WONDERS OF EUROPE - 2017
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From London to Paris via Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, and Italy, discover many of Europe’s highlights on this memorable 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. Or how about the medieval houses and Golden Roof in Innsbruck, built around 1500 for Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I? 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 Baptistry 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. From London and Paris to Venice and the French Riviera, this enriching tour offers something for everyone.
Extend your tour with a London extension.
- INDIVIDUAL HEADSETS.
- INSIDE VISITS AND SPECIAL FEATURES
Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.
Visits to Lucerne, Lugano, Venice, Assisi, Pisa, a perfume workshop in Eze, Aix-en- Provence, Beaune.
- SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS
Black Forest, Swiss Alps, Italian and French Rivieras, Burgundy Wine Country.
Host service in London; Local Guides for city sightseeing in Trier, Strasbourg, Rome, Florence, Paris; professional Tour Director while touring.
Private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; canal transfer boat in Venice.
Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips,and service charges.
Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions.
Buffet breakfasts (B) daily
4 dinners (D).
Day by Day
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.
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! (B)
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. (B)
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. Cross into France to arrive in Strasbourg for an overnight. (B,D)
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 Lucerne. Visit the LION MONUMENT, a masterful stone sculpture honouring Louis XVI's heroic Swiss Guard, and CHAPEL BRIDGE, Europe's oldest covered bridge, dating back to 1333. (B)
LUCERNE AREA-LUGANO- MILAN, ITALY.
More wonderful alpine scenery awaits 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. (B,D)
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. (B,D)
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. (B)
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. (B)
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. (B)
MONTECATINI-PISA-EZE, 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 Eze before reaching your destination on the lovely French Riviera. (B)
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 Rhone Valley. Overnight in the Lyon area. (B,D)
Enjoy vistas of famous Burgundy vineyards on the way to Beaune, famous for wines such as Chambertin and Nuits-Saint-Georges. Its Hotel-Dieu with its colourful roof is one of the oldest hospitals in Europe. Head for the exciting city of Paris. Time to enjoy an optional cabaret show. (B)
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 sites: La Sorbonne, Arc de Triomphe, Opera, Madeleine, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Pyramid, the Invalides, and Champs Elysees. To celebrate the success of your tour, a French farewell dinner might be just the ticket. (B)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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