Trendy West – The BEST of Western Europe
Netherlands, Belgium, England and Switzerland
WHY CHOOSE THIS TOUR?
- fifteen unique destinations in sixteen days
- stressless itinerary
Trendy West is a unique mixture of the best that Europe has to offer. Within 16 days we will show you 4 different countries and their highlights, while being transferred not only by planes, but also by Eurostar, which is the hi-tech high-speed train, connecting all capitals in Western Europe. The journey starts in the Netherlands, where you will be shown Amsterdam and Zaanse Schans – a countryside full of windmills, tulips, wooden shoes and cheese. The next destination is Belgium and its capital – Brussels. You might know that Brussels is also considered a capitol of European union, so there is surely a lot to see. Belgium is also well known for the smoothest chocolate, which you will of course try and what is more – we organise a cooking class where you can learn how to make your own chocolate treats. Our next location is England. There will be enough time to explore the Windsor castle, mysterious Stonehenge, Cotswolds and London itself. From England we continue to Lucerne in Switzerland. From there we will do a bunch of day trips to great landmarks (Interlaken, Grindelwald) and of course to Alps! JungFrauJoch and Mount Titlis, both famous for the breathtaking views and both over 3.200 metres altitude. Get ready, this tour is packed with only awesome places and activities!
Day 1 – Amsterdam arrival
Welcome to Amsterdam, the capital of Netherlands. Our driver will meet and greet you in the arrival hall. Then you can enjoy a nice ride through the city, right to your hotel. You can expect a nice 3* accommodation, located in the city centre, very close to all the meeting points for all tours and activities we have planned for you. The rest of the day is at your own leisure. Relax and get ready for the adventure, starting tomorrow morning!
Day 2 – Amsterdam city tour (B)
Start your journey with the best introduction to Amsterdam. A unique vision of the city, which has a specific style of combining history with pure entertainment. With our expert guide, you will experience the history of this city, from its start as a muddy village on the Amstel River, to how it became the most important trading city in Europe. Whether you visit one of Amsterdam’s famous museums or check out the cafes and bars of the Jordaan District, this tour will help you get your bearings in this often-confusing city and allow you to make the most out of your stay here. The tour includes an hour boat trip on the canals of Amsterdam.
Day 3 – Dutch Countryside Tour with Cheese Tasting (B)
Amsterdam has so much more to offer besides the canals. Today we will show you countless interesting sights and amazing views on the outside of the city centre. You will be able to admire the idyllic suburban scenery and the architecture of beautiful mansions. We will have a photo stop at a remarkable windmill and you will have the opportunity to visit a diamond factory in the Museum District. Afterwards, leave the city behind and head north to Zaanse Schans, home to centuries-old windmills. Many members of this Dutch fishing community still wear traditional, colourful outfits. From there, see the characteristic houses of Marken, by boat in the summer and by coach in the winter. Continue to a farm to see how a local variety of cheese is produced and taste it for yourself. Finally, witness a clog maker working on this famed wooden Dutch shoe. Learn about the different styles, when they are worn and try a pair on yourself.
Day 4 – Transfer to Brussels (B)
Our driver will pick you up and take you to the train station. Relax and enjoy a nice ride in a modern high-speed international train. It only takes 2 hours to get to Brussels, the capital of Belgium and also the “capitol” of European Union. After your arrival, you will be taken to your hotel. As always, you can expect a nice 3* accommodation, located in the city centre, very close to all the meeting points for all tours and activities. Rest of the day is at your own leisure.
Day 5 – Brussels city tour (filled with the best chocolate) (B)
Belgian chocolate is renowned for its richness and quality. Marvel at a fascinating chocolate-making demonstration in a quaint workshop, and then try your own hand at making some of these delicious treats with the expert guidance of the chocolatier. The best part is, you get to eat what you make, or take it home to enjoy later. Once you have discovered the art of chocolate making, head out onto the streets of Brussels on a guided tour. Not only do you stop by major highlights like the Manneken Pis statue, we will also show you other important landmarks.
Day 6 – Ghent and Bruges Full-Day Tour (B)
Today, we will visit two of Belgium’s finest cities, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Driving through the scenic countryside, we spend the morning exploring Gothic-style Ghent, then head to Bruges to spend the afternoon in the “Venice of the North”. Marvel at historic buildings from the Middle Ages, including St. Nicholas Church and Gravensteen, also called the Castle of the Count. Wonder at the world-famous Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, a multi-panel painting by van Eyck that resides in the Gothic St. Bavo’s Cathedral. Pass through the Flemish countryside to the quaint city of Bruges, where you enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the unforgettable Minnewater, or the Lake of Love. After some free time to explore and break for lunch, the tour continues to the world-famous artefacts like the Madonna statue by Michelangelo, and the striking Belfry of Bruges that stands over the central Market Square. This whole day trip is the best what the lovely Belgian countryside has to offer.
Day 7 – Transfer to London (B)
Another transfer day. Late in the morning, you will be picked up and taken to the train station. Around two hours later, you will finally reach the World’s cosmopolitan capital – London. After your arrival, you will be taken to your hotel, situated in Westminster area, not far from Buckingham Palace. Rest of the day is at your own leisure.
Day 8 – London city tour (B)
Settle into a seat in the comfortable interior or on the open-air top deck of a typical double-decker bus and set off to tour the city at your own pace. Hop on and off at world famous landmarks including the Tower of London, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, London Eye, the riverfront Houses of Parliament, and impressive St. Paul’s Cathedral. Enjoy a complimentary Wi-Fi on board and listen to the engaging commentary for a dose of English history — and humour! From there, stretch your legs on a royal themed guided walk from Trafalgar Square and enjoy a beautiful River Thames sightseeing cruise.
Day 9 – Full-Day Tour in the Cotswolds (B, L)
In the morning, after departing from central London, relax during the ride out of the city to our first stop in Burford. We will walk alongside the River Windrush, admiring the stone facades of 15th-century buildings as you window shop your way down the high street or stop for tea near the historic priory. Next, we continue to the enchanting town of Bibury, where the stone cottages of Arlington Row make up one of the Cotswold’s most iconic architectural features. Then we head to the Swan Hotel, a 17th-century coaching inn overlooking the River Coln, and enjoy a traditional English lunch of country fare, British ales and fine wines. After lunch we wind our way north, driving past more storybook villages on our way to Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold, two of the prettiest towns in the northern Cotswolds. In each village, follow our guide on a short walk, learning about the history of these nationally cherished townships.
Day 10 – Windsor Castle, Stonehenge & Roman Baths (B, L)
Today we will take you on a full day trip to the iconic British sites, starting in Windsor — the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world. It is also home to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Discover the magnificent State Apartments, furnished with fine paintings by masters like Rubens, Gainsborough, and Rembrandt. Venture into tranquil St George’s Chapel, which houses the tombs of kings and queens. Then we continue to the huge open plain of Salisbury Hill, where the 5,000-year-old secret of Stonehenge continues to captivate visitors from all over the world. From there we will take you to the beautiful Georgian city of Bath, the first city in England to be designated a World Heritage Site. Standing on the slopes of the River Avon, it is home to the famous Pulteney Bridge and the best-preserved Roman Spa from the ancient world. We will visit Bath Abbey, the Bridge, and the Roman Spa itself to see the inner pump works and sample some fresh spa water before returning to London.
Day 11 – London day off (B)
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, 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. Cap off the beautiful day with a cruise on the River Thames. At night, get ready to track down the legendary Jack the Ripper in the narrow and twisted lanes of London’s East End by foot… if you dare!
Day 12 – Transfer to Lucerne (B)
Today you will move exactly 1000 km south-east, to one of the coolest Swiss towns Lucerne. Our drivers will make sure that you get comfortably from the hotel to the airport and then from the airport to your hotel. As always, cosy hotel, comfortably situated and the rest of this transfer day at your own leisure.
Day 13 – JungFrauJoch day trip (B)
May the adventure begin! Experience Switzerland in a unique way as you journey by cogwheel train through amazing Swiss countryside to Jungfraujoch—the Top of Europe. We will take you from Lucerne through the scenic Brünig Pass and along the shore of Lake Brienz as we make our way to the Bernese Highlands. Then we take a short break in Interlaken—uniquely situated between 2 alpine lakes, before boarding the cogwheel train in Grindelwald. As we continue through the Kleine Scheidegg mountain pass to Jungfraujoch, we will experience some stunning views of the world-famous triple peaks of Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. Once at the top, use your free time to immerse yourself in the fascinating high-Alpine wonderland of ice, snow and glaciers. Then visit the iconic Sphinx Observatory for the best views of the snow-capped peaks, neighbouring countries, and Europe’s longest glacier—Alestch Glacier. Use the Alpine Sensation underground system to experience the past, present and future visions of Jungfraujoch as you travel from the observatory to the Ice Palace. If you are an art lover, you will definitely admire the ice sculptures created by talented ice artists every year. The are located in Ice Palace, in the heart of the glacier.
Day 14 – Mount Titlis day trip (B)
Today you can enjoy another breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps from a revolving aerial cable car as it climbs to the summit of Mount Titlis – a winter wonderland covered in pristine snow and massive glaciers. After breakfast, hop in the bus and sit back as you are carried through charming countryside to Valley Station in Engelberg. Enjoy 360-degree views of the Swiss Alps as your rotating cable car whisks you up to an elevation of nearly 3,000 m. Once we reach the top of Mount Titlis, you can choose from several equally exciting activities. Feel free to ride on the Ice Flyer, which takes you above virgin snow and deep glacier crevasses. Or, if you’re feeling brave, you can walk across Europe’s highest suspension bridge—the Cliff Walk. There will be enough time to visit the Ice Grotto, where you can go inside blue-walled glacial tunnels. If you’re hungry, grab a bite to eat at the mountaintop restaurant or just warm up with some Swiss hot chocolate on the sun terrace. Pick up a souvenir from the gift shop and a chocolate bar to savour on your journey back down the mountain.
Day 15 – Interlaken & Grindelwald Full-Day Tour (B)
The plan for today is to visit one of Switzerland’s most magnificent regions. A scenic route through the Bernese Highlands shows you the charming valley of Interlaken and the forested slopes around Grindelwald, making for an unforgettable day in the mountains. The first leg of our drive brings us to Interlaken, a village nestled between the lakes of Thunersee and Brienzersee at the foot of snow-covered slopes. Enjoy some leisure time before the tour bus carries us on to the well-known holiday resort of Grindelwald, nicknamed the Glacier Village for its location surrounded by icy mountains that jut dramatically into the sky. You have also plenty of time to explore the region on your own, so get your camera ready as you set out to explore the forested country. Meet up with our guide again in the late afternoon to begin the return journey to Lucerne.
Day 16 – Transfer day (B)
Your last day in Europe. You will be taken to the airport in Lucerne. This is the end of our
- all services, transfers and excursions detailed in the program
- accommodation in 3 *hotels
- meals detailed in the program (B: Breakfast L: Lunch)
- permanent English assistance by our Operations Department
- international airfare not mentioned in the itinerary
- meals and services not detailed in the program
- personal expenses
- Single supplement
- Upgrade to 4-star hotels
- For extra nights or stopovers please contact us for a quote
- Jack the Ripper Walking Tour – $30 AUD
- Price per person (2 people in double / twin room).
- The program can be customized according to your preferences.
- The price is subject to availability and actual airfare and train cost at time of booking.