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WED

JAN 3, 2007

CHICAGO Depart Chicago O’Hare International Airport

     
THU

JAN 4, 2007

MADRID Arrive London Heathrow International Airport

Change planes. Luggage will automatically transfer. 

Arrive Madrid Barajas International Airport 

You will be met upon arrival and transferred to the

Hotel Regente for your 3 night stay. 

Madrid, spacious and dignified capital of Spain, is a blend of stately buildings, tree-lined boulevards and bustling businesses

Afternoon free to explore on own with leaders.

     
FRI

JAN 5, 2007

MADRID After breakfast enjoy an orientation tour which will include Oeste

Park, University City, El Rastro, El Retiro Park, the Columbus Memorial, downtown areas, Puerto del Sol, and  Plaza Mayor.

     
SAT

JAN 6, 2007

MADRID Day at leisure.
     
SUN

JAN 7, 2007

MADRID/

CORDOBA/

SEVILLE

Depart this morning by coach for Cordoba. 

As impressive and surprising as Cordoba presents itself to today's visitor, as impressive and surprising was its past. During the 11th century it was one of the most important capitals in Europe. People of the most different cultures and religions - Jews, Muslims and Christians - were living peacefully together, and important philosophers, scientists and

Artists emerged from here. 

Meet your English speaking local guide and begin a tour of this enchanting city including a visit to the Great Mosque Cathedral.  Afterwards, time for group to get own lunch before continuing to Seville. 

Arrive Seville and check-in to the Hotel Murillo for your 2 night stay.

     
MON JAN 8, 2007 SEVILLE A combination of color, drama and charm has given Seville the marked personality and universal outlook which have made it one of the most highly praised cities in the world. 

This morning see the famed Alcazar, the imposing Cathedral and Giraldo Tower, the Santa Cruz Quarter, and the Plaza of the Americas.

     
TUE

JAN 9, 2007

SEVILLE/

GRANADA

Today, travel by motor coach to Granada, arriving in the afternoon. 

Check into the Hotel Montecarlo for your 2-night stay.

     
WED JAN 10, 2007 GRANADA Granada presents an unusual face, half Moorish and half Christian.   From the hill of the Alhambra one looks out upon the mass of the Sierra Nevadas and down to the edge of the Mediterranean with its fringe of tropical vegetation. 

Your morning tour of Granada will include the famed Alhambra, the Generalife with its wonderful gardens and fountains.

     
THU

JAN 11, 2007

GRANADA/

OVERNIGHT TRAIN

Day at leisure. (Store luggage at the hotel). 

A transfer will be provided from the hotel to the rail station in the early evening. 

Overnight sleeper train with couchettes to Barcelona.

     
FRI

JAN 12, 2007

BARCELONA Arrive this morning in Barcelona.  

Barcelona, the principal city of Catolonia, is an ancient city originating from before the Roman domination.  It is a beautifully laid out city and its port is among the

foremost in the Mediterranean. 

Meet your waiting coach at the station and begin an orientation tour of Spain’s second city and principal seaport, which will include the unusual 14th century Cathedral, the 200 foot high Columbus Monument, the ancient University of Barcelona, and the old city with its Roman walls. 

Afterwards, proceed to the Hotel Principal and check in for your 2 night stay.

     
SAT

JAN 13, 2007

BARCELONA Day at leisure.
     
SUN

JAN 14, 20007

BARCELONA/

AVIGNON

Morning transfer to the rail station. 

Leave Barcelona, Estacio De Franca, on train

Arrive Cerbere at 

Change trains. 

Upon arrival Avignon, walk with group leaders to your hotel. 

Check into the Hotel Mercure Cite des Papes for your 2 night stay.

     
MON JAN 15, 2007 AVIGNON Avignon, an ancient city on the Rhone is

known as the “City of Popes.” 

You will be joined by a local guide for a morning tour of Avignon.

See the celebrated Palace of the Popes, the Cathedral of Nortre-Dame-de Doms, and the Saint Benezet Bridge.

     
TUE

JAN 16, 2007

AVIGNON/

OVERNIGHT TRAIN

Day at leisure. 

Return to the rail station in the late afternoon.  

Arrive Nice, change trains.  

Overnight sleeper train with couchettes to Venice.

     
WED JAN 17, 2007 VENICE Arrive Venice  

Walk with group leaders to the hotel.

Check into the Hotel Universo e Nord for your 2 night stay. 

     
THU

JAN 18, 2007

VENICE Venice, “Queen of the Adriatic”, is a city built

on an archipelago of 117 islands. 

A guide will join you this morning for a walking tour of Venice. See Doge’s Palace, the Bridge of Sighs, and the Rialto Bridge, St Marks Square and the Cathedral, founded in 828.

     
FRI

JAN 19, 2007

VENICE/

FLORENCE

Walk from your hotel to the Santa Lucia station. 

Depart Venice

Arrive Florence 

Walk with leaders to your hotel. 

Check into the Hotel Ester Firenze for your 2 night stay in Florence. 

Florence, capital of Tuscany, is a veritable treasure

house of Italian art and culture. 

After getting settled at the hotel, your guide will join you in the lobby.  Begin a walking tour of Florence, the capital of Tuscany, a veritable treasure house of Italian art and culture. 

See this beautiful Renaissance city and such landmarks as the Piazza del Duomo. This square constitutes the center of the city and the monuments found here are numerous: the Baptristry, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Medici Palace and others.

     
SAT

JAN 20, 2007

FLORENCE Day free to explore the many museums with your leaders.
     
SUN

JAN 21, 2007

FLORENCE/

ASSISSI/

ROME

Travel by train to Rome via Assissi in the morning. 

Luggage can be checked in at the station while the groups visits the famous Monastery of St. Francis. 

Continue to Rome in the afternoon. 

Rome, the “Eternal City”” Built on seven hills, has for many centuries been the political and intellectual center of

Italy and the Catholic world. 

Walk with leader to the Hotel Esquilino and begin your 3 night stay.

     
MON JAN 22, 2007 ROME Your tour this morning by motor coach will be of the Roman Ruins. See the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, the Colosseum where chariot races took place in Roman times, the Temple of Vesta and the Church of St. Peter in Chains.
     
TUE

JAN 23, 2007

ROME Day at leisure
     
WED JAN 24, 2007 ROME/

BRINDISI

Breakfast at the hotel and check out. Walk to Termini Station. 

Leave Rome 

Arrive Brindisi  

Proceed by local bus transportation to the Ferry Pier 

Depart Brindisi on the Elli T

Overnight ferry with cabins to Patras, Greece.

     
THU

JAN 25, 2007

PATRAS/

ATHENS

Arrive Patras in the morning.  

Meeting and transfer by motor coach to Athens. 

Check into the Hotel Philippos for your 3 night stay.

     
FRI

JAN 26, 2007

ATHENS Athens is a fascinating living museum where much time can be spent exploring classical and Roman monuments and Byzantine Churches combined with the modern pleasures of sidewalk cafes, cinemas and theatre. 

With your local guide see the highlights of Athens and a visit to the ancient ruins atop the Acropolis, the Theater of Dionysys, Philopappus Hill, the Temple of Wingless Victory and the Parthanon.

     
SAT

JAN 27, 2007

ATHENS Day at leisure.
     
SUN

JAN 28,

2007 

ATHENS/

ISTANBUL

Morning transfer to the airport. 

Depart Athens International Airport  

Arrive Istanbul International Airport  

You will be met and transferred to the Hotel Sunlight and check in for your 3 night stay.

     
MON JAN 29, 2007 ISTANBUL Enjoy a tour this morning of Istanbul.  

Istanbul is a bustling city located at the crossroads of Asia and Europe.  It is a unique city rising from the sparkling waters of the Bosphorus into a striking skyline of domes and minarets, bridging the continent of Europe and Asia and linking the

Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara. 

See the Golden Horn and the old city. Visit St. Sophia, the great Byzantine basilica built in the 6th century, and the masterpiece of Byzantine architecture, the Blue Mosque with its 6 minarets and blue tiled interior.  

Visit Topkapi Palace. It was the residence of the Ottoman Sultans housing the richness of 700 year.  See the Hippodrome, the place where chariot races and competitive athletic events took place during the Roman period.

     
TUE

JAN 30, 2007

ISTANBUL Free day in Istanbul.
     
WED JAN 31, 2007 ISTANBUL/

TROY/

PERGAMUM

Leave Istanbul in the morning by coach. Cross the Bosphorus and continue to Troy.  Troy, is one of the most evocative sites of antiquity, recalling the epic struggle of the Iliad. Continue by

motor coach to Pergamum  

In Pergamum visit the Asclepion, the ancient medical center that was home to Galen.  Parchment was invented here. 

Check into the Hotel Berkosy for your overnight stay.

     
THU

FEB 1, 2007 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

PERGAMUM/

IZMIR 
 
 
 
 

Depart this morning for Epheses. 

Epheses, the grandest of ancient cities, home of Heraclitus, was famous as a center for worship of Artemis; the goddess’s temple here was among the Seven Wonders of the World. 

See the ruins, the amphitheaters, archaeological museum and chapel. 

Drive to Izmir. 
 

Izmir, birthplace of Homer, is Turkey’s third city and an important port. A modern metropolis, Izmir lies in a beautiful curving bay and is Surrounded by terraced hillsides. 

Overnight at the Hotel Karaca.

     
FRI

FEB 2, 2007

IZMIR/

ISTANBUL/

CAIRO

Day free in Izmir till evening departure transfer. 

Depart Izmir Adnan Menderes International Airport 

Arrive Cairo International Airport

You will be met and transferred to the Hotel Concorde El Dokki,

Cairo for your for 2 night stay.

     
SAT

FEB 3, 2007

CAIRO Late breakfast at the hotel. 

Begin your tour of Cairo in the mid morning. 

Cairo, Egypt’s capital and Africa’s largest city, is a city of contrasts: contemporary skyscrapers mix with hundreds of mosques; boulevards intersect winding narrow streets,

and chic boutiques thrive alongside colorful markets 

Visit the wondrous Pyramids of Giza, built by the Kings, Keops, his son Kefren and his grandson Mequerinos, these Pyramids witnessed several eras and events in Egypt.  Visit the Sphinz, build by the great king Kefren, representing the head of a man and the body of a lion. 

Visit the Egyptian Museum containing treasures found through the centuries. A great opportunity to visit the room of the young king Tut Ank Amun (this room has an extra charge which is paid on the spot). 

Return to hotel.

     
SUN

FEB 4, 2007 
 
 
 
 

CAIRO/

OVERNIGHT

TRAIN

Breakfast at the hotel and check out. 

Transfer to the Citadel of Salah El Din, built during the Islamic

period to protect Egypt form it’s foes. Entrance to the Alabaster mosque which was built by Mohamed Ali is included. 

Continue to the old part of Cairo known as Coptic Cairo. Visit the hanging church, St. Peter’s and the Synagogue of Ben Exra.

At the conclusion of the tour transfer to the train station.

Board the overnight train to Luxor. Dinner is included on the train this evening.

     
MON FEB 5, 2007 ONBOARD CRUISE Upon arrival, you will be met and begin a tour of Luxor. 

Luxor is the world's greatest open-air museum, filled with the awe-inspiring monuments of ancient civilization. The city tells the story of  Ancient Egypt's glorious history - palaces, monuments, temples and tombs 

Visit the Valley of the Kings, where the great kings of ancient Egypt were buried. Some of the entrances are open for public viewing.  See the Temple of El Deir El Bahary, which was built for the First Queen of Egypt. 

Later, transfer to your cruise ship for Embarkation. 

Begin your 4 day, 3 night cruise aboard the M/S Rose of the Nile. 

In the evening visit the Karnak temple and the Cleopatra Lake and Road of the Rams.  Visit Luxor temple.

     
TUE

FEB 6, 2007

ONBOARD CRUISE Morning at leisure. 

Sail to Edfu through the Esna Lock.

     
WED FEB 7, 2007 ONBOARD CRUISE Arrival this morning in Edfu and take part in a tour. 

Transfer in horse carriage to the temple dedicated to the God Horus in “Edfu, known as the falcon headed God.  This temple is known to be one of the best preserved in Egypt. 

Later, sail to Kom Ombo. 

Visit the temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the two gods Sobek and Harories, famous for its’ twin entrance halls and sanctuaries.

     
THU

FEB 8, 2007

CAIRO/

ABU DHABI

Transfer this morning to the airport. Morning flight to Cairo Domestic Airport. 

Upon arrival you will be transferred to Khan El Khalili for last minute sightseeing or souvenir shopping. 

At the scheduled time, transfer to the airport. 

Depart Cairo International Airport  

Arrive Abu Dhabi  

You will be met and transferred to the Novotel Centre Hotel and check in for your 2 night stay.

     
FRI

FEB 9, 2007

ABU DHABI Today a motor coach and driver will be available at the group’s directions for touring as arranged by leaders.
     
SAT

FEB 10, 2007

ABU DHABI/

BANGKOK

Depart Abu Dhabi 

Arrive Bangkok  

Meet your local guide and transfer to the Ibis Siam Bangkok Hotel for your 3 night stay.

     
SUN

FEB 11 2007

BANGKOK Begin your sightseeing in Bangkok. 

Bangkok has dominated Thailand's urban hierarchy as well as its political, commercial and cultural life since the late 18th century. Distinctly modern and Westernized, Bangkok is still a sleepy Thai village with a louder soundtrack

of traffic and nightlife. 

This morning enjoy the City and Temples Tour. The three most unique temples in Bangkok are Wat Traimit, Wat Pho, and Wat Benchamobophit.   

Wat Traimit houses a striking 3-meter tall Golden Budda image, a 5 ton figure of solid gold.  Wat Pho, which features the largest reclining Budda image in Thailand, and the Chedi of the Kings, is Bangkok’s oldest and largest temple.  Wat Benchamobophit is a fine modern Thai temple constructed from white Carrara marble with ornate crossbeams decorated with lacquer and gold.

     
MON FEB 12, 2007 BANGKOK After breakfast, take a short trip by long-tail boats to the floating market, which offers plenty of photo opportunities.  

Continue by coach to Nakhom Pathom and admire the world’s highest chedi.  From here it is a short drive to the picturesque Rose Garden, a lovely resort with beautifully landscaped gardens where you will join the International buffet lunch.  A cultural show starts every afternoon with Thai folk dancing and demonstrations of handicraft skills and Thai boxing and sword fighting.  

Return to the hotel at the conclusion of the show.

     
TUE

FEB 13, 2007

BANGKOK/

SINGAPORE

Early check out and transfer to the airport. 

Depart Bangkok International Airport

Arrive Singapore International Airport 

You will be met and transferred to the Peninsular Excelsior Hotel

for your 2 night stay.

     
WED FEB 14, 2007 SINGAPORE This morning, take part in an orientation tour. 

Singapore has traded in its rough-and-ready opium dens and pearl luggers for towers of concrete and glass, and its steamy rickshaw image for hi-tech wizardry, but its colonial history is very much woven into the fabric of this magical land. 

Singapore sightseeing will include admission to the National Orchid Enclosure and a cable car ride.   

You will also be taken to a film featuring images of Singapore, and an underwater world.

     
THU FEB 15 2007 SINGAPORE/

KUALA LUMPUR

Breakfast at the hotel and check out. 

Depart by motorcoach to Kuala Lumpur. 

En-route, explore historic Malacca, the oldest trading port in Malaysia.  Visit St. Paul’s Hill, the famous gateway and the ruins of St. Paul’s church.  You will have the opportunity to sample a local lunch before heading back to Kuala Lumpur.  This is certainly a tour for a history buff! 

Continue afterwards to Kuala Lumpur. 

Check into the Radius International Hotel for your 2 night stay.

     
FRI

FEB 16, 2007

KUALA LUMPUR Half day sightseeing tour in Kuala Lumpur. 

Experience the beauty and charm of old and new Kuala Lumpur – the Garden City of Light. Highlights of the tour will include the Petronas Twin Towers, OE jewelry showroom, King’s Palace, the National Monument, National Museum, The National Mosque, the Sultan Abdul Samad building and the

Tudor styled Cricket Club. 
 

In the afternoon, take part in a Countryside tour and Batu Caves.  Take a trip to the outskirts of the city along the “Ambassador Row”, Istana Sharif and Malay Villages. Visit Royal Selangor Pewter, which features the most modern and largest pewter factory in the world, reputed internationally for its high quality and craftsmanship. A stop at a Batik Factory – to see how batik, a wax resistant fabric dyeing technique is designed and printed. Our last stop will be at the limestone hills of Batu Caves, which is a famous pilgrimage place for Hindus. A climb of 272 steps leads up to the temple cave. 

Return to your hotel at the end of the day.

     
SAT

FEB 17, 2007

KUALA LUMPUR/

SIEM REAP

Depart Kuala Lumpur on Malaysian Airlines  

Arrive Siem Reap 

Casa Angkor Hotel for 3 nights. 

Balance of the day free to explore Siem Reap on an independent basis. 

Siem Reap is the gateway to the temples of Angkor, Cambodia's spiritual and cultural heartbeat. A quiet, sleepy backwater until a few years ago, it is fast reinventing itself as a sophisticated centre for the new wave of visitors

passing through each year.

     
SUN

FEB 18, 2007

SIEM REAP In the morning, visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor – Angkor Wat. 

The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture.  The five towers symbolize Meru’s five peaks – the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat, the ocean beyond. 

Continue your sightseeing after lunch on your own. 

Visit the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the ancient capital of Angkor Thom unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara.   Also tour the Royal Enclosure Phimeankeas, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King.  Experience sunset at Angkor Wat. 

Return to your hotel in the evening.

     
MON FEB 19, 2007 SIEM REAP In the morning, transfer to Banteay Srei regarded as the jewel in the crown of Classical Khmer Art.  Continue your sightseeing with a visit to the floating village of Chong Khneas, located just south of Siem Reap.  Visit the village and take an excursion in a traditional wooden boat on the Tonle Sap Lake, the “Great Lake” of Cambodia, one of the largest in Asia.  

In the afternoon, continue your temple visits with Neak Pean, a fountain built in the middle of a pool representing the paradisiacal Himalayan mountain lake.   

Visit Ta Som and Preah Khan.  Built by the King Jayavarman VII, Preah Khan is like Ta Prohm, a place of towered enclosures  and shoulder hugging corridors.  Preah Khan is in a reasonable state of preservation and ongoing restoration.    

Tour Ta Prohm until sunset.  One of the area’s most beautiful temples, Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. 

Return to your hotel for dinner.

     
TUE

FEB 20, 2007

SEIM REAP/

HANOI

A day of leisure in Siem Reap 

Depart Siem Reap on Air Vietnam 

Arrive Hanoi Na Boi International Airport 

Upon arrival you will be met by an English-speaking guide and transferred by motrocoach to the International Conference Center Hotel for your 3-night stay.

     
WED FEB 21, 2007 HANOI After breakfast at your hotel, begin visiting the sights in Hanoi. 

Having shed its reluctance to open its doors to the west, Hanoi has become one of the most beguiling cities in Southeast Asia. It's slow-paced and pleasant, with a lovely landscape of lakes, shaded boulevards, verdant public parks and French-colonial architecture. Today’s Hanoi is a fast developing metropolis full of friendly people eager to welcome travelers from all over the world, and to share their rich culture and pride

in their city and country.

Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleaum and his former residence. Also, visit the One-Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, Ngoc Son Temple and the Hoan Kiem Lake.  Enjoy a walk on your own around the old quarter. 

In the afternoon, enjoy a performance of the famous Vietnamese Water Puppets.

     
THU

FEB 22, 2007

HANOI/

HALONG/

HANOI

In the early morning, depart Hanoi by boat for Halong Bay.  Enjoy a boat cruise through World Nature Heritage Bay with its islands, rocks and caves rising from the sea.  A fresh seafood lunch will be prepared and served during the cruise.   

Return to Hanoi and transfer back to your hotel.

     
FRI

FEB 23, 2007

HANOI/

HONG KONG

The first part of the day will be set aside for independent sightseeing and last minute shopping and souvenir hunting. 

In the late afternoon, transfer to Hanoi Na Boi International Airport. 

(Morning flight on wait list) 

Depart Hanoi on Vietnam Airlines

Arrive Hong Kong International Airport 

Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to the Royal Pacific Hotel for your overnight accommodations.

     
SAT

FEB 24, 2007

HONG KONG/

GUANGZHOU/

SHANGHAI

Take part in a morning city tour of Hong Kong.  

In the morning, take part in a Hong Kong Island tour 

Hong Kong is a dynamic city that exhibits a distinctive blend of Eastern and Western cultures. Occupied by the British in 1841 and officially ceded by China a year later, Hong Kong was reunited with the Chinese Mainland in 1997 in a “one country, two systems” arrangement which governs their economy and foreign affairs. A haven for shoppers in search of a bargain deal, the city also boasts an amazing skyline, bustling

harbour and peaceful countryside. 

Visit the fabled peak that overlooks the city’s famous skyline, Victoria Harbour and the South China Sea.  Enjoy the scenic coastal beauty of Deep Water Bay and Repulse Bay.  

Later transfer to the train station for your afternoon train from Hong Kong to Guangzhou. 

Upon arrival in Guangzhou, transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai.

Arrive at Shanghai Airport in the evening and transfer to the Holiday Inn Downtown Shanghai for your 2-night stay.

     
SUN

FEB 25, 2007

SHANGHAI This morning take part in a tour of the city. 

Shanghai, China’s most cosmopolitan and vivacious city; once known as the “Paris of The East”, has a colonial history and is a vibrant port city of international fame and the center for some of the nation’s leading carpet, jade and ivory factories 

Begin with the Old Town with its winding alleyways lined with shops, tea houses, and restaurants. 

Move on to the elegant Yu Garden. 

In the afternoon, visit a neighborhood of old Shikumen, a type of tenement found only in Shanghai.  An ambitious restoration project transformed these old stone buildings into boutiques, clubs and restaurants.  

After dinner, attend a performance of Chinese acrobats.   

     
MON FEB 26, 2007 SHANGHAI/

XIAN

Take part in a morning tour of the magnificent Shanghai Museum.  This large comprehensive art museum houses a collection of 123,000 pieces of cultural relics in 21 categories.   The museum’s pride I certainly their extensive bronze ware, pottery, porcelain and calligraphy exhibits.  

Also visit Pudong, Shanghai’s new city with its towering skyscrapers. 

Later transfer to the airport for your flight to Xian.  

Early afternoon flight to Xian.

Later, take part in a tour of Xian. 

Xian is situated on the south bank of the Wei He River.  This formerly backward consumer city has been gradually built into an industrial city of a fair scale. With a history of more than 3,000 years, Xian was the capital of 11 dynasties.  It was there that Huang Chao and Li Tsu-cheng, famous leaders of peasant revolutions in Chinese history, established their regimes. 

Visit the Great Mosque of Xian, one of the oldest, largest and best-preserved Islamic mosques in China and its location is northwest of the Drum Tower (Gu Lou) on Huajue Lane. 

In the afternoon, check into the Xian Aurum Hotel for your 2-night stay.

TUE

FEB 27, 2007

XIAN This morning visit one of the greatest archeological discoveries of our time, the Terra-Cotta Warriors. These bronze Chariots and Horses were interred with Emperor Qin Shi Huang more than 2000 years ago. 

In the afternoon, visit the Shanxi Provincial Museum. The museum covers 65,000 square meters, with a building area of 60,000 square meters. The newly built modern building recreates Tang-dynasty architecture and successfully symbolizes the great extent of Shaanxi history and its remarkable culture. 

In the evening, attend a Tang Dynasty Singing and Dancing show.

     
WED FEB 28, 2007 XIAN/

OVERNIGHT TRAIN

In the morning, visit the big Wild Goose Pagoda and City Wall, which was constructed over 600 years ago. 

In the late afternoon, transfer to the railway station for your overnight sleeper train to Beijing.

     
THU

MAR 1,

2007

BEIJING Arrive Beijing in the morning and transfer to the Capital Hotel for your 3-night stay. 

In the morning, take part in a tour of Beijing. 

As the capital of the People's Republic of China, Beijing is the nation's political, economic, cultural and educational center as well as being China's most important center for international trade and communications. It has been the heart and soul of politics and society throughout its long history, and consequently there is an unparalleled wealth of discovery to delight and intrigue travelers as they explore Beijing's ancient past, and enjoy its exciting modern development. 

Visit Tian’ammen Square, the biggest public square in the world.  Explore the Forbidden City, the vast complex of palaces, which was the home of successive Emperors for more than five centuries.  

In the afternoon visit the Summer Palace, the largest and the best preserved of all imperial palace gardens, which boasts such delights at the famous Marble Boat and the ornately painted “Long Corridor”. Next, visit the Temple of Heaven.  The Temple was built in 1420 A.D. during the Ming Dynasty to offer sacrifices to Heaven. 

For dinner, you are invited to a Peking Duck Banquet.

     
FRI

MAR 2, 2007

BEIJING This morning visit the Great Wall, stretching almost 4000 miles for the Pacific Ocean to the sands of Central Asia.  It is befittingly one of the Seven Wonders of the World.  

Return to Beijing for an afternoon at leisure 

Dinner at a local restaurant. 

In the evening, attend a performance of the Peking Opera.

     
SAT MAR 3, 2007 BEIJING/

INNER MONGOLIA

Fly to Inner Mongolia – Ulan Bator, itinerary to be advised. 

Check into the Bayangol Hotel for 4 nights.

     
SUN MAR 4-TUE MAR 6, 2007 INNER MONGOLIA Inner Mongolia is a Chinese Province, but Mongolia is an independent country, formally called Outer Mongolia. For those who visit here, the big attraction of Inner Mongolia is the chance to view the grasslands, perhaps ride horses,

and experience firsthand the Mongolian way of life

Full itinerary to follow

     
WED MAR 7, 2007 INNER MONGOLIA/

MOSCOW

Depart Ulan Bator on Aeroflot 

Arrive Moscow International Airport 

Meet your guide and board the coach for the transfer to the Hotel Ismailova.  Accommodations for 2 nights.

     
THU, MAR 8, 2007 MOSCOW This morning begin a city tour of Moscow. 

Moscow is the barometer and nucleus of the changes sweeping through Russia. Nowhere are Russia's contrasts more apparent than here - ancient monasteries and ultra-contemporary monoliths stand side by side. 

Guided sightseeing in Moscow will include Red Square, the City’s oldest and most handsome square, in which Lenin’s Mausoleum stands; the colorful cathedral of St. Basil the Blessed.

     
FRI

MAR 9, 2007

MOSCOW/

OVERNIGHT TRAIN

After breakfast check out of the hotel.  

Transfer by motorcoach to Sergiev and visit the famous Monastery and Lavra. 

Next, transfer back to Moscow for a guided visit of the Kremlin and inside the Cathedrals.  

Board the night train and depart Moscow at

(4 bedded couchettes, linens and a packed breakfast are included) 

Overnight train to St. Petersburg.

     
SAT

MAR 10, 2007

ST. PETERSBURG Arrive St. Petersburg at  

Meet your local guide and board the coach to begin your city tour.   

St Petersburg has been dubbed the Venice of the North for its palace-lined waterways. It managed to escape the architectural incursions of Stalinism and its grandiose relics of tsarist days are largely intact. Sculpted by islands and the sinuous Neva River, the city is a vista of geometric elegance. 

During the excursion visit the St. Peter and Paul Fortress.  Get lunch on your own.  Afterwards, pay a visit to the Hermitage Museum, one of the great museums of the world. Founded within the thousand room Winter Palace of Catherine the great, the museum’s 365 rooms feature over 3 million exhibits from the early Greek and Roman periods to contemporary times. The most prominent and well known are original works from the masters of Da Vinci, Gaugain, and Picasso. 

Afterwards, check into the Hotel Moscow for your 2 night stay.

     
SUN

MAR 11, 2007

ST. PETERSBURG After breakfast this morning, meet your guide in the hotel lobby and travel by motorcoach to visit the Pavels Palace and Park. 

In the afternoon, visit the Yousoupov Palace.  (An optional visit to the room where Raspoutin was murdered is available for an extra admission.)

     
MON MAR 12, 2007 ST. PETERSBURG/

HELSINKI

Check out of your hotel after breakfast.  Your luggage will be left at the hotel. 

Late morning and early afternoon free for independent sightseeing or, shopping and last minute souvenir hunting. 

Later in the afternoon, transfer to the rail station. 

Depart St. Petersburg on Sibelius Train 

Arrive Helsinki 

Upon arrival, you will be met by your English speaking guide and transferred to the Eurohostel for your 2-night stay.

     
TUE

MAR 13, 2007

HELSINKI This morning, take part in a 3-hour long city tour of Helsinki beginning at 

Helsinki retains a small-town feel: there are no high-rise buildings and the market squire is still surrounded by 19th-century architecture. As the capital of Finland, it is the center of the country’s financial and economic activity. While it certainly embodies much of the Finnish spirit, it also heacily influenced by a combination of Swedish and Russian culture. 

Sightseeing may include Senate Square, Market Street, Uspenski Cathedral, South Harbor, Sibelius Monument, Olympic Stadium and Temppeliaukio Church (church in the rock).

     
WED

MAR 14, 2007

HELSINKI Day at leisure.
     
THU MAR 15, 2007 HELINSKI/

OVERNIGHT FERRY

Morning free for independent sightseeing or, last minute shopping and souvenir hunting.  

Depart Helsinki on the Silja Symphony, for an overnight ferry to Stockholm.

     
FRI

MAR 16, 2007

STOCKHOLM Arrive Stockholm 

Half day city tour upon arrival. 

Stockholm is, without doubt, one of the most beautiful national capital in the world.   This lovely, lively city, with its maritime bent and international flavor, is not just a magnet for visitors but for immigrants as well.  Just strolldown the quaint streets, and you’ll hear everything from Polish to Japanese! 

Your tour may include Gamle Stockholm, the magnificent City Hall and the modern city. 

After your tour, check into the STF Youth Hostel Chapman Skeppsholmen for your 2 night stay.

     
SAT

MAR 17, 2007

STOCKHOLM Day at leisure to explore this charming city.
     
 
 
SUN

MAR 18, 2007

 
 
STOCKHOLM/

KARLSKRONA/

OVERNIGHT FERRY

 
 
The first part of the day will be set aside for independent activities, as desired.

In the late afternoon, transfer by motorcoach to Karlskrona. 

Board the Stena Baltica ferry. 

     
MON

MAR 19, 2007

GYDNIA/

WARSAW

Arrive Gydnia 

Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred by motorcoach to Warsaw. 

Upon arrival take part in a half-day city tour in Warsaw. 

Emerging like a phoenix from the ashes of the Second World War, Warsaw is essentially a postwar city.  Its handful of historic precincts have been meticulously reconstructed, but most of its urban landscape is contemporary, from the dull products of the Stalin era to more creative

efforts of recent years. 

Sightseeing in Poland’s capital may include King Sigismund III Vasa Column, Wilanow Palace, the Old Town, Market Square, among other points of interest. 

After the tour, check into the Hotel Portos for your 2 night stay. 

The balance of the day will be at leisure to explore Warsaw on an independent basis, as desired.

     
TUE

MAR 20, 2007

WARSAW Today will be set aside for additional independent activities, as desired.
     
WED

MAR 21, 2007

WARSAW/

KRAKOW

Transfer by motorcoach to Krakow. 

Take part in a city tour of Krakow with your English speaking guide. 

Unlike Warsaw, Krakow came through World War II unscathed.  It has retained a wealth of old architecture from different periods; the tallest structures dominating Krakow’s skyline

are the spires of old churches.

It’s a city alive with character and soul. 

Sightseeing in Krakow may include the Royal Castle and Wawei Hill, including the Royal Chambers, the Crown Treasury, and the Castle Armory; the Old Town; The Main Market Square with the Cloth Hall, and St. Mary’s Church which contains the famous altar piece carved in wood. 

Check into the Hotel Aparthotel Maly Krakow for 3 nights.

     
THU

MAR 22,

&

FRI

MAR 23, 2007

KRAKOW Free time in Krakow on these days on an independent basis. 

An optional tour to Auschwitz and Birkenau, the sites of the former concentration camps and stirring tributes to the unspeakable horrors of the Holocaust can be arranged.

     
SAT

MAR 24, 2007

KRAKOW/

PRAGUE

Using your Euro Rail Pass take a train to Prague. 

You will be met upon arrival in Prague and transferred to the

Hotel Andante for your 3 night stay.

     
SUN

MAR 25, 2007

PRAGUE This morning, take part in a half day city tour of Prague.  

Prague is another European city that was thankfully spared major damage during the Second World War, and the cityscape is stunning.  Its compact medieval center remains an evocative maze of cobbled lanes, ancient courtyards, dark passages and churches beyond number, all watched over by an

1100-year-old castle. 

Proceed to the Castle district for a tour starting with the Strahov Monastery and its beautiful library, the Pilgrim’s Convent Our Lady of Loreto with its precious treasure.   

Proceed to the Prague Castle – the residence of the Czech kings and Presidents since the 9th century. 

Visit the St. Vitus Cathedral, created in the 14th century in the French Gothic sytle, the Old Royal Palace, the Basilica of St. Georges, and the Golden Lane, a beautiful row of little Baroque style houses emblazoned with legends. 

Later, stroll the Old Town starting at the Municipal House – the jewel of Prague’s Art Nouveau, walking through Celentá street with its Baroque houses and view one of the most interesting modern buildings in Prague, the Cubist style House with the Black Madonna.  Continue on to the Old Town Square with its famous astronomical clock and imposing Tyn Church.  Ascend the Town-hall Tower by elevator and enjoy a breathtaking view of the narrow medieval streets of the city.

     
MON MAR 26, 2007 PRAGUE Day free in Prague.
     
TUE MAR 27, 2007 PRAGUE/

VIENNA

Using your Euro Rail Pass, take a train to Vienna.  

Upon arrival in Vienna, walk to the very nearby Hotel Ibis Wien Mariahilf and check in for your 3 night stay.

     
WED

MAR 28, 2006

VIENNA This morning take part in a half day walking city tour of Vienna. 

Grandiose Vienna was the showpiece of the all-conquering Hapsburg Dynasty. Monumental edifices line the city centre, world-class museums burst with treasures, white stallions strut their way down mirrored halls, and renowned orchestras and angelic choirboys perform in lavish concert halls. 

Sightseeing may include visits to the State Opera House, the Ringstrasse, the Palace of the Hapsburgs,and the St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

     
THU MAR 29, 2007 VIENNA Free time in Vienna.
     
FRI

MAR 30, 2007

VIENNA/

MUNICH

Using your Euro Rail Pass, take a train to Munich. 

Upon arrival, walk to the nearby Amba Hotel and check in for your 2 night stay.

     
SAT

MAR 31, 2007

MUNICH This morning, take part in a half day city tour of Munich. 

Munich, the capital of Bavaria, is a unique metropolis combining the cultures of many peoples and periods.

It is truly “Bavarian” rather than simple German. 

Possible sites on the tour may include a visit to the Romanesque Cathedral of Our Lady, the elegant pedestrian zone, which is Munich’s shopping center, the Rathus, the Frauenkirche, the Olympic Village and Stadium.

     
SUN

APR 1, 2007

MUNICH/

OVERNIGHT TRAIN

Additional free time in Munich. 

Using your Euro Rail Pall take an overnight sleeper train to Paris.

     
MON

APR 2, 2007

PARIS Upon arrival, you will be met by your English speaking tour guide and take part in an orientation tour of Paris by motorcoach. 

Paris, the “City of Light”, is one of the world’s most beautiful capitals.  Its broad boulevards, gracious squares and exciting nightlife make it a mecca for visitors form all over the world. 

On your orientation tour, view such places as: Rue de Rivoli, Place de la Concorde, Tuileries, Carrousel Pont Neuf, Ile de la Cite, Notre Dame Cathedral, Hotel de Ville, and Place de la Bastille.  

Afterwards, check in to the Hotel Jardin de Paris St. Lazare and check in for your 4- night stay. 

     
APR 3 -

APR 5, 2007

PARIS These three days free in Paris for independent activities.
     
FRI

APR 6, 2007

PARIS/

BRUSSELS

Using your Euro Rail Pass, take a train to Brussels. 

Upon arrival, you will be met and take part in an orientation tour of Brussels. 

Brussels is beautiful city of delightful contrasts; old stones and baroque facades mix easily with glossy skyscrapers, but the heart of Brussels is the exquisite Grand Palace described as the heart of Brussels and the most perfect of

Europe’s medieval squares. 

Sightseeing in Brussels may include the Town Hall, the King’s House, Mannekin-Pis, the Church of Notre Dame du Sablon, St. Michael’s Cathedral, the Museum of Fine arts, Museum of Modern Art, the Royal Palace, the Atomium, and the Palais du Centenaire. 

After the tour, check into the Hotel Le Dome for your 2 night stay.

     
SAT

APR 7, 2007

BRUSSELS Free time in Brussels.
     
SUN

APR 8, 2007

BRUSSELS/

AMSTERDAM

Using your Euro Rail Pass and take a train to Amsterdam.  

Upon arrival, you will be met and take part in a city tour of Amsterdam. 

Amsterdam, with its 700-year history is one of the quaintest of all European cities, and the spirit of enterprise in Amsterdam has brought the country unprecedented properity and wealth that lives on through the unique architecture of the 17th century canal houses.  Some 50 canals reflect the museum quality of the city’s gabled old mansions, churches and many bridges. 

Possible sites include the Royal Palace, Rembrandt’s House and the “Skinny Bridge” spanning the Amstel River, the Portuguese Synagogue, the Mint Tower and the Leidseplein.  

Afterwards, check into the Shelter Jordan Hostel for your 2-night stay.

     
MON

APR 9, 2007

AMSTERDAM Free time in Amsterdam.
     
TUE

APR 10, 2007

AMSTERDAM/

HOOK OF HOLLAND/

HARWICH/

OVERNIGHT TRAIN

Afternoon transfer by motorcoach to Hook of Holland to board your overnight sleeper ferry.  
     
WED

APR 11, 2007

HARWICH/

LONDON

Arrive Harwich, Essex, England.  

Transfer by motorcoach to London. 

Upon arrival in London take part in a guided orientation city tour of London aboard your motorcoach. 
 

The cosmopolitan thrill of Europe’s largest city, London is as old as its Roman foundations and is as fresh

as its new Millennium Bridge  

Some of the sights you may view include Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Covent Garden, Leicester Square, Soho. the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Hyde Park and other points of interest. 

Afterwards, check into the Novotel West Hotel for your 4 night stay.

     
APR 12 -

APR 14,

2007

LONDON Final three days of tour, free in London.
     
SUN

APR 15, 2007

LONDON/

CHICAGO

Check out of your hotel and transfer by motorcoach to London Heathrow International Airport 

Depart London on American Airlines

Arrive Chicago O’Hare International Airport