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

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

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

15 Days Starting in London and ending in Paris

Visiting: London, Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Neuschwanstein Castle, Innsbruck, Conegliano, 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:
$8130
$6565 (USD) Operator discount: -$1220 The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$346 -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

  • Stanserhorn: Embark on a spectacular journey to the summit of Mount Stanserhorn and appreciate unrivalled views of snow-capped peaks. Meet a Swiss ranger and learn about the local wildlife and flora over a conservation talk.

  • 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.

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Welcome To London
Location: London, Amsterdam
Accommodation Name: Thistle Marble Arch
Meals Included: None

Welcome to London. After checking into your hotel, the afternoon is free to enjoy a city that is famous for its pomp and pageantry. Perhaps relax with a walk along the Serpentine in Hyde Park or window shop in the elegant boutiques of Knightsbridge. Alternatively, you may want to stroll along the Thames to the iconic Tower Bridge and Tower of London.

Day 2 : Depart From London By Eurostar And Onto Amsterdam
Location: Amsterdam, Heidelberg
Accommodation: Hotel, Marriott Heidelberg.
Accommodation Name: Hilton Amsterdam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Meet your Travel Director and transfer to London's St. Pancras Station to board the high-speed Eurostar. Your comfortable rail journey takes you through the Channel Tunnel en route to Amsterdam. Later, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception. Get to know your fellow guests as you cruise along some of the 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 3 : The Rhine Valley And Heidelberg
Location: Heidelberg, Neuschwanstein Castle, Innsbruck
Accommodation: Hotel, AC Innsbruck.
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 4 : Mountain-Ringed Innsbruck
Location: Innsbruck, Conegliano, Venice
Accommodation: Hotel, Indigo Venice - Sant'Elena.
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 5 : Across The Dolomites To Venice
Location: 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. Savor 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 6 : The Magic Of La Serenissima
Location: Venice, Rome
Accommodation: Golden Tulip Rome Piram.
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 center. 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 7 : The Eternal City Of Rome
Location: Rome, Vatican, 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 the Eternal City of Rome. Enjoy a private visit to the Basilica of Saint Praxedes, welcomed by the Rector of the basilica. Gaze in awe at the world's best-preserved Byzantine mosaics, illuminated for this evening's experience, and see the first sculpture by Bernini. Italian culture is deeply rooted in hospitality with food, friends and family being central to everyday life. For dinner, you’re invited into the home of a Roman local to experience Italian hospitality at its best.

Day 8 : Papal And Imperial Rome
Location: Rome, Florence
Accommodation: NH Firenze Florence.
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. Then explore St. Peter’s Basilica, one of the largest churches in the world. Cross the River Tiber to see the largest amphitheater of the Roman Empire, the Colosseum and enjoy the afternoon at your leisure.

Day 9 : The Chianti Hills To Florence
Location: Florence, Baveno
Accommodation: Hotel, Simplon Baveno.
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, savor an authentic meal at a local trattoria in the heart of Florence.

Day 10 : Lake Maggiore
Location: Baveno, Stanserhorn, Lucerne
Accommodation: Hotel, Astoria Lucerne.
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 favorite 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 11 : The Alps And Onto Lucerne
Location: 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 12 : Lakeside Lucerne
Location: Lucerne, Paris
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Paris - Republique.
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 13 : Sights And Delights Of Paris
Location: 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 center 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 14 : The Food And Flavors Of Paris
Location: Paris
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 15 : Au Revoir Paris
Location: Paris
Meals Included: Breakfast

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

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.

  • Baggage Handling

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

  • Personal Radio Headsets

    Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.

  • Hotel and Restaurant 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.

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

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

  • Insight Flourish

    From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.

  • Transfer Options

    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. If your departure flights are as per the itinerary end dates, departure transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way to the airport. Alternatively, please make your own way from/to the airport.

Mode of Transport

Relax on the smooth, high-speed Eurostar train as you journey from London to Europe via the revolutionary Channel Tunnel.

Accommodation

Stay at the Thistle Marble Arch in London, the Hilton Amsterdam in Amsterdam, the Marriott Hotel Heidelberg in Heidelberg, the AC Hotel Innsbruck in Innsbruck, the Hotel Indigo Venice - Sant'Elena in Venice, the Room 007 Select in Rome, the NH Firenze in Florence, the Hotel Simplon in Baveno, and the Hotel Astoria in Lucerne.

Check out our Q&As

  • What are the inclusions of the tour package?

    The tour package includes services of a Travel Director, baggage handling, personal radio headsets for tours, hotel and restaurant tips, complimentary Wi-Fi on the coach and at hotels, Insight Flourish local specialties, and transfer options.

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

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

  • What type of accommodations can we expect?

    Expect to stay at hotels like the Thistle Marble Arch in London, the Hilton Amsterdam, the Marriott Hotel Heidelberg, the AC Hotel Innsbruck, the Hotel Indigo Venice - Sant'Elena, the Room 007 Select in Rome, the NH Firenze in Florence, the Hotel Simplon in Baveno, and the Hotel Astoria in Lucerne.

  • What are some highlights of the tour?

    Some highlights of the tour include a journey to the summit of Mount Stanserhorn in Switzerland, shopping in Paris, a cruise along Amsterdam's old waterways, visiting Heidelberg Castle, cruising to St. Mark's Square in Venice, exploring the Colosseum in Rome, and viewing Florence's marble cathedral.

  • Are meals included in the tour?

    Yes, meals are included in the tour. Specific meals provided are detailed in the itinerary for each day.

  • Is there a private tour option available?

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

  • What are the dietary options available on the tour?

    The provided information does not specify the dietary options available on the tour.

  • What is the mode of transportation between cities?

    The tour includes travel on the high-speed Eurostar train for journeys like from London to Europe, and other transportation as detailed in the itinerary.

  • Is there a local guide included in the tour?

    Yes, the tour includes a highly-skilled Travel Director who will serve as your expert guide, organiser, and friend overseas.

  • 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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