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THE GRAND EUROPEAN - 2017

Tour Code - 5210 23 days - LONDON to PARIS $4487 AUD

This extensive vacation stretches through Central Europe from London to Rome, then along the Mediterranean to Spain and France to reach Paris. Begin with two overnights in London to explore at your own pace, then ferry across the English Channel and drive to Amsterdam. From Holland, you will cross Germany into Switzerland, admiring awe-inspiring Alpine scenery along the way. Your next focus will be Italy, a country rich in natural and artistic treasures—so much so that Italy has the highest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, some of which you will be visiting: the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi, the historical city centers of Rome, Florence, Verona, the Piazza del Duomo in Pisa, Vatican City, and Venice and its lagoon. Italy also means good food and wine, the “dolce vita,” fashion, and style. Just as interesting for arts, culture, food, fashion, style, glitz, and glam is France, and on this tour you will spend time on the French Riviera, in Avignon, and Carcassonne, then jump into Spain with its colorful main cities, lively Barcelona and monumental Madrid as well as historic Burgos. Return to France to visit Bordeaux, the Loire Valley, Orleans, and, last but not least, Paris, the Ville Lumière, where the tour ends.

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, Assisi, Pisa, Avignon, Carcassonne, Burgos, Bilbao, Bordeaux, Amboise.
  • SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS
    Rhineland, Swiss Alps, Italian Appennnines, French Riviera, Pyrenees, Costa Brava, Basque Country, Cognac region, Chateaux Country.
  • GUIDES
    Host service in London; Local Guides for city sightseeing in Amsterdam, Rome, Florence, Barcelona, Madrid, Paris; professional Tour Director while touring.
  • TRANSPORTATION
    Private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; cross-Channel ferry; canal transfer boat in Venice.
  • 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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8

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

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 a CANAL CRUISE to see the city from water level, then watch the cutting and polishing of precious stones at a DIAMOND CENTRE in Amsterdam. Later, sightseeing with a Local Guide points out the city highlights. In the afternoon, travel southward to the Rhineland area. (B,D)

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

  6. LUCERNE.
    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. Your visit takes in the impressive city walls, CHAPEL BRIDGE, ornate patrician houses lining cobblestone streets, and the LION MONUMENT-a masterful stone sculpture in honour of the heroic Swiss Guard of Louis XVI. A grand selection of optional activities completes the day: a cruise on the fjord-like lake or a cable-car ride to the 3,048-metre (10,000-foot) summit of Mount Titlis. (B)

  7. LUCERNE AREA-LUGANO-VERONA, ITALY-VENICE AREA.
    More wonderful alpine scenery as you drive into the mountain ranges that surround massive St. Gotthard into 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, and palaces. The included orientation starts with a BOAT RIDE to St. Mark's Square and is followed by some time at leisure 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 through the gentle Umbrian hills to Assisi, where St. Francis was born in 1182. 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, followed by a visit to the ROMAN FORUM and the mighty COLOSSEUM. (B)

  11. ROME-PISA-FLORENCE.
    Vistas of rolling hills, rows of cypress trees, terraced vineyards, olive groves, and rural villages form the backdrop of your journey through beautiful Tuscany. Take a break in Pisa to see the SQUARE OF MIRACLES and the amazing Leaning Tower, then on to Florence. (B)

  12. FLORENCE.
    This Renaissance gem and city of the Medicis will keep you enthralled for a whole day. Vehicles are banned in part of the historic centre, so visitors can wander at leisure and admire the city's timeless beauty. Don't miss out on the included walking tour with a Local Guide that features most of the city highlights. You will see Piazza Santa Croce; beautiful Piazza Signoria; Palazzo Vecchio; Loggia dei Lanzi; and, to top it all, Piazza del Duomo and its cathedral with the Giotto Campanile, and the magnificent East Door of the Baptistry, known as the "Gate of Paradise." Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

  13. FLORENCE-ITALIAN RIVIERA-EZE, FRANCE-FRENCH RIVIERA.
    Journey northwest, with views of the Italian Riviera. Continue to France for a visit to a PERFUME WORKSHOP in Eze before travelling along the celebrated Cote d'Azur. An optional Monte Carlo by Night excursion with dinner is available. (B)

  14. FRENCH RIVIERA-AVIGNON-CARCASSONNE.
    Today's journey will take you through some of France's loveliest scenery, sun-drenched landscapes right out of Van Gogh's paintings, on the way through Provence. Stop for a visit in historic Avignon. Continue westwards to the impressive walled city of Carcassonne. (B,D)

  15. CARCASSONNE-BARCELONA, SPAIN.
    Enjoy a visit of this almost-untouched piece of medieval fortified architecture, still standing in all its walled glory with drawbridges, towers, battlements, watch turrets, ramparts, and even arrow-slits to repel the enemy. Later, cross the border into Spain and arrive in Barcelona. (B)

  16. 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. The drive continues 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)

  17. BARCELONA-MADRID.
    See more of Catalonia as you drive northwest via Saragossa through the very heart of New Castile for two overnights in Spain's capital, Madrid. (B)

  18. MADRID.
    Not only because it's the capital of Spain, but also because it is situated 665 metres (2,180 feet) above sea level, the Spaniards say Madrid is the nearest thing to Heaven. Enjoy the main highlights on the included sightseeing excursion. The optional trip to Toledo is rewarding, too. The splendid setting is like a great open-air museum of Spanish history and art. (B,D)

  19. MADRID-BURGOS-BILBAO.
    Climb Somosierra Pass, the boundary between Old and New Castile, before stopping in Burgos to visit the beautiful gothic cathedral. On through Basque Country to Bilbao, now famous for four contemporary architects: Norman Foster, Santiago Calatrava, Cesar Pelli, and Frank Gehry. (B,D)

  20. BILBAO-BORDEAUX, FRANCE-POITIERS.
    A change of scenery as you travel into France across Gascony for an orientation of Bordeaux, the wine capital of France. On through the Cognac area to Poitiers, of Black Prince fame. (B,D)

  21. POITIERS-CHATEAUX COUNTRY-AMBOISE-PARIS.
    Leave the "Town of a Hundred Bell Towers" for a scenic journey along the Loire. Stop in Amboise and see its castle before reaching Paris in time to enjoy an optional excursion. (B)

  22. PARIS.
    One full day to explore the city that's known throughout the world for its fashions, art and museums, delicious food, and joie de vivre. Included sightseeing with a local expert shows off many of the best-known Parisian sights: La Sorbonne, Arc de Triomphe, Opera, Madeleine, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Pyramid, the Invalides, and Champs Elysees. Optional excursions are also available to the Palace and Gardens of Versailles. (B)

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

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07 Jun 2017 29 Jun 2017 $4745 AUD $6328 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Book Now Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
28 Jun 2017 20 Jul 2017 $4636 AUD $6219 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Book Now Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
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19 Jul 2017 10 Aug 2017 $4636 AUD $6219 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Book Now Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
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09 Aug 2017 31 Aug 2017 $4636 AUD $6219 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Book Now Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
30 Aug 2017 21 Sep 2017 $4731 AUD $6314 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Book Now Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
Start Date End Date Twin Share Single Hotels Excursions Availability
20 Sep 2017 12 Oct 2017 $4731 AUD $6314 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Book Now Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
27 Sep 2017 19 Oct 2017 $4609 AUD $6192 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Please Call Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
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04 Oct 2017 26 Oct 2017 $4609 AUD $6192 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Book Now Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
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10 Dec 2017 01 Jan 2018 $4487 AUD $6070 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
POST PARIS 30 Dec 2017 31 Dec 2017 $268 AUD $137 AUD $137 AUD
POST PARIS 20 Oct 2017 05 Nov 2017 $148 AUD $78 AUD $78 AUD
POST PARIS 15 Sep 2017 19 Oct 2017 $166 AUD $87 AUD $87 AUD
POST PARIS 11 Sep 2017 14 Sep 2017 $268 AUD $137 AUD $137 AUD
POST PARIS 04 Sep 2017 10 Sep 2017 $166 AUD $87 AUD $87 AUD
POST PARIS 28 Aug 2017 03 Sep 2017 $148 AUD $78 AUD $78 AUD
POST PARIS 10 Jul 2017 27 Aug 2017 $148 AUD $78 AUD $78 AUD
POST PARIS 16 Jun 2017 09 Jul 2017 $166 AUD $87 AUD $87 AUD
POST PARIS 15 Jun 2017 15 Jun 2017 $268 AUD $137 AUD $137 AUD
POST PARIS 08 May 2017 11 Jun 2017 $166 AUD $87 AUD $87 AUD
Charge Type Name Price
OPTIONAL Gratuity $258 AUD

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