Highlights of Europe - 12 Days

Highlights of Europe

From Rome to London!

Spend 11 nights touring the highlights of Italy, Austria, Switzerland, France and England on this escorted vacation.

Unique Explorations

  • Visit England, France, Switzerland, Austria and Italy on this magical trip through Europe.
  • Don’t miss a thing with a local guide taking you to all of the highlights. Escorted tours ensure you see it all.
  • Pack comfortable shoes for your walking tours in Pisa, Venice, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Innsbruck, Vaduz and Lucerne.
  • Treat your tastebuds to pizza in Italy, chocolate in Switzerland, and cheese in France.
  • Absorb the joy and bliss in Switzerland – the happiest country in the world!

Your European journey begins with two overnights in the Italian capital of Rome with guided sightseeing that highlights the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and the Vatican’s St. Peter’s Square. Head north to see Pisa’s Leaning Tower and to the Renaissance city of Florence, featuring sculpture-filled Signoria Square, Palazzo Vecchio, the Giotto Campanile, and the Brunelleschi Cupola in Piazza del Duomo. Spend two nights in the Venice area where you will be enthralled by the picturesque city sprinkled with canals.

Ascend the mighty Dolomites, stopping in Cortina and then continue into the Austrian Tyrol to Innsbruck. Stop in the tiny Principality of Liechtenstein and later arrive in Switzerland’s lakeside Lucerne for two nights. On to Paris for guided sightseeing, free time to make your own discoveries, and two overnights. Cross the English Channel by ferry to jolly old England for the conclusion of your adventure in London.

Day 1
Welcome to Rome!

Upon arrival you will be transferred to check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore this ancient capital. In the afternoon, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

Transfer to Rome hotel

You’ll be in one of these hotels, depending on availability

Pineta Palace Hotel Roma

ROME, ITALY 4 out of 5 stars

Start your day of adventuring with warm croissants, fresh cheeses, Italian cappuccinos and freshly-squeezed juice from the breakfast spread at Pineta Palace Hotel Roma.

Park Hotel dei Massimi

ROME, ITALY 4 out of 5 stars

The Park Hotel dei Massimi offers a wide selection of elegant rooms that function as the perfect weekend break hotel accommodation in Rome. The hotel is a superior 4-star hotel complex in northwest Rome offering a total of 85 luxury, well-furnished rooms complete with air conditioning, TVs, complimentary WiFi and more. Hotel amenities include a complimentary breakfast buffet, rooftop garden, snack bar, restaurant, internet corner and shuttle service. The hotel is within easy access by metro or car to the major sites of Rome.

Day 2
Rome

Today’s sightseeing with a Local Guide features St. Peter’s Square, and includes an inside visit of the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.

Day 3
Rome - Pisa - Florence

Vistas of undulating hills, austere rows of cypress trees, terraced vineyards, olive groves, and rural villages form the backdrop of your journey through beautiful Tuscany. Take a break in Pisa to see the Square of Miracles and the amazing Leaning Tower, then on to Florence.

You’ll be in one of these hotels, depending on availability

Hotel Villa Gabriele D’annunzio

FLORENCE, ITALY 4 out of 5 stars

Enjoy a stay at Hotel Villa Gabriele D’annunzio, located in a renovated 19th-century convent and surrounded by a large flourishing garden. Located just minutes away from Florence’s historical city center, this hotel is a perfect base from which to explore … read more

Italiana Hotel Florence

FLORENCE, ITALY 4 out of 5 stars

Escape to true Italian beauty and elegance at the luxurious Italiana Hotel Florence, located just a short walk away from the Arno River. As soon as you arrive, you’ll feel completely spoiled and drenched in warm hospitality! After checking-in, walk through the hotel’s beautifully-decorated halls and head up to your quiet room.

Open the door to a relaxing, spacious oasis that boasts amenities such as free WiFi, satellite TV, air conditioning, and much more. Take a quick nap on your large cozy bed, then unpack your swimsuit and make your way down to the sparkling outdoor pool. Lounge in the hot sun, take a refreshing swim, and unwind with a cold drink from the poolside bar. Have some energy to burn? Work all your stresses away in the immaculate on-site fitness center!

When it’s time to explore Florence, take a quick 5 km drive to the famous Florence Cathedral and the Uffizi Gallery! After a long day of excitement and adventure, make your way back to the Italiana Hotel Florence and indulge in mouthwatering traditional cuisine at the hotel’s beautiful on-site restaurant. Unwind with a glass of local wine at the classy bar, or, if you’re too tired, room service is always the answer.

Day 4
Florence - Venice Area

Birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence was for centuries a leading power. On the included walking tour with an expert Local Guide, discover the landmarks of this amazing city, like Piazza Signoria with the Loggia dei Lanzi, Palazzo Vecchio, and the breathtaking cathedral on Piazza del Duomo. Later, watch how leather is embossed with gold, and enjoy free time to shop. In the afternoon, drive north across the River Po into the Plains of Venetia for two overnights in the Venice area.

Check In – Hotel Poppi

VENICE, ITALY 4 out of 5 stars

Experience true Italian hospitality at this elegant hotel located right in between Venice and Padua. Family managed since 1965, Hotel Poppi combines modern facilities with classic charm. Relax in your soundproof room that comes decorated in a classic style – the perfect setting after a long day of exploring.

Treat yourself to a delicious meal at their on-site restaurant, which boasts a mouthwatering menu of regional Venetian fare! After dinner, unwind with a glass of local wine or sip on an espresso at the classy hotel bar.

Day 5
Venice

Venice is known worldwide for its carnival, its film festival, and its incredible location on the water. Today, reach Venice by private motorboat to view the Bridge of Sighs, Doges’ Palace, and St. Mark’s Square before the visit to a glassblowing workshop.

Day 6

Leave the plains of the Veneto region behind and drive northwards to spot the spectacular peaks of the Dolomites. Stop awhile in Cortina to enjoy the grand scenery. Later, cross over the Europa Bridge and Brenner Pass into Austria to reach Innsbruck in time to see the the famous Golden Roof, emblem of the city.

Check In – Ramada Innsbruck Tivoli

INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA 3 out of 5 stars

The Ramada Innsbruck Tivoli is located in the center of Innsbruck and directly across from Olympia World, the largest sports and event center in Tyrol. From the terrace on the eleventh floor, you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the Tyrolean mountains and the world-famous Berg-Isel ski-jump. Spoil yourself with your favorite drink over the rooftops of the most beautiful alpine city!

After a day on the slopes, indulge in a treatment at the full-service spa or enjoy the other amenities, including a fitness center and a steam room. For a free ride to the slopes, hop on the hotel’s complimentary ski shuttle. Ramada Innsbruck Tivoli helps provide the perfect winter holiday with ski storage and ski passes. At the end of the day, order apres-ski drinks at the hotel’s bar.

Day 7
Innsbruck - Liechtenstein - Lucerne, Switzerland

Drive through the valleys and villages of the mountainous Tyrol to the Arlberg tunnel, descending into Switzerland. Stop briefly in Vaduz, Liechtenstein’s capital. Majestic alpine scenery and glimpses of Lake Walen enchant you on the way to Lucerne.

You’ll be in one of these hotels, depending on availability

Hotel Rothaus

LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND 3 out of 5 stars

Situated on a quiet side street at the edge of Lucerne, this elegant hotel offers comfortable stays and is easily accessible by public transport. The on-site restaurant is well known for its delicious local cuisine and seasonal dishes.

Hotel Royal Luzern

LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND 4 out of 5 stars

Feel right at home in this charming traditional 5-story hotel nestled right above a quiet street. Admire its interesting architecture, enjoy its amazing location overlooking the Bay of Lucrene, and gawk at its breathtaking views of Mount Pilatus Burgenstock and Rigi.

Take a stroll along the water to the city center of Lucrene, just minutes from the hotel. After a day of exploring, relax in your spacious, airy room that boasts free WiFi, ample natural light, and traditional decor with a modern twist.

Day 8
Lucerne

One of Switzerland’s finest cities, Lucerne is nestled amid its snow-capped Alps, surrounded by its lake, and embellished by the clear mountain waters of the Reuss River. The orientation includes the Lion Monument, erected in memory of the 800 Swiss Guards who defended Louis XVI and his wife. Also see the famous wooden Chapel Bridge. A grand selection of optional activities completes the day: a cable-car ride to the 10,000-foot summit of Mount Titlis; a cruise on the fjord-like lake; and, of course, time to shop for an authentic Swiss watch.

Day 9
Lucerne - Paris, France

Enjoy vistas of green pastures and rustic chalets, then cross into France and drive past some of its most famous Burgundy vineyards to Paris.

Check In – Kyriad Prestige Boulogne Hotel

PARIS, FRANCE 4 out of 5 stars

Kyriad Prestige Paris Ouest Boulogne features a fitness center, multilingual staff, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. Event facilities measuring 1292 square feet (120 square meters) include a meeting/conference room. An Internet point is located on site and high-speed wireless Internet access is complimentary. A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a drink. This Boulogne-Billancourt hotel also offers dry cleaning/laundry services, secure parking, and a safe deposit box at the front desk. Limited onsite parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis (surcharge).

Day 10
Paris

Paris is a world-class city that probably has more familiar landmarks than almost any other city in the world. This morning, see them during the included city tour. View the famous Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées, and much more with a Local Guide. Later, feel like a French aristocrat on the optional walking tour through the opulent Palace of Versailles.

Day 11
Paris - London, England

Relax and let the countryside whiz by on the road north to the coast, where you board your Channel ferry. Through Kent to London for an evening arrival.

Ferry to London!

Check In – Hotel Novotel London West

LONDON, ENGLAND 4 out of 5 stars

Hotel Novotel London West, located in the Hammersmith neighborhood of London, is a sanctuary in the middle of the bustling capital. With three of London’s main tube lines within a three minute walk of the hotel, easily access any of the city’s main attractions including Big Ben, the London Eye, and Hyde Park. Spend an evening at the Hammersmith Apollo Theatre, renowned for live music and comedy, just steps from the hotel!

All of the 630 contemporary en-suite bedrooms are designed to keep noise at a minimum, perfect for relaxing after a long day of sightseeing. On site, Hotel Novotel London West offers a restaurant and a bar/lounge where guests can unwind with a drink. The 4-star property also offers access to a business center and a meeting/conference room.

Day 12
Depart London

Your vacation ends this morning. After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for departure.

Transfer to London airport (LHR)

Fly home!

What's Included

  • Round-trip economy class air into Rome (FCO), out of London (LHR)
  • Round-trip airport transfers
  • Accommodations in hotels listed, or similar
  • 2 nights in Rome at the Park Hotel dei Massimi or Pineta Palace
  • 1 night in Florence at the Italiana Hotel Florence or Villa Gabriele d'Annunzio
  • 2 nights in Venice at the Hotel Poppi
  • 1 night in Innsbruck at the Ramada Tivoli Hotel
  • 2 nights in Lucerne at the Hotel Royal Lucerne or Rothaus
  • 2 nights in Paris at the Kyriad Prestige Boulogne Hotel
  • 1 night in the London at the Novotel London West
  • Buffet Breakfast daily
  • 2 three-course dinners
  • Guided sightseeing as described in itinerary, including:
  • Guided tours of Rome, Florence, and Paris
  • Walking tours of Pisa, Venice, Cortina d'Ampezzo, Innsbruck, Vaduz, Lucerne; Services of a Professional Travel Director
  • Transportation by private first-class air-conditioned motor coach (with complimentary Wi-Fi)
  • Hotel tips, taxes, porterage and service charges

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