European Heritage Amsterdam to Paris and Cruise Premier (Summer 2017)
About Paris, France
ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS
- Amsterdam: See Dam Square, the Royal Palace and Mint Tower.
- Innsbruck: Walk the narrow streets of the Old Town, lined with medieval houses and arcades, to see the Golden Roof and Imperial Palace.
- Heidelberg: See the red sandstone castle and explore the baroque Old Town.
- Füssen: See the fairy-tale castle of Neuschwanstein.
- Salzburg: Walk through the Mirabell Gardens with a guide, see Mozart's Birthplace and the Cathedral.
- Vienna: Tour the Ring Road seeing the Hofburg, Opera House, Parliament building and St Charles' Church.
- Ljubljana: A local expert reveals the medieval castle, City Hall, the Cathedral of St.Nicholas and the Triple Bridge.
- Zagreb: See Roosevelt Square and Ban Josip Jelacic Square. Tour the Upper Town to view the Presidential Palace, Stone Gate, St Marks Church and the Lotrščak Tower.
- Trogir: See the Cipiko Palace and Romanesque Cathedral.
- Split: See St. Duje's, the baptistery and the Golden Gate on your guided tour through the labyrinthine streets.
- Dubrovnik: See Onofrio's Fountain, Rector's Palace and city walls. Admire the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries.
- Kotor: Visit the old town situated on its fjord.
- Tirana: Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour.
- Athens: See Hadrian's Arch and Temple of Zeus.
- Sorrento: Watch the art of ‘intarsio' wood inlaying.
- Rome: Visit St Peters Basilica in the Vatican City. See the Colosseum and overlook the Forum.
- Venice: Cruise, with commentary, to St. Mark's Square. See the Doges' Palace, Bridge of Sighs and St. Mark's Basilica.
- Florence: View the Cathedral, ‘Gates of Paradise' and Piazza Signoria. Traditional Florence leather-work demonstration.
- Pisa: See the famous Leaning Tower.
- Monaco: Drive on part of the Grand Prix circuit. See the Grimaldi Royal Palace. See the tomb of Princess Grace.
- Lucerne: View the emotive Lion Monument. 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.
- Athens: See the Royal Palace, Agora, Hadrian’s Arch & Temple of Zeus.
- Ephesus: Your Local expert will guide you through one of the world's finest archeological sites.
- Mediterranean Legends Cruising: Visit the Greek Islands of Mykonos, Patmos, Crete & Santorini. Call in at the Turkish port of Kusadasi.
AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS
- Volendam: Visit a Cheese Farm with a Local Expert in the Dutch Countryside.
- 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: In the Latin Quarter, rendezvous with friends at a typical French bistro for a little wine and a Celebration Dinner. Bon Appétit!
- 31 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 Dinner (D); 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 7 three-course table d'hôte Dinner (DW), 1 Dine-Around evening (DA), and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.
- Rhine Valley: Watch medieval hilltop castles, sleepy villages and vineyards slip by as you enjoy a scenic cruise.
- Vienna: A private, guided exploration of Schönbrunn Palace is a feast for the senses - frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers and gilded Rococo frames.
- Plitvice: A UNESCO World Heritage site, marvel at the water wonderland as you walk along stunning cascades.
- Split: With a local historian, explore above and below ground within the walls of the Roman Emperor Diocletian's palace - now the heart of modern day Split.
- Athens: Ascend the ‘Sacred Rock', the Acropolis, to admire the Parthenon built in 5th century BC as well as the smaller Temple of Athena Nike and Caryatid Beauties.
- Isle of Capri: Cruise to the famous isle to meet your Local Expert and in the style of the jet-set, ride up to town by open-top taxi.
- Pompeii: Walk with a Local Expert through the cobbled streets of the town, frozen in time since the 1st century.
- Rome: Be among the select few to gain VIP access into the Vatican Museums, see the Bramante Staircase and Michelangelo's ceiling in the Sistine Chapel.
- Venice: With classic Italian love songs echoing through atmospheric canals, glide beneath elegant bridges during a traditional gondola serenade.
- Pisa: See the famous leaning tower.
- Stanserhorn: A spectacular journey by a funicular railway and open-top cable car to the summit of the Stanserhorn for expansive mountain views.
- Paris: Venture with a Local Expert through the Latin Quarter and see the Notre Dame Cathedral, a masterpiece of French Gothic architecture.
- Paris: Ascend to the viewing platforms of the Eiffel Tower for glorious panoramas of the city.
STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES
- Amsterdam: The bar on the 23rd floor of the luxurious Hotel Okura offers magnificent views.
- Heidelberg: The Crowne Plaza is a few minutes' walk from the Neckar River, where you can cross medieval bridges to reach the centre of this Renaissance university city.
- Ioannina: Situated next to the 'Lake of Legends', the Du Lac Hotel is a modern hotel offering excellent facilities.
- Athens: The Divani Caravel is a luxury hotel situated in the heart of the Greek capital.
- Venice: True to its name, the Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal couldn't be better located.
You will visit the following 12 places:
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