London, Paris, Venice, Florence & Rome
Fall in love with travel all over again on this 17-day European adventure.
This exciting 16-day tour across Europe includes some of the continent’s most romantic cities. You’ll find yourself riding on one of London’s iconic double-decker buses, relaxing on a gondola ride along a Venetian canal, and tracing Michelangelo’s steps in Florence. Stroll along the banks of the Seine in Paris, and see past and present collide in Rome. Stand face-to-face with famous works of art like Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Michelangelo’s David. Throughout your journey, you’ll have the insider advice of a Local Host in each city, so you won’t miss a beat. With transportation, hotel accommodation, and orientation tours expertly pre-arranged, this tour takes the worry out of travel, leaving you free to make the most out of your European vacation.
Highlights and Inclusions
- 15 nights accommodation in pre-screened, centrally located hotels
- Friendly, knowledgeable Local Host at each destination
- London-Paris transportation via Eurostar high-speed rail
- Paris-Venice transportation via air on selected flights
- Venice-Florence and Florence-Rome transportation on high-speed rail (first-class)
- Daily breakfast buffet
- Guided sightseeing and orientation in each city
- London highlights include the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, and Westminster Abbey
- Paris highlights include a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral and entrance to the Louvre
- Venice highlights include a visit to Doges' Palace, the Bridge of Sighs, a glassblowing demonstration, and entrances to the Marciana Library and the Correr Museum and National Archaeological Museum
- Florence highlights include a visit to the Academy of Fine Arts to see Michelangelo's David
- Rome highlights include a visit to the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum, and the Roman Forum
Day 1 - Depart USA for London
Embark on your transatlantic flight to London from your U.S. gateway. (International flight not included in tour price)
Day 2 - London, England
Welcome to London! Your Local Hosts will help you maximize your stay in one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world.
Day 3 - London
Morning guided sightseeing and orientation includes all of London's famous landmarks. Drive past the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben; Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Kate Middleton were married; Whitehall's mounted horseguards; the Prime Minister's Downing Street; and Piccadilly Circus. Take photographs of the London Eye, the giant Ferris wheel situated on the river bank; the Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe. Visit St. Paul's Cathedral (except on Sundays). Sir Christopher Wren's masterpiece with its world-famous dome is an iconic feature of London's skyline, and the awe-inspiring interior holds fascinating stories about its history. The final highlight is the ceremonial pageantry of the Changing of the Guard (if held) at Buckingham Palace.
Day 4 - London
Consider your Local Hosts' suggestions for your day at leisure. Maybe an afternoon at the 900-year-old Tower of London, still guarded by the famous Beefeaters, would be to your taste.
Day 5 - London-Paris, France
Morning transfer to the high-speed Eurostar train, to Paris.
Day 6 - Paris
Morning guided sightseeing takes you to Notre Dame Cathedral, where Napoleon was crowned emperor in 1804, to admire its amazing 13th-century, stained-glass Rose Window. Pass the Latin Quarter, Les Invalides, the Opéra, Place de la Concorde, and Arc de Triomphe. Drive by the Seine River with its beautiful bridges, and stop to take photos of the iconic Eiffel Tower from one of the best panoramic viewing points. Also enter the world's most visited museum, The Louvre, with its modern glass pyramid, to see Da Vinci's Mona Lisa and other treasures. (Louvre replaced with Seine cruise on Tuesdays)
Day 7 - Paris
Today, you may want to immerse yourself in France's famous cuisine—like its local cheese (over 400 varieties), onion soup, coq au vin (a classic chicken dish), pastries, crêpes, pain au chocolat, and much, much more! Your Local Host can help you organize your day.
Day 8 - Paris-Venice, Italy
Travel by air to Venice on selected flights.
Day 9 - Venice
Morning guided sightseeing and orientation with headset; see St. Mark's Square and Basilica with its exceptional gold mosaics. Visit Doges' Palace and the evocative Bridge of Sighs. Watch skilled glassblowers fashion their delicate objects in the age-old manner and learn why glassmaking was so important in Venetian history. Entrances to Marciana Library, and the Correr and Archaeological Museums are included; ask your Local Host for details.
Day 10 - Venice
Your Local Host will have exciting suggestions for your day, such as a gondola ride; wine and appetizers, Venetian style; a visit to Teatro La Fenice (Theater of the Phoenix); or the best places to shop for Murano glass items and carnival masks.
Day 11 - Venice- Florence
Morning transfer to the high-speed train (first-class), with early afternoon arrival in Florence.
Day 12 - Florence
Morning guided sightseeing, with headset, includes a visit of the Academy of Fine Arts featuring Michelangelo's original David. Walk through Cathedral Square; sculpture-studded Piazza della Signoria, the center of the city's political life since the 14th century; and Santa Croce Square. Also admire medieval Ponte Vecchio, the arched, stone merchant bridge spanning the Arno River. (On Mondays, included guided sightseeing will take place the following day)
Day 13 - Florence
Today your Local Host will have many options for your day at leisure.
Day 14 - Florence-Rome
Travel by high-speed train (first-class) to Rome.
Day 15 - Rome
Your morning guided sightseeing, with headset, is rich in religious and ancient history. Visit the Vatican museums to see its amazing treasures. In the Sistine Chapel, where the Conclave is held to elect new Popes, view Michelangelo's The Last Judgment and his famous ceiling paintings. Also on the agenda today, see monumental St. Peter's Square and Basilica, built in 313 AD above St. Peter the Apostle's tomb and home to Michelangelo's masterpiece Renaissance sculpture, the Pietà. Cross the Tiber River and continue your immersion in history at the iconic Colosseum, built for 50,000 spectators, and the Roman Forum, where the oldest structures of the ancient city are located. (On Sundays, included guided sightseeing will take place the following day.)
Day 16 - Rome
Follow the ancient Roman advice Carpe diem (seize the day) and ask your Local Host for suggestions. You may want to ensure your return to the “Eternal City” by throwing a coin into Trevi Fountain.
Day 17 - Rome
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Dates & Prices
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|21st August 2017||$4,206||Please call for availability.|
|30th August 2017||$4,551||Please call for availability.|
|4th September 2017||$4,473||Book Now|
|14th September 2017||$4,595||Book Now|
|18th September 2017||$4,423||Book Now|
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