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

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

14 Days Starting in Amsterdam, Netherlands and ending in Paris, France

Visiting: Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Neuschwanstein Castle, Innsbruck, Veneto, Venice, Rome, Vatican, Florence, Baveno, Stanserhorn, Lucerne, 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:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
From:
$7572
$6114 (USD) Operator discount: -$1136 The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$322 -19%

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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.

Highlights

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

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

  • Explore one of Germany's most enchanting cities during your orientation with your Travel Director

  • Nestled amidst majestic mountains, Innsbruck is a beautiful city offering a unique combination of nature, history, and culture

  • Witness the ancient skill of glassblowing, now practised by precious few masters in 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 in Venice

  • Discover the history, the construction and the legends of the iconic Colosseum in Rome

  • Journey through the rural French countryside of Alsace and Burgundy regions to arrive in the vibrant City of Light, Paris, where you can see the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Louvre

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Welcome To Amsterdam
Location: 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 Lorelei 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
Location: Innsbruck, Veneto, 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
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 gives 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
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
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
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

Today you can enjoy 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
Accommodation Name: on
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

  • Authentic Dining

    Experience a variety of authentic dining experiences across Europe, including a Welcome Dinner in Amsterdam, a prosecco tasting in Veneto, a home-cooked meal with a Roman local, a traditional Bistecca alla Fiorentina dinner in Florence, a selection of hand-picked local restaurants for a Dine-Around Evening in Baveno, and a Celebration Dinner in Paris.

  • Top Rated Highlights

    Enjoy a curated selection of top-rated highlights such as cruising along Amsterdam's old waterways, exploring Heidelberg Castle, admiring Innsbruck's architecture, experiencing Venice with a cruise to St. Mark's Square, discovering Rome's Colosseum, viewing Florence's Renaissance art, and seeing Paris's iconic landmarks including the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral.

  • Make Travel Matter

    Participate in experiences that support local communities and conservation efforts, including a glassblowing workshop in Venice that advances UN Sustainable Development Goal 11 and a conservation talk by a Swiss ranger on Mount Stanserhorn to learn about local wildlife and flora.

What's Not Included

  • Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is not included and needs to be purchased separately.

  • Airfare

    International airfare to and from the start and end points of the tour is not included.

  • Personal Expenses

    Items of a personal nature, including souvenirs, laundry, and drinks not detailed in the itinerary, are not included.

  • Optional Activities

    Costs for optional activities not included in the tour itinerary are not covered.

  • Gratuities

    Gratuities for tour guides, drivers, and hotel staff are not included.

Mode of Transport

Travel from London to Europe on the high-speed Eurostar train.

Accommodation

Stay at the Hilton Amsterdam, Marriott Hotel Heidelberg, AC Hotel Innsbruck, Hotel Indigo Venice - Sant'Elena, Room 007 Select, NH Firenze, Hotel Simplon, and Hotel Astoria.

Check out our Q&As

  • What type 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, NH Firenze, Hotel Simplon, and Hotel Astoria.

  • What is the mode of transportation between London and Europe?

    Travel from London to Europe is on the high-speed Eurostar train.

  • 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 'Make Travel Matter' experiences?

    The 'Make Travel Matter' experiences include witnessing the ancient skill of glassblowing in Venice, which supports the survival of this traditional craft, and walking along scenic pathways on Mount Stanserhorn with a chance to hear a conservation talk by a Swiss ranger to learn about local wildlife and flora.

  • What are some of the highlights of the tour?

    Some highlights include a cruise along the old waterways of Amsterdam, a Welcome Dinner in Amsterdam, a visit to Heidelberg Castle, exploring Innsbruck, a prosecco tasting in Veneto, witnessing glassblowing in Venice, a home-cooked meal in Rome, seeing the Colosseum, dining in Florence, a Swiss ranger talk on Mount Stanserhorn, and exploring Paris including the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral.

  • Are there any meals included in the tour?

    Yes, included meals feature a Welcome Dinner in Amsterdam, a prosecco tasting in Veneto, a home-cooked meal in Rome, a traditional Bistecca alla Fiorentina dinner in Florence, a selection of dining experiences on a Dine-Around Evening in Baveno, and a Celebration Dinner in Paris.

  • Is there a private tour option available for this trip?

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

  • 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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