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Length:  12 days from London to Rome

2019 Season Departs From:  London


Overview

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. After visiting the British capital, you’ll experience an engineering marvel, the Cross-Channel Tunnel, as you take the Eurostar train from London to Paris.

In Paris, Florence, and Rome, enjoy a sightseeing tour with a Local Guide, a knowledgeable expert who intimately knows the cities. See the must-see sights, including the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and Champs Elysées in Paris; the renaissance historic center in Florence; and Rome’s elegant streets and St. Peter’s Square, the most important architectural and religious landmark in the world. In Venice, enjoy a boat ride to St. Mark’s Square, one of the most famous squares in the world. In pretty Lucerne, see the Lion Monument, a stone sculpture erected to honor the Swiss Guards killed during the French Revolution, and the wooden Chapel Bridge, Europe’s oldest covered bridge dating back to 1333.

Marvel at Pisa’s famous Leaning Tower, the Cathedral and the Baptistery on the Piazza dei Miracoli. But that’s not all…on this Europe tour you’ll also witness amazing scenery. Enjoy views of Burgundy, the French most famous wine-growing area, prosperous farms, and half-timbered villages as you travel between Paris and picture-perfect Lucerne, as well as views of the rolling hills in Tuscany and the lungolago of Lugano

If you desire to see some of Europe’s most picturesque scenery and famous cities, this value-minded Europe tour is the perfect vacation!



Duration:  12 Days

Schedule:   

Start Date End Date
29 March, 2019 09 April, 2019
12 April, 2019 23 April, 2019
10 May, 2019 21 May, 2019
24 May, 2019 04 June, 2019
31 May, 2019 11 June, 2019
07 June, 2019 18 June, 2019
14 June, 2019 25 June, 2019
28 June, 2019 09 July, 2019
05 July, 2019 16 July, 2019
19 July, 2019 30 July, 2019
26 July, 2019 06 August, 2019
09 August, 2019 20 August, 2019
23 August, 2019 03 September, 2019
06 September, 2019 17 September, 2019
13 September, 2019 24 September, 2019
27 September, 2019 08 October, 2019
04 October, 2019 15 October, 2019
11 October, 2019 22 October, 2019
15 December, 2019 26 December, 2019


City Highlights

LONDON
Visit

LONDON-PARIS
by Eurostar train

PARIS
Guided sightseeing

LUCERNE
Visit

VERONA
See Juliet’s balcony

VENICE
Canal boat ride, glassblowing workshop

FLORENCE
Guided walking tour

MONTECATINI
Visit

PISA
See the Leaning Tower

ROME
Guided sightseeing





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, how about dinner followed by a leisurely cruise on the Thames River? (B)

Day 3   LONDON–PARIS, FRANCE. Board the EUROSTAR TRAIN to Paris with your Tour Director. Spend two nights in Paris. (B)

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? (B)

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. (B,D)

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. (B)

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. (B)

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. 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. Don’t miss out on the optional gondola trip, gliding along the picturesque canals with a local troubadour to serenade you. (B,D)

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. (B,D)

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 evening drive through the city—a floodlit spectacular of shimmering fountains, magnificent churches, and piazzas—followed by dinner. (B)

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 amphitheater 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. (B)

Day 12   ROME. Arrivederci, Roma. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Meals:  Buffet breakfasts daily; 3 dinners

Guides

Host service in London

Transportation

Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; Eurostar London-Paris; canal transfer boat in Venice; Pisa mini-train ride





Note: Flights are NOT included with the Tour and unless otherwise stated above transfers are also NOT included.





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