June 7: New Orleans — Prague, Czech Republic
- Bags packed and spirits high, we depart New Orleans for our overnight flight to Prague, Czech Republic.
June 8-9: Prague, Czech Republic
- Prague and its old world charm is the most beautiful city in Eastern Europe. She has made the transition after the Velvet Revolution of 1989 to become one of the most popular new travel destinations in Europe, and you will see why. Nostalgic and romantic dreams come true for millions of visitors. The view from Charles Bridge toward Prague Castle has to be one of the most spectacular in Europe. We will visit historic Wencelas Square. You can trace a rich, aristocratic past of this Art Nouveau city and mingle in cafes furnished in Eastern European versions of fabulous fifties décor. After all, this is the country that gave the world Budweiser.
- From viewing the Infant Jesus of Prague to the site of the Defenestration of Prague, which began the Thirty Years War in 1618, the visitor will be amazed at the art, architecture, cultural variety, culinary excellence and simple love of life Prague has to offer.
June 10-11: Salzburg/Innsbruck, Austria
- Salzburg is the birthplace of Mozart and the inspiration for some of his greatest works. To capture the beauty of the city, remind yourself of the scenery in “The Sound of Music.” On a tour of Salzburg we see the home where Mozart was born and enjoy a walking tour of the Old City. See the Abbey of St. Peter, noted for its numerous catacombs, and the medieval fortress of Hohensalzburg, an 11th century stronghold now accessible by funicular railway.
- Innsbruck, the capital of the Tyrol area of Austria, literally means “Bridge over the Inn,” and was the site of the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics. A stroll down its arcaded covered streets and cobblestone passages presents outstanding views of the surrounding snow-capped Alps. Among the impressive sights are the Golden Roof (2,657 gold-plated tiles), the Court Church with 28 larger-than-life bronze figures of history, and the Tyrolean Folk Museum with its fine examples of interior design, furniture, and costumes of early Austrian life.
June 12-13: Verona/Venice, Italy
- Across the fertile Valley of the Po, we coach to waterborne Venice. If there is a more romantic spot on earth, humankind has yet to find it. There is only one Venice–enchanted city of 117 islands, 150 canals, and 400 bridges in a crescent-shaped lagoon. We will see the gilded splendor of St. Mark’s and the Palace of the Doges, with time to enjoy the boutiques around the Square. We can explore the interior of St. Mark’s Basilica, rich with multicolored marbles and mosaics. You may want to take a romantic gondola ride under the Bridge of Sighs or pass “Golden House” palace on the Grand Canal.
- Verona, home of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, enclosed in its 16th century fortifications, stands on the banks of the Adige River, and boasts that its Roman amphitheater is the third largest in the Roman world after the Colosseum in Rome.
June 14-15-16: Rome, Italy
- All roads lead to Rome, the “City of Seven Hills.” Ancient, yet throbbing with life, this is indeed the Eternal City. Rome presents itself to us. We will explore the famous Colosseum, where Romans gathered to watch the gladiators; the Pantheon, perfectly preserved since 125 A.D.; and The Forum, once the city’s religious, political and commercial center. We will walk where Caesar walked. Contrast this ancient splendor to the grand Via Veneto, lined with lively cafes and elegant shops. Toss two coins in the Trevi Fountain and have a special wish granted.
- Then, within the city, visit the Vatican (an independent nation) and St. Peter’s Basilica with its magnificent architecture and art treasures. You may even be fortunate enough to see the Pope.
June 17-18: Florence, Italy
- We travel to Florence where we have the wonderful opportunity to feast our eyes on the treasures of this magnificent city during our tour: Michelangelo’s David in the Accademia; the Baptistery’s intricately crafted bronze doors; Giotto’s Campanile; the Duomo; and vaulted Santa Croce Church, where Michelangelo is entombed. Discover the Florence of Dante and the powerful Medici family. Stroll along the Arno; visit the Uffizi Gallery, the Pitti Palace; stop for a cooling gelato (ice cream) before heading to the Ponte Vecchio, where local artisans sell their wares. Florence, birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, offers its art and architecture as evidence of its grandeur. A stroll through its cobblestone streets is to be transported back in time to the age of Leonard da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Dante.
June 19-20-21: Swiss Alps, Switzerland
- We board our waiting coach and travel to our Alpine destination high in the Swiss Alps. Our stay in Switzerland includes plenty of time for us to explore picturesque Alpine villages with wooden chalets surrounded by breathtaking scenery. See for yourself the spectacular view of the snow-capped Alps from the top of the Bernese Oberland. Yes, you will see snow in June!
June 22: Zurich, Switzerland to New Orleans
- We transfer to the airport for our return flight to New Orleans, arriving that same day.