TRAVEL TIME ON THE MOTOR COACH
Below is a brief summary of the itinerary. For a full description, see "Itinerary". The hours in parentheses ( ) indicate time on the motor coach between stops.
DAY 1 - Overnight flight from the U.S.A. to London.
DAY 3 - Full day in London, starting with a guided sightseeing tour (3 hrs) in the morning, featuring famous sights such as Big Ben, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, and more. The afternoon is free for the pursuit of individual interests. Optional London Dinner & Theater excursion. (Breakfast)
DAY 4 - Transfer (1 hr) to the train station. In less than 3 hours, the high-speed Eurostar train will take you under the English Channel to the French coast and onward to Paris. Time to get acclimated in La Ville Lumiere (the City of Lights), before transferring (¾ hr) to your hotel. Optional evening Paris Evening excursion. Two-night stay. (Breakfast)
DAY 5 - Free day in Paris to pursue your personal interests and . . . of course, shopping at the renowned Parisian boutiques, department stores and open air markets. There's also an optional Seine River Cruise excursion in the morning, with views of Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower. For dinner tonight, venture out on your own, or join the optional Paris Dinner & Cabaret Show excursion. (Breakfast)
DAY 6 -Deport Paris this morning for a late morning stop in Reims (2½ hrs). See the impressive Cathedral and enjoy an independent lunch. Continue (2½ hrs) through the Alsace Wine Region with an afternoon stop on your way (2 hrs) to one of the picturesque towns for an independent dinner. Transfer (½ hr) to your hotel in Alsace. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 7 - Cross the border into Switzerland and head south (2 hrs) to the beautiful Lake Lucerne Region. In the late afternoon, transfer (½ hr) to the old mountain village of Stans, with an optional Swiss Mountain excursion. From stans, transfer (¼ hr) to your hotel in the Swiss Alps. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 9 - Morning ride (1 hr) to Pisa, with its famous Leaning Tower. Around 11 am, leave Pisa for the beautiful Byzantine city of Florence (1½ hr), where a local guide will take you on a walking tour followed by free time. Toward dinner time, return (¾ hr) to Montecatini-Terme, with its pastel-tinted buildings on palm-lined streets. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 10 - Motor south (2 hrs) through the enchanting region of Tuscany. After a mid-morning stop, continue (2 hrs) to Rome, also known as "La Citta Eterna" (Eternal City). Join the optional Colosseum excursion or enjoy an afternoon to pursue individual interests in the city of Rome. Toward dinner time, transfer (½ hr) to your Rome area hotel. Two-night stay. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 11 - Morning city tour (3 hrs) of Rome with local guide. Take the afternoon to enjoy Rome on your own or join the optional Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel excursion . For tonight, strike out for dinner on your own, or join the optional Rome Dinner excursion, followed by a return transfer (½ hr) to your Rome hotel. (Breakfast)
DAY 12 - Transfer (½ hr) to the Rome Fiumicino Airport for the return flight home.(Breakfast)