Tour: HGE - 2013 (HGE) - 2013 / 2014

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Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; you can use our online currency converter for exchange rate information.

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A Taste of London A unique chance to combine a traditional London pub experience with a relaxed, night-time river cruise, viewing some of the capital's most beautiful illuminated sights. Enjoy a three-course dinner with several local menu choices, including fish and chips and steak and ale pie at an historic London pub in the City of London. Following dinner you will enjoy scenic views from the comfort of your private cruiser. Highlights include Tower Bridge, St. Paul's and the Houses of Parliament, with commentary from your guide as you cruise along the River Thames.

Private coach pick-up from the first hotel is at about 5:45pm, pick-up from the last hotel at about 6:30pm and you can expect to arrive at the pub at about 7:00pm-7:15pm and on the boat at about 8:30 - 8:45pm.
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Shownight - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Friday, Saturday) Roald Dahl's deliciously dark tale of young Charlie Bucket and the mysterious confectioner Willy Wonka comes to life in a brand new West End musical directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes. When Charlie wins a golden ticket to the weird and wonderful Wonka Chocolate Factory, it's the chance of a lifetime to feast on the sweets he's always dreamed of. But beyond the gates astonishment awaits, as down the sugary corridors and amongst the incredible edible delights, the five lucky winners discover not everything is as sweet as it seems. Featuring ingenious stagecraft, the wonder of the original story that has captivated the world for almost 50 years is brought to life. A chocolate garden, an army of squirrels and the curiously peculiar Oompa-Loompas must be believed to be seen in this spectacular new musical that is choc-full of fantastical treats to dazzle your senses.

Private coach pick-up from the first hotel is at about 4:30pm, pick-up from the last hotel at about 5:15pm and you can expect to arrive at the restaurant at about 5:45pm. Arrival at the theatre is at about 7:15pm (curtain up is 7:30).
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Shownight - War Horse (Friday, Saturday) War Horse, based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo, is a powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and magnificent artistry. South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company brings breathing, galloping, full-scale horses to life on the stage 8212 their flanks, hides and sinews built of steel, leather and aircraft cables. Experience the emotional journey that charges through the battlefields of history straight to hearts of audiences around the world.

Please be advised that the show contains offensive language and violence. Private coach pick-up from the first hotel is at about 4:30pm, pick-up from the last hotel at about 5:15pm and you can expect to arrive at the restaurant at about 5:45pm. Arrival at the theatre is at about 7:15pm (curtain up is 7:30).
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Dinner and Show at Moulin Rouge Enjoy an unforgettable evening at the world-renowned Moulin Rouge, home of the French Can Can for more than a century. Dinner with half a bottle of wine is served during the show and a glass of champagne completes your evening in style.


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Dinner Party and Illumination Drive A perfect introduction to Paris! After a full-course dinner with choices of typical French dishes, drinks included, your tour director will show you the "City of Light."


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Excursion to the Louvre Museum Your guide will bring to life the most celebrated treasures of the impressive Louvre Museum, including da Vinci's famous Mona Lisa. Built originally as a royal fortress in the Middle Ages, the Central Arts Museum was opened to the public in 1793. The Louvre holds 35,000 works of art divided into eight categories: paintings, prints & drawings, sculpture, decorative arts, Greek, Etruscan & Roman antiquities, Egyptian antiquities, Near Eastern antiquities, and Islamic art. NOTE: This excursion is not available to groups on Tuesdays, public holidays, and Sundays.

This excursion is not available to groups on Tuesdays, public holidays, and Sundays.
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Seine Cruise and Montmartre Discover more of beautiful Paris with a cruise on the River Seine and a visit to the artistic and picturesque district of Montmartre, famous for the white-domed Basilica of the Sacre Coeur. Enjoy free time to stroll around Place du Tertre and to watch bohemian street artists at work.


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Mount Pilatus Journey almost 7,000 feet (2,132m)up - via the world's steepestcogwheel railway (with an inclination of 48 degrees), the silent aerial tramway and the panoramic gondola for spectacular views over central Switzerland. The Mount Pilatus mountain range was first inhabited by Celtic herdsmen and later became well-known to travelers worldwide when completion of the Gotthard Route made the area more accessible. The rugged cliffs above Lucerne have been cloaked in myth and legend since the Middle Ages when it was believed that a dragon with healing powers and spirits inhabited the rocky crevices.


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Swiss Folklore Party and Dinner Contrary to belief, not all Swiss can yodel or blow the alphorn, but those you will meet at your after-dinner folklore party are real experts. They entertain you with merry melodies on the accordion and traditional dances, while you sample cheese fondue and a drink of your choice.

The venue is in a walking distance. Transportation provided only if necessary.
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Roman Highlights & Dinner A guided stroll through the historical center of Rome. Your Tour Director will propose a tailor-made itinerary featuring some of the city's authentic jewels. For instance, Trastevere and its Basilica of Santa Maria, the baroque district, Campo de' Fiori, the Pantheon, San Luigi dei Francesi, famous Piazza Navona, Via dei Condotti, and Piazza del Popolo with its church of Santa Maria del Popolo and displays of Caravaggio paintings. After your walk, relax and enjoy a 4-course dinner, including drinks, at a popular Roman restaurant.


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Amalfi Drive A first glimpse of the wonders of this coastline reveals the breathtaking Galli Islands on your way to illustrious Positano, where you will stop above the main part of the town. Continue the leisurely drive, with something new around every corner - small villages nestled into tiny coves, villas perched on rock formations, colorful flowers, plants and lemon trees. Stop in Amalfi, known for its maritime history and 9th-century Byzantine cathedral of St. Andrew. Take a stroll around this peaceful town, where you will have 1 1/2 hours to enjoy its beauty and maybe indulge in a delicious pastry or ice cream. Later proceed to Ravello, famous for Villa Rufolo.

Should the coast road be closed, an alternate route to Amalfi, Via Agerola, will be taken instead. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Your duration includes travel time which is approximately 45 minutes in each direction. An inside visit to Villa Rufolo can be added, entrance fee Euro 5.00 per person. Your Local Host will have more information in Sorrento.
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Capri & Anacapri Immerse yourself in a memorable day on a captivating island. Together with your private Local Guide, you will see as much as possible in both Capri and Anacapri. You will have a chance to view the beautiful Villa of Axel Munthe, built on the site of a Roman villa; Capri town's jet-set "Piazzetta" meeting place; and the gardens of Augustus, overlooking Via Krupp, which winds down to the shimmering waters below. You will have ample time to visit shops or wander along the lanes to gaze at the luxurious villas surrounded by fabulous gardens.

Please bring comfortable walking shoes. You will have free time for lunch and shopping. Your duration includes travel time which is approximately 45 minutes in each direction. An inside visit to Villa San Michele can be added to this excursion. The entrance fee is Eur 7.00 per person and is not included in the price. Supplement for Augustus Gardens Eur.1.00 per person.
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Cassino Abbey, World War II Cemetary & Museum Monte Cassino Abbey is situated at the top of a hill with spectacular views over the city of Cassino. The Abbey was founded in 523BC and has become a world-wide famous site for the art and culture along the centuries. Steeped in history it has been destroyed and rebuilt four times in its 1400 years. The most recent and infamous destruction was during the 1944 battle of Monte Cassino in World War Two. Because of it's strategic position it was occupied by the German forces and used as vantage point to attack the allied forces advancing from the South of Italy. The basilica, which is richly decorated in stucco and mosaics contains the relics of St. Benedict and his sister St. Scholastica, who survived the bombings. Later, visit the beautifully maintained Commonwealth War Cemetery, where many of the soldiers who fell during the battle are buried. After free time for lunch a visit to the World War II museum, where different exhibitions commemorate those, of all nationalities, who lost their life in the battle.

Please wear comfortable walking shoes. Meeting point "Achille Lauro Parking Area" at 7:20 am. The entrance fee to the "Historiale di Cassino" and has to be paid locally, Eur 10.00 per person (is not included in the excursion selling price). The cost of the lunch is not included in the excursion price. Possibility to join other tour members for a lunch with an approx cost of 13.00 Euro per person to be paid locally to the local guide.
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Private Excursion To Pompeii (From 4 to 7 People) Visit this amazing archaeological area with an expert Local Guide. See original frescoes and mosaics in villas that belonged to rich Roman merchants, as well as the public baths, marketplaces, and shops. Your guide will point out interesting aspects of normal life that normally might not be noticed, such as road signs and ruts made by the wheels of Roman chariots. Learn how this important Roman city disappeared completely after the eruption of Vesuvius, not to be rediscovered until 1,700 years later. Transfer operated by minibus.

Sunglasses & sunhats in summer months, comfortable, flat, walking shoes. No wheel chair access. Headset can be rented on site. The entrance fee to famous Pompei Archaeological Site is included in the excursion selling price. Your excursion includes two hours at the site. This excursion is priced for up to 7 people.
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Private Excursion To Pompeii (Up to 3 People) Visit this amazing archaeological area with an expert Local Guide. See original frescoes and mosaics in villas that belonged to rich Roman merchants, as well as the public baths, marketplaces, and shops. Your guide will point out interesting aspects of normal life that normally might not be noticed, such as road signs and ruts made by the wheels of Roman chariots. Learn how this important Roman city disappeared completely after the eruption of Vesuvius, not to be rediscovered until 1,700 years later. Transfer operated by private car.

Sunglasses & sunhats in summer months, comfortable, flat, walking shoes. No wheel chair access. Headset can be rented on site. The entrance fee to famous Pompei Archaeological Site is included in the excursion selling price. Your excursion includes two hours at the site. This excursion is priced for up to 3 people.
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Private Guided Excursion To Capri (From 4 to 7 People) Immerse yourself in a memorable day on a captivating island. Together with your private Local Guide, you will see as much as possible in both Capri and Anacapri. Visit the beautiful Villa of Axel Munthe (Villa San Michele), built on the site of a Roman villa; Capri town's jet-set "Piazzetta" meeting place; and the gardens of Augustus, overlooking Via Krupp, which winds down to the shimmering waters below. You will have ample time to visit shops or wander along the lanes to gaze at the luxurious villas surrounded by fabulous gardens.

Please bring comfortable walking shoes. You will have free time for lunch and shopping. Your duration includes travel time which is approximately 45 minutes in each direction.
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Private Guided Excursion To Capri (Up to 3 People) Immerse yourself in a memorable day on a captivating island. Together with your private Local Guide, you will see as much as possible in both Capri and Anacapri. Visit the beautiful Villa of Axel Munthe (Villa San Michele), built on the site of a Roman villa; Capri town's jet-set "Piazzetta" meeting place; and the gardens of Augustus, overlooking Via Krupp, which winds down to the shimmering waters below. You will have ample time to visit shops or wander along the lanes to gaze at the luxurious villas surrounded by fabulous gardens.

Please bring comfortable walking shoes. You will have free time for lunch and shopping. Your duration includes travel time which is approximately 45 minutes in each direction.
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Sorrento Full Day Private Guided Tour Whether it is your first visit or if you have visited before, a private tour with a professional, fully qualified guide is the ideal way to discover more about Sorrento. See what really interests you at a pace that suits you. Travel like a local with the help of your guide on the public transport system, whether by bus, metro, taxi, or train. Visit famous sites, museums, go shopping, take a break in a cafe the choice is yours!

Note: Any entrance fees and travel expenses for travelers and guide must be paid by the traveler and are not included in the price. This guided tour price is for up to 7 people. Meet your local guide at the hotel. Transportation is not included in the price.
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Sorrento Half Day Private Guided Tour (Afternoon Excursion) Whether it is your first visit or if you have visited before, a private tour with a professional, fully qualified guide is the ideal way to discover more about Sorrento. See what really interests you at a pace that suits you. Travel like a local with the help of your guide on the public transport system, whether by bus, metro, taxi, or train. Visit famous sites, museums, go shopping, take a break in a cafe the choice is yours!

Note: Any entrance fees and travel expenses for travelers and guide must be paid by the traveler and are not included in the price. This guided tour is priced for up to 7 people. Meet your local guide at the hotel. Transportation is not included in the price.
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Sorrento Half Day Private Guided Tour (Morning Excursion) Whether it is your first visit or if you have visited before, a private tour with a professional, fully qualified guide is the ideal way to discover more about Sorrento. See what really interests you at a pace that suits you. Travel like a local with the help of your guide on the public transport system, whether by bus, metro, taxi, or train. Visit famous sites, museums, go shopping, take a break in a cafe the choice is yours!

Note: Any entrance fees and travel expenses for travelers and guide must be paid by the traveler and are not included in the price. This guided tour is priced for up to 7 people. Meet your local guide at the hotel. Transportation is not included in the price.
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Sorrento Musical This delightful musical is a stage production of song and dance depicting the traditions and history of Sorrento during the 18th century. Colorful costumes, famous Italian songs, and the Tarantella dances magically transform the stage into four different scenes of daily southern Italian life.

Two drinks are included. There is a small boutique with appropriate souvenirs inside the building. The performance takes place at Teatro Tasso, Piazza Antonino 25, and your Local Host will provide you the information on how to get there.
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Gondola Serenade Enjoy a ride in a traditional gondola, gliding through centuries-old canals, under famous arched bridges, past lavish palaces and quaint piazzas. These long, narrow, flat-bottomed boats with a high prow and stern were designed specifically for the Venetian canals and made in unique shipyards called Squero. Black is the obligatory color, due to a law passed to reduce how the rich and noble over-decorated their personal craft. The comb at the front of the gondola is made of iron and serves not only to balance the boat, but is also the symbol of gondolas and Venice. The six comb teeth represent the six Venetian districts-i sestieri.


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