16 day tour - May 25, 2013
Explore & Experience 7 Countries - SOLD OUT!
Special Guest Educator
Holland, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Austria & Germany plus the tiny country of Lichtenstein
Filled with Romance, Castles, the Alps and History!
The Romance of Paris…
The Castles of Europe…
The History of Normandy…
The Beauty of the Alps...
The Canals of Amsterdam…
This fantastic tour of Europe includes 7 countries with a great educator. Jeff Lawson taught American History for more than 29 years. His students loved him and you will love him too. He will bring your tour to life and add an enjoyment that exceeds what you could ever do on your own. We do visit the big cities of Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris and Munich, but the real highlight of the tour will be the many small villages you stay at and visit. A partial list of villages you will see and experience: Bruges in Belgium (considered better than Amsterdam, Zermatt at the base of the Matterhorn in Switzerland, Oberammergau the home of the Passion Play in Germany, Grinder Wald at the base of the Eiger in Switzerland and Mount Saint Michel a castle rock island in France. Add the Normandy Landing Beaches and the American Cemetery and you will have a vacation tour you will never forget.
Here is a partial list of all you will see and experience
With the large discounts we have negotiated in hotels and transportation, you would never be able to do if for less even on your own. With our experienced staff and educator that have been to this part of the world many times, we know exactly what should be seen and how to get there. You would spend more than 3 weeks trying to do this fantastic tour on your own and you would be without our phenomenal educator.
This special designed tour brings you the best the Alps have to offer in Switzerland, Germany and Austria. The alps are like a diamond – Marvelous, Multifaceted, Mystical, Mysterious, Magnificent and Mesmerizing!
Our Package Price includes
During a leisure hike of the Swiss Alps you will be rewarded by a panoramic view of Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau massif!
Day by Day Itinerary
This is a partial list, and subject to change as needed to accomplish everything we can in each area we visit. We will have local guides who will make sure we see the very best in the time we have.
Day 1: May 25: Fly from the US to Amsterdam
Day 2: May 26: Amsterdam - Brussels
Early morning arrival into Amsterdam. We will spend the day touring Amsterdam and even explore the canals and visiting Ann Frank’s House. We will also visit a living village museum, with actual houses and working windmills dating back 100 years. We will then take the two hour drive to Brussels where we will overnight.
Day 3: May 27: Bruges – Brussels
Today we will experience the canal city of Bruges. The old city has kept its atmosphere of what it was like hundreds of years ago with its cobblestone streets, ancient canals and old houses. We will also take a tour of Brussels before returning to our hotel.
Day 4: May 28: Brussels – Normandy
We will drive through the Belgium countryside into France and down to the Normandy Coast. Today’s tour includes the World War II Normandy Landing Beaches and The American Cemetery. We will overnight in Caen near the Normandy Beaches.
Day 5: May 29: Mont Saint Michel
This will be another highlight day. Today we travel down the coast of France to the majestic island of Mont Saint Michel. This castle which looks like a walled city is located on an island just off of the coast of France. It was built approx. 700 years ago and today it looks and feels the same. We will return this evening to Caen.
Day 6: May 30: Paris
This morning we will take our approx. 3 hour drive to Paris. Our stop today will be Versailles, the opulent palace of the Kings of France. We will tour the inside of the Palace and then head to our hotel in Paris.
Day 7: May 31: Paris
Today will be a full day tour of Paris. On our tour of Paris we will visit the Louvre Museum and it’s Mona Lisa, tour Notre Dame Cathedral, visit the Eiffel Tower and have time to explore a little on your own. We overnight again in Paris. This afternoon we will send our check in luggage by bus to Switzerland. They will be waiting for us tomorrow when we arrive into Lausanne Switzerland on Lake Geneva.
Day 8: June 1: Paris – Switzerland – Zermatt
This morning early we will travel by high speed train that will travel at 200 plus miles per hour to Lausanne to meet our buses. From there we will drive along Lake Geneva with a visit to Castle Chillon, one of the very important medieval fortifications in Switzerland. Late this afternoon you will arrive up the Rhone Valley and head for the very high alpine resort of Zermatt. We will spend two nights in Zermatt a village at the base of the Matterhorn.
Day 9: June 2: Zermatt
Those who want to experience the Sunrise (the moment of high energy) at the foot of the Matterhorn, will have to start their hiking tour before 5 am, For the rest of the group the day starts after breakfast with a leisurely stroll through this grand resort; you will see the large church and visit the separate mountain climbers cemetery; here you see the graves of those who perished while practicing their favorite sport. Stop at the memorial to those who climbed the Matterhorn for the first time and learn how they did it. Also see the old village with its cozy wooden houses. Now comes the absolute spectacular panoramic highlight of your tour. We take the cog-wheel mountain train which brings us high up to the Gornergrat at over 10,000 ft ! Here you see the highest mountains of your trip, including the majestic Matterhorn. You can return by cog-wheel train or take the easy hike of about one hour back. The rest of the day you can relax and shop the fantastic resort of Zermatt. Overnight Zermatt.
Day 10: June 3: Zermatt – Grindelwald
This morning we will drive through the Alps stopping at several charming villages. The beauty is unmatched as you travel through mountain passes down to the village of Interlaken. After a stop to explore we will head back into the Alps to the village of the Glaciers – Grindelwald. We will spend two nights in this quaint village.
Day 11: June 4: Grindelwald
Today is a highlight LOOKY-LOOKY day !! Our first stop is in Lauterbrunnen, where you will see jaw dropping rock formations and waterfalls. A little bit further, in this same valley, you visit the Trümmelbachfälle, a series of ten waterfalls “inside” the mountain !! It is one of the wonders of the world and even after seeing them, you will still not believe it....! Bring warm clothing and a rain jacket, it is cold and wet. Just after this, comes the next highlight. We take the cog-wheel train to Wengen and we stroll in this charming mountain resort. In January the longest downhill race, the “Lauberhorn” takes place on these slopes. We then travel by cable-car up to the Männlichen, a splendid vantage point, and from here, we will take a leisurely one hour stroll (quite flattish trail). The views will remain in your memory in the drawer of the “unforgettables”. While you walk, you always look at the majestic wide-screen panorama of the Jungfrau Group ! It's a fabulous day and you can pace it as you please. Overnight Grindelwald.
Day 12: June 5: Grindelwald - Luzern
Over the Brünig Pass you reach the Central Region of Switzerland. Lake Lucerne is without doubt the most twisted one in the country, so we do a short , but nice boat ride until Lucerne. Once arrived we do sightseeing in the Swiss capital for Tourism. The Chapel Bridge and the Lion’s Memorial are just two of the lovely sights. Lucerne is the Swiss Shopping Paradise and the rest of the day is yours to do as you please.
Day 13: June 6: Luzern – Lichtenstein – Innsbruck – Oberammergau
Today we will stop at the tiny country of Lichtenstein on our way to Innsbruck where we will visit the Tomb of Emperor Maximilian and other great kings. The drive is one of the best drives in the world as we cross through the Alps of Switzerland into the Austrian Alps. After Innsbruck we head into the German Alps and the quaint village of Oberammergau. Oberammergau is the home of the Passion Play that only happens every 10 years. The village has hardly changed in over 400 years. We will spend two nights in Oberammergau.
Day 14: June 7: Oberammergau
A relaxing day! We drive to the splendid Wies-Church, a baroque-rococo jewel so stupendous, that it was put on the cultural list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. When we continue, you can soon gaze at another folly of King Ludwig II, Neuschwanstein Castle. With local minibuses, we will ascend the mountain and have a short walk to a spot where we have a splendid view of “Cinderella’s castle”, We will then visit this “romantic dream”, built to revive the German Epic Sagas. We will return early afternoon to Oberammergau where you will have time to explore and shop.
Day 15: June 8: Oberammergau - Munich
This morning we will travel through the German Alps to Munich for our city tour and a visit to the concentration camp – Dachau. We will overnight near the airport as you fly home tomorrow.
Day 16: June 9: Fly Home