13 DAYS DETAILED ITINERARY:
Day 1: ROME, ITALY
After arriving in Rome, check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the beautiful ancient capital. You will be introduced to your tour director and have a relaxed day.
Day 2: ROME
A local guide will accompany you for sightseeing starting with St. Peter’s Square, followed by a visit to the Roman Forum and the mighty Colosseum.
Day 3: ROME–PISA–FLORENCE
Undulating hills, austere rows of cypress trees, terraced vineyards, olive groves, and rural villages form the backdrop of your journey through beautiful Tuscany. Take a break in Pisa to see the Square of Miracles and the amazing Leaning Tower, then move on to Florence.
Day 4: FLORENCE–VENICE
Admire the city’s timeless beauty in relative peace and quiet. You will see the Piazza Santa Croce; the beautiful Piazza Signoria; the Palazzo Vecchio and its courtyard; the Loggia dei Lanzi; and, to top it all, the Piazza del Duomo and its cathedral with the Giotto Campanile, and the magnificent East Door of the Baptistry known as the “Gate of Paradise.” Drive north across the River Po into the Plains of Venetia for two overnights in the Venice area.
Day 5: VENICE
Venice is more like a beautiful film set than a real live city, with its criss-crossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and little quiet piazzas. The orientation tour starts with a boat ride and is followed by a chance to watch Venetian glassblowers fashion their delicate objects as they did centuries ago. There is also an optional gondola trip, gliding along the picturesque canals.
Day 6: VENICE–INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA
Journey northwards from the flat farmlands of the Venetian countryside to the Dolomites surrounding Italy’s most famous winter resort, Cortina. Stop awhile to enjoy the grand scenery. Next, cross the border into Austria to reach Innsbruck for an overnight.
Day 7: INNSBRUCK–VADUZ, LIECHTENSTEIN–LAKE
Orientation tour includes the famous Golden Roof. Later, drive through the valleys and villages of the mountainous Tyrol to the Arlberg tunnel, descending into Switzerland. Stop briefly in Vaduz, Liechtenstein’s capital, before heading for Lake Lucerne.
Day 8: LAKE LUCERNE
One of Switzerland’s finest cities nestled amid its snowcapped Alps, surrounded by its lake, and embellished by the clear mountain waters of the River Reuss. Your visit takes in the impressive city walls, a covered wooden bridge, ornate patrician houses lining cobblestone streets, and the Lion Monument—a masterful stone sculpture in honor of the heroic Swiss Guard of Louis XVI. 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 that very Swiss watch.
Day 9: LAKE LUCERNE–PARIS, FRANCE
Vistas of green pastures and attractive chalets with rustic timbering and luxuriant flowers. Then into France on the highway, past some of its most famous vineyards, to Paris. Arrive in time to enjoy the optional entertainment show.
Day 10: PARIS
Paris holds a special place in the imagination. It’s a city of many facets and famed for its culture, beauty, sophistication, and sparkle. The center has wide boulevards and impressive buildings. Included sightseeing with a local expert of many of the best-known Parisian sights: La Sorbonne, Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Madeleine, the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramid near the Louvre, the Invalides, and Champs Elysées. Optional excursions are also available to the Palace and Gardens of Versailles and, to celebrate the success of your tour, a French farewell dinner might be just the ticket.
Day11: PARIS–LONDON, UK
Relax and let the countryside whiz by on the road north to the coast, where you board your Channel ferry. Travel through Kent to London for an evening arrival.
Spend a day doing lots of shopping in London. Visit some famous tourist spots.
Day13: LONDON – Back to your city
Time to return home from London after a memorable European trip!