Join us and explore layers of European history and experience the cultural diversity of five intriguing countries.
Start off with oompah-pah bands at the famous Hofbräuhaus in the fun Oktoberfest city of Munich, then visit Alpine Austria and Mozart’s enchanting birthplace, Salzburg. In Italy, explore romantic Venice and Michelangelo’s magnificent Florence, then continue to France and enjoy leisure time on the famous beaches of the French Riviera. Your journey ends in Spain with time to discover Barcelona’s cosmopolitan flair and legendary nightlife.
LAND PACKAGE INCLUSIONS:
- 10 nights at superior tourist class hotels or better, 2-share rooms with private bath/shower
- Daily continental breakfast
- 4 specialty dinners
- Airport transfers with purchase of AESU group airfare
- Tours guided by local historians in: Munich, Salzburg, Florence
- Oktoberfest city of Munich with its Marienplatz and famous Glockenspiel plus visit to a typical German beer hall
- Mozart’s Salzburg
- Barcelona Flamenco Show
- High-speed train ticket from Marseille to Barcelona
- Barcelona 2-day travel card
- Private boat to Venice Island
- Private tour director for the entire duration of the tour
- All scheduled sightseeing
- All intra-European transportation by air-conditioned motor coach, as per itinerary
- All service charges and local taxes
- Luggage tag and travel guides
- Included bonus highlights
Dates May 10 – May 21, 2019
Cost $2,695* (Airfare is not included. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and early booking deadlines. Dates, itineraries, and prices are subject to change.)
Contact Addie Natalie
800-852-TOUR (8687), ext. 3
May 10 Day 1 - TRAVEL TO MUNICH, GERMANY
Take off on your overnight flight for an amazing European adventure.
May 11 Day 2 - MUNICH
Arrive in Munich today and enjoy the remainder of the day to relax or explore the sights of the famed Oktoberfest city before meeting fellow travelers at our welcome orientation and dinner of German specialties tonight.
Meals: In-flight, Bavarian welcome dinner
May 12 Day 3 - MUNICH
On today’s walking tour of Munich, see the Glockenspiel Chimes, the Frauenkirche, then shop for Bavarian beer steins and lederhosen on Maximilianstrasse. An optional excursion is available for those interested in visiting Dachau Memorial Site. Enjoy a free evening to further explore the city or make dinner plans with fellow travelers.
Optional activity: Dachau Memorial Site
May 13 Day 4 - MUNICH * SALZBURG, AUSTRIA
Entering enchanting Austria, our next stop is Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart. Our local historian will take us on a Sound Of Music Tour, a must for those who were touched by the story of the von Trapp family. Enjoy the spirit of the summer music festival as we walk along narrow streets decorated with colorful wrought iron signs. Enjoy a free evening or opt into a Mozart Dinner Concert tonight.
Optional activity: Mozart dinner concert
May 14 Day 5 - SALZBURG * VENICE, ITALY
The picturesque landscape of the Austrian Lake District brings us to sunny Italy's Venice- "Sinking City in the Sea." Stroll across arched bridges past 12th and 18th century marble palaces. Leisure time may find you on a romantic gondola gliding through the intricate maze of canals. We return to the main land for our pizza party tonight.
Meals: Breakfast, Pizza party
May 15 Day 6 - VENICE * FLORENCE
Through the fertile Po Valley we approach Florence, ‘Golden City of the Renaissance’ and birthplace of Michelangelo. Our local art expert shows us why Florence is considered the art capital of the world. See the Gates of Paradise, the marble Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral and Giotto's Belltower. Leisure time to shop for Florentine leather goods and jewelry or watching the amber sun set over Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo. Join us tonight for our Florentine dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Florentine dinner
May 16 Day 7 - FLORENCE
This morning, our optional Chianti excursion starts with a picturesque drive through the vineyards of one of the best known wine growing areas. A local expert will show us the cellars and introduce us to a variety of wines accompanied by local specialties of ham, Tuscan salami, olive oils and bread. If you remain in Florence, free time may find you visiting the Uffizi Gallery or the Galleria dell'Accademia to see Michelangelo’s David. Consider joining a Tuscan Feast at one of the famous Florentine trattorias tonight.
Optional activity: Chianti excursion and Tuscan feast
May 17 Day 8 - FLORENCE * FRENCH RIVIERA
We follow winding coastal roads to the sun-splashed shores of the Italian and French Riviera. Take some time to relax after today’s travels before joining us for a ‘Welcome to France’ brasserie dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Brasserie dinner
May 18 Day 9 - FRENCH RIVIERA
Devote your day to swimming and sunbathing or take our optional excursion along the French Riviera. Check out the extravagant yachts in the film festival resort of Cannes or just stroll with the jet-set under the palms, then continue along the Cote d'Azur through Nice to the elegant Principality of Monaco to see the famous Grand Casino, the Royal Palace and streets used for the Grand Prix Race.
Optional activity: Cannes & Monte Carlo (not offered during Grand Prix or Cannes Film Festival)
May 19 Day 10 - TRAIN TO BARCELONA, SPAIN
Early this morning we make our way to Marseille to board a high-speed train to Barcelona.In just under 4.5 hours we make our way to Don Quixote's Spain. With the blue Mediterranean by our side we zigzag along the sparkling coast and through the Pyrenees Mountains to the Costa Brava. Stay in bustling Barcelona. Founded by Phoenicians, the city was a major port one thousand years before Madrid even existed. Opt to sample Spanish tapas with your group tonight.
May 20 Day 11 - BARCELONA
See Gaudi’s art nouveau cathedral, the Picasso Museum, the flower markets of Las Ramblas and sites from the 1992 Olympics. Afternoon free time for shopping: select from fine crafted leather, silver jewelry, pottery and woven goods. Or take the funicular up to Montjuich for a sweeping panoramic view of the harbor below. Consider joining an optional sailing trip on the beautiful Mediterranean Sea aboard a modern yacht. Tonight indulge in our special Fiesta dinner of Spanish cuisine and sangria, then feel the pace quicken in time with clicking castanets at an exciting Flamenco show.
Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Fiesta Dinner and Flamenco show
Optional activity: Mediterranean Sailing Trip
May 21 Day 12 - TRAVEL HOME
Your land tour ends with breakfast this morning. Fly back home with grand memories to last a lifetime.
Meals: breakfast, in-flight
*Itinerary subject to change due to local conditions.