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Itinerary & Activities

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Day 1 Arrive London (2 Nights)

Welcome to London. Relax after your journey or explore this ancient city.

Day 2 London Sightseeing

See a host of sights including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace during your morning guided sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Finishing in central London, you have the rest of the day to discover the city's delights.Full Breakfast

Day 3 London – Bruges

Greetings from your Travel Director. Drive to Dover, cross to France by ferry and continue by road into Belgium. Explore the beautiful medieval town of Bruges with its cobbled streets and canals. This evening join your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception including dinner and drinks.Full Breakfast, Welcome Reception

Day 4 Bruges – Amsterdam

Meandering through the Dutch countryside we arrive in the magical capital of Amsterdam with its fascinating maritime history, tree-lined canals and the incessant tring-tring of a million bicycles rattling against its cobbled roads. See the city's iconic sights, gliding through its bustling canals the way residents have for centuries and visit a renowned diamond factory for a Cultural Insight.Buffet Breakfast

Day 5 Amsterdam – Rhine Cruise – Heidelberg – Rhineland

Leaving Dutch gezelligheid behind, we travel to Germany, arriving at Boppard where we board a Rhine cruise past fairy-tale castles, the site of the legendary Lorelei siren who was said to have lured fishermen to their demise. Admire the magnificent ruined sandstone castle in Heidelberg overlooking the Neckar River en route to your Rhineland hotel where you'll dine this evening.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 Rhineland – Black Forest – Rhine Falls – Lucerne (2 Nights)

Journey through the romantic Black Forest landscape - tales of the Brothers Grimm your constant companion as you meander through south-west Germany to the Swiss border. See the mighty Rhine gushing dramatically near the town of Schaffhausen before arriving in the charming medieval city of Lucerne, your home for the next two nights.Buffet Breakfast

Day 7 Lucerne Orientation

See Lucerne's magnificent Lion Monument. The mournful mortally wounded lion hewn from sandstone provides a poignant reminder of the brave Swiss Guards who lost their lives defending Louis XVI during the French Revolution. Venture to the flower-lined 14th century wooden Chapel Bridge, explore the city's charming painted façades or consider joining an exhilarating mountain and cruise Optional Experience. This evening we enjoy dinner at our hotel.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 Lucerne – Liechtenstein – Innsbruck

Our love affair with the Rhine continues today as we travel to the tiny Principality of Liechtenstein and see the capital, Vaduz, before crossing into Austria. We follow the scenic Arlberg Pass through the Tyrol to Innsbruck, the capital of the Alps where we will see the ornate Golden Roof during your orientation tour.Buffet Breakfast

Day 9 Innsbruck – Salzburg – Vienna (2 Nights)

Nestled within a ring of five hills, Salzburg's extraordinary natural beauty has inspired musical greats and epic films. Join a Local Specialist on guided walking tour of the city that gave birth to Mozart, featuring locations that music and movie lovers will remember from the famous film, The Sound of Music. This evening we arrive in the beautiful Baroque city of Vienna, our home for the next two nights.Buffet Breakfast

Day 10 Vienna Sightseeing

Join a Local Specialist on a sightseeing tour of one of Europe's most elegant capitals. View the State Opera House, the City Hall, Parliament, the Imperial Boulevards and the Hofburg, the former imperial palace for the Habsburg dynasty. Spend the evening soaking up the melodic charm of what has become the world's music capital, celebrating the talents of old masters and modern icons at open-air concerts, palaces and expansive stages.Buffet Breakfast

Day 11 Vienna – Venice (2 Nights)

Driving through the scenic Austrian Lake District, we cross the Italian border and meander through the Veneto Plains to the Byzantine city of Venice where we'll spend the next two nights.Buffet Breakfast

Day 12 Venice Orientation

Navigate the bustling waterways by private launch to the gateway of Venice, St. Mark's Square where we tread in the footsteps of Casanova and Marco Polo and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Queen of the Adriatic. See the ornate Doge's Palace and the Bridge of Sighs, before travelling to Giudecca Island to enjoy a Cultural Insight into the centuries-old Venetian tradition of glassmaking. This afternoon is yours to get lost in Venice. Explore the labyrinthine calle in search of the best Campari Spritz in town, watch the sun set over the Grand Canal or consider a cruise to the charming Island of Burano for a delicious meal.Buffet Breakfast

Day 13 Venice – Assisi

Journey south to the mystical town of Assisi, where the famed St. Francis was born and is laid to rest. Here you'll wander through the quaint streets in the company of a Local Specialist and have an opportunity to see this saint's Basilica and the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels. This evening we dine in our hotel.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 14 Assisi – Pompeii – Sorrento

Pass by the site of the bloody World War II battle of Monte Cassino en route to the Bay of Naples and the lost city of Pompeii where you'll join a Local Specialist who will share the story of this remarkable ancient Roman settlement that was buried in ash following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. We meander to the coast and the beautiful seaside resort of Sorrento where we will stay the night and dine in our hotel.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 15 Sorrento – Isle of Capri – Rome (2 Nights)

Cross the enchanting blue water of the Bay of Naples to the Isle of Capri and ascend to Capri Town by funiculare where you will join a Local Specialist for a guided walking tour of the town's charming streets. Spend some time at leisure soaking up la dolce vita in the piazza watching the beautiful people before sailing back to the mainland. This evening we arrive in Rome, the Eternal City where we will spend the next two nights.Buffet Breakfast

Day 16 Rome – Vatican Experience

Enjoy a leisurely morning exploring the sights and sounds of Rome. Sip a cappuccino on Piazza Navona, sit on the Spanish Steps, enjoy a tasty gelato or toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain to secure your speedy return to Rome. This afternoon, gain priority access via a dedicated VIP line to the Vatican Museum where a Local Specialist will take you on a guided tour. Admire Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel when it is less crowded and meet an official representative of the Vatican Museum during your private guided tour of the Missionary Ethnological Museum. Enjoy an exclusive after hour's dinner at the museum amidst three centuries of Vatican art, history and antiquities.Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal

Day 17 Rome – Florence Sightseeing

Journey north to Florence where you'll join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour to the Piazza della Signoria, the political hub of this once free republic that became a recognised centre for art, architecture and culture. See the beautiful marble Duomo and Baptistery with its famous bronze doors, and the picturesque Ponte Vecchio which straddles the Arno. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure admiring the work of great masters in the Uffizi Gallery, meandering up the stone steps to Piazzale Michelangelo for iconic views of the city skyline, or relaxing in the picturesque Boboli Gardens.Buffet Breakfast

Day 18 Florence – Pisa – Monaco – Nice (2 Nights)

We drive to the city of Pisa and its Square of Miracles to see the famous Leaning Tower which bears this city's name. From Italy to the sun-soaked landscapes of the French Riviera, we stop in the sophisticated Principality of Monaco before continuing to Nice, our home for the next two nights. Enjoy an orientation drive along the scenic Promenade Anglais which for centuries has attracted sun-worshipping aristocrats to its shores and see Place Massena before spending the evening at leisure.Buffet Breakfast

Day 19 Nice – St. Paul De Vence Excursion

Rub shoulders with artists and actors in the medieval hilltop town of St. Paul de Vence, before the heady scents of French perfume fill the air at the Fragonard Perfumery. Learn how they create delicate fragrances before returning to Nice to indulge in the laidback seaside atmosphere. Wander along the scenic promenade and embrace café culture on the tranquil shores of the Mediterranean, meander through the chic city streets shopping at Nice's fashionable boutiques or relax on the beach watching the sun set over the tranquil shores of the Riviera.Buffet Breakfast

Day 20 Nice – Avignon – Beaune

We travel north to the papal city of Avignon, once the centre of Christianity during the Middle Ages and an important pilgrimage site to this day. Enjoy an orientation walk including views of the magnificent Papal Palace and famous Pont d'Avignon before arriving in the capital of the Burgundy wine-producing region, Beaune. Explore the ancient walls and old town, see its characteristic geometrically coloured tiled roofs and join an unforgettable Be My Guest dinner toasting to the joie de vivre of this region with a delicious local vintage.Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining

Day 21 Beaune – Paris (2 Nights)

From the romantic vineyards of Burgundy, we travel north to Paris for the next two nights. The City of Light shines brightly as you explore its grand boulevards and charming arrondissement, ambling along the meandering Seine, relaxing at a cosy bistro sampling delicious French cuisine or embracing the pageantry of a traditional Parisian cabaret.Buffet Breakfast

Day 22 Paris Sightseeing

Join a Local Specialist soaking up the sights and sounds of one of the world's most romantic cities. See the magnificent Champs Élysées, Place de la Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe, where we remember the brave souls who have fought for France. Marvel at the iconic skyline from the second level of the Eiffel Tower - the white dome of Notre Dame and glass pyramid of the Louvre gleam in the distance. This afternoon is yours to explore the city before celebrating an unforgettable experience at a Farewell Dinner with wine in a local restaurant.Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 23 Depart Paris

Today bid farewell to your fellow travellers and Travel Director at the end of your holiday. An airport transfer is available. Conditions apply.Buffet Breakfast


Things to Know

Preparing For Your Trip
  • Make Sure to Bring All of Your Important Documents: Passport, Foreign visa (if applicable), Itinerary, Trip confirmation, Airline ticket, Drivers license, Credit cards, Travel documents.

  • Vaccinations Are Required for Entry to Some Countries. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) can provide you their recommendations for vaccinations and other travel health precautions for your trip abroad.

  • Are You Taking Any Prescriptions or Other Medications? Pack enough to last your entire trip, including some extra in case you are unexpectedly delayed.

  • Insurance: Purchase travel insurance to cover yourself against unexpected situations. You never know when something might happen, so always be prepared.
While Traveling
  • Keep an eye on your belongings. Do not leave your belongings unattended in public spaces

  • Always have local cash. Not every place takes credit cards.
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