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THE BEST OF EUROPE - 2017

Tour Code - 5160 18 days - LONDON to PARIS $3752 AUD

This tour begins in London with two overnights and free time to see the major landmarks. Then, cross the English Channel by ferry and drive to Amsterdam, a fascinating city built along 165 canals. Travel along the banks of the legendary Rhine River to Germany and stop in Heidelberg before crossing into Switzerland. In Lucerne, marvel at the famous Lion Monument. Absorb beautiful views of the Swiss mountains, and cross the St. Gotthard Tunnel to the shores of Lake Lugano to then enter Italy. Pause in Verona to see Juliet’s balcony; in Venice, enjoy a canal boat ride to St. Mark’s Square and see the Bridge of Sighs, Doges’ Palace, and the Basilica; visit Assisi and St. Francis’ Basilica, then head for Rome, the “Eternal City,” for a visit to the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Travel south to the archaeological site of Pompeii, destroyed in 79 AD by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Stay in Sorrento for two nights, and enjoy a boat trip to the glamorous Isle of Capri. On the way to France, visit Florence the Renaissance city, and Pisa, famous for its Leaning Tower. Finally, reach the French Riviera and a drive through Provence to the alpine town of Grenoble. Stop in Burgundy’s Beaune on the way to Paris, the “City of Light,” for two final overnights. A Local Guide will show you the highlights, which you will be able to continue exploring on your own.

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 Heidelberg, Lucerne, Lugano, Verona, Venice canal boat ride, Assisi's St. Francis Basilica, Neapolitan Riviera, Capri boat trip, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Beaune.
  • SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS
    Rhineland, Swiss Alps, Sorrento coast, Italian & French Rivieras, Route Napoleon.
  • GUIDES
    Host service in London; Local Guides for city sightseeing in Amsterdam, Rome, Pompeii, Florence, Paris; professional Tour Director while touring.
  • TRANSPORTATION
    Private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; cross-Channel ferry; canal transfer boat in Venice; boat transfer to Capri.
  • 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
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Buffet breakfasts (B) daily
5 dinners (D).

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-AMSTERDAM AREA, HOLLAND.
    Leave London in the early morning and head through the lush English countryside to the Channel port, where you embark on your FERRY for the Continent. Meet your Tour Director here and board your luxury coach for the drive to the Amsterdam area. (B)

  4. AMSTERDAM AREA-RHINELAND, GERMANY.
    Today, enjoy sightseeing in Amsterdam with a Local Guide pointing out the city highlights, followed by a CANAL CRUISE to see the city from water level, then watch the cutting and polishing of precious stones at a DIAMOND CENTRE. This afternoon, continue your journey to the scenic Rhineland. (B,D)

  5. RHINELAND-HEIDELBERG-LUCERNE AREA,SWITZERLAND.
    Drive through the picturesque Rhineland this morning or, alternatively, take the optional Rhine River cruise and enjoy splendid scenery including the Lorelei rock. Next, drive into Germany's oldest university town, Heidelberg, nicely located at the confluence of the Neckar and Rhine Rivers, for a short visit. Continue to the Lucerne area. (B)

  6. LUCERNE AREA.
    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. The orientation includes the LION MONUMENT, erected in memory of the 800 Swiss Guards who defended Louis XVI and his wife, and the wooden CHAPEL BRIDGE. 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, time to shop for an authentic Swiss watch. (B)

  7. LUCERNE AREA-LUGANO-VERONA, ITALY-VENICE AREA.
    More wonderful alpine scenery as you drive into the mountain ranges that surround the massive St. Gotthard and to the warmer and sunnier ambiance of Canton Ticino. Stop in beautiful Lugano and take a stroll along the lakeside promenade. Then, cross into Italy and drive across the Po Valley to Verona, medieval setting of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. See Juliet's house and balcony, and stroll around the picturesque market square. Tonight, you are in the Venice area. (B)

  8. VENICE AREA.
    Venice is more like a marvellous film set than a real-life city, with its criss-crossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and busy little piazzas. The included orientation starts with a BOAT RIDE to St. Mark's Square and is followed by some time to soak up the city's unique atmosphere and a chance to visit a GLASSBLOWING WORKSHOP. Don't miss out on the optional gondola trip, gliding along the picturesque canals with a local troubadour to serenade you. (B,D)

  9. VENICE AREA-ASSISI-ROME.
    An interesting drive southward, crossing the rolling Apennines. Stop in medieval Assisi, where St. Francis was born in 1182, and visit the world-famous BASILICA with its beautiful frescoes by Giotto. Then, head for Rome. (B)

  10. 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, heart of the Vatican, followed by a visit to the ROMAN FORUM and the mighty COLOSSEUM. (B)

  11. ROME-POMPEII-NEAPOLITAN RIVIERA.
    South all the way today, with the Vesuvius volcano in the distance. Visit Pompeii, where time stopped in 79 AD when the Vesuvius eruption totally buried it. On the included visit to the ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE, see the luxurious villas, temples, theatre, and forum. Just a few more kilometres to reach the lively Neapolitan Riviera. (B)

  12. NEAPOLITAN RIVIERA. EXCURSION TO CAPRI.
    Cross the blue sea for a full-day excursion to the legendary island of Capri. Surrounded by rose-tinted rocks, Capri has incredibly beautiful coves of translucent blues and greens. The town, with its pretty piazzetta, maze of streets, fashionable boutiques, and cozy restaurants, is a mecca for the jet set. An optional tour takes you around the island with its steep roads and panoramic views. (B,D)

  13. NEAPOLITAN RIVIERA-FLORENCE.
    An early journey north to Florence. Vistas of rolling hills, austere rows of cypress trees, terraced vineyards, olive groves, and rural villages form the backdrop of your journey through beautiful Tuscany. Arrive in Florence in the afternoon in time to enjoy its magnificent architectural and artistic treasures; the included walking tour with a Local Guide will take in most of the highlights. (B,D)

  14. FLORENCE-PISA-FRENCH RIVIERA, FRANCE.
    Stop in Pisa to see the Leaning Tower in the SQUARE OF MIRACLES. Bypassing the great port of Genoa, drive northwest, getting glimpses of the Italian and French Rivieras. Reach the shores of the charming Cote d'Azur. (B)

  15. FRENCH RIVIERA-ROUTE NAPOLEON-GRENOBLE.
    Start the day with a visit to a typical Provence PERFUME WORKSHOP in Grasse, then follow in the footsteps of Napoleon as he escaped from exile in Elbe. Once he landed on the shores of the Cote d'Azur, he made his way to Paris via Grasse. Following the Route Napoleon, drive in Grenoble, now an alpine sports mecca and site of the 1968 Winter Olympic Games. (B,D)

  16. GRENOBLE-BEAUNE-PARIS.
    Enjoy the very heart of the Burgundy wine-growing region, making a stop in lovely Beaune, surrounded by some of the world's finest vineyards. Continue northwards to the exciting city of Paris, capital of France. (B)

  17. PARIS.
    Paris is a world-class city that probably has more familiar landmarks than almost any other city in the world. This morning, see them during the included city tour. View the famous Arc de Triomphe, Opera, Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees, and much more with a Local Guide. In the afternoon, a chance to feel like a French aristocrat as you join the optional walking tour through the immense Palace of Versailles. This evening, why not join an optional farewell dinner? (B)

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

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07 Apr 2017 24 Apr 2017 $3752 AUD $4995 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Book Now Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
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23 Jun 2017 10 Jul 2017 $3915 AUD $5158 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Book Now Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
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14 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 $3847 AUD $5090 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Please Call Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
21 Jul 2017 07 Aug 2017 $3847 AUD $5090 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Please Call Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
28 Jul 2017 14 Aug 2017 $3847 AUD $5090 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Book Now Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
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25 Aug 2017 11 Sep 2017 $3915 AUD $5158 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Book Now Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
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15 Sep 2017 02 Oct 2017 $3915 AUD $5158 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Book Now Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
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13 Oct 2017 30 Oct 2017 $3793 AUD $5036 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Book Now Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
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16 Dec 2017 02 Jan 2018 $3766 AUD $5009 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Book Now Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
Pre/Post City Start Date End Date Single Price
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Twin Price
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Triple Price
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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
PRE LONDON 01 Apr 2017 30 Apr 2017 $271 AUD $189 AUD $148 AUD
PRE LONDON 01 Jan 2017 31 Mar 2017 $203 AUD $124 AUD $87 AUD
POST PARIS 01 Nov 2017 30 Nov 2017 $154 AUD $86 AUD $75 AUD
POST PARIS 01 Sep 2017 31 Oct 2017 $261 AUD $139 AUD $128 AUD
POST PARIS 07 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 $167 AUD $92 AUD $82 AUD
POST PARIS 01 Jun 2017 06 Jul 2017 $261 AUD $139 AUD $128 AUD
POST PARIS 01 May 2017 31 May 2017 $226 AUD $121 AUD $110 AUD
POST PARIS 01 Mar 2017 30 Apr 2017 $171 AUD $94 AUD $83 AUD
Charge Type Name Price
OPTIONAL Gratuity $197 AUD

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