ARRIVE ROME (2 NIGHTS)
Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! Unwind or take a stroll through ancient streets and soak up the ambience. This evening, meet for a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers and Travel Director.(Welcome Reception)
ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
See the sights with your Local Guide. Visit the magnificent St. Peter’s Square, designed so the greatest number of people could see the Pope give his blessing. Explore the Basilica, one of the largest and most important religious sites on earth. On your way to Trastevere, see Tiburtina Island. Admire the Circus Maximus, the ancient site of chariot racing, set in a valley below the Aventine and Palatine Hills. Learn about gladiatorial combat and other public events that took place at the Colosseum on your guided visit. Spend the rest of the day as you choose. You might like to visit the ancient Catacombs along the old Appian Way.(Buffet Breakfast)
ROME SIGHTSEEING – VENICE (2 NIGHTS)
Experience a Unique Insight in the Vatican when you ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante. Visit the Sistine Chapel with your Local Guide and see Michelangelo’s frescoed ceiling, believed by many to be his crowning achievement. Admire the scenery as you drive north from Rome past the hilltop towns of Orte and Orvieto into Tuscany. See the Chianti vineyards and the extensive olive groves before crossing through the Apennine hills and eventually reaching the flat plains of the Veneto region and magical Venice.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)
VENICE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
Venice − Queen of the Adriatic − was a maritime power and staging post for the Holy Crusades, and played a significant part in the Renaissance. The history and culture of this unique city is revealed as you cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square. See the Byzantine Basilica, Bridge of Sighs and Doges’ Palace. Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialities at a glass-blowing workshop on Giudecca island. Your afternoon is free to discover the delights of Venice or perhaps consider a seafood lunch at a local restaurant.(Buffet Breakfast)
VENICE – VERONA – FLORENCE (2 NIGHTS)
A leisurely drive brings you to Verona, the setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. See the impressive Roman arena, the third largest in Italy, and Juliet’s balcony, close to Piazza della Erbe. To the south, through the beautiful landscape of Tuscany lies Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Explore Piazza della Signoria and see the Ponte Vecchio during your walking tour, with commentary from your Local Guide. See the multi-coloured Duomo, with a dome engineered by Brunelleschi, and see the Baptistery, with its towering bronze doors and relief sculptures. Tonight enjoy a Highlight Dinner in a local restaurant.(Buffet Breakfast / Highlight Dinner)
FLORENCE – FREE TIME
Plan your day’s sightseeing as you wish. There are endless things to see in this fascinating city including the Academy of Fine Arts featuring Michelangelo’s statue of David, and the world-famous Uffizi Gallery. Florence is also renowned for luxury leather goods and 18-carat gold jewellery. This afternoon, you have the opportunity to take an excursion to San Gimignano, whose tall medieval towers can be seen from miles around.(Buffet Breakfast)
FLORENCE – MONTE CASSINO – SORRENTO (2 NIGHTS)
Visit the Commonwealth Cemetery in Monte Cassino which lies below the famous Abbey that was the site of a fierce battle in May 1944. Continue south through the fertile Campania region to the Bay of Naples in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, and along the coast to Sorrento. Dine tonight at your hotel.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)
ISLE OF CAPRI EXCURSION AND FREE TIME
Accompanied by a Local Guide, cross the Bay of Naples by ferry to the Isle of Capri, where Emperor Tiberius built a series of villas and governed the Roman Empire for the last ten years of his life. Spend the afternoon sightseeing or consider an excursion to Anacapri which features magnificent views. Later in Sorrento, visit an inlaid woodwork factory for a short demonstration on the production of this Local Speciality. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a memorable Be My Guest dinner of delicious local ingredients prepared by a local family on a lemon farm.(Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest)
SORRENTO – POMPEII – ROME
Explore the excavations at Pompeii which was preserved by volcanic ash when Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. Your Local Guide gives a historical commentary of day-to-day life in the city on your Small Group Sightseeing tour. Your Italian odyssey ends in Rome where you enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and companions.(Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)
Say ‘arrivederci’ to Italy, your travelling companions and your Travel Director at the end of this memorable adventure. Airport transfers are available to Rome Fiumicino. Conditions apply.(Buffet Breakfast)
Rome Explore the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City. Visit the Colosseum and see the Circus Maximus.
Venice Cruise by private motor launch to St. Mark’s Square, the Byzantine Basilica and the Doge’s Palace.
Verona See the Roman arena and Juliet’s balcony.
Florence View Signoria Square, Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo and Baptistery. Admire panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo.
Monte Cassino Visit the Commonwealth Cemetery.
Isle of Capri Discover the Isle of Capri (weather permitting) on your included round-trip cruise.
Sorrento Visit an inlaid wood factory.
Pompeii Guided visit of the ancient excavations.
Our tour begins on Phuket, Thailand’s largest island. Check-in to your hotel & relax poolside or head to the beach.
Tonight, you’ll meet with your Tour Manager & fellow travel buddies before heading out into the bright lights & buzzing atmosphere that this town is known for. Get into holiday mode as you discover Patong at night. Known for its great party vibes & many bars, clubs & discos, there’s something for everyone. Maybe try Bangla Road & see why Thailand is famous for the phrase of 'mai pen rai, meaning 'don't worry, be happy'!
After breakfast, head down to the beach & pick a spot on the sand that will be yours for the day! You could try out some of the water sports on offer here or swim in the beautiful clear waters.
If you’re up for something different, you can check out the area at a different angle & explore the natural beauty of the coast in a sea canoe. A local guide will fill you in on the area as they take you through caves and along the dramatic coastlines. You could also take a trip to see an unusual limestone karst, Ko Tapu on Ao Phang Nga National Park, referred to as James Bond Island because it was made famous by a James Bond film.
There are loads of other activities & sights here, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy. You could also see a different side of Phuket in Phuket Town; it’s known for its architecture & Chinese influences. You could visit the Jui Tui Shrine & ask the shrine’s oracle for advice. You can also get to the 45m (147ft) high Big Buddha that overlooks the island.
There’s also your chance for something really different – a visit to the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project – an enterprise that is working to protect gibbons (small apes) & return them to the wild. The nearby Bangpae Waterfall is a great place to cool off in the afternoon as well.
When you’re in Thailand, there’s no better way to get amongst the local lifestyle than through the range of delicious food. From Pad Thai, to mouthwatering yellow, green & red curries, there’s something to tempt your taste buds. So as the sun goes down, find a little local place & sit down with a beer & relax. You can take it up a notch later, there are loads of bars, shows & clubs to enjoy here, so ask your Tour Manager for some tips on where to head.
Meals: Breakfast (2 days)
Phuket to Koh Phi Phi
This morning, maybe grab another delicious meal or fit in some last minute time in the sun before we depart on a ferry for one of Thailand’s most famous islands, Koh Phi Phi.
On arrival, your Tour Manager will show you all the local sights, so you can get your bearings & get ready for some good times on the island. Made famous by the film ‘The Beach’ it’s a picturesque place with loads to enjoy.
Chill out in the sun before a truly incredible experience – we’ll head up to the highest viewpoint on the island for some amazing views where we’ll watch a gorgeous sunset over the Andaman Sea. Later, you could enjoy a beer at a beachside bar or chill out with some locals & soak up the vibes.
Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day
Koh Phi Phi
With two free days, get into all that this fantastic place has to offer. From beaches to boats to food, it’s all here & ready to be explored.
If relaxing on island time is what you’re after, find a section of Phi Phi’s beach, put down your towel & work on your tan. But there are loads of other things to see & do here. Maybe jump on a boat for a look at Maya Island before the tourists arrive.
Today, there’s a cool optional activity for you to experience – a cruise around Phi Phi Island that takes in some of the island's hot spots. You’ll cruise to Maya Bay, home to “The Beach”, for a swim or a stroll on the sand at Monkey Beach, which is famed for its cute furry inhabitants & some snorkeling off Bamboo Islands reefs while looking for “Nemo”.
If exploring the island’s nightlife is what you’re after, Phi Phi by night goes off! Try one of the beachside bars with fresh seafood, lie in a hammock & watch the amazing fire dancing right on the beach. Or, you could head to the local market to meet some locals & try some local specialties like Pad See Ew (long noodles fried in soy sauce with vegetables). And definitely get in some shopping for local souvenirs.
Meals: Breakfast (2 days)
Koh Phi Phi to Krabi (Ao Nang)
Some free time in the morning before we farewell Koh Phi Phi. This afternoon it’s a change of pace as we take an afternoon ferry to Krabi. Nestled amongst limestone karts, Krabi offers some amazing scenery, friendly locals & cute small town feel. With it’s beautiful beaches & unspoiled islands, it’s now one of the most famous tourist destinations in Thailand.
On arrival we’ll head to the well known beach of Ao Nang, a small beach town. Maybe head to the beach for a massage or take a walk through the town for a look at the local life here.
Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day
Krabi (Ao Nang)
Wake up to a day of good times in Krabi & take advantage of the many things to see & do here. If you are feeling active, you may want to visit the Tiger Cave temple. Though the tigers have long since left, this Buddhist temple provides some great photo opportunities – especially from the viewpoint at the top of 1237 steps!
If it is a quiet beach that you are after, then jumping on a long-tail boat & making the journey to Rai Leh beach is where you want to go. Only accessible by boat, this small island, surrounded by dramatic rocky cliffs is the perfect place to relax. You could head to West Rai Lay Beach for a look at the town – take a walk along the short promenade lined with restaurants & shops & stop for a tasty lunch or a beer along the way.
You could also go explore some of Krabi’s jungle at a different angle....on the back of an elephant at a nearby elephant camp.
Meals: Breakfast (1) day
Krabi (Ao Nang) to Phuket
Our journey returns us to Phuket where our Thai Islands tour ends. You can choose to take a free transfer to Phuket airport or the Sawaddi Patong Resort where our tour started.
Meals: Breakfast (1) day
Spend time on Thailand's largest island
Experience the bright lights & buzzing atmosphere
Koh Phi Phi
Orientation tour with your Tour Manager
See the local sights
Watch the sunset over Andaman Sea from the highest viewpoint on the island
Ferry from Koh Phi Phi to Krabi
Head to the well known beach of Ao Nang
See the famous limestone karsts
Welcome to Munich, capital of Bavaria. Stop and view the stadium built for the 1972 Olympics and the Marienplatz, with its fascinating Glockenspiel clock. Meet this evening for a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers and Travel Director.(Welcome Reception)
MUNICH – REGENSBURG – PRAGUE (2 NIGHTS)
Visit Regensburg, an unspoilt medieval gem on your way to the Czech Republic. Across the border see Pilsen, renowned for its breweries, before reaching Prague. This exciting city is your home for the next two nights! This evening, join your fellow companions for a Highlight Dinner at a local restaurant.(Buffet Breakfast / Highlight Dinner)
PRAGUE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
Prague has prospered since the fall of Communism, and its new-found status and affluence is evident during your guided sightseeing tour of the city with your Local Guide. See the impressive St. Vitus’ Cathedral in the grounds of the 1,000 year-old Prague Castle. Cross the river on your walking tour to the Old Town Square to see the Astronomical Clock. Spend the afternoon as you wish. Explore the city on your own, or consider a relaxing lunch cruise on the River Vltava.(Buffet Breakfast)
PRAGUE – BRATISLAVA – BUDAPEST (2 NIGHTS)
Visit the Slovak capital Bratislava with its eclectic Gothic, Baroque and Art Deco architecture. Entering Hungary you arrive in Budapest on the banks of the River Danube.(Buffet Breakfast)
BUDAPEST SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
Your Local Guide shows you the sights of Budapest featuring views of the famous Chain Bridge, the UNESCO-listed Castle Hill district and a visit to the Fisherman’s Bastion. From there enjoy superb views across the Parliament and Danube below. Later, spend time exploring on your own or consider a guided tour of the Parliament. Tonight, experience a Be My Guest Hungarian dinner with local specialities.(Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest)
BUDAPEST – GYÖR – VIENNA (2 NIGHTS)
Crossing the Transdanubia region to Györ is a pleasant drive through beautiful countryside. Stroll through this quaint city, which stands at the confluence of three rivers and features charming Baroque architecture. Later arrive in imperial Vienna where you stay for the next two nights.(Buffet Breakfast)
VIENNA SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
Admire the Hofburg Palace, the former winter residence of the Hapsburg Dynasty during your enthralling sightseeing tour of Vienna with your Local Guide. See the grand State Opera House, and the Ringstrasse, a beautiful sweeping boulevard built in the 19th century to replace the city walls. View St. Stephen’s Cathedral, its ornate roof bearing the imperial emblem of the Hapsburgs. The afternoon is yours to explore the city’s many attractions. Later, you might like to attend a classical concert.(Buffet Breakfast)
VIENNA – WACHAU VALLEY – SALZBURG
Travel through the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley, one of the most beautiful river valleys in Europe. See the magnificent Melk Abbey, a masterpiece of baroque architecture, before reaching Salzburg. Meet your Local Guide for a walking tour of this musical city before sampling the delicious Local Speciality of Austrian cakes. Dine tonight at your hotel in the beautiful city of Salzburg.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)
SALZBURG – MUNICH
Your holiday ends in the Bavarian capital, Munich. On your return to this fascinating city you will have time to enjoy the numerous museums and beautiful gardens. This evening, join your companions and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner to celebrate the end of your holiday.(Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)
Say ‘auf wiedersehen’ to Germany, your fellow travellers and Travel Director at the end of your exhilarating European experience! Transfers to Munich airport are available, conditions apply.(Buffet Breakfast)
Munich See the Olympic Stadium, Marienplatz and Ludwigstrasse.
Regensburg Orientation of this medieval town.
Pilsen See the town famed for beer making.
Prague See St. Vitus’ Cathedral, Charles Bridge, the Old Town Square and view Prague Castle on your walking tour.
Bratislava Visit the capital of the Slovak Republic.
Budapest View the Chain Bridge and visit the UNESCO listed Castle Hill District and Fisherman’s Bastion.
Györ Visit the Baroque town centre.
Vienna View the Hofburg, City Hall, Imperial Boulevards and State Opera House.
Melk See the 900 year old Benedictine Abbey.
Salzburg See Mozart’s birthplace and the Mirabell Palace and gardens on your walking tour.
ARRIVE PARIS (2 NIGHTS)
Welcome to Paris, the City of Light! Relax after your journey or take a leisurely stroll through ancient streets. Later, meet for a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers and Travel Director and enjoy an evening drive to see some of the city’s impressive sights.(Welcome Reception)
PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
Paris probably has more familiar landmarks than any other city in the world! The Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, Place de la Concorde - see all these sights and more with your Local Guide. Marvel at the city’s beautiful skyline from the second level of the Eiffel Tower. Visit Les Invalides, part of the Army Museum, where you view the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte. Spend the rest of the day as you choose. Visit one of the city’s many internationally renowned museums, wander through the Luxembourg gardens, or take an excursion to the magnificent Louvre.(Buffet Breakfast)
PARIS – CHARTRES – LOIRE VALLEY CHÂTEAUX – TOURS
Visit Chartres Cathedral, an important place of pilgrimage and an architectural splendour featuring original stained glass windows. Continue through the Loire Valley, past beautiful villages and castles. See the impressive Château Chambord, a marvel of French Renaissance architecture. Visit Chenonceau, straddling the River Cher. This evening, join your companions for a very special Be My Guest dinner of mouth-watering French cuisine at a 17th century traditional farmhouse.(Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest)
TOURS – BOURGES – LYON
Journey through the heart of France! Stop in Bourges to see the Palais Jacques Coeur, the Cathedral of St. Stephen and the delightful archbishop’s gardens. Continue south through the volcanic hills around Clermont Ferrand to Lyon. A gourmet paradise built at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône Rivers, your walking tour with a Local Guide through the old city reveals a rich cultural heritage. See the narrow streets, inner courtyards and ‘traboules’ of France’s largest Renaissance city. Marvel at awe-inspiring views of Lyon from Fourvière hill. Arrive later at your hotel where you dine tonight.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)
LYON – CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE – AVIGNON – NICE (2 NIGHTS)
Visit Châteauneuf-du-Pape, a village entwined with papal history since the Avignon Papacy promoted viticulture in the 14th century, advancing the reputation of Côtes du Rhône wines in the process. Sample delicious wines at a regional wine cellar. In Avignon, see the Papal Palace and famous bridge over the Rhône immortalised in the French song, ‘sur le pont d’Avignon’. Arrive later in Nice where you will be treated to an orientation tour, which includes Promenade des Anglais and Place Masséna.(Buffet Breakfast)
NICE – EXCURSION TO MONTE CARLO
Playground of the rich and famous, Nice attracts sun seekers seeking a year-round temperate climate. Spend a free morning relaxing or take a stroll along the Promenade and shop in chic boutiques! This afternoon, enjoy an excursion through splendid scenery along the Côte d’Azur. Visit Monaco and Monte Carlo to see the beautiful casino built by Charles Garnier in the 19th century. There is plenty of free time afterwards for you to explore Monaco!(Buffet Breakfast)
NICE – ARLES – BARCELONA (2 NIGHTS)
Follow the coast and then visit Arles in Provence. Continue through dramatic landscape which has provided inspiration for so many artists, including Cezanne and Van Gogh. Pass the Camargue National Park, cross the foothills of the Pyrénées to Catalonia in Spain, and continue through olive groves and verdant vineyards. Your destination is Barcelona, a dynamic, cosmopolitan city and one of the busiest ports on the Mediterranean.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)
BARCELONA SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
This morning, see Gaudi’s architecture at the inspiring Sagrada Familia. Walk the Ramblas and visit Plaça Catalunya. View the monument to Christopher Columbus and enjoy panoramic views from Montjuic during your guided sightseeing tour of the city with a Local Guide. Enjoy your Unique Insight into the delicacies of Spanish cuisine with a guided walk through the food stalls of La Boqueria Market. Enjoy free time in the city to shop or explore, or join an excursion to the monastery at Montserrat to see the mystical Black Madonna. This evening join your companions and Travel Director for a special Farewell Dinner with wine.(Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)
Say farewell to your travelling companions at the end of your amazing holiday in France and Catalonia! Return airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. Enhance your whole experience by taking the optional Madrid extension featured opposite.(Buffet Breakfast)
Paris Ascend the Eiffel Tower by elevator to the second level. Visit Les Invalides to see Napoleon’s tomb.
Chartres Visit the Cathedral.
Loire Valley See the Château de Chambord. Visit the Château de Chenonceau.
Bourges See the Palais Jacques Coeur, the cathedral and the archbishop’s gardens.
Lyon Guided walking tour of the old city.
Avignon See the Papal Palace and famous bridge.
Nice See Promenade des Anglais and Place Masséna.
Monaco Visit the Principality.
Arles View the Roman amphitheatre and the Romanesque cathedral.
Barcelona See Sagrada Familia and walk the Ramblas.
ARRIVE PRAGUE (3 NIGHTS)
Welcome to the Golden city of Prague, renowned for its gleaming spires. Relax or take a leisurely stroll through this magnificent metropolis. In the evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception and scenic drive with your travelling companions and Travel Director.(Welcome Reception)
PRAGUE SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE
Explore Prague’s rich cultural and economic history during your Small Group Sightseeing guided walk. Visit the monumental St. Vitus’ Cathedral in the precincts of Prague Castle. Admire the Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square. See the atmospheric Charles Bridge, lined with Baroque statues. Discover the city at your own pace this afternoon.(Buffet Breakfast)
PRAGUE AT LEISURE
Plan your day and see the sights of your choice. You might like to spend time relaxing with a spa treatment or exploring the shops for Bohemian crystal. In the evening, you may want to consider dinner followed by the opera or a theatre show.(Buffet Breakfast)
PRAGUE – BRATISLAVA – VIENNA (3 NIGHTS)
Travelling south from Prague you see Brno, site of Napoleon’s headquarters for the Battle of Austerlitz, his greatest victory. Pass the Presidential Palace and the quaint Old Town in Bratislava, capital of the Slovak Republic. Crossing into Austria you arrive in the imperial city of Vienna. Tonight, you might consider an evening at a concert of classical Viennese music by composers such as Strauss and Mozart.(Buffet Breakfast)
VIENNA SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE
View the Hofburg Palace, the official residence of the President of Austria and former home of the Hapsburg Dynasty on your included sightseeing tour with a Local Guide. View the Parliament Buildings and the magnificent Opera House, dating from the mid-19th century. View St. Stephen’s Cathedral, its ornately patterned roof bearing the imperial emblem of the Hapsburgs. Spend the afternoon exploring the city. Tonight, experience a Highlight Dinner featuring Viennese specialities at a Heurigen, a local wine tavern near Vienna.(Buffet Breakfast / Highlight Dinner)
VIENNA AT LEISURE
Organise your day to reflect your interests. Consider visiting the beautiful Schönbrunn Palace. Or splash out on the Kärntnerstrasse, Vienna’s most famous shopping street. Don’t forget to treat yourself to coffee and Sachertorte in a typical Viennese coffee house!(Buffet Breakfast)
VIENNA – ESZTERGOM – BUDAPEST (3 NIGHTS)
Drive along the Danube Bend, a narrow twisting valley in the pretty Carpathian Basin. View the cathedral, Castle Hill and St. Tamas Hill in Esztergom before you follow the river to Budapest. Tonight why not experience a scenic cruise with views of the city.(Buffet Breakfast)
BUDAPEST SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE
Your Local Guide takes you on a fascinating walking tour of old Buda. Visit the Fisherman’s Bastion. View the Matthias Church. See the Great Synagogue, the largest in Europe. Drive to Pest to visit Heroes’ Square, featuring the Millennium Memorial. Enjoy free time shopping for Hungarian embroidery and fine porcelain. Tonight, enjoy a Be My Guest dinner of authentic cuisine at a local family-run restaurant and winery on the outskirts of the city.(Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest)
BUDAPEST AT LEISURE
Arrange your free day to suit yourself. Laze in one of the city’s Thermal Pools or take a leisurely lunch in the town square. This evening, celebrate the end of your trip with your fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant.(Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)
Say goodbye to your companions and Travel Director after an unforgettable trip. Transfers are provided to Budapest airport. Conditions apply.(Buffet Breakfast)
Prague Visit St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague Castle and the Old Town Square. See Charles Bridge.
Bratislava View the Presidential Palace and the quaint Old Town.
Vienna Guided tour to see the Parliament, Hofburg Palace, the Opera House and St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
Esztergom See the cathedral, Castle Hill and St. Tamas Hill.
Budapest View the Chain Bridge and visit the UNESCO-listed Castle Hill district and Fisherman’s Bastion.