From London and back 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, see the iconic Colosseum, completed in the 1st century AD. In Lucerne, walk on the Chapel Bridge, built in 1333 as part of the city’s fortifications and the oldest-preserved wooden bridge in Europe. In Trier, Germany’s oldest city, a walking tour highlights the Roman heritage, 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, with the Piazza Signoria, adorned with ornate and famous statues. Stand in awe in front of Pisa’s famous Leaning Tower and explore the delicate floating city of Venice, both unique 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 some time in the French Riviera, visit a famous perfume factory in Èze, and discover the Provence region, known for its Mediterranean climate, vineyards, and gorgeous scenery. Visit Aix-en-Provence, the birthplace of painter Cézanne and known for its fountains, elegant homes, and famous cafés.In addition to all of the above, you’ll also enjoy an additional overnight in London, after having crossed again the Channel Tunnel from Paris back to the United Kingdom. From the historic sights and architectural treasures to the beautiful scenery, this enriching, value-minded European tour offers something for everyone.
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| LONDON|| Visit|
| TRIER ||Guided sightseeing|
| STRASBOURG ||Guided sightseeing|
| LUCERNE|| Visit|
| VENICE ||Canal boat ride, glassblowing workshop|
| ASSISI|| Visit St. Francis Basilica|
| ROME & FLORENCE ||Guided sightseeing|
| PISA|| See the Leaning Tower|
| ÈZE|| Visit a perfume workshop|
| AIX EN PROVENCE ||Visit|
| BEAUNE ||Visit|
| PARIS ||Guided sightseeing|
Headsets throughout the tour.
December 19 Departure - New Year's in Paris including festive dinner
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; Eurostar London-Brussels and Paris-London; canal transfer boat in Venice; Pisa mini-train ride
Buffet breakfasts daily; 4 dinners
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 and the CosmosGO app are available to help you make the most of your stay
Day 2 LONDON.
The whole day is free to take advantage of a variety 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, we recommend our optional Taste of London excursion with dinner, followed by a guided illumination cruise on the Thames River Breakfast
Day 3 LONDON–BRUSSELS, BELGIUM.
Transfer to the railway station and board the EUROSTAR TRAIN to Brussels.
Today’s Distance: 232 mi/ 373 km Breakfast
Day 4 BRUSSELS–TRIER, GERMANY–STRASBOURG AREA, FRANCE.
Cross the German border, and stop for an included guided walking tour of 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.
Today’s Distance: 298 mi/ 480 km Breakfast Dinner
Day 5 STRASBOURG AREA–LUCERNE AREA, SWITZERLAND.
On your included guided 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 mix; and explore the city’s historic heart, the magical La Petite France district. Later, enter Switzerland and head towards the majestic Alps to Lucerne. Visit the LION MONUMENT, a masterful stone sculpture honoring Louis XVI’s heroic Swiss Guard; and CHAPEL BRIDGE, Europe’s oldest covered bridge, dating back to 1333.
Today’s Distance: 214 mi/ 345 km Breakfast
Day 6 LUCERNE AREA–MILAN, ITALY.
More wonderful alpine scenery awaits as you drive to the mountains surrounding massive St. Gotthard pass. Through its great tunnel, begin your scenic descent into the warmth and sunshine of Canton Ticino. Then, continue to vibrant Milan, Italy’s fashion capital.
Today’s Distance: 180 mi/ 290 km Breakfast Dinner
Day 7 MILAN–VENICE AREA.
Leave Milan and cross the Po River plain to the Venice area. Here, you’ll board your private MOTORBOAT to St. Mark’s Square. Take time to enjoy the Bridge of Sighs, Doge’s Palace, and monumental ST. MARK’S SQUARE. Visit a GLASSBLOWING WORKSHOP to watch a skilled craftsman at work. Don’t miss out on an optional gondola serenade that glides through centuries-old canals.
Today’s Distance: 186 mi/ 300 km Breakfast Dinner
Day 8 VENICE AREA–ASSISI–ROME.
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.
Today’s Distance: 345 mi/ 555 km Breakfast
Day 9 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 Breakfast
Day 10 ROME–FLORENCE–MONTECATINI.
Say “Arrivederci, Roma” as you drive northward 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.
Today’s Distance: 190 mi/ 305 km Breakfast
Day 11 MONTECATINI–PISA–ÈZE, FRANCE–FRENCH RIVIERA.
Stop in Pisa where a mini train ride takes you to see the Leaning Tower and the SQUARE OF MIRACLES. Bypassing the great port of Genoa, head northwest for glimpses of the Italian and French Rivieras. Visit one of the famous PERFUME FACTORIES in lovely Èze before reaching your destination on the glamorous French Riviera.
Today’s Distance: 304 mi/ 490 km Breakfast
Day 12 FRENCH RIVIERA–AIX-EN-PROVENCE–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 Rhône Valley. Overnight in the Lyon area.
Today’s Distance: 311 mi/ 500 km Breakfast Dinner
Day 13 LYON AREA–BEAUNE–PARIS.
Enjoy vistas of famous Burgundy vineyards on the way to Beaune, famous for wines such as Chambertin and Nuits-Saint-Georges. Its Hôtel-Dieu with its colorful roof was one of the oldest hospitals in Europe. Head for the exciting city of Paris.
Today’s Distance: 304 mi/ 490 km Breakfast
Day 14 PARIS.
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. Tonight, consider joining the optional farewell dinner in a typical French restaurant Breakfast
Day 15 PARIS–LONDON, ENGLAND.
Relax on your EUROSTAR train journey back to London.
Today’s Distance: 305 mi/ 492 km Breakfast
Day 16 LONDON.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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Ibis Strasbourg Centre Historique
Ibis Styles Luzerne City
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Ambasciatori at Mestre
Park Hotel Dei Massimi
Grand Hotel Ambasciatori
Ibis Promenade des Anglais at Nice
Ibis Styles Nice Airport
Hotel Lyon Ouest
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