Tour: HFFT - 2013 (HFFT) - 2013

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Itinerary

DAY 1Arrive in Rome, Italy

Benvenuti a Roma! Welcome! Enjoy free time today to rest or to start exploring the “Eternal City.” At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and fellow traveling companions for a festive WELCOME PARTY & DINNER. (Dinner)

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DAY 2Travel Back in Time to Ancient Rome

Your day begins with a visit to the imposing COLOSSEUM, followed by a FAMILY PICTURE WITH A GLADIATOR in CIRCO MASSIMO (if available). Then time to admire monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE in the Pope’s Vatican City, the smallest country in the world. This afternoon, a guided walking tour shows off the Spanish Steps, famous Trevi Fountain, the PANTHEON, and Navona Square. Take a trip through the history of the Eternal City at the Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite TIME ELEVATOR. (Breakfast)

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DAY 3Straighten the Leaning Tower of Pisa & Relax in Montecatini

Say arrivederci to Rome and make your way into Tuscany. Stop in Pisa and see if you can straighten its amazing Leaning Tower. This afternoon, relax by your hotel pool in the spa town of Montecatini, or maybe go exploring. A special HIGHLIGHT DINNER at a local agriturismo lets you taste the region’s famous specialties. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 4Renaissance Florence & Real Italian Pizza

This morning, explore Florence, the “Cradle of the Renaissance,” on a guided walking tour. Visit the fortress palace of PALAZZO VECCHIO, and see SIGNORIA SQUARE with its many famous statues, like the Fountain of Neptune, and a reproduction of Michelangelo’s David. On to magical Venice, where you’ll enter the city in style—by PRIVATE BOAT! Admire St. Mark’s Square, Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. This evening, dig in to an authentic Italian PIZZA dinner at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 5Decorate Your Own Carnival Mask & Take a Private Gondola Ride

Walk through the narrow streets of Venice to an original mask workshop, and decorate your very own Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite VENETIAN CARNIVAL MASK. When you’re finished, you can use your included vaporetto ticket to return to the hotel or to find a cozy trattoria for lunch. An amazing GLASSBLOWER DEMONSTRATION and a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite RIDE ON A PRIVATE GONDOLA with your family rounds out your Venetian experience. (Breakfast)

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DAY 6Relax in Stresa on Lake Maggiore

Travel to the heart of the Italian Lake District, the beautiful resort town of Stresa on Lake Maggiore. Explore on your own this afternoon, or maybe relax at the hotel pool or join an optional excursion to the baroque palace and peacock gardens of enchanting Isola Bella. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 7Take a Cogwheel Train to Zermatt, at the Foot of the Matterhorn

High in the Alps, drive over Simplon Pass to the Swiss village of Täsch, where you’ll board the COGWHEEL MOUNTAIN TRAIN that takes you to Zermatt. You may choose to explore this car-free mountain town on your own, or you can join an optional excursion to Gornergrat mountain, at 10,269 feet above sea level for fantastic views including the world-renowned Matterhorn. In the late afternoon, continue on to your hotel on Lake Geneva. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 8Ride the TGV Train & See Paris from Atop the Eiffel Tower

In Lausanne, board the high-speed TGV TRAIN (first-class) and zoom north across France to Paris, the “City of Light.” Upon arrival, take the elevator to the TOP OF THE EIFFEL TOWER, the tallest structure in Paris, for an unforgettable experience overlooking the city. (Breakfast)

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DAY 9Explore Paris

Meet your Local Guide and explore this haute couture city to see what makes Paris so captivating. Admire the most famous sights along the way: the Opéra, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysées, and visit NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL, setting for The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. Try counting the many gargoyles, or marvel at its beautiful stained-glass Rose Window. Later, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite sample one of France’s specialties—a freshly made CRÊPE. The afternoon is free to maybe join an optional excursion to the Louvre Museum, home to the legendary Mona Lisa. This evening, enjoy a SEND-OFF CELEBRATION DINNER at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 10Travel the "Chunnel" to London

All aboard the high-speed EUROSTAR TRAIN! You’ll zoom up to 150 miles per hour, traveling through the undersea Channel Tunnel (Chunnel) and arriving in London in the afternoon. The evening is free—why not take in one of London’s West End theater shows? (Breakfast)

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DAY 11See Big Ben & Ride on the London Eye

Hop aboard a traditional London double-decker bus for a memorable morning of sightseeing that includes all the famous landmarks: Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the Prime Minister’s home and office at Number 10 Downing Street, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace. Then, a ride on the LONDON EYE, Europe’s tallest Ferris wheel! (Breakfast)

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DAY 12London

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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