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26 Day Italian Treasures & European Gems

Italian Treasures & European Gems

Days: 26

From: Rome to Amsterdam

Countries Visited: Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Holland

Code: eutcri26

Our Price (from): $12,901 pp

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Itinerary


1. Arrive Rome
Arrive in Rome by noon and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy a guided afternoon tour that takes you past some of the city's most famous sights, including the Forum, Colosseum and the Pantheon. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner tonight. Stay Two Nights: Rome, NH Vittorio Veneto

2. Rome, Vatican City
Venture to the walled enclave and seat of Christianity on a tour of Vatican City. Take in the sweeping expanse of St Peter's Square before exploring the Vatican Museums. Here, you'll find many of the world's greatest sculptures and paintings, including Michelangelo's frescoed masterpiece upon the barrel-vaulted ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. With the afternoon and evening at leisure, perhaps visit the Spanish Steps, toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain, or enjoy a 'passeggiata' (evening stroll).

3. Rome, Sorrento
Heading south, take the coastal route past cliffs that overlook the Bay of Naples. Enjoy postcard views as you reach Sorrento, where clusters of coloured buildings rest on a cliff above a harbour. You may like to spend time this afternoon taking in the lively village atmosphere while browsing the narrow laneways lined with stylish shops and designer boutiques. Stay Two Nights: Sorrento, Hotel Michelangelo or similar

Insider Experience: Experience a holiday highlight as you delight in a taste of Campanian culture and share a home-style Italian meal with a local family.

4. Sorrento, Capri
Once a resort island for Roman emperors, Capri is renowned for alluring the rich and famous with its beauty and magic. Cruise across bright blue waters to the island and, on arrival, travel to the hilltop town of Anacapri to soak in the glorious views. Enjoy some free time, then take a breathtaking funicular ride down to the port before returning to Sorrento. Perhaps take a coach ride along the scenic Amalfi Coast.

5. Sorrento, Pompeii, San Gimignano
Engulfed by the lava from Mt Vesuvius in AD79, Pompeii provides a vivid picture of ancient Roman life, which you will discover on a guided tour around the haunting ruins. After, journey north to San Gimignano. Stay: San Gimignano, Relais La Cappuccina

Insider Experience: In San Gimignano, immerse yourself in the countryside with a stay at the Relais La Cappuccina.

6. San Gimignano, Florence
Explore the historic streets and appreciate the medieval city skyline of San Gimignano before travelling north to savour a Tuscan lunch and wine tasting at Castello Vicchiomaggio. Continue to Florence to enjoy an evening exploring at your leisure. Stay Three Nights: Florence, Hotel NH Firenze

7. Florence
Explore this jewel of the Renaissance, home to Da Vinci and Michelangelo. Your walking tour includes a visit to the Academy of Fine Arts, where you will see Michelangelo's David.

Insider Experience: Sample the city's finest gelato at a famous local gelateria - a must-do while in !

8. Florence, Pisa
Enjoy free time today perhaps visiting the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

9. Florence, Verona, Venice
Explore the whimsical city of Verona, perhaps stopping under Juliet's balcony to put yourself in Romeo's shoes. Later, continue on to the incomparable city of Venice. Stay Two Nights: Venice Island, Hotel Bonvecchiati

10. Venice
Spend the morning discovering , where romantic canals replace bustling streets on a guided tour. Spend some time at leisure this afternoon.

11. Venice, Ljubljana, Zagreb
Travel to Croatia today via Slovenia's eccentric capital, Ljubljana. On arrival in Zagreb, set out on a tour to sights such as the Stone Gate and the Opera House. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner tonight. Stay: Sheraton Zagreb

12. Zagreb, Budapest, Embark Ship
Arrive in Budapest today and board your river ship. Stay 14 Nights: aboard your premium Travelmarvel river ship

13. Budapest
Awake to views of one of the Danube's most enchanting cities this morning. Disembark and learn the vibrant history of as your local guide takes you to a host of impressive sights such as Matthias Church, the Fisherman's Bastion, Heroes' Square and Buda Castle. Back on board this evening, enjoy a delightful Gala Dinner while you cruise.

14. Vienna
Embrace the elegance of as you drive around the Ringstrasse this morning, taking in some of the city's most famous buildings - the State Opera House, the Museum of Fine Arts and more. On arrival in the city centre, a walking tour will provide an insider's view of sights such as St Stephen's Cathedral, the Graben, Hofburg Palace and the Albertina.

Insider Experience: Pay a visit to the famous Naschmarkt and browse the stalls, sampling some local delights.

15. Vienna
With the day at leisure, you may like to further explore the Hofburg area - home to the Imperial Treasury and the Spanish Riding School - or wander along Karntnerstrasse, the city's famous shopping strip.

16. Durnstein, Melk
Cruise to the town of Durnstein and enjoy a stroll past rustic town houses and taverns. Along the way, gaze up to the hilltop ruins of the castle where King Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned. Later, dock in Melk and tour through Melk Abbey. An active Benedictine monastery since 1089, it sits atop a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube River.

17. Passau
This morning after breakfast, you will cruise to beautiful .

Insider Experience: Enjoy a traditional Bavarian experience on board your river ship. Sample delicious local beer and snacks, accompanied by traditional folk music, song and dance.

18. Regensburg
Continue along the Danube River to the enchanting town of , located in the southern region of the Bavarian Forest. Here, a guided tour along its cobblestone lanes tells of the medieval town's journey through the ages. Afterwards, wander the historic streets at your own pace.

19. Nuremberg
Arrive in , the site of Hitler's now infamous rallies, which played a pivotal role for the Nazis during World War II. Take a city tour this afternoon, which includes sights such as the Zeppelin Field and Palace of Justice.

20. Bamberg
One of the few German cities that wasn't destroyed during World War II, World Heritage-listed beckons your attention this morning. You'll gain great insight during a locally guided tour of the historic city centre.

21. Wurzburg
Verdant hills and rich vineyards sit on the edge of , while the Main River is a prominent feature of this stunning city. Admire its magnificent Baroque palace, the Residence and walk through Court Garden, with its terraced gardens and serene water basin.

22. Miltenberg
Arrive at the beautifully evocative town of . After morning tea return to your ship and enjoy time at leisure. As the sun sets, watch the glittering lights of medieval towns slip past as you sit down to dinner and cruise through the night.

Insider Experience: Discover true German hospitality as you are welcomed into the homes of friendly locals for coffee and cake.

23. Rudesheim, Rhine Gorge
In Rudesheim, the Winzerexpress mini-train will take you through town to Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. As you continue cruising, you will encounter a true holiday highlight - the spectacular Rhine Gorge. Watch in awe as you drift past steep vine-covered slopes dotted with ancient castles and strongholds. Enjoy dinner on board tonight, as your journey continues late into the evening.

24. Cologne, Bruhl
Disembark your ship in Cologne and drive to the town of Bruhl. Return to Cologne and enjoy some time at leisure.

Insider Experience: Pay a visit to Augustusburg Castle and Falkenlust hunting lodge, the lavish residences of archbishop-elector Clemens August. On a tour of the castle, learn stories of its infamous former resident and enjoy a walk through its gardens between the lodge and the castle.

25. Amsterdam
Studded with low bridges and historic houses, 's network of canals lends the city its nickname, 'Venice of the North'. Dock in the city's heart and board a glass-top boat to discover the city's waterside facades, watching the bicycle-loving locals ride along with carefree abandon as you drift by. Back on land, enjoy some free time to explore the city, before a Captain's Farewell Dinner on board your river ship.

26. Disembark Ship, Depart Amsterdam
After breakfast, disembark your river ship and transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Dates & Prices


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15 Apr 2019
10 May 2019
Travelmarvel Sapphire
$13,490
$12,901

13 May 2019
07 Jun 2019
Travelmarvel Sapphire
$13,690
$13,093

10 Jun 2019
05 Jul 2019
Travelmarvel Sapphire
$13,690
$13,093

08 Jul 2019
02 Aug 2019
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$13,690
$13,093

05 Aug 2019
30 Aug 2019
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$13,690
$13,093