Europe | Green Line 9 – Day Tour
SWITZERLAND • ITALY • THE VATICAN CITY • FRENCH RIVIERA
TOUR TYPE : TOUR TYPE: Escorted group tour. English/Seat-in-Coach. (Private tours available on request)
TOUR NAME: Green Line (can be combined with the Red and/or Blue Line Tour)
DURATION : From 1-7 days Seasonal (plus mandatory tip of €5 per person per day), land-only priceDepends on Season
PRE AND POST ACCOMMODATION : 2 Nights
TOUR CODE: E229
TOUR PACE : Lively
Our Green Line Tour takes you to the heart of four wonderfully varied European countries: France,Switzerland, Italy and The Vatican City. We travel from Paris through breath-taking Swiss mountain scenery before heading south into Italy, where you can soak up hundreds of years of tradition and culture. Explore Venice’s waterways, the cobbled streets of Florence, and the nation’s capital, Rome, home to the Coliseum and Vatican City. The tour then winds its way around the glamorous French Riviera and back up through the countryside to Paris – a truly memorable journey.
Saturday : Paris – Lucerne (650 km)
After boarding the luxury coach in Paris, sit back and enjoy a scenic journey across classic French countryside en route to mountainous Switzerland. You’ll pass through Basel, which is located at the point where the Swiss, French and German borders meet, before arriving at the picturesque lakeside city of Lucerne, nestled at the foot of the snowcapped Swiss Alps. Here you’ll get to see Lucerne’s famous landmarks, including Chapel Bridge, the Water Tower, and some wonderfully preserved Baroque and Gothic architecture, followed by some free time to shop or take pictures. (B)
Overnight Hotel : 3* in Lucerne or city nearby
Sunday : Lucerne– Milan – Venice (400 km)
Head south from Lucerne through spectacular Switzerland and into northern Italy, where your first stop will be Milan, fashion capital of the world. Your orientation tour will introduce you to the city’s iconic sights, including the vast Gothic cathedral (Duomo). You’ll also see the planet’s oldest shopping mall, the 19th-century Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, where you can wander among the boutique shops and take lunch in one of the refined cafes. After enjoying the many delights of Milan, you’ll head to another vintage Italian city: Venice. (B)
Hotel: outside Venice Island or city nearby
Monday : Venice – Rome (550 km)
Spend the morning in the company of a knowledgeable local guide as you explore Venice, the most magical of cities. Begin with a waterbus ride to San Marco Island, a memorable crossing of the lagoon that gives you a real taste of the city’s charm as you approach the dreamy spires and distinctive waterside buildings. Once on the island you’ll be led around some of Venice’s best-known locations, beginning in the Piazzo with the Basilica di San Marco, a stunning piece of Byzantine architecture.
You’ll also see the legendary Bridge of Sighs, which appears on many a postcard or picture of Venice and connects the old prison to the interrogation rooms in the Doge’s Palace.
Afterwards you’ll have a chance to see some traditional Venetian craftwork at close quarters with a demonstration by Murano glassblowers; their exquisite creations make excellent souvenirs. Of course, the ultimate Venice activity is to ride through the warren of waterways on a gondola, and for most people this optional excursion is a must. Step aboard, relax and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience. If you’re hungry after an action-packed morning you can choose to fill up with an optional delicious homemade Italian spaghetti meal, before enjoying more free time in this sublime city. Transfer to Rome in the afternoon. (B)
Hotel: 3* in Rome or city nearby
Tuesday : Rome – Vatican – Arrezzo (280 km)
Your day in Rome starts with a visit to the smallest country in the world, The Vatican City, which lies at the heart of the Italian capital. Here you’ll marvel at St Peter’s Basilica, home to Pope Francis and arguably the most significant site in Christianity. The exquisitely beautiful Basilica has been present here for almost 1,700 years and contains a bewildering collection of paintings, frescoes and design crafted by some of humanity’s most famous artists, which you can explore. Alternatively you can choose to add on the optional Sistine Chapel tour to view Michelangelo’s famous painted ceiling.
Next you’ll see the famous Trevi Fountain, the lavish Baroque showpiece where people flock to throw coins into the water – an action which is said to ensure that you’ll return to the city again one day. After lunch, take a step even further back in time as you visit Italy’s unrivalled Roman relics. An optional guided tour of the Coliseum, built in AD 72, is highly recommended. History comes to life as you imagine yourself witnessing gladiatorial combat inside the spectacular amphitheatre, or alternatively you can walk at your leisure around the outside to admire the facade of this ancient wonder.
After the Coliseum, get up close to the nearby Arch of Constantine, which dates back to the fourth century AD, then spend some further free time enjoying Rome, sampling the rich and creamy delights of “gelato” Italian ice cream. Next, you can choose to visit the magnificent Basilique Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri near Piazza della Repubblica or do a bit of shopping at the Mitsukoshi Department store before transferring to Florence in the late evening. (B)
Hotel : 3* in Arrezzo or city nearby
Wednesday : Arrezzo – Pisa – Genoa (250 km)
Your voyage of cultural discovery continues as you get to know Florence, the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and home to some fabulous architecture and fine art. Begin the day by taking in a wonderful panoramic overview of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo, which boasts glorious vistas over the red roofs, Arno river and ancient city walls out towards the surrounding countryside.
Next you can see a demonstration of the traditional craft of leather working at close quarters in a local workshop, and you’ll also have the opportunity to purchase some of the high-quality leather items for which the city is famous. From here you’ll enjoy a guided walk around Florence’s many highlights, including the Ponte Vecchio over the Arno, the Piazza del Duomo and Campanile Tower.
You’ll pass the Uffizi Gallery, which contains one of the most notable art collections in Florence. You’ll have free time to see the city further, to shop or to watch the world go by from a streetside cafe, before travelling on to your next destination, Pisa. Here you are free to wander, but be sure to have your camera ready to get a shot of the iconic Leaning Tower, the famous bell tower in the ‘Square of Miracles’, which also contains the centuries-old Cathedral and Baptistry. (B)
Hotel: 3* in Genoa or city nearby
Thursday : Genoa – Monaco – Nice – Cannes – Avignon (450 km)
A breath taking drive along one of Europe’s most famous stretches of Mediterranean coastline awaits as you say arrivederci to Italy and head for Monaco. This small principality, enclaved in France is chic and beautiful, home to the famous Formula 1 Grand Prix.
Time to say a fond farewell to new-found friends upon arrival back in the capital.
A walking sightseeing tour here takes you to the grand Prince’s Palace, where you’ll have some free time to soak up the refined atmosphere, before continuing on to view the 1920s Courthouse, the cliffside Oceanographic Museum, and the Cathedral, where Grace Kelly is buried. We then travel a little further to visit the famous Fragonard Perfume Factory. Here you’ll be taken on a fascinating guided tour around this working factory. Next it’s Nice, where you’ll stop for lunch to sample some excellent local cuisine and warm-hearted hospitality.
Your journey continues to Cannes, where many a movie star has enjoyed the sweet smell of success. Be sure to take the opportunity to snap some photos of the Palais des Festival, home to the city’s annual international film festival, before transferring to Avignon Nord. (B) Hotel: Hotel: 3* in Avignon or city nearby
Friday : Avignon – Paris (700 km)
Take a well-earned rest today as you sit back and enjoy great views of the changing rural charms of the French countryside on the journey north to Paris, where the Green Line tour finishes..
For some guests it will be time to say a fond farewell to new friends upon arrival back in the capital, while others may choose to extend their European adventure with another night in the capital and then continue on with the Red Line tour the following day. (B)
Your journey continues to Cannes, where many a movie star has enjoyed the sweet smell of success. Be sure to take the opportunity to snap some photos of the Palais des Festival, home to the city’s annual international film festival, before transferring to Avignon Nord. (B) Hotel: 3* in Paris or city nearby (optional - if post tour hotel is chosen)
Meal Basis: (B) = Continental Breakfast
NOTES: Whilst every effort is made to operate this tour as advertised, on occasion it may be necessary to make changes to the accommodation, the routing or order of an itinerary. Compensation will not be payable for alterations to the itinerary or nightly accommodation.
What’s included in the tour price- Accommodation in a comfortable three-star (minimum) hotel, twin room with private facilities (please advise customers that on the last day of the tour and for daily tours, accommodation is not included).
- The services of an experienced tour manager.
- Convenient joining points throughout the tour (8 on the Red, 4 on the Green and 6 on the Blue lines).
- Sightseeing and orientation tours included in the itinerary - expertly planned to maximise their time to visit iconic and must-see sites in each city (optional excursions also available).
- Daily continental breakfast (for all other meals, we offer assistance with reservations and directions to local restaurants/cafés/service station restaurants).
- Daily transportation on modern air-conditioned coaches.
- Experienced and professional coach driver.
- Pre or post tour hotel accommodation.
- Return Transfers.
What’s not included in the tour pricece- Mandatory tip for the tour manager and driver of €5 per person per day (€3 for the tour manager and €2 for the driver), which will be collected by the tour manager whilst on tour.
- Flights or other travel costs, visas and travel insurance.
- All optional activities, tours and attraction tickets not included in the itinerary
- Meals (including tips) and drinks not included in the itinerary.
- Personal expenses (laundry, internet, phone calls etc.).
- City entrance fees + taxes (Venice, Florence, Rome, Pisa, Monaco, Czech Republic & Vienna).
GREEN LINE – EXCURSIONS AND VISITS
Saturday: Paris – Lucerne- Paris: Enjoy the journey from Paris to Lucerne, taking in the spectacular scenery of the French and Swiss countryside.
- Lucerne: Visit this charming lakeside city, where outstanding Baroque and Gothic architecture includes the world-famous Chapel Bridge and Water Tower.
Sunday: Lucerne – Milan – Venice- Milan: Orientation walk introducing the city’s iconic sites including views of the Gothic cathedral, and the world’s oldest shopping mall.
Monday: Venice – Rome- Venice: Sightseeing with a local guide. Enjoy a waterbus ride to San Marco Island, and then take in the city's famous sights: San Marco Piazzo, Basilica di San Marco, Bridge of Sighs and the Doge’s Palace. Visit a workshop to see a demonstration by the famous Murano glassblowers.
Tuesday: Rome – Vatican – Arezzo- Rome: Orientation of Vatican City, one of the most significant sites in Christianity. Views of the Coliseum, Arch of Constantine and Trevi Fountain.
- Piazza della Repubblica: Explore the magnificent Basilique Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri or do a bit of shopping at the Mitsukoshi Department store
Wednesday: Arezzo – Pisa – Genoa- Florence: Enjoy unobstructed views over the city from Michelangelo Piazzale, followed by an orientation walk to Ponte Vecchio, Piazza del Duomo, Campanile Tower and Uffizi Gallery.
- Pisa: Visit the Square of Miracles, where you explore on your own the Leaning Tower, the cathedral and baptistery.
Thursday: Genoa – Monaco – Nice – Cannes – Avignon- Monaco: View the grand Prince’s Palace, the 1920s Courthouse, the Cliffside Oceanographic Museum, and the cathedral (where Grace Kelly is buried) on an orientation walk.
- Fragonard Perfume Factory: Take a guided tour around this working factory, and purchase some of their exclusive and luxurious products.
- Nice: Enjoy the capital of the French Riviera, walk along its famous promenade, shop in a variety of boutiques or sample some excellent local cuisine.
- Cannes: View the Palais des Festival Centre in Cannes - home to the city’s annual international film festival.
Friday: Avignon – Paris- Enjoy the scenic drive from Avignon to Paris.
GREEN LINE – OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES PRICE LIST
|Coliseum tickets (Rome)||€12|
|Coliseum tickets with audio guide (Rome)||€22.50|
|Sistine Chapel Tour with Local Guide – also includes the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica||€45|
|Gondola ride in Venice (based on 6 people per Gondola)||€30|
|Italian Home Made Spaghetti Lunch (Venice)||€20|
ITALY AND MONACO CITY TAXES AND FEES (TOTAL PRICE €45)Must be paid prior to entering the cities – no concessions available
|Venice City entrance + boat trip + Overnight City tax||€15|
|Florence City entrance + Overnight City tax||€10|
|Rome City entrance + Overnight City tax||€10|
|Pisa City entrance||€5|
|Monaco City entrance|
Note: Please use as reference only, as prices are subject to change. Some excursions are subject to minimum numbers and local conditions. You can only book optionals/pay taxes whilst on tour with the tour manager, who will also collect payment in cash only (Euros).