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Highlights:

Visit Bern, Budapest, Cannes, Florence, Grasse, Lucerne, Milan, Monaco City, Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Pisa, Prague, Rome, Titisee, Vatican City, Venice, Vienna, Zurich.

Special Remarks:

  • Visit Sforza Castle, one of the largest citadels in Europe and home to several museums
  • Visit St. Peter's Basilica, a place of pilgrimage for nearly two thousand years
  • Have a wonderful panoramic overview of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo
  • Free breakfasts and Wifi

Tour Itinerary

    Note: What it's like to travel on a Flexi Tour? How does it work?
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    • Each day you can travel to a different place
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  • Day 1
    Lucerne - Milan - Venice (432 km)
  • Day 2
    Venice - Rome (393 km)
  • Day 3
    Rome - Vatican City - Arezzo (184 km)
  • Day 4
    Florence - Pisa - Genoa (268 km)
  • Day 5
    Genoa - Monaco - Grasse - Nice - Cannes - Avignon (588 km)
  • Day 6
    Avignon - Paris (577 km)
  • Day 7
    Paris - Lucerne (486 km)
  • Day 8
    Zurich - Titisee - Frankfurt (367 km)
  • Day 9
    Frankfurt - Prague (514 km)
  • Day 10
    Prague - Bratislava (289 km)
  • Day 11
    Bratislava - Budapest (200 km)
  • Day 12
    Budapest - Vienna (243 km)
  • Day 13
    Vienna - Mondsee - Munich (363 km)
  • Day 14
    Munich - Lucerne - Zurich (487 km)
  • Note: IMPORTANT! Itinerary and End City Variations:
    We constantly strives to improve tour itineraries and features. If such improvements can be made, or unforeseen circumstances beyond our control make changes necessary - we reserve the right to vary the end cities to substitute hotels. At certain peak periods duplicate departures may operate, and sometimes in reverse order in which case hotels may vary from those stated on the itinerary pages.
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Day 1 Lucerne - Milan - Venice (432 km)

In the morning, we'll have more time to take photos in Lucerne. And then, we will head to Milan, IT. First, we will visit Sforza Castle, and then the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and Teatro alla Scala. After, we will head to Venice, IT or nearby city for the night.

Day 2 Venice - Rome (393 km)

After breakfast, we will take a tour of Venice, IT by way of its famous canal system. Begin with a waterbus ride to San Marco Island, we will stop at the Piazza San Marco, home of Saint Mark's Basilica, and then see the Bridge of Sighs. Afterwards you'll have a chance to see some traditional Venetian craftwork at close quarters with a demonstration by Murano glassblowers. Of course, the ultimate Venice activity is to take a gondola ride through the Grand Canal, and for most people this optional excursion is a must. We will spend the night in the Rome, IT area.

Day 3 Rome - Vatican City - Arezzo (184 km)

In the morning we will visit Vatican City, VA, home of the Roman-Catholic papacy and the smallest sovereign state in the world. There, we will visit St. Peter's Basilica. Alternatively, you can choose to add on the optional Sistine Chapel tour to view Michelangelo's famous painted ceiling. Next you'll see the famous Trevi Fountain. After lunch, we will tour spectacular Rome, IT. An optional guided tour of the Coliseum, is highly recommended. We'll also get up close to the nearby Arch of Constantine and optional to tour the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and the Martyrs or shop at TYO before journey to Arezzo or nearby city for the night.

Day 4 Florence - Pisa - Genoa (268 km)

Today, we will tour Florence, IT. Begin the day by taking in a wonderful panoramic overview of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo. Next, we can see a demonstration of the traditional craft of leatherworking at close quarters in a local workshop. From here enjoy a guided walk around Florence's many highlights, including the Ponte Vecchio over the Arno, the Piazza del Duomo and Campanile Tower. Pass the Uffizi Gallery. We will have some free time in Florence before we leave for Pisa, IT to see the Leaning Tower. We will head to Genoa nearby city for the night.

Day 5 Genoa - Monaco - Grasse - Nice - Cannes - Avignon (588 km)

Today we will journey to Monaco. A walking tour takes you to the grand Prince's Palace of Monaco before continuing on to view the 1920s Courthouse, the Cliffside Oceanographic Museum, and the Cathedral. Then travel a little further to visit the famous Fragonard Perfume Factory. Next it's Nice, where you'll stop for lunch to sample some excellent local cuisine and warm-hearted hospitality. Then head to Cannes, FR to take some pictures at the Palais des Festivals. We will spend the night in nearby Avignon.

Day 6 Avignon - Paris (577 km)

Our day will be spent on route from Avignon to Paris. We will arrive in Paris in the early evening.

Day 7 Paris - Lucerne (486 km)

Today we will board a luxury coach in Paris and enjoy a scenic drive through the French countryside en route to the mountains of Switzerland. Passing through Basel, located at the point where the Swiss, French, and German borders meet, we will eventually reach the lakeside city of Lucerne. Here, we will see the city's famous landmarks, including the Chapel Bridge, the Water Tower, and some examples of wonderfully preserved Baroque and Gothic architecture. Afterwards, we will have some free time to shop and take pictures before the tour comes to a close.

Day 8 Zurich - Titisee - Frankfurt (367 km)

The tour begins in Zurich, a city with a reputation as a leading global financial centre. There is chance for a picture stop at the impressive Lake Zurich, before moving on to Rhine Falls. Next you'll cross back into Germany and the Black Forest. Here you will see the beautiful lake Titisee, where you can stop at one of the many lakeside cafes to enjoy some of the region's best Black Forest cherry gateaux. Cuckoo clocks are made in Titisee, making this the ideal place to pick up a few souvenirs from the local shops and you'll also get to see a demonstration of how these magical mechanisms work. Finally, you'll head back to Frankfurt.

Day 9 Frankfurt - Prague (514 km)

From Frankfurt we will journey to Prague, CZ. This is also where we will spend the night.

Day 10 Prague - Bratislava (289 km)

Your Prague adventure begins with a spectacular walk along the Royal Route, start from the top of Castle Hill in the Hradcany district, and then tour Prague Castle. Further exploration then heads off around the imposing gothic St. Vitus Cathedral, the Old Royal Palace, St. George's Basilica and along Golden Lane. Later we will stroll across the iconic Charles Bridge, and on through the winding alleys to the Old Town Square, where you can see the City Hall and the Astronomical Clock. After lunch in the square, our coach will make the scenic transfer from Prague to the hotel in or near the Slovakian capital, Bratislava.

Day 11 Bratislava - Budapest (200 km)

One of the best ways of seeing Budapest is by taking a river cruise. After a morning of activity, you'll relax over lunch at Buda Palace, and then have a chance to look at the exhibitions in the Budapest History Museum and Hungarian National Gallery, or do a spot of souvenir shopping. Next you'll explore both sides of the city on a cultural and historic tour. Highlights on the Buda side of the Danube include the towered terrace of Fisherman's Bastion, the medieval Matthias Church and a walk up to the summit of Gellert Hill for panoramic views. While over in Pest the sights include the expansive Heroes' Square and Hungary's dramatic riverside Parliament Building. In the evening, you can choose to round off an eventful day with an optional dinner in the heart of Budapest, where you can sample traditional dishes such as goose liver, goulash, duck leg and local wine, accompanied by Hungarian folkdance and music.

Day 12 Budapest - Vienna (243 km)

Today we will enter the city of Vienna, AT Austria's capital. Begins at one of the city's most popular attractions, Schonbrunn Palace. After lunch in this refined setting, you will take a driving tour past many grand, famous buildings, including the City Hall, the Austrian Parliament, Hofburg Palace and Heroes'Square. In the afternoon, you'll have some shopping time, before adding the Wiener Staatsoper (opera house). Later, optional for dinner in the heart of the city or visit St. Stephen's Cathedral, before taking a stroll in Stadtpark. In the evening, we recommend the option of attending a Viennese waltz concert, which will allow you the unforgettable experience of hearing the music of Mozart and Strauss in the place where it was composed.

Day 13 Vienna - Mondsee - Munich (363 km)

In the morning, we will depart from Vienna and head to Munich. On the way, we will visit the Mondsee, a beautiful town in the Alps. Upon our arrival, guests will have time to explore the city center. We will spend the night in Munich or nearby city.

Day 14 Munich - Lucerne - Zurich (487 km)

From our hotel in Munich or nearby city we will travel to Mount Titlis in Switzerland, where we will take a Cable Car to the top. After lunch we will make our way to Lucerne, CH to view lovely Lake Lucerne. We will also visit the Lion Monument. At the end of the day we will conclude our tour in Zurich or the city nearby.

If weather and traffic permitting, we might take a photo stop in one of the smallest country in Europe - Lichtenstein

Note: IMPORTANT! Itinerary and End City Variations:
We constantly strives to improve tour itineraries and features. If such improvements can be made, or unforeseen circumstances beyond our control make changes necessary - we reserve the right to vary the end cities to substitute hotels. At certain peak periods duplicate departures may operate, and sometimes in reverse order in which case hotels may vary from those stated on the itinerary pages.

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