Day 1: Australia –– Paris
Depart Australia today to begin your incredible European holiday.
Day 2: Paris
Welcome to France! Arrive at Paris International Airport and make your own way to your hotel. You are then at leisure to enjoy this cosmopolitan city and relax.
Your hotel: Alane (or similar)
Alane Hotel is strategically located in the centre of Paris and nearby the main train stations to the East and North. Just a 2-minute walk to the subway, this property is ideally located for exploring the capital: Opera, Louvre, Montmartre, Notre-Dame, Champs-Elysées, Tour Eiffel… You can enjoy all this and more from within this beautiful district with restaurants, bars and shops aplenty.
For those purchasing the Tour Only option, your tour starts today. Please make your own way to the hotel.
Day 3: Paris (B)
Join a guided tour this morning and get to know Paris’ best-known sights: Place Vendôme Square, the Opera House, the Pantheon, the Luxembourg Palace and Gardens, the Orsay Museum, Place de la Concorde Square, the Champs-Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe and the Invalides. At the foot of the Eiffel Tower, step aboard an hour-long cruise on the river Seine, kick back and relax. Admire the architecture of Paris’ most prestigious monuments lining the banks of the Seine: the Louvre Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Orsay Museum, the Conciergerie, and more. Upon your return, skip the line and speed up by elevator to the 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower – Paris’ standout attraction. Built by Gustave Eiffel for the Universal Exhibition in 1889, it is 1,063 feet high and remains to this day a glorious example of contemporary design and craftsmanship. Take in 360° views of the city as you explore this remarkable monument.
Day 4: Paris – – Lucerne (B)
Rise early today and catch a train to Lucerne. Upon arrival make your own way to your hotel. You are then at leisure to enjoy this town on your own. Walk across Chapel Bridge and see the Jesuit Church. Visit town squares teeming with activity and catch a glimpse of the city’s “crown,” the Musegg Wall. Take in the amazing views of Lake Lucerne and Mount Pilatus before returning to hour hotel.
Your hotel: Drei Konige (or similar)
After checking in at the hotel, you’ll want to explore one of the trendiest neighbourhoods in Lucerne. And by taking just a few steps in the opposite direction, you can discover all of Lucerne’s famous sights.
Day 5: Engelberg & Mt. Titlis (B)
After breakfast, join a guided tour to iconic Mt. Titlis. Start with a scenic coach journey through the beautiful countryside of central Switzerland to Engelberg. At the valley station the breath-taking journey with the aerial cable car Titlis Xpress begins. Enjoy the spectacular sight of the glacier’s deep crevasses and gigantic ice boulders from the revolving cable car Rotair. At the top of Mt. Titlis, reaching 3,000 metres in height, an alpine panorama awaits. Soak up the magnificent views of the Alps from the sun terrace, visit the Glacier Cave and cross Europe’s highest suspension bridge – the Cliff Walk. Take a ride with the Ice Flyer bringing you close to the Glacier Park where you can experience snow tubing even in summer! Descent in the late afternoon for your journey back to Lucerne.
Day 6: Lucerne –– Milan (B)
This morning, make your way to the station for your train to Milan. Enjoy the views as the train takes you to one of the world’s capitals of fashion and design. Make your own way to the hotel and explore the sights of Milan onboard a Hop on Hop off bus. Drive by must-see landmarks including La Scala opera house, Milan Cathedral and Il Cenacolo Vinciano.
Your hotel: Michelangelo (or similar)
The strategic location, just a short walk from Milano Centrale Station, will allow you to easily reach every corner of the city. Treat yourself with a thoughtless stay, just relax in the hot tub after a long busy day and regenerate at David Bar & Restaurant.
Day 7: Milan – – Venice (B)
Make your way to the station for your train to Venice. The trains take you east towards the “Queen of the Adriatic”. Upon arrival, make your own way to the hotel and spend the rest of the day at your leisure.
Your hotel: Hesperia (or similar)
This little hotel is situated in the historic centre, looking onto the Canale di Cannaregio. It has recently been restored, using carefully chosen traditional materials and, while offering every modern comfort, still retains a typical Venetian style. The Hotel Hesperia provides an excellent, personalized service, thanks to the fact that the owners are always present, and available to give their constant care and attention to the needs of their guests.
Day 8: Venice – – Rome (B)
Explore Venice today with a guided walking tour through the most characteristic and important places of Venice. Among others, you will see St. Mark’s Square with St. Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace as well as St. Mark’s clock tower. Move onto Santa Maria Formosa square, followed by the Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo, housing one of the city’s largest cathedrals. See Marco Polo’s House and the Malibran Theatre before returning to the San Marco district through the Mercerie – the primary connection between Rialto and San Marco districts, and the main street shopping.
Later this afternoon, travel by train to Rome. Make your own way to the hotel and spend the rest of day at your leisure to explore “the Eternal City”.
Your hotel: Patria (or similar)
Located only 300 metres away from Stazione Termini, in Rome’s historic center, Hotel Patria welcomes you in elegant rooms, with all modern comforts, in a warm and relaxing atmosphere. If you are looking for a hotel with great tradition and prestige, this hotel offers a comfortable facility well served by public transportation that will take you to the city’s most beautiful places.
Day 9: Rome (B)
After breakfast, make your way to the central pick-up point for a guided tour of Imperial Rome and the Colosseum. Arriving by coach at Piazza Venezia you will see the impressive Il Vittoriano monument. Continue on foot to the famous Piazza Del Campidoglio designed by Michelangelo from where you will have a fantastic view of the Roman Forum. By coach you will then drive by the Circus Maximus and the Aventino Hill. Stop to admire the beautiful statue of Moses by Michelangelo located in the Church of St. Peter’s in Chains. Conclude your tour with a visit of the majestic Colosseum, an iconic symbol of this eternal city.
Day 10: Rome –– Arezzo (B)
Following breakfast, catch a morning train to Arezzo. Relax on board as you make your way to Tuscany. Upon arrival, make your way to the hotel and explore this hillside gem.
Your hotel: Piero della Francesca (or similar)
The Hotel and restaurant Piero della Francesca is a landmark of the city of Arezzo. Since “Papà Cosimo” started it in 1963, three family generations have been taking care of the hotel in the name of good hospitality and the old flavours of Arezzo. Thanks to its strategic position, is is the ideal location for those travelling for leisure, or to attend the numerous city events.
Day 11: Arezzo –– Genoa (B)
Spend the morning in Arezzo before making your way to the station for your train west towards the port city of Genoa. Make your own way to the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Your hotel: Actor (or similar)
This hotel sits a 12-minute walk from the 16th-century palaces and museums along Via Garibaldi and 2.7 km from the Palasport di Genova expo center, the city’s best rated area.
Day 12: Genoa –– Nice (B)
Tour Geneva this morning onboard a Hop on Hop off bus. City of sailors, maritime Republic and home of Christopher Columbus – during its long history Genoa was known as the “gate” of the Roman Empire on the Mediterranean sea and still is one of the major ports of Europe. It also features one of the best preserved historical centres of the old continent.
Later this afternoon, make your way to the station for your train across the Italian-France border to Nice. Check in to your hotel, drop off the bags and spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Why not have a stroll along the cosy seaside promenade with plenty of restaurants, shops and places to explore?
Your hotel: Ibis Styles (or similar)
Centrally located, the Ibis Styles Nice Centre Gare offers a privileged location, close to Nice Ville train station and 10 minutes from Nice Côte d’Azur Airport. Discover events and Nice Acropolis Congress and the Palace of Nikaia. For museum lovers, choose to visit the Matisse Museum or the National Museum Marc Chagall.
Day 13: Nice (B)
Join a guided tour of Nice today and see Castle Hill, where you can admire a beautiful view upon the old town and the port. Move onto Cimiez and see Queen Victoria’s Winter Palace, the Franciscan Monastery and the Roman ruins situated in a beautiful Mediterranean garden. Top it off with a visit to the Old Town, the most exciting place of Nice with the flower market, the many restaurants and bars.
Day 14: Nice –– Australia (B)
Bid farewell to Europe and make your own way to the airport today.
For those purchasing the Tour Only option, at the appropriate time please make your own way from the hotel to your next travel arrangements.
Day 15: Australia
Arrive home today.