Travel 2 Touring 18/19

AIR RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

EUR0PE

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LAND NIGHTS STAYED

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Amsterdam LAND AIR NIGHTS STAYED 1

GERMANY

ENGLAND

London Dover

1

Cologne

BELGIUM

Calais

Boppard

St Goar

Rhineland

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Paris

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SWITZERLAND LAND RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS ST YED 2

Munich

AUSTRIA Innsbruck

1

Lucerne Region

1

FRANCE

Venice

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ITALY

Florence

1

Rome

2

SPAIN

LAND RAIL NIGHTS STAYED

ESCORTED COACH TOUR

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RAIL NIGHTS STAYED

PRICES FROM £1499pp

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LAND AIR RAIL NIGHTS STAYED INCLUDED TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Explore the historic city centre of Amsterdam, taking in the sights and sounds of one of Europe’s friendliest cities • View the world’s tallest Roman Catholic cathedral in Cologne, before taking a leisurely cruise on the Rhine • Cruise to St Mark’s Square in Venice by private launch, and explore this truly inspirational city • Take in the breathtaking works of art in St Peter’s Basilica and visit the highlights of ancient Rome 1 LAND CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED 1

12 day European Experience London • Amsterdam • Cologne • Rhineland • Munich • Innsbruck • Venice • Rome • Florence • Lucerne Region • Paris

Day 1: London – Amsterdam This morning, meet your Travel Director and travelling companions to board your coach and set off from London. Admire the famous White Cliffs of Dover where you board a ferry for the short Channel crossing to Calais in France. Drive through Belgium’s Flanders Fields into The Netherlands, renowned for tulips, clogs and windmills. Later arrive in Amsterdam, one of Europe’s friendliest cities. Ibis Schiphol/Corendon Village Day 2: Amsterdam – Cologne – Rhineland Cross into Germany and view Cologne Cathedral, the tallest Roman Catholic cathedral in the world. In Boppard, embark on a scenic cruise down the River Rhine past terraced vineyards and towering castles. Finish the day at your hotel in the Rhineland. (BD) Achat Premium Walldorf/Reilingen Day 3: Rhineland – Munich – Innsbruck In Munich admire the Glockenspiel in the Marienplatz and the Hofbräuhaus. Continue along the Inn Valley to the Austrian Tyrol and on to Innsbruck, a picturesque town where you view the sights including the Golden Roof and see the ski-jump. (BD) Hotel Bon Alpina Day 4: Innsbruck – Venice Enjoy an exhilarating journey through the Brenner Pass – one of the principal alpine highways – to Italy. In the Byzantine city of Venice cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square. Marvel at St. Mark’s Basilica and the ornate Doge’s Palace. Visit a traditional glassblowing workshop and see a demonstration, then spend time discovering the delights of Venice. You might like to take a romantic ride in a gondola. (B) Alexander Hotel Day 5: Venice – Rome Traverse the Veneto plain via Bologna and cross the dramatic Apennine Mountains into Tuscany. Continue through Umbria to Lazio and the capital, Rome. This evening, take the opportunity to explore the city’s beautiful squares and fountains and perhaps savour the local cuisine at one of the many restaurants. (B) Raganelli Hotel (2 nights) Day 6: Rome Your Local Specialist brings Rome’s rich history to life during your wonderful sightseeing tour. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, featuring magnificent works of art. Your tour continues across the Tiber to view the Colosseum and

see the ancient sites of Rome. Spend the rest of the day as you wish. From the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican Museums to the incredible fountains in Piazza Navona. (B) Day 7: Rome – Florence Drive north through Umbria into the rolling countryside of Tuscany. In the Renaissance city of Florence, enjoy spectacular views of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo. Afterwards, there is time to explore the Piazza della Signoria, the Duomo and Giotto’s Bell Tower. Don’t forget to shop for leather goods and 18-carat gold jewellery. (BD) Novotel Firenze Nord Day 8: Florence – Lucerne Region Cross the Apennines to the great northern plain and pass the city of Milan. Continue north to the Swiss border and follow the scenic St. Gotthard route to Lake Lucerne in the heart of Switzerland. The landscape is breathtaking. (B) Ski Lodge Engelberg (2 nights) Day 9: Lucerne Region Admire the sights of Lucerne during your morning orientation tour including views of the Chapel Bridge, the Jesuit Church and a visit to the Lion Monument, built to commemorate the Swiss Guards who died defending Louis XVI during the French Revolution. Spend free time shopping and perhaps take an Optional Experience up a mountain peak. (BD) Day 10: Lucerne Region – Paris Journey into France and pass the Vosges Mountains. See the vineyards as you travel through the great wine region of Burgundy. Arrive later in the elegant capital, Paris. This evening you might like to take a tour of the city and see the dazzling illuminations. (B) Mercure Ivry Quai de Seine (2 nights) Day 11: Paris See the sights during your orientation with views of the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. Afterwards there is time for you to explore on your own. Tonight is the last evening of your holiday so you might consider a delicious dinner at a cosy bistro. (B) Day 12: Paris – London Head north from Paris across WWI battlefields of the Somme to Calais and take the ferry to Dover. Arrive shortly afterwards in London, where you say farewell to your Travel Director and travelling companions at the end of an amazing holiday. (B)

TOUR DETAILS

£1499 per person

PRICES FROM:

PRICES INCLUDE • 11 nights’ accommodation in named hotels or similar • Meals as specified: 11 breakfasts, 4 dinners • Touring by air-conditioned vehicle • Services of an expert Travel Director and separate driver • Sightseeing as per itinerary (excluding ‘optional’ items) DEPARTURES Various departures throughout the year, please call for details.

TOUR STYLE: Escorted Coach

GROUP SIZE: 48 max

PHYSICAL DEMAND:

ACCOMMODATION LEVEL: 3 stars

Overnight hotels are subject to change. Should they vary from those shown in the itinerary, the alternative accommodation provided will always be of a similar standard.

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