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
- London-Paris transportation via Eurostar high-speed rail
- Venice-Florence and Florence-Rome transportation on high-speed rail (first-class)
- Paris-Venice transportation via air on selected flights
- 15 nights accommodation in pre-screened, centrally located hotels
- Daily breakfast buffet
- Guided sightseeing and orientation in each city
- London highlights include 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
- Friendly, knowledgeable Local Host at each destination
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 includes all of London's famous landmarks. Drive past the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben; Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, were married; Whitehall's mounted horseguards; the Prime Minister's Downing Street; and Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace. Take photographs of the London Eye, the giant Ferris wheel situated on the riverbank; 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.
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
Travel by high-speed Eurostar train (Standard class) 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 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 ideas for your day, such as the best places to shop for Murano glass items and Carnival masks.
Day 11 - Venice- Florence
Travel by high-speed train (first-class) to 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. (Note that there are occasions when the Academy of Fine Arts is closed. On any of these dates, your full city sightseeing will be moved to an alternate day to ensure you have the full insider experience).
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. (Note that there are rare occasions when the Vatican Museum is closed. On any of these dates, your full city sightseeing will be moved to an alternate day to ensure you have the full insider experience).
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.
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Millennium Gloucester, London
This modern and luxurious hotel is located in fashionable South Kensington, a relaxed environment in the heart of London. Situated next to Gloucester Road underground station, it is perfectly placed for visiting London’s greatest attractions including Hyde Park, the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace, the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. The hotel offers a variety of dining options such as Bombay Brasserie and Bugis Street Brasserie for Indian and Oriental cuisine, South West 7 for breakfast and Humphrey’s Bar for light meals and drinks. 24-hour room service, concierge service, and a fitness room with cardiovascular equipment and weights is also available.
Mercure Paris Centre Tour Eiffel, Paris
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.
Hotel Abbazia, Venice
This charming 50-room hotel offers a real Venetian experience in the heart of the city and is housed in a former monastery dating back to 1879 with Free Wi-Fi access available in all guestrooms and public areas of the hotel. A breakfast buffet is served in the bright, airy breakfast room and can also be enjoyed in the serene courtyard garden during the summer months; the original chapel has been restored as a stately wood-paneled lounge/bar complete with the original oak pulpit. NOTE: This 3-story property does not have an elevator and may not be suitable for guests who are mobility impaired).
This classic Florentine style 60-room hotel boasts a great location with easy access and offers free Wi-Fi access throughout. There is a small but comprehensive fitness center, a bar and a traditional Italian restaurant featuring local cuisine and a variety of seasonal dishes.
NH Collection Giustiniano, Rome
Named after one of Rome's great Emperors, this modern 161 room hotel has a relaxed atmosphere in a great central location. Free Wi-Fi access is available in the lobby and guestrooms. Amenities include a fitness room, a contemporary styled restaurant serving regional & international dishes and a lounge bar serving refreshments and light snacks.
Dates & Prices
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|24th July 2019||$3,891||Please call for availability.|
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|25th September 2019||$4,025||Book Now|
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