All small group departures! Our grand London - Paris - Rome - Umbria journey is perfect for first-timers and travelers who want to capture the flavor of three of Europe's great capital cities and the Italian countryside - all on one exciting 12-day trip.

All small group departures! This grand tour of Europe is perfect for first-timers and travelers who want to capture the flavor of three of the world's great capital cities and the Italian countryside - all on one trip. Our London - Paris - Rome journey with a sojourn in the heart of bucolic Umbria begins in London, with history and culture at Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London... a walking tour through Shakespeare's world ... a visit to the foodie haven of Borough Market... and a spin on the London Eye, soaring high above the city in a private capsule. The Eurostar whisks you across the Channel to Paris for visits to the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower (with lunch in the tower)... a cruise on the River Seine... and a demonstration by a premier chocolatier. Spend a day at a magnificent chateau outside Paris... then fly to Italy for three days in the countryside, hunting for truffles with trained dogs, tasting local delicacies, and visiting an alpaca farm, a ceramics workshop, and a winery. Then it's on to Rome for an after-hours guided visit through the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel (without the crowds)... dinner at a private villa, and much, much more.

Eurostar from London to Paris and included flight from Paris to Rome; early-opening guided visit at Chateau Vaux-Le-Vicomte; guided visits to Westminster Abbey and Tower of London; a Shakespeare's London walking tour; ride on the London Eye; boat cruise on the River Seine; guided visit to the Louvre; lunch at 58 Restaurant in Eiffel Tower; demonstration of chocolate art; in Umbria, truffle-hunting, alpaca farm visit, winery tasting with lunch, olive oil demo, and ceramics workshop visit; in Rome, after-hours tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, Colosseum visit, walking tour, food tasting tour, and farewell evening at private villa

Traveling Well Includes:
  • ALL SMALL GROUP DEPARTURES averaging 26 Tauck guests! A small group size means a more personal travel experience highlighted by stays at some of Europe's top hotels
  • TAUCK'S YELLOW ROADS! Journey through the Umbrian countryside, the green heart of Italy, and the only province not touching the sea or another country - protected from outside influences, the most traditional of all. Immerse yourself in sun-soaked hill towns, woodlands, and vineyards... home of culinary and artistic pleasures.
  • Multiple-night stays at premier hotels in London, Paris, Rome and in the Italian countryside. Accommodations include The Langham, London; Hotel Barriere Le Fouquet's Paris; Park Hotel ai Cappuccini in Gubbio; and Palazzo Naiadi in Rome.
  • Travel aboard the Eurostar from London to Paris (under the Channel) and a flight from Paris to Rome
  • After-hours guided tour of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, without the crowds
  • Early-opening guided visit at 17th-century Chateau Vaux-Le-Vicomte outside Paris
  • In London, guided visits to Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London; a Shakespeare's London walking tour on the South Bank and a walk to foodie haven Borough Market; and a ride on the London Eye, the city's giant observation wheel
  • In Paris, a boat cruise on the River Seine, a guided visit to Musee du Louvre, lunch at 58 Restaurant at the Eiffel Tower, and demonstration of chocolate art at a renowned chocolatier
  • In Umbria, a truffle-hunting demonstration and lunch at a family farm known for its truffles; a visit to an alpaca farm and an opportunity to learn about country life
  • Wine tasting, lunch, and tour at a local winery; a demonstration and tour of historic and modern techniques used to produce olive oil at a renowned olive oil maker
  • Visit to a ceramics workshop in Deruta
  • Guided visit to the Colosseum in Rome, a walking tour, and a food tasting tour
  • Farewell reception, dinner and evening at a private villa outside Rome
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure as noted
  • 24 meals (11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners); gratuities to local guides; admission fees, service charges, taxes and porterage

  • Call (866) 547-5362 for more information or to book today! Mention code 14260660

    Tour Operator
    Tauck Tours
    Offer
    Offer valid through 3/31/2019
    Duration
    12 Days
    DayDestinationDescription
    Day 1LondonArrive London... and start exploring

    Tour begins: 3:30 PM, The Langham, London. A transfer is included from Heathrow Airport or Gatwick Airport to The Langham, London, a five-star hotel in the heart of the city. The Langham was Europe's first grand hotel when it opened in 1865, and has remained a favorite of royalty, dignitaries, and celebrities ever since. The tradition of Afternoon Tea was invented here! Your London, Paris, Rome grand tour begins with a guided stroll through the West End theatre district. Wander along Regent Street, one of the city's most fashionable shopping areas, to Piccadilly Circus, the pulsing heart of the entertainment district, and on to bohemian SoHo. Your guide will share stories of the historic buildings and monuments you'll see and provide insider advice for your London stay. Arrive at BBC Broadcasting House for a peek inside the most venerable broadcast and production center in the English-speaking world. Join us this evening for a welcome reception at your hotel with canapes and open bar, followed by dinner.

    Lodging: The Langham, London

    Meals: D
    Day 2LondonThe Tower of London & double-decker sightseeing

    Begin a full day of guided sightseeing aboard an iconic double-decker bus reserved just for Tauck. Disembark for lunch at the infamous Tower of London, the medieval castle and fortress where, in bygone days traitors to the monarch were imprisoned - and sometimes lost their heads. Meet the guards known as Beefeaters on a guided tour that includes the Crown Jewels, the armory of antique weapons, and Traitors Gate as you learn the fascinating history of the Bloody Tower, steeped in eerie stories and legend. Your evening is free.

    Lodging: The Langham, London

    Meals: B, L
    Day 3LondonThe London Eye & Shakespeare's Southwark

    Go soaring over the city in a private capsule aboard the London Eye. On a clear day, you can see 30 miles in all directions, taking in all the glorious sights of London at once - Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, the River Thames, Buckingham Palace, and more. Feet back on the ground, a walking tour along the South Bank of the Thames reveals London now and then, including a look at the city as it was in William Shakespeare's day. You'll hear about entertainment in Elizabethan times, and Shakespeare's influence both past and present. Walk to Borough Market in Southwark, one of the largest and oldest food markets in the city, where Shakespeare did his shopping! Its overflowing stalls are a mecca for chefs and foodies, offering produce and artisan foods from all over the world. You'll have free time for lunch here before heading to Westminster Abbey for a guided tour. This grand Gothic church is where generations of royals have been married, and also where, by tradition, Britain's leading figures of all walks are buried and memorialized. You'll see tombs and plaques commemorating everyone from Charles Darwin and Jane Austen to Winston Churchill and Sir Laurence Olivier. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon. Your evening is free.

    Lodging: The Langham, London

    Meals: B
    Day 4ParisEurostar to Paris and a River Seine cruise

    The next stop on your London, Paris and Rome tour begins at historic St. Pancras Station, the photogenic rail terminal featured in the Harry Potter movies; J.K. Rowling's fictional Platform 9_, where pupils catch the express train to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, is preserved in St. Pancras as a permanent tribute. Settle into your seat aboard the Eurostar for a ride under the English Channel; you'll reach Paris in just over two hours. A boat cruise along the River Seine introduces you to the city's magnificent architecture and landmarks before you arrive at the legendary Hotel Barri?re Le Fouquet's Paris, one of the best addresses in the city, just a short distance from the Arc de Triomphe, between Avenue George V and the Champs-Elysees. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant this evening.

    Lodging: Hotel Barriere Le Fouquet's Paris

    Meals: B, D
    Day 5ParisThe Louvre, the Eiffel Tower & chocolate art

    The vast palace known as Musee du Louvre was the king's residence in Paris for generations until Louis XIV built himself the mother of all palaces at Versailles, and left the Louvre to house his royal art collection; it opened as a public museum after the French Revolution and today is home to centuries of art, including the Mona Lisa and the Winged Victory. Enjoy a guided visit today. Then head to the Eiffel Tower for a tour and lunch at 58 Restaurant inside the tower. Dinner this evening is at a local restaurant. But be sure to leave room for dessert because your next stop is a Tauck Exclusive - a private visit to the shop of a renowned chocolatier, where an artist demonstrates how to make art out of chocolate.

    Lodging: Hotel Barriere Le Fouquet's Paris

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 6Chateau Vaux Le VicomteLife at Chateau Vaux Le Vicomte

    Leave your hotel for a trip outside the city to the opulent Chateau Vaux Le Vicomte, built by in the 15th century by Nicolas Fouquet, superintendent of finances for the court of Lous XIV. The castle was built to impress, with its dazzling interior and formidable exterior (surrounded by a moat) and its lavish garden, stretching nearly a mile and a half. Here you will discover a royal tale unlike any other... because for the unfortunate Fouquet, the grandeur was short-lived. He threw a spectacular party at the chateau in honor of the king - and when Louis saw the luxury Fouquet lived in, he suspected his underling was embezzling from the treasury... and threw him in prison. Louis XIV then hired Fouquet's architects to build him an even bigger, more spectacular residence... the palace at Versailles. Get an inside look at Fouquet's lair and learn more about its history on a guided tour of the castle and its garden; younger visitors tour in period costume, and learn about what life was like for children in Louis XIV's court. Lunch at a restaurant on the grounds before returning to your Paris hotel for an evening spent as you please.

    Lodging: Hotel Barriere Le Fouquet's Paris

    Meals: B, L
    Day 7RomeFly to Italy... and go truffle hunting in Umbria

    A morning flight from Paris lands you in Rome, and from there you'll journey to the pastoral landscapes of Umbria. En route, contemplate the answer to this question: What is the most expensive food in the world? Would you believe it is a somewhat rare, pungent fungus that grows wild under the hills of Umbria, and is hunted and dug out of the ground by specially trained dogs? You are about to become acquainted with truffles (in Italian, tartufo), an indispensable ingredient in Umbrian cuisine, and a special prize to chefs and gourmets around the world. Truffles are not only pricey but perishable: they begin to lose their flavor once out of the ground, and must be flown as soon as possible to high-end restaurants in Europe and the United States, where the addition of fresh truffles can raise the price of a hamburger to hundreds of dollars. Discover why truffles are so valuable on a visit to a family-run farm that is one of the major purveyors of truffles and truffle products in Italy. You'll enjoy a truffle-hunting demonstration, a tasting, and an early dinner. Continue on to your lovely hotel in the town of Gubbio, perched on a hilltop surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. Your hotel is elegant and unique in design, having formerly been a medieval village with a church and a 17th-century monastery; amenities include a swimming pool, tennis court, gym, and spa.

    Lodging: Park Hotel ai Cappuccini

    Meals: B, D
    Day 8UmbriaA day in the Umbrian countryside

    Experience the rural heart of Italy in Umbria... a beautiful region of mountains and plains, vineyards and rolling hills dotted with medieval castles and hilltop villages. Visit a farm that raises alpacas and angora goats for their exquisite fleece, prized in the fashion industry. Then it's on to lunch and entertainment at a country house in the Upper Tiber Valley, where Tuscany and Umbria meet, for a taste of authentic Umbrian cuisine (flavors enhanced, naturally, with truffles). Return to your hotel; join your Tauck Director in discovering the town of Gubbio, if you like. Dinner is at your leisure this evening.

    Lodging: Park Hotel ai Cappuccini

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 9RomeArtisans, olive oil & wine en route to Rome

    Depart your hotel this morning for more exploration of Umbrian life and culture, en route to Rome. Stop in Deruta, a village famous for its hand-painted ceramics, and watch a demonstration by craftspeople at a local workshop. In Montecchio, enjoy a guided tour and tasting at Frantoio Bartolomei, renowned makers of olive oil, and see a demonstration of their time-honored methods; the family has been producing oil for centuries, and their museum of vintage machinery includes a 16th-century olive press. Enjoy a tour, tasting, and lunch at a local winery. Arrive in Rome late afternoon for a three-night stay in a neo-classical palace hotel, Palazzo Naiadi, where the rooftop bar and swimming pool look out over ancient monuments of the Eternal City. Dine at your hotel.

    Lodging: Boscolo Exedra Roma

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 10RomeThe Colosseum & the Vatican Museums after-hours

    Get an orientation tour of Rome aboard a private double-decker bus and explore the awe-inspiring ruins of the Colosseum, the arena where gladiator battles were fought, on a guided visit. Enjoy free time this afternoon to explore the city on your own, then join us for a Tauck Exclusive after-hours guided visit to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel (subject to availability, the day of your visit may vary). Millions of people visit the museums every year, but this evening you will experience these magnificent treasures without the crowds. You'll see the Candelabra Gallery, Map Gallery, and the Tapestries, as well as Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling frescoes. You won't be rushed and will experience these extraordinary places in peace.

    Lodging: Boscolo Exedra Roma

    Meals: B
    Day 11RomeWalking, tasting & more in Rome

    Monumental art and sculpture are everywhere in Rome, all part of the rich visual backdrop of urban life in this remarkable city. Explore Rome's main piazzas on a walking tour with a local guide, discovering wonders of art and architecture wherever you look. A food tasting tour and a picnic lunch provide delicious sustenance, followed by free time to enjoy your last afternoon in Rome as you please. You're invited to join us for an exclusive farewell evening at a villa outside the city with stunning views. Say Arrivederci, Roma with a reception, entertainment, dinner, and fireworks!

    Lodging: Boscolo Exedra Roma

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 12 Journey home

    Tour ends: Rome. Fly home anytime. A transfer from Palazzo Naiadi to Leonardo da Vinci Airport in Fiumicino is included. Allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in.

    Lodging:

    Meals: B
    Disclaimer
    * All prices are per person in U.S. dollars, based on double occupancy.

    Itinerary Changes - Although not expected, Tauck reserves the right to alter the sequence of ports or omit or substitute scheduled ports or attractions at any time without prior notice.

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