Europe Highlights Tour - 13 Days and 12 Nights
Holland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and France - LKR 292,000/=
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. Meet your Tour Director and board your luxury coach for the drive to the Amsterdam area.
Today, enjoy a canal cruise to see the town from water level, and then watch the cutting and polishing of precious stones at a diamond center in Amsterdam. Later, sightseeing with a Local Guide points out the city highlights. In the afternoon, travel southward to the Rhineland area for an overnight
A choice today of the included scenic drive along the shores of the Rhine or, even more thrilling, the optional Rhine cruise with vistas of the Lorelei rock, hilltop castles, half-timbered wine villages, and terraced vineyards. In the afternoon, ride along the Autobahn to Austria. Overnight in Innsbruck
Early morning departure via the Tyrolean Alps to the unique floating city of Venice. This afternoon’s orientation includes a boat ride followed by 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.
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.
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 Coliseum.
An easy drive on the Highway of the Sun to Florence. This Renaissance gem and city of the Medici’s will keep you enthralled for a whole 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 out on the included walking tour with a Local Guide that features most of the city highlights. You will see Piazza Santa Croce; beautiful Piazza Signoria; Palazzo Vecchio; Loggia dei Lanzi; and, to top it all, Piazza del Duomo and its cathedral with the Giotto Campanile, and the magnificent East Door of the Baptistery, known as the “Gate of Paradise.” Overnight in the spa town of Montecatini.
Start the morning by driving to Pisa to visit the Square of Miracles and to admire the Leaning Tower. Next, journey northwards through the Tuscan hills and across the Po plain to Milan to admire the majestic gothic Duomo. Then, continue to the shores of romantic Lake Como.
Leave beautiful Lake Como to cross the border into Switzerland. Stop in Lugarno, in the Italian-speaking Ticino, then continue to Lucerne, one of Switzerland's finest cities, nestled amid its Alps, surrounded by its lake, and embellished by the clean waters of the River Reus. Why not take an optional excursion to the top of one of the surrounding mountains
This morning, spend some time in this beautiful town. Later, stop in Interlaken and follow the shoreline of Lake Thune. A few more miles to Lausanne, overlooking Lake Leman.
Vistas of famous vineyards on the way to Beaune. Visit the medieval Burundian town, known the world over for its wine production. Later, take the auto route to Paris. Tonight, maybe an optional cabaret shows.
Included sightseeing with a local expert shows off many of the best-known Parisian sights: La Sorbonne, Arc de Triumph, Opera, Madeleine, the Eiffel Tower, and the Pyramid near the Louvre, the Invalids, and Champs Elyse’s. An optional excursion to the Palace and Gardens of Versailles is available.
Relax and let the countryside wiz 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 holiday ends.