The Duomo, Florence, Italy

The Grand European

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This extensive vacation stretches through Central Europe from London to Rome, then along the Mediterranean to Spain and France to reach Paris. Begin with two overnights in London to explore at your own pace, then ferry across the English Channel and drive to Amsterdam. From Holland, you will cross Germany into Switzerland, admiring awe-inspiring Alpine scenery along the way. Your next focus will be Italy, a country rich in natural and artistic treasures—so much so that Italy has the highest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, some of which you will be visiting: the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi, the historical city centers of Rome, Florence, Verona, the Piazza del Duomo in Pisa, Vatican City, and Venice and its lagoon. Italy also means good food and wine, the “dolce vita,” fashion, and style. Just as interesting for arts, culture, food, fashion, style, glitz, and glam is France, and on this tour you will spend time on the French Riviera, in Avignon, and Carcassonne, then jump into Spain with its colorful main cities, lively Barcelona and monumental Madrid as well as historic Burgos. Return to France to visit Bordeaux, the Loire Valley, Orleans, and, last but not least, Paris, the Ville Lumière, where the tour ends.

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Day to day

Day 1

ARRIVE IN LONDON, ENGLAND. 

Check into your hotel. In the afternoon, you may want to start exploring the lively British capital. Uniformed hosts are available to help you make the most of your stay.

Day 2

LONDON.

A full day to savour our rich program of optional activities: take a panoramic tour of London's landmarks, visit the Tower of London, or choose an excursion to Windsor Castle. Tonight, how about a leisurely cruise on the Thames River? (B)

Day 3

LONDON-AMSTERDAM AREA, HOLLAND. 

Transfer to the railway station and board the EUROSTAR TRAIN to Brussels with your Tour Director. From here, travel on your luxury coach to the Amsterdam area. (B)

Day 4

AMSTERDAM AREA-RHINELAND, GERMANY. 

Today, enjoy a CANAL CRUISE to see the city from water level, then watch the cutting and polishing of precious stones at a DIAMOND CENTRE in Amsterdam. Later, sightseeing with a Local Guide points out the city highlights. In the afternoon, travel southward to the Rhineland area. (B,D)

Day 5

RHINELAND-HEIDELBERG-LUCERNE AREA, SWITZERLAND. 

Drive through the scenic Rhineland or, alternatively, take the optional Rhine River cruise and enjoy splendid scenery, including the Lorelei rock. Continue into Germany's oldest university town, Heidelberg, nicely located at the confluence of the Neckar and Rhine Rivers, for a short visit. Carry on to Switzerland for two nights in the Lucerne area. (B,D)

Day 6

LUCERNE. 

One of Switzerland's finest cities, Lucerne is nestled amid its snowcapped Alps, surrounded by its lake, and graced by the clear mountain waters of the Reuss River. Your visit takes in the impressive city walls, CHAPEL BRIDGE, ornate patrician houses lining cobblestone streets, and the LION MONUMENT-a masterful stone sculpture in honour of the heroic Swiss Guard of Louis XVI. A grand selection of optional activities completes the day: a cruise on the fjord-like lake or a cable-car ride to the 3,048-metre (10,000-foot) summit of Mount Titlis. (B)

Day 7

LUCERNE AREA-LUGANO-VERONA, ITALY-VENICE AREA. 

More wonderful alpine scenery as you drive into the mountain ranges that surround massive St. Gotthard into the warmer and sunnier ambiance of Canton Ticino. Stop in beautiful Lugano and take a stroll along the lakeside promenade. Then, cross into Italy and drive across the Po Valley to Verona, medieval setting of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. See Juliet's house and balcony, and stroll around the picturesque market square. Tonight, you are in the Venice area. (B)

Day 8

VENICE AREA. 

Venice is more like a marvellous film set than a real-life city, with its criss-crossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, and palaces. The included orientation starts with a BOAT RIDE to St. Mark's Square and is followed by some time at leisure and a chance to visit a GLASSBLOWING WORKSHOP. Don't miss out on the optional gondola trip, gliding along the picturesque canals with a local troubadour to serenade you. (B,D)

Day 9

VENICE AREA-ASSISI-ROME. 

An interesting drive southward through the gentle Umbrian hills to Assisi, where St. Francis was born in 1182. Visit the world-famous BASILICA with its beautiful frescoes by Giotto, then head for Rome. (B)

Day 10

ROME. 

The "Eternal City," is steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts with St. Peter's Square and Basilica. Other highlights are the iconic Colosseum, the largest amphitheatre ever built; the Roman Forum; Piazza Venezia, and Campidoglio. An optional visit is available to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, world famous for Michelangelo's impressive fresco of The Last Judgment. (B)

Day 11

ROME-PISA-FLORENCE. 

Vistas of rolling hills, rows of cypress trees, terraced vineyards, olive groves, and rural villages form the backdrop of your journey through beautiful Tuscany. Take a break in Pisa to see the SQUARE OF MIRACLES and the amazing Leaning Tower, then on to Florence. (B)

Day 12

FLORENCE. 

This Renaissance gem and city of the Medicis will keep you enthralled for a whole day. Vehicles are banned in part of the historic centre, so visitors can wander at leisure and admire the city's timeless beauty. Don't miss out on the included walking tour with a Local Guide that features most of the city highlights. You will see Piazza Santa Croce; beautiful Piazza Signoria; Palazzo Vecchio; Loggia dei Lanzi; and, to top it all, Piazza del Duomo and its cathedral with the Giotto Campanile, and the magnificent East Door of the Baptistry, known as the "Gate of Paradise." Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 13

FLORENCE-ITALIAN RIVIERA-EZE, FRANCE-FRENCH RIVIERA. 

Journey northwest, with views of the Italian Riviera. Continue to France for a visit to a PERFUME WORKSHOP in Eze before travelling along the celebrated Cote d'Azur. An optional Monte Carlo by Night excursion with dinner is available. (B)

Day 14

FRENCH RIVIERA-AVIGNON-CARCASSONNE. 

Today's journey will take you through some of France's loveliest scenery, sun-drenched landscapes right out of Van Gogh's paintings, on the way through Provence. Stop for a visit in historic Avignon. Continue westwards to the impressive walled city of Carcassonne. (B,D)

Day 15

CARCASSONNE-BARCELONA, SPAIN. 

Enjoy a visit of this almost-untouched piece of medieval fortified architecture, still standing in all its walled glory with drawbridges, towers, battlements, watch turrets, ramparts, and even arrow-slits to repel the enemy. Later, cross the border into Spain and arrive in Barcelona. (B)

Day 16

BARCELONA. 

This morning's sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a drive around Montjuic to see the Olympic Stadium and a panoramic view of the port and city. The drive continues to the city centre to Plaza Catalunya and Paseo de Gracia to admire the greatness and eccentricity of Gaudi's architectural masterpieces in the Houses Batllo and Mila and the Sagrada Familia (entrance fees not included). (B)

Day 17

BARCELONA-MADRID. 

See more of Catalonia as you drive northwest via Saragossa through the very heart of New Castile for two overnights in Spain's capital, Madrid. (B)

Day 18

MADRID. 

Not only because it's the capital of Spain, but also because it is situated 665 metres (2,180 feet) above sea level, the Spaniards say Madrid is the nearest thing to Heaven. Enjoy the main highlights on the included sightseeing excursion. The optional trip to Toledo is rewarding, too. The splendid setting is like a great open-air museum of Spanish history and art. (B,D)

Day 19

MADRID-BURGOS-BILBAO. 

Climb Somosierra Pass, the boundary between Old and New Castile, before stopping in Burgos to visit the beautiful gothic cathedral. On through Basque Country to Bilbao, now famous for four contemporary architects: Norman Foster, Santiago Calatrava, Cesar Pelli, and Frank Gehry. (B,D)

Day 20

BILBAO-BORDEAUX, FRANCE-POITIERS. 

A change of scenery as you travel into France across Gascony for an orientation of Bordeaux, the wine capital of France. On through the Cognac area to Poitiers, of Black Prince fame. (B,D)

Day 21

POITIERS-CHATEAUX COUNTRY-ORLEANS-PARIS. 

Leave the "Town of a Hundred Bell Towers" for a scenic journey along the Loire. Stop in Amboise and see its castle before reaching Paris in time to enjoy an optional excursion. (B)

Day 22

PARIS. 

One full day to explore the city that's known throughout the world for its fashions, art and museums, delicious food, and joie de vivre. Included sightseeing with a local expert shows off many of the best-known Parisian sights. Optional excursions are also available to the Palace and Gardens of Versailles. (B)

Day 23

PARIS. 

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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What's included

  • INDIVIDUAL HEADSETS
  • INSIDE VISITS AND SPECIAL FEATURES: Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.
  • SIGHTSEEING: Visits to Heidelberg, Lucerne, Lugano, Verona, Venice, Assisi, Pisa, Avignon, Carcassonne, Burgos, Bilbao, Bordeaux, Orleans.
  • SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS: Rhineland, Swiss Alps, Pyrenees, Costa Brava, Basque Country, Cognac region, French Riviera, Chateaux Country.
  • GUIDES: Host service in London. Local Guides for city sightseeing in Amsterdam, Rome, Florence, Barcelona, Madrid, Paris. Professional Tour Director while touring.
  • TRANSPORTATION: Round-trip transportation between London and the Channel ports; on the Continent, private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach. Cross-Channel ferry; canal transfer boat in Venice.
  • HOTELS: Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips,and service charges.
  • MYACCOUNT: Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions. Visit our website for details and conditions.
  • MEALS: Buffet breakfasts (B); 7 dinners (D),including a dinner at a local restaurant in Florence.
Details
Name: Versailles-Sun King's Palace - Weekday
Location: Paris
Description: Historic Versailles is the beautiful, restored palace of Louis XIV, the Sun King. After the guided tour of the palace, you can stroll in the magnificent terraced gardens with their fountains and statues. The Palace of Versailles is open every day except Mondays and bank holidays. On these days, you will be offered alternative sights.
Name: Tuscan Flavors
Location: Florence
Description: A lovely typical meal in the Tuscan countryside. La Certosa Restaurant is situated in front of the Charterhouse of Florence, which was built in the 13th century and formed from the old chemist of the Monks. The historical residence enjoys an enchanting and privileged panoramic position.
Name: Farewell Dinner & Orientation
Location: Paris
Description: The evening consists of a memorable four-course dinner with an aperitif and wine. After dinner you will enjoy a breathtaking orientation drive of the city.
Name: Cabaret Show
Location: Paris
Description: A trip to Paris is not complete without a visit to a typical cabaret show. A glass of champagne is served during the show.
Name: Discover the Venetian Lagoon
Location: Venice
Description: By private boat cross the lagoon to the picturesque fishing island of Burano with its gaily painted houses. See lace makers at work; then there's time to explore this unforgettable island on your own before returning to Venice.
Name: Lorelei and Its Castles
Location: Rhine Valley
Description: Discover the mystical magic of the Rhine river with its historic villages, beautiful castles and of course the legendary Lorelei Rock.
Name: Dinner & Swiss Folklore
Location: Lucerne
Description: Contrary to belief, not all Swiss can yodel or blow the alp horn, but those you will see are real experts. They entertain you with merry melodies on the accordion and traditional dances while you enjoy a full 3 course dinner.
Name: Monte Carlo By Night Drink Only
Location: Nice
Description: A beautiful drive along the French Riviera - arriving in the Principality of Monaco see the Cathedral and the Royal Palace. Stop for a drink at "Le Cafe de Paris" giving you the opportunity to absorb the jet-set atmosphere of Monaco. Afterwards time to gamble* at the famous Casino or just relax and enjoy the elegant ambience. *Personal ID required and jacket and tie recommended. Minimum age limit to enter the Casino 21 years.
Name: The Louvre & Its Masterpieces
Location: Paris
Description: Once a royal palace and now a museum housing one of the most famous art collections in the world, the Louvre is yours on a guided tour. The Louvre Museum is open every day except Tuesdays and bank holidays. On these days, you will be offered alternative sights.
Name: The Titlis Ice Flyer
Location: Lucerne
Description: An extension to the Mount Titlis excursion, the Ice Flyer is a chair lift, specially equipped to protect from wind, snow and rain. The 2,460 foot journey lasts six minutes and you can enjoy an absolutely unique and unforgettable ride just a few feet above the Titlis Glacier.
Name: Engelberg Only
Location: Lucerne
Description: Spend a few hours in this panoramic village at the foot of Mount Titlis: a well-known Alpine resort, where you could shop in the bazaars and enjoy traditional Swiss cuisine in a typical restaurant.
Name: Gondola Serenade
Location: Venice
Description: This is one of the highlights of any European holiday - a gondola ride through centuries-old canals, under famous arched bridges, and past lavish palaces and quaint piazzas.
Name: Castelli Romani With Dinner
Location: Rome
Description: Drive through the ancient villages in the Alban Hills, a landscape of rare beauty, myths, legends and history. Take pictures of the Pope's summer residence, Castel Gandolfo. Then to Frascati where one of the famous local white wines is included with your dinner in a tavern.
Name: "Noche Madrilena"
Location: Madrid
Description: After driving to the old quarter of Madrid you will walk to a typical Madrileno "tapas" bar near Plaza Mayor to enjoy a selection of tapas and a drink. On the way back to the hotel have an orientation drive in Madrid.
Name: Dinner & Flamenco on Ramblas
Location: Barcelona
Description: Evening out in the heart of Barcelona - enjoy a buffet dinner with Spanish specialties, including wine or soft drinks. Then see the best professional flamenco dancers, singers and guitarists in town. A glass of champagne is served during the show.
Name: Montserrat
Location: Barcelona
Description: Montserrat means the "sawed mountain" in Catalan. Situated at the center of Catalonia, about 25 miles northwest of Barcelona, it rises perpendicularly out of the surrounding lowlands, and is a marvel to see. In addition to the natural beauty of Montserrat, the mountain took on religious significance at an early date. The famous Romanesque sculpture of "La Morenta" (the little dark one) presides over the XI century Benedictine Monastery.
Name: The Majestic City of Toledo
Location: Madrid
Description: The panoramic view of the city is an awesome experience, and visiting Spain's main Cathedral is truly unforgettable. See one of El Greco's most famous paintings, the "Burial of Count Orgaz", in the church of Santo Tome. Drive through Castilian landscapes to the old capital on the Tagus River. Time for a visit to a Damascene steel workshop.
Name: Treasures of Rome By Night & Dinner
Location: Rome
Description: An evening tour including some of the city's fountains and majestic squares: Piazza Barberini, Triton Fountain, Via Veneto, Villa Borghese and Trevi Fountain. Finish the evening with a meal in a typical Roman restaurant with wine and music included.
Name: Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel
Location: Rome
Description: A tour around the Vatican museums to admire the beautiful tapestry gallery and the Sistine Chapel with masterpieces by Botticelli and Signorelli. See the "Genesis" and Michelangelo's "Last Judgment".
Name: Scenic Lake Cruise
Location: Lucerne
Description: An hour's guided cruise on the most beautiful lake in Switzerland gives you an introduction to this lovely city from a completely different aspect. With its many bays, it offers superb panoramas of the surrounding landscape. The area is rich in historical associations, particularly the William Tell legend.
Name: Mount Titlis
Location: Lucerne
Description: Drive to Alpine Engelberg to take the Titlis-Rotair, the world's first revolving cable car, up to 10,000 feet where eternal snow resists even the summer sun. A panoramic view all the way up with 360 degree vistas of glaciers and icefalls. Also on the agenda is a visit to the Ice Grotto.
Name: Uffizi Gallery
Location: Florence
Description: Admire the world's greatest collection of Italian and Florentine art. The gallery exhibits works by Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli and Michelangelo.
Name: Venetian Night Out & Dinner
Location: Venice
Description: Enjoy a motorboat ride along the impressive Giudecca Canal with a commentary of the most important sights. A leisurely walk to St. Mark's Square, passing famous buildings, small bridges and inner canals, will take you to a typical Venetian restaurant for an aperitif before your four-course dinner including wine, mineral water and coffee.
Name: Monte Carlo By Night & Dinner
Location: Nice
Description: A beautiful drive along the French Riviera - arriving in the Principality of Monaco, where you will have a delicious French dinner. After dinner see the Cathedral and the Royal Palace. Then stop for a drink at "Le Cafe de Paris" giving you the opportunity to absorb the jet-set atmosphere of Monaco. Afterwards time to gamble* at the famous Casino or just relax and enjoy the elegant ambience. *Personal ID required and formal dress code (but not evening wear) recommended. Minimum age limit to enter the Casino 21 years.
January 
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02 Jan 2018 24 Jan 2018 $3129 USD $4333 USD Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
March 
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28 Mar 2018 19 Apr 2018 $3399 USD $4603 USD Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
May 
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02 May 2018 24 May 2018 $3749 USD $4953 USD  
09 May 2018 31 May 2018 $3749 USD $4953 USD Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
16 May 2018 07 Jun 2018 $3749 USD $4953 USD  
23 May 2018 14 Jun 2018 $3749 USD $4953 USD  
30 May 2018 21 Jun 2018 $3749 USD $4953 USD  
June 
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20 Jun 2018 12 Jul 2018 $3749 USD $4953 USD  
27 Jun 2018 19 Jul 2018 $3409 USD $4573 USD Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
July 
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04 Jul 2018 26 Jul 2018 $3629 USD $4833 USD  
11 Jul 2018 02 Aug 2018 $3629 USD $4833 USD Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
August
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08 Aug 2018 30 Aug 2018 $3629 USD $4833 USD Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
15 Aug 2018 06 Sep 2018 $3629 USD $4833 USD  
22 Aug 2018 13 Sep 2018 $3629 USD $4833 USD  
29 Aug 2018 20 Sep 2018 $3749 USD $4953 USD  
September 
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05 Sep 2018 27 Sep 2018 $3749 USD $4953 USD Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
12 Sep 2018 04 Oct 2018 $3749 USD $4953 USD  
19 Sep 2018 11 Oct 2018 $3749 USD $4953 USD Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
26 Sep 2018 18 Oct 2018 $3629 USD $4833 USD  
October 
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03 Oct 2018 25 Oct 2018 $3599 USD $4803 USD Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
December 
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10 Dec 2018 01 Jan 2019 $3369 USD $4573 USD  
Extra Accommodation Prices 
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PRE LONDON 01 Nov 2018 31 Dec 2018 $143 USD $88 USD $88 USD
PRE LONDON 12 Oct 2018 31 Oct 2018 $185 USD $129 USD $129 USD
PRE LONDON 01 May 2018 11 Oct 2018 $198 USD $122 USD $122 USD
PRE LONDON 22 Apr 2018 30 Apr 2018 $195 USD $118 USD $118 USD
PRE LONDON 01 Apr 2018 21 Apr 2018 $186 USD $130 USD $130 USD
PRE LONDON 01 Jan 2018 31 Mar 2018 $142 USD $87 USD $87 USD
POST PARIS 30 Dec 2018 31 Dec 2018 $212 USD $109 USD N/A
POST PARIS 14 Dec 2018 29 Dec 2018 $130 USD