Picturesque Western Europe 11 Days

$3,399.00

Our Picturesque Western Europe Tour takes you to the heart of four wonderfully varied European countries: France, Switzerland, Italy and The Vatican City. We travel from Paris through breath-taking Swiss mountain scenery before heading south into Italy, where you can soak up hundreds of years of tradition and culture. Explore Venice’s waterways, the cobbled streets of Verona and Florence, and the nation’s capital, Rome, home to the Colosseum and Vatican City. The tour then winds its way around the glamorous French Riviera and back up through the countryside to Paris – a truly memorable journey.

 

The Classic Northern Europe Tour (Luxembourg, Germany, France, Netherlands, Belglum) or Enticing Eastern Europe Tour (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland) are combinable with Picturesque Western Europe.

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Guaranteed Departure Dates

2017 Price Per Person Single Supplement
30 Mar 6 Jul** 5 Oct*

From $3,399

Northern, Western, Eastern tours are combinable $1399/extension

$499
6 Apr* 13 Jul** 12 Oct
13 Apr* 20 Jul** 19 Oct
20 Apr* 27 Jul** 26 Oct
27 Apr 3 Aug** 2 Nov
04 May 10 Aug** 09 Nov
11 May 17 Aug 16 Nov
25 May 24 Aug 23 Nov
01 Jun 31 Aug 30 Nov
08 Jun 07 Sep 07 Dec
15 Jun** 14 Sep 14 Dec*
22 Jun** 21 Sep*
29 Jun** 28 Sep*

Inclusions:

  • Return international airfares economy class and taxes flying China Southern or China Eastern Airlines (Subject to availability)
  • 8 Nights accommodation in Europe, including continental style breakfast
  • Return airport-hotel transfers
  • Sightseeing tours of all major cities (excludes optional admissions)
  • Dedicated coach transportation
  • English speaking tour guide(s)
  • All tipping and gratuities

Exclusions:

  • Visas (if applicable)
  • Admissions in Europe
  • City entrance fees (compulsory) – paid directly to tour guide
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenditure

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
Ibis Styles Hotel Luzern City
Luzernerstrasse 31 CH-5643 Sins
Friedenstrasse 8 6000 Luzern
Venice, Italy Michelangelo Hotel
Albatros
Via Forte Marghera 69 30173 Mestre Venezia
Viale Don Luigi Sturzo 32 30174 Mestre Venezia
Rome, Italy Idea Hotel Roma Z3
Veio Park Hotel
Via Amos Zanibelli 13-15 00155 Rome
Via Cassia 1171 G 00189 Rome
Florence, Italy Etrusco Arezzo Hotel
Arezzo Park Hotel
V. Alessandro Fleming 39 52100 Arezzo
A1 uscita Arezzo. Via Localita’ Battifolle 36/T 52100 Arezzo
Genoa, Italy Idea Hotel Plus Savona
Idea Hotel Plus Genova San Biagio
Via Stalingrado 94 17100 Savona
Via Romairone 14 16163 Genova, Bolzaneto
Avignon, France Campanile Hotel Avignon Nord Le Pontet
Ibis Hotel Marseille Est la Valentine
64 Bis Chemin des Petits Rougiers, 84130 le Pontet
Quartier des Ecoles, Avenue de Saint-Menet 13011 Marseille
Take an international flight from Australia to Paris.
Arrive in Paris. You will be transferred to the hotel.
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. Visit 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.
Head into northern Italy, stopping in Milan, one of the world’s fashion capitals. Visit the city’s iconic sights, including the vast Duomo Gothic cathedral, La Scala opera house, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – the planet’s oldest shopping mall, where you can wander among the boutique shops and have lunch in one of the refined cafes. Drive to Verona, home to some of Italy’s finest architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you’ll be taken on foot through streets lined with red-roofed buildings, and walk past the ancient Roman Arena, which stages outdoor opera performances and music concerts to packed audiences throughout the summer. Later, visit the residence of Verona’s most famous characters: Romeo and Juliet.
Spend the morning in the company of a knowledgeable local guide as you explore Venice. Take 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. Beginning in the Piazzo with the Basilica di San Marco – a stunning piece of Byzantine architecture, The 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 visit some traditional Venetian craftsmen at close quarters with a demonstration by Murano glassblowers. Later, ride through the maze of waterways on a gondola, and for most people this optional excursion is a must. If you’re hungry after an action-packed morning you can choose to fill up with an optional delicious homemade Italian spaghetti meal, before enjoying more free time. Then proceed to Rome.
Visit the smallest state in the world, Vatican City, which lies at the heart of the Italian capital. Marvel at St Peter’s Basilica, home to the Pope and arguably the most significant site in Christianity. Join an optional Sistine Chapel tour to view Michelangelo’s famous ceiling painting. See the famous Trevi Fountain, where people flock to throw coins into the water and make a wish. After lunch, take a step even further back in time to visit Italy’s unrivalled Roman relics. An optional guided tour of the Coliseum, built in AD 72, is highly recommended. Later, visit the Arch of Constantine, then spend some further free time enjoying Rome before transferring to Florence.
Take in a 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. See a demonstration of the traditional craft of leather working at close quarters in a local workshop. Enjoy a guided walk around Florence’s many highlights; the Ponte Vecchio over the Arno, the Piazza del Duomo, and Campanile Tower. Pass the Uffzi Gallery, containing one of the most notable art collections in Florence. Then enjoy free time to further explore the city, before driving to Pisa. You’ll free to wander, but be sure to have your camera ready to get a shot of the iconic Leaning Tower, the famous bell tower in the ‘Square of Miracles’.
A drive along one of Europe’s most famous stretches of Mediterranean coastline awaits as you say arrivederci to Italy and head for Monaco. Look out for the famous Monte-Carlo casino as you cruise into town. A sightseeing walking tour here takes you to the grand Prince’s Palace, 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. Next it’s Nice, where you’ll stop for lunch to sample some excellent local cuisine and warm-hearted hospitality. Your journey continues on to Cannes, where many a film director has enjoyed the sweet smell of success. Visit the Palais des Festival, home to the city’s annual international film festival, before transferring to Avignon Nord.
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.
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 optional Classic Northern Europe (Luxembourg, Germany, France, Netherlands, Belglum) or the Enticing Eastern Europe tour (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland). Otherwise you are free to leave the tour after breakfast.

Arrive home this morning.