The Best of Europe

Price per person
from £1,839

Price based on
London St Pancras (Eurostar)
4th Jan 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Eurostar
  • Transfers
  • 16 days

  • Western Europe

  • Active pace

  • Classic escorted tour

Revel in the best of Europe, from sapphire blue Swiss lakes and vibrant Amsterdam to Italy's medieval marvels and the beautiful French countryside.

At a glance


Amsterdam: Canal cruise

Venice Canal: Boat ride

Rome: City sightseeing, Colosseum & Forum.

Pompeii: Archaeological site

French Riviera

Paris: City sightseeing

Rhineland: Scenic drive

Heidelberg

Lucerne

Lugano

Verona: Juliet's balcony

Assisi: St Francis Basilica

Boat trip to Capri Florence: Walking city sightseeing.

Pisa: Square of Miracles

Route Napoleon: Scenic drive

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The Best of Europe

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Eurostar
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Service charges
  • Individual audio system
  • All airport and port taxes
  • Single share option
Single Share available

Our single share option will match you with a fellow solo traveller of the same gender in a twin room, so you don't have to pay a single supplement. If there's no one available to share with, you don't pay any additional single supplement. Please call us to book a single-share holiday.

VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Overview

Revel in the best of Europe, from sapphire blue Swiss lakes and vibrant Amsterdam to Italy's medieval marvels and the beautiful French countryside.

Total meals included:

  • 15 breakfasts, 5 dinners

UK - Amsterdam area

Day
1

Take the Eurostar to Brussels where you will be met by your representative and travel by coach to the Amsterdam area.

No meals included

Amsterdam area - Rhineland

Day
2

This morning, explore the delightful city of Amsterdam on an included visit to a diamond factory, a sightseeing drive with a local guide, and a canal cruise to see the city's highlights from the water. This afternoon, head southeast to Germany for an overnight in the Rhineland area.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Rhineland - Heidelberg - Lucerne area

Day
3

Start today with a scenic drive along the shores of the Rhine to see charming villages, hilltop castles and terraced vineyards. Spend some time in Heidelberg, Germany's oldest university town and home to a sprawling red sandstone castle that dominates the skyline. Later, continue to Lucerne for two nights.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Lucerne area

Day
4

Nestled amid snow-capped Alps and dominated by its clear blue lake, Lucerne is one of Switzerland's finest cities. See the city's highlights, such as Chapel Bridge and the magnificent Lion Monument.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Lucerne area - Lugano - Verona - Venice area

Day
5

Admire breathtaking panoramas on a journey through lush Alpine scenery to the subtropical climes of the Ticino region. Enjoy a stop in beautiful Lugano to stroll along its lakeside promenade before crossing the border into Italy, past Milan and across the Po valley to Verona to see the legendary Juliet's balcony. Later, continue to the Venice area for two nights.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Venice area

Day
6

With its criss-crossing canals, arched bridges and piazzas, Venice is an unforgettable city. Enjoy an included canal boat-ride to the heart of the city, see the Bridge of Sighs and St Marks Square before visiting a Venetian glass blowing workshop. Don't miss out on the opportunity to experience a Gondala ride this evening with our optional excursion.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Venice area - Assisi - Rome

Day
7

Drive across the Po Delta and cross the Apennines en route to Umbria. Stop in historic Assisi, the birthplace of St Francis, where you can enjoy sights such as the magnificent Basilica. Later continue your journey to Rome.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Rome

Day
8

The 'Eternal City', Rome 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 and takes in many of this city's greatest highlights.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Rome - Pompeii - Sorrento

Day
9

This morning, enjoy views of mighty Mount Vesuvius, the only live volcano on the European mainland, before heading to Pompeii, an incredible ancient city preserved for centuries under lava ashes from the volcano. Enjoy an included site seeing tour with a local guide before continuing to the Neapolitan Riviera for two nights.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Sorrento - Capri - Sorrento

Day
10

Cruise across the Bay of Sorrento to the lovely island of Capri today, an isle dotted with rose-tinted rocks and beautiful coves of translucent blue-green waters. Wander at your own pace or join an optional excursion to further explore Capri?

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Sorrento - Florence

Day
11

Drive through central Italy, passing olive groves, vineyards and the beautiful medieval towns of the Tuscany region to Florence. Discover the landmarks of this magnificent Renaissance city on the included walking sightseeing tour with a local guide and enjoy a visit to one of Florence's fashionable leather shops.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Florence - Pisa - French Riviera

Day
12

Journey to Pisa and stop to admire the architectural wonders of the Square of Miles including the legendary Leaning Tower. Carry on through the flower growing region of Liguria getting glimpses of the Italian Riviera. Cross into France to the blue shores of the Cote d'Azur.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

French Riviera - Route Napoleon - Grenoble

Day
13

Sit back and relax today as you take in the gorgeous landscapes of the French Riviera. Next, follow in the footsteps of Napoleon and trace the route he followed as he escaped from exile in Elba - now best known as the Route Napoleon. On the way, visit a local perfume workshop in Grasse before arriving in your destination for the evening, Grenoble.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Grenoble - Beaune - Paris

Day
14

This morning leave the mountains behind and marvel at the beauty of the Burgundy region as you pass rich vineyards and meadows en route to Beaune. Stop awhile in this medieval town, renowned for its wine production, and see the 'Hotel Dieu,' a former historical hospital building, before heading to Paris. This evening, why not attend the optional cabaret show?

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Paris

Day
15

Enjoy a day to get a feel for this magnificent city - renowned throughout the world for its fashion, delicious food, art and museums. Today's included sightseeing trip with a local guide takes in many of the best-known Parisian sights. In the afternoon, explore further at your own pace or on your own on an optional guided excursion?

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Paris - UK

Day
16

We depart for the Eurostar service back to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Things to note

Special Departures:

Easter Departures: 23rd & 30th March 2018 

Christmas in Rome including Christmas Lunch & New Years in Paris including Reveillon: 16th December 2018

 

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.

 

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


Amsterdam area: Holiday Inn Express Arena 

Rhineland(2017): Leonardo Royal at Cologne or Ramada at Bruehl

Rhineland(2018): Ramada at Bruehl or Leonardo Koeln-Bonn Airport

Lake Lucerne: Drei Koenige at Lucerne

Venice area: Poppi at Mira

Rome: Fleming

Sorrento: Ascot 

Florence: Villa Gabriele D'Annunzio

French Riviera: Park Inn Nice Airport or Ibis Styles

Grenoble: Europole

Paris(2017): Forest Hill La Villette

Paris(2018): Timhotel Berthier

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