Last Updated on June 22, 2020 by Amanda Stancati
Courtney, a member of our online marketing team, embarked on an exciting whirlwind, discovering six countries in seven days on Trafalgar’s European Highlights tour. Here are Courtney’s personal highlights:
Buckingham Palace watching the changing of the guards was my favourite experience of the trip. I also loved seeing Westminister Abbey, Big Ben, and the London Eye. I enjoyed walking around Hyde Park and saw children playing in Princess Diana Memorial Fountain. There were lots of people having picnics, drinking champagne, and relaxing.
They really like their bicycles. Our tour director joked that when a baby is born, it is born with a bicycle. No one there wears a helmet ever. And the bike lanes are much bigger than the sidewalk. Everyone owns 5+ bikes and there are garages for bikes in the city.
I also loved the Skinny Bridge (Magere Brug) in Amsterdam – if you kiss under the bridge your love will last forever. We did!
The Rhine river cruise was awesome. We had bratwurst and saw views of the vineyards. Vineyards are on steep hills so machinery can’t be used, all grapes must be picked by hand. We passed beautiful medieval castles and the famous Lorelei rock.
We saw the world’s biggest cuckoo clock in the black forest, and ate black forest cake too!
Mount Pilatus excursion was amazing and definitely worth the money. The views were amazing. We went up in a series of cable cars then descended in the world’s steepest train, at some parts actually being in the mountain, and then took a lake cruise back to downtown area of Lucerne.
Bachmann chocolates were delicious – they have a few stores downtown, but they close early!
We went to the second level of the Eiffel tower (which to me is best for easily taking panoramic photos). The top level was closed that day because of the weather. We went to the Louvre and saw the famous Mona Lisa.
The Seine river cruise at night was beautiful. We saw the city all lit up and the Eiffel tower sparkle at 11pm.
The best part about this tour is there’s no waiting in lines.
To learn more about Trafalgar’s European Highlights tour and other escorted tours, call 1-800-665-4981.