Ultimate European with D-Day Experience

From $1999 (was $2249)

per person, double occupancy, excludes roundtrip airfare

18 Days

Includes select meals on tour, all meals on cruise
Passport Required

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Cruise through 6 of Europe’s most popular countries and tour storied towns that once inspired the Brothers Grimm. See castles and grand cities, cathedrals and darling villages—and explore Omaha Beach and Memorial Museum during a D-Day experience to commemorate the 75th anniversary year.


Trip includes

  • 11-Night European Cruise: Aboard MSC's Orchestra

  • 5-Night Land Tour with Hotel Accommodations: Based on twin/double occupancy in moderate hotels

  • Sightseeing: Special events as listed on the itinerary

  • Meals: All meals onboard the ship, plus select meals on the land portion 

  • Baggage Handling: To and from your hotel room and cruise ship cabin throughout your tour for one piece of checked baggage per person.

Activity Level

Activity level easy going

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Trip Highlights

  • Visit Germany, the UK, France, Portugal, Spain, and Italy
  • Spend 4 nights enjoying a German land tour, where you will learn about the legends behind some of your favorite fairy tales while traveling through historic Hesse and fascinating Bremen
  • See the beaches of Normandy 75 years after one of modern history’s most important battles on our included D-Day Experience
  • Spend 1 night in Milan and enjoy a city tour of this major fashion and design capital

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Ultimate European with D-Day Experience

Tours Starts: Frankfurt, Germany

Tours Ends: Milan, Italy

Day 1

Depart for Germany

Your journey begins on your overnight flight.

Day 2

Arrive in Frankfurt

Arrive in Frankfurt, one of Germany’s most tourist-friendly cities. If you purchased airline tickets from YMT, a representative will welcome you at the airport and transport you to the hotel. This evening, relax on your own and then get to know your fellow travelers over an included dinner at your hotel, where you will learn about the days ahead. (D)

Novotel Frankfurt City or similar

Day 3

Frankfurt City Tour

Tour this charming international city full of museums, shops, and restaurants that cater to English speakers. On this morning’s tour, you’ll see Frankfurt Cathedral, a great example of Gothic Roman Catholic architecture; St. Paul's Church, where President Kennedy made a stirring speech in 1963; and the Römer, a medieval building that has served as Frankfurt’s city hall for over 600 years. (B)

Novotel Frankfurt City or similar

Day 4

Hamelin Sightseeing

Enjoy a scenic drive through Germany via luxury coach from Frankfurt to Bremen. The road north will take you past the lush countryside and through some of Germany’s prettiest scenery. Stop in Hamelin, the town on the Weser river with a dark fairytale past. Hamelin was home to the Pied Piper, the bogeyman of legend who lured the town’s rats away in the Middle Ages, and, when the townspeople refused to pay for his services, used his same magical pipe to lead away their innocent children. Just make sure not to whistle, no matter how much fun you’re having—music is still banned in certain parts of the city! (B, D)

Maritim Hotel Bremen or similar

Day 5

Bremen Leisure Day

Take the day to relax in beautiful Bremen, Germany’s oldest coastal city, and enjoy a lively culture and numerous stunning attractions. Don’t miss the City Hall, a gorgeous 15th century Gothic civic building that is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the Marktplatz and Roland Statue; or the whimsical Haus des Glockenspiels. (B)

Maritim Hotel Bremen or similar

Day 6

Embark on the MSC Orchestra (Depart at 7:00 PM)

Travel from Bremen to Hamburg, where you will enjoy a brief panoramic city tour before boarding MSC’s stylish Orchestra, which was updated in 2018 and is widely considered one of the most comfortable and spacious cruise ships on the seas. (B)

Day 7

At Sea

Day 8

Southampton, UK (8:00 AM – 8:00 PM)

Have an enjoyable day at port in this stone age city, or take our optional tour to London.

Day 9

Le Havre, France (7:00 AM – 7:00 PM)


Explore a piece of world history during the included D-Day experience. See Omaha Beach and what remains of the Mulberry Harbor at Arromanches. Then, visit the Omaha Beach Memorial Museum showcasing uniforms, vehicles, personal objects, arms, weapons, photographs, and explanatory notes on the U.S. landings. Take a stroll down to Omaha Beach and the Memorial, with time to explore and enjoy the included box lunch. The tour continues to the American Cemetery and visitor center. (L)

Day 10

At Sea

Day 11

Leixões, Portugal (12:30 PM – 8:30 PM)

Stay local in Leixões, or travel 5 miles into Porto, one of Portugal’s oldest cities. Its historic center has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is the perfect place to sample a glass of port wine—named after Porto itself.

Day 12

Lisbon, Portugal (9:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

Welcome to Portugal’s hilly coastal capital! Lisbon is watched over by 7 picturesque hills whose view of an ancient city with cobblestoned streets and stately ruins combined with a modern metropolis is one of Europe’s prettiest. Make sure to come to Lisbon hungry, as local restaurants a tremendous variety of fresh seafood and succulent Alentejan beef.

Day 13

Cádiz, Spain (9:00 AM – 6:00 PM)

One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Europe, Cádiz boasts well-preserved ancient streets, seaside fortresses, and Moorish architecture infused with the easygoing energy of southern Spain.

Day 14

At Sea

Day 15

Barcelona, Spain (8:00 AM – 6:00 PM)

Barcelona is a thoroughly modern city where Roman ruins live next door to sophisticated high-rises, innovative exhibition spaces, and one of the world’s leading sports complexes. A spectacular display of architecture, Barcelona boasts 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as well as a long, sandy coastline, fabulous food, cultural and artistic exhibitions, and terrific shopping. Use your time in this fascinating port to enjoy the world-famous Las Ramblas, Gaudí's Sagrada Familia, Olympic Park, and views from Montjuic.

Day 16

Marseille, France (8:00 AM – 6:00 PM)

Among the terracotta-roofed buildings of France's oldest city lie many impressive sights, including the Cathedral of Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde.

Day 17

Disembarkation and Genoa and Transfer to Milan (8:00 AM)

Disembark and continue to Milan for a city tour of this major fashion and design capital. Enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers. (D)

Crowne Plaza Milan Malpensa or similar

Day 18

Depart for Home (B)

Please note that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. Because our tour arrangements are often made a year or more in advance, YMT Vacations reserves the right to alter the itinerary. Itinerary changes are made to improve your vacation experience, as well as respond to any unforeseen circumstances that mandate alterations. By their nature, all tours vacations involve a certain level of physical activity. While YMT tours have been designed with our guests in mind and are not physically demanding, this tour does include walking and periods of standing during the sightseeing visits. You will also encounter steps and some uneven ground along the way, particularly at older, historical sights.

YMT Vacations itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

Inside Stateroom

  • Queen bed*, spacious wardrobe, bathroom with shower
  • Air-conditioned, interactive TV, mini bar, telephone, and safe
  • Stateroom is approximately 172 sq. ft.
  • Accommodates up to 2 guests
  • WiFi connection available (for a fee)
  • Size, layout and furniture may vary from that shown (within the same stateroom category).
    *Queen bed can be converted into two single beds on request.

Oceanview Stateroom

  • Queen bed*, spacious wardrobe, bathroom with shower or bathtub, and sitting area
  • Air-conditioned, interactive TV, mini bar, telephone, and safe
  • Stateroom is approximately 161 - 194 sq. ft.
  • Accommodates up to 4 guests
  • WiFi connection available (for a fee)
  • Size, layout and furniture may vary from that shown (within the same stateroom category).
    *Queen bed can be converted into two single beds on request.

Balcony Stateroom

  • Queen bed*, spacious wardrobe, bathroom with shower or bathtub, and sitting area
  • Air-conditioned, interactive TV, mini bar, telephone, and safe
  • Stateroom is approximately 205 sq. ft., plus a balcony
  • Accommodates up to 4 guests
  • WiFi connection available (for a fee)
  • Size, layout and furniture may vary from that shown (within the same stateroom category).
    *Queen bed can be converted into two single beds on request. 

MSC's Orchestra Deck Plans

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