- Paris highlights drive
- Visit the Loire Valley
- Orientation walk of Carcassonne with Trip Leader
- Barcelona highlights drive
- Visit Andorra
- Walking tour of Monaco with Trip Leader
- Walking tour of Venice with Trip Leader
- Visit Pisa and the famous Leaning Tower
- Walking tour of Florence with local guide
- Walking tour of Rome with Trip Leader
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The perfect mix of group activities and all-important YOU time. Highlights. Best bits. Bucket listers. Whichever word you use, this trip’s full of ‘em. Think: Paris, Barcelona, Venice and Rome. Add: the French Riviera and the Swiss Alps. Plus: free time to experience it all YOUR way. Tick off the greats, uncover the hidden gems and indulge in all the carb-laden, sauce-swimming, cream-filled delicacies only Europe’s A-Team can deliver. It’s time to press play on the best 17 days of your life.
Day 1 : London, England
Day 2 : London, England to Paris, France
Day 3 : Paris
Day 4 : Paris to Bordeaux, via Loire Valley
Day 5 : Bordeaux to Carcassonne
Day 6 : Carcassonne to Barcelona, Spain, via Andorra
Day 7 : Barcelona
Day 8 : Barcelona to French Riviera, France
Day 9 : French Riviera, including Monaco
Day 10 : French Riviera to Swiss Alps, Switzerland
Day 11 : Swiss Alps
Day 12 : Swiss Alps to Venice, Italy
Day 13 : Venice
Day 14 : Venice to Florence, via Pisa
Day 15 : Florence to Rome
Day 16 : Rome
Day 17 : Rome
- 16 nights in hotel-style accommodation (twin or double)
- 16 Breakfasts
- 6 Dinners
- Air-conditioned coach
- Trip Leader throughout the tour
- FYI: these are optional activities available locally. Things might change – prices are here to give you a rough idea.
- Bike tour of Paris: from €30
- Seine River cruise in Paris: from €10
- Traditional cabaret show in Paris: from €65
- Visit Château de Chambord: from €15
- Bordeaux winery experience: prices available locally
- Flamenco show in Barcelona: from €15
- Scenic excursion to Mt Titlis (summer only): from 92 CHF
- Get a personalised trip T-shirt or hoodie: from €21
- Gondola ride in Venice: prices available locally
- Guided tour of Vatican City: from €45
- Any international flights to London and from Rome are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
- Travel insurance is not included in this Play & Pause: Central & Southern Europe Highlights tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Play & Pause: Central & Southern Europe Highlights tour. You can cancel the tour up to 64 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 63 days of departure.Payment
For any tour departures within 06 December 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 06 December 2022, a deposit of 200 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 63 days before trip departure.Travel Insurance
Play & Pause: Central & Southern Europe Highlights tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.Visa
For this Play & Pause: Central & Southern Europe Highlights tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.COVID-19 Safety Measures
This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:
- This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene global standardised protocols have been adopted.
- The crew in this tours are trained in COVID-specific hygiene standards and equipped with the skills required to keep every traveller safe.
- Coaches are immaculately cleaned before each trip starts and regularly throughout.
- This trip requires you to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 atleast 14 days before departure, unless you are medically exempt from having the vaccine.
How many days are enough for Europe?
You can spend a couple of months exploring Europe and still feel like you have not seen everything. Generally speaking, a two-week Europe trip should be just enough if you are looking to cover its major highlights. However, if you want a comprehensive travel experience within this duration, it is better that you focus on a region or a few countries rather than traveling all over the continent.
Choose a single country or schedule your trip around a handful of cities in different countries. While larger European cities may require three to four days to explore, you can get around smaller destinations in a day or two. Planning your trip around a particular region will cut down your travel time and save your time in transit.
What is the best month to visit Italy?
The best time to visit Italy is between the months of April and June as well as from September to October. The weather on the Italian Peninsula during these months is ideal for going out on sightseeing tours, hiking, and exploring treasures stretching from Palermo to the lagoons of Venice. Traveling to Italy during July and August is avoided by many because of the summer heat and crowds, while the period between November to March sees the fewest visitors in big cities. However, these months coincide with the prime skiing season in the Alps, while southern parts of Italy, such as Sicily, remain relatively warm during this time of year. Find more information here.
How do I plan a 15-day trip to Europe?
If you are planning to visit multiple countries, you should prepare a tentative list of destinations you are interested in. If it is your first trip, stick to major cities and cultural centers for the sake of simplicity and convenience. Also, be flexible and optimize your travel time and budget. Be open to changing your itinerary depending on schedules and ticket prices.
Is Italy expensive to visit? How do the ATMs work? What currency do they use?
While it is true that Italy is not an expensive destination, it is not exactly a budget destination either. Your vacation funds will go much further in Italy than they would in Scandinavia or the UK, with daily budgets of around USD150 per person sufficient for mid-range travelers who do not want to miss out on any of the country’s most important sights. Most banks have ATM machines (called bancomat) with English language options. All you need to do is look for the US or the UK flag. Plus, most machines accept both Visa and Mastercard. Please keep in mind that you will withdraw your cash in euros, with EUR1 slightly more than its USD equivalent.
- Do I need a visa to travel to Italy?