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European Highlights 5 Capitals in 12 Days

12 Days: Paris – Amsterdam – Berlin – Prague – Vienna

Day 1:
Arrival in the „city of love“ and check-in at your hotel. Afterwards we recommend a walk through the city centre to get some first impressions of the French capital.

Day 2:
Stay in Paris
After a rich breakfast buffet, your tour guide will introduce you to Paris. First, a visit to the Eiffel Tower – the city’s famous landmark – is on the tour agenda. The monument was built between 1887 and 1899 and constructed in honor of the centennial celebration of the French Revolution. Then you will view the new Palais de Chaillot, which was built in the neo-classical style on a small hill above the Seine in 1937. Not far from the palace is the Arc de Triomphe – another landmark of the city – which was constructed to honor French soldiers. From the Arc de Triomphe you can get a magnificent view of the Champs-Elysées. On this 1.5 mile (2 kilometer) long boulevard, national parades take place annually. Further sights include the Sacré Coeur, a Romanesque-Byzantine basilica on top of Montmartre; the world-famous Moulin Rouge; Notre Dame, the cathedral that is one of the most important landmarks of the city and one of the most significant examples of French Gothic architecture; the Louvre, the famous museum that was built in the 12th century by King Philippe-Auguste and nowadays holds the world’s most renowned art collections; as well as the cultural center Pompidou. The evening is free for your own explorations.

Day 3:
Paris + Versailles
In the morning you will visit the castle of Versailles, which is part of the UNESCO world heritage since 1979. From the middle of the 17th century to the onset of the French Revolution, the baroque palace was the residence of the royal French family. Its magnificent and playful architecture was in its time the be all and end all, as well as a model for many other castles throughout Europe. The rest of this day is at your own disposal.

Day 4:
Paris – Amsterdam (approx. 510 km)
After breakfast you will leave the French capital and head to the Netherlands. After hotel check-in, the day is at your free disposal.

Day 5:
Stay in Amsterdam
After a rich breakfast your guide will take you on a sightseeing tour through the capital of the Dutch kingdom during which you will visit the “Oude Kerk”, the oldest parish church in Amsterdam; the royal palace, which was built in 1648 as city hall and then was changed into a royal palace in 1808 by King Louis Napoleon; the Vondelpark, which is visited annually by more than 10 million people; the Albert-Cuyp Market, the most-visited street market in Amsterdam; the Anne-Frank House, where Anne Frank and her family hid for two years from persecution of the Jews during World War II; the van Gogh Museum with 200 paintings and 500 drawings of the famous artist; the canals, which were dug out from 1612 to 1663; the 1889-central railway station and much more. The evening is open for your own explorations.

Day 6:
Amsterdam – Berlin (approx. 660 km)
After breakfast you will leave the Dutch capital and head to Berlin. After check-in the rest of the day is at your free disposal.

Day 7:
Stay in Berlin
In the morning, your tour guide takes you on a sightseeing tour through the German capital: Visit Alexanderplatz, Berlin`s most famous square with the World Time Clock and the Fernsehturm (TV tower) Alex, with a height of 368m the city`s highest building offering a tremendous view from its panoramic floor; Berlin Cathedral, former court church of Prussia`s royal family, the Hohenzollern; the medieval quarter Nikolaiviertel; the World Heritage Museum Island, uniting five important museum buildings into a harmonic ensemble on the river Spree; Berlin Town Hall, official seat of the mayor which is colloquially known as the “Red Town Hall”; the Gendarmenmarkt, generally regarded as one of the most beautiful squares in Europe; as well as legendary Checkpoint Charlie, the former border crossing point between East and West Berlin. Further sights are the Federal Chancellery Bundeskanzleramt, one of the most impressive pieces of architecture in the new government precinct; the Reichstag, Berlin`s most popular sight and seat of the German federal government; Brandenburg Gate, the symbol of the once divided city; the new center of Berlin, Potsdamer Platz; Berlin`s green heart, the Tiergarten with the Siegessäule, reflecting the city`s history in a remarkable way; the Memorial Church Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche, as well as the most popular boulevard Kurfürstenplatz. Following the tour, you might have the opportunity for a shopping excursion through the numerous stores along the Kurfürstenplatz or to conclude this day in any of the near restaurants, clubs or pubs.

Day 8:
Berlin – Prague (approx. 360 km)
After breakfast you will leave the German capital and set out for Prague. Hotel check-in and free time for your own explorations.

Day 9:
Stay in Prague
Discover the historic metropolis, located on the banks of the river Vltava, during a city tour. View, among other landmarks, the famous Charles Bridge, which is one of the oldest stone bridges in Europe; the Prague Castle, the landmark of the city and partially more than 1,000 years old; the 700-meter-long Wenceslas Square, which is one of the biggest squares in Europe; old town city hall with the astronomical clock; old town square in the center of Prague; the powder tower, which received its name in the end of the 17th century from its function to store gun power; the St. Vitus Cathedral, the biggest church building in the Czech Republic; the Golden Lane, one of the most famous streets in Prague, as well as the Clementinum, a baroque building complex near the Charles Bridge. The evening is at your free disposal.

Day 10:
Prague – Vienna (approx. 400 km)
After breakfast your tour continues to the Austrian capital Vienna, where you will check-in your booked hotel. The rest of the day is at your disposal for your own explorations.

Day 11:
Stay in Vienna
Today, you will discover the sights of this impressive city together with your tour guide. In the morning, you will visit Schönbrunn Palace, Empress Sisi`s former summer residence and one of the most important Austrian cultural monuments, which has been added to the UNESCO`s cultural heritage in 1996 due to its historic importance, its unique grounds and its splendid furnishings. Next , you will also see the Hofburg, the former imperial residence; the nostalgic amusement park Prater with the Giant Ferris Wheel, the landmark of Vienna; the Belvedere Palace, which was built by Prince Eugen of Savoy and is displayed on the Austrian 20-cent-coins; the Danube tower, offering a splendid view from its rotating restaurant; St. Stephen`s Cathedral, Austria`s most eminent Gothic building; St. Charles Church, a magnificent baroque building and much more. In the evening, we have organized a typical “Heurigenabend” for you, where you can enjoy genuine food, wine and music.

Day 12:
After a rich breakfast, you will return home with unforgettable memories.

Upon request we gladly offer adequate transfer services
(coach / minibus / limousine / driver-guide / train / rented car)

Kindly note that our programs are merely suggested itineraries. Please do not hesitate to send us your request for a tailor-made quotation according to your special interests.

Please also note that due to the opening times of included sights the program might have to be modified.

In cases of special events or important fairs and conferences, an accommodation in a centrally located hotel might not be possible. The excursion program however is generally not affected by these events.