Flavours of Europe - End Paris, Small Group

Flavours of Europe - End Paris, Small Group

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Flavours of Europe - End Paris, Small Group

9 Days Starting in Rome and ending in Paris

Visiting: Rome, Vatican City, Florence, Cinque Terre, Levanto, Rapallo, Lucerne, Stanserhorn, Paris

Tour operator:

Insight Vacations

Specialist Group:

Family/Kids

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

12 - 24

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

5-99

Special diets catered:

8 Breakfasts

Tour operated in:
English

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Tour Overview

Take your taste buds on the Flavors of Europe guided tour as local experts help hand pick your menus across Rome, Florence and Cinque Terre. Get a private view of the normally off limits Bramante Staircase and Michelangelo's epic Sistine Chapel on your VIP Vatican City tour, with fast track access to cut the lines. See Florence through the eyes of your local expert and marvel at the green marble of the Duomo, before a boat whisks you to the crown jewel of the Italian Riviera, Cinque Terre. Enjoy an ocean fresh, Sea-to-Table lunch in Monterosso before adventuring through the snow-capped Swiss Alps to the lush surrounds of Lake Lucerne. Paris rounds out the vacation with a Celebration Dinner at world renowned restaurant, La Coupole.

Highlights

  • Rome: Enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travellers at a uniquely Roman local restaurant.

  • Cinque Terre: Savour authentic Italian cuisine made from traditional recipes as you dine for a sea-to-table lunch.

  • Lucerne: Choose from a selection of restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening and hand-pick your preferred ambience, cuisine and drinks for an intimate culinary experience.

  • Paris: Rendezvous with your friends at a typical French bistro for a rousing Celebration Dinner with wine. Bon Appetit!

  • Vatican: Gain Fast Track 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.

  • Stanserhorn: Walk along beautiful scenic pathways, keeping an eye out for marmots and other native animals, with the chance to hear a conservation talk by a Swiss ranger, to learn about local wildlife and flora.

  • Cinque Terre: Led by your Local Expert, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site with dedicated time to explore two of the five charming fishing villages.

  • Paris: With a Local Expert, explore the iconic sights and streets of Paris. See famous landmarks including Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the facades of the Louvre.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Welcome To The Eternal City Of Rome
Location: Rome
Accommodation: Bettoja Hotel Massimo D'Azeglio, Rome.
Accommodation Name: Bettoja Hotel Massimo D'Azeglio
Meals Included: Dinner with Wine

Rome is one of the world’s most historic cities, filled with classical antiquities, medieval buildings, renaissance palaces and baroque churches. Transfers to your hotel depart Rome’s Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport. Then this extraordinary city is yours to discover. Later, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and enjoy the opportunity to mingle and get to know your fellow travellers.

Day 2: Rome With The Locals Relaxed Start
Location: Rome
Accommodation: Bettoja Hotel Massimo D'Azeglio, Rome.
Accommodation Name: Bettoja Hotel Massimo D'Azeglio
Meals Included: 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.

Day 3: The Vatican And Florence
Location: Rome, Vatican City, Florence
Accommodation: Hotel Adler Cavalieri, Florence.
Accommodation Name: Hotel Indigo Florence
Meals Included: Breakfast

Start the day with your Local Expert as 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 priority entry to avoid the crowds and 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. Your travels continue with a drive to the Chianti Hills, to arrive at 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 an open-air gallery of Renaissance masterpieces. Take time to gaze at Neptune and David as you explore the historic city center.

Day 4: The Cinque Terre And Italian Riviera
Location: Florence, Cinque Terre, Levanto, Rapallo
Accommodation: Grand Hotel Bristol Resort & Spa, Rapallo.
Accommodation Name: Grand Hotel Bristol Resort & Spa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch with Wine

The famous Italian Riviera and the Cinque Terre are a highlight of your journey. Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Italy’s most beautiful landscapes. With a Local Expert, appreciate the views as you approach one of the picturesque fishing villages by boat (weather permitting). Please note that the cruise is weather dependent. Spend time exploring the old medieval quarter or the popular sandy beach. Continue by train to Levanto, then on to your resort in Rapallo.

Day 5: Across The Alps To Lucerne
Location: Rapallo, Lucerne
Accommodation: Hotel Astoria, Lucerne.
Accommodation Name: Hotel Astoria
Meals Included: Breakfast

Pass Milan as you head north for 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. Travel alongside towering mountains and past rushing torrents, down to scenic Lake Lucerne, where you are at leisure for the rest of the afternoon.

Day 6: Lucerne’S Lakes, Mountains And Lion
Location: Lucerne, Stanserhorn
Accommodation: Hotel Astoria, Lucerne.
Accommodation Name: Hotel Astoria
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

In the morning, explore Mount Stanserhorn on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, as an open-top cable car powered by solar panels take you up the summit. Walk along beautiful scenic pathways, keeping an eye out for marmots and other native animals, with the chance to hear a conservation talk by a Swiss ranger, to learn about local wildlife and flora.
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. The rest of the day is at leisure to shop for fine watches and delectable chocolates. Tonight, enjoy a fine selection of restaurants to choose from for your Dine-Around Evening.

Day 7: Sights And Delights Of Paris
Location: Lucerne, Paris
Accommodation: Le Méridien Etoile, Paris.
Accommodation Name: Le Méridien Etoile
Meals Included: Breakfast

Journey through the rural French countryside of Burgundy, famous for its vineyards and wines, 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?

Day 8: The Food And Flavours Of Paris
Location: Paris
Accommodation: Le Méridien Etoile, Paris.
Accommodation Name: Le Méridien Etoile
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Start your day with an Insight Choice. Choose to explore community life in the picturesque Montorgueil district. 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.

Day 9: Au Revoir Paris
Location: Paris
Meals Included: Breakfast

Bid farewell to your travelling companions as your journey comes to an end. Transfers arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport.

What's Included

  • Welcome Dinner in Rome

    Enjoy a special Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers at a local Roman restaurant.

  • Sea-to-Table Lunch in Cinque Terre

    Savor authentic Italian cuisine with a sea-to-table lunch in the beautiful Cinque Terre.

  • Dine-Around Evening in Lucerne

    Choose from a selection of restaurants for an intimate culinary experience in Lucerne.

  • Celebration Dinner in Paris

    Conclude your journey with a rousing Celebration Dinner at a typical French bistro in Paris.

  • Fast Track Access to Vatican Museums

    Gain Fast Track access to the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica.

  • Scenic Exploration in Stanserhorn

    Discover the beauty of Stanserhorn with a chance to hear a conservation talk by a Swiss ranger.

  • Guided Tour of Cinque Terre

    Explore two of the charming fishing villages of Cinque Terre with a Local Expert.

  • Iconic Sights of Paris

    With a Local Expert, see the famous landmarks of Paris including Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower.

  • Hotel and Coach Wi-Fi

    Stay connected with complimentary Wi-Fi in the coach and hotels where available.

  • Airport Transfers

    Enjoy transfers to and from the airports in Rome and Paris at specified times.

Mode of Transport

Transfers to your hotel depart Rome’s Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport. Transfers arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport.

Accommodation

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

Check out our Q&As

  • What are the pick-up and drop-off times?

    Pick-up times in Rome are at 09:30, 12:30, and 15:30. Drop-off times in Paris are at 08:00 and 11:00.

  • What are the inclusions in the tour package?

    The tour package includes a Welcome Dinner in Rome, a sea-to-table lunch in Cinque Terre, a Dine-Around Evening in Lucerne, a Celebration Dinner in Paris, Fast Track access to the Vatican Museums, scenic exploration in Stanserhorn, a guided tour of Cinque Terre, iconic sights of Paris tour, complimentary Wi-Fi in the coach and hotels where available, and airport transfers.

  • What is the transport arrangement?

    Transfers to the hotel depart from Rome’s Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport and arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris.

  • Are there any meals included?

    Yes, the tour includes several meals such as a Welcome Dinner in Rome, a sea-to-table lunch in Cinque Terre, a Dine-Around Evening in Lucerne, and a Celebration Dinner in Paris.

  • What are the start and end locations of the tour?

    The tour starts in Rome and ends in Paris.

  • What is the accommodation like?

    The tour offers accommodation with complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi where available.

  • What are some highlights of the tour?

    Highlights of the tour include a Welcome Dinner in Rome, a sea-to-table lunch in Cinque Terre, a Dine-Around Evening in Lucerne, a Celebration Dinner in Paris, Fast Track access to the Vatican Museums, scenic exploration in Stanserhorn, a guided tour of Cinque Terre, and seeing the iconic sights of Paris.

  • What countries does the Flavours of Europe tour visit?

    The Flavours of Europe tour visits Italy, Switzerland, and France.

  • What type of tour is the Flavours of Europe?

    The Flavours of Europe is a Small Group tour that focuses on Foodie and Wine Tours, History, Boat/Cruise Excursion, and Rail Excursion. Its primary tag is Coach tours (worldwide).

  • 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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