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"Trip of a lifetime"
The itinerary covered visits to most of the cities I always dreamed of visiting. It was a good value for the money and a trip of a lifetime.
Welcome to the vibrant British capital where you will spend the next two nights, enjoying the pomp and pageantry of a city that effortlessly combines old and new.
Join a Local Specialist this morning for a tour of the iconic and unexpected sites of London, including Big Ben, the imposing Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. Spend a leisurely afternoon shopping on Carnaby Street, consider visiting one of London's museums or wander along the Thames watching ambitious Londoners pound the pavements.
This morning meet your Travel Director and bid farewell to England, watching the mystical White Cliffs of Dover disappearing in the distance as you travel by ferry across to France in the company of your Travel Director and fellow travellers. We'll pass the bloody World War battlefields of northern France en route to romantic Paris, where we will join newfound friends for a Welcome Reception, including dinner and drinks, and an orientation drive through the dazzling City of Light.
Explore the iconic and unexpected sights of Paris with your Local Specialist, which will take you past the grand Champs Élysées and Arc de Triomphe, where we pay tribute to the brave men and women who fought for France. Visit the 13th-century church of St. Severin and enjoy a stroll through the Latin Quarter. Spend the rest of the afternoon on your very own journey of discovery. Stroll along the Seine admiring the work of artists who have set up their easels next to the river, shop in the Marais district or find a cosy bistro with great views of the city. This evening, consider indulging in the colourful nightlife of Paris and attend a famous cabaret show.
A patchwork of colours provide a beautiful backdrop for our journey through France's rolling countryside to the Burgundy wine region. We visit the region's capital, Beaune, renowned for its 15th-century Hôtel-Dieu, to admire its colourful geometrically patterned Burgundy tiled roof. Next, we cross the border to Geneva where we will spend the next two nights.
Explore the City of Peace today - the dramatic Alps and scenic Lake Geneva provide the perfect backdrop for an enjoyable morning of sightseeing. Join your Travel Director on an orientation of this small city to view the Reformation Monument, and see the Old Town, United Nations Building and Red Cross headquarters. Continue along the picturesque shores of Lake Geneva, arriving in the celebrated Chexbres wine region where we will 'Connect With Locals' at a Be My Guest lunch. Delve into Vaud traditions and generations of expert winemaking at the 15th-century vineyards of Cave Champ de Clos. Returning to Geneva, the rest of the day is at leisure. Wander through the Botanical Gardens and admire the gigantic outdoor flower clock made with colourful blooms that change seasonally.
The idyllic playground of southern France takes centre stage over the next two days as we journey to Nice, the jewel of the French Riviera. 'Dive Into Culture' and let the heady scents of French perfume infuse your senses during a visit to the Fragonard Perfumery in the village of Grasse. Here you'll gain a deeper understanding of the art of creating beautiful fragrances.
Soak up the sophistication of Nice, which for long has lured sun-worshipping aristocrats and tourists in search of a quiet seaside sojourn. Against the backdrop of colourful Italian and French façades, we drive along the Promenade des Anglais and see Place Massena during our orientation of the Bay of Angels. Spend the rest of the day discovering the Old Town. Consider a quiet coffee at one of the sidewalk cafés or dip your toes in the warm Mediterranean waters.
Travel along the southern coastline of France, stopping at the Principality of Monaco to see the famous Prince's Palace of Monaco, built as a Genoese fortress and home to the Grimaldi family since the 13th century. Cross the border into Italy and visit Pisa and its Square of Miracles to view the Leaning Tower and Baptistery, said to be the largest in Italy. We arrive in the Cradle of the Renaissance this evening where we will enjoy dinner at our hotel.
This morning, join a Local Specialist who will reveal the story of the wealthy Medici family who influenced the art and architecture of what became one of the cultural centres of the world. You'll visit the Piazza della Signoria with its beautiful statues and palazzi and enjoy views of the magnificent marble Duomo and Ponte Vecchio on whose arches were built the shops of successful merchants 674 years ago. Learn about the quality and workmanship of one of this city's historic industries at a demonstration of Florentine leathercraft. Then, drive across the Veneto plain to Venice, where you'll spend the next two nights.
Glide through the turquoise waters of the Venetian Lagoon by private launch to Guidecca Island. 'Dive Into Culture' and witness the centuries-old Venetian tradition of glassblowing. See the Bridge of Sighs and the ornate Doge's Palace before spending the afternoon at leisure exploring the city's labyrinthine alleys and ornate bridges that span almost 200 canals. Enjoy an evening drink at a charming trattoria on the water, shop up a storm in the alleyways of Le Mercerie or consider an Optional Experience to the colourful fishing island of Burano for a delicious meal.
Today we cross the picturesque Apennine Mountains and journey through the rolling gold and green landscape of Tuscany and past the hilltop towns of Orvieto and Orte, arriving later in Rome, the Eternal City.
Join a Local Specialist to uncover the treasures of a city whose history spans millennia. Venture to St. Peter's Basilica to view Michelangelo's Pietà, hewn from the most 'perfect' block of Carrara marble, and travel across the Tiber River into Ancient Rome. Here you will see the Circus Maximus, which once played host to exhilarating chariot races, and view the Colosseum where brave gladiators and slaves met their fate. This evening we exchange stories about our epic journey through Europe with newfound friends and our Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner.
For now it's a fond arrivederci to our Travel Director and travel companions at the end of a memorable holiday together. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.
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.
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 enjoy a relaxing cruise on the River Seine, discovering the wonders of Paris as we go.
Adult Price: €43
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 1000 costumes!
Adult Price: €162
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
We'll enjoy a steamer cruise on Lake Geneva crossing from Switzerland to France arriving at the enchanting Yvoire - considered one of France's most picturesque villages. You'll have time to explore the winding streets lined with old stone houses of former fisherman and dominated by the ancient chateau of the Count & Countess, before returning to Geneva through the fields of Savoy.
Adult Price: CHf46
A gorgeous drive through the French region of Savoie brings us to lakeside Yvoire, voted one of the country’s ten most picturesque villages. Winding cobbled streets and medieval stone houses are overlooked by a 14th-century chateau. Then, we'll visit the 'Balcony of Geneve', Mt Saleve, to experience stunning views of the city and surroundings.
Adult Price: €42
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 travelling 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
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
Enjoy an insight into the world of Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. We visit the Academy of Fine Arts and its Michelangelo collection, where you’ll learn all about the life and works of this immortal Renaissance genius through the expert commentary of our Local Specialist. This optional involves reservations and entrance prepayments. If you decide to cancel this optional, a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.
Adult Price: €47
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-coloured houses - a real photographer's paradise.
Adult Price: €72
Experience magnificent St. Mark’s Basilica and its glittering gold mosaics the best way possible - with VIP entrance and a Local Specialist! Then delve into the city’s labyrinth of back alleys and canals, bridges and secret squares - enchanting neighbourhoods that you would never find on your own, all explained and brought to life by a true Venetian!
Adult Price: €34
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
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
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
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