Focus on Italy & Paris
Discover Italy's most famous classical treasures and fascinating history, explore the romance capital of the world - Paris.
DAY 1: UK - Brussels.
Join your tour by travelling on our free coach service from London to Calais, where you will be met by your tour director before continuing to Brussels for one night. Alternatively travel direct to Brussels on Eurostar.
DAY 2: Brussels - Ulm area.
Travel south into the Rhineland then past Stuttgart into Bavaria, with its woods, farms and pretty villages. Break the journey with an optional cruise on the River Rhine, gliding past the famous Lorelei Rock. (B, D)
DAY 3: Ulm area - Tyrol - Innsbruck - Venice area.
This morning, travel through Fern Pass and grand alpine landscapes to the Tyrolean capital, Innsbruck. Next, journey into Italy by way of the Brenner Pass and drive through stunning Dolomites scenery before descending to the Veneto plains and into the Venice area for two nights. (B, D)
DAY 4: Venice area.
Today begins with an included canal boat ride and a chance to watch Venetian glass blowers fashion their delicate objects, just as they did centuries ago, at a typical glass blowing factory. Later explore this fascinating city at leisure or why not join the optional gondola experience to glide along the picturesque canals accompanied by a Troubadour serenade? (B)
DAY 5: Venice area - Assisi - Rome.
Drive across the Po Plain and cross the Apennines en route to historic Assisi, the birthplace of the mystical St Francis, where you can marvel at the magnificent Basilica and its medieval frescoes. Later, continue to Rome, one of the world's greatest cities. (B)
DAY 6: Rome.
Known as 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, followed by a visit to the Roman Forum and the mighty Colosseum. (B)
DAY 7: Rome - Montecassino - Pompeii - Sorrento.
Head to Montecassino for a visit to its spectacular abbey, perched high on a peak overlooking a valley, before heading to Pompeii, an incredible ancient city preserved for centuries under lava ashes from the volcano. Enjoy an included site tour with a local guide, before continuing to the Bay of Naples for two nights in Sorrento. (B)
DAY 8: Sorrento and Capri.
Cruise across the bay to the lovely island of Capri today, an isle dotted with rose-tinted rocks and beautiful coves of translucent blue-green waters. To really admire the island's unique beauty, join the optional island tour. (B, D)
DAY 9: Sorrento - Orvieto - Florence.
This morning retrace part of the route by-passing Rome, for a stop in Orvieto in Umbria to visit its black basalt and yellow limestone cathedral. Next enjoy the quite extraordinary beauty of the Tuscan countryside as you drive to the beautiful city of Florence. (B)
DAY 10: Florence.
A Renaissance gem and city of the Medicis, Florence is an enthralling place. Traffic is partly banned in the historic centre so visitors can wander at leisure and admire its timeless beauty. Enjoy the included sightseeing walk with a local guide before this afternoon's included excursion to Pisa, to admire the legendary Leaning Tower and the Square of Miracles. (B, D)
DAY 11: Florence - Bologna - Lugano.
Leave Florence today for Bologna to see the Garisenda and Asinelli Towers and the lovely Piazza Maggiore. Continue to Switzerland's subtropical resort of Lugano for one night. (B)
DAY 12: Lugano - Lake Lucerne.
This morning, drive up to and through the St Gotthard tunnel and descend to the breathtaking beauty of Lake Lucerne. Todays visit of Lucerne takes in the covered wooden bridge and Lion Monument - a masterful stone sculpture in honour of the heroic Swiss guard of Louis XVI. Later, why not join the optional excursion by funicular and cable car to the 6,227 feet summit of Mount Stanserhorn? (B, D)
DAY 13: Lake Lucerne - Paris.
Travel through green pastures laden with picturesque chalets of rustic timbering and luxuriant flowers into France, and continue amidst some of the country's most famous vineyards to Paris for two nights. (B)
DAY 14: Paris.
Paris is a fascinating city famed for its chic culture, high fashion, art and gastronomy. Today's included sightseeing with a local guide takes in many of the best-known Parisian sights: La Sorbonne, Boulevard St Germain, Eiffel Tower, Opéra, Champs Elysées and Rue de Rivoli to name just a few. (B)
DAY 15: 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: Catalonia Forum (3*); Ulm area: Tulip Inn at Gunzburg (3*); Venice area: Holiday Inn Marghera (4*); Rome: Residenza Parco Tirreno (4*); Sorrento: Ascot (3*); Florence: Meridiana (3*) or Grifone (4*); Lugano: Ibis Styles or Acquarello (3*); Lake Lucerne area: Pilatusblick at Kriens or Hirschen at Fluelen (3*); Paris: Ibis at Issy Les Moulineaux (3*).
Travel by Eurostar
Why not take the Eurostar service from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet International?
Focus on Italy & Paris 16 days
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Focus on Italy & Paris
Price from £1394
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Book in advance and pay just the deposit, from £125pp
- Ferry crossing UK - Continent and Free parking at Dover, or Eurostar option.
- Accommodation on tour in twin room with private facilities
- Meals on tour 14 breakfasts (B) and 5 dinners (D)
- Services of a tour director
- Porterage at hotels during tour (for one suitcase per person)
- Transfers between overseas airport and hotel
- Single share option no supplement to pay, see page 17
All this included
- Austrian Tyrol Scenic drive
- Dolomites Scenic drive
- Venice Canal boat ride & glass blowing
- Assisi Visit St Francis' Basilica
- Rome City sightseeing
- Montecassino Abbey Visit
- Pompeii Archaeological site
- Capri Boat trip
- Orvieto Cathedral
- Florence City sightseeing
- Pisa Excursion
- Bologna Leaning Towers & Piazza Maggiore
- Lucerne Visit
- Paris City sightseeing
- St Pancras Station
- Saturdays - 2014
26 Apr 2014 to 25 Oct 2014