15 Day Rhine River Cruise with Italian Lakes, Swiss Alps, Paris & Bruges

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Cruise only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

Due to physical constraints and space limitations, wheelchairs and walkers are not allowed on motor coaches and/or river cruises. There are no elevators or chair lifts on board. Kindly refer to our Terms for additional information.

While sailing with Monarch Cruises, passengers are subject to the cruise's Terms & Conditions which can be viewed at: Monarch Cruises Terms & Conditions.


Know Before You Book - High & Low Water

European river cruising has gained in popularity for very good reason. It's a relaxing and convenient way to experience Europe while enjoying the comfort of a deluxe ship. However, before making the decision to reserve your vacation, please be aware of potential conditions which may impact your cruise. While most of the time river cruises operate exactly as planned, weather conditions may result in high or low water levels which impact a ship's itinerary and, on occasion, render a ship unable to sail at all. On very rare occasions, other events such as heavy fog, a damaged lock, or an incapacitated vessel blocking the river, may impact a sailing. These events typically occur with little or no notice. In the event that a cruise is partially or completely impacted, the itinerary will be operated by deluxe motor coach, accompanied by a Tour Manager, with overnights in hotels. The itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required, as well as meals. While it is not possible to recreate the more leisurely comforts of sailings, we will endeavor to provide a comparable itinerary. These alternative services will be provided at no additional charge.


Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. There is a potential for a small number of sailings to be impacted by river water levels, or other factors which may impact safe navigation. This may cause part or all of the cruise itinerary to be operated by motor coach and may also involve hotel accommodations. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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River Cruise Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Milan, Paris-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 13 nights accommodations
    • 2 Nights Como
    • 1 night Lucerne
    • 7 nights outside cabin aboard the First Class Monarch Countess
    • 1 Night Bruges
    • 2 Nights Paris
  • River port charges of $190 per person
  • Cruise porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 26 meals: 13 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring during excursions

Special Features

  • A scenic cruise on spectacular Lake Como takes you to the exquisite village of Bellagio
  • Walk the cobbled streets of tiny Breisach, a city that dates back over 4,000 years
  • Visit the Alsace capital of Strasbourg, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Stroll the lanes filled with quaint wine taverns in the lively village of Rüdesheim
  • View the mighty Lorelei Rock named for the siren "Lorelei" rising vertically from the waters
  • Discover 2000-year-old Koblenz, with its superb Romanesque architecture
  • Sail on the legendary Rhine to Cologne, capital of the Rhineland
  • In Amsterdam, board a glass-top boat and cruise the winding canals
  • Tour Brussels and Bruges in Belgium, two of Europe's most beautiful cities
  • Discover Paris, the “City of Lights,” with its endless treasures

River Cruise Features & Amenities

  • Captain's Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner
  • Wine and beer with dinners
  • Locally inspired recipes
  • Early riser breakfast in addition to buffet breakfast
  • Late night snack
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access in public areas
  • Self-serve coffee and tea station
  • Lounge serving premium spirits
  • Daily entertainment including an on-board musician
  • Fitness center
  • Non-smoking ship interior
  • Cruise Director & Activities Host throughout
  • Shore excursions conducted exclusively in English

Know Before You Book - High & Low Water

European river cruising has gained in popularity for very good reason. It's a relaxing and convenient way to experience Europe while enjoying the comfort of a deluxe ship. However, before making the decision to reserve your vacation, please be aware of potential conditions which may impact your cruise. While most of the time river cruises operate exactly as planned, weather conditions may result in high or low water levels which impact a ship's itinerary and, on occasion, render a ship unable to sail at all. On very rare occasions, other events such as heavy fog, a damaged lock, or an incapacitated vessel blocking the river, may impact a sailing. These events typically occur with little or no notice. In the event that a cruise is partially or completely impacted, the itinerary will be operated by deluxe motor coach, accompanied by a Tour Manager, with overnights in hotels. The itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required, as well as meals. While it is not possible to recreate the more leisurely comforts of sailings, we will endeavor to provide a comparable itinerary. These alternative services will be provided at no additional charge.

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. There is a potential for a small number of sailings to be impacted by river water levels, or other factors which may impact safe navigation. This may cause part or all of the cruise itinerary to be operated by motor coach and may also involve hotel accommodations. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for Italy
Depart for Italy

DAY 2, Thursday - Arrive in Milan, Lake Como
Welcome to Italy! Arrive in Milan and transfer to your hotel on the western shore of spectacular Lake Como, one of the world's most romantic destinations. The remainder of the day is at leisure to enjoy the beautiful new surroundings. Tonight, a briefing with your Tour Manager about the delightful journey that lies ahead
Overnight: Lake Como

DAY 3, Friday - Village of Bellagio
Begin the day in this paradise with a scenic morning cruise on Lake Como to the exquisite village of Bellagio, named "The Pearl" of Lake Como. Nestled amid cypress groves, its earthy colored buildings climb up from the lakeside promenade. Wander along the narrow streets and alleyways, lined with craft shops, boutiques and cafés; or visit some of the gorgeous gardens with manicured lawns and fountains at Villa Melzi or Villa Serbelloni. Upon return, time to experience the delights of this lakeside town with its spectacular mountain views, wonderful restaurants, and boutiques
Overnight: Lake Como
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Saturday - Lake Lugano, St. Gotthard Tunnel, Lucerne's Old City
Travel this morning to Lugano in southern Switzerland's Italian-speaking Ticino region on the northern shore of glacial Lake Lugano. Its Swiss-Mediterranean mix of cultures is similar to Italy's northern Lombardy region and reflected in its architecture. The palm trees give way to Alpine peaks and glaciers as you continue heading north traversing through the St. Gotthard Tunnel built under the Swiss Alps. On your journey to Lucerne, pass magnificent Alpine scenery, roaring waterfalls and running rivers. In the stunning lakeside Swiss city of Lucerne, get acquainted with the city on your walking tour to the sentimental Lion Monument, the 14th Century Chapel Bridge and the cobbled streets of the well-preserved medieval Altstadt (Old Town)
Overnight: Lucerne
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Sunday - Cruise Embarkation in Basel
The day is yours to independently discover Lucerne, in the heart of central Switzerland. Wander through the lively streets, over bridges and along the picturesque lakeshore. Shop to your heart's content for chocolates, watches, the famous Swiss and German cuckoo clocks, or sip coffee at an outdoor café and just "people-watch". Perhaps, join the exciting optional tour to the summit of Mt. Pilatus. Ascend the world's steepest cogwheel railway that winds up through lush meadows and sparkling mountain streams to nearly 7,000 feet. After time to admire the splendid panoramic views, descend by aerial cableway. This afternoon travel to Basel. After arrival formalities, time to relax on board. Tonight, a gala Welcome Dinner sets the mood for your delightful river cruise
Optional: Mount Pilatus Tour (AM)
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Monday - Breisach Walking Tour
Arrive this morning in the small town of Breisach that dates back over 4,000 years. On your walking tour along the cobbled streets lined with pastel-painted houses, it's hard to believe this town was mostly destroyed in WWII and then totally restored to its original beauty. View the towering Romanesque and Gothic St. Stephansmunster Cathedral, a highlight of the city. Spend free time in town, or, join the optional tour to Colmar in France, known as Alsace's most beautiful city with its dramatic steep pitched roofs, pastel stucco and distinctive French shutters accented by window boxes filled with colorful geraniums. At the end of your tour, stop by a local wine maker to sample a few of the region's varietals
Optional: Colmar City Tour (PM)
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Tuesday - Strasbourg City Tour
A lovely day awaits you in Strasbourg, the capital of Alsace, situated on the border of France and Germany, blending the cultures of both countries. Discover Strasbourg on the tour highlighting the city's center, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Of special note is the stunning Gothic Cathedral, an exquisite example of late Gothic architecture that houses one of the finest astronomical clocks in existence. See the magical La Petite France district, home to quaint shops and charming bistros, Place Kleber, a large historic square in the center of the city and Place Gutenberg, dedicated to the inventor of the printing press. This evening, the ship sets sail toward Speyer
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Wednesday - Morning in Speyer & Evening in Rudesheim
This morning arrive in Speyer. Perhaps take a refreshing morning walk through this picturesque town founded by the Romans, or alternatively, join the optional tour to Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany and inspiration for some of the world's greatest writers and artists. The ship will continue sailing this morning and passengers joining the tour will rejoin the ship at lunchtime and relax on board this afternoon. After dinner, arrive in Rudesheim, a lively village in the heart of the Rhine; perhaps take a leisurely walk through town or visit a quaint wine tavern
Optional: Heidelberg City Tour (AM)
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Thursday - Morning Cruising & Afternoon in Koblenz
This morning take in the spectacular vistas as the ship sails past castles perched on lofty cliffs, terraced vineyards and tiny villages. Pass the mighty Lorelei Rock on the eastern bank of the Rhine rising vertically from the waters, named for the siren "Lorelei" who bewitched sailors passing by. After lunch on board, the ship docks in Koblenz, located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. Join an orientation walk and free time to explore the Romanesque architecture and imposing defensive towers of this 2000-year old city. Or, join the optional tour to the dramatic Marksburg Castle, the only hill castle on the Rhine that's never been destroyed and has been continuously occupied for over 700 years
Optional: Marksburg Castle (PM)
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Friday - Cologne City Tour
Today the ship will dock in Cologne, one of Germany's largest cities and capital of the Rhineland. Your walking tour of the city is highlighted by the soaring, twin-steeple Gothic cathedral that is the geographical and spiritual heart of the city. Known for its vibrant art scene, Cologne abounds with cafes, galleries, shops and taverns. The ship will set sail just before dinner this evening
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Saturday - Amsterdam City Tour
Cruise into Amsterdam as you enjoy breakfast on board, and join a panoramic tour of 700-year-old Amsterdam. View the Royal Palace on Amsterdam's Dam Square, the Queen's official home-away-from-home. On to the Dutch National Monument dedicated by Queen Juliana as a memorial to the victims of WWII and to the unusual Skinny Bridge, once so narrow that pedestrians could not pass each other. Then, board a glass-top boat and cruise the winding canals for an up-close view of the stately historic homes, 16th-century warehouses and charming churches with striking bell towers. This evening bid farewell to your traveling companions on your final night on board
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12, Sunday - Tour Brussels, Bruges Orientation Walk
This morning, disembark your ship and travel through the countryside to reach Brussels. In Belgium's capital city, view the gigantic Atomium, that still remains from the 1958 World Expo, the Palace of Justice and the Grand Place, a re-created 15th century town square with decorated guild houses. Stroll the city center with the well-known Manneken Pis bronze sculpture before continuing to your journey to Bruges. Enjoy an orientation walk through one of Europe's most beautiful cities. This afternoon walk along the picturesque cobbled lanes lined with historic churches and whitewashed almshouses. View the Lake of Love (Minnewater), the Beguinage convent and Our Lady's Church, housing the astonishing Madonna statue by Michelangelo. This evening, treat yourself to an extraordinary dinner or perhaps just sample the city's famous chocolate and beer
Overnight: Bruges
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13, Monday - Afternoon in Paris, the "City of Lights"
On to Paris, the "City of Lights." Upon arrival, start your discovery of one of the world’s greatest cities with its endless treasures. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Perhaps, visit the bustling Montmartre and see spectacular views of the city, visit the Basilica of Sacre Coeur, and walk the winding streets to mingle with the street artists selling their wares at Place du Tertre Shop
Overnight: Paris
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14, Tuesday - Tour of Paris
Drive along the famous Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe, Concorde Square, and the iconic Eiffel Tower, symbol of Paris. On to the celebrated "Rive Gauche," the vivacious Left Bank where artists, philosophers and writers in a long gone era flourished in the artistic community at Montparnasse. View the imposing Cathedral of Notre Dame, and the Latin Quarter, home to many of France’s higher education establishments, such as the Sorbonne. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure or join the optional tour to magnificent Versailles to witness the grandeur of French classical architecture on the visit to the Palace and extravagant State Apartments
Optional: Versailles Apartments (PM)
Overnight: Paris
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15, Wednesday - Depart France
This morning, transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Mount Pilatus Tour

Ascend the world's steepest cogwheel railway which winds up through lush meadows carpeted with Alpine flowers, past sparkling mountain streams and fascinating rock faces to Mt. Pilatus. After admiring splendid views of the Bernese Oberland and the snowcapped Swiss peaks from the summit at nearly 7000 feet, descend by aerial cableway and return to Lucerne.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

*From November to May and in the event of adverse weather, the cogwheel will be replaced by the aerial cable car.

Day #5 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2020 $99.00
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Colmar City Tour

Situated on the Alsatian wine route, Colmar is a picturesque city well known for its half-timbered houses and series of canals, known as "Little Venice." During your guided walking tour, view the highlights of the city's architectural heritage, mostly spared during the French Revolution and subsequent wars of the 19th and 20th centuries. Today, Colmar is known as Alsace’s most beautiful city with its dramatic steep pitched roofs, pastel stucco and distinctive French shutters accented by window boxes filled with colorful geraniums. At the end of your tour, stop by a local wine maker to sample a few of the region's varietals.

Advance purchase is highly recommended for this tour. Tickets are limited to a maximum of 90 passengers per departure and might not be available for purchase locally.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #6 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $68.00
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Heidelberg City Tour

Heidelberg is one of Germany’s most scenic cities. For hundreds of years the city's medieval splendor has inspired some of the world's greatest artists and authors. This tour takes you through the city, with views of the historic Old Town, the expansive ruins of Heidelberg Castle, and the Neckar River. Fortunately, the city was spared from destruction during WWII, leaving buildings dating to the Middle Ages completely intact. Today, the city is a bustling, vibrant center for education and the arts, seamlessly blending the modern and the traditional.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #8 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $62.00
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Marksburg Castle Tour

Join a guided tour of the dramatic Marksburg Castle, the only hill castle on the Rhine that has never been destroyed. The castle has been continuously occupied for over 700 years and houses a host of artifacts that bring the Middle Ages to life.

*This tour will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes.

Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #9 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $52.00
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Palace of Versailles

Relive the glorious period of Louis XIV, XV and XVI as you pace one of the largest and most influential formal gardens in the world. Today's tour takes you to Versailles Palace to witness the grandeur of French classical architecture. Visit the Palace and extravagant State Apartments, including a guided visit to the Reception Halls, the Royal Bedroom, and the Hall of Mirrors. You will also have time to walk the palace grounds and formal gardens, designed by Andre le Notre, at your leisure. Enjoy VIP access and skip the lines on this unforgettable tour.

Approximate tour duration is 4.5 hours.

Day #14 16 Apr 2019 - 07 Apr 2020 $92.00
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Margaret and I had a truly wonderful time. Totally satisfied. Made new friends and enjoyed our trip very much, an experience of a lifetime. Myranne, our main guide, was fabulous and the tour guides at each site were very well informed and made the trip worth while. Hotels, locations and food were great. We were lucky to have perfect weather, late April seemed to be a great time to go. Have told others to use Gate 1.

Tom T. Geneseo, NY
9 Day Enchanting Italy: Rome, Florence & Venice, April 2018
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The trip was wonderful. Full of good experiences and so many things to see. Our guide was terrific and his concern for our well being and satisfaction was very comforting! I would strongly encourage all my friends to consider this trip in the future.

Martha A. New Whiteland, IN
9 Day Classic Sicily, April 2018
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It was a fantastic trip. We enjoyed the Sicily visit very much. Trip was made special with our tour guide Flavia Condorelli. She made sure we were out on time to allow our bus to be the first tour at all the sites, very knowledgeable on the history of Sicily. Also need to add that the accommodations and lunches/dinners provided were outstanding. The Sicilian food was one of my highlights of the trip.

Herb F. Benicia, CA
11 Day Enchanting Italy, April 2018
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My wife and I can not think of one thing Gate 1 could have done better . We never expected to see so much. Our days were just filled with new wonderful sights. Our tour guide Myrian was the best. She was so organized ,funny and knowledgeable I can't say enough about her so thank you Gate 1 for a trip we will never forget.

Michael K. Old Forge, PA
9 Day Enchanting Italy: Venice, Florence & Rome, April 2018
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Our trip was very enjoyable. We had a wonderful tour manager: Francesca Mafolina. She's very caring, loving, funny and helpful. She made our trip so easy, comfortable and stress-free. We will definitely tour with Gate 1 again.

Hsiu-chin W. Lawrenceville, NJ
Cinque Terre, Parma, Bologna & Lakes, April 2018
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We had a WONDERFUL trip...We were very pleased with the chance to sample local cuisine and wine. We enjoyed the smaller villages and feeling more immersed in the Italian culture. The weather was perfect, seeing the Alps every day was a real treat. Riccardo's choices of where to eat, to sample wines of the region, or try a local food specialty, was very much appreciated. We will continue to explore Gate 1 small group experiences if it continues to follow this model.

Glen B. Eugene, OR
16 Day Tuscany & Amalfi with Como, Venice & Rome, April 2018
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We had a great trip & a fabulous time on our 16-day tour of Italy with Gate 1 Travel. It exceeded our expectations! Our tour manager, Fabio Rapisardi, was professional, friendly, caring & concerned that everyone was pleased & enjoying their experience. He was the straw that stirred the drink on this tour and has set a high bar for the tour managers on future trips we will be taking with Gate 1 Travel. We thought we got a very good value for what we paid but Fabio with his personal touch, management skills, recommendations for our free time and again his care & concern that everyone was pleased & enjoying the trip made it, by far, the best group tour vacation we ever experienced! Based on the quality of the airline, hotels, meals, local tours, bus transport, transfers, plus other services provided & of course Fabio's management of the trip/tour we feel we can recommend Gate 1 Travel to our family and friends without any reservations. Thank you for a wonderful trip & great memories!

Rich A. Dallastown, PA
10 Day Northern Italy with Venice & Tuscany, April 2018
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Absolutely wonderful. Ana was great as a tour manager and the guides obviously knew about their cities. Great group to travel with, all on time and friendly. Looking forward to another trip, already booked to Spain in the fall.

Ann B. Milton, NH
8 Day Essential Italy, April 2018
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It was a fantastic experience! I would recommend Gate 1 to anyone. Our guide, Francesco was knowledgeable, organized and very helpful. I would not hesitate to use Gate 1 again.

Lucretia H. Livonia, MI
12 Day Danube River Cruise with Prague, March 2018
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We were on the Danube River Cruise with Prague March 24th. Wonderful! Everything met or exceeded our expectations. The Monarch Baroness was beautiful and spotless. Lorin, our cruise director, was very personable and knowledgeable, as well as Saber, the activities director. Susannah and her hotel crew were wonderful. The meals were delicious and the presentation beautiful. Kris, our waiter, was great. The local guides were all knowledgeable about their areas. Our hotel in Prague, the Imperial, was beautiful and Mira was very helpful. Definitely the trip was tops on our list. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the trip and Gate1 to anyone.

Judy H. Atlanta, GA
11 Day Affordable Italy with Sorrento, March 2018
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We had a wonderful trip. Our guide, Vanni Morelli, was fantastic. He is funny and knowledgeable and caring. We could not have asked for better. This was so much better than our cruise trip a few years ago

Carole M. Neptune Beach, FL
8 Day Enchanting Italy, March 2018
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We had a wonderful time, so informative, great tour guide Francesco, so much beauty to behold, from the water taxi to the hotel, the gondola, the tiramisu, the lasagna, the winery tour, shopping in Florence, the architecture,Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel and the wonderful works of Michelangelo! Well organized, and we had a great fun loving time with our fellow Gate 1 travelers. Thank you for a great experience and fond memories!

Charise S. Raleigh, NC
9 Day Affordable Sicily, March 2018
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Good trip. Flavia was great. All the hotels but one (seaside resort) were located in areas where there was easy walking to other restaurants, shops, etc. Accommodations were all reasonable. Local guides were good.

Lisa S. Alexandria, VA
11 Day Affordable Italy with Sorrento, March 2018
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It was wonderful! Can’t say enough wonderful things about Ana our tour manager. She took good care of us and saw to it that we got a look at Italian culture. The trip was simply excellent and I would recommend Gate 1 to all my friends. Rita Hall

Rita H. Indianapolis, IN
10 Day Affordable Italy with Pompeii, March 2018
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GREAT TRIP!! Wonderful adventure but a lot of walking. The local tour people were very knowledgeable and interested in the group learning about Italy’s treasures. The local director in Rome, Marissa, was especially attentive and related so many interesting tidbits and anecdotes. The Gate1 people were also great and caring – especially Heidi - who phoned us two days in advance to warn us of the impending snow in New York (where we were to connect to the Italy flight) in order to re-route us so we could get to Venice on time. Thanks! This was our third Gate1 trip and we have scheduled our fourth for June of this year.

Lawrence S. Surprise, AZ
9 Day Rome, Florence & Venice by Rail, March 2018
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Thank you for the email. The trip was outstanding!!! I could not have had asked for a better weather, time, and everything in between.

Adolfo N. Washington, DC
9 Day Four Star Venice, Florence & Rome by Rail , March 2018
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OMG!!!! Trip to Italy was so awesome words cannot describe. Gate 1 delivered everything you said you would. The emails contained all our information from departure to return. The hotels in Venice, Florence and Rome were outstanding. Now the tour guides... what can I say besides OUTSTANDING!!!! I wish i could have videoed each tour. The information they gave us, was beyond anything you can read in a book. Their home country touches, stories and memories made the whole tour even more special. Our group of nine family members were treated so great.! Our Mom who turned 80 in Dec. was treated as if she was their Mom!! Extra concern for her safety, to making her feel as special as she is, too finding elevators where they could!! Our family will use Gate1 again, hopefully soon!!!!

Sharon B. Amery, WI
9 Day Affordable Sicily, March 2018
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Our trip was great! Two thumbs up for our tour guide, Flavia, and our driver Raymundo. It was just the right mix of time on our own and group activities. I was somewhat apprehensive about taking a coach tour... The "comfort" stops along our route were timed just right...We liked that we weren't changing hotels every night...The food was great. And the coffee! And the wine! I just wish I would have picked up a recipe book so that I could try to reproduce some of our favorite dishes back home.

Mary B. Caledonia, MI
6 Day Rome Special, February 2018
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We had fun. Weather was rough as we left in the snow storm but Rome was great. Mercedes the tour guide was wonderful and a trooper through the weather. We saw what we came to see and more!!! We hope to book again with you all. The hotel staff was fabulous. Donatello was a good hotel.

Quentin P. Brooklyn, NY
8 Day Affordable Italy, February 2018
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I enjoyed the trip to Italy in its entirety. Letizia, the tour manager must be commended for her organizational skills and her humanity. Marco, the driver for the group, was a true professional. At each tour stop, there were guides who were truly knowledgeable about each site. I'm already looking at Gate1 for a trip to Spain and Portugal.

Sara-Ann F. Brooklyn, NY
11 Day Affordable Italy with Naples, February 2018
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Our trip was wonderful! Our tour manager, Martin, was the absolute Best! The tours, hotels and all activities exceeded our expectations, not to mention the extraordinary food in Italy, really wonderful. We plan to keep in touch with some of our tour companions, and we plan to travel with Gate 1 again and again. We have favored cruises in the past, but this land tour has converted our thinking. Thanks Gate 1, see you soon!

Janice D. Bakersfield, CA
9 Day Rome, Florence & Venice by Rail, February 2018
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Accomodations in all three cities were very satisfactory. Moreover the tour guides were exceptional, particularly our local guide in Venice. We were happy with the logistics (transportation and proximity of the hotels to the rail stations). We will definitely use Gate 1 again.

Paul M. Whittier, CA
8 Day Tuscany Fly & Drive with Milan, February 2018
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Best trip ever. Everything you promised and more. Airlines was fantastic, car rental was easy and fast and hotel was in the middle of town. Thank you for a great trip

Edwin D. Fairfax, VA

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