Europe's Highlights

Offer

Price per person
from £1,720

Price based on
London Gatwick
15th Oct 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
  • 12 days

  • Central and Eastern Europe

  • Classic escorted tour

Journey through the blissful, rural panoramas of Germany and Italy to the snow-capped Swiss Alps and picturesque France.

At a glance


  • Amsterdam City sightseeing, canal cruise and diamond factory
  • Rhineland
  • Tyrolean Alps
  • Venice Canal boat ride, orientation & glass blowing
  • Assisi St Francis' Basilica
  • Rome
  • Florence
  • Pisa Square of Miracles
  • Milan
  • Lugano
  • Lucerne Lion monument & Wooden Bridge
  • Interlaken
  • Bernese Oberland Lake Thun scenic drive
  • Lausanne
  • Beaune
  • Burgundy
  • Paris
Europe's Highlights

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Excursions
  • Porterage
  • Individual audio system
  • All airport taxes
  • Single share option
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.

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.

Multiple itineraries are available

This itinerary changes on some dates - select your preferred departure date to see the details.


Overview

Journey through the blissful, rural panoramas of Germany and Italy to the snow-capped Swiss Alps and picturesque France.

Total meals included:

  • 13 breakfasts, 6 dinners

UK - Amsterdam area

Day
1

Fly to Amsterdam where you will be transferred to your hotel.

This evening, meet your fellow travellers in the evening for dinner.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Amsterdam area

Day
2

Enjoy sightseeing in Amsterdam with a Local Guide pointing out the city highlights, as well as a canal cruise to see the town from water level. Then, watch the cutting and polishing of precious stones at a diamond centre. Time in the afternoon to explore on your own or join an optional excursion. 

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Amsterdam area - Manheim area

Day
3

Travelling through Germany, choose an included scenic drive along the shores of the Rhine or, even more thrilling, the optional Rhine cruise with vistas of the Lorelei rock, hilltop castles, half-timbered wine villages, and terraced vineyards. Spend the night in the Mannheim area.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Manheim Area - Neuschwanstein - Innsbruck area.

Day
4

Drive through Baden-Wüttenberg to the foot of the Alps to visit King Ludwig’s magnificent Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany’s fairy-tale castle. Carry on into the verdant Austrian Tyrol.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Innsbruck area - Venice area

Day
5

Cross the border into Italy to the unique floating city of Venice. This afternoon’s orientation includes a boat ride to St. Mark’s Square, followed by a visit to a traditional glassblowing workshop. Don’t miss out on the romantic optional gondola trip, gliding along the picturesque canals with a local troubadour to serenade you.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Venice area - Assisi - Rome

Day
6

An interesting drive southward, cutting across the Po Delta, then through the gentle Umbrian hills to medieval Assisi, where St. Francis was born in 1182. Visit the world-famous Basilica with its beautiful frescoes by Giotto, then head for Rome.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Rome

Day
7

The “Eternal City” is steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts with St. Peter’s Square and Basilica. Other highlights are the iconic Colosseum, the largest amphitheatre ever built; the Roman Forum; Piazza Venezia, and Campidoglio.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Rome - Florence - Montecatini

Day
8

 An optional visit is available to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, world famous for Michelangelo’s impressive fresco of The Last Judgment. An easy drive on the Highway of the Sun to Florence. This Renaissance gem and city of the Medicis will help you enthralled for a whole day. Visitors can wander at leisure and admire the city’s timeless beauty, but don’t miss out on the included walking tour with a Local Guide that features most of the city highlights. You will see Piazza Santa Croce; beautiful Piazza Signoria; Palazzo Vecchio; Loggia dei Lanzi; and, to top it all, Piazza del Duomo and its cathedral with the Giotto Campanile, and the magnificently carved East Door of the Baptistery, known as the “Gate of Paradise.” Overnight in the spa town of Montecatini.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Montecatini - Pisa - Milan - Lake Como

Day
9

Visit the Square of Miracles in Pisa and admire the curious Leaning Tower. Journey northwards through the Tuscan hills and across Apennines to Milan to see the majestic gothic Duomo. Continue to the shores of romantic Lake Como.  

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Lake Como - Lugano - Lucerne area

Day
10

Leave beautiful Lake Como and cross the border into Switzerland for a stop in Lugano in Italian-speaking Ticino. Continue north, and once through Gotthard Tunnel, see more magnificent alpine scenery as you descend to the shores of Lake Lucerne.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Lucerne area - Interlaken - Lausanne area

Day
11

Spend some time in beautiful Lucerne. Later, stop in idyllic Interlaken and follow the shoreline of Lake Thun. A few more miles to Lausanne, overlooking Lake Geneva. 

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Lausanne area - Beaune - Paris

Day
12

Enjoy vistas of famous vineyards on the way to Beaune. Visit the medieval Burgundian town, known all over the world for its wine production. Take the autoroute to Paris. Tonight, maybe an exciting optional cabaret show?

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Paris.

Day
13

Get to know the city with a local expert and see many of the best-known Parisian sites, such as the Eiffel Tower and Champs Elysées. An optional excursion is available to the Palace and Gardens of Versailles, King Louis XIV’s residence.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Paris - UK

Day
14

Your tour ends today.

Say farewell to Paris and head to the station to join the Eurostar service to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Things to note

Special Departures:

2017

New Year's in Paris including Reveillon: 20th December 2017

2018 

Easter in Rome: 26th March 2018 

New Years in Paris including Reveillon: 20th December 2018

 

Tour hotels will be as specified or a similar standard.

Hotels

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


  • Amsterdam: Holiday Inn Express or Amarth at Alkmaar 
  • Mannheim area: Achat Premium at Walldorf 
  • Innsbruck: Rumerhof at Rum Bei Innsbruck 
  • Venice area: Smart Holiday at Favaro Veneto 
  • Rome: Villa Maria Regina 
  • Montecatini: Settentionale Esplanade 
  • Lake Como: Lario at Mezzegra 
  • Lake Lucerne: Ibis at Kriens 
  • Lausanne: Novotel Bussigny 
  • Paris: Campanile Pantin

Why book with Archers Holidays?