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Make your way to Europe and discover these gems…

    • Italy – ancient ruins, food, and wine country!
    • Holland & Belgium – Amsterdam, windmills, and canals!
    • France – Paris, French Riviera, Normandy Beaches!
    • Spain & Portugal – bullfighters, flamenco, Rock of Gibraltar!
    • Germany – medieval towns, scenic rivers, fairytale castles!
    • Austria & Switzerland – Salzburg, Alps, picturesque villages!
    • Scandinavia – fjords, vikings, northern lights!
    • Greece – Athens, islands, famous myths!

Below are sample vacation itineraries.
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Sample Vacations

 
European Masterpiece – with Cosmos

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 Example Itinerary Map

29 days from London to Amsterdam

 Day 1: Arrive in London, England

Check into your hotel. In the afternoon, you may want to start exploring the lively British capital. Uniformed hosts are available to help you make the most of your stay.

 Day 2: London

Enjoy free time for independent activities: take a panoramic tour of London’s famous landmarks; consider Madame Tussauds or a ride on the London Eye. Your local host will be on hand to assist. (B)

 Day 3: Paris, France

Transfer to the railway station and board the EUROSTAR TRAIN to Paris. Here, you’ll be met by your Tour Director and transfer to your overnight hotel. (B)

 Day 4: Paris

Included sightseeing with a local expert shows off many of the best-known Parisian sights: La Sorbonne, Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Madeleine, the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramid near the Louvre, the Invalides, and Champs Elysées. (B)

 Day 5: Châteaux Country / Tours / Bordeaux

Start the day by motoring south to Blois and then parallel to the Loire River past the castles of Chaumont and Amboise for a short stop in Tours. Take the comfortable Autoroute L’Aquitaine as far as Poitiers, beautifully situated on a rocky plateau. South again to Saintes, then the Grand Champagne wine-growing area. Another 60 miles and you’ll be in Bordeaux on the banks of the Garonne. (B,D)

 Day 6: Carcassonne / Barcelona, Spain

From the vineyards of the Gironde and the Garonne, travel eastwards, bypassing Toulouse to Carcassonne in the foothills of the Pyrenées. Stop and admire what is perhaps the best-preserved medieval fortified town in Europe. Later, reach the Spanish border and motor through Catalonia. Once across the Ter River, you’ll soon be in Barcelona. (B,D)

 Day 7: Barcelona

This morning’s sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a drive around Montjuïc to see the Olympic Stadium and a panoramic view of the port and city. The drive continues to the city center to Plaza Catalunya and Paseo de Gracia to admire the greatness and eccentricity of Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces in the Houses Batlló and Mila and the Sagrada Familia (entrance fees not included). (B)

 Day 8: Arles, France / French Riviera

Retrace your drive to the French border, then into the vine-covered region of the Herault for a stop in Arles. Later, motor east across the Rhône towards the Mediterranean shores for an overnight on the French Riviera. (B)

 Day 9: Èze / Pisa, Italy / Florence

Today, travel along the high coastal road to visit a PERFUME WORKSHOP in Èze. The day is highlighted by the drive along the French and Italian Rivieras and into hilly Tuscany for a visit to Pisa to see the Leaning Tower and the SQUARE OF MIRACLES. (B,D)

 Day 10: Florence / Sorrento

This morning, don’t miss the included walking tour of Florence with a Local Guide, featuring most of the city highlights. Leave Florence, and travel south on the Autostrada del Sole through the sunlit valleys of Chianti Country to Sorrento. (B)

 Day 11: Sorrento

An optional excursion today to the legendary island of Capri. The island is surrounded by a rocky coastline, where the crashing sea has formed awe-inspiring caves. The town, with its pretty piazzetta, maze of streets, fashionable boutiques, and smart restaurants, is a mecca for the jet set. Return to Sorrento. (B,D)

 Day 12: Pompeii / Rome

Today, travel north, with the Vesuvius volcano in the distance. Then to POMPEII, where time stopped in 79 AD, when the Vesuvius eruption totally destroyed it. On the included visit you can see the remains of luxurious villas, temples, theater, and forum. Later, head towards Rome for two overnights. (B)

 Day 13: Rome

The “Eternal City,” Rome is a city steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts in ST. PETER’S SQUARE, followed by a visit to the ROMAN FORUM. (B)

 Day 14: Overnight Ferry To Patras, Greece

Drive across the rugged Apennine Hills towards the coast for embarkation on the OVERNIGHT FERRY to Greece. (B)

 Day 15: Patras / Olympia

Enjoy some daylight cruising towards the Greek coast before reaching Patras. Then, drive to Olympia for an overnight in the Peloponnese. (B,D)

 Day 16: Olympia / Tripolis / Athens

Today, join the optional sightseeing tour and learn more about the history of the original Olympic Games, when athletes competed with each other to honor the king of deities. Then, motor into the mountains of Arcadia by way of Tripolis and over the Corinth Canal to Athens. Time later for an evening in the lively Plaka area. (B)

 Day 17: Athens

Full day at leisure to enjoy one of the optional excursions or explore the shops and museums. (B)

 Day 18: Athens / Overnight Ferry to Italy

Take advantage of the included morning sightseeing, which features the highlights of this ancient capital and a visit to the fascinating ACROPOLIS. Later leave Athens and journey to Patras for embarkation on the FERRY for the Ionian Sea crossing back to Italy. (B)

 Day 19: San Marino

Disembark, then proceed north for an overnight in San Marino, one of the world’s smallest and most ancient states, perched on Monte Titano. (B,D)

 Day 20: San Marino / Venice area

Take a short walk through the main gate and up to Government House in the very heart of this tiny ancient republic. Later this morning, travel along the Adriatic coastline through the Po Delta towards the Venice area. (B)

 Day 21: Venice area

The included orientation starts with a BOAT RIDE and is followed by some time at leisure to absorb the atmosphere of this unique city, and a chance to watch Venetian GLASSBLOWERS. Don’t miss the optional gondola trip. (B,D)

 Day 22: Velden, Austria / Vienna

Today, leave the flat and fertile plains of Venetia and journey by way of Tarvisio Pass into the grand mountain and lakeland scenery of Austria for a stop in Velden on Lake Wörth. Northwards through the Styrian landscape to Vienna. This evening, enjoy a special dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

 Day 23: Vienna

There’s so much to see on your included sightseeing tour: the State Opera, Parliament, and the Town Hall. Stop for a stroll in Heroes’ Square to view the Hofburg. (B)

 Day 24: Salzburg / Innsbruck area

Westwards, almost parallel with the Danube, to Mozart’s Salzburg. Time for a stroll down the charming Getreidegasse, the town’s elegant main shopping street. The last leg of today’s drive takes you into the very heart of the Tyrol to its capital, Innsbruck. (B,D)

 Day 25: Liechtenstein / Switzerland

Time this morning to get acquainted with Innsbruck. The orientation tour includes the famous GOLDEN ROOF. Later, drive through the valleys and villages of the mountainous Tyrol to the Arlberg tunnel, descending into Switzerland. Stop briefly in Vaduz, Liechtenstein’s capital, before heading for the Lucerne area. (B)

 Day 26: Lucerne

Sightseeing in one of Switzerland’s finest cities takes in the impressive city walls, CHAPEL BRIDGE, ornate patrician houses lining cobblestone streets, and the LION MONUMENT. A selection of optional activities completes the day: a cruise on the fjord-like lake or an excursion to the top of one of the most beautiful mountains. (B,D)

 Day 27: Rhine Cruise / Rhineland, Germany

More of Switzerland and its quaint little villages, farms, and chalets before crossing into Germany to use its Autobahn on the journey northwards to the shores of the Rhine. Today’s highlight is the included RHINE CRUISE past the legendary Lorelei rock, hilltop castles, terraced vineyards, and half-timbered villages. Overnight in the Rhineland. (B,D)

 Day 28: Amsterdam area, Holland

North today, first through the industrial Ruhr and then into the green, canal criss-crossed countryside of Holland to the Amsterdam area. Enjoy a CANAL CRUISE to see the town from water level, then watch the cutting and polishing of precious stones at a famous DIAMOND CENTER. Later, sightseeing includes an orientation drive with a Local Guide. (B)

 Day 29: Amsterdam

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

 Transportation Information

Please note: Scheduled transatlantic flights and airport transfers in London and Amsterdam if Cosmos issues the air tickets. Eurostar London-Paris. On the Continent, private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach. Two-berth cabins with private shower and toilet on overnight ferries Italy-Greece-Italy. Canal transfer boat in Venice; Rhine cruise.


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Arranging Your Land Tour Vacation

Whether it’s your first time on an escorted tour, or prefer to venture out independently, Oddball Escapes has great relationships with top names in the Land Tour industry: Globus, Cosmos, Trafalgar, Brendan Tours, G Adventures, Avanti Destinations, and Monograms. With such a network, Oddball makes it easy to find a Land Tour that fits your tastes. Contact us to plan your Land Vacation.

Arctic Circle – with Globus

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18 days from Stockholm to Helsinki (or Moscow)

 Day 1: Arrive in Stockholm, Sweden

Welcome to Stockholm! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (Dinner)

 Day 2: Stockholm

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Royal Palace, Riddarholm Church, and the blue and gold chambers in the CITY HALL, where the annual Nobel Prize banquet is held. Choose from our exciting optional excursions to make the most of your stay. (Breakfast)

 Day 3: Copenhagen, Denmark

Enjoy the Swedish countryside during a comfortable drive south via Lake Mälar and Lake Vättern to Helsingborg. Cross by FERRY to Denmark and enjoy views of Hamlet’s Kronborg Castle at Elsinore. Arrive in Copenhagen, proud capital of Denmark. Tonight is your chance to join an optional dinner to try out Danish specialties. (Breakfast)

 Day 4: Copenhagen / Overnight to Norway

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Church of Our Savior and the Stock Exchange on the way to splendid ROSENBORG CASTLE, where some of the crown jewels of Denmark are held. Here, admire the incredible Throne Chair, made from narwhal tusks and the only one of its kind in the world! Drive past the National Museum and the Royal Theater, and stop for pictures of Amalienborg Palace and at the LITTLE MERMAID statue. In the late afternoon, board your ship for the overnight KATTEGAT & OSLOFJORD CRUISE to Norway. Dinner will be served on the ship. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 5: Heddal / Vemork / Telemark

After disembarkation, enjoy a guided visit to the HEDDAL STAVE CHURCH, the largest of the country’s remaining wooden churches. Via Lake Tinnsjøen—where saboteurs sank a ferry loaded with heavy water, ruining Nazi hopes of winning the race for the atomic bomb—enter the Rjukan Valley. Then, the highlight of the day: a guided visit of VEMORK, scene of the daring sabotage action featured in the movie The Heroes of Telemark. Learn about the dramatic events of 1943 and about the technology of hydroelectric power generation, one of the pillars of Norway’s economy. Continue to rustic, unspoiled Telemark. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 6: Bergen

Drive along Lake Totak to the Haukeli mountains, where polar explorer and Nobel Laureate Fridtjof Nansen prepared his polar expedition. Admire thundering Låtefoss Waterfall and continue via Odda and the orchards along Sørfjorden, whose tranquil splendor was the inspiration for Grieg’s Morning Mood. Cross Hardangerfjord by FERRY, and arrive in picturesque Bergen. This evening, a special dinner with wine at a local restaurant has been prepared for you. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 7: Bergen

During your orientation tour, hear about its 11th-century origins and its association with the Hanseatic League. Ride the FUNICULAR up to Mount Fløyen. Exciting optional excursions are available. (Breakfast)

 Day 8: Flam / Oslo

A wonderful day: drive to Gudvangen, and embark for a relaxing CRUISE on beautiful Sognefjord. Arrive in Flam, and Local Favorite experience a spectacular ride on the FLAM TRAIN and see the magnificent Kjosfossen Waterfall. At the Myrdal mountain station, change to the regular TRAIN, which takes you through Hardanger National Park and the beautiful Hallingdalen Valley to Oslo, Norway’s proud capital. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 9: Oslo

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the National Theater, Parliament, and the Royal Palace. Highlight visits: FROGNER PARK with Gustav Vigeland’s famous stark sculptures and the ornate CITY HALL. The afternoon is free, with a chance to join an optional excursion to the relics of a glorious seafaring past. (Breakfast)

 Day 10: Tromsø

Board your flight to Tromsø and arrive in the world’s most northern university city, starting point of many great polar explorers. Here, winters can be hard and summers usually surprisingly warm because of the warm gulf currents and the “Midnight Sun.” During your orientation, visit the ARCTIC CATHEDRAL. (Breakfast)

 Day 11: Alta

Leave the capital of northern Norway and continue your journey northwards. Enjoy Local Favorite FERRY CROSSINGS on the Ullsfjord and Lyngenfjord, the most spectacular ferry rides because of the breathtaking views of the Lyngen Alps and their glaciers, and arrive in Alta. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 12: North Cape

Orientation features a visit to the spectacular ROCK CARVINGS, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, then continue to Honningsvåg, the northernmost point of the North Cape. Discover the NORTH CAPE VISITOR CENTER, a sheer cliff rising 1,000 feet from the Atlantic Ocean. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 13: Karasjok, Finland / Ivalo

A scenic drive across the border into Finland. Stop in Karasjok, seat of the Sami Parliament, before arriving in Ivalo. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 14: Arctic Circle / Rovaniemi

Cross the Arctic Circle (66°31’N), and stop at SANTA CLAUS VILLAGE, with a chance to see Father Christmas himself. Here you will receive your Local Favorite Arctic Circle Certificate. Continue to Rovaniemi, where an orientation features the Town Hall, the Library, and the Lappia House. Tonight is your chance to join an optional dinner at a Sami home. (Breakfast)

 Day 15: Oulu / Jyväskylä

A comfortable drive south to the university city of Oulu, where there is time to have lunch before continuing to Jyväskylä. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 16: Lahti / Helsinki

Arrive in the international ski resort of Lahti, with its three enormous ski jumps. Then, continue via Järvenpää, composer Jean Sibelius’ hometown, to Helsinki, capital of Finland. Guided sightseeing features the City Hall and the Parliament House, the Presidential Palace, the monumental railroad station, the great LUTHERAN CATHEDRAL, the Olympic Stadium, the SIBELIUS MONUMENT, and Helsinki’s local arts and crafts OPEN-AIR MARKET. (Breakfast)

 Day 17: Helsinki

A full day at leisure offers the opportunity to join an optional excursion to Tallinn, capital of Estonia, known as one of the “Pearls of the Baltic” countries. Tonight, a farewell dinner with wine awaits you at the hotel to celebrate the success of your Arctic journey. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 18: Helsinki

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)


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Arranging Your Land Tour Vacation

Whether it’s your first time on an escorted tour, or prefer to venture out independently, Oddball Escapes has great relationships with top names in the Land Tour industry: Globus, Cosmos, Trafalgar, Brendan Tours, G Adventures, Avanti Destinations, and Monograms. With such a network, Oddball makes it easy to find a Land Tour that fits your tastes. Contact us to plan your Land Vacation.

Eastern Europe, Croatia & The Balkans – with G Adventures

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 Example Itinerary Map

29 days from Berlin to Split

 Day 1: Berlin

Arrive at any time.

 Day 2: Berlin

Explore this amazing city. Opt to visit the East Side Gallery, Checkpoint Charlie, world-class museums, the Reichstag or the Berlin Television Tower for a sweeping view of the area.

 Day 3: Warsaw

Take a train to Warsaw before a guided tour of the city. Take in the remarkably rebuilt Old Town and the castle and learn about the history of the Warsaw Uprising.

 Day 4: Kraków

Visit more of Warsaw in the morning before a day train to Kraków, one of the most charming cities in Eastern Europe. Visit Auschwitz for a sobering look at the region’s history.

 Days 5 & 6: Kraków

Spend the day exploring charming Krakow.

 Day 7: Prague

Take a scenic day train into Czech Republic. Soak up the atmosphere of Prague, a unique community where every street, ghetto, inn and theatre tells a story.

 Days 8 & 9: Prague

Enjoy all Prague has to offer. Opt to visit the famous Charles Bridge, the clock tower in the main square or a traditional Czech beer hall with serious helpings of meat and potatoes.

 Day 10: Český Krumlov

Travel to Český Krumlov. Spend time wandering the small city, visiting the castle or choose to spend an afternoon rafting on the Vltava river.

 Day 11: Český Krumlov

Head out and explore with a full free day.

 Day 12: Vienna

Take private van to Austria in time for a walking tour of Vienna’s most beautiful sights, including the Hofburg and St Stephen’s Cathedral.

 Day 13: Vienna

Wander the elegant streets a little more, take in some of Europe’s most distinguished art galleries or just settle yourself on a café terrace, order up a slice of mouthwatering Viennese cake and watch the world go by over coffee.

 Day 14: Budapest

Travel to Hungary to explore the beautiful city of Budapest. Opt to visit Buda Castle, window shop in Pest or soak in the city’s famous thermal baths.

 Day 15: Budapest

Spend a free day exploring this charming city.

 Day 16: Novi Sad

After a full day’s train journey, arrive in Novi Sad. Enjoy the first opportunity to try some Serbian cuisine.

 Day 17: Novi Sad / Belgrade

Spend the morning exploring Novi Sad, the ancient capital of Serbia. Visit the famous Petrovaradin Fortress and, with time, check out the charming old town, or Stari Grad. In the afternoon, hop a train for a short ride to Belgrade.

 Day 18: Belgrade

Visit the Kalemegdan Fortress then spend a free day floating down the Danube or shopping in one of the many bustling markets.

 Day 19: Sarajevo

Travel to Sarajevo, one of the most beautiful and diverse cities in the region. Walk around the cobblestone streets, visit the famous Latin Bridge, and soak in the bustling atmosphere of this resilient place.

 Day 20: Sarajevo

Take an included tour of the ‘Tunnel of Life’ to get a better understanding of the tragic recent history of this captivating city. Spend some free time exploring the Stari Grad section and looking for ‘Sarajevo Roses’.

 Day 21: Mostar

Travel through beautiful countryside to reach charming Mostar. The city’s symbol, a beautiful reconstructed Ottoman-style bridge, is a reminder of the tenacity of Bosnians in recent times. Wander the old city and visit the new, taking in the many reminders of what the people of this region have survived.

 Day 22: Kotor

Continue on to Montenegro and arrive to the Bay of Kotor, a World Heritage-listed region. There is free time here to relax or explore as desired.

 Day 23: Kotor

Enjoy a sea kayaking tour before free time to relax or explore. Wander the streets of the walled city of Kotor, relax on picturesque beaches, or visit the local mud spas.

 Day 24: Dubrovnik

Travel to Croatia and experience the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ in Dubrovnik. Choose to relax in one of the many cafés, explore the old town fortifications, or take a boat trip to one of the nearby islands.

 Day 25: Dubrovnik

Enjoy a free day to explore the Dalmatian Coast.

 Day 26: Hvar

Head to the island of Hvar. Enjoy amazing beaches, nightlife, and water sports.

 Day 27: Hvar

Soak in the scenery and relish the calm on a boat ride around the Pakleni Islands.

 Day 28: Split

Ferry back to the mainland and arrive to Split. Take a guided tour of the UNESCO site at Diocletian’s Palace. Enjoy free time to explore this charming seaside town.

 Day 29: Split

Depart at any time.


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Arranging Your Land Tour Vacation

Whether it’s your first time on an escorted tour, or prefer to venture out independently, Oddball Escapes has great relationships with top names in the Land Tour industry: Globus, Cosmos, Trafalgar, Brendan Tours, G Adventures, Avanti Destinations, and Monograms. With such a network, Oddball makes it easy to find a Land Tour that fits your tastes. Contact us to plan your Land Vacation.

16-Night Med Cities of Distinction – with Royal Caribbean

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16 nights roundtrip from London, England

 Day 1: Southampton, England

Welcome aboard Anthem of the Seas. Southampton’s history precedes it. The area has been linked to kings, novelists and even pilgrims. Visit the Southampton Maritime Museum, the City Art Gallery or the magnificent Windsor Castle on your unforgettable journey.

 Day 2: Cruising

Enjoy onboard entertainment at sea. Whether you seek an adrenaline rush or total tranquility, our ships have it all. Try rock climbing, ice skating and surfing 200 feet above the waves. Melt away land-based stress with a spa massage, build a scrapbook of memories or simply relax poolside.

 Day 3: Cruising

Enjoy onboard entertainment at sea. Onboard, dining is about more than just food. Think ambience, variety and the flexibility to decide when and what you savor.

 Day 4: Gibraltar, United Kingdom

A tiny peninsula and outpost of Britain attached to Spain’s Costa del Sol, Gibraltar has played an over-sized part in history thanks to its famous Rock, the massive headland that offers views of the sea, the ocean and two continents.

 Day 5: Cruising

Enjoy onboard entertainment at sea. When our ships hit the high seas, the excitement of Casino Royale® kicks off. Try your hand at our card tables, spin to win at roulette, and hit it big time with the pull of a slot machine.

 Day 6: Barcelona, Spain

A top European center for art, architecture, design and cuisine, this stylish city has its own language and culture. The soul of old Barcelona is its Gothic Quarter; outside the medieval district, discover iconic landmarks and more.

 Day 7: Nice (Villefranche), France

Nice is a cosmopolitan city where you’ll find a colorful Old Town, elegant Belle Epoque architecture, French Riviera chic and much more. The ship anchors just outside city limits, in the deep blue bay of picturesque Villefranche-sur-Mer.

 Day 8: Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy

From the monuments of the ancient empire to the pursuit of la dolce vita, the Eternal City is an unrivaled open-air museum and a lively modern metropolis. The tiny enclave of Vatican City is home to sacred sites and priceless art.

 Day 9: Florence/Pisa (La Spezia), Italy

A former fishing village at the border of two enchanting regions, La Spezia offers easy access to Tuscany and its great cities like Florence and Pisa and the Liguria’s rugged coast and terraced villages known as Cinque Terre.

 Day 10: Provence (Marseilles), France

France’s oldest city is one of its most dynamic, with a melting pot culture and vibrant arts scene. The soul of the city is its Vieux Port, the working waterfront. Marseille is also a gateway port to the scenic villages and coastal areas of Provence.

 Day 11: Cruising

Enjoy onboard entertainment at sea. World-class performers from across the globe come together on our ships to WOW you from morning to night. Catch Broadway musicals, the DreamWorks Experience, ice-skating spectaculars — plus thrilling casino action, live comedy and music, bars, clubs and much more.

 Day 12: Malaga, Spain

The lively capital of Costa del Sol is an eclectic mix of historic and modern like Moorish palaces, a Renaissance cathedral and cool tapas bars. Visit great and chic seaside towns or travel inland to Grenada and the famous Alhambra complex.

 Day 13: Seville (Cadiz), Spain

More than 3,000 years ago, Cadiz is a lively port city with intriguing North-African ambiance and an Old Town of 18th-century architecture. It is also a gateway to the fascinating region of Andalusia, including its capital, Seville.

 Day 14: Lisbon, Portugal

The discoveries of early explorers made a small kingdom a world power and its capital a wealthy city. Your explorations in Lisbon can include the village-like Alfama district,churches, castles, and elegant 18th-century squares.

 Day 15: Cruising

Enjoy onboard entertainment at sea. Kids will never be bored onboard. Our complimentary Adventure Ocean® Youth Program is packed with totally awesome stuff for babies, teens and kids in between — like pajama nights, science experiments, scavenger hunts and theme parties.

 Day 16: Cruising

Enjoy onboard entertainment at sea. Whether you’re celebrating a life milestone, a special day or a special someone, you’ll enjoy extras that make for a truly unforgettable voyage.

 Day 17: Southampton, England

Southampton’s history precedes it. The area has been linked to kings, novelists and even pilgrims. Visit the Southampton Maritime Museum, the City Art Gallery or the magnificent Windsor Castle on your unforgettable journey.


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Classic Greece tour + Aegean Odyssey cruise – with Globus

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8 days land tour + 7 night cruise

 Cruise Segment Information

Globus partners with Variety Cruises to offer a yacht cruise experience of the Greek Islands onboard Panorama II. The Panorama II is a 2-masted sail cruiser that can accommodate up to 49 passengers. All cabins are fitted with TV, telephone (for internal use), hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, public-address system, and safe boxes. Length: 50 meters. Crew: 16-18 persons. Cruising speed: 11 knots. Cabins: 25.

 Summary

From picturesque fishing villages to ancient historic ruins, this vacation is a classic. In Athens, where you will visit the Acropolis; in ancient Corinth, Mycenae, and Epidaurus to Olympia and Delphi, with a special visit to the Archaeological Museum, spectacular ancient history will unfold. Special highlights are a cooking demonstration to learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetizer in Olympia, and a dance lesson in Delphi to learn the steps of the sirtaki, made famous in the movie Zorba the Greek, accompanied by a glass of traditional Ouzo. Enjoy a whole afternoon in the fantastic landscape of Meteora with its 24 rock-top monasteries. Visit Varlaam Monastery, famous for its frescoes, and St. Stephen’s, featuring a unique collection of icons and an incredible panoramic view. Next is Thermopylae, site of the heroic battle of Leonidas’ 300 doomed Spartans against Xerxes’ huge Persian army. Drive past the ancient sites of Thebes and Marathon on your way back to Athens. Embark on a 7-night cruise from Marina Zea, visiting Ios, Santorini, Patmos, Kusadasi in Turkey, Samos, Delos, Mykonos, Tinos, Kythnos, and Cape Sounion, before disembarking in Marina Zea for a final overnight in Athens.

 Day 1: Athens, Greece

Welcome to Athens! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink with your Tour Director.

 Day 2: Athens

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features a visit to the Parthenon’s crowning beauty atop the ACROPOLIS, the Erechtheum with its Porch of Maidens, the beautifully preserved Theseum, Roman temple dedicated to Zeus, theater of Dionysus, and the Agora where Socrates taught. Vistas of the government buildings and elegant homes in the modern city provide a striking contrast to the remains of the glorious past. Tonight is your chance to join an optional dinner outing to try out local fare. (Breakfast)

 Day 3: Corinth/Mycenae/Epidaurus/Nauplia

Cross the spectacular Corinth Canal, then visit ANCIENT CORINTH, where St. Paul preached. Two highlights today: MYCENAE, where 19th-century excavations reveal impressions of the splendors so vividly described by Homer. Admire the Beehive Tombs, the Treasury of Atreus, Lion Gate, Europe’s oldest known monument, remains of Agamemnon’s Royal Palace, and the impressive fortifications of the Citadel. Also visit the museum. Then, a short drive to EPIDAURUS for a tour of its amazingly well-preserved 2,300-year-old open-air theater. Overnight in nearby Nauplia. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 4: Nauplia / Olympia

Spectacular scenery on the way through the Arkadian Mountains. Then, spend the afternoon in OLYMPIA, where the athletes of antiquity competed in honor of the king of deities. Learn about the history of those original Olympic Games as you walk among the impressive remains of the Gymnasium and the Temples of Hera and Zeus. Also visit the MUSEUM that displays Praxiteles’ magnificent statue of Hermes. Tonight, enjoy a Local Favorite COOKING DEMONSTRATION and learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetizer. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 5: Patras / Delphi

Via the busy seaport of Patras, proceed through the picturesque fishing villages along the south coast of the mainland to mystic Delphi. The afternoon is devoted to a fascinating tour of the ancient sanctuary of the god Apollo in its dramatic setting on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. Hear about the Oracle and tour the EXCAVATIONS. End the day with a visit to the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM to admire the Charioteer, an extraordinary 5th-century BC bronze statue. A highlight this evening is a Local Favorite DANCE LESSON, where you’ll learn how to dance the sirtaki, made famous in the movie Zorba the Greek, accompanied by a glass of the traditional Ouzo. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 6: Meteora area

Drive past Lamia and Trikala to Kalambaka in the unreal, fantastic landscape of Meteora with its 24 rock-top monasteries. Visit VARLAAM MONASTERY, famous for its frescoes, and ST. STEPHEN’S MONASTERY, featuring a unique collection of icons and an incredible panoramic view (ladies are suggested to pack one long skirt, as shorts or trousers may be inappropriate when visiting the monasteries). (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 7: Thermopylae / Athens

Today’s highlight is a guided visit to THERMOPYLAE, the site of the heroic battle of Leonidas’ 300 doomed Spartans against Xerxes’ huge Persian army. On the way back to Athens, your Tour Director will tell you about Thebes, the setting of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, and Marathon, where 10,000 Athenians defeated more than twice that number of Persian invaders in 490 BC. Enjoy an optional dinner in a romantic restaurant. (Breakfast)

 Day 8: Athens / Marina Zea (Embarkation) /Ios

Embark your elegant cruise ship between 2 pm and 3 pm at Marina Zea, one of the largest marinas on the Mediterranean Sea. Enjoy a welcome cocktail on board before sailing into the deep-blue waters of the Ionian Sea and settling into the relaxing cruising routine of sunbathing and sipping cool drinks. Overnight at sea. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 9: Cruising: Ios / Santorini

Enjoy a refreshing swim stop at Manganari Beach, Ios—considered one of the most beautiful of the Greek isles. Arrive in Santorini around Noon and experience the stunning natural drama of the volcanic caldera. A cable car brings you to the town of Fira, a stunning cluster of white buildings atop a cliff. Why not join an optional excursion to Akrotiri, a city buried during the eruption that created the caldera in 1600 BC? Finally, stop in Oia, famous for its sunsets and filming location in the movies Summer Lovers, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and Lara Croft Tomb Raider, starring Angelina Jolie. Sail overnight to Patmos. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 10: Cruising: Patmos

Arrive this morning in Patmos, where an optional excursion takes you to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the fortified Orthodox Monastery of St. John the Divine with its grotto where John is believed to have received his apocalyptic revelations, and the historic center of medieval Chora. With your afternoon at leisure, explore Scala, the capital, or take a swim at a nearby beach. Overnight in Patmos. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 11: Cruising: Kusadasi, Turkey / Samos, Greece

Two ports of call are on today’s agenda. First is Kusadasi on the Turkish coast. An optional excursion is available to the fascinating Greek, Roman, and Byzantine excavations of Ephesus. Next, discover the quaint Pythagorion port on the island of Samos. Enjoy a late-afternoon swim, walk through the narrow alleys of the city, or just relax at one of the many seaside cafés. In the evening, sail for Delos, birthplace of deities Apollo and Artemis, according to Greek mythology. Overnight at sea. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 12: Cruising: Delos / Mykonos

Enjoy an optional morning tour of the unique archaeological site of Delos, antiquity’s most sacred island. Then, sail into a beautiful nearby bay for a refreshing swim stop and lunch, weather permitting. Later, reach Mykonos, the exquisite “Island of the Winds,” where you’re free to explore on your own. Around the town’s waterfront area, watch for Petros the Pelican, the island’s official mascot for over 50 years. Why not end your evening like a local—with a glass of Ouzo and traditional mezedes (appetizers)? Overnight in Mykonos. (Breakfast, Lunch)

 Day 13: Cruising: Tinos

Reach the island of Tinos with its Venetian fortifications, iconic Church of Panagia Evangelistria, and more than 80 windmills scattered through the hillsides. Enjoy a swim stop and barbecue at Ystemia Beach. After lunch, sail into Tinos Harbour. An afternoon optional excursion is available to the picturesque Tinos villages of Exovergo and Volax, where you’ll see famous basket weavers and marble sculpting workshops before heading back to the ship for an overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch)

 Day 14: Cruising: Kythnos / Cape Sounion / Marina Zea

Sail to Kythnos, a quiet island in the Western Cyclades, boasting beautiful sandy beaches and hot springs. Enjoy a swim and a beach barbecue. In the afternoon, sail towards Cape Sounion, the southernmost tip of the Attica peninsula. Here you’ll enjoy farewell cocktails and dinner under the ancient Greek Temple of Poseidon. In the late evening, return to Marina Zea for a final overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 Day 15: Cruising: Marina Zea (Disembarkation) / Athens

Disembark your ship between 9 am and 10 am. The remainder of the day is free to catch up on last-minute shopping. Enjoy an optional dinner in a romantic restaurant. (Breakfast)

 Day 16: Athens

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)


enjoy a first-class land tour with Globus
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experience a yacht cruise with Globus’ partner Variety Cruises
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Arranging Your Land & Sea Vacation

Whether it’s your first time on an escorted tour, or prefer to venture out independently, Oddball Escapes has great relationships with top names in the Land Tour industry: Globus, Cosmos, Trafalgar, Brendan Tours, G Adventures, Avanti Destinations, and Monograms. With such a network, Oddball makes it easy to find a Land & Sea Tour that fits your tastes. Contact us to plan your Land & Sea Vacation.

Rhine & Rhône Revealed – with Avalon Waterways

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 Example Itinerary Map

16 days from Côte d’Azur to Amsterdam
PLUS 6 day land extension to Paris & London

 Day 1: Arrive in Côte d’Azur, France

Welcome to France! Located between the mountains and the deep-blue Mediterranean Sea, the Côte d’Azur is synonymous with prestige and beauty with its enchanting yachts, glamorous villas, and famous events. Time at leisure lets you get acquainted with this amazing place.

 Day 2: Côte d’Azur / Transfer to Arles

This morning, enjoy free time to explore further or join an optional excursion to Nice, the “Queen of the Riviera.” In the early afternoon, transfer by motorcoach to Arles in the Provence region, where you’ll board your river cruise vessel. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception, then (daylight permitting) sail toward the mouth of the Rhône, with a unique opportunity to experience the tranquil vistas of Camargue National Park. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 3: Arles

In Arles, capital of the Provence, join your LOCAL GUIDE for a tour of the city. See the church of St. Trophime, dating from the 12th century, and visit the ROMAN AMPHITHEATER. Still used today, the amphitheater dates to the 1st century, and was constructed to hold over 20,000 spectators. Vincent Van Gogh was inspired by the special light of the Provence and spent a very productive year in Arles. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 Day 4: Avignon

During the night, set sail for Avignon, where you arrive during breakfast. During your GUIDED TOUR you may choose to join an included visit of the PALACE OF THE POPES, built in the 14th century as the sovereign popes’ residence. With a living space equivalent to four gothic cathedrals, it is the largest gothic fortress in the world. Alternatively, you may opt for only city sightseeing and more free time to explore on your own, or to join an optional outing to Pont du Gard or to the famed wine cellars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 Day 5: Cruising / Viviers

A leisurely morning on board to relax and enjoy the passing scenery. After lunch, join your LOCAL GUIDE for a walk around the charming town of Viviers, which developed around its ROMANESQUE CATHEDRAL. The OLD TOWN has an appealing mix of Christian, Roman, and medieval influences. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 Day 6: Tournon & Tain l’Hermitage / Vienne

The twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage lie nestled among vineyards between the Rhône River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage. Enjoy a GUIDED WALK of Tournon, one of France’s oldest medieval cities, with its imposing 16th-century castle and Roman ruins. Arriving in Vienne in the late afternoon, a GUIDED WALK shows you the charming little town surrounded by steep hills. Explore the town center to see the Roman Theater, which once held 13,000 spectators, and the Augustus and Livia Temple, built around 20 BC and converted into a church in the Middle Ages. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 Day 7: Lyon

Lyon is France’s third-largest city and its gastronomic capital. Founded by the Romans in 43 BC, the city’s prosperity dates back to the 16th century and is due to commercial, industrial, and banking activities. Roman remains, many excellent museums, and much renaissance architecture delight visitors. You are joined by a LOCAL GUIDE as you survey the city from Fourvière Hill—with its splendid views over the city—and explore the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its maze of medieval alleyways and Place des Terreaux, a popular area with lively cafés, monuments, and the famous fountain often depicted on postcards. Be sure to sample Beaujolais, the wine of the region. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 Day 8: Cruising / Chalon-sur-Saône

Today is a leisurely day! A choice of optional excursions, including a visit to a wine cellar, is available, or simply relax on board. While sailing to Chalon-sur-Saône, enjoy an onboard CHEESE TASTING. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 Day 9: Beaune / Basel, Switzerland

After breakfast, disembark the Avalon Poetry II and head by motorcoach to Beaune, the unofficial capital of the Côte d’Or area and Burgundy’s wine capital. Although life here centers around wine, Beaune offers much more with its ramparts, medieval houses, cobblestone streets, and historical monuments. Visit the HÔTEL-DIEU charity hospital, built in 1443 and paid for by the chancellor of Burgundy after the Hundred Years’ War left many of the town’s population destitute. Today, it houses Van der Weyden’s painting of The Last Judgment and is one of France’s architectural highlights. After lunch, continue to Basel, and this evening, meet the crew of the Avalon Tranquility II at a welcome reception. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 Day 10: Strasbourg, France

Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg blends the cultures of both countries in a delightful way. As capital of the Alsace region and seat of the Council of Europe and European Parliament, it is without a doubt an important city, yet it manages to retain its historic charm. In fact, on your walking tour you will discover Europe at its most quintessential. Visit the monumental red-sandstone GOTHIC CATHEDRAL with its ancient murals, stained-glass windows, and fascinating astronomical clock, as well as the magical LA PETITE FRANCE district, home to half-timbered houses, quaint shops, inviting bistros, and a waterfront promenade. Also spend time exploring Place Kléber, a large historic square in the heart of the city, and Place Gutenberg in the heart of medieval Strasbourg, which features a statue of the inventor of the printing press. This afternoon, optional excursions into the Alsace wine country or to the Black Forest are available. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 Day 11: Excursion to Heidelberg, Germany

After lunch today an excursion takes you to Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany, which was founded in 1386. Visit the imposing ruins of HEIDELBERG CASTLE, towering magnificently over the city and among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. You’ll also see the famed GREAT VAT, the “World’s Largest Wine Barrel.” At nearly 23 feet high and 28 feet wide, the cask holds over 58,000 gallons of wine and has a dance floor built on top of it! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 Day 12: Mainz–Rüdesheim

Strategically located at the confluence of the Rhine and Main Rivers is Mainz, with “civilized” origins dating back to around 38 BC. Today, this is Germany’s largest and most important wine market. The Altstadt (Old Town) has many intriguing shops and the whimsical Fastnachtsbrunnen (Carnival Fountain) on the Schillerplatz, a tribute to the jesters at the city’s annual Carnival celebration. Gutenberg, father of modern printing, was born here and during a GUIDED WALK you’ll visit the captivating GUTENBERG MUSEUM. During lunch, depart Mainz and cruise on to pretty Rüdesheim, a typical Rhine Valley wine town. Visit SIEGFRIED’S MECHANICAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM, where you’ll see and hear a large collection of self-playing calliopes and music boxes from the 18th to the early 20th centuries. Enjoy a SPECIAL TREAT, then there’s free time to pick up some souvenirs on the narrow, cobblestoned Drosselgasse, where colorful flowers, open-air wine gardens, and live music add to the festive atmosphere. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 Day 13: Rhine Gorge–Koblenz

Downstream from Rüdesheim is the dramatic RHINE GORGE, the most beautiful stretch of river. Here, ancient castles stand sentry on lofty cliffs rising 400 feet above the waters. Cruise past the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where echoes of enchanted siren song lured unwitting sailors to their doom. Then, arrive at the place where the Rhine and Moselle Rivers meet—the Deutsches Eck (German Corner) with its impressive equestrian statue of German Emperor William I. Join your Local Guide for a WALKING TOUR of the 2,000-year-old city of Koblenz, which reveals an eventful past through its castles, fortress walls, towers, squares, and monuments; or visit nearby SAYN MANOR HOUSE, belonging to the counts of the same name. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 Day 14: Cologne

One of Germany’s largest cities and capital of the Rhineland, Cologne straddles both sides of the Rhine, and is known for its soaring, twin-steepled gothic cathedral. Choose between an included GUIDED CITY WALK or JEWISH HERITAGE WALK. Later, during free time, perhaps look in on the Romano-Germanic Museum, home to a large collection of artifacts from the Roman settlement on which modern Cologne is built—a must for history buffs! The Old Town abounds with cafés, shops, and taverns. Be sure to try a Kölsch pale lager, locally brewed in Cologne for over a hundred years! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 Day 15: Amsterdam, Holland

Today you arrive in Amsterdam! Holland’s sophisticated, modern capital has a rich and fascinating history. This delightful 700-year-old city with its elegant and classic architecture, cafés, and restaurants has a distinct ambiance. There is no better way to see Amsterdam than by CANAL BOAT, cruising through the elegant grachten lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” There’s free time this afternoon to enjoy the city or perhaps join a biking optional excursion (weather permitting). (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 Day 16: Amsterdam / LAND: Paris, France

Disembark your Avalon ship for your included transfer to the train station, where you will travel via HIGH-SPEED THALYS TRAIN (first-class) to join the Monograms portion of your vacation. (Breakfast)

 Day 17: LAND: Paris

Morning guided sightseeing takes you to NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL, where Napoleon was crowned emperor in 1804, to admire its amazing 13th-century stained-glass Rose Window. Pass the Latin Quarter, Les Invalides, the Opéra, Place de la Concorde, and Arc de Triomphe. Drive by the Seine River with its beautiful bridges, and along the fashionable Champs-Elysées. Stop to take photos of the iconic Eiffel Tower from one of the best panoramic viewing points. Also enter the world’s most visited museum, THE LOUVRE, with its modern glass pyramid, to see Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and other treasures (on Tuesdays, take a Seine cruise instead). (Breakfast)

 Day 18: LAND: Paris

Your Local Host can suggest options, like an excursion to Monet’s Giverny or Versailles Palace, a visit to Musée d’Orsay, where to try French onion soup, a walking route through the fashion district, and many other possibilities. (Breakfast)

 Day 19: LAND: London, England

Travel to London by HIGH-SPEED EUROSTAR TRAIN. (Breakfast)

 Day 20: LAND: London

Morning guided sightseeing includes all of London’s famous landmarks. Drive past the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben; Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Kate Middleton were married; Whitehall’s mounted horseguards; the Prime Minister’s Downing Street; and Piccadilly Circus. Take photos of the London Eye, the giant Ferris wheel on the river bank, and the Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe. Then, visit ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL (except on Sundays). Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece with its world-famous dome is an iconic feature of London’s skyline, and the awe-inspiring interior holds fascinating stories about its history. The final highlight is the ceremonial pageantry of the Changing of the Guard (if held). (Breakfast)

 Day 21: LAND: London

Your Local Hosts will be pleased to give you some interesting suggestions for the day—perhaps a visit to the blood-curdling London Dungeon or Madame Tussauds’ celebrity wax figure exhibition, and an acclaimed West End show with pre-theater dinner at a London restaurant. (Breakfast)

 Day 22: LAND: London

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)


segment 1: the Rhine River with Avalon Waterways
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segment 2: the Rhône River with Avalon Waterways
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Arranging Your River Cruise Vacation

Whether you’re a first-time river cruiser, or checking out a new river, Oddball Escapes has great relationships with top names in the River Cruising industry: Avalon Waterways, Viking River Cruises, Uniworld, AmaWaterways, and CroisiEurope. With such a network, Oddball makes it easy to find a River Cruise that fits your tastes. Contact us to plan your River Cruise vacation.

London, Paris, Venice, Florence & Rome – with Monograms

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16 days from London to Rome

 Summary

What do London, Paris, Venice, Florence, and Rome have in common (other than being some of Europe’s most exciting cities)? Shakespeare, of course! They are all locations for his plays—Macbeth, All’s Well That Ends Well, The Merchant of Venice, and Julius Caesar! You know what else they have in common? They’re all included on this 16-day Monograms vacation, where we’ve arranged your hotel reservations in each city, daily breakfast, sightseeing, transportation between cities, and transfers from/to your hotels to/from the train stations. Plus, to help your vacation run smoothly and to make sure you have a “friend in the city,” we’ve arranged the services of a Monograms Local Host® in each city, someone who is there for you throughout your stays.

 Day 1: London, England

Welcome to London! Your Local Hosts will help you maximize your stay in one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world.

 Day 2: London

Morning guided sightseeing and orientation includes all of London’s famous landmarks. Drive past the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben; Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Kate Middleton were married; Whitehall’s mounted horseguards; the Prime Minister’s Downing Street; and Piccadilly Circus. Take photographs of the London Eye, the giant Ferris wheel situated on the river bank; the Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe; and St. Paul’s Cathedral, Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece. The final highlight is the ceremonial pageantry of the Changing of the Guard (if held) at Buckingham Palace.

 Day 3: London

Consider your Local Hosts’ suggestions for your day at leisure. Maybe an afternoon at the 900-year-old Tower of London, still guarded by the famous Beefeaters, and an evening excursion with dinner, followed by an acclaimed West End show.

 Day 4: Paris, France

Morning transfer to the HIGH-SPEED EUROSTAR TRAIN, with mid-afternoon arrival in Paris.

 Day 5: Paris

Morning guided sightseeing and orientation takes you to NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL, where Napoleon was crowned emperor in 1804, to admire its amazing 13th-century, stained-glass Rose Window. Pass the Latin Quarter, Les Invalides, the Opéra, Place de la Concorde, and Arc de Triomphe. Drive by the Seine River with its beautiful bridges, and along the fashionable Champs-Elysées. Stop to take photos of the iconic Eiffel Tower from one of the best panoramic viewing points. Also enter the world’s most visited museum, THE LOUVRE, with its modern glass pyramid, to see Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and other treasures.

 Day 6: Paris

Today, maybe enjoy an excursion to King Louis XIV’s Versailles, Claude Monet’s Giverny, or just immerse yourself in France’s famous cuisine—like its local cheese (over 400 varieties), onion soup, coq au vin (a classic chicken dish), pastries, crêpes, pain au chocolat, and much, much more! Your Local Host can help you organize your day.

 Day 7: Venice, Italy

Travel by air to Venice on selected flights.

 Day 8: Venice

Morning guided sightseeing and orientation with headset; see ST. MARK’S SQUARE and BASILICA with its exceptional gold mosaics. Visit DOGES’ PALACE and the evocative BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Watch skilled GLASSBLOWERS fashion their delicate objects in the age-old manner and learn why glassmaking was so important in Venetian history. ENTRANCES to Marciana Library, and the Correr and Archaeological Museums are included; ask your Local Host for details.

 Day 9: Venice

Your Local Host will have exciting suggestions for your day, such as a gondola ride; wine and appetizers, Venetian style; a visit to Teatro La Fenice (Theater of the Phoenix); or the best places to shop for Murano glass items and carnival masks.

 Day 10: Florence, Italy

Morning transfer to the HIGH-SPEED TRAIN (first-class), with early afternoon arrival in Florence.

 Day 11: Florence

Morning guided sightseeing and orientation with headset: visit the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS featuring Michelangelo’s original David. Walk through Cathedral Square; sculpture-studded Piazza della Signoria, the center of the city’s political life since the 14th century; and Santa Croce Square. Also admire medieval Ponte Vecchio, the arched, stone merchant bridge spanning the Arno River.

 Day 12: Florence

Today you might choose an excursion to San Gimignano, a visit to the Modern Art Gallery in Pitti Palace, or a few games at the prestigious tennis club. Your Local Host will have many options for you.

 Day 13: Rome

Morning transfer to the HIGH-SPEED TRAIN (first-class), with early afternoon arrival in Rome.

 Day 14: Rome

Your morning guided sightseeing and orientation, with headset, is rich in religious and ancient history. Visit the VATICAN MUSEUMS to see its amazing treasures. In the SISTINE CHAPEL, where the Conclave is held to elect new Popes, view Michelangelo’s The Last Judgment and his famous ceiling paintings. Also on the agenda today, see monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA, built in 313 AD above St. Peter the Apostle’s tomb and home to Michelangelo’s masterpiece Renaissance sculpture, the Pietà. Cross the Tiber River and continue your immersion in history at the iconic COLOSSEUM, built for 50,000 spectators, and the ROMAN FORUM, where the oldest structures of the ancient city are located.

 Day 15: Rome

Follow the ancient Roman advice Carpe diem (seize the day) and ask your Local Host for suggestions. Maybe a visit to the Catacombs, the Pantheon, or ensure your return to the “Eternal City” by throwing a coin into Trevi Fountain.

 Day 16: Rome

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.


let Monograms plan the details of your independent travel
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Arranging Your Land Tour Vacation

Whether it’s your first time on an escorted tour, or prefer to venture out independently, Oddball Escapes has great relationships with top names in the Land Tour industry: Globus, Cosmos, Trafalgar, Brendan Tours, G Adventures, Avanti Destinations, and Monograms. With such a network, Oddball makes it easy to find a Land Tour that fits your tastes. Contact us to plan your Land Vacation.