European Highlights with Quintessential Italy
Cover the heartland of Europe on this exciting multi-country adventure with focus on colorful Italy. Begin with one night 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 Fern Pass to reach the magical Italian city of Venice with its enchanting canals and impressive St. Mark’s Square. Visit Assisi to admire Giotto’s frescoes in St. Francis’ Basilica, then to Rome, where you’ll encounter iconic landmarks, like the Colosseum and Roman Forum. On the way to Sorrento, visit Montecassino and Pompeii to see the remains 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. Heading north 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 the introduction of a Local Guide and free time to discover the “City of Light” on your own.
Individual headsetsInside visits and special features: Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.Sightseeing: Visits to Innsbruck, Venice, Assisi, Montecassino, Sorrento, Capri, Orvieto, Pisa, Bologna, Lugano, Lucerne
LONDON Novotel London West (F)BRUSSELS Catalonia Brussels (ST) or Park Inn (ST)ULM AREA Arcadia (ST) at GünzburgVENICE AREA Poppi (ST) at Mira or Holiday Inn (ST) at MargheraROME Holiday Inn Express San Giovanni (ST)SORRENTO Central Park (ST) at MassalubrenseFLORENCE Meridiana (ST)LUGANO Ibis (ST)LUCERNE AREA Ibis Styles (ST) or Ibis (ST) at KriensPARIS Campanile Porte d’Italie (ST)
Buffet breakfasts daily; 4 dinners, including a special dinner at a local restaurant in Florence
Transportation: Round-trip transportation between London and the Channel ports; on the Continent, private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; cross-Channel ferry; canal transfer boat in Venice; boat transfer to Capri