Essential Europe
Grad Trip from $3898

England - France - Belgium - Holland - Germany - Austria - Italy - Vatican City - Greece

19 days - 8 countries plus a 5-day optional extension to Greece

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What's Included?

19-day Essential Europe basic land package includes:

  • 17 nights at superior tourist class hotels or better, 2-share rooms with private bath/shower
  • Daily continental breakfasts
  • 7 three-course specialty dinners
  • 1 lunch
  • Ferry crossing from Dover to Calais
  • Guided tours in London, Paris, Florence and Rome led by a local historian
  • Seine River cruise
  • Rhine River cruise
  • Amsterdam canal cruise
  • 2-day Paris museum pass
  • Tour of Versailles Palace
  • Roma pass (full access to public transport system, reduced admission to museums, music events, theater, etc.)
  • Admission to:
    • Heidelberg Castle
    • Berchtesgaden salt mines
    • Colosseum & Forum as part of Roma pass

Optional 5-day Southern Italy & Greece extension:

  • 5 nights at superior tourist class hotels or better, 2-share rooms with private bath/shower
    • including overnight ship from Italy to Greece (4-share cabin)
  • Daily continental breakfasts
  • 4 three-course specialty dinners
  • Bike ride on the Isle of Poros
  • Toga party
  • Guided tours in Pompeii & Athens led by a local historian
  • Admission to:
    • Pompeii excavations
    • Acropolis

Plus:

  • Private tour director for the entire duration of the land tour
  • All scheduled sightseeing
  • Intra-European transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
  • All service charges and local taxes
  • Luggage tag and travel booklets

Featured Sights & Events:

  • London welcome orientation & pub crawl
  • See Big Ben, Buckingham Palace & Piccadilly Circus
  • English Channel Ferry Crossing
  • French bistro dinner
  • Seine River cruise
  • Paris Museum Pass to Louvre, Musée National Picasso, Versailles and more
  • See Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and more
  • Visit Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Tour of Versailles Palace
  • See Brussels' Grand’ Place
  • Bike in the Dutch countryside
  • Wooden shoe maker and Edam cheese farm visit
  • Dutch-Indonesian Rice Table dinner and Amsterdam canal cruise
  • Rhine River cruise and Cologne Cathedral
  • See Heidelberg Castle
  • Medievel Rothenburg & gasthaus lunch
  • See Munich Glockenspiel Chimes and Marienplatz
  • Authentic Bavarian dinner
  • Berchtesgaden salt mines
  • Mozart’s Salzburg
  • Austrian Alpine Center stay- outdoor activities and hearty dinners
  • See Venice's Doge’s Palace, Bridge of Sighs & St. Mark’s Square
  • Murano glass-blowing workshop
  • Florence art tour, Gates of Paradise, the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio and more
  • Roma Pass with admission to the Forum, Colosseum , Nero’s Circus Maximus and more
  • Visit St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City
  • Viva Italia pasta party
  • Pompeii archeological excavations
  • Overnight ship to Greece
  • Greek Island Center stay & toga party
  • Athens farewell taverna dinner

Click on links below to view fun videos.

ENGLAND: London

Welcome orientation and pub dinner. Pub crawl. Guided tour of London's Pomp & Pageantry. Big Ben. Buckingham Palace...


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  • FRANCE: Paris

    French bistro dinner. Paris by night. Seine river cruise. Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame. Arc de Triomphe. Versailles Palace. Moulin Rouge....


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  • BELGIUM: Brussels

    Brussels Grand Place. Belgian chocolates. Mannekin-Pis. European Union headquarters...


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  • HOLLAND: Amsterdam, Dutch Countryside

    Canal boat ride. Cheese and wooden shoes. Biking through fishing villages. Van Gogh. Dutch-Indonesian rice table dinner...


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  • GERMANY: Cologne, Heidelberg, Rothenburg, Munich

    Castles & cathedrals. Rhine river cruise. Romantic road to medieval Rothenburg. Oktoberfest city. Hofbrauhaus. Bratwurst & sauerkraut...


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  • Play Munich Video


  • AUSTRIA: Salzburg, Lake District

    Salzburg Mozart sights. Alpine Center. Horseback riding. Whitewater rafting. Hiking. Gourmet dinner....


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  • ITALY & VATICAN CITY: Venice, Florence, Pompeii, Rome, Vatican City

    Venetian glass-blowing workshop. Bridges and canals. Colosseum. Roman Forum. St. Peter's Basilica. Michelangelo. Mt. Vesuvius Volcano. Pasta party...


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  • Play Florence Video

  • Play Rome & Vatican City Video

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  • GREECE: Isle of Poros, Athens

    Fun in the sun. Souvlaki. Acropolis. Plaka District. Parthenon. Zeus and Socrates. Toga party. Saying good-bye...


  • Play Poros Island Video

  • Play Athens Video

  • Free Airport Transfers & Discount Airfare

    When you book your airfare through AESU, you get these great benefits:

    • Free airport transfers overseas on tour start and return dates
    • Hassle free—we take care of all the details
    • Free quotes & competitive rates
    • Fly with fellow travelers
    • Flexible payment schedule
    • AESU can help with special flight requests too
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    Optional Activities & Excursions Offered on Your Trip.

    Have it your way and personalize your trip by adding fun, optional activities. These activities are not included in your land package price to allow free time for those who want to explore on their own. Rates have been specially negotiated with the suppliers and will include transportation to and from the event, where applicable. All options are based on a minimum number of travelers participating. Rates listed are approximate rates in US$ and are subject to change. Contact your tour director upon arrival overseas to book and pay for your options. Payment to tour director in cash in local currency.

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    Moulin Rouge / French Cabaret
    $165

    Since 1889 the cabaret show at the Moulin Rouge has been recognized world-wide because of its famous French can-can, immortalized by artist Toulouse-Lautrec.
    The above cost includes transfers by taxi, metro and/or motor coach, entrance to the “Féerie” show at 11:00pm, and a glass of champagne.
    NOTE: A surcharge of EURO10 per person will be applied for visits on Friday and Saturday evenings.

    Whitewater Rafting
    $54

    The Enns River in Austria offers some of the country’s best whitewater rafting. All necessary gear such as wetsuit, helmet, boots and life jacket are provided. Instructions are provided by experienced rafting guides. Groups of 8-10 people per boat with their own guide on-board. Rapids, narrows, and even a small waterfall ensure excitement. The tour is tame enough to ensure fun for both experienced rafters and beginners alike. Depending on the water level, the Enns River near Schladming is a 3 or medium on the difficulty scale.
    The cost includes round-trip transfer, equipment and boat rental as well as a two hour ride guided by licensed rafting guides.

    Tuscan Feast
    $71

    Get ready for a dinner of pure Italian delights at Il Latini, located in the heart of Renaissance Florence. Once the stables of L.B. Alberti’s masterpiece palace, the Latini family’s restaurant and winery offers the original flavors of Tuscany. Frommer’s writes: Under hundreds of hanging prosciutto ham hocks, the waiters try their hardest to keep a menu away from you and serve instead a filling, traditional set meal with bottomless wine. This usually kicks off with ribollita and pappa al pomodoro or penne strascicate (in a ragù mixed with cream). If everyone agrees on the arrosto misto, you can get a table-filling platter heaped high with assorted roast meats. Finish off with a round of cantucci con vin santo for everyone.
    Cost includes round-trip transfers if hotel is not in walking distance. Tuscan Feast includes wine and water.

    Chianti Excursion
    $46

    The Chianti excursion starts with a picturesque drive through the vineyards of one of the best known wine growing areas. A local expert will show us the cellars and introduce us to a variety of wines accompanied by local specialties of ham, Tuscan salami, olive oils, and bread. After free time to explore the town of Greve, we will return to Florence.
    Cost includes round-trip transfer by motor coach, tour of the facilities, wine tasting, and samples of local foods. Free time in Greve. Times and prices are subject to change.

    Aquatic Adventure / Hydra Excursion
    $75

    Board the “Flying Dolphin” Hydrofoil to the white-washed island of Hydra where no cars are allowed—just donkeys. Drink in the panoramic vistas, discover hidden back alleys, shop at harbor boutiques alongside ritzy yachts, or swim in the crystal-clear waters. Enjoy lunch at a rustic, local taverna.
    The cost includes round-trip transfers from hotel to harbor, round trip Flying Dolphin tickets from Poros to Hydra, and a taverna lunch including local wine.

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    What to do during your free time? For more details or current local events talk to your tour director or your local city guide. They are always the best source for free-time activities and offer great tips on restaurants or local hang-outs.

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    Meals

    Traveling on this trip will introduce you to some native cuisine, including local specialties.

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    Hotels

    We stay in superior tourist class hotels, all with private bath/shower in 2-share rooms. Our hotels have been specially selected for their European atmosphere, friendly hospitality, and cleanliness. Our hotels are centrally located or within a short walk of public transportation to take you to the landmark of your choice in the city you are visiting. (Why stay in remote cabins, hostels, or share your room with up to 6 people, when you can stay in a centrally located hotel?)

    You'll be given a complete hotel address list with your final documents. Properties are subject to change and any substitutions would be the equivalent of those listed. *Single supplement only applies if single accommodations are requested. Independent hotel reservations, special tours and FIT tours always apply a single supplement. Please check your itinerary.

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    COPTHORNE TARA HOTEL LONDON KENSINGTON, London

    Located in the heart of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington offers an extremely convenient location, with easy access to many shops and restaurants, as well as to the popular districts of Knightsbridge and Notting Hill.

    HOTEL IBIS TOUR EIFFEL CAMBRONNE, Paris

    The Ibis Paris Cambronne Tour Eiffel is located in the heart of Paris just a few minutes from the Eiffel Tower, the Bateaux Mouches sightseeing boats and the Champs-Elysées. The rooms have free WiFi and the hotel features a restaurant, bar and 24hr snack service.

    ZAAN INN HOTEL, Zaandam

    The Zaan Inn Hotel is located just north of Amsterdam near the Zaan River. This well-appointed hotel offers smoke-free rooms with a safe deposit box, cable flat-screen TV, telephone, climate control and en suite bathroom with shower and hairdryer. WiFi is available for a fee.

    HOTEL IBIS, Heidelberg

    The Ibis Heidelberg Hotel is centrally located near the main train station. Historic attractions and the unique old town are within easy reach. Rooms feature comfortable beds, adjustable air conditioning and 24-hour services. WIFI is available 24/7 in all rooms at an additional cost, it is free of charge in the hotel lobby and bar area.

    CARAT HOTEL, Munich

    The Carat Hotel Munich offers upmarket 3-star comfort and is located in the heart of Munich. The pedestrian zone, main railway station and many places of interest can all be accessed easily on foot. The Sendlinger Tor underground station is only 200 metres from the hotel.

    PANORAMAHOTEL GUERTL, Haus im Ennstal

    The 4-star Hotel Panorama is a small, family-run hotel in a quiet location in Lech am Arlberg. All rooms have free WiFi, hairdryer, cable-TV, radio, telephone, a comfortable seating area and a safe. The hotel features a bar and a breakfast room.

    HOTEL RESIDENCE ELITE, Mestre, Venice

    The Residence is just a few minutes away by bus from Venice. This comfortable hotel in Mestre is set out over six floors and has three lifts, one of which is panoramic. All 85 units in the Hotel Residence Elite have been recently renovated to offer guests a vast range of options. The public rooms are extremely pleasant and welcoming: guests can have breakfast in a large, bright room, relax in the reading room or in the small garden and enjoy a cocktail at the hotel bar.

    GRAND HOTEL MEDITERRANEO, Florence

    The 4-star Grand Hotel Mediterraneo is situated in an enchanting and peaceful position on the banks of the Arno river, a short distance from the centre of Florence. The hotel features an excellent restaurant offering authentic Tuscan cuisine and an American bar and lounge.

    HOTEL REGENT, Rome

    The Hotel Regent is located in the heart of an exclusive residential neighborhood in Rome, the Parioli area, just minutes away from Villa Borghese, the National Gallery of Modern Art and Via Veneto. Easy access to the city is available via public transportation. Wifi may be limited and at an additional cost.

    OVERNIGHT FERRY, Italy-Greece

    Superfast Ferries, the youngest and fastest ferry fleet, welcomes you on board for an unforgettable traveling experience. While most of our groups travel on Superfast Ferries from Bari to Patras on their way from Italy to Greece, it is possible that due to scheduling issues or availability, vessels such as Maritime Way will be used from Bari or Brindisi. 4-share accommodations on all vessels.

    HOTEL PAVLOU, Poros

    Hotel Pavlou is located right in the heart of Neorion Bay and right in front of the beach and only a short distance away from the hustling and bustling of Poros town. WiFi may be limited and at an additional cost.

    HOTEL ARION, Athens

    The Arion Hotel is located within walking distance of Monastiraki Metro station and the Plaka area. This is a smoke-free hotel and has a 24-hour front desk and a computer station. WiFi is free in the common areas.

    Essential Europe - 19 days - end in Rome$3898.00
    Essential Europe - 24 days (19 days PLUS 5 day extension) - end in Athens$4663.00
    Click on a date below to get a quote or book online
    Start In LondonEnd In RomeLand Only
    2017
    Jun 26  Jul 13$3898

    Or call 800-638-7640 to speak with a travel expert

    If you purchase your own airfare, book your overnight flight from the USA one day earlier than the tour start date listed above.

    * Price per person based on a twin share room. If you're traveling alone, AESU will arrange for you to share a twin at NO EXTRA COST. If you prefer a single room, a single supplement of $985/$325 will apply.

    AIRFARE

    Gateway Cities

    Fly into London, return from Rome for 19-day program or return from Athens for 24-day program.

    Airfare is not included in land price. If you choose to book air with AESU, after receipt of your land booking, AESU will email you a quote with your tour confirmation invoice. You will have 72 hours to accept or decline airfare. (Or call AESU at 800-638-7640 for a quote prior to booking).

    Book Airfare with AESU - FREE Airport Transfers

    Purchase your airfare from AESU and receive free arrival/departure transfers between the airport to your hotels. We also try to book you on the same flights as others traveling on your tour. Land only participants BOOKING OWN FLIGHT OVERSEAS, DO NOT receive airport arrival/departure transfers. If you book land only with us, book your flights from the USA one day earlier than the tour start date.

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    How to Book

    You can make your $500 deposit ONLINE to confirm your space on the land tour. Full payment isn't due until 90 days before departure, and you or friends and family can make partial payments after you've booked (See NOTE below if within 90 days). Or you can scan/email or fax a booking form.

    If you just want a quote and don’t want to secure a spot on the land program, select date above and click “Get a Quote” button on next page.

    NOTE: Reservations to be paid in full 90 days prior to departure. Reservations received after this date are subject to availability and any airfare quote can only be held for 72 hours. Payment in full, for late bookings, will be due upon receipt of invoice from AESU. A late booking fee of $100 per person will apply.

    All prices reflect a cash discount (For full payment by credit card, there is a 4% processing fee.)

    To download a copy of the Terms and Conditions Click here.

    INSURANCE: We highly recommend travel insurance. (Check if trip insurance is offered directly by your Alumni Assoc. If not, you can get a quote and purchase online through MH Ross Travel Insurance Services. See the insurance link on AESU's website under Travel Tools or copy this link into your browser: https://www.mhross.com/index.php/consumer/portal/AESU3922MD

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