April 1-4 Fly to Dubrovnik,
Explore Dubrovnik, Walk the city walls, Lokrum Island, Trsteno Arboretum
April 4 –  Plitivice Lakes National Park area, Lunch in Split, Visit Diocletian’s Palace
April 5 – Visit Plitvice, drive to Llubjlana

April 5-7 Ljubljana and Slovenian Countryside – Lake Bled at the foot of Slovenia’s Julian Alps. Check out Preservov Trg. Square, see Danube River, Hike – Triglav national Park or Tatras Mtns, Skosjan caves (lord of the rings), Ljubljana Castle Traditional pletna boat ride together to Lake Bled’s chapel-topped island
Then train to Budapest

April 8-10 Budapest, Consider Budapest Spring Festival or Hungarian State Opera, Matthias Church 07:00 Silent Holly Mass
Visit Eger’s baths and Walk Castle Hill and see Royal Palace, Great Market Hall

April 10 – Budapest to Krakow train

April 11-14 Poland, Krakow Walking tour of center, Jewish Quarter, Old Town, Main Market Square, Schindler factory
Wawel Castleand Cathedral, St. Mary’s Church, Adalbert Church, Auschwitz-Birkenau

April 14-17 arrive late afternoon Czech Republic, Prague – Walk the town Old Town Square – Astronomical Clock, Charles Bridge, Vltava River, St. George’s Basilica, Jewish Museum, Prague Castle, Old Royal Palace, Golden Lane, See a show at Czech Black Light Theater
Explore the Prague Easter markets and go to Easter concert, Easter Mass

April 17,Travel to Amsterdam

April 17 18, 19, 20 Netherlands, Keukenhof for tulip gardens, Anne Frank House, Bike to Waterland (cheesemaking village) Haarlem with historic windmill De Adriaan, Delft to see canals

April 20 – Travel from Amsterdam to Paris and meet Hicks
April 21 – meet Hicks, Rick Steves Historic Paris Walk, featuring Ile de la Cité, Notre-Dame, the Latin Quarter, and Sainte-Chapelle, Louvre that evening for the late opening, Rick Steve’s self-guided – Champs-Elysées Walk from the Arc de Triomphe down the grand Avenue des Champs-Elysées to the Tuileries Garden, Orsay Museum, Cruise the Seine River or have dinner on Ile St. Louis, then take a floodlit walk by Notre-Dame.Tickets to top of Eiffel Tower. Tour the Army Museum and Napoleon’s Tomb
April 24/25 –  Drive to Vernon/Giverny Visit Claude Monet’s Garden at Giverny, night in Honfleur, Bayeux visiting its tapestry and cathedral.April 26 – Wednesday – Spend day touring D-Day sights: Arromanches, American Cemetery, and Pointe du Hoc — and Utah Beach Landing Museum

April 28 – Leave early and head south to the Dordogne region, stopping en route at Oradour-sur-Glane
End day at Sarlat-la-Canéda and browse the town late today, Lascaux II English tour

April 29 – Saturday – Spend the morning at the outdoor market. Kayak trip with kids , Hicks may want to explore the city.

Drive the Hicks to Toulouse late

April 30, Hicks fly out of Toulouse early, us to Pyrenees
May 1, Monday Hike Gavarnie cirque
May 2, Tuesday – Toulouse
May 3, Wednesday Fly to Rome

May 4, Rome – “Caesar Shuffle” Colosseum to the Forum, then over Capitoline Hill to the Pantheon. After a siesta, join the locals strolling from Piazza del Popolo to the Spanish Steps. On the second day, see Vatican City (St. Peter’s, climb the dome, tour the Vatican Museums). Have dinner near the atmospheric Campo de’ Fiori, then walk to the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps.
May 6- Rome – Christian Catacombs of Priscilla

 

May 6-9 – Tuscany
May 9 – Florence – Brunelleschi’s magnificent cathedral dome, Ghiberti’s Baptistery doors, Accademia Gallery Michelangelo’s David, Uffizi
May 10 see Pisa on way to Cinque Terre
May 11 – Cinque Terre
May 12 – Venice – St. Mark’s Square and Basilica
May 13 – Fly to London