Day 1 Rome
Welcome to Rome. Your Italian adventure begins at your hotel, with a walking tour of this ancient city. Your expert local guide will show you key landmarks like the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain.
Day 2 Rome
You’ll start your exploration in the world’s smallest state, the Vatican City, where you’ll see such marvels as the Vatican Museum, the breathtaking Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica, the world’s largest church, which leads to the magnificent St. Peter’s Square. From there, you’ll continue to the Forum and the historic Colosseum. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 3 Rome > Sorrento
This morning venture to the unique site of Pompeii, before continuing to Sorrento, where you’ll enjoy a luxurious two night stay.
Feast on traditional Italian food at a home-hosted dinner. The only thing better than home-cooked Italian food is Italian hospitality, and you’ll enjoy healthy servings of both. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 4 Sorrento
Freechoice: Relish the view as you take a funicular ride to Capri town. Alternatively, visit Positano, the Amalfi coast’s most picturesque and photogenic town. (Breakfast)
Day 5 Sorrento > Perugia
Your first stop today is the medieval village of Assisi. Then, it’s only a short drive to Perugia to view the Fontana Maggoire and the monuments around the site of the Roman Forum. Tonight, you’ll get to enjoy your wonderful hotel, located in the historical heart of Perugia. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 6 Perugia > Florence
Today, drive past tranquil Lake Trasimeno to Siena, a delightful medieval city, where you’ll enjoy a guided city tour.
Visit a Tuscan farmhouse and discover local wine and oil production techniques. Later, enjoy a tasty rustic lunch featuring the region’s wine and produce.
Continue to San Gimignano for an orientation tour of the city, before heading to Florence for a two night stay. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 7 Florence
Delight in a walking tour of this art lover’s paradise, including a visit to the Academy of Fine Arts to admire Michelangelo’s David.
Freechoice Dining: Savour delicious Italian cuisine at one of Florence’s superb local restaurants. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 8 Florence > Pisa > Stresa
Travel to Pisa to enjoy a guided tour and see its famous tower. Then continue on to Stresa, where you’ll enjoy beautiful rooms overlooking Lake Maggiore. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 9 Stresa
Cruise Lake Maggiore, the stunning lake that straddles Switzerland and Italy, pausing along the way to visit the splendid Isola Bella, ‘the beautiful Island’. Famous for its extravagant Baroque Palace and luscious gardens, explore the palace and its grounds before returning to Stresa. (Breakfast)
Day 10 Stresa > Venice
Your first stop today is Verona, where you’ll see Juliet’s Balcony and the main square, Piazza Bra. Continue to Venice – a truly unique city. Your opulent hotel where you will enjoy a two night stay you’ll cherish for a lifetime. (Breakfast)
Day 11 Venice
Marvel at the beauty of historic Venice during a guided walking tour, including the Basilica of San Marco and a romantic gondola ride along the famous canals. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 12 Venice > Ljubljana
Journey to Slovenia, stopping at the Karst Caves, the most visited caves in Europe. This afternoon arrive in Ljubljana for your two night stay. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 13 Ljubljana
Discover Ljubljana on a guided city tour.
Step back in time on a traditional Pletna boat cruise to a beautiful island sitting in the middle of Lake Bled. (Breakfast)
Day 14 Ljubljana > Zagreb
Travel to Croatia’s capital, Zagreb and take a guided city tour, before enjoying a Special Stay. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 15 Zagreb > Budapest
Journey to Budapest and board your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 16 Budapest
Freechoice: Make the most of Budapest with a guided tour, or relax and unwind at the local Thermal Baths and Spa. Alternatively, take a hike to Buda Hill or experience the labyrinths of the Hospital in the Rock. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 17 Vienna
As you cruise the mighty Danube, relax in one of the lounges and viewing areas and enjoy the scenery as your Scenic Space-Ship sails towards Vienna.
Breathe in the opulence and luxury of Palais Liechtenstein. Then be enthralled by an enchanting private classical evening concert featuring the timeless music of Strauss and Mozart. With a special dedication to Beethoven as we celebrate the 250th anniversary of his birth. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 18 Vienna
Freechoice: Take a tour of Bratislava or Schönbrunn Palace. Alternatively, learn about Viennese coffee culture with a local expert, or explore Vienna on a cycling tour. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 19 Dürnstein > Melk
Freechoice: Embark on a guided bike ride along the river from Dürnstein to Melk, or be guided through Melk’s magnificent 18th century Benedictine Abbey. Alternatively, visit the fairytale castle Burg Aggstein and learn about its impressive history while enjoying the views over the Danube. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 20 Passau > Salzburg
Let the ‘Best of The Sound of Music and Salzburg Show’ transport you to another time and place. This exclusive performance is based on the timeless movie of the same name. Enjoy an authentic Austrian lunch before an afternoon of humming along to some of the catchy classics. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 21 Regensburg
Freechoice: Enjoy a walking tour of the city or board a local ferry and sail the Danube Gorge to Weltenburg Abbey. Or you could cycle to the Walhalla monument, or take an active walking tour to Thurn und Taxis Palace. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 22 Nuremberg
Freechoice: Explore the city on foot or visit moving WWII sites, or stay on board for a beer tasting. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 23 Bamberg
Immerse yourself in the World Heritage-listed Old Town of Bamberg and walk the same cobbled streets as medieval traders once did. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 24 Würzburg
Freechoice: Visit the Bishop’s Residenz Palace and sample some exquisite local wine. Alternatively, explore the famous Romantic Road, an important trade route during the Middle Ages, then take in the beautiful walled town of Rothenburg, a medieval gem overlooking the Tauber River. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 25 Miltenberg
Today is your opportunity to meet the locals of this quaint German town.
Freechoice: Visit a local monastery for a tour and insight into regional beer production or meet a winemaker and join him for a taste of his fine wines. Alternatively, join a Baron and Baroness and learn what it is like to be an aristocrat in the modern day, or opt to visit a local farming family and taste some of their home made produce, or you can enjoy a visit to a local producer for a Schnapps tasting. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 26 Rüdesheim > Rhine Gorge > Marksburg Castle
Immerse yourself in charming Rüdesheim and board the Winzerexpress mini-train for a guided visit of Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Then, enjoy a cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument.
Delight in the ambience at Marksburg Castle and enjoy a magnificent medieval feast. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 27 Cologne
Freechoice: Take a stroll through Cologne and get up close to the twin towers of the famous cathedral or learn of the city’s strong Jewish history. Alternatively, cycle around the picturesque city of Cologne or visit Bonn, and learn about Ludwig Van Beethoven’s connection with this city. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 28 Amsterdam
Freechoice: Explore the city by bicycle or by foot. Alternatively, experience an iconic canal cruise or enjoy a slice of quintessential Holland at Zaanse Schans. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 29 Amsterdam
Depart after breakfast, taking wonderful memories with you. (Breakfast)