Agenda for London, Paris, Alps & Rome 2012

 

  1. Day 1: Fly overnight to England

    • Fly overnight to England
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    2. Day 2: London
    • Meet your Tour Director at the airport
    • Take a walking tour of London
    • With your tour director you will see:

      • The Strand
      • Trafalgar Square
      • Leicester Square
      • Covent Garden
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    2. Day 3: London
    3. Take a guided tour of London
    • With your expert local guide you will see:

      • Big Ben and Houses of Parliament
      • Piccadilly Circus
      • St. Paul’s Cathedral
      • Westminster Abbey
      • Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace (if scheduled)
    • Visit the Tower of London
    • Enjoy a fish and chips dinner
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    2. Day 4: London
    3. Enjoy free time in London
    • Optional: Bath and Stonehenge
    • Take in two world-class archaeological sites on this full-day optional excursion. First, you’ll visit Bath, built in the 1st century as a vacation retreat for the empire’s elite. Then, continue on to unmistakable Stonehenge, whose exact origin and purpose remain shrouded in mystery more than 4,000 years after its construction.

    1. Day 5: London • Paris
    2. Travel by Eurostar train to Paris
    • Visit the Eiffel Tower
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    2. Day 6: Paris
    3. Take a guided tour of Paris
    • With your expert local guide you will see:

      • Place de la Concorde
      • Champs-Élysées
      • Arc de Triomphe
      • Les Invalides
      • Eiffel Tower
    • Optional: Versailles
    • Join an optional excursion to the grand palace of Versailles, where Louis XIV held court in the most lavish style imaginable. On a tour, stroll through the elegantly landscaped gardens, the historic Hall of Mirrors and the ornately decorated State Apartments. Note: Versailles is closed on Mondays.

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    2. Day 7: Paris
    3. Take a walking tour of Paris
    • With your tour director you will see:

      • Latin Quarter
    • Visit the Louvre
    • Visit Notre Dame Cathedral
    1. Day 8: Central Swiss Alps

      • Travel via Burgundy to the Lucerne region
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    2. Day 9: Central Swiss Alps
    3. Take a tour of Lucerne
    • With your tour director you will see:

      • Lion Monument
      • Chapel Bridge
    • Optional: Mount Pilatus
    • Venture to the top of Mount Pilatus, the majestic 6,387-foot peak that towers over Lucerne. In the summer, take a boat across Lake Lucerne and then ride the Pilatus cog railway—the steepest in the world—to the top. During other seasons, take a motorcoach to the base and a 45-minute cable car ride to the top, where you’ll enjoy splendid views. (Note: Warm clothes and appropriate shoes recommended.)

    1. Day 10: Florence

      • Travel to Florence
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    2. Day 11: Florence
    3. Take a guided tour of Florence
    • With your expert local guide you will see:

      • Piazza della Signoria
      • Ponte Vecchio
      • Chiesa di Santa Croce
      • Gates of Paradise
    • Visit the Duomo
    • See a leather-making demonstration
    • Optional: Pisa
    • Journey to Pisa on this half-day excursion. Enjoy a guided tour of the city’s Field of Miracles, where you can snap a picture of the 12th-century Leaning Tower, aslant ever since the third floor was built. This is where Galileo was said to have developed his laws of gravity. Also visit the adjacent cathedral and baptistery, which contain exquisite marble pulpits carved in the Gothic style.

    1. Day 12: Assisi • Rome
    2. Travel via Assisi to Rome
    • Visit the Basilica of St. Francis
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    2. Day 13: Rome
    3. Take a guided tour of Rome
    • Visit the Colosseum
    • Visit the Roman Forum
    • Take a self-guided walking tour of Rome:
      • Trevi Fountain
      • Pantheon
      • Piazza Navona
      • Spanish Steps
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    2. Day 14: Rome
    3. Take a guided tour of Vatican City
    • Visit the Sistine Chapel
    • Visit St. Peter’s Basilica
    • Optional: Roman Catacombs
    • Opt to explore the mysterious world buried beneath Rome since the 2nd century. Christian burial grounds and priceless relics abound, and the art that lines the walls is world-class. Afterward, journey down the ancient Appian Way to the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. Note: Sturdy walking shoes are recommended. This optional is not recommended for those who are claustrophobic.

    1. Day 15: Depart for home
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