European Escape

  • 9 Days

  • Italy

  • On the go pace

Bask in the lustrous heritage of Europe on this inspiring tour of Rome, Florence, Venice, Lucerne, and Paris. Be inspired by Michelangelo’s Renaissance frescoes, wall paintings and sculptures in Italy’s capital city, and enjoy traditional Tuscan cuisine in Florence. Glide through Venice in a gondola, explore the lavish Doge’s Palace and see exquisite and brilliant creations emerge from the blowing and twisting of traditional Venetian glassblowers. Reimagine yourself in the court of the Sun King, Louis XIV in the Baroque Palace and Gardens of Versailles.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a tour director
Accommodation
Selected meals
Service charges
Free Wi-Fi on coach
Porterage
Individual audio system
All airport taxes

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  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

of 9 days

Your detailed itinerary

Meals included: 8 breakfasts, 3 dinners

Overview

At a glance

  • Rome: Guided sightseeing of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Square, Basilica and Colosseum
  • Florence: Guided walking tour of Florence including a Visit to the Academy of Fine Arts, see Michelangelo’s, 'David'. Optional traditional Tuscan dinner
  • Venice: Private boat ride, guided walking tour including, Doge’s Palace and Bridge of Sighs, visit glass blowing workshop
  • Lucerne: Walking tour of Old Town, taking in the Lion Monument and medieval Chapel Bridge
  • Paris: Guided sightseeing of Opéra, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysées, optional excursion to Versailles

Day 1

UK - Rome

Fly to Rome where you will meet your Tour Director, travelling companions and leave the hotel for a welcome dinner with wine at one of Rome's lively restaurants.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Rome

Enjoy unique guided sightseeing, including inside visits to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo's ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment, and monumental St. Peter's Square and Basilica to admire Michelangelo's ‘Pietà’. Then, visit the amazing Colosseum to hear about the gladiators who fought here. For those who wish to see it all, an optional walking tour with a local guide is available to further explore famous sites like the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and more.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Rome - Florence

A pleasant drive through the Tuscan hills brings you to Florence, ‘Cradle of the Renaissance.’ Follow your local guide for a visit of the Academy of the Fine Arts with Michelangelo's celebrated ‘David’. Admire the magnificent cathedral, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistery's heavy bronze ‘Gate of Paradise,’ and visit sculpture-studded Signoria Square. Next, admire the enticing shops with Florentine leather goods and gold jewellery on Piazza Santa Croce before arriving at your hotel. This evening, an optional dinner is available to try out Tuscan specialities.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Florence - Venice

Enter Venice in style by private boat and visit St Mark's Square. Admire the Byzantine Basilica, the Clock Tower, lavish Doges' Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. Also, watch a skilled glassblower fashion delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner. Then, you may wish to join an optional gondola ride. A pasta dinner with wine has been prepared for you at a local restaurant.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Venice - Lugano - Lucerne

Leave the flat Po area and enter Switzerland. Stop in the resort of Lugano at its sparkling lake surrounded by the Alps and explore the little shops at Via Nassa. Then, admire the towering majesty of the Swiss Alps and St. Gotthard on the way to picturesque Lucerne.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Lucerne

During your walking tour, admire Thorwaldsen's emotional Lion Monument and the ornate patrician houses lining the cobblestone streets of the Old Town. Cross the famous covered Chapel Bridge to the Jesuit Church. Shop for Swiss watches or knives, and to make the most of your stay, why not join an exciting optional excursion?

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Lucerne - Paris

Say Auf Wiedersehen to Switzerland and cross the border into France. On your way to Paris, drive past the vineyards of Burgundy and enjoy views of beautiful castles and past Fontainebleau Forest. An optional excursion is available to try out local specialities in one of Paris' lively restaurants, followed by a drive through the ‘City of Light.’

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Paris

Discover the world capital of chic and style with a local guide and admire its most famous sights: the Opéra, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysées, and more. To enhance your stay, you may wish to join an optional excursion to the lavish baroque Palace and Gardens of Versailles, built by the Sun King, Louis XIV. Tonight, dinner and a lively cabaret show at the Moulin Rouge might just be the ticket!

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Paris - UK

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Rome: Albani or Cicerone
  • Florence: Mediterraneo
  • Venice: Boscolo Bellini or Carlton on the Grand Canal
  • Lucerne: Ameron Hotel Flora or Grand Hotel Europe
  • Paris: Mercure Paris Center Tour Eiffel or Les Jardins Du Marais

Notes

Accommodation as stated or similar

This Platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus

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