Treasures of Europe April 8-19, 2021

England – France – Italy

Thursday – Monday

April 8 – 19, 2021

$500.00 per person deposit is due within 7 days after reservations are booked.  Due to the requirements of the airline and tour company, full payment is due by February 5, 2021.  Trip insurance is available for an additional $329.00 per person. 

Our group space is on hold until October 8, 2020.  Please book your reservations prior to this date to secure space with our group.  Any reservations made after that date are subject to availability and possible price increase. 
Roundtrip transportation from Lafayette to the Indianapolis Airport may be available for an additional $49.00 per person.

A valid passport book is required for this trip.

Includes Roundtrip air from Indianapolis, 10 nights lodging, 15 meals (10 breakfasts & 5 dinners), admissions per itinerary, hotel taxes, Imperial Escort and Professional tour director in Europe.

Highlights: London, Eurostar Train, Paris, Eiffel Tower Dinner, TGV High-Speed Train, Lucerne, Venice, Italian Vineyard Experience, Florence, Michelangelo’s David, Rome, The Colosseum.

 Ground arrangements by Collette Vacations.

Day 1 – April 8, 2021                                                                                        Depart Indianapolis, IN                          

Our flight departs from Indianapolis.  We’re on our way to an unforgettable journey to some of the most magnificent countries in Europe.

Day 2 – April 9, 2021                                                                                         London                                                 

Our tour opens in London, home to Big Ben, Parliament, Harry Potter, and the Queen. Come together with fellow travelers and toast the start of an incredible journey during a welcome dinner in England’s sophisticated capital city.

Day 3 – April 10, 2021                                                                                        London                                                 
This morning, check out the quintessential sights of London. Alongside a local guide, see the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament. Afterward, enjoy some time at leisure to explore this iconic city on your own.

Day 4 – April 11, 2021                                                                                        London – Eurostar Train – Paris, France   

Go behind the gothic façade of St Pancras railway station. Inside this masterpiece of Victorian engineering, board the high-speed Eurostar train. Relax in style as we’re whisked away to Paris. Arrive in the “City of Light.” Famous for its world-renowned art, food and fashion, Paris’ history will astound you, and its style will dazzle you. See its best during a panoramic city tour featuring Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysees, and more. Enjoy breathtaking views of Paris along with French cuisine during an unforgettable dining experience at the Eiffel Tower!

Day 5 – April 12, 2021                                                                                        Paris, France                                        

Enjoy a full day to explore Paris independently. Perhaps you will have lunch in the Marais, wander the neighborhood around the Opera Garnier, or head north to Montmartre and watch artists at work. Or, choose to go on a locally-led tour* of the Louvre, home to more than a million precious works of art, including the Venus de Milo and Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

Day 6 – April 13, 2021                                                                                        Paris – TGV Train – Lucerne, Switzerland

Embark on a rail journey from Paris to Lucerne on board the TGV, France’s high-speed train. Take in magnificent scenery as we bid au revoir to France and cross into Switzerland. Discover why Lucerne has been rated Switzerland’s most beautiful city during a leisurely walking tour. Among stunning views of the lake and the mountains, journey through city streets, covered bridges, lakeside promenades, and bustling plazas.

Day 7 – April 14, 2021                                                                                        Lucerne – Venice, Italy                          

This morning, travel south through the pastoral landscapes of Switzerland. Crossing into Italy, traverse through the heart of the Alps, taking in vistas of snow peaked mountains as far as the eye can see. Pass through the bucolic Italian Lake District, a holiday destination since Roman times.

Day 8 – April 15, 2021                                                                                       Venice – Florence                                 
Cruise to the island of Murano** which is renowned for its long tradition of glass making. Embark on a leisurely walking tour of Venice with its collection of 117 tiny islands, surrounded by a latticework of 150 canals and 400 bridges. In this floating city, see the Clock Tower, St. Mark’s Basilica, and marble palaces on gondola-laden canals. This evening, stop at a vineyard in the heart of Chianti for a tour, tasting and traditional fare. Continue to Florence, where we’ll spend tonight amongst the beauty of the Tuscan region’s capital, home to masterpieces of art and iconic symbols of centuries-old history.

Day 9 – April 16, 2021                                                                                        Florence                                               

Today we tour Florence, home of the Medici, Gucci, and il Duomo. Stroll the city streets for a real-life history lesson, and discover the four pillars of city life: art, architecture, food, and fashion. Visit the Piazza del Duomo and the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. We’ll also visit the Galleria dell’Accademia, home to the greatest collection of Renaissance art – most especially Michelangelo’s David.

Day 10 – April 17, 2021                                                                                      Florence – Rome                                  

Say addio to Florence, and head for Rome! Enjoy an afternoon at leisure upon arrival. Gaze at the Pantheon, and see the oval-shaped Piazza Navona that’s lined with restaurants and souvenir shops. Or, you may choose to join an optional tour to the Vatican*, one of the most sacred places on Earth, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Discover masterpieces of art and architecture that surround St. Peter’s Basilica and St. Peter’s Square, where the Pope has addressed thousands of people.

Day 11 – April 18, 2021                                                                                      Rome                                                  

This morning, a locally guided tour of Classical Rome will allow us to discover famous sights such as the Baths of Caracalla, the legendary Aventine and Palatine hills, the ancient Circus Maximus and the Arch of Constantine. During an in-depth visit to the Colosseum, our guide recounts its rich history. Tonight, gather with new friends and toast the end of an epic journey through Europe at a farewell dinner.

Day 12 – April 19, 2021                                                                                      Rome – Indianapolis, IN                        

Our tour ends today.  We board our flight today for the return trip to Indianapolis. 

*Optional tour.  Additional fee applies.

**On occasion, due to inclement weather, visit to Murano Island may be substituted with a visit to a local glass factory in Venice.