Köln Dom Zoobrücke

Impressions of Western Europe

8 Days – Frankfurt – Cologne – Amsterdam – Brussels – Paris

Day 1:
Arrival Frankfurt/Main
Arrival in Frankfurt and hotel check-in. After check-in, we recommend a first walk through the beautiful city centre to get some first impressions of the European capital of banking and finance.

Day 2:
Frankfurt – Cologne (approx. 190km)
After a rich breakfast, your tour guide will take you on a sightseeing tour through Frankfurt am Main: You will start with a visit of the Römerberg and the over 600-year old town hall Römer, which has been the city`s center since medieval times and the coronation place of 10 German emperors, and proceed to the nearby Cathedral St. Bartholomäus, the largest sacral building of the city, before you visit St. Pauls church. This site of the first German National Assembly (1848) has been destroyed during World War II and has been reconstructed 1947/48 as a symbol of German Democracy. A visit to the old opera house and a look at the Goethe Haus, where the famous German poet was born complete your tour. Around noon, you will leave Frankfurt to go to Cologne. Start your guided visit with the breathtaking Cologne Cathedral, which was built from 1248 to 1880. With a height of 157,38m, this masterpiece of Gothic architecture is the third highest sacral building in the world. Further sights include the historic town hall, the Romanesque church Groß St. Martin with its prominent crossing towers, the old town with the historic market place as well as the Roncalliplatz. Following the city tour, you will have the opportunity to take a walk on one of the most frequented shopping streets in Germany, the Hohe Strasse, or to visit the unique Chocolate Museum and enjoy a stroll through 3,000 years of chocolaty history. The evening is open for your own explorations.

Day 3:
Cologne – Amsterdam (approx. 270km)
In the morning you will cross the Dutch border and proceed to Amsterdam, where you will be welcomed by your city guide. 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 at your own disposal.

Day 4:
Stay in Amsterdam
Today, you can amend your tour agenda according to your own interests. How about a visit at Madame Tussaud`s to see many VIPs, sports stars, artists and royalties? A visit at Artis Zoo is also recommendable. The evening is at your leisure.

Day 5:
Amsterdam – Brussels – Paris (approx. 520km)
After breakfast you will leave the Dutch capital and continue your tour to Brussels, where you will meet your guide for a sightseeing tour through the Belgian capital: you will see the magnificent Grand Place, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site with its decorated baroque and gothic guild houses; the Manneken Pis, a famous statue of a small boy peeing into a fountain, which has become one of the city`s landmarks; the baroque Cathédrale St. Michel et Gudule, since 1225 national church of the Belgian kingdom; Palais Royal, the official home of the Belgian king and one of the grand European palaces; the Arc de Triomphe and the world-famous Atomium, representing a molecule`s nine atoms in a 165 billion fold magnification, which was built for the World Fair in 1958. Around noon you will leave the Belgian city and drive to the French capital Paris.

Day 6:
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 Sacre 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 7:
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 8:
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.