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Optional Excursions
Our tours are carefully planned to offer you a comfortable balance of sightseeing, entertainment, and leisure time. Experience shows, however, that many travelers like to use their free time to make one or more additional excursions. The optional excursions we offer are listed alphabetically on the following pages along with approximate prices and times, as well as the cities from which they are operated. Detailed descriptions of the specific excursions for your tour will also be sent with your Trip Documents Packet.

  • Optionals must be booked with and paid to your tour manager in Europe.

  • Prices are in American Dollars and are based on payment with VISA, MASTERCARD, or DISCOVER (no other credit cards are accepted). Visa, MasterCard and Discover are the recommended form of payment to avoid carrying excessive cash and exchange rate fluctuations. When paying by credit card, you must be able to present the actual card to your tour manager.


    Please Note: If you bring a DISCOVER card, be sure to also bring a VISA or MASTERCARD because, while Discover is accepted for optional excursion payments, it is not accepted for other payments in Europe. In those special circumstances where cash is the only available form of payment, the tour manager will provide a pricing chart based on the local currency. Cash payments during the tour must be in the local currency.

  • Please note that personal checks and traveler's checks are not accepted.

  • Prices featured below are subject to change. Current pricing will be provided with Final Documents.

  • Operation of all excursions is subject to sufficient participation, and some excursions are subject to favorable weather conditions. Your tour manager reserves the right to make changes to or cancel these excursions at his/her sole discretion.


    'BAVARIAN PALACE'
    8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    from Innsbruck area hotel, US $65


    The day begins with a visit to the French palace of Linderhof, including a walk through the gardens and a guided tour of the extravagant interior. Then, stop in the village of Oberammergau, site of the famous Passion Play, to admire the frescoed buildings. The highlight of your afternoon drive through scenic Bavaria will be a photo stop providing a perfect view of the famous Neuschwanstein Castle exterior (picture stop, not an interior visit). Return to your hotel via the majestic Fern Pass.


    'GRAND HOLLAND'
    8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    in Holland, US $50


    Drive through the lovely countryside and visit a picturesque Dutch village. You will spend the afternoon in Amsterdam, with its colorful, gabled canal houses and bridges. A panoramic city tour is followed by free time to visit one of the fine museums or the Anne Frank House. Your visit to Amsterdam concludes with a glass-top boat ride through the enchanting canals and harbor.


    'LONDON DINNER & THEATRE'
    5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
    in London, US $145


    Experience the dynamic London theatre scene beginning with a two-course, pre-show dinner at one of London's fine restaurants, and continuing with a major Broadway hit show in one of London's distinctive theatres. The specific show featured for your tour date will be announced in your final tour document information.


    'PARIS DINNER & CABARET SHOW'
    7:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
    in Paris, US $165


    If you've dreamed of indulging in the Parisian nightlife, this is your opportunity. Located in the Latin Quarter of Paris, 'Paradis Latin' nightclub will serve an elaborate dinner with wine and champagne. True to the infamous Paris revue show, dinner is followed by a colorful and spectacular show of dancing and singing by performers decked out in risqué and beautiful costumes. The dress code for this excursion is 'casually elegant' (no shorts, jeans, or tennis shoes).


    'PARIS EVENING'
    7:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
    in Paris, US $75


    Your French cuisine experience at a true Paris Bistro is accompanied by lively entertainment provided by roving musicians. Dinner includes wine or another beverage, and features a tantalizing choice of French dishes including Escargots, Quiche Lorraine, Duck l'Orange, an assortment of cheeses, and more. After dinner, your return motor coach ride will provide memorable impressions of one of the world's most celebrated cities.


    'ROME DINNER'
    6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    in Rome, US $60


    A meal of authentic Italian dishes is served at a traditional restaurant in the heart of Rome. Europeans, and especially Italians, take their time with the evening meal. Enjoy each course at a relaxed pace, with the emphasis on experiencing the flavor and texture of every dish. You will have a choice of entrees, and beverages are included. During dinner singers will entertain you with traditional Italian arias.


    'SEINE RIVER CRUISE'
    11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    in Paris, US $20


    Glide along the Seine River on a boat ride, while passing impressive landmarks such as Notre Dame, the Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower. This is the perfect way to see the major sights in Paris.


    'SWISS LAKE BOAT RIDE & DINNER'
    2:00 - 2:45 p.m. (Boat ride) & 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. (Dinner)
    from Swiss Lake Region hotel, US $95



    Board a steamer for a scenic cruise on Lake Lucerne, also known as 'Vierwaldstättersee' which literally means 'Lake of the Four Forest Cantons'. The lake's intricate shape borders four of the 26 'Cantons' or states of Switzerland. Much of the shoreline rises steeply into mountains up to 5000 feet above the lake. Following the cruise, enjoy a traditional Swiss dinner at a cozy family-owned restaurant including cheese fondue and lake fish of the region.


    'SWISS MOUNTAIN'
    9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    from Lucerne, US $70


    Reach the summit of Mount Stanserhorn (elevation 6,232 feet) by both cogwheel rail and cable car. At the top, enjoy the panorama on the terrace of the mountain top restaurant, take a walk along the paths, and capture the magnificent vistas on film. This excursion is subject to favorable weather and cable car operation, and may be rescheduled or cancelled; or another cable car location may be substituted.


    'TOWER OF LONDON'
    1:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    in London, US $65


    An official guide will accompany you through London's most imposing fortress. The original Tower of London was built by William the Conqueror almost 1000 years ago and through its long history 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 inhabitants of the tower including notorious traitors and framed members of court.


    'TYROLEAN SHOW & DINNER'
    7:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
    from Innsbruck area hotel, US $65


    Begin the evening with a traditional Austrian meal of Schnitzel and Apfelstrudel. 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. Get ready for an unforgettable evening filled with laughter and music.


    'VATICAN MUSEUMS & SISTINE CHAPEL'
    1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    in Rome, US $70


    Enter Vatican City, a 100 acre soverign city-state within the city of Rome. A local guide will provide commentary as you tour the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel, featuring Michelangelo's frescoed ceiling and 'the Last Judgement'. Your visit also includes St. Peter's Basilica, where you will find Michelangelo's 'Pieta'. St. Peter's has been a place of pilgrimage for centuries. Your tour through Vatican City will reveal many impressive treasures.


    'VENICE DINNER'
    5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    in Venice, US $45


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