1 : London | Paris (2 Nights)
This morning leave London and Travel to the White Cliffs of Drover before crossing the Channel to Calais. Pass by the First World War battlefields of the Somme and arrive in the beautiful city of paris. Enjoy a Welcome Reception with dinner in the evening with your fellow travelers and Travel Director. Later an orientation drive will show you some of the sights which await you – a perfect introduction to your magical holiday. (WR) Hotel : Pullman La Defense / Radisson Boulogne
Day 2 : Paris Sightseeing and Free Time
Drive along the famous Champs Elysees to view the arc de triomphe, beneath which lies the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Your sightseeing tour with a Local Expert includes a trip up the Eiffel Tower to the second level for breathtaking views of the city. Spend the afternoon visiting the sights of your cgoice. Perhaps take an optional experience to the Louvre to see the Mona Lisa. (BB)
Day 3 : Paris | Lucerne
See the sprawling vineyards of Auxerrois and Burgundy as you journe south, passing the medieval castle of Chateauneuf. Cross the border into Switzerland where the scenery is a kaleidoscope of colour. Admire the beautiful Lake Lucerne. Walk across the 14th century wooden Chapel Bridge and view the emotive Lion of Lucerne during your afternoon orientation. (BB D) Hotel : Grand Europe
Day 4 : Lucerne | St. Gotthard | Venice
Travel the scenic St. Gotthard Region through the Alps and cross the border at Chiasso into Italy. Catch a glimpse of the Italian Lake Region, a popular retreat for aristocrats since Roman times. Pass Verona and arrive later in Venice, Queen of the Adriatic. (BB DW) Hotel : Novotel Venezia Mestre
Day 5 : Venice Orientation | Florence
Your private motor launch takes you to St. Mark’s Square to view the Bridge of Sighs and the Doge’s Palace. Witness a Local Speciality glass-blowing demonstration at one of the oldest workshops on the island, then spend your free time discovering Venice’s hidden gems. Afterwards, cross the Apennine Mountains to Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance and your home for the night. (BB) Hotel : Grand Mediterraneo
Day 6 : Florence Sightseeing | Rome (2Nights)
Your Local Expert reveals a wealth of fascinating insights during your guided walk around Florence, a city with a rich Renaissance history. View the marble Duomo engineered by Brunelleschi and the magnificent doors of the Baptistery, Admire the Ponte Vecchio which spans the River Arno and marvel at the impressive sculptures and stunning palazzi in the city. Shop for 18-carat gold jewellery and the finest Italian leather goods before heading to Rome, the last stop on your trip. (BB) Hotel : Executive Style / Domus Mariae Palazzo Carpegna
Day 7 : Rome Sightseeing and Free Time
Your Local Expert takes you on a tour of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City, one of the largest and most significant churches in the Christian world. Here you will view Michelangelo’s Renaissance masterpience, the Pieta, Perhaps consider an optional experience to the Sistine Chapel, View the Roman Forum and see the Colosseum, site of ancient gladiatorial contests and public events, Spend time this afternoon visiting the sights of your choice, Make sure to capture a magic moment as you toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain. This evening, join your travelling companions and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant. (BB FD)
Day 8 : Depart Rome
Say ‘arrivederci’ to Rome and your travelling companions, and return home with memories you will cherish for years to come. Airport transfers are available, Conditions apply. (BB)
Cruise Connecting : This trip starts or ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with a more in-depth guided experience in Europe.
Wifi : See pages 242-243 for details.
London Airport Shuttle : Service available to purchase, conditions apply, See page 242 for details.
Airport transfers : Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Rome Flumicino Airport at 7 am and 9.30am
Your London Hotel : Park Plaza County Hall For rates and full details please see page 239. This trip departs from our London Reception Centre or the above hotel, providing that you have reserved your accommodation at this hotel through Trafalgar. All prices are per person on a twin share basis. For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early For details on Trafalgar’s great savings see pages 244-245. For extra nights’ accommodation see pages 239-240