Highlights of Europe start Brussels (Winter 2017-18)
ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS
- Brussels: Walk through the Grand Place to the Mannekin Pis.
- Heidelberg: See the red sandstone castle and explore the baroque Old Town.
- Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber: Visit Europe's finest medieval town.
- Munich: See the Ludwigstrasse, Marienplatz and neogothic Town Hall.
- Innsbruck: Walk through the Old Town to see the Imperial Palace and Golden Roof.
- Venice: Cruise, with commentary, to St. Mark's Square. See the Doges' Palace, Bridge of Sighs and St. Mark's Basilica.
- Rome: Visit St. Peters Basilica in the Vatican City. See the mighty Colosseum and overlook the Forum.
- Florence: Witness a traditional Florentine leather-work demonstration.
- Lucerne: View the emotive Lion Monument and see the covered Chapel Bridge and Jesuit Church.
- Paris: See Notre Dame Cathedral, the façades of the Louvre Museum, the Place de la Concorde. Drive along the Champs-Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe.
- Scenic Drives: The Romantic Road, the Dolomites, Italian Lake District and Swiss Alps.
AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS
- Lucerne: You are offered a selection of restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening. Choose your own ambience, cuisine and drinks for an intimate culinary experience.
- Paris: Rendezvous at a typical French bistro for a little wine and a rousing Celebration Dinner. Bon Appétit!
- Included Quality Dining: 14 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 2 Three-course table d'hôte Dinners (DW), 1 Restaurant Dinner (RD) 1 Dine-Around Evening (DA) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee. Departures on tour for Christmas and New Year's Eve will enjoy festive Highlight Dinners which will replace an included meal.
- Salzburg: Walk with your Local Expert through the Mirabell Gardens, see Mozart's Birthplace and the cathedral.
- Rome: With your Local Expert, enjoy VIP fast-track entry into the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with privileged, behind-the-scenes access to the Bramante Staircase.
- Florence: : Your Local Expert will walk with you to the Duomo. See the ‘Gates of Paradise' and the open-air gallery of Signoria Square.
- Paris: Venture with your Local Expert through the Latin Quarter and see the Notre Dame Cathedral, a masterpiece of French Gothic architecture.
STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES
- Brussels: The Marriott is located in the heart of Brussels within walking distance to the Grand Place. All guest rooms are elegantly designed and feature luxury bedding.
- Heidelberg: The Crowne Plaza Heidelberg City Centre is in the historical heart and includes its own swimming pool and sauna.
- Munich: The Westin Grand Munich is a modern hotel located in the fashionable Bogenhausen district.
- Innsbruck: Hotel Innsbruck is located on the bank of the Inn River in the heart of the medieval Old Town. The panoramic spa area looks over the roofs of the Old Town and offers a variety of sauna, as well as a sun terrace.
- Venice: The Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal features modern rooms decorated in 18th century Venetian style.
- Rome: The elegant Hotel Dei Borgia is located in one of the most central positions in Rome, close to all the key attractions.
- Florence: At the heart of Florence, the Adler Cavalieri Hotel is perfectly situated for those interested in shopping, food and art. Rooms are decorated with classic details and dark-wood furniture, paired with either wood-beamed or frescoed ceilings.
- Lucerne: The modern Renaissance Lucerne Hotel is a converted, centuries-old city palace. Located only minutes to Lake Lucerne, it offers tastefully furnished rooms with ornamental ceiling decoration and warm interiors.
- Paris: The Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel is located on the Left Bank of the Seine River near the Latin Quarter and Saint-Germain-des-Pres.
TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS
- Christmas Markets: Lose yourself in the festive atmosphere where you can shop for local delicacies and try the heart-warming Glühwein on selected departures.
- Rhine Valley: Watch medieval hilltop castles and vineyards slip by as you enjoy a scenic cruise.
- Venice: Glide along the atmospheric canals exploring the intimate and hidden parts of this unique city, while musicians set the mood with traditional songs.
- Mount Pilatus: Journey by cable car and cog-wheel railway to the summit of Mount Pilatus for expansive views.
- Paris: With prearranged tickets to the Eiffel Tower, ascend and enjoy spectacular views of Paris.
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