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Heart of Europe® W/ London tour
17-day tour featuring Holland, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France, & England
  • Tour Description
    Back by popular demand, this tour encompasses all the highlights of our HEART OF EUROPE® Circle Tour and includes an exciting, high speed Eurostar train ride under the English Channel, from Paris to London, for a two-night stay in the British capital.

  • Included Features
    Meals - In addition to any meals you may be served during your flights to and from Europe, the tour price includes 15 breakfasts and 9 dinners during the land portion of the tour.
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    Tour OperatorImage Tours
    OfferOffer valid through 7/18/2014
    Duration
    17 Days
    Escorted
    Escorted - Yes
    Itinerary
    DayDestinationDescription
    Day 1Overnight Flight to EuropeOvernight Flight to Europe.
    Today brings the beginning of a new adventure . . . anticipation heightens as you realize that your trip of a lifetime is about to begin! Refer to 'Preparing for your Departure' in your Final Documents for easy check-in procedures. Take time to relax on your trans-Atlantic flight with the assurance that Image Tours has taken care of all the details.
    Day 2AmsterdamHOLLAND . . Amsterdam Schiphol Airport - Dutch Lowlands - Lelystad.
    As morning arrives, the European coastline comes into view and your plane soon touches down at the Amsterdam 'Schiphol' Airport. Disembark, clear passport control, claim your suitcase, and pass through customs. Your 'Arrival Instructions' will tell you how to get to the 'Meeting Point', and at what time your tour manager will meet you there. Board your deluxe motor coach for a pleasant drive through the neatly-groomed Dutch lowlands. Much of the Dutch countryside is at or below sea level and is characterized by canals, dikes, and windmills. Continue to your hotel in Lelystad, which is situated on reclaimed land, known as a 'Polder'. Your two-night stay in Holland will introduce you to Dutch 'gezelligheid', a kind, convivial, comfortable feeling, as you will experience in the days ahead. Time allowing, the tour manager may offer a late afternoon excursion to one of the old-world villages nearby. This evening, enjoy the 'Welcome to Europe/Get-acquainted' dinner at the hotel with your fellow tour members. (Dinner)
    Day 3LelystadHOLLAND . . Country Stay in Lelystad.
    This day is all yours to spend as you like. Communicating is no problem, as English is widely spoken. Consider taking advantage of Holland's efficient bus and railway network to a myriad of interesting places, many of them less than an hour away. Bikes are available for rent in many cities. There's also a full-day optional 'Grand Holland' excursion, featuring a kaleidoscopic overview of Holland, including the unique countryside, a picturesque Dutch village, and an afternoon in Amsterdam, one of the great cities of the world. In the evening, return to your hotel for dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)
    Day 4HeerlenBELGIUM . . Antwerp & HOLLAND . . Margraten American Military Cemetery - Heerlen.
    This morning you will cross three major rivers on your way to Belgium's 'province' (state) of 'Flanders' and its capital, Antwerp, known for its lively atmosphere and cozy outdoor cafes. Join a short orientation walk and explore the old city center. Be sure to try the Belgian waffles. There are also fine lace and irresistible chocolate shops in the area around the city's colorful Grand Square. Next, head for the hilly Ardennes region of eastern Belgium. For many Americans, the stop at the Margraten American Military Cemetery is an emotional experience. The graves of over 8,000 American servicemen stand in everlasting memory to the sacrifices of World War II. For the location of specific graves, write to: The American Battle Monuments Commission, Washington, DC 20314. You will spend the night in Heerlen, situated at the conjunction of Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany. (Breakfast, Dinner)
    Day 5SchriesheimGERMANY . . Rhine Cruise - Heidelberg Castle & Old Town - Schriesheim.
    Guten Morgen! In Germany, some of your travel will be on the 'Autobahn', the first state-of-the-art superhighway system, which was expanded by Hitler. Near Koblenz, leave the Autobahn and wind through the Rhine River Valley to Boppard. A pleasure boat awaits you for an upstream cruise on this great, romantic river. You will glide past endearing villages, a variety of castles, and hillside vineyards known for producing the distinctive Rhine wines. Near the end of your cruise, you will pass by the treacherous Loreley Rock. Legend has it that the bewitching chant of a fair maiden sent boatmen crashing into the rock. The cruise ends at St. Goar, a characteristic wine village. Continue to Heidelberg, idyllically situated on the Neckar River and dominated by the ruins of Heidelberg Castle. This historic university town is considered by many to embody the spirit of Germany. Your tour manager will accompany you on a walking tour of the 'Old Town'. Following your visit to Heidelberg, proceed to the neighboring village of Schriesheim, your home-away-from-home for tonight. The hotel will serve dinner shortly after your arrival. (Breakfast, Dinner)
    Day 6AdelsriedGERMANY . . Medieval Rothenburg - Romantic Road - Adelsried.
    This morning, enjoy a leisurely ride to the enchanting, storybook town of Rothenburg; a beautifully-preserved, medieval village surrounded by the original town walls and without a single modern building in sight. You will feel like you are walking into a fairy tale when you see the narrow cobblestone streets, historic inns, and quaint shop fronts. During your free time, climb to the top of the 'Rathaus' Bell Tower for a bird's-eye view of the city, walk atop the old city walls, check out the Medieval Criminal Museum which exhibits tools of punishment from more draconian times, or stroll through the castle gardens overlooking the River Tauber. Delightful shopping awaits you at Kathe Wohlfahrt's "Weihnachtsdorf", a sprawling, year-round Christmas shop. Your afternoon journey leads south on the 'Romantic Road'. This area is rich in unspoiled countryside, historic castles, and medieval villages. Enjoy dinner tonight at your hotel in Adelsried. Your meal will be enlivened by accordion music. (Breakfast, Dinner)
    Day 7InnsbruckGERMANY . . Munich & AUSTRIA . . Innsbruck - Stubaital Valley.
    It's just 60 kilometers (37½ miles) to Munich, the elegant capital of Bavaria. You will enter the city via the Olympic Village, the Bohemian district of Schwabing, Victory Gate and the stately buildings which line the Ludwig Strasse (street). The focal point is 'Marien Platz' (square) with its captivating Glockenspiel show at 11:00 a.m. For lunch, consider the 'Hofbrauhaus', a one-of-a-kind beer hall, which exudes an 'Oktoberfest' atmosphere year-round. The Old Town is a pedestrian-only zone where the old city gates and historic buildings are cleverly interspersed with attractive, modern store fronts. After lunch, head south to the Austrian border and travel along the Inn River as it winds its way through the Alps to the Imperial City of Innsbruck, capital of the Tyrol and two-time host of the Winter Olympics. The 'Inn' River and the surrounding mountains are a stunning setting. See the Imperial Church, the Golden Roof, the Maria Theresia Boulevard, and the Triumphal Gate. Innsbruck owes its architectural beauty to Maximilian I, who ruled 500 years ago (and became Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire). A short distance from Innsbruck lies the Stubaital Valley, where you will spend the next two nights in a chalet-style hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)
    Day 8InnsbruckAUSTRIA . . Alpine Resort Village in the Stubaital Valley near Innsbruck.
    The Stubaital Valley provides the perfect location for a relaxing day. Dotted along the valley are the resort villages of Telfes, Fulpmes, and Neustift all leading to the impressive Stubai Glacier. A scenic tram ride offers easy and direct access into Innsbruck. Another choice for the day is the optional 'Bavarian Palace' excursion. Try a local restaurant for your independent dinner or join the optional 'Tyrolean Show & Dinner' for an evening of authentic Austrian folklore, music and dancing. (Breakfast)
    Day 9BussolengoITALY . . Dolomite Mountains - Lake Garda - Verona - Bussolengo.
    Enter Italy via the 'Europa Bruecke (Bridge)', a remarkable feat of mountain highway engineering through the alluring 'Dolomites', a mountain range that is known for its reddish appearance. After the customary morning break, you are in for a special treat, as you descend to Italy's largest lake, beautiful Lake Garda. In some places, the rocky shores seem to rise straight up from the lake. Its sheltered location gives the area a subtropical climate, rich in vegetation, including oleander bushes with their profusion of red, white, and pink blooms, olive groves, laurel and fruit trees. An extended stop affords ample opportunity to stroll along the lake front, browse through the quaint markets, and enjoy an Italian ice cream (gelato). From here, it's a short ride to the legendary city of Verona, made famous by Shakespeare's tragic story of 'Romeo & Juliet'. Your hotel for tonight is in nearby Bussolengo. There will be two transfers from Verona to your hotel, one at 6:00 p.m. and one at 8:00 p.m. (Breakfast)
    Day 10BussolengoITALY . . Bussolengo near Verona.
    If yesterday's stop on Lake Garda enchanted you and you have visions of relaxing under a Cinzano umbrella sipping a Campari or Capuccino, or if you would like to spend the entire day studying the fascinating architecture and browsing the fashionable shops and historical sights of Verona, this day is yours to do as you please. Ask the hotel concierge where to catch the buses to Verona and Lake Garda. Another choice for today is to join the optional excursion to Venice, famous for its canals and bridges, colorful gondoliers, magnificent St. Mark's Square, and engaging outdoor vendors. The 'Venice' excursion includes dinner at a characteristic Venetian restaurant. After a memorable day of sightseeing, return to Bussolengo to spend the night. (Breakfast)
    Day 11Lake Lucerne RegionSWITZERLAND . . Lake Lugano - Gotthard Pass - Lake Lucerne Region.
    Travel north past Milan, the principal industrial city of Italy, towards the unsurpassed splendor of the Italian and Swiss lake districts. This region's natural beauty abounds, as you will see traveling past its pristine lakes and grand mountains. As you enter Switzerland, feast your eyes on pretty villas with snow-capped peaks looming in the distance. Often referred to as the 'Rio de Janeiro of the Old Continent', Lugano is the perfect spot for a lunch break. In the afternoon, the 11-mile-long St. Gotthard Tunnel takes you from the Italian section of Switzerland into the German section. Traveling through William Tell country and along the edge of gorgeous Lake Lucerne, the serene beauty of the Swiss Alps comes alive. The rising peaks of Rigi and Pilatus, standing guard over this vast water basin, create one of the most imposing sights in Europe. Your hotel resides in one of the scenic villages in the Lake Lucerne Region. (Breakfast, Dinner)
    Day 12Lake Lucerne RegionSWITZERLAND . . Village of Stans - Lucerne with its Chapel Bridge - Lake Lucerne Region.
    First stop today is the old mountain village of Stans with an option to take a funicular up 'Mount Stanserhorn' (see 'Swiss Mountain' excursion), during which you will enjoy some of the most incredible alpine vistas. Next, motor along the lake to the city of Lucerne to see such sights as the Old City Wall and the famous Lion Monument in the Glacier Garden. This inspiring stone carving, hewn out of natural rock, commemorates the heroic death of Swiss soldiers who defended Louis the XVI during the French Revolution. The rest of the day is yours to explore or to simply relax on one of the lovely lake shore promenades. Lucerne is also a shopper's paradise. You will enjoy browsing through displays of wood-carved music boxes, delicate Swiss lace, delicious chocolates and . . . Switzerland's world famous watches. Another choice for your free time is a visit to the Swiss Transport Museum, the largest museum of its type in Europe. Venture out for dinner on your own or join the 'Swiss Lake Boat Ride & Dinner' optional. (Breakfast)
    Day 13ParisFRANCE . . Burgundy Wine Region - Beaune - Paris.
    The church bells usher in another glorious day. Follow the Swiss Autobahn to Basel, strategically located where Switzerland, Germany, and France meet and where the Rhine River becomes navigable. The mountains give way to hilltop villages and rustic vineyards. Visit Beaune, center of Burgundy wine country and one of the best preserved medieval cities in this area. Take time for independent lunch, browse the local wine shops, or visit the intriguing 'Hospices Museum', built in the 15th century as a hospital for the destitute, now housing items used in hospitals in the Middle Ages, as well as an impressive collection of furniture, pottery, paintings and tapestries. The museum is also known for its striking architecture. In the late afternoon, stop near Auxerre, at a restaurant along the French Auto route, for an included dinner of regional specialties. Then, it's on to Paris. What a thrill it is to enter this vivacious city, rich in history, art and architecture. During your evening arrival, you will experience why Paris is called 'La Ville Lumiere' (The City of Light). (Breakfast, Dinner)
    Day 14ParisFRANCE . . Paris.
    You've read about it, you've heard about it, you've dreamed about it, and you have seen it in movies; but today you will personally experience and explore Paris, one of the world's trendiest cities. With so much to see and do, you need to prioritize your interests. A part of your program for the morning might be to join the optional 'Seine River Cruise' excursion, offering a 1-hour boat ride on the legendary River Seine with views of Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower. Art lovers, be sure to visit a museum (the Louvre Museum is open daily, except Tuesdays), or climb the steps of Montmartre where street artists display their works. Shopping enthusiasts, you will be thrilled with the boutiques and department stores surrounding the Opera. For dinner tonight, venture out on your own or join the 'Paris Evening' optional, with dinner at a characteristic French bistro in the heart of Paris. (Breakfast)
    Day 15LondonFRANCE . . Paris & ENGLAND . . London.
    The morning is still yours in Paris, in case you did not get to see and do everything you had planned for yesterday. Or, take a stroll along the famous 'Champs Elysees' and sip your favorite beverage at a sidewalk cafe. In the afternoon, the high-speed 'Eurostar' train takes you under the English Channel and into London in just three hours. A private motor coach will transfer you to your London hotel. During the transfer, enjoy your first, real-life impressions of this exciting World City. After check-in, enjoy a relaxing dinner at the hotel. Tomorrow, you will continue your exploration of the British capital. (Breakfast, Dinner)
    Day 16LondonENGLAND . . London.
    Start the day with a panoramic tour of London's famous landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament with Big Ben, Hyde Park, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, and Buckingham Palace. The Changing of the Guard is performed on select dates posted one month in advance and subject to special events and weather. Spend the rest of the day in pursuit of your personal interests. One way to see the sights is to purchase a double-decker hop-on/hop-off day pass (approximately £20 and valid until 6:00 p.m.) giving you access to numerous popular attractions at over 90 stops! These passes also include a 30-minute Thames River Cruise. Stop at the famous Harrods department store or Madame Tussauds with its life-like wax figures. If you have a specific destination in mind, the metro system ('Underground') is easy, fast, and economical. Dinner is independent, allowing you flexibility in planning your evening. One possibility is to join the tour manager on an exciting optional 'London Dinner & Theatre' excursion. (Breakfast)
    Day 17Daytime flight back to the U.S.ADaytime flight back to the U.S.A.
    Transfer to the London airport for the return flight home. (Breakfast)
    Dates/Pricing
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    DateDescriptionPrice FromQuote
    September 21, 2014Twin $3,365.00 (USD)Quote
    September 21, 2014Single$4,479.00 (USD)Quote
    May 06, 2015Twin $3,365.00 (USD)Quote
    May 06, 2015Single$4,479.00 (USD)Quote
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