Europe Vistas Day - XEV
Number of Days: 8
Join us for an incredible whistle-stop tour of Europe with European Vistas! From the canals of Amsterdam, the castle-lined River Rhine and the canals of Venice to alpine escapes in Innsbruck and Lucerne and the gorgeous French countryside in Burgundy! Starting and ending in Amsterdam, this tour is ideal for anyone wanting to get the most out of Europe.
- Rhine Valley
DAY 1: Amsterdam
Welcome to the start of your tour! Arriving in Amsterdam, you'll meet your tour at the hotel. Once you've settled in, we'll head in to the center of Amsterdam to experience the wonders of this fascinating city with an Amsterdam canal dinner cruise! Get on board and have those cameras at the ready – this is the best way to be introduced to Amsterdam, a city of beautiful 17th Century architecture, and a charm all its own. Keep an eye out for spots to revisit later on during your free time. 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 some more, or head to Dam Square, one of the most important parts of the city.
DAY 2: Visit Rhine Valley
This morning we’ll take a look at a cheese-making demonstration, revealing how cheese has been made in the traditional way in these parts for many years. Following that, we’ll learn about that most quirky of Dutch footwear choices – the clog – and see how these traditional shoes are carved. Stopping off at a windmill for a photo stop, you’ll be able to appreciate the scenery that the Netherlands is famous for. If the season is right, look out for flowers in the fields! Continuing on to the Rhine Valley, we’ll board a Rhine Valley river boat and cruise the Rhine river. Enjoy a drink on board as you sail, and admire the passing scenery. With the highest concentration of medieval castles in all of Europe, this is a memorable trip, especially with all the vineyards, cliff faces and medieval German towns! Learn more about ice wine (eiswein), an intensely sweet wine made from the juice of naturally-frozen grapes. The frozen grapes concentrate the sugars of the juice, intensifying the flavour profile. Enjoy a traditional German meal this evening, and then why not walk it all off with a stroll along the river?
- Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 3: Innsbruck
Today we're off to Innsbruck, Austria. This is one of the few places in the world that really can lay claim to having something for everyone. It's not everywhere that offers extreme sports (thanks to the close proximity of the soaring Nordkette Alps), fascinating historical heritage courtesy of the legacy of the Habsburgs, and vibrant modern attractions too. This is where the modern urban environment meets the outdoors, with a space-age funicular taking up into the mountains in literally a matter of minutes. Once we arrive in the afternoon, we'll have dinner, after which your time is yours to explore this fascinating Austrian city
- Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 4: Venice
Leaving Innsbruck behind us, we journey onward to the enchanting city of Venice. Its timeless waterways and artistic masterpieces (more per square kilometre than anywhere else on earth) make it truly unique – this is a city that will capture your heart and imagination. Being Italian, there’s no shortage of incredible food and culture either! You’ll start your stay in Venice with an orientation tour to get your bearings, after which you’ll visit a Murano glass-blowing workshop and see a live demonstration of this traditional – and hugely impressive – art-form. The afternoon is yours to explore this unforgettable city on your own
DAY 5: Verona & Lucerne
We're on our way back into alpine territory once again today, but first we stop off in Verona for a comfort stop. The setting for the most famous love story of all time, Romeo & Juliet, one can seek out the balcony where Romeo reportedly wooed his lover. After a short stop, we continue on to Lucerne. Renowned as one of Switzerland's most beautiful cities, this is one place you'll definitely want to have your camera at the ready! All the ingredients for the quintessentially picturesque Swiss experience are here - a cobalt lake and well-preserved old-town complete with waterfront promenades, covered bridges and perfect plazas is surrounded by the natural skyscrapers of the Swiss Alps. It's really no wonder that Goethe, Queen Victoria and Wagner savoured the stunning views that Lucerne has to offer. There's charm and grace around every corner, but it's not all about history - there's certainly enough of a pulse here to keep things current, with carnivals, concerts and exhibitions aplenty.
DAY 6: Burgundy
Spending the morning in Lucerne, we'll travel onward to Burgundy in the afternoon. If Paris is the place for romance, then Burgundy is the place for two other things the French - and France - are well-known for: great food and wine. Some of the most famous names in wine-making call Burgundy home, and trust us, it goes very well indeed with the region's typically rich, meaty cuisine. Beyond the food and wine, this is also the place to soak up history, with excellent museums and fabulous Renaissance architecture helping to make this one of the most memorable parts of the entire tour!
- Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 7: Paris
The city of lights is our next stop, the home of some of the world's most famous cultural landmarks, museums that are home to some of the world's most important artworks, cafes, galleries, boutiques and more. Trying to see it all is futile, but wherever you explore will leave an impression you're likely to forget anytime soon. Whether you're strolling the boulevards, visiting stylish boutiques, admiring the artwork, exploring the famous neighborhoods that have been home to so many of the world's great thinkers and artists or simply sitting at a street-side cafe and watching the world go by, Paris is unforgettable. WANT TO SPEND MORE TIME IN PARIS? One night may not be enough to satisfy those who really want to get to grips with the city. Instead of returning to Amsterdam with the group, passengers may choose to stay on! Contact our customer services team to arrange this.
- Breakfast & Lunch
DAY 8: Brussels, return to Amsterdam
It's the last leg of our journey already! On our way back to the Dutch capital we stop in Brussels for a comfort stop and the chance to explore the Belgian capital. Sample typical Belgian fare (moules et frites, countless varieties of beer and of course that famous chocolate), or wander around. Perhaps grab some last-minute souvenirs for the folks back home? After our comfort stop, we continue on to Amsterdam, where our tour officially ends. We hope you've enjoyed this whirlwind tour of Europe!
This is a Guided holiday and includes:
- 7 nights' accommodation in twin rooms.
- 7 breakfasts, 1 Lunch & 4 dinners
- 13 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)
- From $1980 per person twin share. Single supplement +$573