Europe Christmas Taster - XECT

Number of Days: 7
Destination: Europe
Available Dates
  • Tour Highlights: 

    • Driving tour of Paris
    • Scenic mountain drive of Switzerland
    • Celebrate New years eve in Switzerland
    • Cruise down the Rhine
    • Visit Riekermolen Windmill
    • Amsterdam Canal Cruise
    • Walking tour of Amsterdam
    • Bruges


  • DAY 1: London - Paris

    Welcome to our Europe Christmas Taster! Leaving London behind us, we make our way to Paris, crossing the Channel and arriving in the ‘City of Lights’ in the afternoon. Your tour leader will lead you on a driving tour of this famous city. Get your cameras ready – you’ll be seeing some of the city’s most treasured landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower! Make a note of your favourites, as tomorrow you’ll be able to explore the city in far more detail. After checking in to the hotel, we’ll travel to the hilltop region of Montmartre for dinner, a refuge for artists and bohemians in Paris’ glory days, an area whose cobble-stone streets have seen their share of famous faces over the years. Enjoy views of the city from the white stone steps of the Sacre Coeur, and take the chance this evening to explore the nightlife on the nearby Boulevard de Clichy, home to the world-famous Moulin Rouge!

    • Dinner

    DAY 2: Paris Free Day

    Today is all yours to explore as you wish. Take a look at our optional excursions – enjoy a cruise up the River Seine, and head up the tower of Montparnasse for exquisite views of the city, the perfect way to see Paris at its best. Visit L’Opéra Garnier, the Tuileries Gardens, Place de la Concorde, Hotel de Ville, the River Seine, l’Ile de la Cite or the Louvre Museum. Get a glimpse of that most famous avenue, the Champs Elysees, overlooked by the famous Arc de Triomphe. Feel like shopping? Why not head to the boutiques of La Marais? Or visit the graves of Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison at Père Lachaise Cemetery? Those with a taste for the macabre can even descend to the infamous catacombs! Alternatively, stay above ground and explore the museums, people-watch from a roadside café, or simply stroll the city, following in the footsteps of great painters, musicians and writers.

    • Breakfast

    DAY 3: Paris - Switzerland (Christmas Eve)

    It’s an early start this morning as we continue on to our next stop in the Swiss Alps. Arriving in the late afternoon, we’ll wind our way through dramatic Swiss mountain scenery – look out for quaint villages, snow-capped mountain peaks, delightful homesteads and rolling hills as we climb higher into the mountains. Get into the Christmas spirit! We’ll stop for the night in the Jungfrau region, one of the most beautiful regions in the Alps.

    • Christmas Dinner

    DAY 4: Swiss Alps Free Day (Christmas Day)

    Merry Christmas! The splendour of the Alps is yours today – don’t miss the chance to join our optional excursion up to Jungfraujoch, the highest train station in Europe! The trip to the top is a real highlight; you might find yourself pressed up against the windows as the picture-perfect Swiss countryside rolls beneath you. Look out for quaint villages nestled in the valleys beneath snow-capped peaks and tumbling mountain waterfalls. Once we’ve reached the top, enjoy the year-round snow and breath-taking views of the surrounding glaciers and craggy mountaintops. Once you’ve had a chance to explore and capture as many photos as possible, it’s back down to lower altitudes for the rest of the afternoon. Take the opportunity to stroll around Interlaken and see the Christmas decorations. Tonight you’ll enjoy a complimentary evening meal at our accommodation.

    • Christmas Dinner

    DAY 5: Switzerland - Rhine Valley

    This morning we board the coach once more as we make for Germany’s famous Rhine Valley! Relax on board a Rhine riverboat as we head to our hotel in the heart of the Rhine Valley. This is the most concentrated stretch of castles in all of Europe, and it also features vineyards, charming medieval towns and lofty cliffs. Learn the story of the castles, many of which are now in ruins since the river barons left long ago. Once the cruise is over, enjoy a traditional German dinner, then walk it off with a stroll along the riverside. The perfect end to the day!

    • Breakfast & Dinner

    DAY 6: The Rhine Valley - Amsterdam

    The Netherlands is our next stop, and we arrive first at the windmill village of Zaanse Schans, a village packed with windmills, barns, houses and museums built in the traditional Dutch style. Following that, we investigate Volendam, a famous Dutch fishing village where famous artists Picasso and Renoir spent time – maybe some of the genius will rub off! Look out for old fishing boats, and for locals dressed in brightly-coloured traditional dress. Enjoy a traditional cheese-making demonstration, and learn about how that most quirky and quaint of footwear choices – the clog – is made, before travelling onward to Amsterdam. We’ll check in to our hotel before joining a complimentary Amsterdam canal cruise! Get on board and get those cameras ready; this is the best way to experience the city of Amsterdam, with its 17th century architecture, fascinating museums and cafes. Watch the city drift past as you sail by, and listen out for tips and interesting insights into the city from your tour leader. Later on, join your tour leader for a walking tour of the infamous Red Light District! The evening is yours – explore the canals and Dam Square, and enjoy your time in this fascinating city.

    • Breakfast & Dinner

    DAY 7: Amsterdam - Bruges - London

    After breakfast, we bid farewell to Amsterdam and make our way back to London via the Belgian city of Bruges. Famous for its beer, waffles, chocolate and moules et frites, this is definitely a good place to be if you’ve brought your appetite. An extremely popular medieval city with no shortage of cobblestone streets, historic old churches and lofty towers, this is a great city to explore and a good spot to pick up any last-minute souvenirs. Once you’ve had a look around, it’s back to the coach for the final leg of our journey back to London.

    • Breakfast

    Paris - 1 Included Experience | 3 Optional Experiences

    Included: Driving Tour of Paris

    Driving tour of this famous city where you may see L’Opéra Garnier, the Tuileries Gardens, Place de la Concorde, Hotel de Ville, The River Seine, l'Ile de la Cite, the Louvre Museum, Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Lovers Bridge, Sacre Coeur, Montmartre, Pigalle (the Red Light District) and see the Moulin Rouge.

    Optional Excursions:

    • River Seine Cruise
    • Cabaret Show
    • Montparnasse Tower

    Other places of interest you could visit in your free time:

    • Disneyland Paris
    • Notre Dame
    • Rodin Museum
    • Louvre
    • Sainte-Chapelle
    • Catacombs
    • Pantheon
    • Jardin du Luxembourg
    • The Arab Institute
    • Orangerie Museum
    • Latin Quarter
    • Place de la Bastille
    • Arc de Triomphe
    • Eiffel Tower

    Jungrau, Switzerland - 2 Included Experience | 4 Optional Experiences


    Scenic mountain drive of Switzerland.

    Spectacular views as we drive through this amazing country alongside lakes, breath-taking mountain vistas and scenic views of quaint Swiss towns.

    Optional Excursions:

    • Train to Jungfrau ‘Top of Europe’ (see Optional Excursions tab for more details)
    • White-water River Rafting
    • Sky-diving
    • Paragliding

    Other places of interest you could visit in your free time:

    • Interlaken – situated between two lakes in the heart of the Jungfrau mountain region. Amazing views and a great place to enjoy a traditional Swiss fondue in one of the many restaurants. Along with the restaurants and bars you can shop for some great souvenirs – of course including the famous Swiss chocolate, the choice of flavours and combinations is truly astounding.

    Rhine Valley - 1 Included Experiences

    Included: Cruise

    Cruise down the Rhine and see the beautiful scenery and the largest concentration of gothic castles (Sterrenberg, Liebestein, Katz and Fortess Rheinfels).

    Opportunity to visit a cuckoo clock and beer stein-making shop.

    Amsterdam - 4 included experiences

    Included: Visit to a cheese and clogs demonstration, Riekermolen Windmill, Amsterdam canal cruise & Amsterdam walking tour

    Visit Riekermolen Windmill, a great photo stop

    Cheese and clogs demonstration – see how these famous shoes are traditionally made by hand and taste some fantastic cheeses. Of course the chance to shop and get those unique souvenirs.

    Amsterdam Canal Cruise - Sail along Amsterdam's stunning canals at twilight and enjoy a delicious pizza as you cruise. A perfect introduction to Amsterdam you will cruise along Amsterdam's atmospheric canals. Choose from six types of pizza, Ben and Jerry's ice cream, and you can also upgrade to include unlimited soft drinks, beer and wine.

    Amsterdam orientation walking tour where your tour leader will show you Central Station, the infamous Red light district, Dam Square, Damrak, Royal Palace, National Monument, Old and New Church and of course the canals that weave through the city.

    Bruges - 1 Included Experience.

    Included: Visit to Bruges

    A stop in this beautiful medieval town with some free time so you could try the signature national dish of frites and moules, see or even climb the Belfry Tower, have a Belgian beer or buy some amazing Belgian chocolate.

  • This is a Guided holiday and includes:

    • 6 nights' accommodation in twin rooms.
    • 6 breakfasts, 4 dinners
    • 8 Experiences
    • Free Wi-fi in all hotels
    • Modern air conditioned coach with reclining seats and toilet.
    • Services of your tour leader, who will be on hand with advice and tips.
    • All taxes and fees
    • Any public transport used as part of the tour (excludes free days)
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    • $1995

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