London to Berlin (15 Days)


Code: EWLB
Country: United KingdomFranceBelgiumNetherlandsGermany

Route: London to Berlin

Days: 15 Days

US$ 2664

+ Local Payment of US$ 370

Style: Group Tour

About this tour

 Type of Travel: Public Transport

 Group Size: Normally 4-19. Average 10.

 Recommended Age: 18-65

 

In two weeks enjoy the highlights of Europe from the glistening Eiffel Tower in Paris to the extravagant Duomo in Milan. Experience some of the most magical cities from the water, sailing through canals in Bruges, Amsterdam or Venice. Visit two contrasting German cities, the defiant and modern Berlin and the traditional, charming city of Munich. With an abundance of history, culture and food, get your camera at the ready for a European adventure of a lifetime.

Itinerary

Day 1 to 1 – Arrive London & Eurostar to Paris

One of the most visited cities in the world, London is as much about modern culture as it is history. Steeped with some of the most beautiful architecture in Europe and some of the finest international cuisine, London has a little something for every traveler. Take in the dazzling city landscape from the famous London Eye; enjoy a graffiti walking tour of Shoreditch or watch the quintessentially British changing of the guard at the Queen’s residence, Buckingham Palace.

For history buffs, explore the National History Museum and V&A Museum, the world’s largest collection of decorative arts and design from many different time periods. Another highlight is The Tate Modern, which houses unique and interesting art installations that change regularly and is a popular attraction with both locals and tourists. A visit to London would not be complete without checking out the Tower of London, the historic palace and fortress where you can learn more about London’s extensive and sometimes grim past, before witnessing the famous crown jewels.

Today you meet your tour leader and fellow travelers at London St Pancras station to board the Eurostar train. Please ensure you arrive to the station by 12.30pm in order to check in for the journey. Your tour leader will meet you in the main hall in front of the Eurostar check in desks. Note that this is an international journey and you must have your passport and any relevant visas for check in.

Arriving in Paris in the early evening, check in to your hotel before heading out with your tour leader on a walking tour of the magical Parisian city lights. Most of the city’s famous sites and landmarks are illuminated at night, making Paris an enchanting place to wander around and explore. Ensure you are at the Eiffel Tower on the hour to see it sparkle!

Please Note: We highly recommend booking your own pre tour accommodation in London to experience all the city has to offer.

Included Excursions: City Lights of Paris Walking Tour

Optional Excursions:

  • Eiffel Tower – From 16 EUR
  • Notre Dame – Free
  • Arc de Triomphe – 12 EUR
  • Louvre – 15 EUR
  • Montparnasse Tower – 18 EUR
  • Sacre Coeur – Free
  • Walking Tour – Free (tips recommended)
  • Pompidou Centre – 14 EUR

 

Accommodation: –1 night(s) in hotels

Day 2 to 2 – 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 it’s easy to see why.

Visit the beautiful Notre Dame cathedral, one of the city’s 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!

Optional Excursions:

  • Eiffel Tower – From 16 EUR
  • Notre Dame – Free
  • Arc de Triomphe – 12 EUR
  • Louvre – 15 EUR
  • Montparnasse Tower – 18 EUR
  • Sacre Coeur – Free
  • Walking Tour – Free (tips recommended)
  • Pompidou Centre – 14 EUR

 

Accommodation: 1 night(s) in hotels

Meals: 1 Buffet Breakfast(s)

Day 3 to 3 – Bruges

This morning we depart for the quaint and colorful 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 colorful 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 being sure to leave space in your luggage for these famous and delicious treats.

Optional Excursions: Entrance to KhaoSok National Park

  • The Belfry Tower – 12 EUR
  • Basilica of the Holy Blood – Free
  • Chocolate Museum – 8 EUR
  • Bruges Boat Tour – 8 EUR

 

Accommodation: 1 night(s) in hotels

Meals: 1 Buffet Breakfast(s)

Day 4 to 4 – 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.

Included Excursions: Amsterdam Canal Cruise

Optional Excursions:

  • Anne Frank House – 10 EUR (booking essential)
  • Van Gogh Museum – 18 EUR
  • Rijksmuseum – 19 EUR
  • Heineken Experience – 21 EUR
  • Countryside & Windmills Tour – 59 EUR
  • Red Light District Tour – 25 EUR
  • Cheese Museum – Free

 

Accommodation: 1 night(s) in hotels

Meals: 1 Buffet Breakfast(s)

Day 5 to 5 – Amsterdam

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’s 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 Frank’s 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.

Optional Excursions:

  • Anne Frank House – 10 EUR (booking essential)
  • Van Gogh Museum – 18 EUR
  • Rijksmuseum – 19 EUR
  • Heineken Experience – 21 EUR
  • Countryside & Windmills Tour – 59 EUR
  • Red Light District Tour – 25 EUR
  • Cheese Museum – Free

 

Accommodation: 1 night(s) in hotels

Meals: 1 Buffet Breakfast(s)

Day 6 to 6 – Berlin

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 Berlin’s 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.

Optional Excursions

  • Reichstag Building – Free (booking essential)
  • Berlin Wall Memorial – Free
  • Topography of Terror – Free
  • Berlin Television Tower – 15.50 EUR
  • Pergamon museum – 19 EUR
  • Checkpoint Charlie – Free

 

Accommodation: 1 night(s) in hotels

Meals: 1 Buffet Breakfast(s)

Day 7 to 7 – Berlin

Enjoy a full free day to further experience all Berlin has to offer. Explore Museum Island, a charming collection of galleries and museums in the city centre. Home to five different museums, each offers a unique insight into the country and its history.

For some of the best views of the city, visit the Reichstag, home to the German government. Entrance is free however in order to secure a spot registering online in advance is essential. From the modern to the traditional, make sure you stop by the beautiful 19th century cathedral to admire the stunning baroque domes.

As today is your last day in Berlin, remember to stop by one of the many local eateries for a schnitzel, because you’re in Germany of course!

Optional Excursions

  • Reichstag Building – Free (booking essential)
  • Berlin Wall Memorial – Free
  • Topography of Terror – Free
  • Berlin Television Tower – 15.50 EUR
  • Pergamon museum – 19 EUR
  • Checkpoint Charlie – Free

 

Accommodation: 1 night(s) in hotels

Meals: 1 Buffet Breakfast(s)

Day 8 to 8 – Prague

This morning we depart for one of the most picturesque cities in Europe, Prague. You will have plenty of free time to explore the stunning City of 1,000 Spires, including the bustling Old Town Square where you can find a beautiful astronomical clock, the enchanting Charles Bridge where you can watch artists and buskers at work and Wenceslas Square.

Czechs have been brewing beer since the 9th century and invented the world’s first Pilsner, so Prague offers a great opportunity to sample some of the world’s finest beers. Take a brewery tour or simply bar hop around the city sampling all they have to offer. Perhaps end your evening with a river cruise, admiring the beautiful Charles Bridge from below.

Optional Excursions:

  • Prague Brewery Tour – 1200 CZK
  • Kutna Hora Day Trip – 700 CZK
  • Prague Castle Tour – Free
  • Jewish Museum – 330 CZK
  • Town Hall Clock Tower – 120 CZK
  • River Cruise – 10 EUR
  • City of Prague Museum – 150 CZK
  • Karlsejn Castle – 330 CZK
  • Charles Bridge – Free

 

Accommodation: –1 night(s) in hotels

Meals: 1 Buffet Breakfast(s)

Day 9 to 9 – Prague

Today is a free day to further explore the city and its surroundings. Take a local train out to Kutna Hora where you can visit the famous Sedlec Ossuary. A unique and interesting, yet slightly morbid attraction, this “Church of Bones” is home to between 30,000 and 70,000 human bones that are artistically decorated throughout the church. A popular burial ground in the 12th century, followed by the 14th century Black Death, meant thousands were buried in the area.

Don’t miss a walk around the vast Prague castle complex, an area of almost 70,000 square meters making it officially the largest castle complex in the world. This is where you will find the spectacular St Vitus cathedral, which is just as beautiful outside as it is in.

Optional Excursions:

  • Prague Brewery Tour – 1200 CZK
  • Kutna Hora Day Trip – 700 CZK
  • Prague Castle Tour – Free
  • Jewish Museum – 330 CZK
  • Town Hall Clock Tower – 120 CZK
  • River Cruise – 10 EUR
  • City of Prague Museum – 150 CZK
  • Karlsejn Castle – 330 CZK
  • Charles Bridge – Free

Accommodation: 1 night(s) in hotels

 

Meals: 1 Buffet Breakfast(s)

 

Day 10 to 10 – Vienna

Welcome to Austria! Birthplace of some of the greatest classical music composers, Vienna charms with its cultural history and opulent beauty. Known as the ‘city of music’ many composers such as Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss were born or worked here and you can learn all about their works in places such as Haus der Musik and Mozarthaus, or Mozart’s main apartment in Vienna which holds an insight into his celebrated life.

As one of the grandest cities in Europe, Vienna is home to some of the most ornate architecture you can see. The city centre is easily explored by foot and you can spend hours wandering the streets and being transported to a different time. The State Opera House and St Stephen’s cathedral are not to be missed for a glimpse of true Viennese opulence.

Optional Excursions:

  • Albertina Museum – 13 EUR
  • Schoenbrunn Palace – 13 EUR
  • Spanish Riding School Morning Exercise – 35 EUR
  • Belvedere Palace – 14 EUR
  • Sigmund Freud Museum – 10 EUR
  • City Bike Tour – 29 EUR
  • Vienna Mozart Concert – from 49 EUR
  • Walking Tour – Free (tips recommended)

Accommodation: 1 night(s) in hotels

Meals: 1 Buffet Breakfast(s)

Day 11 to 11 – Vienna

Today you are free to soak up as much music, culture or architecture as you can! Perhaps you would like to catch a jaw-dropping orchestra performance at the Vienna Philharmonic, or watch a ballet or opera performance at the Wiener Staatsoper? You may also choose to visit the Schloss Schönbrunn, the palace of the Habsburg family, and discover the Baroque grandeur of the Austrian dynasty. A visit to the Albertina museum is well worth a visit for art buffs, while attending the morning exercise of the world famous Spanish Riding School is also a highlight of the city.

Once you have delighted in the culture and beauty of Vienna, there are a host of a lively restaurants, cafes and bars to soak up as you watch the world go by in this vibrant city. Take your pick and sit down to a slice of sacher torte – a popular chocolate cake with apricot filling that is a must try while in Vienna!

Optional Excursions:

  • Albertina Museum – 13 EUR
  • Schoenbrunn Palace – 13 EUR
  • Spanish Riding School Morning Exercise – 35 EUR
  • Belvedere Palace – 14 EUR
  • Sigmund Freud Museum – 10 EUR
  • City Bike Tour – 29 EUR
  • Vienna Mozart Concert – from 49 EUR
  • Walking Tour – Free (tips recommended)

 

Accommodation: 1 night(s) in hotels

Meals: 1 Buffet Breakfast(s)

Day 12 to 12 – Munich

Today we return to Germany for a taste of Bavaria. Home to centuries-old buildings and numerous beer halls, Munich is said to be one of the most charming cities in the country. Explore the main square, Marienplatz, which has been the heart of the city since the 11th century. Best known for its markets and events, it is overlooked by the grand new town hall and glockenspiel clock. Visit some of the cities most impressive museums such as the Bavarian National Museum or the Munich Residenz, the former royal palace where you can view displays from former royal collections.

For a taste of hearty Bavarian cuisine check out one of the many food stalls or restaurants in the city. As well as the beloved German sausage, other popular foods include sauerkraut, bratwurst, and one of the most beloved desserts in the country, apfelstrudel. Spend your evening in the Hofbrauhaus, the biggest beer hall in the city, for a taste of local Bavarian life.

Finally, Munich is of course world famous for the yearly Oktoberfest festival, which runs from late September to the first weekend in October. Having been held since 1810, the event is a key part of Bavarian culture. Check out our 2019 departure dates if you wish to get a taste of this for yourself!

Optional Excursions:

  • Alte Pinakothek Art Gallery – From 7 EUR
  • Bayern Munich Statium – 19 EUR
  • Marienplatz Square – Free
  • Hofbrauhaus Beer House – Free Entrance
  • Third Reich Walking Tour – 15 EUR
  • Walking Tour – Free (tips recommended)

 

Accommodation: 1 night(s) in hotels

Meals: 1 Buffet Breakfast(s)

Day 13 to 13 – Zurich – Gateway to the Alps

Switzerland is a land of beauty, nature and of course, the Alps! Departing Munich we will take a train to the largest city in Switzerland, Zurich, to experience a taste of the Swiss life. Zurich is the gateway to many beautiful small towns which are easily accessible by local transport. Experience true Swiss charm by heading to Lucerne where you can walk through the preserved medieval architecture with stunning views of the snow capped mountains in the backdrop.

Zurich is overflowing with chocolate shops where you can indulge in local Swiss treats or even take a chocolate tour. If savoury is more your style, Switzerland is the best place to try some cheese fondue, since the first recipe was penned in Zurich!

Other highlights of the city include the beautiful Fraumunster church, the botanical gardens and Bahnhofstrasse, one of the most expensive shopping streets in the world.

Optional Excursions

  • FIFA Museum – 24 CHF
  • National Museum of Zurich – 10 CHF
  • Lake Zurich Boat Trip – 9 CHF
  • Uetilberg Mountain – 18 CHF train + 3 CHF Observation Deck
  • Lucerne Visit – 25 CHF return train

 

Accommodation: 1 night(s) in hotels

Meals: 1 Buffet Breakfast(s)

Day 14 to 14 – Milan & the Duomo

Ciao and welcome to Italy! Today we take a short train ride to the city of Milan. This cosmopolitan fashion capital has a huge range of sites on offer, including the iconic Duomo which stands in all its glory in the very centre of the city. Built with marble from Lake Maggiore, the cathedral is the largest gothic building in Italy. Enjoy included entry to the rooftop terrace with your group and tour leader where you can experience some of the best views of the city.

Whether or not you are a shopaholic, a visit to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a must in order to experience the grand opulence of Milan. The Renaissance style building is host to high end stores like Prada, Versace and Gucci as well as elegant cafes and restaurants. Find the floor mosaic of the bull and with your right foot, spin three times for good luck!

Included Excursions: Entry to Milan Duomo (including Rooftop Terraces)

Optional Excursions

  • Leonardo Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” – 33 EUR (prebooking essential)
  • Sforza Castle Museums – 12 EUR
  • La Scala Opera House Museum – 9 EUR
  • San Mauizio Church – Free
  • San Siro Football Stadium Museum & Tour – 17 EUR

 

Accommodation: 1 night(s) in hotels

Meals: 1 Buffet Breakfast(s)

Day 15 to 15 – Depart Milan

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: 1 Buffet Breakfast(s)

What you need to know

  • We will try to run your tour as close to the itinerary as conditions will allow. On very rare occasions, local events may affect the way your itinerary operates. We ask for your flexibility and understanding in these situations.
  • This tour includes a compulsory Local Payment that needs to be paid to the Tour Leader on Day 1 of your tour. For more information on our Local Payments please click here.
  • This tour uses regional trains to get between each city. This is the most comfortable and time effective mode of transport in Europe. In some locations we will walk from the train station to the hotel, which can be up to 15 minutes. Please ensure you are comfortable carrying your luggage for this duration.
  • Hotel rooms in Europe are generally smaller by US standards and double beds can often be two single beds pushed together.

What’s Included?

Excursions & Activities

  • City Lights of Paris Walking Tour
  • Amsterdam Canal Cruise
  • Entry to Milan Duomo (including Rooftop Terraces)

 

Accommodation: 14 night(s) in hotels

 

Transportation: Eurostar, Train, Metro, River Boat, Foot, Tram

Meals: 14 Buffet Breakfast(s)

What’s Not Included?

  • Visas and travel insurance
  • Spending money – budget for meals, snacks, drinks, limited souvenirs, laundry, tips and any extras
  • International flights to/from the start/end of your tour and departure taxes
  • Tips on excursions, visas, travel insurance, personal items and single rooms.
  • Optional excursions – On each trip, you may find there are some excursions that are not included. This might be because they are not to everyone’s taste or there may be various options of differing value to choose from. More information on the excursions we recommend is listed under each day of your itinerary though prices may vary. If you are after something in particular, don’t hesitate to ask your tour leader.

 

Our Group Travel Date:

 

  • 01 September 2019 to 15 September 2019 / US$ 3,034 (On Request)
  • 26 April 2020 to 10 May 2020 / US$ 3,106 (Guaranteed)
  • 17 May 2020 to 31 May 2020/ US$ 3,106 (Guaranteed)
  • 07 June 2020 to 21 June 2020 / US$ 3,106 (Guaranteed)
  • 28 June 2020 to 12 July 2020/ US$ 3,106 (Guaranteed)
  • 19 July 2020 to 02 August 2020 / US$ 3,106 (Guaranteed)
  • 09 August 2020 to 23 August 2020 / US$ 4,569 (Guaranteed)
  • 30 August 2020 to 13 September 2020/ US$ 4,569 (Guaranteed)
  • 20 September 2020 to 04 October 2020/ US$ 3,942 (Guaranteed)

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