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European Emperor

European Emperor
From £ 2119
Duration 15 Days
From £2119
Duration 15 Days

The Roman Empire spread from its centre in Rome to conquer large swathes of the known world. Parts of France, Spain and Switzerland were all subject to the rule of Rome. Its influence even spread as far as England. Now you can enjoy the reverse journey, as we make our way from London to Rome via some of the finest cities, landscapes and countries that Western Europe has to offer.

Tour Itinerary

London, England to Paris, France

All good things start with Paris. Meet the crew, grab some supplies and hit the road early in the morning as we jump across the English Channel. Pinch yourself and Instagram your first selfie before we kick off the trip with a driving tour and picnic next to the Eiffel Tower. Home to Coco Chanel, the Pompidou Centre and the Mona Lisa, Paris more than deserves its reputation as the European capital for all things culture, fashion and food. Now’s your chance to find out why.

Included today:
-Driving tour of Paris and gourmet picnic by the Eiffel Tower

Meals:
-Dinner

Paris

This morning: free time en Français. From the Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay to the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysées, you'll be sure to make a solid dent in your bucket list. Later on, you can stretch those legs on an optional bike tour of Paris, or simply roam the streets on your own. End your day with an optional Seine River cruise or a #throwback bohemian cabaret show.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Traditional cabaret show
-Seine river cruise
-Bike tour of Paris

Paris to Bordeaux

Today we roll on to Bordeaux, where half the city is UNESCO World Heritage-listed and vineyards reign supreme. Take an optional stroll around Château de Chambord, the largest château in the Loire Valley, and learn why French Renaissance architecture is famous around the world.

Included today:
-Visit the Loire Valley

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Visit Château de Chambord

Bordeaux to Carcassonne

Wake up and learn the A to Z of wine before we move on to Carcassonne. See why it’s famous for its restored medieval fortress and the poetic sonnets written about it.

Included today:
-Bordeaux winery experience

Meals:
-Breakfast

Carcassonne to Barcelona, Spain via Andorra

Roll through the Pyrenees today with a quick stop in Andorra. Then, say hey ro Barcelona! Bienvenidos to the city of art nouveau, alluring accents and (most importantly) tapas. Tick off the likes of the Sagrada Família, the Columbus Monument and Las Ramblas on an included driving tour before we set you free into the buzzing city.

Included today:
-Visit Andorra
-Driving tour of Barcelona

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Barcelona

What do you want to do today? Well, you could hit the side streets and alleyways of Las Ramblas, go boho in the Gracia neighborhood, go Gaudí at Parc Güell or give in to your inner football fanatic and kneel to the sporting gods at the Nou Camp. Barcelona’s got plenty to keep you occupied! Tonight: shall we dance? Prepare for an optional flamenco show.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional Activities:
-Flamenco show

Barcelona to French Riviera, France

Get that selfie stick out as we roll on along the coast to rub shoulders with the rich and famous at the world's most lavish waterfront property, aka the French Riviera. Swap your patatas bravas for hearty French cooking and get ready for tomorrow's adventures. En route, we stop by a French perfumery. Ooh la la.

Included today:
-Visit a traditional French perfumery

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

French Riviera including Monaco visit

Hit the beach with the paparazzi posse, or go wild in the designer boutiques in Nice's Old Town. Later: roll with the jet set on a guided tour and see how the 1% live (hint: it involves Ferraris and bathing in caviar). Feeling lucky? Hit the tables at the Monte Carlo Casino and make it rain (or not).

Included today:
-Walking tour of Monaco

Meals:
-Breakfast

French Riviera to Swiss Alps, Switzerland

Home to the highest point in Europe, 72 waterfalls and one of the largest nature conservations in Switzerland, Lauterbrunnen is where we'll be spending the night. Upon arrival, chow down on fondue and hit the bar for a nightcap.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Swiss Alps

Rise and shine, you’ve got some serious exploring to do. Take the option to hop on the revolving gondola to the top of Mt Titlis and test your pano photo skills. Then head back down in search of the world's best hot chocolate. #hardlife.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional Activities:
-Scenic excursion to Mt Titlis

Swiss Alps to Venice, Italy

Maketh haste to fair Verona, the place where Romeo and Juliet found love. Snap a selfie at Juliet’s balcony and join throngs of lovers leaving notes on the wall (or avoid the crowds and just marvel at the ancient arena). Then: say ciao to Venice. Yep, you’re really here!

Included today:
-Walking tour of Verona

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Get a personalised trip T-shirt or hoodie

Venice

You know it as The Floating City, but this place is actually sinking (slowly). Today we’ll check out a who's who of Venice's usual suspects on a guided walking tour (ticking off the likes of St Mark's Square and Accademia Bridge), then jump on a gondola ride to get the full experience. Throw away your map in the afternoon and try to find the world's most epic little bookshop, Libreria Acqua Alta, or just go on a mission to find the perfect gelato.

Included today:
-Walking tour of Venice
-Gondola ride in Venice

Meals:
-Breakfast

Venice to Florence

Today it’s onwards to the renaissance romance of Florence. But first, take THAT shot at the Leaning Tower of Pisa before trucking on to the Tuscan hills outside Florence. Ready to eat, sleep, repeat in the foodie capital of the world?

Included today:
-Visit Pisa and the famous Leaning Tower

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Florence to Rome

Time to give that bucket list a workout – we’re off to Rome! Make like Caesar (the emperor, not the salad) and work up a ‘colossus’ hunger as you pass by the Pantheon, throw your two cents in the Trevi Fountain, sit on the Spanish Steps and visit ancient history's version of the Hunger Games set at the Colosseum. Tonight, you're in Disneyland for foodies. Have fun.

Included today:
-Walking tour of Florence with a local guide
-Walking tour of Rome

Meals:
-Breakfast

Rome including Vatican City visit

Create the ultimate Roman Holiday in one day with a whirlwind of Vespas, espresso, two-cheek kisses and pizza the way it's supposed to taste. Count your blessings on an optional tour of the Vatican City, then play ‘I-spy’ with two-and-a-half millennia worth of history. Want more? Then you could always shop till you drop on Via Condotti, head to Capitoline Hill for awesome views of the Roman Forum and Colosseum or just kick back in Piazza Navona for some dolce far niente (delicious idleness).

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Guided tour Vatican City

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