Day 1 : London – Amsterdam
This morning meet your Travel Director and travelling companions to board your coach and set off from London. Admire the famous White Cliffs in Dover where you board a ferry for the short Channel crossing to Calais in France. Drive through Belgium's Flanders fields into the Netherlands, renowned for tulips, clogs and windmills. Later arrive in Amsterdam, one of Europe's friendliest cities.
Accommodation : Corendon Village/Ibis Schiphol
Day 2 : Amsterdam – Cologne – Rhineland
Cross into Germany and view Cologne Cathedral, the tallest Roman Catholic cathedral in the World. In Boppard embark on a scenic cruise down the River Rhine past terraced vineyards and towering castles. Finish the day at your hotel in the Rhineland.
Accommodation : Achat Premium Walldorf Reilingen
Day 3 : Rhineland – Munich – Innsbruck
In Munich admire the Glockenspiel in the Marienplatz and the Hofbräuhaus. Continue along the Inn Valley to the Austrian Tyrol and on to Innsbruck, a picturesque town where you view the sights including the Golden Roof and see the ski-jump.
Accommodation : Bon Alpina
Day 4 : Innsbruck – Venice
Enjoy an exhilarating journey through the Brenner Pass - one of the principal alpine highways - to Italy. In the Byzantine city of Venice cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square. Marvel at St. Mark's Basilica and the ornate Doge's Palace. Visit a traditional glassblowing workshop and see a demonstration, then spend time discovering the delights of Venice. You might like to take a romantic ride in a gondola.
Accommodation : Villa Giulietta
Day 5 : Venice – Rome (2 Nights)
Traverse the Veneto plain via Bologna and cross the dramatic Apennine Mountains into Tuscany. Continue through Umbria to Lazio and the capital, Rome. This evening take the opportunity to explore the city's beautiful squares and fountains and perhaps savour the local cuisine at one of the many restaurants.
Accommodation : Raganelli
Day 6 : Rome Sightseeing and Free Time
Your Local Specialist brings Rome's rich history to life during your wonderful sightseeing tour. Visit St. Peter's Basilica, featuring magnificent works of art. Your tour continues across the Tiber to view the Colosseum and see the ancient sites of Rome. Spend the rest of the day as you wish. From the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican Museums to the incredible fountains in Piazza Navona, Rome is full of wonderful, unmissable sights.
Day 7 : Rome – Florence
Drive north through Umbria into the rolling countryside of Tuscany. In the Renaissance city of Florence enjoy spectacular views of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo. Afterwards there is time to explore the Piazza della Signoria, the Duomo and Giotto's Bell Tower. Learn about the quality and workmanship of one of this city's historic industries at a demonstration of Florentine leathercraft.
Accommodation : Novotel Firenze Nord
Day 8 : Florence – Lucerne Region (2 Nights)
Cross the Apennines to the great northern plain and pass the city of Milan. Continue north to the Swiss border and follow the scenic St. Gotthard route to Lake Lucerne in the heart of Switzerland. The landscape is breathtaking.
Accommodation : Ibis Kriens/Krone Sarnen
Day 9 : Lucerne Orientation and Free Time
Admire the sights of Lucerne during your morning orientation tour including views of the Chapel Bridge, the Jesuit Church and a visit to the Lion Monument, built to commemorate the Swiss Guards who died defending Louis XVI during the French Revolution. Spend free time shopping for Swiss chocolate or perhaps take an Optional Experience up a mountain peak.
Day 10 : Lucerne Region – Paris (2 Nights)
Journey into France and pass the Vosges Mountains. See the vineyards as you travel through the great wine region of Burgundy. Arrive later in the elegant capital, Paris. This evening you might like to take a tour of the city and see the dazzling illuminations.
Accommodation : Mercure Ivry Quai De Seine
Day 11 : Paris Orientation and Free Time
Paris is a beautiful city, and probably has more familiar landmarks than any other capital in the world. See most of them during your orientation with views of the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. Afterwards there is time for you to explore on your own. Tonight is the last evening of your holiday so you might consider a delicious dinner at a cosy bistro. Also, no trip to Paris is complete without seeing a famous cabaret show featuring the can-can.
Day 12 : Paris – London
Head north from Paris across WWI battlefields of the Somme to Calais and take the ferry to Dover. Arrive shortly afterwards in London, where you say farewell to your Travel Director and travelling companions at the end of an amazing holiday.