London – Paris – Beaune – Geneva – Annecy
Nice – Monte Carlo – Pisa – Florence – Rome – Vatican City
Tour 1: July 17 – July 31, 2018 Price: $5,495 + Tax
Tour 2: Aug 15 – Aug 29, 2018 Price: $5,495 + Tax
Check in at Los Angeles Airport (LAX) or an airport at your convenience. Depart for London, England.
Welcome to the capital city of England – London – also known as the city of fog. Begin our journey by visiting Westminster Abbey, a must-see living record of the British history. The Big Ben Tower and the England House of Parliament are our next destinations. (D)
The places included in our London trip are: Trafalgar Square, St Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace Square and watch the changing of the guard ceremony. Visit London Bridge and the Tower Bridge, which are fantastic spots to take some light-hearted photos. (B/D)
Fly to Paris and arrive in the late afternoon. After hotel check-in and dinner, our guide will take you out to explore Paris night time and understand the title “The City of Light” given to this marvelous city. Embark on a boat trip along River Seine for absolutely scenic views of the Eiffel Tower. Every night, every hour on the hour, the tower is covered in golden lights and sparkles for five whole minutes while its beacon lights up the city. For photography lovers, the Gardens of the Trocadero would offer a perfect spot to take shots of the Eiffel Tower. The Arch of Triumph will surely not be missed in our trip. (B/D)
All day in Paris to fully embrace the richness of the culture, art, and history of the city.
This morning, our guide will take you inside of the Eiffel Tower by getting to the 2nd floor (115m). Get ready to soak in breathtakingly unique vistas of Paris from here.
Visit Louvre Museum with the world-famous Mona Lisa.
After museums and monuments, shopping is another feature of Paris that attracts millions of visitors every year. Indeed, Paris is one of the finest shopping meccas in the world. Ladies, be sure check out the fabulous boutiques and stores for all budgets, from the Champs Elysees with luxury names like Louis Vuitton to Rue Saint-Honoré with classic designers like Versace and Hermes. (B/D)
Visit Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris (Sacré-Coeur Basilica). Our journey continues as we visit Notre-Dame de Paris, which became so epic in the novel by Victor Hugo. Notre-Dame Cathedral is also known as Paris Point Zero. The cathedral has this name because outside, there is a zero point marker, from which the distance from Paris to all other places are judged. (B/D)
Journey to the city of Beaune in southern France. Beaune is one of the key wine centers in France, and the center of Burgundy wine production and business. You’ll get to taste 5 types of wine at a winery which has been in business since the 8th century. A must-try specialty while you’re in Beaune, is Crème de cassis. It is a sweet, dark red liqueur made from blackcurrants. Homemade nougat is the candy specialty of the town. There will be aisles upon aisles of every imaginable kind of nougat ready for you to give a taste. (B/D)
From the 19th up until the early 20th century, Geneva admitted a large number of political refugees from Europe and the world. Based on the idea of Henri Dunant, a Genevan, the International Red Cross Committee was founded here in 1864. During World War II, Geneva was chosen as the headquarters of the Allies which later became the United Nations. Today, Geneva also houses the headquarters of many other international organizations: the World Trade Organization (WTO), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the World Health Organization (WHO), among many others. During our trip, we’ll make a stop at the United Nations headquarters and the giant fountain Jet d’Eau – the defining visual of Geneva. The Jet reaches heights of more than 450 feet. During spring and fall evenings, it’s illuminated with colorful lights. On a clear day, you can see Jet d’Eau from more than 30 miles away in both Switzerland and France.
Another famous symbol of Geneva is a giant working clock made of flowers. The Clock, operating with Swiss precision, is a floral masterpiece made with more than 6,500 flowers. For centuries, Switzerland has been world-renowned for its precise, yet elegant watches. For this reason, the Flower Clock was created in 1955 in honor of Swiss watchmakers.
In the afternoon, we’ll transfer to Annecy, called a “Venice of the Alps” – a well-deserved title. Take a stroll and let yourself get lost among the whimsical canals of Annecy. Its winding cobblestone streets lined by pastel houses and bright flower boxes will make you fall in love with this small French town. Shopping and tasting French-made ham (jambon) are also not to be missed while you’re in Annecy. Overnight in Geneva. (B/D)
Depart Geneva for Nice, France and drop by some scenic landscapes on our way. Nice is among the top 10 beaches in the Mediterranean. Breathe in some fresh sea air as you stroll the vibrant city at night. (B/D)
This morning we’ll visit Monaco (officially the Principality of Monaco). Squeezed into just 2.02 km2 (0.78 sq mi), it might follow the Vatican to be the world’s second-smallest country. Monaco is associated with the American actress Grace Kelly who became Princess of Monaco after marrying Prince Rainier III. Here we’ll visit the well-known perfume-maker Fragonard Parfumeur.
Monte-Carlo, the major district of Monaco, is home to a neo-classical casino complex and ornate Salle Garnier opera house. It also has many luxe hotels, boutiques, nightclubs, and restaurants. The casino building, open to visitors every morning, is Europe’s most lavish example of belle-epoque architecture. Enjoying a cup of coffee while watching passers-by is another option that can be done at the Le Cafe de Paris restaurant right next to the casino. (B)
Welcome to Pisa (Italy), where the Leaning Tower of Pisa is its iconic landmark. Tower of Pisa is the campanile, or freestanding bell tower, of the cathedral of the Italian city of Pisa, known worldwide for its unintended tilt. The tower is situated in the Cathedral Square (Piazza del Duomo), together with the Pisa Cathedral and the Pisa Baptistry.
The tower’s tilt began during construction in the 12th century, caused by an inadequate foundation on the ground, which was too soft on one side to properly support the structure’s weight. The tilt increased in the decades before the structure was completed in the 14th century. It gradually increased until the structure was stabilized (and the tilt partially corrected) by efforts in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
Journey to Florence, the birthplace of Christopher Columbus. After dinner at your hotel, if time allows, we’ll take a stroll in the Old Town of Florence. (B/D)
Have a full day in Florence to embrace the richness of history and architecture of the city. Being the cradle of the Renaissance, romantic, enchanting and utterly irresistible, Florence (Firenze) is a place to feast on world-class art and gourmet Tuscan cuisine. Florence was a center of medieval European trade and finance and one of the wealthiest cities of that era. It is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, and has been called “the Athens of the Middle Ages.” You will be amazed by the outstanding artworks of some of the greatest Renaissance artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Dante, Boccaccio, Michelangelo…
Behold the marble statue of David, a Renaissance sculpture masterpiece created by Michelangelo. One of Florence’s most iconic sights is the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo). Unsurprisingly, the entire city center is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. (B/D)
Spend some more time in Florence by going to the Florence Panorama view, which will bring you stunning vistas of the city. At noon, we’ll transfer to Rome, the capital city of Italy. Our destinations include the Trevi Fountain and Spanish steps. Shopping is also a recommended activity during your stay in Rome. (B/D)
“All Roads Lead to Rome.” Indeed, Italy’s capital is one of the world’s most romantic and inspiring cities, and a must-go place of your life. Your guide will take you inside the world-famous Colosseum and explore its bloody history. The places that are also included in our trip are: The Sistine Chapel, the Vatican Museum where the stunning masterpieces of Michelangelo are preserved. Vatican City and St. Peter’s Basilica are the final places to visit before you join us in a farewell dinner and a classical concert in the center of Rome. (B/D)
Fly back to the United States. (B)