces, from well-preserved Roman relics to Baroque piazzas. One of the best ways to explore is on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus that saves the hassle of making your own way around the sights. With your ticket, simply step aboard and let the sights effortlessly unfold, hopping on and off as you wish at any of the eight stops. Marvel at the Colosseum, the scene of bloody Roman-era gladiator battles, and check out the Piazza Venezia, home to the grandiose Vittorio Emanuele II Monument. Or, hop off near the Trevi Fountain to toss a coin into its waters, or at the Vatican City stop to see St Peter's Basilica. Hop on and off at the stops anytime you wish, or stay aboard for an entire loop (roughly 1.5-2 hours), seeing the sights as you listen to the informative onboard audio commentary. Plus, with free WiFi on board, you're free to blog, tweet and upload and share photos along the way. Overnight in Rome
Day 20 : Rome
Itinerary - Rome Hop-On Hop-Off Tour Stops: - Via Marsala (Termini station) - Santa Maria Maggiore (Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore) - Colosseo (Colosseum and Ancient Rome) - Circo Massimo (Circus Maximus) - Piazza Venezia (Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II) - Vaticano (Vatican City) - Fontana di Trevi (Trevi Fountain) - Piazza di Spagna - Piazza Barberini (historic center and Villa Borghese) Overnight in Rome.
Day 21 : Rome
Start your day with a pickup from your central Rome hotel or alternatively, start your tour at a meeting point in town, near Rome Termini Station. Travel south, and as you gaze out at the pretty landscape of Castelli Romani look out for Abbey of Montecassino -- a spectacular Benedictine monastery perched atop of a hill. After a journey of roughly three hours, arrive in the southern Italian region of Campania and head straight to its capital, Naples. At the port, hop off your coach and board your catamaran or hydrofoil boat for your 45-minute crossing to the island of Capri - the jewel of the Amalfi region's islands. On arrival at Capri's Marina Grande harbor, hop aboard a rowing boat and relax as your guide rows you around the island to see the intriguing Blue Grotto (entry own expense). The cave is said to have sunk further into the sea since prehistoric times -- blocking out most natural light. Rays entering from an underwater cavity combine with the trickle of light from the caves' only entranceway, giving the water its magical vivid-blue effect Return to Marina Grande and travel by coach to the unassuming little village of Anacapri, perched high on the hills overlooking Capri town. Enjoy free time for lunch in a traditional trattoria here, and soak up incredible views of the sun-baked Bay of Naples just across the water. Head back down the hill and explore Capri Town at leisure, perhaps visiting the elegant Piazetta (Piazza Umberto) or browsing the shops for keepsakes of Capri to take home. Meet your guide at the pre-arranged time, board your boat and return to your coach at Naples Port. As you head out of the city, your guide will point out some of Naples' star attractions like medieval Castel Nuovo, Certona di San Martino - a sprawling monastery complex - and the Royal Palace of Naples (Palazzo Reale). Relax on the journey north back to Rome, and finish your tour near Termini Station. Alternatively, make use of a drop-off at Via Veneto, Piazza Barberini, Piazza Venezia or Piazza della Repubblica; simply let your guide know on the day. Inclusions: - Hotel pickup (selected hotels only) - Local guide - Transport by air-conditioned coach (maximum 50 people) - Lunch - Round-trip boat journey from Naples to Capri Duration: 13 hours Departure Point: Rome Termini Station Departure Time: 7:30am Return details: Concludes near Rome Termini Station or at one of the following locations if you prefer: Via Veneto, Piazza Barberini, Piazza Venezia or Piazza della Repubblica Overnight in Rome.
Day 22 : Rome - Departure
Proceed to the airport for your onward journey or continue your stay in Europe at your own request.