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The Grand Tour of Europe

London, Paris, Florence, Rome & Venice

Explore some of Europe's best loved cities, starting in London and traveling via Paris to Italy, discovering magnificent works of art, vibrant cultures and fascinating history along the way, from the Renaissance in Florence to the Ancient world of Rome.

At a Glance

  • Discover some of Europe's most iconic cities and cultural hot spots

  • With guided tours at every stop, this itinerary takes you under the skin of each city

  • If you would rather fly, take trains, or even self-drive, this can be arranged

  • Stay in some of the most luxurious hotels in London, France and Italy

Couples, Culture, Family, Adventure

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Description

A custom dating back to the late 17th century, the Grand Tour was a trip typically taken by young men and women keen to expand their cultural horizons by viewing classical works of art and beautiful architecture in person. Follow in their footsteps as you travel across Europe, admiring the same incredible sights that still stand to this day.

Begin your adventure in London, a melting pot of cultures with a history spanning the Victorian era, the Elizabethan Age and the Roman period. Spend three nights exploring the city from your base at The Goring, a truly unique hotel and quintessentially British in style. Here you'll be close to Buckingham Palace, the bright lights of the West End and the sights of Westminster. Explore London with your private Blue Badge Guide and really get under the skin of this enticing city.

Continue on to France, traveling on the high speed Eurostar train which links London and Paris. Here you'll spend three nights at Hotel Le Bristol, which, with its classic eighteenth-century look and opulent feel, is the perfect choice for your luxurious stay in Paris. Make sure you book a table at the hotel's Michelin starred restaurant - it's not to be missed. Discover Paris' wealth of fascinating museums and art galleries, or take a private cruise on the Seine to view the city from a unique perspective.

After your stay in Paris, it's time to take a short flight to Florence, cradle of the Renaissance. Here with an expert guide you can follow in the footsteps of the Grand Tourist of old as you view the sculptures of Michelangelo, the frescoes of Giotto, and Brunelleschi's miraculous dome which crowns the Duomo, or Cathedral, of this magnificent medieval city.

Spend three nights in Florence at Belmond Villa San Michele, one of the most romantic hotels in the world, with beautiful Italian gardens bursting with fragrant roses, set in a 15th century monastery and offering breathtaking views over Florence and the Tuscan countryside. It's just a short drive from the city center, so ideal for relaxing after a busy day's sightseeing.

After your visit to Florence it is time to move on to what would have been the highlight of the 18th century tour - Rome. Here you'll step back in time as you tour the ancient Roman sites as well as the artistic legacy of the popes. You'll have an expert guide on hand to make sure you get the best out of your stay, delving into the city's rich history as you explore its ancient monuments. You'll spend three nights at the Hotel de Russie, located in the very heart of the city, where the Spanish Steps and Borghese Gardens are right on the doorstep.

From Rome you will continue to Venice, to finish your trip in one of the most stunning cities in the world. A unique maze of narrow streets and winding canals, this beautiful city is packed with things to see and do. Its charm lies in the fact that the only way of getting around this traffic-free city is by foot or boat. Wander through the streets of little shops and eateries, then jump on board a water bus or take a romantic gondola ride along the meandering canals, taking in the views of this captivating city.

Itinerary

Stay

Location/route

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Fly to London
3 nights

Belgravia, London

The Goring
3 nights

Paris, France

Hotel Le Bristol
3 nights

Florence, Tuscany, Italy

Belmond Villa San Michele
3 nights

Rome, Italy

Hotel de Russie, a Rocco Forte Hotel
3 nights

Venice, Italy

Belmond Hotel Cipriani
Fly home from Venice

Location & Directions

London, Paris, Florence, Rome & Venice

The Goring is located in the center of London, close to Buckingham Palace, the West End and many of the city's main attractions. In Paris, Hotel Le Bristol is situated on the Rive Droite, on the fashionable Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Belmond Villa San Michele is located just outside Florence, on a hilltop offering fantastic views across the city. Hotel de Russie is found in the heart of Rome, close to the Spanish Steps and the Piazza del Popolo, while in Venice, Belmond Hotel Cipriani is located on Giudecca Island, just a few moments from St Mark's Square by water taxi.

When to go

The best time to visit these areas of Europe is between April and October, when the days are warm and sunny. The autumn and winter months will offer fewer crowds, however the temperatures will be cooler.

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