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European Wonders 14 Days

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Italy, Switzerland, France, United Kingdom

Rome, Florence, Venice, Verona, Zurich, Grindelwald, Lucerne, Bern, Paris, Rouen, Eperleques, Canterbury, London

Tour Highlights

  • Visit the 'Eternal City' – Rome, and experience Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and the Roman Colosseum
  • While in incomparable Florence, take in the Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo, and Piazza della Signoria
  • Among the canals of Venice, visit Saint Mark´s Basilica, and the legendary glass-makers of Murano
  • Walk through the setting of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet – Verona – the city of lovers
  • Travel through Switzerland's Interlaken region, visiting stunningly scenic Grindelwald and Lucerne
  • Visit Paris, and see the Eiffel Tower, River Seine, Latin Quarter, Louvre Museum, and more!
  • From the northern French coast, take a ferry across the English Channel
  • Get to know the capital of the United Kingdom, with a guided tour of London

NOTE: The map at right indicates the tour itinerary with a black dotted line, and the cruise extension (CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE) in blue.

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2019 Price Per Person Single Supplement
04 May 01 Jun 29 Jun** From $4,999
$3,999
$1,500
18 May 15 Jun*
* = Shoulder Season Surcharge: $700
** = Peak Season Surcharge: $1000

Inclusions:

  • Return economy class international airfares and taxes flying China Southern Airlines or similar (subject to availability), departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth.
    Please Note: Flight itineraries are not available until approximately 2 weeks before departure. Some flights may depart one day later and may involve up to 2 transits per leg
  • 11 nights accommodation in comfortable hotels in twin rooms with private facilities.
    Please Note: Hotels will vary depending on group size and hence hotel information can only be ascertained within 5-7 days prior to departure. Double rooms and Triple share are not guaranteed and are subject to availability
  • English speaking tour guide(s)
  • Meals as detailed in the itinerary (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = Dinner)
  • City entrance fees + taxes
  • Return airport-hotel transfers
  • Dedicated coach transportation
  • Insurance: Basic insurance cover is provided for our clients during the land component of this tour. See below for details.
  • Evening Transfer: Trastevere in Rome, Via Cavour in Rome, Latin Quartier of Paris, Candem District of London, Leicester/Soho area in London
  • City Tours: Rome, Florence, Venice, Paris, London
  • Ticket/Admission: Colosseum of Rome, Saint Mark´s Basilica and Murano Glass Factory in Venice, 2nd Floor Eiffel Tower in Paris, Bunker Eperlecques, Traditional Afternoon Tea in London
  • Boat: Vaporetto along the canals, Boat trip along River Seine
  • Ferry: Calais (France) to Dover (UK)
  • Funicular: Cable car up to Grindenwald First

Exclusions:

  • All optional activities, tours and attraction tickets not included in the itinerary.
  • Tipping is not mandatory on this tour. Please tip guides, drivers etc. at your discretion.
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Visas (if applicable)
  • Personal expenses

Optional Attractions and Activities Optional Extension

Rome
  • Baroque Rome: This excursion is essential to complete your stay in Rome. You can enjoy the great Rome of Bernini and Borromini, the great baroque Rome with its beautiful fountains, squares and obelisks. That Rome that the Popes created. We will make a complete tour knowing: Lungotevere, Ara Pacis, Porta Pinciana, Via Veneto, Plaza de España with its wonderful fountain of the boat and its staircase Trinidad de los Montes, Fontana de Trevi where you can fulfill the rite of throwing your coin, Piazza Colona, Pantheon, possibly the best preserved archaeological temple of ancient Rome and we will finish in the extraordinary Piazza Navona. An important part of this excursion is done on foot enjoying the center and heart of Rome.
    • PRICE: EUR35pp (approx. AUD55pp). Minimum participants: 15 persons. DURATION: 2 h 30 min. Includes: Entrance included to the Pantheon. Transfers by bus. Local guide. Individual headphones connected directly with your local guide.

  • Vatican Museums: ADMISSION TO THE VATICAN MUSEUMS IS LIMITED. PRIORITY WILL BE GIVEN TO TRAVELERS WHO HAVE MADE RESERVATIONS IN ADVANCE. FOR THIS REASON, WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU BUY THIS EXCURSION IN ADVANCE THROUGH MY TRIP BEFORE YOUR ARRIVAL IN EUROPE. You must remember that many Sundays, Vatican Museums remain closed. We have organized a visit for the most interested passengers, accompanied by an expert guide in Fine Arts, we will visit the most important rooms of the Vatican Museums: gallery of tapestries, sculptures, paintings and other rooms in which we will have the opportunity to appreciate some of the most important works of art of classical and Renaissance antiquity. Our highlight will be the Sistine Chapel, dazzling after its brilliant restoration. Finally, we will visit the Basilica, where we can see Michelangelo’s Pieta, the Baldachin of San Pedro and the dome of Michelangelo.
    • PRICE: EUR45pp (approx. AUD71pp). Minimum participants: 20 persons. DURATION: 3h. Includes: Visit with entrances to the Vatican Galleries, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Local guide (max group per guide: 40 people). Right of entry to the Vatican included. Headset connected privately with your local guide.

Florence
  • Tuscan Dinner: On some trips we have several nights in the capital of Tuscany. In this opportunity, you will have the chance to make a magnificent dinner in a Tuscan atmosphere. A group of musicians will set this beautiful evening. We can taste the typical products of the region. Do you fancy an extraordinary Fiorentina steak? During dinner we can also enjoy live music, a pianist and singer from Fiorentino will perform national and international pieces of music.
    • PRICE: EUR55pp (approx. AUD87pp). DURATION: 3h. Transfers, guide. Dinner with drinks.

Venice
  • Gondola Ride:Discover the romance of Venice. It may be the best way to get acquianted with the city. We include a Gondola ride through the channels, and have also hired our own musicians, who play beautiful Venetian ballads as you punt through the most beautiful channels to reach the Grand Canal, where fantastic Venetian palaces are located.
    • PRICE: EUR35pp (approx. AUD55pp). Minimum participants: 10 persons. DURATION: 35min. INCLUDED: Tour on private gondolas along the canals. Musicians (1 tenor and one accordionist) for the group.

Paris
  • Moulin Rouge Show: ADMISSION TO THE MOULIN ROUGE SHOW IS LIMITED. IF ALL TICKETS ARE NOT AVAILABLE, PRIORITY WILL BE GIVEN TO TRAVELERS WHO HAVE MADE RESERVATIONS IN ADVANCE. FOR THIS REASON, WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU BUY THIS EXCURSION IN ADVANCE THROUGH MY TRIP BEFORE YOUR ARRIVAL IN EUROPE. And how could you miss the Parisian night by attending the oldest and most famous cabaret in the worldSee the Moulin Rouge, with more than one hundred years of history. It evokes the Belle Epoque, in the Parisian district of Pigalle where the concept of the French varieté began through great choreographers like the painter Toulouse-Lautrec. More than 100 artists on stage, including 60 dancers from around the world, gigantic aquarium, international attractions and the famous French Cancan. All with one of the fastest scene changes in the world. A show that will not be forgotten.
    • PRICE: EUR130pp (approx. AUD205pp). DURATION: 2h. INCLUDED: Round-trip transport. Table reservation. Tips included. Show with 1/2 bottle of French Champagne per person. No children´s discount.

  • Louvre Museum: ADMISSION TO THE LOUVRE MUSEUM IS LIMITED. IF ALL TICKETS ARE NOT AVAILABLE, PRIORITY WILL BE GIVEN TO TRAVELERS WHO HAVE MADE RESERVATIONS IN ADVANCE. FOR THIS REASON, WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU BUY THIS EXCURSION IN ADVANCE THROUGH MY TRIP BEFORE YOUR ARRIVAL IN EUROPE. This museum, besides being the best-known gallery in the world, brings together admirable archaeological and sculptural works. Due to the large size of this museum, our guided tour allow yous to see some of the most important works. Our selective tour will take you from the Egyptian Sphinx and Greco-Roman sculptures, including the famous Venus del Milo, until you reach the Victory of Samothrace. It visits the summer apartments of Anne of Austria and Cardinal Mazarin. We also visit the western painting section, the Italian primitives, Cimabue and Giotto, followed by the Grande Galería where we see The Virgin of the Rocks by Leonardo da Vinci. Next, admire The Wedding of Cana by Veronese, the most famous painting of the La Gioconda museum. Visit the Gallery of French Painting, with The Raft of the Medusa by Gericault, Liberty Leading the People by Delacroix, and The Coronation of Napoleon, by David. Next is the Apollo Gallery where we will find golden craftworks, and the Gallery of the Guards, where we will find Etruscan and Roman jewels. And finally, visit the apartments of Napoleon III, with their splendid furniture
    • PRICE: EUR50pp (approx. AUD80pp). DURATION: 1h 30m. INCLUDED: Admission, group reservation fee (set time, no queues). Louvre-authorised local guide in English or Portuguese. Private audio guide service.

NOTES:

  • Prices are given in Australian dollars are at the rate of exchange on the date of publication. Actual prices are in Euros, and may vary from those advertised, at the time of purchase.
  • The number of people who can visit the MOULIN ROUGE SHOW, LOUVRE, and VATICAN MUSEUMS is limited. Priority will be given to travellers who have made reservations in advance. For this reason, we recommend that you purchase your tickets for this excurion in advance through MY TRIP before your arrival in Europe.
  • Please use the above as a reference only, as prices are subject to change. Some excursions are subject to minimum numbers and local conditions. You can only book optionals/pay taxes whilst on tour with the tour manager, who will also collect payment in cash only (Euros).

Insurance Optional Extension

Basic insurance cover is provided for our clients during the land component of this tour only. The policy comes into effect on arrival at the destination and commencement of the tour proper. Consequently, it does not include incidents during flights, cruises, or early arrivals or stay-behinds.

Guarantees:
  • Medical expenses: €3,000*
  • Dentistry expenses: €60
  • Extended hospitalisation due to illness or accident: €80/day. Max. 10 Days
  • Transfer of sick or wounded persons: Unlimited
  • Transfer of mortal remains: Unlimited
  • Return of accompanying insured persons: Unlimited
  • Sending of medicines abroad: Included
  • Travel of one person to accompany the hospitalised insured person: Unlimited
  • Accommodation and allowances for the person accompanying the hospitalised insured person: €80/day. Max. 10 Days
  • Return of the insured person in the event of the death of a realtive: Unlimited
  • Search for and location of luggage: Included
  • Sending of urgent messages (arising from guarantees): Included
  • Loss, damage and theft of luggage: €30/item, Max. €300
  • Delayed luggage attributable to land operator exceeding 12 hours: €100
  • Accident insurance – death caused by an accident during trip: €2,500
  • Accident insurance – disability caused by an accident during trip: €6,000

*Excess amount of €50/claim, payable by the insured person

This insurance has limited cover and does not include impolrtant elements such as electronic equipment, loss, theft, breakage or minor damage (handles/scratches/wheels) to luggage, cash, jewels or valuable goods, eve if they are in hotel rooms/ship cabins. If your luggage is worth more than the insurance cover, we suggest you declare it before starting the tour and take out extra insurance that provides additional cover.

Nexus Holidays declines all responsibility in cases in which the insurance company considers that the policy does not cover the expenses claimed by the passenger, regardless of the reasons.

Nexus Holidays advises all clients to take out additional insurance with additional cover to that stated above.

Hotel AccommodationOptional Extension

Accommodation is in comfortable hotels in twin rooms with private facilities. Hotels will vary depending on group size and hence hotel information can only be ascertained 5-7 days prior to departure. Double rooms and Triple share are not guaranteed and are subject to availability.

Rome Cristoforo Colombo or similar local rating
Florence Conference Florencia or similar local rating
Venice Albatros or similar local rating
Zurich Hotel Ibis Zurich Messe Airport local rating
Paris Mariott Paris St. Denis or similar local rating
Rouen Ibis Rouen Centre Rive Droite or similar local rating
London Holiday Inn Express London Wimbledon South or similar local rating
Take an international flight from Australia to Rome.
NOTE: Some flights may depart one day later, and may involve up to two transits.
Upon arrival in Rome, your guide will be waiting to transport you to your hotel. At the end of the evening we arrange a transfer to Trastevere area, a great introduction to Rome! A stroll in the narrow cobbled streets of the Trastevere district reveals hidden treasures, such as modest medieval churches, small shops with the most peculiar of objects, or scenes of daily life. Many trattorias (informal Italian eating establishments) and osterias (inns) imbued with the Italian spirit will be ready to serve you local dishes. Other restaurants serving Indian, Chinese, and other international food can be found in this area. Return to the hotel.
Rome
In the morning, we have a scenic tour of Rome – a great introduction to ‘The Eternal city’. We enter the tiny state of the Vatican. Vatican City is the world centre of Catholicism. You will be able to visit St. Peter’s Basilica. And we have also included admission to the Roman Colosseum, where gladiators battled wild animals and each other, for the entertainment of the people of Rome. This impressive construction dates back 2,000 years and will transport us in time so that we can learn about ancient society in the Roman Empire. In the evening we provide transport to the Via Cavour area, where you will find restaurants serving Italian, Indian, Chinese and other international food.
Leave Rome, heading north to Florence on a route graced with beautiful landscapes. Upon arrival, head straight to Piazzale Michelangelo, an impressive site in the city. In the evening we provide a tour with a local expert, and walk through the historic centre, taking in places such as the Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo, and Piazza della Signoria. This city is truly an outdoor museum. Enjoy free time at leisure to explore and select a restaurant for dinner.
Today we enjoy stunning mountain landscapes while crossing the Apennine Mountains. Arriving in Venice, board a Vaporetto to travel around the canals of the historic city centre. With a local guide, we will visit the marvellous Saint Mark’s Basilica (entry fee included). Afterwards, visit the Murano Glass Factory, to see the technique with which this ancient commodity is made. Enjoy the rest of the day with free time at leisure, and eat dinner in the Mestre district at a restaurant of your choice.
Venice
Depart from Venice, travelling to Verona, Romeo and Juliet’s city – the city of lovers!. We will provide a shuttle from parking to the historic city centre. Then, continue your journey through the mountains to Zurich. Free time in the historic centre next to Lake Zurich, where you will be able to dine in your chosen restaurant serving Italian, Indian, Chinese, international or Swiss food.
Zurich
Today´s stage reveals beautiful landscapes, with high mountains and scenic lakes. Enjoy breathtaking scenery in the region of Interlaken. In Grindelwald, we will have time for a coffee before taking the cable car up to Grindelwald First (ticket included). Walk along the path (around 30 minutes) and take the ‘footbridge over the empty’ among fantastic scenery, with glaciers all around. Lunch is included (vegetarian option available). Then, continue to Lucerne, one of the most beautiful cities in Switzerland. Enjoy free time at the end of the day to stroll, enjoy the city, and dine before returning to the hotel in Zurich.
Lucerne
Embark on a scenic trip to Bern, capital city of the Swiss confederation. Built around a bend in the Aare River, with its medieval architecture preserved in the Old Town, Bern is a beautiful town to take a stroll in and breathe the fresh air. Next, we journey to France, enjoying beautiful lake views on our trip to Paris. Arrive in the evening.
Bern
Today, enjoy a guided tour of Paris to discover the history, the main boulevards, and the breathtaking monuments of the City of Light, finishing at the Eiffel Tower. You will have the opportunity to climb up to the second floor of this remarkable metal monument. Note: Sometimes queues to climb the Eiffel Tower are long. If deemed appropriate, the climb may be made at a different time of day. End the tour with a boat cruise along the River Seine, which divides the north of Paris from the south. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore the city at your leisure. At sunset, transfer to the ‘Quartier Latin’, were you can select from a wide variety of international cuisines, before returning to the hotel.
Paris Eiffel Tower
Today, visit the centre of Paris, in the vicinity of the Louvre Museum, for free time at your leisure. If you wish we can accompany you to Benlux, one of the best-known perfumeries in Paris. At around 5:30 PM we will leave Paris for Rouen, a ‘museum city’ with its houses with half-timbered walls, narrow streets and gothic churches. Check into your hotel to rest.
Louvre
Depart for the north of France. In Eperlecques we visit a huge bunker in the middle of the forest. From here, Nazi V1 and V2 missiles were fired at the UK. Next, we take a ferry across the English Channel to Canterbury, which has a very attractive historic centre and cathedral. Continue to London, and transfer to Camden, a district famous for having one of the most varied and extravagant street markets in London. Enjoy dinner at one of the numerous and diverse restaurants.
Canterbury Cathedral
Get to know London on a guided tour that takes in the city’s style, culture and history. See the Houses of Parliament, the River Thames, the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace, where we should, depending on the season, be able to watch the famous changing of the guard. If you wish, you can go on an optional excursion to the London Eye ferris wheel. Late afternoon, after a period of free time, we invite all our travellers to a traditional English afternoon tea. In the evening, stroll through Leicester Square, Chinatown, and Soho, and enjoy the atmosphere of this theatre and entertainment district. Sit down for dinner at a restaurant of your choice.
Royal Guard
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight/s.
Arrive home today in Australia.

Optional Post-Tour Extension

14 Night Scandinavia, Baltic & Russia Cruise on Celebrity Silhouette plus 3 nights in London

From $3,999 pp. twin share

London & Southampton (UK), Copenhagen (Denmark), Talinn (Estonia), St. Petersburg (Russia), Helsinki (Finland), Stockholm (Sweden), Berlin (Germany)

Cruise through Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea, visiting cities in six countries, including stunning St. Petersburg in Russia.

Celebrity Silhouette brings together all of the best elements of Solstice Class – and more. Exploring Europe and the Caribbean has never been so luxurious.

Tour Highlights:

  • Enjoy the exceptional on-board facilities of the Celebrity Silhouette
  • Explore diverse cities of Northern Europe with free time ashore

For details, please click here.

Enjoy today free at leisure in London.
Enjoy today free at leisure in London.
Enjoy today free at leisure in London.
Transfer from London to Southampton to board your cruise. Celebrity Silhouette brings together all of the best elements of Solstice Class – and more. Exploring Europe has never been so luxurious. When you’re not busy discovering new destinations, recharge with a massage at the spa or work out in the cool, spacious gym.
Southampton
At sea. On your cruise, make sure you take in a show in the Celebrity Silhouette’s Main Theatre. Cutting-edge productions from fairy tales to comedies, stadium-style concerts to musical theatre. There’s something for everyone.
Port of call, Copenhagen, Denmark. Whether strolling through blooming flowers in Tivoli Gardens, witnessing the changing of the guard at Amalienborg Palace or touring Kronborg Castle – the setting of Shakespeare’s Hamlet – it’s easy to see why this once-humble fishing village grew to become the capital of Denmark.
Copenhagen
In summer, Copenhageners come outdoors, enjoying outdoor cafés and street performers. Glide around the city on a bicycle, pay your respects to the Little Mermaid statue, and explore the Tivoli Gardens.
At sea. Check out the dining options on board. For big, bold flavours, try Tuscan Grille – a speciality ristorante and enoteca. Regional Italian wines, succulent dry aged steaks, and outgoing service give Tuscan Grille its rustic charm.
One of Northern Europe’s best-kept secrets, Talinn is a compact medieval jewel and great fun to explore on foot. Enter the ancient walls into a maze of intimate cobblestone streets.
Talinn
Although reportedly built to resemble such Western cities as London, Paris, and Vienna, one look at the regal palaces and vast public squares of St. Petersburg is enough to tell you that it is truly in a class of its own. If you’re fortunate enough to be in St. Petersburg in June, experience the city’s famous ‘white nights’, when the night sky is never completely dark.
St. Petersburg
Enjoy another day in this stunning city, until your departure this evening. Consider a visit to the The State Hermitage Museum. Founded in 1764 by Empress Catherine the Great, the Hermitage houses an incomparable collection ancient and modern art collected from throughout Europe, and beyond.
Occupying a peninsula and several islands, Helsinki has stunning architecture, and surrounds some of the most spectacular coastlines you could ever hope to find. Stroll down broad, tree-lined streets, or take in the amazing neo-classically designed architecture in Senate Square.
A city of 14 islands and more than 50 bridges on the Baltic Sea, Stockholm is the cultural, media, political, and economic centre of Sweden. The almost total absence of heavy industry makes Stockholm one of the world’s cleanest cities, and it is home to around 100 museums, as well as many galleries, charming architecture, and around 1,000 green spaces – 30% of the city!
At sea. A day spent cruising is your chance to experience the Vegas-style Fortunes Casino. Try a selection of classic table games, or why not try your luck at the slots?
For so many years a city divided, Berlin is now united, bringing together cultures and languages from throughout the world. We’ll access this excitingly eclectic city from Warnemünde, a charming old fishing town located at the mouth of the Warnow River. A fun way to sight-see here is by mini-train, pausing at the port’s iconic windmill for wine-tasting. Or use it as a gateway to Berlin and historic must-sees like the Brandenburg Gate.
At sea. The perfect time to explore the Celebrity Silhouette’s one-of-a-kind Lawn Club. Relax in the sun, enjoy a drink, or even a picnic, all with real grass between your toes.
At sea. On board Celebrity Cruises, dining in one of their speciality restaurants is a must. Why not try Murano? Sumptuous surroundings, impeccable service, and outstanding French cuisine.
On arrival at Southampton, disembark from the cruise. Transfer back to London to catch your flight home.
Arrive back in Australia.