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Buckingham Palace in London
Buckingham Palace in London

Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; to get an estimated price, use a currency converter for exchange rate information (pricing may vary at the time of booking).

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A Taste of London A unique chance to combine a traditional London pub experience with a relaxed, night-time river cruise, viewing some of the capital's most beautiful illuminated sights. Enjoy a three-course dinner with several local menu choices, including fish and chips and steak and ale pie at an historic London pub in the City of London. Following dinner you will enjoy scenic views from the comfort of your private cruiser. Highlights include Tower Bridge, St. Paul's and the Houses of Parliament, with commentary from your guide as you cruise along the River Thames.

Approximate value: £67 GBP per person


Afternoon Excursion to Windsor Castle Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. One of the official residences of Queen Elizabeth II the castle is still used regularly for ceremonial and state occasions. Visit the magnificent State Apartments furnished with priceless works of art by Holbein, Rembrandt, Rubens and Van Dyck. See wonderful St. George's Chapel the burial place of ten monarchs including Henry VIII and Charles I.

Approximate value: £48 GBP per person


Buckingham Palace and the Royal Mews Buckingham Palace serves as both the office and London residence of Her Majesty The Queen. During August and September when the Queen makes her annual visit to Scotland, the Palace's state rooms are open to visitors. These are the heart of the Palace, lavishly furnished with some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection which are used for ceremonial occasions and official entertaining. Before entry to the Palace you will visit the Royal Mews, one of the finest working stables still in existence. See the State vehicles, both horse-drawn carriages and cars, used for coronations, royal weddings and State Visits, including the magnificent Gold State Coach which has been used for every coronation since 1821 and was last used for The Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002.

Approximate value: £56 GBP per person


Shownight - Memphis (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday) MEMPHIS Winner of four Tony Awards® in 2010, including Best Musical, is inspired by true events from the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee. MEMPHIS follows the fame and forbidden love of a radio DJ who wants to change the world and a club singer who is ready for her big break. Join them on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves - filled with laughter, soul and rock n' roll!

Approximate value: £109 GBP per person


Shownight - War Horse (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday) War Horse, based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo, is a powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and magnificent artistry. South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company brings breathing, galloping, full-scale horses to life on the stage - their flanks, hides and sinews built of steel, leather and aircraft cables. Experience the emotional journey that charges through the battlefields of history straight to hearts of audiences around the world.

Approximate value: £109 GBP per person


Tower of London and Crown Jewels The Tower of London is one of the most famous historic buildings in the world. Built by William the Conqueror in 1066-1067, it has been guarded by Yeoman Warders (popularly known as the Beefeaters) since the 14th century. It has been a fortress, a royal palace, a prison, a place of execution, and an armory. It is most famously known as the home to the priceless Crown Jewels, including the solid gold crown used at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, the Imperial State Crown and Sovereigns Sceptre, the incredible Cullinan diamonds, and the Koh-i-Noor.

Approximate value: £45 GBP per person


Dutch Dinner and Evening Walk in Historical Amsterdam Join a traditional Dutch dinner at a local restaurant (drinks included). Later, together with a Local Guide stroll through one of Amsterdam's oldest and most fascinating areas: the Red Light District. Of course this district is famous for the obvious reasons, but it houses also many of the city's historical buildings like the Old Church, the Royal Palace at Dam Square, and more. (Please note that during this walk you will pass by shops with erotic articles and images, therefore the walking part may not be suitable for all ages.)

Approximate value: €67 EUR per person


Marksburg Castle Enjoy a guided visit of Marksburg Castle, located on a hill overlooking the Rhine River. It has survived time and is one of the best examples of medieval architecture in Germany. The earliest part of the castle was constructed in a triangular layout built in the Romanesque style. Later in the 13th century, it was bought by Count Eberhard II of Katzenelnbogen, whose family was one of the wealthiest in the Rhineland, and was expanded in the Gothic style, giving the castle its unique present-day form. It has also been used as a fortress, a home for disabled soldiers, and a state prison.

Approximate value: €29 EUR per person


Classical Austrian Dinner Enjoy a delicious Austrian dinner with drinks at a typical local restaurant.

Approximate value: €57 EUR per person


Heurigen Dinner Enjoy dinner with music and wine at one of the Heurigen (wine taverns) in the wine-growing area of the Vienna Woods. A Heuriger is a tavern that serves its own wine from the current harvest year and traditional fare such as Wienerschnitzel and Apfelstrudel.

Approximate value: €55 EUR per person


Schoenbrunn Palace One of Europe's most impressive baroque palace complexes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and former summer residence of the imperial family, Schonbrunn was originally built in 1642 and later redesigned from the ground up by Empress Maria Theresa. The dazzling residential apartments and state rooms with their original furnishings and decorations, and the impressive park and gardens surrounding the palace, convey an authentic impression of the imperial lifestyle.

Approximate value: €48 EUR per person


Waltz and Operetta Concert An opera house orchestra and soloists perform famous works by Johann Strauss, Lehar, Mozart, and more in one of the city's elegant concert halls.

Approximate value: €52 EUR per person


Mount Pilatus Journey almost 7,000 feet (2,132m)up - via the world's steepest cogwheel railway (with an inclination of 48 degrees), the silent aerial tramway and the panoramic gondola for spectacular views over central Switzerland. The Mount Pilatus mountain range was first inhabited by Celtic herdsmen and later became well-known to travelers worldwide when completion of the Gotthard Route made the area more accessible. The rugged cliffs above Lucerne have been cloaked in myth and legend since the Middle Ages when it was believed that a dragon with healing powers and spirits inhabited the rocky crevices.

Approximate value: €63 EUR per person


One Hour Cruise on Lake Lucerne Board your private motorboat for an enchanting and relaxing one-hour cruise on glassy Lake Lucerne, also known as the Vierwaldstattersee (Lake of the Four Forest Cantons). Marvel at the spectacular mountain scenery and admire fjords, bays, and rolling meadows.

Approximate value: €35 EUR per person


Swiss Folklore Party and Dinner Contrary to belief, not all Swiss can yodel or blow the alphorn, but those you will meet during your folklore dinner party are real experts. They will entertain you with merry melodies on the accordion and traditional dances, while having a 3-course dinner with also a sample of typical cheese fondue and 1 liter stein of beer (or two glasses of wine or soft drink) to toast your Swiss evening.

Approximate value: €82 EUR per person


Dinner and Cabaret Show at Famous Lido Enjoy dinner and cabaret show at the Lido, the mythical establishment on the Champs- Elysee that has been the incarnation of Parisian nights since 1946. Get on board this enchanted voyage in the heart of the Ville Lumiere in a brilliant show with sumptuous costumes and marveling visual effects. Savor your succulent 3 course menu, a unique blend of tradition and innovation prepared by expert French chefs, accompanied by half a bottle of wine and water. Sip a glass of champagne as you revel in the music and sparkling performances by the world-famous dancers. The true Paris experience at its dazzling best!

Approximate value: €157 EUR per person


Dinner and Show at La Nouvelle Eve No visit to Paris is complete without a night out at the cabaret! Enjoy a whirling international dinner show (unlimited wine) at Pigalle's one and only La Nouvelle Eve.

Approximate value: €124 EUR per person


Dinner and Show at Moulin Rouge Enjoy an unforgettable evening at the world-renowned Moulin Rouge, home of the French Can Can for more than a century. Dinner with half a bottle of wine is served during the show and a glass of champagne completes your evening in style.

Approximate value: €170 EUR per person


Dinner Party and Illumination Drive A perfect introduction to Paris! After a full-course dinner with choices of typical French dishes, drinks included, your tour director will show you the "City of Light."

Approximate value: €68 EUR per person


Excursion to the Louvre Museum Your guide will bring to life the most celebrated treasures of the impressive Louvre Museum, including da Vinci's famous Mona Lisa. Built originally as a royal fortress in the Middle Ages, the Central Arts Museum was opened to the public in 1793. The Louvre holds 35,000 works of art divided into eight categories: paintings, prints & drawings, sculpture, decorative arts, Greek, Etruscan & Roman antiquities, Egyptian antiquities, Near Eastern antiquities, and Islamic art. NOTE: This excursion is not available to groups on Tuesdays, public holidays, and Sundays.

Approximate value: €48 EUR per person


Excursion to the Palace of Versailles Travel out of Paris to the lavish 17th-century baroque Palace of Versailles, built by the Sun King, Louis XIV, with its magnificent State Apartments, Hall of Mirrors, and Royal Chapel. Your Local Guide will bring its history to life during your visit, then time at leisure to stroll through parts of the elegant 250-acre gardens. Louis XIII originally purchased Versailles and its surrounding land to serve as his hunting lodge. Later, his son, Louis XIV, decided to make it his seat of government, and in 1682, he installed his impressive court and numerous noble visitors in sumptuous surroundings, a symbol of absolute monarchy. NOTE: This excursion is not available on Mondays and public holidays.

Approximate value: €59 EUR per person