Best of Europe vacation package hosted by Farm & Ranch Broadcaster, Monte James

May 4-18, 2019: Amsterdam | Bielefeld | Berlin | Prague | Salzburg | Vienna

  • Minimum 30 paying participants: $4,570.00 per person
  • Minimum 25 paying participants: $4,840.00 per person
  • Minimum 20 paying participants: $5,260.00 per person

Single room supplement: $1,750.00

Round-trip air starting at approx. $950.00 per person in Economy Class (depending on departure airport). I suggest participants contact us on an individual basis if they would like help with their tickets.

The above rates includes all accommodation in First-Class hotels, daily buffet breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 wine tasting, 4 dinners, transportation in luxury motor coach, multilingual tour director for the duration of the trip, and local, English-speaking guides. In addition we have included the technical visits, and will add a farm visit to the mix. The visit at Steyr Tractors also comes with a 2-hour “ride-and-drive” experience.

This journey is offered by CTN (Custom Travel Network, Inc.).
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Day 1: Arrive at Amsterdam Airport, meet your CTN Travel Host, and transfer to your hotel. In the evening, enjoy a guided walk through Amsterdam, followed by a typical Dutch-Indonesian Rijstafel dinner.

Day 2: After a leisurely breakfast, the day is all about flowers; embark on an excursion to the Keukenhof Tulip Fields; with 7 million flower bulbs planted every year across 79 acres, Keukenhof Gardens is a colorful sea of 800 varieties of tulips and other spring flowers, attracting visitors from around the globe who want to see the Netherlands’ iconic tulip fields. More than 9 miles of footpaths provide space to stroll around the park, take Instagram-worthy photos of flowers in bloom, and enjoy this favorite Holland springtime tradition.

Returning to Amsterdam, visit a Dutch cheese dairy and observe the unique ways dairy farms are run at in a below-sea-level environment.

Day 3: Join our local expert for a walking tour of Amsterdam this morning, followed by a visit to the spectacular, and newly-renovated Rijksmuseum where you can admire Rembrandt’s masterpiece, The Nightwatch. In the afternoon, spend time at Hortus Botanicus, the city’s botanical gardens

Day 4: Travel to Germany today, where – close to the town of Bielefeld – you will visit CLAAS. Combines have been manufactured in the main CLAAS factory in Harsewinkel since 1936. To the present day, over 400,000 machines have been built. Since the restructuring of the factory, which was completed in 2003, Harsewinkel is one of the most 

high-tech production plants of combines and agricultural choppers in the world. Intelligent production processes and logistics provide for ideal machine loading. And in terms of environmental protection, CLAAS is even setting standards for the entire industry, thanks to its new paint system.

Day 5: After breakfast we travel past fertile farmland east towards the German capital. At Potsdam, stop to visit Cecilenhof Palace, where Europe’s post WW II fate was sealed. Then cross the Bridge of Spies, and arrive in Berlin. A fun-filled dinner awaits you tonight at one of the city’s popular dining venues.

Day 6: Join our local expert guide for a morning tour of Berlin. See Brandenburg Gate, the remains of the Berlin Wall, and contemplate the city’s history at Checkpoint Charlie. The afternoon is yours to visit one of the great museums, or to catch up on your retail needs.

Day 7: Journey south to Dresden. Almost totally destroyed by horrific air raids in 1945, Dresden has now risen again from the ashes in a blend of old and new. See the reconstructed Frauenkirche and walk past the colossal ‘Procession of the Dukes’ on the wall of the Royal Palace. Venture around the Catholic cathedral to view the tiered facades of the opera house, Semperoper, and the Baroque Zwinger Palace. After free time for lunch, head for the Czech border, high in the Ore Mountains and continue to the capital city of Prague.

 

Day 8: Prague has blossomed since the Velvet Revolution, but its unique character remains unchanged. A Local Expert will show you the amazing St. Vitus’ Cathedral inside the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle. Cross the Vltava River to explore the vast cobblestoned expanse of the Old Town Square and see its famous Astronomical Clock. As night falls, head for a local restaurant to sample tasty Czech cuisine, as well as the famous local beer.

Day 9: Our journey takes us into Austria, and Linz. Here, visit Saatbau Linz, the largest cooperative organisation for plant breeding and seed multiplication in Austria. It is owned by more than 3100 farmers who produce seeds of a wide variety of crops which are sold on the Austrian and international seed markets. By breeding its own varieties and cooperating closely with plant breeders and seed producers both at home and abroad, the farmers’ cooperative makes a substantial contribution to the seed supply in Austria.

In the afternoon, continue to Salzburg, the city that gave us Mozart, and The Sound of Music.

Day 10: A Local Expert shows you the formal gardens of Mirabell Palace which includes the fountains and statues where the ‘Do, Re, Mi’ scene was filmed. Later see Residence Square and its fountain, where Maria sings ‘I Have Confidence’. Witness the imposing fortress, immense cathedral and Mozart’s birthplace on the lively Getreidegasse.

Day 11: After a delicious breakfast, travel east to St. Valentin for an insider visit to STEYR Tractors. Since 1947, STEYR has been Austria’s number on manufacturer of agricultural equipment, and in 2002, a new production record was achieved in the St. Valentin plant. This was the first year that the plant turned out more than 9,000 units. In February 2005, the 500,000th STEYR rolled off the assembly line. In 2006, St. Valentin became the European head office site of CASE IH and STEYR. Since that time, a workforce of more than 600 assure the continuing success of STEYR, making the company one of the biggest employers in the region. Visitors come from much farther afield though: in 2012, the STEYR Experience Center, a multimedia information, visitor and training facility, opened its doors to the public. In 2014, the production plant in St. Valentin won the ‘Factory of the Year’ award, and it has subsequently gone on to garner Silver status in the World Class Manufacturing (WCM) awards scheme.

In the afternoon, continue to Vienna, and attend a concert featuring the best of Strauss and Mozart.

Day 12: Vienna owes much of its present-day charm to the long reign of the Habsburgs. Join your Local Expert for a private visit of Maria Theresa’s Schönbrunn Palace and its formal gardens. Then, take some great photos on a circuit of the famous Ring Road. This grand boulevard, built along the lines of the old city walls, showcases many of the capital’s architectural masterpieces, including the Opera House, magnificent Hofburg Imperial Residence, Austrian Parliament Building and Karlskirche.

Day 13: After a morning at leisure, join us for a visit to a local winery, where we gather with the owner and his family for a private tasting of the “Rubin Carnuntum” wine, produced by a small number of the area’s most important vineyards. Then, we celebrate our trip with good friend at what is probably Vienna’s most unique restaurant. Stride on red carpet unfurled across the road, and step into a mansion dating back to 1840. Musical instruments like old violins, banjo, tambourines, drums and other paraphernalia adorn the ceilings, autographed photos, pictures and impressive certificates cover the walls and the metal plaques on the tables display the names of VIPs who have sat there.

Day 14: After breakfast, bid ‘auf wiedersehen’ to the enchanting city of Vienna, then transfer to the airport for your return flights with memories to last a lifetime.