Tick all the boxes with this grand exploration of Europe – one region, a myriad of flavors for you to enjoy. Wander through 17th century Bruges, the reflective waterways of picturesque Amsterdam and medieval Rhineland. From Pompeii to the Eternal City of Rome, Florence to the sophisticated Promenade des Anglais in Nice, get under the skin of Europe.
Enjoy a leisurely morning exploring the sights and sounds of Rome. This afternoon, gain priority access via a dedicated VIP line to the Vatican Museums where a Local Specialist will take you on a guided tour. Admire Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel when it is less crowded and the opportunity to discover the array of fascinating artifacts at the Museo Gregoriano Profano, founded in the Lateran Apostolic Palace at the behest of Gregory XVI Cappellari in 1844. Enjoy an exclusive after hour's al fresco dining under Vatican summer skies boasting spectacular views of St Peter’s - a treat for the senses. Should there be adverse weather; a contingency is provided in a newly-created dining space within the Cortile della Pigna.
|Depart Date||Return Date||Price||Discount||Availability||Price|
|1 Apr 18||24 Apr 18||$5,695$5,268pp||Early PaymentPay by Feb 28||Request Quote Book Now|
|15 Apr 18||8 May 18||$5,875$5,434pp||Early PaymentPay by Feb 28||Request Quote Book Now|
|6 May 18||29 May 18||$5,975$5,527pp||Early PaymentPay by Feb 28||Request Quote Book Now|
|20 May 18||12 Jun 18||$5,975pp||Request Quote Book Now|
|27 May 18||19 Jun 18||$5,975$5,527pp||Early PaymentPay by Feb 28||Request Quote Book Now|
|3 Jun 18||26 Jun 18||$5,975$5,527pp||Early PaymentPay by Feb 28||Request Quote Book Now|
|17 Jun 18||10 Jul 18||$5,850$5,411pp||Early PaymentPay by Feb 28||Request Quote Book Now|
|24 Jun 18||17 Jul 18||$5,850$5,411pp||Early PaymentPay by Feb 28||Request Quote Book Now|
|1 Jul 18||24 Jul 18||$5,850$5,411pp||Early PaymentPay by Feb 28||Request Quote Book Now|
|22 Jul 18||14 Aug 18||$5,795pp||Call 1-877-622-9109|
|29 Jul 18||21 Aug 18||$5,795$5,360pp||Early PaymentPay by Feb 28||Request Quote Book Now|
|5 Aug 18||28 Aug 18||$5,695$5,268pp||Early PaymentPay by Feb 28||Call 1-877-622-9109|
|12 Aug 18||4 Sep 18||$5,775pp||Request Quote Book Now|
|26 Aug 18||18 Sep 18||$5,925$5,481pp||Early PaymentPay by Feb 28||Request Quote Book Now|
|2 Sep 18||25 Sep 18||$5,925$5,481pp||Early PaymentPay by Feb 28||Call 1-877-622-9109|
|9 Sep 18||2 Oct 18||$5,925$5,481pp||Early PaymentPay by Feb 28||Request Quote Book Now|
|16 Sep 18||9 Oct 18||$5,925$5,481pp||Early PaymentPay by Feb 28||Request Quote Book Now|
|23 Sep 18||16 Oct 18||$5,895$5,453pp||Early PaymentPay by Feb 28||Request Quote Book Now|
|7 Oct 18||30 Oct 18||$5,850$5,411pp||Early PaymentPay by Feb 28||Request Quote Book Now|
Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a room.
Single Room Supplement: from $1,500 p.p.
Triple Room Discount: $60 p.p.
Airport Transfers: A return transfer on the last day will arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport at 8:00 am.
Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $204 per person.
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.
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22 nights, 22 hot buffet breakfasts, 6 dinners, 2 dinners, On-trip transport, .
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.
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.
Traditional German cuisine is rich and delicious. Try specialties including a variety of bratwurst with sauerkraut, cold cuts, spätzle and potato dumplings. For dessert you cannot miss the world famous Black Forest Gateau. Beer is a big part of German culture; sample a variety of German offerings including pilsner, Kölsch and sour beers. In Frankfurt, try the local cider (Apfelwein). Wine is also popular throughout Germany, and world-class whites are produced in the Rhine and Mosel regions.
Dutch cuisine is simple and rustic. You might like to try specialties such as rookworst (smoked sausage), kibbeling (fried fish), and pannenkoeken (Dutch pancakes). And, if you’re feeling adventurous you can try local raw herring prepared with onions and gherkins. For something sweet, try stroopwafels, a delicious chewy cookie made with two thin layers of waffle and sticky syrup filling.
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.
From $475 per person on a double share basis Includes one-way Eurostar train ticket from Paris to London Standard Class, London accommodations at the Cumberland and station transfers.
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