Vacation Trips Europe
- A small, friendly group of 24–28 people — half the size of most tour groups
- Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Europe come alive for you
- All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 24 group sightseeing events • 2-day Paris Museum Pass • Paris panoramic bus tour • Paris walking tour • Notre-Dame Cathedral • Sainte-Chapelle • Louvre Museum • Hôtel Dieu in Beaune • Wine tasting in Burgundy • Hiking orientation in the Swiss Alps • Munich walking tour • Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial • Venice walking tour • St. Mark’s Square and Basilica • Tuscan cooking demonstration • Florence walking tour • Uffizi Gallery • Florence’s Accademia Gallery (Michelangelo’s David) • Vatican Museums • Sistine Chapel • St. Peter’s Basilica • Evening walk through Rome including Trevi Fountain • Colosseum • Roman Forum • Pantheon…and more
- All group transportation from Paris to Rome
- 13 nights’ accommodations (all stops but one are for 2 nights) in memorable, centrally located hotels
- All breakfasts and half your dinners
- All tips for guides and driver
- A tour kit including a guidebook (or books) and a moneybelt
- Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
- Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
- Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you’ve taken prior to 2019
- 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
- Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour
Day 1: Welcome to Europe
We’ll have a gathering meeting at around 3 p.m. at our lodging in Paris, trailed by an introduction stroll through our neighborhood. At that point we’ll acclimate over supper together, and praise the beginning of our European enterprise with a private all encompassing transport visit through the City of Light. Rest in Paris (2 evenings). Transport 2 hours. Strolling: light.
Day 2: Historic and Artistic Paris
How about we start where Paris did, on the Ile de la Cité. A guided strolling visit will uncover the city’s initial history, including visits to a couple of the world’s most critical Gothic places of worship: the incredible Notre-Dame Cathedral and the flawless Sainte-Chapelle. At that point we’ll go for a walk through the bohemian Latin Quarter. Next we’ll investigate Europe’s most prominent exhibition hall — the Louver — where your guide will situate you and set you allowed to encounter crafted by Raphael, Delacroix, and Leonardo, and ageless fortunes that incorporate Mona Lisa, Winged Victory, Venus de Milo, and hundreds more. Whatever remains of the day is allowed to visit the world’s most prominent gathering of Impressionist craftsmanship — from Monet and Degas to Cézanne and Gauguin, and that’s only the tip of the iceberg — at the Orsay Museum, or be enlivened by Monet’s mind blowing Water Lilies at the Orangerie, or think about the eccentric drinking fountains and present day workmanship at the Pompidou. With your included Paris Museum Pass, the City of Light is yours to find. No transport. Strolling: direct.
Day 3: Beautiful Burgundy
Toward the beginning of today we’ll bounce on board our transport and move into the French field, passing fields and vineyards in transit to the “significantly French” town of Beaune, in the core of Burgundy. We’ll take an introduction stroll through Beaune, visit the Hôtel Dieu, the town’s medieval healing center, and find why Burgundy’s wine is widely acclaimed as we appreciate a tasting together. You’ll have abundant spare time to investigate the numerous charms of town France and discover supper all alone. Rest in Beaune (1 night). Transport: 4 hours. Strolling: light.
Day 4: Scenic Drive to Switzerland
Today we’ll leave the moving slopes of excellent Burgundy, and move high into the core of the Swiss Alps. Our goal is the Berner Oberland’s heavenly Lauterbrunnen Valley, flanked by transcending, cascade bound bluffs and delegated by a trio of Switzerland’s most impressive pinnacles: the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. Today around evening time we’ll share a healthy Swiss supper together at our creaky old chalet in the Lauterbrunnen Valley, where we’ll rest (2 evenings). Transport: 5 hours. Strolling: light.
Day 5: Hiking Day in the Swiss Alps
The day is all yours to appreciate a portion of Europe’s most sensational view. You might need to join your guide for a discretionary mountain trip that consolidates the neighborhood limited check railroad, a gondola lift, and a fantastic Alpine stroll over the tree line, encompassed by a display of cut-glass pinnacles… or ride a gondola lift up to the Schilthorn at 10,000 feet, saunter in the thin air, and climb down… or for a more soothing day, simply meander through the valley and stroll to the roaring Trümmelbach Falls: a one of a kind arrangement of cascades encased behind the valley dividers. No transport. Strolling: light to strenuous (your decision).
Day 6: To Bavaria and Munich
The present drive is a decent time to make up for lost time with your diary, tune in to music, twist up with a decent book, or simply kick back and appreciate perspectives of flawless mountains and shimmering lakes. We’ll cross the outskirt of Germany and stop at the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial, where we’ll learn great exercises of the Holocaust and World War II. At that point it’s a short drive to the core of Bavaria — Munich. After some an opportunity to settle in, we’ll take an introduction stroll through Germany’s most bearable city, finishing with a boisterous brew lobby supper where you can lift a liter-estimate mug of lager and a pretzel as large as your head. Rest in Munich (2 evenings). Transport: 7 hours. Strolling: light.
Day 7: Munich Past and Present
Toward the beginning of today we’ll meet our neighborhood direct and investigate Munich on a mobile visit. From its medieval roots, to its tempestuous part in the principal half of the twentieth century and astonishing post-war recuperation, you’ll pick up a gratefulness for the residential community feel of this city, named “Millionendorf” — the town of a million people. Your evening and night are free: you can lease a bicycle to investigate the sprawling English Garden, be astonished by the Deutsches Museum, or jab around Marienplatz and the Viktualienmarkt searching for the cuckoo clock you had always wanted. Transport: 60 minutes. Strolling: direct.
Day 8: Over the Alps to Venice
We’ll take a picturesque, throughout the day drive to Venice today, ceasing in transit for lunch together in a trademark Italian-Tirolean town. At the edge of Venice we’ll board a vaporetto vessel for an “am-I-extremely here?” Grand Canal ride to our inn in the notable heart of this enchanting city. This evening we’ll take a back roads and-waterways introduction walk around St. Check’s Square and appreciate supper together. Afterward, your guide will sort out a discretionary gondola ride for this sentimental, remarkably Venetian experience. On the off chance that the moon is out, it will hit your eye like a major pizza pie. Rest in Venice (2 evenings). Vessel: ½ hour. Transport: 8 hours. Strolling: light.
Day 9: Seductive Venice
Toward the beginning of today our neighborhood guide will take us on a winding strolling visit through Venice, mixing noteworthy and advanced stories of this unique fortune, and giving us a nearby’s point of view on Venice’s intriguing past… and its unverifiable future. We’ll complete our morning stroll in St. Check’s Square and Basilica. Whatever is left of your day is allowed to visit the Doge’s Palace, or the Titian-and Tintoretto-stuffed Accademia craftsmanship exhibition. Even better, get lost (recollect, it’s an island) investigating the rear ways, cruising the trenches, and “slithering” the bars. No transport (an excess of water). Strolling: direct.
Day 10: Timeless Tuscany
Today we say “ciao Venezia” as we bounce back on board our transport and drive south into Tuscany. We’ll wind our way through the verdant Tuscan slopes to our goal: a working family cultivate that likewise fills in as our nation inn. You’ll have leisure time this evening to go for a beautiful walk in the midst of the quiet vines and olive forests, unwind by the pool, or taste a portion of our receiving’s family-made wines. Before we take a seat to a healthy nation style supper together, we’ll perceive how it’s made, as our gourmet specialist gives us a unique Tuscan cooking exercise. Rest calmly close Florence in Tuscany (2 evenings). Pontoon: ½ hour. Transport: 4 hours. Strolling: light.
Day 11: Renaissance Florence
We’ll drive to Florence toward the beginning of today, and hit the ground strolling with a Renaissance voyage through the city’s memorable focus — figuring out how Brunelleschi’s house of prayer vault and Ghiberti’s Baptistery entryways characterized this world-evolving period. We’ll end our stroll at the Uffizi Gallery, home to showstoppers by Leonardo, Botticelli, Michelangelo, and then some. After some extra time for lunch, we’ll regroup for a visit to the Accademia Gallery, where we’ll wonder about works of sculptural virtuoso: Michelangelo’s unpleasant slashed Prisoners and his most noteworthy gem, David. We’ll come back to the wide open late this evening with a lot of time to unwind and spruce up before supper together. Transport: 2 hours. Strolling: strenuous.
Day 12: St. Diminish’s and the Vatican Museums
At the beginning of today we’ll drive straight to the core of Rome. After a speedy lunch and transportation exercise, we’ll center around Renaissance (Catholic) Rome at the sprawling Vatican Museums. We’ll visit what appears as though a boundless accumulation of fortunes as you advance toward one of the world’s most renowned masterpieces: Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. We’ll at that point acquaint you with the best church in Christendom, the dazzling St. Diminish’s Basilica, home to Michelangelo’s great Pietà. Today around evening time we’ll praise la dolce vita Roman-style, with an after-supper walk around the floodlit heart of the city, binding together the enthusiastic campos, tasteful piazzas, and the splashy Trevi Fountain. Rest in Rome (2 evenings). Transport: 4 hours. Strolling: strenuous.
Day 13: A Walk Through Caesar’s Rome
Today we’ll go back in time as a nearby guide takes us through the fantastic Colosseum and the origin of Ancient Rome: the Forum. We’ll proceed with our history exercise at the remarkable Pantheon. At that point, you’ll have whatever is left of your day allowed to investigate a greater amount of the Eternal City all alone (bear in mind to taste some invigorating gelato en route). Tonight we’ll have our last supper together, sharing recollections and toasting our recently made companions. No transport. Strolling: strenuous.
Day 14: Tour Over After Breakfast
Breakfast is given, yet there are no gathering exercises today. It’s a breeze to achieve Rome’s air terminals by taxi or prepare. Your guide will assist you with any post-visit arranging, abandoning you all around arranged for the street ahead. Grazie e ciao!