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European Taster – 8 Day Tour

  • Destination: Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland
  • Duration: 8 days

This European Taster – 8 Day Tour is a great way to see a good part of Europe in a short period of time. This 8 day tour visits many exciting cities allowing groups the opportunity to experience the culture from each country. Two full days in the City of Light – Paris is our starting point of this tour and it exemplifies a modern and historical city with so many things to see and do.

Our tour also takes us to the Swiss city of Lucerne and a tour of the Swiss Alps showcasing some of the best scenery and dramatic views in all of Europe. We will also travel to the Rhine Valley and the German city of Cologne with its impressive cathedral and historic old town.

No European tour would be complete without visiting the Dutch capital- Amsterdam. Learn about the rich history and culture whilst enjoying the canal-lined streets of this great city before visiting Belgium. The tours final stop is in the city of Bruges which is an incredibly well preserved medieval city with historical old town full of fine Belgian treats like chocolate and waffles.

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Example itinerary

Day 1

Evening: Departure from your school and overnight travel to France by coach.

Day 2

Morning: Arrival at The Eiffel Tower in the morning with time to ascend to the first level or the very top.

Afternoon:Enjoy your time visiting one of the many sights of the city.

Evening: Check-in at hotel followed by evening Illuminations tour to see the City of Light illuminated.

Day 3

Morning: After breakfast, check-out of hotel and travel to Versailles to see the magnificent palace of Louis XIV or free day in Paris.

Afternoon: Spend the afternoon exploring Versailles or Paris at your leisure.

Evening:Evening arrival at accommodation in for overnight stay

Day 4

Morning: After an early breakfast we start travelling to Switzerland and the city of Lucerne.

Afternoon: Admire the stunning Swiss landscape en-route to accommodation.

Evening:Evening in Lucerne exploring the city.

Day 5

Morning: After breakfast we travel to the Swiss Alps as we wind our way through the dramatic Swiss countryside.

Afternoon: Afternoon free time to ascend a glacier and try traditional Swiss food.

Evening:Evening return back to accommodation and overnight stay.

Day 6

Morning: After breakfast we set off to the Rhine Valley and the city of Cologne.

Afternoon: See the impressive Cologne Cathedral, chocolate museum or visit one of the many museums in the area.

Evening:Evening gathering and travel to accommodation.

Day 7

Morning: After breakfast we travel to the Dutch capital of Amsterdam. With its 17th century architecture, world-class museums, and charming canal-lined streets, this city is truly fascinating. We will start exploring the city by going on a canal boat cruise.

Afternoon: Spend the afternoon at your leisure exploring Amsterdam.

Evening:Evening  Red Light District tour and overnight stay.

Day 8

Morning: After breakfast we will visit a traditional Dutch farm for a cheese and clogging making presentation followed by travel to Bruges.

Afternoon: Walking tour of Bruges. See this well preserved medieval city with its many sites and shops with fine Belgian choclates and waffles.

Evening:Travel back to the Port of Calais for Channel crossing back to England followed by travel to school. Return to will be in the morning hours of the next day.

Sights & places of interest in the cities to visit

Eiffel Tower- Paris
The Pyrenees & Coastal Catalonia– Located on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France, the Eiffel Tower is one of the most well known structures in the world.
– It is named after Gustave Eiffel, whose company was in charge of the project.
– The Eiffel Tower is 320 metres (1050 feet) in height.
– The Eiffel Tower is made of iron and weighs around 10000 tonnes.
– Eiffel Tower has had over 250 million visitors since its opening.
– Visitors can climb up stairs to the first two levels or take a lift which also has access to the third and highest level.

Palace of Versailles- Paris
European Taster - 8 Day TourThe Palace of the Sun King, Louis XIV, which was in built in its current state in the 17th century offers exceptional opportunities for your students to view the magnificent architecture and stunning interior design. Furthermore, the palace offers truly amazing 250-acre gardens which will leave you and your class speechless. The Palace itself houses within its rooms impressive paintings and murals which will astonish all who visit.

Louvre Museum- Paris
European Taster - 8 Day TourTheLouvre Museum or The Louvre is one of the largest museums in the world as well as a historical monument. This central Paris landmark has some 35,000 objects over 60,600 square meters. It is so large, in fact, that seeing every object
only a few seconds would take you 3 months. Of course, the main exhibits are daVinci’s Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, as well as works from Italian masters such as Raphael and Michelangelo among others. This is a must see for any aspiring artist and students across all key stages.

Sacre Coeur- Paris
European Taster - 8 Day TourThe Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, or more commonly called Sacré-Cœur Basilica is a popular landmark on the highest point in the city which offers breath-taking views of the city. Constructed from 1875-1914, it is a double monument, political and cultural, and located in the most rebellious neighbourhood Montmartre.

Lion Monument- Lucerne
European Taster - 8 Day TourThis sculpture of a mortally-wounded lion commemorates the Swiss Guards who were killed during the 1792 storming of the Tuileries Palace during the French Revolution. It depicts a dying lion, implaed by a spear, covering a shield with the French monarchy’s coat of arms.

Swiss Museum of Transport- Lucerne
European Taster - 8 Day TourThis museum exhibits all forms of transport as well as communications. It also contains a large collection of work by Hans erni, a local Lucerne artist. Among its collection are rare space objects which have returned to earth and can be seen such a Eureca, a 4.5 tonne satellite.

Lake Lucerne
European Taster - 8 Day TourThe fourth largest lake in Switzerland and incredibly important to the city, it offers stunning views to those looking across it or to those from the top of the nearby mountains.

Chapel Bridge- Lucerne
European Taster - 8 Day TourThis covered wooden bridge spans diagonally across the Reuss River in central Lucerne. It was named after the nearby St. Peter’s Chapel and houses paintings within its interior dating back to the 17th century. It is also the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe and the world’s oldest surviving truss bridge and is a symbol of Lucerne.

The Rosengart Collection-Picasso Museum- Lucerne
European Taster - 8 Day TourThe Rosengart Collection was the private art collection of Siegfried Rosengart. it is a Classic Modernism Museum with works from artists such as Pablo Picasso, Bonnard, Braque, Cezanne, Chagall, Kadinsky and many more great artists.

Cologne Cathedral- Cologne
European Taster - 8 Day TourThis Roman Catholic Church is the seat of the Archbishop of Cologne. Its Gothic architecture and its significance to German Catholicism attract millions of tourists each year. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, its fascinating story of construction, which lasted more than 600 years, shows the detail of work in every piece of stone laid.

Hohenzollern Bridge- Cologne
European Taster - 8 Day TourThis bridge which crosses the Rhine River is one of Cologne’s most familiar landmarks and the most used railway bridge in Germany. It was originally built in 1911 and was destroyed and demolished during World War II and later rebuilt.

Museum Ludwig- Cologne
European Taster - 8 Day TourThis museum houses a collection of modern art and includes works from Pop Art, Abstract and Surrealism. It has one of the largest Picasso collections in Europe with around 900 works by the artist and features many works by Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Today, the museum also houses the most comprehensive collection of early Russian avant-garde artworks outside of Russia.

Anne Frank's House- Amsterdam
European Taster - 8 Day TourThe most famous house in The Netherlands. Once the home of a young Jewish Wartime diarist, Anne Frank, escaped Nazi persecution for several years before her eventual capture. The house contains her personal belongings and exhibits the life and times of this young girl and her hardships.

Van Gogh Museum- Amsterdam
European Taster - 8 Day TourThis museum celebrates the artist’s life and works and has the largest collection of his works anyplace in the world.. Located in Amsterdam South, close to Stedelijk Museum and the Rijksmuseum, it attracts 1.6 million visitors a year. Here among his work “Sunflowers”, you can also see his “Self-portrait”.

Rijksmuseum- Amsterdam
European Taster - 8 Day TourThe Dutch National Museum, built in 1800, houses some of the most famous paintings from Dutch masters such as Rembrandt, Johannes Vermeer, Frans Hals, among others. Located with walking distance to the Van Gogh Museum.

Dam Square- Amsterdam
European Taster - 8 Day TourThe main city square in Amsterdam and the place where the city gets its name from. A dam built on the River Amstel in 1270 formed the first connection between settlements on both sides of the river. Through the years, the dam was built upon and eventually had the town hall on it and currently is the location of The Royal Palace and National Monument.

Belfort van Brugge- Bruges
European Taster - 8 Day TourAt the Markt you can also find a medieval bell tower, the belfry of Bruges, which is one of the city’s most prominent symbols. It is 83 metres high and has a 366 steps staircase you can access by paying 5€ to have an overwhelming view over the whole city!

Church of Our Lady- Bruges
European Taster - 8 Day TourThis 13th century church is an impressive monument of medieval architecture. It has the second highest clock tower made out of bricks in the world with 122 metres tall! As astounding as it is from the outside, the inside will captivate you as well with marble figures by Michelangelo.

Basilica of the Holy Blood- Bruges
European Taster - 8 Day TourThis is an old, 12th century basilica in the city centre of Bruges. According to the old tradition the Count of Flanders brought the relic of the Holy Blood with him after the second crusade, having received it in the Holy Land (1150). From that time on, it has been stored in the church’s chapel.

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