Grad Trip:
Essential Europe from $4175

England – France – Belgium – Holland – Germany – Austria - Italy – Vatican City
PLUS a 5-day optional extension to Greece

19 days PLUS 5 optional days

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What's Included?

The 19-day land package includes:

Transportation and Lodging

  • 17 nights in superior tourist class hotels or better, 2-share rooms with private bath/shower
  • All intra-Europe transportation by air-conditioned motor coach as per itinerary
  • Eurostar train from London to Paris
  • Airport transfers included with purchased AESU group airfare

Meals

  • 17 continental breakfasts
  • 1 Rothenburg Gasthaus lunch
  • 7 three-course specialty dinners, including:
    • French Bistro dinner
    • Dutch Indonesian rice table dinner
    • Authentic Bavarian dinner in Germany
    • 2 hearty Austrian dinners
    • Traditional Florentine dinner
    • Viva Italia pasta party

Activities, Admissions & Sights

  • London welcome orientation and pub crawl
  • 1-day group Tube Pass in London
  • Guided tours in London, Paris, Florence and Rome, all led by local historians
  • Seine River cruise in Paris
  • Tour of the Palace of Versailles
  • 2-day Paris Visité Pass with unlimited access to public transportation system
  • 2-day Paris Museum Pass (includes access to over 70 museums and monuments in Paris including The Louvre, Musée Picasso and more...)
  • Visit and tour of the Fragonard perfumery & museum
  • Biking in the Dutch countryside
  • 2-day Amsterdam Travel Card with unlimited access to local transportation
  • Visit to wooden shoe maker and Edam cheese farm
  • Amsterdam canal cruise
  • Rhine River cruise
  • Medieval Rothenburg
  • Heidelberg Castle
  • Visit the Berchtesgaden salt mines
  • Murano glass blowing workshop and demonstration
  • 72-hour Roma Pass (includes access to the Roman Forum, Colosseum, plus additional free or discounted admissions to sights in Rome. Unlimited public transportation.)
  • Visit St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City and much more…

The 5-day optional land package includes:

Transportation and Lodging

  • 5 nights in superior tourist class hotels or better, 2-share rooms with private bath/shower - Including overnight on ship from Italy to Greece (4-share cabins)
  • All intra-Europe transportation by air-conditioned motor coach and overnight ship as per itinerary

Meals

  • 5 continental breakfasts
  • 4 three-course specialty dinners, including:
    • 3 Greek Island dinners
    • Athens farewell tavern dinner

Admissions & Activities

  • Guided tours in Pompeii and Athens, led by local historians
  • Visit and tour of the Pompeii archeological excavations
  • Admission to Pompeii archeological site
  • Bike rental on the Isle of Poros
  • Greek Island stay
  • Toga party
  • Admission to Acropolis and much more…

Plus:

  • A private tour director for the entire duration of the land tour
  • All service charges and local taxes

Graduate - then CELEBRATE!

Reward yourself for all your hard work with the ultimate escape. The Essential Europe grad trip offers 24 days of exploration, adventure, and insight into many of Europe’s most popular and stunning countries.

This tour provides something for everyone, from mingling with locals on the London pub crawl and seeking adventure parasailing in the Greek isles to photographing the majesty of Il Duomo in Florence and dancing like Julie Andrews in the Austrian hills. Unleash your inner adventurer, enjoy this well-rounded experience and make memories and new friends to last a life time.

ENGLAND: London (2 nights)

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


FRANCE: Paris (3 nights)

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


BELGIUM: Brussels

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


HOLLAND
Amsterdam (2 nights) - Dutch Countryside

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


GERMANY
Cologne - Heidelberg (1 night) - Rothenburg - Munich (2 nights)

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


AUSTRIA
Salzburg - Lake District (2 nights)

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


ITALY & VATICAN CITY
Venice (1 night) - Florence (2 nights) -
Rome (2 nights) - Vatican City - Pompeii

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


GREECE
Overnight Ferry (1 night) - Isle of Poros (3 nights) - Athens (1 night)

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


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.

Chianti Excursion
$65

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.

Watersports - cost depending on activity booked
$0

Enjoy watersport activities just a few steps away from the hotel. From banana boats to wakeboarding, waterskiing, tubing and parasailing - there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Cost for watersport options will depend on the type of option you select. Book directly through your tour director on Poros.

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Free time is a chance to choose your own adventure and explore even further. With endless options in every city, what will you discover?

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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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Holiday Inn Kensington Forum, London

As the tallest Holiday Inn Hotel in Europe, this hotel features many modern bedrooms with stunning views of London’s iconic skyline. All rooms are equipped with high speed Internet, an LCD TV, air conditioning, a refrigerator. Along with a 24-hour fitness room, Holiday Inn Kensington Forum offers its guests a choice of three restaurant and bars whether you want to relax with dinner, grab a quick snack or enjoy a pint of traditional British beer. Enjoy the hotel s close proximity to Harrod's, the Royal Albert Hall, Earls Court and Olympia Exhibition Centres, the Natural History, Science and V&A Museums and Kensington Palace.

HOTEL IBIS PARIS GARE DU NORD CHATEAU LANDON, Paris

The Ibis Hotel Gare du Nord Chateau Landon is located in the centerof Paris, just a 10-minute walk from Gare du Nord Train Station. The hotel offers free WiFi access, all rooms are air-conditioned and feature a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a wardrobe, desk and wooden flooring. The en suite bathroom includes a hairdryer. A buffet breakfast is available each morning at ibis Gare du Nord Chateau Landon.

BEST WESTERN ZAAN INN, 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.

HOTEL IBIS MUENCHEN CITY, Munich

A 4-minute walk from München Hauptbahnhof train station, this centrally located hotel in the Maxvorstadt district is also close to Marienplatz square. The modern rooms all have free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, plus custom-designed beds and work desks. There is a 24/7 lounge/bar offering snacks.

DAS URBISGUT, Altenmarkt

The Hotel Urbisgut offers a friendly, personal atmosphere, cordial hospitality and tradition for an unforgettable and charming stay. Enjoy the sunny, quiet location amid lush meadows and snowy mountains. The rooms boast stylish furniture, light-flooded rooms and a cosy ambiance. Enjoy the comfort of a 4-star hotel and let yourself be surprised by the lovingly prepared small details.

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 ALBANI, Rome

Hotel Albani Roma is a short walk from Villa Borghese Art Gallery and Gardens. It fetures spacious air-conditioned rooms with LCD satellite TV and free Wi-Fi. Busses to Termini Train Station and Rome's historic center stop 800 feet from the hotel, while a tram stop with direct links to Rome's main sights is just opposite the property. All rooms at Albani Roma include a private bathroom with hairdryer, toiletry set and slippers. Breakfast is buffet style, and includes croissants, cold meats and cheeses.

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.

POROS IMAGE HOTEL, Poros

Xenia Poros Image Hotel is located on the picturesque beach of Neorio, just minutes away from Poros town. All the air-conditioned rooms have a balcony, free WiFi, hairdryer, cable-TV, radio, telephone, a comfortable seating area and a safe. There is a full-service restaurant, elegant “Green” bar and a beach bar.

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$4175.00
Essential Europe - 24 days (19 days PLUS 5 day extension) - end in Athens$4960.00
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Start In LondonEnd In RomeLand Only
2020
May 16  Jun 2$4175

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"This experience changed my life forever and I would do it again a million times if I could. It was well planned out, fast-paced, and so much fun. Definitely recommend!"
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