European Road Trip

16 days starting at $3,429
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  • FLIGHT 1 Night

  • Day 1

    Overnight flight

    Overnight flight
    Board your overnight flight, bound for Europe.
  • AMSTERDAM 3 NIGHTS

  • Day 2

    Arrive in Amsterdam

    Introduction to Amsterdam

    Welcome Mixer

    Arrive in Amsterdam
    Continue on to Amsterdam. There’s so much to love about this city, from the canals to the Van Gogh to the legendary laid-back attitude. You’ll be staying in Zeeburg, a funky, diverse neighborhood just a short tram ride from the city center.

    Introduction to Amsterdam
    Your tour director will take you on a quick walk so you can get to know the area.

    Welcome mixer
    Get to know your fellow travelers at an authentic local spot over some drinks and light appetizers.
  • Day 3

    Sightseeing tour of Amsterdam (local guide)

    Anne Frank House

    Sightseeing tour of Amsterdam (local guide)
    Get a feel for the city’s history and unique culture as you walk through busy Dam Square. Then take in scenic views of the Amstel River before finishing up in Rembrandtplein, a bustling square packed with outdoor cafés, shops and clubs.

    Anne Frank House
    Walk through the rooms where young Anne lived in hiding and wrote her famous diary. Anne and her family lived here for nearly two years between 1942 and 1944.
  • Day 4

    Optional Amsterdam Bike Tour (extra cost)

    Optional Amsterdam Bike Tour (extra cost)
    Bike like a local through the streets and countryside of Amsterdam. You’ll start by pedaling through the city, then taking a ferry across the North Holland Canal. On the other side, you’ll ride through rural landscapes and see the picturesque windmills and 17th century villages. Enjoy a picnic lunch while soaking up the stunning Dutch countryside.
  • FRANKFURT 1 Night

  • Day 5

    Travel to Heidelberg

    Highlights of Heidelberg

    Travel to Frankfurt

    Travel to Heidelberg
    Drive to Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest college town. Heidelberg’s hillside castle, red-roofed townscape, and cobblestone streets filled with boutiques make the city a popular stop for backpackers and others traveling through Europe.

    Highlights of Heidelberg
    Your tour director will show you the highlights of the town. See Heidelberg's 700-year-old castle, and take in the great views of the Neckar Valley. Walk the cobblestone streets to Marktplatz, where witches were burned at the stake back in the day. You’ll also see the castle’s 58,000-gallon wine cask (the world’s largest), which once kept the locals’ thirst very well-quenched.

    Travel to Frankfurt
    Continue on to Frankfurt, a 2,000 year old city where historic architecture coexists with one of the most impressive modern skylines in Europe.
  • MUNICH 2 NIGHTS

  • Day 6

    Travel to Munich

    Introduction to Munich

    Free time in Munich (night)

    Travel to Munich
    Continue on to Munich. This is the capital of Germany’s Bavaria region, and it still has strong ties to its folkloric traditions (you’ll definitely see some lederhosen). There’s also plenty of modernity, including a great music scene, cool art museums, and BMW’s world headquarters.

    Introduction to Munich
    Your tour director will take you on a quick walk so you can get to know the area.

    Free time in Munich (night)
    Top 5 nightlife suggestions:
    1. Hofbräuhaus – This legendary beer hall has Bavarian folk bands, throngs of jovial people, and an endless supply of flowing beer.
    2. Nachtcafe – Hear live bands or DJs almost every night; free to enter and open all night.
    3. Nationaltheater – See an opera, ballet or classical music concert at the city's most prestigious theater.
    4. Leopoldstrasse – This street in the Schwabing district is lined with bars, cafés, restaurants, cinemas and pubs.
    5. Atomic Café – Dance to ’70s music all night.

    For more ideas and details, see our Lonely Planet city guide for Munich.
  • Day 7

    Neuschwanstein Castle

    Neuschwanstein Castle
    Visit Neuschwanstein Castle, which was the model for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle and also home to one of the weirdest kings in Europe’s history.
  • VENICE REGION 2 NIGHTS

  • Day 8

    Travel via Innsbruck

    Arrive in Venice

    Travel via Innsbruck
    En route to Italy, stop in Innsbruck, a cool little city located at the intersection of several Alpine passes. Innsbruck has hosted the Winter Olympics twice, and it’s the capital of Austria’s scenic Tyrol province. Have time to explore the town square and grab a bite to eat, maybe an Austrian sausage (a local favorite).

    Arrive in Venice region
    Continue on towards Venice, once a huge naval power and now a major tourist spot. Venice is amazing. The one-of-a-kind canals have to be seen to be appreciated. See the gondolas, browse the shops, eat the gelato. At night you'll be hanging out in nearby Lido di Jesolo, a beachside area with lots of fun nightlife, good restaurants, and the hotel you'll be sleeping in.
  • Day 9

    Sightseeing tour of Venice (local guide)

    St. Mark's Basilica

    Free time in Venice (day)

    Sightseeing tour of Venice (local guide)
    A local guide will lead you on foot through the narrow streets and open piazzas of Venice. Start at St. Mark's Square, whose basilica allegedly houses the saint's remains. See the famous Grand Canal and the 324-foot Campanile bell tower.

    St. Mark's Basilica
    Get inside the most famous church in Venice. The Basilica was built in 832 AD and remains one of the most breathtaking examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture in Italy.

    Free time in Venice (day)
    Top 5 free time suggestions:
    1. Castello district – Take a walk and try to make it all the way to the San Pietro di Castello Island.
    2. Rialto Market – Browse the noisiest, most colorful spot in Venice, where vendors sell an assortment of fruits, vegetables and fish.
    3. le Zattere – Walk along this picturesque quay, with its great views of the Grand Canal and its popular gelato stop.
    4. Glassware shopping – Take home a piece of high-quality Venetian crystal.
    5. Gondola ride – You have to do it, the classic Venice experience. If you’re lucky, your gondolier will serenade you as he directs the boat along the canals.

    For more ideas and details, see our Lonely Planet city guide for Venice.
  • LUCERNE REGION 2 NIGHTS

  • Day 10

    Travel via Verona

    Arrive in Lucerne region

    Travel via Verona
    On your way to Switzerland, stop in Verona, home of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. You can see the home of Juliet’s family, and even the balcony where she called out for Romeo in Shakespeare’s play.

    Arrive in Lucerne region
    Welcome to the majestic Swiss Alps, where it’s all about the scenery and the chocolate. With Lake Lucerne, the surrounding mountains, and a famous covered bridge, this is classic Switzerland. Your stay in the Lucerne Region will be relaxing and the views will be unbelievable.
  • Day 11

    Highlights of Lucerne

    Optional trip up Mount Pilatus (extra cost)

    Highlights of Lucerne
    Explore Lucerne with your tour director. Walk the narrow streets and take in the incredible mountain scenery. See the one-of-a-kind Löwendenkmal, a surprisingly impressive rock carving of a dying lion. Walk across the Kapellbrücke—this mural-lined covered bridge was originally built back in medieval times.

    Optional trip up Mount Pilatus (extra cost)
    Take an amazing trip to the top of Mount Pilatus, the majestic mountain dominating the Lucerne skyline. If it’s summer, you’ll travel to the foot of the mountain by boat across Lake Lucerne, and then ride the famous Pilatus cog railway—the steepest in the world—to the top. During other seasons, you’ll drive to the mountain base before going up by cable car. Forty-five minutes and 6,387 feet later, you’ll reach the summit. Take in the incredible panoramic views—see the city of Lucerne, its pristine lake, and the snow-capped Alps.
  • PARIS 2 NIGHTS

  • Day 12

    Train from Zurich

    Arrive in Paris

    Introduction to Paris

    Notre Dame Cathedral

    Evening Seine cruise and Eiffel Tower

    Train from Zurich
    Drive by bus to nearby Zurich, and then board a high speed TGV train bound for Paris.

    Arrive in Paris
    Welcome to Paris. The French capital is visited by more than 30 million people a year, drawn by the famous monuments, the great food, and some of the world’s best art museums. Drink some wine, have some cheese, and see the newest fashions before anyone else does.

    Introduction to Paris
    Your tour director will take you on a quick walk so you can get to know the area.

    Notre Dame Cathedral
    Go inside the famous medieval cathedral, which was built over the course of 200 years. It was incredible then, and it’s incredible now. Look up in awe at the giant stained-glass windows and the seemingly weightless vaulted ceilings.

    Evening Seine cruise and Eiffel Tower
    Float past Notre Dame Cathedral and under some of Paris’s famous bridges, then visit the most iconic tower in the world.
  • Day 13

    Sightseeing tour of Paris (local guide)

    Optional trip to Versailles (extra cost)

    Free time in Paris (night)

    Sightseeing tour of Paris (local guide)
    Go on a sightseeing bus tour around Paris. A local guide will tell you all about the city as you see its most well-known sights. Drive down the Champs-Elysées and see the Arc de Triomphe. You’ll also stop at the Eiffel Tower to take some photos. The Tower was built in 1889 for the World’s Fair and was supposed to be torn down afterwards—when they realized it could be used for radio communication, they decided to keep it.

    Optional trip to Versailles (extra cost)
    Spend the afternoon at the over-the-top palace of Louis XIV. Not far from Paris, this is where French royalty reveled in their extravagant lifestyle in the decades before the Revolution. At one point, a thousand nobles were attended by 4,000 servants inside the palace, while 15,000 soldiers and servants lived in the annexes. Walk through the landscaped gardens, tour the State Apartments of the King and the Queen, and see the Hall of Mirrors.

    Free time in Paris (night)
    Top 5 nightlife suggestions:
    1. Moulin Rouge – See a classic burlesque show at the legendary Parisian cabaret.
    2. Buddha Bar – This super-hip lounge is most famous for its DJ's popular compilation CDs.
    3. Wine and cheese on the Seine – Sit by the water and relax with a bottle, a baguette and some brie.
    4. Caveau de la Huchette – This friendly café has excellent jazz music and is free to get in.
    5. St. Michel – Young people and tourists like this area for bar hopping and picking up late-night kebabs.

    For more ideas and details, see our Lonely Planet city guide for Paris.
  • LONDON 2 NIGHTS

  • Day 14

    Eurostar train to London

    Introduction to London

    Free time in London (night)

    Eurostar train to London
    Ride a high-speed train under the English Channel to London. What can you say about London? It’s huge, it’s multi-cultural, and it’s brimming with famous sights, fun pubs, great music venues and endless things to do.

    Introduction to London
    Your tour director will take you on a quick walk so you can get to know the area.

    Free time in London (night)
    Top 5 nightlife suggestions:
    1. West End Theatre district – Catch a play in London's version of Broadway.
    2. Soho – This lively neighborhood is famous for its nightlife, with pubs, clubs, live music, whatever you’re looking for.
    3. Comedy Store – Laugh till you can't anymore at the heart and soul of the UK comedy scene.
    4. Fabric – A huge underground dance club with three dance floors, plus some mellower spaces.
    5. Shepherd's Bush Empire – This popular medium-sized music venue has hosted the likes of Björk, Cold War Kids and Cee Lo Green.

    For more ideas and details, see our Lonely Planet city guide for London.
  • Day 15

    Sightseeing tour of London (local guide)

    Free time in London (day)

    Farewell dinner

    Sightseeing tour of London (local guide)

    Hit the highlights of London with a licensed local guide giving you all the inside info. Most of the tour will be on a bus ride around the city—you’ll see the famous sights like Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. You’ll also get a chance to walk around and explore on foot. If you’re lucky you might even catch the Changing of the Guard, a classic London moment.

    Free time in London (day)
    Top 5 free time suggestions:
    1. Covent Garden – Seek out bargains at this bustling covered market; souvenirs, clothes, crafts and much more.
    2. Tower of London – Trace England’s bloody history and see the legendary Crown Jewels.
    3. Abbey Road – Probably the world's most famous crosswalk, this storied spot is a must-see for even the most casual Beatles fan.
    4. Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum – Be amazed by frighteningly real wax dummies of your favorite celebrities and historical figures.
    5. Tate Modern – Visit one of the world's top modern art museums to see Picassos, Warhols, Dalís and more.

    For more ideas and details, see our Lonely Planet city guide for London.

    Farewell dinner
    Share some last laughs (and maybe shed a few tears) at an included farewell dinner with the group.
  • FLIGHT 1 DAY

  • Day 16

    Fly Home

    Fly home
    It's time to say your goodbyes. Head to the airport for your flight back home.
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  • Round-trip airfare
  • Accommodations
  • Travel between cities
  • Welcome Mixer
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Continental Breakfast Daily
  • Full-time tour director
  • Sightseeing tours
  • Entrance to select attractions
  • Mount Pilatus
    Take an amazing trip to the top of Mount Pilatus, the majestic mountain dominating the Lucerne skyline. If it’s summer, you’ll travel to the foot of the mountain by boat across Lake Lucerne, and then ride the famous Pilatus cog railway—the steepest in the world—to the top. During other seasons, you’ll drive to the mountain base before going up by cable car. Forty-five minutes and 6,387 feet later, you’ll reach the summit. Take in the incredible panoramic views—see the city of Lucerne, its pristine lake, and the snow-capped Alps.
  • Versailles (pre-book only)
    (Deadline to book is 45 days prior to departure.)
    Spend the afternoon at the over-the-top palace of Louis XIV. Not far from Paris, this is where French royalty reveled in their extravagant lifestyle in the decades before the Revolution. At one point, a thousand nobles were attended by 4,000 servants inside the palace, while 15,000 soldiers and servants lived in the annexes. Walk through the landscaped gardens, tour the State Apartments of the King and the Queen, and see the Hall of Mirrors.
  • Amsterdam Bike Tour
    Bike like a local through the streets and countryside of Amsterdam. You’ll start by pedaling through the city, then taking a ferry across the North Holland Canal. On the other side, you’ll ride through rural landscapes and see the picturesque windmills and 17th century villages. Enjoy a picnic lunch while soaking up the stunning Dutch countryside.
SIGHTS YOU'LL SEE:

Anne Frank House

Doges' Palace

Notre Dame

Eiffel Tower

Seine cruise

CITY GUIDES

Lucerne Heidelberg Amsterdam London Paris Venice Munich