Itinerary

DAY 1 USA – London, England

Relax on your international flight to London as you start your journey to the Old World.

DAY 2 Arrive in London

On arrival in London, meet your Ritz Tours representative at the airport and enjoy a comfortable transfer to the city. Along the way, stop by Windsor Castle*, the oldest occupied castle in the world and Queen Elizabeth II’s favorite weekend retreat. See inside this magnificent castle in historical Windsor town and learn how it’s been a royal residence for more than 900 years before returning to London for your two-night stay.

Included: Lunch

Hotels :

★★★★ The Tower Hotel or similar

DAY 3 London

Following breakfast, start your sightseeing at Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress, the Tower of London*. Learn its storied history and legends as you explore this eerie castle, and hear how Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, two of Henry VIII’s six wives, were executed here. View the tower’s priceless Crown Jewels, whose crowns, orbs and jewels are invested with the monarch’s power. Afterward, absorb the main sights on a panoramic tour, passing Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and Parliament, and pause for photos at Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey. Enjoy the rest of the day free to explore as you wish.

Included: Breakfast at hotel

Hotels :

★★★★ The Tower Hotel or similar

DAY 4 London – Eurostar train - Paris, France

Today, depart on the high-speed Eurostar train to Paris. Thrill as you arrive in the “City of Lights,” whose landmarks inspire genuine awe. Upon arrival, explore at your own pace, perhaps relaxing at a café or strolling the handsome boulevards and streets. Later today, relax on an optional scenic River Seine Cruise, feasting your eyes on Notre Dame Cathedral and other landmarks from the water.

Included: Breakfast at hotel

Hotels :

★★★★ Renaissance Paris La Defense Hotel or Similar

Optional Tours :

La Seine River Cruise: $30 pp,

French Seafood Dinner: $72 pp

DAY 5 Paris

This morning, enjoy a guided visit to the Palace of Versailles*, the gilded residence of France’s kings from 1682 to 1789. Marvel at the formal gardens and majestic palace and then return to Paris to visit the peerless Louvre Museum*, home to many of the world’s greatest artworks. Behold Leonardo da Vinci’s playfully smiling Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo as you explore the vast collections. After a panoramic drive around top Paris landmarks such as the Place de la Concord, Champs-Elysées and Arc de Triomphe, the Opera House, and the city’s most recognizable symbol, the Eiffel Tower. This afternoon, enjoy free time to explore Paris on your own, perhaps shopping for souvenirs or just relaxing at its sidewalk cafes. Enjoying a delicious French Cuisine Dinner this evening.

Included: Breakfast at hotel, Dinner

Hotels :

★★★★ Renaissance Paris La Defense Hotel or Similar

DAY 6 Paris – Lucerne , Switzerland

Leaving Paris, travel by coach to Lucerne in Switzerland. Tucked between Lake Lucerne and snow-tipped mountains, this lovely city encapsulates Switzerland’s reputation as “the playground of Europe.” If time allows, enjoy a short tour to its postcard-pretty Chapel Bridge. Built in 1333 across the Reuss River, this covered footbridge is the oldest in Europe and begs to be captured on camera. Admire the bridge and Lake Lucerne and then see another of Lucerne’s highlights — the Lion Monument. A memorial to the Swiss soldiers who died defending the French king, Louis XVI, in Paris in 1792, this stone sculpture by Bertel Thorvaldsen was described by Mark Twain as the “most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world.”

Included: Breakfast at hotel, Dinner at hotel

Hotels :

★★★★ Astoria Hotel or Similar

DAY 7 Lucerne – Milan, Italy

This morning, admire Lucerne’s Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument if time didn’t allow visits yesterday, and perhaps join our optional excursion to Mt. Stanserhorn, traveling up the 6,227-foot mountain by the world’s first 360-degree double-deck open-top cable car to enjoy the breathtaking views from its summit. Later, leave Lucerne by coach and travel to Milan, Italy’s second-biggest city and known as the world’s “fashion capital.”

Included: Breakfast at hotel, Dinner at hotel

Hotels :

★★★★ Crowne Plaza Milan-Linate or Similar

Optional Tours :

Lake Lucerne Cruise : $34 pp,

Mt. Stanserhorn Tour: $78 pp

DAY 8 Milan – Verona – Venice

Glamorous Milan combines contemporary swagger with a rich history. Today, dive into this bustling city that embodies Italy’s passions for fashion, food and design. See magnificent Milan Cathedral and La Scala Opera House, where greats including Maria Callas and Luciano Pavarotti once performed. View the statue of Leonardo da Vinci fronting the theatre, and then travel to Verona, the fictional setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Admire its highlights on an orientation guided tour and see Juliet’s House, where a stone balcony celebrates the great love story. Later, leave Verona and stay overnight in the provincial town of Padova.

Included: Breakfast at hotel, Dinner at hotel

Hotels :

★★★★ Crowne Plaza Padova or Similar

DAY 9 Venice – Montecatini

Today brings a trip to magical Venice, the hub of trade between Europe and the Orient in medieval times. Walk across the St. Mark’s Square, one of the most beautiful squares in the world to , visit St. Mark’s Basilica located in the heart of the city. Fusing Gothic, Byzantine, Romanesque and Renaissance architecture and dripping with mosaics, gold and marble, the Basilica will fill you with awe and admiration. Lastly, take photos of the jewel-like Bridge of Sighs as you hear how its name originates from the wistful sighs of prisoners who crossed it on their way to torture, execution or incarceration. After an optional gondola ride on the Grand Canal, depart Venice this afternoon for an overnight stay in the lovely spa town of Montecatini.

Included: Breakfast at hotel, Dinner at hotel

Hotels :

★★★★ Grand Hotel Francia & Quirinale or similar

Optional Tours :

Venice Gondola Ride & Serenade: $46 pp

DAY 10 Montecatini – Pisa – Florence – Rome

Today’s destination is Pisa, where you’ll marvel at the remarkable Leaning Tower of Pisa. After taking in the tower, continue by coach to Tuscany’s graceful capital, Florence. Considered the “Cradle of the Renaissance”, Florence was home to Renaissance luminaries including Dante, Michelangelo and Galileo. Take a walking tour of its signature sights, including the sumptuous red-tile Duomo, Baptistery, Signoria Square and St. Croce Basilica. Later, leave Florence for Rome.

Included: Breakfast at hotel

Hotels :

★★★★ Holiday Inn Rome Eur Parco dei Medici or Similar

DAY 11 Rome

This morning, arrive in Rome, a UNESCO World Heritage site and sightseer’s paradise. Tour the best of Italy’s glorious capital, dubbed the “Eternal City”. See the Vatican City, the papal residence and spiritual center for the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics; stroll around St. Peter’s Basilica and Square, followed by an optional visit to the Vatican Museums to witness Michelangelo’s sublime Sistine Chapel ceiling fresco. Later photo stop at the ancient Colosseum as you hear of the grisly gladiatorial contests once staged here and witness other sights such as the Roman Forum, Constantine’s Triumphal Arch, the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain. The rest of the afternoon is yours to enjoy as you wish and, this evening, sit down to a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers.

Included: Breakfast at hotel, Dinner

Hotels :

★★★★ Holiday Inn Rome Eur Parco dei Medici or Similar

Optional Tours :

Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel: $54 pp

DAY 12 Rome – USA

Savor the memories of your odyssey around Europe as you take your return flight to the USA..

Included: Breakfast at hotel

DATE & PRICES

All prices are listed per person (based on double occupancy).

START - END LAND ONLY LAND & AIR
Mar 24, 2021 - Apr 4, 2021 $2400
$2100
$3000
$2700
Apr 28, 2021 - May 9, 2021 $2500
$2200
$3300
$3000
May 26, 2021 - Jun 6, 2021 $2500
$2200
$3300
$3000
Jun 23, 2021 - Jul 4, 2021 $2400
$2100
$3300
$3000
Jul 21, 2021 - Aug 1, 2021 $2400
$2100
$3300
$3000
Aug 18, 2021 - Aug 29, 2021 $2400
$2100
$3200
$2900
Sep 15, 2021 - Sep 26, 2021 $2500
$2200
$3300
$3000
Oct 27, 2021 - Nov 7, 2021 $2300
$2000
$3100
$2800

* Advertised land prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing 1 twin room.

* Advertised roundtrip international airfares are from New York (JFK). Airfare does not include luggage fee if there is any.

* Departures from other gateway cities, please add appropriate US domestic add-on fares. For the time zone of certain cities, please see below:

  • Los Angeles (LAX) Mar - Oct / San Francisco (SFO) Mar - May, Sep - Oct  ..................................................$200
  • San Francisco (SFO) Jun - Aug ......................................................................$300
  • Eastern Standard Time Zone ........................................................................$200
  • Central Standard Time Zone ........................................................................$300
  • Mountain Standard Time Zone .....................................................................$300
  • Pacific Standard Time Zone (except LAX/SFO) ...........................................$300

* For your preferred international air carrier, please call us at 1-888-345-7489 for pricing.

* For child rate (2-11 yrs) and details of our airfare policy, please refer to 2021 Europe Terms & Conditions .

* Additional baggage surcharge may apply. For a general list of all airline baggage information, please click here.