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Optional Experiences & Local Recommendations

Sign up for additional sightseeing and dining experiences through your Travel Director with our selection of Optional Experiences. Your knowledgeable Travel Director can recommend plenty of activities, such as shopping, museum tours and historical site visits, to enjoy during your free time. They'll even make bookings for you at local restaurants and attractions.


Chenonceaux, France

Explore Château de Chenonceau

You are introduced to the splendour and luxury of French court life with a visit to Château de Chenonceau. Set on elegant arches spanning the River Cher, it is said to be one of the most beautiful buildings in existence. A local expert recounts tales of King Henri II's mistress, Diane de Poitiers, as you tour the home she loved, but from which she was driven by the vengeful Queen, Catherine de Medici. One of the jewels of the French Renaissance, admire the rich decor, stroll beneath the trees of the Board Walk and the formal gardens where roses and clipped lavender are laid out in typical French style.

Related Tour: Normandy, Brittany & the Loire Valley

Lake Maggiore, Italy

Three Lakes Experience

See why this area has long been a favourite of film stars, writers, diplomats and royalty! Travel along Lake Maggiore past the mystical castles of Cannero, towards the peaks of the Alps. The Swiss resort of Lugano nestles between the mountains and celestial blue waters - stroll along its palm and cypress lined promenade and enjoy its restaurants. Then to Lake Como, one of Italy’s most spectacular lakes where a private cruise puts into perspective the stunning vistas and villas of the rich and famous.

Related Tour: Italian Escapade

Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy

See the Breathtaking Dolomites

Explore the colourful peaks and sheer valleys of the Dolomites – one of the most impressive mountain ranges in the Alps. Your full-day of discovery includes a thrilling cable car ride to the summit of one of the peaks for breathtaking 360 degree views. In a unique combination of nature and history, learn about the incredible war waged in the mountains with a visit to a WWI museum. Complimentary coffee and strudel is included.

Related Tour: Country Roads of Northern Italy

Krakow, Poland

Dinner and Polka

Enjoy a generous selection of traditional Polish cuisine and drinks in the countryside outside Krakow. A local, beautifully-dressed folk group and live band will entertain you with songs and dances and you might even get to join them for a polka or two! Don't miss this enjoyable evening.

Related Tour: Highlights of Poland