18 day Highlights of Western Europe

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Visiting:

Amsterdam, Brussels, Luxembourg, Reutte, Venice, Rome, Florence, Pisa, Lucerne, Mount Titlis, Paris, Fontainebleau, and many more! 

* ALL IN PRICE INCLUSIONS:

Price includes land and air content, airport taxes and gratuities. If you are from another state, please let us know. Please contact our Friendly staff for more information

B = breakfast provided , L = lunch provided , D = dinner provided

DAY 1. MELBOURNE / BANGKOK (MAY) or HONG KONG (JUN) 

We hope you are ready for your Western European holiday! This afternoon, depart from your home city airport and after a short flight you’ll arrive into Bangkok/Hong Kong Airport. We invite you to stretch out your legs and explore the modern airport and your flight to Brussels will depart just after midnight.

Meals – As per flight  

DAY 2. BANGKOK (MAY) or HONG KONG (JUN)  / BRUSSELS /KINDERDIJK/ AMSTERDAM

A warm welcome to Brussels! This morning after settling into our trusty coach, we stop at the Atomium and the Chinese Pavilion-both were built for the 1958 World Fair. Our tour manager will take us through to the Grand Place surrounded by gold gilded gables. It is an early lunch here before we leave Brussels for Kinderdijk, entrance to the UNESCO site is included. This is undoubtedly the unique collection of 19 authentic windmills, which are considered a Dutch icon throughout the entire world. A wonderful and unforgettable stop. As you have done well with your long flight, an early arrival to hotel for a well-deserved rest

Meals – As per flight / L / D

Overnight – Breukelen hotel Amsterdam or similar

DAY 3. AMSTERDAM / ZAANSESCHANS / BREDA

A short drive from to Amsterdam city centre – the largest historical city centre in Europe. Our tour of the city’s most interesting sites, including the Royal Palace, National Monument, the Skinny Bridge and Albert Cuyp Market. Now encompassing 90 islands connected by 1,500 bridges, Amsterdam is best known for its canals lined with elaborate gabled houses, warehouses and churches from the 17th century — the Dutch ‘Golden Age.’ During the visit, make a stop at a diamond factory, where you’ll see how the gems are polished using traditional methods. Zaanse Schans, a pretty town on the Zaan River and a popular destination due to its well-preserved windmills, some dating back to the 17th century. Of course, visit to cheese farm local clog-maker is a must. We end our full day enjoyment in the fortified walled and historical city, Breda for our overnight stop.

Meals – B / L / D

Overnight – Breda Golden Tulip or similar

DAY 4.BREDA / LUXEMBOURG / TRIER

Get ready for the tiny principality of Luxembourg today as we visit its capital with a similar name. We get off the coach at the “Golden Lady” on Constitution Square. Here you see a gold-plated female figure on a stone obelisk, symbolising freedom and resistance for the Luxembourg people. At the grand balcony, we look into the deep Grand Canyon and not far away is the impressive Adolphe bridge. Along the way we shall see the change of Guards by the Royal Palace main gate (subject to time schedule); the Cathedral of Notre Dame; and into the old town for the town-hall by Guillame Square. The western half of the square is dominated the equestrian statue to former Grand Duke William II, after whom the square is named. After a short window-shopping stroll, we are only an hour away from our final destination – Trier. We make a bee-line for the main attraction, by strolling down Simeonstrasse, this street leads from the Hauptmarkt (central market) square to the city’s landmark Roman gate, the Porta Nigra. You will soon realise why it is known as the “Rome of the North,” and being the oldest city in the country.

Meals – B / L / D

Overnight – Trier Vienna House or similar

DAY 5. TRIER AREA / NIEDERWALD / RHINE AREA    

A two hour’s drive to Rhine valley, we come to the unique village of Rudesheim. Our ferry takes us across the Rhine to visit the impressive monument of Niederwalddenkmal that commemorates the foundation of a united Germany. On the gondola lift for two, busk in the spectacular setting before your feet to take in the entire Rhine river valley and the vineyards. At the top of the hill, we face the bronze monument of “War and Peace”. In the Student Prince city of Heidelberg, the 1km long pedestrian street, not only allows you a feast on delightful German’s shopping also along the way monuments of the Old Stone bridge with the twin towers over river Neckar; and up on the hill, this impressive red sand stone castle overlooking the imposing St Peter’s church square. Don’t forget to take a snap of hotel Ritter, one of the oldest boutique accommodations to be found in the country with its Dutch Renaissance styled gable.  

Meals – B / L / D

Overnight – Bretten Novotel or similar

DAY 6. RHINE AREA / NEW SWAN CASTLE / TYROL ALPS AREA

We continue into the Bavarian Alps for stops at the unique quaint by impressive Weis Church, before our highlight of the afternoon at the New Swan castle. The whole scene setting is fit to be an opera set on a spectacular stage. It was King Ludwig who built this Sleeping Beauty castle with turrets; watch towers and enchanting decorations that lured countless visitors to its feet. Enjoy your wander around the woodlands. At its prime, the leaves are a ball of glowing orange; red; yellow and crimson, autumn has never been more beautiful. When Mr. Walt Disney came in the 1950, this electrifying atmosphere was inspiring, it prompted him to re-create his own version of the “Sleeping Beauty Castle”, ending it up right in the middle of his Disney magic kingdom USA. Later, we descend the slopes to Fern Pass, stop at the emerald lake with little bridge; boats; island, and nearby ruin of a local castle with graceful swans and lively water birds. A great day ends in the foot hill of the Austrian Alpine region, another breath-taking setting for the night, with tons of mountain fresh air to fill every lung.

Meals – B / L / D

Overnight – Fussen Panorama Hotel or similar  

DAY 7. TYROL / SWAROVSKI crystal world / INNSBRUCK / VENICE area

Surrounded by the awe inspiring Alpine mountains, Innsbruck is often snow-capped in spring. She is indeed a jewel in its own accord. The city hosted two winter Olympic games and has since never ceased to improve her status. Stop by the old centre this morning and shortly, you will enter the Crystal world of Swarovski in the village of Watten. It is here you can see the rarest collection of the desirable products, some of which could not be found easily in Asia. In the evening, we settle down in the Venice region.

Meals – B / L / D

Overnight – Holiday Inn Verona or similar  

DAY 8. VENICE tour / ROME 

The romantic city of Venice is yours today. Get off at Troncetto, take one of the ferries to cruise along the canal. Disembark at St. Mark Square or Rialto Bridge, made popular by the play from Shakespeare “the Merchant of Venice”. Orientation walk with your tour manager, not forgetting the St. Mark‘s square, with the Winged Lion and statue of St. Mark, not too far from the petite Bridge of Sigh. Don’t forget to try on one of the “Black Gondola” when you see on. Later this evening, we settle down into your near Fabro, the gateway to eternal city of Rome.

Meals – B / L / D

Overnight – Green Palace Monterotondo or similar  

DAY 9. A day in ROME 

An early start on foot to our Roman discovery for we have specially designed a route for an insight into one of Europe’s earliest powers – the illustrious Roman Empire. Visit the ancient Roman Amphitheatre – the Colosseum, the Presidential Palace on Quirinal Hill, the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Venezia, Pantheon and the Monument of Victor Emmanuel II, regarded as the Father of Modern United Italy. Walk through St. Peter’s Square and the Vatican City, the smallest sovereign state in the world. Not to be missed is a place to bask in the Roman atmosphere, right in Navona Square

Meals – B / L / D

Overnight – Green Place Monterotondo or similar  

DAY 10. ROME / FLORENCE / PISA REGION

Heading along the highway of the Sun, we cross the great Tuscany’s province to its capital – Florence. Here in Florence is where the great historical and artistic treasure of Italy is exhibited. We have a panoramic view of this open air museum from the great balcony of Michelangelo hill before heading for a walking tour of the Duomo; the Baptistery; Signoria Square; the Uffizi Gallery; the Loggia of Roman antiquity; and of course the world famous Ponte Veccio bridge. We then arrive to Pisa and her leaning Tower – an old world wonder, is certainly breath stopping. This work of art is not only exhibited on its exquisite exterior, we beckon you to explore the Baptistery as well as the Cathedral, and you will be overwhelmed with awe by the intricacy of stone works.

Meals – B / L / D

Overnight – Euro Hotel Pisa or similar

DAY 11. PISA / CINQUE TERRE tour / MILAN 

The ‘five lands’ (meaning of Cinque Terre) is an array of 5 characteristic little villages set along the Liguria coast. They are renowned for lemons, pesto, and their colourful little houses that adorn each village and for breath-taking sea-side sceneries. We dedicate about some time to see the very best of this picturesque and ‘romantic’ walk that follows the line of turquoise sea and connects two lands. The tour will take you through the winding little roads and the best panorama by local train, an excursion promises you to be a long lasting memorable one. After which, we continue to Milan for our overnight.

Meals – B / L / D

Overnight – Best Western Cavalieri hotel or similar

DAY 12. MILAN / LUCERNE area

This morning, enjoy Milan city as we drop off by the centre, where your tour manager will show you the Victor Emmanuelle II Gallery – one of the high fashion shopping centres. Not far away is the most impressive Cathedral “Milan Duomo”, adorned with over 4000 pointed edge spires. The statue of the grand master Da Vinci stands right outside the Grand Milan Scala, the opera house of the world where great musicians and opera singers had grace the stage. This afternoon, we spend some time at the indoor shopping outlet of Foxtown. There are over 160 high end brand such as – Dior, Boss, Fendi, Gucci etc! Feeling tired or hungry? There are also coffee shops, tea rooms and restaurants if you are not in the mood for shopping.

Meals – B / L / D

Overnight – Movenpick Egerkingen or similar

DAY 13. LUCERNE area / TITLIS excursion / MULHOUSE

You have the day to enjoy Lake Lucerne area and its township. This village is a perfect example of what Switzerland is all about. As we drive along the shores take in the charming sights that laced with weeping willows, graceful swans and mandarin ducks. Follow your tour manager, stroll into the old town, and visit the Lion Monument commemorating the bravery of Swiss Guards, the Old wall with its 11 watch towers, the Kappell Bridge and the beauty of its Rococo Church. Included today is also your trip to the famous Mt. Titlis on the world’s first revolving jumbo cable car, a ride to its summit at 10,000 feet above sea level is exhilarating. We will not only enjoy the various sights up at the top of the world, our lunch is a typical Swiss fondue to tickle your taste bud. We leave for our hotel in the evening in time for more free moments before our dinner.

Meals – B / L / D

Overnight – Mercure Mulhouse or similar

DAY 14. MULHOUSE/ FONTAINEBLEAU / PARIS 

Speak of the a historic character of France and we think of Napoleon. This morning we shall visit a palace that he made his home -Fontainebleau. It was first and foremost built by King Francois I, who hired the best French and Italian artists to embellish every inch of it’s sumptuous interiors with gilded woodwork, virtuosic frescoes, and paintings (the royal collection once included the Mona Lisa). Visit the château, gardens—by royal landscape designer André Le Notre—and surrounding forest, as well as the charming town of Fontainebleau. After our visit, we continue our towards the capital of France – Paris.

Meals – B / Own arrangement / D

Overnight – Novotel Paris or similar

DAY 15. PARIS / VAUX LE VICOMTE / PARIS 

After breakfast this morning, we proceed for another off the beaten track to visit a castle called VAUX-LE-VICOMTE. A short drive out of Paris, we come to the château gates to the imposing statue of Hercules at the edge of Vaux-le-Vicomte’s classic French gardens. The impression is one of pure harmony and elegance. The privately owned, beautifully restored château and gardens still stand as a testament to the unfortunate Fouquet’s exquisite taste and refinement.

Meals – B / Own arrangement / D

Overnight – Novotel Paris or similar

DAY 16. PARIS TOUR 

Continue with the love affair with Paris, as we see more of its sights Notre Dame to the Alexandra III bridge, the Luxembourg Garden to Louvre main gate; there is of course the undisputable grand old lady EIFFEL, the golden statues; and the Invalides, tomb of the national hero Napoleon. This evening, we taste the typically French, four-course dinner and washing it down with an excellent local wine, what a way to end our trip on the high note.  

Meals – B / L / D Overnight – Golden Tulip Paris CDG or similar

DAY 17. PARIS / BANGKOK (MAY) or HONG KONG (JUN) 

All too soon, the trip to Western Europe is soon coming to an end when we bid good bye to tour manager and driver at Charles De Gaulle for flight home. Sit back and enjoy your flight as your flight will depart at noon.

Meals – B / As per flight  

DAY 18. BANGKOK (MAY) or HONG KONG (JUN) / MELBOURNE 

We will arrive into Bangkok/Hong Kong this morning and after a short transit, continue our journey back home. Our final flight brings us back home and we hope you enjoyed your holiday!

Meals – As per flight  

All in Pricing package price includes :

– Return flights with Thai Airways/Cathay Pacific (including airport taxes)

– Accommodation as per itinerary

– Sumptuous meals as per itinerary

– Tour guide and bus services

– Daily bottle of water provided

This group is scheduled to depart on the 20 May 2019, 7 June 2019 and 4 September 2019


All in price (May) $7,130* pp (twin share)


All in price (June) $7,130* pp (twin share)

  *Early bird price before 31 March 2019!  – Afterwards, $7,530*/person  


All in price (September) $6,930* pp (twin share)

  *Early bird price before 31 March 2019!  – Afterwards, $7,330*/person   


ALL IN PRICE INCLUSIONS:

Price includes land and air content, airport taxes and gratuities. If you are from another state, please let us know. Please contact our Friendly staff for more information

Day 1. Melbourne / Bangkok(or Hong Kong)

Day 2. Bangkok / Brussels / Kinderdijk / Amsterdam

Day 3. Amsterdam / Zaanseschans / Breda

Day 4. Breda / Luxembourg / Trier Area

Day 5. Trier Area / Niederwald / Rhine Area

Day 6. Rhine Area / New Swan Castle / Tyrol Alps Area

Day 7. Tyrol / Swarovski Crystal World / Innsbruck / Venice area

Day 8. Venice tour / Rome

Day 9. A day in Rome

Day 10. Rome / Florence / Pisa region

Day 11. Pisa / Cinque Terre tour / Milan

Day 12. Milan / Lucerne

Day 13. Lucerne / Titlis excursion / Mulhouse

Day 14. Mulhouse / Fontainbleau / Paris

Day 15. Paris / Vaux-le-vicomte / Paris

Day 16. Paris Tour

Day 17. Paris / Bangkok (or Hong Kong)

Day 18. Bangkok / Melbourne

During May:

Amsterdam – Netherlands: Average High – 18 degrees Celsius / Average Low 10 degrees Celsius

Brussels: Average High – 19 degrees Celsius / Average Low 10 degrees Celsius

Venice – Italy: Average High – 23 degrees Celsius / Average Low 12 degrees Celsius

Rome – Italy: Average High – 27 degrees Celsius / Average Low 16 degrees Celsius

Paris – France: Average High – 21 degrees Celsius / Average Low 11 degrees Celsius  

During June:

Amsterdam – Netherlands: Average High – 19 degrees Celsius / Average Low 11 degrees Celsius

Brussels : Average High – 20 degrees Celsius / Average Low 11 degrees Celsius

Venice – Italy: Average High – 25 degrees Celsius / Average Low 17 degrees Celsius

Rome – Italy: Average High – 27 degrees Celsius / Average Low 16 degrees Celsius

Paris – France: Average High – 22 degrees Celsius / Average Low 13 degrees Celsius  

During September:

Amsterdam – Netherlands: Average High – 20 degrees Celsius / Average Low 12 degrees Celsius

Brussels: Average High – 21 degrees Celsius / Average Low 12 degrees Celsius

Venice – Italy: Average High – 24 degrees Celsius / Average Low 16 degrees Celsius

Rome – Italy: Average High – 27 degrees Celsius / Average Low 16 degrees Celsius

Paris – France: Average High – 21 degrees Celsius / Average Low 10 degrees Celsius

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