TRAVEL TIME
15-Day Heart of Europe® Circle Tour

Below is a brief summary of the itinerary. For a full description, see "Itinerary". The hours in parentheses ( ) indicate time on the motor coach between stops.

DAY 1 - Overnight flight to Europe.

DAY 2 - Arrival at Frankfurt Airport. Meet your tour manager and transfer (1¼ hr) to your hotel in Schriesheim, near Heidelberg. In the afternoon, visit the old town of Heidelberg (½ hr each way). Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner. (Dinner)

DAY 3 - Scenic travel (2½ hrs) to the beautifully-preserved, medieval, walled town of Rothenburg. After a generous visit in Rothenburg, follow the Romantic Road (1¼ hr) to one of the charming, old-world villages. Continue to Adelsried (1¼ hr) for overnight. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 4 - Motor (1½ hr) to the Bavarian capital of Munich for sightseeing and free time. Continue (2 hrs) across the German-Austrian border to the Tyrolean Village where you will spend the next two nights. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 5 - Free day to relax, hike or explore on your own among the Tyrolean Alps. Or, join the optional, full-day Salzburg & Dinner excursion (1¾ hr). On the return from the excursion (1¼ hr) you will stop in an alpine village restaurant for a traditional Austrian meal before returning (¾ hr) to your Tyrolean Village (2 hr). (Breakfast)

DAY 6 - Travel (1¼ hr) to the Imperial City of Innsbruck. Following independent sightseeing, cross the spectacular Europa Brücke (Bridge) through the Dolomite Mountains (2 hrs). Make a rest stop in the mountains before descending (2 hrs) to subtropical Lake Garda. Continue to legendary Verona (1¼ hr) of Romeo & Juliet fame. After an independent dinner, transfer (¼ hr) to your Verona hotel. (Breakfast)

DAY 7 - Spend a leisurely day in Verona or on beautiful Lake Garda. Or, join the full day optional excursion to Venice (2-hr transfer each way). Spend the night in Verona. (Breakfast)

DAY 8 - Travel through northern Italy (1½ hrs). After a border stop, cross into Switzerland (1¼ hr). Check out Lake Lugano, the "Rio of the Old Continent." Motor through the St. Gotthard Tunnel or Pass (2 hrs) with a short stop. Then, continue (1 hr) to your hotel in the Swiss Alps for a two-night stay. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 9 - Short ride (½ hr) to the mountain resort of Stans this morning, with the opportunity to take an optional Swiss Mountain funicular ride. On to Lucerne (½ hr) for afternoon sightseeing and the optional Swiss Lake Boat Ride excursion. Return (½ hr) to your hotel in the Swiss Alps. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 10 - On to Basel (1½ hr), at the conjunction of Switzerland, Germany and France. Cross the border into the Alsace Region of France (1½ hrs). Stop for lunch in Besançon (1½ hr) in the Burgundy wine region. Proceed to Troyes (2 hrs) for dinner and overnight. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 11 - Troyes to morning stop outside Paris (1½ hr). On to Paris (½ hr), arriving in the city center at approximately 11 am. The remainder of the day is yours to explore Paris, with opportunities for two optional excursions, namely Seine River Cruise and Paris Evening. Between afternoon sightseeing and individual evening activities, your tour manager will schedule a transfer (¾ hr) to the hotel.(Breakfast)

DAY 12 - Head North to Belgium (2 hrs). After the customary mid-morning break, continue to Antwerp (2 hrs), capital of the Belgian Region called "Flanders". In the afternoon, motor across the Dutch border (2½ hrs) to your Holland hotel for a two-night stay. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 13 - Day of leisure to explore Holland. Or, join the optional Grand Holland with Dinner excursion beginning with a drive through Holland's countryside (1¼ hr) and a stop at a picturesque Dutch village. Continue to Amsterdam (¾ hr) for free time and a boat ride through the canals. Return (1¼ hr) to your Holland hotel. (Breakfast)

DAY 14 - Travel across the German border (2¼ hrs). Take a break, before continuing through the Rhine River Valley (2½ hrs) to Boppard. Board a steamer for an upstream Rhine Cruise on the legendary river. After disembarkation, proceed to the Rhine wine village of Ruedesheim (¾ hr). (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 15 - Transfer (1 hr) to the Frankfurt Airport for the daytime flight back to U.S.A. (Breakfast)