European Splendor

St. Peter's, Rome
14 Days from $2,876 per person

From Michelangelo to Shakespeare, Europe's greatest works are on display as you trace the footsteps of illustrious visionaries. 

Shed a tear for Juliet in Verona, marvel at the Pietà and sweep your eyes over panoramic views from ‘la tour Eiffel' as you explore the highlights of Rome, Florence, Venice, Lucerne and Paris with a few masterpieces in between.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City. Relax after your journey. In the evening enjoy an orientation drive where you see some of the major sites before enjoying a Welcome Reception with your fellow travelers and Travel Director.
    hotel:Executive Style
  3. Your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist includes a visit to St. Peter's Basilica. Here you will see the Pietà sculpture, one of Michelangelo's masterpieces. View the ancient sites in Rome including the mighty Colosseum and Circus Maximus. Later spend time exploring on your own.
  4. Drive north into Tuscany. Explore Siena, a beautiful medieval town with ancient cobbled streets. View the Piazza del Campo, where the Palio horse race is held each year, and the cathedral. Shop for souvenirs including attractive pottery. Later arrive in Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance, where you stay for the next two nights. This evening enjoy a Regional Meal at a Florentine trattoria.
    meal(s):BB, RM
    hotel:Cosmopolitan Concept
  5. Your Local Specialist provides excellent historical commentary during your guided walking tour, which includes views of the marble Duomo and a visit to Piazza della Signoria. View the Ponte Vecchio bridge, a spectacular feat of engineering dating from the Middle Ages. Admire panoramic views of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo. Spend free time exploring museums or shop for high quality leather and gold.
  6. Start your day with a visit to Pisa where you will view the Leaning Tower, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cross the Apennine hills and the flat plains of the Veneto region to Venice, a Byzantine city constructed in a lagoon, with an incredibly rich cultural and artistic heritage. This evening you might like to take a gondola ride along enchanting canals - it's the perfect introduction to this magical city. Dine tonight at your hotel.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:NH Laguna Palace
  7. Venice is a magnificent city. Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square with commentary from your Travel Director. View the Palladian Churches of the Redeemer and St. George, the Doge's Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. Admire the Basilica and the Campanile. Enjoy a Cultural Insight into the Venetian tradition of glass making on Giudecca Island. Enjoy free time or take an Optional Experience cruise across the lagoon to the island of Burano where you will enjoy a delicious traditional meal.
  8. This morning travel across the Veneto plains to the picturesque Italian Lake District. Stop in Como and enjoy free time for lunch. Marvel at the picturesque alpine scenery as you pass Lugano and travel along the St. Gotthard route into central Switzerland, arriving later in Lucerne.
    hotel:Kastanienbaum Swiss Quality Seehotel
  9. Visit the poignant Lion Monument, commemorating the heroism of the Swiss Guards during the French Revolution. See the wooden Chapel Bridge on your orientation of Lucerne. The rest of the day is yours to explore. Don't miss the opportunity to take an exciting Optional Experience to one of the surrounding mountains with breathtaking views. Later there is time to shop for Swiss souvenirs including watches and chocolate.
    meal(s):BB, D
  10. Cross the French border past Belfort and the remains of the Maginot Line. Enjoy the scenery as you travel through the heart of the Burgundy wine producing region on the way to Paris. This evening consider going to one of the city's most famous cabaret shows.
    hotel:Melia La Defense
  11. Admire the city sights with your Local Specialist during your morning guided tour. Drive along the Champs Élysées and see the Place de la Concorde. Enjoy panoramic views of the beautiful Paris skyline from the second level of the Eiffel Tower. This evening celebrate the end of your European adventure with your Travel Director and fellow travelers at a Farewell Dinner.
    meal(s):BB, FD
  12. Travel north through France past the First World War battlefields to Calais. Cross the Channel to Dover and see the famous White Cliffs. Later arrive in London.
    hotel:Park Plaza County Hall
  13. See all the major sights in the capital this morning with your Local Specialist, including views of Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. Afterwards, spend free time exploring some of the many attractions or shop in the West End and Knightsbridge.
  14. Say goodbye to your companions in London at the end of a memorable vacation. Transfers are available to purchase. Conditions apply.

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We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

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Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips

Meal Summary

12 nights, 12 hot buffet breakfasts, 5 dinners, On-trip transport.

Included Highlights

Cultural Insight

  • Witness the exquisite craft of glassblowing on Giudecca Island, a delicate tradition that generations of Venetian craftsmen have perfected over the centuries

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Rome, Florence, Paris and London

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Rome, Florence, Paris, London
  • Orientation of Siena, Pisa, Venice, Lucerne
  • Visit St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, the Eiffel Tower in Paris
  • View the ancient sites of Rome, Piazza del Campo in Siena, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, scenic Lake Como, the Lion Monument in Lucerne, spectacular Alpine scenery of Switzerland, the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, the White Cliffs of Dover
  • See the Colosseum in Rome, Vineyards of Burgundy, the Somme Battlefields in France
Definite Departure
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5 Apr 17 18 Apr 17 $3,295$2,966pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,295 $2,966 pp
12 Apr 17 25 Apr 17 $3,295$2,966pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,295 $2,966 pp
19 Apr 17 2 May 17 $3,295$2,966pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,295 $2,966 pp
3 May 17 16 May 17 $3,395$3,056pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,395 $3,056 pp
10 May 17 23 May 17 $3,395$3,056pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,395 $3,056 pp
17 May 17 30 May 17 checkmark $3,395$3,056pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,395 $3,056 pp
24 May 17 6 Jun 17 $3,395$3,056pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,395 $3,056 pp
31 May 17 13 Jun 17 $3,395$3,056pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,395 $3,056 pp
7 Jun 17 20 Jun 17 $3,395$3,056pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,395 $3,056 pp
14 Jun 17 27 Jun 17 $3,395$3,056pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,395 $3,056 pp
21 Jun 17 4 Jul 17 $3,395$3,056pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,395 $3,056 pp
28 Jun 17 11 Jul 17 $3,350$3,015pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,350 $3,015 pp
5 Jul 17 18 Jul 17 checkmark $3,275$2,948pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,275 $2,948 pp
12 Jul 17 25 Jul 17 $3,250$2,925pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,250 $2,925 pp
19 Jul 17 1 Aug 17 $3,195$2,876pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,195 $2,876 pp
26 Jul 17 8 Aug 17 $3,195$2,876pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,195 $2,876 pp
2 Aug 17 15 Aug 17 $3,195$2,876pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,195 $2,876 pp
9 Aug 17 22 Aug 17 $3,195$2,876pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,195 $2,876 pp
16 Aug 17 29 Aug 17 $3,195$2,876pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,195 $2,876 pp
23 Aug 17 5 Sep 17 $3,195$2,876pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,195 $2,876 pp
30 Aug 17 12 Sep 17 $3,350$3,015pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,350 $3,015 pp
6 Sep 17 19 Sep 17 $3,395$3,056pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,395 $3,056 pp
13 Sep 17 26 Sep 17 checkmark $3,395$3,056pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,395 $3,056 pp
20 Sep 17 3 Oct 17 $3,395$3,056pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,395 $3,056 pp
27 Sep 17 10 Oct 17 $3,350$3,015pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,350 $3,015 pp
4 Oct 17 17 Oct 17 $3,350$3,015pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,350 $3,015 pp
11 Oct 17 24 Oct 17 $3,350$3,015pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,350 $3,015 pp

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $920 p.p.

Triple Discount: $100 p.p.

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

Airport transfers: On arrival to 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.

Cruise Connection: This trip starts or ends in a p.p.lar cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with a more in-depth guided vacation in Europe.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

    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.

    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 currency for most countries you will visit in Europe is the Euro (€).  Several exceptions apply including the Pound (£) in Great Britain, Scotland 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.


  • 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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