Best of Europe
ENGLAND – FRANCE – SWITZERLAND – ITALY
If you have never been to Europe or would like to see more of it, then this is the tour for you. You’ll be traveling with other Jehovah’s Witnesses through four very different countries that speak various languages while visiting the most exciting cities in all of Europe. The tour includes a tour escort who travels with you for the entire trip as this is the most comprehensive tour available for the price. It’s also the best time of the year to travel as it is less crowded. Breakfast is included daily plus three dinners.
Wed./Mar. 7 Everyone will fly overnight from any USA city to LONDON, ENGLAND. After your airplane reaches a cruising altitude, dinner will be served followed by a movie as you cross the Atlantic Ocean to begin one of our most popular tours. (Reserve now to avoid being put on a waiting list as this tour sells out very quickly each year.)
Thurs./Mar. 8 Upon arrival, you’ll be transferred to your hotel for three exciting nights in LONDON. Balance of the day is free to explore one of the most visited cities in the world. (See Awake, 10/06, p. 15) Tonight there will be a Welcome get-together to meet all the Friends from various cities who will be traveling with you on this tour.
Fri./Mar. 9 After breakfast, you’ll see Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, and more. (See Awake 10/10, p. 17) Afternoon will be free to do as you please. You can either visit the London Bethel Branch or go to the British Museum where biblical tours are given by our Brothers from London.
Sat./Mar. 10 Since there is so much to see and do, the entire day is free. Take a ride on a double-decker bus to the Tower of London or visit Harrod’s famous department store. Be sure to visit an English pub for some fish and chips and perhaps attend a live London play. Your tour escort will have many suggestions.
Sun./Mar. 11 Board our motorcoach for a scenic drive to the English Channel. Here you will admire the White Cliffs of Dover as you cross the channel by ferry to FRANCE and then on to PARIS, “The City of Lights,” where you will stay for two nights in Europe’s most romantic city. Tonight, you’ll enjoy a “Welcome” drink and dinner followed by an orientation drive to admire the elegant French architecture and the glittering skyline that’s unique to Paris.
Mon./Mar. 12 Today you will see the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees, Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral, the river Seine and other amazing landmarks. You will then take the elevator to the second level of the Eiffel Tower for a spectacular view. Afternoon free to shop or visit the Louvre Museum to see the Mona Lisa or you can take a lovely boat ride on the river Seine. There are more perfume shops in Paris than any other place else in the world.
Tues./Mar. 13 Depart Paris and travel through the French wine-producing vineyards passing the hilltop Castle of Chateauneuf. You will then enter SWITZERLAND, known as one of the most beautiful countries in the world with its mountain lakes and views of Swiss chalets and the stunning snowcapped Alps. Arrive LUCERNE for a tour in one of the prettiest cities in Europe including the famous 14th Century Covered Wooden Bridge. Here you can shop for Swiss watches and chocolates. Tonight, a Swiss dinner is included.
Wed./Mar. 14 Today, you will see the Swiss Alps as you travel to ITALY. See Chianti vineyards and olive groves as you begin to enter the romantic city of VENICE that’s built on 114 islands in the sea. This city of canals and gondolas is the only city in the world without cars with over 150 canals used as streets. Gondolas and motorboats are used as taxis, making everyone simply fall in love with Venice. You can take an optional gondola ride and be serenaded as you pass the palaces on the Grand Canal. (See Awake 5/07, p. 23 and 5/22/04, p. 16).
Thurs./Mar. 15 Since no cars are allowed in Venice, you’ll enjoy a boat cruise on the canal followed by a walking tour to St. Mark’s Square and to view the Bridge of Sighs and Doge’s Palace. Later, you’ll drive across the Apennine Mountains to your hotel in the Renaissance city of FLORENCE.
Fri./Mar. 16 Today there will be a walking tour of FLORENCE with its impressive sculptures as no cars are allowed in the city. See Giotto’s Bell-Tower, Piazza Signoria and the Ponte Vecchio shopping bridge that spans the river. Shop for great buys on gold jewelry and the finest Italian leather goods such as gloves, shoes, handbags, blouses, scarves and ties. Continue through the countryside on a scenic drive to ROME, the “Eternal City,” that dates back to the first century A.D. and is where you will stay for the last two nights in Europe.
Sat./Mar. 17 This morning you’ll see the highlights of ROME including a walk through St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, the largest church in all of Christendom where you will be shown the “Divine Name” three times and Michelangelo’s masterpiece, The Pieta. (Awake, 7/8/01, p.14) Next, cross the River Tiber to see the Roman Forum plus the magnificent Colosseum, site of ancient gladiatorial fights and Circus Maximus, where “Ben Hur” chariot-style races were once held. (Awake, 4/8/91, p. 24 and 7/8/01, p. 14) Afternoon free for shopping and a cappuccino or pizza by the famous Spanish Steps or at the Trevi Fountain. Be sure to try some of Italy’s famous gelato. (Awake 8/07, p. 15) Tonight, a special “Farewell Dinner” is included.
Sun./Mar. 18 Everyone will transfer to the Rome Airport for the return flight to their hometown city. Touring with Friends from other parts of the country is something you will not forget as you have now seen the BEST OF EUROPE!
YOUR TOUR WILL INCLUDE:
- Round-trip airfare to Europe
- All taxes and bellmen gratuities
- All sightseeing per itinerary
- Breakfast daily plus three dinners
- Hotel accommodations
- Experienced tour escort
Besides the above cities, you can depart from any other USA or Canadian city by indicating your preferred departure city on the reservation form. We will then inform you of the total cost from your hometown. All prices are per person based on two people in the room. If you do not have a roommate, we will attempt to assign one for you or you can pay a supplement of only $499 for a single room. (PASSPORT IS REQUIRED)