Monday, 2 May 2011

I'M DOING IT - Itinerary

 I'M DOING IT  - Itinerary 

8 May - Auckland - Athens ( via Singapore for 5 hours)

9 May - Athens

17 May - Athens - Istanbul

18 May- Istanbul- Athens

20 May- Athens - London

30 May Brent London- Auckland

30 May Lynette- ( Hampton - 35mins by Train from London central)
4 June - Return to London

5 June Tour begins

Day by Day
5 June                           LONDON-BRUSSELS, BELGIUM.
Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and board the EUROSTAR TRAIN to Brussels. Walk to GRAND' PLACE and see famous Manneken Pis, followed by a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)

6 June                            BRUSSELS-AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND.
In Amsterdam, enjoy a CANAL CRUISE, the best way to see the 700-year old capital, and visit a major DIAMOND CENTER. Later, an optional excursion to Volendam? (B,D)

7 June                           AMSTERDAM-HEIDELBERG, GERMANY-RHINELAND.
Past the locale of A Bridge Too Far on the way to Cologne. Here, visit the gothic CATHEDRAL. The afternoon's highlight is a romantic RHINE CRUISE. (B,D)
8 June                          RHINELAND-LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND.
Morning stop in the BLACK FOREST. Next, take pictures of the thundering RHINE FALLS and continue to Lucerne. (B,D)

9 June                       LUCERNE.
During your walking tour, admire the LION MONUMENT and cross the famous covered CHAPEL BRIDGE to the Jesuit Church. Afterwards, shop for Swiss watches and choose from our optional activities: climb a mountain by cable car, take a cruise on the fjord-like lake, or sign up for a folklore party. (B)

A short stop in Vaduz, capital of the pocket-sized Principality of Liechtenstein. Next is Innsbruck, Austria's Olympic resort in the Tyrolean mountains. Walk to Emperor Maximilian's GOLDEN ROOF before continuing to Salzburg. (B,D)

11 June                    SALZBURG-VIENNA.

A pleasant stroll with your Local Guide takes you through the historic center. Admire exquisite MIRABELL GARDENS, the Great Festival Hall, and ST. PETER'S CHURCHYARD. Then, drive along the Danube Valley to Vienna. (B)

12 June                     VIENNA.

Guided sightseeing features Prater Park with its Ferris wheel, the United Nations City, the State Opera House, the Jewish quarter, St. Stephen's Cathedral, a stop at the Hofburg Palace, and a visit to STRAUSS HOUSE. Optional excursions to Schonbrunn Palace or to Grinzing are available. (B)

13 June                VIENNA-VENICE, ITALY.
Journey across scenic Semmering Pass to Venice. Tonight is your chance to sample the city's fine restaurants. (B)

14 June     VENICE.
Enter in style by PRIVATE BOAT. Highlights of your guided walking tour are ST. MARK'S SQUARE and its BASILICA, lavish DOGES' PALACE and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Also enjoy a GLASSBLOWERS' DEMONSTRATION. (B,D)
15 June     VENICE-ROME.
A scenic drive across the wooded Apennines brings you to the "Eternal City." (B)
16 June     ROME.

Sightseeing with your Local Guide starts with a visit to the VATICAN MUSEUMS and SISTINE CHAPEL. Continue to monumental ST. PETER'S SQUARE and BASILICA. Also visit the COLOSSEUM and the ROMAN FORUM. (B)
In Florence, enjoy a walking tour with a Local Guide and visit Michelangelo's celebrated David in the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS, the CATHEDRAL, and sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. (B,D)
Focus on Pisa this morning and take pictures of its famous Leaning Tower. The afternoon is at leisure. This evening, you may wish to join an optional dinner to a fine Tuscan restaurant to try out the local specialties. (B)

19 June                 TUSCANY-NICE, FRANCE.
Enjoy a scenic drive along the Italian and French Riviera, and a stop at a PERFUME FACTORY. Tonight, an optional excursion is available to Monte Carlo. (B)
This morning, visit the picturesque hilltop town of St. Paul de Vence. Afternoon and evening at leisure. (B)

In Arles, walk to the famous Roman Amphitheater and enjoy free time. Next, continue to the Spanish border. Overnight in Barcelona. (B,D)

22 June                    BARCELONA.
Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the spectacular Sagrada Familia, Gaudi's masterpiece, and a panoramic view of the city and harbor from Montjuic Hill. Also visit the GOTHIC QUARTER. Afternoon at leisure. (B)

Rustic Catalonian and Aragonian landscapes on your journey to Madrid. (B)
24 June     MADRID.
Guided sightseeing features the highlights of Madrid. Then, a visit to the palatial PRADO MUSEUM with its priceless art treasures. Enjoy free time afterwards. (B)
North to Burgos for a short visit, then, continue to Bilbao for a guided visit to the famous GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM. (B,D)
Visit Biarritz, an ancient fishing village turned trendy seaside resort. Continue through the Landes region to Bordeaux and enjoy an orientation tour. (B,D)
Travel by high-speed TGV TRAIN to Paris. Afternoon at leisure or join an optional excursion to the Louvre Museum. Tonight, a lively cabaret show might just be the ticket! (B).
28 June     PARIS.
Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide includes the most famous sights and a visit to the second floor of the EIFFEL TOWER. An optional excursion to Versailles Palace is available. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with wine at one of Paris' fine restaurant. Afterwards, you may wish to join an optional drive through the "City of Light." (B,D)
Board the EUROSTAR TRAIN to London, arriving in the afternoon, where the holiday ends

30 June - London to New York
6 July - New York to San Fransisco
12th July Done It!!!

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