Optional Excursions

Our tours are carefully planned to offer a comfortable balance of sightseeing, entertainment, and leisure time. Optional Excursions provide the flexibility to choose between leisure time or additional sightseeing activities. The optional excursions we offer are listed alphabetically below, along with approximate prices and times. Detailed descriptions and current pricing of the specific excursions for your tour will be included with your Trip Documents Packet.

• Unless otherwise noted, optional excursions must be booked with and paid to your tour manager in Europe.

• Prices are in U.S. Dollars. VISA®, MASTERCARD®, or DISCOVER® (no other credit cards are accepted) are recommended to avoid carrying excessive cash and exchange rate fluctuations. You must be able to present the actual card to your tour manager. If you bring a DISCOVER® card, also bring a VISA® or MASTERCARD® as DISCOVER® is not widely accepted in Europe.

• Cash payments during the tour must be in Euros.

• Personal checks and traveler’s checks are not accepted.

• The operation of all excursions is subject to sufficient participation, and some excursions are subject to favorable weather conditions. Your tour manager reserves the right to make changes to or cancel these excursions at his/her sole discretion.


11:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
from Rotterdam, US $80

Travel across the bridges, dikes and islands of Zeeland. This southwest province of the Netherlands is protected from the sea by an engineering feat known as the Delta Works which were constructed after the terrible North Sea Flood of 1953. Stop at the Oosterschelde Storm Surge Barrier for a closer look at the construction and an in-depth explanation of the Delta Works. During an included lunch, try a Dutch croquette.


11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
from Alpine Village, US $65

Visit Hitler’s former hideaway, known as the Eagle’s Nest. Departing from Berchtesgaden, Germany, a mountain bus takes you on a breathtaking drive up a steep, winding road. An elevator, built into the mountain, brings you to the top from where you will have panoramic views over Austria and Germany. Operation of this excursion is subject to favorable weather conditions. In the case of halted bus operation, we will substitute a visit to the Obersalzburg Documentation Center.

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
from Alpine Village, US $120

Transfer to Salzburg where a local guide will accompany you on an informative walking tour through Mirabell Gardens and the historic town center. You will have ample free time for lunch and to discover many more of Salzburg’s treasures. Before returning to your hotel, stop for a traditional Austrian dinner at an alpine village restaurant.

5:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
in Vienna, US $115 

Experience one of Vienna's historical treasures without the crowds, during a private after-hours tour of the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace. Afterwards, enjoy dinner at a nearby restaurant.



7:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
in Prague, US $70

The small castle of the Folklore Gardens has fashioned its dining hall into a lively medieval village atmosphere. Staff in traditional costumes serve Czech specialties while you are entertained with Czech history, song, dance, and folklore. You are invited to join the singing and dancing.