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Jewels of Europe with Grand European

Take a Grand Tour of Europe, a once-in-a-lifetime 36 day journey from Paris to Budapest. Enjoy the endless sights & sounds of Europe's finest destinations.

36 Day
From (AUD)
$ 24,430
  • 2018 Paris > Budapest

    Tour Code:

    GRAC

    Duration:

    36 Days

    Departure City:

    Paris

    Return City:

    Budapest

  • 36 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Paris
      Highlights:
      Welcome reception

      A world of wonder awaits, so celebrate with your welcome drink at your majestic city central hotel in Paris.

    • Day 2 - Paris
      Highlights:
      The Palace of Versailles

      This morning immerse yourself in the lavish royal history of the Palace of Versailles. Your knowledgeable local guide will then show you the wonders of Paris. Tonight, ascend the Eiffel Tower and dine at restaurant 58 Tour Eiffel.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 3 - Paris > Vougeot
      Highlights:
      The Mona Lisa

      Let our Louvre-trained art expert guide you through the wondrous exhibits at the world-renowned Louvre Museum, before arriving at your charming accommodation.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Beaune > Bern
      Highlights:
      Les Hospices de Beaune

      Visit Beaune and Les Hospices de Beaune, founded in 1443 as a hospital for the poor. Then depart for Switzerland  for a two night stay in Bern. 

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Bern > Lucerne > Bern
      Highlights:
      Swiss Alps

      Journey to Lucerne, and take a scenic boat cruise across the lake to the quaint village of Vitznau. Here, join the oldest cogwheel train in Switzerland for a breathtaking ascent of Mount Rigi, the ‘queen of the mountains’.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 6 - Bern > Stresa
      Highlights:
      Italian Lakes

      Cross the Italian border to Stresa in the Italian Lakes region. Relax on your cruise across Lake Maggiore to the beautiful island of Isola Bella. Visit the palace and its impressive Italianate garden before continuing to Stresa for a two night stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 7 - Stresa
      Highlights:
      Lake Maggiore

      Beautiful Stresa, situated on Italy’s second largest lake, is one of the country’s most visited regions – your Tour Director can assist you with suggestions on how to make the most of your free time.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Stresa > Monte Carlo
      Highlights:
      French Riviera

      Travel to Monaco and the beautiful seaside city of Monte Carlo for a two night stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 9 - Monte Carlo
      Highlights:
      Nice

      Visit the Prince’s Palace of Monaco, the Palace State Apartments and take in the ornate furnishings, before travelling to beautiful Nice to explore the sights.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Monte Carlo > Pisa > Florence
      Highlights:
      Leaning Tower of Pisa

      Today, you’ll travel to Pisa in Italy where you’ll explore the town and see the famous leaning tower. Then, journey to Florence for a two night stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 11 - Florence
      Highlights:
      Michelangelo's David

      Prepare to be swept away. Your day starts at the Academy of Fine Arts to admire Michelangelo’s David. Later, you’ll see the Duomo with its spectacular exterior of marble panels, as well as architectural masterpieces such as Giotto’s Belltower and Brunelleschi’s Dome.

      FreechoiceDining

      Savour exquisite Italian cuisine at your choice of one of three of Florence’s fine restaurants.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 12 - Florence > Rome
      Highlights:
      Eternal city

      Upon arriving in the eternal city of Rome, you’ll be guided through its historically rich attractions before checking into thyour hotel for a two night stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 13 - Rome
      Highlights:
      The Vatican City

      Be wonderstruck by the Vatican City, with visits to the Vatican Museum, and the breathtaking Sistine Chapel. Then, enter the world’s largest church, St. Peter’s Basilica, before emerging into elegant
      St. Peter’s Square. Continue on to the Forum and visit the mighty Colosseum.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 14 - Rome > Venice
      Highlights:
      City of canals

      Travel to Venice and take a private launch to your Special Stay hotel, located just a stones throw away from St. Mark’s Square.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 15 - Venice
      Highlights:
      Gondola ride

      Discover the stunning 17th century St. Mark’s Square, including a visit to St. Mark’s Basilica, the most famous of the city’s churches and one of the best known examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 16 - Venice > Ljubljana
      Highlights:
      Lake Bled

      Cross the Slovenian border and arrive in Bled – the wonderful Alpine town on the shores of the glacial waters of Lake Bled.

      Enrich

      Step back in time and take a traditional Pletna boat to the stunningly beautiful island in Lake Bled.

      Continue to the Slovenian capital Ljubljana for your overnight stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 17 - Ljubljana > Salzburg
      Highlights:
      Mirabell Palace and Gardens

      Journey to Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart, and soak up the history and sights of this splendid Baroque city before your overnight stay at one of the citie’s lovely properties.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 18 - Salzburg > Munich
      Highlights:
      Neuschwanstein Castle

      Today, leave for Germany and King Ludwig’s fairytale castle, Neuschwanstein, for an included tour. Later, head to Munich for two nights.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 19 - Munich
      Highlights:
      Bavarian encounter

      Explore Munich on a walking tour with your knowledgeable local guide.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 20 - Munich > Rothenburg > Heidelberg
      Highlights:
      Romantic Road

      Travel the Romantic Road towards Heidelberg and stop at the pristine medieval village of Rothenburg for a walking tour. In Heidelberg, check into your hotel.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 21 - Heidelberg > Maastricht
      Highlights:
      Charming Koblenz

      Your highlights today include a stop in majestic Koblenz, which straddles the Rhine and Moselle. Take an orientation tour before continuing to Maastricht and your centrally located hotel.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 22 - Maastricht > Amsterdam
      Highlights:
      Welcome reception

      Arrive in the Dutch capital city of Amsterdam and board your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 23 - Amsterdam
      Highlights:
      Canal Cruise

      Explore wonderful Amsterdam – with its wealth of canals, museums and bicycles.

      Freechoice

      Experience an iconic canal cruise or enjoy a slice of quintessential Holland at Zaanse Schans, with its windmills and open-air conservation area.

      Alternatively, you can make the most of your free time by walking or cycling the city, and letting your Tailormade GPS device open your eyes to its many key attractions.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 24 - Cologne > Marksburg
      Highlights:
      Medieval castle banquet
      Freechoice

      Take a stroll through Cologne and get up close to the filigree twin towers of the famous cathedral. Alternatively enjoy a taste experience lecture on board your Scenic Space-Ship. Whatever you choose it’s a great day to see and discover.

      Enrich

      Delight in the medieval ambience of Marksburg Castle, which has remained virtually unchanged since the Middle Ages. You’ll get the opportunity to partake in a magnificent medieval feast, with an abundance of fine fare and quantities of free flowing local red wine. You can also look forward to being entertained in the grand tradition of Europe’s great royal houses, with minstrels and colourful court jesters, there for your exclusive pleasure.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 25 - Rhine Gorge > Rüdesheim
      Highlights:
      Rhine Gorge

      Enjoy the unrivalled views of the spectacular World Heritage-listed Rhine Gorge. Then alight in Rüdesheim and board the Winzerexpress mini train for a guided visit of Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum before enjoying a cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument for spectacular views of the river.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 26 - Rüdesheim > Würzburg
      Highlights:
      Full day cruising

      Soak in the vistas of the Main River as you spend a full day relaxing on board your Scenic Space-Ship. Allow the passing scenery to mesmerise you from the comfort of your suite or the Sun Deck. Commentary from your Scenic Tailormade device will describe the captivating view unfolding before you in vivid detail. Or simply indulge in the on board amenities of your 5-star floating hotel.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 27 - Würzburg
      Highlights:
      Romantic Rothenburg
      Freechoice

      Visit the Bishop’s Residenz Palace and sample some exquisite local wine. Or explore the famous Romantic Road, an important trade route during the Middle Ages, then take in the beautiful walled town of Rothenburg, a medieval gem that overlooks the Tauber River.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 28 - Bamberg
      Highlights:
      Old Town

      Immerse yourself in the Old Town of Bamberg, a World Heritage-listed Site alive with history. With your knowledgeable local guide, walk the same cobbled streets as medieval traders once did. During your leisure time you might like to savour the traditional smoked beer of the region.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 29 - Nuremberg
      Highlights:
      WWII history

      Welcome to this fascinating and ancient Bavarian city, dating back to the 11th century.

      Freechoice

      Visit moving WWII sites or choose something a little lighter and learn new techniques at a gingerbread baking class.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 30 - Regensburg
      Highlights:
      Danube Gorge

      From its medieval town, the bordering Bavarian Forest and the confluence of three rivers, Regensburg offers a rich tapestry of experiences.

      Freechoice

      Enjoy a walking tour of Regensburg or hop on board a local ferry and sail the Danube Gorge to Weltenburg Abbey, and sample beer from one of the oldest monastic breweries in the world.

      You could also take a leisurely cycle on your own to the Walhalla monument with your Tailormade GPS device.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 31 - Passau > Salzburg
      Highlights:
      The Wonder of The Sound of Music
      Enrich

      Let the ‘Best of The Sound of Music and Salzburg Show’ transport you to another time and place. Based on the timeless movie of the same name, this exclusive production is performed in the rolling hills of Salzburg and will wow you with its stage sets. Enjoy an authentic Austrian lunch before an afternoon of humming along to some of the catchy classics.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 32 - Melk > Dürnstein
      Highlights:
      Sundowners in Wachau Valley
      Freechoice

      Experience Melk’s magnificent 18th century Benedictine Abbey on a guided tour. Alternatively, the more active can embark on an enjoyable guided bike ride along the river from Melk to one of the most enchanting villages in the region, Dürnstein – at your own pace, of course.  Or visit a local winery for a guided tour and tasting of its fine wines.

      Sundowners

      As the day ends, you’ll get to enjoy a fine view at the breathtakingly beautiful Wachau Valley. You’ll be in very fine company, and will experience a wonderful day. Of course, we can’t take all the credit for this one. It’s nature who’ll provide the view, we’re just bringing the drinks.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 33 - Vienna
      Highlights:
      Enrich Private Viennese concert

      Acquaint yourself with this opulent city by taking a fascinating guided tour of its most famous sights, including the Ringstrasse.

      Enrich

      Breathe in the opulence and luxury of Palais Liechtenstein while enjoying a glass of fine Austrian Sekt. Then be enthralled by an enchanting private Viennese evening concert featuring the timeless music of Strauss and Mozart. Even in elegant Vienna, Palais Liechtenstein is one of the grandest of all venues.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 34 - Vienna
      Highlights:
      Schönbrunn Palace
      Freechoice

      Take a guided tour of Bratislava or Schönbrunn Palace, and witness the sheer opulence of the Habsburg Empire. Alternatively, visit the world-renowned Spanish Riding School for either a tour of the stables or to see the famous Lipizzaner Stallions perfecting their skills during their morning exercise program. Or you might wish to explore this majestic city on a guided cycling tour.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 35 - Budapest
      Highlights:
      Hospital in the Rock Museum

      We find ourselves in Budapest, one of Europe’s oldest and prettiest cities.

      Freechoice

      Make the most of a guided tour of this city including a piano concert, or relax and unwind at the Thermal Baths and Spa. Or you can choose to experience the labyrinths of the Hospital in the Rock.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 36 - Budapest
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      Depart after breakfast, Budapest is the end of your cruise, but it will be the start of a lifetime of wonderful memories.

      Meals included: Breakfast