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Desired Europe

From $3,868 AUD
  • 16 Days
  • Cities Visited

    Prague, Pilsen, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Frankfurt, Cologne, Amsterdam, Zaanse Schans, Volendam, Marken, Brussels, Bruges, Paris, Semur, Beaune, Lyon, Geneva, Zurich, Rapperswil, Grindelwald, Lucerne, Morcote, Milan, Pisa, Rome

    Group Size:
    1-55+
    Age Range:
    1 to 99
    Languages: English*
    Type: Flexible Touring, Guided Group Tours, Multi Country Trips, Packages & Tours

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Tour at a Glance

Tour at a Glance

This tour is part of our Touropa flexible range of touring

  • Tailor the itinerary by selecting when and where you start and end the tour
  • Choose to take the entire tour or a small portion of the itinerary (even just one night)
  • Guaranteed escorted coach tour with a minimum of 2 people, guided in English only*
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  • Map is an indication of destinations visited and may not depict the exact route taken.

Itinerary

Welcome to Prague! Upon arriving at the airport, we will be waiting with transfer you to your hotel. Check the information boards in the hotel reception area for details of the welcome meeting with your guide and fellow travellers. In the late afternoon, we will make our way to the Old Town Square. This central location provides a great introduction to Prague, full of energy and touristic activities. You can take your dinner at one of the restaurants offering international cuisines, including Czech, Chinese, Indian and Italian. Return to hotel.

Today we will visit the capital, Prague, the Baroque jewel of Europe. Our local expert will provide an informative city tour, which will include outstanding monuments. During the visit we walk through Prague Castle (admission included). Subsequently, we shall take a boat tour on the Vltava River. In the afternoon enjoy some free time to explore the city. In the evening, we will enjoy more time in the historic city centre and there will be an opportunity for you to take dinner. Return to hotel.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

We will have an early departure from Prague and stop in Pilsen, in the region of West Bohemia, a city renowned for its beer. Time for a walk through its historic center where we find the Great Square, the cathedral, the Plague Column and a Renaissance-era town hall. We will then cross into Germany where we will follow a section of the so-called “Romantic Route”. Next, we will visit Rothenburg, a town that seems to come straight out of a fairy tale, and is considered to be one of the most beautiful villages in the country. Afterwards, we will head to Frankfurt. Arrival in the financial capital of Germany in late-afternoon. Free time in the historic city center where there is a wide variety of restaurants to choose from (from Indian cuisine to Oriental, Italian, international and so on).

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Today we will take a small Cruise on the Rhine, between the villages of Rudesheim and St Goar, undoubtedly the river’s most picturesque section. After this we will travel to Cologne, a city which stands out for its immense gothic cathedral. Then on to the Netherlands. Arriving to Amsterdam in the late afternoon.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Today we have a very exciting day in the Netherlands. We will go to Zaanse Schans with its mills, canals and its typical houses. Next Volendam, a very picturesque fishing village. A short boat trip from Volendam, will take us to Marken (an island that was joined to the mainland by a fixed dike), where the houses there are built on stilts. After this, we travel to Amsterdam where we will enjoy a panoramic visit of the city to see its narrow canals, its official buildings and parks. We will also see the technique of diamond cutting. A large part of the visit will be done on foot, the information will be given through headphones. Time for dinner in Rembrandtplein, an area with many restaurants from all corners of the world and near the red-light district with its liberal values. Return to the hotel.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Today we will leave for Belgium´s Capital, Brussels, taking time in the Grand Place and making a stop to photograph the Atomium. Continuing to Bruges, the marvelous Flemish city known as the Venice of the North. Our journey will take us to France. Arriving in Paris at the end of the day.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

We come into contact with the history of France in the immense Palace of Versailles with its beautiful gardens. Admission included. After that, on our way back to Paris, we head to Montmartre, and take a cable car (included) to go up to this bohemian neighborhood known for its painters, artists and cabarets. To contemplate the beauty of the impressive avenues and monuments of Paris, you will have the city tour with a local guide. Return to the hotel. Optionally you can attend the variety show.​

Meals Included:
Breakfast

We go to the center of Paris, starting by the Eiffel Tower area. You will have the opportunity to go up to the second floor of this remarkable metal monument (ticket included). Then, we enjoy a boat cruise along the River Seine, which divides the north of Paris from the south. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore as you choose.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Today we travel to the center of France, to the Bourgogne region, famous for its wines. Making a stop in Semur en Auxois, a small medieval town listed surrounded by impressive walls. After this we will visit Beaune, located in the center of the Bourgogne region, with its streets full of flowers, hospice and wine museum all points of interest. Continuing on, we will arrive to Lyon in the mid-afternoon, the capital of Roman Gallia on the banks of the Rhône (its historic center has been declared a World Heritage site). We include a funicular climb to Notre Dame de Fourvière where we have a great view of the city. Enjoy some leisure time to walk around. Part of the groups will be accommodated in Chambery, a city near Lyon. In these cases, we will leave at the end of the afternoon for Chambery and accommodation. We will then have some time early in the morning to visit the capital of Savoy, a medieval-style city with beautiful historic center and a large castle.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

A beautiful stage awaits us as we set off for Switzerland. Arrival in Geneva. The guide will take us to the Palais des Nations (the European headquarters of the United Nations), the beautiful “Jardin Anglais” (with its quaint flower clock), and the “Jet d´Eau”, the tallest fountain in Europe. After lunch, we will continue travelling through Switzerland by the beautiful Leman and Neuchatel lakes. We will drive the scenic road alongside the three large lakes, with their magnificent vineyards overlooking the mountains. We will stop in Neuchatel, where you can enjoy a walk by the lake, the historic town center or visit its beautiful, 10th century castle. We will then head to Zurich. Arrival in the late afternoon.

Note: Depending on the number of passengers travelling from Geneva to Zürich, this part of the trip might be done by train – in which case, there will be no stop in Neuchatel.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

With our guide, we will have a tour of Zurich, the most populated city of Switzerland, and the country’s financial and cultural capital. The city of the banks has twice been declared the city with the best quality of life in the world. Afterwards, we will include a cruise of almost two hours on Lake Zürich. The boat makes brief stops to allow us to see the villages on the way. We get off in Rapperswill, a picturesque little village overlooked by its mediaeval castle. We go back to Zurich by train and appreciate the efficiency and punctuality of the Swiss railways.

Note: Depending on the number of travelers, the transfers to the center and from the station may be made on public transport.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Today´s journey has beautiful landscapes with high mountains and lakes. Breathtaking scenery in the region of Interlaken. We will stop in Grindelwald where we will have time for a coffee before taking the cable car up to mountain. We will walk along the winding path which will lead us to the “footbridge over the empty”. Dare to walk along the bridge amongst the fantastic scenery enjoying glaciers all around us. We will take lunch up the mountain (included) before heading back down. We continue to Lucerne, one of the most beautiful cities in Switzerland. In the evening we have time to stroll around, enjoying the city. Return to Zurich and free time in the city before going to the hotel.

Note: The guide will offer you the possibility of a full day optional visit, leaving in the morning and, after some free time to discover Lucerne, we take a rotating cable car to reach the top of Mount Titlis. At the alpine summit, at over 3000m above sea level, you will enjoy breathtaking views of the glacier and the Alps.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Lunch

We will leave Zurich early in the morning and cut across the Alps in order to reach the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland. Alongside the route we will get to see beautiful lakes and snow-capped mountains. Lugano. Arrival in the cosmopolitan capital of the Italian Switzerland built next to its beautiful lake. Time to have a stroll and grab lunch. Next, we will reach the enchanting little town of Morcote famous for its flowery stone houses. We will then travel to Italy. Arrival in Milan where the guide will take us to the impressive Duomo Square. Here you will find a variety of local and international restaurants to have dinner at. Transfer to the hotel.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Today we continue our journey towards Pisa. On a little tourist train, we will travel to the Piazza Dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles), where there will be time to admire one of the most alluring and beautiful art complexes in Italy, including the well-known Leaning Tower of Pisa. Then, we continue to Rome, arriving at the end of the day.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

In the morning, we have a scenic tour, which will be a great introduction to “The Eternal city”. We will visit the tiny state of the Vatican, the epicenter of Christianity in the world. You will be able to visit St. Peter’s Basilica. We include the entrance to the Imperial Forums, an impressive architectural complex formed by monumental buildings and squares, center of the political activity of Imperial Rome. At the end of the evening we arrange a transfer to Trastevere area for a stroll in the narrow cobbled streets of the district with hidden treasures, such as some modest medieval churches, small shops with the most peculiar of objects or scenes of daily life. Many trattorias (informal Italian eating establishments) and osterias (inns) imbued with the Italian spirit will be ready to serve you local dishes. Other restaurants serving Indian, Chinese and international food can be found in this area. Return to hotel.

Note: On many occasions during the low season, as well as in some specific dates of the rest of the year, instead of the entrance to the Imperial Forums, we will enter the Roman Colosseum, symbol of Rome.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

After breakfast, end of our services.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

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What’s included?

Accommodation in 3-4* hotels

English speaking tours in Prague, Amsterdam, Paris and Rome

Touring as per itinerary

15 Buffet Breakfasts, 1 Lunch

Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle

Arrival transfer

Basic travel insurance

Excursion: Versailles in Paris (entrance not included)

Boat: Vltava River in Prague, Cruise on the Rhine, I Jsselmeer lake from Voledam to Marken, River Seine in Paris, Zurich lake

Ticket admission: Prague Castle, Diamond Cutting Workshop in Amsterdam, 2nd Floor Eiffel Tower in Paris, Imperial Forums of Rome

Train: Rapperswil/Zurich, Piazza dei Miracoli in Pisa

Funicular: To Montmartre district in Paris, Lyon, Cable Car to Grindelwald First

Passport or visa fees

Other meals, snacks and drinks

Departure transfer

Pre and post tour accommodation

Any other items of personal nature

Pricing & Availability

Filter Dates
2024
2025
Departing Ending
 

All rates are based on twin/double share. Please enquire for single and triple rates. Rates are based on AUD. Availability is conditional on final confirmation from the supplier and is subject to change.

Hotel List (or similar)

Iris Hotel Eden Prague
2, Vladivostocká 1540, Vršovice, 100 00 Praha, Czechia
Tel: +420 702 033 159
Rating
4
Iris Hotel Eden Prague
Leonardo Hotel Frankfurt City South
Isenburger Schneise 40, 60528 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Tel: +49 69 67840
Rating
3.5
Leonardo Hotel Frankfurt City South
Mercure Hotel & Residenz Frankfurt Messe
Voltastraße 29, 60486 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Tel: +49 69 79260
Rating
3.5
Mercure Hotel & Residenz Frankfurt Messe
Park Plaza Amsterdam Airport
Melbournestraat 1, 1175 RM Lijnden, Netherlands
Tel: +31 20 658 0580
Rating
4
Park Plaza Amsterdam Airport
Holiday Inn Express Amsterdam, Sloterdijk Station
Zaventemweg 3, 1043 EH Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tel: +31 20 797 9191
Rating
4
Holiday Inn Express Amsterdam, Sloterdijk Station
Novotel Paris Bagnolet
1 Av. de la République, 93170 Bagnolet, France
Tel: +33 1 49 93 63 00
Rating
3
Novotel Paris Bagnolet
Ibis Paris 17 Clichy-Batignolles
163 Av. de Clichy, 75017 Paris, France
Tel: +33 1 40 25 20 20
Rating
3.5
Ibis Paris 17 Clichy-Batignolles
Ibis Styles Aix-les-Bains
111 Avenue de Marlioz, CS 50146, 73101 Aix-les-Bains, France
Tel: +33 4 79 61 77 77
Rating
3.5
Ibis Styles Aix-les-Bains
Campanile Lyon Berges Du Rhone
4-6 Rue Mortier, 69003 Lyon, France
Tel: +33 4 78 60 03 09
Rating
3.5
Campanile Lyon Berges Du Rhone
AJA Zurich Das City Resort
Vulkanstrasse 108b, 8048 Zürich, Switzerland
Tel: +41 43 523 12 00
Rating
4
AJA Zurich Das City Resort
Harry's Home Zurich
Seidenpl. 3, 8304 Wallisellen, Switzerland
Tel: +41 44 798 28 00
Rating
4
Harry's Home Zurich
IH Hotels Milano Lorenteggio
Via Lorenteggio, 278, 20152 Milano MI, Italy
Tel: +39 02 413111
Rating
4.5
IH Hotels Milano Lorenteggio
Golden Tulip Rome Piram
Via Giovanni Amendola, 7, 00185 Roma RM, Ital
Tel: +39 06 4890 1248
Rating
3.5
Golden Tulip Rome Piram

Important things to note

*If English speaking attendance numbers are low, the tour can become bilingual either accompanied by two tour leaders, one for each language, or a single tour leader providing explanations in both languages.

Hotels are confirmed 48 hours prior to departure.

Optional activities can be booked locally with guide or via your Mytrip link.

The tour is flexible so you can tailor it to suit your needs. Upon quoting/booking, you will have an option to choose your start and end date and destinations within the tour parameters. As these tours allow for such flexibility, the same people, tour guides or drivers may not be on your entire journey.

Single sharing supplement is available. Single passengers are only able to share a room with the same sex.

Additional discounts available: children under 3- 80%, children from 3-8 years- 40%, children from 9-15 years- 10%, travellers over 65 years- 5%.

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Desired Europe

From $3,868 AUD
  • 16 Days
  • Cities Visited

    Prague, Pilsen, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Frankfurt, Cologne, Amsterdam, Zaanse Schans, Volendam, Marken, Brussels, Bruges, Paris, Semur, Beaune, Lyon, Geneva, Zurich, Rapperswil, Grindelwald, Lucerne, Morcote, Milan, Pisa, Rome

    Group Size:
    1-55+
    Age Range:
    1 to 99
    Languages: English*
    Travel Style: Flexible Touring, Guided Group Tours, Multi Country Trips, Packages & Tours

Or contact your local travel agent.

Touropa
Speak to our Touropa Expert - Daniela

This tour is operated by Touropa – our Flexible Coach Touring Range. Dani leads the Touropa division.

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