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One of the best-preserved Old World cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bruges is one of Europe’s most charming destinations. Experience its ancient cobbles and fairy-tale turrets for yourself, and learn about the city’s fascinating history as a capital for textiles and lace as you admire the view of centuries-old guild houses reflected off the shimmering waters of Bruges' meandering canals.
Discover the city’s magic on your own, or opt for some “Bruges Delights”
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, then a day at leisure to discover this magical city on your own. Or embark on an optional tour of Bruges Delights. This is a foray into the city's culinary treasures, and will take you to a chocolatier, a local pub for some beer tasting, and a stop for a delicious Belgian "lace cookie." This is an ideal excursion for those looking to taste some of the country's signature food and drink. Dinner is at the hotel.
Among the most famous “delights” are Belgian chocolates! Nothing like what you’ll find in other parts of the world, Belgian sweets are much richer and this world-renowned chocolate is a true treat. On this optional tour, hear how to make the perfect chocolate — while tasting some! You'll also sample light, crisp, and elegant lace cookies, which are named after the lace-like holes that form as they bake. But if the sweets don’t do it for you, the beers just might. This little country makes a lot of beer (almost 200 breweries reside here!) and really good beer, too — from Flemish reds to lambics, dubbels to blondes. You probably won’t be able to try them all, but while on cruise, you’ll have the opportunity to taste a few.
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, then transfer to the airport in Brussels for your flight home.
The 19th century luminaries who once visited Montreux — such as Tolstoy, Nabakov, Flaubert, Dostoyevsky — were no doubt drawn by the pleasant climate, idyllic surroundings, and shimmering waters of Lake Geneva. This resort town remains an elegant escape, and you’ll experience its many charms on this extension. Enjoy a full-day tour of the Château de Chillon and Gruyères region — which includes some time at the Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, a UNESCO World Heritage Site — as well as the opportunity to watch witness the art of cheese making with a local family and visit a chocolatier. You’ll also have time on your own to explore Montreaux and nearby Gruyere, and generally revel in the beauty of this lakeside gem. This vibrant city also happens to be an unofficial capital of jazz, as it is the home to the esteemed Montreux Jazz Festival.
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Transfer to Montreux with a delightful stop in Bern along the way
From Basel, enjoy a scenic transfer to Montreux, stopping in Bern for a brief walk in the Swiss capital. Lunch will be on your own here. Arrive at your hotel in the afternoon and relax as you take in your beautiful surroundings.
Explore Château de Chillon and Gruyères region, including cheesemaker and chocolatier visits
Today embark on a full-day tour of Château de Chillon and the Gruyères region. The chateaux, which is perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking picturesque Lake Geneva, evokes visions of fairytales and intrigue. You’ll learn the full story of this fabled fortress, including its famous dungeons, during your visit here. You’ll also explore the Gruyères region, including the UNESCO-listed Lavaux Vineyard Terraces. The scenery you’ll experience will be enhanced with a Cultural Discovery: You’ll get the chance to visit a local cheese-making family (where we can sample the region's famous eponymous cheese) as well as a chocolatier, as you discover the delectable specialities of this town firsthand.
Today, embark on a full-day tour of Château de Chillon and the Gruyères region. The chateaux, which is perched on a rocky outcrop looking out over picturesque Lake Geneva, evokes visions of fairytales and palace intrigue. You’ll learn the full story of this fabled fortress, including its famous dungeons, during your visit here. You’ll also explore the Gruyères region, including the UNESCO-listed Lavaux Vineyard Terraces. The scenery you’ll experience will be enhanced with a Cultural Discovery: you’ll get the chance to visit a local cheese-making family as well as a chocolatier.
A day at leisure, or opt to visit Geneva and world-famous CERN
Enjoy a day at leisure today to explore at your own pace. Or embark on an optional tour to Geneva and CERN, the vaunted scientific research facility that is renowned for its Large Hadron Collider, the largest machine in the world. You'll experience it through the Microcosm Exhibition, which allows you to follow the path of a particle throughout the process to the collider, giving you valuable context in understanding this groundbreaking scientific center. A Farewell Dinner is included at the hotel this evening.
Price now reduced! Explore more of Switzerland on an optional tour that takes you to one of the country’s most beloved cities – Geneva – as well as its world-famous CERN facility. You’ll be introduced to many charms of Switzerland’s second-most populous city on a driving and walking tour, before venturing to CERN. A hub of cutting-edge science, CERN has been home to the birth of the World Wide Web and groundbreaking discovery of the Higgs Boson particle via the Large Hadron Collider (which is also the world’s largest machine).
Transfer to the Geneva airport for your flight home
After breakfast this morning, transfer to Geneva airport to begin the journey home.