22-day HEART OF EUROPE® Grand Tour

$5,090 p.p. dbl. occ.
22 Days
8 Countries
33 Meals

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22-day tour featuring Holland, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France and England. Take in all the spectacular sites from our HEART OF EUROPE® Circle Tour, including medieval villages and scenic mountain vistas, while adding Rome, Pisa, Florence, Tuscany, an extra night in Paris, and two nights in London. You will see it all on the Grand Tour!

2022 Departure Dates Price*
Sep-01-2022 SOLD OUT $4,940 pp
Sep-08-2022 SOLD OUT $4,940 pp
Sep-22-2022 SOLD OUT $4,940 pp
2023 Departure Dates Price*
May-09-2023 $200PP DISCOUNT $5,090 pp
Sep-07-2023 $200PP DISCOUNT $5,090 pp
Sep-28-2023 $200PP DISCOUNT $5,090 pp

Tour Year 2022

DAY 1 - Overnight Flight to Europe.

The Trip Documents will provide guidance for airport check-in. Relax during your transatlantic flight with the assurance that Image Tours has taken care of all the details.

DAY 2 - HOLLAND . . Amsterdam Schiphol Airport - Dutch Lowlands - South Holland.

Refer to the “Arrival Instructions” in the Trip Documents for directions on where and when to meet your tour manager. Board your deluxe motor coach for a pleasant drive through the neatly groomed Dutch Lowlands. Much of this area is below sea level with a landscape shaped by canals, dikes and windmills. Your two-night stay in Holland will introduce you to Dutch “gezelligheid,” a friendly, cozy feeling which you will experience in the days ahead. This evening, enjoy the “Welcome to Europe” dinner at your South Holland hotel. (Dinner)

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DAY 3 - HOLLAND . . Delft - Amsterdam - South Holland.

Start the day with a visit to the charming town of Delft, famous for its Delft Blue earthenware. Stroll through the picturesque streets, lined with medieval buildings and friendly cafés offering Dutch pancakes. Continue to the vibrant city of Amsterdam to admire the lively main square, fine architecture, canals, bridges, boats and bicycles. Return to your South Holland hotel for an included dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 4 - BELGIUM . . Antwerp & HOLLAND . . Margraten – Maastricht.

Cross the border into Belgium, and head for the port city of Antwerp, characterized by its convivial atmosphere. Explore Antwerp’s central market square with its irresistible chocolate shops and cozy outdoor cafés serving delicious Belgian Waffles. The next stop, at the Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten, is an emotional experience reflecting on the sacrifices of WWII. 8,301 U.S. serviceman are buried here. To locate a specific grave, visit www.abmc.gov/Netherlands. Your hotel in Maastricht is located near the converging borders of Holland, Belgium and Germany. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 5 - GERMANY . . Rhine River - Heidelberg - Schriesheim.

Take the Autobahn (Expressway) through Germany to the Rhine River Valley. From Boppard, embark on a scenic up-stream boat ride past medieval fortresses, quaint villages and hillside vineyards. Continue by motor coach to Heidelberg. Situated on the Neckar River and dominated by its red sandstone castle ruins, this renowned university town is considered by many to embody the spirit of Germany. Join a walking tour of the Old Town before proceeding to your hotel in nearby Schriesheim, for dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 6 - GERMANY . . Rothenburg - Bavaria.

Your route this morning takes you to the northern section of the “Romantic Road,” introducing unspoiled countryside, ancient castles and storybook villages. Spend a few hours in Rothenburg, a beautifully preserved medieval town surrounded by its original town walls. The cobblestone streets are lined with historic inns and charming store fronts, including the famous “Käthe Wohlfahrt’s Weihnachtsdorf,” a sprawling, year-round Christmas shop. Walk along the city walls for a bird’s-eye view of the town and the surrounding landscapes. This afternoon, transfer to your hotel in the scenic and festive state of Bavaria. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 7 - GERMANY . . Munich & AUSTRIA . . Innsbruck – Tyrolean Village.

The drive into Munich reveals many of the Bavarian capital’s interesting landmarks. Walk through the Marienplatz (main square) with its unique Glockenspiel (clock tower). For a taste of Oktoberfest, have lunch at the famous Hofbräuhaus. In the afternoon, cross the border into Austria and follow the Inn River to the imperial city of Innsbruck, two-time host of the Winter Olympics. The Old Town owes much of its architectural beauty to Maximilian I, ruler of the Holy Roman Empire from 1493 to 1519. A short distance from Innsbruck lies the Tyrolean Village where you will spend the next two nights in a chalet-style hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 8 - AUSTRIA . . Tyrolean Village near Innsbruck.

Enjoy a relaxing day in the Austrian Alps, return to Innsbruck using public transportation, or join the optional Bavarian Palace excursion (see Optional Excursions below). For dinner, try a local restaurant, or consider the optional Tyrolean Show & Dinner excursion (see Optional Excursions below) for an evening of authentic Austrian food, folklore, music and dancing. (Breakfast)

DAY 9 - ITALY . . Dolomite Mountains – Lake Garda – Verona.

Enter Italy via the Europa Brücke (Bridge), a remarkable feat of mountain highway engineering. Descend from the reddish hue of the Dolomite Mountains to the turquoise waters of Lake Garda. In some places, the rocky cliffs rise straight up from the water. Lake Garda's sheltered location gives its coastline a subtropical climate rich in vegetation, including oleander bushes, olive groves and grape vines. Sample a gelato (Italian ice cream) while strolling along the lakeside. From here, it's a short drive to Verona, made famous by Shakespeare's “Romeo and Juliet.” Experience an authentic Italian meal during an independent dinner before transferring to your hotel. (Breakfast)

DAY 10 - ITALY . . Venice.

The day is devoted to romantic Venice, famous for its canals, bridges, gondolas and magnificent St. Mark’s Cathedral. Enjoy a boat ride on the Grand Canal to St. Mark’s Square. A guided walking tour ends with a visit to a glass-blowing workshop, where skilled artisans craft anything from delicate figurines to multi-colored chandeliers. If you have your heart set on gliding through the canals, the cost is about €45 ($55) per person based on up to six people sharing a gondola. Dine at a pizzeria or join the tour manager for an optional Venice Dinner excursion (see Optional Excursions below). After a memorable day, return to your Verona area hotel. (Breakfast)

DAY 11 - ITALY . . Rome.

The picturesque countryside is painted with rolling golden hills, olive groves and sleepy towns as you travel south on the Italian Autostrada del Sol (Highway of the Sun). Make a stop at a charming provincial village before continuing to Rome. La Citta Eterna (The Eternal City) is a contrast of overflowing ancient history in a vibrantly modern metropolis. Dinner will be served upon arrival at your Rome hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 12 - ITALY . . Rome.

A guided motor coach tour through Rome features ancient sights, such as the Arch of Constantine, the Colosseum and the Roman Forums. An included walking tour takes you to the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and the Piazza Navona. For the remainder of the day, you may choose to pursue personal interests or join the optional Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel excursion (see Optional Excursions below). Return to the hotel for an included dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 13 - ITALY . . Rome - Montecatini-Terme.

Return to the heart of Rome for further exploration of this formidable city. Sip a cappuccino while admiring the ancient architecture, visit the market vendors, or join the optional Colosseum excursion (see Optional Excursions below). In the afternoon, head north into Tuscany for a two-night stay in the spa resort town of Montecatini-Terme, with its pastel-tinted buildings on palm-lined streets. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 14 - ITALY . . Pisa - Florence - Montecatini-Terme.

Today starts with a visit to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Next, focus on the rich architecture and art of Florence, including the bronze baptistery doors by Ghiberti, Giotto’s Bell Tower, and countless sculptures. After a guided walking tour, shop for leather goods and jewelry on the Ponte Vecchio Bridge. Experience local foods during dinner at a Tuscan farm before returning to your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 15 - SWITZERLAND . . Lake Lugano – Swiss Alps.

Cross the border from the Italian to the Swiss lake districts, on the way to subtropical Lake Lugano. Often referred to as the ”Rio de Janeiro of the Old Continent,” this is the perfect spot for a lunch break. By way of the 11-mile-long St. Gotthard Tunnel, transfer to your hotel in a cozy village surrounded by the Swiss Alps. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 16 - SWITZERLAND . . Stans - Lucerne - Swiss Alps.

A morning drive through William Tell country uncovers the impressive sight of Lake Lucerne, framed by the soaring mountain peaks of Rigi and Pilatus. Stop in the village of Stans for the optional Swiss Mountain excursion (see Optional Excursions below) by funicular and cable car. This afternoon, explore Lucerne with its Old Town Wall and famous Lion Monument. This shopper’s paradise is known for music boxes, watches and chocolates. Before returning to your hotel for dinner, consider the optional Swiss Lake Boat Ride excursion (see Optional Excursions below). (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 17 - FRANCE . . Burgundy Wine Region - Beaune.

Follow the Swiss Autobahn past Basel, where Switzerland, Germany and France meet, and where the Rhine River becomes navigable. Crossing the border into France, the mountains give way to hill-top villages and rustic vineyards. By mid-afternoon, arrive in the well-preserved medieval town of Beaune, center of Burgundy wine country. Dinner is independent this evening, providing the opportunity to visit a wine cellar and to sample the regional cuisine. (Breakfast)

DAY 18 - FRANCE . . Paris.

The vineyards of Burgundy give way to a bustling cityscape, and around lunch time, you will arrive in the center of Paris. Begin your sightseeing in the Montmartre district, where Paris looks as it does in old paintings, and artists still display their works. The uphill walk to Sacré-Coeur Basilica rewards you with expansive views over La Ville Lumière (City of Light). Dine independently at one of many restaurant choices or join your tour manager on the optional Paris Evening excursion (see Optional Excursions below), including dinner at a characteristic French bistro. (Breakfast)

DAY 19 - FRANCE . . Paris.

Spend the entire day getting acquainted with Paris. Your tour manager will direct you to popular sights such as Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre Museum (open daily except Tuesdays), Opera (Palais Garnier), as well as the famous Galeries Lafayette department store. The optional Seine River Cruise excursion (see Optional Excursions below) provides photo worthy views of Notre Dame Cathedral, Eiffel Tower, and other landmarks along the river. This evening, select an independent dining location or consider the optional Paris Dinner & Cabaret Show (see Optional Excursions below). (Breakfast)

DAY 20 - ENGLAND . . London.

After breakfast, take the high-speed Eurostar train under the English Channel, arriving in London in less than three hours. A local guide welcomes you and points out famous sights such as the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Hyde Park, Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, the Royal Parks and Buckingham Palace. After your introduction to London, transfer to the hotel for check-in, followed by a “Farewell Dinner.” (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 21 - ENGLAND . . London.

A full day in London allows you to focus on specific interests or purchase a hop-on/hop-off day pass (approximately £40) with access to over 90 stops! Shop at the famous Harrods department store or view the spectacular collection of paintings at the National Gallery. There’s also an optional Tower of London excursion (see Optional Excursions below). If you wish to see the Changing of the Guard, check with the hotel concierge because performances are limited to late mornings on select dates and subject to special events or weather. Tonight, choose from the endless array of independent dining and entertainment opportunities, or join your tour manager for an optional London Dinner & Theatre excursion (see Optional Excursions below). (Breakfast)

DAY 22 - Daytime flight back to U.S.A.

Transfer to the London airport for your return flight home. (Breakfast)

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  •   Learn the craft behind Dutch cheese and Delft blue pottery
  •   Reflect during a visit to the American Military Cemetery in Margraten
  •   Glide past castles and vineyards on a Rhine River boat ride
  •   Enjoy Munich’s Glockenspiel performance in the central square
  •   Visit Venice, the colorful city of canals and gondolas
  •   Toss a coin into Rome’s Trevi Fountain to make a wish come true
  •   Experience pristine Lake Lucerne and the majestic Swiss Alps
  •   Stroll the world’s most celebrated street, the Champs-Élysées in Paris
  •   Ride the high-speed Eurostar train from Paris to London
  •   See the royal residence of Buckingham Palace in London
  •   Accommodations in Superior Tourist Class or First Class hotels
  •   20 Breakfasts and 13 Dinners in addition to any in-flight meals
  •   Tour Manager for the full European duration of the tour
  •   Land Transportation in Europe by deluxe, air-conditioned motor coach
  •   Image Tours Touroclopedia® trip preparation tips
  •   Trip Documents with luggage tags, final details and travel guidance

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NH Hotel Capelle

Capelle a/d Ijssel, The Netherlands
  • hairdryer
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  • satellite TV
  • mini-bar
  • in room safe
  • free WIFI
  • elevator
  • restaurant
  • bar

Van der Valk Nieuwerkerk

Nieuwerkerk, The Netherlands
  • hairdryer
  • air conditioning
  • TV
  • free WIFI
  • elevator
  • restaurant
  • bar
  • fitness room
  • sauna

Novotel Maastricht

Maastricht, The Netherlands
  • hairdryer
  • air conditioning
  • satalite/cable TV
  • in-room safe
  • mini-bar
  • free WIFI
  • elevator
  • restaurant
  • bar
  • heated outdoor pool
  • free shuttle into the city center

Hotel Scheid

Schriesheim, Germany
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  • satellite TV
  • free WIFI
  • restaurant
  • bistro
  • beer-garden
  • nature paths

Parkhotel Schmid

Adelsried, Germany
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  • satellite TV
  • mini-bar
  • free WIFI
  • elevator
  • restaurant
  • bar
  • beer-garden
  • indoor pool
  • sauna
  • fitness room

Seminaris Hotel Nuremberg

Nuremberg, Germany
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  • in-room safe
  • free WIFI
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  • restaurant
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  • fitness center

Hotel Purner

Thaur, Austria
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  • free WIFI
  • in-room safe
  • elevator
  • restaurant
  • sauna

Montresor Hotel Tower

Bussolengo, Italy
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  • in room safe
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  • Elevator
  • restaurant
  • fitness center
  • spa treatments
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  • satellite TV
  • mini-bar
  • free WIFI
  • restaurant
  • bar
  • bank
  • boutique
  • fitness center
  • sauna
  • outdoor swimming pool
  • safety deposit box at reception

Hotel Da Vinci

Montecatini-Terme, Italy
  • hairdryer
  • air conditioning
  • satellite TV
  • mini bar
  • in-room safe
  • free WIFI
  • elevator
  • restaurant
  • bar
  • outdoor swimming pool

Hotel Boston

Montecatini Terme, Italy
  • hairdryer
  • air conditioning
  • satellite TV
  • mini bar
  • in-room safe
  • free WIFI
  • elevator
  • restaurant
  • bar
  • fitness room

Hotel Schweizerhof

Engelberg, Switzerland
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  • TV
  • mini-bar
  • in-room safe
  • free WIFI
  • elevator
  • restaurant
  • bar
  • fitness center
  • sauna

Hotel Crystal

Engelberg, Switzerland
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  • TV
  • mini-bar
  • free WIFI
  • Elevator
  • restaurant
  • bar
  • sauna
  • terrace

Hotel Eierhals Royal

Oberägeri, Switzerland
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Ibis Beaune Centre

Beaune, France
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  • outdoor pool
  • safety deposit box at reception

Hotel Henry II Beaune

Beaune, France
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  • bar
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  • air conditioning
  • satellite TV
  • free WIFI
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  • bar
  • lounge
  • internet center
  • safety deposit box at reception

Hilton London Kensington

London, England
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  • air conditioning
  • TV
  • free WIFI
  • mini-bar
  • in-room safe
  • elevator
  • restaurant
  • bar
  • fitness center
  • sauna
  • steam bath

BAVARIAN PALACE

8; 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. $65.00

Travel via the majestic Seefeld Pass to Linderhof, in Germany. Here, you will visit the French rococo palace built by King Ludwig II, including a guided tour of the ornate interior. You will also have time to walk through the extravagant gardens and photograph the lavish fountains. Before returning to Austria, stop for an independent lunch in one of the quaint Bavarian villages near the palace. (Maximum elevation 4,000 feet).

TYROLEAN SHOW & DINNER

8.5; 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. $65.00

Begin the evening with a customary Austrian dinner of Wiener Schnitzel (made from pork), authentically followed by Apple Strudel, and including your choice of beer, wine or soft drink. Then, transfer to Innsbruck where the Gundolf Family welcomes you for an entertaining performance of traditional Tyrolean songs, unique dances, amusing instruments and expert yodeling.

VENICE DINNER

10; 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. $50.00

At the end of your day in Venice, join your tour manager for dinner at Al Giardinetto Restaurant with its beautiful vine-clad courtyard and relaxing atmosphere. The dinner includes a glass of wine, local specialties, and dessert.

VATICAN MUSEUMS & SISTINE CHAPEL

12; 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. $85.00

Enter the Vatican City, a 110 acre sovereign city-state within the city of Rome. A local guide will provide commentary as you tour the Vatican Museums, which house some of the most renowned masterpieces of Renaissance art. One of the highlights is the Sistine Chapel featuring Michelangelo’s frescoed ceiling and “The Last Judgment.” Your visit also includes St. Peter's Basilica, where you will find Michelangelo's “Pieta.”

COLOSSEUM

13; 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. $85.00

A guided tour of the Colosseum interior provides insight into the intriguing events and structural mysteries of this famous landmark. Dating from 80 A.D., this is one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and engineering.

SWISS MOUNTAIN

16; 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. $70.00

Reach the summit of Mt. Stanserhorn (elevation 6,232 feet) by cogwheel train and the world’s only open-top cable car. At the top of the mountain, enjoy the panoramic views from the terrace restaurant, take a walk along the paths, and snap pictures of the magnificent alpine vistas. This excursion is subject to favorable weather and cable car operation, and may be rescheduled or cancelled. In some cases, another mountain may be substituted.

SWISS LAKE BOAT RIDE

16.5; 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. $45.00

Board a steamer for a scenic ride on Lake Lucerne. The lake borders four cantons (states) of Switzerland and, for this reason, is also known as Vierwaldstättersee (Lake of the Four Forest Cantons). Your cruise will provide splendid views of the surroundings, comprised of mountain cliffs rising up to 5,000 feet and gorgeous lakeside resort homes.

PARIS EVENING

18; 7:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. $75.00

Your French cuisine experience at a true Paris bistro is accompanied by roving musicians. Dinner includes wine or another beverage and features a tantalizing choice of French dishes. Your return motor coach ride will provide memorable impressions of one of the world’s most celebrated cities.

SEINE RIVER CRUISE

19; 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. $25.00

Glide along the Seine River by boat while viewing the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Notre Dame Cathedral and several other famous sights in Paris. This excursion provides excellent photo opportunities.

PARIS DINNER & CABARET SHOW

19.5; 6:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. $175.00

La Nouvelle Eve nightclub, in the Montmartre district, will serve an elaborate champagne dinner. True to the infamous Paris revues, dinner is followed by a spectacular show of dancing and singing by performers in beautiful and risqué costumes (partial nudity). The dress code is casually elegant (no shorts, jeans, or tennis shoes).

TOWER OF LONDON

21; 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. $65.00

An official Blue Badge guide will accompany you through London’s most imposing fortress. Through its 1,000-year history, the tower has been the seat of British government, the living quarters of monarchs, the site of renowned political intrigue, and the repository of the Crown Jewels. During your visit, view the Crown Jewels and learn about some of the interesting past inhabitants of the tower, including notorious traitors and framed members of court. You will also see the iconic Beefeaters, members of the Sovereign Body Guard of the Yeoman Guard Extraordinary and the ceremonial guardians of the Tower of London.

LONDON DINNER & THEATRE

21.5; 5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. $145.00

Dine at one of London’s fine restaurants. Then, see a Broadway show in one of the distinctive theatres. Your Final Trip Documents will announce the specific show featured for your tour.

SOUTH HOLLAND EXTENSION

Tour Hotel Available before the Heart of Europe® Grand Tour. Consider booking a 2-night pre-tour extension at the tour hotel in the South Holland area providing you more time to explore the fascinating cities of Amsterdam, The Hague, Delft or Rotterdam. The train between Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and Rotterdam takes about 30 minutes and costs approximately $20 per person. In early May, you could also visit Keukenhof Gardens (Open March 23 - May 14 2023). A ticket including entrance to Keukenhof Gardens and bus transportation round trip between Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and Keukenhof Gardens is available at the Amsterdam airport or can be pre-purchased online at www.Keukenhof.nl.

LONDON EXTENSION

Tour Hotel Available after the Heart of Europe® Grand Tour. Do you need more time in London? Or would you like to see a little more of Britain by visiting some of the easy-to-reach attractions outside of London? Image Tours can request an extended stay at the tour hotel. The local buses, 'Underground', and rail system are an easy and inexpensive means to travel in and outside of London. A taxi to the airport at the end of your stay can be booked through your hotel and will cost approximately £90 ($120) for two people. Hotel taxes and daily breakfasts are included.