5 Cities, 12 Days: A List of Must-See Sights and Experiences in Europe!

Hey there, it’s Dylan from Europe Incoming, your trusted European DMC, welcoming you back to EI’s Insights—your prime source for all things related to European travel. Today, I’m thrilled to share with you an extraordinary journey that goes beyond the usual tourist trails. Imagine embarking on a 12-day voyage across five of Europe’s most enchanting cities, each offering a unique tapestry of experiences that promise to captivate your heart and enrich your soul.

As a leading DMC in Europe, we specialise in crafting tours that not only showcase the iconic sights but also delve deep into the cultural essence of each destination. This curated list of must-see sights and experiences is designed to immerse you in the local culture, flavours, and traditions, ensuring a journey that’s as comfortable as it is memorable. From the historic pubs of London to the serene waters of Lake Lucerne, we’re here to guide you through an unforgettable exploration of Europe’s finest.

Join me as we embark on this splendid adventure, where each day unfolds like a page from a richly illustrated book, filled with stories waiting to be discovered. Let’s dive into the heart of Europe, experiencing its beauty, history, and vibrancy first-hand.

Day 1-3: London

Your adventure kicks off in London, a city where history and modernity blend seamlessly. After settling in, our first evening introduces you to British culinary delights, setting the tone for your journey. The following days are a whirlwind of exploration; from the grandeur of Buckingham Palace to the historic Tower of London, and not forgetting the panoramic views from the London Eye. Your experience is enriched with a traditional English tea in a historic tea room, followed by an exclusive Afternoon Pubs walking tour. London’s pubs are not just about ale; they’re about history, culture, and the stories that have shaped the city.

Local Cuisines Not to Be Missed:

  • Fish and Chips: Experience this classic British dish at a traditional pub.
  • Sunday Roast with Yorkshire Pudding: A hearty British tradition not to be missed.
  • Afternoon Tea: Indulge in scones, clotted cream, and an assortment of teas.

Day 4-5: Amsterdam

Next, we whisk you to Amsterdam via the comfort and speed of the Eurostar. Amsterdam greets you with its iconic canals and bridges, best enjoyed through a serene canal cruise at sunset. The vibrancy of the city comes alive as you explore the Anne Frank House, Van Gogh Museum,  and the colourful flower markets. Amsterdam’s unique boutiques and cafes offer a leisurely afternoon, inviting you to soak in the city’s laid-back atmosphere.

Local Cuisines Not to Be Missed:

  • Stroopwafel: A sweet treat consisting of two thin waffles with a syrup filling.
  • Bitterballen: Savoury meat-based balls, perfect for snacking, especially in one of the city’s cosy pubs.
  • Dutch Cheese: Sample some of the world’s best cheeses, like Gouda and Edam.

Day 6-7: Brussels to Paris

Our journey continues to Paris, with a panoramic tour in Brussels capturing the grandeur of the Grand Place and the futuristic Atomium. As we arrive in Paris, the city of love awaits with its iconic landmarks. The following day, a morning tour introduces you to the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, and Notre Dame Cathedral, followed by a magical Seine River cruise. Paris by night is a spectacle of romance and lights, a fitting backdrop for your memories.

Local Cuisines Not to Be Missed:

  • Belgian Waffles and Chocolates in Brussels: Treat yourself to these iconic sweet delights.
  • Soupe à l’Oignon: This French onion soup, a Parisian bistro staple, is rich, comforting, and topped with a crispy, cheesy crouton.
  • Crème Brûlée: For a sweet finish, this creamy custard topped with a hard layer of caramelized sugar is quintessentially French and a must-try in Paris.

Day 8-9: Burgundy to Lake Geneva

Diving deeper into the heart of Europe, our path leads through Burgundy, famous for its vineyards. Here, a winery tour offers insights into the art of wine-making, complemented by tastings. The journey to Lake Geneva brings us to the tranquil shores of Switzerland. A visit to La Maison du Gruyere reveals the secrets behind the nation’s famed cheese, rounded off with a delightful meal that tantalises your taste buds.

Local Cuisines Not to Be Missed:

  • Burgundy Wines: Explore the region’s renowned vineyards for a taste of its prestigious wines.
  • Boeuf Bourguignon: A Burgundian beef stew that is as comforting as it is delicious.
  • Swiss Fondue: In Geneva, indulge in this quintessential Swiss experience, featuring local Gruyère and Emmental cheeses.

Day 10-11: Lake Lucerne

The picturesque landscapes of Lake Lucerne await, with private tours showcasing the Chapel Bridge, Lion Monument, and historic squares. The highlight is undoubtedly the ascent to Mt. Pilatus via the world’s steepest cogwheel train, offering views that stretch the imagination. The serene beauty of Lake Lucerne serves as a perfect backdrop for reflection and relaxation

Local Cuisines Not to Be Missed:

  • Rösti: A Swiss potato dish often enjoyed as a breakfast item but perfect any time of day.
  • Swiss Chocolate: No visit to Switzerland is complete without tasting its world-famous chocolate.
  • Alplermagronen: Also known as Swiss Mac and Cheese, this dish is a hearty combination of pasta, cheese, potatoes, and onions, often served with apple sauce.

Day 12: Zurich Farewell

As your journey with us, your trusted DMC in Europe, draws to a close, we ensure your transfer to Zurich Airport is seamless. The memories of the past 12 days are rich with cultural immersion, breath-taking sights, and experiences that have brought you closer to the heart of Europe .

This journey through Europe is not just about seeing new places; it’s about experiencing them. With Europe Incoming, every step is carefully crafted to ensure comfort, immersion, and unforgettable moments

Embracing the Journey: A Fond Farewell to Europe’s Riches

As we wrap up this gastronomic and cultural odyssey through some of Europe’s most iconic destinations, it’s clear that the journey we’ve embarked on is more than just a holiday; it’s an immersive exploration that engages all your senses. Each city on our itinerary, carefully curated by Europe Incoming, your expert DMC in Europe, offers a unique blend of historical richness , breath-taking landscapes, and culinary delights that together create an unforgettable tapestry of experiences.

Whether it was wandering through the historic streets of London, cruising the canals of Amsterdam , marvelling at the architectural wonders of Paris, sipping on fine Burgundy wines, or soaking in the serene beauty of Lake Lucerne , this journey promised—and delivered—a myriad of moments that will linger in your memory long after you’ve returned home.

We believe that travel should be about discovery, learning, and enjoyment, and we’re committed to creating journeys that resonate with this philosophy.

Until we meet again with more travel tips, keep discovering and stay smart. This is Dylan from Europe Incoming, saying goodbye. Safe travels and see you soon!

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