Tuscan Villages

Welcome to Tuscan Villages, a journey boasting Tuscany’s most amazing towns, villages, iconic landscapes and traditions that have profoundly influenced world culture, art, gastronomy and history through a lifestyle that blends passion with simplicity. Across 11 sensational days, explore the length and breadth of Tuscany and marvel at its beautiful winding roads and fortified hilltop towns; meander the cobbled streets of secluded villages; visit castles; and discover unforgettable tastings in Italy’s most renowned wine region.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Florence

Welcome to Florence, the heart of Tuscany and the perfect starting point for your Tuscan experience. Transfer to your hotel and relax in readiness for tomorrow’s departure. If not partaking in our pre-tour Florence city break, we suggest a visit to Florence Cathedral, Accademia or Uffizi Galleries or simply stroll the streets and take advantage of Florence’s famous leather markets.

Hotel: Baglioni Grand Hotel or similar

Day 2: Florence – Pisa – Barga – Lucca

Depart for enchanting Pisa to view the Leaning Tower and the Piazza del Duomo, before enjoying lunch at an olive oil producing estate, paired with a tasting and workshop visit. In the afternoon, venture into Tuscany’s Garfagnana region, characterised by is mountainous and densely wooded terrain adjacent to the Northern Apennines. Visit the picturesque town of Barga, awarded an ‘orange flag’ as one the Best Villages of Italy. Afterward, check into your wonderful hotel within the protected walls of Lucca.

Hotel: Hotel Alla Corte degli Angeli or similar, 2 nights

Day 3: Lucca

Enjoy a morning guided tour of Lucca, famous for its historic centre, medieval towers and best preserved ramparts in Italy. In the afternoon, embrace the opportunity to get lost in the town’s maze of streets, people watch in its famous Piazzas such as Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, Verdi, Napoleone and San Michele or wander along its ancient walls that now serve as a popular pedestrian promenade.

Day: 4 Lucca – Volterra – Monteriggioni – Chianti retreat

Visit the ancient Tuscan village of Volterra and enjoy a guided tour.
An important Etruscan city, Volterra features beautiful winding cobbled streets and artisan craftsmanship, particularly alabaster carvings. The walled mountaintop town’s history dates to before the 7th century BC and contains structures from the Etruscan, Roman and Medieval periods. Afterward, have time to stroll around and enjoy an independent lunch before continuing to the unique medieval walled town of Monteriggioni. Afterward, venture into Chianti to your amazing rural retreat.

Hotel: Castel Monastero Resort & Spa or similar, 3 nights

Day 5: Chianti retreat – Greve in Chianti – Castello di Brolio – Chianti retreat

Commence your Chianti experience with a visit to Greve in Chianti that was settled well before the Etruscans. The town is one of the main towns in Chianti and is known for its triangular shaped main piazza and Franciscan monastery. Continue for a scrumptious lunch and tasting on a picturesque Chianti winery before returning to your hotel via a short visit to the gardens of Castello di Brolio.

Day 6: Chianti retreat – Radda in Chianti – Gaiole in Chianti – Castellina in Chianti – Chianti retreat

Enjoy the pleasure of a late morning start before visiting the delightful medieval town of Radda in Chianti. Located up on a hill and blessed with panoramic views, enjoy time to wander around and have an independent lunch before continuing to nearby Castello di Meleto for a castle tour and wine tasting on grounds surrounded by vines. Afterward, enjoy dinner in a local restaurant in the endearing Castellina in Chianti.

Day 7: Siena – San Gimignano – Monteriggioni – Siena

Visit the multi-towered town of San Gimignano; a 12th century Romanesque church with famous frescoes; and the Piazza del Duomo that houses the Museo Civico and Palazzo del Popolo. Enjoy time to explore the town at your leisure including perhaps, climbing the stairs of one of the towers for a fantastic view. In the early afternoon, depart for Siena, with its maze of narrow streets and alleys converging onto one of Europe’s most famous squares, the Piazza del Campo.

Hotel: Grand Hotel Continental or similar, 2 nights

Day 8: Siena

This morning, enjoy a privately guided walking tour of Siena’s historic centre, declared a World Heritage Site for its preserved gothic appearance dating from the 12th to 15th century. The tour includes an explanation of Siena’s Contrade or family districts that have existed since the Middle Ages, as well as visits to Siena Cathedral and Piazza del Campo, that hosts the twice yearly Palio horse race. The afternoon is at leisure to wander the cobbled streets of this amazing town.

Day 9: Siena – Pienza – Montalcino

Travel into the inspiring and amazing Val d’Orcia, a region of Tuscany characterised by gentle cultivated hills, gullies and picturesque villages that have inspired painters through the ages and which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its cultural landscape. Visit Pienza, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterward, continue to the world’s most enchanting wine region for lunch and wine tasting at a renowned vineyard. Finish with a brief visit to the town of Montalcino and nearby Abbey of Sant’Antimo before checking into your wonderful retreat.

Hotel: Castel Porrona Relais or similar, 2 nights

Day 10: Montalcino – Pitigliano – Sorano – Montalcino

Visit two of Italy’s most picturesque villages Pitigliano and Sorano, in the south of Tuscany close to the border with Lazio. Both towns are built into ‘tuff’ bedrock that formed into steep hills from volcanic ash. Enjoy time to stroll both towns before returning to your hotel.

Day 11: Tuscan retreat – Florence

IIf not continuing with us in Florence, Cinque Terre or to the Amalfi Coast, return to Florence airport, train station for your ongoing journey.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 29$6,990.00$10,390.00
July: 09, 31$6,990.00$10,390.00
August: 28$6,990.00$10,390.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner
Transport: Airport Transfers & Deluxe VIP transport
Accommodation: 10 nights accommodation
Guide: Experienced Tour Leader
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Sardinia

A gem of the Mediterranean, Sardinia offers astounding geographical diversity and a rich history. With some of the most seductive beaches, surrounded by an emerald sea, where the Italian’s love to travel. Discover this untouched paradise on our 8 day Regional Discovery.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Cagliari

Welcome to Cagliari, Sardinia’s capital. Cagliari, located on the Bay of Angels, is an ancient fortified city that has seen the rule of civilisations for over 5000 years. Transfer to your hotel and enjoy an evening at leisure.​

Hotel: Hotel Villa Fanny or  Palazzo Dessy Guesthouse or similar, 3 nights

Day 2: Cagliari​

Enjoy a half day morning walking tour of the historic medieval Castello with its ancient fortifications, 14th century towers and town hall. Visit Piazza Palazzo, The Cathedral of Santa Maria, The Bastion of St Remy, Royal Palace and the bustling marina quarter with its tangled streets, bars and restaurants.​

Day: 3 Cagliari – Nora – Tuerredda Beach – Cagliari​

A full day private excursion visiting Nora, the oldest village in Sardinia, for Carthaginian and Roman archaeological ruins dating to the 8th century BC. Afterward, enjoy the afternoon at Tuerredda beach where you will have time for an independent lunch at their famous beachfront restaurant and time to swim before heading back to Cagliari. ​

Day 4: Cagliari – Su Naraxi di Barumini – Bosa – Alghero​

Enjoy a scheduled guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Su Naraxi di Barumini. The defensive structures date to 2000BC and consist of circular towers of truncated cones built of stone. Continue to one of Sardinia’s most renounced wineries for a cellar tour, tasting and light lunch. Afterward, enjoy a brief stop in the colourful village of Bosa before arriving in Alghero.

Hotel: Villa Las Tronas or similar, 2 nights

Day 5: Alghero​

Enjoy a morning group boat to Neptune’s Grotto.  Afterwards you’ll enjoy a private guided tour of the medieval fortified town of Alghero. Known as ‘Little Barcelona’ for its Catalan influence, the town boasts a striking Gothic-style historic centre with the Church of St Francis and Santa Maria Cathedral. ​

Day 6: Alghero – Castelsardo – Costa Smeralda​

Depart for Costa Smeralda with a stop in Castelsardo, considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy.​

Hotel: Cervo Hotel Costa Smeralda or L’Ea Bianca Hotel or Petra Segreta Resort & Spa or similar, 2 nights

Day 7: Costa Smeralda – Maddalena Archipelago – Costa Smeralda​

Enjoy a full day excursion by boat from Palau to the Maddalena Archipelago consisting of 7 major islands featuring beautiful clear waters, wind-blown granite coastlines and significant wildlife.​

Day 8: Costa Smeralda Departure Transfer​

A private departure transfer to the ferry port if you are continuing with us to Corsica or the airport for your onward journey.  ​

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs daily from Cagliari:From $4,600.00Price on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 6 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch
Transport: Airport Transfers & Deluxe VIP transport
Accommodation: 7 nights accommodation
Guide: Experienced Tour Guides
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Piedmont: Food, Wine & Truffles

Satisfy your culinary cravings with delicious truffle infused cuisine, paired with the finest Barolo and Barbaresco wines in an idyllic setting, amidst rolling plains, mountainous green hills and the Alps. This is Piedmont, which boasts one of Italy’s finest winegrowing regions, contains the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Langhe area, produces the world-famous Alba white truffle and is at the centre of the Slow Food movement. Throughout this culinary discovery, partake in a local wine appreciation lesson from a master sommelier; experience the thrill of a truffle hunt; visit an aged cheese producer; shop at a local market and partake in a cooking class; visit the picturesque towns of Alba and Barolo; relax in two magnificent rural retreats; and indulge in food, wine and truffles at wineries and a Michelin star restaurant.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Milan

Welcome to Milan for the upcoming regional discovery of nearby Piedmont. Transfer to your hotel and enjoy the day at leisure in readiness for tomorrow’s departure.

Hotel: Hotel Galleria Vik Milano or similar

Day 2: Milan – Costiglione d’Asti – Benevello retreat

After breakfast, depart for Piedmont, Italy’s picturesque region of mountains and valleys, overrun with vineyards, castles and incredible cuisine. Our regional discovery begins with a thrilling truffle hunt with hunting dog on a family property that has been passed down through generations. Unlock the mystery and allure of the truffle and enjoy the find with a light lunch, paired with local sparkling Asti wine. Afterward, continue through Langhe, a UNESCO World Heritage listed area to check into an amazing rural retreat. Freshen up and relax before embarking on a late afternoon wine appreciation masterclass and tasting with a sommelier. Once the seat of the Savoy Empire, Piedmont is known for Barolo and Barbaresco, the wine of kings and queens made from the Nebbiolo grape, that are among the most coveted wines in the world. The evening is yours to relax at this rural paradise.

Hotel: Relais Villa d’Amelia or similar, 2 nights

Day 3: Benevello retreat – Bra – Barolo – Benevello retreat

Visit a family cheese business established in Bra in the 1920’s and learn the secret of aging to reflect the tradition of the territory. Enjoy a cheese sampling before venturing into Barolo for a tasting and lunch on a winery overlooking the vines. In the afternoon, enjoy time to explore the town of Barolo, the namesake city for the ‘king of wines and the wine of kings’, before returning to the hotel to relax and freshen up before a magnificent 3-course dinner and pairing in Chef Damiano Nigro’s one star Michelin restaurant.

Day 4: Benevello retreat – Alba – Barbaresco – Gavi retreat

EEnjoy a guided tour of Alba, considered the capital of Langhe and formerly known as the city with a hundred towers. The town features the Romanesque Alba Cathedral, dating to the 12th century, and is home to the world-renowned Ferrero confectionery company. Afterward, enjoy time for self-discovery and independent lunch which may include the famed 3 star Michelin restaurant, Piazza Duomo. In the afternoon, venture to a Barbaresco winery for a tasting and an incredible view of the Barbaresco Cru hills, before continuing to Gavi to check into another amazing retreat. In the evening, visit the properties impressive cellar before enjoying a degustation dinner in its fantastic restaurant.

Hotel: Villa Sparina or similar, 2 nights

Day 5: Gavi retreat

Visit the market to source your fresh ingredients for a special cooking class and learn the culinary secrets of select local dishes. Afterward, enjoy the fruits of your labour with a celebratory closing tour lunch. The afternoon is yours to relax at the hotel or perhaps walk or cycle to nearby wineries.

Day 6: Gavi retreat – Milan

After breakfast, return to Milan for your ongoing journey or possibly head south to Liguria’s Cinque Terre coastline or to Tuscany.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 24$4,390.00$6,390.00
June: 07$4,390.00$6,390.00
July: 04, 26$3,990.00$5,990.00
August: 23$4,390.00$6,390.00
September: 13$4,390.00$6,390.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Deluxe VIP transport
Accommodation: 5 nights accommodation
Guide: Experienced Tour Leader
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Seven Countries, Venice & Paris

If you want to see Western Europe’s main highlights but don’t have much time, this European tour is the vacation for you! Visit England, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, and France with overnights in London, Brussels, the Frankfurt area, the Innsbruck area, the Venice area, the Lucerne area, Dijon, and Paris.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive In London, England

Check into your hotel. Uniformed hosts are available to help you make the most of your stay.

Hotel: Novotel London West, 2 nights

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 dinner followed by a leisurely cruise on the Thames River?

Day 3: London – Brussels, Belgium

Transfer to the railway station and board the Eurostar Train to Brussels. Here, switch to your comfortable motorcoach for an orientation drive of the Belgian capital.

Hotel: Ramada

Day 4: Brussels – Rhine Cruise, Germany –  Frankfurt Area

Journey into Germany to the shores of the mighty Rhine to enjoy a scenic Cruise. Then, on to the Frankfurt area for an overnight.

Hotel:  Mercure at Friedrichsdorf or Qgreenhotel by Melia

Day 5: Frankfurt Area – Romantic Road – Innsbruck Area, Austria

Today’s highlight is a drive along the Romantic Road, through towns and villages with medieval towered gates and battlements, squares of half-timbered houses, and richly decorated fountains. Spend some time in the centre of Rothenburg before heading to the Innsbruck area for an overnight.

Hotel: Npm Alpina at Igis or Alpinpark or Alphotel

Day 6: Innsbruck Area – Brenner Pass – Venice Area, Italy

Take in the breathtaking scenery of the Alps while crossing the Europa Bridge and Brenner Pass. Arrive in Venice, where a Boat Ride along the Giudecca Canal to Piazza San Marco allows you to admire the palazzos and maze of streets. Time at leisure to soak up the magical atmosphere of this unique city. At a Glassblowing Workshop, experience this Venetian art.

Hotel: Poppi at Mira

Day 7: Venice Area – Verona – Lucerne Area, Switzerland

Stop in fascinating Verona for a stroll in the old city. Cross the Swiss border and enjoy the idyllic views of Canton Ticino, then on to the breathtaking beauty of Lake Lucerne.

Hotel: Ibis at Kriens or Drei Konige

Day 8: Lucerne Area – Dijon, France

Your visit this morning focuses on the Old Town of Lucerne. Also, there’s time for an optional excursion to Mount Stanserhorn. in the afternoon, journey into France for an overnight in the charming town of Dijon.

Hotel: Ibis Gare

Day 9: Dijon – Paris

Leave Dijon and travel on the autoroute to Paris to discover many of the best-known Parisian sites on the included guided sightseeing tour.

Hotel: Ibis Styles Paris Meteor Avenue d’ltalie

Day 10: Depart Paris

Au revoir – your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 04$2,449.00$3,126.00
February: 15, 29$2,579.00$3,256.00
March: 14$2,669.00$3,346.00
March: 21$2,579.00$3,256.00
March: 28$2,709.00$3,386.00
April: 04, 11$2,739.00$3,416.00
April: 18$2,829.00$3,506.00
April: 25$2,739.00$3,416.00
May: 02$2,739.00$3,416.00
May: 09$2,799.00$3,476.00
May: 16, 23, 29, 30$2,739.00$3,416.00
June: 05$2,739.00$3,416.00
June: 06$2,779.00$3,456.00
June: 12, 13, 19$2,739.00$3,416.00
June: 20$2,779.00$3,456.00
June: 26, 27$2,739.00$3,416.00
July: 03, 04, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31$2,669.00$3,346.00
August: 01, 07, 08, 14, 15, 21$2,669.00$3,346.00
August: 22, 28, 29$2,739.00$3,416.00
September: 04, 05$2,799.00$3,476.00
September: 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26$2,739.00$3,416.00
October: 03$2,739.00$3,416.00
October: 10$2,839.00$3,516.00
October: 17, 24$2,739.00$3,416.00
October: 31$2,669.00$3,346.00
November: 07, 14, 21$2,569.00$3,246.00
November: 28$2,449.00$3,126.00
December: 31$2,299.00$2,976.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 3 dinners
Transport:Deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring
Rail:EuroStar Rail Ticket: London / Paris
Accommodation: 9 nights accommodation
Guide:An expert Tour Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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From St. Paul’s to St. Peter’s

From London to Rome, travel to Western Europe’s most famous cities on this affordable European tour. Along the way, visit celebrated cities as well as picturesque towns, and witness beautiful scenery.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

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 at the hotel are available to help you make the most of your stay.

Hotel: Holiday Inn London – Kensington High Street or Novotel London West, 2 nights

Day 2: London

A full day to savor 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, we recommend our optional Taste of London excursion with dinner, followed by a guided illumination cruise on the Thames River.

Day 3: London – Paris, France

Board the Eurostar Train to Paris with your Tour Director. Spend two nights in Paris.

Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott Arcueil, 2 nights

Day 4: Paris

Paris is a world-class city with more familiar landmarks than almost any other city in the world. This morning, see these sites during the included city tour with a Local Guide. Sign up for the optional excursions available to complete your Paris experience.

Day 5: Paris – Lucerne Area, Switzerland

Fascinating, ever-changing scenery greets you today. Enjoy views of Fontainebleau Forest, the wine-growing area of Burgundy, prosperous farms, and tidy, half-timbered villages as you head through the alpine heart of Switzerland to the picture-book Lucerne area.

Hotel: Ibis Styles or Royal, 2 nights

Day 6: Lucerne Area

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. The orientation includes the Lion Monument, erected in memory of the 800 Swiss Guards who defended Louis XVi and his wife. Also admire the famous wooden Chapel Bridge with its splendid frescoes. A selection of optional activities completes the day: a cable-car ride to the 10,000-foot summit of Mount Titlis; a cruise on the fjord-like lake; and, of course, time to shop for an authentic Swiss watch.

Day 7: Lucerne Area – Verona, Italy – Venice Area

More wonderful alpine scenery awaits as you drive into the mountain ranges that surround the massive St. Gotthard Pass. Once through its great tunnel, start your scenic descent into the warmer and sunnier ambiance of Canton Ticino, then cross into italy and drive through the Lombardy plains to Romeo and Juliet’s Verona, known as “Little Rome” for its splendid arena still standing in its former glory. Overnight in the Venice area.

Hotel: Poppi at Mira, 2 nights

Day 8: Venice Area

Venice is more like a marvellous film set than a real-life city, with crisscrossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and busy little piazzas. Your orientation starts with a Boat Ride to St. Mark’s Square and is followed by a chance to watch Venetian Glassblowers fashion their delicate objects as they did centuries ago. A range of optional excursions is available.

Day 9: Venice Area – Florence – Montecatini

Travel south across the Apennines into the gentle and hilly countryside of Tuscany. Enjoy a guided walk through Florence to discover its Renaissance treasures, then continue to Montecatini.

Hotel: Settentrionale Esplanade

Day 10: Montecatini – Pisa – Rome

This morning in Pisa, hop on a mini-train to see the famed Square Of Miracles and to view the Leaning Tower. Then, journey south to Rome. Tonight, consider an optional excursion to discover the city by night-a floodlit spectacular of shimmering fountains, magnificent churches, and piazzas-followed by dinner.

Hotel: Park Hotel Del Massimi, 2 nights

Day 11: 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, and Circus Maximus. An optional visit is available to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, world famous for Michelangelo’s impressive fresco of The Last Judgment.

Day 12: Depart Rome

Arrivederci, Roma – your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
March: 27$3,029.00$3,735.00
April: 17$3,239.00$4,117.00
May: 01$3,419.00$4,297.00
May: 15, 29$3,449.00$4,327.00
June: 05, 12$3,449.00$4,327.00
June: 26$3,399.00$4,277.00
July: 03$3,399.00$4,277.00
July: 10, 17, 24$3,369.00$4,247.00
August: 07, 21$3,369.00$4,247.00
August: 28$3,419.00$4,297.00
September: 04, 11, 18, 25$3,449.00$4,327.00
October: 02$3,369.00$4,247.00
October: 09$3,269.00$3,766.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 11 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Transport:First-class air-conditioned motorcoach while touring
Rail:EuroStar Rail Ticket: London / Paris
Accommodation: 11 nights accommodation
Guide:Professional Tour Director and Host service in London
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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From Rome to London

From Rome to London, travel to Western Europe’s most famous cities on this European tour. Along the way, see some of Europe’s most iconic sights and witness beautiful scenery. In Rome, Florence, and Paris, see the must-see sights on your guided sightseeing

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive In Rome, Italy

Check into your hotel. Maybe use your CosmosGO app to explore this lively ancient capital. in the afternoon, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Hotel: Park Hotel Del Massimi, 2 nights

Day 2: 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 and Circus Maximus. An optional visit is available to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, world famous for Michelangelo’s The Last Judgment.

Day 3: Rome – Pisa – Florence

Vistas of rolling hills, austere rows of cypress trees, terraced vineyards, olive groves, and rural villages form the backdrop of your journey through Tuscany. Take a break in Pisa and enjoy a ride on a mini train to see the Square Of Miracles and the amazing Leaning Tower. Then, on to Florence.

Hotel: Nil Hotel

Day 4: Florence – Venice Area

Birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence was for centuries a leading power. On the included walking tour with an expert Local Guide, discover the landmarks of this amazing city, like Piazza Signoria with the Loggia dei Lanzi, Palazzo Vecchio, and the breathtaking cathedral on Piazza del Duomo. Watch how leather is embossed with gold, and enjoy free time to shop. in the afternoon, drive north across the Po River and spend two nights in the Venice area.

Hotel: Poppi at Mira, 2 nights

Day 5: Venice Area

Venice is known worldwide for its carnival, its film festival, and its incredible location on the water. Today, reach Venice by private Motorboat to view the Bridge of Sighs, Doge’s Palace, and St. Mark’s Square before visiting a Glassblowing Workshop. Don’t miss out on the optional gondola trip, gliding along the picturesque canals with a local troubadour to serenade you.

Day 6: Venice Area – Cortina – Innsbruck Area, Austria

Leave the plains of the Veneto region behind and drive northward to spot the spectacular peaks of the Dolomites. Stop awhile in Cortina to enjoy the grand scenery. Later, cross over the Europa Bridge and Brenner Pass into Austria to reach innsbruck in time to see the famous golden roof, emblem of the city.

Hotel: Ramada Tivoli

Day 7: Innsbruck Area – Liechtenstein – Lucerne, Switzerland

Drive through the valleys and villages of the mountainous Tyrol to the Arlberg Tunnel, descending into Switzerland. Stop briefly in Vaduz, Liechtenstein’s capital. Absorb the majestic alpine landscapes and glimpses of Lake Walen on the way to Lucerne.

Hotel: Royal or Rothaus, 2 nights

Day 8: Lucerne

One of Switzerland’s finest cities, Lucerne is nestled amid its snowcapped Alps, surrounded by its lake, and embellished by the clear mountain waters of the Reuss River. Your orientation includes the Lion Monument, erected in memory of the 800 Swiss Guards who defended Louis XVi and his wife. Also see the famous wooden Chapel Bridge. A grand selection of optional activities completes the day: a cable-car ride to the 10,000-foot summit of Mount Titlis; a cruise on the fjord-like lake; or time to shop for an authentic Swiss watch.

Day 9: Lucerne – Paris, France

Enjoy vistas of green pastures and rustic chalets, then cross into France and drive past some of its most famous Burgundy vineyards to romantic Paris.

Hotel: Kyriad Bercy Village, 2 nights

Day 10: Paris

Paris is a world-class city with more familiar landmarks than almost any other city in the world. This morning, see them during the included city tour with a Local Guide. Later, feel like a French aristocrat on an optional walking tour through the opulent Palace of Versailles.

Day 11: Paris – London, England

Relax on your Eurostar journey to London.

Hotel: Holiday Inn London – Kensington High Street or Novotel London

Day 12: Depart London

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 03$3,399.00$4,105.00
April: 17$3,429.00$4,135.00
May: 01, 15, 29$3,449.00$4,155.00
June: 12, 26$3,449.00$4,155.00
July: 10, 24$3,359.00$4,065.00
August: 07$3,359.00$4,065.00
August: 21$3,419.00$4,125.00
September: 04, 18$3,459.00$4,323.00
October: 02$3,419.00$4,125.00
October: 16$3,319.00$4,025.00
December: 21$3,169.00$3,875.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 11 breakfasts, 3 dinners
Transport:First-class air-conditioned motorcoach while touring
Rail:EuroStar Rail Ticket: Paris / London
Accommodation: 11 nights accommodation
Guide:Professional Tour Director and Host service in London
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Europe’s Highlights

From its exciting cities to its spectacular scenery, Europe has it all, and on this affordable European tour, you’ll see the main highlights. Start in Amsterdam with a scenic canal cruise and end in Paris with a guided tour and time on your own. In between, you’ll discover Germany, Austria, Italy, and Switzerland.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive In Amsterdam Area, Holland

Check into your hotel, and start exploring this exciting city with your CosmosGo app. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Hotel: Best Western Plus Amedia Airport, 2 nights

Day 2: Amsterdam Area

Enjoy sightseeing in Amsterdam with a Local Guide pointing out the city highlights, as well as a Canal Cruise to see the town from water level. Then, watch the cutting and polishing of precious stones at a Diamond Centre. Time in the afternoon to explore on your own or join an optional excursion.

Day 3: Amsterdam Area – Mannheim Area, Germany

Travelling through Germany, choose an included scenic drive along the shores of the Rhine or, even more thrilling, the optional Rhine cruise with vistas of the Lorelei rock, hilltop castles, half-timbered wine villages, and terraced vineyards. Spend the night in the Mannheim area.

Hotel: Achat Premium at Neustadt Weinstrasse

Day 4: Mannheim Area – Innsbruck Area, Austria

Drive through Baden- Wuttenberg to the foot of the Alps to visit King Ludwig’s magnificent Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany’s fairytale castle. Carry on into the verdant Austrian Tyrol.

Hotel: Rumerhof or Ramada Tivoli

Day 5: Innsbruck Area – Venice Area, Italy

Cross the border into italy to the unique floating city of Venice. This afternoon’s orientation includes a Boat Ride to St. Mark’s Square, followed by a visit to a traditional Glassblowing Workshop. Don’t miss out on the romantic optional gondola trip, gliding along the picturesque canals with a local troubadour to serenade you.

Hotel: Poppi at Mira or Il Burchiello at Oriago

Day 6: Venice Area – Assisi – Rome

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

Hotel: Villa Maria Regina, 2 nights

Day 7: 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, and Circus Maximus.

Day 8: Rome – Pisa – Montecatini

Drive on the Highway of the Sun to Pisa. Hop on a mini train to the SQUARE OF MIRACLES and admire the curious Leaning Tower, a world-favourite photographic subject. Overnight in the spa town of Montecatini.

Hotel: Settentrionale Esplanade

Day 9: Montecatini – Florence – Lake Como

Arrive in Florence. This Renaissance gem and city of the Medicis will keep you enthralled for a whole day. 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 and Loggia dei Lanzi. To top it all, see Piazza del Duomo and its cathedral with the Giotto Campanile, and the magnificently carved East Door of the Baptistry, known as the “Gate of Paradise.” Journey northward through the Tuscan hills and across the Apennines to the shores of romantic Lake Como.

Hotel: Lario at Messegra

Day 10: Lake Como – Lugano, Switzerland – Lucerne Area

Leave beautiful Lake Como and cross the border into Switzerland for a stop in the italian-speaking town of Lugano. Continue north and, once through Gotthard Tunnel, see more magnificent alpine scenery as you descend to the shores of Lake Lucerne.

Hotel: Ibis Kriens  at Kriens or Ibis Styles at Lucerne

Day 11: Lucerne Area – Interlaken – Lausanne Area

Spend some time in beautiful Lucerne. Later, stop in idyllic interlaken and follow the shoreline of Lake Thun. A few more miles to Lausanne, overlooking Lake Geneva.

Hotel: Novotel Lausanne at Bussigny

Day 12: Lausanne Area – Beaune, France – Paris

Enjoy vistas of famous vineyards on the way to Beaune. Visit the medieval Burgundian town, known all over the world for its wine production. Take the autoroute to Paris.

Hotel: Ibis Styles Paris Meteor Avenue d’Italie or Ibis Styles Paris Porte d’Orléans , 2 nights

Day 13: Paris

Get to know the romantic city with a local expert and see many of the best-known Parisian sites, such as the Eiffel Tower and Champs Elysees. An optional excursion is available to the Palace and Gardens of Versailles, King Louis XIV’s residence.

Day 14: Depart Paris

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
March: 09$3,029.00$3,864.00
March: 16$3,169.00$4,004.00
March: 23$3,239.00$4,074.00
March: 30$3,299.00$4,134.00
April: 06, 13, 20, 27$3,399.00$4,234.00
May: 04$3,399.00$4,234.00
May: 11$3,349.00$4,184.00
May: 18$3,399.00$4,234.00
May: 25$3,449.00$4,284.00
June: 01, 08$3,449.00$4,284.00
June: 15$3,399.00$4,234.00
June: 22$3,449.00$4,284.00
June: 29$3,399.00$4,234.00
July: 06, 13, 20, 27$3,339.00$4,234.00
August: 03, 10, 17, 24, 31$3,339.00$4,234.00
September: 07, 14, 21, 28$3,449.00$4,284.00
October: 05$3,449.00$4,284.00
October: 12$3,369.00$4,204.00
October: 19$3,289.00$4,124.00
December: 20$3,289.00$4,124.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 13 breakfasts, 6 dinners
Transport: First-class air-conditioned motorcoach while touring
Accommodation:13 nights accommodation
Guide: Professional Travel Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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European Rhapsody

Discover Europe’s grandeur and the legacy of the powerful Habsburg dynasty on this soul-stirring journey of Europe’s imperial cities. Be inspired by the family heritage of royalty as you meet a castle owner in the Rhine Valley and enjoy dinner at a family home in beautiful Budapest. Your journey culminates in timeless Venice with its romantic and lavish palaces.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Depart from London by Eurostar to Amsterdam

At 07:00, meet your Travel Director and transfer to London’s St. Pancras Station to board the high-speed Eurostar for a rail journey via the revolutionary Channel Tunnel. Once in Amsterdam, join your Travel Director in the evening for a Welcome Reception. Get to know your fellow guests during a cruise, along some of the many quaint, tree-lined canals. Admire the elegant merchant houses from the 16th and 17th centuries, their facades are a reflection of when trade flourished during Amsterdam’s Golden Age. Relax as you pass stunning gables, beautiful churches and the iconic Magere Brug, better known as the Skinny Bridge. Disembark and venture to Humphrey’s Restaurant for your Welcome Dinner.

Day 2: Würzburg

Relax with a scenic drive along the Rhine Valley to Würzburg. See the mighty Marienburg Fortress – the immense baroque palace of the Prince Bishops and one of the most important landmarks in Germany. On arrival, visit the imposing Würzburg Residenz, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a Local Expert. Marvel at intricate decorations and lavish staterooms boasting with French, Austrian and Venetian influences.

Day 3: Rothenburg and Golden Prague

In the morning venture to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the most well-preserved town on the Romantic Road. Continue east to the Czech border, passing the town of Pilsen renowned for its beer, before reaching the Golden City of Prague. In the evening, perhaps take a river cruise through the heart of the city?

Day 4: Prague, City of a Hundred Spires

Join a Local Expert in the morning for guided sightseeing of one of the most beautiful and intact historic centres in Europe. Start with the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle, to admire the stained glass of St. Vitus Cathedral and enjoy amazing views over the Old Town. Walk on the famous Charles Bridge and through the Old Town. An artisan baker shows you how the Trdelník or traditional Czech chimney cakes are made, and enjoy a tasting. Finish in the Old Town Square where the mechanical antics of the Astronomical Clock’s glockenspiel delights onlookers each hour. Then, the city is all yours to explore with the rest of the day at leisure. Perhaps you may choose to rummage through the renowned antique shops or shop for the finest Bohemian crystal?

Day 5: Through Bohemia to Budapest

Start the day with a journey through the beautiful forested countryside of Bohemia. Journey through Slovakia and travel on to Hungary, following the River Danube to Budapest. Stand atop Gellért Hill where the colossal Liberty Statue stands in front of the Citadella watching over the city. Marvel at extensive panoramic views as you look out over the famous river dividing Buda and Pest – the two sides linked by the mighty Chain Bridge and the newer, elegant Elizabeth Bridge. In the evening, join a Local Expert to enjoy a scenic dinner cruise and take in the city’s nighttime beauty as you float along the Danube.

Day 6: The flavours of Budapest

Stroll through the alleys of the Old Town of Buda and admire sweeping views from the Fisherman’s Bastion with a Local Expert. Drive along the beautiful Andrassy Avenue to Heroes’ Square. Then, enjoy free time to browse the boutiques of Vaci Street. Continue your travels, past the eagle overlooking the town of Tatabanya, to the Austrian border and through pleasant farming country to the imperial capital of Vienna.

Day 7: Vienna and the Habsburgs

In the morning, there is the option to join a private tour of Maria Theresa’s Schonbrunn Palace & formal gardens. Later, get your camera ready for a drive around the famous Ring Road. This grand boulevard, built alongside the lines of the old city walls, showcases many of the capitol’s architectural masterpieces, including the Opera House, magnificent Hofburg Imperial Residence and Parliament. Then join your Local Expert for a walk through Innere Stadt, the first district and historic core of Vienna. Explore Vienna with Insight Choice. Choose between a visit to a traditional Viennese Café to enjoy local specialities of coffee and sachertorte. Alternatively, listen to the musical masterpiece of Mozart as you take to the floor in a Viennese Waltz dance lesson.

Day 8: Along the shores of Lake Wörthersee to Venice

This day’s route takes you past quiet villages, through Styria’s forested mountains and into the Carinthian Lake District. Continue past Europe’s warmest lake, the Wörthersee, to cross into Italy near Tarvisio. Then follow mountain valleys and cascading streams down to the Veneto Plain en route to the unique city of Venice. This evening is truly a special experience, starting with a private boat to arrive at your central hotel. Stroll past the entrance doors of the famous Opera House to La Fenice restaurant for a magical Celebration Dinner. Indulge in traditional Venetian dishes that are enriched with inspiration from seasonal produce. Finish in true Venetian style – savour a cocktail at Café Florian at twilight whilst being serenaded by an ensemble of talented musicians, and admire the peace of St. Mark’s Square long after the day-trippers have gone to their mainland hotels. Return to your hotel along the Grand Canal.

Day 9: The magic of La Serenissima

Wake up to one of Europe’s most romantic cities. Admire the Doge’s Palace and its adjoining Bridge of Sighs. Witness the skill of glassblowers and learn how the Venetian gondola is made on a visit to a traditional arts centre. Only minutes away by private launch is St. Mark’s Square where the city’s former wealth and power is evidenced by the riches of St. Mark’s Basilica. With the rest of the day free, why not cruise along the Venetian lagoon to the island of Burano for a meal of local specialities and wine?

Day 10: Arrivederci Venice

Bid farewell to this enchanting city with departure transfers by water taxi, arriving at Venice Marco Polo Airport at 08:00 and 09:30.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 26$4,325.00$5,405.00
May: 10, 24$4,375.00$5,505.00
June: 07, 21$4,350.00$5,450.00
July: 05, 19$4,195.00$5,165.00
August: 02, 16$4,195.00$5,165.00
August: 30$4,375.00$5,505.00
September: 12$4,375.00$5,505.00
September: 27$4,325.00$5,405.00
December: 23$5,250.00$6,090.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 morning tea, 4 dinners
Transport:Luxury air-conditioned coach
Rail:EuroStar Train: London - Amsterdam
Accommodation: 9 nights accommodation
Guide:An expert Tour Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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European Spotlight

Explore Paris, Florence, Rome and more on this Discoveries trip that reveals all that’s special about Europe. Enjoy the bright city lights and stylish promenades of Europe’s classiest capitals where you can relax at Old Town cafés and brush shoulders with the rich and famous.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: London – Paris

Bid farewell to England watching the mystical White Cliffs of Dover disappearing in the distance as you travel by ferry across to France in the company of your Travel Director and fellow travellers. Pass the tragic World War I battlefields of northern France bound for Paris, where you’ll join your Travel Director and travel companions for a Welcome Reception, including dinner and drinks, followed by an orientation drive through the dazzling ‘City of Lights’.

Hotel: Evergreen Laurel, 2 nights

Day 2: Paris

Explore the iconic and unexpected sights of Paris with your ‘Local Specialist’, which will take you past the grand Champs Élysées and Arc de Triomphe, where we pay tribute to the brave men and women who fought for France. View Notre Dame Cathedral and enjoy a stroll through the Latin Quarter. Spend the rest of the afternoon on your very own journey of discovery. Stroll along the Seine admiring the work of artists who have set up their easels next to the river, shop in the Marais district or find a cosy bistro with great views of the city. This evening, consider indulging in the colourful nightlife of Paris and attend a famous cabaret show.

Day 3: Paris – Beaune – Geneva

A patchwork of colours provide a beautiful backdrop for our journey through France’s rolling countryside to the Burgundy wine region. We visit the region’s capital, Beaune, renowned for its 15th-century Hôtel-Dieu, to admire its colourful geometrically patterned Burgundy tiled roof. Next, we cross the border to Geneva where we will spend the next two nights.

Hotel: Warwick, 2 nights

Day 4: Geneva

Enjoy some free time this morning before continuing along the picturesque shores of Lake Geneva, arriving in the celebrated Chexbres wine region where we will ‘Connect With Locals’ at a ‘Be My Guest’ lunch. Delve into Vaud traditions and generations of expert winemaking at the 15th-century vineyards of Cave Champ de Clos. Upon return to Geneva, explore the ‘City of Peace’ – the dramatic Alps and scenic Lake Geneva provide the perfect backdrop for an enjoyable afternoon of sightseeing. Join your Travel Director on an orientation of this small city to view the Reformation Monument, and see the Old Town, United Nations Building and Red Cross headquarters.

Day 5: Geneva – Grasse – Nice

The idyllic playground of southern France takes centre stage over the next two days as we journey to Nice, the jewel of the French Riviera. ‘Dive Into Culture’ and let the heady scents of French perfume infuse your senses during a visit to the Fragonard Perfumery in the village of Grasse. Here you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the art of creating beautiful fragrances.

Hotel: Holiday Inn, 2 nights

Day 6: Nice

Soak up the sophistication of Nice, which for long has lured sun-worshipping aristocrats and tourists in search of a quiet seaside sojourn. Against the backdrop of colourful Italian and French façades, we drive along the Promenade des Anglais and see Place Massena during our orientation of the Bay of Angels. Spend the rest of the day discovering the Old Town. Consider a quiet coffee at one of the sidewalk cafés or dip your toes in the warm Mediterranean waters.

Day 7: Nice – Monaco – Pisa – Florence

Travel along the southern coastline of France, stopping at the Principality of Monaco to see the famous Prince’s Palace of Monaco, built as a Genoese fortress and home to the Grimaldi family since the 13th century. Cross the border into Italy and visit Pisa and its Square of Miracles to view the Leaning Tower and Baptistery, said to be the largest in Italy. We arrive in the ‘Cradle of the Renaissance’ this evening where we will enjoy dinner at our hotel.

Hotel: Grand Mediterraneo

Day 8: Florence Sightseeing – Venice

This morning, join a ‘Local Specialist’ who will reveal the story of the wealthy Medici family who influenced the art and architecture of what became one of the cultural centres of the world. You’ll visit the Piazza della Signoria with its beautiful statues and palazzi and enjoy views of the magnificent marble Duomo and Ponte Vecchio on whose arches were built the shops of successful merchants over 670 years ago. Learn about the quality and workmanship of one of this city’s historic industries at a demonstration of Florentine leathercraft. Then, drive across the Veneto plain to Venice, where you’ll spend the next two nights.

Hotel: NH Laguna Palace, 2 nights

Day 9: Venice

Glide through the turquoise waters of the Venetian Lagoon by private launch to Giudecca Island. ‘Dive Into Culture’ and witness the centuries-old Venetian tradition of glassblowing. See the Bridge of Sighs and the ornate Doge’s Palace before spending the afternoon at leisure exploring the city’s labyrinthine alleys and ornate bridges that span almost 150 canals. Enjoy an evening drink at a charming trattoria on the water, shop up a storm in the alleyways of Le Mercerie or consider an Optional Experience to the colourful fishing island of Burano for a delicious meal.

Day 10: Venice – Rome

Today we cross the picturesque Apennine Mountains and journey through the rolling gold and green landscape of Tuscany, past the hilltop towns of Orvieto and Orte, arriving later in Rome, the ‘Eternal City’.

Hotel: Barceló Aran Mantegna, 2 nights

Day 11: Rome

Join a ‘Local Specialist’ to uncover the treasures of a city whose history spans millennia. Venture to St. Peter’s Basilica to view Michelangelo’s Pietà, hewn from the most ‘perfect’ block of Carrara marble, and travel across the Tiber River into Ancient Rome. Here you will see the Circus Maximus, which once played host to exhilarating chariot races, and view the Colosseum where brave gladiators and slaves met their fate. This evening we exchange stories about our epic journey through Europe with newfound friends and our Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner.

Day 12: Depart Rome

For now it’s a fond arrivederci to your Travel Director and travel companions at the end of a memorable holiday together.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 22$4,375.00$5,565.00
May: 06, 20$4,575.00$5,765.00
June: 03, 17$4,575.00$5,765.00
July: 01$4,475.00$5,665.00
July: 15, 29$4,275.00$5,465.00
August: 12$4,275.00$5,465.00
August: 26$4,450.00$5,640.00
September: 09, 23$4,595.00$5,785.00
October: 07$4,495.00$5,685.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
Transport:Luxury air-conditioned coach
Ferry:Ferry Crossing from England to France
Accommodation: 11 nights accommodation
Guide:An expert Tour Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Continental Introduction

Europe—a continent rich with different cultures, gastronomic specialties, architecture, art, scenery, and history—and this is the ideal Continental Introduction: experience and see what Europe has to offer. Spend two nights in Paris, Rome, Venice, and Amsterdam plus overnights in Lucerne, Lugano, Florence, Munich, and the Rhineland. On the included sightseeing tours, see examples of the local art and architecture, such as Michelangelo’s David statue and the magnificent cathedral in Florence, Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings in Rome’s Sistine Chapel, the Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Elysées in Paris, and the patrician mansions in Amsterdam. Learn about the fascinating histories of the attractions you visit such as Rome’s Colosseum, completed in the 1st century AD; Lucerne’s Lion Monument, commemorating the Swiss Guards killed during the French Revolution; the medieval center of Innsbruck; and Rothenburg, a walled town that has preserved its medieval character, and is famous for Christmas ornaments.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive In Paris, France

Welcome to Paris! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions and leave the hotel for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant, followed by an orientation drive for a first impression of this magnificent city.

Hotel: Marriott Paris Rive Gauche, 2 nights

Day 2: Paris

In the morning, an optional excursion is available to the lavish Palace and Gardens of Versailles. Later, guided sightseeing features Paris’ main highlights, such as the Arc de Triomphe, Opera, Champs- Elysees, and a relaxing Seine Cruise with spectacular views of Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower. Tonight, why not join an optional dinner and show at the famous Moulin Rouge?

Day 3: Paris – Lucerne, Switzerland

Enjoy a scenic drive past Fontainebleau Forest and into Burgundy, on your way to the Swiss Alps. In picturesque Lucerne, follow your Tour Director for a pleasant walk and admire Thorwaldsen’s impressive Lion Monument, dedicated to the Swiss Guards who protected the Royal House of France during the French Revolution. Walk along ornate patrician houses of the walled Old Town, then cross the famous covered Chapel Bridge to the Jesuit Church.

Hotel: Ameron Flora or Astoria

Day 4: Lucerne – Lugano

Morning at leisure. Take advantage of an optional excursion to Mount Pilatus. Later, admire the towering majesty of the Swiss Alps and St. Gotthard on the way to Lugano in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland. To truly appreciate splendid Lake Lugano, sign up for an optional boat cruise, followed by dinner.

Hotel: Novotel Lugano Paradiso

Day 5: Lugano – Pisa, Italy – Florence

Pass the commercial capital of Milan and turn towards the Mediterranean Sea. Arrive in Pisa, and marvel at its legendary Leaning Tower. In nearby Florence, there is time to explore the many gold and leather shops on Piazza Santa Croce before joining dinner with Tuscan specialties and wine at Finisterrae restaurant.

Hotel: Starhotels Tuscany

Day 6: Florence – Rome

Meet your Local Guide, and visit the Academy Of Fine Arts with Michelangelo’s celebrated David. Continue your walking tour through the historic centre and admire the magnificent cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gates of Paradise,” and sculpturestudded Signoria Square. Continue to Rome, the “Eternal City”.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza St. Peters, 2 nights

Day 7: Rome

Guided sightseeing starts with a visit to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment, followed by monumental St. Peter’s Square and Basilica to admire Michelangelo’s Pieta. Then, visit the amazing Colosseum, where gladiators once fought. For those who wish to see it all, an optional walking tour with a Local Guide is available to further explore Rome’s famous landmarks.

Day 8: Rome – Ferrara – Venice

In Ferrara, walk through impressive Este Castle to the marble cathedral and browse among the attractive little shops. Tonight, in Venice, why not try out local specialties at one of the city’s fine restaurants?

Hotel: NH Laguna Palace at Mestre, 2 nights

Day 9: Venice

Enjoy a Private Boat Ride and a walking tour with a Local Guide to visit St. Mark’s Square, lavish Doges’ Palace and the famous Bridge Of Sighs, followed by a traditional Glassblower Demonstration. Afternoon at leisure. An optional gondola serenade is available and later, an aperitif at the famous Caffe Florian awaits.

Day 10: Venice – Innsbruck, Austria – Munich, Germany

Cross the spectacular Brenner Pass into the Tyrolean Alps. In Innsbruck, a pleasant stroll through quaint medieval lanes takes you to Emperor Maximilian’s Golden Roof. Continue to Munich, and visit Marienplatz with its Old and New Town Halls, and the famous Hofbrauhaus, dating back to 1589. Free time for dinner before going to your hotel.

Hotel: Holiday Inn Munich Leuchtenbergring

Day 11: Munich – Rothenburg – Rhineland

Enter the Swabian Jura with its lush hills and arrive in picturesque Rothenburg for a walk through this walled town. Time to join the locals at one of the many restaurants and to shop for Christmas ornaments, for which the town is famous.

Hotel: NH Bingen at Bingen am Rhein

Day 12: Rhineland – Amsterdam, Holland

Admire castle-crested hills and terraced vineyards during a scenic and relaxing Rhine Cruise, followed by a drive to Amsterdam.

Hotel: Westcord Fashion or Westcord Art, 2 nights

Day 13: Amsterdam

Meet your Local Guide and hear about the fascinating history of the 700-year-old capital during a leisurely Canal Cruise past patrician mansions and gabled facades. Also visit a major Diamond centre. For those who wish to experience Dutch life in the countryside, an optional excursion is available to picture-book Volendam, a fishing village at the former Zuiderzee, including visits to a working windmill, a clogmaker, a cheese farm, plus dinner.

Day 14: Depart Amsterdam

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
March: 14$4,759.00Price on Application
March: 28$5,009.00Price on Application
April: 11$5,619.00Price on Application
April: 25$5,659.00Price on Application
May: 02$5,729.00Price on Application
May: 09$5,579.00Price on Application
May: 16, 23$5,549.00Price on Application
May: 30$5,579.00Price on Application
June: 06, 13$5,709.00Price on Application
June: 20$5,459.00Price on Application
June: 27$5,329.00Price on Application
July: 04$5,329.00Price on Application
July: 18$5,189.00Price on Application
August: 01$5,329.00Price on Application
August: 15$5,229.00Price on Application
August: 29$5,389.00Price on Application
September: 05$5,529.00Price on Application
September: 12, 19, 26$5,579.00Price on Application
October: 03$5,329.00Price on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 13 breakfasts, 6 dinners
Transport:Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 13 nights accommodation
Guide:An expert Tour Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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