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

B, LCommence 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

Bthe 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

BThis 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

BVisit 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

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

2019 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 25$6,990.00$9,990.00
June: 17$6,990.00$9,990.00
July: 05$6,990.00$9,990.00
August: 02$6,590.00$9,590.00
August: 30$6,990.00$9,990.00
October: 07$6,590.00$9,590.00
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
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Sardinia & Corsica

The two gems of the Mediterranean, both Sardinia & Corsica offer astounding geographical diversity and a rich history. With some of the most seductive beaches, surrounded by an emerald sea, this region is an outdoor lover’s playground. Become immersed in two striking cultures over 14 days on our Regional Discovery.

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

Day 1: 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 a late afternoon 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.

Hotel: Palazzo Dessy Guesthouse or Hotel Villa Fanny or similar, 2 nights

Day 2: Cagliari – Nora – Pula – Chia – Cagliari

Visit Nora, the oldest village in Sardinia, for Carthaginian and Roman archaeological ruins dating to the 8th century BC. Afterward, enjoy leisure time in Pula and at Chia’s pristine series of bays with its pale apricot sand lapped by turquoise waters.

Day 3: Cagliari – Su Naraxi di Barumini – Tharros – Orgosolo

Enjoy a 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 the Sinis Peninsula and the ancient settlement of Tharros before arriving at your mountainous retreat near the artistic village of Orgosolo. The town is located adjacent to the neighbouring blue zone of ‘Ogliastra’ where life longevity is famed.

Hotel: – Hotel Su Gologone or similar, 2 nights

Day: 4 Orgosolo – Mamoiada – Bosa – Orgosolo

Visit Orgosolo, famous for its murals depicting political struggles and international issues. Browse the murals and visit craft stores including carnival masks from the neighbouring village of Mamoiada, before enjoying a lunch and tasting at a fabulous winery. In the afternoon, visit the ancient hamlet of Bosa with its colourful hillside houses and one of Italy’s most beautiful bridges, the Ponte Vecchio of Bosa.

Day 5: Orgosolo – Alghero – Castelsardo – Costa Smeralda

Enjoy a 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. Stroll the narrow lanes, walk the old town walls and take a boat to Neptune’s Grotto. Continue to the Necropolis of Anghelu Ruju dating to 3000BC and Castelsardo, considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy.

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

Day 6: 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 7: Costa Smeralda – Arzachena – Bonifacio – Porto-Vecchio

Visit the archaeological sites of Arzachena, dating to 2000BC including the Nuraghe La Prisgiona, a megalithic fortress, and the Giant Tombs of Coddo Vecchiu. Afterward, transfer to the pier for your ferry ride to Corsica, a French Island basking in the Italian sun! Enjoy the afternoon to explore the fortress town of Bonifacio, one of the most spectacular towns of the Mediterranean. The citadel walls and ancient houses rise out of sheer cliffs. Afterward, transfer to your beachside retreat in Porto-Vecchio.

Hotel: La Plage Casadelmar or Hotel Casadelmar or Grand Hotel de Cala Rossa or Domain de Murtoli (Sartène), or Hotel Le Pinarello or Hotel Genovese or similar, 2 nights

Day 8: Porto-Vecchio

Enjoy the day to relax in your amazing property and visit the old town with its maze of streets, piazza’s and 16th century fortifications overlooking the bustling marina.

Day 9: Porto-Vecchio – Sartène – Filitosa – Ajaccio

Visit Sartène, a medieval hilltop town with narrow alleyways surmounted by arches and vaults. The surrounding region boasts some of the best wines in Corsica. Enjoy lunch and wine tasting at a local winery before a quick stop to observe the ruins of Filitosa. Accessible through an ancient olive grove, the site features stone carvings from 3300BC. Continue to Ajaccio, the capital of Corsica and the birthplace of Napoléon Bonaparte.

Hotel: Hotel Le Week End or Hotel Les Mouettes or Hotel Dolce Vita or similar, 2 nights

Day 10: Ajaccio

Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour including the old town, Place de Gaulle, Cours Napoléon, Maison Bonaparte and the Citadel. In the afternoon, take a relaxing boat cruise around the stunning islands that make up the panoramic Route des Sanguinaires.

Day 11: Ajaccio – Porto – Calvi

Continue north to the charming town of Porto and the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Gulf of Porto with its dramatic sculptured red rock and sweeping bays. The pinnacles and ravines of the red granite Calanches soar out of the beautiful blue seas. Explore by foot or by boat before continuing to Calvi.Hotel: Hotel La Villa or similar, 2 nights

Day 12: Calvi – Lumio – Sant’Antonino – Pigna – L’Île-Rousse – Calvi

Enjoy the day visiting the beautiful villages of La Balagne. Follow the Artisan’s route (Strada di l’Artigiani) along cobbled streets to uncover artists and craftsmen, producing everything from honey and jams to jewellery, basket weaving, essential oils and more. Visit Lumio, Sant’Antonino, Pigna and L’Île-Rousse.

Day 13: Calvi – Saint-Florent – Saleccia – Oletta

Continue to the wild Désert des Agriates, an area of arid landscape and savage beauty. Tucked away between mountains and the sea, Saint-Florent is an elegant town of cobbled streets, pink plastered houses, cafes, boutiques and a marina’s edge lined with bars and restaurants. Here, travel by boat to discover the inaccessible beaches of Saleccia and Loto. Bearing picture-postcard scenery. Afterward, delve into the attractive countryside of Conca d’Oro to your magnificent rural retreat in Oletta.

Hotel: U Palazzu Serenu or similar

Day 14: Oletta – Bastia

Spend the morning exploring panoramic Oletta with its workshops and cellars of local artisans. Continue to Bastia for your onward journey or extend your discovery into Cap Corse, a maquis covered peninsula of exceptional beauty and unspoilt coastline.

2019 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs daily from Cagliari:From $10,500.00On Application
Inclusions 
Meals: 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches
Transport: Airport Transfers & Deluxe VIP transport
Accommodation: 13 nights accommodation
Guide: Experienced Tour Guides
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary
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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: Townhouse Galleria  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

Enjoy 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 where your tour ends.

2019 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 25$3,990.00$5,990.00
May: 20$4,390.00$6,390.00
June: 04, 30$4,390.00$6,390.00
July: 28$3,990.00$5,990.00
August: 25$4,390.00$6,390.00
September: 15$4,390.00$6,390.00
October: 02$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
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Seven Countries, Venice & Paris

If you want to see Western Europe’s main highlights but don’t have a lot of time, this is the vacation for you! Visit England, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, and France.

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 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, your Tour Director and comfortable coach wait to take you for an orientation drive.

Hotel: Ramada La Woluwe or Ibis St. Catherine

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 or Antony Palace at Mira

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

Stop in fascinating Verona and see Juliet’s legendary balcony. Cross the Swiss border and enjoy the idyllic views of Canton Ticino, then descend 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 in the heart 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 Styles Central

Day 9: Dijon – Paris

Leave Dijon and travel on the autoroute to Paris, where included sightseeing with a local expert shows you many of the best-known Parisian sites.

Hotel: Timhotel Berthier or Courtyard Arcueil

Day 10: Depart Paris

Au revoir – your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2019 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 14$2,109.00$2,732.00
February: 16$2,169.00$2,792.00
March: 02, 16, 23$2,269.00$2,892.00
March: 30$2,459.00$3,082.00
April: 06, 13, 20, 27$2,459.00$3,082.00
May: 04, 11, 18, 25, 31$2,509.00$3,132.00
June: 01, 08, 14, 15, 22$2,509.00$3,132.00
June: 28, 29$2,419.00$3,042.00
July: 06, 12, 13, 20, 26, 27$2,419.00$3,042.00
August: 03$2,419.00$3,042.00
August: 10, 17, 24, 31$2,399.00$3,022.00
September: 07, 14, 21$2,539.00$3,162.00
September: 28$2,399.00$3,022.00
October: 05, 12, 19, 26$2,399.00$3,022.00
November: 02, 09, 16$2,399.00$3,022.00
November: 23, 30$2,189.00$2,812.00
December: 31$2,109.00$2,723.00
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

Begin your vacation in London with two overnights and leisure time to make your own discoveries in this lively city. Then, cross the English Channel by Eurostar train to Paris. Your 2-night stay here includes guided sightseeing that highlights the Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysées, and the Eiffel Tower. Then, enjoy time to explore the French capital at your own pace. Head southeast through Burgundy to picture-perfect Lucerne in Switzerland. Visit Lugano in the Italian-speaking Swiss canton of Ticino before crossing into Italy. Stop in Verona to see Juliet’s balcony, and in beautiful Venice, enjoy a canal boat ride to St. Mark’s Square and free time to maybe try an optional romantic gondola ride. In Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance,” enjoy a guided walking tour that introduces you to Santa Croce, Signoria Square, Palazzo Vecchio, and more. Admire the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa before spending two nights in the “Eternal City” of Rome, with guided sightseeing that highlights St. Peter’s Square, the Roman Forum, and the mighty Colosseum.

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 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 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?

Day 3: London – Paris, France

Board the Eurostar Train to Paris. Here, you’ll be met by your Tour Director and luxury coach. Spend two nights in Paris.

Hotel: Courtyard Arcueil or Forest Hill La Villette, 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. This evening, why not join an optional Parisian dinner?

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 Ibis at Kriens, 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 3048-metre (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 amphitheater 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 criss-crossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and busy little piazzas. The 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. Don’t miss out on the optional gondola trip, gliding along the picturesque canals with a local troubadour to serenade you.

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 for an overnight.

Hotel: Settentrionale Esplanade or Grand Hotel du Park et Regina

Day 10: Montecatini – Pisa – Rome

This morning, stop in Pisa to see the famed Square Of Miracles and to view the Leaning Tower. Then, journey south to Rome. Tonight, consider an optional evening drive through the city-a floodlit spectacular of shimmering fountains, magnificent churches, and piazzas – followed by dinner.

Hotel: Park Hotel Del Massimi, 2 nights

Day 11: Rome

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.

Day 12: Depart Rome

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

2019 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
March: 29$2,859.00$3,726.00
April: 12$2,949.00$3,726.00
April: 26$3,029.00$3,806.00
May: 10, 24, 31$3,139.00$3,916.00
June: 07, 14, 21, 22$3,139.00$3,916.00
June: 28$3,049.00$3,826.00
July: 05, 12, 19, 26$3,049.00$3,826.00
August: 02, 09, 16, 23$3,049.00$3,826.00
August: 30$3,139.00$3,916.00
September: 06, 13, 20$3,139.00$3,916.00
September: 27$2,989.00$3,766.00
October: 04, 11$2,989.00$3,766.00
December: 15$2,679.00$3,456.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 11 breakfasts, 3 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

Your journey begins with two overnights in the Italian capital of Rome and guided sightseeing that highlights the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and the Vatican’s St. Peter’s Square. Head north to see Pisa’s Leaning Tower and to Renaissance Florence, featuring sculpture-filled Signoria Square, Palazzo Vecchio, the Giotto Campanile, and the Brunelleschi Cupola in Piazza del Duomo. On to Venice for an included canal boat ride to St. Mark’s Square and free time to explore. Ascend the mighty Dolomites, stopping in Cortina, then continue into the Austrian Tyrol to Innsbruck. Stop in the tiny Principality of Liechtenstein and later, arrive in Switzerland’s medieval lakeside Lucerne for two overnights. On to Paris for guided sightseeing, free time to make your own discoveries, and two overnights. Then, travel by Eurostar train to jolly old England and spend one night in London with the opportunity to visit all its highlights or do some last-minute shopping!

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 travelers.

Hotel: Park Hotel Del Massimi, 2 nights

Day 2: Rome

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.

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 to see the Square Of Miracles and the amazing Leaning Tower, then on to Florence.

Hotel: Italiana Hotel Florence or Villa Gabriele d’Annunzio

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. Later, watch how leather is embossed with gold, and enjoy free time to shop. In the afternoon, drive north across the Po River for two nights in the Venice area.

Hotel: Poppi at Mira – Anthony Palace at Marcon, 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, Doges’ Palace, and St. Mark’s Square before the visit to 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 northwards 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 scenery 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. The 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 3048-metre (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 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 Paris. Get a taste of Parisian joie de vivre at an optional cabaret show.

Hotel: Kyriad Bercy, 2 nights

Day 10: Paris

Paris is a world-class city that probably has more familiar landmarks than almost any other city in the world. This morning, see them during the included city tour. View the famous Arc de Triomphe, Opera, Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees, and much more with a Local Guide. Later, feel like a French aristocrat on the optional walking tour through the opulent Palace of Versailles. Tonight, consider joining the optional farewell dinner in a typical French restaurant.

Day 11: Paris – London, England

Relax on your Eurostar journey to London.

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

Day 12: Depart London

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2019 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 05, 19$3,019.00$3,689.00
May: 03, 17, 31$3,089.00$3,759.00
June: 14, 28$3,089.00$3,759.00
July: 12, 26$2,969.00$3,639.00
August: 09, 23, 30$2,969.00$3,639.00
September: 06, 13, 20, 27$3,089.00$3,759.00
October: 04, 11$3,049.00$3,719.00
October: 18$2,899.00$3,569.00
December: 21$2,819.00$3,489.00
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 European tour, you’ll see its highlights. Start in Amsterdam with sightseeing and a canal cruise and end in Paris with a guided tour and time on your own. In between, you’ll travel to 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. The rest of the day is free to you to explore this exciting city. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Hotel: Best Western Plus Amedia Airport or Corendon Village, 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 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

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 amphitheater ever built and Circus Maximus.

Day 8: Rome – Florence – Montecatini

Drive on the Highway of the Sun to 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; Loggia dei Lanzi; and, to top it all, 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.” Overnight in the spa town of Montecatini.

Hotel: Settentrionale Esplanade

Day 9: Montecatini – Pisa – Milan – Lake Como

Hop on a mini train to the Square of Miracles in Pisa and admire the curious Leaning Tower. Journey northward through the Tuscan hills and across the Apennines to Milan to see the majestic gothic Duomo. Continue 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 Lugano in Italian-speaking Ticino. Continue north, and once through Gotthard Tunnel, see more magnificent alpine scenery as you descend to the shores of Lake Lucerne.

Hotel: Ibis at Kriens or Ibis Styles

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 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. Tonight, maybe an exciting optional cabaret show?

Hotel: Ibis Styles Paris Porte d’Orleans or Timhotel Berthier, 2 nights

Day 13: Paris

Get to know the 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.

2019 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
March: 11$2,679.00$3,456.00
March: 25$2,819.00$3,596.00
April: 08, 22$2,939.00$3,713.00
May: 06, 20, 24$3,019.00$3,796.00
June: 03, 10, 17, 24$3,019.00$3,796.00
July: 08, 22$2,899.00$3,676.00
August: 05, 19$2,899.00$3,676.00
September: 02, 09, 16, 23, 30$3,019.00$3,796.00
October: 07, 14$2,899.00$3,676.00
October: 21$2,819.00$3,596.00
December: 20$2,899.00$3,676.00
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 Spuistraat for your Welcome Dinner.

Day 2: Legends along the Rhine

Cross into Germany and head for the romantic Rhine Gorge. Visit a castle set upon the Rhine, for a private estate viewing with the owner. Unlock the secrets of Rhineland’s modern kings and queens as you learn the history of the castle and surrounding area. Continue to Würzburg where there is time to stroll through the heart of the Old Town and down to the Alte Mainbrücke, the 16th century bridge over the River Main, adorned with sandstone statues. From here, admire the city at night and appreciate the mighty Marienburg Fortress on the opposite side of the river.

Day 3: Rothenburg and Golden Prague

In the morning, see the Residenz Palace – the immense baroque palace of the Prince Bishops and one of the most important landmarks in Germany. Venture to Rothenburg-ob-der Tauber, the most well-preserved town on the Romantic Road. With an artisan baker, enjoy a demonstration and learn the history of the traditional pastry Schneeballen (snowball), followed by a tasting. 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. Finish in the Old Town Square where the mechanical antics of the Astronomical Clock’s glockenspiel that 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, 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 with a Local Expert. 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 Schönbrunn Palace and formal gardens. Later, join your Local Expert for a walk through Innere Stadt, the first district and historic core of Vienna. Get your camera ready for a drive around the famous Ring Road. This grand boulevard, built along the lines of the old city walls, showcases many of the capital’s architectural masterpieces, including the Opera House, magnificent Hofburg Imperial Residence and Parliament building. At a typical Viennese Coffeehouse, meet a local who will share tales from a bygone era as you enjoy coffee and delicious Sachertorte – a Viennese chocolate speciality.

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. Your evening is truly a special experience, starting with a private boat to arrive at your central hotel. Your Celebration Dinner is at a local restaurant, where you can toast the wrap-up of your adventures with good food, wine and company. Finish in true Venetian style – sip Bellini cocktails 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.

2019 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 28$4,295.00$5,385.00
May: 12, 26$4,295.00$5,385.00
June: 09$4,295.00$5,385.00
June: 23$4,250.00$5,300.00
July: 07$4,150.00$5,100.00
July: 21$4,195.00$5,145.00
August: 04$4,195.00$5,145.00
August: 18$4,150.00$5,100.00
September: 01, 15, 29$4,295.00$5,385.00
December: 23$5,095.00$6,125.00
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. Don those designer sunglasses – it’s time to enjoy the bright city lights and stylish promenades of Europe’s classiest capitals where you can kick back at quaint Old Town cafés and brush shoulders with the rich and famous. Amble along the grand avenues of Paris, explore the labyrinthine lanes of Venice and soak up Mediterranean sunshine in trendy Monaco.

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 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. Visit the world-famous 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

Explore the City of Peace today – the dramatic Alps and scenic Lake Geneva provide the perfect backdrop for an enjoyable morning 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. Continue 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. Returning to Geneva, the rest of the day is at leisure. Wander through the Botanical Gardens and admire the gigantic outdoor flower clock made with colourful blooms that change seasonally.

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 400 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 Guidecca 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 200 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 and past the hilltop towns of Orvieto and Orte, arriving later in Rome, the Eternal City.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza St. Peter’s, 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 our Travel Director and travel companions at the end of a memorable holiday together.

2019 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 24$4,395.00$5,575.00
May: 08, 22$4,595.00$5,775.00
June: 05, 19$4,595.00$5,775.00
July: 03$4,475.00$5,655.00
July: , 17, 31$4,325.00$5,505.00
August: 14 $4,325.00$5,505.00
August: 28$4,450.00$5,630.00
September: 11, 25$4,595.00$5,775.00
October: 09$4,525.00$5,705.00

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—it’s a continent full of different cultures, food specialties, architecture, art, scenery, and histories—and this is the ideal Continental Introduction: experience and see what many of the European countries have to offer. You’ll spend two nights in Paris, Rome, Venice, and Amsterdam and an overnight in Lucerne, Lugano, Florence, Munich, and the Rhineland.

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 traveling 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: Mercure Paris Montmartre Sacre Coeur, 2 nights

Day 2: Paris

In the morning, an optional excursion is available to the lavish Palace and Gardens of Versailles. Guided sightseeing features Paris’ main highlights, such as the Arc de Triomphe, Opera, Champs-Elysees, and a Seine Cruise with spectacular views of Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower. Tonight, you may wish to join the optional dinner and how at the famous Moulin Rouge cabaret as a proper au revoir, Paris.

Day 3: Paris – Lucerne, Switzerland

Enjoy a scenic drive past Fontainebleau Forest and into Burgundy, with views of impressive castles and vineyards 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, the first large baroque church built in Switzerland on the north side of the Alps.

Hotel: Ameron Flora

Day 4: Lucerne – Lugano

Morning at leisure. Why not climb Mount Pilatus? Later, admire the towering majesty of the Swiss Alps and St. Gotthard on the way to subtropical Lugano in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland. To truly appreciate splendid Lake Lugano, an optional boat cruise, followed by dinner at a traditional “grotto” restaurant is available.

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 amazing 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 center and stand in awe in front of the magnificent cathedral, admire Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gates of Paradise,” and sculpture-studded Signoria Square. Continue to Rome, the “Eternal City.”

Hotel: Crowne Plaza St. Peters, 2 nights

Day 7: Rome

Guided sightseeing includes inside visits to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment, and monumental St. Peter’s Square and Basilica to admire Michelangelo’s Pieta. Then, drive to the Roman Forum and marvel at the amazing Colosseum, where gladiators once fought. For those who wish to see it all, an optional walking tour with Local Guide is available to further explore famous sites, like the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and more.

Day 8: Rome – Ferrara – Venice

In Ferrara, walk through impressive Este Castle to the marble cathedral and browse 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

Enter Venice in style by Private Boat. Highlights of your walking tour with a Local Guide are St. Mark’s Square and its basilica, lavish Doges’ Palace and the Bridge Of Sighs. Enjoy a Glassblower Demonstration. Afternoon at leisure; you may wish to join an optional gondola serenade.

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

Cross spectacular Brenner Pass and head through the Tyrolean Alps to Innsbruck, where a pleasant stroll through quaint medieval lanes takes you to Emperor Maximilian’s Golden Roof. Continue to Munich, Germany’s “Secret Capital,” and visit Marienplatz with its Old and New Town Halls. Highlight is a visit to 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 Rhine Cruise. Then, a comfortable drive brings you to Amsterdam, capital of Holland.

Hotel: 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. Admire the patrician mansions and the gabled façades, the “Golden Bend,” the most prestigious part of the Herengracht and a monument to the Golden Age, the Stopera, Amsterdam’s proud concert hall, the Hermitage, a branch museum of the Hermitage Museum of St. Petersburg, and much more. Also visit a major Diamond Center. 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.

2018 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
November: 03$4,559.00$5,693.00
November: 17$4,119.00$5,253.00
December: 01$4,119.00$5,253.00
December: 15$4,149.00$5,283.00
2019 Dates & Prices
March: 16$4,199.00$5,472.00
March: 30$4,719.00$5,992.00
April: 13$4,719.00$5,992.00
April: 27$4,799.00$6,072.00
May: 04$4,929.00$6,202.00
May: 11$4,799.00$6,072.00
May: 18$4,929.00$6,202.00
May: 25$5,039.00$6,312.00
June: 01, 08, 15$5,099.00$6,372.00
June: 22$4,929.00$6,202.00
June: 29$4,789.00$6,062.00
July: 06$4,789.00$6,062.00
July: 20$4,599.00$5,872.00
August: 03, 17$4,599.00$5,872.00
September: 07, 14, 21, 28$4,959.00$6,232.00
October: 05$4,759.00$6,032.00

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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