Europe | Red Line - 9 Day Tour
GERMANY • NETHERLANDS • BELGIUM • FRANCE • LUXEMBOURG
TOUR TYPE : Escorted group tour. English/Seat-in-Coach. (Private tours available on request)
TOUR NAME: Red Line (can be combined with the Green and/or Blue Line Tour)
DURATION: From 1-7 days (can be combined with other lines for up to 21 days)
PRICE: Seasonal (plus mandatory tip of €5 per person per day), land-only price
TOUR CODE: E228
TOUR PACE : Comfortable
Join the Red Line Tour to experience some of northern Europe’s most exciting and important cities. Sample the refined airs of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the historic German cities of Cologne, Frankfurt and Bonn, the bustling streets and canals of Amsterdam, and the key political centre of Brussels.
With wonderful scenery and some compelling stops en route too, the Red Line Tour is the perfect way to get the most out of a week in this fascinating part of Europe.
Monday: Frankfurt – Bonn – Cologne – Amsterdam (500 km)
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 run from 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. (B)
Hotel: 3* in Amsterdam or city nearby
Tuesday: Amsterdam – Zaanse Schans – Amsterdam (50 km)
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 Queen’s birthday celebrations take place. You’ll have photo opportunities here, free time for shopping or further sightseeing, and then round the day off with dinner. (B)
*From mid-March to mid-May the tour visits Keukenhof Garden, a 32 hectare seasonal exhibition of beautifully coloured and scented displays of spring flowers – most notably millions of tulips. This replaces the visit to Zaanse Schans. For more information see www.keukenhof.com.
Hotel: 3* in Amsterdam or city nearby
Wednesday: Amsterdam – Brussels – Paris (500 km)
After leaving Amsterdam in the morning you’ll head south across the border into Brussels, the Belgian capital and political centre of the European Union. On the way, the tour stops to see the distinctive Atomium monument, a cell-shaped structure of stainless steel spheres and tubes built for the 1958 World’s Fair. In the centre of Brussels itself an orientation tour will call in at the exquisite Grand Place, as well as seeing the famous impish Manneken Pis statue.
After some free time, during which you can try some mouth-watering Belgian delights. Then from Brussels it’s south again across the French border and on to the bright lights of Paris. (B)
Hotel : 3* in Paris or city nearby
Thursday: Paris – Versailles – Paris (60 km)
Paris is your oyster over the next two days as you enjoy guided tours around one of the world’s most celebrated cities. Your Parisian adventures get off to a spectacular start with a drive along the famous Champs Élysées to the Place de la Concorde, which played such a key part in the French Revolution.
You’ll also get to see the iconic Arc de Triomphe here too, the imposing monument that sits near the western end of the avenue and commemorates the fallen of the revolution and Napoleonic wars.
Finally, you’ll travel on the coach out through the Parisian suburbs to the splendid Palace of Versailles, the vast regal château that was the residence of the royal family until the start of the revolution in 1789. Today the palace is another popular Parisian attraction. In the evening, you can enjoy one of our optional Paris evening shows. (B)
Hotel: 3* in Paris or city nearby
The second day of your Parisian experience begins with a visit to the Louvre, one of the world’s greatest art museums. Here you’ll set your eyes upon some of history’s most famous masterpieces, including the Venus de Milo, Winged Victory of Samothrace (also called Nike of Samothrace), and Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Opt for a guided gallery tour, which will enhance your experience and allow you to browse through hundreds of works in just a few hours.
After an exhilarating morning of walking the gallery corridors, replenish your energy levels with lunch in the museum before heading to the area surrounding the Palais Garnier, Paris’s opera house. Here the rest of the afternoon is yours to choose to either shop at the legendary department stores Galeries Lafayette and Printemps, or make your own arrangements to visit and ascent to the top floor of the Eiffel Tower, for unbeatable views over the city, a truly magical and unforgettable experience.
For some members of the group it will be time to say goodbye to new-found friends, while others will opt to stay another night in this French city of delights before picking up the Green Line tour the next day. (B)
Hotel: 3* in Paris or city nearby
Saturday: Paris – Reims – Luxembourg (420 km)
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. (B)
Hotel: 3* in Luxembourg city or city nearby
Sunday: Luxembourg – Trier – Koblenz – Frankfurt (400 km)
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. Then it’s 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. (B)
Note: The Rhine boat cruise is only operational from 3rd April to 31st October.
Hotel: 3* in Frankfurt or city nearby
Meal Basis: (B) = Continental Breakfast
Note: Whilst every effort is made to operate this tour as advertised, on occasion it may be necessary to make changes to the accommodation, the routing or order of an itinerary. Compensation will not be payable for alterations to the itinerary or nightly accommodation.
What’s included:- Accommodation in a comfortable three-star (minimum) hotel, twin room with private facilities (The last day of the tour and for daily tours, accommodation is not included).
- The services of an experienced tour manager.
- Convenient joining points throughout the tour (8 on the Red, 4 on the Green and 6 on the Blue lines).
- Sightseeing and orientation tours included in the itinerary - expertly planned to maximise their time to visit iconic and must-see sites in each city (optional excursions also available).
- Daily continental breakfast (for all other meals, we offer assistance with reservations and directions to local restaurants/cafés/service station restaurants).
- Daily transportation on modern air-conditioned coaches.
- Experienced and professional coach driver.
- Pre or post tour hotel accommodation.
- Return Transfers.
What’s not included:- Mandatory tip for the tour manager and driver of €5 per person per day (€3 for the tour manager and €2 for the driver), which will be collected by the tour manager whilst on tour.
- Flights or other travel costs, visas and travel insurance.
- All optional activities, tours and attraction tickets not included in the itinerary
- Meals (including tips) and drinks not included in the itinerary.
- Personal expenses (laundry, internet, phone calls etc.).
- City entrance fees + taxes (Venice, Florence, Rome, Pisa, Monaco, Czech Republic & Vienna).
RED LINE – EXCURSIONS AND VISITS
Monday: Frankfurt – Bonn – Cologne – Amsterdam- Bonn: View the historic town hall and the Ludwig Van Beethoven Haus museum.
- Cologne: Visit the city’s magnificent Gothic cathedral.
Tuesday: Amsterdam – Zaanse Schans – Amsterdamm- Zaanse Schans: Orientation of this remarkable replica of a typical Zaanse village includes seeing cheese makers at work, a clog factory, and historic windmills.
- Keukenhof Garden: Explore the world’s largest flower garden filled with millions of blooming tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and other spring bulbs. (This excursion replaces the Zaanse Schans visit from mid-March to mid-May).
- Amsterdam: Take a guided tour of a diamond factory. Visit Dam Square, Dutch monuments and other local attractions, including the Royal Palace.
Wednesday: Amsterdam – Brussels – Paris- Belgium: Drive through south Amsterdam to Belgium, noted for its strong culinary traditions and particularly famous for its fine chocolate and array of beers.
- Brussels: This important world city is home to the headquarters of the EU and NATO, and our orientation tour includes a visit to the Atomium monument, built for the 1958 World’s Fair, the famous Manneken Pis fountain statue, and the Grand Place.
Thursday: Paris – Versailles – Paris- Paris: Orientation tour includes views of the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde, L’Hôtel National des Invalides and a photo stop at the iconic Eiffel Tower.
- Versailles: Orientation tour of the Palace of Versailles, a stunning historic château with its beautiful architecture and gardens.
Friday: ParisParis: Visit the Louvre, one of the world’s greatest art museums, plus the famous Galleries Lafayette and Printemps department stores.
Saturday: Paris – Reims – Luxembourg- Reims: Enjoy the delightful scenic journey between Paris and Reims; visit the city’s cathedral.
- Luxembourg: Orientation on foot includes the Place de Constitution and Pont Adolphe.
Sunday: Luxembourg – Trier – Koblenz – Frankfurt- Trier: See the city’s famous Karl Marx Haus, cathedral, and Porta Nigra Roman city gate.
- Koblenz: Enjoy views of this fascinating landscape along the Rhine.
- Rüdesheim: Enjoy scenic views of this wine-making town.
- Frankfurt am Main: Visit the beautiful square of Römerberg.
RED LINE – OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES PRICE LIST
|Palace of Versailles||€15|
|Le Louvre Museum||€15|
|Eiffel Tower 2nd floor||€11|
|Eiffel Tower top floor||€17|
|Amsterdam Canal Cruise||€15|
|River Rhine Cruise (Koblenz, operational from 3 April to 31 Oct only)||€15|
|Paris Lido Show + Transfer||€140|
|Paris Moulin Rouge Show + Transfer||€140|
|Amsterdam Red Light District & Live show||€50|
|Paris by Night||€35|
|Volendam Traditional Dutch Village||€10|
|French multi-course dinner||€65|
|Traditional pork knuckle menu with beer (Koblenz)||€20|
|Keukenhof Garden (March-May)||€16|
|River Seine Cruise||€13.50|
NOTE: Please use as reference only, as prices are subject to change. Some excursions are subject to minimum numbers and local conditions. You can only book optionals whilst on tour with the tour manager, who will also collect payment in cash only (Euros).