Multi-Day Tour

Highlights of Europe (Winter 2018-19) (16 days)

Insight Vacations, Inc.

Your Journey Begins To Paris, France

Valid for Departures: 02 Nov 2018 - 29 Dec 2018

Highlights of Europe (Winter 2018-19) (16 days)

Day 1

Your Journey Begins

Day 5

Castles Of The Rhine Valley And On To Heidelberg.

Day 7

Across The Dolomites To Venice.

Day 8

Venice And The Magic Of La Serenissima.

Day 9

The Eternal City Of Rome.

Day 10

Papal And Imperial Rome.

Day 11

Over The Chianti Hills To Florence.

Day 12

Free Time In Renaissance Florence.

Day 13

Across The Alps And On To Lucerne.

Day 14

Mount Pilatus And Lakeside Lucerne.

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Your Journey Begins
None None
Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals).
Day 2
London, United Kingdom
Amba Hotel Marble Arch, London. None
Welcome to London. After checking into your hotel, the afternoon is free to enjoy a city that is famous for its pomp and pageantry. Perhaps relax with a walk along the Serpentine in Hyde Park or window shop in the elegant boutiques of Knightsbridge? Alternatively, you may want to stroll along the Thames to the iconic Tower Bridge and Tower of London.
Day 3
London, United Kingdom
Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre. None
Meet your Travel Director at 07:00 and transfer to London's St. Pancras Station to board the high-speed Eurostar. Your comfortable rail journey takes you through the Channel Tunnel en route to Amsterdam. Later, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception. Get to know your fellow guests as you cruise along some of the quaint, tree-lined canals to explore the heart of the Old City, before enjoying a pleasant evening of dinner and wine at a local restaurant.(Dinner with Wine)
Day 4
London, United Kingdom
Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre. None
After breakfast, meet your Travel Director at 07:00 and transfer to London's St. Pancras Station to board the high-speed Eurostar. Your comfortable rail journey takes you through the Channel Tunnel. Later, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception. Get to know your fellow guests as you cruise along some of the quaint, tree-lined canals to explore the heart of the Old City, before enjoying a pleasant evening of dinner and wine at a local restaurant.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 5
Castles Of The Rhine Valley And On To Heidelberg.
Crowne Plaza Heidelberg City Centre. None
Cross into Germany and head for the romantic Rhine Gorge. Visit a castle set upon the Rhine for a private estate viewing with the owner. Unlock the secrets of Rhineland's modern kings and queens as you learn the history of the castle and surrounding area. Continue to the university town of Heidelberg, dominated by Heidelberg Palace, or Heidelberger Schloss in German. This red sandstone castle is one of the world's most impressive palace ruins, synonymous with the Romantic Movement. In the evening, savour flavours of the region as you enjoy a beer hall-style dinner at a local restaurant.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 6
Innsbruck, Austria
Hotel Innsbruck. None
Skirt the northern Black Forest and head towards the rolling Bavarian Alps. Stop beneath the royal castles of Hohenschwangau and King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein, rumoured to have inspired Walt Disney's iconic castle. Once over the Austrian border, continue to the Tyrolean capital of Innsbruck. Tour the architectural jewels of the city, seeing the Imperial Palace, Golden Roof and the 14th century houses of the Old Town.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day 7
Across The Dolomites To Venice.
Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio, Venice. None
Continue your journey, crossing the Italian border and on through the Dolomites. Amongst the hills of Conegliano Veneto, stop at a local winery where meticulous viticulture and manual harvesting produce distinguishable prosecco with a natural balance. Savour a tasting of these luxurious sparkling wines and discover how to make the perfect Bellini. Continue to the romantic city of Venice, Queen of the Adriatic.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 8
Venice And The Magic Of La Serenissima.
Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio, Venice. None
Waking up to the sights and sounds of Venice is a thrill for even the most experienced traveller. A morning boat transfer brings you to Giudecca Island to witness the skills of glassblowers. Then cruise by Palladio’s San Giorgio Maggiore to explore St. Mark's Square including Lord Byron’s Bridge of Sighs which connects the Doge's Palace to the adjacent prison. In the square, the bell tower comes into view, plus the beautiful mosaics of St. Mark’s Basilica and the Clock Tower Moors, who have been striking the hour for over 500 years. Meet a gondolier to learn about the age-old tradition of gondola navigation and how this skill is handed down from generation to generation. The rest of the day is free, perhaps shop in the small arcades or take an Optional Experience cruise of the Venetian lagoon to the island of Burano to dine on local specialties and wine?(Buffet Breakfast)
Day 9
The Eternal City Of Rome.
Kolbe Hotel Rome. None
Head into the Apennine Mountains and venture through the peaceful landscapes of Tuscany and Umbria. Follow the course of the Tiber to your hotel in the Eternal City of Rome. Italian culture is deeply rooted in hospitality with food, friends and family being central to everyday life. You’re invited into the home of a Roman local to experience Italian hosting at its best, as you enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal with your EatWith host.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 10
Papal And Imperial Rome.
Kolbe Hotel Rome. None
During your two-night stay, join a Local Expert for a private tour of the priceless art housed in the Vatican Museums and the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel. Your VIP visit includes fast-track entry and behind-the-scenes access to the Bramante Staircase, a part of the Vatican usually closed to the public. Then explore St. Peter’s Basilica, one of the largest churches in the world. Cross the River Tiber to see the largest amphitheatre of the Roman Empire, the Colosseum, and enjoy the afternoon at your leisure.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day 11
Over The Chianti Hills To Florence.
Adler Cavalieri, Florence. None
Drive to the Chianti Hills and the city of Florence. A Local Expert will accompany you to the Duomo where the Gates of Paradise adorn the baptistery. Continue to Piazza della Signoria, the political heart of the city, lined with fountains and statues it acts as a virtual open-air gallery of Renaissance masterpieces. A leisurely afternoon gives you time to shop for quality goods, like gold and leather, which Florence is famous for. Alternatively, there is an Optional Experience to visit the Accademia Gallery with an art historian to see Michelangelo's famed masterpiece, David.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 12
Free Time In Renaissance Florence.
Adler Cavalieri, Florence. None
The day is free for you to fully immerse yourself in the Tuscan capital. Be sure not to miss the magnificent museums and galleries housing some of the most famous works of art in the world. Or perhaps just relax and soak up the atmosphere in one of the many street cafe's? For your Dine-Around Evening, enjoy your preferred dining experience from a selection of hand-picked local restaurants, each offering their own unique cuisine and ambience.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 13
Across The Alps And On To Lucerne.
Renaissance Lucerne Hotel. None
Travel past the charming Italian Lake District before continuing across the Swiss border to reach to lakeside Lucerne. See the emotive Lion Monument, carved into a limestone cliff. This memorial is dedicated to the heroic Swiss Guards who died defending King Louis XVI during the French Revolution, and is a source of great pride to the people of Lucerne. You are then welcome to enjoy an evening at your leisure.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day 14
Mount Pilatus And Lakeside Lucerne.
Renaissance Lucerne Hotel. None
For your Dine-Around Evening, enjoy your preferred dining experience from a selection of hand-picked local restaurants, each offering their own unique cuisine and ambience.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day 15
Paris, France
Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel. None
In the morning, travel through the wine-growing Burgundy region to Paris, the vibrant Ville-Lumière or City of Light. During your time in Paris, see the impressive Eiffel Tower, the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral, the imposing facades of the Louvre and the banks of the River Seine with its many romantic bridges. See the obelisk in the centre of the Place de la Concorde and drive along the Champs Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe. With the evening free, there are countless opportunities to enjoy the lively atmosphere of this glittering city. Why not visit one of the world-famous cabaret shows?(Buffet Breakfast)
Day 16
Paris, France
Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel. None
Split into small groups for a more personal experience, alongside a passionate foodie, as you head into areas where Parisians go about their daily lives. Indulge in local delicacies from small shops such as a patisserie, boulangerie, fromagerie and chocolatier.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 17
Paris, France
None None
Having covered the Highlights of Europe transfers arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport at 08:00 and 11:00.(Buffet Breakfast)

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Description

This journey is perfect for those who want to experience the best of Europe. Explore quaint Germanic towns, appreciate the splendour of the quiet Italian Lakes and marvel at the most impressive cities on the Continent. Enjoy a private cruise along the canals of Amsterdam and enter Vatican City ahead of everyone else with special VIP access. Sip Bellini cocktails in St. Mark's Square after the tourist day-trippers have gone home and dine on rich and delicious Italian cuisine in the hills of Tuscany. Join a castle owner on the Rhine for a private estate viewing and unlock the secrets of Rhineland's modern kings and queens. Do as the Romans do and join a local family in their home for a live...

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