Picturesque Western Europe 11 Days

$2,999.00

Paris – Lucerne – Milan – Venice – Rome – Vatican – Florence – Pisa – Genoa – Monaco – Nice – Cannes – Avignon

Enjoy an extensive tour that takes in France, Switzerland, Italy, Vatican City, and Monaco. Starting and ending in Paris, this tour offers the opportunity to take in many of the highlights of western and southern Europe, including cultural icons from the classical period through the medieval era, to the renaissance. The itinerary of this trip is studded with iconic destinations that have lured and enthralled travellers through the centuries. Walk the same roads as Michaelangelo, the Medicis, and the popes of Rome. Visit Cannes and glamorous Monaco. Tour the Colosseum before enjoying a gelato in Rome. The next day, photograph yourself holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa. What are you waiting for?

Highlights

  • Travel across the French countryside from Paris to Lucerne, Switzerland, by luxury coach
  • Explore Milan, centre of the global fashion world, and see the world's oldest shopping mall
  • Enjoy an extensive guided tour of Venice, and see the famed Bridge of Sighs
  • Enter Vatican City and explore the artistic delights of St Peter’s Basilica and the Trevi Fountain
  • Get to know Florence, the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, and see the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Visit Monaco and take a walking sight-seeing tour to take in the sights of this glamorous principality
  • Travel back to Paris through rural southern France, via Nice, Cannes and Avignon Nord

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Guaranteed Departure Dates

2017 Price Per Person Single Supplement
25 May 10 Aug* 26 Oct From $2,999
Northern, Western, Eastern tours are combinable – $1,399/extension
$499
01 Jun 17 Aug 02 Nov
08 Jun 24 Aug 09 Nov
15 Jun 31 Aug 16 Nov
22 Jun* 07 Sep 23 Nov
29 Jun* 14 Sep 30 Nov
06 Jul* 21 Sep* 07 Dec
13 Jul* 28 Sep* 14 Dec*
20 Jul* 05 Oct* 21 Dec*
27 Jul* 12 Oct 28 Dec*
03 Aug* 19 Oct
2018
22 Feb 07 Jun 20 Sep*
01 Mar 14 Jun 27 Sep*
08 Mar 21 Jun 04 Oct*
15 Mar 28 Jun 11 Oct*
22 Mar 05 Jul* 18 Oct
29 Mar 12 Jul* 25 Oct
05 Apr* 19 Jul* 01 Nov
12 Apr* 26 Jul 08 Nov
19 Apr* 02 Aug 15 Nov
26 Apr* 09 Aug 22 Nov
03 May 16 Aug 29 Nov
10 May 23 Aug 06 Dec
17 May 30 Aug 13 Dec*
24 May 06 Sep
31 May 13 Sep

Inclusions:

  • Return international airfares economy class and taxes flying China Southern or China Eastern Airlines (subject to availability)
  • Sightseeing and orientation tours included in the itinerary – expertly planned to maximise your time to visit iconic and must-see sites in each city (optional excursions also available).
  • Accommodation in a comfortable three-star (minimum) hotel, twin room with private facilities.
  • Dedicated coach transportation
  • Return airport-hotel transfers
  • English speaking tour guide(s)
  • Daily continental breakfast

Exclusions:

  • Mandatory tip for the tour manager and driver of €5 per traveller per day (€3 for the tour manager and €2 for the driver), which will be collected by the tour manager whilst on tour.
  • City entrance fees + taxes – paid directly to tour guide
  • All optional activities, tours and attraction tickets not included in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenses

Attractions and Optionals Price List

  • Colosseum Guided Tour (including ticket and skip the queue) (Rome) – €35
  • Sistine Chapel Tour with Local Guide (skip the queue), includes the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica (Rome) – €45
  • Gondola ride in Venice (based on 6 people per Gondola) – €30
  • Firentino Steak Menu – includes salad, homemade pasta, 250g Fiorentina steak, dessert and wine (Florence) – €30
  • Black Sauce Spaghetti Menu – includes salad, black sauce spaghetti, fried squid and shrimp, dessert and water (Venice) – €20

Italy and Monaco City Taxes (€45 total)

Must be paid prior to entering the cities – no concessions available

  • Venice city entrance fee + Boat trip + Overnight city tax – €15
  • Florence city entrance fee + Overnight city tax – €10
  • Rome city entrance fee + Overnight city tax – €10
  • Pisa city entrance fee – €5
  • Monaco city entrance fee – €5

NOTE: Please use as 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. Your tour manager will also collect payment in cash only (Euros).

Hotel Accommodation

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-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 24 hours prior to check-in.

Lucerne (Switzerland) Hotel Arcade
Holiday Inn Express Affoltern am Albis
Luzernerstrasse 31, 5643 Sins
Obstgartenstrasse 7, 8910 Affoltern am Albis
Venice (Italy) Michelangelo Hotel
Hotel Albatros
Via Forte Marghera 69, 30173 Mestre Venezia
Viale Don Luigi Sturzo 32, 30174 Mestre Venezia
Rome (Italy) Idea Hotel Roma Z3
Hotel Cristoforo Colombo
Via Amos Zanibelli 13, 00155 Roma
Via Bruno Buozzi, 99 00197 Roma
Arezzo (Italy) Etrusco Arezzo Hotel
Arezzo Park Hotel
V. Alessandro Fleming 39, 52100 Arezzo
A1 Uscita via localita’ Battifolle 36/T, 52100 Arezzo
Savona/Genoa (Italy) Idea Plus Hotel Savona
Grand Hotel des Anglais
Via Stalingrado 94, 17100 Savona
Salita Grande Albergo 8, 18038 San Remo
Avignon (France) Hotel Campanile Bollene
Kyriad d’Orange
Avenue Tehodore Aubanel 84500 Bollene
86, Avenue de l’arc de Triomphe 84100 Orange
Take an international flight from Australia to Paris.
Arrive in Paris. You will be transferred to your hotel.
Paris Eiffel Tower
After boarding the luxury coach in Paris, sit back and enjoy a scenic journey across classic French countryside en route to mountainous Switzerland. You’ll pass through Basel, which is located at the point where the Swiss, French and German borders meet, before arriving at the picturesque lakeside city of Lucerne, nestled at the foot of the snowcapped Swiss Alps. Here you’ll get to see Lucerne’s famous landmarks, including Chapel Bridge, the Water Tower, and some wonderfully preserved Baroque and Gothic architecture, followed by some free time to shop or take pictures.
Lucerne
Head south from Lucerne through spectacular Switzerland and into northern Italy, where your first stop will be Milan, fashion capital of the world. Your orientation tour will introduce you to the city’s iconic sights, including the vast Duomo, a gothic cathedral. You’ll also see the planet’s oldest shopping mall, the 19th century Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, where you can wander among the boutique shops and take lunch in one of the refined cafes. After enjoying the many delights of Milan, you’ll head to another vintage Italian city: Venice.
Duomo, Milan
Spend the morning in the company of a knowledgeable local guide as you explore Venice, the most magical of cities. Begin with a waterbus ride to San Marco Island, a memorable crossing of the lagoon that gives you a real taste of the city’s charm as you approach the dreamy spires and distinctive waterside buildings. Once on the island you’ll be led around some of Venice’s best-known locations, beginning in the Piazzo with the Basilica di San Marco, a stunning piece of Byzantine architecture. You’ll also see the legendary Bridge of Sighs, which appears on many a postcard or picture of Venice and connects the old prison to the interrogation rooms in the Doge’s Palace. Afterwards you’ll have a chance to see some traditional Venetian craftwork at close quarters with a demonstration by Murano glassblowers; their exquisite creations make excellent souvenirs. Of course, the ultimate Venice activity is to ride through the maze of waterways on a gondola, and for most people this optional excursion is a must. Step aboard, relax and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Transfer to Rome in the afternoon.
Venice
Your day in Rome starts with a visit to the smallest country in the world, Vatican City, which lies at the heart of the Italian capital. Here you’ll marvel at St. Peter’s Basilica, home to Pope Francis and arguably the most significant site in Christianity. The exquisitely beautiful Basilica has been present here for almost 1,700 years and contains a bewildering collection of paintings, frescoes and design crafted by some of humanity’s most famous artists, which you can explore. Alternatively, you can choose to add on the optional Sistine Chapel tour to view Michelangelo’s famous painted ceiling. Next you’ll see the famous Trevi Fountain, the lavish Baroque showpiece where people flock to throw coins into the water – an action which is said to ensure that you’ll return to the city again one day. After lunch, take a step even further back in time as you visit Italy’s unrivalled Roman relics. An optional guided tour of the Colosseum, built in AD 72, is highly recommended. History comes to life as you imagine yourself witnessing gladiatorial combat inside the spectacular amphitheatre, or alternatively you can walk at your leisure around the outside to admire the facade of this ancient wonder.
After the Colosseum, get up close to the nearby Arch of Constantine, which dates back to the fourth century AD, then spend some further free time enjoying Rome, sampling the rich and creamy delights of ‘gelato’ (Italian ice cream). Next, you can choose to visit the magnificent Basilique Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri near Piazza della Republica or do a bit of shopping at the Mitsukoshi Department store before transferring to Arezzo in the late evening.
Trevi Fountain
Your voyage of cultural discovery continues as you get to know Florence, the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and home to some fabulous architecture and fine art. Begin the day by taking in a wonderful panoramic overview of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo, which boasts glorious vistas over the red roofs, Arno river and ancient city walls out towards the surrounding countryside. Next you can see a demonstration of the traditional craft of leather working at close quarters in a local workshop, and you’ll also have the opportunity to purchase some of the high-quality leather items for which the city is famous. From here you’ll enjoy a guided walk around Florence’s many highlights, including the Ponte Vecchio over the Arno, the Piazza del Duomo and Campanile Tower. You’ll pass the Uffizi Gallery, which contains one of the most notable art collections in Florence. You’ll have free time to see the city further, to shop or to watch the world go by from a streetside cafe, before travelling on to your next destination, Pisa. Here you are free to wander, but be sure to have your camera ready to get a shot of the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa, the famous bell tower in the ‘Square of Miracles’, which also contains the centuries-old Cathedral and Baptistery.
Gondolas in Venice
A breath-taking drive along one of Europe’s most famous stretches of Mediterranean coastline awaits as you say arrivederci to Italy and head for Monaco. This small principality, an enclave in France, is chic and beautiful, home to the famous Formula 1 Grand Prix. A walking sightseeing tour here takes you to the grand Prince’s Palace, where you’ll have some free time to soak up the refined atmosphere, before continuing on to view the 1920s Courthouse, the cliffside Oceanographic Museum, and the Cathedral, where Grace Kelly is buried. We then travel a little further to visit the famous Fragonard Perfume Factory. Here you’ll be taken on a fascinating guided tour around this working factory. Next it’s Nice, where you’ll stop for lunch to sample some excellent local cuisine and warm-hearted hospitality. Your journey continues to Cannes, where many a movie star has enjoyed the sweet smell of success. Be sure to take the opportunity to snap some photos of the Palais des Festival, home to the city’s annual international film festival, before transferring to Avignon Nord.
Monaco
Take a well-earned rest today as you sit back and enjoy great views of the changing rural charms of the French countryside on the journey north to Paris, where the Green Line tour finishes.
Southern France

Day 10: Paris (B)

After breakfast enjoy the morning at leisure before you are transferred to Paris airport to board your overnight night to Australia. Passengers can join the Classic Northern Europe (Luxembourg, Germany, France, Netherlands, Belgium) or the Enticing Eastern Europe tour (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland) or Glimpses of Great Britain (England, Scotland). Otherwise you are free to leave the tour after breakfast.
Louvre, Paris
Arrive home this morning.