Day 1 | Highlights:
Your journey into wonder begins in this fascinating and compact harbour city. Relax and raise your glass to the days ahead at this evening’s welcome reception.
Day 2 | Amsterdam: Highlights:
With 165 canals that stretch over 100 kilometres, Amsterdam’s magnificent waterways have made the city world famous and you’ll have ample opportunity to explore them. Listen to expert commentary as you take in the countless sights, and learn about the history that shaped this important European capital. Alternatively, discover charming Volendam, with its unusual raised homes and quaint wooden church before heading to the equally charming village of Edam.
Day 3 | Cologne Highlights:
Enjoy a scenic ride on the oldest cog railway in Germany and discover splendid Drachenburg Castle, or stroll through Cologne and get up close to the filigree twin towers of the famous cathedral. Either way, it’s a great day to see and discover.
Day 4 | Koblenz Highlights:
Take advantage of a guided tour of this historic city, which straddles two of Europe’s most beautiful rivers. Alternatively, discover Cochem – a true medieval gem resting on the banks of the Moselle River. Cochem will make you feel as if you’re stepping straight into a fairytale and you’ll be able to explore this charming city on a guided tour including a visit to Reichsburg Castle. Alternatively, visit a local winery and sample some of its fine wines. Or if you are feeling more active you might wish to take a guided cycling tour, you’ll have the opportunity to cycle through the fascinating city of Koblenz, passing intriguing palaces and churches, museums and monuments.
Day 5 | Rüdesheim Highlights:
Succumb to charming Rüdesheim, where you’ll board the Winzerexpress mini-train for a guided visit of Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Later, you can look forward to unrivalled views across the spectacular World Heritage-listed Rhine Gorge as you board a cable car directly to the Niederwald monument.
Day 6 | Mannheim Highlights:
Join a local guide on a historic tour of Heidelberg, where you’ll visit Heidelberg’s Renaissance castle. The castle ruins are among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. Or join a local guide for an orientation tour of Heidelberg, followed by leisure time.
Day 7 | Strasbourg Highlights:
Visit Strasbourg, where you’ll discover La Petite France and stroll through the Old Town, with its half-timbered houses and distinctive Alsatian winstubs. Alternatively, journey to Mittelbergheim in the Alsace and sample some of the best wines the region has to offer. Or you can opt to visit the Black Forest region, and enjoy a guided hike through its majestic vineyards. Alternatively, explore Strasbourg on your own, on two wheels using your Tailormade GPS device. Starting in Kehl on the German side of the river cycle to Strasbourg’s European district and see the Council of Europe, the European Court of Human Rights and the European Parliament.
Day 8 | Basel > Montreux Highlights:
Disembark and transfer to Vevey, home to Charlie Chaplin once he’d fled the United States. Enter the world of Charlie Chaplin as you meet one of the 20th century’s most celebrated artists during a visit to the Chaplin’s World Museum. This afternoon you’ll get the chance to luxuriate at your hotel located on the shores of picturesque Lake Geneva, where you’ll be enjoying a two night stay.
Day 9 | Montreux Highlights: Panoramic Train Journey
Today you’ll board a first class carriage for a panoramic train journey to Château-d’Œx. Upon arrival you’ll view traditional cheese-making in rustic ambience at the Restaurant Le Chalet. The Restaurant Le Chalet makes its own cheese, “Le Chalet Bio”. The cheesemaker transforms milk into a hard cheese right in front of your eyes. At the end of the demonstration you’ll have an opportunity to taste the freshly made cheese.
Day 10 | Montreux > Bern Highlights: Swiss Alps
Ascend the Swiss Alps to the breathtaking village of Gstaad. Then continue to Bern for your overnight stay.
Day 11 | Bern > Lucerne > Zurich Highlights: Lucerne city tour
Journey to Lucerne and discover this charming town on an orientation tour with your tour director. Continue to Zurich for an overnight stay, repeatedly named the city with the world’s highest quality of life, Zurich is Switzerland’s largest city and home to a host of treasures.
Day 12 | Zurich Highlights: Farewell
After breakfast you’ll be transferred to Zurich Airport for your onward or homebound flight with memories of a truly unforgettable trip.