In under a week experience four of Europe’s most popular cities. Starting in the magical capital of France, Paris is home to some of the most iconic landmarks in Europe. Witness the beauty of the Notre Dame Cathedral, test your art knowledge in the Louvre and climb the Eiffel Tower for some of the best views of the city. Fill your suitcase with local chocolates from Bruges before relaxing on the canals of Amsterdam with a boat cruise. Ending in the vibrant capital of Berlin, get a taste of true German culture with a Bratwurst in hand and visit to one of the cities many beer houses.
Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.
Meals - Buffet Breakfast
This morning we depart for the quaint and colourful city of Bruges. After a short journey and train connection in Brussels; we arrive in time for a local lunch before having a free afternoon to explore the sites. Located in northwest Belgium; Bruges encompasses everything you would expect from a fairytale town. Cobbled lanes are connected to picturesque canals; the streets are lined with colourful houses and the marketplace filled with the aroma of fresh pastries.Once an important centre for trade and fishing; Bruges has successfully kept its medieval and traditional atmosphere. Check out The Basilica of the Holy Blood; where it is said that a relic of Christ was collected and brought to the church by Joseph of Arimathea. The Church of our Lady is another must see; dating back to the 13th century and being the only church in Europe to hold a sculpture by Michelangelo. After your fill of history; why not opt for a walk along the city's few remaining windmills; located just outside the city gates.Another must while in Belgium is to indulge in some of the finest chocolate in Europe. Bruges has a host of quaint chocolate shops that let you taste your way around the streets. Belgium chocolate is famous worldwide following their invention of the well loved praline so be sure to leave space in your luggage for these famous and delicious treats.
Accommodation at Hotel Garden Saint Martin or similar - Buffet Breakfast
Bonjour et bienvenue ב Paris! The City of Love; The City of Lights; and a city that never sleeps. Whatever you wish to call it; there is no denying Paris is a city of beauty. The capital of France; Paris attracts more than 30 million tourists each year and with a vast range of activities; museums; cafes and iconic landmarks its easy to see why.Visit the beautiful Notre Dame cathedral; one of the cities most famous landmarks and an icon of the Gothic era. Nearby; walk the popular love lock bridge and watch as couples throw their key into the river Seine for everlasting love.Paris is home to some of the finest museums in Europe including the Louvre; with its iconic triangular exterior; and where you can view the classic Mona Lisa painting which is one of Leonardo da Vinci's most famous pieces.Get lost in the streets of bohemian Montmartre and witness local artists selling their work below the grand Sacre Coeur Basilica; a Roman Catholic church dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. As one of the highest points in the city; grab a coffee and crepe and relax atop the iconic city skyline.For another one of the best views of the city; take to the top of the Montparnasse tower. Often far less crowded; you will experience one of the most photogenic views of the Eiffel Tower and the city looming in the background. Come evening; head to one of the many local wine bars where you can experience some classic Parisian nightlife. Sample local wines and if you’re feeling brave; indulge in a snail or two! Lastly; make sure you are around the Eiffel Tower on the hour after darkness and see the sparkle!
Accommodation at Hotel Garden Saint Martin or similar - Breakfast
Amsterdam & Canal Cruise
This morning we head for the capital of the Netherlands; Amsterdam. Also known as the Venice of the North due to its vast number of canals; Amsterdam is a city of culture; beauty and nature; with plenty of parks promoting a wonderfully green and open space.Central Amsterdam is encircled by four beautiful 17th century canals; with picturesque town houses dating back to the Renaissance period. The area was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2010. This afternoon we experience the beauty of the city first hand with an included canal cruise with your group through some of the 165 canals that the city encompasses.Come evening; relax in one of the many quaint canal-side breweries where you can sample some local Dutch beer or stick with the well known and well loved Heineken; which was founded right here in the city.
Accommodation at Martin's Brugge or similar - Buffet Breakfast
Today you are free to soak up more of the sights. With over 1500 bridges in the city; a great way to explore is by doing as the locals do; queue the bikes! Cycle next to the canals and through the many parks to experience Amsterdam unique charm. Combined; locals bike around 2 million kilometers every day!Amsterdam is also well known for the Anne Frank House; where Anne Frank and her family lived in hiding for two years; and where she penned the now well known Anne Franks Diary; a touching and emotional reminder of WWII.For the largest collection of Van Gogh paintings in the world; head to the Museumkwartier and check out the Van Gogh museum. As well as over 200 paintings the museum boasts a collection of his personal effects as well as paintings from his contemporaries. Explore Rijksmuseum; the National Museum of the Netherlands; which is the only museum in the world with a tunnel to bike through.For the foodies; spend some time exploring the bustling Amsterdam foodhallen; an indoor food market popular among the locals. Set inside an old tram depot; here you can find anything from gourmet doughnuts to traditional stroopwafel. There are also small stores selling handicrafts and souvenirs that are all locally made. Finally; no visit to Amsterdam is complete without a visit to the Cheese Museum. As well as cheese tastings; relive the history of Dutch cheese and even see the most expensive cheese slicer in the world.
Please Note: For those who wish to visit; booking in advance is essential. Visit www.annefrank.org/en/museum/tickets/ for further information.
Accommodation at Avenue Hotel or similar - Buffet Breakfast
The city of Berlin has a lot to be discovered. After being devastated during WWII; the city has rebuilt into a modern oasis and managed to keep its tradition and history in the process. Both the capital and largest city in Germany; Berlin has seen its fair share of division. In 1961; East German soldiers lay down the foundations for the infamous Berlin Wall; which was to divide the Soviet controlled East side of the city and the democratic West side. This turbulent time eventually came to an end in 1989 followed by the demolition of the wall in 1991. To this day; a part remains as a reminder of history and is a must see while in Berlin. You can also visit Checkpoint Charlie; the most well known crossing point between the east and west sides.Arriving by train in the late afternoon; you have the perfect opportunity to experience some of Berlins world famous nightlife. Club culture and all things techno radiate through the city; drawing party goers from all over. Beyond the nightclubs; Berlin has a thriving music scene of jazz; punk and everything in between; with venues dotted all over the city.
Accommodation at B&B Hotel Alexanderplatz or similar - Buffet Breakfast
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Selected departure dates from 10 June - 30 December 2019
R 19 281
Accommodation at hotel - 5 nights.
Meals - 5 Buffet Breakfasts.