This tour begins in London with two overnights and free time to see the major landmarks. Then, cross the English Channel by ferry and drive to Amsterdam, a fascinating city built along 165 canals. Travel along the banks of the legendary Rhine River to Germany and stop in Heidelberg before crossing into Switzerland. In Lucerne, marvel at the famous Lion Monument. Absorb beautiful views of the Swiss mountains, and cross the St. Gotthard Tunnel to the shores of Lake Lugano to then enter Italy. Pause in Verona to see Juliet’s balcony; in Venice, enjoy a canal boat ride to St. Mark’s Square and see the Bridge of Sighs, Doges’ Palace, and the Basilica; visit Assisi and St. Francis’ Basilica, then head for Rome, the “Eternal City,” for a visit to the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Travel south to the archaeological site of Pompeii, destroyed in 79 AD by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Stay in Sorrento for two nights, and enjoy a boat trip to the glamorous Isle of Capri. On the way to France, visit Florence the Renaissance city, and Pisa, famous for its Leaning Tower. Finally, reach the French Riviera and a drive through Provence to the alpine town of Grenoble. Stop in Burgundy’s Beaune on the way to Paris, the “City of Light,” for two final overnights. A Local Guide will show you the highlights, which you will be able to continue exploring on your own. Return to London by Eurostar train for an additional overnight.
Individual headsetsInside visits and special features: Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.Sightseeing:Visits to Heidelberg, Lucerne, Lugano, Verona, Venice, Assisi, Neapolitan Riviera, Capri, Pisa, Beaune
LONDON Novotel London West (F)AMSTERDAM AREA Holiday Inn Express Arena (ST) or NH Airport (F) at Schiphol or Dorint Airport (F) at Schiphol RHINELAND Leonardo Stadtwald (F) at Cologne or Avendi (F) at Bad Honnef or Seminaris (F) at Bad Honnef or Mercure Köln West (ST)LUCERNE AREA Drei Könige (ST) or Ibis (ST) at Kriens or Krone (ST) at SarnenVENICE AREA Poppi (ST) at Mira or Mercure (F) at Marghera or Antony Palace (F) at MarconROME Villa Maria Regina (F) or Holiday Inn Express San Giovanni (ST)NEAPOLITAN RIVIERA Central Park (ST) at Massalubrense or Ascot (F)FLORENCE Italiana Hotels Florence (ST) or Meridiana (ST) or Together Florence Inn (F) or West Florence (ST) FRENCH RIVIERA Quality Mediterranee (ST) at Menton or Ibis Styles Vieux Port (ST) at Nice or Campanile Nice Airport (ST) or Ibis (ST) at Mouans SartouxGRENOBLE Europole (ST)PARIS Courtyard Arcueil (F) or Timhotel Berthier (ST)
Buffet breakfasts daily; 5 dinners
NOTES:March 18 Departure – Easter WeekDecember 16 Departure – Christmas lunch in Rome and New Year in Paris
Transportation: On the Continent, private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach; cross-Channel ferry; canal transfer boat in Venice; boat transfer to Capri; Eurostar train Paris-London