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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.
Destinations & Sightseeing
Individual headsetsInside visits and special features: Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.Sightseeing:Visits to Lucerne, Lugano, Verona, Venice, Montecatini, Pisa
Scenic Highlights:Burgundy Wine Country, Swiss Alps
NOTE:December 15 Departure – Christmas in Rome
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
- Palace and Park of Versailles
- City of Verona
- Historic Centre of Florence
- Historic Centre of Rome
- Venice and its Lagoon
- Piazza del Duomo Pisa
- Historic Centre of Rome - various properties Vatican City
Transportation: On the Continent, private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach; Eurostar train London-Paris; canal transfer boat in Venice
Meals & Itinerary
Buffet breakfasts daily; 3 dinners
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.
Day 1 Arrive in London, England
Check into your hotel. In the afternoon, you may want to start exploring the lively British capital. Uniformed hosts are available to help you make the most of your stay.
Day 2 London
A full day to 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, maybe 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. Overnight in Paris.
Day 4 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, Opéra, Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées, and much more with a Local Guide. In the afternoon, you can continue your visit on your own or you could join an optional excursion. This evening, why not join an optional welcome dinner?
Day 5 Paris–Lucerne Area, Switzerland
Fascinating, ever-changing scenery greets you today. Views of Fontainebleau Forest, the wine-growing area of Burgundy, then prosperous farms and tidy half-timbered villages as you head through the Alpine heart of Switzerland to the picture-book Lucerne area.
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. See also 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; and, of course, time to shop for that very Swiss watch.
Day 7 Lucerne Area–Lugano–Verona, Italy–Venice Area
More wonderful Alpine scenery as you drive into the mountain ranges that surround the massive St. Gotthard. Once through its great tunnel, you’ll start your scenic descent into the warmer and sunnier ambiance of Canton Ticino. Stop in beautiful Lugano and take a stroll along the lakeside promenade. Later, cross into Italy and drive through the Lombardy plains to Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet, also known as “Little Rome” for its splendid amphitheater still standing in its former glory. Overnight in the Venice area.
Day 8 Venice Area
Venice is more like a marvelous 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
Start the day by journeying south across the Apennines into the gentle and hilly countryside of Tuscany. Then, to Florence for an included walking tour with a Local Guide. Overnight in Montecatini.
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, an optional evening drive through the city—a floodlit spectacular of shimmering fountains, magnificent churches, and piazzas—followed by dinner.
Day 11 Rome
Today's sightseeing with a Local Guide features St. Peter's Square, and includes an inside visit of the COLOSSEUM and the ROMAN FORUM.
Day 12 Rome
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
LONDON Kensington Close (ST) or Novotel London West (F)PARIS Courtyard Arcueil (F) or Ibis La Villette (ST)LUCERNE AREA Krone (ST) at Sarnen or Ibis (ST) at KriensVENICE AREA Poppi (ST) at Mira or Holiday Inn (ST) at Marghera or Mercure (F) at MargheraMONTECATINI Settentrionale Esplanade (F) or Grand Hotel du Park et Regina (ST)ROME Holiday Inn Express San Giovanni (ST) or Buenos Aires (ST)
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