Paris, Tuscany & Rome
14-day tour featuring Paris, Beaune, Lake Lucerne, Swiss Alps, Verona, Venice, Pisa, Florence, Tuscany and Rome
Your journey between cosmopolitan Paris and classical Rome reveals the splendor of the Burgundy Wine Region, stunning Swiss Lakes, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Renaissance architecture in Florence, the rolling hills in Tuscany, and the floating city of Venice!
Meals - In addition to any meals you may be served during your flights to and from Europe, the tour price includes 12 breakfasts, and 7 dinners during the land portion of the tour
Superior Tourist Class (3-star) and First Class (4-star) hotels are carefully selected for comfort, cleanliness and character . All rooms have a private bathroom with sink, toilet, and shower or bathtub. Free Wi-Fi is available at the hotels, with only a rare exception. Our tours feature a balance of modern city hotels and family-run village hotels with European atmosphere accompanied by genuine hospitality.
The included dinners follow a fixed menu. We work closely with the hotels/restaurants to provide a variety of dishes throughout the tour. The number of included dinners is noted on the introductory page of each tour.
Breakfasts are commonly served buffet style at your hotel, with a selection of rolls, butter, jam, cheese, cold cuts, coffee, tea, milk and juice. Breakfast buffets usually also include one or more other items such as cereal, pastries, fruit, yogurt, eggs, and/or local breakfast foods .
An experienced representative will accompany the tour and handle all the arrangements for the full European duration. Generally, the Tour Manager who greets you upon arrival in Europe will be the same Tour Manager who will accompany you throughout your entire tour. All our Tour Managers pride themselves on many years of experience, having traveled extensively in the regions covered on our tours. All reside in Europe and are multi-lingual with a fluency in English. Each is trained for the particular tours he or she will escort and is recertified for our tours annually. Our Tour Managers get to know you, dig deep to find answers to your questions, and add their personal touch to turn your tour into the "vacation of a lifetime."
Personal Assistive Listening System (P.A.L.S.)
A lightweight, hands-free assistive listening system (including a receiver with a lanyard and an earbud) is provided to each traveler to allow for convenient and clear reception of tour manager commentary during guided walks. Specially designed ear pieces are available to accommodate hearing aids.
Baggage handling at hotels is provided for one suitcase per person, with a maximum of 62 linear inches and a maximum of 50 lbs. For more details, see "How often will I need to carry my own luggage?" and " Baggage Allowances".
Tips for Included Services
The tour price includes tips for all aspects of the tour that are pre-arranged by Image Tours, such as hotels, restaurants and other services. Tips for the tour manager and motor coach driver are not included. For tipping guidelines, refer to "Are Tips for the Tour Manager & Driver Included?".
A deluxe, air-conditioned motor coach will provide transportation throughout Europe in accordance with the itinerary. Image Tours requires that the motor coaches used for our tours must be state-of-the-art models of no older than five years; one of the toughest standards in the European tour business. Although our motor coaches are government rated for standard class seating of up to 53 passengers, we provide comfort-class seating for a maximum of 46 passengers on the majority of our tours, providing extra leg room and greater comfort. Daily seat rotation allows you to view Europe's spectacular scenery from all angles. Our motor coach drivers are selected by meeting our high standards for experience, courtesy and professionalism. They not only possess outstanding driving skills with safety as their number one priority, but also take pride in keeping the motor coach comfortable and clean throughout your tour.
One scheduled group airport transfer is hosted by the tour manager on Day 2 and again on the last day of the tour. The transfer time is based on the scheduled flight times of passengers who have purchased the complete Tour & Air Inclusive package from Image Tours. For details, see 'Are Airport Transfers Included?'.
Approximately one month after Image Tours receives your completed Reservation Application and deposit, you will receive a Confirmation Packet consisting of reservation verification and our highly informative TOUROCLOPEDIA® trip preparation booklet, with travel tips and other information to help you get ready for your tour of Europe.
At least one week prior to the tour departure date, you will receive a Trip Documents Packet. This contains preparation reminders, departure day travel tips, arrival instructions, flight information, overnight schedule (with the names, addresses and telephone numbers of hotels), foreign currency information, luggage tags and a name tag.
Call (319) 665-3321 for more information or to book today! Mention code 14541941
- Tour Operator
- Image Tours
- Offer valid through 12/16/2020
- 14 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Overnight Flight to Europe||Overnight Flight to Europe. |
Refer to "Preparing for your Departure" in your Trip Documents for easy check-in procedures. Take time to relax on your transatlantic flight with the assurance that Image Tours has taken care of all the details.
|Day 2||Paris||FRANCE..Arrival at Paris Airport. |
Upon arrival, disembark, clear passport control and collect your luggage. Refer to your "Arrival Instructions" page in your Trip Documents for directions on where and when to meet your tour manager. Board the deluxe motor coach for the transfer from the airport to your Paris hotel and enjoy your first impressions of the "City of Light." After check-in, freshen-up and relax. The balance of the day is yours to rest up from the flight, or to jump start your exploration of Paris. Consider taking an afternoon walk through the colorful old town section of Montmartre, where you can view Paris from its highest point at Sacre-Coeur Basilica. An independent dinner on this first evening in Europe allows you the choice of light fluffy crêpe or a leisurely Parisian meal.
|Day 3||Paris||FRANCE . . Paris.|
A full day to explore one of the world's trendiest cities. Before beginning your free time, we suggest joining the optional Seine River Cruise excursion for unsurpassed views of some of the city's major sights. In order to help you choose one or two attractions for your free time, your tour manager will familiarize you with the principal sights, such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, Eiffel Tower, Opera (Palais Garnier), Louvre Museum (open daily except Tuesdays), Galeries Lafayette department store, and Champs Elysees. Tonight, join your fellow tour members for a "Welcome to Europe/Get- acquainted" dinner at a festive Paris bistro. (Breakfast, Dinner)
|Day 4||Beaune||FRANCE . . Paris - Burgundy Wine Region - Beaune. |
Bid a fond farewell to Paris and motor through the vineyards of the Burgundy Wine Region to the ancient and historic walled city of Beaune, one of the major wine centers of France. Beaune has a rich historical and architectural heritage incorporating remnants of the pre-Roman and Roman eras. After checking in at your hotel, you will have a few hours to explore Beaune. Consider a visit to the intriguing Hospices Museum with its striking facade. Built in the 15th century as a hospital for the destitute, the museum houses items used in hospitals in the Middle Ages, as well as an impressive collection of furniture, pottery, paintings and tapestries. An independent dinner provides the opportunity to visit a wine cellar and to sample the regional cuisine. (Breakfast)
|Day 5||Swiss Alps||FRANCE . .Besancon - Alsace Wine Region & SWITZERLAND . . Swiss Alps.|
A leisurely morning drive brings you to Besancon, with its charming historic center and imposing hilltop citadel. After an independent lunch, the vineyards of the Alsace Wine Region give way to the unsurpassed splendor of the Swiss Alps. Cross the border at the Rhine port city of Basel, strategically located at the point where France, Germany and Switzerland meet. Your hotel resides in one of the scenic villages in the Swiss Alps. (Breakfast, Dinner)
|Day 6||Swiss Alps||SWITZERLAND . . Stans - Lucerne - Swiss Alps.|
As you descend upon Lake Lucerne, the soaring peaks of Rigi, Stanserhorn and Pilatus, stand guard over this vast water basin, creating one of the most imposing sights in Europe. Today's first stop is in the old mountain village of Stans with an optional Swiss Mountain excursion. Next, motor along the lake to the city of Lucerne, where you will see the Old Town Wall and famous Lion Monument. The rest of the day is yours to explore the Old Town, visit the Swiss Transport Museum, or relax on one of the lovely lakeshore promenades. Lucerne is a shopper's paradise; enjoy browsing through displays of wood-carved music boxes, delicate Swiss lace, delicious chocolates and Switzerland's world famous watches. Before returning to your hotel, the tour manager will offer an optional Swiss Lake Boat Ride excursion. (Breakfast, Dinner)
|Day 7||Verona||SWITZERLAND . . Lugano & ITALY . . Verona.|
Church bells break the silence of the night and welcome another glorious day. Travel through William Tell Country and the spectacular 11-mile-long Gotthard Tunnel to Lugano, where distant snow-capped mountains contrast beautifully with the palm tree-lined streets along Lake Lugano. Often referred to as the "Rio de Janeiro of the Old Continent," Lugano is the perfect spot for a lunch break. Cross the border into Italy and travel past Milan to the legendary city of Verona, made famous by Shakespeare's tragic love story of "Romeo and Juliet." Experience an authentic Italian meal during an independent dinner in Verona, before transferring to your hotel.(Breakfast)
|Day 8||enice||ITALY . . Venice.|
Today features a full day visit to the romantic city of Venice, famous for its canals, bridges, colorful gondoliers, and the magnificent St. Mark's Square. All transportation is done exclusively over water. Like the Venetians, you will take a boat ride to the center of Venice. A guided walking tour follows, ending with a visit to a glass-blowing workshop where highly skilled artisans craft anything from delicate figurines to grand chandeliers. If you have your heart set on gliding through the canals, the cost is about $45 per person based on six people per gondola. The day provides ample time to marvel at the architecture of the Saint Mark's Basilica, the Doge's Palace and the Clock Tower. Have dinner at a pizzeria or join your tour manager at a typical Venetian restaurant for the optional Venice Dinner excursion. After a memorable day of sightseeing, return to your Verona hotel. (Breakfast)
|Day 9||Montceatini-Terme||ITALY . . Lucca - Pisa - Montecatini-Terme.|
This morning, drive south through the Apennine Mountains, into Tuscany. Stop in the medieval center of Lucca before continuing to Pisa and its Leaning Tower. Work on the structure began in 1174, and the tower already started to tilt while constructing the second floor. The cathedral complex consists of the Baptistery, Duomo, and the bell tower. The three white marble buildings set against the Field of Miracles (an expansive green lawn) are an impressive sight. This evening, pastel-tinted buildings on palm-lined streets welcome you to the spa resort town of Montecatini-Terme. Dinner will be provided at the hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)
|Day 10||Montceatini-Terme||ITALY . . Florence - Montceatini-Terme.|
This day focuses on the art and architecture of Florence. The first masterpieces you will notice during the guided walking tour are the Duomo (cathedral), the Baptistery (with its renowned bronze doors by Ghiberti), and Giotto's campanile (bell tower). The rest of the day is yours to explore Florence at your own pace. Admire the piazzas, each with its own distinct character, shop the open-air markets, visit an art gallery, or enjoy gathering with Florentines and visitors alike on the Ponte Vecchio. Subject to availability at the time of your visit, your tour manager may be able to arrange for an optional Accademia Gallery excursion to admire Michelangelo's David. Dine on local specialties at a vineyard restaurant before returning to Montecatini-Terme. (Breakfast, Dinner)
|Day 11||Rome||ITALY . . Siena - Rome.|
Your final morning in Tuscany takes you past olive groves to Siena, a beautiful city built on three hills. Piazza del Campo is the main square and focal point of Siena, with several smaller but equally interesting squares found throughout this medieval village. The optional Siena Duomo excursion provides a more in-depth look at the art and architecture of this magnificent cathedral. In the afternoon, leave Tuscany to rejoin the Autostrada in the direction of Rome. Along the way, stop for an included dinner of homemade specialties at a hilltop farm. Overnight at your Rome area hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)
|Day 12||Rome|| ITALY . . Rome.|
The entire day is devoted to the wonders of Rome. This energetic and modern metropolis is proudly protective of its abundant historical sites, crowned by the Colosseum (Roman Arena) which dates back to 80 A.D. A local guide will accompany you for a morning of city sightseeing including some of Rome's most famous landmarks such as the Arch of Constantine, Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and Pantheon. After an independent lunch, continue your exploration of Rome on foot, or join your tour manager for the optional Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel excursion, including St. Peter's Basilica. Return to your hotel this evening for a "Farewell Dinner." (Breakfast, Dinner)
|Day 13||Rome|| ITALY . . Rome.|
Continue your independent discovery of the wonders of Rome, or join your tour manager for the optional Colosseum excursion. Spend the afternoon at your leisure: wander the Capitoline Museums and admire artwork and artifacts from the ancient Roman world; shop along the Via del Corso; or sip a cappuccino at the Spanish Steps. Italy is the cradle of European civilization, art, architecture and music, so however you choose to spend your day, the sights are sure to create lasting impressions. Choose from over 2,000 restaurants for an independent dinner or join the optional Rome Dinner excursion for a festive conclusion to your Roman experience. (Breakfast)
|Day 14||Daytime flight back to U.S.A||Daytime flight back to U.S.A.|
Transfer to the Rome Fiumicino Airport for the return flight home. (Breakfast)
The above departures reflect Land-Only per person pricing and TWIN pricing is based upon double occupancy. Any early booking discounts available will be reflected in the summary price after you pick your departure date, your accommodation type, and any additional options in the following steps. Please choose a departure date to continue pricing the tour.