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18 Day European Cavalcade

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18 Day European Cavalcade

Your Trip starts in London to Amsterdam where you will stay overnight. The second day you travel to Rhine, Heidelberg and stay over in Rhineland. Next its onto Lucerne for a two night stay before heading to Liechtenstein and staying over at Innsbruck. On the sixth day you travel to Verona and stay for two nights in Venice then two nights in Rome. On the tenth day you enter the Bay of Naples with an overnight stay then travel to Florence for a two night stay. Day thirteen its onto Pisa, Monaco and stay for two nights in Nice. The fifteenth day you visit Avignon and stay over in Lyon. The last two nights you will be in Paris before heading back to London.

Our adventure map


Day by day

First day Arrive in Amsterdam

Greetings from your Travel Director! See the White Cliffs of Dover as you board the ferry and cross to Calais, France. Continue by road through the Belgian and Dutch countryside to Amsterdam, one of Europe's friendliest cities.

 Hotel:      Ibis Amsterdam Airport

Second day Rhine Cruise, Heidelberg and Rhineland

Drive eastwards into Germany and follow the Rhine Valley southwards. Take a leisurely cruise along the River Rhine, past picturesque villages and vineyards. Later in the town of Heidelberg view the castle, a magnificent example of Renaissance architecture. Continue by road to your hotel, where you dine tonight.

Hotel:         Achat Premium Neustadt Germany

Third day Travel from Rhineland to Lucerne

Journey via Freiburg through the beautiful Black Forest region. Stop at Schaffhausen to view the mighty Rhine Falls and arrive later at Lake Lucerne, your home for the next two nights.

Hotel:        Weinhof Lucerne

Fourth day enjoy Orientation and Free Time in Lucerne

Visit the poignant Lion Monument and the old town during your orientation tour of Lucerne. Afterwards, in your free time, consider a scenic cruise on the lake, shop for Swiss watches and chocolates or take a cog railway up one of the nearby mountains to enjoy the amazing views!

Fifth day Journey to Liechtenstein then Innsbruck

Cross the Swiss border to Liechtenstein for a brief stop in the capital, Vaduz. Continue into Austria, via the Arlberg region, to Innsbruck, capital of the Tyrol.

Hotel:        Bon Alpina Innsbruck

Sixth day from Innsbruck to Verona and venice

Marvel at Innsbruck's sights including the Golden Roof and the Hofburg Palace. Travel through the Brenner Pass into Italy and view Juliet's balcony in Verona, the setting for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Your day ends in the magical Byzantine city of Venice, Queen of the Adriatic.

Hotel:       Il Burchiello Venice

Seventh day enjoy Orientation and Free Time in Venice

Evidence of Venice's former maritime power and wealth is everywhere you look as you cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialities at a glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island. Then spend free time exploring this fascinating city on your own.

Eighth day Travel from Venice to Rome

Traverse the flat plains of Veneto and cross the dramatic Apennine hills. Admire splendid scenery as you drive through the rolling Tuscan countryside, arriving later in the capital, Rome.

Hotel:       Ergife Palace Rome

Ninth day take some Free Time and Sightseeing in Rome

Your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour which starts with a visit to St. Peter's Basilica. Continue to ancient Rome to view the Forum and Colosseum. Later enjoy your free time seeing the sights or shopping for souvenirs.

Tenth day its onto the bay of naples

Pass the Abbey of Monte Cassino en route to the Bay of Naples, where you might like to take an excursion to explore the excavations of Pompeii. Dine tonight at your hotel.

 Hotel:      Grand Moon Valley Bay of Naples

Eleventh day Scenic drive to Florence

Drive north to Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Admire views of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo. Later, check into your hotel.

 Hotel:     Art Hotel Museo Florence

Twelfth day enjoy Free Time and Sightseeing in Florence

Enjoy a morning walking tour with your Local Specialist to see the magical buildings and statues of Florence. Enjoy time at leisure to immerse yourself in the sights - Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistery, Piazza della Signoria - the list is endless!

Thirteeth day Visit Pisa, Monaco and Nice

View the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Continue past Genoa and view the famous casino of Monte Carlo. Arrive later in Nice, glittering capital

Hotel:    Ibis Style Vieux Port Nice

Fourteenth day its Orientation and Free Time in Nice

Orientation includes the Promenade des Anglais and the Place Masséna. Spend the rest of the day relaxing.

Fifteenth day Travel to Avignon then Lyon

Admire the beautiful countryside around Aix-en-Provence, where Van Gogh liked to paint. In Avignon view the Palace of the Popes and the famous bridge. Continue through the Rhône Valley to Lyon.

Hotel:      Campanile Tassin Lyon

Sixteenth day journey to Paris

The wine-producing region of Burgundy and the Forest of Fontainebleau provide picturesque backdrops for your drive to the elegant, romantic city of Paris. On arrival maybe take an excursion to visit the magnificent Palace of Versailles.

Hotel:       Mercure La Defense 5 Paris

Seventeenth day enjoy Sightseeing and Free Time in Paris

The Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower - see all these sights and more with superb commentary from your Local Specialist. During your free time why not visit a world famous museum. This evening maybe take the chance to see one of the famous Parisian cabaret shows?

Eighteenth day Depart Paris

Head north to Calais for your cross-Channel ferry to England. Continue to London where your exciting holiday ends!

Whats included

Sightseeing Highlights

Amsterdam, see Dam Square and the Mint Tower

Avignon, view the Palace of the Popes and St. Bénezet Bridge

Black Forest, drive through Germany's famous forested region

Dover, see the White Cliffs

Florence, panoramic view from Piazzale Michelangelo. See Piazza Santa Croce on your included morning sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist

Heidelberg, view the castle

Innsbruck, view the Golden Roof and the Hofburg Palace

Liechtenstein, visit the capital, Vaduz

Lucerne, visit the Lion Monument and view the medieval old town

Lyon, orientation of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Monaco, see the Monte Carlo Casino

Nice, drive along the Promenade des Anglais

Paris, view the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower on your morning sightseeing with a Local Specialist

Pisa, view the Leaning Tower

Rhine Valley, cruise the romantic Rhine

Rome, visit St. Peter's Basilica on your morning sightseeing with a Local Specialist. View the Forum and the Colosseum

Schaffhausen, stop to view the Rhine Falls

Venice, cruise by private boat to St. Mark's Square. Visit a glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island

Verona, view Juliet's balcony


17 buffet breakfasts and 7 three course dinners

Optional Extras

Swiss Folklore Evening And Dinner. Tonight we'll enjoy a tasty Swiss meal, including the famous Swiss cheese fondue, in a typical restaurant. While enjoying dinner, you can also join in a lively folklore show which includes yodelling, flag-throwing and Alpine horn-blowing. Two drinks are also included.

Mount Rigi And Lake Cruise. Come with us as we ascend to the summit of Mount Rigi by cable car, where you'll have time to explore and breathe in the fresh mountain air. Later we'll descend by cable car once more, before enjoying a cruise on the tranquil waters of Lake Lucerne.

Mount Stanserhorn And Lake Cruise. Take a scenic cruise with us across Lake Lucerne to Stans, and one of Switzerland's oldest mountain railways. Travelling by railway and Cabri cable car, we'll reach 1900m (6300ft), where you'll have free time to admire the stunning Alpine scenery and enjoy some refreshments. (On certain departures Optional may be operated in reverse, ending with the cruise.)

Amsterdam Discovery And Canal Cruise. The best way to see Amsterdam, you'll enjoy a private canal cruise in our glass roofed boat, to see the areas our coach can't reach. With our Local Specialist you'll view the great merchant houses and historical churches and explore the colourful Red Light District, with its famous coffee houses and notorious window shopping.

Dinner In A Historic Dutch House. Join us for a delicious meal of Dutch specialities, including drinks, in the elegant surroundings of this historic house.

Alpine Horse And Carriage Ride. A spectacular drive leads us to a typical mountain village where you'll experience a horse drawn carriage ride through the magnificent alpine scenery. You'll also enjoy an included drink at a traditional Tyrolean Gasthof before our return to Innsbruck.

Traditional Tyrolean Evening. You'll enjoy a lively evening of traditional entertainment, as singers, dancers, and musicians dressed in national costume provide a colourful show of folklore and fun. Includes two drinks.

Discover The Magic Of Venice. Join us for a scenic cruise by private water taxi along Venice's Grand Canal. You'll admire the magnificent palazzos, as well as catching a glimpse of the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Square. Later on, you'll glide gracefully on a gondola along Venice's dreamy, narrow waterways. And if you're lucky, your gondolier will serenade you with an Italian classic.

Lagoon Discovery Cruise With Food And Drinks. Come with us on a private boat trip to the lagoon in Venice and you'll see the island of Murano, where the renowned glassblowers live. You'll enjoy lunch or dinner with drinks at the nearby 'Island of the Fishermen', Burano, which is famous for its multi-coloured houses and a photographer's paradise.

An Introduction To Rome. As you meander slowly through Rome's labyrinth of narrow streets and beautiful squares, our Local Specialist will tell you stories of how each area has developed over centuries, creating an amazing legacy for us today. During the tour, you'll visit the Pantheon and experience Piazza Navona, loved for its lively cafes.

Roman Evening With Dinner. Spend a light-hearted evening with us in Rome. Relax and enjoy typical Italian cuisine with drinks and music. Afterwards, we'll drive along the Via Veneto, a location made famous by the film 'La Dolce Vita', and which will give you a glimpse into how the Romans enjoy their city.

Inside The Vatican And The Colosseum. Join us for an extension to your included sightseeing tour, which gives you a chance to see the artistic masterpieces collected and commissioned by the Popes. You'll visit the Tapestry Gallery, Gallery of Maps and the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo spent 11 years preparing the vault and altar wall, and we give you plenty of time to admire just how much painstaking work went into his creations. Your evening will be rounded off with a visit to Rome's iconic Colosseum.

Discover Pompeii. Join our expert on a tour of the excavations of Pompeii, the perfectly preserved Roman town which was engulfed by Mount Vesuvias' eruption in AD 79. You'll witness the devastating destruction it had at the time, as well as the opportunity to go back in time and get a glimpse of everyday Roman life, frozen for more than 2,000 years.

Experience The Scenic Amalfi Coast. Come with us for a drive along the famous Amalfi Coast. You'll have a chance to visit the exclusive artists' paradise of Positano, which is magnificently positioned on the Mediterranean coast.

Visit Michelangelo's David. Enjoy an insight into the world of artistic genius Michelangelo and his masterpiece, David. You'll get VIP entry to the Academy of Fine Arts, where you'll learn all about the artist's life and his world-famous sculpture.

Dinner, Wine And Music In The Tuscan Hills. Come for a scenic drive through the beautiful Tuscan countryside. We'll stop off at a delightful restaurant set among the pines and cypress trees, where you'll be served regional favourites alongside local music.

St. Paul, Corniche Drive And Dinner. First to the medieval hill top town of St. Paul to visit this artists' paradise. We'll continue along the Riviera, travelling on the Basse, Moyenne and Grande corniche roads with their spectacular views, to a local restaurant, for a delicious meal including drinks.

Seine Cruise And Paris By Night. Paris at night is a city transformed. Enjoy this superb 'city of light' as we take a leisurely river boat cruise along the River Seine. Afterwards, as we drive through this amazing city, we'll stop at some vantage points for you to capture the fascinating sights on camera.

Seine Cruise And Paris Illuminations. Paris at night is a city transformed. Enjoy this superb 'city of light' on a leisurely cruise along the River Seine. Afterwards, as we drive through this amazing city, we'll stop at some vantage points for you to capture the fascinating sights on camera. In summer, this trip may take place before sunset.

Versailles Palace And Gardens. Built for the Sun King, Louis XIV, the Palace of Versailles was the envy of every European ruler. Your Local Specialist will take you through the State apartments and famous Hall of Mirrors, with free time to stroll the symmetrical tree-lined gardens. Please note: this optional is subject to availability.

Dinner And Hidden Gems Of Paris. Spend an evening discovering one of the loveliest areas of Paris, made famous by artists, writers and students over the centuries. Then enjoy a taste of local cuisine, at a memorable dinner in typical Parisian style with drinks included.

Notre Dame And Latin Quarter Exploration. Discover the history of Notre Dame. Built in 1163, this magnificent cathedral is the cornerstone of Gothic architecture in France. Afterwards you'll explore the Latin Quarter with your Local Specialist and enjoy free time to have a bite to eat, or perhaps try Berthillon ice-cream - the best in France.

Nouvelle Eve Cabaret And Dinner. Join us for dinner with wine included at one of the most prestigious cabaret shows in town, where you'll watch an evening of exciting acts, stunning tableaux and wonderful entertainment - including the world famous Can-Can. A Parisian night you'll never forget.

Moulin Rouge Cabaret And Dinner. Dinner and cabaret, including wine and champagne, at the world famous Moulin Rouge - the original Paris cabaret - immortalized by the homonymous award-winning film and featuring 60 dancers and entertainers and over 1000 costumes! 

Where you stay

All hotels included in your tour package are hand-picked, of an outstanding standard and far better value than if booked individually. Our valued travel partners who organise these tours also own the Red Carnation Hotel Group and where possible Red Carnation Hotels are used and please see our link for further details.

Travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom
  • Hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities
  • Pick-up and drop-off if you stay at the recommended London hotel
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your trip
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included
  • The services of a Local Host if you stay at recommended London hotel
  • Airport Transfers

Optional Extras

Guarantees, Bonds and Awards

  • This tour is run by our outstanding travel partners who are multi-award winning Globe Best Tour operator in the world 2013, 2014 and 2015.
  • Tours are fully bonded, protected and guaranteed and you pay the operator directly when booking.
  • ABTA, IATA and ATOL protected
  • Part of the Trade Right Foundation

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