FOCUS ON ITALY & PARIS
16 Day Tour from London to Paris
- Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.
- Visits to Innsbruck, Venice, Assisi, Montecassino, Sorrento, Capri, Orvieto, Pisa, Bologna, Lugano, Lucerne
- Fern Pass, Europa Bridge, Dolomites, Venetian plains, Tuscany, Swiss Alps
- Host service in London. Local Guides for city sightseeing in Rome, Pompeii, Florence, Paris. Professional Tour Director while touring
Cover the heartland of Europe on this exciting multi-country adventure. Begin in London, then cross the English Channel by ferry and board a motorcoach bound for Brussels. A comfortable ride on the German Autobahn takes you south into Bavaria with an overnight in the lovely Ulm area on the banks of the Danube. Cross through Tyrolean Austria over Fern Pass to reach the magical Italian city of Venice with its canals and St. Mark’s Square. Visit Assisi to admire Giotto’s frescoes in St. Francis’ Basilica, then continue to Rome, where you’ll encounter iconic landmarks like the Colosseum and Roman Forum. On to Montecassino and to Pompeii to see ruins of the city destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Spend two nights in Sorrento and sail to the jet-set island of Capri. On the way to Florence, stop in beautiful Orvieto to see its distinctive cathedral. Spend two nights in Renaissance Florence and see the city’s many highlights—like Signoria Square and the Duomo—on the included walking tour. Have your cameras ready at the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and visit the Piazza Maggiore in Bologna before crossing into Switzerland to beautiful Lake Lugano for an overnight. See more of Switzerland on the way to Lucerne, and spend two nights in Paris with guided sightseeing and free time to discover the “City of Light” on your own.
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Check into your hotel. Then, enjoy an afternoon in the lively British capital. Uniformed hosts are available to help you make the most of your time. LONDON Novotel London West (F).
Leave London in the early morning and head through the lush English countryside to the Channel port, where you embark on your FERRY for the Continent. Here, meet your Tour Director and board your luxury coach for the drive to Brussels. (B) LONDON Novotel London West (F).
A comfortable journey on the German Autobahn, traveling south into the Rhineland and past Stuttgart into Bavaria with its woods, farms, and pretty villages. Break up the journey with an optional Rhine cruise, gliding past the famous Lorelei rock. (B,D) BRUSSELS HC Brussels (ST).
Drive south this morning into Austria by way of Fern Pass into the Tyrol and on to its capital, Innsbruck. Continue by way of the Europa Bridge into Italy and enjoy the enchanting views of the mighty Dolomites. Descend into the valley on to the Venetian plain; then, travel eastwards to the Venice area for an overnight. (B,D) ULM AREA Arcadia (ST) at Günzburg.
Venice is more like a marvelous film set than a real live city, with its criss-crossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and busy little piazzas. The included orientation starts with a BOAT RIDE and is followed by some time at leisure to enjoy this unique city, and a chance to watch Venetian GLASSBLOWERS fashion their delicate objects as they did centuries ago. Don’t miss the optional gondola trip, gliding along the picturesque canals with a local troubadour to serenade you. (B) VENICE AREA Holiday Inn (ST) at Marghera.
An interesting drive southward, cutting across the Po plain, then through the gentle Umbrian hills to Assisi, where St. Francis was born in 1182. Visit the world-famous BASILICA with its beautiful frescoes by Giotto, then head for Rome. (B) VENICE AREA Holiday Inn (ST) at Marghera.
The ”Eternal City”—a city 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 ROMAN FORUM and the mighty COLOSSEUM. (B) ROME Holiday Inn Express San Giovanni (ST).
Deeper into the south today, making a first stop in Montecassino to view the MONASTERY and ABBEY perched high above the valley. The monastery was the home of the Benedictines, founded in 529 and destroyed four times over the past centuries. The last time it was laid to ruin was in 1944 during the great Battle of Montecassino. Next is another great sight. Time stopped for the rich, aristocratic town of POMPEII with the terrible eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. Your Local Guide will bring the town back to life by explaining the remains of the luxurious villas, temples, theater, and forum. Just a few more miles to Sorrento, where you'll stay for the next two nights. (B) ROME Holiday Inn Express San Giovanni (ST).
Visit this legendary island, surrounded by rocky coastline, where the crashing sea has formed awe-inspiring caves. The town, with its pretty piazzetta, maze of streets, fashionable boutiques, and smart restaurants, is a mecca for the jet set. An optional island tour is available. (B,D) SORRENTO Central Park (ST) at Massalubrense.
This morning, retrace part of the route, bypassing Rome for a stop in Orvieto to visit its black basalt and yellow limestone CATHEDRAL, an excellent example of Italian Gothic architecture. Next, enjoy the extraordinary beauty of the Tuscan countryside. Overnight in Florence. (B) SORRENTO Central Park (ST) at Massalubrense.
This Renaissance gem and city of the Medicis will keep you enthralled for the entire day. Traffic is banned in part of the historic center, so visitors can wander at leisure and admire the city’s timeless beauty in relative peace and quiet. Don’t miss the included walking tour with a Local Guide, which features most of the city highlights. You will see Piazza Santa Croce; beautiful Piazza Signoria; Palazzo Vecchio; Loggia dei Lanzi; and, to top it off, Piazza del Duomo and its cathedral with the Giotto Campanile, and the magnificent East Door of the Baptistry, known as the “Gate of Paradise.” In the afternoon, take advantage of an included excursion to Pisa and enjoy the sights of the SQUARE OF MIRACLES with its Leaning Tower. This evening, dine at a local restaurant. (B,D) FLORENCE Meridiana (ST) FLORENCE Meridiana (ST).
This morning, drive northeast to Bologna, the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region. Stop awhile to see the twin medieval towers and lovely PIAZZA MAGGIORE. Journey northwards across the mighty Po River, through the Lombardy plains, and into Switzerland for an overnight in charming Lugano. (B) FLORENCE Meridiana (ST).
Some truly magnificent Alpine scenery this morning as you travel into the very heart of the Swiss Alps. Once through the St. Gotthard Tunnel you start your descent to Lucerne, perhaps rightly considered the most Swiss-looking city in the whole confederation. Today’s visit takes in the impressive city walls, CHAPEL BRIDGE, ornate patrician houses lining cobblestone streets, and the LION MONUMENT, a masterful stone sculpture in honor of the heroic Swiss Guard of Louis XVI. A grand selection of optional activities completes the day: a cruise on the fjord-like lake; a funicular and cable-car ride to the 6,227-foot summit of Mount Stanserhorn; and, of course, time to shop for that very Swiss watch. Continue to your overnight hotel in the Lucerne area. (B) LUGANO Acquarello (ST) or Ibis (ST).
Enjoy vistas of green pastures and attractive chalets with rustic timbering and luxuriant flowers. Then, into France, on the highway past some of its most famous vineyards, to Paris. Arrive in time to enjoy the optional cabaret show. (B) LUCERNE AREA Ibis Styles (ST) or Ibis Kriens (ST).
One full day to explore the city that’s known throughout the world for its fashions, art and museums, delicious food, and joie de vivre. Included SIGHTSEEING with a local expert shows off many of the best-known Parisian sights: La Sorbonne, Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Madeleine, the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramid near the Louvre, the Invalides, and Champs Elysées. Optional excursions are also available. Maybe celebrate the success of your tour with a French farewell dinner. (B) PARIS Campanile Porte d'Italie (ST).
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B) PARIS Campanile Porte d'Italie (ST).
Prices are calculated per person as following:
- Adult Price: USD 2619 per person
- Child Price: USD 2358 per person
Single room supplement: $808
No triple room reduction.
London Arrival Transfer London Gatwick Airport :
$25.00 per person
London Heathrow Airport:
$25.00 per person
Paris Departure Transfer Paris, France - Charles de Gaulle:
$25.00 per person
Paris, France - Orly:
$25.00 per person
Cash,Credit cards and Bank transfers.
You may confirm this reservation with a $750.00 non-refundable deposit.
Following items are included in the price and you will not charge for them:
- Buffet breakfasts; 4 dinners, including a special dinner at a local restaurant in Florence
Price Does Not Include:
Following items are not included in the price and you may have to pay it:
- Visas and vaccinations.
- Laundry; telephone; minibar; alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel, ship, or restaurant)
- Additional excursions and activities not listed as 'included' in the itinerary.
- Travel Protection premiums.
- Transfers; tips to your Tour or Cruise Director, Local Host, driver, Local Guides, and/or ships' crew; gratuities on ferries, trains, and cruise ships; porterage at airports or train stations.
- The price listed does not include your airfare.
Please read the policies carefully. This section contains important information.
* MEALS: Buffet breakfasts; 4 dinners, including a special dinner at a local restaurant in Florence
* CANCELLATION POLICY: 25% Penalty less than 2 weeks to arrival - 50% Penalty less than 1 week to arrival - 100% Penalty less than 1 days to arrival or no shows.
* VALID FOR: Minimum 2 person travelling together.
* REMARK: Not applicable on TBA space. Not applicable to custom tours. Not combinable with any other promotion except the Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit and the current air promo. Applies to new 2015 bookings only, and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Offer reliant on space availability. Full cancellation penalties will apply.
* AIRPORT TRANSFER TIMES & FLIGHT WINDOWS: London Arrival London Gatwick Airport - 6:00 AM - 3:00 PM
London Heathrow Airport - 24 hours daily
Paris Departure Paris, France - Charles de Gaulle - 6:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Paris, France - Orly - 6:00 AM - 3:00 PM
* CHILD POLICIES: Children ages between 0 to 7 are not allowed in this vacation.
* : Children ages 8 to 17 on the date of departure are welcomed if accompanied by an adult.
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