England – Channel Islands – France – Switzerland – Italy
London / Greenwich / Dinner Cruise / Channel Islands / Loire Valley / Burgundy / Morvan Regional Natural Park / Geneva / Berne / Lake Maggiore / Milan / Parma / Florence / Venice
This package includes
✔ 19 nights’ accommodation in different hotels
✔ Coach and guides as per itinerary
✔ Meals as mentioned in itinerary
✔ Sightseeing of Central London on Day 2
✔ Dinner cruise on the Thames on Day 2
✔ Visit of the quaint village of St Aubin & the Noirmont Point on Day 4
✔ Visit of Mont Orgueil Castle on Day 5
✔ Mare Wine Estate (visit & tasting) on Day 5
✔ Walking tour of the historical city of Saint Malo on Day 6
✔ Oyster farming process workshop and oyster tasting on Day 7
✔ Visit of Cadre Noir of Saumur on Day 8
✔ Visit of Chambord Estate on Day 9
✔ Walking tour through the city of Autun on Day 10
✔ Visit of Burgundy snails on Day 10
✔ Burgundy wine cellar and tasting on Day 11
✔ Guided city tour of Berne on Day 12
✔ Wine tasting in Locarno on Day 13
✔ Guided tour of Milan on Day 15
✔ Entrance to the Dome of Milan on Day 15
✔ Visit of a Parmigiano Reggiano factory and tasting of Parmigiano on Day 16
✔ Visit of a ham factory on Day 16
✔ Guided tour and Dome of Florence on Day 18
✔ Guided tour of historical centre of Venice on Day 19
Day 1 - Arrival
Arrival in London via the London-Heathrow Airport. Transfer by private coach from the airport to your hotel in central London. Check-in at your hotel for 2 nights on Bed & Breakfast basis. Free time in the afternoon. Dinner on your own & night at the hotel.
Day 2 - London
Breakfast at your hotel. The day starts with a Sightseeing of Central London in a private coach & with your English-speaking guide: Piccadilly Circus, Westminster Abbey, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace (and if possible the guard changing). Your tour will be ending in the little village of Greenwich. Lunch (3 courses, NO drinks) in a traditional pub in Greenwich. Transfer back to hotel and free time in the afternoon. Transfer to dock for your Dinner cruise on the Thames (3 hrs cruise, 4 courses dinner + 1 welcome drink). Transfer back to the hotel for the night. * Dinner cruise on the Thames running from Monday to Friday.
Day 3 - Stonehenge & Salisbury
Breakfast at your hotel & check-out. Early morning departure for the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site: Stonehenge. After your visit, continue to Salisbury, city well-known for her cathedral (entrance not incl.). Free time in the city ended by a traditional English routine: The Cream Tea (tea, scones & clotted cream… soooo British!). Continuation to Poole / Bournemouth area. Check-in at your hotel. Dinner on your own.
Day 4 - Jersey (Channel Islands)
Early breakfast & check-out. Transfer to the ferry terminal; crossing from Poole to the biggest of the Channel Islands, Jersey (due to the size of the boat, the crossing will be by foot). This is an island shaped by the sea where some of the most astonishing tides in the world circle the coast and feed the land. An island that's small in size, but big on personality, where country lanes open to cliff top views and the sea is never more than ten minutes away. An island of rediscovery packed with activities to experience and explore. Arrival in St Helier & visit the quaint village of St Aubin & the Noirmont Point. Transfer to your hotel & check-in for 2 nights on Bed & Breakfast basis. Dinner on your own & night at the hotel.
Day 5 - Jersey
After breakfast, depart for Mont Orgueil and visit of the castle. Jersey Heritage makes history come to life at Mont Orgueil Castle, which protected Jersey against the French invasion over 600 years ago. Explore the network of staircases, towers and secret rooms to discover hidden treasures and breathtaking views. Discover secret artwork commissioned to tell the story of the castle, climb turrets to find the medieval ‘wheel of urine’ and descend into the cellar to experience the 'witchcraft' exhibit. Free time for lunch in Gorey. In the afternoon you will reach the Mare Wine Estate for a visit & a tasting. Return to the hotel late in the afternoon. Dinner on your own & night at the hotel.
Day 6 - Jersey / St Malo
Breakfast at hotel & check-out. Ferry crossing from Jersey to Saint-Malo (France). Arrival in Saint-Malo and transfer by private coach from the harbor to your hotel in Saint-Malo. Free time for lunch at leisure. In the afternoon, meet your local guide for a walking tour of the historical city. Enjoy some free time for the rest of the day. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Saint-Malo.
Day 7 - Saint-Michel Mount + Marine Far, (Oyter-Farming) in Cancale
Breakfast. Depart for the world-famous Unesco World Heritage Mont Saint Michel. Visit the famous Abbey with your local guide and discover all the secrets of the mount. Try the famous Mère Poulard’s Omelette for lunch (3 courses, NO Drinks). Early afternoon departure to Cancale. Here your guide will teach you the oyster farming process, the History beyond it, you will have a look at the workshops, oyster ponds and will end up with some tasting of 2 types of oysters. Back to Saint-Malo in late afternoon, dinner on your own and night at your hotel in Saint-Malo.
Day 8 - Saumur & Loire Valley
Early breakfast. Depart towards the Loire Valley region. The Loire Valley is an outstanding cultural landscape of great beauty, containing historic towns and villages, great architectural monuments (the châteaux), and cultivated lands formed by many centuries of interaction between their population and the physical environment, primarily the river Loire itself. Arrive in Grand Saumur for a local specialty lunch in a troglodyte restaurant (3 courses, NO Drinks) including the “fouées” (sort of pasties). In the afternoon, visit of the Cadre Noir of Saumur. French Classical riding, with its prestigious military history, is the foundation for the Cadre Noir, and the teaching of the school. The Cadre Noir is the framework of the school and the écuyers form the main body of instructors at the National Riding School. Depart towards Tours. Dinner on your own.
Day 9 - Tours & Amboise
After breakfast, visit of Chambord Estate (or Chenonceau Castle alternatively, if Chambord happens to not be available or open), one of the most magnificent Renaissance French Castles. Chambord is the largest château in the Loire Valley; it was built to serve as a hunting lodge for Francis I, who maintained his royal residences at the châteaux of Blois and Amboise. The original design of the Château de Chambord is attributed, though with some doubt, to Domenico da Cortona; Leonardo da Vinci may also have been involved. A stop for lunch (not included) will be scheduled on your road to Bourges. On the way stop in a goat dairy for a little visit and tasting of course! Check in at the hotel upon late afternoon in Bourges. Dinner at leisure.
Day 10 - Burgundy
Departure to Morvan Regional Natural Park. You will cross it from east to west to finally reach the city of Autun. A local guide will take you through the Gate of Morvan and get you connected with the fascinating history of the city. Formerly named Augustodunum, Autun was a thriving Aeduan city - as evidenced by the numerous remains of Gallo-Roman monuments. At the gates of the Morvan, Autun became the country town: a concentration of large businesses, SMEs and industries, a dynamic agricultural and rural world. Lunch within a farm (3 courses, no drinks for max 28 pax; if more than 28 pax, a local restaurant will be booked), to enjoy some local products. In the afternoon, guided visit of Burgundy snails. Overnight in Beaune. Dinner at leisure.
Day 11 - Burgundy & Geneva
Breakfast. On your way to Switzerland, a stop at one of Burgundy wine cellar will be the perfect occasion for a tasting. Lunch at Café de Paris (3 courses, No Drinks). Arrival in Geneva in the afternoon. Embedded between nearby Alpine peaks and the hilly terrain of the Jura, the French-speaking city of Geneva lies in the bay where the Rhone leaves Lake Geneva. With its humanitarian tradition and cosmopolitan flair, the European seat of the UNO and headquarters of the Red Cross is known as the «capital of peace». Guided city tour and free time to explore this exquisite city. Continue on to Montreux. Dinner on your own. Overnight.
Day 12 - Montreux – Berne – Lugano
Breakfast. Continuation towards Berne for a guided city tour including the famous Clock Tower (entrance inc.). The city of Bern was built with local sandstone in Gothic style with gables, bay windows, and more arcades than any of the city in Europe. Berne claims Switzerland's highest Gothic cathedral, the Münster-Cathedral, and the Heiliggeist-Kirche, a prime example of 18th-century Protestant church architecture. Throughout the city are towers, arcades, and lots of old fountains. The Münster-Terrasse, a square in front of the Cathedral, has been a famous meeting place over the centuries. Lunch at Kornhauskeller restaurant (3 courses, NO drinks). Departure towards Lugano and check-in at your hotel. Dinner (3 courses, NO drinks) at Grotto Broggini. Lugano, the largest town in the holiday region of Ticino, is not only Switzerland's third most important financial centre and a conference, banking and business centre, but also a town of parks and flowers, villas and sacred buildings. With Mediterranean flair, Lugano offers all the advantages of a world-class city, combined with the cachet of a small town.
Day 13 - Swiss & Lake Maggiore
Breakfast. A nice cruise from Locarno will take you to the Brissago Islands. Lotus blossoms, giant sequoias, bald cypresses, perennial banana plants, and even eucalyptus trees grow in the Botanical Gardens on the two Brissago islands in Lago Maggiore. The water of the lake stores warmth so well that there are hardly any days with frost in the winter, and the Alps also form a protective barrier against cold air from the north. This climate favors the growth of exotic plants. Lunch on your own in Ascon. Continuation towards Locarno. Wine tasting. At the end of the day, transfer to the hotel in Stresa. Welcome cocktail followed by Dinner (3 courses, NO drinks) at your hotel.
Day 14 - Lake Maggiore
Breakfast. Today will be dedicated to the discovery of the beautiful Borromean Islands. Immersed in the marvelous and suggestive waters of Lake Maggiore, the Borromean Islands are jaw-droppingly beautiful. Loved by Ernest Hemingway and, in more recent times, by the English Royals, this Archipelago is made up of the monumental Isola Bella, with its 17th-Century Palazzo Borromeo, surrounded by scenographic gardens, the picturesque Isola dei Pescatori (Fishermen’s Island), Isola Madre, noted for its botanical garden, rich in rare plants, the little Island of San Giovanni that faces Pallanza, and the Rock of Marghera. Lunch (3 courses, NO drinks) in Isola Pescatori. Return to your hotel for a free dinner.
Day 15 - Lake Maggiore - Milan
After breakfast, departure towards Milan. Milan, a metropolis in Italy's northern Lombardy region, is a global capital of fashion and design. Home to the national stock exchange, it’s a financial hub also known for its high-end restaurants and shops. The Gothic Duomo di Milano cathedral and the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent, housing Leonardo da Vinci’s mural “The Last Supper,” testify to centuries of art and culture. Upon arrival, meet our English-speaking guide for a half-day guided tour of Milan - exteriors of Sforzesco Castle, Vittorio Emanuele Gallery, and La Scala Theatre. Free time for Lunch. Entrance to the Dome at the beginning of the afternoon (close the morning). Then, the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Transfer towards the hotel and check-in. Dinner at leisure and overnight in Milan.
Day 16 - Milan - Parma - Versilia
Breakfast and early transfer to Parma. Visit a Parmigiano Reggiano factory and tasting of Parmigiano. Continue with a visit to a ham factory followed by light lunch (1 hot dish + ham/parmesan, 1/2 water + 1/4 wine). Transfer to the hotel in Versilia. Parma’s center is full of art masterpieces, wide green spaces, little and big treasures from different ages, welcoming visitors and citizens all in the refined atmosphere of a petite capital. The presence of music in the history of the city is various and recognized worldwide; the spirit of initiative and everyone’s passion give the city a deserved relevant position among the capitals of music. The gastronomic tradition is also very remarkable, offering, besides cold cuts and cheese which are famous all over the world, first courses of homemade pasta cooked in different ways. Dinner at leisure.
Day 17 - Vernazza - Monterosso - Portovenere
Breakfast and transfer to La Spezia. Meet our English-speaking guide and departure for a full-day excursion to Cinque Terre and Portovenere. Cinque Terre offers not only the sea, beautiful footpaths with breathing taking views, old churches, sanctuaries, oratories and some castles, diving in Riomaggiore and has food and wines of first quality. The Cinque Terre is a National Park of Italy since 1997 and is a UNESCO protected site. Cinque Terre consists of five villages (from north to south): Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. Crossing to Vernazza to visit this typical village. Free time for lunch. Boat ride to Portovenere. After the visit, ferry back to La Spezia and transfer back to your hotel. Dinner (3 courses, NO drinks) in a local restaurant and overnight in Versilia.
Day 18 - Florence
Breakfast and departure to Florence. Florence, capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, is home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture. One of its most iconic sights is the Duomo, a cathedral with a terracotta-tiled dome engineered by Brunelleschi and a bell tower by Giotto. The Galleria dell'Accademia displays Michelangelo’s “David” sculpture. The Uffizi Gallery exhibits Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” and da Vinci’s “Annunciation”. Meet our English-speaking guide and departure for a half-day guided tour of Florence – Dome (inc.), Baptistery, Repubblica Square, Old Bridge, Signoria Square with Palazzo Vecchio and Loggia dei Lanzi. Lunch in a local restaurant. Free afternoon to wander around Florence and discover its beauties.
Day 19 - Venice
After breakfast, departure to Florence train station to catch your train to Venice (+/- 2 hour). Venice, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. It has no roads, just canals – including the Grand Canal thoroughfare – lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces. The central square, Piazza San Marco, contains St. Mark’s Basilica, which is tiled with Byzantine mosaics, and the Campanile bell tower offering views of the city’s Red roofs. Upon arrival, transfer by private boat to San Marco Cornoldi. Free time for lunch. Meet our English-speaking guide and departure for a half-day guided tour of Venice historical city center - Saint-Marc Basilica and Square, Doges Palace and Sights Bridge (entrance inc.). Free afternoon to immerse yourself in Venice unique atmosphere. Overnight in Venice.
Day 20 - Departure
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer by private boat to Venice airport.