Great Tours

Day 1: London - Stonehenge - Bath - Exeter ( 2 nights):

Pick up group from the airport, travel to rural Wiltshire and visit the mystical ancient monoliths at Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain. On arrival in Bath see the impressive Abbey and visit the Roman Baths from which the town derives its name. Later, we arrive into the historic cathedral city of Exeter. This evening, enjoy our welcome dinner.

Day 2: Plymouth - Polperro - Dartmoor Excursion - Buckfast Abbey

Day 3:  Exeter - Glastonbury - Cardiff

Day 4: Cardiff - Ludlow - Chester - Liverpool

Day 5: Liverpool - Lake District - Glasgow

Day 6: Glasgow - Glencoe - Fort William - Scottish Highlands (2 nights)

Day 7: Isle of Skye and Scenic Highland Excursion

Day 8: Scottish Higlands - Pilochry - St. Andrews - Edinburgh (2 nights)

Day 9: Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time

Day 10: Edinbrugh - Alnwick - York

Day 11: York - Stratford - upon-Avon - London

Day 12: London - airport. End of tour.

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Day 1: Amsterdam

This morning meet your Travel Director and travelling companions to The Netherlands, renowned for tulips, clogs and windmills. Later arrive in Amsterdam, one of Europe's friendliest cities.

Day 2: Amsterdam – Cologne – Rhineland

Cross into Germany and view Cologne Cathedral, the largest Gothic church in Europe. Embark on a scenic cruise down the River Rhine past terraced vineyards and towering castles. Finish the day at your hotel in the Rhineland.

Day 3: Rhineland – Munich – Innsbruck

In Munich admire the Glockenspiel in the Marienplatz and the Hofbräuhaus. Continue along the Inn Valley to the Austrian Tyrol and on to Innsbruck, a picturesque town where you view the sights including the Golden Roof and see the ski-jump.

Day 4: Innsbruck – Venice

Enjoy an exhilarating journey through the Brenner Pass – one of the principal Alpine highways – to Italy. In the Byzantine city of Venice cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square. Marvel at St. Mark's Basilica and the ornate Doge's Palace. Visit a traditional glassblowing workshop and see a demonstration then spend time discovering the delights of Venice. You might like to take a romantic ride in a gondola.

Day 5: Venice – Rome

Traverse the Veneto plain via Bologna and cross the dramatic Apennine Mountains into Tuscany. Continue through Umbria to Lazio and the capital, Rome. This evening take the opportunity to explore the city's beautiful squares and fountains and perhaps savor the local cuisine at one of the many restaurants

Day 6: Rome Sightseeing and Free Time

Your Local Specialist brings Rome's rich history to life during your wonderful sightseeing tour. Visit St. Peter's Basilica, featuring magnificent works of art. Your tour continues across the Tiber views Colosseum and see the ancient sites of Rome. Spend the rest of the day as you wish. From the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican Museums to the incredible fountains in Piazza Navona.

Day 7: Rome – Florence

Drive north through Umbria into the rolling countryside of Tuscany. In the Renaissance city of Florence enjoy spectacular views of the city from Piazza Michelangelo. Afterwards there is time to explore the Piazza della Signoria, the Duomo and Giotto's Bell Tower, and don't forget to shop for leather goods and 18-carat gold jewelry.

Day 8: Florence – Lake Lucerne

Cross the Apennines to the great northern plain and pass the city of Milan. Continue north to the Swiss border and follow the scenic St. Gotthard route to Lake Lucerne in the heart of Switzerland. The landscape is breathtaking.

Day 9: Lucerne Orientation and Free Time

Admire the sights of Lucerne during your morning orientation tour including views of the Chapel Bridge, the Jesuit Church and a visit to the Lion Monument, built to commemorate the Swiss Guards who died defending Louis XVI during the French Revolution. Spend free time shopping for Swiss chocolate or perhaps take an Optional Experience up a mountain peak.

Day 10: Lake Lucerne – Paris

Journey into France and pass the Vosges Mountains. See the vineyards as you travel through the great wine region of Burgundy. Arrive later in the elegant capital, Paris. This evening you might like to take a tour of the city and see the dazzling illuminations.

Day 11: Paris Sightseeing and Free Time

Paris is a beautiful city, and probably has more familiar landmarks than any other capital in the world. See most of them during your sightseeing tour with views of the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. Afterwards there is time for you to explore on your own. Tonight is the last evening of your holiday so you might consider a delicious dinner at a cosy bistro. Also, no trip to Paris is complete without seeing a famous cabaret show featuring the can-can.

Day 12: Paris

Transfer to airport. End of tour.

Day 1 | Arrive Paris, France.

Welcome to Paris - one of the world’s most beautiful cities and the capital of France. A city of world-class restaurants, art galleries, shops and natural masterpieces, beautiful parks and gardens. Visit the world famous Louvre Museum to see the Mona Lisa, and then the amazing Musee d’Orsay. Wander through the narrow lanes of Bohemian Montmartre, the artists’ community where you can watch them sketch as you sit at one of the many outdoor cafes. Take a romantic boat cruise on the River Seine. See the Arc de Triomphe, one of Paris’ principal focal points and the Place de la Concorde, the largest square in France. The gothic Notre-Dame is the most famous of all cathedrals and is located in the heart of Paris.

Day 2 | Paris Sightseeing

Wonder through the city’s Left Bank (Rive Gauche) and see Paris from the 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower. Here you will come across colorful markets, lively cafes and the passionate Latin Quarter. Admire the dazzling window-displays and covered shopping malls of the Champs-Elysees, and the opulence of the Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoree where haute couture is displayed alongside ready-to-wear. This evening after a fabulous dinner visit one of Paris’ famous music hall shows at the Follies Berger or the Moulin Rouge.

Day 3 | Paris - Champagne - Nancy - Strasbourg

From Paris drive across the Champagne area to Nancy, the artistic and intellectual capital of Lorraine, especially enjoyable if you like the sinuous, sexy belle époque form known as Art Nouveau. The Place Stanislaus is a gigantic rectangle, surrounded by gloriously ornamental classical buildings, gilded wrought-iron gates and extravagant fountains. Completely restored it is now named a Unesco World Heritage Site. Drive to Strasbourg, the capital of Alsace, for your overnight stay. Strasbourg’s architecture is closely related to its history with its medieval influences seen primarily in the cityscape buildings located all around the city. Visit Strasbourg’s historic Le Petite France neighborhood with its cobblestone streets, fine restaurants, medieval buildings and good shopping. See the timber-framed houses with their wooden galleries and overhanging upper stories in Old Strasbourg. For your evening meal try the gourmet dish of foie gras.

Day 4 | Strasbourg - Alsace - Basel, Switzerland - Lucerne

Alsace, unlike other French Regions, has both French and German influences. Due to its dual Franco-Germanic cultures, the majority of the population speaks French with a decided German accent and the cuisine is a blend of French and German cooking. Your drive takes you along the Alsatian Wine Route to the city of Colmar, renowned for its well-preserved old town. Mulhouse is located on the plain between the Vosges Mountains and the Rhine River, close to the Swiss and German borders. It is home to a fascinating Automobile and Railroad Museum, both of which hold unique collections. Cross the border of Switzerland to Basel located on the River Rhine and bordering both Germany and France. The attractive old town, with its cobbled streets and fountains, has antique and craft shops, cafes, and beautiful old buildings such as the 12th century cathedral and the Barbusse church, now the Historical Museum. Continue your journey through glorious scenery to Lucerne, where we have arranged your overnight stay. Enjoy Lucerne’s beautiful lakeside setting of impressive mountain views and picturesque medieval town squares lined with fountains and historic houses. Walk the medieval battlements and explore cobbled alleys and hidden garden courtyards. End your day at one of Lucerne’s many restaurants and try the delicious typical Swiss dish of rosti - a combination of fried grated crispy potatoes and gruyere cheese.

Day 5 | Lucerne - Swiss Alps - Lugano - Lake Como, Italy - Milan

From German speaking Lucerne we drive into Ticino, Switzerland’s Italian speaking canton. Continue through the mountains to Lugano, which is a town of parks and flowers, villas and sacred buildings. With Mediterranean flair it offers all the advantages of a world-class city combined with the flavor of a small town. The historic town center, with its squares and arcades, is traffic-free and home to numerous Italianate Lombardy style buildings. Numerous parks invite you to laze around and enjoy the atmosphere while the lakeside promenade of the Belvedere Gardens boasts countless sub-tropical plants and modern works of art. Cross the border into Italy and relax for a while on the shore of Lake Como before continuing to the great City of Milan where we have arranged for your overnight stay. The regional food here gives its name to several dishes, Minestrone alla Milanese and Risotto alla Milanese. Try Osso Buco, and the Tortelli di Zucca (pumpkin fritters) with the sparkling red or white regional wine Franciacorta. Milan is renown as one of the world capitals of design and fashion, its Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in the Piazza Duomo is reputed to be the world’s oldest shopping mall. The biggest and greatest example of Gothic architecture in Italy is the Milan Cathedral. Whilst in Milan see Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper”.

Day 6 | Milan - Bergamo - Lake Garda - Verona - Vicenza - Venice

Leave Milan and drive to the pretty town of Bergamo. Its original location was a defensive hilltop, protected by stout walls, and now known as the Citta Alta (upper town) where you will find most of the historic buildings and tourist sights. Leave Bergamo for Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy where exclusive resort hotels run along its shore. Your journey then continues to Verona, where its Roman Amphitheater (commonly known as The Arena) is one of the biggest, holding over 22,000 spectators, and best preserved. Here every year the opera Aida is performed with live elephants. In front of the Arena is the Piazza Bra, a huge square with such interesting buildings as the Palazzo Berbieri (the Town Hall) and Gran Guardia Palace. Among these beautiful building are many bars, restaurants and souvenir shops. From Verona, travel to the town of Vicenza, noted for its splendid churches and palaces, many designed by Andrea Palladio, and then on to Venice, the City of Water, often cited as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Typical food of the region is the bigoli (a type of spaghetti), risotto with chicory, excellent fish dishes including shellfish, dried cod, sardines, and the black spaghetti made with squid ink. Accompany this with the wines of the district, the rose or red sparkling Valpolicella and Bardolino.

Day 7 | Venice Sightseeing

To be in Venice is to be a believer in fairy tales, for the only way to get around this 1,500-year-old city is by foot or by water. Take the classical Venetian gondola or motorized waterbuses which ply regular routes along the major canals between the city’s islands. You will be awed by the magical beauty of this city filled with palaces and art. Wander the alleyways and bridges, stroll across the Bridge of Sighs - connecting the Doge’s Palace with the prisons where prisoners would suffer their final torment as they view Venice for the last time - relax in the Piazza San Marco in the very heart of Venice, which opens up on to the Grand Canal. With its water-lapped palaces its panoramic view across the water from the Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace) it is precisely as Canaletto painted it. You will surely be awed at the Basilica whose exterior is richly decorated by marble and mosaic and the relics of St. Mark resting in the main alter. There are numerous beautiful churches, palaces and museums, many fine shops and restaurants serving excellent food. The Ghetto (Jewish quarter) is a hauntingly beautiful and secret corner of the Canneregio district close to the bustling Strada Nuova. Visit the museum here and the synagogue.

Day 8 | Venice - Ravenna - Republic of San Marino - Assisi

Leave Venice for the beautiful drive to Ravenna, once the seat of the Roman Empire. The historic center is mostly pedestrian only. Mosaics hold the pride of place in Ravenna’s vast artistic heritage. The material used was so resistant that these 5th and 6th centuries mosaic pictures are exceptionally well preserved and can be admired today as they were when the artist first formed them. Drive from Ravenna and take the opportunity to visit one of the smallest states in the world (61km/23sq.mi) the Republic of San Marino which stands in an admirable site on the slopes of the jagged sandstone ridge of Monte Titano. This ancient republic strikes its own coinage, issues its own postage stamps and has its own army and police force. San Marino is believed to have been founded in the 4th century by a pious mason, Marinus, who was fleeing from the persecutions of the Emperor Diocletian. The system of government has changed little in nine centuries, and the leading figures are still the two Captains Regent, who are chosen from among the 60 members of the Grand Council and installed every six months during a colorful ceremony. The economy is based on tourism, trade, the sale of postage stamps, craft industries and agriculture. San Marino produces a very pleasant wine, Moscato. Leave San Marino for the beautiful drive to the peaceful town of Assisi, rich in its religious heritage. Situated on the slopes of Monte Subasio, it’s a perfect town for wandering and exploring and it is here that we have arranged your overnight stay. The town’s picturesque narrow lanes conceal so many surprises - a hidden restaurant, a faded fresco, a stunning view. For hundreds of years Assisi has been dominated by the unpretentious figure of St. Francis, whose followers filled this little town with churches, monasteries and shrines? The grandest of these is the Basilica di San Francesco, built to honor the humble saint who lies in its crypt. You will find a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and many excellent restaurants.

Day 9 | Assisi - Umbria - Rome

From Assisi drive through the green countryside of Umbria to Rome, an exciting city harboring lost empires that bombard you with glorious sites and architecture. Amongst Rome’s world-famous landmarks is the Coliseum, where animals and gladiators fought in epic battles and met their deaths for the entertainment of the spectators. Throw three coins into the Trevi Fountain and climb the Spanish Steps located at Piazza di Spagna. Visit Rome’s most beloved square and one of the world’s most beautiful piazzas, the Piazza Navona where beside two of Bernini’s famous fountains you can eat at some of the great sidewalk cafes or restaurants as local artists endeavor to sell their paintings to tourists. Try the Roman specialties of spaghetti alla carbonara or gnocchi alla Romana

Day 10 | Rome sightseeing

Enjoy another day in the “Eternal City” as you visit more of Rome’s highlights - places where culture, history, arts and archeology of the past are gloriously brought to life. At Vatican City visit St. Peter’s Cathedral and enjoy its statues and fountains. The Vatican Museum features masterpieces by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael and from the Museum you have access to the Sistine Chapel. Rome is a shopper’s paradise with Prada, Gucci, Valentino as well as the many stores serving the younger generation and lower priced Italian apparel. When you are ready for a nice glass of wine there are several wine bars on the side streets, and many restaurants where you can sample more of the Roman specialties such as the roast lamb called abbacies al forno. At night enjoy Rome as the Romans do by walking among the sensual delights of the wonderful lighted monuments, which appear even more spectacular at night.

Day 11 | Rome - Orvieto - Tuscany - Montepulciano - Sienna - Florence

Leave Rome for your drive to the walled 2,000 year-old city of Orvieto, home to the famous Etruscan ruins and known for its fine Cathedral, for its ceramics and the its highly prized Orvieto white wine. Then cross Umbria to the highest of the Tuscan hill-towns, Montepulciano, which is encircled by walls and fortifications. On to the gentle, mystical and passionate city of Siena. As you stroll through its narrow streets, lined with palaces and mansions, you become enlivened with the clay colored (hence the color, burnt siena) and medieval past of this beautiful city. The famous Piazza del Campo is shaped like a fan, paved with brick and encircled by a ring of stone slabs. This is the site of the famous Palio horse race held every July and August. The drive from Sienna to Florence is a land of pastoral and vine-clad hills, the home of Chianti Classic.

Day 12 | Florence - San Gimignano - Arrezzo - Cortona - Florence

Drive by the flourishing vineyards and olive groves of the unique Tuscan countryside to the hilltop medieval towers of San Gimignano. In the heart of the town are four fine squares, each with its own historic buildings. Drive through the glorious Tuscan countryside to the ancient town of Arezzo. Visit the Piazza Grande, the most noteworthy medieval square in the city. Drive on to the quiet town of Cortona, whose ramparts cling to the steep slopes of a hill clad in olive groves. From the Piazza del Duomo see the lovely view over the valley. Then back to Florence and a traditional Tuscan dinner - try the bistecca (grilled steak) or fagioli all’ucelletto (beans with quail). A notable red wine is the Nobile di Montepulciano, and Vernaccia di San Gimignano is a favorite white wine

Day 13 | Florence - Lucca - Pisa - Portofino - Cinque Terre - Genoa

Leave the beautiful and ancient city of Florence for the delightful Tuscan town of Lucca, one of Tuscany’s best-kept secrets it has some of Italy’s finest medieval and Renaissance architecture protected by massively thick walls. Wander through the town’s squares and streets and visit the antique markets. It is in Tuscany that Italian cooking was born. Try the region’s famous soup ribollita and the area’s most popular wine, Chianti. From Lucca drive the short distance to Pisa. Although it is known worldwide for its Leaning Tower it has more than 20 other historic churches and several palaces. Your drive from Pisa takes you through the fashionable seaside resort of Viareggio with its lovely beaches and on to Cinque Terre and Portofino. Cinque Terre, “the Five Lands” comprise five villages, Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomagiore and their surrounding hillsides. Over centuries man has built terraces on the rugged steep landscape right up to the cliffs that overlook the sea and part of its charm is the lack of visible “modern” development. Take the coast road to Italy’s greatest seaport Genoa – a city of surprises and contrasts where the most splendid palaces stand beside the humblest alleyways. In central Genoa is the Piazza de Ferrari, around which are the Opera and the Palace of the Doges, as well as a house where Christopher Columbus is said to have been born. Other interesting landmarks include the Palazzo Rosso and the Old Harbor which is now transformed into a mall. While in Genoa try some of the region’s dishes; polenta, creamy Gorgonzola and Panettone, a fruitcake with raisins and candied lemon peel.

Day 14 | Genoa - San Remo - Monte Carlo - Nice

Leave Genoa for a very pleasant drive along the coast of the Italian Riviera to the capital of the Riviera di Ponente San Remo, which boasts a pleasure boat harbor, casino and racecourse. It is also the main Italian flower market and exports millions of roses, carnations and mimosa worldwide. A short drive along the Mediterranean coastline brings you to Ventimiglia the border with France and the fascinating principality of Monaco. In the 13th century the House of Grimaldi, descended from a Genoese nobleman, took power in Monaco, Antibes and Nice and built castles at Grimaud, Cagnes-sur-Mer and Antibes. The present Prince Albert II of Monaco (son of the late beloved Grace Kelly) is a descendant of the Grimaldis. The world’s smallest French speaking country, it takes less than one hour to walk the width of Monaco. Enjoy its exceptional location between mountain and sea, and its beautiful gardens. From there take the magnificent Grande Corniche from which you will get grand sweeping views down to the Mediterranean. Arrive in Glamorous Nice where we have arranged a 2 night stay.

Day 15 | Nice - French Riviera - Nice

With its beautiful beaches, lovely seaside promenade, diverse shopping, splendid dining and lovely art-deco facades Nice is the playground of the rich and famous. Take a walking tour of the city’s Cours Saleya (Flower Market), with its abundance of ripe produce, sidewalk cafes, souvenir shops and of course flowers simply bursting with colors. Today discover the Cote d’Azur - The Blue Coast - as you follow the Mediterranean coastline and visit the glamorous resorts of St. Tropez, Antibes, Juan-les-Pins, and Cap-Ferrat.

Day 16 | Nice - Grande Canyon du Verdon - Aix-en-Provence - Avignon

Leave Nice for the short drive to the town of Grass, the perfume capital of the world, with lots of outlets to buy its perfumes. From here you will drive through the valley of Castellane to the magnificent Grand Canyon du Verdon, whose gigantic rock cliffs are the result of the erosion of the Verdon river. Deep, compact, wild and beautiful, rich in flora and fauna, the scenery here is astonishing. The villages have maintained their old-fashioned Provencal appeal and you will be warmly welcomed. As you drive through magnificent natural beauty you will arrive, discover the color and sensation of Aix-en-Provence, with the golden stone of its facades and the transparent green of the fountains. Built and developed around its dual identity of a town of water and art, it was founded in 123 BC by the Roman consul Sextius Calvinus. A tour of this wondrous town is a chance to travel in time, with its architectural and cultural heritage accessible to everyone; treasures that you will discover simply by walking around this magnificent town. Leave Aix-en-Provence for the picturesque village of Les-Beaux-de-Provence. Just inside the entrance of this village are narrow cobblestone streets, terrace cafes, and souvenir shops. Admire the surrounding countryside as your drive takes you to the pretty village of St. Remy de Provence, which is encircled by a 14th century wall which is still in use today. St. Remy is a busy active village where you can purchase regional pottery including some influenced by Van Gogh who lived here. It was in this village that Nostradamus was born. Continue to enjoy Provence as you arrive in Avignon where we have arranged your overnight stay.

Day 17 | Avignon - Lyon - Beaune - Burgundy - Dijon

Protected by its ramparts, the historic core of Avignon is a lively center of art and culture, thanks to its architectural and artistic heritage. During the 14th century Avignon was the capital of the Christian world and the temporary home of the Popes. The grand Palais des Papes is an impressive site to visit. See the bridge Saint Benezet from the popular song Sur le pont d'Avignon and enjoy the many parks and gardens. Leave Avignon for the city of Lyon, known for its famous restaurants and wonderful food. It has a reputation as the French capital of gastronomy, so be sure to have lunch there before your journey ends in Beaune. Renowned for its artistic heritage, Beaune is the epicenter of one of the world's great wine regions. Fortified in 1368 it was the residence of the Dukes of Burgundy before they moved to Dijon. Its most famous building is the Hotel-Dieu, which for over 500 years from 1456 cared for the sick and has remained intact. With its fine architecture, decoration (ironwork, gabled dormers and weathervanes) its multi-colored glazed tiles and its old well, it seems more a palace of luxury than a place for the poor. Its internal courtyard in the Flemish-Burgundian style, the pharmacy, the nun's quarters, the kitchens are all fascinating but it is the Great Hall which most completely evokes the spiritual dimension of the hospitals of yesteryear, remaining in service until 1959. From Beaune you have a short drive to Dijon, the capital of Burgundy, for your overnight stay.

Day 18 | Dijon - Fontainebleau - Versailles - Paris

Close to some of the world's finest vineyards, Dijon has a remarkable artistic heritage. The Ducal City consists of the Palais des Ducs et des Etats de Bourgogne. This ducal palace had been neglected since the death of Charles the Bold in the 14th century but was restored in the 17th century. The exterior of the Great Hall recalls the Marble Court at Versailles. As a great European center of artistic activity, Dijon tended towards a certain ostentation. The Salle des Grades is the Ducal Palace's most important interior with its centerpiece formed by two tombs. Leave Dijon and drive through woodland to Fontainebleau. The Palace of Fontainebleau is one of the largest French royal chateaux and as it is today is the work of many French monarchs. The building is arranged around a series of courtyards, and has grown up around the remainder of the Forest of Fontainebleau, a former royal hunting park. This forest is now home to many endangered species of Europe. From here drive to Versailles, created at the time of the French monarchy’s greatest splendor. When Louis XIV moved there from Paris in 1682 it became the center of political power until the Royal Family was forced to return to Paris in 1789 during the French Revolution. With its ornately decorated rooms, chandeliers, marble, bronze and large paintings, Versailles remains the finest jewel of the French Crown. The gardens, created for perfection in their symmetry and harmony, were designed for walking, while the flower beds designed to highlight the castle, with many statues and fountains decorating its paths. Your day ends in Paris for your overnight stay.

Day 19 | Paris

Return to the airport for your journey home

English and Scottish Discovery

From London

Highlights: bus tour of London, Stratford upon Avon, Liverpool, the Lake District, Gretna Green, Edinburgh, Edinburgh Castle, Inverness, Loch Ness, Glen Coe and Glasgow.

This relaxing one way journey from London to Scotland visits many of Britain’s must-see sights. There’s time to explore London, Edinburgh and Glasgow plus the scenic beauty of England’s famed Lake District and the Scottish Highlands. 

Day One
Welcome to London (2 nights)

Land at Heathrow Airport and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon take an introductory tour around some of the key London attractions such as Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Stop to visit St Pauls Cathedral with its impressive dome. In the evening meet your guide and fellow travelers to discuss your vacation over a welcome drink and enjoy dinner in your hotel.

Overnight: Doubletree by Hilton Islington Hotel, London (or similar)

Day Two
London Bus Tour & Tower

Today explore London at your own pace on an bus tour to see the highlights. There are several routes to enjoy and you'll enjoy unobstructed views of the passing attractions. You may also take a walking tour and a cruise on the River Thames. Also visit the Tower of London to see the magnificent Crown Jewels in the strongly-fortified White Tower and the Beefeaters, guardians of the Tower in their distinctive uniforms or Kensington Palace, home of Princess Diana.

Day Three
Stratford-upon-Avon & Beatles’ Liverpool

Drive through the Cotswolds, a delightful hilly region with medieval villages where houses are built from the mellow honey-colored local stone. Stop in Stratford-upon-Avon for a look around on your own to view the many black-and-white buildings that date back to Shakespeare’s time. If you wish, you may visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace in the center of the town. Continue your drive to Liverpool and visit the Beatles Story to learn all about the Beatles’ lives and enjoy their music and activities. Check in to your hotel in the city center.

Overnight: Hilton Hotel, Liverpool (or similar)

Day Four
Liverpool to Edinburgh (2 nights)

Drive through the wonderful Lake District for stunning views of lakes, gentle hills and valleys. Take a break in Grasmere to visit William Wordsworth's home, Dove Cottage. Near the Scottish Border stop at the Old Blacksmith’s Shop at Gretna Green, a popular shopping venue for quality goods. and on to Edinburgh. In the evening dine at a popular restaurant and take a ghost walking tour around historic streets.

Overnight: Macdonald Houston House Hotel, Edinburgh (Or similar)

Day Five
Edinburgh Castle & City Tour

Tour Edinburgh city center to see the medieval town and the 200-year-old Georgian "New Town” with its wide streets and elegant squares. See the bustling Princes Street with excellent shopping. Take a short walk along the narrow Royal Mile to view the old houses, some of which are 11 stories in height. Tour Edinburgh Castle to see the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny and enjoy great views from this massive fortress that towers over the city. The afternoon and evening are at leisure and there’s no shortage of great places to visit. 

On 7 to 21 August departures experience the World famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. 

Day Six
St Andrews and the Highlands

Take a look around St Andrews, famous as the "home of golf" as well as its university, which is Scotland's oldest. Take a walking tour around the town with your tour director who will tell you about the famous people and happenings here. There is time to explore the picturesque ruins of St Andrews Cathedral before we board our coach and drive into the Highlands. Enjoy the splendid scenery with majestic peaks as we make for Inverness, the major city in the Highlands. Check-in to your downtown hotel situated by the banks of the River Ness. Tonight enjoy a special ceilidh with Scottish music after dinner.

Overnight: Columba Hotel, Inverness (or similar)

Day Seven
Scottish Highlands & Loch Lomond Cruise

See more great scenery as you drive along the beautiful shores of Loch Ness, famous for its monster. Journey through Glen Coe, a spectacular glen made famous by the Campbells’ massacre of the Clan Macdonald in 1692. Take a scenic cruise on Loch Lomond to admire the tranquil waters and view Ben Lomond. Say farewell to the Highlands as you head to Glasgow for a short orientation tour around this city set on the River Clyde and renowned for its shipbuilding industries.

Overnight: Menzies Glasgow Hotel, Glasgow (or similar)

Day Eight
Tour Ends in Glasgow

Your tour ends with a transfer to Glasgow Airport.

Inclusions

On our trips we don't just take you to the destinations, we make sure you get under the skin of every place you visit. From amazing food & accommodation, to exclusive access to incredible experiences, with 8PMSaturday Travel you'll get unbeatable value & a completely unique travel experience.

Day 1: Paris

Meet up with your 8PMSaturday team before we hit the road, we will depart for the 'Paris by Night', where the French capital transforms into the "City of Lights". Lamp-lit bridges and cool little cafés give us a real taste of Paris’ romance. Your trip manager will fill you in on the world’s most recognized monuments, like the Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower. If you’re adventurous, get right into French culture and try out France’s national delicacy – escargot! You’ll also get to toast the start of your trip with French Champagne.

  • Exclusive 'Paris by Night' sightseeing tour with Champagne & escargot
  • See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral

 

Day 2: Paris

This town is loaded with possibilities. Discover its many bistros, museums, tree-lined avenues and diverse quartiers.

Get a feel for French flair by window shopping on the Left Bank, step into the Notre Dame Cathedral or explore the endless galleries of the Louvre and get up close to the famous Mona Lisa. Try indulging in some delicious pastries and relax in one of Paris’ many green spaces.

Tonight, treat yourself to a real Parisian night out, starting with an optional dinner in an atmospheric restaurant, where you can get to know your group. Then sign up for an authentic cabaret experience, complete with can-can girls and Champagne.

  • Parisien Diner
  • Lido show (extra 150euro)

 

Day 3: Paris to Beaujolais Wine Region

Southbound, we stop off at the massive 16th century Château Fontainebleau. Walk around the imperial gardens and check out the château’s imposing, regal exterior.

We continue on through Burgundy’s wine country to Beaujolais’ green hills and vineyards.

Our team will make you feel right at home in this very own 16th century Château. There’s a wine tasting within the Château’s working winery, where our resident expert will teach you about Beaujolais wine as you swirl and sip on wines made in the area for centuries.

  • Spécial Stop-over: French Château
  • Wine tasting at Château
  • See Château Fontainebleau
  • See Chablis, Burgundy & Beaujolais vineyards

 

Day 4: Beaujolais Wine Region to French Riviera

Unwind on the coach, listen to your MP3 and take in the rustic beauty of Provence, known for its pretty landscapes of lavender, sunflowers and wild herbs.

A lunch stop in the Popes’ fomer seat of power, Avignon, means a real taste of the Provencal lifestyle and look into the town’s Roman heritage. Wander through the cobbled streets and learn about Avignon’s past when you see the Papal Palace’s impressive walls and the town’s signature bridge.

Next stop is the French Riviera and home to the French perfume industry, where we visit Fragonard Perfumery. Learn about how perfume is made and some of its more surprising ingredients. It’s also a chance to pick up a bottle or 2 at great prices.

Then it’s back on the road to the rugged coast line of the stunning Côte d’Azur. Follow the beautiful sapphire waters past the movie-star glamour of Cannes (famous for its annual film festival), to Antibes.

  • See the Papal Palace in Avignon
  • Visit a French perfumery
  • Scenic drive along the Côte d'Azur

 

Day 5: French Riviera

In your free time live a bit of the riviera lifestyle with a visit to one of the neighbouring towns like Cannes or Nice.

Try out the region’s produce like lavender honey, aioli (garlic mayonnaise) and mouth-watering rosé wine. Window shop the chic boutiques or choose a beach and catch some sun among all the bronzed bodies!

Tonight get a taste of the high life in Monaco, the glamourous principality packed into just 1.92km2 and home to the Formula 1. Get the inside story on the royal family and their place of residence from your Trip Manager. Try your luck at a casino later on.

  • See the Royal Palace in Monaco
  • Rub shoulders with the rich & famous with a visit to a Monte Carlo casino

 

Day 6: French Riviera to Florence

Onwards to Italy, land of passion! Heading to Renaissance Florence, we stop by Pisa and get up close to the famous Leaning Tower.

The scene-stealing Duomo cathedral rises above Florence, which serves up frescoes, markets and priceless art. Tonight, there’s a choice of a group dinner – an authentic Tuscan feast. Try regional dishes in the heart of Florence, then keep it moving with a night out!

  • See the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Tuscan Dinner

 

Day 7: Florence to Rome

Jump start the day uncovering this open-air museum. Our Local Guide gives you the inside track as the group learns about Florence’s cultural beginnings and explores streets crammed with artworks from masters like Michelangelo. Then take a look into a skillful demonstration of Florentine leather making and understand this region’s traditional art.

Later, travel through Tuscany’s rustic hills, past the recognizable cypress tree landscapes of this olive oil-producing region, to vibrant Rome.

Stylish Rome oozes energy and overflows with relics from another age. Our special access coach tour gets you right into the thriving atmosphere of this living timeline as your Trip Manager shows you the Colosseum and Piazza Venezia. Continue on foot to check out the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. Honour tradition at the Trevi Fountain and throw a coin in the fountain’s waters (it’s meant to improve your chances of returning to Rome!) or maybe hang out with your new friends at the Spanish Steps, sit back with a few slices of pizza and people watch.

  • Discover the Secrets of Michelangelo's Florence – see where his David was gifted to the Florentines, Ponte Vecchio, the Medici Palace & much more on our locally guided walking tour of Florence
  • See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistry & Piazza della Signoria
  • Learn about Florence's leather craft with a demonstration
  • Special access Rome sightseeing coach tour
  • See the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona
  • See St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City

 

Day 8 : Rome

This morning, make the most of our Local Guide’s inside knowledge with an optional guided tour of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica.

Take off into the city and absorb the atmosphere that are surrounded by fountains, pizzerias, cafés and bars. Before you hit the shops, let your Trip Manager point you in the right direction with some tips on the best buys.

In your free time, live the local lifestyle by indulging in a long lunch on a paved piazza or knock back a shot of espresso at the bar, like the Romans do.

  • Vatican Tour
  • Rome of the Emperors and Gladiators including the Colosseum 

 

Day 9: Rome to Venice

Crisscross the Apennine Mountains, pass wildflower fields, quaint hilltop villages and Umbria’s rolling valleys, to Venice.

Known as the “floating city” Venice is packed with character, crammed with hidden lanes and linked by a network of canals.

The group travels on our boat through the waters of the lagoon to visit the city’s historical heart. The limestone Bridge of Sighs, the gothic arches of Doge's Palace and the expanse of St Mark’s Square (pigeons and all!) show off Venice’s unique beauty and way of life.

Take some time to explore the floating city and lose yourself in the backstreets. There’s an optional walking tour where you can discover the labyrinth of interweaving lanes, waterways, palaces, piazzi and markets with our Local Guide. You’ll see historic monuments, hidden treasures and the Rialto market - a local favourite for food shopping.

Maybe grab a table on St. Mark’s Square and eat some delicious Italian food al fresco.

Cap off the day with an optional gondola ride & share this amazing experience with your friends - seeing Venice from on the water is unforgettable!

  • Boat through the canals & islands of Venice
  • See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Square
  • Gondola ride (extra 30euro)

 

Day 10 : Venice to Munich

Today, it’s northbound to the home of the world-famous Oktoberfest, Munich - a city that blends traditional Bavarian culture and modern lifestyle.

Explore the heart of Munich’s Old Town with the crew, and head to Marienplatz. It’s a central gathering spot famous for the Glockenspiel - a Gothic clock, complete with 32 dancing figures and 43 chiming bells.

Later why not give an optional bike tour a go and get off the beaten track and onto Munich’s side streets with our Local Guide.

  • Scenic drive past vineyards, orchards & castles
  • See the Glockenspiel & Marienplatz
  • Mike's Bikes Tour (extra 40euro)

 

Day 11 : Munich to Rhine Valley

Leaving Munich behind, remember one of history’s darkest moments with a sobering stop at the Dachau concentration camp memorial. Learn more at the museum and walk through the remaining living quarters.

The coach follows the Rhine River, weaving through valleys dotted with castles and vineyards.

Next stop - the pretty, old-world village of St. Goar, complete with fairy-tale castle and even a free-hanging cuckoo clock! Learn about local know-how and get savvy on the craft of beer steins.

Then kick back with a glass of local wine and choose to find out more with the optional wine tasting in a candlelit underground cellar.

  • Visit the Dachau concentration camp memorial
  • See the Lorelei Rock
  • Learn how beer steins are crafted
  • Wine tasting (extra 10 euro)

 

Day 12: Rhine Valley to Amsterdam

In an intro into Dutch culture, see how clogs are made and try some of the famous Dutch Edam at a cheese farm.

Cruise into the countryside and bike around like the laid back locals, past working windmills, to the world-famous cheese village of Edam.

Head into the buzzing capital of Amsterdam and check out the eye-opening Red Light District, where the creative and the wacky come together on narrow cobbled streets, 24/7.

  • See canals & a windmill on a countryside bike tour in Edam
  • Visit a cheese farm & clog maker's house
  • See Amsterdam's canals & gable houses by night

 

Day 13: Amsterdam

There’s free time to experience Amsterdam’s coffee shops, museums and quirky, cool boutiques. Wander along the canals and pass gabled houses or experience Amsterdam’s multi-ethnic cuisine. This cultural melting pot dishes up loads of affordable food.

With an optional evening canal cruise, there’s a chance to toast your travels with the group, unwind with a few drinks and uncover Amsterdam at water level as you drift past the city lights.

For your last night on the trip, treat yourself to a feast at a rice table dinner with the group in a popular restaurant. With this fun way to eat, you’ll be served loads of dishes from colonial times.

Get some pointers from your Trip Manager, dive into Amsterdam’s night action with your friends and finish up your travels with a night to remember.

  • Canal cruise (1 hour)
  • Sea Palace Dinner

 

Day 14 : Depart Amsterdam

This morning after breakfast we transfer you to Schiphol Airport (estimated arrival 10:00am) where your trip ends.

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