15 Day Heart of Europe Tour!
COST: $4399 pp, based on double occupancy, and includes all land transportation, roundtrip airfare from JFK Airport to Europe, Hostess Service, Full Service Image Tours Escort, 13 Breakfasts, 8 Dinners, Visit SEVEN of Europe's Most Popular Countries, Mountains in Switzerland, Medeival Rothenburg, Heidelburg Castle, Rhine River Cruise, Windmills in Holland, Eiffel Tower in Paris, Innsbruck, Austria, Meal and Maid Service Gratuities, and Roundtrip Luggage Service. Single Supplement: $1,000
$250 PP deposit due by 9/30/21, to receive a $200 pp Early Booking Discount. Final Balance due by 6/1/22.
Travel Protection: $331 pp for Double Occupancy; $424 - Single Occupancy
Thursday, September 22 - Overnight Flight from JFK to Europe
- Today brings the beginnings of a new adventure... anticipation heightens as you realize that your trip of a lifetime is about to begin. Refer to "Preparing for your Departure" in your Trip Documents packet for your check-in procedures. Your Trip Documents packet will also provide you with necessary arrival procedures in Europe. Take time to relax on your transatlantic flight with assurance that Image Tours, along with Benedict's Bus, have taken care of all the details.
Friday, September 23 - GERMANY... Arrival at Frankfurt Airport - Heidelberg - Schriesheim
- As morning arrives, the European coastline comes into view and your plane will soon touch down at the Frankfurt Rhein-Main Airport. Disembark, clear passport control, claim your suitcase, and pass through customs. Communicating is no problem, as English is widely spoken. Refer to your 'Arrival Instructions' page in your Trip Documents for directions on where and when to meet your tour manager, who will accompany you to your hotel in the village of Schriesheim. This afternoon, the Tour Manager will invite you on a visit to the town of Heidelberg, idyllically situated on the Neckar River and dominated by the ruins of Heidelberg Castle. This renowned university town is considered by many to embody the spirit of Germany. This evening, enjoy the 'Welcome to Europe / Get-Aquainted' dinner at the hotel. (D)
Saturday, September 24 - GERMANY... Medieval Rothenburg - Romantic Road - Adelsried
- This morning travel to the storybrook town of Rothenburg, a beautifully preserved medieval village, surrounded by the original town walls. The cobblestone streets are lined with historic inns and charming store fronts, including the famous "Kathe Wohlfahrt's Weihnachtsdorf," a sprawling, year-round Christmas shop. Take a walk on the city walls for a bird's-eye view of the town and the lovely surrounding countryside. Your afternoon journey leads south on the "Romantic Road," offering unspoiled countryside, ancient castles, and untouched villages. Tonight, your dinner at the hotel in Adelsried will be enlivened by accodion music. (B,D)
Sunday, September 25 - GERMANY... Munich & AUSTRIA... Tyrolean Village
- It's less than 40 miles to the elegant Bavarian capital of Munich. There's ample time to explore the central square (Marienplatz), a pedestrian-only zone. The focal point of the square is the Rathaus (Town Hall), with its captivating "Glockenspiel." For a taste of Oktoberfest, consider sausages and sauerkraut at the famous Hofbrauhaus. After lunch, head south to the Austrian border. While motoring through the majestic Austrian mountains, hurn a few of the well-known "Sound of Music" tunes. Continue to a typical Tyrolean Village to spend the next two nights in a chalet-style hotel. Tyrol is one of the friendliest and most scenic regions in Austria. Innsbruck, its capital, has twice hosted the Winter Olympics. (B,D)
Monday, September 26 - AUSTRIA... Tyrolean Village
- Spend the day relaxing in your Tyrolean Village amidst the boundless splendor of the Alps. Enjoy a walk through town and admire the frescoed and flower adorned chalets and awe-inspiring mountain landscapes. Consider taking a chair lift up the mountain to enjoy the magnificent Alpine vistas. Another choice is to join your tour manager for a full day optional Salzburg & Dinner excursion, which includes a guided tour of Salzburg (Mozart's birthplace and setting for the "Sound of Music") and a traditional Austrian meal at an alpine village restaurant. (B)
Tuesday, September 27 - AUSTRIA... Innsbruck & ITALY... Lake Grada - Verona
- Emperor Maximilian I, ruler of the Holy Roman Empire from 1493 to 1519, was responsible for much of the architectual beauty you will see during your morning stop in Innsbruck. See the Imperial Church, Maximilian's Golden Roof balcony, and the Triumphal Arch. Next, enter Italy via the Europa Bruecke (Bridge), a remarkable feat of highway engineering through the Dolomite Mountains. Descend to "Lago di Garda" (Lake Garda), whose steep mountain shores give it a subtropical climate with rich vegetation, including colorful oleander bushes, olive and citrus trees, and grape vines which produce some of the famous Italian wines. During an afternoon stop, stroll along the lakefront, browse the quaint markets, and enjoy an Italian ice cream (gelato). From here, it's a short ride to the legendary city of Verona, made famous by Shakespeare's tragic love story of "Romeo and Juliet." Experience an authentic Italian meal during and independent dinner in Verona before transferring to your hotel. (B)
Wednesday, September 28 - ITALY... Verona
- Today is yours to enjoy the authentic Italian atmosphere, romance art, architecture, and music at your own pace. Explore Verona, with its nearly 2000-year-old Roman Arena, still used today for performances of beloved Italian operas. Use your time to browse the fashionable shops or take a local bus back to turquoise-colored Lake Garda, where you can relax along its shore while sipping a Campari or Cappuccino. Another choice for today is to join the optional Venice excursion, see canals, gondolas, art, architecture, and delicately-blown glass. This excursion includes dinner at a typical Venetian restaurant. Whichever way you choose to spend this day, you will come away with a memorable taste of Italy's uniquely captivating ambiance. At the end of the day, return to your Verona hotel. (B)
Thursday, September 29 - SWITZERLAND... Lake Lugano - Gotthard Pass - Swiss Alps
- Travel north towards the unsurpassed splendor of the Italian and Swiss lake districts. Crossing the border, Switzerland greets you with the contrast of snow-capped peaks as the background to palm tree-lined Lake Lugano. Often referred to as the "Rio de Janeiro of the Old Continent," this is a perfect spot for a lunch break. In the afternoon, take the 11-mile-long St. Gotthard Tunnel, piercing the mountains from the Italian to the German speaking region of Switzerland. Spend the night in one of the cozy villages in the Swiss Alps. (B, D)
Friday, September 30 - SWITZERLAND... Village of Stans - Lucerne - Swiss Alps
- Traveling through William Tell country, you descend upon Lake Luceme. The soaring peaks of Rigi and Pilatus, standing guard over this vast water basin, create one of the most imposing sights in Europe. Stop in the old mountain village of Stans for the optional Swiss Mountain excursion by funicular and cable car for thrilling panoramic views. In the afternoon, visit Lucerne, with its Old Town Wall and famous Lion Monument, commemorating the heroic deaths of Swiss soldiers, who defended Louis XVI during the French Revolution. The rest of the day is yours to explore the Old Town. Browse through displays of wood-carved boxes, delicate Swiss lace and delicious chocolates. Or, relax on one of the lovely lakeshore promenades. Before returning to your hotel for dinner, consider joining your tour manager for an optional Swiss Lake Boat Ride excursion on beautiful Lake Lucerne. (B, D)
Saturday, October 1 - FRANCE... Besancin - Troyes
- The church bells usher in another glorious day. Follow the Swiss Autobahn to Basel, where Switzerland, Germany, and France meet the Rhine River naigable, before starting its approximate 700-mile run through Germany and on to the Atlantic seaport of Rotterdam, Holland. Crossing the border into France, the mountains give way to hilltop villages and rustic vineyards. Make a mid-day lunch stop before continuing through the Burgundy and Champagne wine regions to Troyes. Your tour manager will offer a walk to try the local champagne at one of the sidewalk cafes. (B, D)
Sunday, October 2 - FRANCE... Paris
- After a midmorning arrival into the center of Paris, venture out on your own, or join the optional Seine River Cruise excursion, featuring some of the city’s major landmarks. Your tour manager will direct you to the location of principal sights such as Place de la Concorde, Champs-Élysées, Notre Dame Cathedral, Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum (open every day except Tuesday), Arc de Triomphe and Galeries Lafayette department store. Sense the soul of Paris at Montmartre, with the imposing Sacre Coeur Cathedral. Tonight, join the optional Paris Evening excursion with dinner at a characteristic French bistro located in the heart of Paris, or choose your own location for an independent dinner. (B)
Monday, October 3 - BELGIUM... Antwerp & HOLLAND
- Travel north to Belgium and proceed to the North Sea port of Antwerp, known for its convivial atmosphere and lace handicrafts. Explore the city center, with its historic buildings and quaint shops. Treat yourself to an irresistible Belgian waffle at one of the outdoor cafés on the city’s attractive main square. This afternoon, enter Holland, also known as The Netherlands (or Nederland in Dutch which means “low lands”). Much of the country lies below sea level and is protected from flooding by an intricate system of canals, dikes and pumping stations. Many of the windmills, which used to do the pumping, have been beautifully preserved and can be seen as you drive through the country. (B, D)
Tuesday, October 4 - HOLLAND
Take advantage of the efficient bus and railway network to a myriad of interesting places, many of which are less than an hour away. Or, choose the full-day optional Grand Holland excursion, featuring a kaleidoscopic overview of Holland. This excursion features the neatly-groomed countryside, a picturesque Dutch village, and a boat ride through historic Amsterdam - renowned for its canals, bridges, seventeenth century architecture, & world-famous museums. (B)
Wednesday, October 5 - GERMANY... Rhine Cruise - Rudesheim
- Today, return to Germany and take the Autobahn in the direction of Koblenz. From here, follow the Rhine River to Boppard to embark on an upstream cruise on the Rhine, one of Western Europe’s most important waterways. Glide past endearing villages, medieval castles, fortresses and hillside vineyards on your dreamy Rhine cruise. Pass by the legendary Loreley Rock, subject of boatmen folklore about a bewitching siren. Your hotel is located in the wine village of Rüdesheim (be sure to try a glass of “Liebfraumilch”). Known for its festive atmosphere, this is a fitting location for tonight’s “Farewell Dinner." (B, D)
Thursday, October 6 - Daytime flight back to U.S.A.
- Your journey of Europe’s scenic, cultural and historic highlights has come full circle. You will forever remember the many sights, sounds and tastes as well as your newly-made friends. Transfer to the Frankfurt Rhein-Main Airport for the return flight home. We sincerely hope you will return and experience more of Europe’s treasures with Image Tours. Until we see you again — “Auf Wiedersehen!” (B)
PLEASE NOTE: All trips and itineraries are subject to change, pending the effects of COVID-19.
- From Thursday, 22 September 2022 to Thursday, 06 October 2022