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Grand Tour of Europe: London to Rome

16 days |  18 days with Florence extension
16 days |  18 days with Florence extension
Group size1538 travelers
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amsterdam canal
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Sample the continent’s most culture-packed, historically rich regions.

On this sweeping tour, world-famous sights like Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower, and the Colosseum are just the beginning of what you’ll experience. Get a taste of several languages and cultures as you journey from Great Britain to France to the Netherlands, travel across Germany, and continue through Switzerland and Italy.

Your tour package includes

  • 14 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 14 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 4 dinners with beer or wine
  • 11 sightseeing tours
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Included highlights

  • Trafalgar Square
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Eurostar train ride
  • Eiffel Tower photo stop
  • Amsterdam canal cruise
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to London today.

London2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in London
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Welcome to England! Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of London
Included meal: Breakfast

View the regal landmarks of England’s vibrant and cosmopolitan capital on a guided sightseeing tour.

  • Pass the grand Trafalgar Square and Baroque-style St. Paul’s Cathedral, perched atop Ludgate Hill.
  • See Westminster Abbey, the setting for royal coronations, weddings, and funerals.
  • View icons like Big Ben, the London Eye, and the Tower of London.
  • Stop by Buckingham Palace, where you may catch the Changing of the Guard.

Spend a free afternoon in London or add an excursion.

Windsor Castle

From $175 per person

Paris2 nights
Day 4: Eurostar train ride to Paris
Included meal: Breakfast

Board the famed high-speed Eurostar train and travel beneath the English Channel as you journey to Gare du Nord in Paris, France.

Enjoy a free evening in Paris or add an excursion.

Please note: Travelers should be prepared for an early morning train departure. Porterage is not included for the train transfers. Travelers must be comfortable lifting and carrying all luggage over steps, onto platforms, and into luggage storage

Dinner in Paris & Seine River Cruise

From $175 per person

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Paris
Included meal: Breakfast

A guided tour introduces you to the architecture, scenery, and history of the City of Light’s many neighborhoods, called arrondissements.

  • Drive down the sycamore-lined Champs-Élysées to view the Arc de Triomphe.
  • Pass Pont Neuf and the legendary Notre-Dame Cathedral, located on an island in the Seine River.
  • See the Eiffel Tower, the Palais Garnier opera house, and Place de la Concorde, the city’s grandest square.
  • Marvel at the iconic architecture of the Louvre and Hôtel des Invalides.

Spend the afternoon exploring Paris on your own or add an excursion.

Versailles Palace & Gardens

From $199 per person

Amsterdam2 nights
Day 6: Train ride to Amsterdam & sightseeing tour
Included meal: Breakfast

Ride a high-speed train to Amsterdam. Then, take to the water with a local guide who will introduce you to the the Dutch capital’s iconic canals and unique character.

  • Cruise by icons like the Dutch National Opera house and the Skinny Bridge.
  • Reflect on the city’s history as you pass by a former Jewish neighborhood.
  • See the dancing houses, the narrowest houses in Amsterdam, and “flower bikes” decorated by a local known as the Flower Bike Man.
  • Disembark near the Rijksmuseum, and stroll to the iconic Van Gogh Museum for a tour with an audio guide.

Please note: Travelers should be prepared for an early morning train departure.

Day 7: Free day in Amsterdam
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Amsterdam or add an excursion.

A Day in Charming Delft

From $175 per person

Heidelberg Region1 night
Day 8: Heidelberg Region via Cologne & Rhine River cruise
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Cross into Germany on your way to the Heidelberg region today, making several stops along the way.

  • Enter Cologne Cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece and UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Marvel at views of six ancient castles during a cruise on the Rhine River, which takes you from Boppard to Sankt Goar.

Please note: From mid-October through March you will enjoy a German wine tasting in Boppard instead of the cruise.

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Swiss Alps2 nights
Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Heidelberg & transfer to the Swiss Alps
Included meal: Breakfast

Discover the medieval charms of Heidelberg on a guided sightseeing tour.

  • Walk through Heidelberg’s Old Town, passing Market Square and Heidelberg University.
  • Take a funicular ride to top of Heidelberg Castle for panoramic views of the Old Bridge and the Rhine River below.

Then, cross into Switzerland this afternoon.

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Lucerne
Included meal: Breakfast

A local guide introduces you to Lucerne, a charming lakeside city located in the Swiss Alps.

  • Pass hand-painted facades along the cobbled streets of the Old Town.
  • View the Lion Monument, a tribute to the Swiss Guards who sacrificed their lives in Paris during the French Revolution.
  • See the Jesuit Church, the first large Baroque building of its kind to be built in Switzerland north of the Alps.
  • Cross the medieval Kapellbrücke, a covered wooden footbridge spanning the Reuss River, and view the Water Tower.

Enjoy a free afternoon in the Swiss Alps or add an excursion.

Mount Pilatus

From $185 per person

Lake Como Region1 night
Day 11: Villa Carlotta & Lake Como cruise
Included meal: Breakfast

Head out on a morning trip to explore the Lake Como area where you'll have a chance to admire the beautiful architecture, breathtaking views, and cruise the crystal-clear turquoise waters.

  • Transfer to the beautiful Villa Carlotta to soak in spectacular views from the elaborate villa gardens.
  • Embark on a scenic cruise on Lake Como and soak in some of Italy's most beautiful estates and gardens.
  • Float past charming lakeside towns to Bellagio, a village whose scenery has inspired poets and young lovers for centuries.
  • Enjoy free time in Bellagio to grab lunch, shop, and explore at your own pace.

Return to your hotel in the Lake Como region and enjoy a free evening.

Venice2 nights
Day 12: Venice via Verona
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

En route to Venice, stop in Verona and walk through the city with your Tour Director.

  • Stroll through the city’s UNESCO-recognized historic center.
  • Admire the Roman arena, Piazza delle Erbe, and the balcony of Shakespeare’s Juliet.

Enjoy free time before continuing on to Venice, where you'll sit down for an included dinner with your group.

Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Venice
Included meal: Breakfast

Admire historic churches, winding canals, and picture-perfect piazzas on a guided tour of the city known as the Queen of the Adriatic.

  • Step into the iconic St. Mark's Square and view the impressive St. Mark's Basilica.
  • View the stately Doge's Palace, built in the Venetian Gothic style in 1340.
  • Marvel at the Bridge of Sighs, the link between Doge's Palace and the New Prison.
  • See a glassblowing demonstration to learn about the city's most celebrated art.

Enjoy a free afternoon in Venice or add an excursion.

Gondola Ride: Venice Canal Cruise

From $125 per person

Private Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise for Two

From $225 per person

Rome2 nights
Day 14: Train ride to Rome & sightseeing tour
Included meal: Breakfast

Travel to Rome by train, crossing the Apennine Mountains for sweeping views of the Italian countryside. Upon arriving in the Eternal City, take a guided walk to discover its beautiful, centuries-old squares and fountains.

  • Stroll past the Spanish Steps, where Bernini’s Baroque-style fountain has stood since the 1600s.
  • Walk to the intricately carved Trevi Fountain, and toss a coin for good luck.
  • Step inside the Pantheon, home to the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome.
  • Learn about the engineering skills of the ancient Romans and how they created this well-preserved temple.
  • End at Piazza Navona and see the Fountain of the Four Rivers.
Day 15: Free day in Rome
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Enjoy a free day in Rome or add an excursion. Then, join your group at tonight’s farewell dinner. Tonight, as you dine, you'll be treated to a multi-course traditional Italian meal with a live musical entertainment.

Iconic Sights: Vatican City

From $175 per person

Flight Home
Day 16: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue on to Florence.

Extension to Florence
Not ready to say arrivederci? Continue your trip in the Tuscan capital of Florence, where Renaissance beauty and really (really) good food are practically everywhere. See the highlights alongside a local guide, then lean on your Tour Director’s expert recommendations to seek out even more.
Florence2 nights
Day 16: Transfer to Florence & sightseeing tour
Included meal: Breakfast

Travel north to Florence this morning, arriving in time for a guided tour.

  • View the legendary Florence Cathedral, known as the Duomo.
  • Pass Giotto’s Campanile, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture.
  • Walk past Piazza della Repubblica to the medieval Ponte Vecchio.
  • Stroll along the Arno River and through the courtyard of the Uffizi Gallery to Piazza della Signoria, center of Florentine life.

Enjoy a free evening in Florence or add an excursion.

Fiesole Villa Dinner

From $129 per person

Day 17: Free day in Florence
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Florence or add an excursion.

This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

Siena & San Gimignano: Tuscan Hilltowns

From $175 per person

Flight Home
Day 18: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

Overall rating 4.7 out of 5

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    5/6/22 by 1st-time traveler Tony

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    Fast paced wonderful 16 day tour
    11/3/23 by 1st-time traveler Mary Anne

    This tour gives you experiences not offered by other tours. We had an enthusiastic, knowledgeable tour director who offered us options other than those listed on the itinerary. A few examples are a wine offering on our Seine River boat ride, photos he took that were superior to those we took, an ev...

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    The Fast and the Furious
    8/18/23 by 1st-time traveler Claudia

    This was an absolutely wonderful experience. Our main tour guide knew all the ins and outs of the locations we visited. And the local tour guides seemed very knowledgeable and open to our questions. Every event was well organized. The schedule was full of activities, so wear good walking shoes and c...

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    Hotels, flights & FAQ

    Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

    Hotels

    We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
    Novotel London West
    Novotel London West

    This stylish hotel is located in London's Hammersmith neighborhood. Guests enjoy the fitness center, lounge bar with rooftop terrace, and spacious roo...

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    Mercure Paris Montmartre Sacré-Coeur Hotel
    Mercure Paris Montmartre Sacré-Coeur Hotel

    This contemporary hotel is located in Montmartre. Guests enjoy on-site dining options, an outdoor terrace, and spacious rooms. Nearby, you’ll find Sac...

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    The Manor Amsterdam
    The Manor Amsterdam

    This trendy hotel is located in the Oost district of Amsterdam. Guests enjoy comfortable rooms, lounge-bar, and easy access to the tram. Nearby you'll...

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    Leonardo Mannheim City Center
    Leonardo Mannheim City Center

    This comfortable hotel is located in the Mannheim city center. Guests enjoy a pool, restaurant, and free Wi-Fi. Nearby, you’ll find Schloss Mannheim, ...

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    Grand Hotel Europe
    Grand Hotel Europe

    This Belle Époque hotel is located near the lake promenade. Guests enjoy a restaurant, bar, and outdoor terrace. Nearby, you’ll find Lake Lucerne, Cha...

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    NH Pontevecchio
    NH Pontevecchio

    This scenic hotel is located in Lecco, on the shores of Lake Como. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, a gym, and restaurant. Nearby, you’ll find walking paths, ...

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    Hotel Giorgione
    Hotel Giorgione

    This charming hotel is located in the Cannaregio district in central Venice. Guests enjoy a private courtyard, pool, and billiards area. Nearby, you’l...

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    NH Roma Villa Carpegna
    NH Roma Villa Carpegna

    This peaceful hotel is located just outside of Rome's city center. Guests enjoy the swimming pool, relaxing garden, and fitness center. Nearby you’ll ...

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    Corona D'Italia
    Corona D'Italia

    This classic hotel is located in the San Lorenzo neighborhood of Florence. Guests enjoy the on-site coffee house, spacious rooms, and convenient locat...

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    Flights

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