10 Night Vienna, Bruges & Normandy  – 11 Days / 10 Nights

 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Vienna Arrival

Upon your arrival at the Vienna airport, you will be met by your driver for your transfer to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight in Vienna.

Day 2 - Vienna

This morning after breakfast meet your driver in the hotel lobby and depart for your day tour of Vienna. Walk along the Ringstrasse which is considered one of the most beautiful boulevards in the world. You will be able to see magnificent buildings, such as the MAK, the State Opera House, the Museum of Fine Arts & the Natural History Museum, the cultural district, the Museums Quartier, the former Habsburg winter residence, the Hofburg, the Parliament, the City Hall and the Burgtheater. The highlight of this tour will be a visit of the showrooms of Schönbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the Imperial Family, the Habsburgs. Overnight in Vienna.

Day 3 - Vienna

This morning meet your driver in the hotel lobby for your excursion of the southern part of the Vienna Woods. Passing the Roman City of Baden, which is famous for its thermal springs, you will drive through the romantic valley Helenental to the former Mayerling hunting lodge, (visit of memorial chapel), where Crown Prince Rudolph together with Baronesse Vetsera died tragically in 1889. You will also visit the medieval cloister which houses the remains of the last Babenberger. You will then pass the Höldrichsmühle and arrive at the Seegrotte. After a boat ride on the largest subterranean lake in Europe you leave the Vienna Woods and return to your hotel. Overnight in Vienna.

Day 4 - Vienna to Bruges

This morning after breakfast, check out of your hotel and meet your driver in the hotel lobby for your transfer to the Vienna Airport.

Fly from Vienna to Brussels.

Upon your arrival at the Brussels Airport, meet your driver for your transfer to your hotel in Bruges. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight in Bruges.

Day 5 - Bruges

This morning meet your guide in the hotel lobby and embark on your walking tour of medieval Bruges. Enjoy walking through the historic center of Bruges and visit places such as Our Lady Church with the sculpture made by Michelangelo “the Madonna with the Child” and the mausoleum of Margaret of Burgundy and her Father, among many others. The picturesque “Lake of Love” and the beguinage are also part of your visit. After your tour, you can make a boat trip on the romantic canals as well. Bruges also has countless museums which art lovers can visit during the free time. Overnight in Bruges.

Day 6 - Bruges

This morning meet your driver for your tour of the Flanders Battlefield Tour with Ypres and Vimy Ridge. Delve into the poignant history of World War I on a full-day tour of the Flanders Battlefields from Bruges. Follow in the footsteps of soldiers with your guide and visit moving memorials that immortalize soldiers lost in battles. Gaze at endless rows of graves at military cemeteries; visit the memorial at Vimy Ridge, and visit Flanders’ Field Museum to see exhibitions that speak eloquently of the area’s turbulent past. Conclude this emotionally stirring tour in Ypres, where you could experience a Last Post Ceremony. Overnight in Bruges.

Day 7 - Bruges to Normandy

This morning after breakfast, check out of your hotel and meet your driver in the hotel lobby for your transfer from Bruges to the Brussels Train Station.

Train travel from Brussels to Paris.

Upon your arrival at the Paris Nord Train Station, meet your assistant on the train platform who will help you with your bags and lead you to your driver who will take you to your hotel in Normandy. Overnight in Normandy.

Day 8 - Normandy

This morning meet your driver in the hotel lobby and depart for your tour of the Normandy D-Day Landing Beaches. During your tour, you will step on the historical beaches where so many died. You will see German bunkers and monuments and you will be able to pay your tribute to the fallen at military cemeteries. You will learn about the French Resistance and the German occupation during the four years before D-day. Being there will allow you to understand the invasion along 50 miles of the Normandy coast and its scale. It may also be an eye-opener on how grateful the French still are today. Overnight in Normandy.

Day 9 - Normandy

This morning after breakfast, meet your driver in the hotel lobby and depart for your tour of Mont St Michel & Bayeux. Your guide will help you understand the symbolism of the architecture in this “book of stone”, going through the different rooms, one more incredible than the other. You might meet one of the monks of the new community who settled here a few years ago, and hear their Gregorian Chants vibrating in the church at the time of the mass. Your guide will also take you through the narrow cobbled streets around the village, with granite or half-timbered houses. Wander along the top of the fortification wall, built during the Hundred Year War, when Mont St Michel became a medieval castle.

On your return trip from Mont St Michel, visit Bayeux. After the visit of the cathedral and the Tapestry Museum, your guide will lead you through the medieval streets flanked with old houses, some of them half-timbered. You might see the last lace-makers at work in the “Conservatoire de la Dentelle”, or visit the new Baron Gérard Fine Arts museum. Don’t forget to pay tribute to the nearly 4700 troops at rest in the British Cemetery. Overnight in Normandy.

Day 10 - Normandy to Paris

After breakfast this morning, check out of your hotel and meet your driver in the hotel lobby for your transfer to your hotel in Paris. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight in Paris.

Day 11 - Paris Departure

This morning after breakfast, check out of your hotel and meet your driver in the hotel lobby for your transfer to the Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport.

Pricing

Due to the great fluctuation of the euro currency, prices for all of our services will be quoted upon request. This policy enables us to provide you, the traveler, with the most competitive quotes consistent with actual currency exchange. We invite you to browse through our website to select the travel style that meets your needs, our travel planners are only a call/email away ready to provide any assistance in designing your itinerary.

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