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Italy and Paris

14 Nights / 15 Days tour package for USD 2099 per person
Destinations Covered: London - Brussels - Ulm Area - Venice Area - Rome - Sorrento - FLorence Area - Lugano - Lake Lucerne - Paris 4871

Cover the heartland of Europe on this exciting multi-country adventure. Begin in London, then cross the English Channel by ferry and board a motorcoach bound for Brussels. A comfortable ride on the German Autobahn takes you south into Bavaria with an overnight in the lovely Ulm area on the banks of the Danube. Cross through Tyrolean Austria over Brenner Pass to reach the magical Italian city of Venice with its canals and St. Mark’s Square. Visit Assisi to admire Giotto’s frescoes in St. Francis’ Basilica, then continue to Rome, where you’ll encounter iconic landmarks like the Colosseum and Roman Forum. On to Montecassino and to Pompeii to see ruins of the city destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Spend two nights in Sorrento and sail to the jet-set island of Capri. On the way to Florence, stop in beautiful Orvieto to see its distinctive cathedral. Spend two nights in Renaissance Florence and see the city’s many highlights—like Signoria Square and the Duomo—on the included walking tour. Have your cameras ready at the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and visit the Piazza Maggiore in Bologna before crossing into Switzerland to beautiful Lake Lugano for an overnight. See more of Switzerland on the way to Lucerne, and spend two nights in Paris with guided sightseeing and free time to discover the “City of Light” on your own.


Rates and Dates (Rates per person on US Dollars):

Tour Start Date Return Date Price Per Person
13-Apr-2013 27-Apr-2013 USD 2245
27-Apr-2013 11-May-2013
11-May-2013 25-May-2013 USD 2269
18-May-2013 01-Jun-2013
25-May-2013 08-Jun-2013
01-Jun-2013 15-Jun-2013
08-Jun-2013 22-Jun-2013
22-Jun-2013 06-Jul-2013
06-Jul-2013 20-Jul-2013 USD 2219
20-Jul-2013 03-Aug-2013
03-Aug-2013 17-Aug-2013
17-Aug-2013 31-Aug-2013
31-Aug-2013 14-Sep-2013 USD 2269
07-Sep-2013 21-Sep-2013
14-Sep-2013 28-Sep-2013
21-Sep-2013 05-Oct-2013 USD 2245
28-Sep-2013 12-Oct-2013 USD 2219
05-Oct-2013 19-Oct-2013
12-Oct-2013 26-Oct-2013
19-Oct-2013 02-Nov-2013 USD 2195
26-Oct-2013 09-Nov-2013 USD 2099

Brussels: Catalonia Forum (ST)
Ulm Area: Tulip Inn (ST) at Gunzburg
Venice Area: Holiday Inn (F) at Marghera
Rome: Residenza Parco Tirreno (F)
Sorrento: Central Park (ST) at Massalubrense
Florence: Meridiana (ST) or Grifone (ST)
Lugano: Acquarello (ST) or Ibis (ST)
Lake Lucerne: Pilatusblick (ST) at Kriens or Hirschen (ST) at Flüelen
Paris: Ibis (ST) at Issy les Moulineaux


Day 1: London–Brussels, Belgium
Leave London in the early morning and head through the lush English countryside to the Channel port, where you embark on your ferry for the Continent. Here, meet your Tour Director and board your luxury coach for the drive to Brussels.

Day 2: Brussels–Rhineland, Germany–Ulm Area
A comfortable journey on the German Autobahn, traveling south into the Rhineland and past Stuttgart into Bavaria with its woods, farms, and pretty villages. Break up the journey with an optional Rhine cruise, gliding past the famous Lorelei rock. (B,D)

Day 3: Ulm Area–Innsbruck, Austria–Venice Area, Italy
Drive south this morning into Austria by way of Fern Pass into the Tyrol and on to its capital, Innsbruck. Continue by way of the Europa Bridge into Italy and enjoy the enchanting views of the mighty Dolomites. Descend into the valley on to the Venetian plain; then, travel eastwards to the Venice area for an overnight. (B,D)

Day 4: Venice Area
Venice is more like a marvelous film set than a real live city, with its criss-crossing canals, gondolas and water buses, arched bridges, palaces, and busy little piazzas. The included orientation starts with a boat ride and is followed by some time at leisure to enjoy this unique city, and a chance to watch Venetian glassblowers fashion their delicate objects as they did centuries ago. Don’t miss the optional gondola trip, gliding along the picturesque canals with a local troubadour to serenade you. (B)

Day 5: Venice Area–Assisi–Rome.
An interesting drive southward, cutting across the Po plain, then through the gentle Umbrian hills to Assisi, where St. Francis was born in 1182. Visit the world-famous basilica with its beautiful frescoes by Giotto, then head for Rome. (B)

Day 6: Rome
The ”Eternal City”—a city steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts in St. Peter’s Square, followed by a visit to the Roman Forum and the mighty Colosseum. (B)

Day 7: Rome–Montecassino–Pompeii–Sorrento
Deeper into the south today, making a first stop in Montecassino to view the monastery and abbey perched high above the valley. The monastery was the home of the Benedictines, founded in 529 and destroyed four times over the past centuries. The last time it was laid to ruin was in 1944 during the great Battle of Montecassino. Next is another great sight. Time stopped for the rich, aristocratic town of Pompeii with the terrible eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. Your Local Guide will bring the town back to life by explaining the remains of the luxurious villas, temples, theater, and forum. Just a few more miles to Sorrento, where you'll stay for the next two nights. (B)

Day 8: Sorrento. Boat Trip to Capri
Visit this legendary island, surrounded by rocky coastline, where the crashing sea has formed awe-inspiring caves. The town, with its pretty piazzetta, maze of streets, fashionable boutiques, and smart restaurants, is a mecca for the jet set. An optional island tour is available. (B,D)

Day 9: Sorrento–Orvieto–Florence
This morning, retrace part of the route, bypassing Rome for a stop in Orvieto to visit its black basalt and yellow limestone cathedral, an excellent example of Italian Gothic architecture. Next, enjoy the extraordinary beauty of the Tuscan countryside. Overnight in Florence. (B)

Day 10: Florence. Excursion to Pisa
This Renaissance gem and city of the Medicis will keep you enthralled for the entire day. Traffic is banned in part of the historic center, so visitors can wander at leisure and admire the city’s timeless beauty in relative peace and quiet. Don’t miss the included walking tour with a Local Guide, which features most of the city highlights. You will see Piazza Santa Croce; beautiful Piazza Signoria; Palazzo Vecchio; Loggia dei Lanzi; and, to top it off, Piazza del Duomo and its cathedral with the Giotto Campanile, and the magnificent East Door of the Baptistry, known as the “Gate of Paradise.” In the afternoon, take advantage of an included excursion to Pisa and enjoy the sights of the “Square of Miracles” with its Leaning Tower. (B,D)

Day 11: Florence–Bologna–Lugano, Switzerland
This morning, drive northeast to Bologna, the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region. Stop awhile to see the twin medieval towers and lovely Piazza Maggiore. Journey northwards across the mighty River Po, through the Lombardy plains, and into Switzerland for an overnight in charming Lugano. (B)

Day 12: Lugano–Lake Lucerne
Some truly magnificent Alpine scenery this morning as you travel into the very heart of the Swiss Alps. Once through the St. Gotthard Tunnel you start your descent to Lucerne, perhaps rightly considered the most Swiss-looking city in the whole confederation. Today’s visit takes in the impressive city walls, a covered wooden bridge, ornate patrician houses lining cobblestone streets, and the Lion Monument, a masterful stone sculpture in honor of the heroic Swiss Guard of Louis XVI. A grand selection of optional activities completes the day: a cruise on the fjord-like lake; a funicular and cable-car ride to the 6,227-foot summit of Mount Stanserhorn; and, of course, there is time to shop for that very Swiss watch. Continue to your overnight hotel in the Lucerne area. (B,D)

Day 13: Lake Lucerne–Paris, France
Enjoy vistas of green pastures and attractive chalets with rustic timbering and luxuriant flowers. Then, into France, on the highway past some of its most famous vineyards, to Paris. Arrive in time to enjoy the optional cabaret show. (B)

Day 14: Paris
One full day to explore the city that’s known throughout the world for its fashions, art and museums, delicious food, and joie de vivre. Included sightseeing with a local expert shows off many of the best-known Parisian sights: La Sorbonne, Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Madeleine, the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramid near the Louvre, the Invalides, and Champs Elysées. Optional excursions are also available. Maybe celebrate the success of your tour with a French farewell dinner. (B)

Day 15: 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, return to London for an evening arrival, where your vacation ends. (B)

Package Includes:
Accommodation for 1 night in Brussels
Accommodation for 1 night in Lugano
Accommodation for 1 night in Ulm Area
Accommodation for 1 night in Lake Lucerne
Accommodation for 2 nights in Paris
Meals as per the itinerary
Accommodation for 8 nights in Italy(Venice, rome, Sorrento, Florence)
Sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary
Package Excludes:
Return Airfare and taxes
Cost of meals other than not mentioned in the inclusions
Visa charges
Cost of any other services not specifically mentioned in inclusions
Expenses of personal nature, laundry, telephone bills, tips, gratuities etc    
The package Prices based on double room occupancy
The package  itineraries and prices are subject to change
Please note that mandatory prepaid gratuities for Tour Director and Driver are applicable    

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