Day 1 : London – Amsterdam
Greetings from your Travel Director. See the White Cliffs of Dover as you board the ferry and cross to Calais, France. Continue by road through the Belgian and Dutch countryside to Amsterdam, one of Europe's friendliest cities.
Accommodation : Ibis Schiphol
Day 2 : Amsterdam – Cologne – Rhine Cruise – Rhineland
This morning travel through the Dutch countryside before crossing into Germany. Stop to view the spectacular Gothic Cathedral in Cologne before arriving in the picturesque Rhine Valley. Here you embark on a cruise and glide past medieval castles and steeply terraced vineyards which produce the well-known, high-quality Rhine wines. Continue by road to your hotel where you dine tonight.
Accommodation : Achat Premium Neustadt Weinstrasse
Day 3 : Rhineland – Colmar – Lucerne Region (2 Nights)
Journey through the vineyards of Alsace and stop in the fairy-tale town of Colmar. We arrive later in the mountains close to lovely Lake Lucerne, your home for the next two nights.
Accommodation : Ski Lodge Engelberg
Day 4 : Lucerne Orientation and Free Time
Visit the poignant Lion Monument and the Old Town during your orientation tour of Lucerne. Afterwards, in your free time consider a scenic cruise on the lake, shop for Swiss watches and chocolates or take a cog railway up one of the nearby mountains to enjoy the amazing views.
Day 5 : Lucerne Region – Liechtenstein – Innsbruck
Cross the Swiss border to Liechtenstein for a brief stop in the capital, Vaduz. Continue into Austria via the Arlberg region to Innsbruck, capital of the Tyrol. Marvel at Innsbruck's sights including the Golden Roof and the Hofburg Palace.
Accommodation : Bon Alpina
Day 6 : Innsbruck – Verona – Venice (2 Nights)
Travel through the Brenner Pass into Italy and view Juliet's Balcony in Verona, the setting for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Your day ends in the magical Byzantine city of Venice, Queen of the Adriatic.
Accommodation : Il Burchiello
Day 7 : Venice Orientation and Free Time
Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialities at a glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island. Then spend free time exploring this fascinating city on your own. Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square.
Day 8 : Venice – Rome (2 Nights)
Traverse the flat plains of Veneto and cross the dramatic Apennine hills. Admire splendid scenery as you drive through the rolling Tuscan countryside, arriving later in the capital, Rome.
Accommodation : Ergife Palace
Day 9 : Rome Sightseeing and Free Time
Your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour which includes a visit to St. Peter's Basilica. Consider an Optional Experience to visit the Vatican Museums. Continue to ancient Rome to view the Colosseum and see the ancient sites. Later enjoy your free time seeing the sights or shopping for souvenirs.
Day 10 : Rome – Bay Of Naples
Travel South to the Bay of Naples. Enjoy free time in the coastal town of Sorrento, why not consider an Optional Experience to the picturesque Amalfi coastline? Dine tonight at your hotel.
Accommodation : La Panoramica/Pompei Resort
Day 11 : Bay Of Naples – Florence (2 Nights)
This morning, why not join an Optional Experience to the excavations at Pompeii? See the Abbey of Monte Cassino en route to Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance.
Accommodation : Starhotels Vespucci
Day 12 : Florence Sightseeing and Free Time
Enjoy a morning walking tour with your Local Specialist to see the magical buildings and statues of Florence. Admire panoramic views of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo and enjoy time at leisure to immerse yourself in the sights; Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistery and Piazza della Signoria. Learn about the quality and workmanship of two of this city's historic industries at demonstrations of Florentine leathercraft and 18-carat gold.
Day 13 : Florence – Pisa – Monaco – French Riviera (2 Nights)
View the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Continue past Genoa and in Monaco enjoy views of the harbour and the palace. Travel past picturesque coastal towns to your hotel on the French Riviera.
Accommodation : Amarante Cannes
Day 14 : French Riviera Free Time
Enjoy a full day of relaxation on one of the most beautiful coastlines in Europe.
Day 15 : French Riviera – Avignon – Lyon
Admire the beautiful countryside around Aix-en-Provence where Van Gogh liked to paint. In Avignon view the Palace of the Popes and the famous bridge. Continue through the Rhône Valley to Lyon.
Accommodation : Campanile Berges du Rhone
Day 16 : Lyon – Versailles – Paris (2 Nights)
This morning travel north through scenic countryside. Stop in Versailles and consider a visit to the magnificent Palace and Gardens of Versailles before arriving in the elegant, romantic capital city of Paris.
Accommodation : Courtyard by Marriott La Defense West - Colombes
Day 17 : Paris Orientation and Free Time
This morning see the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower and more on your orientation. During your free time why not visit a world-famous museum? This evening maybe take the chance to see one of the famous Parisian cabaret shows.
Day 18 : Paris – London
Head north to Calais for your cross-Channel ferry to England. Continue to London where your exciting holiday ends.