Day 1 - London, England. Welcome to London! Your Local Hosts will help you maximize your stay in one of the most historically significant capital cities, containing four UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Day 2 - 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 photographs of the London Eye, the giant Ferris wheel situated on the riverbank; 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).
Day 3 - London. Your Local Hosts can recommend how to best spend your day at leisure. You could join an afternoon excursion to Windsor Castle, the oldest inhabited castle in the world; see the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London; or simply stroll through Hyde Park and feed the ducks in the Serpentine.
Day 4 - London - Paris, France. Travel to Paris by HIGH-SPEED EUROSTAR TRAIN (Standard class).
Day 5 - 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 Opera, Place de la Concorde, and Arc de Triomphe. Drive by the Seine River with its beautiful bridges, and along the fashionable Champs-Elysees. 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. Your Local Host will have many recommendations for your day in the "City of Light," such as a visit to the Pompidou Center, author Victor Hugo's home, the Shakespeare and Company bookstore, or a night out at the cabaret.
Day 7 - Paris - Geneva, Switzerland. Travel to Geneva by HIGH-SPEED TGV TRAIN (First class).
Day 8 - Geneva. On your morning guided sightseeing, see Geneva's international sector with some of the world's major peacemaking organizations. Admire the amazing Jet d'Eau, a large water-jet fountain situated where Lake Geneva empties into the Rhone River and visible throughout the city. See the Flower Clock, a masterpiece of technology and floral art, symbol of the city's internationally acclaimed watch industry. Visit ST. PETER'S CATHEDRAL, an imposing Romanesque-Gothic church in the Old Town that is best known for Protestant Reformation leader John Calvin's inspiring sermons during the mid-16th century.
Day 9 - Geneva. Excursion to Chamonix - Mont Blanc. Today, enjoy a special highlight excursion to MONT BLANC. Travel across the Swiss-French border to Chamonix, a famous mountain resort where the first Winter Olympics were held. From the town center, ride a cable car to the Aiguille du Midi (Needle of the South), a rocky, 12,391-foot-high (3,777m) peak in the Mont Blanc mountain range with year-round snow. Its terraces provide an amazing 360-degree view of the Chamonix Valley and the Alps. A lift takes you to the summit terrace at 12,605 feet (3,842m) for stunning panoramas (if the cable car to Aiguille du Midi is not available due to adverse weather conditions, it will be substituted with a ride on the scenic rack railway to the magnificent Mer de Glace (Sea of Ice) glacier on the northern slopes of Mont Blanc). Leisure time to explore Chamonix's center and enjoy lunch in one of the many local restaurants before heading back to Geneva.
Day 10 - Geneva - Lucerne. Travel to Lucerne by TRAIN (First class). Enjoy guided sightseeing that includes a visit to Thorwaldsen's poignant LION MONUMENT, commemorating the Swiss Guards killed during the French Revolution. Walk through the charming Old Town with its pedestrian-only streets, quaint alleys, cobblestone squares, and frescoed facades. Cross the CHAPEL BRIDGE, Lucerne's famous landmark spanning the Reuss River, originally built in the 14th century as part of the city's fortifications. Admire the Water Tower, which also served as a dungeon, an archive, and a treasury vault until the 19th century. On the left bank of the river, arrive at the Jesuit Church, constructed in 1666 and one of the most beautiful baroque churches in the country.
Day 11 - Lucerne. Your Local Host can suggest wonderful options for your day at leisure, like an excursion to Mount Pilatus, or the best places to sample Swiss specialties such as rosti (potato pancake), bratwurst (sausage), and raclette (cheese and potato dish).
Day 12 - Lucerne. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning (the nearest airport is Zurich).