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Journey from Rome

Colorful Venice
11 Days from $2,925 per person

This is a classic route through Europe from the Sistine Chapel to the Eiffel Tower.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. On arrival at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport, transfers depart for your hotel at 09:30, 12:30 & 15:30. Then this historic city is yours to discover. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and a relaxing evening of dinner and wine.
    meal(s):WD
    hotel:Massimo D'Azeglio, Rome (2 nights).
  3. In the morning, a Local Expert introduces you to the full arc of the city's highlights. In the afternoon, perhaps take an optional experience to visit the Colosseum and Ancient Forum?
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Massimo D'Azeglio, Rome.
  4. Before leaving Rome, you are fast-tracked through the VIP entrance of the Vatican Museums with a Local Expert. Admire the Papal art collection and visit the Bramante Staircase, a part of the Vatican generally denied to the viewing public. Then enter the Sistine Chapel and admire Michelangelo's famous painted ceiling. Afterwards go next door to St. Peter's Basilica to see Michelangelo's early masterpiece, the Pietà, as well as the splendid dome, completed after his death. Head north through the cypress clad hills of Tuscany, home of the famous Chianti wines, to the beautiful city of Florence.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Una Hotel Vittoria, Florence.
  5. Join your Local Expert and walk to the multi-coloured marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistery, adorned by Ghiberti's 'Gates of Paradise'. You also visit the open-air gallery of Renaissance masterpieces in Signoria Square, lined with fountains and sculptures. See the area around Santa Croce Basilica - famous for the quality of its luxury goods. Then proceed to Venice, a city adorned with marble palaces and secret passageways. In the evening, relax with a coffee or a glass of wine in a sidewalk cafe and let the city cast its magical spell. At night indulge in traditional Italian at a local restaurant. Belissimo!
    meal(s):BB, RD
    hotel:Hilton Molino Stucky, Venice (2 nights).
  6. A private launch takes you past canals lined with ornate architecture to St. Marks Square, dominated by its magnificent basilica and overlooked by the great Clock Tower. Nearby is the Campanile and Doge's Palace which is connected to the prisons via the Bridge of Sighs. While in Venice, you will also get to watch the age-old skill of glassblowing. On your romantic gondola serenade, glide along the atmospheric canals, exploring the intimate and hidden parts of this unique city while musicians set the mood with traditional songs.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Hilton Molino Stucky, Venice.
  7. Glimpse the beautiful Italian Lake District as you journey into Switzerland. Continue through the heart of the Swiss Alps, past gushing streams and soaring peaks, through the St. Gotthard Tunnel to Lucerne. In the evening, join your friends and choose from a selection of local restaurants for dinner.
    meal(s):BB, DA
    hotel:Astoria, Lucerne (2 nights).
  8. Accompany your Tour Director to view the emotive Lion Monument. Then spend time shopping, or stroll across the Chapel Bridge to the ornate Jesuit Church. Later, we head to the town of Stans, where we embark on a scenic journey by funicular railway and open-top cable car to the summit of the stunning Stanserhorn. On a clear day, as well as the beautiful mountains and surrounding hills, there are views as far as Alsace and the Black Forest in Germany. Return to Lucerne where the rest of the day is at leisure. Perhaps hire a bicycle and enjoy a pleasant ride beside the lake?
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Astoria, Lucerne.
  9. Drive to Basel before crossing the Rhine to enter France. Travel through the wine-growing Burgundy region to Paris, the vibrant ‘Ville-Lumière' (City of Light). During your time in Paris, see the imposing façades of the Louvre, the banks of the Seine with its many romantic bridges, the obelisk in the centre of the Place de la Concorde and drive along the Champs Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe. Enjoy a ‘Diner de Célébration' served with wine in a Parisian bistro, abundant with French ambience.
    meal(s):BB, CD
    hotel:Pullman Paris Montparnasse, Paris (2 nights).
  10. Start the day sightseeing with a Local Expert who will take you on a walking tour of the bohemian Latin Quarter. Explore the myriad of streets situated on the left bank of the Seine, before continuing to the Notre Dame Cathedral, a masterpiece of French Gothic architecture. Ascend to the viewing platforms of the Eiffel Tower for spectacular panoramas of the city. The rest of the day is at leisure for a shopping spree in the grand department stores or the elegant designer boutiques. By night, why not try one of the world-famous cabaret shows, for an evening of excitement and glamour?
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Pullman Paris Montparnasse, Paris.
  11. Transfers arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport at 08:00 & 11:00, or depart for London via Gare du Nord for the Eurostar option.
    meal(s):BB
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Included Quality Dining

9 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Dine-Around evening (DA), 1 Restaurant Dinner (RD) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.

Signature Experiences

Rome:

  • Gain VIP fast-track entry to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with an art expert. Make the most of behind-the-scenes access to the famous Bramante Staircase.

Florence:

  • With your Local Expert view the magnificent cathedral and Signoria Square, an open-air gallery of Renaissance Masterpiece.

Venice:

  • To the tune of accompanying musicians, you are serenaded through the atmospheric canals by gondola, past water-lapped doorways and Rococo palaces.

Stanserhorn:

  • A spectacular journey by a funicular railway and open-top cable car to the summit of the Stanserhorn for expansive mountain views.

Paris

  • A Local Expert takes you on a walking tour of the Latin Quarter to Notre Dame Cathedral and Île de la Cité.

Paris:

  • With tickets to the Eiffel Tower prearranged, ascend and enjoy spectacular panoramas of Paris.
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price AvailabilityPrice
5 May 17 15 May 17 $3,495$3,146pp
$3,495 $3,146 pp
12 May 17 22 May 17 $3,495$3,146pp
$3,495 $3,146 pp
19 May 17 29 May 17 $3,495$3,146pp
$3,495 $3,146 pp
26 May 17 5 Jun 17 $3,495$3,146pp
$3,495 $3,146 pp
2 Jun 17 12 Jun 17 $3,495$3,146pp
$3,495 $3,146 pp
9 Jun 17 19 Jun 17 $3,495$3,146pp
$3,495 $3,146 pp
16 Jun 17 26 Jun 17 $3,495$3,146pp
$3,495 $3,146 pp
23 Jun 17 3 Jul 17 $3,450$3,105pp
$3,450 $3,105 pp
30 Jun 17 10 Jul 17 $3,350$3,015pp
$3,350 $3,015 pp
7 Jul 17 17 Jul 17 $3,350$3,015pp
$3,350 $3,015 pp
14 Jul 17 24 Jul 17 $3,350$3,015pp
$3,350 $3,015 pp
21 Jul 17 31 Jul 17 $3,295$2,966pp
$3,295 $2,966 pp
28 Jul 17 7 Aug 17 $3,250$2,925pp
$3,250 $2,925 pp
4 Aug 17 14 Aug 17 $3,250$2,925pp
$3,250 $2,925 pp
11 Aug 17 21 Aug 17 $3,250$2,925pp
$3,250 $2,925 pp
18 Aug 17 28 Aug 17 $3,275$2,948pp
$3,275 $2,948 pp
25 Aug 17 4 Sep 17 $3,325$2,993pp
$3,325 $2,993 pp
1 Sep 17 11 Sep 17 $3,395$3,056pp
$3,395 $3,056 pp
8 Sep 17 18 Sep 17 $3,525$3,173pp
$3,525 $3,173 pp
15 Sep 17 25 Sep 17 $3,495$3,146pp
$3,495 $3,146 pp
22 Sep 17 2 Oct 17 $3,495$3,146pp
$3,495 $3,146 pp
29 Sep 17 9 Oct 17 $3,495$3,146pp
$3,495 $3,146 pp

December 20th: Christmas Highlight Dinner & gift in Venice. December 27th: New Year’s Eve Dinner in Venice. These additional dinners will replace dinners shown in the itinerary.

Christmas Markets: November 18th will explore Lucerne. December 2nd will explore Florence and Lucerne.

Cable car ascent into Swiss mountains is replaced with cogwheel train.

The December 27th departure is staying at an alternative accommodation of similar standard in Florence and Rome.

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 $840 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $88 per person.

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  • 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.

     

  • 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.

    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.

    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. 

  • 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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