European Dream - 8 days land only
|Starting from||R26 100|
|Package Validity||Selected departure dates between 09 - 23 APR 2018. *** Book & pay by 29 JAN 2018 & SAVE 10%, discount already included in price. ***|
- Return airport/hotel transfers at selected time
- 7 nights hotel accommodation
- Breakfast daily, a lunch & 2 dinners
- Touring by by luxury air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi
- Service of a Travel Director & local specialist
- Sightseeing in all major cities
- Unique Insider Experience
- All hotel service charges & tips, baggage handling fees & local taxes
- VISITS: Rome, Florence, Venice, Lucerne & Paris
Arrive Rome (2 Nights)
Ciao Roma! Welcome to the Eternal City - once home to gods and goddesses, emperors, senators and slaves. Explore the city's bustling boulevards and labyrinthine lanes before meeting your fellow travellers and Travel Director at a Welcome Reception. This evening we meander through the streets of Rome during an orientation drive revealing some of the city's most celebrated treasures.
The Holy See takes centre stage today as we join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour that will see us visit the 17th century St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City and witness Michelangelo's sorrowful Pietà, a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture. We cross the Tiber into Ancient Rome to delve into what was once the largest empire in the world and view such ancient sites as the imposing Colosseum where brave gladiators and slaves duelled to their deaths. The afternoon is yours at leisure to explore the picturesque piazze of Rome. Sit on the Spanish Steps and shop up a storm on Via Condotti or perhaps join an Optional Experience to see the exquisite frescoed ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
We travel north into the vineyard-clad hills of Tuscany and along the valley of the River Arno. Stopping for an authentic Be My Guest lunch at an unforgettable castle, we enjoy local wine, a delicious meal and olive oil flavours before venturing to Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. Join a Local Specialist for an enchanting encounter with one of the world's cultural centres, admiring the exquisite architecture and artistry around every turn. View the magnificent marble Duomo and Piazza della Signoria, the political hub of Florence before arriving at your hotel.
Florence – Venice
The romantic island city of Venice is our destination today. We take to San Marco's waters, cruising the canals with views of the imposing St. Mark's Basilica and ornate Doge's Palace before arriving at Giudecca Island for a Cultural Insight into the fine, centuries-old art of Venetian glassblowing. The afternoon is yours to explore narrow calle in search of a cosy bacaro where you can enjoy delicious Venetian cuisine washed down with a Campari spritz or two. Or venture to the enchanting canal-side setting of St. Mark's Square - the sounds of talented buskers, seagulls and lapping water the perfect backdrop for a brilliant sun set over the Grand Canal.
Venice – Lucerne
We depart Venice, travelling across the lush green Veneto plains and north into the picturesque Italian and Swiss Lake Districts via Como and Lugano. Meandering through the spectacular alpine landscape along the winding St. Gotthard route, we arrive in Switzerland and the laidback lakeside city of Lucerne, most famous for its solid wooden Chapel Bridge and the poignant Lion Monument, a memorial to Swiss Guards who were massacred in Paris in 1792 while guarding Louis XVI. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure, ambling through the cobblestone streets of Old Town lined with beautifully painted façades or perhaps join an Optional Experience ascending one of the surrounding mountain peaks for panoramic views of the surroundings.
Lucerne – Paris (2 Nights)
From Lucerne, we head into France and through the rolling vineyard-clad hills of Burgundy, one of the country's largest wine-producing areas, en route to Paris where we'll spend the next two nights. The City of Light is yours to explore this evening. Wander up grand boulevards and along the scenic Seine, stumble upon a cosy salon to grab a bite to eat and sip wine while watching the beautiful people of Paris, or consider attending one of the city's famous colourful cabaret shows.
Join a Local Specialist today and ascend to the second level of the iconic Eiffel Tower to get a bird's-eye view of the golden dome of Les Invalides, the Tuileries gardens and the glinting tip of the Louvre Pyramid in the distance. See the Arc de Triomphe and Place de la Concorde, with its turbulent past spanning centuries before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a memorable Farewell Dinner.