- 14 Day Camping Tour of Europe - London to Venice
Mix together the French capital of chic, the fresh air of the Alps, the glamour of Southern France and Italian cuisine to die for and you’ve got two amazing weeks of Paris & Pasta! With so much packed into this short trip you’ll be sure to get the most from this exciting corner of Europe!
Day 1: London – Ferry to Paris
Meeting in central London early in the morning, your tour leader will answer any initial questions and collect your ‘Local Fund’ payment in full in EURO€ cash. Departing London at 7am we head for Dover and board a ferry for France. From Calais we make our way across the French countryside to the capital of romance – Paris. After dinner at our campsite we have a dazzling city tour which will introduce you to Montmartre, the Sacre Coeur and the beautiful skyline dominated by the twinkling lights of the Eiffel Tower. (D)
Day 2: Paris
This morning we enjoy a driving tour of all the most famous spots from the Place de la Concorde to the Champs Elysee, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Louvre. The rest of the day is free to choose which sights you wish to explore further before we gather at the foot of the Eiffel Tower for a sumptuous buffet picnic under this iconic monument. There may also be time for options like a famous cabaret or a cruise on the River Seine – a real must in Paris.
Days 3-4: Lauterbrunnen
Crossing into Switzerland our next stop is the alpine valley of Lauterbrunnen. Regarded as one of the most spectacular alpine valleys in Europe, the delightful Lauterbrunnen village is surrounded by the unspoilt snow capped Swiss Alps and has endless options for hiking and biking. Perhaps visit Switzerland’s highest waterfall, the cascading 300 metre Staubbach or jump on one of the many funicular railways which trace the mountainside. One of the most spectacular is the ride up to Jungfrau, the highest mountain in the area and the site of the highest train station in Europe.
(Days 3&4 – B,L,D)
Day 5: Avignon
A long day’s drive takes us to the romantic medieval
walled city of Avignon on the banks of the Rhone River. The popes arrived in Avignon in the 14th Century and the city became a second Rome. Full of history, life, art and music, Avignon is so charming you won’t want to leave. We have a walking tour through the narrow streets inside the fortified walls and past the Palace of the Popes and the Pont St. Benezet. In the evening there may be time to sample traditional French nightlife.
Day 6: French Riviera
Moving south we spend the night in Antibes living the high life on the classy Riviera. We visit a perfumery to watch the art of fragrance production and have an evening trip to Monaco to visit the world famous Monte Carlo casino and see the famed road based grand prix circuit. Why not imagine you’re a big spender and take a gamble on the roulette wheel or
craps table. If you want to spend more time in Monaco you can catch a train from the station close to our campsite earlier in the day.
Day 7: Cinque Terre
Crossing into Italy we head to the World Heritage Listed Cinque Terre (five lands). We stay in a campsite just a short train ride away from Cinque Terre. These unspoilt villages are perched on the spectacular rocky eastern Liguarian coastline and offer a unique slice of Italian life. Pathways linking the villages weave through olive groves and vineyards and offer exceptional views of the coastline.
Days 8-9: Pisa - Florence
This is classical Italy! We travel via Pisa and its famous leaning tower – the beautiful bell tower of Pisa’s Duomo to the heart of Renaissance Italy. Florence swells with artistic and architectural treasures from the famous Duomo Cathedral to Michelangelo’s David. We have a walking tour taking in the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, Santa Croce Church and some of the city’s beautiful piazzas and include a visit to a leather work craft show. You can spend the rest of your time strolling amongst luxury shops, bargain hunting in the
San Lorenzo markets and eating! There’s no shortage of small trattorias tucked down side streets where you can snack on Tuscan specialities and drink cappuccino while soaking up this stylish city.
(Day 8 – B,L,D, Day 9 – B,L)
Days 10-11: Rome
Leaving Florence we travel to the Eternal City, home of the Vatican, the Trevi Fountain and some of the tastiest pizza you’ll ever try! However long you spend here it simply won't be enough so make sure you throw a coin or two over your shoulder into the Trevi Fountain – as it means you will return! On our walking tour you’ll see the Spanish Steps, the sprawling Roman Forum, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and Piazza
Navona and start to get an idea of the depth of history which seeps from every street. Take in some of the Michelangelo and Raphael’s remarkable art; stop in and see the Pope, St Peters and the brilliant Sistine Chapel at the Vatican City; lose yourself in the maze of backstreets; sit in grand open squares filled with entertainers and finish the day at a pavement cafe with a bottle of chilled Frascati or fruity Chianti.
(Day 10 – B,L, Day 11 – B,L,D)
Days 12-14: Venice
Last stop is magical Venice. Built on water and cris-crossed by canals, Venice is all about gondolas, romance, charm and a life never far from the water. We have a walking orientation tour of the highlights including the Rialto Bridge, St. Mark’s Basilica, Doges Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. We also include a glass blowing demonstration by Venetian craftspeople and then have plenty of free time to wander the backstreets of the real Venice, where baroque
backstreet churches meet the waters edge and the tempting aroma of pizza and pasta will leave you constantly hungry. But if there’s one thing you must do before leaving, it’s grab a guy or girl, buy ice creams and serenade each other on a gondola! Your tour finishes after breakfast on Day 14.
(Days 12&13 – B,L,D, Day 14 – B)
Camping 100% tents * Cabin upgrade (optional): 85% cabins; 15% tents – supplement: EUR 70 * 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 11 dinners (shown as B, L, D in itinerary) * Transport: private fully equipped a/c coach * Crew: tour leader, driver & cook * Group size: average 20-30, max 45 (age 18-35) * Bonus sightseeing: Buffet picnic dinner under the Eiffel Tower; glass blowing demonstration in Venice; leather work craft show in Florence; visit a
perfumery in the French Riviera * Driving Tours: Paris & the French Riviera * Walking Tours: Avignon, Venice, Florence & Rome
May to September - please enquire for available dates
£440 GBP per person (plus local fund of 310 Euros) - BOOK NOW