Imperial Europe with Switzerland

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From/To: Private Tours

Duration: 13 days

This exquisitely designed journey shows you the picturesque villages and medieval castles of Germany and Switzerland, the lovely Lake Geneva, scenic Black Forest, modernity of Munich and Berlin, Amsterdam's enchanting canals and forever-elegant Paris.

Price: Private tour
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Trip Itinerary

Day 1

DEPART HOME

Overnight flight to Berlin.

Day 2

BERLIN

Welcome to Berlin! The capital of Germany, one of Europe's most exciting cities. Enjoy a cultural insight experience with fantastic 360° views of the city from the Berlin TV Tower. Marvel at the city's great landmarks during your sightseeing tour with your Local Expert Guide that gives an exciting account of Berlin’s rich and momentous history. Admire the Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden Boulevard, the Reichstag Building and German State Opera House. Tonight, discover Berlin's lively nightlife!

Day 3

BERLIN - GNIEZNO - CIECHOCINEK

In the morning depart from Berlin. Cross the border with Poland. Arrive in Gniezno, a city beautifully located on five hills among lakes, that was the initial capital of Poland. You will admire the town’s many historical objects dating back to Mieszko I, Dabrowka, Boleslaw Chrobry and Saint Adalbert: The Assumption and St. Adalbert's Archcathedral, with the reliques of St. Adalbert (his original Czech and similar Polish name to Wojtiech / Wojciech), a gothic church of St. John the Baptist from mid-14th century, The Archbishopric Museum with precious liturgical vessels, including the chalice of St. Adalbert, chalice of Dobrava (the wife of first polish Duke, buried in Poznan) or the Royal Chalice, gothic parish church of the Holy Trinity from 15th century, gothic-baroque franciscan Assumption and St. Anthony's church with the miraculous icon of Our Lady, the Mistress of Gniezno; besides - the baroque Franciscan Monastery from XVIIIth century, gothic church of St. Michael Archangel from 15th century, the Primate's' Palace. In the evening arrive in Ciechocinek for relaxation and accommodation. Ciechocinek has a unique lowland microclimate and the mineral springs that have been discovered in the area have therapeutic healing properties. Experts have considered the local saline springs to be of extreme value and named the thermal spring No. 14 "a wonder of nature". The therapeutic qualities of these springs are directed toward curing cardiovascular, respiratory, orthopedic, traumatic, rheumatic, nervous system and women's diseases.

Day 4

CIECHOCINEK - GIDLE - RADOMSKO

From Ciechocinek continue to Gidle where you will visit the shrine of our Lady of Gidle. A.D. 1516, just before the first Sunday of May, Jan Czeczek, a farmer from Gidle, ploughed up a small, 9 cm/3.54 in, stone statue of the Blessed Mother with the Child. At first it was kept in the parish church and then in a small chapel built on the place where it was found. This spot became famous for many graces and miraculous signs.

Day 5

RADOMSKO - CZĘSTOCHOWA - KRAKÓW

Visit Jasna Góra Monastery, Poland's most famous shrine to the Virgin Mary featuring the iconic Black Madonna of Czestochowa. Find out about the history of this very important monastic site which is revered in Poland. Transfer to the picturesque city of Kraków.

Day 6

KRAKÓW

This morning visit the Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Kraków-Łagiewniki, the chapel where the miraculous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina are to be found. Later view the Royal Castle and Cathedral on Wawel Hill. Your walking tour through the Old Town includes a visit to the Cloth Hall and the Mariacki Church.

Day 7

KRAKÓW - SLOVAK BETHLEHEM - VIENNA

In the morning depart from Kraków. Cross the border with Slovakia. Arrive at Slovak Bethlehem in Rajecka Lesna. The ancient village of Rajecka Lesna known as Frewald before 1948 is located 30 km /18.64 mi south of Zilina at the foot of Klak Mountain. Rajecka Lesna has been pilgrimage place since the 15th century. The very first church of the village was built in the 14th century and the golden statues of the Virgin Mary with the child Jesus were preserved. About 500 meters from the church of Mary's birth, the Calvary of Frewald and the chapel of Lourdes were built from the donations of North American Slovaks. The five springs healing water containing calcium and magnesium spurs from underneath of this chapel. It is said that anybody who comes here in good faith will find health for his body and soul. Continue to Vienna. Cross the border with Austria. Enjoy a leisurely walk in Vienna city centre or as an optional experience visit the Vienna State Opera in the evening and see Das Rheingold/The Rhinegold, the first of the four music dramas that constitute Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen/The Ring of the Nibelung.

Day 8

VIENNA - SALZBURG - INNSBRUCK

Travel to Salzburg where spires and domes rise in the shadow of Hohensalzburg Castle, one of the largest medieval fortresses in Europe. Admire the city featured in The Sound of Music. View Mozart's birthplace and family house in the picturesque Getreidegasse, and the Domplatz dominated by Salzburg Cathedral. Continue to Innsbruck. Tonight you might like to enjoy a traditional dinner and Tyrolean folklore show.

Day 9

INNSBRUCK - LIECHTENSTEIN - ZURICH

See the famous Innsbruck Olympic ski-jump before your orientation that includes views of the Wilten Basilica, Golden Roof and the Hofburg Palace. Explore medieval lanes, see the Habsburg palace or simply relax and admire this dazzling city set against a spectacular Alpine backdrop. Follow the Arlberg route. Cross the border with the Principality of Liechtenstein where you stop at its capital Vaduz. Cross the border with Switzerland. Enjoy a scenic drive along Lake Walensee and Zurichsee that brings you to Switzerland's financial capital.

Day 10

BLACK FOREST / SCHWARZWALD - STRASBOURG

Today cross the border to Germany and enjoy the scenic route in Black Forest. Visit one of villages where famous cuckoo clocks are made, later visit one of local breweries for beer tasting. Cross the border to France and arrive in Strasbourg, formal seat of the European Parliament, with culture and architecture blending German and French influences. See the Gothic Cathédrale Notre-Dame that features shows from its astronomical clock and enjoy a sweeping views of the Rhine River from partway up its 142m spire.

Day 11

STRASBOURG - FREIBURG - BERN - LUCERNE

In the morning drive from France, cross the border with Germany to see Freiburg, a sitting plump at the foot of the Black Forest’s wooded slopes and vineyards, a sunny, cheerful university town, with medieval Altstadt a story-book tableau of gabled town houses, cobblestone lanes and cafe-rimmed plazas. Continue and cross the border with Switzerland. Stop in Bern the capital city of Switzerland en route to Lucerne. Continue to Lucerne. Walk across the 14th century Chapel Bridge. Visit the solemn Lion Monument, commemorating the massacre of Swiss Guards in 1792. Spend the evening shopping in the old town for Swiss souvenirs and chocolates.

Day 12

INTERLAKEN - MONTREUX - GENEVA

In the morning travel to Interlaken in the heart of the Swiss Alps between the glassy lakes of Thun and Brienz, at the foot of the famous peaks the Eiger and Jungfrau. Spend time relaxing and enjoy superb views of the peaks of the Bernese Oberland, so beloved of Queen Victoria who often stayed at Interlaken. This afternoon arrive in the lakeside town of Montreux. Visit Queen Studio Experience - Mercury Phoenix Trust. The stunning scenery continues as you travel to Geneva. Enjoy the evening in this scenic city with its dramatic alpine backdrop. See the Reformation Monument, the Old Town, the United Nations Building and the Red Cross headquarters. Take time to relax at one of the quaint Old Town cafés.

Day 13

GENEVA - DEPARTURE TO USA

Say goodbye to Switzerland at the end of your remarkable European holiday.

What’s Included

    Insider Experiences
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Tour Director.
  • Local Speciality Enjoy fantastic 360° views of the city from the Berlin TV Tower.
  • Local Speciality See famous cuckoo clocks in Black Forest towns.
  • Local Speciality Spend free time in Lucerne exploring the old town, shopping for watches and chocolates.
  • Local Speciality Sample famous Swiss cookies by the Kambly family.
  • Local Speciality Learn about the production of the famous Emmental cheese, the king of Swiss cheese.
    Sightseeing Highlights
  • Berlin
    Enjoy fantastic 360° views of the city from the Berlin TV Tower. Admire the Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden Boulevard, the Reichstag Building and German State Opera House.
  • Vaduz
    See the Royal Castle in the capital of Principality of Liechtenstein.
  • Black Forest
    Admire the scenery as you drive through the hills and lakes, a region famous for cuckoo clocks.
  • Freiburg
    Admire the sunny and cheerful town of Freiburg at the foot of the Black Forest’s wooded slopes and vineyards. Take an evening stroll in Freiburg’s medieval Altstadt, a story-book tableau of gabled town houses, cobblestone lanes and cafe-rimmed plazas.
  • Zurich
    See the charm and beauty of this beautiful lakeside city, Switzerland's financial centre.
  • Lucerne
    Admire the beautiful medieval town set against an impressive backdrop of mountains. View the Chapel Bridge and visit the Lion Monument, built in memory of Louis XVI's Swiss Guard.
  • Brünig Pass
    Cross the Brünig Pass on your way to Bern.
  • Interlaken
    Travel via Interlaken in the Bernese Oberland, where you see the mighty Jungfrau, subject to weather conditions. Interlaken is one of the oldest and most popular tourist resorts in Switzerland.
  • Bern
    See the Old Town of the Swiss capital with its cobbled streets and the Federal Parliament Building.
  • Emmental
    Sample two of Emmental delicacies. Famous cookies by the Kambly family. For over 100 years the family have produced these cookies. Learn about the production of the famous Emmental cheese, the king of Swiss cheese.
  • Geneva
    Visit CERN in Geneva – famous for the long-sought Higgs boson. See the permanent exhibition “Universe of Particles” for a cultural insight into science. See the Reformation Monument, the Old Town, the United Nations Building and the Red Cross headquarters.
  • Lake Geneva
    Explore the beautiful cities surrounded by the Swiss Alps on a relaxing and scenic journey around the Lake Geneva.
  • Évian-les-Baines
    Enjoy a lakeside drive via Evian les Bains on the southern shores of the Lake Geneva.
  • Lausanne
    Visit the cultural center of Switzerland. Take a guided tour of the famous Château de Chillon, a stunning castle that sits on Lake Geneva, immortalised by Lord Byron's ‘Prisoner of Chillon'.
  • Basel
    Admire the cobbled streets, colourful fountains, medieval churches and stately buildings, the Old Town. In Marktplatz check out the impressive rust-coloured Rathaus Town Hall, with frescoed courtyard. Admire the 12th-century Münster, southeast from Marktplatz, with Gothic spires and Romanesque St Gallus doorway.
  • Mulhouse
    Views of the dynamic industrial city, that was allied with nearby Switzerland before voting to join Revolutionary France in 1798. Largely rebuilt after the ravages of WWII.
    Dining
  • Welcome Reception in Berlin, which includes Regional Meal and Welcome Drinks.
  • Be Spoiled Dinner with Entertainment, which includes a traditional, local three-course meal, music and more...
  • 12 full breakfasts.
  • 12 three-course dinners which include beer or wine.
  • Farewell Dinner with beer or wine in a renowned Parisian cabaret!
    Travel Highlights
  • Air travel from any major North American airport to Berlin and return flight from Geneva.
  • First class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities and complimentary WiFi internet access. Price is based on double occupancy.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats, onboard restroom and complimentary WiFi internet access and USB charging station.
  • The services of one of our professional Tour Directors throughout your journey.
  • Capture treasured memories of your trip with a complimentary group photo taken at a landmark location.
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