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Lucerne, Switzerland, is one of the many destinations featured on Ritz Tours’ Europe Delight Tour. // © Skye Mayring 2009
Tours run from March to October, and travelers can receive a $200 early booking discount per couple through Feb. 28. As a bonus, Ritz Tours also provides Travel Protection Insurance at no additional cost on every 2010 brochure tour series program that is paid in full 60 days prior to the departure.
The tour begins in the bustling metropolis of London, home to the 2012 Olympic Games. Via motorcoach, clients will visit famous sites such as Windsor Castle, the Parliament Building, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and Trafalgar Square.
In Paris, travelers are given ample leisure time to shop and explore, spend time at a quaint cafe or hop aboard an optional river cruise along the River Seine. Clients will visit the stunning Palace of Versailles and have the chance to see Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa at the Louvre Museum. A scenic drive then brings clients to the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and more.
Following Paris, clients visit medieval Lucerne, nestled in the snow-capped mountains of Switzerland, and several cities in Italy. In Milan, Italy’s fashion capital, clients will see the Milan Cathedral, La Scala and the Leonardo Da Vinci statue. Travelers then continue on to Venice to further explore historical landmarks such as St. Mark’s Basilica, Piazza San Marco and the Bridge of Sighs. There is also an evening gondola ride along the Grand Canal to top off a day of sightseeing.
On the way to the tour’s final stop, Italy, clients visit Florence and Pisa to visit the famed Leaning Tower of Pisa. The tour concludes with tours of Vatican City, the Roman Coliseum and other timeless monuments and ruins.
And, in the event that clients want to experience more of Italy or the U.K., Ritz Tours also offers a 10-day excursion from Milan to Capri starting at $1,955 per person and a Great Britain Vacation tour, priced from $2,194 per person. All tour pricing includes taxes and fuel surcharges.