Essential Europe for New Grads – Flying Longhorns

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International Travel Experience – The First Step to Becoming a Global Citizen! Next to a good education, one of the best investments in your future is the knowledge gained from International travel. Build on your college successes and continue to learn about the world with an incredible voyage through England, France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Vatican City and Greece.

Experience first-hand the unique culture, history, art and architecture each country has to offer. Europe, in all its splendor awaits you! See Big Ben and the Tower of London, the Change of Guards at Buckingham Palace and walk across Abbey Road.  Take in the spectacular panoramic view of Paris from the Basilica of Sacre-Coeur, Ride bicycles through fishing villages in the pristine Dutch countryside and cruise the canals of Amsterdam. The unforgettable art and architecture of Italy is sure to impress you. Participate in a Venetian glassblowing workshop and see the breathtaking Sistine Chapel. Along the way, sample the culinary delicacies of England, France, Germany, Italy, and Greece. Relax for three days living like a Greek god or goddess on the Isle of Poros with its sandy beaches and aquamarine waters. This grand tour ends in Athens where the Acropolis is one of the world’s most stunning ancient ruins. Let the adventure begin!


DAY 1 –
Depart the U.S. on May 26 arrive into London on May 27 – TRAVEL TO LONDON The Essential Europe begins with an overnight flight to “ Merry Old England.” Meals: In-flight

DAY 2  LONDON Enjoy a free afternoon to relax and unwind. In the evening we’  ll have our welcome orientation followed by a fun London pub crawl. Meals: In-flight

DAY 3  LONDON Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and Piccadilly Circus: These familiar names become familiar places on our morning tour of London. During an afternoon at leisure, browse the many food, craft and clothing stalls at popular Camden Market, walk in the footsteps of Harry Potter at Leadenhall Market – aka Diagon Alley or take a ride on the London Eye for a birds-eye view of the city and the opportunity to take great photographs. After dusk, consider taking in some Shakespeare at the Globe Theater by the Thames River or attending a West End show. Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4  LONDON * ENGLISH  CHANNEL * PARIS Travel to southeast England today and board our ship to the continent. Motor through northern France and arrive in Paris, “ City of Lights.” We’  ll dine together at our French bistro dinner, and then enjoy a romantic Seine River cruise. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5  PARIS France has been a world center of the perfume industry since Louis XV’s court at Versailles was known as “le cour parfumée.” Join us this morning for a visit to the Fragonard’  s Perfume Museum, located in a 19th century mansion from the era of Napoleon III and learn about the art of perfume manufacturing from ancient times. Afterwards we continue with a tour of Paris, see the hunchback “ Quasimodo’  s”  Notre Dame Cathedral, Place de la Concorde, where the guillotine once stood, and the Eiffel Tower’  s steel lacework. Free time in the afternoon – visit Left Bank bookstalls, or shop the chic boutiques of Paris. Consider joining our optional can-can cabaret show tonight. Meals: Breakfast Optional activity: French cabaret show 2018

DAY 6  PARIS This morning we visit the Palace of Versailles, well known as France’  s famed Sun King, Louis XIV’  s, residence. Our museum pass gives us access to the Hall of Mirrors, the King’  s Grand Chambers and more. Marvel at the sheer size of the palace, one of the most beautiful castles in the world with an astonishing 700 rooms. The afternoon is free to explore the ‘  City of Lights.’   Have a portrait done by Place du Tertre artists or sample sinful French pastries.  The free evening is perfect for watching the world go by from a sidewalk café on the  Champs Elysées.  Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7 PARIS * BRUSSELS *  AMSTERDAM  Motor to Belgium and Brussels, and see the Grand’   Place, a perfect medieval square, and the statue of naughty Mennekin-Pis. Continue to Amsterdam and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8  DUTCH  COUNTRYSIDE Go biking through 13th-century Dutch fishing villages along the Ijssel Lake beaches today, watch wooden shoes being carved and sample Edam cheese at a cheese farm. Free time this afternoon in Amsterdam to tour the Van Gogh or Rijksmuseum, or visit Anne Frank’  s house. This evening we invite you to a scrumptious Dutch-Indonesian rice table dinner, a specialty in Holland as Indonesia was once a Dutch colony. Afterwards we admire the Netherland’  s capital gliding through some of the 165 romantic canals aboard a glass-topped canal boat. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9 COLOGNE * RHINE RIVER CRUISE * HEIDELBERG Cross the German border into Cologne, famous for the world’  s largest gothic cathedral. Embark on a cruise along the fabled Rhine River, passing steeply sloped vineyards, ancient castles, and the legendary Lorelei Rock. Continue to Heidelberg, the “ City of the Student Prince”  and climb to the ruins of the Castle of the Palatine Elector for a bird’  s-eye view of the city and the Neckar River. Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10 HEIDELBERG * ROTHENBURG * MUNICHGermany’  s Romantic Road takes us to Rothenburg ob der Tauber. This medieval city is celebrated not only for its well-preserved gothic and baroque buildings and walls, but also for its unspoiled picturesque setting. Enjoy lunch at a local Gasthaus before continuing our journey to the fun-filled Oktoberfest city of Munich. Free evening to check out the oompah-pah bands at the famous Hofbräuhaus. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11 MUNICH This morning we visit Dachau, the Nazi Concentration Camp Memorial site. It was established in 1965, twenty years after it was liberated by American forces. During afternoon free time, consider visiting the BMW museum, seeing the Glockenspiel Chimes at the market square, the 1972 Olympic Village or shopping for Bavarian beer steins and lederhosen on Maximilianstrasse.  Consider an optional excursion to the Dachau concentration camp  this afternoon. Tonight, we’  ll dine on authentic Bavarian fare. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12 MUNICH * BERCHTESGADEN SALT MINES * SALZBURG * ALPINE CENTER This morning, we continue to Berchtesgaden. Dressed in miner’  s clothing, enjoy a ride on a funicular and down slides through the salt mine. Our next stop is Salzburg, Mozart’  s birthplace and site where the classic movie, “ Sound of Music”  was filmed. Explore the narrow streets lined with colorful wrought iron signs and shops before we continue our journey to Europe’  s largest alpine sports region. Be our pampered guest for two nights of fitness and fun while nestled in the snow-capped Austrian mountains at our Alpine Center. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13   ALPINE CENTER All day today is at our leisure; go for a hike in the Alps or join the fun and excitement of whitewater rafting. A hearty Austrian dinner awaits after all that activity. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Optional activity: Whitewater rafting

DAY 14   AUSTRIAN LAKE DISTRICT * VENICE The picturesque landscape of the Austrian Lake District brings us to sunny Italy’  s Venice—“ Sinking City in the Sea.”  We cruise to Murano Island, Venice’  s glassmaking center since the 13th century where we visit a workshop and watch famous Venetian glass being made. Back in Venice, we walk along the narrow maze of back streets and bridges that take us to St. Mark’  s Square with the Campanile, Doge’  s Palace and flocks of friendly pigeons. Consider a romantic gondola ride this evening gliding through the intricate maze of canals beneath arched bridges passing 12th and 18th-century marble palaces. Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15   VENICE * FLORENCE Through the fertile Po Valley we approach Florence, Golden City of the Renaissance and birthplace of Michelangelo. Our Florence art tour includes the Gates of Paradise, the marble Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral and Giotto’  s bell tower, then there’  s free time for shopping and museums. Get ready for an optional dinner of pure Italian delights at“ Il Latini”  restaurant tonight. Meals: Breakfast Optional activity: Tuscan feast

DAY 16   FLORENCE A free day to explore the Uffizi Gallery and see the collections of Giotto, Botticelli, Raphael and da Vinci. The Galleria dell’  Accademia houses several sculptures by Michelangelo including his famous David. Enjoy our dinner of traditional Florentine fare. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Optional activity: Chianti excursion

DAY 17   FLORENCE * ROME Travel past Chianti vineyards along the Highway of the Sun to the Eternal City of Rome. After check in we have time to relax or explore baroque Rome: Stop to toss three coins in the Trevi Fountain, to ensure your return to Rome, see the Pantheon and sample the famous “ gelati”  ice cream at Piazza Navona. Meals: Breakfast

DAY 18   ROME * VATICAN CITY  This morning we explore Capitol Hill with the most spectacular view of Caesar’  s Roman Forum, center of political and social activity, with ancient ruins dating from the 8th century BC. Also see Nero’  s Circus Maximus where chariot races were held. A trip across the Tiber River takes us to Vatican City – the world’  s smallest state. Visit St. Peter’  s Basilica housing Michelangelo’  s magnificent “ Pieta.”  During afternoon free time, use the Roma Pass to visit the Colosseum, where gladiators fought to the death. Our dinner tonight is a mouth-watering pasta party complete with Italian specialties. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 19 ROME * TRAVEL HOME – or continue on to POMPEII * OVERNIGHT SHIP TO GREECE For some of us the celebratory tour of Europe ends in Rome this morning. Bid farewell to friends and “ arrivederci”  to Italy before jetting back home with memories to last a lifetime. For the rest of us: motor through sunny olive groves lining the way south to Pompeii, the city buried in 79 A.D. by 20 feet of ash and lava after Mt. Vesuvius’  volcanic eruption. We’  ll walk the excavated streets still bearing marks of chariot wheels. Afterwards we cross the Italian “ boot”  and board our overnight ship to Greece. Meals: Breakfast

DAY 20, 21, 22 GREEK ISLAND CENTER After cruising through aquamarine waters, our ship docks at Patras. Motor along the Corinthian Sea coastline, across the Peloponnese peninsula to Galatas and the island of Poros. Relax with three days of living like a Greek god or goddess – swim, sunbathe, or take part in optional activities such as waterskiing, wakeboarding, parasailing, banana-boating or tubing.  We invite everyone to our Toga Party on the last night. Meals: Breakfast and Dinner daily Optional activity: Excursion to the Isle of Hydra thoughts of planning the next European Adventure!

Meals: Breakfast, In-flight