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Grand History Trip of Europe

Private Custom Group

Duration: 19 days • Countries visited: France, Germany, Czech Republic
Group trip type: Art & History

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Day to Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Welcome to Paris

    Welcome to Paris! On arrival at Charles De Gaulle airport you will be met by your Travel Director and transferred to your hotel.

  1. Day 2: Paris from a History Perspective

    Learn about the significance of the French Revolution and visit key sites such as Place de la Bastille, Les Invalides War Museum, the Conciergerie and Place de la Concorde. In the evening enjoy a walk along the Champs-Elysees, followed by a cruise along the River Seine. (BB)

  1. Day 3: Disneyland in Paris

    Spend the day at Disneyland Paris. Included in your trip is a full-day, one-park pass to either Disneyland Park or Disney Studio Park. (BB)

  1. Day 4: Versailles & D-Day Memorial

    Travel this morning to Versailles and visit the Palace of Versailles to see its opulent rooms and gardens. Experience the extraordinary Hall of Mirrors where the historic Treaty of Versailles was signed, ending World War I.  Continue to Arromanches and visit the D Day Memorial. It’s then onto Bayeux for our overnight stay. (BB, D)

  1. Day 5: Battle of the Somme

    Today we visit Amiens and the nearby Somme Battlefields, where some of the most intense fighting took place during World War I. More than 3 million men fought in this battle with1 million wounded or killed. We visit some of the many interesting memorials and museums dedicated to the fallen. Our overnight stay is in Amiens.  (BB, D)

  1. Day 6: The Lost Territories - Strasbourg

    We travel to Verdum where you will visit the Verdum Battlefields and War Memorial.  Our journey continues to Strasbourg, on the border of Germany, for our overnight stay. (BB)

  1. Day 7: Strasbourg  to Colmar

    In the morning travel to Colmar where you will enjoy a boat trip in the canal quarter, followed by a walking trip around Petite Venise and the historic centre. From Colmar, continue to Riquewihr for a walking trip in the town.  We then visit Chateau du Haut-Koenigsbourg for a visit to the castle, before arriving back in Strasbourg for our overnight stay. (BB)

  1. Day 8: Europa Park & Friedrichshafen

    Spend the day at the Europa Park, one of the best theme parks in Europe. This evening we overnight in Friedrichshafen. (BB, D)

  1. Day 9: Meersburg Castle  Onto Munich

    Begin your morning with a walk up to Meersburg Castle. We then make our way to the well-known Neuschwanstein for a trip to the castle and a horse-carriage ride down the mountain. Then it’s onto Munich where a local guide will take you on a walking trip in the city centre, including key sites related to Hitler’s time in Munich and the Third Reich. Finally we visit the Nazi Documentation Centre. (BB)

  1. Day 10: Eagle’s Nest & Obersalzburg

    A short drive out of Munich, visit Hitler’s former retreat, known as the Eagle’s Nest. Afterwards, stop for lunch at Obersalzburg (own expense) and continue to the Konigsee for a boat trip on the Lake and a chance to swim in Lake Chiemsee. Return to Munich for your overnight stay. (BB)

  1. Day 11: Dachau & Rothenburg

    We start the day with a trip to the Munich Residenz Museum. It is then onto Dachau for a sobering visit to the concentration camp. Our overnight stay is in Rothenburg ob der Tauber. (BB)

  1. Day 12: Explore Medieval Rothenburg

    Rothenburg was regarded by the Nazis as the most “German” of German towns. Visit the Museum of Torture, explore the medieval city and battlements, and join a Nightwatchman trip. (BB)

  1. Day 13: Nazi History in Nuremberg

    We depart Rothenburg and continue to Nuremburg in the morning. On arrival, join a local guide for a trip to city centre. Walk up to the Kaiserburg Castle, visit the Nazi parade grounds and the Albert Speer Documentation Centre to bring to life the history of Hitler’s rise to power. In the afternoon, visit the Palace of Justice and Courtroom 600, the location of the Nuremburg Nazi trials. (BB)

  1. Day 14: Onto Magical Prague

    This morning travel to the Czech Republic and Prague. On arrival, join your Travel Director for an orientation trip of the old town centre, including the town square, St Nicholas Church and Tyn Church. Afterwards visit Prague Castle and walk to Charles Bridge. (BB)

  1. Day 15: Museum Visits in Prague

    Visit The Prague Communism Museum, Jewish Museum and the Kepler Museum today. (BB)

  1. Day 16: Military Histoy in Dresden

    In the morning we travel to Dresden where we join a local guide for a tur of the Dresden’s Zwinger Palace, the Bundeswehr Military History Museum, the Dresden Armoury and Frauenkirche. (BB)

  1. Day 17: Tropical Islands Water Park

    Depart Dresden and spend the day at the Tropical Islands Water theme park. (BB)

  1. Day 18: Berlin Sightseeing

    Trip to Berlin starts with a visit to the ‘Story of Berlin’ Museum to provide an overview of the city’s tumultuous history. Your journey with a local guide includes the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, Checkpoint Charlie, sections of the Berlin Wall and Alexanderplatz. Visit also the Zeppelin Field and the Jewish Museum, the German Resistance Memorial Centre and the Holocaust Memorial. (BB)

  1. Day 19: Farewell Berlin

    On our final morning we visit the Wansee Haus Museum and Documentation Centre of the “Final Solution”. Later, explore the DDR Museum to learn about life under communist rule after the end of World War II. We bid farewell to Berlin and make our way to the airport for flights home. (BB)

Meal Guide: BB = Buffet Breakfast, HD = Highlight Dinner, D = Hotel dinner, HL = Highlight Lunch, WR = Welcome Reception

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