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Escorted Europe Since 1939


TRAVEL TIME ON THE MOTOR COACH
17-Day Heart of Europe® with London Tour

Below is a brief summary of the itinerary. For a full description, see "Itinerary". The hours in parentheses ( ) indicate time on the motor coach between stops.

DAY 1 - Overnight flight from the U.S.A. to Europe.

DAY 2 - Arrive at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport. Meet your tour manager and transfer (1 hr) through the neatly-groomed Dutch Lowlands to your hotel in Rotterdam followed by a welcome dinner. (Dinner)

DAY 3 - This morning travel (½ hr.) to Delft for a morning visit. Continue to Amsterdam (1 hr.) for an independent lunch and individual exploration. Return (1 hr.) to your Rotterdam area hotel for an included dinner (BreakfastDinner)

DAY 4 - Depart Rotterdam and travel through the Netherlands towards Belgium (1¼ hr). After a morning stop, continue to historic Antwerp (1¾ hr). Free time in Antwerp. Then, travel (2½ hrs) to Margraten, site of the American WWII Cemetery. Continue (¾ hr) to your hotel in Maastricht, Belgium and Germany. (BreakfastDinner)

DAY 5 - Cross the border into Germany's North Rhine area (2 hrs). Take a break, before continuing (1 hr) through the Rhine River Valley to Boppard. Board a river boat for a 1½ hr upstream cruise on the legendary, castle-lined Rhine River. After disembarkation, proceed (2 hrs) to the old town of Heidelberg. Transfer (¼ hr) to your hotel in Schriesheim. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 6 - Scenic travel (2½ hrs) to the beautifully-preserved, medieval, walled town of Rothenburg. After free time in Rothenburg, follow the Romantic Road ( hr) and pause in one of the charming, old-world villages. Continue ( hr) to Adelsried for overnight. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 7 - Motor (1½ hr) to the elegant Bavarian capital of Munich for a panoramic tour and free time in the pedestrian-only old town, with opportunity to visit the famous Hofbräuhaus. Cross the border into Austria, and follow the Inn River (2¼ hrs) to the Imperial City of Innsbruck. Free time for independent sightseeing in Innsbruck. Proceed to a nearby Tyrolean village (½ hr), for a two-night stay. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 8 - Free day to explore on your own. Or, join the optional, full-day Bavarian Palace excursion during which you will take the Seefeld pass to Linderhof Palace (1¾ hr), Continue to the village of Obergammergau (½ hr) Return to your Tyrolean Village (2 hrs). Independent dinner or join the optional Tyrolean Show and Dinner excursion (½ hr transfer, each way). (Breakfast)

DAY 9 - Cross the spectacular Europe Brücke (Bridge) through the Dolomites (2 hrs). After the customary morning break, continue to subtropical Lake Garda (2 hrs). Free time for independent lunch and relaxation. Continue (1¼ hr) to legendary Verona of Romeo & Juliet fame. After independent dinner, transfer (¼ hr) from Verona to your hotel in nearby Bussolengo. (Breakfast)

DAY 10 - Spend a leisurely day in Verona or at beautiful Lake Garda. Or, join the full day optional excursion to Venice (2-hr transfer each way between Bussolengo and Venice). Spend the night in Bussolengo. (Breakfast)

DAY 11 - Travel through northern Italy (1½ hrs). After a border stop, cross into Switzerland ( hr). Check out Lugano, the "Rio of the Old Continent." Motor through the St. Gotthard Tunnel or Pass (2 hrs) with a short stop. Then, continue (1 hr) to your hotel in the Swiss Alps for a two-night stay. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 12 - Short ride (½ hr) to the mountain resort of Stans this morning, with the opportunity to take an optional Swiss Mountain funicular ride. On to Lucerne (½ hr) for independent lunch and sightseeing. Depart Switzerland (2½ hr) and cross the border into the Alsace Wine Region of France. Stop in one of the picturesque towns for an independent dinner before transferring (½ hr) to your hotel. (Breakfast)

DAY 13 - Depart the hotel drive through the French countryside (2½ hrs), and arrive in the city of Reims by lunch (2 hrs). Following time for lunch and sightseeing, continue to Paris (2½ hrs) to check-in and enjoy an independent dinner. (Breakfast)

DAY 14 - A full day for individual exploration of Paris, with opportunities for two optional excursions, namely Seine River Cruise and Paris Evening, which includes dinner at a characteristic French bistro in the heart of Paris. Between afternoon sightseeing and individual evening activities, your tour manager will schedule a transfer (¾ hr) to the hotel.(Breakfast)

DAY 15 - Spend the morning in the Montmartre district. Then, transfer (½ hr) to the train station, from where the high-speed Eurostar train will take you under the English Channel to the British coast and onward to London in less than 3 hours. Afternoon sightseeing tour (3 hrs) of London. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 16 - Free day in London, with optional morning Tower of London and optional evening London Dinner & Theater excursion. (Breakfast)

DAY 17 - Transfer (2 hrs) to London Heathrow Airport for the return flight home. (Breakfast)