|Start Date||02/07/2017 12:00 am|
|End Date||10/07/2017 12:00 am|
Discover the most beautiful middle age cities in this Gothic Tour: Paris and its Belle Époque, the fairytale-like towns in Belgium, Amsterdam which never sleeps, the Carnival city of Cologne and finally the richest country in Europe: Luxembourg!
The Gothic tour is organized by one of our partners and it is one of their best trips.
The organized bus leaves from Madrid, but you can also join the tour directly in Paris if it's more comfortable for you.
Let’s discover the Gothic tour in details day by day:
Day 1 - Paris
The first day you will wake up in the so called “City of Light”, Paris.
After a croissant, you will start the route around Paris.
You don’t have to be in love to enjoy Paris. Imagine walking through the Arc du Triomphe, passing down the Senne and finding the Notre Dame (the gothic cathedral with the most famous gargoyles in the world), or losing yourself in thousands of impressionist paintings in the D’Orsay museum, or flashing a wink at the Mona Lisa in the Louvre.
Not to mention the symbol of this capital, the legendary Eiffel tower!
Not had enough yet?
Recharge your batteries because there are still parts of Paris that you don't want to miss! How about the Sacre Coeur in Montmatre and walk through Pig Alley?
Day 2 - Luxembourg - Cologne
The trip will continue in France, driving among the hills the Champagne region, which gave name to the most famous sweet bubbly wine.
This region was the place of the bloodiest battle of the World War I where more than 1 million of soldiers died.
Before saying “Hallo” to Germany you will visit the richest city/state in Europe: Luxembourg. Many European institutions, like the Court of Justice or Secretary’s office of European Parliament have their headquarters here.
Driving against the flow of Rhine, you will arrive to Cologne and check out its nightlife. Being a big student city, it shouldn’t let you down!
Day 3 - Cologne - Amsterdam
Guten Morgen Deutschland!
With a lot of energy, you will visit the centre of Cologne, the city famous for its waters and for the most gothic cathedral of all cathedrals!
After having some lunch, the free city of Amsterdam awaits you!
You will arrive in Amsterdam in the afternoon, dump your bags and head straight for the red light district.
The night is young and life is short, let’s have a good night!
Day 4 - Amsterdam
The liberal culture and politics of this country is a global reference for defenders of liberalism in terms of light drug use, legalization of prostitution and same-sex marriages.
But Amsterdam is not only about coffee shops and red lights: There are many old alleyways in which you can get lost.
If you’re not into getting lost, perhaps the Heineken brewery or the Van Gogh museum, the Rijksmuseum or Anne Franks’ House are more for you.
Day 5 - Amsterdam - Brussels
We hope you have enough energy left, because there is still so much to see!
Don’t get lost in Amsterdam because today you are off to Belgium and specifically its capital: Brussels. You will get to know the heart of the European Union in all its buzz and splendour.
In the afternoon you will tour the city, seeing the most characteristic and touristic places including some the Belgian Centre of Comic Strip Art, where Tintin, Lucky Luke and the Smurfs were all born.
Don’t forget Mannekin Pis, the symbol of the city for over 2 centuries which receives more than two million visitors a year.
Day 6 – Brussels – Brugge** – Ghent**
This day you will have two options: The first is to rest and recover from your hangover; while the second option is that you hang out with our partners and see another two amazing Flemish cities!
Right next to Brussels, hop on the bus and take a walk in Bruges and then finish the day in Ghent.
Here you’ll be glad to see these two well preserved medieval towns where the medieval architectural style of Northern Europe has remained intact!
*Optional Trip (Bruges – Ghent): €35
Day 7 - Brussels - Paris
You will get back on your bus after having a nice breakfast in Brussels and walking around the ‘New City of Love’.
You still have time to tell that special someone how you feel!
You will pass through the north of France and the Ch’tis zone (the recent famous French comedy “Welcome to the north” is about this precise area), and will be back to Paris.
If the traffic allows it, you will head straight to the palace of the King of Sun, Versailles and visit the beautiful gardens there.
Optional excursion Versailles and Paris by night**: €20
Day 8 - Paris
You definitely have not seen all of Paris yet, so you will explore the bits you are missing so you don’t leave disappointed!
Do you like modern architecture? Go to the futuristic buildings in le Defense.
Prefer Bohemian multiculture? You should visit the Belleville district, where Monsieur Malaussene used to live.
Or if you fancy something a bit different, why not go dance the can-can in the Moulin Rouge?
Don’t worry, what happens on the Gothic Tour, stays in the Gothic Tour!
- 8 days and 7 nights
- Travel in comfy bus from Paris to the destinations
- All transport costs
- All parking and toll costs
- 7 nights in hotels/hostels
- 1 night in Paris1 night in Cologne
- 2 nights in Amsterdam
- 2 nights in Brussels
- 1 night in Paris
- In hotels/hostels, rooms are multiple
- 7 breakfasts
- Group leader throughout the trip
- Assistance throughout the trip
- And many other surprises!
What’s not included?
- All that is not mentioned in “What’s Included?”
- Night bus from Madrid to Paris and back
- Flights or other transport to the departure point
- Optional tours and excursions
- Museum and monument entry
- Optional Activities
- Optional day trip to Bruges and Ghent (€35)
- Versailles gardens + night panoramic tour in Paris (€20)
- Administrative expenses (like VISA etc.)
- Metro/taxi/bus tickets in the cities.