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From London to Paris via Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy, discover the many wonders on this memorable European tour. History buffs will delight in seeing many of Europe’s historic sights. In Rome, visit the Roman Forum, dating back to the 7th century BC, and the iconic 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. In Trier, Germany’s oldest city, a walking tour highlights the Roman remains, pleasant market squares, and Germany’s oldest Christian church. Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg is a city that has retained its historic charm and is Europe at its most quintessential. On your walking tour here, see the gothic cathedral with its spires, stained-glass windows, and fascinating astronomical clock, and wander around the magical La Petite France district, home to half-timbered houses, quaint shops, and a waterfront promenade.If you’re more interested in art and architecture, you’ll enjoy the treasures offered on this Europe tour. Visit Florence, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. A highlight of Florence is Piazza Signoria, adorned with ornate and famous statues. Pisa’s famous Leaning Tower and the delicate floating city of Venice are other architectural wonders. Of course, no traveler to Europe should miss the distinct Parisian style, and you’ll have time to explore Paris’ famous sites. Enjoy time in the French Riviera, visit a famous perfume factory in Èze, and the Provence region, known for its Mediterranean climate, vineyards, and gorgeous scenery. Stop in Aix-en-Provence, the birthplace of painter Cézanne and known for its fountains, elegant homes, and famous cafés.From the historic sights and architectural treasures to the beautiful scenery, this enriching, value-minded European tour offers something for everyone.
Visits to Lucerne, Lugano, Venice, Assisi, Pisa, a perfume workshop in Èze, Aix-en-Provence, BeauneGuides:
Host service in London; Local Guides for city sightseeing in Trier, Strasbourg, Rome, Florence, Paris; professional Tour Director while touringScenic Highlights:
Black Forest, Swiss Alps, Italian and French Rivieras, Burgundy Wine Country
December 19 Departure - New Year's in Paris including reveillon dinner
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
- Palace and Park of Versailles
- Assisi, the Basilica of St. Francis
- Historic Centre of Florence
- Venice and its Lagoon
- City of Luxembourg: its Old Quarters and Fortifications
- Piazza del Duomo Pisa
- Historic Centre of Rome - various properties Vatican City
Private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; canal transfer boat in Venice
Novotel London West (F) or Holiday Inn London- Kensington High Street (ST) BRUSSELS
Ramada La Woluwe (ST) LUCERNE
Ibis Styles Luzerne City (ST) or Ibis Kriens (TC) MILAN
Holiday Inn Garibaldi Station (SF) or Starhotels Business Palace (SF) VENICE
Holiday Inn Venezia (ST) or Poppi (ST) ROME
Fleming (F) MONTECATINI
Grand Hotel du Park et Regina (F) or Settentrionale Esplanade (F) NICE
Ibis Styles Nice Vieux Port (ST) or Ibis Styles Nice Airport or Quality Mediterranee (MF) LYON
Hotel Lyon Ouest (F) or Parkest (ST) PARIS
Forest Hill La Villette (ST) or Ibis Paris Cambronne Tour Eiffel (ST)
Good accommodations are vital to your enjoyment on tour, so we pre-screen before selecting. Hotels are as shown, although it may be necessary to substitute with an alternate hotel of equivalent standard.