My Tour Of Europe
I am leaving on May 29th and flying from Des Moines to Philadelphia, my flight was 1,100 dollars. Then from Philadelphia to London. I will arrive at 7:40 am on May 30th and take a 4 dollar tram to my hotel. I am staying at the Park Plaza County Hall. The cost of my room is included in my tour. My tour was 3,655 dollars. I will check into my hotel and meet my group. I will skip the first day of attractions to sleep and at night I will walk to a nearby restaurant for dinner. It is called Locale Southbank and I ordered a pizza that was 15 dollars. Then I went back to my room and went to bed for the night.
First Day In London
We start the day with a large breakfast buffet that is included in my tour. My Tour leaves in the morning and we go see all of London's major sights, including Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and Buckingham Palace. We first go to Big Ben and it is super cool! Then we go to the Houses Of Parliament and learn many interesting facts about it. We then go to Buckingham Palace and take lots of pictures. Last but not least go to Westminster Abbey. Then we stop and get lunch at a cafe called The Regency in London. I only get a drink. Then we go back to the hotel and take a break before our afternoon activities. At night we have the option to explore for ourselves. I get a ride from my tour bus to shop in the West End, go to a nearby restaurant, and get picked up 2 hours later. At the restaurant I ordered chicken schnitzel. I arrive back at my hotel at 7 o clock and pack my stuff for tomorrows trip.
Traveling To Paris
I wake up and eat at the breakfast buffet included in my tour. Then, I meet my tour and we take a channel ferry to France. While on the ferry, we see the White Cliffs of Dover. They are very beautiful and interesting. Once we get to France, we will pass through the battlefields of Northern France before arriving to paris. Once we get to Paris, we check into the Evergreen Laurel Hotel and relax until the Welcome Reception being held in the evening. The Welcome Reception includes free drinks and dinner. Then after, We go on a beautiful drive through the city and look at some of the attractions we will see the next day.
A Day In Paris
After my breakfast, I meet with my tour group and we go sightseeing. We go to the Champs Elysees, The Arc De Triomph, and experience the city from the second level of the Eiffel Tower. We start at the Champs Elysees. We learn about it's history and I take some really cool pictures. Then we go to the Arc De Triomph, and I learn that it is one of Paris's most famous monuments. Then, we make our way to the Eiffel Tower. I was really excited but also very nervous because I am afraid of heights. The Tower was beautiful and looked completely different from the inside. After that, I decide to go back to the hotel and rest for a couple of hours before dinner. After that, I go to a French restaurant with my tour. We went to Pramil and I got a salad that was 9 dollars. I then walk around a little bit and take some pictures before I go back to my hotel and go to bed.
I wake up and eat breakfast with my group. Then we travel south through the rolling countryside into the Burgundy wine region. We visited the medieval town of Beaune and later crossed the Swiss border to Geneva. It was filled with magnificent scenery. Once we got there we checked into our hotel, we stayed at the Cornavin/Warwick. We rested for a bit then had dinner provided by the tour. Then I went to bed.
I wake up and eat breakfast with my tour. We take the full day to explore the city with its dramatic alpine backdrop. We saw the Reformation Monument, the Old Town, the United Nations Building and the Red Cross headquarters during my orientation with my Travel Director. In the afternoon, I explored a bit and went to a restaurant called Les Amures. I got the fondue with herbs. It is a very popular food in Geneva. It was 27 dollars.
To Cannes and Nice
I first eat breakfast with my tour. Then, we drive south into France enter the resort of Cannes, home of the renowned annual Film Festival. After that, we continue on and eventually arrive in Nice. It is apparently the "Jewel Of The French Riviera". Once we get to the "Ellington" where we are staying, I settle into my room and rest for the reminder of the night. Then, ,y group and I go to dinner at a local restaurant. It was called La Villa d'Este. I got the seafood spaghetti. It was 20 dollars.
My Day In Nice
We started the day by eating breakfast and learned a little about Nice. Nice has always been a favorite destination. Queen Victoria used to travel here by train from England for holidays. Then, we drove along the Promenade des Anglais and saw Place Massena during my orientation of the ‘Bay of the Angels'. After that, I went back to the hotel for a bit. Then, I spent the rest of the day at the beach until dinner. Dinner was provides by the tour in the hotel.
Nice- Eza- Monoca- Pisa- Florence
It is day 9 of my trip. First thing that I did in the morning was eat breakfast with my tour. Then we visited The Fragonard Perfumery in the village of Eze. We then, traveled along the coastline stopping at the Principality of Monaco to see the famous Royal Palace and enjoy views of the Grand Prix circuit. Then, we crossed the border into Italy and visited Pisa. We saw the amazing Leaning Tower in the Square of Miracles. After, we arrive in Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Once we got to our hotel and checked in we went to another dinner provided by out tour at our hotel.
Florence to Venice
The first thing that we do in the morning is eat breakfast. Then our Local Specialist takes us on an informative walking tour of the city which includes a visit to Piazza della Signoria and views of the Duomo. We saw the Ponte Vecchio. Then we drove across the Veneto plain into Venice. Once we got there, I checked into my hotel, relaxed, then joined the rest of the tour for the hotel dinner.
We get up and eat breakfast. Then, we take a small private cruise St. Mark's Square and see the Bridge of Sighs and the Doge's Palace. On Giudecca Island, we learn about ancient Venetian glass making. In the afternoon, I decided to go with my group across the lagoon to the island of Burano for a delicious meal. Then, I go back to the hotel and go to bed.
Venice - Rome
We wake up and eat breakfast, then travel through the Apennine Mountains, Tuscany and past the towns of Orvieto and Orte in Umbria. Afterwards, we arrive in Rome and check into our hotel. We are staying at the Crowne Plaza St. Peter's. That night I walk to a local restaurant for dinner. It is called Babette. I got the Salmon in Rice and it was 20 dollars.
We woke up and ate out buffet breakfast. Then we traveled to St. Peter's Basilica and Michelangelo's Pietà with our Local Specialist. We saw the ancient sites of Rome including the Circus Maximus. We went to the Colosseum. Then we went back to the hotel and rested. Then, it was time for the tours farewell dinner. Then I went back to my hotel room to pack up all of my stuff so that I could leave the next day.
I was given a ride to the airport by my tour. I get on my flight from Rome to Chicago, then from Chicago to Des Moines. Then I'm home. My trip lasted 14 days.