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North West of Europe tour

Private custom tour

North West of Europe

with your personal driver-guide


14 days: (Frankfurt) - Rothenburg ob der Tauber - Bruchsal - Heidelberg - Mainz - Rhine Valley - Cologne - Luik - Brussels - Gent - Brugge - Bergues - Canterbury - Brighton - Stonehenge - Bath - Cotswolds - Bristol - Blenheim - Oxford - (London)


A 14-day North West of Europe Tour.


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North West of Europe tour with your

own private driver-guide

North West of Europe Tour Itinerary

This tour starts in Frankfurt and ends in London.
This tour combines cities, landscape and interesting places in Germany, Belgium and England. Some of the highlights are: historical cities - castles - churches - Loreley Valley - boat trip on canals of Brugge - transfer from Calais in France to Dover in England - Stonehenge. Your personal tour leader chauffeurs and assists you at all times; private local guides provide interesting commentaries about landmarks, history, arts and much more. A worry-free way to discover the Continent on one of our custom-made tours of Europe.

Day
1
Frankfurt - Rothenburg ob der Tauber North West of Europe Tour
Morning arrival in Frankfurt. To enable you to adapt to the time shift, this day is fairly active: visit of Wurzburg Residenz Palace. 2 nights in Rothenburg ob der Tauber. LDA*
Wurzburg Residenz Palace
2
Rothenburg ob der Tauber North West of Europe Tour
Spend the day visiting Rothenburg ob der Tauber historical city: fortifications, St Jacob and St Wolfgang's churches. Visit of the Crime and Imperial City museums. 2nd night in Rothenburg ob der Tauber. BLDA*
Rothenburg ob der Tauber
3
Rothenburg ob der Tauber - Heidelberg - Mainz North West of Europe Tour
Bad Wimpfen ancient city tour. Maulbronn abbey and Bruchsal castle. Heidelberg Schloss castle. Overnight in Mainz. BLDA*
Heidelberg Schloss castle
4
Mainz - Rhine Valley - Cologne North West of Europe Tour
Day cruise to the Loreley Valley, symbol of the Romantic Rhine. Overnight in Cologne. BLDA*
Loreley Valley
5
Cologne - Luik - Brussels North West of Europe Tour
Cathedral of Koln. Visit of Blegny-Trembleur (Belgium) mining-installations. Luik city centre. Overnight in Brussels. BLDA*
Koln
6
Brussels - Gent - Brugge North West of Europe Tour
Brussels Grand Place and ancient art museum. Gent old city: cathedral, belfry and Graslei district and Gravensten castle. 2 nights in Brugge. BLDA*
Brussels
7
Brugge North West of Europe Tour
Spend the day visiting Lake of Love (Minnewater), the Beguinage (convent). Our Lady's Church with Madonna Statue by Michelangelo. Discovery of the Market Square: the Belfry, the town Hall Square and the Chapel of Holy Blood. Boat trip on the canals. 2nd night in Brugge. BLDA*
Brugge
8
Brugge - Bergues - Air sur la Lys North West of Europe Tour
Gravelines ancient city tour. Bergues fortified city (France). Ondankmeulen mill. Vert-Bois castle. Overnight in Air sur la Lys. BLDA*
Bergues
9
Air sur la Lys - Emmerin - Canterbury - Brighton North West of Europe Tour
Cross from the Continent to the United Kingdom. Discover the ecclesiastical capital of Great Britain, Canterbury: cathedral and historic city centre. Brighton Royal Pavilion. Overnight in Brighton. BLDA*
Canterbury
10
Brighton - Stonehenge - Bath North West of Europe Tour
Arundel castle, Winchester cathedral. Visit of Stonehenge, prehistorical monument. Longleat castle (16th century). 2 nights in Bath. BLDA*
Arundel castle
11
Bath historic city North West of Europe Tour
Visit of Roman baths, Bath's abbey. Royal Crescent and the Circus. Pump room discovery. Overnight in Bath. BLDA*
Bath
12
Bath - Bristol - Blenheim - Oxford North West of Europe Tour
Berkeley castle (12th century), Cotswolds region: Bibury village, Chastleton House and Chedworth Roman villa. Blenheim Palace. 2 nights in Oxford. BLDA*
Berkeley castle
13
Oxford North West of Europe Tour
Bodleian Library of Oxford, Carfax tower. Magdalen college and Christ Church in Oxford. Ashmolean museum. 2nd night in Oxford. BLDA*
Oxford
14
Oxford - London North West of Europe Tour
Visit of Waddesdon manor (18th century, Rothschild art collection). Drop-off at London airport, this is the end of your "North West of Europe Tour". BL*
Waddesdon manor


Tour departures: on request - please book at least 3-6 months ahead


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Prices of this Tour

(all prices are per person)

Book this tour 4-6 passengers - US$ 2-3 passengers - US$
Gold 14,000 16,450
Platinum 24,150 28,400

Interesting facts about Cologne

Cologne is situated on the beautiful Rhine River. Locals hypothesize that the legacy of Italian blood and culture in Cologne, colonized by the Romans more than 1500 years ago, makes the people more jovial and lighthearted. Cologne is the largest city on the Rhine. "Kolsch" is not only the dialect spoken here but, also the name of their own top-fermented beer. There are more than 4,000 pubs, restaurant's and brewery taverns in Cologne.

Unlike many of the world's large cities, Cologne, with a population of over a million, gets better every day, there are more things to do and see, more new and innovative buildings, and green spaces. Cologne is a major hub of business and industry, the self-styled commercial center of the West. The title is one that the city might have claimed as far back as the Middle Ages, for then and now the Rhine was one of Western Europe's main trade routes. It was also a leading member of the Hanseatic League.

The Romans left a lasting imprint on Cologne. The remains of their walls and buildings are scattered throughout the central area, and the layout of the city still reflects its Roman heritage. It is such a beautiful city. The best panoramic view is right across the river in the district of Deutz or from one of the bridges especially at night when the Cathedral is illuminated. You should certainly, if travelling through Germany, make Cologne one of your stops.

The major sightseeing attractions of this ancient city lie within the Altstadt (Old Town), the section along the Rhine in the shape of a semicircle. The streets enclosing the Altstadt are called rings. They follow the route of the original medieval city wall, remnants of which today remain in three gates, which now houses museums and depots. Cutting through the center of town is the Hohestrasse; it is a straight street connecting the north and south Roman Gates. A walk from the Cathedral to Friesenplatz or Rudolfplatz, whether on a sightseeing or a beer-drinking tour, is a good way to explore the inner city. The main shopping artery of Cologne is so narrow, that cars are not allowed, that means pedestrian friendly, which is so enjoyable when you are able to go from one luxury boutique or department store to the next without having to worry about cars.

The silhouette of the cathedral is very prominent as you cross any of Cologne's three major bridges spanning the Rhine, the Hohenzollernbrucke, the Deutzer Brucke and the Severins Brucke. Hohestrasse street runs south into G├╝rzenichstrasse; if you follow that west it becomes Schildergasse, which is another pedestrian zone leading into the huge Neumarkt area. Most of the hotels, shops, nightlife and sightseeing attractions lie within this central area, and are therefore within walking distance of one another.