See the best of France and Germany on this amazing 4-day bus tour of Europe!
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Our tour leaves Paris for a pleasant picturesque trip through the Champagne region's rolling landscape, renowned all over the globe for the sparkling white wine generated here. Enjoy seeing the historic attractions of the provincial capital Reims, including the city's cathedral–a main domestic heritage site, where from the 11th century onwards coronations of French kings took place.
In your next place, history and tradition are equally obvious: Luxembourg, the only surviving Grand Duchy in the world. After arriving in sophisticated Luxembourg City, the primary places of concern, including the Place de Constitution and Pont Adolphe, will be brought to you on foot before you have time for further exploration on your own.
We are leaving Luxembourg today and heading to Germany across another European frontier. The first stop is historic Trier, the oldest city in Germany and Karl Marx's birthplace. From the outside you will have the opportunity to see the house where the influential philosopher was born, now functioning as the Karl Marx Haus museum.
Here you can look around the impressive cathedral of the city, where the famous Holy Robe –said to be Christ's coat –is maintained and sometimes displayed. Trier is also known as' The Second Rome' (Constantine served here as a ten-year administrator), and the once-great empire's important legacies stay today. There is no doubt that the highlight is Porta Nigra, the best-preserved Roman city gate north of the Alps, which you can see and photograph.
You'll drive on to Koblenz after an interesting morning in Trier, renowned as the Rhine and Mosel confluence place. Here you can enjoy a relaxing dinner by the water, and then you can also choose to add some memorable town views on a picturesque Rhine boat tour. You'll drive back on dry soil through Rüdesheim's wine-making town. Then you will come to Frankfurt am Main, where you will find Römerberg's delights, a charming square with a unique medieval town hall as its centerpiece.
The morning starts with a leisurely drive from Frankfurt to Bonn, the former West Germany's capital, until reunification. Berlin now runs the domestic government, but Bonn maintains a wealthy history worth exploring. Discover the secrets of the city wandering through its streets on an orientation, wandering past highlights like the Rococo-front town hall and Ludwig Van Beethoven Haus, a museum celebrating the life of the much-loved composer.
Then it's on to Cologne, where you go to the magnificent Gothic Cathedral of the city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The remainder of the evening is yours to further explore Cologne, do a local shopping place or just relax with a refreshing German brew.
The day is completed with a drive to the Netherlands after dinner.
We will visit all the main attractions in Dam Square after breakfast at the hotel, including the Royal Palace and the National Monument. You'll have the choice to hop across the storied canals on a glass-topped ship for an hour-long cruise. Then we will visit Coster Diamond Factory to see how diamonds are cut and ready for the market using methods in use since the 16th century. Zaanse Schans, Holland's windmill capital, will be our first stop in the afternoon. There we will visit the Workshop & Museum of Wooden Shoe and the Cheese Farm to see how clogs and cheese are produced.