The Best of Europe


  • Europe

  • Active pace

Tour : 5161

Single Share available

Overview

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Revel in the best that Europe has to offer, from sapphire blue Swiss lakes and vibrant Amsterdam to Italy's medieval marvels and the beautiful French countryside. Dip your toe into the jet set lifestyle in Sorrento and Capri, explore the cobbled alleys of Venice by boat and experience the moment where time stood still in Pompeii, 79CE, when Vesuvius erupted and buried the town.

Highlights

  • Amsterdam Enjoy a relaxing cruise in Amsterdam's UNESCO-listed canal ring, then visit a diamond centre to see skilled craftspeople cut and polish these precious stones. Get to know the city with your local guide.
  • Lucerne Make the most of the sweeping panoramas in this beautiful alpine location. Discover the pretty old town on a guided sightseeing tour that includes the Lion monument. Choice of optional excursions, or free time.
  • Venice Explore the atmospheric city by boat, visit a glassblowing workshop and marvel at the skill of the craftspeople, then enjoy free time to wander the narrow cobbled streets and take an optional private gondola ride, complete with serenade.
  • Rome Follow your local guide to explore the key sights of Italy's cosmopolitan capital, including St Peter's Square, the Roman Forum and the iconic Colosseum. Optional visit to Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums.
  • Pompeii Be moved by this archaelogical site of the town that was buried by the ash from Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE.
  • Neapolitan Riviera Discover the sparkling shores and glamorous lifestyles of Sorrento and Capri. Get a unique view of the beautiful Italian island on an optional boat tour.
  • Paris Spend two nights in the 'City of Light', where your local guide will show you around the key sites. You'll have time to explore further, and discover why French cuisine is so world-renowned at an optional dinner in a local restaurant.

Single Share available

Opt to share a twin room with a fellow traveller, and if there's no one to share with you'll get a room to yourself at no added cost!

Our single share option will match you with a fellow solo traveller of the same gender in a twin room, so you don't have to pay a single supplement. If there's no one available to share with, you don't pay any additional single supplement. Please call us to book a single-share holiday.

Single Share available

Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 15 breakfasts, 5 dinners

UK - Amsterdam area

Day
1

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.

Amsterdam area - Rhineland

Day
2

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
  • Dinner

Rhineland - Heidelberg - Lucerne area

Day
3

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

Lucerne area

Day
4

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

Lucerne area - Lugano - Verona - Venice area

Day
5

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

Venice area

Day
6

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
  • Dinner

Venice area - Assisi - Rome

Day
7

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

Rome

Day
8

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

Rome - Pompeii - Sorrento

Day
9

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

Sorrento - Capri - Sorrento

Day
10

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
  • Dinner

Sorrento - Florence

Day
11

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
  • Dinner

Florence - Pisa - French Riviera

Day
12

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

French Riviera - Route Napoleon - Grenoble

Day
13

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
  • Dinner

Grenoble - Beaune - Paris

Day
14

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

Paris

Day
15

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

Paris - UK

Day
16

We depart for the Eurostar service back to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

Special Departures:

Easter Departures: 23rd & 30th March 2018 

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

 

 

 

Total meals included:

  • 15 breakfasts, 5 dinners

Amsterdam area - Amsterdam area - Rhineland

Day
1

Your tour starts today.

Today, enjoy sightseeing in Amsterdam with a local guide pointing out the city highlights, followed by a canal cruise to see the city from water level, then stop to watch the cutting and polishing of precious stones at a diamond centre. This afternoon, continue your journey to the scenic Rhineland.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Rhineland - Heidelberg - Lucerne area

Day
2

Drive through the picturesque Rhineland or, alternatively, take the optional Rhine River cruise and enjoy splendid scenery including the Lorelei rock. Next, drive into Germany’s oldest university town, Heidelberg, nicely located at the confluence of the Neckar and Rhine Rivers, for a short visit. Continue to the Lucerne area.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lucerne area

Day
3

One of Switzerland’s finest cities, Lucerne is nestled amid its snow-capped Alps, surrounded by its lake, and graced by the clear mountain waters of the Reuss River. The orientation includes the Lion monument, erected in memory of the 800 Swiss Guards who defended Louis XVI and his wife, and the wooden chapel bridge. A grand selection of optional activities completes the day: a cable-car ride to the 10,000-foot summit of Mount Titlis; a cruise on the fjord-like lake; and, of course, time to shop for an authentic Swiss watch.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lucerne area - Lugano - Verona - Venice area

Day
4

More wonderful alpine scenery as you drive into the mountain ranges that surround the massive St. Gotthard leading to the warmer and sunnier ambiance of Canton Ticino. Stop in beautiful Lugano and take a stroll along the lakeside promenade. Then, cross into Italy and drive across the Po Valley to Verona, medieval setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. See Juliet’s house and balcony, and stroll around the picturesque market square. Tonight, you are in the Venice area.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Venice area

Day
5

Venice is more like a marvellous film set than a real-life city, with its criss-crossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and busy little piazzas. The included orientation starts with a boat ride to St. Mark’s Square and is followed by free time to soak up the city’s unique atmosphere and a chance to visit a glassblowing workshop. Don’t miss out on the optional gondola trip, gliding along the picturesque canals with a local troubadour to serenade you.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Venice area - Assisi - Rome

Day
6

An interesting drive southward, crossing the rolling Apennines. Stop in medieval Assisi, where St. Francis was born in 1182, and visit the world-famous Basilica with its beautiful frescoes by Giotto. Then, head for Rome.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Rome

Day
7

The “Eternal City” is steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Included sightseeing with a local guide starts with St. Peter’s Square and Basilica. Other highlights are the iconic Colosseum, the largest amphitheatre ever built; the Roman Forum; Piazza Venezia, and Campidoglio.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Rome - Pompeii - Sorrento

Day
8

An optional visit is available to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, world famous for Michelangelo’s impressive fresco of The Last Judgement. South all the way today, with the Vesuvius volcano in the distance. Visit Pompeii, where time stopped in 79 AD when the Vesuvius eruption totally buried it. On the included visit to the Archaeological site, see the luxurious villas, temples, theatre, and forum. Just a few more miles to reach the lively Neapolitan Riviera.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Sorrento - Capri - Sorrento

Day
9

Cross the blue sea for a full-day excursion to the legendary island of Capri. Surrounded by rose-tinted rocks, Capri has incredibly beautiful coves of translucent blues and greens. The town, with its pretty piazzetta, maze of streets, fashionable boutiques, and cosy restaurants, is a mecca for the jet set. An optional tour takes you around the island with its steep roads and panoramic views.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Sorrento - Florence

Day
10

An early journey north to Florence. Vistas of rolling hills, austere rows of Cypress trees, terraced vineyards, olive groves, and rural villages form the backdrop of your journey through beautiful Tuscany. Arrive in Florence in the afternoon in time to enjoy its magnificent architectural and artistic treasures; the included walking tour with a local guide will take in the highlights.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Florence - Pisa - French Riviera

Day
11

Stop in Pisa to see the Square of Miracles and the famous Leaning Tower, 180 feet high and no less than 12 feet out of the perpendicular. Bypassing the great port of Genoa, drive northwest, getting glimpses of the Italian and French Rivieras. Stop in Eze to visit an interesting purfume workshop and reach the shores of the charming Côte d’Azur.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

French Riviera - Route Napoleon - Grenoble

Day
12

Today we follow the footsteps of Napoleon as he escaped from exile in Elbe. Once he landed on the shores of the Côte d’Azur, he made his way to Paris via Grasse. Following the Route Napoleon from St André Les Alpes, reach Grenoble, an alpine town that hosted the 1968 winter Olympic Games.each Grenoble, now an alpine sports mecca and site of the 1968 Winter Olympic Games.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Grenoble - Beaune - Paris

Day
13

Enjoy the very heart of the Burgundy wine-growing region, making a stop in lovely Beaune, surrounded by some of the world’s finest vineyards. Continue northwards to the exciting city of Paris, capital of France.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Paris

Day
14

Paris is a world-class city that probably has more familiar landmarks than almost any other city in the world. This morning, see the main ones during the included city tour with a local guide. In the afternoon, a chance to feel like a French aristocrat as you join the optional walking tour through the immense Palace of Versailles. This evening, why not join an optional farewell dinner?

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Paris

Day
15

Your tour ends today.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

Special Departures:

Easter Departures: 23rd & 30th March 2018 

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

 

 

 

What's included

Tour only

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Tour Only holiday option.

  • Eurostar
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Service charges
  • Individual audio system

Tour with flights

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

  • Eurostar
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • All airport and port taxes

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