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European Emperor 2018 (15 Days, London to Rome)

The Roman Empire spread from its centre in Rome to conquer large swathes of the known world. Parts of France, Spain and Switzerland were all subject to the rule of Rome. Its influence even spread as far as England. Now you can enjoy the reverse journey, as we make our way from London to Rome via some of the finest cities, landscapes and countries that Western Europe has to offer.

Inclusions

Bordeaux winery tour & tasting
French Riviera perfumery experience
Local guide in Florence
Paris city driving Tour
Paris gourmet picnic by the Eiffel Tower
14 Breakfasts
14 Dinners
Tour Provider Topdeck
Number of Days
15
Price From
AUD $3,383
Start Location
London, England
End Location
London, England
Age Range
18 to 39
Group Size
1 to 48
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
18-39
Physical Rating
Mild
ItineraryExpand
Day 1: London, England to Paris, France
All good things start with Paris. Meet the crew in London, grab some supplies and hit the road early in the morning as we jump across to Paris. Pinch yourself and Instagram your first selfie before we kick off the trip with a guided tour from your Trip Leader (aka living guide book). Food matters. A lot. In Europe, it comes alive. Complete your foodie mission with a picnic under the Eiffel Tower and watch Paris sparkle for your first 'wow' moment. Included today: -Paris city driving tour - Gourmet picnic by the Eiffel Tower Meals: -Dinner
Day 2: Paris
More ooh la la today. With Parisian charm crammed into every nook and cranny, make sure you hit all of the iconic haunts. This morning: free time in the city. From the Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay to l'Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysées, you'll be sure to make a solid dent in your bucket list. Later, if you are in the mood for an optional cabaret show, let us know - we'll sort it. Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Traditional Paris cabaret -Seine River cruise -Paris bike tour
Day 3: Paris to Bordeaux
If you haven't gone fromage crazy just yet, grab a few wheels before we go and bid au revoir to Paris. Next, we make a quick stop in the heart of the Loire Valley. Later, watch the world go by and grab a window seat as we head to Bordeaux to become masters of the grape in the red wine capital. Drink the best drops and hear tales of how these fiery reds came to be. Raise a glass to the winemakers. Included today: -Visit to Loire Valley en route to Bordeaux Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner Optional activity: -Visit Château de Chambord
Day 4: Bordeaux to Carcassonne
Wake up and learn the A to Z of wine before we move on from Bordeaux. Head off to the historic walled city for a real-life game of Carcassonne (you know the one) and to see why it is famed for its restored medieval fortress and the ptic sonnets written about it. Included today: -Bordeaux winery tour Meals: -Breakfast
Day 5: Carcassonne to Barcelona, Spain via Andorra
Roll through the Pyrenees today with a quick stop in Andorra on our way to tapas town. Get hungry on a guided driving tour, ticking off the Columbus Monument, Montjuic (site of the 1992 Olympics) and Gaudí's yet to be finished Sagrada Família. Round off the day with churros and tapas, and feed your cravings for Catalonian zest at tonight's included dinner. Included today: -Visit Andorra -Driving tour of Barcelona Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 6: Barcelona
If you think you've eaten it all, nah-ah not even close. Uncover the food market gems scattered across Barcelona and satisfy your inner gastronome. Try: La Boqueria in Barcelona for a luxe open air experience. Who needs the snooze button when you've got a whole day in a city packed to the rafters with art nouveau, alluring accents and most importantly, tapas. Hit the side streets and rumble along the Las Ramblas, take in the eccentric work of artist Antoni Gaudí at Park Güell or give in to your inner football tragic and kneel to the sporting gods at Camp Nou. Tonight: shall we dance? Optional flamenco show. Meals: -Breakfast Optional Activities: -Flamenco show
Day 7: Barcelona to French Riviera, France
Get that selfie stick out as we roll on north along the coast to rub shoulders with the rich and famous at the world's most lavish waterfront property, aka the French Riviera. Swap your patatas bravas for hearty French cooking and get ready for tomorrow's adventures. Included today: -French perfume factory visit Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 8: French Riviera including Monaco visit
Bring your paparazzi posse to the beach or let loose among the designer boutiques in Nice's Old Town. Later: Roll with the jet set as we hit up Monaco for a guided tour and the chance to see how the 1% live (hint: it involves fast cars and bathing in caviar). Feeling lucky? Hit the tables at the Monte Carlo Casino and make it rain (or not). Included today: -Guided tour of Monaco City Meals: -Breakfast
Day 9: French Riviera to Swiss Alps, Switzerland
The view out of your window today plays like a documentary on 'world's sexiest views'. Unlike Toblerone, the Swiss Alps aren't all lined up perfectly so we weave up through the sexy valleys and handsome peaks. Grab your forks and prepare to chow down on Swiss cuisine then hit the bar for a nightcap. Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 10: Swiss Alps
Laid-back, Alpine village living is on the cards. Take in the mountain air by foot, bike or goat (if you can get them to stand still long enough). With the potential offered by these mountains, dinner will be calorie neutral. If you get a second wind, jump on the revolving gondola to the top of Mt Titlis (optional) and test your pano photo skills. Meals: -Breakfast Optional Activities: -Mount Titlis excursion
Day 11: Swiss Alps to Venice, Italy
Roll on down to Venice, but first, squeeze a visit to Verona. Then, Venice. You know it as the floating city, but this place is actually sinking (slowly). Check out St. Mark's Square, Accademia Bridge and a who's who of Venice's usual suspects. Included today: -Walking tour of Verona Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner Optional activities: -Personalised Topdeck group shirts & hoodies
Day 12: Venice
Get your bearings, then get hopelessly lost. Your GPS won't save you here. Soak up St Mark's Square before a quintessential gondola ride on the Grand Canal. Corny smooching not included. This afternoon, snoop the Doge's Palace, cross Rialto Bridge and shop for Carnevale masks. Included today: -Walking tour of Venice -Gondola ride Meals: -Breakfast
Day 13: Venice to Florence
Head over to Florence, but not before we stop for THAT photo at Pisa. Make your food baby sing as we roll into the land of hearty Tuscan cuisine and birthplace of gelato: Florence. Whip around Santa Maria del Fiore before tucking into amore on a plate. Then the evening is yours to stroll along the real-life watercolour of the Arno River, wishing you were a painter. Included today: -Visit Pisa & famous Leaning Tower Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 14: Florence to Rome
Enter Rome: epic cities deserve epic walking tours, naturally. Cross off some red hot ruins, oodles of obelisks and of course, the big ticket sights. Make like Caesar (the emperor, not the salad) and work up a colossus hunger as you pass by the Pantheon, throw your two cents in the Trevi Fountain, sit on the Spanish Steps and visit ancient history's version of The Hunger Games set at the Colosseum. Tonight, you're in Disneyland for foodies. Have fun. Included today: -Walking tour of Florence with local guide -Leather demonstration -Walking tour of Rome Meals: -Breakfast
Day 15: Rome
Down that espresso. Make a quick visit to the Pope (optional Vatican City visit) - a trip to Rome wouldn't be complete without it! Here, we formally end the trip, but why not keep on travelling? Meals: -Breakfast Optional activity: -Visit the Vatican City