Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute on Venice canal in Italy

Introduction to Europe Tour: Netherlands, Germany, Italy, and France

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Customizable Itinerary

This is a sample itinerary to inspire a personalized trip designed with your travel specialist

Countries Visited

Austria, France, Germany, Italy...

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Places Visited

Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Black Forest, Rhine Falls...

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Suggested Duration

17 Days

When you look back on your introduction to Europe tour, you will take out photos filled with panoramic views, sensational monuments, and energetic smiles. You see yourself standing in a verdant field beneath a looming alpine summit. The Spanish Steps in Rome glow with marble elegance. Eltz Castle peeks out of the encompassing forest with storybook character. Your custom tailored tour creates a collage of Europe, where you discover the majesty of landscapes and cityscapes connecting various countries...

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Trip Highlights

  • Discover the indelible charm of Paris on a guided tour taking you to the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and along the lively Champs-Elysées
  • Travel through Amsterdam on a canal tour and enjoy a panorama of charming waterside streets and historic mansions
  • Wander the cobbled streets of medieval seaside towns on the French Riviera
  • Explore historic German cultural villages in the Black Forest, home to many Brothers Grimm stories
  • Discover the breathtaking art and history preserved in the Vatican Museum
  • Take in the wondrous antiquity turning Rome into an open-air museum
  • Wander through the Renaissance city of Florence, home to artists like Michelangelo and poets like Dante Alighieri
  • Wander the charming streets of Venice on a guided tour to witness the powerful history and architecture of the Adriatic stronghold

Detailed Description

A collage is textured with different material, from photographs to paper cutouts, collecting fabrics to create a textured work of art. Your 17-day introduction to Europe tour uncovers diverse cultures, famous artistry, magnificent architecture, and pristine scenery to provide you with a one-of-a-kind experience. You will travel through seven distinct countries to make your personal European collage.

Begin your journey in Amsterdam. A private transfer takes you from the airport to your centrally located hotel situated alongside the graceful canals. Your first day is spent on a fabulous cruise, meandering alongside mansions and gabled facades, followed by a visit to a diamond center.

Leave Holland behind for the emerald landscape of Germany, taking in an elegant Rhine River cruise en route to Heidelberg. Spend time among the red walls of the city before arriving in Karlsruhe. Travel through the dense trees of the Black Forest, home to charming villages and historic resort spas. Visit Rhine Falls, the largest waterfall in Europe, and arrive in Lucerne, Switzerland. Explore Lucerne on a guided tour to see the Lion Monument and captivating Old Town. After your tour, make your way through the Swiss Alps to Liechtenstein and continue into the stunning city of Innsbruck, Austria, where you discover the quaint streets and elaborate artistry patroned by the imperial crown.

Once through Brenner Pass, you arrive in Venice, Italy where you follow your guide through the tremendous Byzantine architecture of St. Mark’s Cathedral and the Venetian styling of St. Mark’s Square. Enjoy a scenic drive to Rome, passing through the regions of Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany. The Eternal City contains lavish history spanning thousands of years.  You will visit St. Peter’s Square, Vatican Museum, Colosseum, and the Roman Forum. Travel northbound to Tuscany and wander the sensational Renaissance streets of Florence. Then make your way to the once regional and naval powerhouse of Pisa to witness the Piazza Dei Miracoli.

Then, make your way to the French Riviera to find the enchanting medieval town of Éze, and the chic neighborhoods of Nice. Indulge in the sun and seaside of the French Riviera with a half day tour of St. Paul de Vence, made famous for its bright hues and rich panoramas. Arrive in Paris and spend the afternoon discovering the city’s endless magnetism. A full day tour will guide you to the essential monuments around the city including the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe.

On your last day, a private transfer meets you at your hotel and takes you to the airport for your flight home. You will have experienced the majesty of Europe and remembered each day for your unforgettable collage.

For additional itinerary options, please visit the Europe tours section on Zicasso.

Starting Price

$5,265 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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