Our European journey begins as we board a flight to London, England's capital city and the future home of 2012 Olympic Games.
Welcome to London, a booking metropolis abuss with multicultural influences and quintessential British values. Upon arrival, we greet our guide in the airport and check in to our luxury accommodations, which perfectly offer stunning views of the majestic Tower Bridge and the River Thames. Spend the rest of the day at leisure or, if time permits, we take a sightseeing tour of Windsor Castle, the official residence of the Queen and the world’s largest and oldest occupied fortress.
This morning we venture to Windsor Castle if it was not visited yesterday. Tour the majestic rooms and admire the treasures from the Royal Collection, then continue on to visit the Tower of London with stops at the exhibition of the Crown Jewels and the freightless ravens. Founded nearly a millennium ago and expanded upon over the centuries, the Tower of London has been afortress, a royal residence and state prison. Later on, a panoramic drive shows us the city including the Parliament Building, Big Ben, and Trafalgar Square. To top off our day, enjoy photo stops at two of London’s most recognized monuments - Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey.
Take the fast and comfortable Eurostar Train to Paris. The journey is about two and a half hours. After arriving at Paris, we are transferred to the town and the rest of the day is free. You may shop at the world famous Lafayette Department Store or just sit at an outdoor cafe and watch the world go by, or perhaps take an optional tour of River Seine Cruise.
A morning drive outside the city takes us to Versailles Palace, once the pride of France and the envy of many monarchs in Europe. Later, we visit the Louvre Museum to see some of the most famous works of art in its incomparable collection. A scenic drive of the city shows us in all the other famous landmarks: the Eiffel Tower, the Opera House, Place De La Concord, Champs Elysees, and Arc De Triomphe.
A leisurely drive to Lucerne offers scenes of the rural beauties of France and Switzerland: vineyards, rolling farmlands, forest, pastures, and villages. Later in the afternoon we arrive at Lucerne for dinner. Tonight, you may want to take a walk from the hotel to the center of the town Lucerne. Perhaps have some shopping or have a drink in one of the outdoor cafes.
Our morning sightseeing tour takes us to the ancient Kapell Bridge and the Lion Monument. Walk along the shores of the lovely Lake Lucerne or on the wooden Kapell Bridge. In the afternoon, enjoy free time to shop for Swiss watches and other Swiss specialties. If you desire, you may take the optional cruise on Lake Lucerne, or a tour up to the top of Mt. Pilatus by tram on the world’s steepest cogwheel railway for a fantastic bird’s eye view of the surrounding snow covered peaks. Later in the day, we drive south to Milan, the center of fashion and design in Italy.
Our city orientation tour of Milan takes us to the Cathedral, La Scala, and the Da Vinci Statue. Proceed to Verona. An orientation tour will show us around the city filled with history and numberous attractions. The most famous attraction in town and travelers should not miss out is Juliet’s house. Continue driving to perhaps the most enchanting city in Italy, Venice, for overnight accommodation.
Our sightseeing tour of Venice includes the St. Mark’s Basilica, the Magical Piazza St. Marco, and the Bridge of Sighs. If you desire, you may want to take an unforgettable gondola ride and see the Grand Canal from the best vantage point. Later in the afternoon, continue traveling to Montecatini, where we spend the night.
This morning we drive to Florence and make a stop at Pisa to see the world renowned Leaning Tower. Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, and a city built by many geniuses. A walking tour shows us the famous landmarks: the Duomo, the Bronze Doors of the Baptistery called the “Door of Paradise”, and the 13C Santa Croce Basilica, Signoria Square. After our city tour of Florence, we depart to Rome.
In Rome, you can feel the uninterrupted flow of the ages from the classical era of the ancient Romans to the contemporary life being lived in centuries old settings. First of all, we go to Vatican where we visit St. Peter’s Square and St. Peter’s Basilica. Of course, later, our tour takes us to the eternal Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Constantine’s Triumphal Arch, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain. Some free time will be given to walk around and shop for the famous Italian goods on Via Condotti. This evening, we top off our European vacation with a festive farewell dinner.
Our European 12-days tour is at an end as we board our homebound flight to the USA.
Sightseeing; Hotel accommodation based on one room sharing for 2 adults (Single room surcharge must be applied); Tour guide services; Air-conditioned grand transportation.
Any personal charges such as phone bills, postage, laundry, drinks, Insurance premiums, porters, excess baggage charge, passport, visa fees, etc.; any optional activity or meals are not included in itinerary. Air ticket taxes, airport taxes, fuel surcharge, and any other charges levied by the local state or federal government agencies; Transportation between your hometown and gateway city; Tips to tour guides, drivers, bellmen, etc.
1. Unused tour features: Any unused tour features either on air transportation or for land arrangements are not refundable, exchangeable nor transferable.
2. When the total number of tour members should fall below 10 people, we reserve the right to cancel the tour or operate as a locally hosted tour. If we cancel the tour, the tour fare except visa fees will be refunded.
3. Deviation Charge: In addition to the airline, hotels, or transfer surcharge, there will be a US$50 per person service charge for any deviation from the tour and subject to availability.
4. Change Fee: After your reservation is confirmed, US$50 will be charged for each of the subsequent changes. Once documents / tickets have been issued, no change is permitted.
5. Charges for Child: Child 11 and under, if they share bed in a twin room with two adults, will be charged at the 85% of a regular adult price; if they request an extra bed in the same room with two adults, the cost will be same as the regular adult price. Child 12 and older will be charged at the regular adult price.
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