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 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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The Splendours of Italy

You’ve dreamed about the Splendours of Italy – it’s magnificent architecture, majestic cathedrals, ancient ruins, world-class art, sumptuous cuisine and wine, and relaxing cafés—and now it is your time to experience it. On this affordable Italy tour, explore its most famous cities and discover its unique sights as you overnight in Rome, Siena, Montecatini, and the Venice area.

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

Day 1: Arrive In Rome, Italy

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore this ancient capital. This evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Hotel: Buenos Aires, 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, 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 3: Rome – Orvieto – Siena

Journey to charming Orvieto in the Umbria region to visit its black basalt and travertine Cathedral, an excellent example of italian Gothic architecture. Reach Siena, with time to visit this Tuscan jewel. Sit in one of the cafes surrounding the Piazza del Campo and admire one of italy’s most unique squares, famed all over the world for its medieval-style Palio horse race.

Hotel: Four Points by Sheraton Siena

Day 4: Siena – San Gimignano – Greve –  Montecatini

Arrive in San Gimignano and discover one of Tuscany’s greatest attractions. its medieval squares, town walls, streets, alleyways, and 14 towers are truly unique. Next, head into the very heart of the Chianti vineyards, where Chianti Classico wines are produced. Stop in Greve for Wine Tasting at a local wine estate. Arrive in Montecatini in time to join the optional Tuscan farm dinner.

Hotel: Settentrionale Esplanade, 2 nights

Day 5: Montecatini – Excursion To Florence

This Renaissance gem and city of the Medicis will keep you enthralled the entire day. Wander at leisure and admire the city’s timeless beauty. Don’t miss out on the included walking tour with a Local Guide, which features special city highlights. You will see Piazza Santa Croce; beautiful Piazza Signoria; Palazzo Vecchio and its courtyard; Loggia dei Lanzi; and, to top it all, Piazza del Duomo and its cathedral with the Giotto Campanile, and the magnificent East Doors of the Baptistry, known as the “Gates of Paradise”.

Day 6: Montecatini – Pisa – Venice Area

This morning, drive to Pisa and enjoy a minitrain ride to see its Square Of Miracles and the amazing Leaning Tower-180 feet high and approximately 4 degrees out of the perpendicular. Head across the wooded Apennine hills into the farmlands of the Po Valley to the Venice area.

Hotel: Poppi at Mira, 2 nights

Day 7: Venice Area

Venice is more like a marvellous film set than a real-life city, with its crisscrossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and piazzas. Your included orientation starts with a Boat Ride to St. Mark’s Square and is followed by time at leisure and a chance to watch Venetian Glassblowers fashion their delicate works of art 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 8: Venice Area – Assisi – Rome

Travel across the Po Delta, then into the green Apennines to Umbria. Stop in medieval Assisi, where St. Francis was born in 1182. Visit the town and the world-famous Basilica with a Local Guide, then head for Rome.

Hotel: Holiday Inn Parco dei Medici

Day 9: Rome

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
March: 15$2,159.00$2,649.00
March: 22$2,239.00$2,729.00
March: 29$2,379.00$2,869.00
April: 05, 12, 19, 26$2,479.00$2,969.00
May: 03, 07, 17, 21, 31$2,479.00$2,969.00
June: 04, 14, 18$2,479.00$2,969.00
June: 28$2,439.00$2,929.00
July: 02, 12, 16, 26, 30$2,439.00$2,929.00
August: 09, 13, 23, 27$2,439.00$2,929.00
September: 06, 10, 20, 24$2,479.00$2,969.00
October: 04, 08$2,479.00$2,969.00
November: 15$2,309.00$2,799.00
December: 21$2,159.00$2,649.00
December: 30$2,349.00$2,839.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 dinners
Transport: First Class air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 8 nights accommodation
Guide: Professional Tour 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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Italy’s Best

With its magnificent architecture, beautiful landscapes, sumptuous cuisine, ancient ruins, and brilliant art, Italy is a country like no other. On this affordable Italy’s Best tour, you’ll experience all of this and more.

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

Day 1: Arrive In Rome, Italy

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore this ancient capital. This evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Hotel: Ele Green Park Pamphili , 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, 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 fresco The Last Judgment.

Day 3: Rome – Pisa – Montecatini

Vistas of rolling hills, rows of cypress trees, terraced vineyards, olive groves, and rural villages form the backdrop of your journey through beautiful Tuscany. Stop in Pisa, and take a mini-train ride to see the Square Of Miracles and the amazing Leaning Tower. Arrive in Montecatini.

Hotel: Settentrionale Esplanade or Grand Hotel Ambasciatori, 2 nights

Day 4: Montecatini – Excursion to Florence

Today, enjoy an included excursion to Florence. Your Local Guide will show you the city highlights on the walking tour. You will see Piazza Santa Croce; beautiful Piazza Signoria; Palazzo Vecchio and its courtyard and Loggia dei Lanzi. To top it all, see Piazza del Duomo and its cathedral with the Giotto Campanile, and the magnificent East Doors of the Baptistry, known as the “Gates of Paradise”.

Day 5: Montecatini – La Spezia – Cinque Terre – Genoa

Travel towards La Spezia, where you’ll hop aboard the train to discover some of the five spectacular Cinque Terre villages. The beauty of the rugged cliffs and romantic fishing villages once inspired poet Lord Byron. From Levanto, head towards Genoa, birthplace of explorer Christopher Columbus.

Hotel: Starhotels President

Day 6: Genoa – Milan – Lake Maggiore

Today’s included guided tour is an excellent introduction to Genoa. A maze of squares and alleys, the city grew around the port, a natural inlet, and boasts the largest medieval historical centre in Europe. Next, head north into the plains of Lombardy, and stop in Milan to marvel at its magnificent gothic Duomo. Then, continue to Baveno on Lake Maggiore.

Hotel: Simplon at Baveno, 2 nights

Day 7: Lake Maggiore – Excursion to Lugano, Switzerland

Time to relax and get to know Lake Maggiore, one of italy’s largest lakes, located on the very edge of Alpine Switzerland. On clear days, you can see the peaks of the Alps. Take advantage of the included excursion to visit Lugano in italian-speaking Swiss Canton Ticino.

Day 8: Lake Maggiore – Verona – Venice Area

Travel across the Po River plain, and stop in the romantic city of Verona for some time at leisure, marvelling at the Roman Arena, shopping, or tasting some of the excellent local wines. Continue to the Venice area.

Hotel: Poppi at Mira, 2 nights

Day 9: Venice

Venice is more like a romantic film set than a real-life city, with its crisscrossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and piazzas. The included orientation starts with a Boat Ride to St. Mark’s Square, and is followed by time at leisure and 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 10: Venice Area – Ravenna – Assisi – Assisi Area

Enjoy an interesting drive southward right across the Po Delta to Ravenna, renowned for its treasure of Byzantine mosaics, recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Continue to Assisi, enclosed by ramparts and little changed since the Middle Ages. This is the town of the deeply mystical and poetic St. Francis. See the Basilica Of St. Francis with its famous frescoes by Giotto, with history brought to life by a Local Guide. Overnight in the beautiful area of Assisi, in the heart of Umbria.

Hotel: City Hotel & Suites at Foligno

Day 11: Assisi Area Pompeii – Sorrento Area

Travel to Pompeii, where time stopped for the rich, aristocratic town with the terrible eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. On the included guided visit, see the remains of luxurious villas, temples, theatre, and forum. Carry on to Sorrento, set on a plateau above the waters of the Bay of Naples. Wander the winding streets lined with shops and stalls, and sit with a glass of wine, absorbing the easy-going lifestyle of this charming resort.

Hotel: Panorama Palace at Meta di Sorrento or Central Park at Massa Lubrense, 2 nights

Day 12: Sorrento Area – Boat trip to Capri

Enjoy a day trip to the legendary island, surrounded by a rocky coastline where the crashing sea has formed awe-inspiring caves. The town with its pretty piazzetta, maze of streets, fashionable boutiques, and cozy restaurants, is a mecca for the jet set. Explore on your own or take an optional island tour.

Day 13: Neapolitan Riviera – Rome

Today, enjoy time at leisure or visit Positano on our exciting optional excursion, before returning to Rome.

Hotel: Holiday Inn EUR Parco dei Medici

Day 14: Depart Rome

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
March: 22$3,169.00$3,975.00
March: 29$3,319.00$4,125.00
April: 05$3,459.00$4,125.00
April: 12$3,569.00$4,375.00
April: 19, 26$3,459.00$4,125.00
May: 03, 10, 17, 20$3,459.00$4,125.00
May: 24$3,569.00$4,375.00
May: 31$3,459.00$4,125.00
June: 03, 07, 14, 17, 21, 28$3,459.00$4,125.00
July: 01, 05, 12, 15, 19, 26, 29$3,419.00$4,225.00
August: 02, 09, 12, 16, 23, 26, 30$3,419.00$4,225.00
September: 06, 09, 13, 20, 23, 27$3,459.00$4,125.00
October: 11, 18$3,459.00$4,125.00
October: 25$3,419.00$4,225.00
November: 01$3,319.00$4,125.00
November: 15$3,169.00$3,975.00
December: 24$3,319.00$4,125.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 13 breakfasts, 4 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 13 nights accommodation
Guide: Professional Tour 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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Tuscan Treats

A rich tapestry of idyllic countryside and ancient towns, beautiful architecture and delectable food. On our Tuscan Treats Tour you’ll seek out world-renowned treasures and hidden gems, turn into a culinary connoisseur and fall head over heels for this exquisite Italian region.

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

Day 1: Florence – Lucca

Our introduction to Italy will begin with an in-depth guided tour of Florence before we set a course for leafy Lucca – where cobbled streets, red-roofed buildings, fascinating history and fine architecture await us. We’ll discover what lies beyond the city walls before coming together for a delicious welcome dinner at a local osteria.

Hotel: Albergo San Martino or similar, 2 nights

Day 2: Lucca – Cinque Terre – Lucca

A rocky coastline, romantic candy-coloured villages… We must be in the Italian Riviera! After winding our way along this sublime stretch of shoreline we’ll find ourselves in Cinque Terre: a UNESCO World Heritage Site (and one of the highlights of our tour). After spending some time getting to know the area, we’ll return to Lucca for the evening.

Day 3: Lucca – Pisa – Volterra

Infamous and impossible to miss, the Leaning Tower of Pisa makes for a staggering first port of call today. After snapping some photographic evidence of our visit, we’ll travel on to Volterra – where you’ll have the chance to look around at your own leisure. Perched on a plateau, this magnificent and mysterious medieval walled town will be our home for the night.

Hotel: Hotel La Locanda or similar

Day 4: Volterra – San Gimignano – Pienza

Today we’ll make tracks to San Gimignano: home to a magnificent piazza, meandering stepped streets and some beautifully preserved architecture. While we’re here, we’ll sample the creations of a master gelato maker at Gelateria Dondoli – before carrying on to Fattoria San Donato for an indulgent wine tasting, complete with bruschetta and local meats. After taking in the town’s head-turning historic centre, we’ll journey onwards to Pienza – with a whistlestop tour of Siena along the way.

Hotel: Relais Il Chiostro di Pienza or similar, 2 nights

Day 5: Pienza

Pienza’s timeless charm and enchanting rural backdrop make it a serene spot to spend this morning. After a walking tour, we’ll sample some handcrafted pecorino cheese and world-class wines at a delightful organic restaurant with sweeping views over the surrounding countryside.

Day 6: Pienza Chianti

Onwards to the delightful Chianti region! Today we’ll make our way through heavenly countryside on our way to a traditional Tuscan country house, where a regional cookery class awaits us. After learning some local recipes from our host, we’ll have the chance to tuck into our creations for lunch. Buon appetito!.

Hotel: Hotel to be advised

Day 7: Chianti– Florence

On the way back to romantic Florence, we’ll stop off at an oil mill for a guided tour, olive oil tasting and light lunch. All in all, it’s a fitting end to a tour celebrating the natural beauty and culinary traditions of Tuscany.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
June: 10, 21, 24
$3,149.00$4,099.00
July: 05, 22$3,059.00$3,829.00
August: 05, 23$3,059.00$3,829.00
September: 02, 04, 06, 11, 18, 20, 23$3,149.00$4,099.00
September: 25$3,059.00$3,829.00
October: 09, 18, 25$3,059.00$3,829.00
November: 04, 15$2,899.00$3,479.00
December: 09$2,899.00$3,479.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
Transport: Premium Mini-coach transportation
Accommodation: 6 nights boutique accommodation
Guide: Experienced Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader & Local guide in Florence
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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Rome, Florence & Venice

Your dream of visiting the shining cities of Italy with budget travel in mind is easy to reach. With seven days to see the sights from Rome, Florence & Venice – including Pisa and Verona – your guided Italy tour is waiting.

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

Day 1: Arrive In Rome, Italy

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore this ancient capital. This evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Hotel: Ateneo Garden Palace or Laurentia, 2 nights

Day 2: Rome

Steeped in history, the “Eternal City” is vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Start your guided introduction to Rome from St. Peter’s Square, the heart of the Vatican, and see other highlights such as the Colosseum and Circus Maximus. Maybe take an optional tour of the Vatican Museum to discover some unique art masterpieces.

Day 3: Rome – Pisa – Florence

Vistas of rolling hills, cypress trees, terraced vineyards, olive groves, and charming villages form the backdrop as you journey into the heart of Tuscany. Stop in Pisa to enjoy a mini-train ride to the Square Of Miracles and see the legendary Leaning Tower. Then, head east to magnificent Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance”.

Hotel: Nil Hotel or Italiana Resort, 2 nights

Day 4: Florence

Today focuses on the wonders of Florence, starting with a guided walking tour featuring some of the city’s greatest attractions. See Piazza Santa Croce; world-famous Signoria Square; 13th-century Palazzo Vecchio with its collection of artistic masterpieces and incredible courtyards; Loggia dei Lanzi; the fantastic Duomo with Giotto’s gothic Bell Tower and the Baptistry’s ornate bronze door known as the “Gate of Paradise”.

Day 5: Florence – Verona – Venice Area

Travel north and cross the Po River to fabled Verona, setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. Marvel at the ancient Roman Arena, built for gladiator fights but now a popular venue for festivals and concerts; shop in Via Mazzini, or sip local Prosecco, Amarone, or Soave wine in one of the many bars of the centre. Continue to the Venice area for two overnights.

Hotel: Poppi at Mira, 2 nights

Day 6: Venice Area

Venice is a place of unmatched beauty and a feast of fantastic sights. View the delightful crisscrossing canals, the gondolas, arched bridges, palaces, and piazzas. Your included orientation features a Boat Ride to St. Mark’s Square and a visit to a Venetian Glassblowing Workshop. You’ll have time to explore at leisure on your own, or join one of our optional excursions, including a ride on one of the most iconic boats in the world, the romantic gondola. Otherwise, just relax, sipping a cappuccino or the typical Venetian drink called spritz at one of the many bars or cafes.

Day 7: Depart Venice

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 05$1,439.00$1,871.00
January: 19$1,569.00$2,001.00
February: 02, 16$1,569.00$2,001.00
March: 01$1,569.00$2,001.00
March: 15, 22, 29$1,719.00$2,151.00
April: 05, 12, 19, 26$1,789.00$2,221.00
May: 03, 04, 10, 17, 18, 24, 31$1,859.00$2,291.00
June: 01, 07, 14, 15, 21, 28, 29$1,859.00$2,291.00
July: 05. 12, 19, 26$1,789.00$2,221.00
August: 02, 09, 16, 23, 30$1,789.00$2,221.00
September: 06, 07, 13, 20, 21, 27$1,859.00$2,291.00
October: 04, 05, 11, 18, 19, 25$1,859.00$2,291.00
November: 01, 08, 15$1,719.00$2,151.00
November: 22, 29$1,439.00$1,871.00
December: 16$1,569.00$2,001.00
December: 30$1,719.00$2,151.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Transport: First Class air-conditioned coach & canal transfer boat in Venice
Accommodation: 6 nights accommodation
Guide: Professional Tour 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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