Themeparks Kids' Private Tour

Disneyland Paris, Europa Park, Alsace and Black Forest

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Silver Star roller coaster, Europa Park, Germany
Silver Star, Europa Park
Eiffel Tower, Paris
Eiffel Tower, Paris
Atlantica Supersplash roller coaster, Europa Park, Germany
Atlantica Supersplash, Europa Park

 

This tour for families with active kids blends the best of themepark thrills and attractions with cool slices of European history.

The two Disneyland Paris theme parks, Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park, offer more than 50 rides and attractions, as
well as live Disney shows and parades.

 Europa Park in Germany also offers over 50 attractions, including themed lands and children's fairy tale encounters, but is especially famous for its 12 rollercoasters.

These themeparks, Europe's best and most popular, have offerings for kids of all ages, so your visits can be tailored to be as active or relaxed as you wish.

Experiences at these constructed modern attractions are balanced by visits to real-world European marvels from long ago.

-    Tour Versailles, the most famous palace in the world and the centre of power in France until the royal family was forced to move
     back to the capital in 1789.

-    Visit an immense Gothic cathedral completed in 1275.

-    Tour a huge 12th century castle atop a mountain in Alsace.

-    Stay in an Alsatian village that looks today much as it did in the 16th century.

-    Venture into Germany's Black Forest to see how people lived and worked in farming communities there over the last 400 years.

You can also extend your tour to see King Ludwig II's famous castles in Bavaria.

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Itinerary

Day 1 – DEPARTURE

 

Board your flight from your home destination to Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris, France.
(Your return will be from Zurich.)

This itinerary assumes this to be an overnight flight.

Air fare independently arranged. 

Day 2 – WELCOME TO DISNEYLAND PARIS

Arrival in Paris, France.

Upon arrival of your flight you are met and picked up for transfer to the Dream Castle Hotel, for check-in.

The rest of the day is at leisure.  You can use your included DISNEY PARKS day pass to begin exploring Disneyland Paris or the Walt Disney Studios Park or both.

Disneyland Park features five themed realms: Fantasyland, Discoveryland, Frontierland, Adventureland, and Main Street U.S.A.  These lands offer rides and attractions ranging from the family fun of Pirates of the Caribbean to the thrills of Space Mountain: Mission 2.

Walt Disney Studios park features realms inspired by Disney's animation classics.  Movie magic is provided on rides and attractions ranging from the family show time of Stitch Live! to the height of thrills on The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

Dinner on your own so that you can stay at the themeparks as late as you wish.

>  Your tour includes: Transfer from airport to hotel, Disney parks day pass, overnight in Dream Castle Hotel

Pirates Beach, Disneyland Paris
Pirates Beach, in Adventureland

Day 3 – DISNEYLAND ALL DAY

All day at DISNEYLAND PARIS.

Where to start?  You'll be spoiled for choice.  There are 34 rides and attractions in the Disneyland Park, and another 18 in the Walt Disney Studios Park.  As examples, here are the top five attractions:

It’s a Small World, in Fantasyland, takes the visitor on a musical tour of the world in a boat which follows a river that runs through the attraction, with each part of the ride themed for a different part of the world.

Space Mountain: Mission 2, in Discoveryland, is a roller coaster like ride that “will blast you on a warp-speed ride into the unknown."

Big Thunder Mountain, in Frontierland, is a "runaway train" through the man-made sierras of Big Thunder Mountain.

Pirates of the Caribbean, in Adventureland, cruises secret caverns and catches the Pirates of the Caribbean in action as they loot, plunder and pillage.

Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast, in Discoveryland, sits visitors in a star cruiser to shoot laser beams at targets.

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, an accelerated drop tower thrill ride in the Walt Disney Studios Park, is considered one of the most extreme.

The Disney Railroad, Peter Pan's Flight, and Alice's Curious Labyrinth are some of the attractions for younger kids.

Dinner on your own.

>  Buffet breakfast, door-to-door transportation, Disney parks day pass, Dream Castle Hotel

Big Thunder Mountain roller coaster, Disneyland Paris
Big Thunder Mountain


RC Racer, Walt Disney Studios Park, Disneyland Paris
RC Racer, in Walt Disney Studios Park

Day 4 – PARIS

Paris city-tour.  Meet your guide and coach and your traveling companions and spend the day in Paris.

After breakfast, enjoy a guided tour of VERSAILLES, perhaps the most famous palace in the world.  From 1682, when King Louis XIV moved from Paris, until the royal family was forced to return to the capital in 1789, the Court of Versailles was the centre of power in France.  Spend several hours visiting the Palace of Palaces and the famous gardens with the fountains.

In the afternoon we go up to the second floor of the EIFFEL TOWER for majestic views.  This tower, built for the 1889 World's Fair, is one of the most recognizable structures in the world and is the most visited paid monument anywhere.

Free time around the opera for shopping and dinner on your own.

>  Buffet breakfast, door-to-door transportation, entrances to Versailles and Eiffel Tower, Dream Castle Hotel

Versailles Palace, Paris
Versailles Palace and Orangerie

Day 5 – REIMS, ALSACE 

 

This morning we leave Paris and drive into the champagne region to visit the impressive 13th century French Gothic REIMS CATHEDRAL, where the kings of France were crowned.  The cathedral was under siege by the English from 1359 to 1360 during the Hundred Years' War.  After it fell the English held Reims and the Cathedral until 1429 when it was liberated by Joan of Arc.  The towers are 267 feet / 81 metres tall.  The three portals are laden with statues and statuettes.  Among European cathedrals, only Chartres has more sculpted figures.  Its stained glass windows date from the 13th to the 20th centuries.

While we are in Reims the grown-ups should try a glass of the local and world-famous champagne.  Other treats for the kids. 

We continue south to the ALSACE region and check into your local hotel in one of its picturesque medieval villages.  Alsatian dinner in the country.

>  Buffet breakfast; door-to-door transportation; Reims Cathedral entrance; three-course dinner with menu choices, one beverage, and coffee or tea after; hotel in Alsace

Day 6 – HAUT-KOENIGSBOURG, COLMAR 

Since its construction in the 12th century, the HAUT-KOENIGSBOURG CASTLE at Orschwiller in Alsace has been a constant witness to both European conflicts and rivalry between lords, kings and emperors.  A number of illustrious owners each left their mark on the castle’s history, and successive events even led to changes in the castle’s structure.  Enjoy a tour of this magnificent castle with its majestic architecture and its incredible view across the Alsatian plain.

We continue to COLMAR in the heart of Alsace.  Colmar's Germanic and French architectural heritage was spared by the frequent wars that ravaged this area.  Highlights include the “Koïfhus”, Pfister House, and the House of Heads.  The town has preserved the charm of its romantic districts (Tanner’s District, Little Venice).  Enjoy your guided tour of the old town, which also includes a visit to the Bartholdi museum, housed in a vast residence which was the birthplace of the creator of New York's Statue of Liberty.  Its rooms contain a collection of Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi's most important works, thanks to the heritage the artist's widow left to the city.

Dinner tonight in France.

>  Buffet breakfast, door-to-door transportation, entrance to KHaut-Koenigsbourg Castle, three-course dinner, hotel in Alsace

Haut-Koenigsbourg, Alsace, France
Haut-Koenigsbourg

Day 7 – EUROPA PARK

All day today at EUROPA PARK in Rust, on the western edge of Germany's Black Forest.

Europa Park ranks with the Disney parks as Europe's most visited, and is the Trip Advisor Travellers' Choice pick as "Best Theme Park in Europe".

Europa Park is themed mainly around 13 European countries, with a mix of attractions in each zone.  The other themed areas are Adventure Land, Grimm's Enchanted Forest, and Children's World.

Europa Park is famous for its rollercoasters, and has 12 of them, including high coasters, fast coasters, spinning coasters, indoor / outdoor coasters, water coasters, and dark ride coasters.

Silver Star, in the 'France' section, is a high coaster (239 feet / 73 metres) with a maximum speed of
79 mph / 127 km/h, and is the largest coaster in Europa Park.

Blue Fire, in the 'Iceland' section, is launched with 62 mph / 100 km/h, and has several inversions and a dark ride section with special effects.

Wodan Timbur Coaster, also in 'Iceland', is a 131 foot / 40 m wooden coaster that reaches speeds of
62 mph / 100 km/h.

Euro-mir, in 'Russia', is a spinning coaster with dark-ride elements.

Poseidon, in 'Greece', and Atlantica Supersplash, in 'Portugal', are water coasters.

There are also dozens of lower-speed attractions, including dark rides, boat rides, merry-go-rounds, car rides, an observation tower, a 4D cinema, and live entertainment shows.  Children's World offers about three dozen experiences for younger visitors.

Dinner on your own so that you can stay late at the park if you wish.

>  Buffet breakfast, door-to-door transportation, entrance to Europa Park, hotel in Germany's Black Forest

Blue Fire roller coaster, Europa Park, Germany
Blue Fire

Poseidon roller coaster, Europa Park, Germany
Poseidon

Day 8 – BLACK FOREST OPEN-AIR MUSEUM

A very special treat today.  Experience the Black Forest with all your senses!

Culture and history come to life in the famous VOGTSBAUERNHOF OPEN-AIR MUSEUM.  Find out how people lived and worked in the Black Forest over the last 400 years in Germany's largest and most popular open air museum.

This is history you can touch: centuries-old houses, atmospheric rooms, smoky kitchens, blooming gardens, living animals, and a cornucopia of smells and scents – all things that kids will not find elsewhere in this form and variety.

The museum is organized around six fully furnished farmhouses spanning the 16th to 18th centuries and drawn from different parts of the Black Forest.  The Vogtsbauernhof farmhouse, built in 1612, remains in its original location.

Many of the farmhouses will seem strange to North Americans, because they provide accommodation for both families and their animals, and even use the roof for the storage of hay.

As well as the farmhouses visitors will find farm and community resources, including a labourer’s cottage, kitchen herb gardens, fields, grain mills, sawmills, storehouses, a bakery and distillery, a forge, and a chapel.

There are lots of animals on the grounds – cows and calves, pigs and piglets, goats and kids, sheep and lambs, bunnies, chickens and geese. Sometimes you can even hear the whistle of a cuckoo.

A great variety of traditional crafts are demonstrated every day, and there's even a workshop for kids to make their own cuckoo whistle or water wheel.

Dinner together this evening.

>  Buffet breakfast, door-to-door transportation, Vogtsbauernhof entrance, three-course dinner, hotel in Germany's Black Forest

Falkenhof Farm, Black Forest Open Air Museum, Germany
Falkenhof Farm

Oil Mill, Black Forest Open Air Museum, Germany
Oil Mill

Day 9 – RETURN

Time to say “Auf Wiedersehen”.  Transfer to Zurich Airport for your homebound flight which arrives the same day.

Your flight should not leave Zurich before10:30 a.m.

Alternatively, an extension to see King Ludwig II's Neuschwanstein and other famous places in Bavaria is possible.  Please contact us for details and a quote for your family.

>  Buffet breakfast, transfer to airport


 

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Tour Features 

 

  • All features as per itinerary, departure guaranteed
  • Door-to-door transportation (all modes).  Leave the navigating to us.
  • 7 breakfast buffets
  • 3 three-course dinners with menu choices, one beverage, and coffee or tea after dinner
  • 7 nights' accommodation in 4-star hotels
  • All entrance fees, taxes, and local guide fees paid
  • No hidden extras, no optional excursions – already included
  • Maximum group size of 30 people, fewer on most tours
  • The tour language is English only.
  • The days are well planned to offer you many highlights, but you are never rushed.
    Ideal combination of free time and planned activities.
  • You will see not only the highlights but also the spots where only the locals go.
  • Tour director – Let our experts make every day and destination fascinating!
  • Satisfaction assured – backed up by our money-back guarantee.

 

Complete printable itinerary in PDF format:  Themeparks Kids' Itinerary

 

Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast, Disneyland Paris
Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast, Disneyland Park

 

Alpine Coaster Enzian, Europa Park, Germany
Alpine Coaster Enzian, Europa Park

 

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Images

 

Captain Hook's Pirate Ship, Disneyland Paris
Captain Hook's Pirate Ship, Disneyland
Versailles Palace, Paris
Versailles Palace, Paris
Seine River, Paris
Eiffel Tower
Seine River, Paris
River Seine from the Eiffel Tower
Hault-Koenigsbourg Castle, Alsace, France
Huat-Koenigsbourg Castle, Alsace
Ribeauville, Alsace, France
Typical Alsatian Village
Colmar, Alsace, France
Colmar, Alsace
Wodan Timbur Coaster, Europa Park, Germany
Wodan Timbur Coaster, Europa Park
Lorenzenhof farmhouse, Black Firest Open Air Museum, Germany
Lorenzenhof, 1608, Black Forest Museum

There are more pictures in the Gallery in the In Depth section below.

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Themeparks Kids' Tour  In Depth

Additional Pictures of themepark and regional highlights of this tour

Itinerary Destinations Map
Printer-friendly PDF of the map at the top of this page.

Other website pages, shared with other tours, also provide in depth information.

Tours Characteristics
Notes on the distinguishing features of the various tours offered. 
What's so special about these tours?  How do they differ from each other?

References
Comments from participants in Castles tours

Travel Info
Clickable links to air and rail travel resources, currency and time conversion, etc.

 

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References

This is a relatively new tour offering so there aren't comments from guests who have been on this tour, but there are dozens of recommendations from guests who have taken our other tours on the References Page.

Comments, experiences and recommendations from guests on past tours are featured in our  References Video .

 

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Prices and Reservations

Complete printable itinerary in PDF format >

Itinerary

This tour is offered on the following basis:

Tour prices are for the land segment only.  Air fare is not included.
Prices are per person, in U.S. dollars, based on double occupancy.
Single Occupancy is available for a Single Supplement charge of US $ 200.
Prices for children are listed in the table below.

Guaranteed Departure:  This tour is guaranteed to operate as as scheduled
and will not be cancelled due to a low level of participation.

A deposit of US $ 300 per person is required to secure a reservation.

 

Themeparks Kids' Private Tour

 

Total Price  =  Private Tour Fee  +  Per Person Charges

Per Tour

 

Private Tour Fee - independent of number of persons (2 to 6)

US $ 1,400

 

Per Person Charges for Families with Children Aged 4 through 14

 

  

Arrangement

   

Per Adult (US $)

Per Child (US $)

 

1 adult

1 child

double room

2,699

1,949

 

2 adults

1 child

double room

2,699

1,449

 

1 adult

2 children

double room

2,699

1,449

 

2 adults

2 children

double room

2,699

1,199

 

2 adults

2 children

2 rooms

2,699

1,749

 

2 adults

3 children

2 rooms

2,699

1,449

 

 

FYI - Per Person Adult Rates

Double Occupancy

Single Occupancy

 

Basic Price per Adult

US $ 2,699

US $ 2,899

 

 

Reservation info and online form  >

Reservations

 

 

Dates for all current multi-day Castles tours >

Tour Dates

 

Private Tour Option

Do our dates not work for you?  We can arrange the tour for you or your party as a private tour.  Same itinerary as above in a private limousine
or van, with bilingual, professional private guide / chauffeur.  Prices per individual are the same as for the regular group tour, plus a US $ 200 per day
private tour premium for the group.

Contact us with your preferred dates and specific requirements at  this private tour email link
.... or phone one of the numbers below, or write to the address on our Contact page.

 

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Contact Information

Email is fast, flexible, and free. You can write to us at  this email link .

You can phone Astrid Baur in Germany  (Eastern Time + 6 Hours)

        U.S. Phone:  (202) 580 - 8732  /  Castles Office:  +49  8362  924 8800 

  

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