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- Golfing & Sports
- Bridge Players
- Fashion (clothing)
- Musical (popular shows)
- Food & Wine
- Grand Castles of Austria & Germany
- Rail Enthusiasts
- Christmas Markets
- Literary Tours UK & Ireland
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- New Zealand
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Day 1 | Mon 5 Sep
Arrive London - Stratford-upon-Avon 05:55a.m.
Arrive London (LHR) then meet with your tour escort, board the tour coach and transfer to Stratford. En-route enjoy morning tea at a mid-way point to Stratford-upon-Avon which sits on the banks of the River Avon in the heart of the English midlands. This evening enjoy a traditional Pub dinner.
Overnight in Stratford-upon-Avon (D)
Day 2 | Tue 6 Sep: Stratford-upon-Avon – Warwick Castle Start 9:00a.m.
Enjoy a full day in Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick. Visit historic Warwick Castle. Centuries of secrets hide in the shadows of the Castle. Visits to two Shakespearean properties have been arranged. Shakespeare’s Birthplace is a half timbered house, where Shakespeare was born in 1564. Just outside Stratford lies Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, the childhood home of Shakespeare’s wife. Enjoy afternoon cream tea at the Cottage Teas Gardens located opposite Anne Hathaway’s cottage. Overnight in Stratford-upon-Avon (B)
Day 3 | Wed 7 Sep:
Stratford-upon-Avon - York - Edinburgh Start 8:00a.m.
Depart for Edinburgh this morning. Stop at York for some sightseeing en-route including the York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe. We can also explore history underground in the Minster’s Undercroft. Enjoy a light lunch at the Mason Arms, before you continue your journey to Edinburgh. A traditional Pub dinner is provided this evening. Overnight in Edinburgh. (B,L,D)
Day 4 | Thu 8 Sep: In Edinburgh Start 9:45a.m.
Visit Edinburgh Castle, the medieval fortress which dominates the city’s skyline. Perched on an extinct volcano and offering stunning views, this instantly recognisable fortress is a powerful national symbol, and part of Edinburgh’s World Heritage site. Return to your hotel around lunchtime. Afternoon and evening is at leisure. Possibility to enjoy by night on your own. Overnight in Edinburgh (B)
Day 5 | Fri 9 Sep:
Edinburgh –Dunkeld Start 9:00a.m.
Today we depart Edinburgh and head for Scone Palace, before shopping at the House of Bruar. Scone is home of the Earl of Mansfield, and a major attraction to visitors from all over the world. It has housed the Stone of Destiny and been immortalised in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The House of Bruar is Scotland’s most prestigious country store and for many, no trip to Scotland is complete without visiting ‘The Home of Country Clothing’. Continue to Dunkeld. A traditional Pub dinner is provided this evening. Overnight in Dunkeld (B,D)
Day 6 | Sat 10 Sep:
Dunkeld - Lake District Start 8:00a.m.
Head down to the Lake District this morning. En-route we stop at the Moffat Woollen Mill, and Gretna Green. Moffat Woollen Mill is famous for the very best in Scottish knitwear. Visit the Gretna Green Museum. The World-Famous Old Blacksmith’s Shop is one of Scotland’s earliest visitor attractions. Overnight in Grange-over-Sands in the Lakes District. (B)
Day 7 | Sun 11 Sep: Lake District - Chester Start 8:30a.m.
Depart for Chester. En-route a scheduled stop at the Beatrix Potter Museum is arranged. This attraction includes all 23 Tales by Beatrix Potter, brought to life in a magical indoor recreation of the Lakeland countryside. Explore the life of Beatrix Potter with visual walks and a short film presentation. In the afternoon enjoy a cruise on the largest lake in England - Lake Windemere. Afterwards we leave the Lakes, and head to Chester. A traditional Pub dinner is provided this evening. Overnight in Chester. (B,D)
Day 8 | Mon 12 Sep: In Chester Start 9:00a.m.
In Chester, enjoy a guided tour of this Roman city. Soak in the atmosphere created by an abundance of black & white buildings set in a circuit of glorious city walls. Within the walls are the city’s delights like the enchanting Eastgate Clock and the 1000 year old Cathedral, a haven of reflective tranquillity in a lively, bustling, cosmopolitan centre. Chester’s crowning glory however is the 13th century Rows - two-tiers of shops running along the main streets. The coach is scheduled to return to your hotel. However you have the option to remain in the town and walk back at your leisure to your centrally located hotel in Chester. Afternoon is free. Overnight in Chester. (B)
Day 9 | Tues 13 Sep:
Chester - Dublin Start 8:45a.m.
Depart Chester en-route to Holyhead to catch the ferry to Dublin. The services of your English tour-escort ends in Holyhead. The crossing on the ferry is with your Australian Escort. On arrival in Dublin, disembark and proceed to collect your luggage and meet with your Irish tour-escort. Board your tour coach and start your Irish touring. Welcome to Dublin, the capital of Ireland. This charming town with its history dating back to Viking times bubbles with creativity, culture and craic – the Irish for having a good time! Dublin is one of Europe’s most popular city break destinations. Whether you come for business, the city’s rich cultural heritage, the shopping, the restaurants or the famous Dublin nightlife, you are guaranteed a ‘céad míle fáilte’ or a ‘thousand welcomes’ in Irish. A traditional Pub dinner is provided this evening. Overnight in Dublin. (B,D)
Day 10 | Wed 14 Sep: Dublin - Galway Start 9:30a.m.
Enjoy a guided tour of Dublin before heading to Galway. The Book of Kells is an ornately-illustrated manuscript, produced by Celtic monks around AD 800. It is one of the most lavishly illuminated manuscripts to survive the mediaeval period and has been described as the zenith of Western calligraphy and illumination. It contains the four gospels of the Bible in Latin, along with prefatory and explanatory matter decorated with numerous colourful illustrations and illuminations. Today it is on permanent display at the Trinity College Library in Dublin. Overnight in Galway (B)
Day 11 | Thu 15 Sep:
In Galway Start 9:00a.m.
Enjoy a tour of Galway City. Galway is a medieval city that is rich in culture. It is also a university city which is partly responsible for its vibrancy and love for the arts. It has much to offer visitors, both young and old. See St Nicholas Church - the Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas is the largest medieval parish church in Ireland in continuous use as a place of worship. Visit the Old Quays, and then, reaching the river Corrib, you will visit the famous Spanish Arch before crossing to the ancient Claddagh, famed for its ring and unique culture. Dinner tonight in a local restaurant. Overnight in Galway. (B,D)
Day 12 | Fri 16 Sep:
Galway - Killarney Start 9:00a.m.
The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s top visitor attractions. The Cliffs are 214m high at the highest point and range for 8 kilometres along the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of County Clare. O’Brien’s Tower stands proudly on a headland of the majestic Cliffs. From the Cliffs one can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, as well as the Twelve Pins, the Maum Turk Mountains in Connemara and Loop Head to the South. The Cliffs of Moher take their name from a ruined promontory fort ‘Mothar’ which was demolished during the Napoleonic wars to make room for a signal tower. Overnight in Killarney. (B)
Day 13 | Sat 17 Sep:
In Killarney Start 9:00a.m.
The Ring of Kerry (or Iveragh Peninsula to state its correct name) is part of the mystical & unspoilt region of Ireland that has attracted visitors for hundreds of years. Above all, the Ring of Kerry provides an amazing insight into the ancient heritage of Ireland - see the Iron Age Forts & Ogham Stones, Old Monasteries and a landscape carved out of rock by the last Ice Age 10,000 years ago. Enjoy some free time before boarding your coach back to Killarney. Dinner is served at a local restaurant. Overnight in Killarney. (B,D)
Day 14 | Sun 18 Sep:
Killarney – Waterford Start 9:00a.m.
This morning head to Waterford. The House of Waterford Crystal is conveniently located on the Mall in Waterford City and open to the public seven days a week all year round. The new high-tech facility exclusively produces 40,000 luxury hand-crafted crystal pieces using traditional artisan methods for our most-discerning customers in addition to serving as a brand laboratory for innovation and modern design. Come and take a visual journey of over 225 years of glass-making and see how each individual piece of crystal is created by highly-skilled craftsmen using unique and traditional methods. Overnight in Waterford. (B)
Day 15 | Mon 19 Sep:
Waterford – Bristol Start 6:00a.m.
An early start from Waterfod to ensure a timely arrival to Bristol by 4:30p.m., with scheduled refresher stops on the way. Board the coach and transfer to Rosslare. The services of your Irish tour-escort ends in Rosslare. On arrival in Pembroke, disembark and proceed to collect your luggage. Meet your English tour-escort and board the tour coach to transfer to Bristol. Bristol is a lively and dynamic city and the largest city in the south west of England. The prestige of Bristol is reflected in its splendid architecture, a rich maritime heritage, a wealth of attractions and beautiful estates and parkland. A traditional Pub dinner is provided this evening. Overnight in Bristol. (B,D)
Day 16 | Tue 20 Sep: Bristol - Plymouth Start 9:00a.m.
Depart Bristol this morning and travel to Plymouth. En-route we have arranged a scheduled stop at the Jane Austin Centre with time for viewing. The Jane Austin Centre at 40 Gay Street in Bath houses a permanent exhibition. Continue your journey to Bath before heading onto Cornwall. Bath is one of England’s most-beautiful, elegant and historic cities, and is classed as a World Heritage City. In Bath, enjoy a visit to the Roman Baths. Perhaps the best-preserved Roman religious spa from the ancient world, there are four main features: The Sacred Spring, The Roman Temple, The Roman Bath House and finds from the Roman Baths. We’ll also see the Georgian Pump Room. In the afternoon, depart Bath for Plymouth. As the regional capital of Devon and Cornwall, Plymouth is an extra-ordinary blend of a vibrant modern city and a historic seafaring port. Visit world famous heritage sites like Plymouth Hoe and Mayflower steps. In the Barbican, you can enjoy centuries of maritime tradition.
Overnight in Plymouth (B,D)
Day 17 | Wed 21 Sep: In Plymouth Start 9:00a.m.
We enjoy a full-day exploring Cornwall, visiting Tintagel Castle, Zennor, Truro and Land’s End, with a visit to the Eden Project! With its spectacular-location on one of England’s most-dramatic coastlines, Tintagel is an awe-inspiring and romantic spot, a place of legends. Come and explore Cornwall’s only City - Truro, wander through the streets and opes to discover independent retailers but also national chains. The maritime heritage is important, with river trips to Falmouth and to Trelissick Gardens, with its elaborate gardens, wide open spaces and fantastic views of the Carrick Roads which are a photographers delight. Truro Cathedral dominates the skyline and plays an important part in the City’s story. It hosts lunchtime recitals, evening concerts and plays. The Eden Project communicates its story in a ‘Living Theatre of Plants and People’ based in a large crater in which nestle two vast greenhouses (Biomes). Inside these greenhouses, house plants, crops and landscapes from the humid tropics and warm temperate regions act as a backdrop to the temperate landscape. Lands End, the most westerly point of the English mainland. Enjoy a traditional Afternoon or Cream Tea. A traditional Pub dinner is provided this evening. Overnight in Plymouth. (B,D)
Day 18 | Thu 22 Sep: Plymouth - London Start 9:00a.m.
Head back to London today, and visit Stonehenge en-route. Stop to marvel at the great and ancient stone circle of Stonehenge, one of the Wonders of the World. What visitors see today are the substantial remnants of the last in a sequence of such monuments erected between circa 3000BC and 1600BC. London is one of the world’s most popular cities! People have flocked to the city for tourism and business alike for over two thousand years. Overnight in London. (B)
Day 19 | Fri 23 Sep:
In London Start 9:00a.m.
A guide is provided for our full-day sightseeing tour of all the major sights of London. In London’s vibrant West End enjoy famous sights such as Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and Big Ben. We’ll see Westminster Abbe. Then we’ll move on to to the Old City of London. We’ll visit St Paul’s Cathedral, designed by Sir Christopher Wren. Then our final visit of the day will be at the Tower of London, ancient London’s most historic monument and home to the priceless Crown Jewels. Also see the Crown Jewels, displayed in a specially-built jewel house, and don’t forget the Ravens, without whom the White Tower would supposedly fall! Visit St.Paul’s Cathedral, the largest cathedral in Britain. Afternoon tea is arranged at a Hotel with its afternoon tea tradition dating back 1865. From here transfer to the theatre district - Prince Edward Theatre - to enjoy a night at the theatre. The show ends at 10:00p.m. Return to your hotel by own arrangements. Overnight in London. (B)
Day 20 | Sat 24 Sep: In London Free day
Full day-at-leisure. Some of you will be visiting Buckingham Palace and what a wonderful time to visit with the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding gown on display. Also on display the masterpieces of Peter Karl Fabergé, the greatest Russian goldsmith and jeweller famous for his imperial Easter eggs and dazzling jewel-encrusted boxes. Dinner is arranged at one of London’s most-famous restaurants. Departure from the hotel is with a transfer coach is scheduled. A return transfer is arranged from Simpson’s to your hotel. Overnight in London. (B,D)
Day 21 | Sun 25 Sep:
Depart London Start 7:00a.m.
This morning, a motorcoach is provided for transfer from the hotel to Heathrow airport departing at 7:00a.m. Tour tour escort will escort you to Heathrow Airport and assist with check-in to your flight. (B)
Please note: In view of early departure on Sunday, collect your freshly packed breakfast box from the hotel reception before boarding the coach.
1130 Depart London
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Day 1 Melbourne
Depart Australia for Paris
Day 2 Paris
Welcome to Paris! On arrival we meet our tour escort at the Airport and transfer to our hotel in Paris. Paris is a captivating city with bustling street life, cosmopolitan cafés and the some of the most spectacular buildings and monuments in Europe. The city exudes style and there is an exciting, romantic buzz in the air. In the afternoon a guided visit the Louvre museum is arranged. This most famous and prized museum in France was constructed around 1200 as a fortress than rebuilt around the mid-16th century as a royal palace and finally transformation to a public museum in 1793. The paintings, sculptures and artefacts on display have been assembled over the last 5 centuries, but undoubtedly the most famous is Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Evening at leisure. Overnight Paris
Day 3 Paris
Our day starts with a city tour of this historic city with some leisure time followed by a visit to Paris’ most famous landmark. The Eiffel tower is 318m high, including the television antenna at the very tip. An elevator trip to the top is arranged. In the afternoon join a guided gourmet walking tour in an area of Paris that is well-known for its high quality food shops. We visit a coffee-roasting shop that produces excellent coffee, a patisserie that takes pride in producing its high quality mouth watering pastries and cakes, a chocolate shop, a meeting with a wine shopkeeper. At the conclusion of the tour, return to your hotel at your leisure. (Metro tickets included). In the evening we enjoy a Welcome Dinner at a local Parisian restaurant. Return restaurant transfers are provided for this outing from our hotel. Overnight Paris
Day 4 Paris
After breakfast we depart for a full day excursion to Versailles and Claude Monet Foundation in Giverny. In Versailles, a visit to the palace, the magnificent monument to the extravagance of the French monarchy during the 17th century is arranged. Built by Louis XIV, the Sun King, Versailles became the home of the French royalty during that period, and eventually grew to represent all that was hated about the monarchy in the build up to the revolution in 1789. Your guided tour includes a walk around the fabulous state apartments which feature many superb works of art. The sightseeing program continues in the afternoon with a visit to the Claude Monet Foundation in Giverny. When Monet and his family settled in Giverny in 1883 the piece of land sloping gently down from the house to the road was planted with an orchard and enclosed by high stone walls. A central alley bordered with pines separated it into two parts. Monet had the pines cut down, keeping only the two yews closest to the house to please Alice. From this, Monet made a garden full of perspectives, symmetries and colours. In the evening dinner is served at a nearby Parisian restaurant. Overnight Paris.
Day 5 Paris – Tours
This morning we depart Paris and travel to the Loire Valley. The region is well known as the Garden of France and the Cradle of the French Language. It is also noteworthy for the quality of its architectural heritage, in its historic towns such as Amboise, Angers, Blois, Chinon, Orléans, Saumur, and Tours, but in particular for its world-famous castles, such as the Châteaux Amboise, Château de Villandry and Chenonceau. Our sightseeing program includes a visit to the Chateau de Chenonceau, a romantic pleasure palace created from the Renaissance onwards by a series of aristocratic women. We approach the chateau via the tree-lined avenue leading to symmetrical gardens of the property. A Renaissance masterpiece that spans the river Cher with a 60m gallery built over a series of arches. Inside, we’ll find splendidly furnished rooms, airy bedchambers and fine paintings and tapestries. Later we visit Chambord castle. Chambord comes from Camboritos, which in Gallic means “the ford on the curve“. This castle is located a few miles away from Blois, in a landscape of forests, ponds and brooks, amongst the thick brushwood where animals hide, the château of young king François the first, was built at the beginning of the sixteenth century. Arrival to tours is late in the afternoon. Dinner is served at the hotel restaurant this evening. Overnight Tours.
Day 6 Tours – Dijon
After breakfast we depart the Loire Valley and continue our journey to the Burgundy region though Blois Orleans and Auxerre (Stop for Lunch). The harmony of great wines, renowned specialities and a strong tradition has made the excellent reputation of Beaune’s gastronomy, which will tempt any gourmet! We enjoy some special gastronomic visits including: a visit to Traiteur Jean Hubert, a maker of pain d’epices (a Dijon speciality). Here you will watch a demonstration of how this bread is made, followed by tastings! Visit a fromagerie; the cheeses are stored in a cave and sold in their prime. Stocking over 60 different types, all the region’s cheeses from Cîteaux to Epoisses are for the taking. Alongside, gourmet treats are on display to tempt the eye, the stomach and the wallet such as rice flavoured with lavender, specialist teas, truffles and fruit liqueurs.Late in the afternoon we continue our journey towards Dijon. Overnight at Dijon.
Day 7 Dijon – Lucerne
Depart in the morning and continue your Journey towards Lucerne in Switzerland via Besancon (capital and principal city of the Franche-Comte region), Mulhouse (a Pioneer town of the French industrial revolution) and Basel (home of the Jewellery trade fairs and a beautiful medieval old town centre). Lucerne is situated in the historic and scenic heart of Switzerland. It boasts a medieval town centre rich in charm with its picturesque 15th Century buildings and the city-wall towers. Lucerne also hosts the annual International Festival of Music from mid-August to mid-September and complements its rich historical background with modern culture. After arrival we check-in to our hotel and prepare for a guided walking tour of this charming Swiss town departing from the hotel. Dinner is served at the hotel restaurant this evening. Overnight in Lucerne.
Day 8 Lucerne – Grindelwald
This morning we take a cruise on lake Lucerne enjoying some spectacular scenery before continuing our journey to the central region of Switzerland arriving to picturesque Grindelwald. This traditional Swiss mountain settlement located at the foot of the Eiger Mountain, surrounded by spectacular alpine landscapes is a popular summer and a winter holiday spot for the locals and many Europeans. The region offer’s miles of slopes and hiking trails across the Alps, and for non-skiers a huge variety of winter activities, from tobogganing to groomed winter hiking tracks. The town is a great base to explore the Jungfrau region. After check-in to your hotel and some rest, this evening we enjoy a typically Swiss Dinner experience “The Fondue” served at a local restaurant. Overnight in Grindelwald.
Day 9 Grindelwald
This morning experience a journey of a lifetime, we travel to the top on board the cogwheel railway to the summit of the Jungfraujoch. The Jungfraujoch Europe’s highest-altitude railway station was opened on 1 August in 1912 (Swiss National Day). At 3,454 metres above sea level, the scenically spectacular Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe – became accessible to a wider public. The idea of building a railway up the Jungfrau Mountain came to Adolf Guyer-Zeller, an already renowned railway pioneer, while hiking in the Jungfrau Region in 1893. Captivated by the towering trio – Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau, he jotted down notes and sketches which corresponded very closely to the subsequent planning and construction of the Jungfrau Railway. Others before him had dreamed of building what became known as the “railway to the sky”. At the summit of the Jungfraujoch we enjoy a light lunch at one of the mountain restaurants. Overnight in Grindelwald.
Day 10 Grindelwald - Lake Como
After breakfast we say goodbye to Grindelwald and travel south towards the Swiss border and enter Italy and drive to the Italian Lake distinct arriving to Lake Como. The pristine waters of Lake Como (known locally as Lago Di Como) are framed by craggy backdrops and magnificent villas festooned with bougainvillea perch over its watery banks. An ideal holiday retreat the three long lakes converge to form Lake Como, joining in the Centro Lago area with the four towns of Bellaggio, Tremezzo, Menaggio and Varenna. On arrival we check-in to our hotel. The afternoon in Como is at your leisure. This evening a 3-course dinner is served at a local restaurant. Overnight in Lake Como
Day 11 Como
Start your day with a guided tour of the Italian Lake area; Narrow and long, the Italian Lakes are all of glacial origin and their banks are covered with varied and luxuriant vegetation which flourishes in the particularly mild climate. This fairyland of blue waters at the foot of shapely mountains has always been a favourite haunt of artists and travellers. The charm of this region is epitomised by the numerous villas with attractive gardens on the lakesides, the great variety of flowers throughout the year and the small sailing villages with their flotillas of boats where fresh fish is the speciality. Each lake has its own specific character, making it quite different from its neighbour. A cruise on Lake Como is included in the program. A light lunch served at a local restaurant. The afternoon in Como is at your leisure. Overnight at Lake Como
Day 12 Como - Milan - La Spezia
In the morning depart from Como and travel toward the Cinque Terre region of Italy. En -route a scheduled stop in Milan with a guided city tour is arranged. The now and the next are invented daily in Milan, Europe’s creative capital. This city is all about worldly pleasures. One of the world’s major commercial and financial centres, Milan is famous for fashion firms and shops (via Montenapoleone) and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in the Piazza Duomo, reputed to be the world’s oldest shopping mall. Milan is one of the world capitals of fashion and design. After lunch continue your journey to the Cinque Terre. Overnight at La Spezia
Day 13 La Spezia
The Cinque Terre is one of Italy’s treasures and became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997. We depart in the morning on the train to Riomaggiore and Manarola, The rest of the day is at leisure to explore these beautiful towns. In the evening dinner is served at your hotel. Overnight at La Spezia
Day 14 La Spezia – Florence
After breakfast we head south to Pisa. Located in western Tuscany, Pisa is known throughout the world for its famous Leaning Tower, but there is so much more to Pisa than just this striking landmark. It is crammed full of wonderful, historical monuments and buildings dating back many hundreds of years and much of Pisa has retained its medieval appearance. We enjoy a guided tour of Pisa, with a visit and admission to the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Cathedral. Later we continue our journey to Florence. Rich in history Florence is one of the most enticing cities in Italy. Its rich culture and architecture is evident in the beautiful cathedral - the Duomo, and also in the Uffizi Gallery, the Galleria dell’Accademia and the Ponte Veccio - a famous 14th century bridge. Overnight at Florence
Day 15 Florence
Start the morning with a guided half-day city tour of Florence! A visit to the Pitti Palace is included in the program. The Pitti Palace, which was formerly the residence of the grand-dukes of Tuscany and later of the King of Italy, now houses several important collections of paintings and sculpture, works of art, porcelain and a costume gallery, besides providing a magnificently decorated historical setting which extends to the Boboli Gardens, one of the earliest Italian gardens famous also for its fountains and grottoes. In the evening dinner is served in a nearby typically Italian restaurant. Overnight at Florence
Day 16 Florence - Rome
After breakfast we depart Florence and journey south to Rome. En route stop at Siena and San Gimignano, where we enjoy some free time in these town. Siena, more than anywhere else, embodies the aspect of a medieval city. With its yellowish-brown buildings (from which the colour ‘’sienna’’ is named) and encircled by massive ramparts, the city extends over three converging clay hills at teh very heart of the high Tuscan plateau. As a centre for the arts, Siena is an enticing maze of narrow streets, lined with tall palaces and patrician mansions, which come together as the famous Piazza del Campo. San Gimignano is a small walled medieval hill town and is mainly famous for its medieval architecture, especially its towers, which may be seen from several kilometres outside the town. In the afternoon we continue our journey south arriving to the Capital city of Italy Rome. Also the capital of the Roman Empire, the most powerful, largest and longest lasting empire of classical Western civilization. Explore this breathtaking Eternal City with the opulence of the Vatican, the timelessness of the Forum, or the gory resonance of the Colosseum! Evening is at leisure. Overnight in Rome
Day 17 Rome
This morning we enjoy a half day city tour of Imperial Rome with a local guide, visiting the Roman Forum and Colosseum. The Colosseum in Rome, today, is one of its most famous landmarks and tourist attractions. Although it survives only as a ruin, it still rates as one of the finest examples of Roman architecture and engineering. The Roman Forum is located in a valley between the Palatine hill and the Capitoline hill. It originally was a marsh, but the Romans drained the area and turned it into a centre of political and social activity. The Forum was the marketplace of Rome and also the business district and civic centre. It was expanded to include temples, a senate house and law courts. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the city of Rome. Dinner is served at your hotel this evening. Overnight in Rome.
Day 18 Rome
Our day starts with a half day city tour with a local guide, and visit the Vatican. The Vatican Museums are one of the most famous and renowned cultural institutions of the Holy See. Together with the immense heritage of movable works of art, sculptures and paintings, which are displayed in the galleries, the itineraries of the Vatican Museums include the most important and artistically significant rooms of the Vatican Apostolic Palace such as “Cappella Niccolina” with paintings by Beato Angelico, the “Appartamento Borgia” with decorations by Pinturicchio, the “Stanze” painted by Raphael and of course the Sistine Chapel with frescoes by Michelangelo as well as the most important 15th century masters from Umbria and Tuscany. Afternoon is at your leisure for more sightseeing. This evening a farewell to Italy is arranged at a local restaurant. Overnight in Rome.
Day 19 Depart Rome
After breakfast we transfer to Rome airport and depart Europe