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

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

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

14 Days Starting in Amsterdam and ending in Paris

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

Tour operator:

Insight Vacations

Tour code:

W933ZM118

Specialist Group:

Family/Kids

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

20 - 40

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

5-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
From:
$5636
$4819 (USD) Operator discount: -$564 The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$254 -15%

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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. 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.

Highlights

  • 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. See the massive Heidelberg Tun built into the cellar in 1591, visit the Apothecary Museum and enjoy panoramic views of Heidelberg and the Neckar Valley

  • Innsbruck: Nestled amidst majestic mountains, Innsbruck is a beautiful city offering a unique combination of nature, history, and culture. Stroll the streets of the picturesque Old Town, with your Travel Director, learn about its history and admire the Baroque and Gothic architecture

  • 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

  • Mount Pilatus: Enjoy a spectacular journey to the summit of Mount Pilatus to witness a panorama of snow-capped peaks as you take in the pristine mountain air

  • Florence: Join a Local Expert to view the multi-coloured marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistery, adorned by Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise. Visit the political heart of the city, Signoria Square. See the area around Santa Croce Basilica, famous for the quality of its luxury goods

  • 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. Stroll the banks of the River Seine and admire romantic bridges, and enjoy a drive along the Champs Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe

Itinerary

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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: Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio, Venice.
Accommodation Name: Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio
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: Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio, Venice.
Accommodation Name: Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio
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: Kolbe Hotel Rome.
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: Hotel Adler Cavalieri, Florence.
Accommodation Name: Hotel Adler Cavalieri
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: Free Time In Renaissance Florence Relaxed Start
Location: Florence
Accommodation: Hotel Adler Cavalieri, Florence.
Accommodation Name: Hotel Adler Cavalieri
Meals Included: Breakfast

The day is free for you to fully immerse yourself in the Tuscan capital. Be sure not to miss the magnificent museums and galleries housing some of the most famous works of art in the world. Or perhaps just relax and soak up the atmosphere in one of the many street cafe's?

Day 10: The Alps And On To Lucerne
Location: Florence, Lucerne
Accommodation: Hotel Astoria, Lucerne.
Accommodation Name: Hotel Astoria
Meals Included: Breakfast

In the morning, travel across the Swiss border. 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. 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, Mount Pilatus, Lucerne
Accommodation: Hotel, Astoria Lucerne.
Accommodation Name: Hotel Astoria
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, with Wine

Today, appreciate the Alpine terrain as you embark on a scenic journey by cable car to the summit of the stunning Mount Pilatus. Take in the pristine mountain air and spectacular views. With the rest of 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? 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 12: Sights And Delights Of Paris
Location: Lucerne, Paris
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Paris - Republique.
Accommodation Name: Crowne Plaza Paris - Republique
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.

  • Handpicked Hotels

    Stay in hotels like Hilton Amsterdam, Marriott Hotel Heidelberg, AC Hotel Innsbruck, Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio in Venice, Room 007 Select in Rome, Hotel Adler Cavalieri in Florence, and Hotel Astoria in Lucerne.

  • Authentic Dining

    Dining Summary: 14 Breakfast (B), 8 Dinner with Wine (DW). Experience the food and flavors of each destination with hand-picked local restaurants and special culinary experiences.

  • Exclusive Experiences

    From a private cruise to St. Mark's Square in Venice to a scenic journey by cable car to the summit of Mount Pilatus, enjoy unique, Insight Experiences that are unavailable to the independent traveler.

  • Local Experts

    Join local experts in various cities who will share their knowledge and insights, bringing destinations to life through their personal stories and experiences.

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

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

  • Luggage Handling

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

  • All-Inclusive Tips

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

  • Some Meals

    Not all meals are covered.

    Please refer to the itinerary for details.

  • Personal Expenses

    Items of a personal nature, including souvenirs, laundry, and drinks, are not included.

  • Optional Excursions

    Optional excursions and activities not listed in the itinerary are available at an additional cost.

  • Visa Fees

    Any required visa fees are not included and are the responsibility of the traveler.

Mode of Transport

Travel from London to Europe on the high-speed Eurostar train. Take a private cruise to St. Mark's Square in Venice. Enjoy a scenic journey by cable car to the summit of Mount Pilatus.

Accommodation

Stay in hotels like Hilton Amsterdam, Marriott Hotel Heidelberg, AC Hotel Innsbruck, Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio in Venice, Room 007 Select in Rome, Hotel Adler Cavalieri in Florence, and Hotel Astoria in Lucerne.

Check out our Q&As

  • What is the starting location of the tour?

    The tour starts in Amsterdam.

  • What is the ending location of the tour?

    The tour ends in Paris.

  • Is there a private tour option available?

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

  • Are there any dietary accommodations?

    The information provided does not specify if dietary accommodations are available.

  • What kind of accommodations can we expect?

    You can expect to stay in hotels like Hilton Amsterdam, Marriott Hotel Heidelberg, AC Hotel Innsbruck, Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio in Venice, Room 007 Select in Rome, Hotel Adler Cavalieri in Florence, and Hotel Astoria in Lucerne.

  • Are meals included in the tour?

    Yes, the tour includes 14 Breakfasts (B) and 8 Dinners with Wine (DW).

  • What is the group size for this tour?

    The information provided does not specify the minimum or maximum group size for this tour.

  • What are some of the highlights of the tour?

    Some highlights include choosing between two carefully selected activities, joining a local foodie in Paris to sample local treats, shopping in quaint boutiques in Paris, enjoying the comfort of Insight's luxurious coach, experiencing enhanced hygiene protocols, and visiting iconic sights such as St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, the Colosseum in Rome, and the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

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

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

  • What are the inclusions of the tour?

    Inclusions of the tour are a highly-skilled Travel Director, personal radio headsets, baggage handling, hotel and restaurant tips, complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi, Insight Flourishes, and optional arrival and departure transfers.

  • 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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