European Gothic Tour - 3/04/2020

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Join us on this tour around Europe for an unforgettable experience!

Rediscover middle age cities where the story of Europe was written while passing through the Belle Époque Paris, the fairytale-like towns in Belgium, the city that never sleeps Amsterdam, the “Carnival city” Cologne and the richest country in Europe: Luxembourg. And, last but not least, you will be able to share this experience with your new Unitrips friends!

 

5 COUNTRIES

 France, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany

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Next Departures:

 

    • From Madrid: From the 3rd to 12th of April 2020:  From 652€
    • From Paris: From the 4th to 11h of April 2020: From 548€

 

What’s included?

  • Transport in comfy bus to the destinations mentioned in programme
  • 8 days and 7 nights in the best hotels / hostels / campings in Europe:
  • 2 nights in Paris
  • 1 night in Cologne
  • 2 nights in Amsterdam or surroundings
  • 2 nights in Brussels
  • 2 night on Bus*
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Rooms with multiple beds (or you can specify a single or double/twin room)
  • All costs related to transport, parking and tolls
  • Group leader during the whole trip
  • Assistance throughout the whole trip
  • Guided walks in mentioned cities by tour leader (if bus tour isn’t offered)
  • And other surprises…

What’s not included?

  • Everything that is not mentioned in “What’s included?”
  • Transport to the starting point
  • Travel insurance and cancellation insurance
  • Entrance fees for monuments and attractions
  • Visa fees or other administrative costs
  • Transport within the cities (metro, taxi etc.)
  • Optional activities

Extras, optionals:

  • Night bus from Madrid to Paris: 52€
  • Night bus from Paris to Madrid: 52€
  • Entrance fee to house of Anne Frank (skip the line): 15€
  • Boat trip through canals of Amsterdam: 10€
  • Heinekin Experience: 18€
  • Trip to the Dutch Mills of Zaanse Schans: 15€
  • Day trip Bruges and Ghent: 35€
  • Paris by night: 12€
  • More activities – you will by informed by tour leader along the tour

Itinerary

1´Day - Madrid* - Night On Bus* - 1280km

Close your books and leave all of your stress behind! Today you will begin your European Gothic adventure with Unitrips. We will begin our trip in Madrid, the capital of Spain.

We will begin our visit of this incredible Spanish capital in the morning. During this visit we will see all of the main sites of the city such as Retiro Park, Alcala Gates, Cibeles, Sol and the Plaza Mayor, etc…

Following an intense morning enjoying this city we will have some free time to have lunch and in the evening we will hop on our bus and head towards Paris during the night..

Did you know…

  • Madrid is the highest capital in Europe, given that it is located right in the middle of the Spniash Mountain range, Sierra de Guadarrama. The lowest point of the city is the river of Manzanares (600m)
  • Until the XVI century, Madrid was the hunting area of the King.
  • Madrid is also one of the biggest party cities in Europe
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2´ Day- Paris

Today on our tour of Gothic Europe will wake up in the so called “City of Light”, Paris. After a croissant, we will start our route around Paris. We only have to choose where to begin! 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 winking at the Mona Lisa in the Louvre.

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Not to mention, we will of course visit the symbol of this capital, the legendary Eiffel tower. The iron structure was erected during a world exposition in the 19th century and since then has watched over the inhabitants of Paris and has now become a symbol of the city.

Still not had enough? Make sure you recharge your batteries because there are still parts of Paris that you need to see before you leave! Why don´t you go to the Sacre Coeur in Montmatre and stroll through Pig Alley?

Did you know…

  • The Eiffel Tower is 18 cm taller in the summer due to expansion of metal in the heat.
  • Why is Paris called the city of light? A long time ago there was a lot of crime in the city and so the mayor of Paris instructed the citizens to put a candle in their window before gas lamps were around, making Paris the first city illuminated in this way.
  • There is a real issue called ‘Paris Syndrome’ which affects the Japanese whose hopes for the city aren’t met. There is even a 24 hotline for those affected.
 
 
3’ Day - Paris - Luxemburg - Cologne - 590km

We will continue in France, driving among the hills the Champagne region, which gave name to the most famous (and expensive) sweet bubbly wine.  This region was the battlefield between France and Germany who fought in the battle of Verdun. Here we can find the memorial of the bloodiest battle of the World War I where more than 1 million of soldiers rest in peace under the ground.

Before saying “Hallo” to Germany we will visit the richest city/state in Europe: Luxembourg.  The headquarters of many European institutions, like the Court of Justice or the Secretary’s office of European Parliament are located here.  There is no time for us to open a bank account or a company, so we better march on!

Driving against the flow of Rhine, the most important river of Europe with regards to trade, we will arrive to Cologne and check out the impressive nightlife. Being a big student city, it shouldn’t disappoint.

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Did you know…

  • The official languages of Luxembourg are: FrenchGerman and Luxembourgish
  • Luxembourg has 502,000 inhabitants
  • It was the first country to completely switch from analogue to digital TV, in 2006
  • It is renowned for its steel and chemical industries
 
 
4’ Day - Cologne - Amsterdam - 262km

Guten Morgen Deutschland!

Today on our trip around Gothic Europe, with a spring in our step, we will visit the centre of Cologne, the city famous for its waters and for the most gothic cathedral of all cathedrals! We will start our day looking at the incredible views the city has to offer from the other side of its famous bridge. We can add a lock to the hundreds of others on the bridge, have some lunch, as in the afternoon, we will makeour way to the liberal city of Amsterdam.

We will arrive in Amsterdam in the afternoon, dump our bags and head straight for the red light district. The night is young and life is short, let’s have a good night!!

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Did you know…

  • The cathedral of Cologne is one of the biggest and most spectacular in the world, and continues to be the biggest gothic building in the world
  • The remains of the the Wise Men are located inside the Cathedral
  • At the front of the cathedral you can find bizarre looking glass that looks like pixels of colour
  • In Christmas, a Christmas market full of fantasy, lights, singers, ice rinks and bars serving mulled wine appear in the centre of Cologne making it a true fairy tale city
 
 
5’ Day- Amsterdam

The liberal culture and politics of this incredible city are 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. Also if you fancy a beer, Heineken is the star choice, as it is made here in Amsterdam.

*Optional Activities:

  • Entry into the Anne Frank museum
  • Trip to the traditional dutch windmill village: Zaanse Schans
  • Boat trip on the canals of Amsterdam
  • Heinekin Experience
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Did you know…

  • The facade of numerous houses that populate Amsterdam lean forwards. The explanation for this is that its architects built them feeling that, given their narrowness; the best way to get furniture into the house is through the top story windows. Therefore every house has a hook on its rooftop and furniture can be hoisted to prevent the it from crashing into the facade.
  • Amsterdam is the most liberal city in the world, or so they say. It was the first city in the world to legalize same sex marriage, marijuana and prostitution
  • Most men and women are tall in Amsterdam. Men measure an average of 184 cm and women 170 cm

More info regarding the coffee shops:

The Best Coffee Shops in Amsterdam

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6’ Day - Amsterdam - Brussels - 203km

We hope you have enough energy to enjoy today because we still have soooo much to see. Don’t get lost in Amsterdam because today we 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 we will stop off at the Atomium for some picutre and then take part in a tour of 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. We won’t forget Mannekin Pis, the symbol of the city for over 2 centuries which receives more than two million visitors a year. A country with ten million inhabitants where three different languages are spoken: French, Flemish and German.

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Did you know…

  • The famous Manneken Pis statue in Brussels, also known as meón child, is not the original. There have been silent replacements of the statue due to it being damaged and stolen by vandals repeatedly.
  • The three typical delights of Brussels are: frites, waffles and beer
  • There are  many types of beer in Brussels, and Delirium bar sells them ALL!
  • There is a wellspring of hot water, cold water and sparkling water (!!) in the middle of the city, located at the Gare Central
  • Some of its universities follow the Flemish method of education, while others remain French
 
 
7’ Day - Brussels - Bruges &Amp; Ghent* - Brussels - 211km

Today, 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 us and see another two amazing Flemish cities! Right next to Brussels, hop on the Unitrips bus and we’ll 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 Activity:

  • Day trip to Bruges and Ghent
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Did you know…

  • During the Middle Ages, Bruges encountered its most prominent financial height which is reflected in its Gothic design. The city started its decay when its port was blocked by sandbars.
  • Contrary to the popular belief that relates the name of the city to a story about witches, “Brugge” has its roots in the Old Dutch word for “bridge”.
  • It belongs to the region of Flanders, considered culturally much richer than Wallonia (the southern part of Belgium).
 
 
8’ Day - Brussels - Paris - 312km

We will get back on our Unibus after having a nice breakfast in Brussels and walking around the ‘City of Love’. You still have time to tell that special someone how you feel! We 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), we will arrive back to Paris. If the traffic allows us, we will head straight to the palace of the King of SunVersailles and visit the beautiful gardens there.

If we have enough time, we will go directly to visit the King of Sun from Versailles and here you will be able to explore the huge gadren (optional excursin)… What´s more we will do a panoramic tour of Paris once we arrive.

If you don´t have enough energy to do the latter activities you will be able to enjoy some free time in Paris instead.

*Optional Activity:

  • Paris by Night
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9’ Day - Paris - Night On Bus* - 1280km

You definitely have not seen all of Paris yet, so before we eleave we will explore the bits that you haven´t seen yet! Do you prefer 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?

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After this hard Eurotrip, how ways will split. You can choose if joining a bus to Madrid or following your destiny around Europe, but Don’t worry, what happens on a Eurotrip, stays with Unitrips!

 

 
 
10´ Day - Madrid*

This morning we will arrive in Madrid, where this incredible trip aorund Gothic Europe will come to an end!

With tears in our eyes we will say goodbye to this unforgettable trip… but don´t wory we have already started planning the next trip! Where do you want to go next?

 

The program could suffer unforeseen changes due to weather conditions, traffic… or the ability of the group to respect meeting times.

The suggested programme doesn’t include optional/extra activities. You will have opportunity to book some of them in the reservation form, while the others will be proposed by the tour leader along the tour.

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