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Venetian Gondolier, Italy
Tour Style: Value
15 Days from $2,195 per person

Relax along the stylish promenades of Europe's classiest capitals. See the gastronomic centers of Lyon, Florence and Rome, and soak up the sunshine along the French Riviera, visiting Cannes and the Principality of Monaco en route to picturesque Tuscany.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Relax after your journey or take a stroll through this lively city.
    hotel:Hilton Olympia
  3. Today is yours to explore the sights of London, one of the most fascinating and exciting cities in the world.
  4. This morning meet your Travel Director and traveling companions to board your Trafalgar coach and set off from London. Drive through the scenic Kent countryside to Dover. Admire the White Cliffs as you cross by ferry to Calais, France. Travel through the battlefields of the Somme to the glittering capital, Paris.
    hotel:Adagio Malakoff-Chatillon
  5. Admire the sights of this elegant city including views of the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. Spend free time afterwards soaking up the atmosphere with a walk along the banks of the Seine or visit a world-class museum or gallery. Tonight don't miss the opportunity to go to a famous Parisian cabaret.
  6. Head south past the vast Forest of Fontainebleau, former hunting ground of the French kings. Visit the medieval town of Beaune, the wine capital of the Burgundy region. Overnight in the great gastronomic city of Lyon. Due to its historical and architectural landmarks, the city has been added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Campanile Lyon Center Berge Du Rhone
  7. Cross into Switzerland and arrive later at the international city of Geneva which lies at the western end of Lake Léman. Enjoy an orientation tour of this beautiful city including the unique Jet d'Eau and the United Nations building. Afterwards spend free time exploring on your own. Perhaps take a stroll by the lake and admire the modern sculptures.
    hotel:Les Nations
  8. Drive south past Grenoble, a university city and a renowned winter sports resort. Continue through impressive landscape leading from the Alps to the Côte d'Azur. Arrive in the coastal town of Cannes which is famed for its International Film Festival.
  9. A full day to relax on the French Riviera. Why not spend the day on the beach, shop for designer goods or enjoy French cuisine at a sidewalk café?
  10. Visit the Principality of Monaco which has been ruled by the Grimaldi family since the 13th century. Walk through the Old Town and view the Royal Palace which is home to the Grimaldi family, and the cathedral where Princess Grace and her husband Prince Rainier were married. Continue along the coast into Italy, past the port of Genoa to Pisa where you view the famous Leaning Tower. Your day ends in the Tuscan spa town of Montecatini where you dine tonight at your hotel.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Tuscany Inn
  11. A short drive through rolling countryside brings you to the Renaissance city of Florence. Spend time on your own exploring Piazza della Signoria, the Duomo and Giotto's Bell Tower. Don't forget to shop for high-quality leather goods and 18-carat gold jewelry. Arrive later in the magical city of Venice for your two-night stay.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:La Meridiana
  12. Admire this Byzantine city as you cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square. View the Bridge of Sighs and the magnificent Basilica of St. Mark. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialties at a glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island. Afterwards explore on your own or perhaps take a cruise to one of the islands for lunch.
  13. Cross the Veneto plain via Bologna and drive over the Apennine Mountains. Continue through Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio to Rome, the Eternal City.
    meal(s):BB, D
  14. Your Local Specialist takes you on a tour of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City where you view Michelangelo's masterpiece, the Pietà. Your wonderful sightseeing tour continues across the River Tiber to view the Colosseum and see the ancient sites of Rome. Spend free time seeing more sights such as the Sistine Chapel or relax at a sidewalk café in Piazza Navona.
  15. This morning say ‘arrivederci' to your traveling companions and your Travel Director at the end of a memorable European vacation. Transfers are available to Rome Fiumicino Airport. Conditions apply.

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  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels

Meal Summary

2 full breakfasts, 11 buffet breakfasts, 4 three course dinners.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Dover: See the White Cliffs
  • Paris: Sightseeing includes views of the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower
  • Beaune: Visit this medieval town
  • Lyon: See the historic Old Town
  • Geneva: Orientation includes the Jet d'Eau and the United Nations building
  • Cannes: Visit the sophisticated Film Festival city
  • Monaco: View the Royal Palace and Cathedral
  • Pisa: View the Leaning Tower
  • Florence: Visit the Renaissance city
  • Venice: Cruise by private boat to St. Mark's Square. Visit a traditional glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island
  • Rome: Sightseeing with your Local Specialist. Visit St. Peter's Basilica. View the Colosseum and see the ancient sites of Rome.

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3 Sep 17 17 Sep 17 checkmark $2,195pp Call 1-877-622-9109

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 $630 p.p.

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 $86 p.p.

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Past Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the Land Only price of the vacation.

  • 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 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.

    In Austria you’ll find more hearty cuisine, but nothing beats the desserts. Try delicious treats like Viennese Sachertorte (dense chocolate cake) and apple strudel.

  • 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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