June 2: New Orleans — Brussels, Belgium
- Bags packed and spirits high, we depart New Orleans for our overnight flight to Brussels, Belgium.
June 3-4: Brussels /Bruges, Belgium
- Europe recognizes the strategic location of Brussels by making it the capital of the new European community. It is also home to NATO and the Kingdom of Belgium. The heart of Brussels is the Grote Market with its gothic Town Hall and Baroque guild houses.
- Bruges was once the earliest and most popular trading center of northern Europe with a canal tying it to the North Sea, but when its water outlet silted in, its economic glory days were done. Bruges is one of Europe’s best preserved medieval cities, the cradle of Flemish art, and renowned for handmade lace and tapestries. Bruges’ canals cause many to call it the Venice of the North.
June 5, 6, 7: Paris, France
- Paris, the “City of Light,” is art, exquisite cuisine, and unequaled elegance in architecture, history, and romance. The Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysses, the Opera, Madeleine, and Monmarte are among the famous landmarks on our sightseeing tour. In addition, one can visit Notre Dame, Sacre Coeur, and Les Invalides to view Napoleon’s tomb. Have fun exploring Paris on your own. Visit the world famous Louvre and see the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo or you may want to venture outside of Paris to the Palace of Versailles with its Hall of Mirrors, Grand Trianon, and manicured gardens.
June 8: Beaune / Burgundy, France
- Departing Paris, we motor east to the heart of the Burgundy wine growing region, Beaune, with its treasures of art and architecture. Burgundy has produced rival claimants to the throne of France, religious reformers like the Clunies, Dijon mustard, and some of the best wine the world has known. We will get a chance to view Hotel Dieu, a striking example of the Flemish-Burgundian architecture and its dazzling multi-tiled roof and visit one of the many wine caves Burgundy has to offer.
June 9-10: Swiss Alps, Switzerland
- Alpine foothills soon appear on the horizon and grow ever taller as we continue our eastward route. Soon the grandeur of the Alps welcomes us to our Swiss destination. Our stay in Switzerland includes plenty of time for us to explore picturesque Alpine villages with wooden chalets surrounded by breathtaking scenery. See for yourself the spectacular view of the snow-capped Alps from the top of the Bernese Oberland. Yes, you will see snow in June!
June 11-12: Venice / Verona, Italy
- Across the fertile Valley of the Po, we coach to waterborne Venice. If there is a more romantic spot on earth, humankind has yet to find it. There is only one Venice–enchanted city of 117 islands, 150 canals, and 400 bridges in a crescent-shaped lagoon. We will see the gilded splendor of St. Mark’s and the Palace of the Doges, with time to enjoy the boutiques around the Square. We can explore the interior of St. Mark’s Basilica, rich with multicolored marbles and mosaics. You may want to take a romantic gondola ride under the Bridge of Sighs or pass “Golden House” palace on the Grand Canal.
- Verona, home of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, enclosed in its 16th century fortifications, stands on the banks of the Adige River, and boasts that its Roman amphitheater is the third largest in the Roman world after the coliseum in Rome.
June 13: Innsbruck, Austria
- Innsbruck has been the capital of the Tyrol area of Austria for eight centuries. Innsbruck, which literally means “bridge over the Inn,” was the site of the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics. A stroll down its arcaded covered streets and cobblestone passages present outstanding views of the surrounding snow-capped Alps. Among the impressive sights are the Golden Roof (2,657 gold-plated tiles), the Court Church with 28 larger-than-life bronze figures of history, and the Tyrolean Folk Museum with its fine examples of interior design, furniture, and costumes of early Austrian life. To visit is to recapture the memory of the scenery in The Sound of Music.
June 14-15: Munich / Nurnberg, Germany
- Bavaria, arguably the most beautiful area of Germany, has Munich as its capital. Munich, a magic word, is a city of art, culture, history, and joie de vivre, casting its spell over visitors, attracted by past Olympic Games, the annual Christmas market and Octoberfest. Guests meet in the city center, the Marienplatz, in front of the Gothic town hall with the largest Glockenspiel in Germany. A sausage and beer at the Hofbrauhaus, the world’s most famous beer hall, is a must.
- Nurnberg was the official residence of German kings and emperors for over 500 years. On our tour of Nurnberg, you will find yourself in a land of gingerbread, Albert Durer, a world famous Christmas fair, and half-timbered burghers’ houses. The Kaiserburg Castle looms above the city and numbered among its guests was the Holy Roman Emperor, Frederick Barbarossa. Visitors may also view the huge amphitheater built by Hitler for his massive rallies and the Justice Palace, site of the War Crimes Tribunal after World War II.
June 16: Frankfurt, Germany
- The romantic Rhine River invites us to cruise its legendary waters before we arrive in Frankfurt. Frankfurt was the city of the emperors of the Holy Roman Empire and is today the banking capital of Germany.
June 17: Frankfurt, Germany to New Orleans
- We transfer to the airport for our return flight to New Orleans, arriving that same day.