ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS
- Paris: See Notre Dame Cathedral, the façades of the Louvre Museum, the Place de la Concorde. Drive along the Champs Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe.
- Lucerne: View the emotive Lion Monument. See the covered Chapel Bridge and Jesuit Church.
- Innsbruck: See the Golden Roof and Imperial Palace.
- Liechtenstein: Visit the tiny capital of Liechtenstein, Vaduz.
- Venice: Cruise, with commentary, to St Mark's Square. See the Doges' Palace, Bridge of Sighs and St Mark's Basilica.
- Florence: Walk with your guide to the Cathedral, see the ‘Gates of Paradise' and open-air gallery of Signoria Square.
- Tuscany: Enjoy a short tutorial about Chianti wines.
- Orvieto: Visit the pleasant Umbrian hilltop town.
- Rome: Visit St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City. See the mighty Colosseum and overlook the Forum.
- Scenic Drives: Burgundy, Arlberg, Inn Valley, Tauern Mountains.
HIGHLIGHT HOTELS AND LOCATIONS
- Paris: The 4-star Pullman Paris Montparnasse hotel is located in the heart of Paris. The hotel has been completely renovated and offers a bar, restaurant and fitness room.
- Lucerne: Enjoy a traditional Swiss supper of hearty specialties at a local restaurant.
- Orvieto: At a restaurant in the medieval heart of Orvieto, explore the art of Italian cooking with Chef Lorenzo and master the art of making fresh pasta by hand. Follow this with lunch and a glass of Orvieto Classico wine.
- Rome: Savour a four-course Celebration Dinner complete with wine, to the rich tremolo of some of Italy's best loved opera.
- 11 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 Highlight Lunches (HL); 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Restaurant Dinner (RD), 1 three-course table d'hôte Dinner (DW) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.
- Paris: Venture with a Local Expert through the Latin Quarter, along the Seine and continue onto the Notre Dame Cathedral, a masterpiece of French Gothic architecture.
- Paris: Ascend to the viewing platforms of the Eiffel Tower and enjoy glorious panoramas.
- Stanserhorn: A spectacular journey by a funicular railway and open-top cable car to the summit of the Stanserhorn for expansive mountain views.
- Venice: To the tune of accompanying musicians, you are serenaded through the atmospheric canals by gondola, past water-lapped doorways and Rococo palaces.
- Pisa: See the incredible Leaning Tower with a Local Expert.
- Rome: After VIP fast-track entry into the Vatican Museums and privileged access to the Bramante Staircase, witness Michelangelo's genius in the Sistine Chapel.
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