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 will 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. This is the most comprehensive Tour available for the price and is also the best time of the year to travel due to it being less crowded. Breakfast is included daily, plus three dinners.
Wed. Mar. 20 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. (Due to this Tour selling out quickly each year, we suggest making reservations NOW to avoid being placed on the waiting list!)
Thu. Mar. 21 Upon arrival, you will 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 most popular Tour.
Fri. Mar. 22 After breakfast, there will be a Sightseeing Tour to see Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, Tower Bridge and more. (See Awake 10/10, p. 17) Afternoon is 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. 23 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 or Windsor Castle. Be sure to visit an English pub for some fish and chips and perhaps attend a live London play. Your Tour Escort will also have suggestions on some of the famous museums.
Sun. Mar. 24 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 will enjoy a “Welcome” drink and dinner followed by an orientation drive to admire the elegant French architecture and the glittering skyline that is unique to Paris.
Mon. Mar. 25 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 is free to shop, 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 in the world.
Tue. Mar. 26 Depart Paris and travel through the French wine-producing vineyards passing the medieval Castle of Chateauneuf. You will then enter SWITZERLAND, known as one of the most beautiful countries in the world with its mountain lakes, views of Swiss Chalets, and the snowcapped Alps. Arrive LUCERENE for a Tour in one of the prettiest cities in Europe. You can shop for Swiss watches and chocolates or take an exciting cable car ride to the top of a mountain peak. Tonight, a special Swiss dinner is included.
Wed. Mar. 27 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 is 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 also take an optional gondola ride. (See Awake 5/07, p. 23 and 5/22/04, p.16)
Thu. Mar. 28 Since no cars are allowed in Venice, you will enjoy a boat cruise on the canal followed by a walking Tour to St. Mark’s Square to view the Bridge of Sighs and Doge’s Palace. Later, you will see chianti vineyards and olive groves as you drive across the Apennine Mountains to your hotel in the Renaissance city of FLORENCE.
Fri. Mar. 29 Enjoy a walking Tour of FLORENCE with its impressive sculptures. See Giotto’s Bell Tower, Piazza della Signoria and the Ponte Vecchio Shopping Bridge that spans the river. Shop for buys on gold jewelry and Italian leather goods such as gloves, shoes, handbags, scarves and ties. You will then travel through the countryside to ROME, the “Eternal City,” that dates back to the 1st Century A.D., where you will stay the last two nights in Europe.
Sat. Mar. 30 See the highlights of ROME including St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, the largest church in all of Christendom where you will be shown the “Divine Name” and Michelangelo’s masterpiece, The Pieta. (Awake, 7/8/01, p. 14) Next, cross the River Tiber to see the Roman Forum and the famous Colosseum, built in 72 A.D. that was the site of ancient gladiator fights plus Circus Maximus, where “Ben Hur” chariot style races were once held. (Awake, 4/8/91, p. 24 and 7/8/01, p.14) The afternoon will be free for shopping and a cappuccino or pizza by the famous Spanish Steps or at the Trevi Fountain. Be sure to try Italy’s famous Gelato. (Awake 8/07, p. 15) Tonight, a special “Farewell Dinner” is included.
Sun. Mar. 31 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 certainly enjoy 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. All prices are per person based on two people in a room. If you do not have a roommate, we will attempt to assign one for you or you can pay a supplement of $499 for a single room. (PASSPORT IS REQUIRED)