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European Accent

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16 Days from $2,350 per person

Countries Visited

Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, France ...more Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, France

Locations Visited

Amsterdam, Schaffhausen, Rhine Falls, Lucerne, Venice, Rome, Florence, Pisa, Monaco, Cannes, Avignon, Lyon, Versailles, Paris ...more Amsterdam, Schaffhausen, Rhine Falls, Lucerne, Venice, Rome, Florence, Pisa, Monaco, Cannes, Avignon, Lyon, Versailles, Paris
  1. Day 1 Arrive London (2 Nights)

    Begin your epic journey across Europe on the busy streets of London. After check-in, you have the rest of the day to get acquainted with Britain's multicultural capital on your terms. That may mean pounding the pavements on Oxford and Carnaby streets or exploring millennia of art and culture, the history of the British Empire and the wonders of the natural world at one of the city's celebrated museums.

    hotel Holiday Inn Kensington Forum/Ibis Earls Court
  2. Day 2 London Free Day

    If you didn't get to all the sights yesterday, never fear. You have a full free day to tick all your boxes and more as you venture through London on your own. You could choose to take a leisurely stroll along the Thames, board the London Eye for panoramic views or relax in one of the royal parks in preparation for your epic adventure across Europe.

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 London – Amsterdam (1 Night)

    This morning meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers as you board your coach leaving London behind. You'll head through the pretty Kent countryside and cross by ferry to Calais. Continue by coach through the plains of Belgium to the Netherlands. Its historic, yet edgy capital, oozes gezelligheid with its leafy canals and gabled 17th-century façades. Enjoy an orientation before boarding an optional canal cruise in a glass-topped boat. This Optional Experience is a mesmerising way to see this old-world capital and its iconic sights.

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    hotel Ibis Schiphol
  4. Day 4 Amsterdam – Rhine Cruise – Rhineland (1 Night)

    Keep your cameras at the ready as you head east into the lush landscapes of Germany. You'd be forgiven for wanting to jump ship and stay forever as you cruise down the Rhine River, passing medieval villages on its shores, steep vineyards and storybook castles. The Rhine Valley has enchanted painters and writers for centuries. See it in all its glory as you board a leisurely river cruise, winding your way through romantic Rhineland landscapes.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Achat Plaza Karlsruhe
  5. Day 5 Rhineland – Lucerne Region (1 Night)

    Slice through the heart of Switzerland bound for Lucerne on your very own 'Grand Tour' of Europe. Take a step back in time when you join your Travel Director for an orientation tour, exploring the Old Town, the ancient wooden Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument. The mournful, mortally wounded lion hewn from rock commemorates the sacrifice made by the Swiss Guard who died defending Louis XVI during the French Revolution. You'll have some time to explore the city your way, perhaps with some retail therapy. You could choose to ascend to the alpine heavens instead, joining an optional scenic cruise across Lake Lucerne to Stans, then travelling by railway and cable car up into the mountains for exhilarating mountain views.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Krone Giswil
  6. Day 6 Lucerne Region – Venice (2 Nights)

    Touch the sky when you follow the St. Gotthard highway, winding past epic mountain scenery south to Chiasso, on the border of Italy. Cross the border and continue past Italy's enchanting Lake District and the Veneto Plains to the Queen of the Adriatic, Venice. You'll have some time to explore on your own or perhaps admire the beauty of Venice from its labyrinthine network of canals. Join an Optional Experience cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal and board a gondola, watching life unfold along the city's narrow calle and enchanting waterways.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Burchiello
  7. Day 7 Venice Orientation and Free Time

    Watch talented master craftsmen at work engaged in the same craft as their ancestors from centuries ago when you visit Giudecca Island. Witness them crafting the beautiful glass creations that are characteristic of Venice. Then cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square. All the main attractions are within walking distance of the Piazza so you'll have easy access to view the Byzantine Basilica of St. Mark. Spend your time getting lost in the calle of Venice or consider taking an optional cruise across the lagoon to colourful Burano Island.

    meals Breakfast
  8. Day 8 Venice – Rome (2 Nights)

    The 'Eternal City' beckons as you cross the Apennines through Tuscany to Rome. There's time for a leisurely stroll to one of the city's thronging piazze to people watch or consider joining an optional sightseeing tour of Rome. Embrace life lived the Italian way - to the fullest.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Raganelli
  9. Day 9 Rome Sightseeing and Free Time

    There's no better way to see Rome than to dive right in. Consider an Optional Experience that will reveal the artistry and heritage of the famous Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums. Meet your Local Specialist later for a sightseeing tour that begins in Vatican City. The dome of St. Peter's Basilica looms over the expansive St. Peter's Square - the impressive backdrop for time spent learning about the world's smallest country. See Michelangelo's mournful Pietà up close then continue to Ancient Rome, to view the mighty Colosseum, followed by some time to explore on your own. Consider joining an optional light-hearted evening meal revealing all the flavours that would make any Italian mamma proud.

    meals Breakfast
  10. Day 10 Rome – Florence (1 Night)

    Set your sights firmly on Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance and a city that has inspired poets, authors and artists for centuries. There are few cities in the world with an artistic legacy equal to that of Florence. Now's your chance to experience it in all its glory. Head to Piazzale Michelangelo and see Florence's signature skyline, then spend your time exploring the city, from the Baptistery and Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore to Giotto's Bell Tower and Ponte Vecchio. You could choose to delve into Florence's Renaissance heritage, visiting Santa Croce church and the political centre of Florence. Spend your evening in the Tuscan hills, joining an Optional Experience dinner.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Wall Art
  11. Day 11 Florence – Pisa – Monaco – French Riviera (2 Nights)

    Don't resist peer pressure and snap a few strategic photos featuring you and the extraordinary Leaning Tower of Pisa. Admire Pisa's Romanesque Square of Miracles in all its striped marble glory. Its structures are said to symbolise the three main stages of human life - the Baptistery (birth), the Cathedral (life) and the Camposanto (death). Head south to the stylish shores of Monaco. Keep your cameras at the ready as you drive along its elegant boulevards and attempt to capture the sophistication that seems to ooze from every corner. Next stop, the glamorous French Riviera.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Zenitude Le Cannet
  12. Day 12 French Riviera Free Time

    What a treat! You have a full free day to do as you wish on the French Riviera. There's no shame in spending the day sprawled out on a sun lounger with a cocktail, but if you can pull yourself away from the pool, you may choose to join your fellow travellers for an optional exploration of Saint-Paul-de-Vence. Life is rather idyllic in this enchanting walled hill-town and, like some of its famous residents, you'll want to linger here a little longer. You never know who you might spot seated in those sleek Ferraris and private yachts that dot the French Riviera.

    meals Breakfast
  13. Day 13 French Riviera – Avignon – Lyon (1 Night)

    Stop in the heart of Provence and the city of Avignon. A brief brush with the Papacy in the 14th century has gifted Avignon with one of the world's most incredible religious architectural legacies. While it may no longer hold the importance that the Vatican does today, views of its Palace of the Popes and St. Bénezet Bridge are no less inspiring. Later today you'll arrive in Lyon. Get your bearings during your orientation tour.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Campanile Berges du Rhone
  14. Day 14 Lyon – Versailles – Paris (2 Nights)

    Maybe, join a Local Specialist today to explore the opulent Palace of Versailles on an Optional Experience. Its splendour and beauty was created to reflect the self-proclaimed majesty of King Louis XIV, the Sun King. See the exquisite sprawling gardens, the Hall of Mirrors with its impressive chandeliers and glinting mirrors. Carry on to Paris later to enjoy the city by night.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Mercure Ivry Quai de Seine
  15. Day 15 Paris Sightseeing and Free Time

    The Parisians know a thing or two about beauty, elegance and a life well lived which your full day in Paris will deliver in abundance. During a sightseeing tour with your Travel Director, you will see the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Élysées and Eiffel Tower. Then spend the rest of the day discovering the city on your terms. Don't resist the urge to tread in the footsteps of Picasso and Dali during an optional visit to Montmartre this afternoon, exploring its maze of streets and Artist's Square. There's time to shop for artwork and savour some local specialties before a real highlight this evening - an optional dinner and cabaret performance.

    meals Breakfast
  16. Day 16 Depart Paris

    This morning after breakfast say farewell to your fellow travellers. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

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European Accent
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 15 Breakfasts
  • 4 Three-course dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • The services of a Local Host at your London hotel
  • Ferry from Dover to Calais
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • City orientation tours
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • London airport transfers are available to purchase, conditions apply. See airport transfer page.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Amsterdam See the historic city centre
  • Avignon Views of the Popes' Palace and the Pont Saint-Bénezet
  • Dover See the White Cliffs
  • Florence Panoramic city views from Piazzale Michelangelo. See Piazza Santa Croce
  • Lucerne Visit the Lion Monument and views of the Chapel Bridge
  • Lyon Orientation of this UNESCO World Heritage City
  • Monaco Visit the Principality
  • Paris Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour including views of the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower
  • Pisa View the Leaning Tower
  • Rhine Valley Cruise the romantic Rhine
  • Rome Sightseeing with your Local Specialist. Visit St. Peter's Basilica. View the Colosseum and see the ancient sites of Rome
  • Swiss Alps Scenic St. Gotthard highway
  • Venice Cruise by private boat to St. Mark's Square. Visit a traditional glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island

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Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Amsterdam

Amsterdam Discovery And Canal Cruise

Absolutely the best way to see Amsterdam’s wonderful sights! A private cruise by glass-roofed boat travels the historic canal ring, showing imposing warehouses, stately merchant homes, houseboats & bridges. Then, on foot with our Local Specialist, explore the heart of the city, including the not-to-be-missed coffeehouses and shop-windows of the Red Light District!
Adult Price: €39

Lucerne

Mount Stanserhorn And Lake Cruise

Take a scenic cruise with us across Lake Lucerne to Stans, and one of Switzerland's oldest mountain railways. Traveling by railway and Cabrio cable car, we'll reach 6300 feet, where you’ll have free time to admire the stunning Alpine scenery and enjoy some refreshments. (On certain departures Optional may be operated in reverse, ending with the cruise.)
Adult Price: CHF.112

Venice

Gondolas and the Grand Canal

Join us for a scenic cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal. You’ll admire the magnificent palazzi, as well as catching a glimpse of the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Square. Later on, you'll glide gracefully on a gondola along Venice’s dreamy, narrow waterways.
Adult Price: €70

Lagoon Cruise to Burano with Food and Drinks

Join us as we discover the Venetian Lagoon by private boat. You will enjoy a delicious meal with a selection of drinks on the fishermen's island of Burano, famous for its multi-colored houses—a real photographer's paradise.
Adult Price: €71

Rome

Roman Evening with Dinner

Spend a light-hearted evening with us in Rome. Relax and enjoy typical Italian cuisine with drinks and music. Afterward, we’ll enjoy a drive and provide a glimpse into how Romans enjoy their city.
Adult Price: €61

Inside The Vatican & Colosseum

We skip the lines at the Vatican Museums for this tour that shows not just remarkable works of art collected and commissioned over the history of the Papacy, but also Michelangelo’s amazing ceiling frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Later we hear fascinating tales of gladiatorial combat and more on our visit to the Colosseum, again with time-saving VIP entrance.
Adult Price: €81

Florence

Dinner, Wine And Music In The Tuscan Hills

Join us for a scenic drive through the beautiful Tuscan countryside. We will enjoy a meal at a charming restaurant where a selection of regional favorites is served, accompanied by a selection of local wines and live music. A truly unforgettable experience, with an atmosphere that is the essence of all things Tuscan.
Adult Price: €65

Florence's Renaissance Treasures

This trip is all about exploring the jewel in Florence's crown: its Renaissance heritage. You'll visit the Santa Croce church, burial place of Michelangelo, Galileo and Machiavelli. You’ll also see the Duomo and experience first-hand its spectacular design. Signoria Square, the political center of Florence and the original setting of Michelangelo's David, will also be visited.
Adult Price: €37

Tuscan Dinner at Villa Machiavelli

A scenic drive into the Chianti hills, past vineyards, brings us to a delightful hamlet overlooked by an imposing castle. Our destination is the ancient stone house of Machiavelli, where the great political theorist wrote his immortal work, ‘The Prince.’ After a welcome drink and visit of the villa and its wine-cellars, we'll enjoy the best of Tuscan cuisine accompanied by great music and drinks, including of course, Chianti from the Villa’s own vines. This is the essence of all great things Tuscan, past and present, condensed into one memorable evening!
Adult Price: €65

French Riviera

St. Paul And Corniche Discovery with Lunch or Dinner

Join us on a drive inland towards the mountains to visit the historic, walled hilltop town of St. Paul—an artists’ paradise. We’ll continue along the Riviera, passing through glamorous Nice and traveling on the Corniche roads as you admire the spectacular views, before arriving at a characteristic restaurant for a delicious meal including drinks.
Adult Price: €82

St. Paul de Vence and Nice

A lovely drive into the Esteral Heights brings us to the quaint walled hilltown of St Paul de Vence. Our walk through the village’s winding streets with a Local Specialist reveals elegant fountains,vine-covered ramparts and interesting galleries. Then, because no visit to the Riviera is complete without it, we continue to glorious Nice to enjoy the city, its old town and colorful provençale markets.
Adult Price: €43

Paris

Seine Cruise And Paris Illuminations

Paris at night is a city transformed. Enjoy this superb 'City of Light' on a leisurely cruise along the River Seine. Afterward, as we drive through this amazing city, we’ll stop at some vantage points for you to capture the fascinating sights on camera. In summer, this trip may take place before sunset.
Adult Price: €38

Versailles Palace And Gardens

Built for the Sun King, Louis XIV, the Palace of Versailles was the envy of every European ruler. Your Local Specialist will take you through the State apartments and famous Hall of Mirrors, with free time to stroll the symmetrical tree-lined gardens. Please note: This optional is subject to availability and involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee.
Adult Price: €65

Nouvelle Eve Cabaret And Dinner

One of the oldest and most elegant revue theatres in Paris, Nouvelle Eve is a hidden gem, where you’ll meet the Director and two of the cast members before enjoying a four-course dinner with wine. You will then experience unparalleled Parisian entertainment—including the world-famous Can-Can.
Adult Price: €139

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