This comprehensive holiday takes in the best of Western, Central, and Southern Europe. Start in London and cross the English Channel by Eurostar train bound for Paris (except where specified). Among the highlights: see the Champs-Elysées in Paris, French Châteaux Country, Plaza Catalunya in Barcelona, the glamorous French Riviera, Pisa’s Leaning Tower, Renaissance Florence’s Duomo, the Colosseum in Rome, and the Pompeii archaeological site. Enjoy an overnight ferry crossing to Greece and a visit to Athens’ Acropolis and Olympia. Return to Italy by ferry, first to the oldest state in the world, San Marino, then to romantic Venice with St. Mark’s Basilica and Square. Enjoy Vienna’s imperial city center, the majestic Swiss Alps, and Germany’s Rhineland. The holiday ends amidst the remarkable canals of Amsterdam.

European Masterpiece

Land Only Group Tour

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This comprehensive holiday takes in the best of Western, Central, and Southern Europe. Start in London and cross the English Channel by Eurostar train bound for Paris (except where specified). Among the highlights: see the Champs-Elysées in Paris, French Châteaux Country, Plaza Catalunya in Barcelona, the glamorous French Riviera, Pisa’s Leaning Tower, Renaissance Florence’s Duomo, the Colosseum in Rome, and the Pompeii archaeological site. Enjoy an overnight ferry crossing to Greece and a visit to Athens’ Acropolis and Olympia. Return to Italy by ferry, first to the oldest state in the world, San Marino, then to romantic Venice with St. Mark’s Basilica and Square. Enjoy Vienna’s imperial city center, the majestic Swiss Alps, and Germany’s Rhineland. The holiday ends amidst the remarkable canals of Amsterdam.

Included in the price

  • Individual Headsets
  • Sightseeing: Visits to Tours, Bordeaux, Carcassonne, Arles, Nice, Pisa, Sorrento, Olympia, San Marino, Venice, Velden, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Liechtenstein, Lucerne; Rhine cruise
  • Scenic Hilghlights: Chateaux country, Bordeaux wine country, French and Italian Rivieras, Bay of Naples, Peloponese, Lake Worth, Carinthia, Tyrolean Alps, Swiss Alps, Rhineland
  • Guides: Host service in London. Local Guides for city sightseeing in Paris, Barcelona, Florence, Pompeii, Rome, Athens, Vienna, Amsterdam. Professional Tour Director while touring
  • Transportation: Eurostar London-Paris. On the Continent, private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach. Two-berth cabins with private shower and toilet on overnight ferries Italy-Greece-Italy. Canal transfer boat in Venice; Rhine cruise.
  • Hotels: Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips, and service charges
  • Meals: 28 Buffet breakfasts (B); 11 dinners (D) including a dinner at a local restaurant in Vienna.

Day 1: Arrive in London, England

Check into your hotel. In the afternoon, you may want to start exploring the lively British capital. Uniformed hosts are available to help you make the most of your stay.

Day 2: London

Enjoy free time for independent activities: take a panoramic tour of London's famous landmarks; consider Madame Tussauds or a ride on the London Eye. Your local host will be on hand to assist. (B)

Day 3: London - Paris, France

Transfer to the railway station and board the EUROSTAR TRAIN to Paris. Here, you'll be met by your Tour Director and transfer to your overnight hotel. (B)

Day 4: Paris

Included sightseeing with a local expert shows off many of the best-known Parisian sights: La Sorbonne, Arc de Triomphe, Opera, Madeleine, the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramid near the Louvre, the Invalides, and Champs Elysees. (B)

Day 5: Paris - Chateaux Country - Tours - Bordeaux

Start the day by motoring south to Blois and then parallel to the Loire River past the castles of Chaumont and Amboise for a short stop in Tours. Take the comfortable Autoroute L'Aquitaine as far as Poitiers, beautifully situated on a rocky plateau. South again to Saintes, then the Grand Champagne wine-growing area. Another 95 kilometres (60 miles) and you'll be in Bordeaux on the banks of the Garonne. (B,D)

Day 6: Bordeaux - Carcassonne - Barcelona, Spain

From the vineyards of the Gironde and the Garonne, travel eastwards, bypassing Toulouse to Carcassonne in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Stop and admire what is perhaps the best-preserved medieval fortified town in Europe. Later, reach the Spanish border and motor through Catalonia. Once across the Ter River, you'll soon be in Barcelona. (B,D)

Day 7: Barcelona

This morning's sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a drive around Montjuic to see the Olympic Stadium and a panoramic view of the port and city. The drive continues to the city centre to Plaza Catalunya and Paseo de Gracia to admire the greatness and eccentricity of Gaudi's architectural masterpieces in the Houses Batllo and Mila and the Sagrada Familia (entrance fees not included). (B)

Day 8: Barcelona - Arles, France - French Riviera

Retrace your drive to the French border, then into the vine-covered region of the Herault for a stop in Arles. Later, motor east across the Rhone towards the Mediterranean shores for an overnight on the French Riviera. (B)

Day 9: French Riviera - Eze - Pisa, Italy - Florence

Today, travel along the high coastal road to visit a PERFUME WORKSHOP in Eze. The day is highlighted by the drive along the French and Italian Rivieras and into hilly Tuscany for a visit to Pisa to see the Leaning Tower and the SQUARE OF MIRACLES. (B,D)

Day 10: Florence - Sorrento

This morning, don't miss the included walking tour of Florence with a Local Guide, featuring most of the city highlights. Leave Florence, and travel south on the Autostrada del Sole through the sunlit valleys of Chianti Country to Sorrento. (B)

Day 11: Sorrento

An optional excursion today to the legendary island of Capri. The island is surrounded by a 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. Return to Sorrento. (B,D)

Day 12: Sorrento - Pompeii - Rome

Today, travel north, with the Vesuvius volcano in the distance. Then to POMPEII, where time stopped in 79 AD, when the Vesuvius eruption totally destroyed it. On the included visit you can see the remains of luxurious villas, temples, theatre, and forum. Later, head towards Rome for two overnights. (B)

Day 13: Rome

The "Eternal City," Rome is 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. (B)

Day 14: Rome - Overnight Ferry Crossing to Patras, Greece

Drive across the rugged Apennine Hills towards the coast for embarkation on the OVERNIGHT FERRY to Greece. (B)

Day 15: Patras - Olympa

Enjoy some daylight cruising towards the Greek coast before reaching Patras. Then, drive to Olympia for an overnight in the Peloponnese. (B,D)

Day 16: Olympia - Tripolis - Athens

Today, join the optional sightseeing tour and learn more about the history of the original Olympic Games, when athletes competed with each other to honour the king of deities. Then, motor into the mountains of Arcadia by way of Tripolis and over the Corinth Canal to Athens. Time later for an evening in the lively Plaka area. (B)

Day 17: Athens

Take advantage of the included morning sightseeing, which features the highlights of this ancient capital and a visit to the fascinating ACROPOLIS. Later, enjoy one of the optional excursion

Day 18: Athens - Patras - Overnight Ferry Crossing to Italy

Leave Athens and journey to Patras for embarkation on the FERRY for the Ionian Sea crossing back to Italy. (B)

Day 19: San Marino

Disembark, then proceed north for an overnight in San Marino, one of the world's smallest and most ancient states, perched on Monte Titano. (B,D)

Day 20: San Marino - Venice Area

Take a short walk through the main gate and up to Government House in the very heart of this tiny ancient republic. Later this morning, travel along the Adriatic coastline through the Po Delta towards the Venice area. (B)

Day 21: Venice Area

The included orientation starts with a BOAT RIDE and is followed by some time at leisure to absorb the atmosphere of this unique city, and a chance to watch Venetian GLASSBLOWERS. Don't miss the optional gondola trip. (B,D)

Day 22: Venice Area - Velden, Austria - Vienna

Today, leave the flat and fertile plains of Venetia and journey by way of Tarvisio Pass into the grand mountain and lakeland scenery of Austria for a stop in Velden on Lake Worth. Northwards through the Styrian landscape to Vienna. This evening, enjoy a special dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 23: Vienna

There's so much to see on your included sightseeing tour: the State Opera, Parliament, and the Town Hall. Stop for a stroll in Heroes' Square to view the Hofburg. (B)

Day 24: Vienna - Salzburg - Innsbruck Area

Westwards, almost parallel with the Danube, to Mozart's Salzburg. Time for a stroll down the charming Getreidegasse, the town's elegant main shopping street. The last leg of today's drive takes you into the very heart of the Tyrol to its capital, Innsbruck. (B,D)

Day 25: Innsbruck Area - Liechtenstein - Lucerne Area, Switzerland

Time this morning to get acquainted with Innsbruck. The orientation tour includes the famous GOLDEN ROOF. Later, drive through the valleys and villages of the mountainous Tyrol to the Arlberg tunnel, descending into Switzerland. Stop briefly in Vaduz, Liechtenstein's capital, before heading for the Lucerne area. (B)

Day 26: Lucerne

Sightseeing in one of Switzerland's finest cities takes in the impressive city walls, CHAPEL BRIDGE, ornate patrician houses lining cobblestone streets, and the LION MONUMENT. A selection of optional activities completes the day: a cruise on the fjord-like lake or an excursion to the top of one of the most beautiful mountains. (B,D)

Day 27: Lucerne Area - Rhine Cruise - Rhineland, Germany

More of Switzerland and its quaint little villages, farms, and chalets before crossing into Germany to use its Autobahn on the journey northwards to the shores of the Rhine. Today's highlight is the included RHINE CRUISE past the legendary Lorelei rock, hilltop castles, terraced vineyards, and half-timbered villages. Overnight in the Rhineland. (B,D)

Day 28 : Rhineland - Amsterdam Area, Holland

North today, first through the industrial Ruhr and then into the green, canal criss-crossed countryside of Holland to the Amsterdam area. Enjoy a CANAL CRUISE to see the town from water level, then watch the cutting and polishing of precious stones at a famous DIAMOND CENTRE. Later, sightseeing includes an orientation drive with a Local Guide. (B)

Day 29 : Amsterdam

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Paris: Eiffel Tower

Paris: Eiffel Tower

Once the tallest structure in the world, the Eiffel Tower is probably Europe's best known landmark and Paris's most famous symbol.You couldn't possibly visit Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower. Even if you do not want to visit this world famous structure, you will see its top from all over Paris. The tower rises 300 meters tall (984 ft); when it was completed at the end of the nineteenth century it was twice as high as the Washington Monument, at the time the tallest structure in the world.
Paris

Paris

A wealth of beautiful boulevards, inspiring monuments, impressive works of art and delicious French cuisine ensure Paris more than delivers on the ideals held of the ‘most romantic city in the world’. Millions of people flock to holiday in Paris every year; and with so much sightseeing, culture and romance to experience, your stay in the City of Love will no doubt leave you longing to return.
Bordeaux: World wine capital

Bordeaux: World wine capital

Bordered to the west by the Atlantic Ocean, Bordeaux, the capital of Southwest France has changed beyond all recognition in recent years and was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2007, the largest urban area ever to receive this acclaim. The heart of the historical sector offers a stunning beauty and unity of architectural style, with charming squares and parks, absorbing museums, and highly cultivated and bustling places of entertainment. It is a focal point of fine dining and shopping with fine cuisine in top class restaurants and friendly bistros at every turn inviting visitors to linger. High-fashion boutiques are situated in pedestrian streets featuring many famous international and well-known French brands. The name “Bordeaux” is always synonymous with quality, and often outstanding quality, for wine lovers. The largest and oldest fine wine vineyard in the world covers some 115,000 hectares of vines in 60 appellations. Bordeaux, the gateway to the most famous vineyards in the world…
Paris: Champs Elysées

Paris: Champs Elysées

The Avenue des Champs-Elysées is probably the most famous avenue in the world. This impressive street stretches from the Place the la Concorde to the Place Charles de Gaulle, the site of the Arc de Triomphe.
The fortified city of Carcassonne

The fortified city of Carcassonne

Perched on a rocky hilltop and bristling with zig-zag battlements, stout walls and spiky turrets, from afar the fortified city of Carcassonne looks like something out of a children's storybook. It's most people's perfect idea of a medieval castle, and it's undoubtedly an impressive spectacle – not to mention one of the Languedoc's biggest tourist draws.
Arles

Arles

Located amid unspoiled natural places: the banks of the Rhône, the arid Crau plain, the Camargue and the Alpilles, Arles has preserved its architectural heritage with more than 100 listed buildings and monuments, although it owes its international fame to its amphitheatre.
Nice

Nice

With its unusual mix of real-city grit, old-world opulence, year-round sunshine and exceptional location, Nice’s appeal is universal. Everyone from backpackers to romance-seeking couples and families will love sitting at a cafe on cours Saleya in Vieux Nice or a bench on the legendary Promenade des Anglais for an epic sunset. Eating options are some of the best you’ll find in France, the nightlife is buzzing and the art scene thriving. You could happily spend a week here and still be hungry for more.
Pisa

Pisa

Once a maritime power to rival Genoa and Venice, Pisa now draws its fame from an architectural project gone terribly wrong. But the world-famous Leaning Tower is just one of many noteworthy sights in this compact and compelling city. Education has fuelled the local economy since the 1400s, and students from across Italy still compete for places in its elite university and research schools. This endows the centre of town with a vibrant and affordable cafe and bar scene, and balances what is an enviable portfolio of well-maintained Romanesque buildings, Gothic churches and Renaissance piazzas with a lively street life dominated by locals rather than tourists – a charm you will definitely not discover if you restrict your visit to Piazza dei Miracoli.
Venice

Venice

Gliding gracefully on a gondola along a dreamy canal, it’s easy to see why a visit to Venice is on plenty of bucket lists. Known as the ‘City of Canals’ and the ‘City of Bridges’, the unique attractions in Venice are many. This magical island city gushes with beautiful bridges, arresting architecture and pulsating piazzas that will stir your soul and leave you longing for more.
Pompeii

Pompeii

A stark reminder of the malign forces that lie deep inside Vesuvius, Pompeii (Pompei in Italian) is Europe’s most compelling archaeological site and one of Italy’s most visited tourist attractions. Each year about 2.5 million people pour in to wander the ghostly shell of what was once a thriving commercial centre. Its appeal goes beyond tourism, though. From an archaeological point of view, it’s priceless. Much of the value lies in the fact that it wasn’t simply blown away by Vesuvius: rather it was buried under a layer of lapilli (burning pumice stone), as Pliny the Younger describes in his celebrated account of the eruption.
Florence

Florence

Florence's museums, palaces, and churches house some of the greatest artistic treasures in the world. The most popular and important sites in Florence include the Cathedral, the Baptistery, the Uffizi, the Bargello, and the Accademia. The churches of Santa Maria Novella and Santa Croce are veritable art galleries, and the library of San Lorenzo is a magnificent exhibition of Michelangelo's architectural genius. Wander some of the oldest streets in the city until you reach the Arno River, cross the Ponte Vecchio, and experience the "newest" area of Florence, the Oltrarno. Florence and its magnificent treasures await your visit!
Ancient Rome

Ancient Rome

Ancient Rome has two focal points: the Colosseum to the east, and the Campidoglio (Capitoline Hill) to the west. In between lie the forums: the more famous Roman Forum on the left of Via dei Fori Imperiali as you walk up from the Colosseum, and the Imperial Forums on the right. Rising above the Roman Forum, is the Palatino, and behind that the Circo Massimo. Continuing northwest from the Circo Massimo brings you to the Forum Boarium, ancient Rome’s cattle market and river port, where you’ll find the Bocca della Verità, Rome’s mythical lie detector. However, the ancient city’s most complete landmark, the Pantheon, is to be found in the Centro Storico, and the Vatican is home to Hadrian’s ancient mausoleum, adapted to become the Papal fortress of Castel Sant’Angelo.
Athens

Athens

Take a trip back to the beginnings of western civilisation and democracy with a visit to Athens, capital of Greece. From the stunning monuments of antiquity to first-class restaurants and shopping, Athens is a dream Greek holiday destination.
Acropolis archaeological site, Athens

Acropolis archaeological site, Athens

The greatest and finest sanctuary of ancient Athens, dedicated primarily to its patron, the goddess Athena, dominates the centre of the modern city from the rocky crag known as the Acropolis. The most celebrated myths of ancient Athens, its greatest religious festivals, earliest cults and several decisive events in the city's history are all connected to this sacred precinct. The monuments of the Acropolis stand in harmony with their natural setting. These unique masterpieces of ancient architecture combine different orders and styles of Classical art in a most innovative manner and have influenced art and culture for many centuries. The Acropolis of the fifth century BC is the most accurate reflection of the splendour, power and wealth of Athens at its greatest peak, the golden age of Perikles.
Olympia

Olympia

If there is one destination that epitomises the spirit of ancient Greece, Olympia is it. From the first Olympic Games in antiquity to Roman and Byzantine occupations, the ruins of ancient Olympia represent every era of Greek civilisation making it a unique and fascinating stop on your Greek tour.
Barcelona: La Sagrada Familia

Barcelona: La Sagrada Familia

In Barcelona, if you have time for only one sightseeing outing, this should be it. La Sagrada Família inspires awe by its sheer verticality, and in the manner of the medieval cathedrals it emulates, it’s still under construction after more than 100 years. When completed, the highest tower will be more than half as high again as those that stand today. Unfinished it may be, but it attracts around 2.8 million visitors a year and is the most visited monument in Spain. The most important recent tourist was Pope Benedict XVI, who consecrated the church in a huge ceremony in November 2010.
Capri

Capri

Luxuriant, extraordinary, and such a mild climate. Capri is a Mediterranean island of calcareous origin that has been visited over the centuries by intellectuals, artists and writers, all enthralled by its magical beauty. A mix of history, nature, worldliness, culture and events that daily blend together and bring the Legend of Capri to life; a legend that sees no comparison anywhere in the world.
Vienna

Vienna

Austria’s capital offers a unique blend of imperial traditions and stunning modern architecture. It is famous for its cultural events, imperial sights, coffee houses, cozy wine taverns, and the very special Viennese charm.
Salzburg

Salzburg

Salzburg, the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is dominated by churches, castles and palaces. Its picturesque old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Innsbruck

Innsbruck

Past and future meet in the heart of the Alps, where Innsbruck’s world-famous sights, which testify to the Tirol province’s great past, stand alongside post-modern international architecture to create a fascinating blend.
Vaduz

Vaduz

Within the space of just a few hundred metres, visitors to Vaduz will discover impressive modern and traditional architecture as well as fine works of art and fascinating museums. Liechtenstein's capital is a treasure trove of culture - there really is no other place offering so many highlights in such a small space.
Lucerne

Lucerne

Lucerne, the gateway to central Switzerland, sited on Lake Lucerne, is embedded within an impressive mountainous panorama. Thanks to its attractions, its souvenir and watch shops, the beautiful lakeside setting and the nearby Excursion Mountains of the Rigi, Pilatus and Stanserhorn, the town is a destination for many travel groups and individuals on their journey through central Switzerland.
Rhine River Cruise

Rhine River Cruise

The Rhine River in Germany boasts picturesque views of old castles, historical towns and cities, and German vineyards. In the summertime, "Rhine in Flames" takes place in the middle section of the river, featuring nightly fireworks. Travelers to Germany have a wide selection of many different types of Rhine River cruises from two-hour cruises to week-long cruises.
Amsterdam

Amsterdam

What makes Amsterdam so attractive is the 17th century historical atmosphere combined with the mentality of a modern metropolis creating a friendly and relaxed environment. The small scale of the buildings and the intimacy of the streets, canals and squares create an atmosphere that visitors find unique. The city has the highest museum density in the world and is home to cultural highlights, such as the Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House, Hermitage Amsterdam and the Rijksmuseum with Rembrandt’s world-famous Nightwatch. Other well known places of interest in Amsterdam are the Palace on the Dam, the Artis Zoo, Jewish Historical Museum and the Rembrandt House. Take a canal tour of Amsterdam and discover the historical canal district which was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2011. The best way to get around Amsterdam is on a bike. You won’t become any more local than by cycling around Amsterdam.

Departure : 2017-11-18

Arrival : 2017-12-16

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4. LaCity Travel reserves the right to adjust the itinerary as it sees fi­t to ensure the smooth running of the tour and to substitute hotels of a similar standard if the hotels listed in our brochure are not available. Passengers must remain with the tour group at all times and must not deviate from the set itinerary unless otherwise stated such as “free at leisure”.