This multi-country vacation starts and ends in London, connecting with the Continent via the famed Eurostar train (except where specified).
Arrive in the French capital city of Paris, where you will enjoy its most famous sites and have a chance to explore on your own. Continuing south, the focus is on the Swiss natural beauty through the Alps and the most famous mountain resorts, as well as cities such as Lausanne and Lucerne. On the included Lake Lucerne cruise, you will be able to photographically capture some of Europe’s most enchanting landscapes. Drive through Germany with stops at the thundering Rhine Falls, lovely Lake Titisee, the Black Forest, and magnificent Heidelberg.
In Belgium, visit Brussels, then board the Eurostar train and head back to London (except where specified, when the ferry will be used), where you will spend a final overnight on this exciting journey.
Note: July 18 & August 1 Departures – cross channel by ferry instead of Eurostar train
PARIS Campanile Porte Italie (ST), LAUSANNE Novotel Bussigny (F), LAKE LUCERNE Hirschen (ST) at Flüelen or Pilatusblick (ST) at Kriens, BLACK FOREST Ramada Treff (ST) at Bad Herrenalb, BRUSSELS Catalonia Forum (F)
Transfer to the railway station to board the Eurostar train to Paris. On arrival your representative will meet you and you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to start exploring the vibrant French capital on your own or on one of our optional excursions.
A full day to experience the essence of the “City of Light,” known for its fashions, museums, monuments, delectable cuisine, and joie de vivre. Included sightseeing with a Local Guide includes an inside visit to gothic Notre Dame Cathedral. Also see many of the best-known landmarks: La Sorbonne, Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Madeleine, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Pyramid, the Invalides, and the Champs Elysées—“the most beautiful avenue in the world.” Optional excursions are also available. (B)
A day to drink in the fascinating, ever-changing scenery, including Fontainebleau Forest and the Burgundy wine-growing area. Visit the pretty walled town of Beaune before traveling through the fragrant vineyards and apricot groves of the lower Rhône Valley to Lausanne. (B)
This morning, enjoy a highlight guided visit to Chillon Castle, the 12th-century water fortress immortalized by poet Lord Byron in The Prisoner of Chillon. Then, spend time in breathtaking Interlaken, situated between Lake Brienz and Lake Thun and at the base of three famous mountains: Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. Drive past Lake Brienz and over Brünig Pass to reach Lake Lucerne for two overnights. (B)
Your memorable visit takes in the impressive city walls, a covered wooden bridge, ornate patrician houses lining cobblestone streets, the world-famous Lion Monument, and an included boat trip on the fjord-like lake. Consider an optional cable-car ride to the 10,000-foot summit of Mount Titlis. (B,D)
Today’s itinerary is packed with highlights. Head east into the tiny Principality of Liechtenstein for a stop in its lovely capital, Vaduz. Then, marvel at Switzerland’s mighty Rhine Falls, formed during the last ice age about 15,000 years ago. Later, travel into the heart of Germany’s Black Forest for an overnight and to admire the small but lovely Lake Titisee. (B,D)
More delightful Black Forest scenery this morning, then a stop in majestic Heidelberg with its red-walled castle and impressive 49,000-gallon wine vat. Reach Brussels in the late afternoon, Belgium’s thriving capital city and center of the European Union. Your orientation features the city’s most famous sights, including Grand’Place and the Mannekin Pis. (B)
This morning, board the high-speed Eurostar train and return to London, where your holiday ends. (B)
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The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be available. Whether it’s a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.
Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; you can use our online currency converter for exchange rate information.
A trip to Paris is not complete without a visit to a typical cabaret show. A glass of champagne is served during the show.
Approximate value: €70 EUR per person
Versailles Sun King’s Palace – Sat/Sun
Week-ends visit – Historic Versailles is the beautiful restored palace of Louis XIV, the Sun King. After the guided tour of the palace, you can stroll in the magnificent terraced gardens with their fountains and statues. The Palace of Versailles is open every day except Mondays and bank holidays. On these days, you will be offered alternative sights.
Approximate value: €65 EUR per person
Welcome Dinner & Orientation
The evening consists of a memorable four-course dinner with an aperitif and wine. After dinner you will enjoy a breathtaking orientation drive of the city.
Approximate value: €58 EUR per person
Dinner & Swiss Folklore
Contrary to belief, not all Swiss can yodel or blow the alp horn, but those you will see are real experts. They entertain you with merry melodies on the accordion and traditional dances while you enjoy a full 3 course dinner.
Approximate value: €65 EUR per person
Spend a few hours in this panoramic village at the foot of Mount Titlis: a well-known Alpine resort, where you could shop in the bazaars and enjoy traditional Swiss cuisine in a typical restaurant.
Approximate value: €30 EUR per person
Drive to Alpine Engelberg to take the Titlis-Rotair, the world’s first revolving cable car, up to 10,000 feet where eternal snow resists even the summer sun. A panoramic view all the way up with 360 degree vistas of glaciers and icefalls. Also on the agenda is a visit to the Ice Grotto.
Approximate value: €75 EUR per person
The Titlis Ice Flyer
An extension to the Mount Titlis excursion, the Ice Flyer is a chair lift, specially equipped to protect from wind, snow and rain. The 2,460 foot journey lasts six minutes and you can enjoy an absolutely unique and unforgettable ride just a few feet above the Titlis Glacier.
Approximate value: €8 EUR per person
TERMS & CONDITIONS
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Taxes & fees
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Applicable Taxes and Fees (Airfare & Charges Not Included in the Price)
Not Included In Your Vacation Price (Land-Only or Cruise-Only)
Dates and prices do not include international air travel.
Federal inspection fees for the Federal U.S. Customs and Immigrations; International Air Transportation tax; agricultural tax; other per person taxes imposed by government entities; airport taxes and fees including the September 11th Security fee up to $10 per person, passenger facility charges up to $18 per person, Federal domestic flight segment fees up to $3.50 per segment, and U.S. and International arrival and departure and other government-imposed fees between $200 – $375 per person; port taxes; passports; visas and vaccinations; tips to your Tour or Cruise Director, Local Host, driver, Local Guides, and/or ship’s crew; gratuities on ferries, trains, and cruise ships; laundry; telephone; minibar; alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted Globus menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant or onboard your vessel (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel, ship, or restaurant); optional excursions; airport transfers on non-qualifying flights; airport transfers with cruise only, porterage at airports and train stations; Trip Protection; baggage fees; and all other items of a personal nature.
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