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The 'Eternal City' has captivated travellers for centuries and you'll not be disappointed as it prepares you for an exhilarating journey across Europe. On arrival, check in to your hotel, then get ready for your very own introduction to Rome or relax at your hotel following your journey. Later this evening, you'll meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a glimpse into what lies ahead along your journey. Maybe soak up the city's effervescent atmosphere during an Optional Experience dinner of light dinner of Italian specialties.
With so much to see and do, you could explore Rome for an eternity without getting bored. Join an Optional Experience to Michelangelo's famous Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums or start your day the Italian way - slow and relaxed. Get to grips with the city's main attractions, joining a Local Specialist at Vatican City, the world's smallest country. Stand in St. Peter's Square, sharing your space with devoted pilgrims and pigeons. Visit St. Peter's Basilica and view Michelangelo's greatest work, the sorrowful Pietà. Cross the Tiber next, to view the mighty Colosseum and the countless other ancient sites which featured prominently in the days of the powerful Roman Empire. Choose an Optional Experience to discover more of Rome with a Local Specialist.
Tuscany may claim to be the heart of Italy, but it is the stunning medieval city of Siena which will capture yours. Its fortified walls, towers and palaces emerge from the rolling countryside on your journey through the Chianti region. This former economic and military power today hosts the biannual Palio horse race, injecting a shot of colour amidst the burnt sienna façades of the city's Il Campo. Your orientation tour will reveal the city's rich heritage, architecture and cuisine, and explain why Siena is renowned for its signature panforte fruit cake, which you should try to sample during a visit at a pasticceria. Continue through stunning Tuscan landscapes to out hotel in Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance.
No expense was spared to exalt the glory of Florence through art and architecture and you'll see first-hand how this city paved its way to a modern age. Head to Piazzale Michelangelo to capture the city's signature skyline with its imposing Duomo looming over the labyrinthine streets. During your free time you could choose to visit Piazza della Signoria, the city's main square where many of the political and artistic treasures of the city can be seen. Don't miss the Ponte Vecchio, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Giotto's Bell Tower and the Baptistery. You'll have time to shop for gold and leathercraft and perhaps you can choose an Optional Experience to Pisa where you'll see the Leaning Tower and enjoy a local meal at a Tuscan farmhouse.
Cross the Apennine Mountains to the city of Bologna where you will join a Local Specialist to view the city's Kissing Towers and Il Gigante, commonly known as Neptune's Fountains. Arrive in the island city of Venice later. You'll arrive just in time for an optional Gondola and Grand Canal cruise - grand palazzi, churches and ornate bridges line your journey. This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel.
Watch talented master craftsmen at work, then take to the waters of the canal and cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square, the gateway to the city. The Winged Lion of Venice remains an enduring symbol of the city and one you'll see repeatedly as you explore the city. Admire the ornate Doge's Palace, the Basilica of St. Mark and the Bridge of Sighs. Later, consider taking a cruise across the lagoon to Burano Island.
Your first stop today is on the idyllic shores of Lake Como. Soak up the jet-setting lifestyle of the rich and famous who love to holiday here surrounded by the unbelievable beauty of the area. Watch the spectacular scenery unfold as you cross the Swiss border bound for the heart of Switzerland on your very own 'Grand Tour' of Europe. The evening is yours to enjoy the picturesque setting of lakeside Lucerne.
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 Guards who died defending Louis XVI during the French Revolution. You'll have time to explore the city your way, perhaps with some retail therapy. You could choose to ascend to the alpine heavens or join an Optional Experience up Mount Pilatus for a lively folklore show including a traditional lunch, including cheese fondue.
Cross the border into France this morning and journey through the vineyards of Burgundy. Take a walk through Paris's grand past, its dynamic present and exciting future. You'll discover that this is one capital that doesn't hold back and doesn't expect you to either. After a day of scenic driving, you'll arrive in the City of Light with enough time to join an Optional Experience featuring a cruise on the Seine and the illuminations of Paris.
All the main icons feature on your morning sightseeing tour of Paris with your Travel Director. From the Eiffel Tower and grand Champs Élysées to the iconic Arc de Triomphe which honours those who fought and died for France over the centuries, you won't miss a thing. There's plenty of time this afternoon to discover Paris for yourself. There's even time to people-watch at a sidewalk bistro before a real highlight this evening - an optional dinner and cabaret performance.
As your European Delight draws to a close, bid au revoir to your travel companions and Travel Director and prepare for your onward journey home. Find out more about your free airport transfer at costsavertour.com/freetransfers.
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Tonight, relax and enjoy typical Italian cuisine, soaking up Rome's unique atmosphere in a characteristic trattoria with drinks and music.
Adult Price: € 51
We skip the lines at the Vatican Museums for a tour with our Local Specialist 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: € 87
Discover the most charming areas in the city with a Local Specialist. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares of Rome's historic center, leading to highlights such as the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon, as well as hidden corners of the Eternal City.
Adult Price: € 33
This trip is all about exploring the jewel in Florence's crown: its Renaissance heritage. With your Local Specialist, wander the cities enchanting streets and soak up the not-to-miss sites, Ponte Vecchio, Mercato del Porcellino, Piazza della Signoria and more. Uncover the fascinating history and experience first-hand the spectacular design of the Duomo. Top off your sightseeing with a cup of Italy’s favorite frozen treat – Gelato!
Adult Price: € 42
We'll travel into the Florentine hills with our Local Specialist to visit historic Villa Gamberaia today. Built in the early 1600s, this Tuscan Villa is known for its magnificent gardens, which were praised by Edith Wharton in her book Italian Villas and Their Gardens. Then, we'll take in the stunning views whilst enjoying an aperitivo!
Adult Price: € 79
Today, with our local foodie, we'll explore the glories of Florence's cuisine, through market tastings and visits to select shops and cafés. On this unforgettable tour, we'll sample traditional fare like: lampredotto, Schiacciata, olive oils, cheeses, pane toscano, pastries, hams and salamis. For each tasting, we'll learn about the cultural and historical significance of the food's origins.
Adult Price: € 60
Join us on a visit to Pisa with our Local Specialist where you'll see the remarkable Leaning Tower and marvel at the monuments on the Square of Miracles. At a Tuscan farmhouse, we'll enjoy a selection of local specialties and wines produced in the property. Live music will create an unforgettable atmosphere.
Adult Price: € 90
Join us for a breathtaking 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
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: € 72
We’ll ascend by cog-wheel train to Mount Pilatus’s summit, where you’ll have time to explore, admire the views, and breathe the pure air. Then, we’ll descend by cable-car to enjoy a scenic lake cruise. On certain departures, this optional may be operated in reverse.
Adult Price: CHF 113
Enjoy dinner and cabaret, including wine and champagne, at the world-famous Moulin Rouge – the original Paris cabaret. Immortalized by the award-winning film of the same name, this Parisian institution features 60 dancers and entertainers and over 1,000 costumes!
Adult Price: € 165
Paris at night is a city transformed. We'll enjoy this superb 'City of Light' on a leisurely cruise along the River Seine. Afterward, driving through this amazing city with our Local Specialist, you'll see some of the fascinating sights this beautiful city has to offer. In summer, this trip may take place before sunset.
Adult Price: € 38
Today we'll explore the Montorgueil neighborhood on a foodie walking tour with our knowledgeable guide. We'll sample some of the city's finest bread, charcuterie, cheese and pastries; meeting local vendors and artisans along the way.
Adult Price: € 50
Dominated by the soaring Sacre Coeur Basilica, you’ll join your Local Specialist to explore Montmartre’s winding streets, unusual galleries and world-famous Artist’s Square - once home to the works of Toulouse Lautrec and Picasso. You’ll have time to browse, barter for original art and taste local cuisine, for a real flavor of Montmartre life.
Adult Price: € 37
With our Local Specialist, we'll take the fastest elevator in Europe to the Panoramic Observation Deck for unbeatable views of the Eiffel Tower and all of the city’s iconic monuments. The highest rooftop terrace in Paris offers a breath-taking 360-degree view, with all of Paris at your feet! Then we’ll 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: € 38
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