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14 Day Tour of Europe

Get a taste of more than 8 countries when you escape to Europe on this tour! Enjoy the wonders and beauty of Dover, Paris, Fontainebleu, the French Riviera, Monaco, Florence, Rome, Vatican City, Venice, Munich, the Rhine Valley and Amsterdam



 
 

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An Awesome 14 Day Tour of Europe


 
 

Day 1 - London to Paris

Meet up with your travel team before we hit the road and take a ferry past the White Cliffs of Dover, travelling via World War I battlefields in the Valley of the Somme, to Paris.

After dinner we will depart for the 'Tour of Illuminations', where the French capital transforms into the "City of Lights". Lamp-lit bridges and cool little cafes give us a real taste of Paris' romance. Your Tour Manager will fill you in on the world's most recognised monuments, like the Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower. If you're adventurous, get right into French culture when you arrive at a Parisian cafe with the opportunity to try out France's national delicacy - escargot! You'll also get to toast the start of your tour with French Champagne.

Hotel Dinner
* See the White Cliffs of Dover
* Exclusive 'Paris by Night' sightseeing tour with Champagne & escargot
* See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Elysees, and Notre Dame Cathedral

Day 2 - Paris

This town is loaded with possibilities. Discover its many bistros, museums, tree-lined avenues and diverse quartiers (neighbourhoods).

Get a feel for French flair by window shopping on the Left Bank, step into the Notre Dame Cathedral or explore the endless galleries of the Louvre and get up close to the famous Mona Lisa. Try indulging in some delicious pastries and relax in one of Paris' many green spaces.

Tonight, treat yourself to a real Parisian night out, starting with an optional dinner in an atmospheric restaurant, where you can get to know your group. Then sign up for an authentic cabaret experience, complete with can-can girls and Champagne.

Hotel Breakfast

* Parisian Dinner Euro 34.50
* Nouvelle Eve cabaret show Euro 80.00

Day 3 - Paris to Beaujolais Wine Region

Southbound, we stop off at the massive 16th century Chateau Fontainebleau. Walk around the imperial gardens and check out the chateau's imposing, regal exterior.

We continue on through Burgundy's wine country to Beaujolais' green hills and vineyards.

Our team will make you feel right at home in our travel partners very own 16th century Chateau. There's a wine tasting within the Chateau's working winery, where our resident expert will teach you about Beaujolais wine as you swirl and sip on wines made in the area for centuries.

Special Stopover Breakfast, Dinner
* Special Stopover: French Chateau
* Wine tasting at Chateau
* See Chateau Fontainebleau
* See Chablis, Burgundy & Beaujolais vineyards

Day 4 - Beaujolais Wine Region to French Riviera

Unwind on the coach, listen to your MP3 and take in the rustic beauty of Provence, known for its pretty landscapes of lavender, sunflowers and wild herbs.

A lunch stop in the Popes' fomer seat of power, Avignon, means a real taste of the Provencal lifestyle and look into the town's Roman heritage. Wander through the cobbled streets and learn about Avignon's past when you see the Papal Palace's impressive walls and the town's signature bridge.

Next stop is the French Riviera and home to the French perfume industry, where we visit Fragonard Perfumery. Learn about how perfume is made and some of its more surprising ingredients. It's also a chance to pick up a
bottle or 2 at great prices.

Then it's back on the road to the rugged coast line of the stunning Cote d'Azur. Follow the beautiful sapphire waters past the movie-star glamour of Cannes (famous for its annual film festival), to Antibes.

Travel Village Breakfast, Dinner
* See the Papal Palace in Avignon
* Visit a French perfumery
* Scenic drive along the Cote d'Azur

Day 5 - French Riviera

In your free time live a bit of the riviera lifestyle with a visit to one of the neighbouring towns like Cannes or Nice.

Try out the region's produce like lavender honey, aioli (garlic mayonnaise) and mouth-watering rose wine. Window shop the chic boutiques or choose a beach and catch some sun among all the bronzed bodies!

Tonight get a taste of the high life in Monaco, the glamourous principality packed into just 1.92km2 and home to the Formula 1. Get the inside story on the royal family and their place of residence from your Tour Manager. Try your luck at a casino later on.

Travel Village Breakfast, Dinner
* See the Royal Palace in Monaco
* Rub shoulders with the rich & famous with a visit to a Monte Carlo casino

Day 6 - French Riviera to Florence

Onwards to Italy, land of passion! Heading to Renaissance Florence, we stop by Pisa and get up close to the famous Leaning Tower.

The scene-stealing Duomo cathedral rises above Florence, which serves up frescoes, markets and priceless art. Tonight, there's a choice of a group dinner - an authentic Tuscan feast. Try regional dishes in the heart of Florence, then keep it moving with a night out!

* See the Leaning Tower of Pisa
* Tuscan Meal Euro 29.00

Day 7 - Florence to Rome

Jump start the day uncovering this open-air museum. Our Local Guide gives you the inside track as the group learns about Florence's cultural beginnings and explores streets crammed with artworks from masters like Michelangelo. Then take a look into a skillful demonstration of Florentine leather making and understand this region's traditional art.

Later, travel through Tuscany's rustic hills, past the recognisable cypress tree landscapes of this olive oil-producing region, to vibrant Rome.

Stylish Rome oozes energy and overflows with relics from another age. Our special access coach tour gets you right into the thriving atmosphere of this living timeline as your Tour Manager shows you the Colosseum and Piazza Venzia. Continue on foot to check out the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. Honour tradition at the Trevi Fountain and throw a coin in the fountain's waters (it's meant to improve your chances of returning to Rome!) or maybe hang out with your new friends at the Spanish Steps, sit back with a few slices of pizza and people watch.

Traveli Village Breakfast
* Discover the Statue of David & much more on our locally guided walking
tour of Florence
* See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria
* Learn about Florence's leather craft with a demonstration
* Special access Rome sightseeing coach tour
* See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona
* See St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City
* Souvenir group photo Euro 11.00

Day 8 - Rome

This morning, make the most of our Local Guide's inside knowledge with an optional guided tour of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. Then check out Rome's imperial glory by visiting the Colosseum and Roman Forum.

Take off into the city and absorb the atmosphere, as Vespas flash past timeworn monuments that are surrounded by fountains, pizzerias, cafes and bars. Before you hit the shops, let your Tour Manager point you in the right direction with some tips on the best buys.

In your free time, live the local lifestyle by indulging in a long lunch on a paved piazza or knock back a shot of espresso at the bar, like the Romans do.

Travel Village Breakfast, Dinner

* Vatican Tour Euro 34.00
* Imperial Tour Euro 26.00

Day 9 - Rome to Venice

Crisscross the Apennine Mountains, pass wildflower fields, quaint hilltop villages and Umbria's rolling valleys, to Venice.

Known as the "floating city" Venice is packed with character, crammed with hidden lanes and linked by a network of canals.

The group travels on our private boat through the waters of the lagoon to visit the city's historical heart. The limestone Bridge of Sighs, the gothic arches of Doge's Palace and the expanse of St Mark's Square (pigeons and all!) show off Venice's unique beauty and way of life.

Take some time to explore the floating city and lose yourself in the backstreets. There's an optional walking tour where you can discover the labyrinth of interweaving lanes, waterways, palaces, piazzi and markets with our Local Guide. You'll see historic monuments, hidden treasures and the Rialto market - a local favourite for food shopping.

Maybe grab a table on St. Mark's Square and eat some delicious Italian food al fresco.

Cap off the day with an optional gondola ride & share this amazing experience with your friends - seeing Venice from on the water is unforgettable!

Travel Village Breakfast
* Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice
* See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Square
* Venice walking tour Euro 11.00
* Gondola ride Euro 21.00
* Tour t-shirts From Euro 18.50 - 29.00

Day 10 - Venice to Munich

Today, it's northbound to the home of the world-famous Oktoberfest, Munich - a city that blends traditional Bavarian culture and modern lifestyle.

Explore the heart of Munich's Old Town with the crew, and head to Marienplatz. It's a central gathering spot famous for the Glockenspiel - a Gothic clock, complete with 32 dancing figures and 43 chiming bells.

Then head off with some friends for a taste of tradition to a typical beer hall and park yourselves at a long wooden table. In this optional excursion, you'll feast on hearty local food, like roasted pork knuckle, and quench your thirst with a stein of one of Germany's 5000 brews.

Hostel Breakfast
* Scenic drive past vineyards, orchards & castles
* See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz
* Bavarian beer hall Euro 24.00

Day 11 - Munich to Rhine Valley

Leaving Munich behind, remember one of history's darkest moments with a sobering stop at the Dachau concentration camp memorial. Learn more at the museum and walk through the remaining living quarters.

The coach follows the Rhine River, weaving through valleys dotted with castles and vineyards.

Next stop - the pretty, old-world village of St. Goar, complete with fairy-tale castle and even a free-hanging cuckoo clock! Learn about local know-how and get savvy on the craft of beer steins.

Then kick back with a glass of local wine and choose to find out more with the optional wine tasting in a candlelit underground cellar.

Hotel Breakfast, Dinner
* Visit the Dachau concentration camp memorial
* See the Lorelei Rock
* Learn how beer steins are crafted
* Wine tasting Euro 9.00

Day 12 - Rhine Valley to Amsterdam

In an intro into Dutch culture, see how clogs are made and try some of the famous Dutch Edam at a cheese farm.

Cruise into the countryside and bike around like the laid back locals, past working windmills, to the world-famous cheese village of Edam.

Head into the buzzing capital of Amsterdam and check out the eye-opening Red Light District, where the creative and the wacky come together on narrow cobbled streets, 24/7.

Hotel Breakfast, Dinner
* See canals & a windmill on a countryside bike tour in Edam
* Visit a cheese farm & clog maker's house
* See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night

Day 13 - Amsterdam

There's free time to experience Amsterdam's coffee shops, museums and quirky, cool boutiques. Wander along the canals and pass gabled houses or experience Amsterdam's multi-ethnic cuisine. This cultural melting pot dishes up loads of affordable food.

With an optional evening canal cruise, there's a chance to toast your travels with the group, unwind with a few drinks and uncover Amsterdam at water level as you drift past the city lights.

For your last night on tour, treat yourself to a feast at a rice table dinner with the group in a popular restaurant. With this fun way to eat, you'll be served loads of dishes from colonial times.

Get some pointers from your Tour Manager, dive into Amsterdam's night action with your friends and finish up your travels with a night to remember.

Hotel Breakfast

* Canal bike tour Euro 13.00
* Canal cruise (1 hour) Euro 23.00
* Sea Palace Restaurant Euro 32.00

Day 14 - Depart Amsterdam

This morning after breakfast we transfer you to Schiphol Airport (estimated arrival 10:00am) where your tour ends. Or choose to take a complimentary transfer to central London & extend your stay.


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