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Overview

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A memorable jaunt south through the heart of Europe. Sip champagne in the network of tunnels and cellars under medieval Reims, explore the pretty half-timbered houses of Strasbourg, capture the dazzling panoramas from the top of the Swiss Alps on a bucket-list train journey and soak up the cosmopolitan buzz in Milan with a two-night stay.

Highlights

  • Paris Spend two nights in the 'City of Light', discovering its iconic sights with a local guide. Take your pick from some of the world's best restaurants, or join an optional dinner outing.
  • Reims Go underground in this historic city for a tasting in an atmospheric champagne cellar.
  • Strasbourg Take a guided stroll around this city to see its Gothic cathedral, astronomical clock, and Petite France with its charming half-timbered houses.
  • Bernina train Hop aboard the Bernina Express Train from St Moritz to Tirano for an unforgettable journey through the stunning Swiss Alps.
  • Milan Two nights in the cosmopolitan heart of Northern Italy. Follow your local guide for a tour of the sights and spend some time browsing the stylish boutiques.

Tour itinerary

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

Total meals included:

  • 9 breakfasts, 3 dinners

UK - Paris

Day
1

Fly to Paris where you will be transferred to your hotel for the evening.

Paris

Day
2

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Paris today, with local guide, starting with a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral. Next, take in some of the best known Parisian sights: La Sorbonne, Boulevard St Germain, Eiffel Tower, Opera, Champs Elysees, and the Rue de Rivoli to name just a few.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Paris - Reims - Luxembourg

Day
3

Depart Paris this morning with Luxembourg in your sights. Take a break en route in Reims, the capital of Champagne, to discover the secrets of this celebrated wine at one of the renowned local cellars.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Luxembourg - Strasburg - Offenburg area

Day
4

Luxembourg City, built amid deep gorges cut by the Alzette and Pétrusse rivers, famed for the ruins of it's medieval fortifications. Next, enjoy a guided tour of Strasbourg with it's picturesque petite french and Gothic cathedral. Next, continue to your destination in the Offenburg area.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Offenburg area - Neuschwantsein - Fussen Area

Day
5

This morning head towards Fussen. Sit back and relax as you are driven through the breath-taking scenery of Lake Constance and Bavaria. Arriving at Neuschwanstein, discover the fairy-tale 19th century castle built by prince Ludwig II. Arrive at the Fussen area.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Fussen area - St Gallen - Lucerne area

Day
6

Leaving the Fussen area today, cross the border into Switzerland and stop in St Gallen for an included visit of the of the unique UNESCO World Heritage listed Library. Next, journey to the alpine Lucerne area.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lucerne area

Day
7

Lucerne, a compact city in central Switzerland, sits amid snow-capped mountains on the north end of the Lake Lucerne. with it's colorful Altstadt (Old Town) and the iconic Kapellbrucke, it's the storybook image of a Swiss town. Experience it's highlights with free time to explore or take one of the optional excursions available.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lucerne Area - Vaduz - St Moritz

Day
8

Leave Lucerne this morning, head towards Lichtenstein to stop in the quiet capital, Vaduz, carry on to glitzy St Moritz, an exclusive winter resort and check into your hotel for the evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

St Moritz - Tirano - Como - Milan

Day
9

The highlight of your day is the journey on the Bernina Express train from St Moritz to Tirano, travelling through the breathtaking alpine scenery. Re-join the coach and enjoy a scenic drive through the magnificent landscapes surrounding Lake Como. Next, enjoy a visit to the city center of Como before concluding your journey in Milan.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Milan

Day
10

Today, enjoy a city sightseeing tour of Milan taking all the main sights that this city has to offer, this afternoon, explore at leisure or take advantage of the multiple shopping opportunities Milan has to offer.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Milan - UK

Day
11

Transfer to Milan airport for your return flight to the UK.

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Total meals included:

  • 9 breakfasts, 3 dinners

Paris

Day
1

Your tour starts today. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Paris

Day
2

A world-class city for centuries, Paris probably has more familiar landmarks than any other place in the world. See the highlights on an included sightseeing tour with an expert local guide. Later, sample what life must have been like for 17th-century French aristocrats on an optional tour of the opulent Palace of Versailles. Tonight, consider joining an optional dinner.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Paris - Reims - Luxembourg

Day
3

Depart the “City of Light” and head east to Reims, home to many of the country’s largest champagne producers. A maze of tunnels and caves dating back to Roman times exists under the city, and these are used to this day for the aging of the champagne. A fascinating visit to a champagne cellar teaches you all about how this sparkling wine is made. Also see the city’s exceptionally beautiful gothic cathedral, the traditional coronation site for French kings. Continue to Luxembourg City, situated at the confluence of the Alzette and Pétrusse Rivers and capital of one of Europe’s smallest sovereign states.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Luxembourg - Strasburg - Freiburg area.

Day
4

Explore Luxembourg City with its celebrated UNESCO World Heritage status and many European Union institutions, including the European Court of Justice, European Investment Bank, and more. Re-enter France and arrive in Strasbourg, seat of the European Parliament. On your guided walking tour, see the monumental gothic cathedral with its ancient murals, stained-glass windows, and fascinating astronomical clock; experience the unique Franco-German culture; and explore the city’s historic heart in the magical La Petite France district. Cross the border into Germany, and spend the night in the Freiburg area.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Freiburg area - Neuschwantsein - Innsbruck Area

Day
5

A scenic drive takes you along the shores of pretty Lake Constance, Central Europe’s third-largest lake, and into the heart of Bavaria. Ascend the foothills of the Alps for a visit to “Mad” King Ludwig’s romantic Neuschwanstein Castle, inspiration for Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle. Dinner and an overnight in the Innsbruck area.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Innsbruck area - St Gallen - Lucerne

Day
6

Cross the border into Switzerland to arrive in the canton of St. Gallen. The city grew up around the 7th-century Convent of St. Gall. Visit the abbey’s rococo-style library, one of the richest medieval libraries in the world and UNESCO Heritage Site, which houses antiquities, including 400 books that are more than a thousand years old and a 2,700-year-old Egyptian mummy. Carry on to Lucerne.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lucerne

Day
7

Nestled amid snow-capped Alps and surrounded by its lake, Lucerne is one of Switzerland’s finest cities. This morning’s visit takes in the historic city walls, which still include eight watch towers and a gated tower; Chapel Bridge, Europe’s oldest covered bridge, dating back to 1333; ornate patrician houses lining cobblestone streets; and the Lion Monument, a masterful stone sculpture honouring Louis XVI’s heroic Swiss Guards. In your free time this afternoon, you could choose from a great selection of optional activities.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lucerne–Liechtenstein–St. Moritz

Day
8

Majestic alpine scenery and glimpses of Lake Walen will enchant you on the way to Liechtenstein. Stop briefly in its capital, Vaduz, whose castle is visible from almost any spot in the city. Drive towards the Swiss National Park in the Engadine, the country’s biggest nature preserve. Watch for ibexes, marmots, northern hares, and other wildlife as sparkling lakes, larch forests, soaring peaks, and quaint, Grisons-style villages usher you on to glamorous St. Moritz, the oldest and most famous winter resort in the world.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

St. Moritz–Bernina Express Train to Tirano, Italy–Como–Milan

Day
9

Today, experience a memorable trip aboard the Bernina Express Train. Crossing the Alps to Tirano in Italy, this spectacular rail journey ascends to altitudes exceeding 6,560 feet above sea level. Rejoin the coach and skirt Lake Como before visiting the quaint historical town centre of Como before reaching Milan.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Milan

Day
10

Hub of Italy’s economic miracle and the capital of fashion, Milan is a vibrant city. During your guided sightseeing tour, see the awe-inspiring, gothic Duomo, one of the largest cathedrals in the world and which took nearly 500 years to complete. This afternoon, you could spend time in Milan’s famous fashion district to catch up on the latest designs.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Milan

Day
11

Your tour ends today with breakfast this morning.

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

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.

  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Excursions
  • 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.

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Excursions
  • All airport taxes

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