• Save up to 10% - Pay in Full by January 31, 2019

    Save up to 10% - Pay in Full by January 31, 2019
  • AARP Members Save $100 per person

    AARP Members Save $100 per person
  • Additional Savings for Past Travelers

    Additional Savings for Past Travelers

European Spotlight

14 Days from $3,533 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Comfortable

Enjoy the bright city lights and stylish promenades of Europe's classiest capitals where you can relax at Old Town cafés and brush shoulders with the rich and famous.

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

Print Itinerary

Overview

Enjoy the bright city lights and stylish promenades of Europe's classiest capitals where you can relax at Old Town cafés and brush shoulders with the rich and famous.

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

  1. 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.

    *Local Host is with you during your stay in London. Your Travel Director will join you on Day 3.

    hotel:Park Plaza County Hall
  2. 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.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
  3. 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 travelers. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Welcome Reception
    hotel:Evergreen Laurel
  4. 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 world-famous Notre Dame Cathedral 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 cozy bistro with great views of the city. This evening, consider indulging in the colorful nightlife of Paris and attend a famous cabaret show.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  5. A patchwork of colors provides 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 colorful geometrically patterned Burgundy tiled roof. Next, we cross the border to Geneva where we will spend the next two nights.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Warwick
  6. 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 colorful blooms that change seasonally.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
  7. The idyllic playground of southern France takes center 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Holiday Inn
  8. 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 colorful 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  9. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Grand Mediterraneo
  10. 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 centers 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 400 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:NH Laguna Palace
  11. 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 colorful fishing island of Burano for a delicious meal.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  12. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Crowne Plaza St. Peter's
  13. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  14. For now, it's a fond arrivederci to our Travel Director and travel companions at the end of a memorable holiday together. Return transfers will arrive at Rome Fiumicino Airport at 7 am and 9:30 am. Conditions apply.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
Request a Quote
  • 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.

Print Itinerary
  • Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount Availability Price
22 Apr 19 5 May 19 $3,925$3,533pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 31 Request Quote Book Now
6 May 19 19 May 19 checkmark $4,150$3,735pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 31 Request Quote Book Now
20 May 19 2 Jun 19 $4,150$3,735pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 31 Request Quote Book Now
3 Jun 19 16 Jun 19 checkmark $4,150$3,735pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 31 Request Quote Book Now
17 Jun 19 30 Jun 19 $4,150$3,735pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 31 Request Quote Book Now
1 Jul 19 14 Jul 19 checkmark $4,025$3,623pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 31 Request Quote Book Now
15 Jul 19 28 Jul 19 checkmark $3,950$3,555pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 31 Request Quote Book Now
29 Jul 19 11 Aug 19 $3,950$3,555pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 31 Request Quote Book Now
12 Aug 19 25 Aug 19 $3,950$3,555pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 31 Request Quote Book Now
26 Aug 19 8 Sep 19 checkmark $4,025$3,623pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 31 Request Quote Book Now
9 Sep 19 22 Sep 19 checkmark $4,195$3,776pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 31 Request Quote Book Now
23 Sep 19 6 Oct 19 checkmark $4,195$3,776pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 31 Request Quote Book Now
7 Oct 19 20 Oct 19 checkmark $4,150$3,735pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 31 Request Quote Book Now

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 $1,230 per person

Triple Room Discount: $10 per person

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $117 per person

Airport Transfers: Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Rome Fiumicino Airport at 7 am and 9:30 am.

AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive Member Benefit Discount on all Grand European Travel vacations. Plus receive a free travel gift! Call Toll Free: 1-866-847-3858 for details.

Print Itinerary

Meal Summary

18 Meals: 13 hot buffet breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners.

Insider Experiences

Connect with Locals

  • Celebrate Vaud traditions and fine viticulture at the 15th-century vineyards of Cave Champ de Clos in charming Chexbres for a Be My Guest lunch

Dive into Culture

  • The scents of France are yours to enjoy at Fragonard, a famous French perfumery that has been creating perfumes since the 1920s. Witness the exquisite craft of glassblowing on Giudecca Island, a delicate tradition that generations of Venetian craftsmen have perfected over the centuries

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in London, Paris, Florence, Rome

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in London, Paris, Florence, Rome
  • Orientation of Beaune, Geneva, Monaco, Nice, Pisa, Venice
  • Visit Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Fragonard Perfumery in Grasse, St. Peter's Basilica in Rome
  • View the White Cliffs of Dover, the Eiffel Tower, the Royal Palace in Monaco, the ancient sites of Rome, the Leaning Tower and the Square of Miracles in Pisa
  • See the Somme Battlefields, the Vineyards of Burgundy in France
Request a Quote
  • 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.

Print Itinerary

Reviews

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Michael Orenick
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : My contact with Grand European Travel was always positive in getting me the best tour to meet my needs. Although there were some changes in flights before my trip commenced I was able to get those changes made to my satisfaction.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your review. We are delighted to hear our agent helped you find the perfect tour and supported you leading up to your trip. We're glad you enjoyed your European Spotlight guided vacation and we hope to see you on another tour soon!
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Vacation : The itinerary covered visits to most of the cities I always dreamed of visiting with adequate time spent in each given the length of the trip. There were a few issues with Trafalgar throughout the trip but overall it was a good value for the money and a trip of a lifetime.
Request a Quote
  • 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.

Print Itinerary
  • 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, the UK, Ireland, or Croatia.

  • The currency for most countries you will visit in Europe is the Euro (€).  Several exceptions apply including the Pound (£) in Great Britain, Scotland and Northern Ireland; the Swiss Franc (CHF) in Switzerland; the Swedish Krona (SEK) in Sweden; the Danish Kroner (DKK) in Denmark; the Norwegian Krone (NOK) in Norway; the Czech Koruna (CZK) in the Czech Republic; the Forint (HUF) in Hungary; the Zloty (zł) in Poland; and the Kuna (KN) in Croatia.

    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.

  • While Italy is most famous for pizza and pasta, few travelers are aware of just how varied the country’s culinary offering actually are. In fact, each of the 20 regions has its own distinctive cuisine. 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. Tap water is safe to drink, but not always tasty. We recommend you buy bottled mineral water. ‘Acqua non potabile’ means the water is not safe to drink

    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.

    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.

Request a Quote
  • 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.

Be the First to Know!

Sign up for our emails and receive exclusive offers, travel information, announcements, and more!
Providing peace of mind and unparalleled service for over 40 years.