This amazing escorted holiday in Europe explore the essential destinations in Italy, Switzerland and France. Begin your journey in the eternal city of Rome, with guided sightseeing of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. See Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgement, and visit St. Peter’s Square and Basilica to see the artist’s only signed sculpture, the Pieta. Imagine gladiators fighting as you near the Roman Forum for a visit to the ancient Colosseum. Continue through Italy to stay in Florence—the cradle of the Renaissance. Visit the Academy of Fine Arts to see Michelangelo’s masterpiece, David. Stand before the magnificent cathedral to admire Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gates of Paradise,” and sculptures of Signoria Square. From Florence, travel to Venice, entering the city by private boat. Visit St. Mark’s Square to admire its Byzantine basilica, clock tower, Doges’ Palace, and the Bridge of Sighs. See a traditional glass blower create works of art, and enjoy an authentic pasta dinner and a private water-taxi ride on Venezia’s Grand Canal. On to the Swiss Alps! Stop in Bellinzona to sip famed regional Merlot with a wonderful view from Castelgrande. Continue to Lucerne amid the grandeur of the Alps and St. Gotthard Pass. See Lucerne’s Lion Monument to Swiss Guards of the French Revolution, and cross the Chapel Bridge to explore the lovely city. From Basel, take a high-speed train to Paris. Spend two nights in the “City of Light” for sightseeing, a Seine River cruise, and lots of free time to explore.