Day 1 : London – Paris (2 Nights)
A very warm welcome from your Travel Director. See the White Cliffs of Dover as you cross by ferry to Calais in France. Travel past the Somme battlefields in northern France to the glittering capital Paris, your home for the next two nights. Consider a cruise along the Seine on a scenic boat ride.
Accommodation : Novotel 14 Porte d'Orléans
Day 2 : Paris Orientation and Free Time
Your morning guided orientation covers many of the city's highlights including views of the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. Spend the afternoon as you wish. You might like to round off your Parisian adventure this evening with a spectacular cabaret show.
Day 3 : Paris – Lucerne Region
Today, drive through the Burgundy region where vineyards stretch as far as the eye can see. Pass the fortified town of Belfort and arrive in lakeside Lucerne. Take in views of the 14th-century Chapel Bridge and visit the Lion Monument during your orientation tour. Dine tonight at your hotel.
Accommodation : Ibis Kriens
Day 4 : Lucerne Region – Venice
Traverse the Alps into Italy via the scenic St. Gotthard route and catch a glimpse of Lake Como. Skirt the sprawling commercial capital, Milan, arriving later in the region of Venice, a historically wealthy city built across 118 islands in a scenic lagoon.
Accommodation : Il Burchiello
Day 5 : Venice Orientation – Florence
Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square and see the sumptuous Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialities at a glassblowing workshop. Afterwards, you might like to take an Optional Experience to Burano Island for a delightful lunch. Cross the Apennine Mountains, arriving later in Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance.
Accommodation : Starhotels Vespucci
Day 6 : Florence – Rome (2 Nights)
See the sights during your orientation tour of Florence which includes a stroll to Santa Croce Square. Learn about the quality and workmanship of one of this city's historic industries at a demonstration of Florentine leathercraft before departing for Rome.
Accommodation : Ergife Palace
Day 7 : Rome Sightseeing and Free Time
Your Local Specialist takes you on a guided visit of St. Peter's Basilica, believed to enclose the tomb of St. Peter. Consider taking an Optional Experience to visit inside the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. Your fascinating guided sightseeing tour continues across the River Tiber to view the Colosseum and see the ancient sites of Rome. Spend free time afterwards exploring on your own. Shop in smart boutiques on the Via Ottaviano or throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain.
Day 8 : Depart Rome
After breakfast, say 'arrivederci' to Rome and your fellow travellers at the end of a dream holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.