Grand Tour of Europe

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  • FLIGHT 1 Night

  • Day 1

    Overnight flight

    Overnight flight
    Board your overnight flight, bound for Europe.
  • LONDON 3 NIGHTS

  • Day 2

    Arrive in London

    Introduction to London

    Welcome Mixer

    Arrive in London
    Welcome to London! What can you say about London? It’s huge, it’s multi-cultural, and it’s brimming with famous sights, fun pubs, great music venues and endless things to do. Make your way to your accommodations to meet up with your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

    Introduction to London
    Your tour director will take you on a quick walk so you can get to know the area.

    Welcome Mixer
    Get to know your fellow travelers at an authentic local spot over some drinks and light appetizers.
  • Day 3

    Sightseeing tour of London (local guide)

    Free time in London (day)

    Sightseeing tour of London (local guide)
    Hit the highlights of London with a local guide giving you all the inside info. Most of the tour will be on a bus ride around the city—you’ll see the famous sights like Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. You’ll also get a chance to walk around and explore on foot. If you’re lucky you might even catch the Changing of the Guard, a classic London moment.

    Free time in London (day)
    Top 5 free time suggestions:
    1. Covent Garden – Seek out bargains at this bustling covered market; souvenirs, clothes, crafts and much more.
    2. Tower of London – Trace England’s bloody history and see the legendary Crown Jewels.
    3. Abbey Road – Probably the world's most famous crosswalk, this storied spot is a must-see for even the most casual Beatles fan.
    4. Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum – Be amazed by frighteningly real wax dummies of your favorite celebrities and historical figures.
    5. Tate Modern – Visit one of the world's top modern art museums to see Picassos, Warhols, Dalís and more.

    For more ideas and details, see our Lonely Planet city guide for London.
  • Day 4

    Optional excursion to Stonehenge and Oxford (extra cost)

    Free time in London (night)

    Optional excursion to Stonehenge and Oxford (extra cost)
    Visit the university city of Oxford, home to one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world. Tour the charming city and the University of Oxford, taking in the famous architecture and rich history. Then, head out into the countryside and see the mysterious giant stones in the middle of the field at Stonehenge. The origin and purpose of the ring of stones is unknown, though most think it was a temple and observatory. Take some time to explore the intriguing stone formations and visit the newly opened exhibition and visitor center before heading back to London. Note- this optional is pre-book only.

    Free time in London (night)
    Top 5 nightlife suggestions:
    1. West End Theatre district – Catch a play in London's version of Broadway.
    2. Soho – This lively neighborhood is famous for its nightlife, with pubs, clubs, live music, whatever you’re looking for.
    3. Comedy Store – Laugh till you can't anymore at the heart and soul of the UK comedy scene.
    4. Fabric – A huge underground dance club with three dance floors, plus some mellower spaces.
    5. Shepherd's Bush Empire – This popular medium-sized music venue has hosted the likes of Björk, Cold War Kids and Cee Lo Green.

    For more ideas and details, see our Lonely Planet city guide for London.
  • PARIS 3 NIGHTS

  • Day 5

    Eurostar train to Paris

    Free time in Paris (night)

    Eurostar train to Paris
    Ride a high-speed train under the English Channel to Paris. The French capital is visited by more than 30 million people a year, drawn by the famous monuments, the great food, and some of the world’s best art. Drink some wine, have some cheese, and see the newest fashions before anyone else does.

    Free time in Paris (night)
    Top 5 nightlife suggestions:
    1. Moulin Rouge – See a classic burlesque show at the legendary Parisian cabaret.
    2. Buddha Bar – This super-hip lounge is most famous for its DJ's popular compilation CDs.
    3. Wine and cheese on the Seine – Sit by the water and relax with a bottle, a baguette and some brie.
    4. Caveau de la Huchette – This friendly café has excellent jazz music and is free to get in.
    5. St. Michel – Young people and tourists like this area for bar hopping and picking up late-night kebabs.

    For more ideas and details, see our Lonely Planet city guide for Paris.
  • Day 6

    Sightseeing tour of Paris (local guide)

    Optional trip to Versailles (extra cost)

    Sightseeing tour of Paris (local guide)
    Go on a sightseeing bus tour around Paris. A local guide will tell you all about the city as you see its most well-known sights. Drive down the Champs-Elysées and see the Arc de Triomphe. You’ll also stop at the Eiffel Tower to take some photos. The Tower was built in 1889 for the World’s Fair and was supposed to be torn down afterwards—when they realized it could be used for radio communication, they decided to keep it.

    Optional trip to Versailles (extra cost)
    Spend the afternoon at the over-the-top palace of Louis XIV. Not far from Paris, this is where French royalty reveled in their extravagant lifestyle in the decades before the Revolution. At one point, a thousand nobles were attended by 4,000 servants inside the palace, while 15,000 soldiers and servants lived in the annexes. Walk through the landscaped gardens, tour the State Apartments of the King and the Queen, and see the Hall of Mirrors.
  • Day 7

    Introduction to Paris

    Louvre Museum

    Notre Dame Cathedral

    Evening Seine cruise and Eiffel Tower

    Introduction to Paris
    Your tour director will take you on a quick walk so you can get to know the area.

    Louvre Museum
    The world's most famous museum was actually once a royal palace. The museum is huge—you could spend days wandering the halls looking at the priceless works of art. Today you'll hit all the highlights, including the Venus de Milo and the always popular Mona Lisa.

    Notre Dame Cathedral
    Go inside the famous medieval cathedral, which was built over the course of 200 years. It was incredible then, and it’s incredible now. Look up in awe at the giant stained-glass windows and the seemingly weightless vaulted ceilings.

    Evening Seine cruise and Eiffel Tower
    Float past Notre Dame Cathedral and under some of Paris’s famous bridges, then visit the most iconic tower in the world.
  • AMSTERDAM 3 NIGHTS

  • Day 8

    Travel via Brussels

    Arrive in Amsterdam

    Introduction to Amsterdam

    Travel via Brussels
    On the way to Amsterdam, stop in Belgium’s capital for a quick visit and time to eat lunch (the Belgian waffles are awesome). Then it’s on to Holland.

    Arrive in Amsterdam
    Continue on to Amsterdam. There’s so much to love about this city, from the canals to the Van Gogh to the legendary laid-back attitude.

    Introduction to Amsterdam
    Your tour director will take you on a quick walk so you can get to know the area.
  • Day 9

    Sightseeing tour of Amsterdam (local guide)

    Anne Frank House

    Free time in Amsterdam (night)

    Sightseeing tour of Amsterdam (local guide)
    Get a feel for the city’s history and unique culture as you walk through busy Dam Square. Then take in scenic views of the Amstel River before finishing up in Rembrandtplein, a bustling square packed with outdoor cafés, shops and clubs. You’ll also walk through Amsterdam’s world-famous Red Light District, a neighborhood that leaves very little to the imagination.

    Anne Frank House
    Walk through the rooms where young Anne lived in hiding and wrote her famous diary. Anne and her family lived here for nearly two years between 1942 and 1944.

    Free time in Amsterdam (night)
    Top 5 nightlife suggestions:
    1. Leidseplein – This main street and those around it are filled with lively pubs and bars.
    2. Boom Chicago – Have some laughs at this English-language comedy venue known for its live shows and video productions.
    3. Escape – Get dancing at this late-night club that attracts a young crowd. Don't show up before 11 o'clock.
    4. Club Mazzo – Come here for live music; it's a great place to catch up-and-coming bands before they make it big.
    5. Melkweg – This unique venue combines a club, gallery, cinema, café and concert hall all in one.

    For more ideas and details, see our Lonely Planet city guide for Amsterdam.
  • Day 10

    Optional Amsterdam Bike Tour (extra cost)

    Optional Amsterdam Bike Tour (extra cost)
    Bike like a local through the streets and countryside of Amsterdam. You’ll start by pedaling through the city, then taking a ferry across the North Holland Canal. On the other side, you’ll ride through rural landscapes and see the picturesque windmills and 17th century villages. Enjoy a picnic lunch while soaking up the stunning Dutch countryside.
  • FRANKFURT 1 Night

  • Day 11

    Travel to Frankfurt

    Introduction to Frankfurt

    Travel to Frankfurt
    Continue on to Frankfurt, a 2,000 year old city where historic architecture coexists with one of the most impressive modern skylines in Europe.

    Introduction to Frankfurt
    Your tour director will take you on a quick walk so you can get to know the area.
  • LUCERNE REGION 2 NIGHTS

  • Day 12

    Travel via Rhine Falls and Black Forest

    Arrive in Lucerne region

    Travel via Rhine Falls and Black Forest
    See the thundering Rhine Falls and drive through the Black Forest. Many familiar fairy tales—including old Brothers Grimm favorites—are set in these dark, dark woods.

    Arrive in Lucerne region
    Welcome to the majestic Swiss Alps, where it’s all about the scenery and the chocolate. With Lake Lucerne, the surrounding mountains, and a famous covered bridge, this is classic Switzerland. Your stay in the Lucerne Region will be relaxing and the views will be unbelievable.
  • Day 13

    Highlights of Lucerne

    Optional trip up Mount Pilatus (extra cost)

    Highlights of Lucerne
    Explore Lucerne with your tour director. Walk the narrow streets and take in the incredible mountain scenery. See the one-of-a-kind Löwendenkmal, a surprisingly impressive rock carving of a dying lion. Walk across the Kapellbrücke—this mural-lined covered bridge was originally built back in medieval times.

    Optional trip up Mount Pilatus (extra cost)
    Take an amazing trip to the top of Mount Pilatus, the majestic mountain dominating the Lucerne skyline. If it’s summer, you’ll travel to the foot of the mountain by boat across Lake Lucerne, and then ride the famous Pilatus cog railway—the steepest in the world—to the top. During other seasons, you’ll drive to the mountain base before going up by cable car. Forty-five minutes and 6,387 feet later, you’ll reach the summit. Take in the incredible panoramic views—see the city of Lucerne, its pristine lake, and the snow-capped Alps.
  • VENICE REGION 2 NIGHTS

  • Day 14

    Travel via Verona

    Arrive in Venice

    Travel via Verona
    On your way to Venice, stop in Verona, home of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. You can see the home of Juliet’s family, and even the balcony where she called out for Romeo in Shakespeare’s play.

    Arrive in Venice region
    Continue on towards the Venice region, where you'll be staying the night in Lido di Jesolo, a beach town just outside of Venice. This is where the local Venetians go to relax on the beach, eat great meals and enjoy the nightlife. The next morning you’ll venture into Venice, the renowned former naval power of Italy. The one-of-a-kind canals have to be seen to be appreciated. See the gondolas, browse the shops, eat the gelato.
  • Day 15

    Sightseeing tour of Venice (local guide)

    St. Mark's Basilica

    Free time in Venice (day)

    Sightseeing tour of Venice (local guide)
    A local guide will lead you on foot through the narrow streets and open piazzas of Venice. Start at St. Mark's Square, whose basilica allegedly houses the saint's remains. See the famous Grand Canal and the 324-foot Campanile bell tower.

    St. Mark's Basilica
    Get inside the most famous church in Venice. The Basilica was built in 832 AD and remains one of the most breathtaking examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture in Italy.

    Free time in Venice (day)
    Top 5 free time suggestions:
    1. Castello district – Take a walk and try to make it all the way to the San Pietro di Castello Island.
    2. Rialto Market – Browse the noisiest, most colorful spot in Venice, where vendors sell an assortment of fruits, vegetables and fish.
    3. le Zattere – Walk along this picturesque quay, with its great views of the Grand Canal and its popular gelato stop.
    4. Glassware shopping – Take home a piece of high-quality Venetian crystal.
    5. Gondola ride – You have to do it, the classic Venice experience. If you’re lucky, your gondolier will serenade you as he directs the boat along the canals.

    For more ideas and details, see our Lonely Planet city guide for Venice.
  • ROME 3 NIGHTS

  • Day 16

    Travel to Rome

    Free time in Rome (night)

    Travel to Rome
    Drive on to Rome. Though its imperial heyday was a couple thousand years ago, Rome today is as alive and action-packed as any European capital. Discover the busy coffee bars, the amazing food, and the incredible ancient sights.

    Free time in Rome (night)
    Top 5 nightlife suggestions:
    1. Campo de’ Fiori – Lots of young people gather early inside and outside the bars in this area, making it a good starting point.
    2. San Lorenzo area – Popular with students, this area is known for its reggae scene and many clubs.
    3. Big Mama – Blues lovers head to this music club in Trastavere.
    4. Testaccio – There is plenty of action on this circular street lined with bars and nightclubs.
    5. Opera – For a real cultural experience, go see an opera in the country where opera was born.

    For more ideas and details, see our Lonely Planet city guide for Rome.
  • Day 17

    Sightseeing tour of Rome (local guide)

    Roman Colosseum

    Forum Romanum

    Optional Rome Cooking Class (extra cost)

    Sightseeing tour of Rome (local guide)
    Go way back into the past with a local guide. Rome was the center of the Western world back in the day, and you can really feel the history as you go through the city and see the ruins of that ancient civilization.

    Roman Colosseum
    Your tour includes a visit to the massive Colosseum, built back in 70 A.D. The huge amphitheater held up to 50,000 people, who would gather to watch anything from bloody gladiator contests to mock sea battles.

    Forum Romanum
    The Roman Forum was the commercial, political, and religious center of Ancient Rome. Today it’s a grassy field scattered with ancient columns and other ruins. With a little imagination, you’re walking with the Romans 2,000 years ago.

    Optional Rome Cooking Class (extra cost)
    This is your chance to become a real Italian chef. Learn the basics of the regional specialties, as a local professional chef guides you through the process. You’ll start by making two kinds of pasta from scratch (anything from ravioli to cannelloni). Next the focus turns to the sauces. Don't worry if your skills in the kitchen are lacking—when you're done cooking you'll be treated to a three-course dinner prepared by the chef's team.
  • Day 18

    Visit to Vatican City

    Free time in Rome (day)

    Visit to Vatican City
    Visit this country within a city, home to the Pope. Walk through the famed St. Peter’s Basilica, which was built on the site where the saint was martyred. Also walk through the Sistine Chapel and see Michelangelo’s famous ceiling frescos.

    Free time in Rome (day)
    Top 5 free time suggestions:
    1. Shopping on Via del Corso – Walk down the longest pedestrian street in the city for some prime shopping.
    2. Capitoline Museum – Up on a hill overlooking the Forum, this museum has some amazing ancient sculptures.
    3. Villa Borghese Park – Run, bike, or just relax in the city’s biggest park.
    4. Trastavere – Wander the old streets of this newly-popular bohemian area across the Tiber River.
    5. The beach – The Mediterranean is just 25 minutes away by metro, good for all the usual seaside activities.

    For more ideas and details, see our Lonely Planet city guide for Rome.
  • FLORENCE 2 NIGHTS

  • Day 19

    Arrive in Florence

    Sightseeing tour of Florence (local guide)

    Florence Duomo

    Arrive in Florence
    Welcome to Florence, the capital of the Tuscany region. Florence was king during the Renaissance, and it still holds on to that artsy, fashionable, cultural vibe. Top art museums, amazing food, great nightlife—for many, Florence is Italy at its best.

    Sightseeing tour of Florence (local guide)
    Cover Florence on foot with a local guide. Get a feel for the city’s Renaissance glory days at spots like the Piazza della Signoria and the Ponte Vecchio (a medieval bridge; very photogenic). Continue past the gothic Basilica di Santa Croce, which houses the final resting places of many legendary Italians, including Michelangelo and Galileo.

    Florence Duomo
    Visit the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, better known as the Duomo because of its famous dome. The dome was designed in the 14th century by sculptor and architect Brunelleschi, and it’s still quite a sight.
  • Day 20

    Free time in Florence (day)

    Optional trip to the Italian Riviera & Cinque Terre (extra cost)

    Free time in Florence (day)
    Top 5 free time suggestions:
    1. The Uffizi Gallery – Don't miss this place; it's one of the top art museums in the world.
    2. Galleria dell'Accademia – Another must-see gallery, the Accademia is home to Michelangelo’s world-famous David.
    3. Giardino di Boboli – Enjoy the fresh air in this giant green park, complete with statues, caves and an island fountain.
    4. Shopping around piazza Santa Croce – Those seeking real Italian leather products need look no further.
    5. Palazzo Pitti – Go see this palace built by a rival family of the Medicis.

    For more ideas and details, see our Lonely Planet city guide for Florence.

    Optional trip to the Italian Riviera & Cinque Terre (extra cost)
    Spend a full day exploring the Italian Riviera's gem - the tiny seaside villages of Cinque Terre. Ride up the Italian coast and catch a train to the village of Riomaggiore, where you'll take a quick tour and continue on the famous Via dell'Amore (path of love) toward the next village. Take a quick train ride to the village of Vernazza, where you'll have time to explore, shop, swim in the cove, or just relax. Then move on to Monterosso, a village known for its long sandy beach and crystal blue water. You'll have time to grab lunch and enjoy the beach before making your way back to Florence.
  • FRENCH RIVIERA 2 NIGHTS

  • Day 21

    Travel via Pisa

    Arrive on the French Riviera

    Travel via Pisa
    On the way to France, stop in Pisa, home of the legendary Leaning Tower. Snap some photos of the 12th-century architectural misfit, and visit the cathedral and the baptistery, known for its interesting acoustics.

    Arrive on the French Riviera
    Continue on to the French Riviera, stomping grounds of the rich and famous for centuries. The Riviera is made up of town after town of seaside resorts, including Cannes, Nice, and Monaco (which is its own country).
  • Day 22

    Introduction to Nice

    Free time on the French Riviera (day)

    Optional Monaco Casino Night (extra cost)

    Introduction to Nice
    Your tour director will take you on a quick walk so you can get to know the area.

    Free time on the French Riviera (day)
    Top 5 free time suggestions:
    1. The beaches – Lounge in the sun and take a dip in the Mediterranean.
    2. Antiques and brocante market – Browse or buy at this cool market in Nice's Old Port.
    3. Matisse Museum – This airy villa in Nice houses a nice collection of works by the renowned French painter.
    4. Promenade des Anglais – Walk, jog, run, or blade along Nice’s famed seaside boulevard.
    5. Cannes – Take a short train or bus ride to the resort town that hosts the famous film festival.

    For more ideas and details, see our Lonely Planet city guide for the French Riviera.

    Optional Monaco Casino Night (extra cost)
    Get a taste of the high life on a trip to Monaco tonight. Start with dinner and then head to Monaco's swanky Old Town. After a stop outside the Royal Palace, it’s time to go inside the world-famous Monte-Carlo Casino. Try your luck at the tables or just sit back and watch the jet-setters at play—either way, you’re in for some thrills. There’s a strict dress code, so wear your best. Dinner, round-trip transportation and casino entrance fee are included.
  • PROVENCE 1 Night

  • Day 23

    Travel to Provence

    Highlights of Avignon

    Highlights of Nîmes or Arles

    Paddle the Pont du Gard

    Travel to Provence
    Make your way to Provence, where the scenic countryside inspired so many artists, including Van Gogh. The region is most well-known for its endless lavender fields. Take a sniff.

    Highlights of Avignon
    Walk around this medieval walled city, popular with artists.

    Highlights of Nîmes or Arles
    See the sights of either Nîmes or Arles. Both are historic cities with winding streets and plenty of Roman ruins to check out.

    Paddle the Pont du Gard
    Catch the best view of the historic Pont du Gard from the water. Take a kayak underneath this imposing, 2,000 year old Roman aqueduct. You’ll also get a unique view over the village of Remoulins and its ancient bell tower.
  • BARCELONA 3 NIGHTS

  • Day 24

    Highlights of Carcassonne

    Travel to Barcelona

    Highlights of Carcassonne
    On the way to Spain, stop in Carcassonne. The city is surrounded by centuries’ old walls; it’s actually Europe’s biggest and most intact medieval fortress. Your tour director will show you the highlights.

    Travel to Barcelona
    Continue on to Barcelona, one of Europe’s most talked-about cities. The Catalan capital is known for its food, its fashion, its nightlife, its music, its beaches, its architecture, and on and on. Bottom line, there’s a lot happening in Barcelona.
  • Day 25

    Sightseeing tour of Barcelona (local guide)

    Parque Guell

    Free time in Barcelona (night)

    Sightseeing tour of Barcelona (local guide)
    A local guide will introduce you to Barcelona. See the Sagrada Familia, an unfinished church designed by Antoni Gaudí. Gaudí’s architecture is all over the city, and people love its dream-like style. You’ll also go to the top of Montjuïc; many of the 1992 Olympic events took place here, and it has amazing views of the harbor below.

    Parque Guell
    Designed by Gaudí, this is probably the most surreal public park you’ll ever walk through. Visit the Room of a Hundred Columns, a covered market with 84 pillars, and see the Casa-Museu, where Gaudí lived from 1906 to 1926. There are also great city views up here.

    Free time in Barcelona (night)
    Top 5 nightlife suggestions:
    1. Barri Gotic – This popular area of bars is a good place to start; have some tapas and drinks to get things going.
    2. Luz de Gas – Live music early turns into a dance club scene later in the night.
    3. Buda – Come here for good music in a mellow atmosphere.
    4. Gran Teatre de Liceu – See a show at this world-renowned theater for opera and dance.
    5. The Born – Check out this trendy area of tapas bars, outdoor terraces and great late-night bars.

    For more ideas and details, see our Lonely Planet city guide for Barcelona.
  • Day 26

    Free time in Barcelona (day)

    Flamenco & Sangria Evening

    Free time in Barcelona (day)
    Top 5 free time suggestions:
    1. Museu d’Historia de la Ciutat – Take an elevator down to see the excavated Roman ruins of Barcelona.
    2. Tibidabo – Ride a little cable car to the top of the city and take in the amazing views; in the summer there's an amusement park up here open late into the night.
    3. Shopping on Las Ramblas – This is the best place to find souvenirs and the hottest fashions.
    4. Sitges – A half-hour train ride away, this fashionable resort town was once just a little fishing village.
    5. Parc de la Ciutadella – Relax in the park; it includes a waterfall and a zoo with an albino gorilla.

    For more ideas and details, see our Lonely Planet city guide for Barcelona.

    Flamenco & Sangria Evening
    The Flamenco is a quintessential Spanish experience, something you just can't appreciate until you see it. In this completely unique art form evolved from Indian, Moorish, Arabian and gypsy influences, passionate performers tap into strong emotions through guitar playing, singing, chanting, dancing, and hand clapping. Sangria, the famous Spanish cocktail of red wine and fresh fruit, will be served during the performance.
  • MADRID 3 NIGHTS

  • Day 27

    Travel to Madrid

    Arrive in Madrid

    Introduction to Madrid

    Travel to Madrid
    Hop on a train heading to Madrid.

    Arrive in Madrid
    Pull into Madrid, Spain's capital. Madrid is famous for its world-class art museums, its live music scene, and especially its nightlife (it seems people never sleep here). Rich in Spanish tradition, Madrid is a city that definitely knows how to have fun.

    Introduction to Madrid
    Your tour director will take you on a quick walk so you can get to know the area.
  • Day 28

    Sightseeing tour of Madrid (local guide)

    Royal Palace

    Sightseeing tour of Madrid (local guide)
    A local guide will bring Madrid into focus. Pass through the Puerta del Sol, the geographical center of the city and a popular meeting point. Head into the Plaza Mayor, the Renaissance hub that witnessed everything from bullfights to weddings to public executions. Then it's on to the Plaza de Oriente, Madrid's largest square.

    Royal Palace
    This massive palace was built by Bourbon King Phillip V and has more than 2,000 rooms. You’ll see a few of them, and you can’t help but be impressed by the marble staircase, the golden Throne Room and the priceless frescoes and chandeliers.
  • Day 29

    Optional Medieval Toledo (extra cost)

    Free day in Madrid

    Farewell dinner

    Optional Medieval Toledo (extra cost)
    Toledo is a stunning cliff top medieval fortified city. It is often referred to as La Ciudad Imperial (Imperial City) since it once was the capital of Spain. Check out the city's massive Gothic cathedral, which is home to 750 medieval stained glass windows and a treasure trove of golden artifacts. Explore the labyrinth of medieval alleyways at the heart of the city, and then visit the Santo Tome Church and one of Europe’s oldest synagogues, Santa Maria la Blanca.

    Free day in Madrid
    Top 5 free time suggestions:
    1. Bullfight – Witness the classic, if bloody, Spanish sporting tradition (not for the faint of heart).
    2. Shopping on Gran Via – This popular shopping avenue is a prime place to buy clothes, shoes, jewelry, and handcrafted goods from all over Spain.
    3. Parque del Buen Retiro – Musicians, vendors and families fill this beautiful park; you can even rent a rowboat.
    4. Prado Museum – The world-class museum is home to famous works of art collected by the Spanish monarchy. Entrance is free with your student ID.
    5. Alcalá de Henares – Take a half-hour train ride to this scenic university town, birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes.

    For more ideas and details, see our Lonely Planet city guide for Madrid.

    Farewell dinner
    Share some last laughs (and maybe shed a few tears) at an included farewell dinner with the group.
  • FLIGHT 1 DAY

  • Day 30

    Fly Home

    Fly home
    It's time to say your goodbyes. Head to the airport for your flight back home.
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  • Stonehenge and Oxford (pre-book only)
    (Deadline to book is 21 days prior to departure.)
    Visit the university city of Oxford, home to one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world. Tour the charming city and the University of Oxford, taking in the famous architecture and rich history. Then, head out into the countryside and see the mysterious giant stones in the middle of the field at Stonehenge. The origin and purpose of the ring of stones is unknown, though most think it was a temple and observatory. Take some time to explore the intriguing stone formations and visit the newly opened exhibition and visitor center before heading back to London. Note- this optional is pre-book only.
  • Mount Pilatus
    Take an amazing trip to the top of Mount Pilatus, the majestic mountain dominating the Lucerne skyline. If it’s summer, you’ll travel to the foot of the mountain by boat across Lake Lucerne, and then ride the famous Pilatus cog railway—the steepest in the world—to the top. During other seasons, you’ll drive to the mountain base before going up by cable car. Forty-five minutes and 6,387 feet later, you’ll reach the summit. Take in the incredible panoramic views—see the city of Lucerne, its pristine lake, and the snow-capped Alps.
  • Monaco Casino Night
    Monaco Casino Night: Get a taste of the high life on a trip to Monaco. When you arrive, you’ll have a chance to explore the Royal Palace grounds and enjoy a meal in Monaco's swanky Old Town. Then it’s time to go inside the breathtaking Monte-Carlo Casino. Not a gambler? Not a problem. You’ll be busy rubbing elbows with the incredibly rich, checking out all the hot cars, and exploring the most famous casino in the world. There’s a strict dress code, so dress to impress. Dinner, round-trip transportation and casino entrance fee are included.
  • Versailles (pre-book only)
    (Deadline to book is 45 days prior to departure.)
    Spend the afternoon at the over-the-top palace of Louis XIV. Not far from Paris, this is where French royalty reveled in their extravagant lifestyle in the decades before the Revolution. At one point, a thousand nobles were attended by 4,000 servants inside the palace, while 15,000 soldiers and servants lived in the annexes. Walk through the landscaped gardens, tour the State Apartments of the King and the Queen, and see the Hall of Mirrors.
  • Rome Cooking Class
    This is your chance to become a real Italian chef. Learn the basics of the regional specialties, as a local professional chef guides you through the process. You’ll start by making two kinds of pasta from scratch (anything from ravioli to cannelloni). Next the focus turns to the sauces. Don’t worry if your skills in the kitchen are lacking—when you’re done cooking you’ll be treated to a three-course dinner prepared by the chef’s team.
  • The Italian Riviera & Cinque Terre
    Spend a full day exploring the Italian Riviera's gem - the tiny seaside villages of Cinque Terre. Ride up the Italian coast and catch a train to the village of Riomaggiore, where you'll take a quick tour and continue on the famous Via dell'Amore (path of love) toward the next village. Take a quick train ride to the village of Vernazza, where you'll have time to explore, shop, swim in the cove, or just relax. Then move on to Monterosso, a village known for its long sandy beach and crystal blue water. You'll have time to grab lunch and enjoy the beach before making your way back to Florence.
  • Medieval Toledo
    Toledo is a stunning cliff top medieval fortified city. It is often referred to as La Ciudad Imperial (Imperial City) since it once was the capital of Spain. Check out the city's massive Gothic cathedral, which is home to 750 medieval stained glass windows and a treasure trove of golden artifacts. Explore the labyrinth of medieval alleyways at the heart of the city, and then visit the Santo Tome Church and one of Europe’s oldest synagogues, Santa Maria la Blanca.
  • Amsterdam Bike Tour
    Bike like a local through the streets and countryside of Amsterdam. You’ll start by pedaling through the city, then taking a ferry across the North Holland Canal. On the other side, you’ll ride through rural landscapes and see the picturesque windmills and 17th century villages. Enjoy a picnic lunch while soaking up the stunning Dutch countryside.
SIGHTS YOU'LL SEE:

Notre Dame

Louvre Museum

Eiffel Tower

Seine cruise

Anne Frank House

Doges' Palace

Sistine Chapel

St. Peter's Basilica

Colosseum

St. Francis Basilica

Florence Duomo

Pisa Baptistery

Pisa Cathedral

Popes' Palace

Roman amphitheater

Parque Guell

Royal Palace(Madrid)

Prado Museum

Forum Romanum

CITY GUIDES

Nice Florence Lucerne Heidelberg Amsterdam Madrid Barcelona Rome Venice Paris London