European Rhapsody - Start Amsterdam, Small Group

European Rhapsody - Start Amsterdam, Small Group

11 Days
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European Rhapsody - Start Amsterdam, Small Group

11 Days Starting in Amsterdam and ending in Venice

Visiting: Amsterdam, Wurzburg, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Prague, Budapest, Vienna, Venice

Tour operator:

Insight Vacations

Specialist Group:

Family/Kids

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

12 - 24

Age range:

5-99

Interests:

Art, History, Music, Photography

From:
$4819
$4120 (USD) Operator discount: -$482 The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$217 -15%

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Tour Overview

Experience the finest Europe has to offer as you take to the stage with Viennese Waltz dance lessons in Vienna, lose yourself on the Romantic Road in Rothenburg and satisfy your appetite in Hungary with a fine dining dinner cruise in Budapest. Led by local experts, your experience will rival the aristocrats of yesteryear in the famed Carinthian Lake District. After checking in at your exclusive, private boat access hotel, dinner is served at La Fenice before twilight night caps at Café Florian—the premier cocktail bar in Venice. Sample a little pomp and circumstance with the Bavarian grandeur of Germany's Wurzburg Residenz and in Vienna, tread in the footsteps of your local Travel Director with a chance to take a private tour of Maria Theresa's awesome Schonbrunn Palace.

Highlights

  • Prague: Stroll through the Jewish Quarter with your Local Expert to hear how the Jewish community has shaped the history of Prague, and taste Trdelník, a traditional Czech pastry.

  • Prague: Visit the imposing St. Vitus Cathedral and explore the atmospheric courtyards of the historic Prague Castle with your Local Expert.

  • Amsterdam: Toast to the travels ahead during your Welcome Dinner of modern European cuisine at a local restaurant.

  • Budapest: Enjoy a scenic dinner cruise and take in the city's night time beauty as you float along the Danube.

  • Venice: Sip cocktails alongside the canals at Cafe Florian, while being serenaded by an ensemble of talented musicians and soak up the calming atmosphere long after the day-trippers have returned to their mainland hotels.

  • Venice: Enjoy a special Venetian Celebration Dinner with wine at La Principessa.

  • Vienna: Be pampered by locals with traditional coffee and cake. An experience like no other, this cozy café provides companionship, and promotes well-being and support for the community, in addition to crafting delicious treats.

  • Venice: Witness the ancient skill of glassblowing, now practised by precious few masters. Watch artisans create delicate works of art using rare traditional practices.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrive Amsterdam
Location: Amsterdam
Accommodation: Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam.
Meals Included: Dinner with Wine

Welcome to Amsterdam, enjoy a day of leisure. Join your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception. Mingle and get to know your fellow travelers 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 and wine at a local restaurant.

Day 2: Rhine Valley To Würzburg
Location: Amsterdam, Wurzburg
Accommodation: Maritim Hotel Würzburg.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Relax with a scenic drive along the Rhine Valley to Würzburg. See the mighty Marienburg Fortress – the immense baroque palace of the Prince Bishops and one of the most important landmarks in Germany. On arrival, visit the imposing Würzburg Residenz, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a Local Expert. Marvel at intricate decorations and lavish staterooms boasting with French, Austrian and Venetian influences.

Day 3: Rothenburg And Golden Prague
Location: Wurzburg, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Prague
Accommodation: Hotel Royal Prague.
Meals Included: 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, before reaching the Golden City of Prague. In the evening, perhaps take a river cruise through the heart of the city?

Day 4: Prague, City Of A Hundred Spires
Location: Prague
Accommodation: Hotel Royal Prague.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Join a Local Expert in the morning for guided sightseeing of one of the most beautiful and intact historic centers in Europe. Explore Prague with Insight Choice. Choose to explore the Castle District . Alternatively, walk through the Jewish Quarter and taste delicious Trdelník. Then, the city is all yours to explore with the rest of the day at leisure. Perhaps you may choose to rummage through the renowned antique shops?

Day 5: Through Bohemia To Budapest
Location: Prague, Budapest
Accommodation: Hilton Garden Inn, Budapest.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Start the day with a journey through the beautiful forested countryside of Bohemia. Travel to Hungary, following the River Danube to Budapest. In the evening, join a Local Expert to enjoy a scenic dinner cruise, gliding past UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The city’s spectacular nighttime beauty earns it the nickname 'Pearl of the Danube’.

Day 6: Budapest At Leisure
Location: Budapest
Accommodation: Hilton Garden Inn, Budapest.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Drive along the beautiful Andrassy Avenue to Heroes' Square. Stroll through the alleys of the Old Town of Buda and admire sweeping views from the Fisherman’s Bastion with a Local Expert. Stand atop Gellért Hill where the colossal Liberty Statue stands in front of the Citadella watching over the city. Marvel at extensive panoramic views as you look out over the famous river dividing Buda and Pest - the two sides linked by the mighty Chain Bridge and the elegant, newer Elizabeth Bridge.

Day 7: The Flavors Of Budapest
Location: Budapest, Vienna
Accommodation: Hilton Vienna Park.
Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning, visit Lizt Academy. Continue your travels to the Austrian border and through pleasant farming country to Vienna.

Day 8: Vienna And The Habsburgs
Location: Vienna
Accommodation: Hilton Vienna Park.
Meals Included: Breakfast

In the morning, there is the option to join a private tour of Maria Theresa's Schönbrunn Palace and formal gardens. Later, join your Local Expert for a walk through Innere Stadt, the first district and historic core of Vienna. Get your camera ready for a drive around the famous Ring Road. This grand boulevard, built along the lines of the old city walls, showcases many of the capital's architectural masterpieces, including the Opera House, magnificent Hofburg Imperial Residence and Parliament building. Sit down for traditional coffee and delicious treats and mingle with locals at a cozy café.

Day 9: Along The Shores Of Lake Wörthersee To Venice
Location: Vienna, Venice
Accommodation: Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio, Venice.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

This day's route takes you past quiet villages, through Styria's forested mountains and into the Carinthian Lake District. Continue past Europe's warmest lake, the Wörthersee, to cross into Italy near Tarvisio. Then follow mountain valleys and cascading streams down to the Veneto Plain en route to the unique city of Venice. Arrive by private boat to your hotel. Sip a cocktail at Cafe Florian, whilst you are serenaded by an ensemble of talented musicians. Afterwards, stroll past the Doges Palace and the famous 'Bridge of Sighs' to Principessa restaurant for a magical dinner. Indulge in traditional Venetian dishes that are enriched with inspiration from seasonal produce. Admire the tranquility of St. Mark's Square long after the day-trippers have gone to their mainland hotels before returning to your hotel.

Day 10: The Magic Of 'La Serenissima' Relaxed Start
Location: Venice
Accommodation: Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio, Venice.
Meals Included: Breakfast

In the morning, prepare to embrace this most romantic city. 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. Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you witness the skill of glassblowers on a visit to a traditional arts center. The rest of the day is free. Perhaps shop in the small arcades or why not cruise the Venetian lagoon to the island of Burano for a meal of local specialties and wine?

Day 11: Arrivederci Venice
Location: Venice
Meals Included: Breakfast

Alas, you must bid farewell to this enchanting city. Your departure transfer arrives at Venice Marco Polo Airport.
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What's Included

  • Meals

    Includes 10 Breakfasts (B) and 4 Dinners with Wine (DW).

  • Accommodation

    Stay in hand-picked hotels throughout your journey.

  • Transport

    Travel in comfort with Insight's luxurious, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.

  • Local Experiences

    Choose between two carefully selected activities. Enjoy unique local experiences such as a dinner cruise in Budapest, a special Venetian Celebration Dinner, and traditional coffee and cake in Vienna.

  • Expert Services

    Benefit from the services of a Travel Director and Local Experts for deep insights into the destinations visited.

  • Additional Benefits

    Enjoy hotel and restaurant tips, baggage handling, complimentary Wi-Fi in coach and hotels (where available), and personal radio headsets for flexible wandering during visits.

  • Airport Transfers

    Included if arrival and departure flights align with tour start and end dates. Options available for other scenarios.

What's Not Included

  • International Airfare

    Flights to and from the start and end locations are not included.

  • Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is not included and is recommended for all travelers.

  • Some Meals

    Not all meals are covered, providing you the opportunity to explore local cuisines on your own.

  • Personal Expenses

    Items of a personal nature and additional excursions are not included.

  • Optional Activities

    Any optional activities mentioned are not included in the tour price.

  • Visa Fees

    Any required visas or entry fees for specific countries are not included.

Check out our Q&As

  • Are there any boat/cruise excursions included in this tour?

    Yes, the tour includes boat/cruise excursions such as a scenic dinner cruise in Budapest along the Danube and a cruise along the old waterways of Amsterdam.

  • What countries will we visit on the European Rhapsody tour?

    The European Rhapsody tour visits Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, and Italy.

  • What unique experience is offered in Venice?

    In Venice, a unique experience offered is witnessing the ancient skill of glassblowing, practised by few masters, and learning about the traditional craft and its history dating back to the 15th century.

  • Is Wi-Fi available during the tour?

    Yes, complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi is available where possible.

  • What are the departure and drop-off times for the tour?

    The pick-up time for the tour is at 17:00 from Hotel Royal Prague, and the drop-off times at Venice Marco Polo Airport are 08:00 and 09:30.

  • What is the special dinner experience in Budapest?

    The special dinner experience in Budapest includes enjoying a scenic dinner cruise along the Danube, taking in the city's nighttime beauty.

  • What activities are included in Prague?

    In Prague, activities include strolling through the Jewish Quarter with a Local Expert, tasting Trdelník, visiting St. Vitus Cathedral, and exploring Prague Castle.

  • What are the accommodation options in Amsterdam?

    In Amsterdam, the accommodation option mentioned is the Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam.

  • What is the primary focus of the European Rhapsody tour?

    The primary focus of the European Rhapsody tour is Cultural.

  • How many dinners with wine are included?

    The tour includes 4 Dinners with Wine.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    We regret that no refunds can be made for absences from a tour, including experiences such as missed meals or sightseeing.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1978.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Insight Vacations is a founding member of the TreadRight Foundation, a joint initiative created by the brands within The Travel Corporation (TTC) almost 15 years ago to ensure our impact through tourism is positive. Our ethos to #MakeTravelMatter guides our decision-making at every level of our business.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    You have two options as a solo traveller. Either choose to be matched with a same sex partner for a room share - at no extra cost. Or choose a room of your own with a reduced or even free private room upgrade on select tours.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

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