From the vibrancy of Amsterdam to the ancient splendour of Rome; the traditional beer halls of Munich to the majesty of the Swiss Alps and much more in between, this short Europe tour is the highlights package of all the region has to offer!
Day 1: London, England to Amsterdam, Netherlands
Leave London for dust, join 881,000 bicycles and get local on a walking tour of the vibrant Netherlands capital. See the Dam Square, the Royal Palace and the National Monument and then top it off with a dinner cruise on the canal.
-Canal dinner cruise
-Walking tour of Amsterdam
Day 2: Amsterdam
Cheese lovers, rejoice. You can’t walk five steps in Amsterdam without coming across a conveniently placed cheese store spruiking the finest selection this city has to offer. See also: mayo-dipped fries and red lights. Use your free day to stroll the vibrant capital and check out the Dam Square, Royal Palace and National Monument. Don’t forget, a visit isn’t complete without a ‘cheesy’ (see what we did there?) photo in front of the I AMSTERDAM sign.
-Bicycle tour of Amsterdam
Day 3: Amsterdam to Rhine Valley, Germany
Medieval castles, vineyards and the mighty Rhine River are all up next today. Breathe in as we weave our way through narrow cobblestone streets and tunnels, and give Queen B a run for her money with your own 12th-century castle quarters. Besides its obvious appeal (fairytale views over the Rhine, anyone?) half of Germany's wine comes from here. Shame not to try some.
-Wine tasting in the Rhine Valley
Day 4: Rhine Valley to Munich
It's time to get to know the city where beer is officially considered a food. Your Trip Leader will clue you up on the Bavarian capital on a walking tour. Slide on your Lederhosen and have a royal Happy Hour experience (none of that craft beer nonsense here) at the 426-year-old Hofbräuhaus – the recipes here were passed down from Wilhelm V, the Duke of Bavaria.
-Walking tour of Munich
Day 5: Munich to Venice, Italy
100+ slowly sinking islands won't explore themselves. Get your bearings on a walking tour, then get hopelessly lost. Your GPS won't save you here. Soak up St Mark's Square before a quintessential gondola ride on the Grand Canal. Corny smooching not included.
Day 6: Venice to Rome
Travel down the boot and make like Caesar (the emperor, not the salad) as you pass by the Pantheon, throw your two cents in the Trevi Fountain, sit on the Spanish Steps and visit ancient history's version of the Hunger Games set at the Colosseum. Tonight, you're in Disneyland for foodies. Have fun.
-Walking tour of Rome
Day 7: Rome including Vatican City visit
Create the ultimate Roman Holiday in one day with a whirlwind of Vespas, espresso, two-cheek kisses and pizza the way it's supposed to taste. Count your blessings on an optional tour of the Vatican City to see how Michelangelo messed around and created the High Renaissance, then play eye spy with two-and-a-half millennia worth of history. Shop til you drop on Via Condotti, head to Capitoline Hill for sick views of the Roman Forum and Colosseum or just kick back in Piazza Navona for some dolce far niente (delicious idleness).
Day 8: Rome to Florence
Make your food baby sing as we roll into the land of hearty Tuscan cuisine and birthplace of gelato: Florence. Whip around Santa Maria del Fiore before tucking into amore on a plate. Then, the evening is yours to stroll along the real-life watercolour of the Arno River.
-Walking tour of Florence with local guide
Day 9: Florence to Lucerne, Switzerland
Prepare for more #epicviews as we head to Lucerne to check out one of the sexiest lakes in Europe. Spy the famous Lion Monument, Chapel Bridge, Glacier Gardens and Hofkirche on a guided tour.
-Walking tour of Lucerne
Day 10: Lucerne to Paris, France
Pinch yourself and Instagram your first selfie during the guided tour of the City of Lights. Home to Coco Chanel, the Eiffel Tower and the Mona Lisa, Paris has more than earned its reputation as the European capital for all things culture, fashion and food. Tonight, find out why.
-Paris city driving tour
Day 11: Paris
This morning: free time en Francais. From the Louvre and Musée d'Orsay to the l'Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysées, you'll be sure to make a solid dent in your bucket list. Hop on an optional bike tour of Paris or roam the streets on your own before our gourmet picnic at the Eiffel Tower. End your day with an optional Seine River cruise or a #throwback bohemian cabaret show.
Day 12: Paris to London, England
Stuff your backpacks with macarons for the ride home. Then it's back on the carriage to ol' Blighty to start planning your next adventure. Facebook friends?
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