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Continental Introduction

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 14 day(s)
Group Size: 40 - 44 people
Destination(s): France   Italy   Germany  
Specialty Categories: Archeology/History   Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 3089 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 3449 US Dollar (USD)

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Imperial Splendors: •Historical Centre of the City of Salzburg
•Historical Centre of Vienna
•Historical Centre of Prague
•Palaces and Ponts of Potsdam and Berlin
•Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, and Andrássy Avenue


Itinerary



Day 1 Arrive in Paris, France

Welcome to Paris! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a [LF] special welcome dinner with wine near the Eiffel Tower, followed by a CRUISE on the Seine River for a first impression of this splendid city. (D)


Day 2 Paris

Morning guided sightseeing features Paris’ main highlights like the Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Champs-Elysées, and more. For a panoramic view, take the elevator to the second floor of the EIFFEL TOWER. Choose from our optional excursions: the lavish Palace and Gardens of Versailles, and tonight, dinner and a show at the famous Moulin Rouge cabaret as a proper “Au revoir, Paris.” (B)


Day 3 Paris–Lucerne, Switzerland

Drive past Fontainebleau Forest and enter Burgundy. Enjoy views of beautiful castles and vineyards on your way to the Swiss Alps. In picture-book Lucerne, admire Thorwaldsen’s emotional LION MONUMENT, dedicated to the fallen Swiss Guards who protected the Royal House of France at the time of the French Revolution, then walk through the Old Town and cross the famous covered CHAPEL BRIDGE to the Jesuit Church. (B,D)


Day 4 Lucerne–Lugano

Morning at leisure. Why not climb Mount Pilatus? Later, admire the towering majesty of the Swiss Alps and St. Gotthard on the way to subtropical Lugano in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland. To truly appreciate splendid Lake Lugano, an exciting optional boat ride followed by dinner at a traditional “grotto” restaurant, is available. (B)


Day 5 Lugano–Pisa, Italy–Florence

Pass the commercial capital of Milan and turn towards the Mediterranean Sea. Arrive in Pisa, and marvel at its amazing Leaning Tower. In nearby Florence, enjoy time to explore the many gold and leather shops on Piazza Santa Croce before joining your [LF] special dinner with Tuscan specialties and wine at restaurant Finisterrae. (B,D)


Day 6 Florence–Rome

Your guided walking tour features a visit to Michelangelo’s celebrated David in the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS. Also admire the magnificent cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gate of Paradise,” and visit sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Continue to the “Eternal City.” (B)


Day 7 Rome

Morning guided sightseeing features visits to the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL, monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA, the COLOSSEUM and the ROMAN FORUM. To make the most of your stay, join our optional Roman Highlights excursion and see the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and the sites and squares of medieval Rome made famous in the movie Angels and Demons. (B)


Day 8 Rome–Ferrara–Venice

In Ferrara, walk through the impressive Este Castle to the marble cathedral and browse through the attractive little shops. Tonight, in Venice, why not try out local specialties at one of the city’s fine restaurants? (B)


Day 9 Venice

Enter Venice in style by PRIVATE BOAT. Highlights of your walking tour with a Local Guide are ST. MARK’S SQUARE and its basilica, lavish DOGES’ PALACE and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Also watch skilled GLASSBLOWERS fashion their delicate objects. (B,D)


Day 10 Venice–Innsbruck, Austria–Munich, Germany

Across spectacular Brenner Pass, through the Tyrolean Alps to Innsbruck, where a pleasant stroll through quaint medieval lanes takes you to Emperor Maximilian’s GOLDEN ROOF. Continue to Munich, Germany’s “Secret Capital.” Visit MARIENPLATZ with its Old and New Town Halls, and [LF] enjoy a Stein of beer at the famous HOFBRÄUHAUS, dating back to 1589. Free time for dinner before going to your hotel. (B)


Day 11 Munich–Rothenburg–Rhineland

Marvel at the Olympic Stadium and its 1,000-foot-high Television Tower, before continuing through the Swabian Jura and part of the Romantic Road to picturesque Rothenburg for a walk through this walled town, famous for Christmas ornaments. (B,D)


Day 12 Rhineland–Cologne–Amsterdam, Holland

Enjoy a romantic RHINE CRUISE past castle-crested hills and terraced vineyards. In Cologne, visit the awesome twin-spired gothic CATHEDRAL before traveling to Amsterdam, capital of Holland. (B,D)


Day 13 Amsterdam

A Local Guide shows you the 700-year-old city, including Dam Square with the Royal Palace. Highlight is a CANAL CRUISE past patrician mansions and humpback bridges, followed by a visit to a major DIAMOND CENTER. Join an optional excursion that includes a visit to a working windmill and dinner in the pretty fishing village of Volendam—the best way to say Tot Ziens to Holland. (B)


Day 14 Amsterdam

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)


Vacation Highlights

PARIS
[LF] Welcome dinner with wine at a local restaurant, followed by a Seine River cruise; guided sightseeing, ascend the Eiffel Tower

LUCERNE
Walking tour including the Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge

PISA
Marvel at the legendary Leaning Tower

FLORENCE
[LF] Dinner with wine at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit Michelangelo’s David and Signoria Square

ROME
Guided sightseeing, visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, the Colosseum and Roman Forum

FERRARA
Walk along Este Castle to the cathedral

VENICE
Private boat ride; guided walking tour, visit St. Mark’s Square, Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs; glassblower demonstration

INNSBRUCK
Walk through the Old Town to the Golden Roof

MUNICH
[LF] Visit Marienplatz and enjoy a Stein of beer in the famous Hofbräuhaus; orientation drive including the Olympic Stadium

ROTHENBURG
Walking tour of the walled town

RHINE CRUISE

COLOGNE
Visit the cathedral

AMSTERDAM
Guided sightseeing including Dam Square, canal cruise; visit a major diamond center

Headsets throughout the tour



Hotels

PARIS Mercure Paris Centre Tour Eiffel (F)
LUCERNE Ameron Flora (F)
LUGANO Novotel Lugano Paradiso (F)
FLORENCE Hilton Garden Inn (F)
ROME Crowne Plaza St. Peter’s (SF)
VENICE Plaza (F) at Mestre
MUNICH Holiday Inn Munich City Centre (F)
RHINELAND NH Bingen (F) at Bingen am Rhein
AMSTERDAM NH Carlton (F)

Meals

Full buffet breakfast; 6 three-course dinners, including special dinners with wine in Paris and Florence

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Based on double occupancy land only, price varies on departure dates

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