Highlights of Europe

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  • FLIGHT 1 Night

  • Day 1

    Overnight flight

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

  • Day 2

    Arrive in Dublin

    Introduction to Dublin

    Welcome Mixer

    Arrive in Dublin
    Welcome to Dublin, capital of Ireland. In the last decade or so, Dublin has become one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Europe. It’s the hometown of James Joyce, U2, and Guinness. After clearing customs, you’ll meet your full-time tour director and the rest of your group.

    Introduction to Dublin
    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 Dublin (local guide)

    St. Patrick’s Cathedral

    Sightseeing tour of Guinness Storehouse

    Sightseeing tour of Dublin (local guide)
    A local guide will show you the best of Dublin. Pass by the Irish President’s home as you head through Phoenix Park. Take in the views along the River Liffey and check out an ancient Viking site. See Trinity College, where Bram Stoker (the author of “Dracula”) studied.

    St. Patrick’s Cathedral
    Go inside the 800-year-old church named after the famous Irish saint. This is the biggest church in Ireland, and it stands on the exact spot where St. Patrick is said to have baptized converts.

    Sightseeing tour of Guinness Storehouse
    St. Patrick may be Ireland’s most beloved figure, but Mr. Guinness has to be a close second. Witness the history and brewing process of the world’s most famous beer. Check out the Guinness Storehouse, a converted 19th-century building where you can see how the famous stout is made. For many, the highlight of the visit is the Gravity Bar, a glass-enclosed space about 200 feet up where you can drink and enjoy 360-degree views of Dublin.
  • Day 4

    Free day in Dublin

    Free day in Dublin
    Top 5 free-time suggestions:
    1. Dublin Writers Museum – This tribute to the literary giants who called Dublin home includes artifacts like James Joyce’s typewriter.
    2. Shopping on Grafton Street – Scope out sweet deals in the hub of Dublin shopping; you can also stop and rest with a cup of tea along the way.
    3. Kilmainham Gaol – Once a jail for political prisoners, this moving museum is worth a trip.
    4. Phoenix Park – Relax or play alongside the locals in the city’s biggest park.
    5. Dublin Zoo – Animal lovers will feel at home in this impressive park housing 235 species of animals and birds.

    For more ideas and details, see our Lonely Planet city guide for Dublin.
  • WALES 1 Night

  • Day 5

    Ferry to Holyhead

    Travel to North Wales

    Ferry to Holyhead
    Ride a ferry across the Irish Sea to Holyhead, Wales. Take in the amazing views as you pass the island of Anglesey to the Welsh mainland.

    Travel to North Wales
    Continue from the shore through Snowdonia National Park, a scenic landscape of mountains, rivers and glaciers. You’ll stop for a visit to a medieval castle, either Beaumaris or Conwy.
  • LONDON 3 NIGHTS

  • Day 6

    Highlights of Stratford

    Travel to London

    Highlights of Stratford
    Your tour director will show you around Stratford-upon-Avon, where William Shakespeare was born, raised, and buried. Go inside the home where he was born, and also snap some photos at the cottage of his beloved Anne Hathaway.

    Travel to London
    Continue on 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.
  • Day 7

    Sightseeing tour of London (local guide)

    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.
  • Day 8

    Optional excursion to Stonehenge and Oxford (extra cost)

    Free time in London (night)

    Optional excursion to Stonehenge and Oxford (extra cost)
    Visit the university city of Oxford, home to one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world. Tour the charming city and the University of Oxford, taking in the famous architecture and rich history. Then, head out into the countryside and see the mysterious giant stones in the middle of the field at Stonehenge. The origin and purpose of the ring of stones is unknown, though most think it was a temple and observatory. Take some time to explore the intriguing stone formations and visit the newly opened exhibition and visitor center before heading back to London. Note- this optional is pre-book only.

    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.
  • NIGHT FERRY 1 Night

  • Day 9

    Free time in London (day)

    Night ferry to Holland

    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.

    Night ferry to Holland
    Drive by bus to Harwich, where you’ll board your night ferry bound for Hoek, Holland.
  • AMSTERDAM 2 NIGHTS

  • Day 10

    Travel to Amsterdam

    Sightseeing tour of Amsterdam (local guide)

    Anne Frank House

    Travel to Amsterdam
    Arrive in Holland this morning, and continue on to Amsterdam. There’s so much to love about Amsterdam, from the canals to the Van Gogh to the legendary laid-back attitude.

    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 11

    Optional Amsterdam Bike Tour (extra cost)

    Free time in Amsterdam (night)

    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.

    Free time in Amsterdam (night)
    Top 5 nightlife suggestions:
    1. Leidseplein – This main street and those around it are filled with pubs and bars.
    2. Boom Chicago – Have some laughs at this English-language comedy venue known for its live shows and video productions.
    3. Escape – This late-night dance club attracts a young crowd. Don't show up before 11.
    4. Club Mazzo – Come here for live music; it's a great place to catch up-and-coming bands before they make it big.
    5. Melkweg – This unique venue combines a club, gallery, cinema, café and concert hall all in one.

    For more ideas and details, see our Lonely Planet city guide for Amsterdam.
  • PARIS 3 NIGHTS

  • Day 12

    Travel via Brussels

    Arrive in Paris

    Free time in Paris (night)

    Travel via Brussels
    On the way to Paris, stop in Belgium’s capital for a quick visit and time to eat lunch (the Belgian waffles are awesome). Then it’s on to France.

    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.

    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.
  • Day 13

    Sightseeing tour of Paris (local guide)

    Optional trip to Versailles (extra cost)

    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.
  • Day 14

    Introduction to Paris

    Notre Dame Cathedral

    Evening Seine cruise and Eiffel Tower

    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.
  • LUCERNE REGION 2 NIGHTS

  • Day 15

    Travel via Burgundy

    Arrive in Lucerne region

    Travel via Burgundy
    Look out the window; those vineyards produce some of the finest wines in the world.

    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 16

    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.
  • FLORENCE 3 NIGHTS

  • Day 17

    Travel to Florence

    Travel to Florence
    Drive into Italy and on to Florence, the capital of the Tuscany region. Florence was king during the Renaissance, and it still holds on to that artsy, fashionable, cultural vibe. Top art museums, amazing food, great nightlife—for many, Florence is Italy at its best.
  • Day 18

    Sightseeing tour of Florence (local guide)

    Florence Duomo

    Optional wine tasting and San Gimignano (extra cost)

    Sightseeing tour of Florence (local guide)
    Cover Florence on foot with a local guide. Get a feel for the city’s Renaissance glory days at spots like the Piazza della Signoria and the Ponte Vecchio (a medieval bridge; very photogenic). Continue past the gothic Basilica di Santa Croce, which houses the final resting places of many legendary Italians, including Michelangelo and Galileo.

    Florence Duomo
    Visit the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, better known as the Duomo because of its famous dome. The dome was designed in the 14th century by sculptor and architect Brunelleschi, and it’s still quite a sight.

    Optional wine tasting and San Gimignano (extra cost)
    Some of the world’s best wines come from Tuscany, and now you get to sample the local product at a scenic winery. Who knows, you might even become a connoisseur. Next head to the town of San Gimignano, aptly known as the “City of Beautiful Towers.” The small medieval walled city is not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s also home to Gelateria di Piazza, named one of Lonely Planet’s top 10 best food hot spots in the world. That’s some tasty gelato.
  • Day 19

    Free time in Florence

    Optional trip to the Italian Riviera & Cinque Terre (extra cost)

    Free time in Florence
    Top 5 nightlife suggestions:
    1. Santa Croce area – Hit some of the popular pubs in this central area, especially on Via dei Benci.
    2. Moyo – This trendy bar attracts a mixed crowd of students and artsy Florentines; lounge out in the back or sit at the outdoor tables.
    3. Meccano – Head here to get moving on the two dance floors, or hang out in the big outdoor garden.
    4. All'Antico Vinaio – This has been one of Florence's most popular wine bars for the last hundred years.
    5. Tenax – For a concert, check out the leading venue for new, established, and big-name international acts; enormous but easy-going, it becomes a club after hours.

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

    Optional trip to the Italian Riviera & Cinque Terre (extra cost)
    Spend a full day exploring the Italian Riviera's gem - the tiny seaside villages of Cinque Terre. Ride up the Italian coast and catch a train to the village of Riomaggiore, where you'll take a quick tour and continue on the famous Via dell'Amore (path of love) toward the next village. Take a quick train ride to the village of Vernazza, where you'll have time to explore, shop, swim in the cove, or just relax. Then move on to Monterosso, a village known for its long sandy beach and crystal blue water. You'll have time to grab lunch and enjoy the beach before making your way back to Florence.
  • FRENCH RIVIERA 2 NIGHTS

  • Day 20

    Travel via Pisa

    Arrive on the French Riviera

    Travel via Pisa
    On the way to France, stop in Pisa, home of the legendary Leaning Tower. Snap some photos of the 12th-century architectural misfit, and visit the cathedral and the baptistery, known for its interesting acoustics.

    Arrive on the French Riviera
    Continue on to the French Riviera, stomping grounds of the rich and famous for centuries. The Riviera is made up of town after town of seaside resorts, including Cannes, Nice, and Monaco (which is its own country).
  • Day 21

    Introduction to Nice

    Optional Monaco Casino Night (extra cost)

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

    Optional Monaco Casino Night (extra cost)
    Get a taste of the high life on a trip to Monaco tonight. Start with dinner and then head to Monaco's swanky Old Town. After a stop outside the Royal Palace, it’s time to go inside the world-famous Monte-Carlo Casino. Try your luck at the tables or just sit back and watch the jet-setters at play—either way, you’re in for some thrills. There’s a strict dress code, so wear your best. Dinner, round-trip transportation and casino entrance fee are included.
  • BARCELONA 3 NIGHTS

  • Day 22

    Travel to Barcelona

    Free time in Barcelona (night)

    Travel to Barcelona
    Continue on to Barcelona, one of Europe’s most talked-about cities. The Catalan capital is known for its food, its fashion, its nightlife, its music, its beaches, its architecture, and on and on. Bottom line, there’s a lot happening in Barcelona.

    Free time in Barcelona (night)
    Top 5 nightlife suggestions:
    1. Barri Gotic – This popular area of bars is a good place to start; have some tapas and drinks to get things going.
    2. Luz de Gas – Live music early turns into a dance club scene later in the night.
    3. Buda – Come here for good music in a mellow atmosphere.
    4. Gran Teatre de Liceu – See a show at this world-renowned theater for opera and dance.
    5. The Born – Check out this trendy area of tapas bars, outdoor terraces and great late-night bars.

    For more ideas and details, see our Lonely Planet city guide for Barcelona.
  • Day 23

    Sightseeing tour of Barcelona (local guide)

    Parque Guell

    Sightseeing tour of Barcelona (local guide)
    A local guide will introduce you to Barcelona. See the Sagrada Familia, an unfinished church designed by Antoni Gaudí. Gaudí’s architecture is all over the city, and people love its surrealist style. You’ll also go to the top of Montjuïc, where many of the 1992 Olympic events took place, for great views of the harbor below.

    Parque Guell
    Designed by Gaudí, this is probably the weirdest public park you'll ever walk through. Visit the Room of a Hundred Columns, a covered market with 84 pillars, and see the Casa-Museu, where Gaudí lived from 1906 to 1926. There are also great views up here of the city below.
  • Day 24

    Free time in Barcelona (day)

    Farewell dinner

    Free time in Barcelona (day)
    Top 5 free time suggestions:
    1. Museu d’Historia de la Ciutat – Take an elevator down to see the excavated Roman ruins of Barcelona.
    2. Tibidabo – Ride a little cable car to the top of the city and take in the amazing views; in the summer there's an amusement park up here open late into the night.
    3. Shopping on Las Ramblas – This is the best place to find souvenirs and the hottest fashions.
    4. Sitges – A half-hour train ride away, this fashionable resort town was once just a little fishing village.
    5. Parc de la Ciutadella – Relax in the park; it includes a waterfall and a zoo with an albino gorilla.

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

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

  • Day 25

    Fly Home

    Fly home
    It's time to say your goodbyes. Head to the airport for your flight back home.
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  • Night ferry
  • Continental Breakfast Daily
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  • Sightseeing tours
  • Entrance to select attractions
  • Stonehenge and Oxford (pre-book only)
    (Deadline to book is 21 days prior to departure.)
    Visit the university city of Oxford, home to one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world. Tour the charming city and the University of Oxford, taking in the famous architecture and rich history. Then, head out into the countryside and see the mysterious giant stones in the middle of the field at Stonehenge. The origin and purpose of the ring of stones is unknown, though most think it was a temple and observatory. Take some time to explore the intriguing stone formations and visit the newly opened exhibition and visitor center before heading back to London. Note- this optional is pre-book only.
  • Wine tasting and San Gimignano
    Some of the world’s best wines come from Tuscany, and now you get to sample the local product at a scenic winery. Who knows, you might even become a connoisseur. Next head to the town of San Gimignano, aptly known as the “City of Beautiful Towers.” The small medieval walled city is not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s also home to Gelateria di Piazza, named one of Lonely Planet’s top 10 best food hot spots in the world. That’s some tasty gelato.
  • 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.
  • Monaco Casino Night
    Monaco Casino Night: Get a taste of the high life on a trip to Monaco. When you arrive, you’ll have a chance to explore the Royal Palace grounds and enjoy a meal in Monaco's swanky Old Town. Then it’s time to go inside the breathtaking Monte-Carlo Casino. Not a gambler? Not a problem. You’ll be busy rubbing elbows with the incredibly rich, checking out all the hot cars, and exploring the most famous casino in the world. There’s a strict dress code, so dress to impress. Dinner, round-trip transportation and casino entrance fee are included.
  • 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.
  • The Italian Riviera & Cinque Terre
    Spend a full day exploring the Italian Riviera's gem - the tiny seaside villages of Cinque Terre. Ride up the Italian coast and catch a train to the village of Riomaggiore, where you'll take a quick tour and continue on the famous Via dell'Amore (path of love) toward the next village. Take a quick train ride to the village of Vernazza, where you'll have time to explore, shop, swim in the cove, or just relax. Then move on to Monterosso, a village known for its long sandy beach and crystal blue water. You'll have time to grab lunch and enjoy the beach before making your way back to Florence.
  • 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:

Trinity College Library

St. Patrick's Cathedral

Welsh castle

Warwick Castle

Shakespeare's birthplace

Anne Frank House

Notre Dame

Eiffel Tower

Seine cruise

Florence Duomo

Pisa Baptistery

Pisa Cathedral

Perfume factory tour

Parque Guell

CITY GUIDES

Florence Lucerne Nice Amsterdam Dublin Barcelona Paris London