Great Journey Through Europe
Duration: Almost Full
11 Days, June 20 -30, 2021
From $3,995 from Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Thomas P. Gohagan & Co.
A repeat of a popular trip four years ago, this generous four-nation river and land journey evokes the Grand Tour of Europe popular with American and English travelers of recent centuries. Our itinerary combines historic and cultural visits with grand scenery in the nations of the Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland. Among our destinations will be the UNESCO-designated section of the Rhine River, three of Europe's legendary railways and four additional UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Following an arrival-day tour of Amsterdam, we'll begin our cruise on the Rhine River through the Dutch polder land reclaimed from the North Sea. Our ship is the newly launched deluxe MS Amadeus Imperial, unquestionably one of the finest vessels sailing Europe's waterways. Our calls during the five-night cruise of the entire length of the Rhine include the German towns of Cologne, Koblenz, Rüdesheim, Mannheim and Heidelberg; the lovely Alsatian city of Strasbourg in France; and finally, Basel, Switzerland.
From Basel, we'll travel overland through the verdant countryside of Switzerland. Here we'll visit the medieval capital, Bern, and enjoy lunch in the Kornhauskeller. Following two nights in lovely Lucerne at the five-star Hotel Schweizerhof and a journey to the top of Mount Pilatus, we'll cross the Alps aboard the celebrated Glacier Express. Finally, in Zermatt, we'll view the iconic Matterhorn as we travel aboard the Gornergrat Bahn, the country's oldest cog railway. The program concludes with two nights in the Alpine resort of Zermatt.
With beautiful scenery, fascinating cities and cultural treasures and the fine accommodations of a beautiful river vessel and hotels, this is the W&L Traveller's 21st-century version of the Grand Tour.