European Delight

Paris, France
14 Days from $2,095 per person

Savor the flavors of France and Italy as you travel north from Rome, Florence and Venice through the rolling Tuscan countryside, Switzerland's Alpine landscape and the Burgundy wine region to Paris to see the Champs Élysées and Arc de Triomphe.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Welcome to Rome. Unwind after your journey. Meet later with your Travel Director and fellow travelers.
    hotel:Ergife Palace
  3. Your Local Specialist takes you on a fantastic sightseeing tour. Visit St. Peter's Basilica and admire Michelangelo's Renaissance masterpiece, the Pietà. Your guided tour continues across the Tiber where you view the mighty Colosseum, see Circus Maximus and the ancient sites of Rome. Spend time afterwards seeing more sights or shopping for souvenirs.
  4. Head north through the Chianti wine-producing region to the beautiful medieval city of Siena in Tuscany. Stroll through ancient cobbled streets to Piazza del Campo where the colorful Palio horse race takes place every year. Marvel at the striped marble cathedral and shop for attractive ceramic pottery. Arrive later in Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance and your home for the next two nights.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Hotel 500
  5. Florence is a treasure trove of art and history. Enjoy spectacular views from Piazzale Michelangelo, then spend time exploring the delights of this amazing city. Perhaps visit Piazza della Signoria featuring many statues and palazzos, and don't miss the Duomo or Giotto's Bell Tower. Florence is also renowned for high-quality leather goods and 18-carat gold.
  6. Cross the forested Apennines to the city of Bologna, home to one of the oldest universities in Europe and famous for sausages and salami. Your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist includes views of the Kissing Towers. Continue along the Brenta, across the Po Delta and into the Venice region.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Best Western Villa Pace Park Bolognese
  7. Admire the many sights of this Byzantine city as you cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square. See the Palladian Churches of the Redeemer and St. George, the ornate Doge's Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. Marvel at the Basilica and Campanile. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialties at a glassblowing workshop on Giudecca island. In your free time take an optional cruise across the lagoon to the Island of Burano for a delicious meal.
  8. Follow the Veneto plains to Verona and stop to see the Roman Arena and Juliet's Balcony. Pass Milan and head north to the Italian and Swiss Lake Districts via Como and Lugano. Drive along the scenic alpine St. Gotthard route through central Switzerland to the picturesque town of Lucerne.
    meal(s):BB, D
  9. Enjoy the sights of Lucerne during your orientation tour, including the 14th century wooden Chapel Bridge and a visit to the Lion Monument commemorating the heroism of the Swiss Guards during the French Revolution. In your free time, take an exhilarating mountain excursion, shop for Swiss watches and chocolate, or perhaps explore the flower-bedecked squares and fortified towers in the quaint old town.
    meal(s):BB, D
  10. Drive across the French border past Belfort and the remains of the Maginot Line and through the Burgundy wine region. View the sprawling vineyards that stretch across the hillsides. Arrive later in Paris, the City of Light. Tonight why not dine at a cozy Parisian bistro and finish with a dazzling tour of the city's illuminations?
    hotel:Mercure La Villette
  11. This morning enjoy views of the Eiffel Tower, Champs Élysées and Arc de Triomphe during your sightseeing tour. Spend free time exploring the banks of the Seine. This evening you might like to experience a world-famous cabaret show.
  12. Traverse northern France past World War I battlefields. Cross the English Channel to Dover where you see the famous White Cliffs. Later arrive in London.
    hotel:Hilton Olympia
  13. Spend a glorious day exploring London on your own. See the sights, visit a museum or go shopping – the list is endless and the choice is yours.
  14. Say goodbye to your traveling companions after a delightful European vacation. Transfers are available to purchase. Conditions apply.

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Definite Departure
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5 Apr 17 18 Apr 17 $2,095pp
$2,095 pp
12 Apr 17 25 Apr 17 $2,125pp
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19 Apr 17 2 May 17 $2,125pp
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26 Apr 17 9 May 17 $2,175pp
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3 May 17 16 May 17 $2,175pp
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10 May 17 23 May 17 $2,175pp
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17 May 17 30 May 17 $2,175pp
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24 May 17 6 Jun 17 $2,175pp
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31 May 17 13 Jun 17 $2,175pp
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7 Jun 17 20 Jun 17 checkmark $2,175pp
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14 Jun 17 27 Jun 17 $2,175pp
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21 Jun 17 4 Jul 17 $2,175pp
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28 Jun 17 11 Jul 17 checkmark $2,175pp
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5 Jul 17 18 Jul 17 $2,175pp
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12 Jul 17 25 Jul 17 $2,175pp
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19 Jul 17 1 Aug 17 $2,175pp
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26 Jul 17 8 Aug 17 $2,175pp
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2 Aug 17 15 Aug 17 $2,175pp
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9 Aug 17 22 Aug 17 $2,175pp
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16 Aug 17 29 Aug 17 $2,175pp
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23 Aug 17 5 Sep 17 $2,175pp
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30 Aug 17 12 Sep 17 $2,175pp
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6 Sep 17 19 Sep 17 $2,175pp
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13 Sep 17 26 Sep 17 $2,175pp
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20 Sep 17 3 Oct 17 $2,175pp
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27 Sep 17 10 Oct 17 $2,125pp
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4 Oct 17 17 Oct 17 $2,125pp
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11 Oct 17 24 Oct 17 $2,125pp
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Airport transfers: On arrival at Rome Fiumicino Airport transfers will operate at 9:30 am, 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $79 per person.

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Past Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the Land Only price of the vacation.

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Meal Summary

10 buffet breakfasts, 2 full breakfasts, 4 three course dinners.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Morning sightseeing with your Local Specialist. Visit St. Peter's Basilica. View the Colosseum and see the ancient sites
  • Visit the medieval city and view the Piazza del Campo
  • Panoramic views of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo
  • Sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist including the Kissing Towers
  • Cruise by private boat to St. Mark's Square. Visit a traditional glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island
  • View the Roman Arena and Juliet's Balcony
  • Orientation includes the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge
  • Sightseeing includes views of the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower
  • See the White Cliffs
  • U.S. citizens traveling to Europe must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering countries in the Schengen Area, and the UK.

  • The currency for most countries you will visit in Europe is the Euro (€).  Several exceptions apply including the Pound (£) in Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Swiss Franc (CHF) in Switzerland.

    While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • English specialties include fish and chips, Yorkshire pudding, sausages, stilton cheese, and scones with clotted cream. Culinary experiences to not to miss include a traditional pub meal, afternoon tea, and full English breakfast. 

    The French have an ongoing love affair with food and wine. Meals are lovingly prepared and consumed leisurely through a bevy of appetizers and main courses, usually accompanied by a number of wines. Boeuf bourgignon (beef stew with wine, herbs and vegetables), coq au vin (chicken cooked with bacon in a white wine and herb sauce) and bouillabaisse (fish stew) are featured on many menus. Cheese lovers will not be disappointed with hundreds of varieties to choose from.  And no visit would be complete without a visit to a pâtisserie, with its delicate pastries you will definitely be tempted.

    While Italy is most famous for pizza and pasta, few travelers are aware of just how varied the country’s culinary offering actually are. Traditionally, lunch (pranzo) is the most substantial meal of the day. A full meal consists of antipasto (starter), a primo piatto (pasta, rice or soup), a secondo piatto (meat or fish) with a side, or contorno (vegetable or salad), then frutta (fresh fruit). Finish with espresso and maybe a limoncello or grappa.  Wine is usually served with the meal, accompanied by mineral water.

    Swiss cuisine is a flavorful blend of German, Italian, and French influences and a wide variety of regional offerings.  Specialty dishes include fondue and raclette (cheese dipping dishes), sausages and rösti (fried potato), bündnerfleisch (air-dried beef) and fondue bourguigon (cubes of steak with various sauces). Swiss pastries and desserts are excellent. There are also spirits made from fruit; the most popular are Kirsch, Pflümli and Williamine. And don’t miss out on the world-class selection of Swiss chocolate.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. A few important items to bring include sturdy walking shoes and a waterproof jacket with a hood. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Tipping through-out Europe is less common or generous than it is in the United States.  Some countries will add a service charge of up to 15%, so be sure to check your bill before leaving extra.  In most places it is appropriate to leave a few euros or between 5% and 10% for exceptional service.  Keep in mind you will likely want to leave cash on the table to ensure your server receives it. 

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.


  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.


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