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The Leonardo da Vinci grand tour of Europe

12 days from $6,885pp

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Tour highlights

  • Examine the Mona Lisa with an expert local guide in the Louvre in Paris.

  • Stroll through Leonardo’s chateau and gardens in the Loire valley where he died.

  • Visit the Queen’s Gallery in Buckingham Palace to view the Royal Collection of da Vinci drawings.

  • Explore a room dedicated to Leonardo’s work on a guided tour of Uffizi Gallery.

Price includes

  • In-destination transfers
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • All accommodations

Itinerary idea in detail

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  • Upon arrival in Florence you'll be met by your driver and driven to your hotel in Florence. The rest of the day is at leisure, we suggest a self-guided walking tour of the city.

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  • This morning meet your guide in your hotel and visit Uffizi Gallery, with a focus on the room dedicated to Da Vinci.

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  • Your private driver will meet you and transfer you to Florence station where you will take the high-speed train to Milan. Upon arrival you will meet your driver and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore Milan.

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  • This morning meet your guide and together explore the city of Milan. A particular highlight will be a visit to Da Vinci's masterpiece, the Last Supper.

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  • Meet your driver and transfer to Milan Linate Airport to take the short flight to London. Upon arrival into London Heathrow you'll be met by your private driver and driven to your hotel in the heart of London. The rest of the day is at your leisure, we suggest exploring the pretty Kensington area and nearby Hyde Park. Once you've settled in, make your way to the meeting point for a shared Afternoon Tea Bus tour of London, which showcases the iconic highlights of the city including Big Ben, Trafalgar Square and the Tower of London, whilst you indulge in a traditional English afternoon tea with champagne.

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  • You have a full day today at leisure to visit da Vinci exhibitions in some of England's best museums. Begin in the Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace, where a collection of over 200 drawings is on display until mid-October. Tickets for this are included. Continue at your leisure to visit other da Vinci masterpieces in the National Gallery and the British Museum.

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  • Make your own way to London St Pancras train station this morning, to board the Eurostar train to Paris. Your private driver will take you from the station to your hotel and after check in, you’ll have the afternoon at leisure to explore the city’s extensive Renaissance architecture.

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  • Together with your private guide this morning, you will visit the vast Louvre Museum with a focus on the Mona Lisa.

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  • For the final leg of your journey, you’ll take a train to the Loire Valley, and stay in the bustling medieval town of Amboise.

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  • Set out on foot through the town with your private guide this morning to visit the artist’s final residence, the Château Clos Lucé and its beautiful grounds where many of his inventions still remain.

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  • Take a morning train back to Paris for a day at leisure.

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  • Your private driver will take you to the airport today for your flight home.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodation, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

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