FROM ST. PAUL’S TO ST. PETERS
Tour start date: 01 Apr, 27 May, 10 Jun, 08 Jul & 12 Aug 2018
Tour end date: 10 Apr, 05 Jun, 19 Jun, 24 Jul & 21 Aug 2018
Day 1: LONDON, ENGLAND–PARIS, FRANCE
Board the EUROSTAR TRAIN to Paris with your Tour Director. Spend two nights in Paris.
Day 2: PARIS
Paris is a world-class city that probably has more familiar landmarks than almost any other city in the world. This morning, see these sites during the included city tour with a Local Guide. This evening, why not join an optional Parisian dinner.
Day 3: PARIS–LUCERNE AREA, SWITZERLAND
Fascinating, ever-changing scenery greets you today. Enjoy views of Fontainebleau Forest, the wine-growing area of Burgundy, prosperous farms, and tidy, half-timbered villages as you head through the alpine heart of Switzerland to the picture-book Lucerne area.
Day 4: LUCERNE AREA
One of Switzerland’s finest cities, Lucerne is nestled amid its snowcapped 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. Also admire the famous wooden CHAPEL BRIDGE with its splendid frescoes. A 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.
Day 5: LUCERNE AREA–LUGANO–VERONA, ITALY–VENICE AREA
More wonderful alpine scenery awaits as you drive into the mountain ranges that surround the massive St. Gotthard. Once through its great tunnel, start your scenic descent into the warmer and sunnier ambiance of Canton Ticino. Stop in beautiful Lugano and take a stroll along the lakeside promenade. Later, cross into Italy and drive through the Lombardy plains to Romeo and Juliet’s Verona, known as “Little Rome” for its splendid amphitheater still standing in its former glory. Overnight in the Venice area.
Day 6: VENICE AREA
Venice is more like a marvelous film set than a real-life city, with criss-crossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and busy little piazzas. The orientation starts with a BOAT RIDE to St. Mark’s Square and is followed by a chance to watch Venetian GLASSBLOWERS fashion their delicate objects as they did centuries ago. Don’t miss out on the optional gondola trip, gliding along the picturesque canals with a local troubadour to serenade you.
Day 7: VENICE AREA–FLORENCE–MONTECATINI
Travel south across the Apennines into the gentle and hilly countryside of Tuscany. Enjoy a guided walk through Florence to discover its Renaissance treasures, then continue to Montecatini for an overnight.
Day 8: MONTECATINI–PISA–ROME
This morning, stop in Pisa to see the famed SQUARE OF MIRACLES and to view the Leaning Tower. Then, journey south to Rome. Tonight, consider an optional evening drive through the city—a floodlit spectacular of shimmering fountains, magnificent churches, and piazzas—followed by dinner.
Day 9: ROME
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 amphitheater ever built; the Roman Forum; Piazza Venezia, and Campidoglio. An optional visit is available to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, world famous for Michelangelo’s impressive fresco of The Last Judgment.
Day 10: ROME
Arrivederci, Roma—your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.
|US$ 2020 per person
|US$ 90 per person
- Transportation – private first-class air conditioned motor coach, canal transfer boat in Venice, Eurostar train LON-PAR
- Guides for city sightseeing and a professional Tour director while touring
- Accommodation rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage tips and service charges
- Buffet breakfasts daily and 3 dinners
- Individual headsets
- International flights
- Visa costs and personal insurance
- Other optional excursions
- Lunches and some dinners (arrangements are made for guests to purchase their own meals)
- Drinks, laundry and items of a personal nature