Highlights of Europe - Start Amsterdam, End Paris, Classic Group, Summer

Highlights of Europe - Start Amsterdam, End Paris, Classic Group, Summer

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Highlights of Europe - Start Amsterdam, End Paris, Classic Group, Summer

14 Days Starting in Amsterdam and ending in Paris

Visiting: London, Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Neuschwanstein Castle, Innsbruck, Conegliano, Venice, Rome, Vatican, Florence, Baveno, Stanserhorn, Lucerne, Paris

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Insight Vacations

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Fully Guided

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20 - 40

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Tour Overview

Experience the best Europe has to offer. Travel from London to Europe on the high-speed Eurostar train. Cruise along the quaint canals in Amsterdam, and travel from Austria, across the Dolomites into Italy. In Italy, sample Prosecco at the Conegliano Veneto, a local family winery. Join a local home dinner in Rome where your host serves up delicious regional dishes. Enjoy VIP Vatican access which allows you to cut the lines to the museums and view the famous Bramante Staircase. Then voyage through the Chianti Hills of Florence and the cobbled streets of lakeside Lucerne with a final stop in the city of lights, Paris.


  • Stanserhorn: Walk along beautiful scenic pathways at the summit of Mount Stanserhorn for a chance to see native animals like marmots

  • Paris: Shop in quaint boutiques like a true Parisian with your Local Expert

  • Paris: Join an avid local foodie on a walk through the streets of Paris. Visit a variety of patisseries, boulangeries and chocolatiers and sample local treats and delicacies along the way

  • Amsterdam: Cruise along the old waterways, discovering the architectural gems of the old city, including mansions dating from the Golden Age of the 17th Century

  • Heidelberg: Venture inside the magnificent castle built in red sandstone, overlooking the Student Prince’s town

  • Venice: With your Travel Director cruise to St. Mark’s Square and see the Doge's Palace, Bridge of Sighs and St. Mark’s Basilica

  • Rome: Discover the history, the construction and the legends of the iconic Colosseum as you stroll around the exterior of this amazing structure

  • Florence: Join a Local Expert to view the multi-coloured marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistery, adorned by Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise


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Day 1: Welcome To Amsterdam

Location: London, Amsterdam

Accommodation Name: Hilton Amsterdam

Meals Included: Dinner with Wine

Welcome Meet your Travel Director at 17:00

Day 2: The Rhine Valley And Heidelberg

Location: Amsterdam, Heidelberg

Accommodation: Marriott Hotel Heidelberg.

Accommodation Name: Marriott Hotel Heidelberg

Meals Included: Breakfast

Take a scenic drive through the Rhine Valley to see quaint villages, hilltop castles and hear the legend of the Loreley Rock.Follow the Neckar River to Heidelberg and visit Heidelberg Castle with a Local Expert.

Day 3: Mountain-Ringed Innsbruck

Location: Heidelberg, Neuschwanstein Castle, Innsbruck

Accommodation: AC Hotel Innsbruck.

Accommodation Name: AC Hotel Innsbruck

Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Day 4: Across The Dolomites To Venice Relaxed Start

Location: Innsbruck, Conegliano, Venice

Accommodation: Hotel, Indigo Venice - Sant'Elena.

Accommodation Name: Hotel Indigo Venice - Sant'Elena

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, with Wine

Continue your journey, crossing the Italian border and on through the Dolomites. Amongst the hills of Conegliano Veneto, stop at a local family winery in Veneto to discover the art of prosecco production. 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. In the evening, enjoy a dinner with wine.

Day 5: The Magic Of La Serenissima Relaxed Start

Location: Venice

Accommodation: Hotel Indigo Venice - Sant'Elena.

Accommodation Name: Hotel Indigo Venice - Sant'Elena

Meals Included: Breakfast

Wake up ready to embrace this romantic city. Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you witness the skill of glassblowers 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?

Day 6: The Eternal City Of Rome

Location: Venice, Rome

Accommodation: Golden Tulip Rome Piram.

Accommodation Name: Room 007 Select

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

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 hospitality at its best, as you enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal with your host.

Day 7: Papal And Imperial Rome

Location: Rome, Vatican, Rome

Accommodation: Golden Tulip Rome Piram.

Accommodation Name: Room 007 Select

Meals Included: Breakfast

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 priority 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.

Day 8: The Chianti Hills To Florence

Location: Rome, Florence

Accommodation: NH Firenze, Florence.

Accommodation Name: NH Firenze

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

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 give you time to shop for quality goods, like gold and leather, which Florence is famous for. Alternatively, there is the option to visit the Accademia Gallery with an art historian to see Michelangelo's famed masterpiece, 'David.' In the evening, savour an authentic meal at a local trattoria in the heart of Florence.

Day 9: Lake Maggiore Relaxed Start

Location: Florence, Baveno

Accommodation: Hotel Simplon, Baveno.

Accommodation Name: Hotel Simplon

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Travel past Milan, the capital of Lombardy, as you journey north to the beautiful Italian Lake District, a favourite retreat of the rich and famous where Alpine scenery combines with luxuriant subtropical vegetation. Relax and enjoy an afternoon at leisure at this popular resort and beautiful lake. Perhaps choose to take a cruise to the lovely Isola Bella for a guided tour of the incredible palace and stunning Botanical Gardens? Later, the choice is yours 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.

Day 10: The Alps And Onto Lucerne Relaxed Start

Location: Baveno, Stanserhorn, Lucerne

Accommodation: Hotel Astoria, Lucerne.

Accommodation Name: Hotel Astoria

Meals Included: Breakfast

In the morning, enjoy your last moments among the charming Italian Lake District before your travels continue across the Swiss border. Explore Mount Stanserhorn on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, as an open-top cable car powered by solar panels take you up the summit. Take in the pristine mountain air and, on a clear day, witness views as far as Alsace and the Black Forest in Germany. 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.
Continue to lakeside Lucerne where the afternoon is at your leisure. You may choose to enjoy a cruise on Lake Lucerne with its dramatic vistas.

Day 11: Lakeside Lucerne Relaxed Start

Location: Lucerne

Accommodation: Hotel Astoria, Lucerne.

Accommodation Name: Hotel Astoria

Meals Included: Breakfast

The emotive Lion Monument, carved into a limestone cliff, is a memorial dedicated to the heroic Swiss Guards who died defending King Louis XVI during the French Revolution, which is a source of great pride to the people of Lucerne. See this beautiful work before strolling across the Chapel Bridge to see the ornate Jesuit Church. 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?

Day 12: Sights And Delights Of Paris

Location: Lucerne, Paris

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Paris - Republique.

Accommodation Name: Le Méridien Etoile

Meals Included: Breakfast

Journey through the rural French country side of Alsace and Burgundy regions, 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 13: The Food And Flavours Of Paris

Location: Paris

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Paris - Republique.

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 as you head into areas where Parisians go about their daily lives to explore small shops and sample local treats and delicacies.  In the evening, enjoy a Celebration Dinner at the historic restaurant La Coupole. Delight in French cuisine and delicious wine.

Day 14: 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 at 08:00 and 11:00.

What's Included

  • Travel Director

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

  • Luxury Transportation

    Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxurious, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom. Enhanced hygiene protocols are implemented for your safety.

  • Handpicked Hotels

    Stay in style at handpicked hotels known for their excellent locations, service, and comfort. We only work with establishments we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards.

  • Authentic Dining

    Savor local flavors with dining experiences including a Welcome Dinner in Amsterdam, a Dine-Around Evening in Baveno, and a Celebration Dinner in Paris.

  • Exclusive Experiences

    Gain priority access into the Vatican Museums, enjoy a private cruise in Venice, and choose between unique Insight Experiences in Paris to personalize your journey.

  • Local Experts

    Learn from Local Experts who bring the history and culture of their homelands to life, from the art of glassblowing in Venice to the rich history of Rome.

  • MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experiences

    Engage in experiences that advance UN Sustainable Development Goals, like the conservation talk by a Swiss ranger on Mount Stanserhorn and supporting traditional glassblowing in Venice.

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

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

  • All-Inclusive Tips

    We take care of all hotel and restaurant tips, baggage handling, and include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.

What's Not Included

  • Airfare

    International and domestic airfare not included.

  • Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is not included and is recommended.

  • Optional Activities

    Costs for optional activities not included in the itinerary.

  • Personal Expenses

    Personal expenses such as laundry, phone calls, additional drinks and meals are not included.

  • Visa Fees

    Any applicable visa fees are not included.

Mode of Transport

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.


Stay at the Hilton Amsterdam, located in the elegant Old South district of Amsterdam. Enjoy the Marriott Hotel Heidelberg, located in the heart of Heidelberg. Relax at the AC Hotel Innsbruck, located in the heart of the Alps. Experience the Hotel Indigo Venice - Sant'Elena, a peaceful sanctuary in the bustling city of Venice. Enjoy the comforts of Room 007 Select in Rome. Stay at the NH Firenze in Florence, located close to the historical center. Relax at the Hotel Simplon in Baveno, with views of Lake Maggiore. Enjoy the modern comforts of the Hotel Astoria in Lucerne. Stay at Le Méridien Etoile in Paris, located close to the Champs Élysées.

Check out our Q&As

  • Can we book airport transfers through the tour?

    Yes, 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. Departure transfers are available at scheduled times if your departure flights are as per the itinerary end dates.

  • What are the COVID-19 safety measures?

    COVID-19 safety measures include enhanced hygiene protocols, training for Travel Directors, Well-Being Directors, and Drivers in well-being and hygiene protocols, working only with establishments adhering to high well-being standards, and availability of hand sanitizer on board.

  • Are meals included in the tour?

    Yes, the tour includes 6 dinners with wine and 13 breakfasts.

  • What kind of accommodations can we expect?

    Accommodations include stays at the Hilton Amsterdam, Marriott Hotel Heidelberg, AC Hotel Innsbruck, Hotel Indigo Venice - Sant'Elena, Room 007 Select in Rome, NH Firenze in Florence, Hotel Simplon in Baveno with views of Lake Maggiore, and Le Méridien Etoile in Paris.

  • What are the transportation details?

    Transportation includes a luxurious, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom. The tour also features a high-speed Eurostar train journey from London to Europe via the Channel Tunnel.

  • What are some of the highlights of the tour?

    Some highlights include the option to choose between two carefully selected activities, a journey to the summit of Mount Stanserhorn with a chance to learn about local wildlife from a Swiss ranger, shopping in Parisian boutiques, and enjoying the comfort of Insight's luxurious, air-conditioned coach with enhanced hygiene protocols.

  • What countries will we visit on the Highlights of Europe tour?

    The Highlights of Europe tour visits England, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, and France.

  • Is there a private tour option available?

    The information provided does not specify whether a private tour option is available.

  • 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?


  • 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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