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  1. Day 1
    ARRIVE CAIRO
    Welcome to Cairo! You are met at Cairo Airport and transferred to your hotel. Wander through ancient, bustling streets in the City of a Thousand Minarets or simply relax after your journey.

    Day 2
    CAIRO – LUXOR – NILE CRUISE (4 NIGHTS)
    Fly to Luxor and on arrival, visit the enormous temple complex at Karnak, featuring the Temple of Amun and the amazing Avenue of the Sphinx. Board your luxury cruise ship in time for lunch. Later visit the Grand Temple of Luxor before returning to your cruise ship for dinner.Buffet Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

    Day 3
    NILE CRUISE: LUXOR – EDFU
    Discover the Valley of the Kings in the Theban Hills west of the Nile, where tombs were built for the powerful nobles of the New Kingdom. Visit the Temple of Medinet Habou, the mortuary temple of Ramses III. Admire Queen Hatshepsut's impressive temple at Deir el-Bahri. View the Colossi of Memnon, carved from quartzite sandstone. Later, sail to Edfu.Buffet Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

    Day 4
    NILE CRUISE: EDFU – KOM-OMBO
    Visit Egypt's best-preserved cult temple at Edfu, dedicated to the falcon god Horus. Relax and admire the scenery as you sail upstream to Kom-Ombo − little has changed in a thousand years! This evening, dress up in traditional clothing and experience a fun filled Egyptian Dinner and Galabea Party.Buffet Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

    Day 5
    NILE CRUISE: KOM-OMBO – ASWAN
    Tour the Temple of Kom-Ombo, dedicated to the crocodile-headed god, Sobek. Later, in Aswan sail in a traditional felucca across the Nile to see the Botanical Gardens on Kitchener's Island. A blood-red sunset is common in Aswan, all the more breathtaking with the silhouette of dozens of feluccas set against it.Buffet Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

    Day 6
    DISEMBARK – ASWAN – CAIRO (3 NIGHTS)
    Disembark in Aswan to explore the High Dam. Visit the Temple of Isis on the Island of Philae. See the Unfinished Obelisk. Later consider an optional experience to the mighty Sun Temple of Abu Simbel − a once in a lifetime opportunity − where four giant stone statues of Ramses II guard the temple's entrance. This afternoon fly back to Cairo from Aswan.Buffet Breakfast

    Day 7
    CAIRO SIGHTSEEING
    Thousands of years of history are brought to life during your full day of sightseeing. See the ancient Citadel, built to protect the city from the Crusaders. Marvel at the Alabaster Mosque's ornate interior and the Sultan Hassan Mosque, one of the masterpieces of Mamluk architecture. Visit the Hanging Church of St. Mary in Old Cairo and see Tutankhamun's priceless treasures at the Egyptian Museum, discovered by Howard Carter in the Valley of the Kings in 1922. Spend the evening as you wish.Buffet Breakfast

    Day 8
    CAIRO – PYRAMID EXCURSION
    See the limestone Colossus of Ramses II and the giant Alabaster Sphinx at Memphis. Admire the Step Pyramid at Sakkara, which heralded the beginning of the pyramid age. Marvel at the Great Pyramids of Giza, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. See the enigmatic Great Sphinx − the oldest monumental sculpture in the world. The evening is yours to do as you please. Perhaps complete your Cairo experience with a romantic dinner cruise on the Nile.Buffet Breakfast

    Day 9
    DEPART CAIRO
    Today you leave this mysterious, ancient country. Say goodbye to your travelling companions and your Travel Director as you prepare for your trip home. Airport transfers are available.Buffet Breakfast

    Sightseeing Highlights
    City Tours in Luxor and Cairo.
    Cruise in a felucca across the Nile.
    See the Ramses II statue and Alabaster Sphinx in Memphis, the Step Pyramid in Sakkara.
    View the High Dam and the Unfinished Obelisk in Aswan, the Citadel, Alabaster and Sultan Hassan Mosques in Cairo and the Great Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza.
    Visit the temples of Karnak, the Valley of the Kings, Queen Hatshepsut's Temple and the Colossi of Memnon in Luxor, the Temples at Edfu and Kom-Ombo, the temple of Isis on the island of Philae and the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
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  3. Day 1
    Eurostar to Brussels
    Meet your Tour Director and transfer to London’s St Pancras Station to board the high-speed Eurostar. Your two hour rail journey takes you via the historic Channel Tunnel to Brussels. Alternatively, join at the Brussels Hotel. (For reduction, see date chart). At 15:00, stroll through the beautiful Grand Place, with its gilded buildings and see the cheeky Mannekin Pis. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and an opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a warm evening of dinner and wine.(Welcome Reception & Dinner)

    Day 2
    Castles of the Rhine Valley & Heidelberg
    Travel into Germany to view the spires of Cologne Cathedral before continuing along the Rhine, via Bonn, to Boppard. Join a cruise, passing medieval hill-top castles and steep leafy vineyards to the village of St. Goar, near the legendary Loreley Rock. Continue on to Heidelberg to see the cliff-top castle. Dining among friends and good hospitality is part of the local culture so why not hit the old town tonight for a hearty German feast?(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 3
    Rothenburg & the Romantic Road to Munich
    Stop in medieval Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber, still surrounded by its old walls and watch towers, frozen in time since the 16th Century. Continue along the Romantic Road to the Bavarian capital of Munich. See the Olympic Stadium, Ludwigstrasse, Marienplatz and soaring Town Hall. Stroll through Munich's open-air food market, the Viktualienmarkt, with its beer garden and stalls piled high with fresh produce. Tonight, maybe sample a stein of beer in a local beer hall?(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 4
    Salzburg, City of Mozart
    A short drive leads over the Austrian border to Salzburg, the city of Mozart and the ‘Sound of Music’. Sightseeing with a local expert shows you the formal gardens of Mirabell Palace, the imposing fortress, cathedral and Mozart’s birthplace on the lively Getreidegasse.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 5
    Down through the Tauern Mountains to Venice
    Enjoy a leisurely morning in Salzburg to shop for local marzipan specialties or seek out locations from the Sound of Music? Then stunning scenery surrounds you on the drive down through the Tauern Mountains to the Carinthian Lake District. Cross the Italian border and descend to the romantic city of Venice.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Day 6
    Venice & the Magic of La Serenissima
    Waking up to the sights and sounds of Venice is a thrill for even the most experienced traveller! A morning boat transfer brings you to Giudecca Island to witness the age-old skills of glassblowers and gondola builders. Then cruise by Palladio’s San Giorgio Maggiore to St. Mark's Square. Alight to see Lord Byron’s Bridge of Sighs which connects the Doges’ Palace to the prisons. In the square, the bell tower comes into view, plus the beautiful mosaics of St. Mark’s Basilica and the Clock Tower Moors, who have been striking the hour for over 500 years. The rest of the day is free for an optional gondola serenade or to shop in the small arcades.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 7
    On to the Eternal City of Rome
    Head south over the Apennine Mountains and follow the ‘Highway of the Sun’ to the 'eternal city' of Rome.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 8
    Papal & Imperial Rome
    During your two night stay, join a local expert for a private tour of the priceless art of the Vatican Museums and the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel. Your VIP visit includes fast-track entry and behind the scenes access to the Bramante Staircase, a part of the Vatican usually closed to the public. Then explore St. Peter’s Basilica, one of the largest churches in the world. Now cross the River Tiber to see the largest amphitheatre of the Roman Empire, the Colosseum and look out over the Roman Forum. The afternoon is at leisure.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 9
    Exploring Renaissance Florence
    Drive to the Chianti Hills and the city of Florence. A local expert accompanies you to the Duomo, where the Gates of Paradise adorn the Baptistery. Continue to Signoria Square, lined with fountains and statues. In the area around Santa Croce Basilica, view a demonstration of traditional leather-work. Afterwards, there is time to shop.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 10
    Through the Alps & on to Lucerne
    Journey north past the Italian Lake District to the Swiss border and enjoy Alpine scenery all the way to Lucerne. On arrival, see what Mark Twain described as “the saddest and most moving piece of rock in the world”, the emotive Lion Monument.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 11
    Lucerne’s Lakes & Lions
    This morning, embark upon a thrilling cable car ride with incredible views, up into the Swiss mountains. Back in Lucerne, there is free time to stroll across the Chapel Bridge to the ornate Jesuit Church and spend time shopping in the traffic-free Old Town. This evening, get together with your friends and choose from a selection of authentic local restaurants for your dining pleasure.(Buffet Breakfast / Dine-Around with a la carte choices)

    Day 12
    A 'Diner de Célébration' in Paris
    Drive to Basel before crossing the Rhine to enter France. Travel through the lush wine-growing Burgundy region to Paris, the vibrant ‘Ville-Lumière’ (City of Light). Tonight, head for the famous Champs Elysees for a ‘Diner de Célébration’, served with wine in an amazing Parisian bistro celebrated for its cuisine.(Buffet Breakfast / Celebration Dinner)

    Day 13
    Paris, the ‘City of Light’
    This morning, sightseeing with a local expert takes you by Notre Dame Cathedral, the imposing façades of the Louvre and Garnier’s Opera House. See the obelisk in the centre of the Place de la Concorde and drive along the Champs Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe. Now survey the city from the heights of the Eiffel Tower, built for the World’s Exhibition of 1889. The afternoon is at leisure for shopping or your own pursuits.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 14
    Au revoir Paris
    Transfers from your hotel arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport at 08:00 & 11:00 hours.(Buffet Breakfast)

    ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS
    Brussels: Walk through the Grand Place to the Mannekin Pis.
    Cologne: View the Gothic Cathedral. Heidelberg: See the red sandstone castle and explore the baroque Old Town.
    Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber: Visit Europe’s finest medieval town.
    Munich: See the Olympic Stadium, Ludwigstrasse, Marienplatz and neogothic Town Hall.
    Salzburg: Walk through the Mirabell Gardens with a guide, see Mozart’s Birthplace and the Cathedral.
    Venice: Cruise, with commentary, to St. Mark’s Square. See the Doges’ Palace, Bridge of Sighs and St. Mark’s Basilica.
    Rome: Visit St. Peters Basilica in the Vatican City. See the mighty Colosseum and overlook the Forum.
    Florence: Walk with your guide to the Cathedral, see the ‘Gates of Paradise’ and open-air gallery of Signoria Square. Witness a traditional Florentine leather-work demonstration.
    Lucerne: View the emotive Lion Monument. See the covered Chapel Bridge and Jesuit Church.
    Paris: See Notre Dame Cathedral, the façades of the Louvre Museum, the Place de la Concorde & Opera House. Drive along the Champs Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe.
    Scenic Drives: Tauern Mountains, Swiss Alps, Burgundy.
    HIGHLIGHT HOTELS AND LOCATIONS
    Brussels: The Marriott is only a short stroll away from the beautiful Grand Place.
    Heidelberg: The 4-star superior Crowne Plaza provides stylish accommodation, just a 5-minute walk from the historic Old Town.
    SIGNATURE DINING
    Lucerne: You are offered a selection of restaurants on your Dine-Around evening. Choose your own ambience, cuisine and drinks for an intimate culinary experience.
    Paris: Rendezvous at a typical French bistro on the Champs-Élysées for a little wine and a rousing Celebration Dinner. Bon Appétit!
    A Welcome Reception with drinks and Welcome Dinner (WD), 13 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 Dine-Around evening (DA), 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) and 1 three-course table d’hôte dinners, or Buffets, plus tea or coffee (D).
    SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES
    Eurostar: Relax on the smooth high-speed Eurostar train from London via the historic Channel Tunnel to Brussels.
    Rhine Valley: Watch medieval hill-top castles, sleepy villages and vineyards slip by as you enjoy a scenic Cruise.
    Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber: Fortified by walls, picturesque and unspoiled, is a fairytale come true at any time of year.
    Munich: Join the locals in the Viktualienmarkt or snuggle beneath the beergarden chestnut trees to watch the activities.
    Venice: Visit an artisan showroom and workshop to see master craftsmen honouring age-old Venetian crafts.
    Rome: Enjoy VIP fast-track entry into the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel including privileged behind the scenes access to the Bramante Staircase.
    Lucerne: On a thrilling cable car ride, enjoy stunning Swiss mountain views.
    Paris: To your pleasant surprise, your tickets to the Eiffel Tower have been arranged in advance. While others wait in line, take the elevator to the viewing platforms for unsurpassed views.
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  5. Day 1
    Eurostar to Brussels
    Meet your Tour Director and transfer to London’s St Pancras Station to board the high-speed Eurostar. Your two hour rail journey takes you via the historic Channel Tunnel to Brussels. Alternatively, join at the Brussels Hotel. (For reduction, see date chart). At 15:00, stroll through the beautiful Grand Place, with its gilded buildings and see the cheeky Mannekin Pis. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and an opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a warm evening of dinner and wine.(Welcome Reception & Dinner)

    Day 2
    Castles of the Rhine Valley & Heidelberg
    Travel into Germany to view the spires of Cologne Cathedral before continuing along the Rhine, via Bonn, to Boppard. Join a cruise, passing medieval hill-top castles and steep leafy vineyards to the village of St. Goar, near the legendary Loreley Rock. Continue on to Heidelberg to see the cliff-top castle. Dining among friends and good hospitality is part of the local culture so why not hit the old town tonight for a hearty German feast?(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 3
    Rothenburg & the Romantic Road to Munich
    Stop in medieval Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber, still surrounded by its old walls and watch towers, frozen in time since the 16th Century. Continue along the Romantic Road to the Bavarian capital of Munich. See the Olympic Stadium, Ludwigstrasse, Marienplatz and soaring Town Hall. Stroll through Munich's open-air food market, the Viktualienmarkt, with its beer garden and stalls piled high with fresh produce. Tonight, maybe sample a stein of beer in a local beer hall?(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 4
    Salzburg, City of Mozart
    A short drive leads over the Austrian border to Salzburg, the city of Mozart and the ‘Sound of Music’. Sightseeing with a local expert shows you the formal gardens of Mirabell Palace, the imposing fortress, cathedral and Mozart’s birthplace on the lively Getreidegasse.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 5
    Down through the Tauern Mountains to Venice
    Enjoy a leisurely morning in Salzburg to shop for local marzipan specialties or seek out locations from the Sound of Music? Then stunning scenery surrounds you on the drive down through the Tauern Mountains to the Carinthian Lake District. Cross the Italian border and descend to the romantic city of Venice.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Day 6
    Venice & the Magic of La Serenissima
    Waking up to the sights and sounds of Venice is a thrill for even the most experienced traveller! A morning boat transfer brings you to Giudecca Island to witness the age-old skills of glassblowers and gondola builders. Then cruise by Palladio’s San Giorgio Maggiore to St. Mark's Square. Alight to see Lord Byron’s Bridge of Sighs which connects the Doges’ Palace to the prisons. In the square, the bell tower comes into view, plus the beautiful mosaics of St. Mark’s Basilica and the Clock Tower Moors, who have been striking the hour for over 500 years. The rest of the day is free for an optional gondola serenade or to shop in the small arcades.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 7
    On to the Eternal City of Rome
    Head south over the Apennine Mountains and follow the ‘Highway of the Sun’ to the 'eternal city' of Rome.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 8
    Papal & Imperial Rome
    During your two night stay, join a local expert for a private tour of the priceless art of the Vatican Museums and the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel. Your VIP visit includes fast-track entry and behind the scenes access to the Bramante Staircase, a part of the Vatican usually closed to the public. Then explore St. Peter’s Basilica, one of the largest churches in the world. Now cross the River Tiber to see the largest amphitheatre of the Roman Empire, the Colosseum and look out over the Roman Forum. The afternoon is at leisure.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 9
    Exploring Renaissance Florence
    Drive to the Chianti Hills and the city of Florence. A local expert accompanies you to the Duomo, where the Gates of Paradise adorn the Baptistery. Continue to Signoria Square, lined with fountains and statues. In the area around Santa Croce Basilica, view a demonstration of traditional leather-work. Afterwards, there is time to shop.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 10
    Through the Alps & on to Lucerne
    Journey north past the Italian Lake District to the Swiss border and enjoy Alpine scenery all the way to Lucerne. On arrival, see what Mark Twain described as “the saddest and most moving piece of rock in the world”, the emotive Lion Monument.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 11
    Lucerne’s Lakes & Lions
    This morning, embark upon a thrilling cable car ride with incredible views, up into the Swiss mountains. Back in Lucerne, there is free time to stroll across the Chapel Bridge to the ornate Jesuit Church and spend time shopping in the traffic-free Old Town. This evening, get together with your friends and choose from a selection of authentic local restaurants for your dining pleasure.(Buffet Breakfast / Dine-Around with a la carte choices)

    Day 12
    A 'Diner de Célébration' in Paris
    Drive to Basel before crossing the Rhine to enter France. Travel through the lush wine-growing Burgundy region to Paris, the vibrant ‘Ville-Lumière’ (City of Light). Tonight, head for the famous Champs Elysees for a ‘Diner de Célébration’, served with wine in an amazing Parisian bistro celebrated for its cuisine.(Buffet Breakfast / Celebration Dinner)

    Day 13
    Paris, the ‘City of Light’
    This morning, sightseeing with a local expert takes you by Notre Dame Cathedral, the imposing façades of the Louvre and Garnier’s Opera House. See the obelisk in the centre of the Place de la Concorde and drive along the Champs Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe. Now survey the city from the heights of the Eiffel Tower, built for the World’s Exhibition of 1889. The afternoon is at leisure for shopping or your own pursuits.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 14
    Au revoir Paris
    Transfers from your hotel arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport at 08:00 & 11:00 hours.(Buffet Breakfast)

    ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS
    Brussels: Walk through the Grand Place to the Mannekin Pis.
    Cologne: View the Gothic Cathedral. Heidelberg: See the red sandstone castle and explore the baroque Old Town.
    Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber: Visit Europe’s finest medieval town.
    Munich: See the Olympic Stadium, Ludwigstrasse, Marienplatz and neogothic Town Hall.
    Salzburg: Walk through the Mirabell Gardens with a guide, see Mozart’s Birthplace and the Cathedral.
    Venice: Cruise, with commentary, to St. Mark’s Square. See the Doges’ Palace, Bridge of Sighs and St. Mark’s Basilica.
    Rome: Visit St. Peters Basilica in the Vatican City. See the mighty Colosseum and overlook the Forum.
    Florence: Walk with your guide to the Cathedral, see the ‘Gates of Paradise’ and open-air gallery of Signoria Square. Witness a traditional Florentine leather-work demonstration.
    Lucerne: View the emotive Lion Monument. See the covered Chapel Bridge and Jesuit Church.
    Paris: See Notre Dame Cathedral, the façades of the Louvre Museum, the Place de la Concorde & Opera House. Drive along the Champs Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe.
    Scenic Drives: Tauern Mountains, Swiss Alps, Burgundy.
    HIGHLIGHT HOTELS AND LOCATIONS
    Brussels: The Marriott is only a short stroll away from the beautiful Grand Place.
    Heidelberg: The 4-star superior Crowne Plaza provides stylish accommodation, just a 5-minute walk from the historic Old Town.
    SIGNATURE DINING
    Lucerne: You are offered a selection of restaurants on your Dine-Around evening. Choose your own ambience, cuisine and drinks for an intimate culinary experience.
    Paris: Rendezvous at a typical French bistro on the Champs-Élysées for a little wine and a rousing Celebration Dinner. Bon Appétit!
    A Welcome Reception with drinks and Welcome Dinner (WD), 13 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 Dine-Around evening (DA), 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) and 1 three-course table d’hôte dinners, or Buffets, plus tea or coffee (D).
    SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES
    Eurostar: Relax on the smooth high-speed Eurostar train from London via the historic Channel Tunnel to Brussels.
    Rhine Valley: Watch medieval hill-top castles, sleepy villages and vineyards slip by as you enjoy a scenic Cruise.
    Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber: Fortified by walls, picturesque and unspoiled, is a fairytale come true at any time of year.
    Munich: Join the locals in the Viktualienmarkt or snuggle beneath the beergarden chestnut trees to watch the activities.
    Venice: Visit an artisan showroom and workshop to see master craftsmen honouring age-old Venetian crafts.
    Rome: Enjoy VIP fast-track entry into the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel including privileged behind the scenes access to the Bramante Staircase.
    Lucerne: On a thrilling cable car ride, enjoy stunning Swiss mountain views.
    Paris: To your pleasant surprise, your tickets to the Eiffel Tower have been arranged in advance. While others wait in line, take the elevator to the viewing platforms for unsurpassed views.
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  7. Day 1
    ARRIVE CAIRO (2 NIGHTS)
    You are met on arrival at Cairo Airport and transferred to your hotel. Relax and soak up the atmosphere!

    Day 2
    CAIRO SIGHTSEEING
    Enjoy a guided tour of the Egyptian Museum, home of King Tutankhamun's priceless treasure. View one of the seven wonders of the ancient world − the Great Pyramids at Giza, including the Pyramid of Cheops and the Sphinx.Buffet Breakfast

    Day 3
    CAIRO – ASWAN – NILE CRUISE (3 NIGHTS)
    After your flight to Aswan, visit the impressive High Dam. Travel by motorboat to the Temple of Isis, on the Island of Philae. Board your luxury Nile cruise ship for lunch then, sail in a felucca to see the Botanical Gardens and the Aga Khan Mausoleum.Buffet Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

    Day 4
    NILE CRUISE: KOM OMBO – EDFU
    Enjoy a relaxing morning or join an excursion to Abu Simbel. This afternoon visit the Temple of Kom-Ombo, dedicated to Sobek, the crocodile god. This evening, dress up in traditional Egyptian galabeas for a fun-filled Egyptian dinner and cultural experience.Buffet Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

    Day 5
    NILE CRUISE: EDFU – LUXOR
    Discover Egypt's best-preserved cult temple at Edfu, dedicated to the falcon god, Horus. On arrival in Luxor, see the ancient Great Temple, which dominates the city.Buffet Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

    Day 6
    DISEMBARK – LUXOR – CAIRO
    Explore the extraordinary Valley of the Kings and Deir el-Bahri, a breath-taking complex of mortuary temples and tombs. Admire Queen Hatshepsut's Temple. Marvel at the Colossi of Memnon on the West Bank and the gigantic Karnak Temple Complex before your flight to Cairo.Buffet Breakfast

    Day 7
    CAIRO – ALEXANDRIA
    Visit the Coptic Monasteries at Wadi El Natrun (if open) on the way to Alexandria. Enjoy spectacular views of the Mediterranean this evening during dinner with your fellow travellers at a local restaurant.Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Day 8
    ALEXANDRIA SIGHTSEEING – CAIRO
    Tour the white marble Roman Amphitheatre and Pompey's Pillar at the ancient acropolis. Visit the Kom el Shoqafa Catacomb and the National Museum. Admire the magnificent El Morsi Abu El Abbas Mosque. Later drive back to Cairo.Buffet Breakfast

    Day 9
    DEPART CAIRO
    Say goodbye to Egypt, your fellow travellers and Travel Director after the trip of a lifetime. Airport transfers are available, conditions apply.Buffet Breakfast

    Sightseeing Highlights
    City Tours in Cairo and Luxor.
    Cruise in a felucca across the Nile.
    View the Great Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza, the High Dam and the Unfinished Obelisk in Aswan, and the Roman Theatre in Alexandria.
    Visit the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, the temple of Isis on the island of Philae, the temples at Edfu and Kom-Ombo, the temples of Karnak, the Valley of the Kings, Queen Hatshepsut's Temple and the Colossi of Memnon in Luxor and the Coptic Monasteries in Alexandria.
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  9. Day 1
    Welcome to Rome!
    On arrival at Rome’s Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport, transfers depart for the tour hotel at 09:30, 12:30 & 15:30. Then this historic city is yours to discover. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and a relaxing evening of dinner and wine.(Welcome Reception & Dinner)

    Day 2
    The Eternal City of Rome
    This morning, a local expert introduces you to the full arc of the city’s highlights. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City to see Michelangelo’s early masterpiece, the Pieta, as well as the splendid dome, completed after his death. Now cross the River Tiber to see the Colosseum and overlook the Forum.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 3
    The Vatican Museums & Florence
    Before leaving Rome, you are fast-tracked through the VIP entrance of the Vatican Museums with a local expert. Admire the Papal art collection and visit the Bramante Staircase, a part of the Vatican generally denied to the viewing public. Then enter the Sistine Chapel and admire Michelangelo's famous painted ceiling. Head north through the cypress clad hills of Tuscany, home of the famous Chianti wines to the beautiful city of Florence.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 4
    Exploring Renaissance Florence & Venice
    This morning in Florence, stroll with your local expert to the huge marble clad Cathedral and Baptistery, where Ghiberti’s ‘Gates of Paradise’ have been recreated in all their glory. Next stop is Signoria Square, political heart of the city and virtual open-air art gallery, lined with fountains and sculptures. After some free time, proceed to Venice where your hotel is only moments from St. Mark’s Square via complimentary shuttle boat. Maybe relax there tonight with a drink under the stars?(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Day 5
    Venice & the Magic of La Serenissima
    After a restful night’s sleep, a private launch ferries you past canals lined with ornate palaces to St. Marks Square, dominated by its magnificent Basilica and overlooked by the great Clock Tower where bronze Moors beat out the hours on a huge bell. Nearby is the Campanile and Doges’ Palace which is connected to the prisons via the Bridge of Sighs. While here, you also get to watch one of the few remaining craftsmen blow Venetian glass by hand. This afternoon is at leisure in Italy’s most romantic of cities.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 6
    Through the Alps & on to Lucerne
    Glimpse the beautiful Italian Lake District as you journey into Switzerland. Continue through the heart of the Swiss Alps, past gushing streams and soaring peaks, through St. Gotthard to Lucerne.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 7
    Lucerne’s Lakes & Lions
    Accompany your Tour Director to view the emotive Lion Monument. Then spend time shopping, or stroll across the Chapel Bridge to the ornate Jesuit Church. Later, take a spectacular cable car ride with incredible views, up into the Swiss mountains. Return to Lucerne where the rest of the day is at leisure. This evening, join your friends and choose from a selection of local restaurants for dinner.(Buffet Breakfast / Dine-Around)

    Day 8
    A 'Diner de Célébration' in Paris
    Drive to Basel and cross the Rhine to enter France. Travel through the lush wine-growing Burgundy region to Paris, the vibrant French capital. Tonight, head for the lively atmosphere of the Latin Quarter to enjoy a ‘Diner de Célébration’ served with wine in a Parisian bistro oozing with art deco brilliance.(Buffet Breakfast / Celebration Dinner)

    Day 9
    Paris, the ‘City of Light
    Drive to the Chianti Hills and the city of Florence. A local expert accompanies you to the Duomo, where the Gates of Paradise adorn the Baptistery. Continue to Signoria Square, lined with fountains and statues. In the area around Santa Croce Basilica, view a demonstration of traditional leather-work. Afterwards, there is time to shop.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 10
    Au revoir Paris
    Transfer to Paris Gare du Nord station for your high speed Eurostar train journey to London. On arrival you are transferred to the Victoria Park Plaza for the night.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 11
    Your tour ends
    Your tour ends at the hotel after breakfast.(Full Breakfast)

    ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS
    Rome: Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, see the Colosseum and overlook the Forum during a private guided tour of the city.
    Tuscany: Enjoy a short tutorial about Chianti wines.
    Florence: Walk with your guide to the Cathedral, see the ‘Gates of Paradise’ and open-air gallery of Signoria Square.
    Venice: Cruise, with commentary, to St. Mark’s Square. See the Doges’ Palace, Bridge of Sighs and St. Mark’s Basilica.
    Lucerne: View the emotive Lion Monument. See the covered Chapel Bridge and Jesuit Church.
    Paris: See Notre Dame Cathedral, the façades of the Louvre Museum, the Place de la Concorde & Opera House. Drive along the Champs Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe.
    Scenic Drives: The Apennines, St. Gotthard and Swiss Alps
    HIGHLIGHT HOTELS AND LOCATIONS
    Rome: The timeless and elegantly styled Romanico Palace is situated in the heart of Rome, just a short walk to the ‘Dolce Vita’ of Via Veneto and close to the Spanish Steps.
    Heidelberg: The 4-star superior Crowne Plaza provides stylish accommodation, just a 5-minute walk from the historic Old Town.
    SIGNATURE DINING
    Lucerne: You are offered a selection of restaurants on your Dine-Around evening. Choose your own ambience, cuisine and drinks for an intimate culinary experience.
    Paris: Rendezvous at a typical French bistro on the Champs-Élysées for a little wine and a rousing Celebration Dinner. Bon Appétit!
    A Welcome Reception with drinks and Welcome Dinner (WD), 9 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 Dine-Around evening (DA), 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) and 1 three-course table d’hôte Dinner plus tea or coffee (D)
    SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES
    Rome: Gain VIP fast-track entry to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with an art expert. Enjoy behind-the-scenes access to the famous Bramante Staircase.
    Venice: Visit an artisan showroom and workshop to see master craftsmen honouring age-old Venetian crafts like glass blowing and gondola building.
    Lucerne: On a thrilling cable car ride, enjoy stunning Swiss mountain views.
    Paris: Your tickets to the Eiffel Tower have been prearranged. Whilst others wait in line, you will ascend quickly for spectacular views of Paris, this most beautiful city.
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