THE TOUR DAY BY DAY
DAY 1 Malmö–Berlin
We will start the tour with a short meeting in Malmö before we board our coach and leave Sweden. The Öresund bridge will take us into Denmark and we will continue to head south to Gedser. From Gedser we will take the ferry to Rostock in Germany and head on towards the capital Berlin. We will reach our hotel around 5.00 p.m. (420 km)
DAY 2 Berlin
Today a sightseeing tour of Berlin awaits us. The bus will take us along Unter den Linden Boulevard and we will pass several famous buildings such as the Staatsoper and the Berliner Dom. During the sightseeing we will look at the remaining parts of “Die Mauer”, the wall that divided the city during the Cold War. The most famous part is East Side Gallery – 105 paintings on the wall, by artists from all over the world. We will also visit the Stasi museum and in the afternoon you will have time to explore the city on your own. We will end the day with a typical German dinner.
DAY 3 Berlin–Cracow
We will leave Berlin in the morning and continue our journey to Cracow, the beautiful city in the south of Poland. Somewhere along the road we will stop for lunch and late in the afternoon we can check in at our hotel in the city that once was the royal capital of Poland. Nowadays Cracow is a vibrant city called the heart and soul of Poland. In the evening a fine Jewish dinner and nice music awaits us. (600 km)
DAY 4 Cracow
Best way to explore Cracow is on foot. Together we will take a walk through the alleys where the movie ”Schindler’s list” was filmed and of course we will take a look at the St Mary’s Basilika and the Cloth Hall. After lunch we will visit Auschwitz, a former concentration camp where several million people were murdered during the World War II. The people were forcibly evacuated from their hometowns by the Nazis and were transported from all over Nazioccupied Europe by rail, arriving at Auschwitz-Birkenau in daily convoys. We will walk among the barracks and listen to stories about the terrible things that happened here. This visit will be a really touching experience.
DAY 5 Cracow– Bratislava
Now it is time for Slovakia and the capital Bratislava. The city is not very well known among tourists from abroad, so during our tour through Europe, we will discover what a treasure the city really is – before everyone else does! Our tour guide will take us to see the narrowest house in Europe, a three storeys structure which is 130 cm wide. Tonight we will try the Slovakian kitchen in a popular restaurant in the city centre. (450 km)
DAY 6 Bratislava–Zell am See
We will check out from our hotel after breakfast and continue our journey. Almost right away we will cross the border to Austria, and a few hours later we will reach the well-known tourist resort Zell am See. Here up in the Alps we will spend a couple of nights. (460 km)
DAY 7 Zell am See
Zell am See offers something for all tastes. In winter, it is a skiers’ paradise and a paradise for activities such as paragliding, windsurfing, hiking, tennis and golf in the summer. The resort is beautifully situated between lake Zeller, one of the cleanest lakes in Europe, and the mountains where Schmittenhöhe is the highest peak (2 000 m). The mountains around Zell am See are perfect for trekking and our experienced guide will take us on an amazing day hike in the beautiful Austrian countryside.
DAY 8 Zell am See–Ljubljana–Lido di Jesolo
It is time to move on! In the morning we will be traveling through a typical Austrian mountain landscape and on our way from Austria to Italy, we will take a turn to Slovenia and the capital Ljubljana. Even though Ljubljana is classified as a mid-sized European city, it has preserved its small-town friendliness and relaxed atmosphere. After crossing the Italian border, the surroundings will change and the north Italian plain will welcome us. In the evening the famous seaside resort of Lido di Jesolo will welcome us with its long, sandy beach, restaurants and cafes. (505 km)
DAY 9 Venice
Close to Lido di Jesolo you will find one of the most unique places in Europe, the sinking city of Venice. We will cross the lagoon by vaporetto (waterbus) and get off not far from the Piazza San Marco. Our tour guide will show us the most important sights such as the Palazzo Ducale with the famous Bridge of Sighs and the Basilica di San Marco. Like most tourists we will go on a gondola ride, a very romantic and convenient way of discovering the city. The narrow lanes among the canals don’t allow cars or bicycles. You can spend your free time in the exclusive shops or stop by Harry’s Bar, where Ernest Hemingway used to hang out. When the sun sets over the Adriatic Sea the herds of tourists will disappear and calm will settle over the streets and lanes. We will go back to Lido di Jesolo and spend the night there.
DAY 10 Lido di Jesolo–Chambéry
It is time to go west again, this time heading for France. We will leave Lido di Jesolo behind and travel through the Lombardy and Piedmont provinces of northern Italy. We will arrive at our hotel in the evening. (640 km)
DAY 11 Chambéry–Paris
We will check out from our hotel early in the morning and continue our journey until we reach Paris – the city of lights – late in the afternoon. (570 km)
DAY 12 Paris
Today we will explore the French capital, a city rich in museums, art galleries and monuments. Our tour guide will take us on an exciting tour through Paris. The most famous landmark is probably the Eiffel Tower, designed for the Universal Exhibition of 1889. The Champs-Elysées, Paris most well-known thoroughfare, connects the Place de la Concorde with the Place Charles de Gaulle. It has been the ”triumphal way” ever since the homecoming of Napoleon’s body from St Helena in 1840 and is an ideal place to stop for a snack while observing the Parisian way of life. Paris is one of the fashion capitals of the world with something for everyone. Go window-shopping at the great couturiers or visit the Mecca for bargain hunters; the two large flea markets Porte de Vanves and Porte de Saint-Ouen. In the evenings we will have a nice dinner in a typical French restaurant in Montmartre.
DAY 13 Paris–Brussels–Essen
Today we will be continuing our journey towards another interesting destination: Belgium – a small country located at the cultural crossroads of Europe. We will arrive to Brussels, the capital of Belgium, around lunchtime to try out the Belgian cuisine. Our tour guide will teach us more about the “Eurocity”, the capital of the European Union and the headquarters of NATO. During our city walk we will see the Grand Place as well as the famous statue of the little boy, Manneken Pis. After lunch we will continue our journey towards Germany. Tonight it is time to say farewell to our new friends by throwing a party. (555 km)
DAY 14 Essen–Malmö
It is time to return to Malmö. We will cross northern Germany and pass Hamburg and Lübeck, once members of the Hansa medieval trade organization. The ferry from Puttgarden will take us back into Denmark and a few hours later we will return to Sweden, crossing the Öresund bridge. The tour has come to an end. (720 km)