Ultimate Europe

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  • FLIGHT 1 NIGHT

  • Day 1

    Overnight flight

    Overnight flight
    Board your overnight flight, bound for Europe.
  • ATHENS 1 NIGHT

  • Day 2

    Arrive in Athens

    Introduction to Athens

    Welcome Mixer

    Arrive in Athens
    Welcome to Athens, capital of Greece. After clearing customs, you’ll meet your full-time tour director and the rest of your group. Athens was named after Athena, Ancient Greece’s number one goddess. Today it's a cool mix of ancient sites and modern urban life. Its outdoor café culture and pedestrian-friendly streets make it a great walking city. Your hotel will be in nearby Glyfada, a beachside area with lots of nightlife and restaurants.

    Introduction to Athens
    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.
  • MYKONOS 2 NIGHTS

  • Day 3

    Ferry to Mykonos

    Free night on Mykonos

    Ferry to Mykonos
    Get on a ferry and hop over to cosmopolitan Mykonos. Mykonos is known for its beaches and its nightlife. Though you’ll pay a little more for your fun here than you will on the other islands, the awesome scenery and lively bar and club scene are all worth it.

    Free time on Mykonos (night)
    Top 5 nightlife suggestions:
    1. Little Venice – This is the best area to go bar hopping—many places have verandas overlooking the water.
    2. Katerina’s – Famous for its piña coladas, this Little Venice bar has amazing views of the sunset over the sea.
    3. Cavo Paradiso – Famous DJs spin at this Paradise Beach spot in the summer months.
    4. Anemo Theatre – From July to September, this outdoor venue features concerts and other performances.
    5. Caprice – This is the first club to open in the spring and the last to close in the fall.
  • Day 4

    Free day on Mykonos

    Free day on Mykonos
    Top 5 free-time suggestions:
    1. Paradise Beach – This is the most famous of the beaches, with all the seaside activities to earn the reputation.
    2. Lena's House – Step inside a re-created home of a middle class 19th-century Mykonos family.
    3. Little Venice – Check out this unique area of houses built hanging over the sea.
    4. Museum of Folklore – Housed in a 19th-century sea captain's home, this museum displays a cool collection of crafts and furniture.
    5. Delos – Just off the coast of Mykonos, the entire island is an archaeological site.
  • ATHENS 2 NIGHTS

  • Day 5

    Ferry to Athens

    Free night in Athens

    Ferry to Athens
    Hop a ferry back to Athens!

    Free time in Athens (night)
    Top 5 nightlife suggestions:
    1. Psirri District – This up-and-coming neighborhood is packed full of outdoor café bars.
    2. Thiseion District – Located under the Acropolis, this is a central area with a thriving nightlife.
    3. Akrotiri – A nice sea breeze keeps you cool on the dance floor in this open-air club.
    4. Dora Stratou Dance Theatre – See more than 75 performers in a traditional folk dancing show.
    5. Gagarin 205 Live Music Space – Catch the biggest international music acts here, as well as local groups and DJs during the week.

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

    Sightseeing tour of Athens (local guide)

    Night ferry to Italy

    Sightseeing tour of Athens (local guide)
    Go back in time on a sightseeing tour with a local guide. See the Temple of Athena Nike, which once housed a gold statue of Athena. Pass the stadium where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896. The highlight of the tour is a walk up to the top of the Acropolis, where you’ll get to see the legendary Parthenon up close.

    Night ferry to Italy
    Travel to Patras and board your overnight ferry bound for Italy.
  • ROME 3 NIGHTS

  • Day 7

    Arrive in Italy

    Sightseeing tour of Pompeii (local guide)

    Travel to Rome

    Arrive in Italy
    Disembark this morning on the coast of Italy.

    Sightseeing tour of Pompeii (local guide)
    Take an amazing trip into the preserved past at Pompeii. Doomed by the super-hot ash from Mt. Vesuvius looming above it, Pompeii is a remarkably intact ancient Roman town. Walk the streets and see the villas, temples and bath houses.

    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.
  • Day 8

    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 9

    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 3 NIGHTS

  • Day 10

    Travel to Florence

    Travel to Florence
    Drive through the countryside 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.
  • Day 11

    Sightseeing tour of Florence (local guide)

    Florence Duomo

    Optional excursion to Pisa (extra cost)

    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.

    Optional excursion to Pisa (extra cost)
    Travel to Pisa, home of the legendary Leaning Tower, and snap some photos of the 12th-century architectural misfit. The tower has been aslant ever since the third floor was built, and legend says Galileo dropped weights from its top to test his theories of gravity. Also visit the Baptistery, known for its interesting acoustics, and Pisa Cathedral.
  • Day 12

    Free time in Florence (night)

    Free time in Florence (night)
    Top 5 nightlife suggestions:
    1. Santa Croce area – Hit some of the popular pubs in this central area, especially on Via dei Benci.
    2. Moyo – This trendy bar attracts a mixed crowd of students and artsy Florentines; lounge out in the back or sit at the outdoor tables.
    3. Meccano – Head here to get moving on the two dance floors, or hang out in the big outdoor garden.
    4. All'Antico Vinaio – This has been one of Florence's most popular wine bars for the last hundred years.
    5. Tenax – For a concert, check out the leading venue for new, established, and big-name international acts; enormous but easy-going, it becomes a club after hours.

    For more ideas and details, see our Lonely Planet city guide for Florence.
  • VENICE REGION 2 NIGHTS

  • Day 13

    Travel to Venice

    Travel to Venice
    Continue on to Venice, once a huge naval power and now a major tourist spot. Venice is amazing. The one-of-a-kind canals have to be seen to be appreciated. See the gondolas, browse the shops, eat the gelato. At night you'll be hanging out in nearby Lido di Jesolo, a beachside area with lots of fun nightlife, good restaurants, and the hotel you'll be sleeping in.
  • Day 14

    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.
  • TYROL REGION 1 NIGHT

  • Day 15

    Travel via Verona

    Arrive in the Tyrol region

    Travel via Verona
    On your way to Austria, 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 the Tyrol region
    Spend the night in the scenic Tyrol region, located at the intersection of several Alpine passes. Innsbruck, the region's capital, has hosted the Winter Olympics twice.
  • MUNICH 3 NIGHTS

  • Day 16

    Neuschwanstein Castle

    Travel to Munich

    Neuschwanstein Castle
    On the way to Munich, stop for a visit to Neuschwanstein Castle, which was the model for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle and also home to one of the weirdest kings in Europe’s history.

    Travel to Munich
    Drive on to Munich. This is the capital of Germany’s Bavaria region, and it still has strong ties to its folkloric traditions (you’ll definitely see some lederhosen). There’s also plenty of modernity, including a great music scene, cool art museums, and BMW’s world headquarters.
  • Day 17

    Free day in Munich

    Free day in Munich
    Top 5 free time suggestions:
    1. Deutsches Museum – Very cool science museum, if you're into that kind of thing.
    2. Nymphenburg Palace – This huge palace was the royal family's summer residence.
    3. Marienplatz – Hang out and enjoy the scene in the center of the old town.
    4. Pinakothek der Moderne – Check out the goods in Germany's largest modern art museum.
    5. Flohmarkt Riem – It's a bit of a trek, but it's Bavaria's largest flea market.

    For more ideas and details, see our Lonely Planet city guide for Munich.
  • Day 18

    Free time in Munich (night)

    Free time in Munich (night)
    Top 5 nightlife suggestions:
    1. Hofbräuhaus – This legendary beer hall has Bavarian folk bands, throngs of jovial people, and an endless supply of flowing beer.
    2. Nachtcafe – Hear live bands or DJs almost every night; free to enter and open all night.
    3. Nationaltheater – See an opera, ballet or classical music concert at the city's most prestigious theater.
    4. Leopoldstrasse – This street in the Schwabing district is lined with bars, cafés, restaurants, cinemas and pubs.
    5. Atomic Café – Dance to ’70s music all night.

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

  • Day 19

    Travel via Dachau

    Arrive in Prague

    Introduction to Prague

    Travel via Dachau
    Take the short trip to nearby Dachau, once the site of a WWII Nazi concentration camp and now a moving memorial and museum. The camp was liberated in April 1945.

    Arrive in Prague
    Continue to Prague, a favorite of many. The city itself is the highlight here, with its Gothic architecture, underground pubs, and winding cobblestone streets. Fun, atmospheric, and still relatively cheap, Prague is a city you never get tired of exploring.

    Introduction to Prague
    Your tour director will take you on a quick walk so you can get to know the area.
  • Day 20

    Sightseeing tour of Prague (local guide)

    Free time in Prague (night)

    Sightseeing tour of Prague (local guide)
    Take in the sights of Prague with a local guide. Begin at Prague Castle up on Hradcany hill. Visit St. Vitus Cathedral, with its impressive stained glass, and walk down the Golden Lane, a little row of houses where royal alchemists tried to turn lead into gold. Walk across the famed Charles Bridge, and head into Old Town Square, famous for its 15th-century astronomical clock.

    Free time in Prague (night)
    Top 5 nightlife suggestions:
    1. Black Light Theatre – Experience a one-of-a-kind show involving black lights, bright colors, and surreal storytelling.
    2. Beer gardens – Many bars have outdoor gardens where you can sit outside and enjoy the famous Czech beers.
    3. Classical music concert – You can catch classical music concerts in churches all over town.
    4. Lucerna Music Club – Depending on the night, this popular spot has live music, a standard club scene, or the world’s best '80s night.
    5. U Fleku – Eat traditional Czech cuisine and drink some great brew at the most famous beer hall in the city.

    For more ideas and details, see our Lonely Planet city guide for Prague.
  • Day 21

    Free day in Prague

    Free day in Prague
    Top 5 free time suggestions:
    1. Communist Museum – See what life was like in Czechoslovakia during the communist years.
    2. Letna Park – Up on a hill overlooking the city, this sprawling park has a big beer garden with amazing city views.
    3. Jewish Quarter – Visit the museums, and especially the dramatic cemetery, with its thousands of memorials packed into a small space.
    4. Vysehrad – Just outside the city center up on a hill, this park, cemetery and castle ruins is a quiet break from the more touristy spots.
    5. Karlstejn – Take a 45-minute train ride to this picturesque town, and visit its medieval hilltop castle.

    For more ideas and details, see our Lonely Planet city guide for Prague.
  • HEIDELBERG 1 NIGHT

  • Day 22

    Travel via Nuremberg

    Arrive in Heidelberg

    Travel via Nuremberg
    On the way to Heidelberg, stop in Nuremberg. The city was badly damaged in World War II, but nowadays many of its old buildings have been restored. Your tour director will show you the highlights.

    Arrive in Heidelberg
    Drive to Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest college town. Heidelberg’s hillside castle, red-roofed townscape, and big nightlife (thanks to all the students who live here) make the city a popular stop for backpackers and others traveling through Europe.
  • AMSTERDAM 3 NIGHTS

  • Day 23

    Travel to Amsterdam

    Travel to Amsterdam
    Continue on to Amsterdam. There’s so much to love about Amsterdam, from the canals to the Van Gogh to the legendary laid-back attitude.
  • Day 24

    Sightseeing tour of Amsterdam (local guide)

    Anne Frank's 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.

    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 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 – This late-night dance club attracts a young crowd. Don't show up before 11.
    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 25

    Optional Biking the Dutch Countryside (extra cost)

    Optional Biking the Dutch Countryside (extra cost)
    Head outside the city for the afternoon and get a taste of the country life. After a short train ride to Zaanse Schans, get on your bike for a leisurely 1 1/2-hour ride through the classic Dutch landscape—windmills, fields of flowers, rustic farmhouses, all that good stuff. In addition to the ridiculously charming scenery, the trip also includes a picnic lunch, a coffee break, and a visit to a classic Dutch clog maker.
  • BRUGES 1 NIGHT

  • Day 26

    Travel to Bruges

    Travel to Bruges
    On the way to Paris, stop in medieval Bruges, where horse-drawn carriages still clop along cobblestones, and the buildings are straight out of the Middle Ages. The city was also the setting for the 2008 cult movie hit In Bruges.
  • PARIS 3 NIGHTS

  • Day 27

    Travel to Paris

    Evening Seine cruise and Eiffel Tower

    Travel to Paris
    Drive on 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 museums. Drink some wine, have some cheese, and see the newest fashions before anyone else does.

    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.
  • Day 28

    Sightseeing tour of Paris (local guide)

    Optional trip to Versailles (extra cost)

    Free time in Paris (night)

    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.

    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 29

    Introduction to Paris

    Louvre Museum

    Notre Dame Cathedral

    Free time in Paris (night)

    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.

    Free time in Paris (day)
    Top 5 free time suggestions:
    1. Musée d’Orsay – This amazing museum is a runaway favorite for many. See masterpieces by Monet, Van Gogh, and many more.
    2. Champs-Elysées – The famous boulevard is best known for its high-fashion shopping and unbeatable people-watching.
    3. Arc de Triomphe – Built to commemorate Napoleon's Grande Armée, this famous arch has amazing views from the top.
    4. Père Lachaise Cemetery – Pay your respects to many famous figures, including Marcel Proust and legendary Doors front man Jim Morrison.
    5. Montmartre – This cool artists' haven at the top of a hill has amazing views and the unique Sacré Coeur church.

    For more ideas and details, see our Lonely Planet city guide for Paris.
  • FRENCH RIVIERA 2 NIGHTS

  • Day 30

    TGV to the French Riviera

    Introduction to Nice

    Optional Monaco Casino Night (extra cost)

    TGV to the French Riviera
    Take the high-speed TGV train down to the French Riviera, stomping grounds of the rich and famous for centuries. The Riviera is town after town of seaside resorts, including Cannes, Monaco (its own country), and Nice. Nice is the biggest, and will be where you spend most of your time.

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

    Optional Monaco Casino Night (extra cost)
    Get a taste of the high life on a trip to Monaco tonight. Start with dinner in the nearby town of Eze, famous for its medieval charm and hilltop views of the sea. 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.
  • Day 31

    Free day on the French Riviera

    Free day on the French Riviera
    3 more free time suggestions:
    1. Monastère Notre Dame de Cimiez – See the final resting place of Matisse in this monastery's cemetery.
    2. Musée Archéologique de Nice-Cimiez – Go here if you like ancient stuff.
    3. Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain – Long name, lots of good modern art.

    For more ideas and details, see our Lonely Planet city guide for the French Riviera.
  • BARCELONA 3 NIGHTS

  • Day 32

    Travel to Barcelona

    Free time in Barcelona (night)

    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.

    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 33

    Sightseeing tour of Barcelona (local guide)

    Parque Guell

    Flamenco & Sangria Evening

    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 weirdest 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 views up here of the city below.

    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.
  • Day 34

    Free day in Barcelona

    Farewell dinner

    Free day in Barcelona
    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.

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

  • Day 35

    Fly home

    Fly home
    It's time to say your goodbyes. Head to the airport for your flight back home.
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  • PisaTravel to Pisa, home of the legendary Leaning Tower, and snap some photos of the 12th-century architectural misfit. The tower has been aslant ever since the third floor was built, and legend says Galileo dropped weights from its top to test his theories of gravity. Also visit the Baptistery, known for its interesting acoustics, and Pisa Cathedral.
  • Monaco Casino NightMonaco 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)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 ClassThis 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.
  • Flamenco & Sangria EveningThe 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.
  • Biking the Dutch CountrysideHead outside the city for the afternoon and get a taste of the country life. After a short train ride to Zaanse Schans, get on your bike for a leisurely 1 1/2-hour ride through the classic Dutch landscape. You’ll see the towering windmills, rustic farmhouses, and on breezy days you’ll notice the whole town smells like chocolate. In addition to the ridiculously charming scenery, the trip also includes a light picnic lunch, a coffee break, and a visit to a classic Dutch clog maker and cheese shop.
SIGHTS YOU'LL SEE:

Acropolis

Delphi site

Delphi museum

Pompeii Roman ruins

Colosseum

Sistine Chapel

St. Peter's Basilica

Florence Duomo

Doges' Palace

St. Vitus Cathedral

Golden Lane

Anne Frank House

Eiffel Tower

Seine cruise

Louvre Museum

Notre Dame

Parque Guell

Neuschwanstein Castle

Forum Romanum

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