European Flair - Classic Group, 2021

Start: London Finish: Rome

Visiting: London, Amsterdam, Wurzburg, Prague, Salzburg, Venice, Rome


Duration: 10 Nights

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Please contact Insight Vacations with any specific dietary requirements

Tour code: T812MA16

Tour operator: Insight Vacations

Tour operated in: English


Prices From: $3674

Tour Overview

Send your spirits soaring on this fairy-tale journey from Amsterdam’s canals through to Salzburg’s ‘Sound of Music’ hills and Italy’s most revered cities. Meet a castle owner on the romantic Rhine, a gondolier in whimsical Venice, and an Italian chef in hilltop Orvieto. This trip is a symphony of the ages, where history comes alive as you hear from passionate locals about life in some of Europe’s most beautiful cities.

Highlights

  • iconVatican City: Gain VIP access into the Vatican Museums and admire the famous Bramante Staircase. Witness the genius of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel and view the splendid dome of St. Peter's Basilica.
  • iconRothenburg ob der Tauber: Explore Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the most well-preserved town on the Romantic Road.
  • iconScenic Drives: Throughout your journey, enjoy the scenery as you travel part of the Romantic Road and later pass the areas of the Tauern Mountains, Veneto, Apennine Mountains, Tuscany and Umbria.
  • iconVenice: Learn how the Venetian gondola is made on a visit to a traditional arts centre.
  • iconAmsterdam: Join your Travel Director and fellow guests at a local restaurant in the heart of Amsterdam for a delightful Welcome Dinner, served with wine.
  • iconVenice: Witness the ancient skill of glassblowing, now practised by precious few masters. Watch artisans create delicate works of art using rare traditional practices.The workshop advances SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. The workshops master craftsmen teach visitors about the traditional craft of glassblowing and its history which dates back to the 15th century. Every visit helps to support the workshop and the survival of this traditional craft.
  • iconRome: Savour a four-course Celebration Dinner complete with wine, to the rich tremolo of some of Italy's best loved opera.
  • iconPrague : Choose between joining a Local Expert to explore the courtyards of Prague Castle and visit the imposing St Vitus Catherdal or alternatively, stroll through the Jewish Quarter with your Local Expert to hear how the Jewish community has shaped the history of Prague.
  • iconDining Summary: 9 Breakfast (B), 4 Dinner with Wine (DW)
  • iconRome: Experience Rome through the eyes of a local, as a passionate Roman guides you through vibrant backstreets, showing you how modern life takes place around ancient treasures.
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Itinerary

icon Day 1: Depart from London by Eurostar and onto Amsterdam

Location: London, Amsterdam

Accommodation: Movenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre.

Meals: Dinner with Wine

At 07:00, meet your Travel Director and transfer to London's St. Pancras Station to board the high-speed Eurostar. Your comfortable rail journey takes you via the historic Channel Tunnel. Later, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception. Mingle and get to know your fellow travellers as you cruise along some of the many quaint, tree-lined canals, to explore the heart of the Old City, before enjoying a pleasant evening of dinner with wine at a local restaurant.(Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 2: Onto Würzburg

Location: Amsterdam, Wurzburg

Accommodation: Maritim Hotel Würzburg.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Cross into Germany, through the Rhine Valley and into Würzburg, to see the mighty Marienburg Fortress. There is time to stroll through the heart of the Old Town and down to the Alte Mainbrücke, the 16th century bridge over the River Main, adorned with sandstone statues. With a Local Expert, visit the imposing Würzburg Residenz, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at intricate decorations and lavish staterooms boasting with French, Austrian and Venetian influences.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 3: Rothenburg and Golden Prague

Location: Wurzburg, Prague

Accommodation: NH Collection Prague City.

Meals: Breakfast

In the morning venture to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the most well-preserved town on the Romantic Road. Continue East to the Czech border, passing the town of Pilsen renowned for its beer, to reach the Golden City of Prague. In the evening, perhaps take a river cruise through the heart of the city?(Breakfast)

icon Day 4: Prague, City of a Hundred Spires

Location: Prague

Accommodation: NH Collection Prague City.

Meals: Breakfast

Explore Prague with Insight Choice. Choose to walk the courtyards of the Castle and visit the imposing St Vitus Cathedral or alternatively, join your Local Expert for a walk through the Jewish Quarter to learn about a different side of the history of Prague and taste Tredlník, traditional chimney cakes. Then, the city is all yours to explore. Perhaps rummage through the renowned antique stores or shop for the finest Bohemian crystal? In the evening, why not enjoy an Optional Experience in the Czech countryside?(Breakfast)

icon Day 5: Salzburg, City of Mozart

Location: Prague, Salzburg

Accommodation: ARCOTEL Castellani, Salzburg.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Journey through the Czech Republic and continue south over the Austrian border and onto Salzburg, the city of Mozart and the ‘Sound of Music.’ A Local Expert shows you the formal gardens of Mirabell Palace which includes the fountains and statues where the 'Do, Re, Mi' scene was filmed. Later see Residence Square and its fountain, where Maria sings 'I Have Confidence'. Witness the imposing fortress, immense cathedral and Mozart’s birthplace on the lively Getreidegasse. In the evening for your Farm-to-Table dining experience, dine at a local organic farm in an old barn or courtyard. Enjoy the unique atmosphere of farm life as you savour the taste of homemade dishes and locally made cider.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 6: The Tauern Mountains to Venice.

Location: Salzburg

Accommodation: Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio, Venice.

Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a leisurely morning in Salzburg to shop for local marzipan specialties. Perhaps take the opportunity to marvel at impressive views atop Kehlsteinhaus - the Eagle’s Nest - a unique example of historic architecture in a stunning alpine setting? Later, stunning scenery surrounds you as you travel down the Tauern Mountains to cross the Italian border. Continue to the romantic city of Venice, Queen of the Adriatic, where your hotel is perfectly located in a quiet area full of quaint charm.(Breakfast)

icon Day 7: Venice and the Magic of La Serenissima

Location: Venice

Accommodation: Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio, Venice.

Meals: Breakfast

Wake up ready to embrace this romantic city. Witness the skill of glassblowers and learn how the Venetian gondola is made on a visit to a traditional arts centre. Take a private cruise to St. Mark's Square where the city's former wealth and power is evidenced by the riches of St. Mark's Basilica. Admire the Doge's Palace and its adjoining Bridge of Sighs. With the rest of the day free, why not cruise the Venetian lagoon to the island of Burano for a meal of local specialties and wine?(Breakfast)

icon Day 8: On to the Eternal City of Rome

Location: Venice, Rome

Accommodation: Hotel Mediterraneo, Rome.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Head into the Apennine Mountains and the peaceful landscapes of Tuscany and Umbria. Your journey continues as you follow the course of the Tiber to your hotel in the Eternal City of Rome.Enjoy a Celebration Dinner with Italian wines accompanied by your newfound companions.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 9: Rome with the locals

Location: Rome

Accommodation: Hotel Mediterraneo, Rome.

Meals: Breakfast

Rome is about art, antiquity, piazzas and pizzazz, and your morning walking tour with a Local Expert includes this in abundance. Toss a coin into the spectacular Trevi Fountain and see the best-preserved monument from the Roman period - the Pantheon, before enjoying free time to do as the Romans do, in Piazza Navona. Perhaps join a tour inside the Colosseum, the scene of many gladiatorial contests, and see the Roman Forum?(Breakfast)

icon Day 10: VIP Vatican

Location: Rome

Accommodation: Hotel Mediterraneo, Rome.

Meals: Breakfast

Start the day with your Local Expert they introduce you to the grandeur of the city, starting with the Vatican State, the richest community in the world. Visit the Vatican Museums, full of priceless treasures collected by the Popes. Insight provides special VIP entry to avoid the crowds and gives you behind-the-scenes access to the Bramante Staircase - a marvel of Renaissance architecture normally off-limits to the general public. Once inside the Sistine Chapel, admire Michelangelo's famous ceiling. Next door, visit St. Peter's Basilica to admire Michelangelo's emotive 'Pieta' and see Bernini's intricately carved Papal Altar. The rest of the day is at your leisure; perhaps shop in the trendy boutiques or relax at a sidewalk cafe?(Breakfast)

icon Day 11: Arrivederci Roma

Location: Rome

Meals: Breakfast

Bid farewell to the glories of Italy. Departure transfers arrive at Rome’s Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 07:00 and 09:30.(Breakfast)

What's Included

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

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

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

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    We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels

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

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

Book with Confidence

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    Low Deposit

    Insight Vacations requires a deposit of 20% to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 56 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


Dates & Availability

Instant Booking Available

Saturday Oct 02, 2021

Nights

10

Available

14

$3673.86