The Red Line tour kicks off from Paris for an exhilarating journey passing by the countryside of the Champagne region which is famous for sparkling white wine! It will be a perfect historical rendezvous in the provincial capital Reims, where you can explore the city’s cathedral, a national heritage site, amongst several other attractions. Moving on to Luxembourg, you will get to explore the historical marvels, Place de Constitution and Pont Adolphe. Remember the charm of Luxemburg is best experienced on foot!
Hotel: 3* in or outside Luxembourg City
Leaving Luxembourg behind we head towards Germany! We begin our exploration with the Historical Trier, also known as ‘The Second Rome’! We will be walking by the birthplace of Karl Marx, and you can view the picturesque house from outside which operates as the Karl Marx Haus museum.
The walking tour then moves to the central Trier where you can see the city’s striking cathedral, where the tunic of Christ is preserved and rarely displayed. Capture the picturesque moments on the backdrop of Porta Nigra, the best-preserved Roman city gate north of the Alps!
Next we will have an indulging lunch in Koblenz, alongside of the merging of the Rhine and Mosel Rivers. We can also choose to ride picturesque Rhine boat cruise for some memorable city scenery. Moving on, we will drive through the wine-making town of Rüdesheim, and stop by the 19th century Niederwald monument which is perched on a hill high above the town. We then head to Frankfurt, on the Main River, to explore Römerberg, an appealing plaza with a distinguishing medieval town hall as its centrepiece.
Hotel: 3* in or outside Frankfurt
Note: The Rhine boat cruise is only operational from 3rd April to 31st October.
We depart in the morning for a scenic drive north-west from Frankfurt to Bonn, the capital of the former West Germany before reunification. Bonn, a place from where the national government was once run, recollects a gorgeous history that is worth exploring.
Strolling on the picturesque streets, we can explore the Rococo fronted town hall and Ludwig Van Beethoven Haus, a museum depicting the life of the much-loved composer. Moving on to Cologne, we explore the city’s magnificent Gothic cathedral, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
You will have enough time to explore Cologne on foot and do some local shopping. After an appetising lunch we drive off to the Netherlands.
Hotel: 3* in or outside Amsterdam
Today begins with a scenic trip through the Dutch countryside, so that you can enjoy picturesque views of clogs, cheese and windmills, something that the Netherlands is traditionally famous for! Now it is time for the very popular model town, Zaanse Schans!*
We will then, head back to Amsterdam, a transition from a peaceful countryside to a cosmopolitan city! We will head for the diamond factory, where you will see the matchless diamond cutting techniques that have been practised here since the 16th century.
Next you can opt for an hour long canal cruise which is a great way to see the best venues of the city. We then walk towards the Dam Square, to the Royal Palace where the Queen’s birthday celebrations take place. Then the night is yours! You can choose to explore the scintillating night life of the city or check in to the hotel after a sumptuous dinner.
*From mid-March to mid-May the tour visits Keukenhof Garden, a 32 hectare seasonal exhibition of beautifully coloured and scented displays of spring flowers - most notably millions of tulips. This replaces the visit to Zaanse Schans.
Hotel: 3* in or outside Amsterdam
Departing from Amsterdam we will head south across the border into Brussels, the Belgian capital and political centre of the European Union. We will make a stop to see the unique Atomium monument, which is a cell-shaped structure of stainless steel spheres and tubes built in 1958!
Now it is time to see the impish Manneken Pis statue, an architectural marvel! Then we can enjoy some free time to explore the city on our own and shop to your heart’s content. Then we depart from Brussels driving south across the French border to reach the “City of Love” Paris!
Hotel: 3* in or outside Paris
We provide a spectacular start to your Paris trip with a drive along the famous Champs Élysées to the Place de la Concorde, which played a key role in the French Revolution. You’ll also get to see the iconic Arc de Triomphe that sits near the western end of the avenue and commemorates the fallen of the revolution and Napoleonic wars.
Next we head to L’Hôtel National des Invalides, which is the place of Napoleon’s tomb. Next comes the most awaited Paris icon, the Eiffel Tower! Scale to the tower top for matchless views over the city, and a truly outstanding experience. Alternatively, we can choose for a leisurely cruise along the river Seine, a great sightseeing option that offers views including Notre-Dame Cathedral and Pont Alexandre III.
We then leave the suburbs and drive to the Palace of Versailles, the vast regal château that was the residence of the royal family until the start of the revolution in 1789. In the evening, you can enjoy the optional Paris evening shows.
Hotel: 3* in or outside Paris
A visit to the Louvre, one of the world’s greatest art museums, marks the start of our second day in Paris. Here we’ll set our eyes upon some of history’s most famous masterpieces, including the Venus de Milo, Winged Victory of Samothrace (also called Nike of Samothrace), and Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.
For a more holistic & educational experience, we can opt for a guided gallery tour, which will allow us to browse through hundreds of works in just a few hours.
Now it is time for some refreshing lunch! We then head to the Palais Garnier, Paris’s opera house. The afternoon is at your disposal and you can choose to shop at the department stores: Galleries, Lafayette and Printemps and more.
If you only opted for the Red Line tour, your exhilarating journey ends here, for others it is another night in this amazing French city before they board the Green Line tour the next day.
Hotel: 3* in or outside Paris (optional)
Departure and Return Details
09:00 AM Paris Place d’Italie, 211 Boulevard Vincent Auriol, 75013 -McDonalds Restaurant (Redline-Saturday)