Europe in Depth with Extended Stay in London
For those who come to Europe once in a lifetime and wish to see the maximum, from London to Vienna to Rome to Madrid and Paris, this is THE vacation to explore the European continent. Visit many of the famous cities and sights in Europe, with two-night stays in London, Lucerne, Vienna, Venice, Sorrento, Rome, Nice, Barcelona, Madrid, and Paris. Then there’s the high-speed Eurostar train ride from London to Brussels; a canal cruise in Amsterdam; a romantic Rhine cruise; the Black Forest; the Rhine Falls; Liechtenstein; Innsbruck; a special dinner at a local farm and a walking tour with a Local Guide in Salzburg; Vienna, to see the unusual Hundertwasserhaus; Zagreb, with a stop in Kumrovec, to visit the Ethnological Museum Staro Selo with an included dinner; an overnight stay in Ljubljana, Slovenia; a private boat transfer in Venice; an overnight in St. Francis’ Assisi; the Leaning Tower of Pisa; the artist town of St. Paul de Vence; Arles; Bilbao with a visit to the Guggenheim Museum; and overnight stays in Biarritz and Bordeaux. From there you’ll take the high-speed TGV train to Paris. Sightseeing in all major cities includes the main sights, as well as highlight features such as the Doges’ Palace in Venice; the Colosseum, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s in Rome; Signoria Square in Florence; the Prado Museum in Madrid; and a ride up to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. More highlights are a scenic drive along the world-renowned Amalfi Coast to Positano where you can taste the local limoncello liqueur, and in Madrid, a traditional paella dinner. You’ll see all the European continental coasts: the English Channel, the North Sea, the Italian and French Rivieras, and the Bay of Biscay. Hardly any travel company has created a vacation that offers so much. From Paris travel by Eurostar train to London, where you enjoy one night and Host service.
LONDON Guided sightseeing, visit St. Paul’s CathedralLONDON–BRUSSELS By high-speed Eurostar trainBRUSSELS Visit Grand’Place; welcome dinnerAMSTERDAM Canal cruise; diamond centerRHINE Cruise Heidelberg Take pictures of the castleBLACK FOREST Hear about the art of woodcarving Rhine FallsLUCERNEWalking tour including the Lion Monument and Chapel BridgeVADUZ Visit the capital of LiechtensteinINNSBRUCK Walk to the Golden Roof SALZBURG [LF] A special dinner with wine at a farmhouse; guided walking tour, visit Mirabell Gardens and St. Peter’s Churchyard Vienna Guided sightseeing, admire the unusual [LF] HundertwasserhausKUMROVEC [LF] Visit the Staro Selo Ethnological Museum and enjoy dinner with local specialties ZAGREB Guided sightseeing; visit the cathedral LJUBLJANA Guided sightseeing, visit St. Nicholas’ CathedralVENICE Private boat ride; guided walking tour, visit St. Mark’s Square & Basilica, Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs; glassblower demonstration ASSISI Visit St. Francis’ Basilica SORRENTO Excursion along the Amalfi Coast to Positano, [LF] taste a glass of Limoncello; excursion to Capri, including jetfoil boatride, funicular ride, and guided sightseeing POMPEII Guided walking tour of the excavations ROME Guided sightseeing, visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, the Colosseum and Roman Forum Florence Guided walking tour, visit Signoria Square; see Ponte Vecchio Pisa Marvel at the legendary Leaning TowerÈZE Visit a perfume factory Nice Excursion to St. Paul de Vence Arles Walk to the Roman AmphitheaterBARCELONA Guided sightseeing, visit the gothic quarter; take pictures of the Sagrada Familia Basilica MADRID Guided sightseeing, visit the Prado Museum; [LF] a special paella dinner with wine Bilbao Visit the Guggenheim Museum Biarritz OrientationBORDEAUX Orientation drive Bordeaux–Paris By high-speed TGV train (first-class) PARIS Guided sightseeing, ascend the Eiffel Tower, farewell dinner with wine at a local restaurant and an illumination drivePARIS-LONDON By high-speed Eurostar TrainHeadsets throughout the tour
LONDON Hilton London Metropole (SF)BRUSSELS Radisson Blu Royal (D)AMSTERDAM Novotel Amsterdam City (F)RHINELAND Holiday Inn (F) at HeidelbergLUCERNE Royal (F) or Ameron Flora (F)SALZBURG Crowne Plaza The Pitter (SF)VIENNA Hilton Vienna Danube (SF)ZAGREB The Westin Zagreb (SF)LJUBLJANA Austria Trend Ljubljana (F)VENICE Delfino (F) at MestreASSISI Roseo Hotel Assisi (F)SORRENTO Conca Park (F)ROME Crowne Plaza St. Peter’s (SF)TUSCANY Francia e Quirinale (F) at MontecatiniNICE NH Nice (F)BARCELONA Alexandra (F)MADRID Husa Princesa (SF)BIARRITZ Radisson Blu (SF)BORDEAUX Mercure Château Chartrons (F)PARIS Radisson Blu Boulogne (SF)LONDON Hilton London Metropole (SF)
Full buffet breakfast (B); 15 three-course dinners (D), including a welcome dinner in Brussels, special dinners in Salzburg and Madrid, and a farewell dinner in Paris
NOTES:In the rare event that the Eurostar train or the TGV train is unavailable, alternative services will be provided.December 14 Departure–Christmas Eve in Venice, New Year’s Eve in Tuscany
High-speed Eurostar train; motorcoach free Wi-Fi; canal cruise in Amsterdam; Rhine River cruise; private boat ride in Venice; jetfoil and funicular in Capri; high-speed TGV train (first-class)