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Welcome to Rome! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and leave the hotel for a welcome dinner at one of Rome’s lively restaurants.
A fascinating day awaits. Your guided sightseeing includes inside visits of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel where you can marvel at Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings plus The Last Judgment, and monumental St. Peter's Square and Basilica to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà. Then, drive to the Roman Forum and visit the amazing Colosseum where gladiators once fought. For those who wish to see it all, an optional walking tour with a Local Guide is available to explore even more famous sites like the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon.
A pleasant drive through the Tuscan hills brings you to Florence, the “Cradle of the Renaissance.” Follow your Local Guide for a visit to the Academy of Fine Arts with Michelangelo’s celebrated statue of David. Admire the magnificent cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gates of Paradise,” and visit sculpture-studded Signoria Square. Time to check out the enticing shops with Florentine leather goods and gold jewelry on Piazza Santa Croce before arriving at your hotel. This evening, an optional dinner is available to sample Tuscan specialties.
Today’s Distance: 193 mi / 310 km
Enter Venice in style by private boat and visit St. Mark's Square and Basilica — one of the best-known examples of Byzantine architecture. See also the Clock Tower, lavish Doges’ Palace, and the Bridge of Sighs. Watch a skilled glassblower fashion delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner. You may wish to join an optional gondola ride. A LF pasta dinner is prepared for you at a local restaurant.
Today’s Distance: 174 mi / 280 km
Leave the flat Po area of Northern Italy and enter Switzerland. Stop in Lugano with its sparkling lake surrounded by the mountains and explore the little shops along Via Nassa. Then, be inspired by the towering majesty of the Swiss Alps and St. Gotthard on the way to picturesque Lucerne.
Today’s Distance: 342 mi / 550 km
During your walking tour, admire Thorwaldsen’s impressive Lion Monument and the ornate patrician houses lining the cobblestone streets of the Old Town. Cross the famous covered Chapel Bridge to the Jesuit Church. Shop for Swiss watches or knives, and make the most of your stay with an optional excursion.
Say Auf Wiedersehen to Switzerland and cross the border into France. On your way to Paris, drive past the vineyards of Burgundy with views of beautiful castles and pass the Fontainebleau Forest. An optional excursion is available to try out local specialties in one of Paris’ fine restaurants, followed by a drive through the French capital.
Today’s Distance: 423 mi / 680 km
Discover the world capital of chic and style with a Local Guide and admire its most famous sights: the Opéra, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Élysées. Enjoy a Seine Cruise with spectacular views of Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower.
Board the high-speed Eurostar Train for a smooth ride to London, arriving in the afternoon. This evening, maybe enjoy an optional dinner, followed by a cruise on the River Thames.
Today’s Distance: 305 mi / 492 km
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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A 250 room centrally located hotel in the Prati area within pleasant walking distance along the River Tiber to historic Castel Sant'Angelo. The hotel has an elegant restaurant, cozy sitting rooms, and an American bar.
Located in the historic heart of Florence, this upscale 55-room boutique property is housed in a restored 19th-century townhouse with elegant parlors, vaulted wooden ceilings and original Tuscan artwork. There is a bar in the antique library that works on an honor-system, a charming rooftop garden with city views and Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout. Breakfast is served in a lavish mirrored room on a long table decked out with silver candelabras and complimentary tea, coffee and cake are served between 5 and 7 pm daily.
A plush traditional Venetian style hotel set in a majestic four story building with refined interiors such as Murano glass wall lamps and gilt-edged furniture. Perfectly placed on the Grand Canal, with a vaporetto stop right outside and close to the main train station, this property offers great transportation access with the Rialto Bridge close by. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the property which has an elegant fine-dining restaurant, a lobby bar, and a lovely rooftop terrace where drinks are served with views of the spired city skyline as a backdrop. 145 air-conditioned classically styled guestrooms offer coffee/tea-making facilities.
Ideally located in the heart of Lucerne, surrounded by mountains, close to its lake boasting crystal clear waters, the historic old town, and famous Chapel Bridge. All 252 contemporary rooms have a minibar and Wi-Fi. There's a plush cocktail lounge, a stylish café, and a rooftop bar affording city views. Other facilities include a full equipped modern gym.
This elegant 405-room hotel is located close the River Seine and Eiffel Tower. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all guestrooms and public areas of the hotel. A light and airy restaurant serves up a range of international cuisine which during the summer months can be enjoyed in the tranquil terrace and gardens. There is also a lounge bar for snacks and drinks as well as a fitness room.
One of the newest hotels in central London, the 494-room property is situated within walking distance of top London attractions, including the London Eye, the London Dungeons and the Imperial War Museum. The Florentine Restaurant serves a Brasserie-style menu; the bar features the best of British bubbles and craft beers as well as a range of signature cocktails; and for a relaxing cup of coffee, head to the illy Caffè bar. The hotel also boasts a fitness centre and a heated swimming pool. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available for guests throughout the hotel.
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