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London to Rome Wanderer

(Winter)

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The one that covers Europe’s most stylish cities in a magical winter setting

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  • Duration

    13 days

  • Countries

    7 Countries

  • Meals

    12 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach

  • Group Size

    Maximum 53 people

  • Team

    Experienced Trip Manager and Driver Team and Local Guides

London, Paris, Lucerne, Lyon, Barcelona, French Riviera, Florence, Rome, Dover, Calais, Monaco, Pisa, Vatican City

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About this trip

Paris, the Swiss Alps, Barcelona, Nice, Florence, Rome – see all the famous sights without the summer crowds and enjoy endless nights in the most-loved European cities. Between London and Rome we’ll marvel at the mountains of Switzerland, explore the cobbled streets of Barcelona, experience the glitz & glamour of the French Riviera, and stuff ourselves on Tuscan delicacies in Florence. Could winter be our new favourite season for these European classics?

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Map & Itinerary

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Nights spent per location

  1. London

  2. via via

    Dover

  3. via via

    Calais

  4. 2 2 nights

    Paris

  5. 2 2 nights

    Lucerne

  6. 1 1 night

    Lyon

  7. 2 2 nights

    Barcelona

  8. 2 2 nights

    French Riviera

  9. via via

    Monaco

  10. via via

    Pisa

  11. 1 1 night

    Florence

  12. 2 2 nights

    Rome

  13. Vatican City

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DAY 1 - London to Paris

London

Wandering around Europe winter style commences right now in London town. A few pleasantries and last minute snack grabs will take place before we hit the road in search of Paris. 

Dover

A few hours in and your jaws are already on the floor. These chalk cliffs that edge the English coastline are known as the White Cliffs of Dover, the first of many natural beauties we'll see on tour. 

Calais

On arrival in France we'll be in Calais, where we will take in the history of World War I battlefields as we pass the Valley of the Somme and Vimy Ridge. This sobering reminder of the war, and a historical talk will help us remind ourselves of the days gone by.

Paris

Kicking off night one, we arrive in none other than the lust-worthy Paris! We know you've been dreaming of the sights of the city since way back when, so it's straight down to business as we start out right with a night tour to kick things off, marvelling at the city lit up by night and sparkling with romance from the top of the Montparnasse Tower (our treat, of course). City of love, city of light, city of bridges, Paris is known in many ways, and loved the world over. Cheese, wine, blockbuster sights at every corner, museums, shopping, the list is endless and the good times are only just beginning. 

Stay

Ibis Porte d'Orleans Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Take a dreamy nighttime tour of the 'city of lights', Paris

  • See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral

  • Get a panoramic view of Paris from the Montparnasse Tower

  • See the White Cliffs of Dover

DAY 2 - Paris

Paris

Rug up - complete with French beret - and hit the streets for croissants and coffee. Paris is your oyster (or snail) today - an open book with pages begging to be turned. Walk the endless galleries of the Louvre, admire high-end garb on the Left Bank, stopping for a bottle of wine and some cheese - essential fuel for exploring the city. For those itching for spending, take in the vintage shops of the Marais or St Germain and it's cute cobbled streets where people watching is essential. Tonight treat yourself with an optional dinner and show to top it all off - the Moulin Rouge, might we add. Music, dancing, and an obligatory photo in front of the famous windmill. Life = complete. Because when in Paris...

Stay

Ibis Porte d'Orleans Hotel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Watch performers whirl by as you sip champagne in your VIP Moulin Rouge seats, accompanied by dinner

    EUR 160.00

DAY 3 - Paris to Lucerne

Paris

Enjoying the cozy vibes of a legitimate winter, we take things up a notch this morning and head to the Swiss Alps. The journey there will be a poem of scenic vineyards of the Burgandy region, and French countryside. 

Lucerne

Just when you think France is the most scenic place on Earth, we make a border cross into Switzerland; comparing the two would be completely inequitable. Let us paint a picture, Lucerne can only be described as gorgeous. Cobbled streets, mountain backdrops, swans floating past on a glassy lake, and the lure of fondue on the horizon, this is one spot you won't be forgetting fast. Rest well tonight knowing the winter wonderland of Lucerne is ours all day tomorrow. 

Stay

Ibis Budget Hotel Luzern City (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See Chablis & Burgundy vineyards

DAY 4 - Lucerne

Lucerne

When it's cold at home you just want to curl up in bed. But when it's cold in Europe, you just want to bounce out with endless vigor and explore those Swiss mountain chills. Start the day by opting to head up one of the famous mountain's of the region, for some of the greatest views in Europe, maybe even spotting some traditional horn players if the day is right.  Back in town later, there's no shortage of things to do. Cross the Wooden Chapel Bridge, dating back to 1333 and the oldest covered bridge in Europe. Hungry? Opt for a deliciously creamy cheese fondue lunch to keep hunger pangs at bay before seeing more of the city, tempting yourself with chocolate, or treat yourself to a watch along the way, another famous Swiss export. Dream day! 

 

Stay

Ibis Budget Hotel Luzern City (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the Wooden Chapel Bridge & Lion Monument in Lucerne

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Breathe in fresh alpine air as you ascend Mt. Pilatus for spectacular views of the Swiss Alps

    EUR 54.00

  • Indulge in traditional Swiss cheese fondue with a side of rosti

    EUR 38.00

  • Take a cruise along the glittering Lake Lucerne, framed by the Swiss Alps

    EUR 25.00

DAY 5 - Lucerne to Lyon

Lucerne

Though we left France in body, part of our spirit stayed behind. Today we leave Lucerne to go pick it up, venturing to the country's second biggest city for 1-night of play before Spain. 

Lyon

After rolling past the charming French countryside we grew very fond of, we'll pull up at Lyon where a charming Old Town is calling our names. Lyon is the gastronomic capital of France, so we'll head off in search of a quaint 'bouchon'  to sample the local delicacies. Topped off with some beaujolais wine, but of course. 

Stay

B&B Hotel Lyon Ouest Tassin (or similar)

DAY 6 - Lyon to Barcelona

Lyon

It's Spain day today, and we are ready. Out of Lyon & through the Pyrénées mountains in search of Barcelona - that's today's plan of attack. 

Barcelona

Year-round and Monday to Sunday, Barcelona is a hive of festive activities. The Catalonian capital's energy will capture your heart in an instant. Sunshine year round, great food and even better locals, here's just a start of the never-ending list of greatness. Channel Gaudi at Sagrada Familia, and Parc Guell,being sure to devour enough sangria and tapas to see your heart content. We'll start with panoramic views from the Mont Juic, and the 1992 Olympic Stadium before its back to the city to let the good times roll. 

Stay

Park Puxtet (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See Gaudi's Sagrada Familia & the 1992 Olympic Games complex

DAY 7 - Barcelona

Barcelona

Cobbled lanes of the Gothic Quarter, strolling the famous La Rambla, dotted with wild Spanish architecture will season our day to perfection on our walking tour this morning as your guide uncovers the in's and out's of the city. There's plenty of free time to roam free and take in all this city has to offer. Head to the beach, get your Gaudi fix - essential for those in search of some incredible and to see to be believed architecture. Just don't tire yourself out - chances are you'll want to partake in the evening of Flamenco fun, sure to warm up the body and the soul! 

Stay

Park Puxtet (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Explore Barcelona's Gothic beauty on a walking tour including Las Ramblas

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Experience the passion of a flamenco show then top off the evening with dinner

    EUR 64.00

DAY 8 - Barcelona to French Riviera

Barcelona

As smitten as we are by Barcelona, we have more of Europe to conquer. Much, much more... 

French Riviera

You're not a real celebrity until you've frolicked on the French Riviera. And who are we to keep you off the A-List? Sapphire waters & endless glamour and colourful buildings of the town will be on show as we roll past this glitzy coastline. Tonight, we get local on the cobbled lanes of Old Town Nice, the Vielle Ville where we'll indulge on a much anticipated dinner of local delights. If you're not too full, we'll head to a local bar to see Nice by night, and celebrate just how life good is. 

Stay

Hotel du Pin Nice Port (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Scenic drive along the Côte d'Azur

DAY 9 - French Riviera including Monaco

French Riviera

Fragonard Perfumery in the French Riviera, now there's a place to check out! And stock up on perfume, obviously. Especially given the greatly discounted prices and authenticity of buying in France. What else? Grab roller blades or a bike and jet down the promenade, or the more keen can head up to the Chateau at the top of the hill for some of the city's best views. 

Monaco

Please tell us you didn't throw away all of your pennies on perfume today? Because you're going to want a few spare coins tonight so you can play fancy. We're seeing the Monte Carlo Casino & the Royal Palace in Monaco where glitz, glamour and fast cars are seen on every corner. Ladies and gents dressed to the nines, and as they say, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em! Opt for dinner and refuel before the high rolling, there's a three-course meal guaranteed to set the mouth watering, complete with some wine to set the scene. The night is young!

French Riviera

After a night on the blackjack table it's back to the coast and to bed, the next part of the adventure starts tomorrow. 

Stay

Hotel du Pin Nice Port (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the Royal Palace in Monaco and the Monte Carlo casino

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Ride bikes through the old town of Nice and soak up the history

    EUR 25.00

  • Indulge in a French four-course spread in glamorous Monaco

    EUR 41.00

DAY 10 - French Riviera to Florence via Pisa

French Riviera

Today we say our farewells to the French Riviera and take our first jaunt into Italy. Pizza, pasta, & charming locals are about to warm us from the inside out. 

Pisa

As if we were going to head straight to Florence without a sneaky side trip to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Depriving you of the chance to perfect the holding-up-the-tower shot would be down right criminal. 

Florence

We are now nesting in Tuscany within the breathtaking city of Florence, and tomorrow will see you uncover it all.  Tonight you can choose to begin your Tuscan love affair at a dinner nestled in the hillsides flanked by Cyprus trees and terracotta villas - think olives, cured meats, crostini & wine with live music to complete the scene.

Stay

3-4 Star Standard Hotel

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit the iconic Tower of Pisa and pose for the classic insta snap

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Tuscan Evening

    EUR 46.00

DAY 11 - Florence to Rome

Florence

Today will be split nicely between two of Italy's best cities, with Rome on our afternoon to-do list. Frolicking around Florence will mark our morning, with our local guide taking us behind the scenes & revealing the city's cultural beginnings. All the big sights will be complimented by a leather craft demonstration, part of Florence's artisan history. 

Rome

After a  journey of ohhs and ahhs past cypress trees and olive groves, we'll be kickin' it in Rome. Wasting no time uncovering the city, we'll see some of the biggest Italian icons including the  Colosseum & the Vatican City. Make gelato high priority in your free time - even in winter this box be must get ticked! 

Stay

3-4 Star Standard Hotel

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistery & Piazza della Signoria on a locally guided walking tour of Florence

  • Learn about Florence's leather craft with a demonstration

  • Peel back the layers of Rome's history on a city walking tour including the Trevi Fountain

  • See St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City

DAY 12 - Rome

Rome

You could explore one of the world's greatest icons this morning, and walk in the footsteps of gladiators, it's hard to believe these sights still exist, and when in Rome of couse! If an unveiling of the Colosseum isn't your jam, make the day your own and do all the quintessential Italian things, like sipping endless espressos while the world rides by on Vespa. We recommend heading to the Trastevere for the ultimate people watching, over a steaming bowl of carbonara in its true home, flanked by a caprese salad of fresh tomatoes, creamy mozarella and basil. 

Vatican City

When in Rome...take an optional guided tour of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Religious or not, the Vatican's Italian Renaissance church will send shivers down your spine. This is also the day to learn a thing or two about the Colosseum & do a bit of your own exploring. Espressos and people watching should be high priority.

Stay

3-4 Star Standard Hotel

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum and Roman Forum

    EUR 45.00

  • Locally guided tour of the Sistine Chapel, St Peter's Basilica and the art of the Vatican Museums

    EUR 41.00

DAY 13 - Depart Rome

Rome

Your trip ends after breakfast, so it's time to swap email addresses and say "Arrivederci" to your new friends.

Top Experiences

15 included & 10 free time add-ons available to add later

  • Watch performers whirl by as you sip champagne in your VIP Moulin Rouge seats, accompanied by dinner

    EUR 160.00

    Paris

  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum and Roman Forum

    EUR 45.00

    Rome

  • Peel back the layers of Rome's history on a city walking tour including the Trevi Fountain

    Included

    Rome

  • Explore Barcelona's Gothic beauty on a walking tour including Las Ramblas

    Included

    Barcelona

  • See the Royal Palace in Monaco and the Monte Carlo casino

    Included

    Monaco

  • Take a dreamy nighttime tour of the 'city of lights', Paris

    Included

    Paris

London to Rome Wanderer (Winter)

15 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Take a dreamy nighttime tour of the 'city of lights', Paris
  • See the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées, and Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Get a panoramic view of Paris from the Montparnasse Tower
  • See the White Cliffs of Dover
  • See Chablis & Burgundy vineyards
  • See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne
  • See Gaudi's Sagrada Familia & the 1992 Olympic Games complex
  • Explore Barcelona's Gothic beauty on a walking tour including Las Ramblas
  • Scenic drive along the Cote d'Azur
  • See the Royal Palace in Monaco and the Monte Carlo casino
  • Visit the iconic Tower of Pisa and pose for the classic insta snap
  • See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistery & Piazza della Signoria on a locally guided walking tour of Florence
  • Learn about Florence's leather craft with a demonstration
  • Peel back the layers of Rome's history on a city walking tour including the Trevi Fountain
  • See St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City

10 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Watch performers whirl by as you sip champagne in your VIP Moulin Rouge seats, accompanied by dinner EUR 160.00
  • Swiss Mountain EUR 54.00
  • Swiss Fondue Lunch EUR 38.00
  • Take a cruise along the glittering Lake Lucerne, framed by the Swiss Alps EUR 25.00
  • Flamenco Show with Dinner EUR 64.00
  • Nice Bike Ride EUR 25.00
  • Indulge in a French four-course spread in glamorous Monaco EUR 41.00
  • Tuscan Evening EUR 46.00
  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum and Roman Forum EUR 45.00
  • Vatican Tour EUR 41.00

Where You'll Stay

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  • 12 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    12 nights in Hotel

    For 17 magical nights, you'll be snoozing in some of the most unique accommodation options Europe has to offer. Spend 1 night in Contiki's very own Austrian Gasthof, two in our Swiss Chalet, 5 in our cosy cabins, 2 in hotels and 7 in buzzing hostels.

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