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Grand Tour of Europe: London to Rome

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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
  • Guided sightseeing tours
Included highlights
  • Trafalgar Square
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Eurostar train ride
  • Eiffel Tower photo stop
  • Dam Square
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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
Excursion (additional cost)
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.

Dinner in Paris & Seine River Cruise
Excursion (additional cost)
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
Excursion (additional cost)
Amsterdam2 nights
Day 6: Train ride to Amsterdam & sightseeing tour
Included meal: Breakfast

Ride a high-speed train to Amsterdam, where a panoramic tour with a local guide introduces you to the the Dutch capital’s iconic canals and unique character.

  • Walk through Bloemenmarkt, the city’s famous floating flower market, and pass by Begijnhof Chapel
  • Stroll by the canals and bridges, taking in the houseboats that dot the banks
  • View Dam Square, home of many landmarks including the neoclassical Royal Palace, the 15th-century New Church, and the National Monument
  • Enter the Van Gogh Museum to admire the largest collection of Vincent Van Gogh’s masterpieces, including the famous Sunflowers

Please note: You’ll be divided into groups of 20 people or less for the walking portion of the sightseeing tour. Each group will have their own local guide.

Day 7: Free day in Amsterdam
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Amsterdam or add excursions.

A Day in Charming Delft
Excursion (additional cost)
Canal Cruise & Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
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.

Lake Como Region1 night
Day 11: Boat ride on Lake Como
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Transfer over the Alps into Italy and take a scenic cruise on Lake Como, viewing the towns of Lario and Como from the water. Then, stop in the lakeside town of Bellagio for lunch.

Please note: Depending on the season, dinner may be included instead of lunch today.

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 enter 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
Excursion (additional cost)
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. Then, follow in the footsteps of the ancient Romans on a guided tour of the Eternal City.

  • Soak up over 2,000 years of history in Imperial Rome, viewing the Arch of Constantine and the Arch of Titus
  • Enter the Colosseum, the largest amphitheater of the Roman Empire
  • Stop at the ruins of the Forum, once the setting of parades, elections, and trials
  • Pass Palatine Hill, see where ancient Romans raced chariots at Circus Maximus, and view the Baths of Caracalla
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 some of opera's best-loved arias, sung by professional tenors.

Please note: Tonight's dinner with tenors is seasonal and occurs from November through February. From March through October, the farewell dinner will be at a local restaurant.

Iconic Sights: Vatican City
Excursion (additional cost)
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
Excursion (additional cost)
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
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 18: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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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.


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.

Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel

This modern hotel is located in Montparnasse. Guests enjoy a fitness center, restaurant, and free Wi-Fi in the lobby. Nearby, you'll find Luxembourg G...

Europa Hotel Ludwigshafen

This comfortable hotel is located in Ludwigshafen. Guests enjoy a bar, restaurant, and pool. Nearby, you’ll find the Rhine River, Mannheim Square, and...

Grand Hotel Europe

This Belle Époque hotel is located near the lake promenade. Guests enjoy a restaurant, bar, and free Wi-Fi. Nearby, you’ll find Lake Lucerne, Chapel B...

Hotel Dei Borgia

This modern hotel is located in the Via Nazionale neighborhood of Rome. Guests enjoy an on-site spa and a fitness center. Nearby, you’ll find the Colo...

Grand Hotel Cadenabbia

This historic hotel is located in Cadenabbia. Guests enjoy restaurant options, a garden, and outdoor pool. Nearby you’ll find Villa Carlotta, the Bota...

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...

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, ...

Hotel Diplomat

This charming hotel is located near the Santa Maria Novella train station in Florence. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi and a restaurant. Nearby, you’ll find t...

Eden Hotel Amsterdam

The Eden Hotel Amsterdam is the perfect hotel to start exploring Amsterdam. The hotel is located in the vibrant heart of the Dutch capital, next to th...

Leonardo Royal Hotel London City

This upscale hotel is located in the City of London. Guests enjoy a restaurant, two bars, and a luxury spa. Nearby you’ll find Tower Bridge, the Tower...

Ramada Apollo Hotel Amsterdam

This spacious hotel is located in the Nieuw-West neighborhood of Amsterdam. Guests enjoy air conditioning, a rooftop terrace, and a restaurant. Nearby...

Mercure Montmartre

This contemporary hotel is located in Montmartre. Guests enjoy on-site dining options, an outdoor terrace, and free Wi-Fi. Nearby, you’ll find Sacré-C...


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Cologne, Germany
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Heidelberg, Germany
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Florence, Italy
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Verona, Italy
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Venice, Italy
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Paris, France
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Lucerne, Switzerland
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London, England
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Rome, Italy
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