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Road to Rome (Winter Season)

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Tour Pace: Active
Lucerne, Switzerland
Tour Style: Premium

Proverbially, all roads lead to Rome. This one includes grand views from the Eiffel Tower, the atmospheric canals of Venice and the art of Renaissance Florence, all of which are a delight whether travelling in autumn, winter or spring.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).

  2. Check into your hotel, then there is time to relax, explore or shop

    hotel:Amba Hotel Marble Arch
  3. An included half day sightseeing tours of London’s West End shows you all the major sights - Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace. Your Tour Director is also on hand today for help and advice.

  4. After a warm welcome from your Tour Director, transfer to London's St. Pancras Station to board the high-speed Eurostar. Alternatively, join at the Paris hotel. During your time in Paris, see the obelisk in the Place de la Concorde and drive along the Champs-Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe. In the evening, get together for a Welcome Reception, a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.

    meal(s):FB, WD
    hotel:Pullman Paris Center - Bercy
  5. Your Local Expert will take you on a walking tour of the bohemian Latin Quarter, before continuing to the Notre Dame Cathedral. Later, ascend to the viewing platforms of the Eiffel Tower.

  6. Journey through the Burgundy wine region and Jura Mountains before crossing into Switzerland. In the evening, enjoy a traditional supper of local specialties.

    meal(s):BB, RD
    hotel:Renaissance Lucerne Hotel
  7. Join your Tour Director to see the stirring Lion Monument. Then embark on a spectacular journey, to the summit of Mount Pilatus for expansive mountain views over Lake Lucerne. Admire the panorama of snow-capped peaks, before descending back to terra firma.

  8. Spend some time in Vaduz, Liechtenstein, before driving to Austria. Enjoy an orientation of Innsbruck and see the Golden Roof.

    hotel:Hotel Grauer Bär, Innsbruck
  9. Leave Innsbruck and travel through the Dolomites to glorious Venice, known as "La Serenissima."

    hotel:Starhotels Splendid Venice
  10. Visit an arts center to watch one of the few remaining craftsmen blow Venetian glass. A visit to Venice would be incomplete without a 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.

  11. See the incredible Leaning Tower of Pisa with a Local Expert, as well as the splendid cathedral and baptistery. Your journey then continues to Renaissance Florence.

    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Una Hotel Vittoria, Florence
  12. Walk with your Local Expert to the marble-clad cathedral and baptistery, stop at Signoria Square and spend time gazing at the statues in front of Palazzo Vecchio.

  13. In Orvieto, immerse yourself in the flavors and culture of the region at Zeppelin Restaurant, where you join a master chef for a fascinating
    live cooking demonstration, followed by lunch. Continue to Rome, where you can perhaps start the evening with a ‘passeggiata' (traditional evening stroll)?

    meal(s):BB, HL
    hotel:Hotel Romanico Palace, Rome
  14. Join a Local Expert for an in-depth visit to the Vatican Museums, together with behind-the-scenes access to the Bramante Staircase.
    Next, head to the Sistine Chapel to admire Michelangelo's famous ceiling and St. Peter's Basilica. Cross the River Tiber to see the Colosseum. In the evening, enjoy an elegant dinner and private performance of popular songs from some of Italy's best-loved operas.

    meal(s):BB, CD
  15. Departure transfers arrive at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 7:00 am and 9:30 am.


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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 $940 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $106 per person.

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2 Full Breakfasts (FB); 11 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Highlight Lunch (HL), 1 Restaurant Dinner (RD), 1 Three-course table d’hôte Dinner (DW) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee. Departures on tour for Christmas and New Year’s Eve will enjoy festive Highlight Dinners which will replace an included meal.

Signature Experiences


  • Venture with a Local Expert through the Latin Quarter, along the Seine and continue on to the Notre Dame Cathedral, a masterpiece of French Gothic architecture.


  • Walk with your Local Expert to the cathedral, see the ‘Gates of Paradise' and open-air gallery of Signoria Square.


  • After VIP fast-track entry into the Vatican Museums and privileged access to the Bramante Staircase, witness Michelangelo's genius in the Sistine Chapel, with your Local Expert.

Top Rated Highlights

Christmas Markets:

  • Prepare to be dazzled by the wonders and magic of Christmas, with market stalls featuring local handicrafts and delicious, seasonally-festive treats like Glühwein. On selected departures, there is free time to explore in some of the cities visited.


  • Ascend to the viewing platforms of the Eiffel Tower and enjoy glorious panoramas.

Mount Pilatus:

  • Take a spectacular journey to the summit of Mount Pilatus for expansive mountain views.


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

Authentic Regional Flavors


  • Enjoy a traditional Swiss supper of hearty specialties at a local restaurant.


  • At a restaurant in the medieval heart of Orvieto, explore the art of Italian cooking with Chef Lorenzo.


  • Savor a four-course Celebration Dinner complete with wine, to the rich tremolo of some of Italy's best-loved opera.


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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 or the UK.

  • The currency for most countries you will visit in Europe is the Euro (€).  Several exceptions apply on this trip 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.

    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.

    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.

  • 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.

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