The Big Five – Paris, Rome, Vienna, Prague, London
Europe – Paris, Rome, the Vatican, Vienna, Prague, London, Winsdor, Bath, Stonehenge
WHY CHOOSE THIS TOUR?
- five European cities in 20 days
- combination of culture and history
- tour can be customized according to your requirements
Paris, Rome, Vienna, Prague and London. Five “big“ European cities in 20 days. Paris, the city of fashion, perfumes and museums. Rome, one of the most important historical and cultural centres in the world. Vienna, the city of waltz, classical music, delicious pastries and wine taverns. Prague, called “Mother of Cities”, “City of a Hundred Spires” or “Golden City”. And London with its past which is not presented so picturesquely in any other city in the world. All waiting to be discovered by you!
Day 1 – Arrival to Paris
After your arrival you will be picked up at the airport by an English-speaking guide and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Night in a hotel close to the city centre.
Day 2 – City tour, Montmartre
Get ready for an eventful day in Paris! You will be picked up at your hotel to be driven through Paris. You will see all the famous landmarks and monuments like the Concorde Square, Louvre Museum, Seine river and its bridges, French Academy, Hotel de Ville (City Hall), the Latin Quarter with the Sorbonne and the Pantheon, Arch of Triumph, Champs-Elysees Avenue, Invalides with the dome of Napoleon’s Tomb and the Opera House. We also have a photo stop at the one of the most famous monument in the world, the Eiffel Tower. There will be some free time at Cite Island with the Palace of Justice and Notre-Dame Cathedral and a walking tour of Montmartre, near Sacre-Coeur Basilica and the artists square, where you can go exploring on your own. Night in the hotel.
Day 3 – The Louvre
It´s time to skip the line and visit the biggest museum in the world without queuing. Our famous Grand Louvre walking tour begins with a stroll through the commercial area of the Louvre Museum. The visit continues inside the museum where our guide presents various sections such as the medieval fortress, the modern pyramid, the Egyptian department and the most reputed masterpieces such as the “Mona Lisa” by Leonardo da Vinci. This tour lets you skip the normal lines to the Louvre. Spend more time exploring the museum by avoiding the queue. You are in France so enjoy some wine and cheese for late lunch when you leave the Louvre. The rest of the day is at leisure, we can arrange for you a dinner at the Eiffel Tower, with a Seine cruise, followed by vivacious nightlife at the cabaret at Moulin Rouge (optional tour). Night in the hotel.
Day 4 – Versailles Palace
Versailles is more than a palace surrounded with beautiful gardens. It also has a huge park where one can discover two lovely castles named Grand and Petit Trianons, former summer residences for the Kings who wanted to rest and forget about the “Etiquette” of the Court. This tour is perfect for travellers who prefer to explore on their own pace. The whole time in Versailles is designated as free time so one can wander the Apartments and the gardens to their heart’s content. An audio guide (with earphones) is provided on the tour. Let´s witness the magnificence of the Versailles Palace, with its dazzling hall of mirrors, exquisite furnishing, superb paintings, and enormous gardens before the marvellous three days in Paris come to an end. Appreciate the grandeur of classical French architecture and extravagant decoration of this former home of kings. Night in the hotel.
Day 5 – Paris – Rome
Memories of this city will last forever. The last day in Paris you can either go shopping, enjoy wine in some of the street restaurants or visit once again the place you liked best. Then we will drive you to the airport so that you catch your flight to Rome. After landing you will be picked up by a driver again and he will take you to your hotel, close to the city centre. Night in the hotel.
Day 6 – Rome hop on/off bus tour
Do not waste time, get ready for the tour in Rome. Today you will take the Open Bus Hop-On Hop Off Tour in Rome, which is the best way to explore the city at your own leisure by hopping on and off as you please and see Rome in your own time. The buses make many stops in the most beautiful, cultural and evocative locations in the Eternal city and you get the best picture of the city and do not miss any famous sights. Witness Michelangelo’s work at the Capitol Square. Visit the oldest part of the city, Forum Romanum and the Colosseum. Hasten to the Spanish Steps at Piazza di Spagna, throw a coin at the Trevi Fountain and admire the afternoon light at the Pantheon. Finally, enjoy Rome by night on the deck of a cruise ship (optional tour). Night in the hotel.
Day 7 – The Ancient Rome
After breakfast, experience all of Ancient Rome, skipping the lines on this half-day tour which covers the Colosseum Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Your tour will begin atop Colle Oppio (“Opium Hill”) with a panoramic view of the Colosseum. From there we will descend to the Colosseum. Once inside, an expert guide will talk you through the bloody past of the amphitheatre as you listen to tales of gladiators, mock sea-battles and executions. After a brief rest at the Arch of Constantine, you will arrive at the Palatine Hill- the most famous of the 7 hills of Rome. From here you will admire the views of the Roman Forum and Nero’s Circus Maximus where chariot races were once held. Romulus and Remus were said to have been found on the Palatine by the she-wolf who nursed and raised them. Legend holds that Romulus went on to found Rome. The last stop is a walk along the “Via Sacra” or “Sacred Way” which is the main path through the Roman Forum that once sparkled with festivals and triumphal processions. It ends at the Temple which houses the altar where Julius Caesar was cremated. Visitors from around the world still leave flowers and candles at this site today. Night in the hotel.
Day 8 – The Vatican
Good idea is to spend the last day in Rome in the independent Vatican and to discover its wonders – museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica. You will again be granted skip the line ticket. Enjoy a slice of pizza or a plate of spaghetti during a break. Later in the day head on to the Jewish Ghetto for more of history or just relax with a cup of coffee in one of the cafés. Night in the hotel.
Day 9 – Rome – Vienna
Stroll around the streets and buy some souvenirs. If you do not wish to extend your stay in Rome, it´s time to say goodbye and leave Rome today. We will arrange transfer to the airport for you. You fly to Vienna where you will be met by an English speaking driver to be transferred to a hotel close to the city centre. The rest of the day is at leisure. You can either go out into the streets or relax after the flight. Night in the hotel.
Day 10 – Vienna city tour and Schoenbrunn
You set off in the morning for a half-day city tour which will give you an overall impression of the most significant Vienna sights. You will start the ride on the Ringstrasse, where we show you numerous magnificent buildings, such as the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts, the State Opera House, the Museum of Fine Arts and Natural History, the Parliament, the City Hall, the University, the Votive Church or Urania. The highlight of this tour will be a visit of the impressive Schonbrunn Palace, former summer residence of the Habsburg family. Afternoon program is left at your discretion. Night in the hotel.
Day 11 – Mayerling, dinner, concert
This day expects you a half-day excursion of Vienna Woods. Starting at the romantic City of Baden famous for its thermal springs, you will visit the former hunting lodge (Carmelite Monastery nowadays), where Crown Prince Rudolph died tragically in 1889. Then you move on to the Heiligenkreuz where you will be showed around the medieval abbey and the grave of last the Babenberger. Lastly, you arrive at the gorgeous Seegrotte to enjoy a boat-ride on the largest subterranean lake in Europe. Return to Vienna, to the already known Opera House, is scheduled around the noon whereas afternoon is at your leisure again. You can look forward to a pleasant evening. After a typical Viennese meal you will be taken to a concert. The popular Vienna Mozart-Orchestra in period costumes plays for you many of the everlasting melodies by W. A. Mozart. To save the best for last, you will get a free Mozart-Orchestra CD. Dinner, concert ticket and transfer to the concert are all included. Night in the hotel.
Day 12 – Vienna – Prague By Train
Today you make your way to station so that you catch a direct train to Prague. After mere 5 hours you arrive to the “Mother of Cities“ or “Golden City“, as Prague is often called. Rest of the day is free. Night in the hotel.
Day 13 – Prague city tour
It´s your first day in Prague. Discover the city on an open top bus! The city centre is a mélange of stunning architecture, from Gothic, Renaissance and baroque to neoclassical, art nouveau and cubist. See the Dancing House, St. Cyril and Method Church, Charles Square, National Museum and Jewish Quarter. Hop on and off whenever wanted, take as many pictures as you like, stroll around, have a coffee break. You get a 48 hrs. ticket. Night in the hotel. (If you wish we can organize any other kind of city tour for you, e.g. private, small group, audio)
Day 14 – Lunch cruise down Vltava River
In the morning you can set off to the city again, to discover it more deeply. You still have a valid bus ticket. Or just sleep long, to get ready for the noon program. You will be picked up at your hotel to admire unique and scenic panoramic views as you cruise down the Vlatva River past many famous historical and cultural sites. The cruise includes an excellent buffet lunch on board. You past many famous landmarks, you will have a spectacular panoramic view of Prague Castle, you will see famous St. Vitus Cathedral, Charles Bridge, Petrin with its copy of the Eiffel Tower, the National Theatre, Vysehrad Castle and Slavin Cemetery where many of the most famous Czech personalities now rest. The cruise takes 2,5 hrs. The late afternoon and evening are free. What about doing some souvenirs shopping? Night in the hotel.
Day 15 – Karlstejn Castle Tour
Today you will have the opportunity to visit Karlstejn Castle, one of the most impressive Gothic castles in the Czech Republic. It was founded in the 14th century by the Emperor Charles IV to become a treasury of the crown jewels and holy relics. It is situated on a picturesque site in the middle of dense forests not far from the Capital and you will be picked up at the hotel for this tour. Afternoon is at your leisure, you can go on discovering the city for the last time, if you still missed something. Last night in the hotel in Prague.
Day 16 – Prague – London
You pack your luggage again to be taken by a driver to the airport. From here you head off to London. Welcome to the city of last Summer Olympic Games, the capital of UK. We will arrange for you transport from the airport to your hotel. The hotel will be situated within good reach of the city centre. The rest of the day is free. Night in the hotel.
Day 17 – London sightseeing
You will be eager to get know the city for sure. And there are too many interesting places to see in London. So it´s a good idea to participate in a “Hop-on-hop-off bus tour” again, to get easily to the Houses of Parliament, 10 Downing Street – the residence of the Prime Minister and Big Ben. You should not miss a visit to Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey and Piccadilly Circus. Art fans should surely visit the National Gallery. In the evening enjoy the atmosphere of one of the local pubs and bars. Night in the hotel.
Day 18 – Exploring the city on your own
Today there is no fixed program. It only depends on you, what you want to do and see. For example, ride a two-storey London bus to the St. Paul’s Cathedral (entrance in free), Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Millennium Bridge, the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. And what about having a ride on the London Eye to enjoy a superb lookout? We can book tickets for you (optional). Cap off the beautiful day with a cruise on the River Thames (optional tour). At night, get ready to track down the legendary Jack the Ripper (optional tour) in the narrow and twisted lanes of London’s East End by foot… if you dare! Night in the hotel.
Day 19 – Windsor, Bath and Stonehenge
You will spend this demanding day by visiting three famous British attractions in one tour. Marvel at Stonehenge, one of the most important pre-historic monuments in the world. Then proceed to the ancient Roman baths. Standing proudly on the slopes of the River Avon, beautiful Bath was the first city in England to be designated an UNESCO World Heritage site. And finally, visit the Windsor Castle, the Queen’s favourite weekend residence. You return back to hotel in the evening. Night in the hotel.
Day 20 – Departure
Your dream vacation is coming to an end. We prepare a transfer to the airport for you so that you catch your flight back home. End of our services. See in in Europe next time!
- 19 nights of accommodation in 3-star hotels close to the city centres in Paris, Rome, Vienna, Prague and London
- all airport transfers as specified in the itinerary
- all tours and excursions as specified above – entrace fees and tickets
- City Tour and Mortmarte in Paris
- The Louver Tour and Versailles Palace and Gardes Tour
- Hop On, Hop Off Bus Tour in Rome, Prague and London
- The Ancient Rome Tour, the Vatican Tour
- Vienna City Tour and Schoenbrunn
- Mayerling and Dinner with a Concert
- Vltava Cruise incl. lunch
- Karsltejn Castle Tour
- Windsor, Bath and Stonehenge Tour
- European airfare (flight Paris – Rome, Rome – Vienna, Prague – London), incl. tax
- train ticket Vienna – Prague
- price per person, based on 2 people sharing a doubleroom
- international airfare
- airport tax
- meals and services not detailed in the program
- personal expenses
- optional excursions
- single supplement
- accommodation upgrade to 4* hotel
- extended stay
- Dinner at Eiffel Towerr, Seine Cruise and Mouline Rouge – 354 AUD
- Dinner at Eiffel Tower and Seine Cruise – 306 AUD
- Seine River Cruise – 30 AUD
- Tiber Dinner Cruise – 89 AUD
- Jack the Ripper Walking Tour – 30 AUD
- Total Exprience of London (Panoramic tour of London, Entry to St. Paul’s Cathedral with special access to the Quire, The Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, Entry to Tower of London, Thames River boat ride, London´s Eye Ride) – 185 AUD
- London Pass – 79 AUD
- the program can be customized on your request. For extra nights or stopovers please contact us for a quote
- the price is subject to availability and actual airfare costs