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Your adventure begins with an overnight flight to Amsterdam. Enjoy a comfortable flight, dinner and in-seat video entertainment.
After airport formalities, join your Exploring Europe guide and driver for a sightseeing excursion in Amsterdam. Today, you will cruise Amsterdam’s famous canals aboard a glass-topped sightseeing boat followed by a little free time for shopping and lunch. Later, experience Ann Frank’s house and museum to learn about the atrocities of Hitler’s invasion of The Netherlands. Finally, we will travel to the little village of Heino, your home for the next few days. Dinner.
You will have some time to enjoy the village of Heino and the SummerCamp. There are many engaging activities such as team sports, biking, swimming, movies, nature trails and challenge courses. We will also venture out into the flatlands and polders, climb an authentic windmill and visit a charming canal-side village. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served today.
Today, it’s all aboard our comfy motorcoach for a visit to neighboring Germany. Enjoy a stop for lunch along the Rhine River and an opportunity experience the cultural diversity between the Dutch and Germans. Then, crossing into Belgium, you’ll visit your third country today. Enjoy a typical dinner in Belgium before returning to Heino for the evening. Breakfast and dinner included today.
After breakfast, we will travel to the coastal regions west of Amsterdam. After some time for sightseeing, the Oakleaf bands will present an outdoor concert in one of the characteristic Dutch town squares or open-air markets. Breakfast and dinner included today.
Today, enjoy a visit to Amsterdam and a folk village to see how the Dutch lived a century ago. Later, the Oakleaf Wind Symphony will present a concert at an old-world church or concert hall. We will return on Heino one final time to close out your tour experience. Breakfast and dinner served today.
After experiencing three diverse counties and cultures, it’s time to say farewell to our friends in Heino. Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the USA.
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The Best of Germany, Austria & Switzerland Tour - If you want a passive tour where a shuttle drives you to every location, look elsewhere. Otherwise if you are like me, and want to experience cities / towns / countryside on foot, this is a tour for you. On most days, we had plenty of time to explore city centers, eat at street side cafes, and even stop by small supermarkets for drinks. Knowing some German definitely helps, as that I could ask locals for directions whenever we wandered off the stereotypical tourist path.
My WOW moments were hiking up to the ruined castle of Duerstein, a small herd of cows (with cow bells) walking through Lauterbrunnen, and watching surfers in Munich.
Some of the hotel rooms and group dinners could be better, but otherwise overall it was a great experience. Our tour guide had a great sense of where the best breweries were. Many evenings were spent drinking beer while watching the sun set over the Alps.
Our overall experience was everything I hoped for. The specific attractions on the itinerary were very effective in making me feel I had experienced Scotland and Wales. Our traveling companions were delightful, and we had just the right mix of planned events, free time, togetherness, and independence. Our new friends and we added two tours - the underground vaults in Edinburgh, and the distillery in Oban. Both were great, and I recommend them. Of the planned excursions, I was most intrigued with the slate mine (I know that’s a surprise, given my focus on textiles; I thought the woolen mill was great, too). The drives through the Highlands and Wales were unforgettable, and the stay at Groes Inn was the best way to wrap up the tour. I will recommend this tour!
Germany, Austria and Switzerland Tour - April 2018 - This tour was a breath of fresh air. After being on several tours with a wake-up time before dawn and on and off a bus until evening, I felt that I did not miss out on anything in any of the places we visited, while still having some time to process everything we saw and have time to relax. David did an excellent job of making sure we got to see the highlights of each place and then made recommendations for other sites to see on our own. It was nice to have 2 days in most places, one day guided and the second open for us to choose our own adventures. He was available for advice and questions. The hotels we stayed at were very comfortable. The food was excellent.
Most memorable to me was Vienna and Switzerland. Would definitely tour with him again.
Christmas Markets- December 2017 - This tour was everything we dreamed about-snow, enjoyable travel companions, hotels, delicious food and a good mixture of shopping and touring. It was so exciting waking up to each day’s adventures!! One of our "wow" moments was being at all the different places from the Sound of Music. Would have liked to see inside of the house after just viewing the movie. But just seeing places where the movie was made was special. Also Kathe Wolfart store in Rothenburg!!
We have done some travel in the past and David and Charlotte were two of our favorite tour guides. Both, caring and professional. And they made us feel so comfortable touring in a foreign land. Peter, our driver, was a fantastic driver and we were so glad he joined us for meals.
We were happy with all our rooms at the hotels, however, we found the folded duvets unique but we slept well every night. Everything was so clean.
Our favorite meal was the Italian restaurant in Munich. We were so pleased with cities and restaurants. This tour lived up to all our expectations!!
Christmas Markets Tour - This was a fantastic trip - very informative and a lot of fun with a GREAT group of people! My favorite wow moment was the snow covered mountains in Austria followed closely by the little Christmas market outside of Salzburg at Hellbrunn. It was snowing and we got photos with snow-covered Christmas trees.
Our bus driver, Peter, was an absolutely fantastic person even if his English was not very good. Of course, his English was a heckuva lot better than our German!
Meals were really good for the most part. A couple of the hotel breakfasts - especially the one in Salzburg - left a little to be desired. I had questions about what some of that "stuff" was and whether it was intended for human consumption or not! The Italian dinner on our last night was the absolute best meal. All dinners were good, but that was outstanding.
The hotels were great once you got used to the fact they like small bathrooms in Europe!