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EUROPEAN
GRAND TOUR 

EUROPEAN
GRAND TOUR
Rome - Madrid - Barcelona
Paris - London

Includes

Inter-Europe Flight -- Rome to Madrid

Inter-Europe Train -- Madrid to Barcelona

Inter-Europe Train -- Barcelona to Paris

Eurostar Train -- Paris to London

15 Days / 14 Nights

June 16 - 29, 2024

From $10,900

"We had the best time ever, and your knowledge and guidance made all the difference. We appreciate everything you did to make our trip a success, and help us make memories we will cherish always. It was fun having you as our guide, Sherpa, and friend. We, laughed, and loved it all."  Julie K

Arc de Triomphe in Paris

Big Ben in London

The Forum in Rome

This is a fabulous tour for families, grandparents & grandchildren, couples, friends and solo travelers to experience a traditional golden-era European Grand Tour!

 

You'll discover four of Europe's most magnificent capital cities -- London, England; Paris, France; Madrid, Spain; and Rome, Italy... plus visit exciting Barcelona, Spain. You'll learn about each country's history & culture... see each city's major landmarks, world-famous art & architecture... engage with local people & European life... and enjoy delicious cuisine.

 

We'll start the grand tour in Rome, the "Eternal City" and capital of Italy, where we'll stay three nights in a boutique hotel located in Rome's historic central district. 

We'll take tours with local historian guides of The Colosseum, The Forum, Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel, and Saint Peter’s Basilica. We'll visit the Spanish Steps... Trevi Fountain... Piazza Navona... and Borghese Gardens.

 

There will be free time for shopping Rome boutiques and visiting local markets. 

 

Optional before breakfast pleasure walks are offered through Rome's historic city center and along the Tibor River.

 

On to Spain!

 

From Rome we'll board a non-stop flight to Madrid, Spain's sophisticated capital city.

 

With our local art historian guide we'll have tours of Madrid's world-renowned art museum, Museo Nacional Del Prado, and we'll visit the Royal Palace of Madrid, the grandiose home of Spain's Royal Family. 

 

We'll take a day trip to Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and have a private guided tour of Toledo Cathedral (Primate Cathedral of Saint Mary).

 

We'll venture on an evening tapas safari through Madrid's Old Town Quarter sampling Spanish appetizers and drinking cava.

 

There will be free time for personal sightseeing...  to stroll through Rio Park or visit the Botanical Garden... shop at Madrid boutiques and local markets... relax at outdoor cafes.

Then we'll board a high-speed Spanish train traveling 1st-class from Madrid to bustling Barcelona. In Barcelona we'll stay near the historic Gothic Quarter. The highlight of our visit will be taking a tour of Antoni Gaudi's architecture masterpieces - La Sagrada Familia and Casa Batllo... plus walking through Barcelona's Gothic Quarter (old town district) seeing La Rambla, Mercat de la Boqueria, Cathedral of Barcelona and Placa Reial.

Next destination... Paris!

 

We'll board a high-speed TGV train at Barcelona-Sants train station and travel 1st-class to Paris, France.

Whether it's your first or fifteenth visit to the "City of Light," there’s plenty to see and enjoy in magnificent Paris! 

 

We’ll stay three glorious nights in the Saint-Germain district, a short distance from Paris's major attractions, shopping, restaurants, and famous Left Bank sidewalk cafes. 

 

We'll see Paris's top landmarks -- Eiffel Tower, Champs-Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, and Place de Concorde. We'll take private tour with a local Paris art historian guide to the world's most famous art museum, The Louvre, and tour Saint Chappelle to see the stunning stained glass windows.

We'll take a day trip to nearby Versailles to tour Palace of Versailles, Europe's grandest palace, with local historian guide. 

Afternoons are free for exploring Paris on your own... to visit Musee d'Orangerie, Centre George Pompidou, Musee Picasso, and Musee Rodin art museums… tour Les Invalides, home of France's Army Military Museum and Tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte… shop at the famous designer fashion boutiques on Rue Saint-Honroe... visit Paris's grand department stores: Galeries Lafayette, Printemps, and Le Bon March… browse through Paris's specialty stores, from fabrics to food... meander through Rue Cler street market or Porte de Clignancourt antique market… relax in a green chair around the pond in Luxembourg Gardens... enjoy an apéritif at an outdoor cafe along Boulevard Saint-Germain.

We'll take an evening river cruise on The Seine to view Paris at night, traveling past Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and Pont Neuf.

 

We'll enjoy group dinners at local bistros... take after-dinner strolls along the Seine River.

 

Optional before breakfast group pleasure walks are offered through Paris neighborhoods... through Luxembourg Gardens & The Tuileries... along The Seine & through Isle de Saint Louis. 

London... here we come!

 

We'll travel from Gare du Nord in central Paris, traveling non-stop, taking the Eurostar train going under the English Channel, to arrive in London's St. Pancras railway station

In London we'll take tours with local historian guides and visiting top landmarks -- Tower of London and the Crown Jewels... Westminster Abbey... see Buckingham Palace...  Parliament... Big Ben... Tower Bridge... Trafalgar Square... Hyde Park... Piccadilly Circus... Oxford Street.

We'll view magnificent London from the water taking a boat ride on The Thames... have traditional English afternoon tea... visit a London pub.

You'll have free time in London for personal sightseeing... to visit major museums: the British Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, the National Gallery and Tate Modern… attend a West End play... shop in London's famous  department stores: Harrods, Selfridges, and Liberty… browse Knighstbridge's chic boutiques… enjoy the serenity in central London by The Serpentine lake in Hyde Park.

Optional before breakfast group pleasure walks are offered through London neighborhoods for those who want some morning exercise before starting their vacation day. 

We'll end our tour with a gala farewell dinner with traditional English cuisine. 

The European Grand Tour Is Designed To Provide:

  • A fabulous vacation experience to four magnificent European capital cities -- London, Paris, Madrid & Rome.

  • A friendly and fun small group environment. 

  • Many activities -- including tours with local guides of London's, Paris's, Madrid's and Rome's most famous  landmarks and sites... visiting renowned museums, archaeological sites, castles & cathedrals... traditional English afternoon tea... gelato tasting... tapas safari.

  • Free time to organically explore and enjoy London, Paris, Madrid and Rome at your own pace for personal sightseeing, relaxation, and shopping. Free time in evenings to attend a London West End play or visit a local pub... meander along the Seine in Paris to browse through the book stalls lining the river walk... sit under the stars at an outdoor cafe in Madrid.... take an after-dinner stroll through Rome's historic city center and toss a coin into Trevi Fountain.

  • Optional before breakfast morning pleasure walks.

  • Recommendations of local restaurants, bistros, cafes and pubs to explore on your own... yet everyone is invited to join local cuisine group meals at personal-selected restaurants.

  • Concierge service & support – fully escorted tour, personal & customized service for a WORRY-FREE vacation!​ 

 

What's Included:

  • 15 Days / 14 Nights, in personally-selected boutique hotels.

  • ​Inter-Europe Transportation:

    • Economy class flight from Rome to Madrid.

    • High-speed train from traveling 1st-class from Madrid to Barcelona

    • High-speed TGV train traveling 1st-class from Barcelona to Paris

    • High-speed Eurostar train training 1st-class from Paris to London.

  • Airports /Train Stations / Hotels Transfers:

    • Transfer on arrival from Rome airport to Rome hotel

    • Transfer from Rome airport to Rome airport for flight to Madrid

    • Transfer from Madrid airport to Madrid hotel

    • Transfer from Madrid hotel to Madrid train station for train to Barcelona

    • Transfer from Barcelona train station to Barcelona hotel

    • Transfer from Barcelona hotel to Barcelona train station for train to Paris

    • Transfer from Paris train station to Paris hotel

    • Transfer from Paris hotel to Paris train station for train to London

    • Transfer from London train station to London hotel

  • Rome Activities:

    • Welcome Reception/Dinner – an opportunity to other tour guests & review tour activities.

    • Tour of Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter’s Basilica with local historian guide.

    • Tour of The Colosseum and The Forum with local historian guide.

    • Walking visits to the Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, and Borghese Gardens.

    • Free time for personal exploring & sightseeing... shopping... relaxing.

    • Optional before breakfast pleasure walks through central Rome.

  • Madrid Activities:

    • Tour of Royal Palace of Madrid with our Madrid local historian guide

    • Tour of Museo Nacional Del Prado with local art historian guide

    • Day trip to Toledo to tour of Primate Cathedral of Saint Mary of Toledo with local art historian guide.

    • Walking visit through Madrid's Old Town seeing Plaza Sol, Plaza Mayor, and Mercado San Miguel

    • Tapas Safari – an evening visiting tapas bars, sampling an assortment of Spanish appetizers.

    • Free time for personal exploring & sightseeing... shopping... relaxing.

    • Optional before breakfast pleasure walks through central Madrid.

  • Barcelona Activities:

    • Tour with local historian guide of Antoni Gaudi's architecture masterpieces - La Sagrada Familia and Casa Batllo

    • Walking visit through Barcelona's Gothic Quarter (old town district) seeing La Rambla, Mercat de la Boqueria, Cathedral of Barcelona and Placa Reial

    • Tapas Safari – an evening visiting tapas bars, sampling an assortment of Spanish appetizers.

    • Free time for personal exploring & sightseeing... shopping... relaxing.

    • Optional before breakfast pleasure walks through central Barcelona.

  • Paris Activities:​

    • Tour of The Louvre with Paris local art historian guide.

    • Tour Sainte Chapelle with local historian guide.

    • See top Paris landmarks -- Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Champs de Elysee,  Rue de Honroe, Latin Quarter, Saint Germain District, The Opera, Concorde, Isle de Saint Louis

    • Day trip to Versailles to Palace of Versailles with local historian guide. 

    • Evening cruise on the Seine River to view the "City of Light" at night.

    • Free time for personal exploring & sightseeing... shopping... relaxing.

    • Optional before breakfast pleasure walks through central Paris -- Luxembourg Gardens & Tuileries Garden, along The Seine and through Isle de St. Louis.

  • London Activities:

    • Welcome Reception – an opportunity to review tour activities.

    • Tour of Westminster Abbey with local London historian guide.

    • Tour of Tower of London and the Crown Jewels with local historian guide.

    • See top London landmarks --  Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Parliament, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square, Hyde Park, Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Street.

    • Boat ride on The Thames

    • Traditional Afternoon English Tea -- with finger sandwiches; scones with clotted cream & fruit preserves; variety of cakes & pastries; selection of teas.

    • Free time for personal exploring & sightseeing... shopping... relaxing.

    • Optional before breakfast pleasure walks through central London parks and neighborhoods.

    • Gala Farewell Dinner -- featuring traditional English cuisine celebrating two spectacular weeks in Europe.

  • Palace, cathedral, museum, archaeological site & garden entrance fees for all group activities and day trips.

  • Concierge service & support – personal & customized service by WalkEurope president, Tom Harter.

 

Arrival/Departure Cities: 

Arrival City: Rome Italy

Departure City: London, England

 

Tour Cost:

Includes inter-Europe transportation -- flight between Rome and Madrid... high-speed train between Madrid, Barcelona & Paris... Eurostar high-speed train between Paris and London.

  • $10,900 – 15 days / 14 nights per person in double occupancy shared hotel room. 

  • Added cost for private single room hotel accommodation option – $3,000

 

Space Is Limited -- Reserve Early!

Small Group Tour. Limited to 15 Guests.

Please Note: WalkEurope strives to operate according to our published itinerary. However, in the event of unforeseen circumstances beyond our control or opportunities that would enhance the itinerary, adjustments may be necessary. Hotels and itinerary are subject to changes. Tour subject to six person participation..

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