Wonders of Europe with Extended Stay in London (5125)

16 Day Tour from London to London

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From London to Paris via Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy, discover many of Europe’s highlights on this memorable guided vacation. History buffs will delight in seeing many of Europe’s historical sites. In Rome, visit the Roman Forum, dating back to the 7th century BC, and the Colosseum, completed in the 1st century AD. In Lucerne, see the Chapel Bridge, built in 1333 as part of the city’s fortifications and now the oldest preserved wooden bridge in Europe. If you are more interested in art and architecture, you’ll enjoy the experiences and treasures offered on this tour. Visit Florence, one of the most beautiful cities in the world and often referred to as the art capital of Italy. A highlight of Florence is the magnificent east door of the Baptistery of St. John, with the gilded bronze doors depicting scenes from the Old Testament. The doors got their nickname—Gates of Paradise—from the great artist, Michelangelo, who said the 12 bronze reliefs were “so fine that they would grace the entrance of paradise.” Of course, no traveler to Europe should miss the distinct architecture of Paris, and you’ll have plenty of time to explore Paris’ famous architectural sites. A Eurostar train returns you to London for one last overnight on this enriching guided tour that offers something for everyone.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

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Inside visits and special features:
Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.

Sightseeing:
Visits to Trier, Strasbourg, Lugano, Lucerne, Venice, Assisi, Pisa, a perfume factory in Eze, Aix-en-Provence, Beaune

Scenic Highlights:
Swiss Alps, Italian and French Riviera, Burgundy Wine Country

Transportation:

Transportation:
Round-trip transportation between London and the Channel ports; on the Continent, private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach; cross-Channel ferry; canal transfer boat in Venice

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 4 dinners

 Itinerary

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

The whole day is free to take advantage of our rich program of optional activities. How about a fascinating tour of London’s landmarks, a visit to the Tower of London with the lavish Crown Jewels, or an excursion to Windsor Castle? Tonight, a leisurely cruise on the Thames River would be fun!

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Day 3 London–Brussels, Belgium

Depart London early this morning and head out into the lush countryside to the English Channel port, where you board a FERRY bound for the Continent. Upon arrival, your Tour Director and luxury motorcoach meet you, and you’re off across Belgium to Brussels.

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Day 4 Brussels–Trier, Germany–Strasbourg Area, France

Cross the German border and stop for an included walking tour in ancient Trier, founded by the Celts in the late 4th century BC. Later, travel through the fabled Black Forest, known for its cuckoo clocks, wood carving, delectable Black Forest Cake, and traditional farmhouses with sweeping, half-hipped roofs. Leave the enchanting Black Forest and cross into France to arrive in Strasbourg for overnight.

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Day 5 Strasbourg Area–Lucerne Area, Switzerland

On your included walking tour in Strasbourg, seat of the European Parliament, see the monumental gothic cathedral with its ancient murals, stained-glass windows, and fascinating astronomical clock; experience the unique Franco-German culture; and explore the city’s historic heart in the magical La Petite France district. Later, enter Switzerland and head towards the majestic Alps before stopping in the Lucerne area. Visit the LION MONUMENT, a masterful stone sculpture honoring Louis XVI’s heroic Swiss Guard, and CHAPEL BRIDGE, Europe’s oldest covered bridge, dating back to 1333.

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Day 6 Lucerne Area–Lugano–Milan, Italy

More wonderful Alpine scenery as you drive into the mountains surrounding massive St. Gotthard. Pass through its great tunnel, then begin your scenic descent into the warmth and sunshine of Canton Ticino. Take a break in lovely Lugano and stroll along its lakeside promenade. On to vibrant Milan, Italy’s fashion capital.

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Day 7 Milan–Venice Area

Leave Milan and cross the flat Po River plain to the Venice area. Here, you’ll board your private MOTORBOAT for incredible views of the Bridge of Sighs, Doges’ Palace, and monumental ST. MARK’S SQUARE. Later, visit a GLASSBLOWING WORKSHOP to watch a skilled craftsman at work. Don’t miss out on an optional gondola serenade that glides through century-old canals.

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Day 8 Venice Area–Assisi–Rome

An interesting drive southward, 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.

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Day 9 Rome

Today’s sightseeing of the “Eternal City” with a Local Guide features St. Peter’s Square, and includes an inside visit of the COLOSSEUM and the ROMAN FORUM.

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Day 10 Rome–Florence–Montecatini

Say “Arrivederci, Roma” as you drive northwards through lovely Tuscan countryside to reach Florence. On the included walking tour with a Local Guide, discover the landmarks of this Renaissance city, like Piazza Signoria with the Loggia dei Lanzi, Palazzo Vecchio, and the breathtaking cathedral on Piazza del Duomo. Overnight in the spa town of Montecatini.

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Day 11 Montecatini–Pisa–Èze, France–French Riviera

Stop in Pisa to see the Leaning Tower and the SQUARE OF MIRACLES. Bypassing the great port of Genoa, head northwest, getting glimpses of the Italian and French Rivieras. Visit one of the famous PERFUME FACTORIES in Èze before reaching your destination on the lovely French Riviera.

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Day 12 French Riviera–Aix-Enprovence–Lyon Area

Leave the French Riviera this morning and head inland, crossing sun-drenched Provence. Take in the Mediterranean atmosphere of Aix-en-Provence, then travel through the famous wine-producing area of the Rhône Valley. Overnight in the Lyon area.

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Day 13 Lyon Area–Beaune–Paris

Enjoy vistas of famous Burgundy vineyards on the way to Beaune, famous for wines such as Chambertin and Nuits-Saint-Georges. Its Hôtel-Dieu with its colorful roof is one of the oldest hospitals in Europe. Head for the exciting city of Paris. Time to enjoy an optional cabaret show.

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Day 14 Paris

One full day to explore the city that’s known throughout the world for its fashion, art and museums, delicious food, and joie de vivre. Included sightseeing with a local expert shows off many of the best known Parisian sights: La Sorbonne, Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Madeleine, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Pyramid, the Invalides, and Champs Elysées. Optional excursions are also available to the Palace and Gardens of Versailles and, to celebrate the success of your tour, a French farewell dinner might be just the ticket.

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Day 15 Paris–London, England

Relax on your EUROSTAR journey back to London.

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Day 16 London

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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 Tour Director

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 Accommodations

LONDON Novotel London West (F)
BRUSSELS Park Inn (ST) Floris Midi (ST)
STRASBOURG AREA TBA
LUCERNE AREA Drei Könige (ST) or Ibis Kriens (ST)
MILAN TBA
VENICE AREA Poppi (ST) at Mira or Mercure Marghera (F)
ROME Park Hotel Dei Massimi (F) or Holiday Inn Express San Giovanni (ST)
MONTECATINI Settentrionale Esplanade (F) or Grand Hotel Du Park et Regina (ST)
FRENCH RIVIERA Park Inn (ST) at Nice or Campanile Airport (ST) at Nice or Ibis Styles Nice Vieux Port (ST) or Ibis at Mouans Sartoux (ST)
LYON AREA Lyon Ouest (ST) or Parkest (ST)
PARIS Ibis La Villette (ST) or Novotel Paris 17 (F) or Novotel Porte d'Orleans (F)

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