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Itinerary - Best of Europe 21 Days

We are Traveling with the September 22-October 12, 2019 Group! My question probably has to go to a previous 21 day attendee...
I am trying to figure out some general time frames based on the initial Itinerary we received. The tour ends in Paris (day 21) on Day 20, we will be touring the city on a "panoramic bus" and heading to the Louvre, where we are "set free to explore". So in this initial itinerary it appears that it is unstructured for the rest of the day, after arriving at the Louvre. We do want to spend time in the Louvre, (we have been there before) but we want to make reservations for the Van Gogh display at Atelier-Lumieres and need to select a specific time to enter. I am sure that the reservations could wait until the detailed itinerary arrives, it's just that Vacation Planning puts me in my happy place!
Thanks, Diane

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Sometimes plans on a tour change very late, for example if there is a strike, though that might be unlikely. Since you have been to the Louvre before, maybe it won't matter if you have to skip a group visit?

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I checked that your bus tour is scheduled for 9:00 a.m., so I would guess that the guide would get you into the Louvre by 11:00. Any time after lunch would be pretty safe to reserve your next plan.

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My husband and I did the RS 21 day Best of Europe in September, 2017. It was wonderful! The trip gave us a glimpse into so many wonderful countries and cultures. Do pack lightly and dress in layers. You will be covering a lot of territory. We had sunshine most days, some rain, and even hiked in the snow. If you have the time, you may want to spend a few days in Amsterdam before the trip begins. The Van Gogh and Ann Frank House are worth seeing and not included on your day trip to Amsterdam. Best to buy tickets online for both places as it is hard to get in. You can take the train to Haarlem from Amsterdam when it's time to meet up with your group. No need to purchase train tickets in advance. Though you will have free time throughout you trip, it's hard to fit in additional scheduled activities. Many of the tour guides throw in extra fun things to do as a group. I do know that your last day will include an early farewell dinner. I would highly recommend spending an extra day or two in Paris as there is so much to see and do - the Orsay, Orangerie, Pere Laichese Cemetery, Montmarte, Versaille. It's also nice to slow down after an action packed trip before traveling back home. Have fun!