The Best of Europe

  • 16 Days

  • Western Europe

  • Active pace

Revel in the best of Europe, from sapphire blue Swiss lakes and vibrant Amsterdam to Italy's medieval marvels and the beautiful French countryside.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Eurostar
Transfers
Services of a tour director
Accommodation
Selected meals
Service charges
Individual audio system
All airport and port taxes
Single share option
VIP private home pick-up
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

  • Day 12

  • Day 13

  • Day 14

  • Day 15

  • Day 16

of 16 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 15th October 2017

Meals included: 15 breakfasts, 5 dinners

Overview

Revel in the best of Europe, from sapphire blue Swiss lakes and vibrant Amsterdam to Italy's medieval marvels and the beautiful French countryside.

At a glance

Amsterdam: Canal cruise

Venice Canal: Boat ride

Rome: City sightseeing, Colosseum & Forum.

Pompeii: Archaeological site

French Riviera

Paris: City sightseeing

Rhineland: Scenic drive

Heidelberg

Lucerne

Lugano

Verona: Juliet's balcony

Assisi: St Francis Basilica

Boat trip to Capri Florence: Walking city sightseeing.

Pisa: Square of Miracles

Route Napoleon: Scenic drive

Beaune

Day 1

UK - Amsterdam area

Join your tour at London Hammersmith, where you travel to Dover and cross to Calais. Next, you will transfer to the Amsterdam area for your overnight stay.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Amsterdam area - Rhineland

This morning, explore the delightful city of Amsterdam on an included visit to a diamond factory, a sightseeing drive with a local guide, and a canal cruise to see the city's highlights from the water. This afternoon, head southeast to Germany for an overnight in the Rhineland area.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Rhineland - Heidelberg - Lucerne area

Start today with a scenic drive along the shores of the Rhine to see charming villages, hilltop castles and terraced vineyards. Spend some time in Heidelberg, Germany's oldest university town and home to a sprawling red sandstone castle that dominates the skyline. Later, continue to Lucerne for two nights.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Lucerne area

Nestled amid snow-capped Alps and dominated by its clear blue lake, Lucerne is one of Switzerland's finest cities. See the city's highlights, such as Chapel Bridge and the magnificent Lion Monument.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Lucerne area - Lugano - Verona - Venice area

Admire breathtaking panoramas on a journey through lush Alpine scenery to the subtropical climes of the Ticino region. Enjoy a stop in beautiful Lugano to stroll along its lakeside promenade before crossing the border into Italy, past Milan and across the Po valley to Verona to see the legendary Juliet's balcony. Later, continue to the Venice area for two nights.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Venice area

With its criss-crossing canals, arched bridges and piazzas, Venice is an unforgettable city. Enjoy an included canal boat-ride to the heart of the city, see the Bridge of Sighs and St Marks Square before visiting a Venetian glass blowing workshop. Don't miss out on the opportunity to experience a Gondala ride this evening with our optional excursion.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Venice area - Assisi - Rome

Drive across the Po Delta and cross the Apennines en route to Umbria. Stop in historic Assisi, the birthplace of St Francis, where you can enjoy sights such as the magnificent Basilica. Later continue your journey to Rome.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Rome

The 'Eternal City', Rome is a city steeped in history, vibrantly alive and absolutely unique. Today's included sightseeing trip with a local guide starts in St Peter's Square, followed by an inside visit of the Roman Forum and the mighty Colosseum.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Rome - Pompeii - Sorrento

This morning, enjoy views of mighty Mount Vesuvius, the only live volcano on the European mainland, before heading to Pompeii, an incredible ancient city preserved for centuries under lava ashes from the volcano. Enjoy an included site seeing tour with a local guide before continuing to the Neapolitan Riviera for two nights.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Sorrento - Capri - Sorrento

Cruise across the Bay of Sorrento to the lovely island of Capri today, an isle dotted with rose-tinted rocks and beautiful coves of translucent blue-green waters. Wander at your own pace or join an optional excursion to further explore Capri?

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Sorrento - Florence

Drive through central Italy, passing olive groves, vineyards and the beautiful medieval towns of the Tuscany region to Florence. Discover the landmarks of this magnificent Renaissance city on the included walking sightseeing tour with a local guide and enjoy a visit to one of Florence's fashionable leather shops.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

Florence - Pisa - French Riviera

Journey to Pisa and stop to admire the architectural wonders of the Square of Miles including the legendary Leaning Tower. Carry on through the flower growing region of Liguria getting glimpses of the Italian Riviera. Cross into France to the blue shores of the Cote d'Azur.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 13

French Riviera - Route Napoleon - Grenoble

Sit back and relax today as you take in the gorgeous landscapes of the French Riviera. Next, follow in the footsteps of Napoleon and trace the route he followed as he escaped from exile in Elba - now best known as the Route Napoleon. On the way, visit a local perfume workshop in Grasse before arriving in your destination for the evening, Grenoble.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 14

Grenoble - Beaune - Paris

This morning leave the mountains behind and marvel at the beauty of the Burgundy region as you pass rich vineyards and meadows en route to Beaune. Stop awhile in this medieval town, renowned for its wine production, and see the 'Hotel Dieu,' a former historical hospital building, before heading to Paris. This evening, why not attend the optional cabaret show?

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 15

Paris

Enjoy a day to get a feel for this magnificent city - renowned throughout the world for its fashion, delicious food, art and museums. Today's included sightseeing trip with a local guide takes in many of the best-known Parisian sights. In the afternoon, explore further at your own pace or on your own on an optional guided excursion?

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 16

Paris - UK

We depart for the Eurostar service back to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

Amsterdam area: Holiday Inn Express Arena 

Rhineland(2017): Leonardo Royal at Cologne or Ramada at Bruehl

Rhineland(2018): Ramada at Bruehl or Leonardo Koeln-Bonn Airport

Lake Lucerne: Drei Koenige at Lucerne

Venice area: Poppi at Mira

Rome: Fleming

Sorrento: Ascot 

Florence: Villa Gabriele D'Annunzio

French Riviera: Park Inn Nice Airport or Ibis Styles

Grenoble: Europole

Paris(2017): Forest Hill La Villette

Paris(2018): Timhotel Berthier

Notes

Special Departures:

Easter Departures: 23rd & 30th March 2018 

Christmas in Rome including Christmas Lunch & New Years in Paris including Reveillon: 16th December 2018

 

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.

 

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