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

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  • Lake Lucerne
  • Enjoy a canal cruise in Amsterdam
  • See the wooden windmills at Kinderdijk
  • Rheinstein Castle overlooking the Rhine Valley
  • Stahleck Castle and the Lorelei Valley, River Rhine
  • Heidelberg and the Neckar River
  • Heidelberg University
  • Lake Lucerne
  • Chapel Bridge, Lake Lucerne
  • Take an optional trip to Mount Titlis
  • Take a trip in the revolving cable car for stunning panoramic views over Mount Titlis and the awesome landscape
  • Lake Lugano
  • Lake Lugano
  • Verona
  • Verona and the River Po
  • The Campanile and Ducal Palace, Venice
  • The Grand Canal, Venice
  • The Rialto Bridge, Venice
  • Assisi
  • St Francis Basilica, Assisi
  • Colosseum, Rome
  • Colosseum interior, Rome
  • St Peter's Basilica, The Vatican, Rome
  • Trevi Fountain, Rome
  • Admire the awesome views from Vesuvius
  • Enjoy a visit to historical Pompeii
  • Pompeii with Vesuvius in the background
  • Beautiful Sorrento and the Bay of Naples on the Neapolitan Riviera
  • Take a boat to the legendary island of Capri
  • Capri
  • Capri Town
  • Chianti vineyards in Tuscany
  • Chianti vineyards in Tuscany
  • The beautiful skyline of Florence
  • Ponte Vecchio, Florence
  • Leaning Tower and Square Of Miracles, Pisa
  • Beautiful Beaune
  • Eiffel Tower, Paris
  • Sacre Coeur, Paris
  • L'Arc de Triomphe, Paris

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DAY 1 : UK - Amsterdam area.

Travel by Eurostar to Brussels where you will be met by your tour director and transferred to your hotel in the Amsterdam area for one night.

DAY 2 : Amsterdam area - Rhineland.

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. (B, D)

DAY 3 : Rhineland - Heidelberg - Lucerne.

Start today with a scenic drive along the shores of the Rhine or choose an optional Rhine cruise to see charming villages, hilltop castles and terraced vineyards. Next, head to 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. (B)

DAY 4 : Lucerne.

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 the covered wooden bridge and Lion Monument and enjoy spectacular Alpine views on the optional cable car trip to the 10,000 foot summit of Mount Titlis. (B)

DAY 5 : Lucerne - Lugano - Verona - Venice area.

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. (B)

DAY 6 : Venice area.

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 optional Gondola serenade. (B, D)

DAY 7 : Venice area - Assisi - Rome.

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 marvel at the magnificent Basilica before continuing to Rome, for two nights. (B)

DAY 8 : Rome.

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 9 : Rome - Pompeii - Neapolitan Riviera.

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 tour with a local guide before continuing to the Neapolitan Riviera for two nights. (B)

DAY 10 : Neapolitan Riviera - Capri - Neapolitan Riviera.

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. To really admire the island's unique beauty, join the optional island tour. (B, D)

DAY 11 : Neapolitan Riviera - Florence.

Drive through central Italy, passing olive groves, Chianti vineyards and the beautiful medieval towns of the Tuscany region to Florence. On the included walking sightseeing tour with a local guide, discover the landmarks of this magnificent Renaissance city. Enjoy a visit to one of Florence's fashion leather shops. One night in Florence. (B, D)

DAY 12 : Florence - Pisa - French Riviera.

Journey to Pisa and stop to admire the legendary Leaning Tower and the Square of Miracles. 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. (B)

DAY 13 : French Riviera - Route Napoleon - Grenoble.

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. He journeyed from the shores of the French Riviera to Paris via Grasse, Digne and Gap to Grenoble. Head to Grenoble for one night. (B, D)

DAY 14 : Grenoble - Beaune - Paris.

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,' former hospital building before heading to Paris for two nights. This evening, why not attend the optional cabaret show? (B)

DAY 15 : Paris.

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 and there is also a full programme of optional excursions available. (B)

DAY 16 : Paris - UK.

Transfer to the station to join the Eurostar service to the UK. (B)

Hotels on Tour

  • Neapolitan Riviera:Grand Hotel Vesuvio (4*) or Ascot (3*)
  • Florence:Italiana Hotels Florence or Nilhotel (4*)
  • French Riviera:Quality at Menton or Campanile Nice Airport (3*)
  • Grenoble:Europole (4*)
  • Paris:Kyriad Bercy (3*) or Quality Orleans (4*) or Forest Hill La Villette (3*)
  • Amsterdam area:NH Airport at Schiphol or Grand Amstelveen or Inntel at Zaandam (4*)
  • Rhineland:Stadtwald Cologne (4*) or Zum Anker at Andernach (3*) or Ramada at Bruehl (4*)
  • Lucerne:Ibis Styles (3*) or similar
  • Venice area:Poppi at Mira or Mercure at Marghera or Anthony Palace at Marcon (4*)
  • Rome:Cristoforo Colombo or Residenza Parco Tirreno or Princess (4*)

What's Included

  • Eurostar UK - Continent - UK
  • Accommodation on tour in twin room with private facilities
  • Meals on tour 15 breakfasts (B) and 5 dinners (D)
  • Services of a tour director
  • Porterage from St Pancras Station to your hotel and at hotels on tour (for one suitcase per person)
  • Individual Audio System You will be given headphones and a receiver so you can clearly hear the tour director/local guide during your visits.
  • Single share option no supplement to pay

All this included

  • Amsterdam City sightseeing, canal cruise and diamond factory
  • Rhineland Scenic drive
  • Lucerne Visit
  • Verona Juliet's balcony
  • Venice Canal boat ride, orientation & glass blowing
  • Rome City sightseeing
  • Pompeii Archaeological site
  • Boat trip to Capri
  • Florence Walking city sightseeing
  • Pisa Square of Miracles
  • Paris City sightseeing

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