The Wonders of Europe
Delight in Europe's many wonders, from picture-postcard medieval villages and vibrant, modern cities to the snow-capped Alps and vineyards of France.
DAY 1: UK - Brussels.
Join your tour by travelling on our free coach service from London for your Channel crossing to the Continent, where you will be met by your tour director and transferred to Brussels for one night. Alternatively travel direct to Brussels on Eurostar for a one night stay.
DAY 2: Brussels - Luxembourg - Basel - Lucerne.
Admire the delightful scenery as you drive through the Duchy of Luxembourg to its charming capital, also named Luxembourg, before heading south to the wine growing region of Alsace and crossing the border into Switzerland. From Basel, journey across the foothills of the Alps to the medieval town of Lucerne for one night. (B)
DAY 3: Lucerne - Innsbruck.
This morning, admire the beauty of Lucerne and perhaps join the optional excursion to one of the most beautiful mountain peaks before driving through the tiny principality of Liechtenstein and continuing into Austria. Pass the charming picture-postcard villages of the Voralberg and drive through the Arlberg Tunnel into the scenic splendour of the Inn Valley. Reaching Innsbruck, for one night in the area, admire the city's famed Golden Roof. (B)
DAY 4: Innsbruck - Venice area.
Depart early and journey by way of the spectacular Europa Bridge to Venice, a unique city on the water ribboned with canals. This afternoon, enjoy an included canal boat-ride, followed by an orientation and a chance to watch Venetian glass blowers fashion their delicate objects just as they did centuries ago, at a typical glass blowing factory. End your day with an optional Gondola ride along the along picturesque canals. Overnight in the Venice area. (B, D)
DAY 5: Venice area - Adriatic Coast - Assisi - Rome.
Drive across the Po Delta and skirt the Adriatic coast before crossing the Apennines en route to historic Assisi, the birthplace of the mystical St Francis, where you can marvel at the magnificent Basilica before continuing to one of the world's greatest cities, Rome, for two nights. (B)
DAY 6: Rome.
Rome, the 'Eternal City', is a city steeped in history, vibrantly alive and absolutely unique. Today's included sightseeing trip with a local guide starts in St Peter's Square, followed by a visit to the Roman Forum and the mighty Colosseum. (B)
DAY 7: Rome - Florence - Montecatini.
Reaching Florence today, discover the main sights on an included walking tour with a local guide. Take in the Piazza Santa Croce, Palazzo Vecchio, and the Duomo complex comprising the Baptistry and the famous Cathedral with the belltower designed by Giotto. Enjoy time at leisure in Florence before continuing to the delightful spa town of Montecatini Terme for one night. (B)
DAY 8: Montecatini - Pisa - French Riviera.
Journey to Pisa and stop to admire the legendary Leaning Tower and the Square of Miracles before travelling by way of Genoa and the Italian Riviera to the French border. Passing into France, enjoy a stop in the traditional town of Eze to visit one of its perfume workshops before heading to your overnight hotel on the French Riviera. (B)
DAY 9: French Riviera - Lyon area.
This morning, journey across wonderful Provencal landscapes and through the rich vineyards of the beautiful Rhône Valley to Lyon, for one night in the area. (B, D)
DAY 10: Lyon area - Beaune - Paris.
Marvel at the beauty of the Burgundy region as you pass lush vineyards and sun-kissed meadows en route to Beaune. Stop awhile in this medieval town, renowned for its wine production, before heading to Paris for two nights. This evening, a chance to attend a typical Parisian attraction, the optional cabaret show. (B)
DAY 11: Paris.
Enjoy a day to get a feel for this magnificent city - renowned throughout the world for its fashion, art and museums, delicious food and general 'joie de vivre'. Today's included sightseeing trip with a local guide takes in many of the best-known Parisian sights: Boulevard St Germain, Eiffel Tower, Opéra, Champs Elysées and the Rue de Rivoli to name just a few. Why not end this fascinating tour with an optional farewell dinner? (B)
DAY 12: Paris - UK.
Say farewell to Paris and head to the Channel port where your tour ends. After a short Channel crossing, join your coach service to London. Alternatively travel back to the station to join the Eurostar service to the UK. (B)
Accommodation on Tour
Brussels: Golden Tulip Brussels Airport (4*) or Park Inn (3*); Lucerne: Luzernerhof (4*); Innsbruck: Ramada (3*); Venice area: Popi at Mira (4*); Rome: Fleming or Princess (4*); Montecatini: Plaza or Bellavista (4*); Cote Azur: Park Inn at Nice or Alliance Cannes Le Cannet or Quality at Menton (3*); Lyon: Park Inn at Macon or Park Inn Lyon or Des Congres Lyon (3*); Paris: Kyriad Bercy or Home Suite Pantin (3*) or Novotel Defence (4*).
Leaning Tower & Square Of Miracles, Pisa
Enjoy an optional excursion to Brussels and visit the Grand Palace
Mannekin Pis, Brussels
Grand Place, Brussels
Palace of the Grand Duke, Luxembourg
The walled city of Luxembourg
Basel Old Town, Switzerland
Chapel Bridge, Lake Lucerne
Castle of Vaduz, Liechtenstein
Vaduz Castle interior, Liechtenstein
Vaduz Town, Liechtenstein
The Red House, one of the oldest buildings in Liechtenstein
The Campanile and Ducal Palace, Venice
The Grand Canal, Venice
The Rialto Bridge, Venice
St Francis Basilica, Assisi
Colosseum interior, Rome
St Peter's Basilica, The Vatican, Rome
Trevi Fountain, Rome
The beautiful skyline of Florence
Ponte Vecchio, Florence
The lovely medieval town of Eze
Cobbled streets in Eze
Views over the River Rhône
Lyon, River Rhone
Typical Burgundy countryside
Vineyard in the Rhône Valley
Sacre Coeur, Paris
Eiffel Tower, Paris
L'Arc de Triomphe, Paris
Notre Dame, Paris
Moulin Rouge, Paris
To help you plan and make the most of your holiday, below is a list of optional excursions available to you.
EVENING CITY SIGHTSEEING
See the main sights of this city which has something for all tastes and interests. Visit the beautiful Grand Place with its 17th century guild houses. End the evening with a visit to a typical Brussels historical café to enjoy a glass of old fashioned Belgian beer.
DINNER & SWISS FOLKLORE
Contrary to belief, not all Swiss can yodel or blow the alp horn, but those you will see are real experts. They entertain you with merry melodies on the accordion and traditional dances while you enjoy a full 3 course dinner.
SCENIC LAKE CRUISE
An hour's guided cruise on the most beautiful lake in Switzerland gives you an introduction to this lovely city from a completely different aspect. With its many bays, it offers superb panoramas of the surrounding landscape. The area is rich in historical associations, particularly the William Tell legend.
A trip up the Stanserhorn mountain for breathtaking views is an experience not to be missed. The Mt. Stanserhorn Railway is a combination of an old-time funicular, which has romantic 100-year-old carriages with fringed curtains. Part of the ascent is by the new "global first" cable car ( a doubledecker cable car with an open top).
This is one of the highlights of any European holiday - a gondola ride through centuries-old canals, under famous arched bridges, and past lavish palaces and quaint piazzas.
TREASURES OF ROME BN & DINNER
An evening tour including some of the city's fountains and majestic squares. Finish the evening with a meal in a typical Roman restaurant with wine and music included.
VATICAN MUS.& SISTINE CHAPEL
A tour around the Vatican museums to admire the beautiful tapestry gallery and the Sistine Chapel with masterpieces by Botticelli and Signorelli. See the "Genesis" and Michelangelo's "Last Judgement".
ROMAN FINE TREASURES
Your coach will take you to Piazza Cavour where you will start your walking tour with a local guide. You will first visit Piazza Navona then to Piazza Rotonda (Pantheon) and finally to Piazza Minerva.
A lovely evening in the Tuscan countryside at a restaurant situated in an old farm that maintains all the original warm atmosphere. You'll be served dinner with Tuscan specialities.
M.CARLO B/N DRINK ONLY ST.NIC
A beautiful drive along the French Riviera - arriving in the Principality of Monaco see the Cathedral and the Royal Palace. Stop for a drink at "Le Café de Paris" giving you the opportunity to absorb the jet-set atmosphere of Monaco. Afterwards time to gamble* at the famous Casino or just relax and enjoy the elegant ambience. *Personal ID required and jacket and tie recommended. Minimum age limit to enter the Casino 21 years.
M.CARLO B/N & DINNER ST.NIC
A beautiful drive along the French Riviera - arriving in the Principality of Monaco, where you will have a delicious French dinner. After dinner see the Cathedral and the Royal Palace. Then stop for a drink at "Le Café de Paris" giving you the opportunity to absorb the jet-set atmosphere of Monaco. Afterwards time to gamble* at the famous Casino or just relax and enjoy the elegant ambience. *Personal ID required and formal dress code (but not evening wear) recommended. Minimum age limit to enter the Casino 21 years.
THE LOUVRE & ITS MASTERPIECES
Once a royal palace and now a museum housing one of the most famous art collections in the world, the Louvre is yours on a guided tour. The Louvre Museum is open every day except Tuesdays and bank holidays. On these days, you will be offered alternative sights.
A trip to Paris is not complete without a visit to a typical cabaret show. A glass of champagne is served during the show.
VERS. SUN KING'S PAL(SAT-SUN)
Week-ends visit > Historic Versailles is the beautiful restored palace of Louis XIV, the Sun King. After the guided tour of the palace, you can stroll in the magnificent terraced gardens with their fountains and statues. The Palace of Versailles is open every day except Mondays and bank holidays. On these days, you will be offered alternative sights.
VERSAILLES-SUN KING'S PALACE
Historic Versailles is the beautiful, restored palace of Louis XIV, the Sun King. After the guided tour of the palace, you can stroll in the magnificent terraced gardens with their fountains and statues. The Palace of Versailles is open every day except Mondays and bank holidays.On these days, you will be offered alternative sights.
FAREWELL DINNER & ORIENTATION
The evening consists of a memorable four-course dinner with an aperitif and wine. After dinner you will enjoy a breathtaking orientation drive of the city.
Please note that optional excursions and prices are subject to change.
Christmas in Rome
Special departures Thursday 20 December 2012 and Friday 20 December 2013 include Christmas lunch in Rome.
New Year in Paris
Special departure Saturday 21 December 2013 includes Reveillon dinner in Paris.
The Wonders of Europe 11 nights
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The Wonders of Europe
Price from £989
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- Ferry Crossing UK - Continent and Free parking at Dover, or Eurostar option.
- Accommodation on tour in twin room with private facilities
- Meals on tour 11 breakfasts (B) and 2 dinners (D)
- Services of a tour director
- Porterage at hotels on tour (for one suitcase per person)
- Individual Audio System You will be given headphones and a receiver so you can clearly hear the tour director/local guide during your visits.
- Single share option No supplement to pay
All this included
- Innsbruck Golden Roof
- Brenner Pass Europa Bridge
- Venice Canal boat ride, orientation & glass blowing
- Assisi St Francis' Basilica
- Rome City sightseeing
- Florence City sightseeing
- Pisa Square of Miracles
- Eze Perfume workshop
- Paris City sightseeing
- London Central
- St Pancras (Eurostar)
- Ebbsfleet (Eurostar)
- Saturdays - 2013
- Mondays - 2013
- Thursdays - 2013
- Fridays - 2013
01 Jun 2013 to 21 Dec 2013