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Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Italy

15 Nights / 16 Days tour package for USD 2399 per person
Destinations Covered: London - Amsterdam Area - Rhineland - Lucerne - Venice Area - Rome - Neapolitan Riviera - Florence Area - French Riviera - Grenoble - Paris 5161
 

This tour begins in London, then cross the English Channel by Eurostar train (except where specified) to Brussels and continue by motorcoach to Amsterdam. Travel along the banks of the legendary Rhine River to Germany and stop in Heidelberg before crossing into Switzerland. In Lucerne, marvel at the famous Lion Monument. Drive through the St. Gotthard Tunnel to the shores of Lake Lugano, and pause in Verona to see Juliet's balcony. In Venice, enjoy a canal boat ride to St. Mark's Square and see the Bridge of Sighs, Doges' Palace, and the Basilica. Visit Assisi and St. Francis' Basilica, then head for Rome, the "Eternal City," for a visit to the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Travel south to the archaeological site of Pompeii, destroyed in 79 AD by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Enjoy two overnights on the Riviera, with a boat trip to the glamorous Isle of Capri. Travel north for time in Tuscany, Florence, and in Pisa to see the Leaning Tower. Finally, cross into France for a taste of Provence, continuing to the alpine town of Grenoble for an overnight. Stop in Burgundy's Beaune on the way to Paris, the "City of Light," for two final overnights.

 

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

Tour Start Date Return Date Price Per Person
07-Dec-2012 22-Dec-2012 USD 2465
 
18-Dec-2012 02-Jan-2013 USD 2419
 
12-Jan-2013 27-Jan-2013 USD 2399
 
23-Feb-2013 10-Mar-2013 USD 2499
09-Mar-2013 24-Mar-2013
 
16-Mar-2013 31-Mar-2013 USD 2529
 
23-Mar-2013 07-Apr-2013 USD 2549
 
30-Mar-2013 14-Apr-2013 USD 2699
06-Apr-2013 21-Apr-2013
13-Apr-2013 28-Apr-2013
 
20-Apr-2013 05-May-2013 USD 2719
27-Apr-2013 12-May-2013
 
04-May-2013 19-May-2013 USD 2749
05-May-2013 20-May-2013
11-May-2013 26-May-2013
12-May-2013 27-May-2013
 
18-May-2013 02-Jun-2013 USD 2749
19-May-2013 03-Jun-2013
25-May-2013 09-Jun-2013
26-May-2013 10-Jun-2013
01-Jun-2013 16-Jun-2013
02-Jun-2013 17-Jun-2013
08-Jun-2013 23-Jun-2013
09-Jun-2013 24-Jun-2013
15-Jun-2013 30-Jun-2013
16-Jun-2013 01-Jul-2013
22-Jun-2013 07-Jul-2013
   
Hotels:

Amsterdam Area: NH Airport (F) at Schiphol or Grandhotel (F) at Amstelveen or Inntel (F) at Zaandam, 
Rhineland: Stadtwald (F) at Cologne or Zum Anker (ST) at Andernach or Ramada (F) at Bruehl or Holiday Inn (F) at Cologne-Bonn Airport
Lucerne: Luzernerhof (F)
Venice Area: Poppi (F) at Mira or All Seasons (ST) at Mestre
Rome: Residenza Parco Tirreno (F) or Princess (F) or Cristoforo Colombo (F)
Neopolitan Riviera: Central Park (ST) at Massalubrense or Tirrenia (ST)
Florence: Italiana Hotel and Resort (F)
French Riviera: Park Inn (ST) at Nice or Quality (ST) at Menton
Grenoble: Europole (ST)
Paris: Kyriad (ST) at Bercy or Quality (ST) at Orleans

 
Itinerary

Day 1: London – Brussels, Belgium – Amsterdam Area, Holland
Leave London in the early morning on your Eurostar train to Brussels. Meet your Tour Director and board your luxury coach for the drive to the Amsterdam area. (B)

Day 2: Amsterdam Area – Rhineland, Germany
Today, enjoy sightseeing in Amsterdam with a Local Guide pointing out the city highlights. Later, a canal cruise to see the town from water level, then watch the cutting and polishing of precious stones at a diamond center. This afternoon, continue your journey to the scenic Rhineland for an overnight. (B,D)

Day 3: Rhineland–Heidelberg–Lucerne, Switzerland.
Drive through the picturesque Rhineland this morning or, alternatively, take the optional Rhine River cruise and enjoy splendid scenery including the Lorelei rock. Next, drive into Germany’s oldest university town, Heidelberg, nicely located at the confluence of the Rivers Neckar and Rhine, for a short visit. In the afternoon, travel by way of the Autobahn into Switzerland for two overnights in Lucerne. (B)

Day 4: Lucerne
One of Switzerland’s finest cities, nestled amid its snowcapped Alps, surrounded by its lake, and embellished by the clear mountain waters of the River Reuss. The orientation includes the Lion Monument, erected in memory of the 800 Swiss Guards who defended Louis XVI and his wife at the 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 that very Swiss watch. (B)

Day 5: Lucerne – Lugano – Verona, Italy – Venice Area
More wonderful Alpine scenery as you drive into the mountain ranges that surround the massive St. Gotthard. Once through its great tunnel, you’ll start your scenic descent into the warmer and sunnier ambiance of Canton Ticino. Stop in beautiful Lugano and take a stroll along the lakeside promenade. Then, cross into Italy and drive across the Po Valley to Verona, medieval setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. See Juliet’s house and balcony, and stroll around the picturesque market square. Tonight you are in the Venice area. (B)

Day 6: 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 to soak up the city’s unique atmosphere and a chance to watch Venetian glassblowers fashion their delicate objects as they did centuries ago. Don’t miss out on the optional gondola trip, gliding along the picturesque canals with a local troubadour to serenade you. (B,D)

Day 7: Venice Area – Assisi – Rome
An interesting drive southward, cutting across the Po plain, then crossing the rolling Apennines. Stop in 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 8: 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 9: Rome – Pompeii – Neapolitan Riviera
South all the way today, with the volcano Vesuvius in the distance. First, a stop in Pompeii, where time stopped in 79 AD when the Vesuvius eruption totally destroyed it. On the included visit you can see the luxurious villas, temples, theater, and forum. Just a few more miles for two overnights on the Neapolitan Riviera. (B)

Day 10: Neapolitan Riviera - Excursion to Capri
Cross the blue sea to Capri. This legendary island, surrounded by rose-tinted rocks, has incredibly beautiful coves of translucent blues and greens. The town, with its pretty piazzetta, maze of streets, fashionable boutiques, and smart restaurants, is a mecca for the jet set. An optional tour takes you around the island with its steep roads and panoramic views. (B,D)

Day 11: Neapolitan Riviera – Florence
An early start this morning for the journey north to 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. Arrive in Florence in the afternoon in time to enjoy its magnificent architectural and artistic treasures; the included walking sightseeing will take in most of the highlights. (B,D)

Day 12: Florence – Pisa – French Riviera, France
Stop in Pisa to see the Leaning Tower in the Square of Miracles. Bypassing the great port of Genoa, you drive northwest, getting glimpses of the Italian and French Rivieras. The drive continues to descend to the shores of the Côte d’Azur for an overnight in this charming region. (B)

Day 13: French Riviera – Route Napoleon – Grenoble
A great itinerary today. Start the day with a visit to a typical Provence perfume workshop in Grasse, then follow in the footsteps of Napoleon as he escaped from exile in Elbe. Once he landed on the shores of the Côte d’Azur, he made his way to Paris via Grasse. Continue via Digne and Gap to Grenoble on the Route Napoleon. Overnight in Grenoble, now an alpine sports mecca and site of the 1968 Winter Olympic Games. (B,D)

Day 14: Grenoble–Beaune–Paris
Enjoy the very heart of the Burgundy wine growing region, making a stop in lovely Beaune, surrounded by some of the world’s finest vineyards. Time to see the famous Hotel-Dieu Hospital. Continue northwards directly to Paris for two overnights. (B)

Day 15: 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 including city tour. View the famous Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées, and much more with a Local Guide. In the afternoon, feel like a French aristocrat as you join the optional walking tour through the immense Palace of Versailles. This evening, why not join an optional welcome dinner. (B)

Day 16: Paris – London, England
Relax on your Eurostar journey back to London, where your holiday ends. (B)

 
Package Includes:
Accommodation for 1 night in Amsetrdam
Accommodation for 1 night in Florence
Accommodation for 1 night in Rhineland
Accommodation for 1 night in French Riviera
Accommodation for 1 night in Lucerne
Accommodation for 1 night in Grenoble
Accommodation for 2 nights in Venice
Accommodation for 2 nights in Paris
Accommodation for 2 nights in Rome
Meals as per the itinerary
Accommodation for 2 nights in Neapolitan Riviera    
 
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    
 
Notes:
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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