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Mexico City

Day 1:
Arrive at the Benito Juarez Mexico City International Airport. Transfer to hotel.

Day 2:
In the morning, go on a hop-on hop-off bus tour of Mexico City. The tour features up to 21 stops, and allows you to get off the bus at any time to explore; then get back on when im ready to see the next attraction! The tour stops at some of the most popular spots in the city, including archaeological, modern and contemporary sites. In the afternoon, I have the option to continue on the second part of the hop-on hop-off bus tour or return to my hotel.

Day 3:
After breakfast, I'll travel to the Shrine of Guadalupe, one of the most famous shrines in Mexico. I'll then continue to the archeological site of Teotihuacan, where I'll admire its monumental pyramids and temples. I'll stop by an arts and crafts center before heading back to my hotel.

Day 4:
In the morning, enjoy a tour of Mexico City landmarks. I'll see many symbolic sites of Mexico City, including the World Trade Center, Olympic Stadium and the lava gardens of San Angel. After the tour, I'll travel to Xochimilco, where I'll ride in an Aztec boat. Next, visit the colonial district of Coyoacan and admire its historic mansions and impressive paintings at the Church of Saint John the Baptist.

Day 5:
Following breakfast, tour the city of Cuernavaca, a favorite escape for Mexico City residents. While here, I'll have the chance to see the Palace of Cortes, which was built by Hernan Cortes and is considered one of the most historic buildings in Cuernavaca. I'll also visit the restored Cuernavaca Cathedral.
Then continue to the city of Taxco, known for its silver mining. I'll visit the church of Santa Prisca before returning to Mexico City.Then at evening Transfer to Benito Juarez International Airport.

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Cuba

DAY ONE – HAVANA
Settling into the magic of Cuba! On Day One i will get your first taste of genuine Cuban hospitality as i move into your Casa Particular (Cuban home stay, or B&B, Cuban style!) in Central Havana. Here i will meet my guide to discuss the finer details of my tour itinerary and accompany him or her to a local Paladar, which is a family-run restaurant, for your evening meal. Afterwards there is the opportunity to sample some of Havana’s lively nightlife at one of the city’s famous Havana Jazz Clubs. A great way to statt your Classic Cuba Tour!

DAY TWO – SANTA CLARA VIA CHE GUEVARA MEMORIAL
On Day Two I will set off for Santa Clara. En-route we will visit the Che Guevara mausoleum and memorial, where the mortal remains of this Cuban revolutionary are interred. Here I will learn about how Guevara played a pivotal role in the demise of the dictator Batista and the rise of Fidel Castro, a turning point in the Cuban revolution.

Santa Clara was the site of the last battle in the Cuban Revolution in 1958, and there are many tributes to the city’s troubled history to be seen on my guided tour through the town. There are also many interesting buildings in rather eclectic architectural styles, and I can visit a really interesting cigar factory and the trendy La Casa de la Cuidad where the progressive young artists in the town can be found.

DAY THREE – TRINIDAD
After breakfast it’s on to one of the highlights of MY Classic Cuba tour – the lovely city of Trinidad. This Spanish colonial city is so beautifully preserved that many call it an “outdoor museum” where every building tells a story. My guide will take me on a city tour to showcase some of the highlights of the city and i can spend the evening soaking up the atmosphere in one of the music venues.

DAY FOUR – TRINIDAD
On Day Four, I have a whole day to explore! My guide is there to assist with booking any excursions I may like to go on. I can stay in town and meander along ancient cobbled streets enjoying the vibrant colours and sounds that are pure Cuba, or visit one of the great beaches nearby – Playa Ancon is the best. I can also visit some of the ruins of the 19th century sugar mills in the Valle de los Ingenios. After sunset its time to enjoy the music and the great atmosphere at a salsa show.

DAY FIVE – HAVANA
Back in Havana I have some unfinished business! There are many places to visit and booking a tour which focuses on my particular interests is the best way to fit as much as possible into a short time. My guide will be on hand to make the arrangements for me, and can also arrange airport transfers if required.On the last day of my tour I will have the opportunity to use MY guide to tick off any last minute activities I want to do. Airport transfers can be arranged on request.

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Paris, France

Day 1
Follow the itinerary for One Day in Paris: Arc de Triomphe, Avenue des Champs-Élysées, Rue du Faubourg St-Honoré, Palais d l'Élysée, Place de la Concorde, Jardin des Tuileries, Musée du Louvre, Île de la Cité, Cathédrale de Notre-Dame, Place St-Michel, the back streets of the Left Bank (Quartier Latin) and, if you choose, a cruise on the River Seine, followed by a very good dinner in a simple bistro or elegant restaurant.

Day 2
Go to the Ile de la Cité to visit the Towers of Notre-Dame, then to the nearby Palais de Justice to admire the splendid Sainte Chapelle and the gloomy Conciergerie, then explore the Latin Quarter and the Invalides before taking the Métro to the Trocadéro station for a walk downhill to the Eiffel Tower and Champ-de-Mars.

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Day 3
In the morning, go to Montmartre to see the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur and the artist-filled Place du Tertre.

In the afternoon, choose a few more of Paris' excellent museums for visits. There are dozens. The one(s) you choose can be dictated by your own tastes, but I'd recommend the Musée d'Orsay, the Carnavalet (the museum of the history of Paris) and, depending upon the exhibitions, the displays in the Centre Pompidou or the Grand Palais.

If you have time left, spend it people-watching in Parisian cafés, and in nice restaurants at dinnertime.

Day 4
Take a morning or afternoon stroll through Le Marais, once a swamp, historically Paris's Jewish quarter, but today also a trendy, lively arts and crafts neighborhood.

Spend some time in the many lovely Paris parks and gardens, (start with the Jardin du Luxembourg) and explore some of the medieval monuments such as the Église St-Germain-des-Prés and the Musée de Cluny.

Day 5
Make a day-trip excursion to visit Louis XIV's splendid Château de Versailles, only a short ride from Paris by Paris airport.

A few more days? See our itinerary for A Week in Paris.

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Venice, Italy

Day 1: Rome – Florence (L)
Leave Rome by train and travel north out of the Lazio region into the rolling hills of Tuscany. My destination is the Tuscan capital of Florence -- the city considered as the birthplace of the Renaissance! After checking in to my hotel, set off on a city tour to see Florence’s highlights with my guide. I’ll take in Florence Duomo, seeing its distinctive orange dome dominating the city skyline, before heading inside its museum to see Michelangelo’s The Deposition – a sculpture that’s often referred to as the ‘third Pieta.’ See Florence Baptistry with its Romanesque architecture and then pose for photos in front of Giotto’s Campanile – a magnificent bell tower in the heart of Piazza del Duomo.

Visit the square considered as the heart of the city -- Piazza della Signoria -- to see the grand Palazzo Vecchio, as well as a copy of Michelangelo’s David sculpture that stands outside the Accademia Gallery. After taking very nice pictures of the Gallery, get ready to enter to Uffizi Gallery. Stop for lunch in a local restaurant, and then send the rest of your afternoon at leisure. Maybe take a stroll along Florence’s famous bridge – the Ponte Vecchio – and explore the neighborhood of Oltrarno neighborhood on the other side of the River Arno.

Overnight: 3-star Hotel Machiavelli Palace, 4-star Cellai Hotel or Hotel Atlantic Palace, or 4-star superior Hotel Calzaiuoli or Hotel de la Ville in Florence

Day 2: Florence – Pisa (B)
After breakfast in MY hotel, get ready to go to Pisa meeting my guide at 8:45am at the meeting point (reach the meeting point on my own). I will travel to the nearby city of Pisa – roughly an hour’s drive west of Florence. Enjoy a walking tour of the center, taking in the main monuments of Cathedral Square (Piazza dei Miracoli). Explore inside Duomo di Pisa, and see the Baptistry, Campo Santo and of course, the square’s crowning glory – the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Pose for obligatory pictures in front of the famously lopsided tower, and then learn about the Romanesque architecture of the equally enchanting Duomo, standing just next to it. Return to Florence by coach and spend your night doing whatever you please.

Overnight: 3-star Hotel Machiavelli Palace, 4-star Cellai Hotel or Hotel Atlantic Palace, or 4-star superior Hotel Calzaiuoli or Hotel de la Ville in Florence

Day 3: Florence – Venice (B)
Enjoy breakfast and then spend my morning at leisure. Check out of my hotel in the afternoon, and then enjoy a hassle-free transfer to Santa Maria Novella Station for my train to Venice. The train is the quickest method of transport between the two cities, so after boarding my train, sit back and relax, watching the Tuscan countryside flash past you on your 2-hour journey.

After arriving at Venice Santa Lucia Station, hop aboard a transfer boat and travel to my hotel in style. Check in to my hotel and then spend the rest of your afternoon and evening at leisure.

Overnight: 3-star Hotel Capri, 3-star superior Hotel Villa Igea, 4-star Hotel Principe or Hotel Carlton Grand Canal, or 4-star superior Hotel Savoia and Jolanda in Venice

Day 4: Venice (B)
Relax over breakfast in my hotel and then meet your guide in the center of town at Piazza San Marco (St Mark’s Square) for my morning city tour of Venice. As I explore by foot, my guide will show off Venice’s highlights while regaling I with little-known facts and history about the city. Admire Doge's Palace, from where the doges of Venice once ruled, and then head inside St Mark’s Basilica (Basilica di San Marco) to see Italian Byzantine architecture at its finest. Dripping with gold and ornate mosaics, the cathedral came to symbolize the wealth and power of 11th-century Venice.

Head back outside and stop for photos by St Mark’s Campanile – the cathedral’s iconic, red bell tower – and learn about the three interconnecting buildings next to it that are known collectively as the Procuratie. Go off-the-beaten tourist trail on a visit to Campo Santa Maria Formosa, where buskers play music and locals browse market stalls, and then wander over to Santi Giovanni e Paolo -- a large church known locally as the ‘Pantheon of Venice.’ Other top attractions seen include Marco Polo’s House, where the intrepid explorer once lived, and Malibran Theatre (Teatro Malibran) where Marco Polo’s family palace once stood.

Return to MY hotel and spend the rest of your afternoon and evening, sightseeing independently or simply relaxing.

Overnight: 3-star Hotel Capri, 3-star superior Hotel Villa Igea, 4-star Hotel Principe or Hotel Carlton Grand Canal, or 4-star superior Hotel Savoia and Jolanda in Venice

Day 5: Venice (B)
Check out of MY hotel after breakfast, finishing MY tour in Venice, Going on a train for Dubrovnik.

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

1. DAY IN DUBROVNIK

Arrive to Dubrovnik in the afternoon and check-in after 14:00h. You can explore the town on your own or join our guided tour of the city followed by an optional cable car ride up to Srđ mountain for spectacular views of the old town. Take a walk through STRADUN – both a street and a square, a promenade inside the city walls. We recommend a walk on top of the 1,940 m long city walls or take a cable car ride to top of Srđ mountain to get scenic views of the old city! Overnight in the port of this magical town.

2. DAY IN DUBROVNIK – ŠIPAN/TRSTENIK

Morning is free to explore Dubrovnik. Discover the beauty of history through numerous monuments, little streets, churches… Around noon we leave this magnificent town and continue our cruise towards Šipan isle or small town of Trstenik on the Pelješac peninsula, where we will swim in the afternoon and spend the night. Possibility of visiting a local winery.

3. DAY IN ŠIPAN/TRSTENIK – KORČULA

After breakfast depart for island Korčula, the birthplace of famous explorer MARCO POLO. Lunch on board in bay near the town of Korčula. Afternoon arrival where we overnight in port. Surrounded by ancient walls and fortified bastions Korčula’s old town is very well preserved with its layout and structure dating back to 13th century. Sightseeing of Korčula and optional wine and appetizers tasting at a local winery before dinning in one of the numerous seafront restaurants or konobas on your own.

4. DAY IN KORČULA – HVAR

Early departure towards the Pakleni Islands for lunch and a swim stop followed by afternoon sightseeing of Hvar, the longest island in the Adriatic. Here we can find the Renaissance cathedral with its original tower as well as the oldest community theatre in Europe founded here in 1612. Hvar offers abundant entertainment, excellent restaurants, bars and cafes that are open long into the night. Overnight in Hvar.

5. DAY IN DUBROVNIK HVAR (Bol) - SPLIT

MY next stop is Brač island. Swimming is planned at the most famous beach in Dalmatia – Zlatni Rat near Bol (the Golden Horn - its gravel promontory shifts from side to side as the wind and waves constantly change in shape). Bol is a typical fishermen’s village converted into a popular tourist destination. After lunch we will start our journey back to Split where the last overnight is planned. A swim break is planned on route in one of the many bays on Brač island. Enjoy the view of Split Riviera. Possibility to join our guided tour of Split, a monumental city under UNESCO protection that belongs not only to Croatians, but also to you, as it is a part of the world heritage. Here we find an abundance of Roman architecture – of special interest is the Diocletian palace.Catch up the flight forVietnam.

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