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Romantic Europe: Paris, Venice & Vienna

with Prague extension
  • Duration: 12 or 16 days
  • Group size: 18-35
  • Reviews: 9
Get swept away by the beauty of Europe’s most romantic cities.

Journey through the dazzling imperial capitals of France, Italy, Slovenia, and Austria, soaking up each destination’s unique culture along the way. Sip coffee in charming cafes, spend your days exploring the grand boulevards or admiring sparkling canals, and watch each city’s skyline light up every evening.

Your tour package includes
  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 10 breakfasts
  • 4 dinners with beer or wine
  • 4 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
Included highlights
  • Eiffel Tower photo stop
  • the Grand Canal
  • St. Mark’s Square
  • Ljubljana’s Prešeren Square
  • Graz’s Old Town
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Day-by-day itinerary
Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Paris today.

Paris3 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Paris
Included meal: Dinner

Welcome to France! Meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: 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

Enjoy a free afternoon in Paris or add an excursion.

Versailles Palace & Gardens
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 4: Free day in Paris
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Paris or add an excursion.

Dinner in Paris & Seine River Cruise
Excursion (additional cost)
Venice3 nights
Day 5: Flight to Venice
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Fly from France to Italy today. Touch down in Venice, the city known as "the Queen of the Adriatic."

Day 6: 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

Then, enjoy a free afternoon in Venice or add an excursion.

Gondola Ride: Venice Canal Cruise
Excursion (additional cost)
Private Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise for Two
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 7: Free day in Venice
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day exploring Venice on your own or add an excursion.

Romantic Verona
Excursion (additional cost)
Ljubljana1 night
Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Ljubljana
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Cross into Slovenia and soak up its capital city’s rich history on a walking tour.

• Stop in Prešeren Square to see the France Prešeren Monument

• Pass by the Triple Bridge, Town Hall, and Baroque Robba Fountain

• View Ljubljana Cathedral, the Dragon Bridge, and the famed open-air market

Vienna3 nights
Day 9: Vienna via Graz
Included meal: Breakfast

Travel to Vienna, stopping in the UNESCO-recognized city of Graz on the way.

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Vienna
Included meal: Breakfast

Get transported back to the Age of Empires on a guided tour of Vienna.

• Visit Schönbrunn Palace, the Rococo Hapsburg home with impressive gardens

• Travel down the Ringstrasse, Vienna’s tree-lines thoroughfare

• See the Parliament building, the Vienna State Opera, and the grand Hofburg Palace, the Hapsburg’s preferred winter residence

Enjoy a free evening in Vienna or add an excursion.

Evening in Vienna: Opera & Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 11: Free day in Vienna
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend a free day in Vienna or add an excursion.

Then, join your fellow travelers at a farewell dinner this evening.

Danube River Cruise
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 12: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to explore Prague.

Extension to Prague

See why Prague is known as the City of a Hundred Spires. The pinnacles of this bewitching city’s churches and castles create one of Europe’s most majestic skylines and its cobblestone streets and courtyards will delight you at every turn.

Prague3 nights
Day 12: Prague via Valtice & Mikulov
Included meal: Breakfast

Travel to the Czech Republic, stopping in two charming Moravian towns before arriving in Prague.

• Tour the underground wine cellars of Valtice and taste Moravian vintages

• Visit the beautifully landscaped Lednice Castle and enjoy free time in the medieval city of Mikulov

Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Prague
Included meal: Breakfast

Discover why Prague is known as "the City of One Hundred Spires" on a guided tour.

• Visit Prague Castle, from which Charles IV governed the Holy Roman Empire

• Admire the soaring Gothic vaults of St. Vitus Cathedral

• Walk down to the Malá Strana district to sip a coffee at a local cafe

• Cross the elegant Charles Bridge for breathtaking views of the city

• Stroll through Old Town Square to view the 15th-century Astronomical Clock

Day 14: Free day in Prague

Spend a free day exploring Prague on your own or add excursions.

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

Walking Tour of Prague's Jewish Quarter
Excursion (additional cost)
Château Sychrov
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 15: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

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by 2nd time traveler 

Really enjoyed Paris, but watch out for the gypsies along the way to the Eiffel Tower. Tours on our own included the Moulin Rouge, which i would only give a fair rating. We went on our own to the Bateau Mouche Seine river cruise and dinner at night, and this was great. Enjoyed Versaille Palace. ...

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An amazing tour - made amazing by our Tour Director Ione.
by 2nd time traveler 

Just returned from 14 day Romantic Europe Tour - Paris, Venice, Ljubljana, Vienna and Prague. The tour was as described with no hidden costs. Accomodations and meals were great. Ljubljana was an unexpected jewel - I would have loved to have been there for 2 nights. Ione was an amazing tour direc...

Awesome tour!
by 4th time traveler 

Love this tour! I love everything that was included in this tour! Our tour guide Oda was very knowledgeable, super nice & professional!

by 2nd time traveler 

We were given this tour by our children as a gift. The itinerary could not have been better! We flew to Paris, then visited Venice, Slovenia, Vienna, and Prague. As a side trip, we took the high speed train to Rome for a day. (not part of the tour , we did that on our own) Accommodations in all ...

Europe 2017
by 2nd time traveler 

The tour was exceptional. The stops were awesome. I met some wonderful people on the tour. I got to see things that will stay with me forever. I have a ton of pictures that I still need to go through but they take me to where I'd been. Our tour guide was great as were the local guides. The Whisper...

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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.

Falkensteiner Margareten

This stylish hotel is located near the city center. Guests enjoy a restaurant, spa, and fitness center. Nearby, you’ll find the Schönbrunn Palace, Vie...

City Hotel Ljubljana

This contemporary hotel is located in downtown Ljubljana. Guests enjoy Wi-Fi, a fitness center, and bike rentals. Nearby, you'll find Old Town, Ljublj...

Flights

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FAQ
Passport & visa requirements
  • This tour visits France, Italy, Slovenia, and Austria (plus the Czech Republic on the tour extension). In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
Tour pace
  • You will walk for about 2.5 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with some hills and stairs.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as stepping between boats and uneven docks.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
Transportation & arrival information
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in Paris and depart from Vienna (or from Prague on the tour extension). A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival. For more details, please reference the Paris transfer information included in your Go Kit.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • A flight from Paris to Venice as well as a water taxi ride in Venice are included in the price of your tour.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
Baggage allowance
  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.
  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that our travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
Clothing & packing tips
  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).
Health
  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to any of the countries on this tour.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at [cdc.gov](https://www.cdc.gov).
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
Cuisine
  • For a picnic with French flair in Paris, stop at a small grocery store for cheeses, pâtés, cured meats, fresh-baked bread, and fruit. In the cities, sidewalk vendors are known for their steaming crepes, while mouthwatering pastries and hot café au lait beckon from cafes. In restaurants, the prix fixe option is a popular way to enjoy a set three- or four-course menu for a good price.
  • Venice and Northern Italy are known for flavorful meats and pastries. For more authentic meals, try local trattorias, small restaurants set away from the main piazzas. A typical Italian meal includes wines and the occasional beer, followed by a few sips of after-dinner drinks like grappa or limoncello.
  • Slovenian cuisine blends elements of Italian, Hungarian, Austrian, and Balkan cooking. Pasta, gnocchi, and risotto are ubiquitous, as is the Austrian-inspired shnitzel and the Balkan burek, a phyllo pastry stuffed with salty cheese or meat.
  • Austria is known for its savory Wiener schnitzel and excellent wild trout, carp, and crayfish. Save room for dessert—especially the strudels of fruit and nuts and elegant chocolate cakes, such as the world-famous Sachertorte.
  • On the tour extension, Czech food is hearty, and you’ll find large portions of veal, beef, and potato dishes. Some of the world’s finest beers are produced here, including the original Budweiser and Pils.
Electricity & air conditioning
  • France, Slovenia, and Austria (plus the Czech Republic on the tour extension) operate on the European standard 220-240 volts and use Types C, E, or F plugs with two small, round pins.
  • Italy operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and use Types C, F, or L plugs with two or three small, round pins.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
Time zones
  • France, Italy, Slovenia, and Austria (plus the Czech Republic on the tour extension) are on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is six hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm on tour.
Currency
  • You will use the euro in France, Italy, Slovenia, and Austria (plus the Czech crown in the Czech Republic on the tour extension).
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
Tipping
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
Purchasing excursions on tour
  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on your tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information. International travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary, without advance notice, to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates, and prices.
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3 Departures
Tour prices are per person, before flights from your departure city, and based on two travelers per hotel room. Tour prices include on-tour flights where applicable.
Jul 11–Jul 22, 2019
Extension available
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$4,499$4,299
Oct 10–Oct 21, 2019
$3,999$3,599
Nov 7–Nov 18, 2019
Extension available
$3,599$3,499
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