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France, Switzerland, Italy and Greece 15 Days


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France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Italy, The Vatican

Paris, Noyers, Beaune, Lyon, Geneva, Zurich, Rapperswil, Grindelwald, Lucerne, Berglen, Lugano, Morcote, Milan, Pisa, Rome, Vatican City, Florence, Venice

Tour Highlights:

On Land:

  • Arrive in Paris and step out to dinner in Montmartre District
  • Climb the Eiffel Tower, cruise on the River Seine, and visit the Latin Quarter
  • Travel through the villages and vineyards of the Bourgogne Region
  • Transit Switzerland’s gorgeous mountains and lakes en route to Geneva
  • Admire the medieval architecture, mountainous setting, and scenic lakes of Lucerne and Lugano
  • In Italy, visit Milan’s Duomo Square and Pisa’s Leaning Tower
  • Take a scenic tour of Rome, and visit Vatican City and the imposing Roman Coliseum
  • in Florence, visit the the Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo, and the Piazza della Signoria
  • Take a ride in a vaporetto on Venice’s Grand Canal, and visit the imposing Saint Mark’s Basilica
  • Enjoy two days free at leisure in Venice; explore the architecture, art, and cuisine of this unique city

Experience the best of Europe’s charming towns and imposing palaces, soaring mountains and placid lakes, ancient cities and modern technology. You’ll experience the diverse cultures, the varied landscapes, the wine and the food, the arts and architecture.

This is a wide-ranging itinerary that provides a taste of some of the most beautiful, historically-important, and perennially popular destinations from North to South of Europe.

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Departure Dates

2020 Twin Share Per Person Single Supplement
6 Mar 5 Jun 4 Sep From $4,999
$4,499
$2,299
13 Mar 12 Jun 11 Sep
20 Mar 19 Jun** 18 Sep
27 Mar 26 Jun** 25 Sep
3 Apr 3 Jul** 2 Oct
10 Apr 10 Jul** 9 Oct
17 Apr 17 Jul** 16 Oct
24 Apr* 24 Jul* 23 Oct
1 May* 31 Jul* 30 Oct
8 May* 7 Aug 6 Nov
15 May 14 Aug 13 Nov
22 May 21 Aug 20 Nov
29 May 28 Aug
* = Shoulder Season Surcharge: $500
** = Peak Season Surcharge: $1,000

Inclusions:

  • Return economy class international airfares and taxes flying Etihad or a European Airline (subject to availability), departing Sydney, Melbourne and 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
  • 12 nights accommodation in comfortable three-star hotels, twin rooms with private facilities. Double rooms and Triple share are not available.
    Note: Hotels will vary depending on group sizes and hence hotel information can only be ascertained within 5-7 days prior to departure.
  • Insurance: Basic insurance cover is provided for our clients during the land component of this tour. See below for details.
  • City tours: Paris, Rome, Florence, Venice.
  • Ticket Admission: Funicular in Montmartre in Paris, 2nd Floor Eiffel Tower in Paris, Coliseum of Rome, Saint Mark´s Basilica and Murano Glass Factory in Venice.
  • Boating: River Seine in Paris, Zurich lake, Vaporetto in Venice.
  • Evening Transfers: Montmartre Dictrict in Paris, Quartier Latin in Paris, Via Cavour in Rome.
  • Trains: Rapperswil / Zurich, Piazza dei Miracoli in Pisa.
  • Funicular: Cable Car to Grindelwald First.
  • Daily breakfast and one (1) lunch or dinner included in Lucerne.
  • Dedicated coach transportation
  • Return airport-hotel transfers
  • English speaking tour guide(s)

Exclusions:

  • All optional activities, tours and attraction tickets not included in the itinerary (please see below for more detailed information)
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Visas (if applicable)
  • Personal expenses

Tour Extensions Optional Extension

MSC Sinfonia 7 night cruise with 2 nights in Venice – Venice, Split, Santorini, Mykonos, Dubrovnik, Ancona from $1,499

Post Tour – Extension.

Board the MSC Sinfonia and cruise across the Adriatic Sea to Split, Croatia, before heading south to the Greek Islands of Santorini and Mykonos, enjoying the on-board facilities and a wide range of onshore activities in each destination. The cruise then heads back to the north via stunning Dubrovnik (one of the most prominent tourist destinations in the Mediterranean Sea), and Italy’s Ancona.

For details, tap the image above or click here

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Rhapsody of the Seas 7 night cruise with 2 nights in Venice – Venice, Greece and Croatia from $1,699.

Post Tour – Extension.

Board Rhapsody of the Seas to the Mediterranean, enjoying the on-board facilities and a wide range of onshore activities in each destination. Experience the serene, romantic splendour of Venice, then heads to the north via stunning Dubrovnik (one of the most prominent tourist destinations in the Mediterranean Sea) before heading south to the Greek Islands of Santorini and Mykonos.

For details, tap the image above or click here.

Optional Attractions and ActivitiesOptional Extension

      • Athens
        • Dinner and Folk Show in Plaka District: We will depart on the bus with our guide to the lively Plaka district at the foot of the Acropolis. We will have a taste of the typical local cuisine in one of its famous taverns and watch a dance performance from different regions of this fascinating country.
          • PRICE: EUR50pp (approx. AUD78pp). Minimum participants: 15 persons. DURATION: 2h. INCLUDED: Transfers, guide, dinner and performance.

 

 

      • Rome
        • Baroque Rome: Enjoy the great Rome of Bernini and Borromini, the great baroque Rome with its beautiful fountains, squares and obelisks. The Rome that the Popes created. We will make a complete tour taking in the Lungotevere, Ara Pacis, Porta Pinciana, Via Veneto, the Plaza de España with its wonderful fountain of the boat and its staircase Trinidad de los Montes, Trevi Fountain where you can fulfill the rite of throwing your coin, Piazza Colona, Pantheon (possibly the best preserved archaeological temple of ancient Rome), and finish in the extraordinary Piazza Navona. An important part of this excursion is done on foot.
          • PRICE: EUR35pp (approx. AUD55pp). Minimum participants: 15 persons. DURATION: 2h 30m. INCLUDED: 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. We have organized a visit for the most interested passengers, accompanied by an expert guide. 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 the Classical and Renaissance periods. 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: EUR70pp (approx. AUD110pp). Minimum participants: 15 persons. DURATION: 3h. INCLUDED: Admission to Vatican Galleries, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica. Specialized guide (max group per guide: 40 people). Right of entry to the Vatican included. Headset connected privately with your local guide.

 

 

      • Florence
        • Tuscan Dinner: Discover the romance of Venice in perhaps the best way to be introduced to the city. Take a Gondola ride through the channels, with musicians who play beautiful Venetian ballads. Pass thruogh the beautiful canals until you reach the Grand Canal, where the most fantastic Venetian palaces are located.
          • PRICE: EUR35pp (approx. AUD55pp). DURATION: 35min. INCLUDED: Tour on private gondolas along the canals. Musicians (1 tenor and one accordionist) for the gondola group.

 

 

      • Venice
        • Gondola Ride: Enjoy a magnificent dinner in a Tuscan atmosphere. A group of musicians will set the mood for this beautiful evening. Taste the typical products of the region. Do you fancy an extraordinary Fiorentina steak? During dinner we can also enjoy live music; a pianist singer from Fiorentino will perform local and international music.
          • PRICE: EUR55pp (approx. AUD86pp). DURATION: 3h. INCLUDED: Transport, guide, dinner, musical performance.

NOTES:

      • These prices are given in Australian dollars at the rate of exchange on the date of publication. Actual Prices may vary at the time of purchase.
      • The number of people who can visit the LOUVRE MUSEUM, VATICAN MUSEUMS, and the MOULIN ROUGE SHOW is limited. If not all tickets are available, priority will be given to travellers who have made reservations in advance. For this reason, we recommend that you purchase your tickets for these excurions 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

The hotels we use are carefully selected to provide you with a comfortable stay in a relaxing environment. All the hotel we use are three to four star, with continental breakfast included. A selection of our preferred hotels in our main destinations is listed below. As the hotels are generally not in the downtown area, we cannot guarantee that there is transportation to the city except for taxis. Please note that hotels will vary depending on group sizes and hence hotel information can only be ascertained within 5-7 days prior to departure.

Paris Novotel P.D’Italie or similar
Lyon Campanile Centre Lyon Berges Du Rhone or similar
Zurich Sonne Seuzach or similar
Milan Il Milano Lorenteggio or similar
Rome Cristoforo Colombo or similar
Florence Conference Florencia or similar
Venice Mondial Venecia or similar

Tour is operated by

Take an international flight from Australia to Paris.

NOTE: Some flights may depart one day later, and may involve up to two transits.

Arrive in Paris, where you will be greeted and transferred to the hotel.

Please note you will be receiving information for the start of your circuit in the afternoon or this will be on the informative signs in the hotel reception.

In the evening, transfer service to Montmartre district is provided. This neighbourhood is known for its painters, artists, and its cabarets where you can enjoy dinner with diverse choice of cuisines. We will ascend by funicular (funicular ride included) to the hill and admire the spectacular view of Paris from the top. Return to hotel.

Istanbul
A scenic guided tour to discover the history, main boulevards and the breathtaking monuments of Paris. We end the visit at the Eiffel Tower area. You will have the opportunity to climb up to the second floor of this remarkable metal monument (ticket admission included). End your visit with a boat cruise along the River Seine, which divides the north of Paris from the south. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore as you choose.

Note: Sometimes queues to climb the Eiffel Tower are long. For organizational reasons, if deemed appropriate, the climb can be made at a different moment of the day (or Monday).

At sunset transfer to the “Quartier Latin”, a very picturesque area of the historic centre where you can enjoy dinner with a wide variety of international cuisines. Return to hotel.

Paris
Spend today free at your own leisure.

You may go to the centre of Paris, to the area of the Louvre Museum or visit the Benlux, one of the most complete and best-known perfumeries in Paris.

An optional excursion to enjoy in Eurodisney is available.

Troy
We travel to the centre of France to the Bourgogne region, famous for its wines. A stop in NOYERS, a small medieval town classified amongst the prettiest places in France. After this we will visit BEAUNE in the centre of the Bourgogne region where its streets full of flowers, its hospice and its wine museum can be reminders of your trip. Time for lunch. LYON – Arrival mid-afternoon, to the capital of Roman Gallia on the banks of the Rhône, its historic centre has been declared a World Heritage site. Free time.
Horse
This morning, we will travel to Switzerland. Upon arrival to GENEVA, we go to the Palais des Nations (the United Nations headquarters in Europe) and then to the beautiful “Jardin Anglais” with its flower clock, and admire the “Jet d’Eau”, the tallest fountain in Europe. After lunch, we will continue through Switzerland passing the beautiful Leman and Neuchatel Lakes.

Note: depending on the number of travellers from Geneva to Zurich, this trip might be done by train.

Izmir
Today we will wander in the most populated city of Switzerland, the financial and cultural capital of the country. The city of banks has twice been declared the city with the best quality of life in the world. After this we will board a boat for a trip lasting almost two hours on Zurich Lake. The boat makes brief stops, allowing us to admire the villages on the way. We get off in RAPPERSWIL, a small and highly picturesque village overlooked by its medieval castle. We return to Zurich by train, and will see the efficiency and punctuality of the Swiss Railways. Enjoy an evening in the historic centre, next to the lake, where you can dine at your favourite restaurant (Indian, Oriental, Italian, International, Swiss, etc.).
Cotton
Enjoy the beautiful landscapes with high mountains and lakes with a breathtaking scenery in the region of Interlaken. The group will have time for a coffee before taking the cable car (ticket included) up to Grindelwald first. Then walking along the path (30 minutes) in which we shall be able to take the ¨footbridge over the empty¨ while enjoying the fantastic scenery around us. Lunch included (vegetarian option available). After that we continue to LUCERNE, one of the most beautiful cities in Switzerland. Time at the end of the day to wander, enjoy the city and dine before returning to the hotel in Zurich.
Antalya
We travel to BURGLEN, the tiny village where William Tell was born, we shall see the chapel of the XVI century with paintings illustrating his life. Afterwards we reach the enchanting little town of MORCOTE, with its houses made of stone, and covered with flowers. We enter Italy and stop in COMO, on the shores of its lake. The city highlights the Gothic Cathedral. Arrival in MILAN where our guide will take us to the impressive Duomo Square. There will be time to dine in a variety of restaurants that divert cuisines.
Mushroom
We continue towards PISA. On a little tourist train we will travel to the Piazza Dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles), where there will be time to admire one of the most alluring and beautiful art complexes in Italy, including the well-known Leaning Tower of Pisa. Then, we continue to Rome, arriving at the end of the afternoon.
airballon
In the morning, we have a scenic tour of the city, which will be a great introduction to “The Eternal city”. We enter the tiny state of the Vatican. The Vatican City is a principal centre of Christianity in the world. You will be able to visit St. Peter’s Basilica. And we have also included admission to the Roman Coliseum, the principal symbol 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 international food. Return to hotel.
Market
We will leave Rome, heading north. Upon arrival in FLORENCE, we 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. Free time to explore. In the evening, you can dine at your favourite restaurant. In this district you can find restaurants serving Italian, Indian, Chinese and international food.
Istanbul2
Today we enjoy stunning mountain landscapes while crossing the Apennine Mountains. Arriving in VENICE, we will board a Vapporetto to travel around on the canals in the historic centre. With a local guide, we will visit the marvellous St Marck´s and enter the marvellous basilica (entry cost included). Afterwards, we shall be able to visit the Murano glass factory. It is marvellous to see the technique how this ancient glass is made. Free time.

At the end of the afternoon, you will have the chance to eat dinner in the Mestre area, where you can choose the type of restaurant that you prefer (Indian, Oriental, Italian, etc.).

Athens
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Arrive home today in Australia.

Optional Post-Tour Extension

MSC Sinfonia 7 night cruise with 2 night Venice Stay – Greece Islands and Croatia

From $1,499 pp. twin share

Venice, Split & Dubrovnik (Croatia), Santorini & Mykonos (Greece), Ancona & Venice (Italy)

Tour Highlights:

  • Cruise through the Aegean, Ionian, and Adriatic Seas, aboard the beautiful MSC Sinfonia
  • Visit six ports in Croatia, Greece, and Italy
  • Select from a wide range of shore excursions and activities

Board the MSC Sinfonia and cruise across the Adriatic Sea to Split, Croatia, before heading south to the Greek Islands of Santorini and Mykonos, enjoying the onboard facilities and a wide range of onshore activities in each destination. The cruise then heads back to the north via stunning Dubrovnik (one of the most prominent tourist destinations in the Mediterranean Sea), and Italy’s Ancona.

Enjoy today free at leisure, exploring Venice.
Enjoy today free at leisure, exploring Venice.
After breakfast, transfer to the cruise terminal and board the MSC Sinfonia.
MSC Sinfonia
Cruise to Split, Croatia. Select from a variety of shore excursions.
Split
Spend the day relaxing at sea, en route to the Greek Islands.
Cruise to the next Port of Call, Santorini. Select from a range of shore excursions. Depart late afternoon and cruise to Mykonos.
Santorini
Start the day in Mykonos, where a variety of shore excursions are available. Then, cruise from Greek waters towards Croatia’s beautiful coast.
Mykonos
A variety of shore excursions are available in Dubrovnik. On departure, cruise from Croatia to Italy.
Dubrovnik
Arrive in the next Port of Call, Ancona, where a variety of shore excursions are available.
Basilica of Loreto
On arrival in Venice, transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Arrive home this morning.

Optional Post-Tour Extension

Rhapsody of the Seas 7 night cruise with 2 night Venice stay – Venice, Greece and Croatia

From $1,699 pp. twin share

Venice , Italy; Dubrovnik , Croatia; Kotor , Montenegro; Santorini , Greece; Katakolon , Greece; Venice , Italy

Tour Highlights:

  • Cruise through the Aegean, Ionian, and Adriatic Seas, aboard the beautiful Rhapsody of the Seas
  • Visit five ports in Croatia, Greece, and Italy
  • Select from a wide range of shore excursions and activities

Board Rhapsody of the Seas to the Mediterranean, enjoying the on-board facilities and a wide range of onshore activities in each destination. Experience the serene, romantic splendour of Venice, then heads to the north via stunning Dubrovnik (one of the most prominent tourist destinations in the Mediterranean Sea) before heading south to the Greek Islands of Santorini and Mykonos.

Enjoy today free at leisure, exploring Venice.
Enjoy today free at leisure, exploring Venice.
After breakfast, transfer to the cruise terminal and board the Rhapsody of the Seas.
Thick 16th – century stone walls encase the entire Old Town of Dubrovnik. But you’ll find boundless adventures among its orange- roofed ramparts. Explore the perfectly preserved Rector’s Palace and enter beloved St. Blaise’s Church. Browse Croatian art and history museums – or kayak crystal blue waters, with the ‘Pearl of Adriatic’ shimmering in the distance.
Dubrovnik
Discover all Kotor has to offer. Explore the monuments and museums inside the city’s picturesque Old Town, where you can also enjoy a fresh seafood lunch – try riblja corba, the local fish soup. Or enjoy a breathtaking panorama of Kotor, either from the fortifications that rise above it or across the bay in Prcanj.
Kotor
Spend the day relaxing at sea.
Santorini is one of the world’s most popular islands, where adventure bubbles above the Aegean Sea in breathtaking ways. Take a cable car to see Fira’s old cathedrals and enthralling museums. Swim in deep blue waters that lap back pebbles beaches. And peel back layers of history in excavated Akrotiri – all while relishing the dramatic scenery of this Cyclades isle.
Santorini
A small fishing village on the lonian Sea, Katakolon offers visitors a look inside authentic Greek lifestyle. Spend a relaxing afternoon exploring local crafts, sampling fresh-caught seafood and soaking up the idyllic views. Or take the short drive to Olympia to discover the origins of the Olympic games and relive history while strolling through ancient ruins.
katakolon
Spend the day relaxing at sea.
On arrival in Venice, transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Arrive home this morning.