Classic Northern Europe 11 Days

$2,999.00

Paris, Reims, Luxembourg, Trier, Koblenz, Rudesheim am Rhein, Frankfurt, Bonn, Cologne, Amsterdam, Zaanse Schans, Brussels, Versailles

Join the Classic Northern Europe tour to experience some of northern Europe’s most exciting and important cities. Sample the refined airs of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the historic German cities Cologne, Frankfurt and Bonn, the bustling streets and canals of Amsterdam, the political centre of the EU – Brussels, and the city of romance and art – Paris. With wonderful scenery and some compelling stops along the way too, this tour is the perfect way to get the most out of a week in this fascinating part of Europe.

Highlights:

  • Visit Reims Cathedral, where French kings were crowned for centuries
  • Take a walking tour of Luxembourg, the world’s only remaining Grand Duchy
  • Discover Trier – Trier, Germany’s oldest city and the birthplace of Karl Marx
  • Visit Cologne's Gothic Cathedral, explore the city, then enjoy a refreshing German brew
  • Explore Amsterdam, with free time to pursue your own interests in this liberal city
  • Stop in Brussels, the Belgian capital and political centre of the European Union
  • In and around Paris, City of Light, you will experience Versailles, the Louvre, and other iconic attractions

 

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Guaranteed Departure Dates

2017 Price Per Person Single Supplement
21 Sep* 26 Oct 30 Nov From $2,999
Northern, Western, and Eastern Europe tours are combinable – $1399/extension
$499
28 Sep* 02 Nov 07 Dec*
05 Oct 09 Nov 14 Dec*
12 Oct 16 Nov 21 Dec*
19 Oct 23 Nov 28 Dec*
2018
22 Feb 07 Jun 20 Sep*
01 Mar 14 Jun 27 Sep*
08 Mar 21 Jun 04 Oct*
15 Mar 28 Jun 11 Oct*
22 Mar 05 Jul* 18 Oct
29 Mar 12 Jul* 25 Oct
05 Apr* 19 Jul* 01 Nov
12 Apr* 26 Jul 08 Nov
19 Apr* 02 Aug 15 Nov
26 Apr* 09 Aug 22 Nov
03 May 16 Aug 29 Nov
10 May 23 Aug 06 Dec
17 May 30 Aug 13 Dec*
24 May 06 Sep
31 May 13 Sep

Inclusions:

  • Return international airfares economy class and taxes flying China Southern or China Eastern Airlines (subject to availability)
  • Accommodation in comfortable three-star (minimum) hotels, twin rooms with private facilities
  • Return airport-hotel transfers
  • Sightseeing and orientation tours included in the itinerary – expertly planned to maximise time to visit iconic and must-see sites in each city (optional excursions also available)
  • Dedicated coach transportation
  • English speaking tour guide(s)

Exclusions:

  • Mandatory tip for the tour manager and driver of €5 per person per day (€3 for the tour manager and €2 for the driver), which will be collected by the tour manager whilst on tour. This will increase to €7 for 2018 departures
  • All optional activities, tours and attraction tickets not included in the itinerary
  • City entrance fees and taxes – paid directly to tour guide
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Visas (if applicable)
  • Personal expenses

Attractions and Optionals Pricing

  • River Rhine Cruise (Koblenz, operational from 3 April to 31 Oct only) – €15
  • Paris Lido Show + Transfer – €140
  • Paris Moulin Rouge Show + Transfer – €140
  • Amsterdam Red Light District & live show – €50
  • Paris by night – €35
  • Volendam Traditional Dutch Village – €10
  • French multi-course dinner – €65
  • Traditional pork knuckle menu with beer (Koblenz) – €20
  • Keukenhof Garden (March-May) – €16

NOTE: Please use as reference only, as prices are subject to change. Some excursions are subject to minimum numbers and local conditions. You can only book optionals/pay taxes whilst on tour with the tour manager, who will also collect payment in cash only (Euros).

Hotel Accommodation

The hotels we use are carefully selected to provide you with a comfortable stay in a relaxing environment. All the hotels we use are three-star, with continental breakfast included. A selection of our preferred hotels in our main destinations is listed below. As the hotels are generally not in the downtown area, we cannot guarantee that there is transportation to the city except for taxis. Please note that hotels will vary depending on group sizes and hence hotel information can only be ascertained within 24 hours prior to check in.

Luxembourg Melia Luxembourg
Novotel Luxembourg Kirchberg
1 Park Dräi Eechelen 1499, Luxembourg
6 rue Fort Niedergrünewald, Quartier Européen Nord Plateau de Kirchberg, L-2226 Luxembourg
Frankfurt Park Inn by Radisson Frankfurt Airport Hotel
NH Morfelden
Amelia-Mary-Earhart-Straße 10, 60549 Frankfurt
Mörfelder Strasse 113, 65451 Kelsterbach, Frankfurt
Amsterdam Hampton by Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Holiday Inn Leiden
Neptunusstraat 1, 2132 JA Hoofddorp
Haagse Schouwweg 10, 2332 KG Leiden, Netherlands
Paris Balladins Hotel Villejuif
Comfort Hotel Airport CDG
8‐10 Avenue de L Epi D Or Villejuif
1 bis Rue de Paris, 77990 Le Mesnil-Amelot
Take an international flight from Australia to Paris.
Arrive in Paris. You will be transferred to the hotel.
Eiffel Tower
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. 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.
Reims Cathedral
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. 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.
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. 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.
Porta Nigra, Trier
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.
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 into the Netherlands.
Cologne Cathedral
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. 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. After disembarking you’ll walk to one of the city’s grandest areas, Dam Square, where the Royal Palace is located and the Queen’s birthday celebrations take place. You’ll have photo opportunities here, free time for shopping or further sightseeing, and then round the day off with dinner.
From mid-March to mid-May the tour will also visit Keukenhof Garden, a 32-hectare seasonal exhibition of beautifully coloured and scented displays of spring flowers – most notably millions of tulips. For more information, please see: www.keukenhof.com.
Amsterdam
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 molecule-shaped structure of stainless steel spheres and tubes built for the 1958 World’s Fair. In the centre of Brussels itself an orientation tour will call in at the exquisite Grand Palace, as well as seeing the famous impish Manneken Pis statue. After some free time, during which you can try some mouth-watering Belgian delights, from Brussels it’s south again across the French border and on to the bright lights of Paris.
Brussels
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 a key part in the French Revolution. 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.
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 photo stop at the most legendary of all Paris’s icons: the Eiffel Tower. 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.
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.
Eiffel Tower, Paris
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.
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. In the afternoon, we visit and ascend to the top floor of the Eiffel Tower for unbeatable views over the city, a truly magical and unforgettable experience. Afterwards, we will shop at the legendary department stores Galeries Lafayette.
The Louvre, Paris
After breakfast, enjoy the morning at leisure before you are transferred to Paris airport to board your overnight flight to Australia. Passengers can join the optional Picturesque Western Europe (Switzerland, Italy, Vatican City, French Riviera) or the Enticing Eastern Europe tour (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland) or the Glimpses of Great Britain (England, Scotland). Otherwise you are free to leave the tour after breakfast.
Arc De Triomphe
Arrive home this morning.