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France & Central Europe in 19 Days, 17 Nights in Destination

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The perfect trip to discover the Old Continent! This adventure combines a complete historical tour of France and a fascinating train journey around the capitals of Central Europe.

Trip Highlights

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    Vienna
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    Budapest
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    Prague
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    Berlin
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    Caen
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    Loire Valley
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    Mont Saint-Michel
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    Normandy
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    Paris
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    Tours

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  1. All flights

  2. Accommodation

  3. Some transfers

  4. Activities

  5. Breakfast only

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  • 17 nights accommodation in charm category hotels
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Accommodation: 17 Nights

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Day 2 to 4

Ibis Paris Brancion

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The hotels we select comply with our high standards and requirements per category. The allocation is dependent on availability and seasonality, so you can be assigned any of our selection, including the following: Hôtel des Ecrivains, Ibis Paris Porte d'Italie, Jack's Hotel

Itinerary

Land in Paris and enjoy its cultural delights. Roam the castles and the renaissance culture of the Loire Valley. Explore Mont Saint Michel and the Normandy coast. Next, unearth the history of bohemian Berlin, stroll through the fairytale streets of Prague, and discover the artistic legacy of enchanting Vienna. Finally, explore the Hungarian capital of Budapest, on the banks of the River Danube.

1st Day: Canada - Night on board
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Ready to discover the spectacular cities and landscapes of France? Arrive at your departure airport to catch a flight to Paris.* Night on board.

* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

2nd Day: Paris
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Arrive at Paris airport and transfer to your hotel. Paris is the capital of France and a great place to discover the city’s most famous tourist sights, the local culture and cuisine. Overnight stay in Paris.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Ibis Paris Brancion or similar

616 Reviews

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3rd Day: Paris
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Breakfast at the hotel. Discover the city’s most famous tourist sights and monuments on a Half Day Sightseeing Tour by bus with a professional English-speaking guide. Marvel at Paris's best-known sights: Place Vendôme Square, place de l’opera, the Pantheon, Place de la Concorde, the Champs-Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe, the Invalides and the Eiffel Tower. End your tour in the city center. Why not grab a bite to eat in one of the many cafés or do a spot of shopping in this shoppers haven. The rest of the day is free to explore Paris at your leisure. Overnight stay in Paris.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Ibis Paris Brancion or similar

616 Reviews

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Activities

included
Paris Sightseeing Tour

Moderate

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4th Day: Paris - Orleans - Chambord - Tours
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After breakfast, meet your english-speaking tour leader and depart Paris by coach towards the Loire Valley and its wonders of the Renaissance period. First stop is the capital of the Centre-Val de Loire region, Orleans. The history of this lovely city on the banks of the Loire River is inseparably bound with the history of Joan of Arc. While exploring the city independently, try not to miss the 13th century Sainte-Croix Cathedral and the Musée des Beaux-Arts, displaying around 700 artworks. After lunch, the tour continues with a visit to The Chambord Estate * one of the most emblematic castle examples of Renaissance architecture in France. Free time to stroll at your own pace in the heart of the castle and its gardens. Following this visit, transfer to the historic city of Tours. Overnight stay in Tours.


* Only entrance included with the possibility to book an audio-guide on the spot.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Ibis Styles Tours Centre or similar

763 Reviews

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Activities

included
Visit to the Chambord Chateaux & Estate

Moderate

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5th Day: Tours - Chenonceau - Tours
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After Breakfast at the hotel, explore the magnificent Castle of Chenonceau*. The two-story gallery stands upon a graceful arched bridge that crosses the Cher River which gives the impression that the castle is floating on water. Also known as "The Ladies’ Castle", it was initially constructed in 1513. Equalling the beauty of the interior, the Château's Renaissance French Gardens are perfectly landscaped with decorative pools and flower beds and are an important destination for garden lovers from all over the world. In the afternoon, visit the Royal Château of Amboise, an emblematic monument of the Loire Valley. The palace was built above the river, with landscaped gardens stretching from the earth to the sky, offering one of the most remarkable panoramas of the Loire. Overnight stay in Tours.

* Only entrance included with the possibility to book an audio-guide on the spot.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Ibis Styles Tours Centre or similar

763 Reviews

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Activities

included
Visit to the Castle of Chenonceau

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Castle of Amboise

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6th Day: Tours - Mont Saint Michel
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Breakfast at the hotel. Depart from Tours heading towards the world-renowned Mont Saint Michel, a Unesco World Heritage site. The car park stands approximately 1.5 miles away from the island. On leaving the coach, head for the Place des Navettes, where shuttle buses called Passeurs transfer to the mount itself. The Mount was consecrated to St-Michel from the year 708. The Benedictine Abbey* presents a grand panorama of medieval architecture from the XI-XVI centuries. Spend some time exploring the village built on the slopes in the shadow of the fortifications. Overnight in the surrounding area.

* Only entrance included with the possibility to book an audio-guide on the spot.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Ibis Pontorson Baie Du Mo... or similar

450 Reviews

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Activities

included
Mont Saint-Michel & Benedictine Abbey

Moderate

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7th Day: Mont Saint Michel - Day Beaches Tour - Caen
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After breakfast, enjoy a guided tour of WW-II’s major sights. Visit, learn about and pay homage to Pointe du Hoc, Omaha Beach and Colleville-Sur-Mer Cemetery, of the Allied Forces. Also a visit to the Memorial de Caen*, a museum and war memorial commemorating World War II and the Battle for Caen, is included. Overall the museum is dedicated to the history of the twentieth century, mainly focusing on the fragility of peace. Overnight stay in Caen.

* Only entrance included with the possibility to book an audio-guide on the spot.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
ACE HOTEL or similar

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included
Caen Memorial Museum

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Normandy WW-II Landing Beaches

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8th Day: Caen - Honfleur - Paris
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After breakfast, learn more about the best food and drink that this rich region of France has to offer, starting with a visit to the Village du Fromager. See all stages of cheese production and enjoy tasting the different types of cheese on offer. After the visit, head to Honfleur in time for a lunch break. This small city and harbour dates back to the Vikings invasion in the 11th century. After a couple of hours exploring the city, continue eastwards until reaching Paris. Overnight stay in Paris.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Ibis Paris Brancion or similar

616 Reviews

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Activities

included
Village Fromager and Cheese Tasting

Light

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9th Day: Paris - Berlin
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Breakfast* at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for your flight to Berlin. Touch down in Berlin, the stylish and historic German capital, and transfer to your hotel. Get settled and, if time allows, get to know the city at your leisure. Overnight stay in Berlin.

* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Aletto Kudamm or similar

1014 Reviews

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10th Day: Berlin
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Tuck into a hearty German breakfast at the hotel and set off on an exciting panoramic city tour of East and West Berlin, to uncover the history and sights of the capital! Take an iconic photo at the majestic Brandenburg Gate, visit the poignant Holocaust Memorial and stroll along the leafy Unter den Linden Avenue. Discover Museum Island, the Red Town Hall, the Nikolai Quarter. Trace the turbulent history of the city at Checkpoint Charlie and see the fragmented remains of the Berlin Wall, noticing the contrasts between the different sides of the city. See the Forum of Culture and the idyllic Tiergarten Park. Potsdamer Platz shows you a modern side of the city before you spend the remainder of the day at your leisure. It's time for a well-deserved German beer after a day of sightseeing! Overnight stay in Berlin.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Aletto Kudamm or similar

1014 Reviews

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Activities

included
Berlin City Tour

Moderate

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11th Day: Berlin
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Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day exploring Berlin at your leisure. Why not visit the brilliant amazing cultural treasures at Museum Island or spend the day exploring the flower gardens of the Tiergarten. Overnight stay in Berlin.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Aletto Kudamm or similar

1014 Reviews

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12th Day: Berlin - Prague
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Breakfast at the hotel. Self-transfer to the train station to catch a train to the Czech capital of Prague, a journey of around 4.5 hours. Arrive in Prague, known for its fairytale old town, lively nightlife and nicknamed the 'City of a Hundred Spires'. Self-transfer to the hotel and spend the remainder of the day exploring at your leisure. Alternatively, enjoy an optional excursion to Kozel Brewery, the home of the most famous Czech beer! Overnight stay in Prague.

* Transfers to/from train stations are not included. You will have the possibility to add private transfers from/to the stations to the hotels in the next step of the booking process.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Harmony or similar

20 Reviews

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13th Day: Prague
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Breakfast at the hotel. Set off on a city tour of Prague, nicknamed the 'Golden City'. See the famous Powder Tower and explore the Old Town. Reach Old Town Square home to the famous Astronomical Clock, one of the most popular sights in Prague, and the Church of Our Lady Before Tyn. Finish the tour at the iconic Charles Bridge. The remainder of the day is free at your leisure to explore the sights and sample the local cuisine at your own pace. Alternatively, enjoy an optional folklore-themed dinner* in a traditional Czech restaurant. Overnight stay in Prague. 

*Optional Folklore Dinner: Enjoy dinner at a typical Czech restaurant which includes dance and live music performances, a truly unforgettable evening basking in Czech culture.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Harmony or similar

20 Reviews

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Activities

included
Prague City Tour

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Czech Folklore Dinner

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14th Day: Prague - Vienna
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After breakfast at the hotel self-transfer* to the train station to catch a train to Vienna, a journey of around 5.5 hours. Travel through the beautiful landscapes of Bohemia and Moravia towards Austria and its capital, Vienna. Arrive in Vienna, an imperial city famed for its artistic legacy and for being the home town of Mozart and Beethoven. Self-transfer to the hotel and spend the remainder of the day exploring at your leisure. We recommend heading to the historic centre to enjoy the charming atmosphere. During the summer the riverbanks come alive with lively bars and restaurants, so be sure to check this out if the weather is pleasant. Overnight stay in Vienna.

* Transfers to/from train stations are not included. You will have the possibility to add private transfers from/to the stations to the hotels in the next step of the booking process.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Austria Trend Hotel Beim ... or similar

891 Reviews

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15th Day: Vienna
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Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy the entire day at your leisure; take this time to further discover the city at your own pace. Alternatively, we recommend you take part in our optional excursion visiting Vienna and the Schönbrunn Palace*. Overnight stay in Vienna.



*Optional Tour of Vienna and the Schönbrunn Palace: Walk along the main avenue, Ringstrasse, and pass the famous Vienna Opera House and Hofburg Palace, the former winter residence of the imperial family. Visit the monumental buildings of the Museum of Art History and the Museum of Natural History, as well as the neoclassical Parliament, the Burgtheater and the City Hall. To end the tour, discover Austria's most popular attraction and World Heritage Site, Schoenbrunn Palace and its gardens (admission without queues).

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Austria Trend Hotel Beim ... or similar

891 Reviews

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Activities

Optional
Tour of Historical Vienna & Schönbrunn Palace
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16th Day: Vienna - Budapest
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Breakfast at the hotel. Catch a train this morning to travel to Budapest, the capital of Hungary, a journey of around 2.5 hours. After enjoying the changing landscapes of the Danube Delta arrive in Budapest and self-transfer* to the hotel. The city is famously divided in two by the River Danube Buda and Pest, each with its own distinctive atmosphere. Overnight stay in Budapest.

* Transfers to/from train stations are not included. You will have the possibility to add private transfers from/to the stations to the hotels in the next step of the booking process.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Baross City Hotel or similar

979 Reviews

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17th Day: Budapest
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Breakfast at the hotel. Today, set off on an enthralling guided tour of Budapest, beginning with Heroes Square, the largest and most impressive in the city and an emblem of Pest's Golden Era. Next, see the National Opera Theatre and the amazing Parliament building, a true icon of the city on the banks of the Danube. Continue the tour across the river, in the Castle District, where you can enjoy the sweeping views from Castle Hill and the amazing architecture of the Fisherman's Bastion. Cross Margaret Bridge to visit the Király Baths before ending the tour at the oldest and most photographed bridge in the city, the glorious Chain Bridge. Spend the remainder of the day at your leisure. Overnight stay in Budapest.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Baross City Hotel or similar

979 Reviews

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Activities

included
Budapest City Tour

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18th Day: Budapest
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Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day at your leisure in Budapest. Why not take in the views from Fisherman's Bastion or stroll along the riverside promenade. Spend the remainder of the day at your leisure or take part in our optional Danube River cruise*. Overnight stay in Budapest.

*Optional Danube River Cruise from Budapest: Embark on a river cruise of the Danube and enjoy architectural views of the city from a different perspective. From the Parliament, to the many  bridges and even the Royal Palace Walls, complete this romantic sail across the city with a glass of champagne.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Baross City Hotel or similar

979 Reviews

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Activities

Optional
Danube River Cruise from Budapest

Light

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19th Day: Budapest - Canada
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Breakfast* at the hotel. It's time to bring your journey through Central Europe to an end. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to Canada. Arrive in Canada and end your trip.** 

* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

** Depending on the return flight schedule, you may arrive in Canada the next day.

Included activities

Included

Paris Sightseeing Tour

Included activity for day 3 in Paris

Discover some of the most iconic and memorable places of Paris and admire the beauty of this incredible and romantic city. See Place Vendôme Square, marvel at the Paris Opera House and head to the Latin Quarter to see the impressive Pantheon.

Duration 02:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Visit to the Chambord Chateaux & Estate

Included activity for day 4

Visit the incredible Chambord Castle & Estate, one of the most emblematic chateaux in France and the finest example of French-Renaissance architecture!

Duration 02:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Visit to the Castle of Chenonceau

Included activity for day 5 in Tours

Known as the 'Ladies Castle', this two-story castle perched on a bridge over the River Cher. Constructed in 1513, the castle is defined by an almost uninterrupted succession of women who built, restored and saved it.

Duration 02:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Light

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Castle of Amboise

Included activity for day 5 in Tours

This historic Castle, built in the late 15th century, became the favored royal residence under Charles VIII. Thereafter a place of residence for French kings from the 15th to the 19th century.

Duration 01:30h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Available Activities

Activities are subject to availability. The price for each optional activity will be shown in the next step of the booking process.
Optional

Czech Folklore Dinner

Suggested activity for day 13 in Prague

Have dinner in a traditional Czech restaurant where the theme of the night is folklore and enjoy the full experience including dance and live music performances as you feast on a delicious meal.

Duration 02:30h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Light

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Tour of Historical Vienna & Schönbrunn Palace

Suggested activity for day 15 in Vienna

Admire the imperial architecture of emblematic buildings such as the Opera House, the Hofburg Palace and the Parliament. Finish the tour at Vienna's most popular monument, the imposing Schönbrunn Palace (skip-the-line entrance).

Duration 03:30h Approx.

Physical rating:

Light

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Optional

Danube River Cruise from Budapest

Suggested activity for day 18 in Budapest

Sail across the city in this romantic cruise of the Danube River where you will get to gaze at Budapest from a completely different perspective while you enjoy a glass of champagne.

Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Light

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The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. more information
  • Departures from main Canadian airports.
  • International flights: Canada - Paris, Paris - Berlin, Budapest - Canada.
  • Train 2nd. Class: Berlin - Prague, Prague - Vienna, Vienna - Budapest.*
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  • 17 nights accommodation in Charm category hotels. **
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  • 17 Breakfasts.
  • Airport-hotel-airport transfers included.
  • Entrance to the most famous Loire valley castles: Chambord, Chenonceau & Amboise and to Mont-St-Michel Abbey.
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  • Air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • Sightseeing tour of Paris, guided tour of Normandy World War II landing beaches and city tours in Berlin, Prague & Budapest.
  • English speaking tour leader from day 4 to day 8. ***
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  • Cheese factory experience with tasting.
*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

Tax, meals, drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

In Berlin, Prague, Vienna & Budapest the transfers from the Train stations to the hotels and viceversa are not included. You will have the possibility to add a private transfer for an additional cost in the next step of the booking process.

About France:

** Important: accommodation tax is not included and must be paid directly to the hotel (Approx. 1,50€ per person per night).

*** A professional English-speaking tour manager will be travelling with the group in France from day 4 to day 8.

About Central Europe (Berlin, Prague, Vienna & Budapest): 

* Transfers from the Train stations to the hotels and viceversa are not included. You will have the possibility to add them to your program for an additional cost in the next step of the booking process.

*** Please note: this part of the itinerary is an independent tour, not a group tour. It includes accommodation, some activities and some transfers, but you will not be accompanied by a guide throughout the entire trip in Centraleurope, nor will you be traveling in a group.

Train tickets included in the program are in 2nd Class.

  • France
  • Germany
  • Czech Republic
  • Austria
  • Hungary
    • Entry requirements

      Valid passport with a minimum of six months validity.

    • Visa

      No visa is required for tourist stays of up to 90 days.

    • Currency

      Euro.

    • Language

      French.

    • Electricity

      230 V. Adapter not required.

    • Health

      There are no mandatory vaccinations.

    • Time zone

      UTC + 01:00.

    • Other useful information

      Taxis do not have a particular colour, however you can spot them at the station or in the street by their luminous lettering on the roof of the car.

    • Tourist Office website

      http://ee.france.fr/

    Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline's website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

    Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

    In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or canceled without prior notice.

    If you have reduced mobility, require the use of a wheelchair, or you would prefer this tour to be a private experience for you and your group, you must contact our Experts at +1 778 807 9750 before booking to ensure that your needs can be met.

    While on the road, it is highly unlikely that the vehicle will be equipped with wifi or bathroom facilities, though rest stops will be made for long trips. We recommend purchasing a new SIM card at the airport or placing an e-SIM before travel to guarantee internet connection.

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