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European Delight

15 Days from $2,120 per person

Style: Value | Pace: Active

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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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.

  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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  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    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.

  • Add air to your reservation

    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.

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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.

  • Add air to your reservation

    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.

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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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    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.

  • Add air to your reservation

    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.

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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. Afterwards, 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: EUR 38.00

Notre Dame and Latin Quarter

A guided drive through Paris' bohemian Left Bank with our Local Specialist brings us to amazing Notre Dame to discover one of the world's most famous Cathedrals and the epitome of Gothic architecture. Afterwards, take a stroll through the delightful Latin Quarter, a medieval maze of winding cobblestone alleyways where you'll have free time to enjoy the sidewalk bistros, boutiques and hidden squares.

Adult Price: EUR 33.00

Nouvelle Eve Cabaret and Dinner

One of the oldest and most elegant revue theaters 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: EUR 139.00

Lucerne

Mount Stanserhorn

We experience one of the greatest scenic highlights Europe has to offer! We climb to the top of Mt Stanserhorn by old-timer railway and the world's only Cabrio cable car. At the peak, there's time to enjoy glorious views of the central Alpine chain, explore the hiking trails or just relax at the panoramic terrace before descending.

Adult Price: CHF 78.00

Innsbruck

Grand Alpine Tour

A scenic train ride through the Tyrolean Alps with our Local Specialist takes us to the glamorous ski-resort of Seefeld. Here we'll enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride through spectacular scenery and taste some of the local schnapps. Later, we see the Olympic Ski Jump and marvel at the landscape of the beautiful Inn Valley as it stretches below us.

Adult Price: EUR 62.00

Traditional Tyrolean Evening

You'll enjoy a lively evening of traditional entertainment, as singers, dancers, and musicians dressed in national costume provide a colorful show of folklore and fun. Includes two drinks.

Adult Price: €45.00

Vienna

Dinner and Viennese Concert

A wonderful evening of all things Viennese! Enjoy a superb dinner with drinks, followed by a concert of Viennese classical music. Works by Johann Strauss and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will be performed and your 'A Class' tickets and a complimentary glass of sparkling wine or juice during the interval will only enhance the experience.

Adult Price: €103.00

Viennese Dinner with Musical Entertainment

Enjoy dinner in an atmospheric Viennese restaurant, with drinks and traditional musical entertainment included. A unique experience in one of Europe's most elegant cities.

Adult Price: €62.00

Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens

The Imperial Summer Palace of Schönbrunn offers an amazing journey through the centuries of Hapsburg rule. It is perfectly preserved and richly decorated with treasures from around the globe. Each room has a story to tell, so of course, you’ll have a Local Specialist to bring it to life and VIP entrance to make the most of your time.

Adult Price: €45.00

Venice

Gondolas & the Grand Canal

On arrival in Venice, a private boat will be waiting to take you to St Mark's Square, where you'll enjoy a gondola ride while being serenaded by local musicians. Later, private water taxi's will take you along Venice's Grand Canal, where you'll admire the magnificent palazzos and Rialto Bridge.

Adult Price: €70.00

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: €71.00

Rome

You will be offered one of the following two optional experiences depending on availability:

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 gladitorial combat and more on our visit to the Colosseum, again with time-saving VIP entrance.

Adult Price: €81.00

Inside the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel*

Join us for an extension to your included sightseeing tour, which gives you a chance to see the artistic masterpieces collected and commissioned by the Popes. You'll visit the Tapestry Gallery, Gallery of Maps and the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo spent four years preparing the vault and altar wall, and we give you plenty of time to admire just how much painstaking work went into his creations.

Adult Price: €55.00

Piazzas and Fountains of Rome

Starting with a lovely drive and continuing on foot, you'll discover hidden backstreets, piazzas and fountains of the 'Eternal City' with a Local Specialist. Along the way, you'll marvel at the timeless Pantheon, the best-preserved Roman temple in the world. Many additional highlights are revealed on this relaxed tour that also offers free time in a gorgeous Baroque square with street artists, trattorias and gelaterias!

Adult Price: €33.00

Explore Ostia Antica

Join us on a journey along the Mediterranean coast and visit the excavations of Ancient Ostia, the former harbor of Rome. These ruins offer perhaps a more complete picture of Roman urban life than either Rome or Pompeii. See the remains of the baths, theater, apartment houses, drinking room, mosaics and wall paintings at this beautiful site, mirrored by cypress trees and umbrella pines.

Adult Price: €42.00

Roman Evening with Dinner

Spend a light-hearted evening with us in Rome. Relax and enjoy typical Italian cuisine with drinks and music. Afterwards, we'll enjoy a drive and provide a glimpse into how Romans enjoy their city.

Adult Price: €61.00

*This optional involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee.

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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.

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