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European Delight

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Tour Pace: Active
Paris, France
Tour Style: Value
15 Days from $2,070 per person

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

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Time to relax after hotel check-in.
    hotel:Hilton Olympia
  3. Enjoy exploring London today. See the sights, visit a museum or go shopping – the list is endless and the choice is yours.
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  4. Meet your Travel Director and embark on your journey. See the White Cliffs of Dover as you board the ferry and cross to Calais, France. Travel past the battlefields of the Somme to the glittering capital, Paris, your home for the next 2 nights.
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    hotel:Novotel 14 Porte d'Orleans
  5. This morning enjoy views of the Eiffel Tower, Champs Élysées and Arc de Triomphe during your orientation. Spend free time exploring the banks of the Seine. This evening you might like to experience a world-famous cabaret show. 
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  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.
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    hotel:Burestadl
  7. Cross the Swiss border to Liechtenstein for a brief stop in the capital, Vaduz. Continue into Austria to the historical city of Innsbruck which is also the capital of the Tyrol. View the famous Golden Roof and Hofburg Palace.
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    hotel:Dollinger
  8. Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore this mountain ringed resort town, or join an Optional Experience offered by your Travel Director. Tonight you might like to experience a lively evening of entertainment, folklore and fun.
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  9. Travel to Salzburg where you see Mozart's birthplace as well as locations from the Sound of Music film. Arrive later in the imperial city of Vienna, your home for the next two nights.
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    hotel:Fourside City Centre
  10. Your Local Specialist shows you the sights of Vienna including the Opera House, Hofburg, Parliament and Imperial Boulevards. Spend free time exploring or perhaps take an excursion to the vast Schönbrunn Palace.
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  11. Journey through the heart of the Austrian Alps past mountains and small picturesque towns to the Austrian Lake District. Cross the Italian border and arrive later in Venice, known as the 'Queen of the Adriatic'. Dine tonight at your hotel.
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    hotel:Il Burchiello
  12. 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. You may consider an Optional Experience to Burano Island for a delightful lunch. Cross the Apennine Mountains, arriving later to your hotel near Florence, birthplace of the renaissance. Enjoy dinner at your hotel tonight.
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    hotel:Starhotels Vespucci
  13. 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.
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    hotel:Ergife Palace
  14. Your Local Specialist takes you on an insightful sightseeing tour. When there is no Papal Mass, visit St. Peter's Basilica and admire Michelangelo's Renaissance masterpiece, the Pietà. Alternatively, enjoy being in Rome to witness the Pope addressing the gathering crowds with St. Peter's as a backdrop. 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.
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  15. This morning say 'arrivederci' to your traveling companions and your Travel Director at the end of a memorable European vacation. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Rome Fiumicino Airport at 7am and 9.30am. Conditions apply. 

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

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $107 per person.

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Meal Summary

11 Buffet breakfasts, 2 Full breakfasts, 5 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 the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge
  • Visit the capital, Vaduz
  • View the Golden Roof and Hofburg
  • Visit the Baroque town of Mozart's birth
  • Sightseeing with your Local Specialist features the Opera House, Hofburg, Parliament and the Imperial Boulevards
  • Cruise by private boat to St. Mark's Square. Visit a traditional glassblowing workshop
  • Panoramic views of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo
  • Morning sightseeing with your Local Specialist. Visit St. Peter's Basilica. View the Colosseum and see the ancient sites

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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, 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 24 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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