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2017: European Masterpiece with Extended Stay in London (5275)
30 days from London to London
This comprehensive European tour takes in the best of Western, Central, and Southern Europe-their vibrant cities, historic sights, stunning scenery, and architectural masterpieces. Start in London with leisure time and sail by ferry to the Continent, and travel back to London on the Eurostar train through the Channel tunnel. Along the way, visit many of Europe's main cities (Paris, Rome, Barcelona, Amsterdam and Vienna), enjoy a ferry crossing to Greece to visit Olympia and Athens, as well as some other smaller treasures, including, Florence, Innsbruck, Arles, Bordeaux, Venice, Salzburg and Lucerne. Your historical journey will cover ancient Greece with the visit of the Parthenon as part of your city tour of Athens, then continues with the visit of Rome's Colosseum, completed in the 1st century AD, and Roman Forum, dating back to the 7th century BC; Pompeii, where you'll see what life was like during the Roman Empire before Mount Vesuvius destroyed and preserved the town in 79 AD; Carcassonne, perhaps Europe's best-preserved medieval fortified town; Lucerne's Chapel Bridge, built in the 14th century as part of the city's fortifications and now Europe's oldest-preserved wooden bridge; Pisa's Leaning Tower completed during the same period; Innsbruck's Golden Roof, built for Emperor Maximilian in the 15th century; its contemporary architectural wonder, Florence's Duomo; Venice's baroque extravaganza, and more.Those who love spectacular scenery will also be delighted on this Europe tour. In France, travel along the Loire River past the castles of Amboise and Chaumont; marvel at the vineyards in Bordeaux; enjoy the bright colors of the Provence. Sit back and relax on an included Rhine cruise, admiring its scenic countryside, historic castles, and charming villages. Overnight in the French Riviera, set between the mountains and the deep-blue Mediterranean Sea, and drive along the picturesque French and Italian Rivieras. Marvel at the Bay of Naples and, in Sorrento, explore the cobblestone streets, delight in the amazing views, and watch the sunset dip into the sea. But that's not all?wait until you see the alpine scenery in Switzerland and Austria with their towering peaks and the rugged coast of sunny Greece. This European tour is a comprehensive masterpiece for value-minded vacationers! Just be sure to bring your camera to capture all of the memories!
LONDON Novotel London West (F)PARIS Forest Hill La Villette (ST) or Novotel 17 (F)BORDEAUX Mercure Bordeaux Centre (ST)BARCELONA Catalonia Atenas (ST) or Ibis Styles City (ST)FRENCH RIVIERA Campanile Nice Airport (ST) or Quality Mediterranee (ST) at MentonFLORENCE Villa Gabriele d'Annunzio (ST)SORRENTO Central Park (ST) at Massalubrense or Ascot (F)ROME NH Villa Carpegna (F) or Pineta Palace (ST)OLYMPIA Olympia Palace (F)ATHENS Acropolis Select (ST) or Golden Age (F)SAN MARINO Titano (ST) or Grand Hotel (F)VENICE AREA Holiday Inn (ST) at Marghera or Poppi (ST) at MiraVIENNA Star Inn Schonbrunn (ST)INNSBRUCK AREA Bon Alpina (ST) at Igls or Alpinpark (F) or AlphotelLUCERNE AREA Ibis Styles (ST)RHINELAND Leonardo Hotel Koln-Bonn Airport (F) or Ramada (ST) at BruehlAMSTERDAM AREA NH Airport (F) at Schiphol or Holiday Inn Express Arena (ST)
|Offer valid through 6/30/2017|
|Day 1||London||Check into your hotel. In the afternoon, you may want to start exploring the lively British capital. Uniformed hosts are available to help you make the most of your stay.|
|Day 2||London||Enjoy free time for independent activities: take a panoramic tour of London's famous landmarks, consider Madame Tussauds, or a ride on the London Eye. Your local host will be on hand to assist. (B)|
|Day 3||Paris||Transfer to the railway station and board the EUROSTAR TRAIN to Paris. Here, you'll be met by your Tour Director and transferred to your overnight hotel. (B)|
|Day 4||Paris||Get to know Paris with a local expert and see many of the best-known Parisian sites: La Sorbonne, Arc de Triomphe, Opera, Madeleine, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Pyramid, the Invalides, and Champs Elysees. (B)|
|Day 5||Bordeaux||Travel along the Loire River past the castles of Chaumont and Amboise to stop in Tours. Continue to Poitiers, beautifully situated on a rocky plateau, then south to Saintes, through the Grande Champagne wine-growing area, and to Bordeaux on the banks of the Garonne. (B,D)|
|Day 6||Barcelona||From the vineyards of the Gironde and the Garonne, travel to Carcassonne in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Stop and admire what is perhaps the best-preserved medieval fortified town in Europe. Later, reach the Spanish border and carry on through Catalonia. Once across the Ter River, you'll soon be in Barcelona. (B,D)|
|Day 7||Barcelona||This morning's sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a drive around Montjuic to see the Olympic Stadium and a panoramic view of the port and city. Continue to the city center to Plaza Catalunya and Paseo de Gracia to admire the greatness and eccentricity of Gaudi's architectural masterpieces in the Houses Batllo and Mila and the Sagrada Familia (entrance fees not included). (B)|
|Day 8||French Riviera||Return to France, then into the vine-covered region of the Herault for a stop in provencial Arles. Head across the Rhone towards the Mediterranean shores to the French Riviera. (B)|
|Day 9||Florence||Today, travel along the high coastal road to visit a PERFUME WORKSHOP in Eze. The day is highlighted by the drive along the French and Italian Rivieras and into hilly Tuscany. Visit Pisa to see the Leaning Tower and the SQUARE OF MIRACLES. (B,D)|
|Day 10||Sorrento||Don't miss the guided walking tour of Florence, 'Cradle of the Renaissance,' featuring most of the city highlights. Leave Florence, and travel south on the Autostrada del Sole through the sunlit valleys of Tuscany to Sorrento. (B)|
|Day 11||Sorrento||Enjoy a day at leisure, or an optional excursion to the legendary island of Capri. The island is surrounded by a rocky coastline, where the crashing sea has formed awe-inspiring caves. The town, with its pretty piazzetta, maze of streets, fashionable boutiques, and cozy restaurants, is a mecca for the jet set. (B,D)|
|Day 12||Rome||Today, travel north, with the Vesuvius volcano in the distance. Then, to Pompeii, where time stopped in 79 AD, when the Vesuvius eruption totally destroyed it. On the included visit to the ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE, see the remains of luxurious villas, temples, theater, and forum. Later, head towards Rome, Italy's capital. (B)|
|Day 13||Rome||Rome, the 'Eternal City,' is steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts in St. Peter's Square, followed by a visit to the COLOSSEUM and ROMAN FORUM. (B)|
|Day 14||Overnight Ferry Crossing to Patras||Leave Rome and drive across the verdant Apennine Hills towards the coast to embark on the OVERNIGHT FERRY to Greece. (B)|
|Day 15||Olympia||Enjoy some daylight cruising towards the Greek coast before reaching Patras. Then, drive to Olympia for an overnight in the Peloponnese. (B,D)|
|Day 16||Athens||Today, join the optional sightseeing tour and learn more about the history of the original Olympic Games, when athletes competed with each other to honor the king of deities. Then, motor into the mountains of Arcadia and over the Corinth Canal to Athens, capital of Greece. Time later for an evening in the lively Plaka area. (B)|
|Day 17||Athens||A full day to explore the shops and museums or to join the optional full-day cruise to discover some of the incredible Aegean islands. (B)|
|Day 18||Overnight Ferry Crossing to Italy||Enjoy guided morning sightseeing, which features the highlights of this ancient capital and a visit to the fascinating ACROPOLIS. Later, leave Athens and journey to Patras to embark on the FERRY for the Ionian Sea crossing back to Italy. (B)|
|Day 19||San Marino||Disembark, then proceed north for an overnight in San Marino, one of the world's smallest and most ancient states, perched on Monte Titano. (B,D)|
|Day 20||Venice||Take a short walk through the main gate and up to Government House in the very heart of this tiny ancient republic. Later, travel along the Adriatic coastline through the Po Delta towards the Venice area. (B)|
|Day 21||Venice||The included orientation starts with a BOAT RIDE to St. Mark's Square and is followed by some time at leisure to absorb the atmosphere of this unique city. Then, visit a GLASSBLOWING WORKSHOP. Don't miss the optional gondola trip. (B,D)|
|Day 22||Vienna||Leave the flat and fertile plains and journey into Austria's grand mountain and lake scenery. Stop in Velden on Lake Worth, then northwards through the Styrian landscape to Vienna. This evening, enjoy a special dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)|
|Day 23||Vienna||There's so much to see on your included sightseeing tour: the State Opera, Parliament, and the Town Hall. Stop for a stroll in Heroes' Square to view the majestic Hofburg, former residence of the Habsburg royal family. (B)|
|Day 24||Innsbruck||Travel along the Danube, and on to the alpine landscapes to Mozart's Salzburg. Stroll down the charming Getreidegasse, the town's elegant main shopping street. Views of mountain peaks and alpine villages bring you into the very heart of the Tyrol to its capital, Innsbruck. (B,D)|
|Day 25||Lucerne||Get acquainted with Innsbruck on the orientation tour that includes the famous GOLDEN ROOF. Later, drive through the valleys and villages of the mountainous Tyrol to the Arlberg tunnel into Switzerland. Stop briefly in Vaduz, Liechtenstein's capital, before heading for the Lucerne area. (B)|
|Day 26||Lucerne||Sightseeing in one of Switzerland's finest cities takes in the impressive city walls, CHAPEL BRIDGE, ornate patrician houses lining cobblestone streets, and the LION MONUMENT. A selection of optional activities completes the day: a cruise on the fjord-like lake or an excursion to the top of one of the most beautiful mountains. (B,D)|
|Day 27||Rhineland||More of Switzerland and its quaint little villages, farms, and chalets before crossing into Germany to the shores of the Rhine. Today's highlight is the included RHINE CRUISE past the legendary Lorelei rock, hilltop castles, terraced vineyards, and half-timbered villages. Overnight in the Rhineland. (B,D)|
|Day 28||Amsterdam||North today, first through the industrial Ruhr and then into the canal criss-crossed countryside of Holland to Amsterdam. Enjoy a CANAL CRUISE to see the city from water level, then watch the cutting and polishing of precious stones at a famous DIAMOND CENTER. Later, sightseeing includes an orientation drive with a Local Guide. (B)|
|Day 29||London||Drive to Brussels and board the EUROSTAR train to London. (B)|
|Day 30||London||Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)|
|US$ Price Details|
Prices based on double room occupancy.Single room supplement: $1626No triple room reduction.Extra nights per person in London:in single room $149-$204, in twin $91-$139, in triple $64-$1112018 departures are subject to itinerary and price modification. Details will be available in September 2017.
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