European Discoverer (3 days, Moderate B, Paris)

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This A to Z of Europe reveals a feast of flavors, culture and history. Tick off the sights, from medieval monuments, myths, legends and ancient history to the glittering capitals of Paris, Athens and Rome. You'll come full circle on this extravaganza across the continent - 12 countries on one bucket-list trip. Live it up a three-day cruise to the Greek Isles ...
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Overview

Trip type
Group Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

What's this trip about?

    This A to Z of Europe reveals a feast of flavors, culture and history. Tick off the sights, from medieval monuments, myths, legends and ancient history to the glittering capitals of Paris, Athens and Rome. You'll come full circle on this extravaganza across the continent - 12 countries on one bucket-list trip. Live it up a three-day cruise to the Greek Isles on board a Celestyal Cruise.

Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeGroup - max of 40 people
Age range6 years and up
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityAmsterdam
End CityParis

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Cultural

Destinations

  • Europe
  • Switzerland
  • Germany
  • France
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Albania
  • Spain
  • Greece
  • Croatia
  • Italy
  • Montenegro
  • Asia
  • Turkey

Activities

  • Culture

Trip includes

    • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
    • Many meals and daily breakfasts included
    • City orientation tours
    • Audio headsets are provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries
    • Extensive variety of Choice Optional Experiences
    • Three-night Aegean Cruise
    • Overnight mini cruise - Ancona to Patras and Patras to Ancona
    • On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

Itinerary

Travel Map

Day 1: Amsterdam

Home to bikes, clogs, cheese, canals and windmills, it can only be the Netherlands! Enjoy a day at leisure before meeting your Travel Director and other travelers this afternoon. See the famous gabled 17th-century façades on your orientation. There's time to enjoy a Choice Optional Experience this evening to further immerse yourself into Dutch culture.

Ibis Schiphol

Day 2: Amsterdam orientation and free time

It won’t take long to fall in love with the Dutch capital! Explore its history, culture and art. Your orientation tour will take you past gabled houses, countless canals and greenspaces. Explore more blockbuster sites on your own later or opt to join a Choice Experien...

Day 3: Amsterdam – Rhine Cruise – Rhineland

You won't want to blink as you head east into the lush landscapes of Germany. Lined with medieval villages, steep vineyards and storybook castles, the Rhine Valley has enchanted painters and writers for centuries. See it in all its glory on your leisurely river cruise winding your way through Rhineland landscapes before dinner.

NH Bingen

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Rhineland – Lucerne

Slice through the heart of Switzerland bound for Lucerne on your very own 'Grand Tour' of Europe. Take a step back in time and join your Travel Director for a stroll of the Old Town including the medieval Chapel Bridge which has spanned the Reuss river since the 14th ...

Day 5: Lucerne orientation and free time

Mountain heights, lakes and green landscapes, Lucerne is a mix of quintessential Switzerland. Explore it your way today with our Choice Experiences. Head to the countryside for a horse-drawn carriage ride to a local working farm. Or, embrace the great outdoors and epi...

Day 6: Lucerne – Venice

Touch the sky when you follow the St. Gotthard highway, winding past mountain scenery and into Italy, arriving into 'Queen of the Adriatic', Venice! The best way to see the sights? From the water, of course. Your private water taxi along the Grand Canal will have you ...

Day 7: Venice orientation and free time

Cobbled lanes, artisan shops, little trattorias, 400 canals - Venice is the ultimate explorers’ playground. Cruise the local way, arriving by private launch to St Mark's Square. All the main attractions are within walking distance of the Piazza so you'll have easy acc...

Day 8: Venice – Opatija - Plitvice

Farewell Italy, hello next leg of our adventure - Croatia! Get your first taste in Opatija, this coastal town dotted with Habsburg-era villas that will make an impact as you stroll the historic promenade, perhaps stopping for an ice cream along the coastline or for pe...

Day 9: Plitvice Lakes – Dubrovnik

Find yourself in paradise on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience in UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park. Team up with a Local Specialist to learn about the Park’s conservation of its native species on easy trails and boardwalks through the blue-green beauty of int...

Day 10: Dubrovnik Sightseeing and free time

Rector's Palace, check! Onofrio's Fountain and the city walls, check! It's one iconic highlight after another in Dubrovnik on this morning’s Locally Guided sightseeing tour, with courtyards and limestone streets throwing you back to the city's Golden Age. There's no b...

Day 11: Dubrovnik – Kotor - Tirana

Make a quick stop in Montenegro's medieval Kotor before pulling into colorful Tirana, Albania. The best way to dig into its history? Explore the previously communist-dominated capital including highlights like Skanderbeg Square and the Palace of Culture. Wander up the...

Day 12: Tirana Orientation

It’s one blockbuster sight after the next as you explore through the city’s colorful architecture, a blend of Ottoman, Fascist and Soviet styles. Take in the Skanderbeg Statue – a national hero, and snap photos of the Et’hem Bey Mosque. Stroll through Blloku neighborhood where members of the communist party once lived.

Hotel Doro City

Breakfast

Day 13: Tirana - Kalambaka

Cross into Greece through the scenic Plains of Thessaly to Kalambaka. This afternoon, choose to join an optional tour of the gravity defying Meteora monasteries that cling impressively to immense rounded rock towers. Rebuilt after it was burned by the Nazis in WWII, M...

Day 14: Athens

Welcome to Athens! The Greek capital was once the center of the world and for several days it will be yours. The best way to start your time in Greece? Tailor your night with a Choice Experience at a taverna evening and kick up your heels with dancing and drinks. Opa!

Zafolia, Dorian Inn, President Hotel

Breakfast

Day 15: Embark Piraeus – Mykonos

All aboard! It's time to take to the high seas and set sail for stylish Mykonos. Put the 'oh' into opa and get lost in its cobbled lanes, lined by whitewashed houses and tumbling cerise bougainvillea. Feast on gyros or shop up a storm before boarding your cruise for the next leg of your journey.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Mykonos - Kusadasi – Patmos

Arrive on Turkish shores in time to enjoy an included visit to the 10th-century remains of Ephesus. Walk down the pillar lined Curetes Street towards the Library of Celsus and view what remains of the Temple of Artemis, one of the World's Seven Ancient Wonders. Your n...

Day 17: Patmos - Crete- Santorini

Start your morning on Crete, Greece’s largest island, and the fifth largest in the Mediterranean. Home to myths and legends, including Zeus' birthplace and the Minotaur, you may choose to embark on an epic tour to the capital city of Heraklion and absorb the rich hist...

Day 18: Athens – Rome

This morning, lace up your walking shoes and go in search of the artistry, architecture and archaeological treasures that have made Athens a popular stop for history lovers. Then we fly from Athens to Rome - you’ll instantly see why there's so much to love in the land...

Day 19: Rome sightseeing and free time

With so much to see and do, you could explore Rome for an eternity without getting bored. Join a Choice Experience to Michelangelo’s famous Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums and stand in St. Peter’s Square. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and view Michelangelo’s great...

Day 20: Rome - Florence

Ahh, Florence. Birthplace of the Renaissance and a city that has inspired poets, authors and artists for centuries. Start your time here learning about centuries old leathercraft at Peruzzi Leatherwork Demonstration. The best way to sample all the local cuisine? Head ...

Day 21: Florence – Pisa - Monte Carlo - Nice

If you’ve always dreamed of visiting that famous leaning tower, we’ll take you to snap a few strategic photos featuring you and the extraordinary Leaning Tower of Pisa. Admire Pisa's Romanesque Square of Miracles in all its striped marble glory. Next, head west to the...

Day 22: French Riviera free time

Oh là là! A full free day on the French Riviera. There’s no shame in spending the day sprawled out on a sun lounger with a cocktail. If you can pull yourself away from the sun, you’ll want to join a Choice Experience traveling along the mountains of the Middle Cronich...

Day 23: French Riviera - Barcelona

The Mediterranean coastline stretches ahead. Keep your cameras at the ready as you drive along elegant boulevards and attempt to capture the sophistication that seems to ooze from every corner. Take a scenic right into Spain, pulling into in the eclectic city of Barcelona.

Hesperia Sant Just

Breakfast

Day 24: Barcelona free time

Ahh, Barcelona. Get right to it with locally guided tour through the lanes of the Gothic Quarter, and past the façades of Spanish Art Nouveau architect Antoni Gaudí. Later, tailor your Barcelona experience with a visit to the Montserrat monastery to see the beloved Bl...

Day 25: Barcelona - Pamplona sightseeing

Tick off more landscapes winding your way through Catalonia’s vineyards to Pamplona. Fall for the city’s top sights as your Travel Director shows off Gaudí's ornate La Sagrada Família and the Plaça de Catalunya. Kick back and let the street performers entertain you wh...

Day 26: Pamplona - Biarritz - Bordeaux

The beach is back on the agenda today, so get your hat and sunglasses ready for a trip to the glamorous seaside town of Biarritz on the Atlantic coast. Take your cue from the European royals who have been visiting this resort town since the 1800s and find your new fav...

Day 27: Bordeaux - Tours - Paris

Wind your way through the French countryside to Tours, the gateway to the Loire Valley. In its car-free center you’ll discover a medieval heart, reflected in its timber-framed houses and Renaissance mansions. Your next stop is Paris, the French capital that doesn’t ho...

Day 28: Paris sightseeing and free time

The Parisians know a thing or two about food, fashion and fun, and the City of Light will always deliver. Dive right in, capturing your picture by the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe and shopping on the Champs Élysées. Maybe join a Local Specialist to feel like y...

Day 29: Depart Paris

All good things must come to an end. This morning, after breakfast, say farewell to your fellow travelers.

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Last Updated: 2/23/2024
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  • 10 Dinner (D)
  • 3 Lunch (L)
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