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Grand Tour of Europe: London to Rome

16 days
On this sweeping tour, world-famous sights like Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower and the Colosseum are just the beginning of what you’ll experience. Get a taste of several languages and cultures as you journey from Great Britain to France to the Netherlands, across Germany then through Switzerland and Italy.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 35 travelers

Tour Pace: You will walk for about 2 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including cobblestone streets, with some hills and stairs.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 14 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 5 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Private deluxe motor coach and high-speed Eurostar train

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Map of Tour of England, France, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to London today.

London 2 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in London

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to England! Meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of London

  Included meals: Breakfast

View the regal landmarks of England’s vibrant and cosmopolitan capital on a guided sightseeing tour. 

• Pass the grand Trafalgar Square and Baroque-style St. Paul’s Cathedral, perched atop Ludgate Hill

• See Westminster Abbey, the setting for royal coronations and weddings

• View icons like Big Ben, the London Eye and the Tower of London

• Stop by Buckingham Palace, where you may catch the Changing of the Guard

Spend a free afternoon in London or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Windsor Castle $99pp* Details

Led by a Blue Badge Guide, you’ll travel to Windsor for a guided tour of the world’s largest and longest inhabited castle. Founded by William the Conqueror in 1070, Windsor has been the British Royal Family’s preferred retreat for the past 900 years. Step inside the State Apartments and St. George’s Chapel, where the Knights of the Garter ceremony takes place. View the exhibit of royal treasures on display within the castle. You’ll then have time to stroll through the town of Windsor and have a look at Eton College, a prestigious prep school attended by Princes William and Harry. Please note: Windsor Castle is occasionally closed when in use by the Royal Family; a visit to Henry VIII’s Hampton Court will be substituted when necessary. Additionally, St. George’s Chapel is closed to the public on Sundays. This excursion requires advanced reservation and must be booked by 20 days prior to departure.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Paris 2 nights Hotel info

Day 4: Paris via the Eurostar train

  Included meals: Breakfast

Board the famed high-speed Eurostar train and be whisked beneath the English Channel as you journey to Gare du Nord in Paris.

Enjoy a free evening in Paris or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Dinner in Paris & Seine River Cruise $115pp* Details

Take in the nighttime allure of the City of Light on a special evening excursion. The event begins with dinner at a local restaurant. After you dine, board a boat cruise along the Seine. As you coast along the river and under Paris’ bridges, you’ll behold the gloriously illuminated monuments of Paris glittering alongside the riverbanks. Please note: The dress code may vary depending on your restaurant. Your Tour Director will advise you on what to wear, but shorts and sneakers are likely to be considered inappropriate attire.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $125)

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Paris

  Included meals: Breakfast

A guided tour introduces you to the architecture, scenery and history of the City of Light’s many neighborhoods, called arrondissements.

• Drive down the sycamore-lined Champs-Élysées in view of the Arc de Triomphe

• Pass Pont Neuf and the legendary Notre-Dame Cathedral, located on an island in the Seine River

• See the Eiffel Tower, the Palais Garnier opera house and Place de la Concorde, the city’s grandest square

• Marvel at the iconic architecture of the Louvre and Hôtel des Invalides

Spend the afternoon exploring Paris on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Versailles Palace & Gardens $115pp* Details

The reign of Louis XIV, known as the “Sun King,” set new standards for decadence among the crowned heads of Europe. It took 50 years and 35,000 workers to turn Versailles, once a small hunting lodge, into the most magnificent château in all of France and the envy of royalty worldwide. On this excursion, you will see the palace in all its glory as you tour the State Apartments and the glittering Hall of Mirrors. Then, stroll through the lavish gardens to admire their fine statuary, splendid fountains and colorful flowerbeds.

Please note: The four rooms of the Queen's State Apartment are closed for renovations through 2017.

Must be booked 45 days before departure

Amsterdam 2 nights Hotel info

Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Amsterdam

  Included meals: Breakfast

Ride a high-speed train to the Dutch capital, where a panoramic tour  with a local guide introduces you to the city’s iconic canals and unique character.

• Stroll by the canals and bridges, taking in the houseboats that dot the banks

• View Dam Square, home of many landmarks including the neoclassical Royal Palace, the 15th-century New Church and the National Monument

• Pass the Anne Frank House, where the young diarist and her family hid during World War II

• Enter the Van Gogh Museum to admire the largest collection of Vincent Van Gogh’s masterpieces, including the famous “Sunflowers”

Day 7: Free day in Amsterdam

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a full free day in Amsterdam or add excursions.

Optional Excursion - A Day in Charming Delft $105pp* Details

Pay a visit to the world-famous flower market at Aalsmeer for a close-up look at one of Holland’s best-known national exports: its brilliantly hued tulips. Continue to Delft, a charming town of canals, cobbled alleyways and medieval architecture. Visit the Old and New Churches on a guided tour, and then enjoy free time to grab lunch and explore the town, perhaps visiting the former home of the famous painter, Vermeer.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $115)

Optional Excursion - Canal Cruise & Dinner $115pp* Details

Cruise along the canals of Amsterdam on a houseboat, enjoying the view of row houses lit up for the night. Your cruise will take you through the center of the city as you enjoy dinner by lantern light.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $125)

Heidelberg Region 1 night Hotel info

Day 8: Heidelberg Region via Cologne

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Cross into Germany on your way to the Heidelberg region today, making several stops along the way. 

• Enter Cologne Cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece and UNESCO World Heritage site

• Take in views of six ancient castles during a cruise on the Rhine River, from Boppard to Sankt Goar (Please note: From mid-October through March you will enjoy a German wine tasting in Boppard instead of the cruise.)

Lucerne 2 nights Hotel info

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Heidelberg

  Included meals: Breakfast

Discover the medieval charms of Heidelberg on a guided sightseeing tour before traveling to Lucerne, Switzerland this afternoon.

• Walk through Heidelberg’s Old Town, passing Market Square and Heidelberg University

• Take a funicular ride to top of Heidelberg Castle for panoramic views of the Old Bridge and the Rhine River below

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Lucerne

  Included meals: Breakfast

A local guide introduces you to this charming lakeside city.  

• Explore Lucerne’s Old Town

• View the sandstone lion statue commemorating the Swiss Guards

• Stroll over Chapel Bridge, a 17th-century covered footbridge

Enjoy a free afternoon in Lucerne or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Mount Pilatus $115pp* Details

This scenic excursion begins with a cruise on Lake Lucerne. After docking, ascend 7,000-foot Mount Pilatus on the world’s steepest cogwheel railway. Legend holds that the mountain was named for Pontius Pilate, blown here by the devil after the Crucifixion. From the peak, the views of the Alps are stunning; on a clear day, you can see for 200 miles. Toward the end of your trip, you’ll return to the base of the mountain via gondola. Please note: The cruise and cogwheel railway only run from mid-May through October. During the winter months, this excursion includes the cable car ride only. If the cogwheel railway is unavailable, you’ll enjoy lunch on the mountain.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $125)

Lake Como Region 1 night Hotel info

Day 11: Boat cruise on Lake Como

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Transfer over the Alps into Italy and take a scenic cruise of Lake Como, viewing the towns of Lario, Como and Bellagio from the water.

(Please note: Depending on the season, a lunch may be included instead of a dinner today.)

Venice 2 nights Hotel info

Day 12: Venice via Verona

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to Verona this morning for a guided sightseeing tour before continuing on to Venice. 

• View the ancient Verona Arena, left from the time of the Romans

• See Casa di Giulietta, said to be home to the balcony of Shakespeare’s Juliet

Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Venice

  Included meals: Breakfast

Experience historic churches, winding canals and picture-perfect piazzas on a guided tour of the city known as the “Queen of the Adriatic.”

• Step into the iconic St. Mark’s Square and view its soaring basilica

• View the stately Doge’s Palace, built in the Venetian Gothic style in 1340

• Marvel at the Bridge of Sighs and the Rialto Bridge, which spans the Grand Canal

• See a glassblowing demonstration to learn about the city’s most celebrated art

Enjoy a free afternoon in Venice or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise with Music $65pp* Details

More than 100 waterways crisscross Venice, and boarding a sleek black gondola to explore them has become a time-honored tradition. On this memorable excursion, join your fellow travelers for a tour through the canals of Venice. A musician serenades you as your gondola cruises through the city. Please note: This excursion runs as weather permits. A private two-person gondola ride is available for an additional $100 per person.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $75)

Optional Excursion - Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise for Two $165pp* Details

More than 100 waterways crisscross Venice, and boarding a sleek black gondola to explore them has become a time-honored tradition. On this memorable excursion, you’ll enjoy a private, serenaded gondola cruise through the canals of Venice. Please note: This excursion runs as weather permits.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $175)

Rome 2 nights Hotel info

Day 14: Travel to Rome

  Included meals: Breakfast

Travel to Rome by train, crossing the Apennine Mountains for sweeping views of the Italian countryside.

Day 15: Sightseeing tour of Rome

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, explore the city on a guided tour, uncovering landmarks that were once at the epicenter of an empire.

• Pass by Trajan’s Column and Piazza Venezia, the Eternal City’s central hub

• Stop at the ruins of the ancient Roman Forum, once the setting of parades, elections and trials

• Soak up over 2,000 years of history in Imperial Rome, viewing the Arch of Constantine, the Arch of Titus and the Temple of Venus and Roma

• Enter the Colosseum, the largest amphitheater of the Roman Empire, and take time to explore on your own

Enjoy a free afternoon in Rome or add an excursion.

Say goodbye to your group at tonight’s farewell dinner.

Optional Excursion - Iconic Sights: Vatican City $99pp* Details

This guided tour takes you inside the world’s smallest state, Vatican City. Upon arrival, you’ll first visit the Vatican Museums, which recently celebrated a 500-year anniversary and hold many of the world’s most important Classical and Renaissance-era sculptures. Next, you’ll visit the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll gaze on what is perhaps Michelangelo’s greatest masterpiece. Finally, you’ll visit the enormous St. Peter’s Basilica, the epicenter of the Roman Catholic faith. The artists whose efforts have contributed to its glory are some of the best Italy has ever known, including Bramante, Peruzzi, Raphael and Michelangelo. Masterpieces await at every turn, from Bernini’s magnificent bronze canopy to Michelangelo’s Pietà. Please note: This excursion is not available on Sundays. Backpacks are not allowed in the Vatican and a dress code of no shorts or sleeveless shirts is enforced. Due to events surrounding the Holy Year Jubilee in Rome in 2016, we cannot guarantee entrance into St. Peter’s Basilica between December 8, 2015 and November 20, 2016.

Must be booked 70 days before departure

Day 16: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or continue on to Florence.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 14 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 5 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Private deluxe motor coach and high-speed Eurostar train

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Map of Tour of England, France, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to London today.

London 2 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in London

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to England! Meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of London

  Included meals: Breakfast

View the regal landmarks of England’s vibrant and cosmopolitan capital on a guided sightseeing tour. 

• Pass the grand Trafalgar Square and Baroque-style St. Paul’s Cathedral, perched atop Ludgate Hill

• See Westminster Abbey, the setting for royal coronations and weddings

• View icons like Big Ben, the London Eye and the Tower of London

• Stop by Buckingham Palace, where you may catch the Changing of the Guard

Spend a free afternoon in London or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Windsor Castle $99pp* Details

Led by a Blue Badge Guide, you’ll travel to Windsor for a guided tour of the world’s largest and longest inhabited castle. Founded by William the Conqueror in 1070, Windsor has been the British Royal Family’s preferred retreat for the past 900 years. Step inside the State Apartments and St. George’s Chapel, where the Knights of the Garter ceremony takes place. View the exhibit of royal treasures on display within the castle. You’ll then have time to stroll through the town of Windsor and have a look at Eton College, a prestigious prep school attended by Princes William and Harry. Please note: Windsor Castle is occasionally closed when in use by the Royal Family; a visit to Henry VIII’s Hampton Court will be substituted when necessary. Additionally, St. George’s Chapel is closed to the public on Sundays. This excursion requires advanced reservation and must be booked by 20 days prior to departure.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Paris 2 nights Hotel info

Day 4: Paris via the Eurostar train

  Included meals: Breakfast

Board the famed high-speed Eurostar train and be whisked beneath the English Channel as you journey to Gare du Nord in Paris.

Enjoy a free evening in Paris or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Dinner in Paris & Seine River Cruise $115pp* Details

Take in the nighttime allure of the City of Light on a special evening excursion. The event begins with dinner at a local restaurant. After you dine, board a boat cruise along the Seine. As you coast along the river and under Paris’ bridges, you’ll behold the gloriously illuminated monuments of Paris glittering alongside the riverbanks. Please note: The dress code may vary depending on your restaurant. Your Tour Director will advise you on what to wear, but shorts and sneakers are likely to be considered inappropriate attire.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $125)

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Paris

  Included meals: Breakfast

A guided tour introduces you to the architecture, scenery and history of the City of Light’s many neighborhoods, called arrondissements.

• Drive down the sycamore-lined Champs-Élysées in view of the Arc de Triomphe

• Pass Pont Neuf and the legendary Notre-Dame Cathedral, located on an island in the Seine River

• See the Eiffel Tower, the Palais Garnier opera house and Place de la Concorde, the city’s grandest square

• Marvel at the iconic architecture of the Louvre and Hôtel des Invalides

Spend the afternoon exploring Paris on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Versailles Palace & Gardens $115pp* Details

The reign of Louis XIV, known as the “Sun King,” set new standards for decadence among the crowned heads of Europe. It took 50 years and 35,000 workers to turn Versailles, once a small hunting lodge, into the most magnificent château in all of France and the envy of royalty worldwide. On this excursion, you will see the palace in all its glory as you tour the State Apartments and the glittering Hall of Mirrors. Then, stroll through the lavish gardens to admire their fine statuary, splendid fountains and colorful flowerbeds.

Please note: The four rooms of the Queen's State Apartment are closed for renovations through 2017.

Must be booked 45 days before departure

Amsterdam 2 nights Hotel info

Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Amsterdam

  Included meals: Breakfast

Ride a high-speed train to the Dutch capital, where a panoramic tour  with a local guide introduces you to the city’s iconic canals and unique character.

• Stroll by the canals and bridges, taking in the houseboats that dot the banks

• View Dam Square, home of many landmarks including the neoclassical Royal Palace, the 15th-century New Church and the National Monument

• Pass the Anne Frank House, where the young diarist and her family hid during World War II

• Enter the Van Gogh Museum to admire the largest collection of Vincent Van Gogh’s masterpieces, including the famous “Sunflowers”

Day 7: Free day in Amsterdam

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a full free day in Amsterdam or add excursions.

Optional Excursion - A Day in Charming Delft $105pp* Details

Pay a visit to the world-famous flower market at Aalsmeer for a close-up look at one of Holland’s best-known national exports: its brilliantly hued tulips. Continue to Delft, a charming town of canals, cobbled alleyways and medieval architecture. Visit the Old and New Churches on a guided tour, and then enjoy free time to grab lunch and explore the town, perhaps visiting the former home of the famous painter, Vermeer.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $115)

Optional Excursion - Canal Cruise & Dinner $115pp* Details

Cruise along the canals of Amsterdam on a houseboat, enjoying the view of row houses lit up for the night. Your cruise will take you through the center of the city as you enjoy dinner by lantern light.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $125)

Heidelberg Region 1 night Hotel info

Day 8: Heidelberg Region via Cologne

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Cross into Germany on your way to the Heidelberg region today, making several stops along the way. 

• Enter Cologne Cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece and UNESCO World Heritage site

• Take in views of six ancient castles during a cruise on the Rhine River, from Boppard to Sankt Goar (Please note: From mid-October through March you will enjoy a German wine tasting in Boppard instead of the cruise.)

Lucerne 2 nights Hotel info

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Heidelberg

  Included meals: Breakfast

Discover the medieval charms of Heidelberg on a guided sightseeing tour before traveling to Lucerne, Switzerland this afternoon.

• Walk through Heidelberg’s Old Town, passing Market Square and Heidelberg University

• Take a funicular ride to top of Heidelberg Castle for panoramic views of the Old Bridge and the Rhine River below

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Lucerne

  Included meals: Breakfast

A local guide introduces you to this charming lakeside city.  

• Explore Lucerne’s Old Town

• View the sandstone lion statue commemorating the Swiss Guards

• Stroll over Chapel Bridge, a 17th-century covered footbridge

Enjoy a free afternoon in Lucerne or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Mount Pilatus $115pp* Details

This scenic excursion begins with a cruise on Lake Lucerne. After docking, ascend 7,000-foot Mount Pilatus on the world’s steepest cogwheel railway. Legend holds that the mountain was named for Pontius Pilate, blown here by the devil after the Crucifixion. From the peak, the views of the Alps are stunning; on a clear day, you can see for 200 miles. Toward the end of your trip, you’ll return to the base of the mountain via gondola. Please note: The cruise and cogwheel railway only run from mid-May through October. During the winter months, this excursion includes the cable car ride only. If the cogwheel railway is unavailable, you’ll enjoy lunch on the mountain.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $125)

Lake Como Region 1 night Hotel info

Day 11: Boat cruise on Lake Como

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Transfer over the Alps into Italy and take a scenic cruise of Lake Como, viewing the towns of Lario, Como and Bellagio from the water.

(Please note: Depending on the season, a lunch may be included instead of a dinner today.)

Venice 2 nights Hotel info

Day 12: Venice via Verona

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to Verona this morning for a guided sightseeing tour before continuing on to Venice. 

• View the ancient Verona Arena, left from the time of the Romans

• See Casa di Giulietta, said to be home to the balcony of Shakespeare’s Juliet

Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Venice

  Included meals: Breakfast

Experience historic churches, winding canals and picture-perfect piazzas on a guided tour of the city known as the “Queen of the Adriatic.”

• Step into the iconic St. Mark’s Square and view its soaring basilica

• View the stately Doge’s Palace, built in the Venetian Gothic style in 1340

• Marvel at the Bridge of Sighs and the Rialto Bridge, which spans the Grand Canal

• See a glassblowing demonstration to learn about the city’s most celebrated art

Enjoy a free afternoon in Venice or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise with Music $65pp* Details

More than 100 waterways crisscross Venice, and boarding a sleek black gondola to explore them has become a time-honored tradition. On this memorable excursion, join your fellow travelers for a tour through the canals of Venice. A musician serenades you as your gondola cruises through the city. Please note: This excursion runs as weather permits. A private two-person gondola ride is available for an additional $100 per person.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $75)

Optional Excursion - Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise for Two $165pp* Details

More than 100 waterways crisscross Venice, and boarding a sleek black gondola to explore them has become a time-honored tradition. On this memorable excursion, you’ll enjoy a private, serenaded gondola cruise through the canals of Venice. Please note: This excursion runs as weather permits.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $175)

Rome 2 nights Hotel info

Day 14: Travel to Rome

  Included meals: Breakfast

Travel to Rome by train, crossing the Apennine Mountains for sweeping views of the Italian countryside.

Day 15: Sightseeing tour of Rome

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, explore the city on a guided tour, uncovering landmarks that were once at the epicenter of an empire.

• Pass by Trajan’s Column and Piazza Venezia, the Eternal City’s central hub

• Stop at the ruins of the ancient Roman Forum, once the setting of parades, elections and trials

• Soak up over 2,000 years of history in Imperial Rome, viewing the Arch of Constantine, the Arch of Titus and the Temple of Venus and Roma

• Enter the Colosseum, the largest amphitheater of the Roman Empire, and take time to explore on your own

Enjoy a free afternoon in Rome or add an excursion.

Say goodbye to your group at tonight’s farewell dinner.

Optional Excursion - Iconic Sights: Vatican City $99pp* Details

This guided tour takes you inside the world’s smallest state, Vatican City. Upon arrival, you’ll first visit the Vatican Museums, which recently celebrated a 500-year anniversary and hold many of the world’s most important Classical and Renaissance-era sculptures. Next, you’ll visit the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll gaze on what is perhaps Michelangelo’s greatest masterpiece. Finally, you’ll visit the enormous St. Peter’s Basilica, the epicenter of the Roman Catholic faith. The artists whose efforts have contributed to its glory are some of the best Italy has ever known, including Bramante, Peruzzi, Raphael and Michelangelo. Masterpieces await at every turn, from Bernini’s magnificent bronze canopy to Michelangelo’s Pietà. Please note: This excursion is not available on Sundays. Backpacks are not allowed in the Vatican and a dress code of no shorts or sleeveless shirts is enforced. Due to events surrounding the Holy Year Jubilee in Rome in 2016, we cannot guarantee entrance into St. Peter’s Basilica between December 8, 2015 and November 20, 2016.

Must be booked 70 days before departure

Day 16: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or continue on to Florence.

Add Florence Starting from $449 pp

It only takes one glimpse of the legendary Duomo to realize the Renaissance never ended in Florence. Take a few days to discover the city that gave life not only to the Italian language, but also to the artists and movements that define Italy to this day. And, for a well-rounded taste of Tuscany, head to the countryside to visit the hill towns and vineyards that illuminate the region’s characteristic charms.

Florence 2 nights Hotel info

Day 16: Sightseeing tour of Florence

  Included meals: Breakfast

Take the train to Florence this morning, arriving in time for a guided tour.

• Visit the legendary Florence Cathedral, known as the Duomo 

• Pass Giotto’s Campanile, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture

• Walk past Piazza della Repubblica to the medieval Ponte Vecchio

• Stroll along the Arno River and through the courtyard of the Uffizi Gallery to Piazza della Signoria, center of Florentine life 

Enjoy a free afternoon in Florence or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Dinner in Fiesole $75pp* Details

Head to the hilltop town of Fiesole, home to stunning views of nearby Florence that have been prized since pre-Roman times. Here, you’ll be treated to some of the region’s best cuisine over a relaxing three-course dinner.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $85)

Day 17: Free day in Florence

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring Florence on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Siena & San Gimignano: Tuscan Hilltowns $109pp* Details

Discover the essence of Tuscany on a full-day excursion. In Siena, a local guide introduces you to the town and its black-and-white marble duomo, where you’ll find brilliantly colored 16th-century frescoes in the Piccolomini Library. You’ll have some free time to explore the Campo, the square that serves as the center of civic life in Siena. Then, journey through the countryside to the town of San Gimignano, where you’ll have some free time to explore the city’s medieval towers or simply admire the Tuscan hills. Later, you’ll head to a nearby vineyard, where an included wine tasting awaits. Please note: This excursion involves moderate walking.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $119)

Day 18: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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  • London, England
  • Paris, France
  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Heidelberg, Germany
  • Lucerne, Switzerland
  • Como, Italy
  • Venice, Italy
  • Rome, Italy
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Passport & visa

This tour includes the following countries: England, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Baggage allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.  Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height).  Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Baggage handling

Please note that porter service cannot be guaranteed on the trains from London to Paris, Paris to Amsterdam and Venice to Rome. Please be prepared to handle your own baggage.

Clothing & packing tips

To ensure you’re comfortable while out exploring, we recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. For sightseeing, we suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight sports jacket or rainwear. If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want to bring dressier attire. Also, please remember that it’s preferable to avoid showing bare legs or shoulders during visits to churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

There are no major health risks when traveling to England, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland or Italy. Be sure to check with your doctor or health care provider for the latest updates and overseas travel requirements.

Cuisine

You’ll have the opportunity to taste a wide variety of cuisines on this tour. In London, reasonably priced traditional fare can be found at local pubs (Stilton cheese, steak and kidney pie, haggis and Cumberland sausages). French cuisine is a national (and international) obsession, done with style and flair. Croissants and café au lait begin the day, followed by delicacies such as foie gras, pâté, escargot and truffles. French wines and coffees are some of the finest in the world. Traditional Dutch cuisine is hearty fare, primarily based on meat, potatoes and stew. The Dutch are known for cheeses such as Gouda, Edam and Leyden. Swiss food, influenced by surrounding countries, is varied and sophisticated; the most famous local dish is fondue, made from molten cheese, flavored with wine, garlic and liquor, into which pieces of skewered bread are dipped. Cuisine varies by region in Italy—in Lombardy, you’ll find rice dishes such as risotto, while pastas such as spaghetti all’ amatriciana are more common around Rome.

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive in London and depart from Rome (or Florence on extension). When you first arrive in London, a Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative may be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival. Included transportation is by train and private deluxe motor coach.

Electricity

England uses 240 volts. All other destinations operate on the European standard 220 volts.

Time zones

The United Kingdom operates on Greenwich mean time, which is five hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard time. France, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Italy are all one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). 

Currency

The British pound, euro and Swiss franc are the currencies you’ll use on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in your destination country, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We advise that you take credit cards and ATM/bank cards. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so they don’t confuse your purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/ CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

How's the weather?

  • London, England
  • Paris, France
  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Heidelberg, Germany
  • Lucerne, Switzerland
  • Como, Italy
  • Venice, Italy
  • Rome, Italy
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Passport & visa

This tour includes the following countries: England, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Baggage allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.  Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height).  Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Baggage handling

Please note that porter service cannot be guaranteed on the trains from London to Paris, Paris to Amsterdam and Venice to Rome. Please be prepared to handle your own baggage.

Clothing & packing tips

To ensure you’re comfortable while out exploring, we recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. For sightseeing, we suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight sports jacket or rainwear. If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want to bring dressier attire. Also, please remember that it’s preferable to avoid showing bare legs or shoulders during visits to churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

There are no major health risks when traveling to England, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland or Italy. Be sure to check with your doctor or health care provider for the latest updates and overseas travel requirements.

Cuisine

You’ll have the opportunity to taste a wide variety of cuisines on this tour. In London, reasonably priced traditional fare can be found at local pubs (Stilton cheese, steak and kidney pie, haggis and Cumberland sausages). French cuisine is a national (and international) obsession, done with style and flair. Croissants and café au lait begin the day, followed by delicacies such as foie gras, pâté, escargot and truffles. French wines and coffees are some of the finest in the world. Traditional Dutch cuisine is hearty fare, primarily based on meat, potatoes and stew. The Dutch are known for cheeses such as Gouda, Edam and Leyden. Swiss food, influenced by surrounding countries, is varied and sophisticated; the most famous local dish is fondue, made from molten cheese, flavored with wine, garlic and liquor, into which pieces of skewered bread are dipped. Cuisine varies by region in Italy—in Lombardy, you’ll find rice dishes such as risotto, while pastas such as spaghetti all’ amatriciana are more common around Rome.

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive in London and depart from Rome (or Florence on extension). When you first arrive in London, a Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative may be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival. Included transportation is by train and private deluxe motor coach.

Electricity

England uses 240 volts. All other destinations operate on the European standard 220 volts.

Time zones

The United Kingdom operates on Greenwich mean time, which is five hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard time. France, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Italy are all one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). 

Currency

The British pound, euro and Swiss franc are the currencies you’ll use on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in your destination country, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We advise that you take credit cards and ATM/bank cards. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so they don’t confuse your purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/ CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/8/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: PR

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Grand Tour of Europe

Our Tour Director, Marcellus, made this an unforgettable experience. It was our dream come true! London, Paris, Amsterdam, Germany, Switzerland and fabulous Italy; with their culture, history, language and people are a must see and live. Thank you, GoAheadTours. We would book again, especially if Marcellus is our Tour Guide. You are blessed to have him with your company.

 

Hi Amalia! We're delighted to learn that this tour was your dream come true! Thank you for the wonderful praise for your Tour Director. We will be sure to share it with him. We appreciate that you took the time to review your tour, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 16, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/17/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Stunning

Best 16 days of my life! This trip was above and beyond what I expected. I cannot believe the things we saw and did. The food, the cities, the hotels, the views, the tour guides, the history, the extra excursions, couldn't be better. And our tour guide, Marcellus' singing to us and the added treats from him, made it extra special. Thanks Go Ahead for memories of a lifetime.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/16/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Fun and Educational

We just returned last night and cannot say enough about how much we enjoyed our tour; especially the guidance of tour director Marcellus M. His deep understanding of European history and politics, and command of so many languages, provided us hours of joy. We greatly looked forward to his comments and discussions. Each was fascinating and made it seem as though we should be receiving college credits! That, along with his astounding patience, humor and kindness made the trip a joy. The itinerary was perfect and most accommodations were top notch. We only regret that we didn't have more time in each location. Thanks for doing a bang up job!

 

Hi James! We are so pleased you enjoyed your tour! We’re also delighted to learn that your Tour Director provided great cultural and historical insights throughout your European adventure. Thank you for taking the time to write a review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 05, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/10/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

A Lifetime of Memories for Our Family

Just returned from our Grand Tour of Europe trip with our family. From the first time we contacted Go Ahead until we stepped on the plane to return home, we were taken care of so well. Our family loved the chance to see so much of the major cities of Europe - and I loved being able to focus on time with family and the shared experience - not worrying about details/hassles. Our tour director, Valerio, was fantastic - funny, knowledgable, engaging and competent. We now have memories that will last a lifetime.

 

Hi Chris! We’re thrilled to hear you felt taken care of from start to finish! We certainly strive to make travelers feel prepared and supported throughout the whole process. We’re so glad you were able to experience this tour with your family. What special memories you made! We appreciate your feedback regarding your Tour Director and will be sure to pass it along to their supervisor. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | June 28, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 11/7/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: ID

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Wonderful Tour Director

I loved the Grand Tour of Europe. My tour director, Derek, was absolutely wonderful. He made sure that we all had a great experience, and attended to the needs of each individual as was needed. I appreciate the extra excursions and opportunities we had, that really added depth and that "extra layer" of experiences that we might not have been able to do on any other trip. I felt that my expectations were met and beyond. I'd love to go on another tour and would hope that Derek could be my tour director again.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 11/6/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: WA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director

Our Tour Director Derrick was great. He was very informative when getting to new cities and always helpful as to where to go for dinner or lunch when we had free time. I would for sure recommend this tour for all my friends and family.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 11/6/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director!!!

Derek K. is definitely the best tour director! He went way above and beyond for all of us but for my daughter and I especially. We planned to go to Greece after the Grand Tour, but that was all we planned. Derek helped with transportation, accommodations, and activities. He made both trips extra special for us. The entire tour was awesome. It's definitely a go, go, go non stop tour, but worth the exhaustion. We got to see a little of each country, just enough to give us the Europe bug to want much more. Its impossible to see everything on this trip because you are only in each place for a couple of days, but everything planned was worth it. We added the extra tours which I think was worth every penny unless you have been there before and know your way around, I highly recommend then. Even when there was free time, Derek organized other activities and tours upon our request. I can't imagine traveling anywhere without him! I will absolutely do another tour with go ahead and of course request Derek.

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Hi Ellen! We’re glad that your Tour Director went above and beyond for you and your daughter. We appreciate your feedback on the itinerary, and it’s good to know that you felt like each stop was worthwhile. You’re right that this tour provides a taste of Europe, and we’re happy it left you wanting more! It’s great to know that you took advantage of the optional excursions offered and that you would highly recommend them. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 14, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/10/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

What a Great Tour/Time!!

My wife Lisa and I recently returned from the "Grand Tour of Europe". Lisa had visited many if not all of the locations, but this was a first for me. Arriving at Heathrow we were met by a kind and professional driver who took us to our hotel in London. Meeting our tour director "John" and our fellow travelers was fantastic and overall the rapport we had with our group made the trip very special. Each location and hotel that we stayed and visited was incredible. The pace of travel and the visits were relatively quick, but the way John orchestrated our movements and connections made it transparent. The guides that we met during our individual tours were outstanding and I learned so much more than if we had attempted to do this on our own. There were just too many beautiful sites and experiences to list but overall this was a trip of a lifetime. To be honest we had never considered taking a "tour" but after this we will be a regular customer of Go Ahead. Our thanks to John our tour director and to our fellow travelers that made this experience on that will always be cherished

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/1/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: HI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director!

Rob was the best tour director we could have asked for that made this trip! Would definitely request him to be our tour director for our next europe trip

 

Hi Jannisa! We're so glad you enjoyed your Tour Director. It's great to hear he made a positive impact on your tour experience. Thank you for taking the time to write a review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | February 11, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/24/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NM

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Derek excellent tour director

Europe in 16 days was definitely fast pace as described. But thanks to the excellent orchestration of travel and tour details by TOUR DIRECTORl, this trip was a dream come true. Derek went over and beyond to make every minute of the trip memorable, especially with the extremely high level of cultural and historical knowledge of every part of the trip. I would definitely travel again using Go Ahead Tours, which was excellently represented by Derek.

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