EUROPE DELIGHT 12 DAYS10 NIGHTS(2013)[REF]Tour Code:REF

Visiting:London(2 nts) - Paris(2 nts) - Lucerne(1 nt) - Milan(1 nt) - Verona - Venice(1 nt) - Montecatini(1 nt) - Pisa - Florence - Rome(2 nts) 

An ideal sampler of Europe’s most popular destinations, this itinerary introduces you to the continent’s most popular destinations and their finest sights and sounds, as well as the hidden gems in between. Feel the urban buzz of London’s streets, experience the timeless romance of the Eiffel Tower, take in the picturesque scenery of the Swiss Alps; each destination never fails to amaze. Prepare to be inspired as you discover some of the world’s most intriguing and enticing treasures on this perfectly tailored vacation.


 

 

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Day 1   |  USA-London 

Embark on our European adventure as we board an international flight bound for London.

Day 2   |  Arrive-London 

Welcome to London, England s capital city . Upon arrival we are greeted by our guide in the arrivals hall and transfer to our luxury accommodation. Spend the rest of day free at leisure or, if time permits, we take a sightseeing tour of Windsor Castle, the official residence of the Queen and the world s largest and oldest occupied fortress. (Lunch or Dinner depending on arrival time)

Day 3   |  London  (B )

This morning we venture to Windsor Castle if it was not visited yesterday. Tour the majestic rooms and admire the treasures from the Royal Collection, then continue on to visit the Tower of London. One of the city s most popular attractions, the Tower was once a prison, royal residence and fortress. Its foundations date back nine centuries, and each room tells a story of its intriguing past. After visiting the Crown Jewels, in the Tower, we board our coach and drive past the Parliament Building, Big Ben and Trafalgar Square. Complete our day with photo stops at Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey. The rest of the day is free for us to further explore this historic city on our own. If you desire, you may take the optional tour to Cambridge.

Day 4   |  London-Paris  (B )

Board the Eurostar train for a quick 2.5 hours journey to Paris, the city of Lights. Upon arrival, head to heart of Paris, where we are free to relax at a nearby café or do some shopping. For a true Parisian experience take an optional cruise along the River Seine, which evokes romantic visions of the city. From tree-lined boulevards to the magnificent Eiffel Tower , Paris is enchanting at every turn, with more recognizable landmarks than any other city in the world.

Day 5   |  Paris  (B ,D )

Today we begin our sightseeing with a drive southwest of Paris to Versailles Palace. Located in the leafy suburb of Versailles, this baroque palace was the former seat of the Royal Court for over a century and remains one of the grandest chateaus in France. After touring this opulent palace complex, we venture to the world-famous Louvre Museum where we can browse a staggering collection of art, including its star attractions, the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. Later in the day, we take a scenic drive to visit historic landmarks: The Eiffel Tower, Opera House, Palace de La Concord, Champs Elysee and the Arc de Triomphe.

Day 6   |  Paris-Lucerne  (B )

Today we drive to Lucerne and enjoy sweeping views of France and Switzerland s rolling hills, green pastures and charming villages along the way. Arrive in Lucerne, also nicknamed the “City of Lights,” which rests in the heart of Switzerland amidst eternally snow-capped mountains, cobblestone streets and frescoed houses. Afterwards, we are free to relax at the hotel or take a stroll to the city center, where we can enjoy coffee in an outdoor cafe.

Day 7   |  Lucerne-Milan  (B ,D )

Our sightseeing begins with a visit to the 14th century Kappel Bridge, which crosses the Reuss River in the Old Town. Stroll along the shores of Lake Lucerne and this ancient footbridge, then continue on to the Lion Monument, a moving sculpture carved into a quarry wall. Spend some free time in the afternoon walking around Old Town and perusing the local specialties and Swiss watches. We may also take an optional tour to Mt Pilatus and have a tram ride on the world s steepest cogwheel railway up to the peak of Mt Pilatus, which affords panoramic views of Lucerne and its dazzling natural landscapes. later in the afternoon, we drive south of Lucerne to Milan, Italy s business capital and the center for fashion, media and commerce.

Day 8   |  Milan-Verona-Venice  (B ,D )

This morning our city tour of Milan includes a visit to the renowned opera house La Scala, the Cathedral , and the famed statue of Da Vinic and then we drive to Verona, the romantic setting for fabled Romeo 7 Juliet. Take a brief tour of this enchanting city, including the timeless monument, Juliet s House. Continue on our journey to the mesmerizing city of Venice, nicknamed "La Serenissima" (the most serene), stopping overnight in Quarti d Altino.

Day 9   |  Venice-Montecatini  (B ,D )

Our city tour of Venice begins with a visit to the opulent St.Mark s Basilica. The city s gem, the basilica is renowned for its sparkling mosaics and its wealth of artistic and historical treasures. Continues on to the dazzling St. mark s Square, a vast square situated in the heart of the city, and visit the Bridge of Sighs. For unforgettable views of Venice s timeless scenery, take an optional gondola ride along the Grand Canal. later on, we drive to the spa town of Montecatini, where we stay overnight.

Day 10   |  Montecatini-Pisa-Florence-Rome  (B )

Departing Montecatini for Pisa and visit its iconic Leaning Tower. Afterward, we journey to Florence, set amidst rolling hills of olive groves and vineyards. The captivating city that gave birth to the Renaissance is blessed with an abundance of cultural and artistic treasures. A walking tour takes us to the historic landmarks: The Duomo, the "Doors of Paradise" at the Baptistry, Signoria Square and the Franciscan St. Croce Basilica, which houses Michelangelo s Tomb. After our city tour, we depart to Rome.

Day 11   |  Rome  (B ,D )

The timeless city of Rome has been known for centuries as the capital of the world, housing an evolving blend of eternal monuments, ruins and ancient culture. Our city tour begins with a visit to the Vatican City, the world s smallest sovereign state, where we visit St. Peter s Square and Basilica. No trip to here would be complete without a visit to the Colosseum, the iconic symbol of Rome. Continue on to tour the Roman Forum, Constantine s Triumphal Arch, the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain. Later in the afternoon, we have some free tie to enjoy a stroll around Via Condotti. This evening we gather for a festive farewell dinner.

Day 12   |  Rome-USA  (B )

Our grand journey through Europe comes to an end as we board our international flight back to the US.