Visit Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France, Belgium, and Holland on this 15-Day trip that will show you the best that Europe has to offer.
15-Day Heart of Europe Circle Tour
Monday, April 27 Monday, May 11, 2020
Funtastic Getaways is partnering with Image Tours to offer their signature tour, for its 60th year. Well visit seven of Europe's most visited countries. This tour offers spectacular scenery and lots of local flavor. This is an ideal choice for travelers who desire an introduction to the Old World at a great value. You will visit Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France, Belgium, and Holland on this 15-day trip that will show you the best that Europe has to offer.
DAY 1 - Overnight Flight to Europe
Today brings the beginning of a new adventure . . . anticipation heightens as you realize that your trip of a lifetime is about to begin! Funtastic Getaways will provide round-trip motorcoach transfers to Logan Airport and Diane will escort the group with 16 or more signups.
DAY 2 - GERMANY...Arrival at Frankfurt Airport - Heidelberg Schriesheim
As morning arrives, the European coastline comes into view and your plane will soon touch down at the Frankfurt Rhein-Main Airport. Our Image Tours Tour Manager and deluxe motorcoach will meet us at the airport. Well take a pleasant drive through the countryside of central Germany to our hotel in the village of Schriesheim. The German word gemuetlichkeit' expresses the feeling of comfort, coziness, and leisure that you will experience in the days ahead. In the afternoon, well visit the town of Heidelberg, idyllically situated on the Neckar River and dominated by the ruins of Heidelberg Castle. Home to the oldest university in Germany, Heidelberg was hit hard during 17th-century wars, was rebuilt in the 18th century with baroque buildings, and is considered by many to embody the spirit of Germany. This evening, well enjoy a 'Welcome to Europe/Get-acquainted' dinner at the hotel. (Dinner)
DAY 3 GERMANY, Medieval Rothenburg - Romantic Road - Adelsried
This morning travel to the storybook town of Rothenburg, a beautifully preserved medieval village surrounded by the original town walls and without a single modern building in sight. When you see the narrow cobblestone streets, distinctive inns, and quaint shop fronts, it feels as if you are walking into a fairy tale. During your free time, climb to the top of the Town Hall bell tower for a bird's-eye view of the city, walk atop the old city walls surrounding the town, check out the Medieval Criminal Museum which exhibits tools of punishment from more draconian times, or stroll through the castle gardens overlooking the River Tauber. Delightful shopping awaits you at Käthe Wohlfahrts Weihnachtsdorf, a sprawling, year-round Christmas shop. Your afternoon journey leads south on the Romantic Road, an area rich in unspoiled countryside, ancient castles, and untouched villages. Tonight, arrive at our hotel in Adelsried and enjoy a delicious dinner enhanced with accordion music. Try a stein of Paulaner Pilsner (beer), a glass of Liebfrau Milch (wine), or a refreshing glass of Apfelsaft (apple juice). (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 4 GERMANY, Munich & AUSTRIA, Tyrolean Village
Munich, the elegant capital of Bavaria, lies 38 miles east. Enjoy free time at the Marienplatz, a pedestrian-only zone where historic buildings are cleverly interspersed with modern store fronts. The focal point of the square is the Rathaus (Town Hall) with its captivating Glockenspiel (clock tower). For lunch, consider the Hofbräuhaus, a one-of-a-kind beer hall, which exudes an Oktoberfest atmosphere year-round. After lunch, head south to the Austrian border. Continue through the scenic Austrian Alps to the Tyrolean Village where you will spend the next two nights in a chalet-style hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 5 AUSTRIA, Tyrolean Village
The peaceful villages, tucked in the valleys around Innsbruck, provide the perfect location for a relaxing day. Choose from an abundance of paths for an exhilarating hike or bike ride with awe-inspiring panoramas. Take a chair lift up one of the mountains for magnificent views. Or, simply relax in your Tyrolean Village amidst the boundless splendor of the Alps. Frescoed and flower-adorned chalets create a serene atmosphere as you walk through town. Another choice is to join your tour manager for a full-day optional Salzburg & Dinner excursion, which includes a guided tour of Salzburg (Mozart's birthplace and setting for the "Sound of Music") and a traditional Austrian meal at an alpine village restaurant. (Breakfast)
DAY 6 AUSTRIA, Innsbruck & ITALY, Lake Garda Verona
Travel along the Inn River as it winds its way through the Austrian Alps to the Imperial City of Innsbruck, capital of Tyrol and two-time host of the Winter Olympics. Bisected by the Inn River and surrounded by mountains, Innsbruck is a stunning setting. See the Imperial Church, the Golden Roof, the Maria Theresia Boulevard and the Triumphal Arch. Innsbruck owes much of its beauty to Maximilian I, ruler of the Holy Roman Empire from 1493 to 1519. From Innsbruck, it is only a short distance to the Italian border. Enter Italy via the Europa Bruecke (Bridge), a remarkable feat of mountain highway engineering through the Dolomites, a mountain range known for its reddish appearance. You are in for a special treat as you descend to Lake Garda. In some places, the rocky cliffside rises straight up from the lake. Its sheltered location gives the area a subtropical climate rich in vegetation, including oleander bushes, olive groves, fruit trees, and grape vines which produce some of the famous Italian wines. During an afternoon stop, stroll along the lakefront, browse the quaint markets, and enjoy an Italian ice cream (gelato). From here, its a short ride to the legendary city of Verona, made famous by Shakespeares tragic love story of "Romeo and Juliet." Experience an authentic Italian meal during an independent dinner in Verona, before transferring to your hotel. (Breakfast)
DAY 7 ITALY, Verona
One of the most romantic countries in the world, Italy is the cradle of European civilization, art, architecture and music. This day is yours to do as you please. Spend the day studying the fascinating architecture and browsing the fashionable shops of Verona or take the public bus back to Lake Garda where you can relax along the shores sipping a Campari or cappuccino. Your tour director will have options and directions for you. Another choice for today is to join the optional Venice excursion which includes dinner at a typical Venetian restaurant. Venice is famous for its canals, bridges, colorful gondoliers, magnificent St. Marks Square and engaging outdoor vendors. After a memorable day of sight-seeing, return to your Verona hotel. (Breakfast)
DAY 8 SWITZERLAND, Lake Lugano, Gotthard Pass, Swiss Alps
Travel north towards the unsurpassed splendor of the Italian and Swiss lake districts. Crossing the border, Switzerland greets you with the contrast of snow-capped peaks as the background to palm tree-lined Lake Lugano. Often referred to as the Rio de Janeiro of the Old Continent, Lugano is the perfect spot for a lunch. In the afternoon, the 11-mile-long St. Gotthard Tunnel takes you from the Italian to the German-speaking region of Switzerland. Your hotel resides in one of the scenic Swiss Alps villages. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 9 SWITZERLAND, Village of Stans, Lucerne, Swiss Alps
Traveling through William Tell country, you descend upon Lake Lucerne. The soaring peaks of Rigi, Stanserhorn and Pilatus, standing guard over this vast water basin, create one of the most imposing sights in Europe. Today's first stop is the old mountain village of Stans with an optional Swiss Mountain excursion by funicular and cable car for thrilling panoramic views of the Swiss Lake District. Next, motor along the lake to the city of Lucerne, where you will see the Old Town Wall and famous Lion Monument. This inspiring stone carving, hewn out of natural rock, commemorates the heroic death of Swiss soldiers who defended Louis XVI during the French Revolution. The rest of the day is yours to explore the Old Town, visit the Swiss Transport Museum, or relax on one of the lovely lakeshore promenades. Lucerne is a shoppers paradise; you will enjoy browsing through displays of woodcarved music boxes, delicate Swiss lace, delicious chocolates, and Switzerlands world-famous watches. Before returning to your hotel, the tour manager will offer an optional Swiss Lake Boat Ride excursion. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 10 FRANCE, Besançon, Troyes
The church bells usher in another glorious day. Follow the Swiss Autobahn to Basel, where Switzerland, Germany and France meet, and the Rhine River becomes navigable. The mountains give way to hilltop villages and rustic vineyards. Well make a lunch stop in Besançon, with its charming historic centre and imposing hilltop citadel. Continue through the Burgundy wine region to Troyes, conveniently located for minimum travel time to Paris the next morning. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 11 FRANCE, Paris
By mid-morning, you will reach Paris, La Ville Lumière (The City of Light). What a thrill it is to enter this dynamic city, rich in history, art and architecture. Before beginning your free time, we suggest joining your tour manager for the optional Seine River Cruise excursion for unsurpassed views of some of the city's major landmarks. Transfer by motor coach to the Place de la Concorde, adjacent to the Champs-Élysées. Your tour manager will direct you to the location of the principal sights such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum (open every day except Tuesday), Opera (Palais Garnier), Arc de Triomphe and famous Galeries Lafayette department store. In the late afternoon, transfer to the hotel. Spend this evening on your own or consider the optional Paris Evening excursion, with dinner at a French bistro located in the heart of Paris. Your taste of Paris is meant as an introduction to one of the great cities of the world and will certainly make a lasting impression. (Breakfast)
DAY 12 BELGIUM, Antwerp & HOLLAND
Travel North from Paris to the French/Belgian border. Entering Belgium, the French language will stay with you for another hour or so until you reach the province of Flanders where Flemish (similar to Dutch) is spoken. In Antwerp, the Flemish capital of Antwerp is known for its convivial atmosphere and outdoor cafés, join a short orientation walk and explore the old city center. Admire lace-trimmed handicrafts in the quaint shops and treat yourself to irresistible Belgian waffles or chocolates on the Grote Markt, the city's attractive main square. This afternoon well enter The Netherlands (Holland), a country with very strong historical ties to the United States. The western part of Holland was wrestled from the sea, and still today lies below sea level, protected from flooding by an intricate system of dikes and pumps. Netherlands literally means Lowlands. Watch for the canals, bridges and windmills on the way to your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 13 HOLLAND
This day is yours to spend as you like. Communication will not be a problem as English is widely spoken throughout Holland. Consider taking advantage of Holland's efficient bus and railway network to a myriad of interesting places, many of them less than an hour away. Bikes are available for rent in many cities. There's also a full-day optional Grand Holland excursion with Dinner, featuring a kaleidoscopic overview of Holland, including the unique countryside, a picturesque Dutch village, and sightseeing in Amsterdam, one of the great cities of the world. Renowned for its impressive architecture and world-famous museums that offer a window to the past, Amsterdam is also a vibrant, modern city with a wide variety of shopping and food venues. (Breakfast)
DAY 14 GERMANY, Rhine Cruise Rüdesheim
After breakfast, you will return to Germany. Exit the German Autobahn near Koblenz, where the Rhine and Mosel rivers converge, then follow the Rhine River to Boppard. Here, you will board a pleasure boat for an upstream cruise on the Rhine River, one of Western Europe's most important waterways. Glide past endearing villages, medieval fortresses, and hillside vineyards known for producing the distinctive Rhine wines. Near the end of your cruise, you will pass by the legendary Loreley Rock, subject of boatmen folklore about a bewitching siren. Our hotel is located in the village of Rüdesheim, known for its festive atmosphere. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 15 - Daytime flight back to U.S.A.
Your journey of Europe's scenic, cultural, and historic highlights has come full circle. You will forever remember the many sights, sounds and tastes from your adventure, as well as your newly-made friends. Transfer to the Frankfurt Rhein-Main Airport for the return flight home. (Breakfast)
Single Accommodations are unavailable for this tour
Book before December 11 for the price of $ 4,090
Price is not guaranteed until paid in full due to airfare pricing fluctuations
$250 per person deposit required to reserve
Travel Insurance is available for $249 and must be purchased at time of reservation
Accommodations in Superior Tourist Class or First-Class Hotels
Round Trip Airfare from Boston
14 breakfasts and 7 dinners
Image Tours Tour Manager for the duration of the tour in Europe
Funtastic Getaways tour escort with 16 passengers traveling
Deluxe motorcoach transportation
Baggage Handling at all hotels
Taxes & Gratuities for Included meals
European Airport Transfers, Logan Transfers complimentary with 16 booked
Payment & Cancellation Policies:
In order to reserve your spot on this tour, you must provide your signed Reservation Application and a non-refundable deposit of $250 per person, plus the Image Tours Travel Protection Plan payment ($249, if purchased). Full payment is required for reservations made within 100 days prior to departure.
Final Payment must be received by Funtastic Getaways 100 days prior to departure.
After Image Tours receives the deposit, all changes, including spelling of name, are subject to availability and acceptance by Image Tours. Changes must be submitted in writing and if confirmed, by Image Tours, the following change fees will apply, in addition to applicable increase in participants price:
1. Prior to final payment, $100 per person
2. After final payment, all changes are considered a cancellation and a new booking and are subject to the new booking and are subject to the Image Tours Cancellations policy
Note: Name changes or substitutions are always considered cancellations and new bookings and are subject to the Image Tours Cancellations policy and price increase.
Image Tours must receive written notification of cancellation. The date such notification is received by Image Tours will determine the applicable cancellation penalties. The following cancellation penalties apply and will be retained by Image Tours:
1. More than 80 days prior to scheduled departure date
a. Prior to final payment, $250 per person
b. After final payment, $250 per person plus all costs associated with the air transportation
2. From 79 days to 1 day prior to scheduled departure date
a. Without a medical statement, 50% of the tour price plus all costs associated with airfare
b. With a valid medical statement, 25% of the tour price plus all costs associated with airfare
3. Scheduled departure date and after, no refund
4. No refund will be issued for any unused portions of a tour
Note: In case of cancellation by one of two persons sharing a room, a change to a single room for the remaining participant is subject to availability and confirmation by Image Tours. In most cases, it will not be possible to confirm a change to a single room within 79 days prior to departure. To request a single room, the remaining participant must pay the applicable single room supplement and complete the required forms.
EXCURSION PRICING IS 2019 PRICING,
included here to give you an idea of your expenses, but pricing has not been released for 2020 trips
'GRAND HOLLAND WITH DINNER'
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
in Holland, US $ 95
Drive through the lovely countryside and visit a picturesque Dutch village. Proceed to Amsterdam for a panoramic tour through the canals and harbor aboard a glass-top boat. Conclude the day with a Dutch dinner buffet.
7:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
in Paris, US $ 75
Your French cuisine experience at a true Paris bistro is accompanied by roving musicians. Dinner includes wine or another beverage and features a tantalizing choice of French dishes. Your return motor coach ride will provide memorable impressions of one of the worlds most celebrated cities.
'SALZBURG & DINNER'
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.
'SEINE RIVER CRUISE'
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
in Paris, US $ 25
Glide along the Seine River by boat, while viewing the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, and several other famous sights in Paris.
'SWISS LAKE BOAT RIDE'
3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
from Lucerne, US $ 45
Board a steamer for a scenic ride on beautiful Lake Lucerne. The lake borders four cantons (states) of Switzerland and, for this reason, is also known as Vierwaldstättersee (Lake of the Four Forest Cantons). Your cruise will provide splendid views of the surroundings, comprised of mountain cliffs rising up to 5,000 feet and gorgeous lakeside resort homes.
9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
from Lucerne, US $ 70
Reach the summit of Mt. Stanserhorn (elevation 6,232 feet) by both cogwheel train and the worlds only open-top cable car. At the top of the mountain, enjoy the panoramic views from the terrace restaurant, take a walk along the paths, and snap pictures of the magnificent Alpine vistas. This excursion is subject to favorable weather and cable car operation, and may be rescheduled or cancelled. In some cases, another mountain may be substituted.
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
from Verona, US $ 95
A private boat transfers you from the mainland, through the Venetian Lagoon, to the center of Venice. A guided walking tour provides an introduction to the history, culture and architecture before concluding with a visit to a glass-blowing workshop. If you have your heart set on gliding through the canals of Venice by gondola, the cost is about $45 per person based on six people per gondola. Conclude your visit with an included dinner at a characteristic restaurant in the heart of Venice.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
|1 - Dennis|| Patriots Square, Route 134, South Dennis |
On Stop & Shop side, park in lot closest to Rt 134
|2 - Barnstable|| Barnstable Exit 6 Commuter Lot - behind |
Burger King, wait at enclosures
|3 - Sagamore|| Sagamore Commuter Lot at base of bridge |
on NON Cape side, wait at enclosures
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