Gems of Europe

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Your Package Includes

  • 12 Days 10 Nights
  • Code: PEF
  • From: $2000

Spend 2 nights in London and Paris, and 1 night in Lucerne; enjoy unforgettable visits to Verona and Pisa, stay 1 night in Venice, 1 night at Montecatini, end with 2 nights in the enchanting capital of Italy Rome.

Itinerary at a glance

DAY 1
USA - London, England
DAY 2
Arrive in London
DAY 3
London
DAY 4
London - Eurostar Train - Paris, France
DAY 5
Paris
DAY 6
Paris - Lucerne, Switzerland
DAY 7
Lucerne - Mt. Stanserhorn (optional) - Milan, Italy
DAY 8
Milan - Verona - Venice
DAY 9
Venice - Montecatini
DAY 10
Montecatini - Pisa - Florence - Rome
DAY 11
Rome
DAY 12
Rome - USA
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Overnight Stay
London (2 nts) - Paris (2 nts) - Lucerne (1 nt) - Milan (1 nt) - Verona - Venice (1 nt) - Montecatini (1 nt) - Pisa - Florence - Rome (2 nts)
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TRIP TIMELINE

DAY 1

USA - London, England

Relax on your international flight to London as you start your journey to the Old World.

DAY 2

Arrive in London

On arrival in London, meet your Peony Tours representative at the airport and enjoy a comfortable transfer to the city. Along the way, stop by Windsor Castle*, the oldest occupied castle in the world and Queen Elizabeth II's favorite weekend retreat. See inside this magnificent castle in historical Windsor town and learn how it's been a royal residence for more than 900 years before returning to London for your two-night stay.

Included: Lunch

Accommodation:

★★★★ The Tower Hotel or similar

DAY 3

London

Following breakfast, start your sightseeing at Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress, the Tower of London*. Learn its storied history and legends as you explore this eerie castle, and hear how Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, two of Henry VIII's six wives, were executed here. View the tower's priceless Crown Jewels, whose crowns, orbs and jewels are invested with the monarch’s power. Afterward, absorb the main sights on a panoramic tour, passing Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and Parliament, and pause for photos at Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey. Enjoy the rest of the day free to explore as you wish.

Included: Breakfast

Accommodation:

★★★★ The Tower Hotel or similar

DAY 4

London - Eurostar Train - Paris, France

Today, depart on the high-speed Eurostar train to Paris. Arrive in the “City of Lights,” whose landmarks inspire genuine awe. Upon arrival, explore at your own pace, perhaps relaxing at a café or strolling the handsome boulevards and streets. Later today, relax on an optional scenic River Seine Cruise, feasting your eyes on Notre Dame Cathedral and other landmarks from the water. (* Itinerary and free time in Paris may be adjusted without prior notice due to local attractions' availability.)

Included: Breakfast

Accommodation:

★★★★ Renaissance Paris La Defense Hotel or Similar

Optional Tours:

DAY 5

Paris

This morning, enjoy a guided visit to the Palace of Versailles*, the gilded residence of France’s kings from 1682 to 1789. Marvel at the formal gardens and majestic palace and then return to Paris to visit the peerless Louvre Museum*, home to many of the world’s greatest artworks. Behold Leonardo da Vinci’s playfully smiling Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo as you explore the vast collections. After a panoramic drive around top Paris landmarks such as the Place de la Concorde, Champs-Elysées and Arc de Triomphe, the Opera House, and the city’s most recognizable symbol, the Eiffel Tower. This afternoon, enjoy free time to explore Paris on your own, perhaps shopping for souvenirs or just relaxing at its sidewalk cafes. Enjoying a delicious French Cuisine Dinner this evening.

Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation:

★★★★ Renaissance Paris La Defense Hotel or Similar

DAY 6

Paris - Lucerne, Switzerland

Leaving Paris, travel by coach to Lucerne in Switzerland. Tucked between Lake Lucerne and snow-tipped mountains, this lovely city encapsulates Switzerland’s reputation as “the playground of Europe.” If time allows, enjoy a short tour to its postcard-pretty Chapel Bridge. Built in 1333 across the Reuss River, this covered footbridge is the oldest in Europe and begs to be captured on camera. Admire the bridge and Lake Lucerne and then see another of Lucerne’s highlights, the Lion Monument. A memorial to the Swiss soldiers who died defending the French king, Louis XVI, in Paris in 1792, this stone sculpture by Bertel Thorvaldsen was described by Mark Twain as the “most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world.”

Included: Breakfast, Dinner at hotel

Accommodation:

★★★★ Astoria Hotel or Similar

DAY 7

Lucerne - Mt. Stanserhorn (optional) - Milan, Italy

This morning, admire Lucerne’s Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument if time didn’t allow visits yesterday, and perhaps join our optional excursion to Mt. Stanserhron, traveling up the 6,227-foot mountain by the world’s first 360-degree double-deck open-top cable car to enjoy the breathtaking views from its summit. Later, leave Lucerne by coach and travel to Milan, Italy’s second-biggest city and known as the world’s “fashion capital.”

Included: Breakfast, Dinner at hotel

Accommodation:

★★★★ Crowne Plaza Milan-Linate or Similar

Optional Tours:

DAY 8

Milan - Verona - Venice

Glamorous Milan combines contemporary swagger with a rich history. Today, dive into this bustling city that embodies Italy’s passions for fashion, food and design. See magnificent Milan Cathedral and La Scala Opera House, where greats including Maria Callas and Luciano Pavarotti once performed. View the statue of Leonardo da Vinci fronting the theatre, and then travel to Verona, the fictional setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Admire its highlights on an orientation guided tour and see Juliet’s House, where a stone balcony celebrates the great love story. Later, leave Verona and stay overnight in the provincial town of Padova.

Included: Breakfast, Dinner at hotel

Accommodation:

★★★★ Crowne Plaza Padova or Similar

DAY 9

Venice - Montecatini

Board a ferry ride to Murano, the Glass Island, and then to the Venice Island. Our sightseeing tour of Venice Island includes the St. Mark's Basilica, the magical Piazza St. Marco, and the Bridge of Sighs. If you desire, you may want to take an unforgettable gondola ride and see the Grand Canal from the best vantage point. Later in the afternoon, continue traveling to Montecatini, where we spend the night.

Included: Breakfast, Dinner at hotel

Accommodation:

★★★★ Grand Hotel Francia & Quirinale or similar

Optional Tours:

DAY 10

Montecatini - Pisa - Florence - Rome

Today’s destination is Pisa, where you’ll marvel at the remarkable Leaning Tower of Pisa. After taking in the tower, continue by coach to Tuscany’s graceful capital, Florence. Considered the “Cradle of the Renaissance”, Florence was home to Renaissance luminaries including Dante, Michelangelo and Galileo. Take a walking tour of its signature sights, including the sumptuous red-tile Duomo, Baptistery, Signoria Square and St. Croce Basilica, and if you wish. Later, leave Florence for Rome.

Included: Breakfast

Accommodation:

★★★★ Holiday Inn Rome Eur Parco dei Medici or Similar

DAY 11

Rome

This morning, arrive in Rome, a UNESCO World Heritage site and sightseer’s paradise. Tour the best of Italy’s glorious capital, dubbed the “Eternal City”. See the Vatican City, the papal residence and spiritual center for the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics; stroll around St. Peter’s Basilica and Square, followed by an optional visit to the Vatican Museums to witness Michelangelo’s sublime Sistine Chapel ceiling fresco. Later photo stop at the ancient Colosseum as you hear of the grisly gladiatorial contests once staged here and witness other sights such as the Roman Forum, Constantine’s Triumphal Arch, the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain. The rest of the afternoon is yours to enjoy as you wish and, this evening, sit down to a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers.

Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation:

★★★★ Holiday Inn Rome Eur Parco dei Medici or Similar

Optional Tours:

DAY 12

Rome - USA

Savor the memories of your odyssey around Europe as you take your return flight to the USA.

Included: Breakfast

Itinerary Change Notice

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YOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES

Excellent bilingual (English & Chinese speaking) tour manager throughout the tour in Europe.

Sightseeing with specialist local guides in selected cities.

Deluxe 4-star Hotel accommodation for your comfort.

Full breakfast or buffet breakfast daily at hotel.

Lunches or dinners included as specified in the itinerary.

Admission fees for sightseeing attractions as denoted by an asterisk* in tour itinerary:

London - Windsor Castle, Tower of London 

Paris - Versailles Palace, Louvre Museum

Venice - Ferry Ride

Comfortable Eurostar Train from London to Paris.

Deluxe air-conditioned tour coach with professional service of drivers.

Airport group transfers in Europe on arrival (London) and departure (Rome). (Land+Air Packages only).

Group identification badge, luggage tag and document holder provided for your convenience and easy recognition.

Upgrade your trip

Create your ideal getaway with the following upgrade options. Extensions and upgrades can be added during the booking process or speak to one of our travel advisors to tailor your perfect trip.

Treat yourself to the most sought-after seats on our coaches — those in the first two or three rows. We assign 10 seats in the front rows on a first-come, first-served basis subject to availability. To pre-book these seats for less than $10 per day, select the front of coach seating option online in your Peony Tours account.

AVAILABLE AIRLINES AND GATEWAYS

Airfares included in the advertised Land + Air Package prices are from New York(JFK), including fuel surcharge and taxes/fees, not including any baggage fees or seat assignment fees.

Departures from other gateway cities, please add appropriate U.S. domestic add-on fares. For time zone of your gateway city, please call Peony Tours.

*Fares are subject to availability; for detailed gateway fares please view our dates & pricing

London The Tower Hotel or similar

★ ★ ★ ★

Nestled along the River Thames, The Tower Hotel, London, brings you into the midst of some of London’s most iconic landmarks and famous locations, including the Tower of London, the Shard and more.

Details

  • St Katharine's Way, London, E1W 1LD
  • +44 207 523 5063

Paris Renaissance Paris La Defense Hotel or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★

Make yourself at home in our spacious, contemporary hotel rooms and suites featuring plush bedding, soundproof windows, high-speed Wi-Fi and an array of entertainment options. Enjoy all-day dining on delicious French cuisine or sip wine with friends on the outdoor terrace at La Brasserie Restaurant & Bar. Our accessible location makes it easy for you to explore Paris; the shopping mall Les Quatre Temps, Grande Arche de la Defense and the Champs Elysées are just moments away.

Details

  • 60 Cours Valmy, Puteaux 92800, France
  • +33 1 41975050

Lucerne Astoria Hotel or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★

Lucerne: Switzerland is at its most beautiful here in the idyllic and urban heart that is Central Switzerland. Lake Lucerne with its crystal clear water, the imposing mountains, the fresh air, the fascinating architecture, art, culture and modern savoir-vivre are all charmingly brought together here to set the rhythm of life. You'll find the four-star Hotel Astoria right in the middle of it all, a sight to behold full of natural light. 

Details

  • Pilatusstrasse 29, 6002 Lucerne, Switzerland
  • +41 41 226 88 88

Milan Crowne Plaza Milan-Linate or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★

The Crowne Plaza Milan Linate is located near Milan Linate International Airport and just 7 Km far from Milan city centre. Piazza Duomo, the shopping area of Via Montenapoleone is also easy reachable by public transport. The Crowne Plaza Milan Linate hotel rooms provided with internet Wi-Fi access and Sat-TV. The hotel fitness centre and the sauna are at guests' disposal.

Details

  • Via K. Adenauer 3, San Donato Milanese, 20097, Italy
  • +39 02 516001

Venice Crowne Plaza Padova or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★

Stylish Padova hotel with a refined restaurant, complimentary Wi-Fi and extensive meeting facilities. At this hotel you can enjoy: A sauna and mini-gym, Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, Free parking, Our elegant, air-conditioned rooms all have desks and LCD TVs. 

Details

Montecatini Grand Hotel Francia & Quirinale or similar

★ ★ ★ ★

Francia & Quirinale Hotel sits in a prestigious yet quiet area of downtown Montecatini Terme, within walking distance from the town’s thermal springs and its beautiful park.

Details

  • Viale IV Novembre, 77, 51016 Montecatini Terme PT Italy
  • +39 0572 70271

Rome Holiday Inn Rome Eur Parco dei Medici or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★

The Holiday Inn® Rome Eur Parco Dei Medici in Rome that combines the high standards of the famous brand with the hotel s elegant style. Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport is a short shuttle ride away, with the hotel scheduled shuttle bus(with fees).  Explore Rome's sights, such as the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and Pantheon, all-around 30 minutes by public transport from the hotel. Shopping centres and a multiplex cinema are nearby.

Details

  • Viale Castello Della Magliana, 65, Rome 00148, Italy
  • +39 06 65581

Why not check out the optional excursions available on your tour and pre-book? Booking them in advance will save you money and hassle. Optional tours must be purchased 7 days prior to departure.
Special exchange rate: When you pre-book optional excursions in US Dollars you enjoy a discounted exchange rate, saving you money. Online prices are in USD for our European tours; on-site prices will be in Euros (EUR) or British Pounds (GBP) in the UK. 
Easy budgeting: Pre-booking your excursions makes budgeting for your vacation easy. You’ll find it easier to plan your spending money and you’ll need less cash during your vacation.

 

Online Purchase Window closes 7 days prior to departure 

Customer Reviews

GEMS OF EUROPE

         美好的西欧之旅     我们的父母都80多岁了,一直期盼着有一次西欧的旅行。为此,我们一直想找一家信誉良好的旅行社。正好有朋友去年跟随名人假期旅行,亲身体验后觉得这是一家信誉好且有很高职业素养的旅行社。我们也在多方了解之后确定了下来。     一切就绪之后,2019年3月6日,我们带着父母踏上了为期十二天的西欧之旅。在旅行期间,由于父母年事已高,特别是我妈行动不便,饮食上也有诸多忌口,导游Allen Hsu都尽其所能给予悉心地调整安排,让我父母觉得非常的贴心、感动,我们子女也非常感激。     尤其值得一提的是,我们这个团有各种年龄层的人,来自不同的地方。但聚在一起旅行时,导游Allen Hsu就像一个家长,尽量满足团员们的各种不同需求,及时解决旅行中遇到的各种突发事件。在大家感到疲倦的时候,他还会很风趣幽默地调节气氛,让我们觉得像生活在一个大家庭中,大家互帮互助,其乐融融,心里感到很温暖,也很踏实。在此也一并感谢随行的另一位导游kevin及全团朋友对我父母一路上的关心照顾。     结束西欧之行快两周了,我们全家聚在一起谈论的仍是这次旅行的种种美好回忆。真的很想念旅行团的每一个人。与你们相处的每一天,现在都还历历在目,特别温馨。真心希望有缘能再与你们相遇。     最后由衷地感谢名人旅行社为我们全家达成的这次圆满的西欧之旅,也期盼在不久的将来能再一次与名人假期同行......                                                                                                                    xihongyu xiruixia                        席红玉  席瑞霞                          2019年03月28日

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By RuiXia XI

GEMS OF EUROPE

Allen Hsu is fabulous with very high EQ and passion to help. He really cared about all the team members during this trip. He even called me prior to the trip to remind us what we should bring and should be alert in the trip.He always elaborated more about the history,culture and heritage of the area after local tour guide's interpretation. We are very pleased to have him as our tour manager. Hopefully we could have him sometime in the trip originated from Peony tours.Kevin, Allen's co-worker during this trip is also very well-experienced, knowledgeable and competent. In brief, we had remarkable west Europe tour with Peony tours.

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By Garry Shyu

GEMS OF EUROPE

我從來沒有在網路上寫過評論,但這次覺得應該把旅遊後的心得和大家分享。因為好的公司和工作人員,應該得到讚賞與鼓勵。 今年八月,我們全家參加了名人旅遊的歐洲精華之旅十二天。報名前,在網路上做了一些捜尋。有些人對名人旅行社的評價不是很好,可是由於名人的行程比較符合我們的需求,所以只好抱著忐忑的心情,打電話到舊金山名人旅遊,做進一步的詢問與報名。接電話的是Bobo,她親切的回答我的問題,並詳述報名手續等細節,之後只要我有任何疑問,她都會立刻解答。Bobo放假期間,Kenny 也為我們解決了一個機票上的問題,他們的服務品質和效率是非常值得肯定的。 歐洲旅遊期間,我們有一位認真負責,親切又有耐心的導遊-Eddie Chen 。由於他的專業與敬業,讓我們的旅遊既安心又舒適。旅程中,有時團員難免有些狀況,但從未看過Eddie 動氣或不耐。Eddie 學識淵博,每天鉅細靡遺的為我們講解歐洲的人文歷史。每到一處都有小叮嚀,免得我們惹上麻煩。他待人真誠、彬彬有禮,沒有一點商業氣息,跟一般的導遊非常不同,真是一位不可多得的好導遊!司機也很盡責,每天辛苦的載我們出、入,並將車廂打理得很乾淨,使我們的旅途平安又愉快。 住宿、用餐、和旅遊景點的安排也都不錯,雖然無法盡如人意,但大致上,這次的旅遊品質和以往的經驗相比,真的該為他們按一個讚! 最後,謝謝名人旅遊團隊的服務,讓我們全家有一個美好的假期。 see above

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By Paohun Wang

GEMS OF EUROPE

It is very nice to join this trip. Our tour leader Allen Hsu he's excellent and the driver Nico too. We enjoy this trip a lot. Highly recommended.Daisy from customer service she is very helpful and nice too.

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By Jiuanwon Sheu Lyou

GEMS OF EUROPE

ExcellentEnjoyable trip

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By Ah KOW Lum

GEMS OF EUROPE

Our tour manager is Allen Hsu. He is absolutely the most responsible guide I have ever seen. He arranged everything in a very considerate and responsible way. He takes care all of the details and he is very knowledgeable throughout the tour. I really felt grateful to him for all his hard work and his high sense of responsibility. From 1 to 10 with 10 being the highest, I would rank him a perfect 10! Because of him, I may take another trip with Peony Tours. I hope I will be fortunate to have him as my trip tour guide or somebody as responsible as he is. Overall, the trip was a very positive experience for me and my husband. We miss the trip, the group mates, and our tour guide Allen Hsu. Thank you, Peony Tours!

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By Rongqui Yi

GEMS OF EUROPE

We had a really great time. Our tour leader (Freddy Leung)is well organized and knowledgeable, help full and our coach drive was great we always felt secure and safe. Food excellent. I was a bit nervous about United airline check in took so long(Roma airport. Would highly recommend this tour!

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By Keith Lee

GEMS OF EUROPE

Mr. Allen Hsu did excellent tour's job on this trip. We all looking forward to following him the next wonderful trips.

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By yu cheng caesar sun

GEMS OF EUROPE

Allen Hsu did a great job be a tour leader. He was very professional and really took care everyone on the tour to make everyone was safe and well taken care of. We would like to have him again for our next tour.

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By Allen Lee

GEMS OF EUROPE

Very enjoyable tour. Experienced and humorous lead tour guide provided excellent services.

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By Thomas Chu

GEMS OF EUROPE

很满意响导的服务,会給朋友介绍贵旅行社!

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By yee seng chai

GEMS OF EUROPE

It was my first tour joining with peony and was more than I expected. All hotels are very clean and neat enough for resting after daily tour. All tour schedules are smoothly woven, coach bus was clean and comfortable for long distance drives and the best part of this tour was our tour conductor, Mr Eddy Chen. I really appreciate all his efforts to gide us from the airport to the airport. He has magnificent knowledge of history, geography informations and awesome street foods information as well. I respect his passion and professional service. Thank you again Eddy! You are the best conductor ever!! -Kim from San Francisco-

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By Sun Ju Kim

GEMS OF EUROPE

Very Good , Will join other tour next year

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By tony hor wang yu

GEMS OF EUROPE

安排很好。精彩但又不會過於緊湊 有自由行 無強人所難的推銷活動。25 人一團也很好導遊非常優秀 全團都照顧很好。 車子也很乾淨舒適 司機也都配合很好

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By San Fu Chu

GEMS OF EUROPE

景點安排很好 希望能安排進去參觀西敏寺 旅館有冷氣太棒了我們的導遊Mr. Nathan Xue 非常認真負責 態度溫和 學養豐厚解説詳細令人收穫頗多 自由行時 切切叮嚀 惟恐有人丟失。收費時也不會有濃厚商業氣息 最後一天還仔細教團員退稅 服務到家 實在是一位不可多得的鑽石導遊 我們大家都希望下一次出遊 薛先生能再次帶領 我們的車子 司機也很好是一次愉快的旅行😀😀😀

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By Yi Tzo Lee

GEMS OF EUROPE

Very organized and helpful.

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By William Wong

GEMS OF EUROPE

Eddie was excellent. Very organized, but also funny and personable.

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By Dennis Yuan

GEMS OF EUROPE

Eddie Chen, our guide for the tour, was the best tour guide I have had. He was organized, attentive, and helpful. He made this tour easy and pleasurable for us.

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By Cecilia Ho

GEMS OF EUROPE

We had a great time for 12 days in Europe tour,i would definitely recommend to my family's or friends to use this company based off this trip. My tour guide James Wang he's very nice tour leader. I hope to see you for my next trip.

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By LINH MY TRUONG

GEMS OF EUROPE

Great !

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By Zhaoxiang Wang

GEMS OF EUROPE

John was absolutely fantastic! He did a great job of answering questions, educating us about all of the sites, managing and balancing the group's desires and expectations, and planning separate additional activities. The Florentine Steak was especially amazing! He was also always approachable and personable and reliable. For Paris, Printemps was a pretty big waste of time for our family. It would have been nice to have more guidance on alternative activities. Verona felt relatively out of place. Juliet's house seemed like a relatively minor sight compared to the others and I would have preferred to have more time in Milan, Venice, or Florence. We also had way more free time there than we needed and I would have preferred if the time was allocated differently.

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By Kenny Deng

GEMS OF EUROPE

Very good tour guide.

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By Jinghua Wang

GEMS OF EUROPE

Mr. James Wang was a professional tour guide. He was considerate and passionate. He managed the time very well and we were well taken of. He informed us the following day's itinerary in detail each day. He is familiar with the cities we visited.

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By Yue Fong Lam

GEMS OF EUROPE

Very Good!Very Good

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