The Best of Europe

Price per person
from £2,072

Price based on
London St Pancras (Eurostar)
7th Oct 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Eurostar
  • Transfers
  • 14 days

  • Western Europe

  • Active pace

  • Classic escorted tours

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.

At a glance


  • 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.

What's included

  • 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
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Single Share available

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.

Overview

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.

Total meals included:

  • 15 breakfasts, 5 dinners

UK - Amsterdam area

Day
1

Take the Eurostar to Brussels where you will be met by your representative and travel by coach to the Amsterdam area.

Your tour starts today.

Amsterdam area - Rhineland

Day
2

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
3

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
4

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
5

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
6

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
7

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
8

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
9

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
10

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
11

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
12

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
13

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
14

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
15

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 - UK

Day
16

Your tour ends today.

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

 

 

 

Hotels

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


Amsterdam area: Holiday Inn Express Arena 

Rhineland: 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: Timhotel Berthier

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