Day 2: Paris - City Tour
Day to see Paris' main attractions in a four-hour Paris city tour with a difference. Your sightseeing tour of Paris includes a tour across the city by coach, views of Paris from the water as you cruise along the Seine River, and lofty panoramas from the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. You have a choice of four tour times so you can plan your day to suit yourself. This comprehensive tour is a great way to get to know Paris if this is your first visit. Your coach tour across Paris takes in Place de la Concorde Square, the Champs-Elysees, the Arc de Triomphe, the western districts of Paris, the Palais de Chaillot and the Palais Bourbon (National Assembly). You'll then see Paris from a different viewpoint by taking a one-hour cruise on the Seine River, highlighting Paris' rich 2,000 years of history. And what better way to conclude your overview of Paris than by taking a trip up the Eiffel Tower where you will have enough time to explore the Eiffel Tower on your own. You'll ride the elevator up to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower for spectacular views of Paris laid out before you. Have your camera ready! Inclusions: - Seine river cruise - Transport by air-conditioned coach - Lift to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower Duration: 4 hours Departure Point: Pyramides, central Paris Departure Time: Refer to your voucher for details. Return details: The tour concludes at the Eiffel Tower so you will have the opportunity to continue an independent visit Overnight in Paris.
Day 3: Paris - Disneyland - Paris
Discover Disneyland Resort, a Magical Kingdom not so far away - somewhere between a place where you wish upon a star and dreams come true, and classic Disney heroes and heroines live once upon a time in fairytales that are, happily, never ending. Explore Disneyland Park and travel freely through the Kingdom of Entertainment and its 5 famous lands in Disneyland Paris: - MAIN STREET, USA: a reminder of bygone America at the turn-of-the-century - ADVENTURELAND: the country of adventure where all is possible and exoticism is guaranteed - FANTASYLAND: the wonderful land of fairy tales and child dreams - FRONTIERLAND: the world of the Far West, the legends and the folklore - DISCOVERYLAND: to try amongst others in this futuristic land the newest attraction: "Honey, I Shrunk the Audience!" Right next door to Disneyland Park, discover the magical world of cinema and television at Walt Disney Studios Park - 4 cinemagical 'lots', featuring thrilling attractions and spectacular shows with your dreams center-stage. Inclusions: - Transport by air-conditioned coach - Entrance fees Departure Point: Pyramides, central Paris Departure Time: 8am Return details: Tour departs Disneyland at approximately 7:00pm and returns to original departure point Overnight in Paris.
Day 4: Paris - Lucerne
Today you ride on TGV. Arrival in Lucerne by train 2nd class from Paris. Welcome to the world of nature. Lucerne, the gateway to central Switzerland, sited on Lake Lucerne, is embedded within an impressive mountainous panorama. Thanks to its attractions, its souvenir and watch shops, the beautiful lakeside setting and the nearby excursion mountains of the Rigi, Pilatus and Stanserhorn, the town is a destination for many travel groups and individuals on their journey through central Switzerland. Overnight in Lucerne.
Day 5: Lucerne - Mount Titlis - Lucerne
Excursion to Mount Titlis - at 3020 m / 10-000 ft. From Lucerne the train takes you to the mountain monestry village Engelberg where you board a gondola which takes you up to the Tr-bsee. You continue your trip by another gondola to Stand and finally the first revolving Titlis Rotair cablecar takes you up to Mount Titlis. For a spectacular, close-up insight into a glacier, visit the glacier cave and ride the Ice Flyer chairlift. And get your thrills on the TITLIS Cliff Walk, a spectacular Suspension bridge at a height of 3041 m/10'000 ft. Overnight in Lucerne.
Day 6: Lucerne - Interlaken
Rail journey over the Br-nig Pass to Interlaken lies in the Bernese Oberland on an alluvial plain, between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. The vacation destination, which is presided over by the three mighty mountains, Eiger, M-nch and Jungfrau, is the starting point for numerous activities. Overnight in Interlaken.
Day 7: Interlaken - Lucerne
Excursion to the Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe. The Jungfrau Railway takes you up to the Jungfraujoch - at 3454 m / 11-333 ft the highest railway station in Europe. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Aletsch Glacier, the longest glacier in the Alps. Overnight in Interlaken.
Day 8: Interlaken - Venice
Train transfer to Venice and check-in into your hotel. In evening you will appreciate the beauty and uniqueness of a city built on water is by boat. Gliding through Venice's Grand Canal and minor canals, you'll be introduced to the splendid palaces, churches, bridges, gardens and warehouses lining the city's liquid streets. Your luxurious motor launch boat tour of the Grand Canal brings the magic of Venice alive - ideal for photographers! Unlike a gondola ride, this Grand Canal boat tour takes you through many diverse areas of the city for a thorough introduction to the city of Venice. Step foot on your boat near St Mark's Square, admiring St Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace along with other landmarks as you disembark. While you ride, you'll learn about the origins and evolution of the Grand Canal, Venice's most important 'street.' Marvel at the stunning palaces and churches that line the famous Venetian canal as you pass by squares like Campo Santa Maria Formosa that contain Gothic palaces and churches, like the magnificent San Giovanni e Paolo. Your guide will enlighten your group about Venetian architecture as well as the trade schools of Venice - such as the Scuola Grande di San Marco - that provided the foundations for the mercantile empire to flourish. Then, take a fascinating journey through Venice's minor canals to see parts of the city that are seldom visited by tourists. Take in the charming ambiance as you float through these less crowded canals. The boats are small enough to navigate the narrow canals, with enough space for you to comfortably sit outside to take photographs and listen to the detailed commentary provided by your guide. All boats are equipped with microphones and speakers so you can clearly hear the information. Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes Departure Point: Tour departs near St. Mark's Square Departure Time: 5:30pm Return details: Returns to original departure point Overnight in Venice.
Day 9: Venice - Murano, Burano, Torcello - Venice
This morning tour the great introduction to the magical islands around the medieval city of Venice and its enclosed bay in the Adriatic Sea. Board a comfortable motorboat, departing from the Alilaguna pier in front of the Royal Gardens, and speed along the Venetian Lagoon to three islands famous for their handicrafts and architecture. You'll cruise past the islands of San Giorgio Maggiore, San Servolo, San Lazzaro degli Armeni and Sant'Elena Gardens to Murano, divided into nine islets crossed by a wide canal. Known for its glassware shops and factories, Murano boasts a long and still-thriving tradition dating back to 1291, when glass artisans moved their kilns from the old city center. Explore the island on foot and stop at a glass factory to watch a skilled glass blower create works of art. Learn from your guide about Murano's wealth in the 15th and 16th centuries when the island was central to Europe's glass making. View the magnificent splendor of Murano's palaces and Veneto-Byzantine style churches, some with mosaics and ornamental motifs designed in the 12th century, and catch a glimpse of San Michele - Venice's 19th-century cemetery - across the water. Before re-boarding the boat, you'll have time to visit a museum showcasing the world-famous Murano glass. When you reach the island of Torcello - established between the 5th and 6th centuries and the earliest center of civilization in the Venetian Lagoon - you'll see evidence of the island's glorious past as it once flourished with ornate palaces and churches. First, view the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, founded in the 7th century. Your guide will also show you the excavated remains of the circular baptistery in the Church of Santa Fosca, which showcases a delightful portico and striking Byzantine interior. Afterward, journey to the island of Burano and admire the picturesque fishermen's houses painted in bright pastel colors. In this miniature Venice, you'll find the famous lace - abundant since the 16th century and once considered the most refined in Europe. Browse local shops and find lace on display at a museum dedicated to the craft of lace making before your guide returns you to Venice. Inclusions: - Professional guide - Visit a glass-blowing factory at Murano - Travel by shared motor boat between Venice, Murano, Burano and Torcello Duration: 4 hours Departure Point: Alilaguna pier in front of the Royal Gardens (Giardinetti Reali) at San Marco Departure Time: Refer to your voucher for details. Return details: Returns to original departure point Overnight in Venice.
Day 10: Venice - Florence - Pisa - Florence
Train transfer to Florence. In afternoon, Leave central Florence and travel west through the emerald hills of Tuscany. Your destination is Pisa, an elegant Tuscan city located near Lucca. Hop off your coach after a journey of 1.5 hours and set off to sightsee with your guide. Walk around Cathedral Square, home to the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pose for photos by the tilting monument, which has captivated sightseers for centuries, and learn all about its history from your guide. The square is also home to Pisa Baptistry, Campo Santo and Duomo di Pisa, so listen to your guide explain each one as you walk around. After your tour of Cathedral Square, choose from one of two different options. Either enjoy free time to discover Pisa at your own pace or continue sightseeing on a guided walk to Knights' Square. Pass the Church of San Sisto, the oldest church in Pisa. See the house of Conte Ugolino who is mentioned by Dante on the Divive Comedy. Then enter Knights' Square itself, seeing the prestigious Scuola Normale di Pisa, part of the city's university that was founded by Napoleon Bonaparte. Admire the square's Renaissance buildings and marble statues, and hear how it was once the political center of medieval Pisa. Continue past an ancient house where the 18th-century Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi once lived, and then finish your walking tour with a visit to Piazza Arcivedscovado to see Palazzo Vescovile. If you opted to spend your afternoon at leisure, simply return to the meeting point at the pre-arranged time to meet your tour escort and return to the coach.Travel back to Florence, and then finish your day trip with a drop-off at the start point. Inclusions: - Transport by air-conditioned coach (maximum 50 people) - Live commentary on board - Tour escort - Professional guide in Pisa Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes Departure Point: Central Florence, near Santa Maria Novella Station (Central Station) Departure Time: 1:45pm Return details: Returns to original departure point Overnight in Pisa.
Day 11: Florence - Chinque Terre - Florence
Day to fall in love with Italy's prettiest coastal villages on a small-group excursion to the Cinque Terre from Florence. You've probably heard of the five famous fishing ports of the Cinque Terre. Now's your chance to visit these picture-postcard villages on a personalized small-group day trip that you'll treasure. Numbers are limited to eight on this small-group tour, ensuring personalized attention from a guide. Enjoy a full-day tour visiting the beautiful Cinque Terre (the five lands) where a rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riviera is punctuated by picturesque small fishing villages. After driving through Tuscany into Liguria, stop in the first Cinque Terre village of Corniglia. Enjoy panoramic views and take spectacular pictures of the land and coast. After a walk through the delightful village, stop at one of the local bars for a glass of wine accompanied by bruschetta. Your second stop is at the village of Vernazza, arguably the most beautiful of the five villages with a large open harbor, castle and church. Enjoy some free time to walk around and have a relaxing lunch (own expense) at one of the open-air restaurants that lines the waterfront, or take a stroll through the back streets for impressive views along the coast. After your visit to Vernazza, meet your tour escort at a prearranged time for your shared boat ride to Riomaggiore. While on the boat, ogle the dramatic coastline from the water, framed against the hills. Riomaggiore is the most southern village of the Cinque Terre and its houses are built along the cliff face. Follow your tour escort for a walk around the village and then travel to pretty Manarola. Manarola is one of the oldest villages of the Cinque Terre. Explore the narrow alleys and pretty pastel squares that epitomize the beauty of the area, and perhaps sample some renowned local wine at a cozy wine bar (own expense). After visiting Manarola, leave the Cinque Terre and make your way back Florence where you'll arrive in the early evening. Inclusions: - Transport by air-conditioned minivan (maximum 8 passengers) - Driver/Tour escort - Entrance fee to the coastal footpath along the Cinque Terre - Boat or train ride - Aperitif of wine and bruschetta Duration: 9 to 10 hours Departure Point: Piazza della Repubblica, central Florence Departure Time: 8:30am Return details: Concludes at the Piazza della Republica - Florence's famous and most central square Overnight in Florence.
Day 12: Florence - Rome
Train transfer to Rome. Delicious dinner in the Trevi area, where you'll feast on three courses of traditional Italian cuisine in a delightful bistro. Taste typical Roman dishes and soak up the lively atmosphere in this district that's beloved by tourists and locals alike. After dinner, get ready for the Panoramic Rome by Night Tour!In evening tour, you'll be delighted as the sights of The Eternal City that amazed you by day simply astonish you by night! Enjoy a relaxing panoramic tour of the city by motor coach, and discover the magic of Rome's most famous monuments lit up under a darkened sky. Watch Rome sparkle as day turns to night, and then head out on an after-dark panoramic city tour. As you visit the city's famous monuments and squares, you'll be dazzled by how beautiful they look illuminated at night. During the approximate two-hour motor-coach tour, your local guide will regale you with interesting commentary and Roman history. You'll see Capitoline Hill, the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, Castel Sant'Angelo, St Peter's Basilica and the district of Trastevere. You'll also make a stop at the Trevi Fountain. Legend says if you throw in a coin, you'll have good luck and will return to Rome one day, so make sure you have some change! Inclusions: - Hotel pickup - Professional guide - Transport by air-conditioned coach Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes Departure Point: Central Rome close to Repubblica Metro stop Departure Time: 7:00pm: Please note that pickup will commence 30-60 minutes prior to this time Overnight in Rome.
Day 13: Rome - Vatican
Hear the stories and secrets of the intriguing Vatican while following your guide through incredible rooms like the Gallery of Tapestries and the Gallery of Maps, a seemingly never-ending corridor adorned with intricately detailed Italian maps. Pass through the Gallery of Candelabras, seeing ancient sculptures and opulent candelabras from Imperial villas, and wander through Bramante's Pinecone Courtyard to pose for pictures in front of the bronze Pigna statue. Amble through Raphael's Rooms, marveling at the interconnecting galleries that showcase the artistic genius of Raphael, and then enter the awe-inspiring Sistine Chapel - the crowning glory of any visit to the Vatican. Gaze up at Michelangelo's famous The Creation of Adam ceiling fresco, see The Last Judgement on the chapel's back wall and absorb the sacred ambiance of the pope's private chapel. Your tour finishes with a fully guided visit to St Peter's Basilica, the home of the Catholic Church, where more artistic masterpieces await. See La Pieta, a stunning Michelangelo sculpture created by the artist when he was just 24, and admire Bernini's Baldachino - the ornate bronze canopy that sits above St Peter's high altar. Bid your guide farewell and take a stroll through St Peter's Square if you wish. Inclusions: - Entrance fee - Professional guide - Skip-the-line entry - Headsets to hear the guide clearly Duration: 3 hours Departure Point: Tour departs near the Vatican Museums entrance. Departure Time: 2:15 PM Return details: Concludes at St. Peter's Basilica. Overnight in Rome.
Day 14: Departure
Proceed to the airport for your onward journey.