Grand European Tour  

    

Notes About the Tour Itinerary:

- This customized luxury European tour can be modified per request. The cities and hotels listed can be changed to your liking.
- We have crafted the itinerary to provide the best experience in each city while minimizing travel time during the day.
- We have taken every measure to ensure a smooth transition from airports and rail stations, by providing chauffeured transfers throughout.
- Sightseeing assistance will be provided once the city and hotel segment is agreed upon.
- If the itinerary is to your liking, we have chosen the following city order based upon the train schedules and transit times, however this is subject to rail changes.
- All overnight trains are in Double Sleeper Cars; there are generally, 5-6 sleeper cabins per car with 2-3 bathrooms. Some Deluxe Cabins may be available with personal restroom facilities.
- We recommended travel from the end of May to the middle of June for optimal weather; Europe is magnificent in Spring! We also suggest travel to Europe in September, October and November when the weather is cooler and the crowds minimal.

Day 1: Flights

Our travel agency specializes in customizing the land portion of each itinerary.

Day 2 - Arrival Florence; Private Car Transfer Airport to Hotel Montebello Splendid; 3-Nights Standard Room Including Hot Buffet Breakfast and Tax

The fascination of Florence is reflected in the architectural elegance and richness of Montebello Splendid, a centrally located, 19th century villa transformed into an intimate luxurious, 5-star hotel. The Arno River, which will take you to Ponte Vecchio and the Uffizi museum as well as all major tourist and cultural attractions, can easily be reached on foot from the hotel. There is also a lovely garden perfect for relaxing with a glass of wine after a day of sightseeing.

There are 54 elegantly decorated rooms, each equipped with climate control, electronic safe, 2 telephone lines with PC modem jack, color television with internal channels, mini bar, dining table, large LCD flat-screen offering satellite channels and films on demand, remote control windows with room darkening feature, large well-lit desk, linen sheets, soft goose down comforters, extra large beds, marble bathrooms, hydro massage, hairdryer, selection of bathroom products, slippers and bathrobe and much more!

Day 5 - Private Car Transfer Hotel to Rail Station; Overnight train to Vienna

Train departs 10pm and arrives 8:43am. *Subject to schedule changes.

Day 6 - Arrival Vienna; Private Car Transfer Rail Station to Hotel Sacher Wien; 3-Nights Standard Room Including Hot Buffet Breakfast and Tax

Built in 1876, the privately run Hotel Sacher Wien, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, stands in the heart of Vienna, opposite the Opera House and a few yards from a host of cafes and restaurants. It is a favorite meeting place for the city's high society, artists, and politicians and retains an air of Habsburg-era glory with red velvet, crystal chandeliers, and brocaded curtains in the public rooms evoking Old Vienna. Air-conditioned guest rooms feature silk wall coverings, valuable carpets, authentic baroque furniture, and original paintings by 19th-century masters, as well as contemporary amenities including cable television with CNN, modem connection, and fax machine for in-room use upon request. The hotel offers a wonderful gourmet restaurant, Anna Sacher along with the famous Rote Bar, which features a winter garden facing the Opera House, and piano music in the evening.

Rooms are splendidly decorated with antiques and fine reproductions as well as fine oil paintings. Most feature sitting areas as well as medium-size marble bathrooms with shower-tub combinations.

Hotel Sacher has also produced culinary creations that still bear its name. Franz Sacher, the celebrated chef, left the world a fabulously caloric chocolate cake called the Sachertorte!

Day 9 - Private Car Transfer Hotel to Rail Station; Overnight train to Berlin

Train departs 9:28pm and arrives 8am. *Subject to schedule changes.

Day 10 - Arrival Berlin; Private Car Transfer Rail Station to Schloss Im Grunewald; 3-Nights Standard Room Including Hot Buffet Breakfast and Tax

Situated in the exclusive residential area of Grunewald, this opulent, historic mansion is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World offering an oasis of tranquility within 5-minutes of the city center. The Schlosshotel is a place full of history and charm, which recovers the splendor of a castle, transforming it into an unrivaled luxury hotel. The mansion become the seat of the von Pannwitz family in 1914, where they hosted magnificent gala dinners for 1,000 guests, waited on by 200 servants!

Recently restored to its former splendor under the leadership of fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, the property offers 54 guest rooms, all individual and uniquely designed. Rooms feature luxurious fabrics, authentic antiques and original art. They are spacious and feature all modern amenities such as air conditioning, lush linens, fluffy duvets and heavenly pillows.

Restaurants include Le Jardin, with its informal bistro flair; the gourmet restaurant, Vivaldi; Le Tire Bouchon bar, with its open fireplace; and the Lobby Lounge in the lovely hotel reception hall. In summer there you may also enjoy the terrace, the garden and the Catalina open-air bar.

In addition, the hotel offers complimentary bicycles for a stroll in the nearby gardens as well as spa facilities. Grunewald is the largest forest within city limits, and is full of beautiful villas built by merchants, scientists and artists who flocked to this leafy district in the mid 19th century, all providing perfect sightseeing opportunities. For those who prefer to take public transportation into the city center may do so, by enjoying a peaceful 15-minute walk to the nearest metro stop. Alternately, the hotel is 5-minutes by taxi or a 5-minute walk to the nearest bus stop.

Day 13 - Private Car Transfer Hotel to Rail Station; Overnight train to Strasburg

Train departs 9:39pm and arrives 7:19am. *Subject to schedule changes.

Day 14 - Arrival Strasburg; Private Car Transfer Rail Station to Regent Petite France; 3-Nights Standard Room Including Hot Buffet Breakfast and Tax

This luxuriously designed hotel is supremely situated in the picturesque old town, "Petite France" along the river, and only steps from the cathedral. It is ideally situated for discovering the charm of the village, along with it's many sights. Unique in Europe, the Glacier Museum is incorporated into the hotel. All 72 spacious rooms have full comfort with an exceptional view of the river and the old town. Facilities include the bar and restaurant "Le Pont Tournant" with a pretty terrace along the river.

Rooms are beautifully decorated with some still featuring original old wooden beams. The luxurious beds are among the city's finest, and the bathrooms are state-of-the-art, with combination tub and shower. You will also enjoy air conditioning, satellite television, direct dial phone, mini bar, hairdryer and radio.

Day 17 - Private Car Transfer Hotel to Rail Station; Day Train to Paris

Train ride will be 4 1/2 hours and departs regularly throughout the day.

Day 17 - Arrival Paris; Private Car Transfer Rail Station to Hotel du Louvre; 3-Nights Standard Room Including Hot Buffet Breakfast and Tax

A splendid 5-star hotel in a equally splendid location. Looking out of the hotel from each facade, you see famous landmarks in each direction. On one side, the Louvre Museum, on another, the Opera House Garnier, from the third, the Comedie Francaise, and from the fourth, the Palais Royal. You will also be walking distance to the Tuileries Gardens, the Ile de la Cité, Notre-Dame, Châtelet, les Halles, Beaubourg, and, across the river, Saint-Germain and the Orsay Museum! You can feel the historical and cultural soul of Paris pulse all around you.

When Napoleon III inaugurated the hotel in 1855, French journalists described it as "a palace of the people, rising adjacent to the palace of kings." In 1897, Camille Pissarro moved into a room with a view that inspired many of his landscapes. Between the Louvre and the Palais Royal, the hotel has a decor of marble, bronze, and gilt.

The guest rooms are quintessentially Parisian, filled with souvenirs of the Belle Epoque with elegant fabrics and upholstery, excellent carpeting, double-glazed windows, comfortable beds, traditional wood furniture, and tiled bathrooms with a choice of tub or shower. Rooms feature air conditioning, satellite television, direct dial phone, mini bar, hairdryer and radio.

Open at any time from lunch to midnight, the Parisian Brasserie offers traditional French food. In the summertime, the brasserie proposes a flowery terrace with a view of the Palais Royal.

Day 20 - Private Car Transfer Hotel to Rail Station; Day Train to Bruges

Train ride will be 2 1/2 hours and departs regularly throughout the day.

Day 20 - Arrival Bruge; Transfers Not Available to Pre Book in Bruges; Self-Transfer to Relais Oud Huis Amsterdam; 3-Nights Standard Room Including Hot Buffet Breakfast and Tax

A lovely canal-side hotel, part of which dates back to the 1300s! The hotel is located in one of the quieter parts of town a mere 5-minute walk from the picturesque market square.

Rooms are sumptuously furnished. The colors and decorative accents hearken back to the building's origins, based on meticulous research and restoration. Each room has its own characteristics, such as wooden beams or four-poster beds. They all differ and are beautifully decorated with antiques. Some of the bathrooms feature whirlpool tubs. The elegant guest rooms in the front overlook the canal; those in back overlook the garden and picturesque rooftops.

The breakfast room resembles a Louis IV lounge with chandeliers and high ceilings and grand curtains on the windows. In the rear, there's a charming little courtyard with umbrella tables and a garden off to one side -- the setting for Sunday concerts in June!

Day 23 - Self-Transfer Hotel to Rail Station; Day Train to Brussels

Train ride will be 1 hour and departs regularly throughout the day.

Day 23 - Arrival Brussels; Private Car Transfer Rail Station to Hotel Metropole; 3-Nights Standard Room Including Hot Buffet Breakfast and Tax

An ornate, marble-and-gilt interior distinguishes this late-19th-century hotel several blocks from the Grand-Place. Built in 1895, it is the only remaining hotel of the 19th century in Brussels. Soaring ceilings, potted palms, and lavishly decorated public rooms add to the Belle Epoque allure. The hotel is situated in a lovely location, minutes from the Grand Place, the Bourse and the Theatre de la Monnale.

Spacious rooms have classic furnishings and some modern luxuries, including heated towel racks, hair dryers, and trouser presses as well as modem connection, television, telephone with answering machine, mini bar and in room safe.

An elegant French restaurant L'Alban Chambon caters to the sophisticated diner, and the Belle Epoque Cafe Métropole to the sophisticated cafe lover. The hotel's chef has been awarded a series of distinctions, including 2 red hats and 16/20 in the GaultMillau culinary guide as well as 2 golden keys.

Day 26 - Private Car Transfer Hotel to Rail Station; Day Chunnel Train to London

Train ride will be 3 hours and departs regularly throughout the day.

Day 26 - Arrival London; Private Car Transfer Rail Station to Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park; 3-Nights Standard Room Including Continental Breakfast and Tax

Set behind a stately looking late-19th-century brick facade whose style is defined by art historians as "Franco-Flemish," this is one of London's most appealing and historic hotels. It was built in 1889 as a private men's club, then converted into a hotel in 1902. A few decades later, the 13-year-old who later matured into Queen Elizabeth II attended ballroom-dancing lessons here!

The recent restoration brought lavish amounts of brass, marble, mahogany, and stained glass back to its original turn-of-the-20th-century gloss. The lobby maintains a perpetually tasteful allegiance to pomp and circumstance, complete with a multimillion-pound collection of paintings on long-term loan from the National Maritime Museum.

Situated in the perfect location, Hyde Park, Harrods, and Harvey Nichols are at your doorstep. In addition, the hotel features an extensive list of highlights such as the Michelin-starred restaurant "Foliage," a sophisticated bar and an acclaimed spa.

Bedrooms are opulent, decorated with pale colors, countless yards of silk and satin, some with meticulously restored antiques that have been in the hotel since its earliest years, and state-of-the-art tiled bathrooms with large tubs. Additional amenities include air conditioning, direct dial phone, in-room safe, cable television and mini bars. The service here is legendary and includes butlers on every floor.

Day 29 - Flights TBA

As mentioned above, cities and hotels can be changed based upon each traveler's interests.

Rates: Grand European Tour cost depends upon dates of travel and modifications made to the itinerary. Contact us for further information!

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