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

May 31 (US departure date) - June 18 (Rome return date) or June 23, 2020 (Athens return date)

Check Availability or call 301-405-7938 or 800-336-8627

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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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.

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 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$4175.00
Essential Europe - 24 days (19 days PLUS 5 day extension) - end in Athens$4960.00
Click on a date below to get a quote or book online
Start In LondonEnd In RomeLand Only
2020
Jun 1  Jun 18$4175

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. Single accommodations are not available on the overnight ship from Italy to Greece.

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 and 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. If you are not booking flights through AESU, we recommend not booking airfare until your tour is guaranteed (This will be noted on website with “guaranteed departure” next to tour start date).

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How to Book

Click on a date above to get a quote or book online. 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.

Payment Plan

After paying a deposit of $500 online to reserve your spot, you can pay your balance in as many installments as you like, with a minimum of $100 for each transaction and no service fee. Please indicate booking number on your check payment. If you prefer to pay installments by credit card, please call us at 800-638-7640 for details. (All prices reflect a cash discount. There is a 4% processing fee for any payments made by credit card after initial deposit.) The total tour cost (land, and air if applicable) must be paid in full at least 90 days before departure.

INSURANCE: We highly recommend travel insurance. The Alumni Association will provide information on insurance once you have booked your trip.

Is This Trip Right for You?


"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!"
-Past traveler

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University of Maryland
Alumni Association

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Contact: Angela Dimopoulos Bielecki '07
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