Start: England Finish: England
Physical rating: 3
Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Please contact Collette with any specific dietary requirements
Tour code: 13414
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Set your sights on the European journey of a lifetime and discover all the must-sees of England, France, Switzerland and Italy. See the incredible sites of London, from Buckingham Palace to Big Ben. Take the Eurostar train to Paris – the “City of Lights” – and enjoy a panoramic city tour before taking in breathtaking views from your dinner table aboard a Parisian river boat. Board a high-speed train bound for Lucerne, the enchanting Swiss city on a cobalt lake and one of Switzerland’s most beautiful places. In Venice, discover a floating city where iconic landmarks of centuries-old history line canals dotted with gondolas. Tour Florence, the “Cradle of the Renaissance,” and make a special visit to David – Michelangelo’s masterpiece. Finally, in Rome, bask in cultural treasures and envelop yourself in the history in the “Eternal City,” which includes a visit to the mythic Colosseum. Storied history, mouthwatering cuisine and iconic landscapes await.
Accommodation: Leonardo Royal Hotel London City
You’re on your way to an unforgettable journey to some of the most beloved countries in Europe.
Your tour opens in London, England’s sophisticated capital. Discover a bustling city where centuries of history meet an evolving modern culture. Join your fellow travelers and toast to the start of an incredible journey during a welcome dinner.
Accommodation: Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile
Start your morning on a tour of the quintessential sights of London. Alongside a local guide, see the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. The remainder of the day is yours. Take advantage of free time to explore this iconic city on your own.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Venture inside the St. Pancras railway station – a masterpiece of Victorian engineering – and board the high-speed Eurostar train. Relax in style as you’re whisked away to Paris, the “City of Light.” Famous for its world-renowned art, food, and fashion, Paris’ captivating energy can be found around every corner. This evening, enjoy views of the Eiffel Tower as you gently float down the Seine River, tasting savory French cuisine on a dinner cruise.
Accommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel
See Paris at its best during a panoramic city tour featuring Notre Dame Cathedral, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Élysées and more. Enjoy an afternoon on your own to explore Paris independently. Perhaps you will have lunch in Le Marais, or head north to Montmartre and watch artists at work. Or, consider an optional tour* of the Louvre Museum, where you’ll find more than a million precious works of art, including the Venus de Milo and Mona Lisa.
Accommodation: Hilton Garden Inn Mestre
On board the TGV – France’s high-speed train – depart Paris and make your way to Lucerne. Take in the scenery on your journey into Switzerland, passing snowcapped mountains and verdant fields. Among stunning views of the lake and the Alps, discover the beauty of Lucerne during a walking tour. Journey through city streets, covered bridges, lakeside promenades, and bustling plazas. End your day in the quaint village of Andermatt,** nestled in the Ursern Valley.
Travel south through the pastoral landscapes of Switzerland. Crossing into Italy, traverse through the heart of the Alps, taking in vistas of rugged mountains as far as the eye can see. Pass through the picturesque Italian Lake District – a holiday destination since Roman times. Settle in for a 2-night stay in Mestre, situated on the Venetian mainland.
Accommodation: Starhotel Tuscany
Cruise to the island of Murano,*** renowned for its age-old glass-blowing tradition. After leaving Murano, embark on a walking tour of Venice, a collection of 117 tiny islands surrounded by a latticework of 150 canals and 400 bridges. In this floating city, see the Clock Tower, St. Mark’s Basilica, and marble palaces along boat-filled canals. The afternoon is yours to explore the hidden secrets of this charming city. Perhaps you will take an optional gondola ride through the narrow waterways.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Traverse the Po river valley en route to Tuscany. Stop at a vineyard in the heart of the Chianti region and enjoy a tour, tasting, and traditional bites. Continue to Florence, where you’ll spend 2 nights in the “Cradle of the Renaissance,” home to masterpieces of art and iconic symbols of centuries-old history.
Accommodation: Donna Laura Palace Hotel
Tour Florence, the legendary city of the Medici and the iconic Duomo. Enjoy a real-life history lesson as you discover the 4 pillars of city life: art, architecture, food, and fashion. You’ll also visit the Galleria dell’Accademia, home to Michelangelo’s David. This evening, consider an optional excursion to the 14th century Certosa monastery, featuring an after-hours tour and dinner in a popular Tuscan restaurant.
Say arriverderci to Florence and journey to Rome, Italy’s capital city. Upon arrival, a locally guided tour of Classical Rome will allow you to discover famous sights such as the Baths of Caracalla, the legendary Aventine and Palatine hills, the ancient Circus Maximus, and the Arch of Constantine. Recount the rich history of the Colosseum during an in-depth visit with a guide.
Enjoy a day at leisure in the Eternal City. Gaze at the Pantheon and see the oval-shaped Piazza Navona that’s lined with restaurants and shops. Or consider an optional tour to the Vatican (UNESCO), where you’ll discover masterpieces of art and architecture. Tonight, gather together and toast the end of an epic journey through Europe at a farewell dinner.
Your European adventure comes to a close today.
Experience the romance that can only be found in Venice – La Serenìssima – while traveling on its famous waterways. Partake in one of Venice’s most famous pastimes – a gondola cruise. Take a pleasant stroll toward the Grand Canal to board your gondola. As you relax in your elegant watercraft, your gondolier navigates the Grand Canal as well as smaller side canals. Admire the scenery as you listen to the melodic voice serenading you in true Italian style – just like in those romantic Italian movies! Duration approximately 1 hour(s). Transportation is not included A minimum of 12 passenger(s) is required to operate this option.
This option operates weather permitting.
Duration of the gondola cruise is approximately 30 minutes. Gondolas hold 5 to 6 guests. Transportation is not included and in most cases not required as the start of this excursion is usually within walking distance.
This evening, set off on a scenic drive to nearby Galluzzo, a historic town famous for its Carthusian monastery which rests upon one of the beautiful hills surrounding Florence. Prior to dinner, enjoy an after-hours visit to this 14th-century monastery – La Certosa.* Revel in the beauty that lurks inside and experience the monastery’s magnificence as you learn about monastic daily life. Then your evening of fun continues at one of the area’s most popular dining establishments. Experience an authentic and traditional dinner served family-style! Savor local wines and Tuscan food and enjoy the entertainment. It’s a memorable – truly Italian – evening out that you won’t want to miss! Duration approximately 4.5 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 15 passenger(s) is required to operate this option.
*Visit to the monastery may not be possible when weddings are taking place. Gratuities are included.
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