European Dream - Small Group, 2022

European Dream - Small Group, 2022

Start: Venice Finish: Paris

Visiting: Venice, Rome, Orvieto, Florence, Lucerne, Paris


Duration: 10 Nights

Tour code: SN912FMA17

Tour operator: Insight Vacations


From: $4285 $4199

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Tour Overview

Leisurely paced with two-night stays in each destination and plenty of time to explore, this journey allows you to live your European Dream and come face-to-face with history through memorable local interactions. Meet a gondolier in Venice and learn how the tradition of gondola navigation is being passed on to future generations and marvel at the skills of an Italian chef during a cooking demonstration where you’ll learn how to make homemade pasta. Immerse yourself in European culture, stunning scenery and incredible food on this unforgettable journey.

Highlights

  • iconParis: See Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, facades of the Louvre, the River Seine and its romantic bridges, the obelisk in the centre of the Place de la Concorde and enjoy a drive along the Champs Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe.
  • iconScenic Drives: Throughout your journey, enjoy the scenery as you pass the areas of Tuscany, Umbria, Chianti Hills, Swiss Alps, Italian Lake District and Burgundy.
  • iconStanserhorn Summit: A spectacular journey by cable car and cogwheel railway takes you to the summit for expansive mountain views over Lake Lucerne.
  • iconDining Summary: 10 Breakfast (B), 3 Dinner with Wine (DW), 2 Lunch with Wine (LW)
  • iconFlorence: See the area around Santa Croce Basilica, famous for the quality of its luxury goods and witness a gold and leather-work demonstration.
  • iconVenice: Witness the ancient skill of glassblowing and watch artisans create delicate works of art.
  • iconParis: Rendezvous with your friends at a typical French bistro for a rousing Celebration Dinner with wine. Bon Appetit!
  • iconOrvieto: During your orientation of this Umbrian hilltop town with your Travel Director, visit Piazza del Duomo to admire the cathedral.
  • iconTuscany: Meet your Local Expert for a guided visit through the house of the Italian Renaissance diplomat and writer, Niccolo Machiavelli, with a special opening of his private office where he wrote 'The Prince.'
  • iconTuscany: Enjoy a tasting of locally made wines and sample delicious Tuscan snacks in the underground cellar of Machiavelli's home. While here you will visit the Italian gardens and be privy to a private opening of the office where he wrote 'The Prince.'
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Itinerary

icon Day 1: Welcome to Venice

Location: Venice

Accommodation: Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio, Venice.

Meals: Dinner with Wine

Welcome to the Queen of the Adriatic, known for its unique waterscapes and rich cultural heritage. Transfers depart from Venice Airport and journey to the hotel by water taxi at 11:00 and 13:00. What better way to start your dream holiday than in true Venetian style? Join your Travel Director at 18:00 for a Welcome Dinner at the magical La Fenice restaurant. Savour a cocktail at twilight whilst being serenaded by an ensemble of talented musicians, and admire the tranquillity of St. Mark's Square long after the day-trippers have gone to their mainland hotels. Return to your hotel by the Grand Canal.(Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 2: The Magic of 'La Serenissima'

Location: Venice

Accommodation: Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio, Venice.

Meals: Breakfast

In the morning, prepare to embrace this most romantic city. Your hotel is located on the renowned Grand Canal. Visit St. Mark's Square, dominated by its magnificent basilica and overlooked by the great Clock Tower. Also in the square stands the immense Campanile and Doge's Palace which is connected to the ancient prisons by the Bridge of Sighs. Witness the skill of glassblowers on a visit to a traditional arts centre. The rest of the day is free, perhaps shop in the small arcades?(Breakfast)

icon Day 3: To the Eternal City of Rome

Location: Venice, Rome

Accommodation: Veneto Palace Hotel, Rome.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch with Wine

Head into the Apennine Mountains and the peaceful landscapes of Tuscany. Meet your Local Expert for a guided tour through the house of the Italian Renaissance diplomat and writer, Nicolo Machiavelli, with an included special opening of his private office where he wrote 'The Prince'. Visit the Italian garden with views of the Florence Cathedral and the historic cellar, which has a secret underground tunnel connecting the cellars to the oldest restaurant in Italy. Savour a tasting of wines made from the vineyards surrounding the home, accompanied by delicious samples of local Tuscan fare. Your journey continues as you follow the course of the Tiber to your hotel in the Eternal City of Rome.(Breakfast / Lunch with Wine)

icon Day 4: Papal and Imperial Rome

Location: Rome

Accommodation: Veneto Palace Hotel, Rome.

Meals: Breakfast

Receive red-carpet treatment with a VIP visit and fast-track entry to the superb Vatican Museums and enjoy behind-the-scenes access to the Bramante Staircase, a part of the Vatican normally closed to the public. A Local Expert guides your tour, culminating in a viewing of Michelangelo's famous ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. Continue inside the cavernous St. Peter's Basilica, mother church of the Catholic faith, to see another Michelangelo masterpiece, the Pietà, as well as the splendid dome. Leave Vatican City to cross the Tiber and stand outside the Colosseum, imagining yourself back in the days of the gladiators. The afternoon is at leisure.(Breakfast)

icon Day 5: Orvieto and on to Florence

Location: Rome, Orvieto, Florence

Accommodation: Hotel Adler Cavalieri, Florence.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch with Wine

Stop in Orvieto, located on a rock pedestal overlooking a vineyard-covered plain. Here you will savour the flavours of the region and learn about the Italian food culture as you enjoy a highlight lunch with wine. Continue on to your hotel in Florence.(Breakfast / Lunch with Wine)

icon Day 6: Renaissance Florence

Location: Florence

Accommodation: Hotel Adler Cavalieri, Florence.

Meals: Breakfast

With your Local Expert, view the multi-coloured marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistery adorned by Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise. You also visit the open-air gallery of Renaissance masterpieces in Piazza della Signoria and see the area around Santa Croce Basilica, famous for the quality of its luxury goods.In the afternoon, enjoy free time to explore the Renaissance capital. Perhaps take the opportunity to visit the Tuscan town of Pisa and see the Leaning Tower?(Breakfast)

icon Day 7: Across the Alps to Lucerne

Location: Florence, Lucerne

Accommodation: Hotel Astoria, Lucerne.

Meals: Breakfast

Head north towards the Italian Lake District via Lake Lugano. Continue into the heart of the Swiss Alps, passing through the Saint Gotthard Tunnel, one of the longest road tunnels in the world, before travelling alongside towering mountains and past rushing torrents, down to scenic Lake Lucerne. Upon return to Lucerne, see the town's proud Lion Monument, carved into a limestone cliff and dedicated to the heroic Swiss Guards who died defending King Louis XVI during the French Revolution. Then, take some time to stroll across the covered Chapel Bridge and see the baroque Jesuit Church.(Breakfast)

icon Day 8: Lucerne and Mt. Stanserhorn

Location: Lucerne

Accommodation: Hotel Astoria, Lucerne.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

In the morning, embark on a scenic journey by funicular railway and open-top cable car to the summit of the stunning Mount Stanserhorn. Breathe in the pristine mountain air and, on a clear day, witness views as far as Alsace and the Black Forest in Germany. Explore Stanserhorn with Insight Choice. Walk along beautiful scenic pathways for a chance to see marmots and other native animals. Alternatively, join a Swiss ranger and hear a talk to learn about local wildlife and flora in the area. With the day free, there is plenty of time for shopping for delectable chocolate and glamorous Swiss watches in the traffic-free Old Town. Perhaps venture into the countryside for a delightful horse-drawn carriage ride and meet the local farmers? At night, you are offered a fine selection of restaurants to choose from for your Dine-Around Evening.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 9: Sights and delights of Paris

Location: Lucerne, Paris

Accommodation: Le Méridien Etoile, Paris.

Meals: Breakfast

In the morning, travel through storybook Alpine scenery of forests and imposing mountain ranges, crowned by famous snowy peaks. Continue through the rural french countryside of Alsace, famous for its vineyards & wine, to arrive in the vibrant City of Light. During your time in Paris, see the impressive Eiffel Tower, the magnificent Notre-Dame Cathedral and the imposing facades of the Louvre. Discover the banks of the Seine with its many romantic bridges, see the obelisk in the centre of the Place de la Concorde and drive along the Champs Élysées 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?(Breakfast)

icon Day 10: The food and flavours of Paris

Location: Paris

Accommodation: Le Méridien Etoile, Paris.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Start your day with an Insight Choice. Choose between shopping in quaint boutiques like a true Parisian with your Local Expert or alternatively, join an avid foodie, to explore small shops and sample local treats and delicacies. In the evening, indulge in refined French cuisine during your Celebration Dinner at the iconic restaurant La Coupole, frequently visited by the French entertainer Josephine Baker.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 11: Au revoir Paris

Location: Paris

Meals: Breakfast

Bid farewell to your travelling companions as your journey comes to an end. Transfers arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport at 08:00 and 11:00.(Breakfast)

What's Included

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    Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary

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    You may purchase arrival transfers from London Heathrow and Gatwick airports on arrival days, or when additional nights accommodation has been booked through Insight Vacations

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    Alternatively, please make your own way from/to the airport

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    Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available)

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    Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas

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    We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door

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    We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels

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    If your flights are outside these times or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way to the airport

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    If your departure flights are as per the itinerary end dates, departure transfers are available at scheduled times

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    Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom

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    From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination

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    Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency

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