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EUROPEAN MASTERPIECE - 2017

Tour Code - 5270 29 days - LONDON to AMSTERDAM $5561 AUD

This comprehensive vacation takes in the best of Western, Central, and Southern Europe. Start with two nights in London, then cross the English Channel by Eurostar train bound for Paris (except where specified). Among the highlights: see the Champs-Elysées in Paris, French Châteaux Country, Plaza Catalunya in Barcelona, the glamorous French Riviera, Pisa’s Leaning Tower, Renaissance Florence’s Duomo, the Colosseum in Rome, and the Pompeii archaeological site. Enjoy an overnight ferry crossing to Greece and a visit to Athens’ Acropolis and Olympia. Return to Italy by ferry, first to the oldest state in the world, San Marino, then to romantic Venice with St. Mark’s Basilica and Square. Enjoy Vienna’s imperial city center, the majestic Swiss Alps, and Germany’s Rhineland. The vacation ends amidst the remarkable canals of Amsterdam.

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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 Tours, Bordeaux, Carcassonne, Arles, French Riviera, Pisa, Sorrento, Olympia, San Marino, Venice, Velden, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Liechtenstein, Lucerne; Rhine cruise.
  • SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS
    Chateaux Country, Bordeaux Wine Country, French and Italian Rivieras, Bay of Naples, Peloponnese, Lake Worth, Carinthia, Tyrolean Alps, Swiss Alps, Rhineland.
  • GUIDES
    Host service in London; Local Guides for city sightseeing in Paris, Barcelona, Florence, Pompeii, Rome, Athens, Vienna, Amsterdam; professional Tour Director while touring.
  • TRANSPORTATION
    Eurostar London-Paris; private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; two-berth cabins with private shower and toilet on overnight ferries Italy-Greece-Italy; canal transfer boat in Venice; Rhine cruise.
  • 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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11

Buffet breakfasts (B) daily
11 dinners (D), including a dinner at a local restaurant in Vienna.

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.
    Enjoy free time for independent activities: take a panoramic tour of London's famous landmarks, consider Madame Tussauds, or a ride on the London Eye. Your local host will be on hand to assist. (B)

  3. LONDON-PARIS, FRANCE.
    Transfer to the railway station and board the EUROSTAR TRAIN to Paris. Here, you'll be met by your Tour Director and transferred to your overnight hotel. (B)

  4. PARIS.
    Get to know Paris with a local expert and see many of the best-known Parisian sites: La Sorbonne, Arc de Triomphe, Opera, Madeleine, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Pyramid, the Invalides, and Champs Elysees. (B)

  5. PARIS-CHATEAUX COUNTRY-TOURS- BORDEAUX.
    Travel along the Loire River past the castles of Chaumont and Amboise to stop in Tours. Continue to Poitiers, beautifully situated on a rocky plateau, then south to Saintes, through the Grande Champagne wine-growing area, and to Bordeaux on the banks of the Garonne. (B,D)

  6. BORDEAUX-CARCASSONNE- BARCELONA, SPAIN
    From the vineyards of the Gironde and the Garonne, travel to Carcassonne in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Stop and admire what is perhaps the best-preserved medieval fortified town in Europe. Later, reach the Spanish border and carry on through Catalonia. Once across the Ter River, you'll soon be in Barcelona. (B,D)

  7. BARCELONA.
    This morning's sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a drive around Montjuic to see the Olympic Stadium and a panoramic view of the port and city. Continue to the city centre to Plaza Catalunya and Paseo de Gracia to admire the greatness and eccentricity of Gaudi's architectural masterpieces in the Houses Batllo and Mila and the Sagrada Familia (entrance fees not included). (B)

  8. BARCELONA-ARLES, FRANCE-FRENCH RIVIERA.
    Return to France, then into the vine-covered region of the Herault for a stop in provencial Arles. Head across the Rhone towards the Mediterranean shores to the French Riviera. (B)

  9. FRENCH RIVIERA-EZE-PISA, ITALY- FLORENCE.
    Today, travel along the high coastal road to visit a PERFUME WORKSHOP in Eze. The day is highlighted by the drive along the French and Italian Rivieras and into hilly Tuscany. Visit Pisa to see the Leaning Tower and the SQUARE OF MIRACLES. (B,D)

  10. FLORENCE-SORRENTO.
    Don't miss the guided walking tour of Florence, "Cradle of the Renaissance," featuring most of the city highlights. Leave Florence, and travel south on the Autostrada del Sole through the sunlit valleys of Tuscany to Sorrento. (B)

  11. SORRENTO.
    Enjoy a day at leisure, or an optional excursion to the legendary island of Capri. The island is surrounded by a rocky coastline, where the crashing sea has formed awe-inspiring caves. The town, with its pretty piazzetta, maze of streets, fashionable boutiques, and cosy restaurants, is a mecca for the jet set. (B,D)

  12. SORRENTO-POMPEII-ROME.
    Today, travel north, with the Vesuvius volcano in the distance. Then, to Pompeii, where time stopped in 79 AD, when the Vesuvius eruption totally destroyed it. On the included visit to the ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE, see the remains of luxurious villas, temples, theatre, and forum. Later, head towards Rome, Italy's capital. (B)

  13. 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, followed by a visit to the COLOSSEUM and ROMAN FORUM. (B)

  14. ROME-OVERNIGHT FERRY CROSSING TO PATRAS,GREECE.
    Leave Rome and drive across the verdant Apennine Hills towards the coast to embark on the OVERNIGHT FERRY to Greece. (B)

  15. PATRAS-OLYMPIA.
    Enjoy some daylight cruising towards the Greek coast before reaching Patras. Then, drive to Olympia for an overnight in the Peloponnese. (B,D)

  16. OLYMPIA-ATHENS.
    Today, join the optional sightseeing tour and learn more about the history of the original Olympic Games, when athletes competed with each other to honour the king of deities. Then, motor into the mountains of Arcadia and over the Corinth Canal to Athens, capital of Greece. Time later for an evening in the lively Plaka area. (B)

  17. ATHENS.
    A full day to explore the shops and museums or to join the optional full-day cruise to discover some of the incredible Aegean islands. (B)

  18. ATHENS-PATRAS-OVERNIGHT FERRY CROSSING TO ITALY.
    Enjoy guided morning sightseeing, which features the highlights of this ancient capital and a visit to the fascinating ACROPOLIS. Later, leave Athens and journey to Patras to embark on the FERRY for the Ionian Sea crossing back to Italy. (B)

  19. SAN MARINO.
    Disembark, then proceed north for an overnight in San Marino, one of the world's smallest and most ancient states, perched on Monte Titano. (B,D)

  20. SAN MARINO-VENICE AREA.
    Take a short walk through the main gate and up to Government House in the very heart of this tiny ancient republic. Later, travel along the Adriatic coastline through the Po Delta towards the Venice area. (B)

  21. VENICE AREA.
    The included orientation starts with a BOAT RIDE to St. Mark's Square and is followed by some time at leisure to absorb the atmosphere of this unique city. Then, visit a GLASSBLOWING WORKSHOP. Don't miss the optional gondola trip. (B,D)

  22. VENICE AREA-VELDEN, AUSTRIA-VIENNA.
    Leave the flat and fertile plains and journey into Austria's grand mountain and lake scenery. Stop in Velden on Lake Worth, then northwards through the Styrian landscape to Vienna. This evening, enjoy a special dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

  23. VIENNA.
    There's so much to see on your included sightseeing tour: the State Opera, Parliament, and the Town Hall. Stop for a stroll in Heroes' Square to view the majestic Hofburg, former residence of the Habsburg royal family. (B)

  24. VIENNA-SALZBURG-INNSBRUCK AREA.
    Travel along the Danube, and on to the alpine landscapes to Mozart's Salzburg. Stroll down the charming Getreidegasse, the town's elegant main shopping street. Views of mountain peaks and alpine villages bring you into the very heart of the Tyrol to its capital, Innsbruck. (B,D)

  25. INNSBRUCK AREA-LIECHTENSTEIN- LUCERNE AREA, SWITZERLAND.
    Get acquainted with Innsbruck on the orientation tour that includes the famous GOLDEN ROOF. Later, drive through the valleys and villages of the mountainous Tyrol to the Arlberg tunnel into Switzerland. Stop briefly in Vaduz, Liechtenstein's capital, before heading for the Lucerne area. (B)

  26. LUCERNE.
    Sightseeing in one of Switzerland's finest cities takes in the impressive city walls, CHAPEL BRIDGE, ornate patrician houses lining cobblestone streets, and the LION MONUMENT. A selection of optional activities completes the day: a cruise on the fjord-like lake or an excursion to the top of one of the most beautiful mountains. (B,D)

  27. LUCERNE AREA-RHINE CRUISE- RHINELAND, GERMANY.
    More of Switzerland and its quaint little villages, farms, and chalets before crossing into Germany to the shores of the Rhine. Today's highlight is the included RHINE CRUISE past the legendary Lorelei rock, hilltop castles, terraced vineyards, and half-timbered villages. Overnight in the Rhineland. (B,D)

  28. RHINELAND-AMSTERDAM AREA, HOLLAND.
    North today, first through the industrial Ruhr and then into the canal criss-crossed countryside of Holland to Amsterdam. Enjoy a CANAL CRUISE to see the city from water level, then watch the cutting and polishing of precious stones at a famous DIAMOND CENTRE. Later, sightseeing includes an orientation drive with a Local Guide. (B)

  29. AMSTERDAM AREA.
    Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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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 AMSTERDAM 01 Nov 2017 31 Dec 2017 $129 AUD $69 AUD $68 AUD
POST AMSTERDAM 01 Oct 2017 31 Oct 2017 $147 AUD $83 AUD $84 AUD
POST AMSTERDAM 01 Sep 2017 30 Sep 2017 $166 AUD $92 AUD $92 AUD
POST AMSTERDAM 01 Jun 2017 31 Aug 2017 $147 AUD $83 AUD $84 AUD
POST AMSTERDAM 28 May 2017 31 May 2017 $166 AUD $92 AUD $92 AUD
POST AMSTERDAM 26 May 2017 27 May 2017 $205 AUD $112 AUD $106 AUD
POST AMSTERDAM 25 Apr 2017 25 May 2017 $166 AUD $92 AUD $92 AUD
POST AMSTERDAM 22 Apr 2017 24 Apr 2017 $272 AUD $150 AUD $140 AUD
POST AMSTERDAM 01 Jan 2017 21 Apr 2017 $129 AUD $69 AUD $68 AUD
Charge Type Name Price
OPTIONAL Gratuity $332 AUD
OPTIONAL Gratuity $280 AUD

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