First trip to Europe! September 15-30, 2017 (Europe Express)

Friday, September 15

Depart Dulles

Saturday, September 16

Welcome to Madrid!

Recommended Tour: Hop On-Hop Off Bus. Take a seat on an open-top double-decker bus for a 2-day sightseeing tour of Madrid that lets you create your own itinerary. This hop-on hop-off Madrid bus tour offers 37 stops along two routes that interconnect around the city — your ticket is valid on both. Remain on the bus for each loop while you listen to onboard commentary via an audio headset, or hop on and off at any stop to explore city sights on your own (admission fees are not included). Follow Route 1 (Blue Route) to view the Belle Epoque buildings of historical Madrid. Disembark to explore the Royal Palace, Almudenao Cathedral and the Prado museum, or admire the Gran Vía, Madrid’s main thoroughfare. Switch to Route 2 (Green Route) to focus on 19th- and 20th-century Madrid. Travel past skyscrapers and the legendary Bernabéu stadium — home to Real Madrid FC — along the Paseo de la Castellana. Perhaps stroll through the elegant bourgeois enclave of Salamanca, or visit the city’s many museums with a focus on archaeology, sculpture, natural science and more.

Accommodations: Hotel Ganivet Madrid - Standard Triple with Hot Breakfast

Sunday, September 17

Madrid

Suggested Tour: Madrid Tapas and Wine-Tasting Tour

Greet your gastronomical guide in central Santa Ana Square and set out to explore the esteemed eateries of Madrid. As you stroll, listen to your guide’s culinary commentary of the capital, hearing about the origin of tapas and the inspiration for the delicate dishes. Visit up to four bars during your tapas tour, all of which showcase the influence that Madrid’s immigrant population has had with their cosmopolitan cuisine. Taste wines designed to compliment each dish as you feast upon Spanish specialties such as delicate salted cod, flavorsome Iberian ham, rich chickpea stew and roasted eggplant with honey. Sip refreshing beers and soft drinks and conclude your tour in a centrally located bar that allows you to continue exploring independently.

Accommodations: Hotel Ganivet Madrid - Standard Triple with Hot Breakfast

Monday, September 18

Madrid to Barcelona

Rail Europe: Depart Madrid 09:30 AM; Arrive Barcelona 12:34 PM

Welcome to Barcelona!

Recommended: Barcelona Hop-on Hop Off Tour East to West Route: Two-Day Pass Begin your hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour at any of the conveniently located stops on the East and West Route, and climb aboard the distinctive double-decker bus to start exploring Barcelona. Disembark the bus as many times as you like and then climb back aboard at any of the stops on the interconnected routes. Enjoy free Wi-Fi access and listen to informative audio commentary as you cruise the captivating capital of Catalonia. Take the East Route to see stunning Gaudi structures like Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera and Parc Güell; admire the impressive Port Olimpic and Placa Catalunya; and marvel at the Gothic grandeur of Catedral-Barri Gòtic. On the West Route, see important structures like the World Trade Centre and Montjuic; gaze at the structural magnificence of Camp Nou, F. C. Barcelona’s stadium; and admire the botanical beauty of Jardins de Miramar. Each route takes 120 minutes in its entirety and buses depart every 7-15 minutes from each stop.

Accommodations: Petit Palace Museum, Barcelona -Standard Triple with Breakfast

Tuesday, September 19

Barcelona

Suggested Tour: Flamenco Show: Palacio del Flamenco in Barcelona. Palacio del Flamenco is a theatre located in downtown Barcelona. Holding a widely well known reputation, it was reopened as a restaurant-theatre after extensive renovations on December 2006. Since then it has become a charming location purely dedicated to the art of flamenco. It can hold up to 380 people seated comfortably, eating a delightful dinner while enjoying a wonderful flamenco show. Furthermore, it has a waiting hall so you can wait if you arrive earlier. You will also discover the most outstanding tastes and flavours from a high quality kitchen. In addition to all of this, the friendly and fully skilled waiters speak a wide variety of languages such as English, Russian, Italian, French or German in order to make you feel at home. Palacio del Flamenco is currently offering three different shows with more than 15 artists performing on stage. "Cantaores" (singers), "bailaores" (dancers), guitar players and other musicians create a mixture of flamenco styles from the traditional ones to new fusions. Feel fascinated from the first minute with this unique Flamenco show. 8:20pm, includes one drink.

Accommodations: Petit Palace Museum, Barcelona -Standard Triple with Breakfast

Wednesday, September 20

Barcelona

Suggested Tour: Interactive Spanish Cooking Experience in Barcelona. Begin your Spanish cooking odyssey with a guided tour through the La Boqueria market. Here, your chef will collect a range of fresh seafood ingredients and introduce you to the many delights the market has to offer your senses. Your group continue on to your cooking school in the El Born district, only a short walk away. This school is equipped with an open kitchen, workshop bar, and comfortable restaurant-style seating. First, create your own pintxos espanolas and enjoy a tasty range of the classic Spanish finger foods accompanied with plenty of sangria. Meet and mingle with your group. Under the guidance of your chef, you will then help make traditional paella. Prepare the ingredients involved and then fire up the gas. While your main dish is simmering away, your chef will lastly host a sangria making workshop, allowing you to mix your own fresh and fruity jugs of the classic Spanish refreshment to enjoy with your meal. Once your paella is done, sit down and enjoy your hardwork. Your chef speaks English and Spanish and will cater to any food allergies or special requirements. For those who do not eat seafood, an alternative main meal is cooked by the chef and served with the Paella. Recipes and cooking tips will be handed out to group at the end. Afterwards you will be invited to a nearby bar for a free chupito and drink specials available to your group all night.

Accommodations: Petit Palace Museum, Barcelona -Standard Triple with Breakfast

Thursday, September 21

Air France, Flight 1349 - Depart Barcelona 12:20 PM; Arrive Paris 02:15 PM

Recommended Tour: Big Bus Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with River Cruise. Taking a hop-on hop-off bus tour around Paris gives you access to all the main attractions, an overview of the city and a means of getting around all in one convenient package. With an open-top, double-decker Big Bus, you get the added bonus of an excellent vantage point for panoramic views. Your ticket is valid on two routes through Paris. There's the Classic Route, including stops at the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Champs-Elysées, Palais Garnier and Musée d’Orsay. A complete circle on this route takes about 2 hours 25 minutes. The new Montmartre Route takes in the sights of the bohemian hilltop neighborhood, including Sacré Coeur, Moulin Rouge and Musée Grevin. A complete circle on this route takes about 1 hour 15 minutes. Both routes include informative audio commentary while you see the sights. Your 2-day ticket, valid starting the first time you use it, and disembark at any of the 15 stops on the combined routes to explore further on your own. Climb aboard the next bus when you're done sightseeing on foot to continue your circuit of the city. See the Itinerary section below for a list of all the Big Bus hop-on hop-off tour stops. Includes a 1-hour Seine River cruise! Seeing Paris from the water offers a different perspective on this famous city, and is a relaxing way to spend an hour.

Accommodations: Hotel Eden Opera, Paris - Standard Triple with Buffet Breakfast

Friday, September 22

Paris

Accommodations: Hotel Eden Opera, Paris - Standard Triple with Buffet Breakfast

Saturday, September 23

Château de Versailles (Tour TBD)

Accommodations: Hotel Eden Opera, Paris - Standard Double with Buffet Breakfast

Sunday, September 24

Day Trip to Brussels

Train - Depart Paris 07:55 AM; Arrive Brussels 09:17 AM
Train - Depart Brussels 04:55 PM; Arrive Amsterdam 08:06 PM
Accommodations: Nova Hotel, Amsterfam - Standard Double with Breakfast

Monday, September 25

Amsterdam

Suggested Tour: Amsterdam Canal Bus Hop On Hop Off Day Pass and Heineken Experience. Getting around Amsterdam is a breeze with the hop-on hop-off Canal Bus Day Pass. The boats operate along Amsterdam's canals, following tour routes: the Green Line and the Orange Line. While on board, hear fascinating commentary on the city and sights you see along the way, including the Rijksmuseum, the Anne Frank House and the Albert Cuyp Market. Choose between a 24- or 48-hour pass, and get on and off at the 7 to 9 stops (depending on the season) as often as you like. Your pass also includes the Heineken Experience, an interactive behind-the-scenes look at the city’s famous brewery, where you’ll be able to brew your own beer. Enjoy two drinks included in your tour.

Accommodations: Nova Hotel, Amsterdam - Standard Double with Breakfast

Tuesday, September 26

Amsterdam

Accommodations: Nova Hotel, Amsterdam - Standard Double with Breakfast

Wednesday, September 27

KLM, Flight 1793 - Depart Amsterdam 09:40 AM; Arrive Munich 11:00 AM
Accommodations: Ghotel Hotel & Living Munchen-Nymphenburg, Munich - Standard Double with Continental Buffet Breakfast

Thursday, September 28

OKTOBERFEST!

Recommended Tour: Small-Group Munich City and Oktoberfest Tour Including Reserved Oktoberfest Tent Table. Start your tour with a 90-minute walk through Munich and learn about the past and modern history of the “World City with Heart” and about its longstanding brewing traditions. Continue your guided walking tour to Theresienwiese for an orientation tour of the festival grounds including the 200-year history of the Oktoberfest as well as its traditions, Lederhosen and Dirndls! The highlight of this tour will be your guaranteed seat in one of the major tents at the Oktoberfest. Two liters of Oktoberfest beer and a half-chicken are also included in the price. You have the entire evening free to experience the sights, smells and sounds of the Oktoberfest. There is a nice mix of traditional activities (eg. shooting galleries) and rides, such as the free-fall tower. This small group tour with a maximum of 20 participants (10 people per table) is a great way for couples, singles and small groups to get a guaranteed spot at a table at the Oktoberfest and have a wonderfully Oktoberfest experience. **THIS WILL SELL OUT QUICKLY!!

Accommodations: Ghotel Hotel & Living Munchen-Nymphenburg, Munich - Standard Double with Continental Buffet Breakfast

Friday, September 29

FREE DAY

Accommodations: Ghotel Hotel & Living Munchen-Nymphenburg, Munich - Standard Double with Continental Buffet Breakfast

Saturday, September 30

Auf Wiedersehen Germany!

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