European Escape

Offer

New for 2018

Price per person
from £1,809

Price based on
London Gatwick
4th Feb 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers

Book any 2018 Europe tour or cruise and pay just £49 deposit per person when you book before 28 February. 

More details
  • 9 days

  • Italy

  • On the go pace

  • Platinum escorted tour

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.

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

What's included

  • 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
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

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

Total meals included:

  • 8 breakfasts, 3 dinners

UK - Rome

Day
1

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

Rome

Day
2

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

Rome - Florence

Day
3

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

Florence - Venice

Day
4

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

Venice - Lugano - Lucerne

Day
5

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

Lucerne

Day
6

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

Lucerne - Paris

Day
7

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

Paris

Day
8

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

Paris - UK

Day
9

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Things to note

Accommodation as stated or similar

This Platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus

Hotels

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


  • 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

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