Treasures of Europe
Get ready to embark on the European journey of a lifetime! See the incredible sites of London, from Buckingham Palace to Big Ben. Take the Eurostar train to Paris – the “City of Lights,” and enjoy a full day on your own to explore before taking in stunning views from your dinner table on a Seine River cruise. Board a high speed train bound for Lucerne, the enchanting Swiss city on a cobalt lake and one of Switzerland’s most beautiful places.
• Stand in awe in Rome's Colosseum.
• Cross the majestic Swiss Alps into Italy.
• See Michelangelo's David.
• Sample delectable wines and traditional cuisine at a vineyard in the Chianti region.
• Enjoy an unforgettable dinner during a cruise on the Seine River.
• Travel across two countries on high-speed trains.
• Enjoy free time in Paris and Rome to explore at leisure.
• Stroll through the floating city of Venice.
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Day 1: Overnight Flight
You’re on your way to an unforgettable journey to some of the most magnificent countries in Europe.
Day 2: London, England - Tour Begins
Your tour opens in London, home to Big Ben, Parliament, Harry Potter, and the Queen. Come together with your fellow travellers and toast the start of an incredible journey during a welcome dinner in England’s sophisticated capital city.
Day 3: London
This morning, check out the quintessential sights of London. Alongside a local guide, see the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament. Afterward, enjoy some time at leisure to explore this iconic city on your own.
Day 4: London - Eurostar Train - Paris, France
Go behind the gothic façade of St Pancras railway station. Inside this masterpiece of Victorian engineering, board the high-speed Eurostar train. Relax in style as you’re whisked away to Paris. Arrive in the “City of Light.” Famous for its world-renowned art, food and fashion, Paris’ history will astound you, and its style will dazzle you. See its best during a panoramic city tour featuring Notre Dame Cathedral, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysees, and more. Next, experience a guided tour up the Eiffel Tower. Finally, see Paris from a different perspective during an incredible romantic dinner cruise along the Seine River. Set against Paris’ glittering skyline, under a glass canopy, embark on a local and authentic dining experience!
Day 5: Paris
Enjoy a full day to explore Paris independently. Perhaps you will have lunch in the Marais, wander the neighbourhood around the Opera Garnier, or head north to Montmartre and watch artists at work. Or, choose to go on a locally-led tour* of the Louvre, home to more than a million precious works of art, including the Venus de Milo and Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.
Day 6: Siena
Welcome to Siena. Discover this charming town with a local guide. Embark on a walking tour through its narrow Gothic streets. Take in stunning palaces, mansions and the historic Piazza del Campo along the way. Then, it’s your choice! Explore Siena's beautiful Gothic cathedral at your own pace -OR- join your guide to get to know local life in a contrada (neighbourhood). Next we make our way to a Tuscan winery and meet the people behind some of Chianti‘s finest wines. Learn from experts as you savour a selection of the local varieties. You’ll also learn about the art of winemaking and the process of making olive oil.
Day 7: Lucerne - Venice, Italy
This morning, travel south through the pastoral landscapes of Switzerland. Crossing into Italy, traverse through the heart of the Alps, taking in vistas of snow peaked mountains as far as the eye can see. Pass through the bucolic Italian Lake District, a holiday destination since Roman times.
Day 8: Venice - Florence
Cruise to the island of Murano** which is renowned for its long tradition of glass making. Embark on a leisurely walking tour of Venice with its collection of 117 tiny islands, surrounded by a latticework of 150 canals and 400 bridges. In this floating city, see the Clock Tower, St. Mark’s Basilica, and marble palaces on gondola-laden canals.
Day 9: Florence
Today you tour Florence, home of the Medici, Gucci, and il Duomo. Stroll the city streets for a real-life history lesson, and discover the four pillars of city life: art, architecture, food, and fashion. Visit the Piazza del Duomo and the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. You’ll also visit the Galleria dell’Accademia, home to the greatest collection of Renaissance art – most especially Michelangelo’s David. This evening, stop at a vineyard in the heart of Chianti for a tour, tasting and traditional fare. Continue to Florence, where you’ll spend tonight amongst the beauty of the Tuscan region’s capital, home to masterpieces of art and iconic symbols of centuries-old history.
Day 10: Florence - Rome
Say addio to Florence, and head for Rome! Enjoy an afternoon at leisure upon arrival. Gaze at the Pantheon, and see the oval-shaped Piazza Navona that’s lined with restaurants and souvenir shops. Or, you may choose to join an optional tour to the Vatican, one of the most sacred places on Earth. A UNESCO World Heritage site, discover masterpieces of art and architecture that surround St. Peter’s Basilica and St. Peter’s Square, where the Pope has addressed thousands of people.
Day 11: Rome
This morning, a locally guided tour of Classical Rome will allow you to discover famous sights such as the Baths of Caracalla, the legendary Aventine and Palatine hills, the ancient Circus Maximus and the Arch of Constantine. During an in-depth visit to the Colosseum, your guide recounts its rich history. Tonight, gather with new friends and toast the end of an epic journey through Europe at a farewell dinner.
Day 12: Rome - Tour Ends
Your European adventure comes to a close today.
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