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COSMOPOLITAN EUROPE - 2017

Tour Code - 5150 17 days - LONDON to PARIS $3494 AUD

Begin this  comprehensive vacation in London, where you will have two days at leisure to discover this cosmopolitan yet traditional city. Then, cross the English Channel by ferry and arrives in Brussels by motorcoach. Continue to Germany for a leisurely Rhine River cruise. Drive through Bavaria, and stop to visit Nuremberg on the way to the Czech capital of Prague. Then, travel into enchanting Bohemia and Moravia before reaching “waltzing” Vienna with its State Opera, Hofburg Palace, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Cross Austria and the majestic Styrian Alps to Venice, where a canal boat ride takes you to St. Mark’s Square. Here, you’ll encounter the Bridge of Sighs, Doges’ Palace, and the Basilica. Travel south to the “Eternal City” of Rome to have a taste of the “dolce vita” and to Renaissance Florence,  where a Local Guide will take you for a walk in the city center to learn more about the main highlights. Stop in subtropical Lugano and spend two nights the scenic Lucerne area. Your final two nights are in Paris, the “City of Light,” with guided sightseeing and free time to make your own discoveries.

Extend your tour with a London extension.

Standard Features

Destinations

  • INDIVIDUAL HEADSETS.
  • INSIDE VISITS AND SPECIAL FEATURES
    Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.
  • SIGHTSEEING
    Visits to Nuremberg, Velden, Venice, Assisi, Lugano, Lucerne.
  • SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS
    Rhineland, Lake Worth and Carinthia, Swiss Alps, Burgundy Wine Country.
  • GUIDES
    Host service in London; Local Guides for city sightseeing in Prague, Vienna, Rome, Florence, Paris; professional Tour Director while touring.
  • TRANSPORTATION
    Private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; cross-Channel ferry; Rhine cruise; canal transfer boat in Venice.
  • HOTELS
    Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips,and service charges.
  • MYACCOUNT
    Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions. Visit our website for details and conditions.

Meals

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
16
0
5

Buffet breakfasts (B) daily
5 dinners (D), including a dinner at a local restaurant in Vienna.

Day by 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.

  2. LONDON.
    A full day to savour 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 a leisurely cruise on the Thames River? (B)

  3. LONDON-BRUSSELS, BELGIUM.
    Leave London in the early morning and head through the lush English countryside to the Channel port, where you board your FERRY for the Continent. Here, meet your Tour Director and luxury coach and you're off to Brussels. (B)

  4. BRUSSELS-RHINE CRUISE, GERMANY-WURZBURG.
    Drive south to the shores of the mighty Rhine. Your included RHINE CRUISE reveals some legendary sites such as the Lorelei rock, ancient castles, and scenic vineyards. On to Wurzburg, a baroque city known for its cathedral, bridges, palace, and gardens. (B,D)

  5. WURZBURG-NUREMBERG-PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC.
    En route to Prague, stop in Nuremberg, an ancient city still showing its medieval walls with rampart walks and an 11th-century castle. It is also famous for its 1945 trials of the Nazi leaders and war criminals. Continue to Prague, capital of the Czech Republic and historic capital of Bohemia. (B)

  6. PRAGUE-VIENNA, AUSTRIA.
    The wealth of gothic and baroque architecture perhaps inspired Dvorak and Smetana, both Prague composers. The included guided sightseeing features landmarks such as the Jewish Quarter, Charles Bridge, and the Old Town Square with its ASTRONOMICAL CLOCK. This afternoon, motor from Bohemia into Moravia and cross into Austria to spend two nights in its splendid capital, Vienna. This evening, enjoy a special dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

  7. VIENNA.
    There's so much to see on your included guided sightseeing tour: the State Opera, Parliament, and the Town Hall. Stop for a stroll in Heroes' Square to view the Hofburg. In the afternoon, an optional trip to the Palace of Schonbrunn. This evening, enjoy an optional Viennese concert. (B)

  8. VIENNA-VELDEN-VENICE AREA, ITALY.
    Enjoy breathtaking alpine scenery as you travel across Austria to Velden and beautiful Lake Worth for a short visit. Next, cross into Italy by way of Tarvisio, then descend to the Venice area for two nights. (B)

  9. VENICE AREA.
    The included orientation starts with a BOAT RIDE to St. Mark's Square and is followed by free time to soak up the atmosphere of this unique city and a chance to visit a GLASSBLOWING WORKSHOP. Don't miss out on the optional gondola ride. (B,D)

  10. VENICE AREA-ASSISI-ROME.
    Travel south across the Po Plain into the very heart of the Apennines, dotted with towns and villages perched on the mountain sides. Spend time in medieval Assisi, where St. Francis was born in 1182. Visit the world-famous basilica with its beautiful frescoes by Giotto. Reach Rome in time to join the optional Rome by Night excursion. (B)

  11. ROME.
    Rome, the "Eternal City," is steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts in St. Peter's Square, followed by a visit to the ROMAN FORUM and the mighty COLOSSEUM. (B)

  12. ROME-FLORENCE.
    This morning, drive north through the Tuscan countryside to reach Florence, the "Cradle of the Renaissance." On the included walking tour with a Local Guide, discover most of the city highlights: Piazza Santa Croce; beautiful Piazza Signoria; Palazzo Vecchio; Loggia dei Lanzi; and, to top it all, Piazza del Duomo and its cathedral with the Giotto Campanile, and the magnificent East Door of the Baptistry, known as the "Gate of Paradise." (B,D)

  13. FLORENCE-LUGANO, SWITZERLAND-LUCERNE AREA.
    Head north and cross into Switzerland's Italian-speaking Canton Ticino. Stroll along Lugano's picturesque lakeside promenade before immersing yourself in the alpine landscapes of Lucerne and its surroundings. (B,D)

  14. LUCERNE.
    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. Your visit takes in the impressive city walls, CHAPEL BRIDGE, ornate patrician houses lining cobblestone streets, and the LION MONUMENT-a masterful stone sculpture in honour of the heroic Swiss Guard of Louis XVI. A grand selection of optional activities completes the day: a cable-car ride to the 3,048-metre (10,000-foot) summit of Mount Titlis; a cruise on the fjord-like lake; and, of course, there is time to shop for an authentic Swiss watch. (B)

  15. LUCERNE AREA-PARIS, FRANCE.
    Enjoy vistas of green pastures and rustic chalets on the way to France. Travel past some of its famous vineyards as you approach the exciting capital, Paris. Arrive in time to enjoy the optional cabaret show. (B)

  16. PARIS.
    Paris holds a special place in the imagination. It's a city of many facets and famed for its culture, beauty, sophistication, and sparkle. By sitting with a glass of wine in a bistro or sidewalk cafe, you can absorb the essence of the city. The centre has wide boulevards and impressive buildings. 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. 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. (B)

  17. PARIS.
    Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Prev Year Available 2017 Tours Next Year
Start Date End Date Twin Share Single Hotels Excursions Availability
07 Oct 2017 23 Oct 2017 $3643 AUD $4818 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Book Now Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
21 Oct 2017 06 Nov 2017 $3643 AUD $4818 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Book Now Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
Start Date End Date Twin Share Single Hotels Excursions Availability
15 Dec 2017 31 Dec 2017 $3521 AUD $4696 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Book Now Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
31 Dec 2017 16 Jan 2018 $3494 AUD $4669 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Book Now Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
Pre/Post City Start Date End Date Single Price
(from)
Twin Price
(from)
Triple Price
(from)
PRE LONDON 01 Nov 2017 31 Dec 2017 $208 AUD $128 AUD $90 AUD
PRE LONDON 01 May 2017 31 Oct 2017 $277 AUD $171 AUD $151 AUD
POST PARIS 30 Dec 2017 31 Dec 2017 $199 AUD $107 AUD $97 AUD
POST PARIS 23 Nov 2017 07 Dec 2017 $167 AUD $88 AUD $88 AUD
POST PARIS 21 Nov 2017 22 Nov 2017 $447 AUD $226 AUD $226 AUD
POST PARIS 20 Oct 2017 20 Nov 2017 $167 AUD $88 AUD $88 AUD
POST PARIS 21 Sep 2017 19 Oct 2017 $222 AUD $114 AUD $114 AUD
POST PARIS 19 Sep 2017 20 Sep 2017 $447 AUD $226 AUD $226 AUD
POST PARIS 04 Sep 2017 18 Sep 2017 $222 AUD $114 AUD $114 AUD
Charge Type Name Price
OPTIONAL Gratuity $184 AUD

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