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A remarkably preserved medieval city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bruges is one of Europe’s most charming destinations. Experience its ancient cobbled streets and fairy-tale turrets for yourself, and learn about a fascinating history woven in textiles and lace. Picture-perfect market squares encircled by centuries-old guild houses and soaring towers, churches dripping with character and history . . . all reflected in the shimmering waters of Bruges' dreamy canals. You’ll be glad you came.
Transfer to Bruges
Disembark your ship and head to Bruges this morning, one of the world’s most remarkably preserved medieval cities. After checking into your hotel, dinner is on your own tonight.
Embark on a walking tour of Bruges and cruise its legendary canals
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, and then set out on a walking tour of Bruges. Explore the Market Square and see the iconic Church of Our Lady from the outside — its tower is the second-largest brickwork tower in the world, and truly a sight to behold. You'll also embark a canal cruise so you can witness the graceful arched bridges and charming gardens from the tranquil waters. Your afternoon is at leisure to stroll Bruges’ charming streets and admire medieval-era homes once owned by wealthy textile merchants. Perhaps stop in a lace workshop to see the intricate — and speedy! — work performed by the city’s finest artisans. Dine on your own at one of Bruges' fine restaurants. Later tonight, join your guide for a pub crawl to some of the city’s favorite spots, sampling Flemish red ales, and see why the nation’s beer culture has been recognized on UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Discover the city’s magic on your own, or opt for some “Bruges Delights”
After breakfast, enjoy a day at leisure to discover this magical city on your own. Or, embark on an optional tour to experience some Bruges Delights. During this foray into the city's culinary treasures, you will visit a chocolatier, a local pub for a beer tasting, and a baker so you can sample a delicious Belgian "lace cookie." It’s a fun and delicious way to savor the flavors of Bruges! Gather for a Farewell Dinner this evening.
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.
Today you’ll transfer to the Brussels airport for your return flight home.
The 19th-century luminaries who once visited Montreux — Tolstoy, Nabokov, 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 Gruyère region — which includes some time at the Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Witness the art of cheese-making with a local family and visit a chocolatier. And take time on your own to revel in the beauty of this lakeside gem.
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Board an overnight flight to Geneva, Switzerland
Today you’ll board an overnight flight to Geneva.
Upon arrival in Geneva on Day 2, transfer to Montreux and check into your hotel. You’ll have a few hours to explore on your own before rejoining your fellow travelers for dinner in the hotel this evening.
Explore Château de Chillon and Gruyère region, including cheese-maker and chocolatier visits
Today’s full-day tour introduces you to the singular Château de Chillon and the Gruyère region. The château, 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. You’ll also explore the scenic Gruyère region, including the UNESCO-listed Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, an astonishing 2,000 acres of tidy 11th-century vineyards stretching for some 18 miles along Lake Geneva’s shore. Stop along the way to visit a local cheese-making family to sample the region's famous Gruyère cheese. And no visit to Switzerland is complete with sampling the works of the local chocolatier, which you will have the sweet pleasure of doing.
A day at leisure, or go for the gold with an optional tour and visit Lausanne and the Olympic Museum
Have you ever harbored Olympic dreams of glory? Imagined yourself on the podium with a medal? Then, go for the gold with an optional visit today to Lausanne and the world-class Olympic Museum. After breakfast at the hotel this morning, we head to picturesque Lausanne for a guided walking tour of the city that is also home of the International Olympic Committee. Enjoy time on your own for shopping and lunch at one of the lovely cafés or restaurants. Then, join us for a visit to the museum, recently renovated in 2013. Exhibitions traces the history of the games from ancient times to the modern era with highlights that include a display of Olympic torches and medals. Alternatively, you can choose to spend the day at your leisure in Montreaux.
Join your base tour in Basel
After an included breakfast at the hotel, you’ll transfer to Basel, Switzerland’s city of medieval charms and sophisticated art galleries. Upon arrival, embark your river ship and join Day 2 of the base tour