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Florence

Florence – Montecatini Terme, Italy

After breakfast it’s only a   30-minute ride toFlorence, a treasure trove of  art and architecture. A guided walking tour includes the Piazza del Duomo, Giotto’s Baptistry with the famous bronze doors by Ghiberti, Michelangelo’s statue of David, and admission to the Accademia. After the walking tour, there’s free time to satisfy your individual interests. Return to Montecatini […]

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Pisa tower

Pisa – Montecatini Terme, Italy

This is the perfect place and time to slow down a little with a leisure morning excursion to the intriguing Leaning Tower of Pisa, followed by a relaxing afternoon in the delightful laid-back town of Montecatini-Terme. Enjoy dinner on your own tonight, or if you are a culinary aficionado, consider joining the optional “Tuscan Wine […]

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Verona

Verona – Montecatini Terme, Italy

After breakfast, visit the nearby town of Verona, immortalized by the love story of Romeo and Juliet. Verona’s Roman Arena dates back to 80 A.D., and it is still used for occasional open-air performing arts events. Just south of Verona, we cross the fertile Po River Valley on the way to the Tuscan Spa Resort […]

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Venice

Venice – Bussolengo, Italy

Full-day excursion to legendary Venice, where all transportation is done by a variety of watercraft, consisting of gondolas, Speedboats (taxis), freight barges and large passenger boats. Meander through the Grand Canal to the magnificent Piazza San Marco, with the imposing St. Mark’s Cathedral and Campanile. After the walking tour, you will have ample time to further […]

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Gotthard Pass – Lugano, Switzerland & Lago di Garda – Bussolengo, Italy

Church bells break the silence of the night and welcome another glorious day. Travel  through William Tell Country, the Swiss Lakes region and the spectacular Gotthard Tunnel to Lugano, oft-referred to as the “Rio de Janeiro of the Old Continent”. After a stop in Lugano, cross the border into Italy and travel past Milan and Bergamo […]

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Lake Lucerne Area

After a leisure breakfast, enjoy a funicular ride in the surrounding mountains. Upon return to the valley, visit some of Lucerne’s principal sights such as the Old City Wall, the Covered Bridge and the famous Lion Monument in the Glacier Garden. This inspiring stone carving, hewn out of natural rock, commemorates the heroic Swiss soldiers […]

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France to Switzerland

France to Switzerland

A mid- morning departure affords a little time for a stroll through the historic old town center of Beaune. Then travel through northeastern France to the formerly fortified city of Belfort, and continue to the Rhine Port city of Basel, strategically located at the point where France, Germany and Switzerland conjoin. Basel is the starting point […]

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Max Collie Jr

Max Colley Jr

Max Colley Jr. –  Biography Max Colley Jr. received his B.A. degree from Calvin College and his M.A. from Grand Valley State University. He taught music at Northview Public Schools for 40 years from 1970 until 2010. Mr. Colley has been a saxophone instructor at Grand Rapids Community College and Calvin College and was Associate […]

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Paris – Beaune

Free morning in Paris to catch up on your sightseeing, to take a walk along the Champs Elysées, or perhaps to do a little shopping. We leave Paris at noon and motor, via the idyllic town of Auxerre, to the ancient and historic walled city of Beaune, wine capital of Burgundy and one of the […]

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Paris

The day starts with a boat ride on the Seine River, featuring many of the historical buildings and monuments that have become symbols of Paris. The tour manager will help you get oriented with the city center by pointing out the locations of Notre Dame Cathedral, Eiffel Tower, Louvre Palace, Place d’Etoile and Champs Elysées. […]

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Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

Paris

Aaah, Paris, “La Ville Lumiere” – City of Lights. Upon arrival at the Paris airport, transfer to the hotel. The balance of the day is yours to rest up from the flight, or to jumpstart your exploration of Paris. Consider taking an afternoon walk through the colorful old town section of Montmartre, crowned with the […]

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