European Traveller Winter 2019 - Leisure Holidays

European Traveller Winter 2019France

From RM6,756 / per person for 7 nights
Take in the world's most romantic cities on this Discoveries trip across Europe

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Summary

Explore the tradition and elegance of Europe's most romantic capital cities - the majestic Arc de Triomphe, Bridge of Sighs and Sistine Chapel your gateways to an unforgettable journey. Enjoy radiant Paris and the Renaissance romance of Florence, dramatic Alpine landscapes and the Eternal City of Rome where you'll toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain to secure your swift return...

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Itinerary

Accommodation

Day 1 & 2: Hotel Evergreen Laurel

Day 3: Hotel Astoria

Day 4: Hotel Novotel Venezia Mestre Castellana

Day 5: Hotel Grand Mediterraneo

Day 6 & 7: Hotel Crowne Plaza St. Peter's

Day 8: Depart Rome

Sightseeing

Day 1: London - Paris (2 Nights)
Cheerio London and hello sparkling White Cliffs of Dover, England's last hurrah before we cross the English Channel bound for Calais. We pass the tragic World War I battlefields of the Somme before arriving in the beautiful city of Paris where we will enjoy a Welcome Reception with dinner to meet our fellow travellers and Travel Director. This evening the City of Light creates an enchanting backdrop for an orientation drive that will showcase several of the sights which will await us tomorrow. 


Day 2: Paris Sightseeing
Enjoy a scenic sojourn along the grand boulevard of the Champs Élysées to view the Arc de Triomphe, honouring those who fought for France. We join our Local Specialist for a guided sightseeing tour that ascends to the second level of the Eiffel Tower, the cultural icon of France, for spectacular views of the city. This afternoon, perhaps join an Optional Experience to Notre Dame and the Latin Quarter or enjoy time at leisure to explore the treasures of Paris. Wander through the quaint cobblestone lanes of Montmartre in search of beautiful art, consider viewing da Vinci's Mona Lisa at the Louvre or relax at a cosy French café and enjoy a glass or two of wine watching the world go by. 


Day 3: Paris - Lucerne 
We wind our way through the sprawling vineyards of Auxerrois and Burgundy, journeying south past the 15th century fortress of Châteauneuf and rolling green farmlands into Switzerland en route to Lucerne where we will spend the night. Cross the famous wooden Chapel Bridge with its 17th century paintings and visit the mortally wounded lion hewn from rock, paying tribute to the hundreds of brave Swiss Guards who died defending Louis XVI. 


Day 4: Lucerne - St. Gotthard - Venice
We meander through the imposing Alps today through the winding St. Gotthard region and across the border at Chiasso into Italy. Catch a glimpse of its beautiful lakes, which have attracted aristocrats in search of a scenic retreat for centuries, before arriving later in Venice, the Queen of the Adriatic. 


Day 5: Venice Orientation - Florence 
Take to the water and board a private motor launch to the gateway to Venice, St. Mark's Square, view the Bridge of Sighs and ornate Doge's Palace. Witness a Cultural Insight into the fine, centuries-old craft of glassblowing at one of the oldest workshops on the island. We'll have some time to explore the hidden calle and campi fitting in some last-minute shopping or soaking up the old-world charm of this island city. This afternoon we cross the striking Apennine Mountains to Florence, the Cradle of the Renaissance and our home for the night. 


Day 6: Florence Sightseeing - Rome (2 NIghts)
The magnificent Renaissance Dome of Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral and the Baptistery stand imposingly in the centre of Florence and are among the sights we will view during our guided walking tour in the company of a Local Specialist who will share with us the rich cultural, artistic and architectural treasures of this fascinating city. Admire the 400-year-old Ponte Vecchio which spans the Arno and marvel at the impressive palazzi and art in the Piazza della Signoria, the political hub of the city, before travelling to Rome, the last stop on your trip. 


Day 7: Rome Sightseeing
Cross the Tiber to The Vatican City for a fascinating encounter with the Centre of Christianity. A Local Specialist will take us on a tour of St. Peter's Basilica, the home of Michelangelo's Renaissance masterpiece, the Pietà, crafted from the most perfect block of Carrara marble. Consider an Optional Experience to see the magnificent frescoes of the Sistine Chapel, before travelling to Ancient Rome to view the Colosseum where brave gladiators and slaves fought to the death to the thunderous applause of thousands of spectators. This evening we join our travel companions and Travel Director for a Be My Guest Farewell Dinner celebrating the Italian's zest for life, food and good company. 


Day 8: Depart Rome
Our adventure together has come to an end. We say a fond farewell to Rome and our travel companions at the end of our journey together. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. 

Extras

Included Extras

Please find below a selection of extras that are included within the price of your tour.

On-Trip Transport

Luxury air-conditioned coach

Meals

10 Meals as per itinerary - 7 buffet breakfast, 2 dinners (including Be My Guest) with local wine & 1 dinner

Local Specialist

Local Specialist to bring locations alive

Tour Director

An expert Tour Director & separate driver

Charges & Taxes

All baggage handling, hotel charges & local taxes.

Optional Extras

All of the below extras are additional to the price of your tour, and can be selected on the next stage.

Airport Transfers

Per single trip to/from Heathrow Airport

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