The morning begins with a leisurely drive north-west from Frankfurt to Bonn, the capital of the former West Germany until reunification. The national government is now in Berlin, but Bonn retains a rich history that is well worth exploring. Discover the city’s secrets on an orientation stroll through its streets, walking past highlights such as the Rococo-fronted town hall and Ludwig Van Beethoven Haus, a museum celebrating the life of the much-loved composer.
Then it’s on to Cologne, where you’ll head inside the city’s glorious Gothic Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore Cologne further, to do a spot of local shopping or to simply relax with a suitably refreshing German brew.
After lunch the day is rounded off with a drive into the Netherlands.
Overnight stay in Amsterdam or city nearby.
A day of delights begins with a leisurely trip through the Dutch countryside, where you’ll get to sample at close quarters some of the things that the Netherlands is traditionally famous for: clogs, cheese and windmills. Call in at the hugely popular model town of Zaanse Schans. Next, you’ll head from the quiet countryside to the cosmopolitan city as your journey takes you back to Amsterdam.
After visiting a well-known diamond factory, where you’ll see the unique cutting techniques that have been practised here since the 16th century, you can take an optional hour-long pre-dinner canal cruise, which is a great way to discover more about this unique European city.
After disembarking you’ll walk to one of the city’s grandest areas, Dam Square, where the Royal Palace is located and the King’s birthday celebration takes place. You’ll have photo opportunities here, free time for shopping or further sightseeing, and then round the day off with dinner.
Overnight stay in Amsterdam or city nearby
From mid-March to mid-May the tour will also visit Keukenhof Garden, a 32-hectare seasonal exhibition of beautifully coloured and scented displays of spring flowers - most notably millions of tulips. More information please see: www.keukenhof.com
In the morning, depart for the capital of Belgium, Brussels. Start by visiting the Atomium, then explore the Gothic-style City Hall, Grand Place, and the famous Manneken Pis statue in the city center.
In the afternoon, drive to France and continue towards the capital of the Normandy region, Rouen. Rouen is known for its rich culinary culture and is also a place of great reverence for the French saint, Joan of Arc, often referred to as the "Maid of Orleans."
After arriving, enjoy dinner and return to the hotel for overnight accommodation.
Overnight stay in Rouen or city nearby
(Attention: During the Olympic Games in Paris from June to September 2024, the Wednesday itinerary for the Red Line tour is modified as mentioned above. Additionally, there will be no Paris shuttle service provided, and accommodation before or after the tour will not be included.)
Mont Saint-Michel; It stands on the sea level, like a mystical island in the sea, often surrounded by vast stretches of sand that only become an island at low tide. When the tide rises, the water rushes in, turning the surroundings into a vast expanse. From a distance, the pyramid-shaped silhouette of Mont Saint-Michel emerges on the endless sea of sand, like a mirage, both enchanting and dreamlike. Mont Saint-Michel is the third most sacred site in Catholicism, after Jerusalem and the Vatican. In 1979, it was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Overnight stay in Rouen or city nearby
(Attention: During the Olympic Games in Paris from June to September 2024, the Thursday itinerary for the Red Line tour is modified as mentioned above. Additionally, there will be no Paris shuttle service provided, and accommodation before or after the tour will not be included.)
Visit famous attractions in Paris, such as the majestic and symbolic Arc de Triomphe, the bustling and lively Champs-Élysées, the Place de la Concorde, which was once the site of the guillotine during the French Revolution, Napoleon's Tomb and the Invalides, and pass by the centuries-old Notre-Dame Cathedral and the iconic Eiffel Tower towering on the banks of the Seine River.
After lunch, head to the quay and take an optional sightseeing cruise along the Seine River, enjoying the beautiful scenery on both sides. It is a must-do activity when exploring Paris.
Depart from Paris in the evening and proceed to the hotel for overnight accommodation.
Overnight stay in Chateau Thierry or city nearby
(Attention: During the Olympic Games in Paris from June to September 2024, the Friday itinerary for the Red Line tour is modified as mentioned above. Additionally, there will be no Paris shuttle service provided, and accommodation before or after the tour will not be included.)
The Red Line tour leaves from Paris for a delightful scenic journey through the rolling countryside of the Champagne region, famous the world over for the sparkling white wine produced here. Enjoy seeing the historic attractions of provincial capital Reims, including the city’s cathedral – a key national heritage site, where coronations of French kings took place from the 11th century onwards.
History and tradition are equally evident in your next location: Luxembourg, the world’s only remaining Grand Duchy. After arriving in refined Luxembourg city, you’ll be introduced on foot to the main places of interest, including the Place de Constitution and Pont Adolphe, before having time for further exploration on your own.
Overnight stay in Luxembourg or city nearby
Today we leave Luxembourg behind and head across another European border into Germany. The first stop is historic Trier, Germany’s oldest city and the birthplace of Karl Marx. You’ll have the chance to see from the outside the house where the influential philosopher was born, which now functions as the Karl Marx Haus museum.
Your walking tour then takes you into the centre of Trier; here you can look around the city’s impressive cathedral, where the celebrated Holy Robe – said to be the tunic of Christ – is preserved and occasionally displayed. Trier is also known as ‘The Second Rome’ (Constantine served as an administrator here for 10 years), and significant legacies of the once-great empire remain today. The highlight is undoubtedly Porta Nigra, the best-preserved Roman city gate north of the Alps, which you’ll get to see and photograph.
After an exciting morning in Trier, you’ll drive on to Koblenz, famous as the location of the confluence of the Rhine and Mosel rivers. Here you have the option of indulging in a relaxing lunch alongside the water, then afterwards you can also choose to add on a scenic Rhine boat cruise for some memorable city vistas.
Back on dry land you’ll drive through the wine-making town of Rüdesheim (depending on road and traffic conditions). Then it is on to Frankfurt am Main, where you’ll discover the delights of Römerberg, a charming plaza with a distinctive medieval town hall as its centrepiece
Overnight stay in Frankfurt or city nearby
A rustic cruise along Roman & Medieval castles.
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