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11-Night Essential Europe Escorted Bus Tour

This popular Europe trip starts with two nights in Rome, where you will enjoy a special welcome dinner with wine at a lively Roman restaurant, and ends with two nights in London. You will also stop in major cities like Florence, Venice, Lucerne, and Paris. All “must-see” features—such as St. Peter’s, the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum in Rome, Michelangelo’s David in Florence, St. Mark’s in Venice, the second floor of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and St. Paul’s in London—are included and experienced in the company of a knowledgeable Local Guide in each city. Special dining highlights are a Tuscan dinner with the traditional Tagliata Fiorentina in Florence and a pasta party in Venice. From Italy, cross the border to subtropical Lugano in Switzerland, then drive straight through the Alps via St. Gotthard and William Tell country to picture-book Lucerne, where you have a relaxing two-night stay. Admire the Lion Monument during your walking tour and savor a Swiss chocolate surprise. Enjoy a two-night-stay in Paris and ascend to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. Board the Eurostar train for a smooth ride to London, where guided sightseeing and two overnights make for the perfect finale to your vacation.

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$2479 pp
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Day #1 Arrive in Rome, Italy. Welcome to Rome! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and leave the hotel for a welcome dinner with pasta and wine at one of Rome’s lively restaurants. (D)
Day #2 Rome. Morning guided sightseeing features visits to the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL, world famous for Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgement, monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA, and the COLOSSEUM and ROMAN FORUM, where Roman legions marched in triumph. To make the most of your stay, join our optional Roman Highlights excursion, and see the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and the sites and squares of medieval Rome made famous in the movie Angels and Demons. (B)
Day #3 Rome–Florence. Enter Tuscany and arrive in Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance.” Follow your Local Guide for a visit of the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS with Michelangelo’s celebrated David. Admire the magnificent cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gate of Paradise,” and visit sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Time to check out the enticing shops with Florentine leather goods and gold jewelry on Piazza Santa Croce before joining [LF] a Tuscan dinner with wine, traditional bruschette, and Tagliata Fiorentina at Finisterrae restaurant. (B,D)
Day #4 Florence–Venice. In Venice, enter in style by PRIVATE BOAT to ST. MARK’S SQUARE. Admire the Byzantine basilica, the Clock Tower, lavish Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. Watch skilled GLASSBLOWERS fashion their delicate objects, then there is time to explore or to join an optional gondola ride. [LF] A PASTA PARTY with wine has been prepared at a local restaurant as a proper Arrivederci on your last night in Italy. (B,D)
Day #5 Venice–Lugano, Switzerland–Lucerne. Enter the Swiss Alps and stop in the subtropical town of Lugano in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland. Explore Piazza Riforma or stroll along spectacular Lake Lugano. Then, admire the towering majesty of the Swiss Alps and St. Gotthard on the way to picture-book Lucerne. Why not sign up for a folklore party with yodeling and alphorn blowing for a first-hand impression of Alpine merrymaking? (B)
Day #6 Lucerne. During your walking tour, admire Thorwaldsen’s emotional LION MONUMENT and the ornate patrician houses lining the cobblestone streets of the Old Town. Cross the famous covered CHAPEL BRIDGE to the Jesuit Church. [LF] A special Swiss CHOCOLATE SURPRISE awaits to give you a real “taste” of Switzerland. Shop for Swiss watches or knives, and to make the most of your stay, choose from our optional activities: climb Mount Pilatus by cable car or take a cruise on the fjord-like lake. (B,D)
Day #7 Lucerne–Paris, France. Say Auf Wiedersehen in Basel and cross the border into France. On your way to Paris, drive past the vineyards of Burgundy with views of beautiful castles and past Fontainebleau Forest. An optional excursion is available to try out local specialties in one of Paris’ lively restaurants followed by a drive through the “City of Light.” (B)
Day #8 Paris. Discover the world capital of chic and style with a Local Guide and admire its most famous sights: the Opéra, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysées, and more. For a bird’s-eye view, take the elevator to the second floor of Paris’ most famous landmark: the EIFFEL TOWER. An optional excursion to the lavish baroque Palace and Gardens of Versailles is available. Tonight, an optional evening out for dinner and a show at the Moulin Rouge may be the best way to say, “Au revoir, Paris.” (B)
Day #9 Paris–London, England. Board the high-speed EUROSTAR TRAIN for a smooth ride to London, arriving in the afternoon. Meet your local host, who will assist you during your stay in London. Why not take in a West End show tonight? (B)
Day #10 London. Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide includes all the famous landmarks: the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben beside the River Thames, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, and more. Highlights are a visit to ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL and the ceremonial pageantry of the Changing of the Guard, if held. Afternoon at leisure. Optional excursions are available to the Tower of London or to Windsor Castle, and later, maybe enjoy dinner, followed by a cruise on the River Thames. (B)
Day #11 London. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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