London to Rome Highlights

The Colosseum
11 Days from $1,675 per person

Europe's romantic capitals and extraordinary cultural highlights are the highlights of this jaunt through Western Europe, exploring the majestic monuments of Paris, the lush Burgundy region, beautiful Lake Lucerne and the Italian cultural centers of Venice, Florence and Rome.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Relax after check-in or stroll through London and soak up the unique atmosphere. See the sights, visit a museum or go shopping – the list is endless and the choice is yours.
    hotel:Hilton Olympia
  3. Spend today exploring London on your own. See all the sights – from Buckingham Palace to Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Trafalgar Square, the city is brimming with instantly recognizable attractions. Visit museums and galleries, wander through Royal Parks or take the ride of your life on the London Eye. The choice is yours.
  4. This morning meet your Travel Director and traveling companions to board your Trafalgar coach and set off from London. See the White Cliffs of Dover as you cross by ferry to Calais in France. Travel past the Somme battlefields in northern France to the glittering capital Paris, your home for the next two nights. Consider a cruise along the Seine in a glass-topped boat.
    hotel:Mercure La Defense 5
  5. Your morning guided sightseeing tour includes views of the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. Spend the afternoon as you wish. You might like to round off your Parisian adventure with a spectacular cabaret show.
  6. Today drive through the Burgundy region where vineyards stretch as far as the eye can see. Pass the fortified town of Belfort to lakeside Lucerne with views of the 14th century Chapel Bridge and a visit to the Lion Monument during your orientation tour. Dine tonight at your hotel.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Krone Giswil/Burestadl
  7. Traverse the Alps into Italy via the scenic St. Gotthard route and catch a glimpse of Lake Como. Skirt the sprawling commercial capital, Milan, arriving later in the region of Venice, a historically wealthy city built across 118 islands in a marshy lagoon.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Il Burchiello
  8. Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square and see the sumptuous Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialties at a glassblowing workshop. Afterwards you might like to take an Optional Experience to Burano Island for a delightful lunch. Cross the Apennine Mountains, arriving later in Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Starhotels Vespucci
  9. See the sights during your orientation tour of Florence which includes a stroll to Santa Croce Square. Don't miss the opportunity to shop for high-quality leather and gold before departing for Rome.
    hotel:Ergife Palace
  10. Your Local Specialist takes you on a guided visit of St. Peter's Basilica, believed to enclose the tomb of St. Peter. Your fascinating guided sightseeing tour continues across the River Tiber to view the Colosseum and see the ancient sites of Rome. Spend free time afterwards exploring on your own. Shop in smart boutiques on the Via Ottaviano or throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain.
  11. After breakfast, say ‘arrivederci' to Rome and your fellow travelers at the end of a dream vacation. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

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Meal Summary

2 full breakfasts, 7 buffet breakfasts, 3 three course dinners.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • See the White Cliffs
  • Sightseeing includes views of the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower
  • Orientation includes views of the Chapel Bridge and a visit to the Lion Monument
  • Cruise by private boat to St. Mark's Square. Visit a traditional glassblowing workshop
  • See Piazza St. Croce
  • Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes views of the Colosseum, see the ancient sites and visit St. Peter's Basilica
Definite Departure
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30 Mar 17 9 Apr 17 checkmark $1,675pp
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6 Apr 17 16 Apr 17 $1,695pp
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13 Apr 17 23 Apr 17 $1,695pp
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11 May 17 21 May 17 checkmark $1,750pp
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12 Oct 17 22 Oct 17 $1,750pp
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19 Oct 17 29 Oct 17 $1,750pp
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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.

Single Room Supplement: from $440.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $115 per person.

Airport transfers: Transfers on the last travel day to Rome Fiumicino Airport will operate at 7 am and 9:30 am.

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  • 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, or 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 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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