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Code:PEFGems of Europe 12 Days

Spend 2 nights in each city of London, Paris, and 1 night in Lucerne, leisurely; enjoy unforgettable visits to Verona and Pisa, stay 1 night in Venice, 1 night at Montecatini, then 2 nights in the enchanting city - Rome!
 

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Day 1 | USA - London, England  

Relax on your international flight to London as you start your journey to the Old World.

Day 2 | Arrive in London  L

On arrival in London, meet your Peony Tours representative at the airport and enjoy a comfortable transfer to the city. Along the way, stop by Windsor Castle*, the oldest occupied castle in the world and Queen Elizabeth II's favorite weekend retreat. See inside this magnificent castle in historical Windsor town and learn how it's been a royal residence for more than 900 years before returning to London for your two-night stay.

Day 3 | London  B

Following breakfast, start your sightseeing at Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress, the Tower of London*. Learn its storied history and legends as you explore this eerie castle, and hear how Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, two of Henry VIII's six wives, were executed here. View the tower's priceless Crown Jewels, whose crowns, orbs and jewels are invested with the monarch's power. Afterward, absorb the main sights on a panoramic tour, passing Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and Parliament, and pause for photos at Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey. Enjoy the rest of the day free to explore as you wish.

Day 4 | London - Eurostar Train - Paris, France  B

Today, depart on the high-speed Eurostar train to Paris. Thrill as you arrive in the “City of Lights,” whose landmarks inspire genuine awe. Upon arrival, explore at your own pace, perhaps relaxing at a café or strolling the handsome boulevards and streets. Later today, relax on an optional scenic River Seine Cruise, feasting your eyes on Notre Dame Cathedral and other landmarks from the water.

Optional Tour: La Seine River Cruise, French Seafood Dinner,

Day 5 | Paris  B,D

This morning, enjoy a guided visit to the Palace of Versailles*, the gilded residence of France's kings from 1682 to 1789. Marvel at the formal gardens and majestic palace and then return to Paris to visit the peerless Louvre Museum*, home to many of the world's greatest artworks. Behold Leonardo da Vinci's playfully smiling Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo as you explore the vast collections. After a panoramic drive around top Paris landmarks such as the Place de la Concorde, Champs-Elysées and Arc de Triomphe, and the city's most recognizable symbol, the Eiffel Tower. This afternoon, enjoy free time to explore Paris on your own, perhaps shopping for souvenirs or just relaxing at its sidewalk cafes. Enjoying a delicious French Cuisine Dinner this evening.

Day 6 | Paris - Lucerne, Switzerland  B,DH

Leaving Paris, travel by coach to Lucerne in Switzerland. Tucked between Lake Lucerne and snow-tipped mountains, this lovely city encapsulates Switzerland's reputation as “the playground of Europe.” If time allows, enjoy a short tour to its postcard-pretty Chapel Bridge. Built in 1333 across the Reuss River, this covered footbridge is the oldest in Europe and begs to be captured on camera. Admire the bridge and Lake Lucerne and then see another of Lucerne's highlights — the Lion Monument. A memorial to the Swiss soldiers who died defending the French king, Louis XVI, in Paris in 1792, this stone sculpture by Bertel Thorvaldsen was described by Mark Twain as the “most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world.”

Day 7 | Lucerne - Mt. Pilatus (optional) - Milan, Italy  B,DH

This morning, admire Lucerne's Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument if time didn't allow visits yesterday, and perhaps join our optional excursion to Mt. Pilatus, traveling up the 6,953-foot mountain by the world's steepest rack railway to enjoy the breathtaking views from its summit. Later, leave Lucerne by coach and travel to Milan, Italy's second-biggest city and known as the world's “fashion capital.”

Optional Tour: Lake Lucerne Cruise , Mt. Pilatus Tour,

Day 8 | Milan - Verona - Venice  B,DH

Glamorous Milan combines contemporary swagger with a rich history. Today, dive into this bustling city that embodies Italy's passions for fashion, food and design. See magnificent Milan Cathedral and La Scala Opera House, where greats including Maria Callas and Luciano Pavarotti once performed. View the statue of Leonardo da Vinci fronting the theatre, and then travel to Verona, the fictional setting for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Admire its highlights on an orientation guided tour and see Juliet's House, where a stone balcony celebrates the great love story. Later, leave Verona and stay overnight in the provincial town of Padova.

Day 9 | Venice - Montecatini  B,DH

Board a ferry ride to Murano, the Glass Island, and then to the Venice Island. Our sightseeing tour of Venice Island includes the St. Mark's Basilica, the magical Piazza St. Marco, and the Bridge of Sighs. If you desire, you may want to take an unforgettable gondola ride and see the Grand Canal from the best vantage point. Later in the afternoon, continue traveling to Montecatini, where we spend the night.

Optional Tour: Venice Gondola Ride & Serenade,

Day 10 | Montecatini - Pisa - Florence - Rome  B

Today's destination is Pisa, where you'll marvel at the remarkable Leaning Tower of Pisa. After taking in the tower, continue by coach to Tuscany's graceful capital, Florence. Considered the “Cradle of the Renaissance”, Florence was home to Renaissance luminaries including Dante, Michelangelo and Galileo. Take a walking tour of its signature sights, including the sumptuous red-tile Duomo, Baptistry, Signoria Square and St. Croce Basilica, and if you wish. Later, leave Florence for Rome.

Day 11 | Rome  B,D

This morning, arrive in Rome, a UNESCO World Heritage site and sightseer's paradise. Tour the best of Italy's glorious capital, dubbed the “Eternal City”. See the Vatican City, the papal residence and spiritual center for the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics; stroll around St. Peter's Basilica and Square, followed by an optional visit to the Vatican Museums to witness Michelangelo's sublime Sistine Chapel ceiling fresco. Later photo stop at the ancient Colosseum as you hear of the grisly gladiatorial contests once staged here and witness other sights such as the Roman Forum, Constantine's Triumphal Arch, the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain. The rest of the afternoon is yours to enjoy as you wish and, this evening, sit down to a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers.

Optional Tour: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel,

Day 12 | Rome - USA  B

Savor the memories of your odyssey around Europe as you take your return flight to the USA.

Meal Code:
AB=American Breakfast, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner at Local Restaurant, DH=Dinner at Hotel, DP=Dinner Party, DS=Dinner & Show
Departure Date Tour Fare Air Fare Total Single Suppl
07/26/2017 $2400.00 $1100.00
$3500.00
$1000.00
08/02/2017 $2400.00 $1100.00
$3500.00
$1000.00
08/09/2017 $2400.00 $1000.00
$3400.00
$1000.00
08/16/2017 $2400.00 $1000.00
$3400.00
$1000.00
08/23/2017 $2400.00 $1000.00
$3400.00
$1000.00
08/30/2017 $2400.00 $1000.00
$3400.00
$1000.00
09/06/2017 $2500.00 $900.00
$3400.00
$1000.00
09/13/2017 $2500.00 $900.00
$3400.00
$1000.00
09/20/2017 $2500.00 $900.00
$3400.00
$1000.00
09/27/2017 $2500.00 $900.00
$3400.00
$1000.00
10/04/2017 $2500.00 $800.00
$3300.00
$1000.00
10/11/2017 $2500.00 $800.00
$3300.00
$1000.00
10/18/2017 $2400.00 $800.00
$3200.00
$1000.00
10/25/2017 $2400.00 $800.00
$3200.00
$1000.00
11/01/2017 $2300.00 $800.00
$3100.00
$900.00
11/08/2017 $2300.00 $700.00
$3000.00
$900.00
11/22/2017 $2300.00 $600.00
$2900.00
$900.00
11/29/2017 $2300.00 $600.00
$2900.00
$900.00

Red colored dates are English speaking groups.

• Advertised land prices are based on per person, double occupancy.

• Advertised round-trip international airfares are from New York (JFK) including fuel surcharge and taxes/fees.

• Departures from other gateway cities, please add appropriate U.S. domestic add-on fares. For time zone of your gateway city, please call Peony Tours.

LAX (Mar-Nov) / SFO (Mar-May, Sep-Nov)................................$200

SFO (Jun-Aug)........................................................................$300

Eastern Standard Time Zone....................................................$200

Central Standard Time Zone.....................................................$200

Mountain Standard Time Zone..................................................$300

Pacific Standard Time Zone (except LAX, SFO).........................$300

• Air carrier and routing are at the sole discretion of Peony Tours. For your preferred international air carrier, please call Peony Tours for pricing.

• For child (2-11 yrs) rates, please refer to Reservation.

• For details of our Air Policy, and Terms & Conditions, please refer to Reservation.

• All prices are subject to change at any time without prior notice. For the most up-to-date prices please check our website.

• Airfare listed does not include seat assignment fee. Please contact the airline directly to choose your seats and make the payment if there is any.

 

Features

  • Excellent bilingual (English & Chinese speaking) tour manager throughout the tour in Europe.

  • All four or five star hotels for your comfort as listed or similar:

    London 2 Nights - The Tower Hotel (4 Star)

    Paris 2 Nights - Hotel Pullman La Defense (5 Star)

    Lucerne 1 Night - Astoria Hotel (4 Star)

    Milan 1 Night - Crowne Plaza Milan-Linate (4 Star) 

    Venice 1 Night - Crowne Plaza Padova (4 Star)

    Montecatini or Pisa 1 Night - Grand Hotel Croce di Malta Wellness & Golf (4 Star)

    Rome 2 Nights - Holiday Inn Eur Parco dei Medici (4 Star)

  • Full breakfast or buffet breakfast daily at hotel.

  • Lunches or dinners included as specified in itinerary.

  • Sightseeing with specialist local guides in select cities: London, Paris, Milan, Verona, Venice, Florence and Rome.

  • Sightseeing programs as shown in tour itinerary.

  • Admission fees for sightseeing attractions as denoted by an asterisk* in tour itinerary:

    London - Windsor Castle, Tower of London 

    Paris - Versailles Palace, Louvre Museum

    Venice - Ferry Ride

  • Comfortable Eurostar Train from London to Paris.

  • Comfortable air-conditioned tour coach with professional drivers.

  • Group airport transfers on arrival and departure in Europe.

  • Group identification badge, luggage tag and document holder provided for your convenience and easy recognition.

  • Vacation travel insurance at no extra charge to you.

When the day's sightseeing draws to an end, you expect to settle in amidst the comfort and luxury afforded by a deluxe hotel. After all, a good night's rest is essential to maximize the next day's experience. You can be confident that your accommodations with Peony Tours have all been hand-selected by management and have met our high standards for ensuring a convenient location, excellent service, quality assurance, and comfort.

London
St Katharine's Way, London, E1W 1LD
+44 800 330 8005
Paris
11 Avenue de l'Arche 92400 PARIS L...
33 1 47175000
Lucerne
Pilatusstrasse 29, CH-6002 Lucerne,...
41 41 226 8888
Milan
Via K. Adenauer 3 San Donato Milane...
39-02-516001
Venice
Via PO, 197, 35135 Padova, Italy
39 049 86 56 511
Montecatini
Viale IV Novembre, 18 - 51016 Monte...
0572-9201
Rome
Viale Castello Della Magli 65 Rome,...
39 06 65581

When the hotel listed above is not available under certain circumstances, a similar category hotel will be substituted.

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  • Thank you for choosing a Peony Tours tour package. You have made a great choice for your vacation! To guarantee the best vacation experience, you now have the opportunity to purchase your excursions in advance and reserve preferred front-row seats for just a little extra cost.
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  • Optional Tours/Excursions: If you want to enhance your itinerary with optional tours/activities, why not purchase them in advance and enjoy the advantages:
    • Special Exchange Rate: Purchase in advance (US dollars) to receive the special exchange rate offered by Peony Tours. On-site prices will be in British Pound for Tour PUI, and EURO for other European tours.
    • Hassle Free: By booking in advance, it helps in planning your budget by limiting the amount of cash you have to bring on the tour, and it assures you'll get the choices you want.
  • Preferred Front Row Seats: For travelers who would like to choose his/her own advance seating assignments, we offer 10 front-row seats on each bus for a fee of $100/seat. The seats are on a first come, first served basis and subject to availability. All other travelers will be allocated by the tour director/manager on a rotation basis.

BOOKING POLICY:
  • All optional tours and seat assignments are on availability basis only, and subject to change at any time.
  • While our tour directors work their best to adhere to the original itinerary, Peony Tours reserves the right to limit and to cancel any optional tours/activities due to insufficient participants or certain local circumstances.
  • All online payment is not refundable, exchangeable, nor transferable. Only if an optional tour is cancelled on site by the tour director, the amount of the specific optional tour you paid online will be refunded to your credit card AFTER THE TOUR.
CityTour NameDescriptionPrice
ParisLa Seine River Cruise

Discover the splendors and sights along the beautiful River Seine on a relaxing and scenic cruise through the heart of Paris. Settle aboard a comfortable boat with an open-air observation deck and indoor, all-glass saloon, and glide by the city's UNESCO-listed riverbanks and landmarks, including the mighty Notre-Dame Cathedral, elegant bridges and more. As you cruise, soak up the sophisticated atmosphere of the City of Light and hear the intriguing stories of the monuments from the engaging on-board commentary.

 

Includes: Transportation, Cruise ticket, Tips
Duration: 75 minutes

 

€25
ParisFrench Seafood Dinner

French cuisine is considered the best in the world, and sampling some of the country's classic seafood recipes is a must for any visitor. On this sociable evening excursion, you'll sit down to a delicious 5-course dinner starting with succulent seafood, in the company of other, food-loving travelers. Feast on a sumptuous seafood platter of delicacies freshly plucked from the ocean, followed by pike fish mousse with lobster sauce, foie gras, a main course of your choice, and an indulgent dessert, all accompanied by drinks.

Includes: 5 course menu (seafood platter, pike fish mousse with lobster sauce, foie gras, main course, drinks, dessert), Transportation, Tips 
Duration: 1.5 hours

€60
LucerneLake Lucerne Cruise

Soak up the sight of the magnificent Swiss Alps that form the very heart of Europe on a memorable cruise around Lake Lucerne. Step on to your inviting sightseeing boat in Lucerne, and admire the steep Alpine peaks, lush meadows and quaint towers as you glide across the flittering lake and along the beautiful shores. Capture the sights on camera, drink in the crystal-clear mountain air, and learn about the lake and its surroundings from the fascinating on-board commentary.

 

Includes:  Charter boat, Tips 
Duration: 45 minutes

 

€28
LucerneMt. Pilatus Tour

Experience the bird's-eye panoramas from the summit of Mount Pilatus, the 7,000-foot mountain that towers over Lucerne. In summertime, ride the world's steepest cogwheel railway to the top, before returning by gondola and cable car. At the top, admire the phenomenal views over as many as 70 surrounding Alpine peaks and five lakes from the viewing terraces - the panoramas are thrilling. When the railway is closed, travel to the summit by gondolas and cable car.   

 

Includes: Transportation, Tour guide, Cable car or train ticket, Admission, Tips
Duration: 3 hours

 

€65
VeniceVenice Gondola Ride & Serenade

Admire beautiful Venice from the water on a gondola ride along its fabled canals, complete with a serenading gondolier*. The ultimate sightseeing experience in the Floating City, your elegant gondola and traditionally costumed gondolier will waft along the Grand Canal before discovering quiet, inner waterways framed by pastel-washed houses. Listen to emotive Italian songs as you pass sights.

 

Includes: Gondola fee, Musicians (2 for every 5 boats), Tips

Duration: 45 minutes  

€38
RomeVatican Museums & Sistine Chapel

Visit Vatican Museum and enjoy Michelangelo's fresco painting in Sistine Chapel. 

 

Includes: Tour guide, VIP Admission, Audio set, Tips
Duration: 2 hours

 

€45