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Escape for ten days for an off-season guided tour through France, Switzerland, and Italy—beginning and ending in two of the most romantic cities in the world—Paris and Rome! Forget all about the high prices and crowds with this off-season guided vacation. Guided sightseeing in Paris, the “City of Light,” with a Seine River cruise, show you the iconic sights such as the Champs Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, and the Opéra.From Paris, drive past Fontainebleau Forest, the châteaux, and vineyards of Burgundy to arrive in picturesque Lucerne. Be impressed by acclaimed Danish sculptor Thorvaldsen’s Lion Monument, honoring fallen Swiss Guards during the French Revolution. Cross the Chapel Bridge to the Jesuit Church with time to spare to shop for some chocolate and Swiss Knives. On your way to Italy, take in the thrilling views from the St. Gotthard highway through the Swiss Alps to Lugano. In Venice, arrive at St. Mark’s Square by private boat, and take a guided walking tour to see the Byzantine Basilica, Doges’ Palace, Bridge of Sighs, and an authentic Italian glassblowing artisan at work. In Florence, see Michelangelo’s marble masterpiece, David, along with numerous sculptures in Signoria Square.Continue on to Rome and visit the Colosseum to imagine the spectacle of gladiator games, and the Roman Forum, the heart of ancient Rome. Join an exclusive visit to the centuries-old Papal Palace and Barberini Gardens at Castel Gandolfo. Visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, and see Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment. Also visit St. Peter’s Square and Basilica to see the artist’s magnificent La Pietà. Sculpted in Carrara marble, this Renaissance masterpiece depicting Christ in his Mother’s lap is the only piece Michelangelo signed. End your journey throughout Europe with a fabulous dinner at a local restaurant.
Destinations & Sightseeing
Welcome dinner at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, enjoy a Seine cruise
Walking tour, admire the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge
Stop in the lakeside town
Private boat ride; guided walking tour, visit St. Mark Square and Basilica, Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs, enjoy a glassblower demonstration
Guided walking tour, visit Michelangelo’s David and Signoria Square
Guided sightseeing, visit the Colosseum and Roman Forum, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel; farewell dinner at a local restaurant
Guided visit of the Papal Palace and the Barberini Gardens
Headsets throughout the tour.Notes:
- Hotels listed may occasionally be substituted with alternative hotels of equivalent standard.
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
Motorcoach; Seine cruise; private boat ride in Venice. Free wi-fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
Meals & Itinerary
Full buffet breakfast daily; 3 three-course dinners: welcome dinner in Paris and a farewell dinner in Rome at a local restaurant
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Day 1 ARRIVE IN PARIS, FRANCE
Welcome to Paris! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and leave the hotel for a welcome dinner at one of Paris’ lively restaurants.
Day 2 PARIS
Morning guided sightseeing of the world capital of chic and style features the Opéra, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysées, and a relaxing CRUISE on the River Seine. An optional excursion is available to the magnificent Louvre Museum with the famous Mona Lisa. Tonight, dinner and show at the world-famous Moulin Rouge may just be the ticket!
Day 3 PARIS—LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND
Leave Paris, drive past Fontainebleau Forest, and enjoy views of châteaux and the Burgundy vineyards on your way to the Swiss Alps and to picturesque Lucerne.
Day 4 LUCERNE
During your walking tour, admire Thorwaldsen’s impressive LION MONUMENT, dedicated to the fallen Swiss Guards who protected the Royal House of France during the French Revolution, and cross the CHAPEL BRIDGE to the Jesuit Church. Afternoon and evening are at leisure.
Day 5 LUCERNE—LUGANO—VENICE ISLAND, ITALY
Have your cameras ready for thrilling views along the St. Gotthard highway, which leads straight through the Swiss Alps to the Swiss-Italian Lake District. Stop in Lugano, beautifully situated at the lake, then, cross the Italian border and drive through the flat Po area to the Adriatic coast. Arrive in Venice, a magnet for romantics and art lovers from all over the globe. This evening you may wish to join an optional outing to try local specialties at one of Venice’s excellent restaurants.
Day 6 VENICE ISLAND
Enter in style by PRIVATE BOAT to ST. MARK’S SQUARE. Meet your Local Guide for a walking tour including visits to the Byzantine-style BASILICA, lavish DOGES’ PALACE and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Watch a skilled GLASSBLOWER fashion delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner. Balance of the day is at leisure.
Day 7 VENICE ISLAND—FLORENCE
Drive across the Apennine Hills to Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Your guided walking tour features visits to the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS to see Michelangelo’s David and sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Time to shop for leather and gold for which the city is famous. This evening, an optional dinner outing is available.
Day 8 FLORENCE—ROME
Arrive in the “Eternal City,” Rome. Guided sightseeing features visits to the amazing COLOSSEUM, where gladiators once fought, and the ROMAN FORUM, where Roman legions marched in triumph.
Day 9 ROME
Look forward to a unique experience and enjoy a guided visit of the impressive PAPAL PALACE in Castel Gandolfo, former summer residence of the popes and, since October 2016, a museum open to the public. Also visit the magnificent BARBERINI GARDENS, where ruins of the residence of Roman Emperor Domitian are still visible. Then, return to Rome, and visit with a Local Guide the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL with Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment. Visit monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and the BASILICA to admire Michelangelo’s Pietà. This evening, a farewell dinner awaits you at one of Rome’s lively restaurants.
Day 10 ROME
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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