7 DAYS FRANKFURT – AMSTERDAM – PARIS – REIMS – LUXEMBOURG
7 DAYS FRANKFURT – AMSTERDAM – PARIS – REIMS – LUXEMBOURG
Day 1: [Monday] Frankfurt → Bonn → Cologne → Amsterdam
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 in 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 Rococofronted
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.
Day 2 [Tuesday] Amsterdam → Zaanse Schans → Amsterdam
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 King’s birthday
celebration takes place. You’ll have photo opportunities here, free time for shopping or further sightseeing, and then
round the day off with dinner.
From mid-March to mid-May the tour will also visit Keukenhof Garden, a 32-hectare seasonal exhibition of beautifully
coloured and scented displays of spring flowers - most notably millions of tulips. More information please see:
Day 3 [Wednesday] Amsterdam → Brussels → Paris
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 cellshaped
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, you can try some mouth-watering Belgian delights. Then from Brussels we will head south again
across the French border and on to the bright lights of Paris.
Day 4 [Thursday] Paris → Versailles → Paris
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. You’ll take in another significant historical building next as you head to
L’Hôtel National des Invalides, where Napoleon’s tomb is located, followed by a stop at the most legendary of all
Paris’s icons: the Eiffel Tower. 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.
Overnight stay in Paris or city nearby (minimum 3* hotel)
Due to a limited daily access control in the Palace of Versailles, customers who strongly request to visit this palace
to book tickets online in advance at https://en.chateauversailles.fr/plan-your-visit/tickets-and-prices
Visit time: 14:00 14:30pm
Day 5 [Friday] Paris
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. You
can then take a leisurely cruise along the river Seine, a great sightseeing option that offers splendid views of iconic
Parisian landmarks, including Notre-Dame Cathedral and Pont Alexandre III. 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. Afterwards, you have an option of having a French 4 course dinner and show
experience or spend time shopping at the legendary department stores Galeries Lafayette.
Due to a limited daily access control in the Louvre Palace, to avoid disappointment, we recommend customers who
strongly request to visit this palace to book tickets online in advance at
https://www.ticketlouvre.fr/louvre/b2c/index.cfm/calendar/eventCode/MusWeb Visit time: 13:00 – 14:00pm
Day 6 [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.
Day 7 [Sunday] Luxembourg → Trier → Koblenz → Rudesheim am Rhein → 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