Splendid Europe - Return Eurostar, Classic Group

13 Days Starting in Rome, Italy and ending in London, England

Visiting: Rome, Vatican City, Venice, Ljubljana, Vienna, Salzburg, Lucerne, Königswinter, Amsterdam, London

Tour operator:

Insight Vacations

Tour code:

N915UZM19

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
Interests:

Cultural, History

From:
$6434
$5223 Operator discount: -$965 Exclusive Tourhub Members Discount: -$246 -19%

NB: Prices correct on 18-May-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

Follow in the footsteps of the gladiators as you see the Colosseum in Rome, take in the regal history of the Habsburgs at Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna and see the Rhine Valley sights on the road to Konigswinter, on this 2-week guided tour. From the iconic attractions of Rome and the cultural gems of the Vatican, your expert led voyage sets out across Europe, stopping for sunset cocktails and dinner in Venice, and sightseeing in the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana. In Vienna, enjoy the exclusive Insight Choice of Viennese Waltz dance lessons—set to the tunes of Mozart’s masterpieces, or sample sachertorte at a traditional Viennese café, washed down with a specially selected coffee. End your adventure with a private Rhine Castle visit paired with regional wines and a Celebration Dinner in Amsterdam.

Highlights

  • 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 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.

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

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

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

  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then 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 from/to the airport.

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Welcome To The Eternal City Of Rome

Location: Rome

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Radisson Blu GHR Rome

Meals Included: Dinner

Welcome to Rome, a glorious city filled with classic antiquities, medieval buildings, renaissance palaces and baroque churches. Transfers depart from Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport for your hotel. Relax and settle in before joining your Travel Director and getting to know your fellow travellers over a delicious Welcome Dinner with wine at a local restaurant.

Day 2 : Exploring Papal Rome

Location: Vatican City

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Radisson Blu GHR Rome

Meals Included: Breakfast

A Local Expert introduces the grandeur of the city, starting with the Vatican State, the richest community on the world. Visit the Vatican Museums, full of priceless treasures collected by the Popes. Insight provides special VIP, fast-tracked entry to avoid the crowds, together with 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. The rest of the day is yours to shop in the trendy boutiques or relax at a sidewalk cafe.

Day 3 : Rome At Leisure

Location: Rome

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Radisson Blu GHR Rome

Meals Included: Breakfast

The day is yours to enjoy Rome at your own pace. Perhaps take an optional experience to the ill-fated town of Pompeii, frozen in time when it was engulfed by an eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. Alternatively, spend some time in the boutiques of the Via del Corso, the Via Nazionale or the elegant designer stores near the Spanish Steps? As night falls, why not sip on prosecco at a sidewalk cafe in Piazza Navona - the Living Room of Rome - and enjoy life's pageantry pass by?

Day 4 : Autostrada Del Sole To Venice

Location: Venice

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Journey through peaceful Tuscan landscapes, to descend past Bologna into the fertile Valley of the River Po. Arrive at the glorious city of Venice by water taxi and savour a cocktail at sunset whilst you are serenaded by an ensemble of talented musicians, long after the day-trippers have returned to their mainland hotels, before enjoying dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 5 : Venice And The Magic Of La Serenissima

Location: Venice

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio

Meals Included: Breakfast

Wake up ready to embrace this romantic city. Admire the Doge’s Palace and its adjoining Bridge of Sighs. Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you witness the skill of glassblowers on a visit to a traditional arts centre. before taking a private cruise to St. Mark's Square where St. Mark’s Basilica exudes the city’s former wealth and power.

Day 6 : Venice To Elegant Ljubljana

Location: Ljubljana

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Lev Ljubljana

Meals Included: Breakfast

Depart Venice by water taxi and continue your journey to the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana. A Local Expert shows you Prešeren square with the Triple bridge, baroque Franciscan Church and and the lively banks of Ljubljanica river. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to the tranquil shores of Lake Bled? Ride in a traditional wooden 'pletna' across the turquoise glacial waters towards the tiny island that rises in the middle.

Day 7 : Ljubljana To Vienna

Location: Vienna

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hilton Vienna Park or Hilton Vienna Danube Waterfront

Meals Included: Breakfast

Follow the Drava River and cross over the Slovenian border to reach the 700-year-old university town of Maribor. Continue past Graz through Styria’s forested mountains and on to Vienna.

Day 8 : Vienna And The Habsburgs

Location: Vienna

Accommodation: Hilton Vienna Park.

Accommodation Name: Hilton Vienna Park or Hilton Vienna Danube Waterfront (depending on departure date)

Meals Included: Breakfast

In the morning, there is the option to join a private tour of Maria Theresa's Schönbrunn Palace and formal gardens. Later, get your camera ready for a drive around the famous Ring Road. This grand boulevard, built alongside the lines of the old city walls, showcases many of the capitol’s architectural masterpieces, including the Opera House, magnificent Hofburg Imperial Residence and Parliament. Later, join your Local Expert for a walk through Innere Stadt, the first district and historic core of Vienna. Explore Vienna with Insight Choice. Choose to visit to a traditional Viennese café to enjoy local specialities of coffee and Sachertorte. Alternatively, join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience during an inclusive workshop and take to the floor in a Viennese Waltz dance workshop designed to support the visually impaired community.

Day 9 : Salzburg And On To Innsbruck

Location: Salzburg

Accommodation: AC Hotel Innsbruck.

Accommodation Name: AC Hotel Innsbruck

Meals Included: Breakfast

Pass the impressive Benedictine monastery of Melk before reaching the enchanting city of Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and the iconic musical 'The Sound of Music'. A Local Expert will show you the formal gardens of Mirabell Palace, including the fountains and statues where the 'Do, Re, Mi' scene was filmed. Cross Residence Square with its fountain, where Maria sings 'I Have Confidence' and see the imposing fortress, the immense cathedral and Mozart’s birthplace on the lively Getreidegasse. Perhaps join an excursion to the famous Eagle's Nest? Continue to the mountain ringed Tyrolean capital of Innsbruck to see the Golden Roof and Imperial Palace.

Day 10 : Liechtenstein To Lucerne

Location: Lucerne

Accommodation: Hotel Astoria, Lucerne.

Accommodation Name: Hotel Astoria

Meals Included: Breakfast

Journey past flower-filled meadows and picturesque chalet-style villages to the Principality of Liechtenstein. Spend some time in its tiny capital, Vaduz, then cross into Switzerland and through glorious mountains to lakeside Lucerne. On arrival, visit Lucerne'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.

Day 11 : Lucerne And Mt Stanserhorn

Location: Lucerne

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. 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. Upon return to Lucerne, 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 12 : Legends Along The Rhine

Location: Königswinter

Accommodation: Maritim Hotel Königswinter.

Accommodation Name: Maritim Hotel Königswinter

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Enjoy travelling through Germany and follow the Rhine Valley north to Königswinter.

Day 13 : The Canals Of Amsterdam

Location: Amsterdam

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam.

Accommodation Name: Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Delight in a private estate viewing of one of the famous Rhineland castles and learn more about these living cultural monuments situated along the Middle Rhine over a glass of wine. Continue your travels to Amsterdam. The best way to see this remarkable city is from the water as you cruise through the canal district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire the elegant merchant houses from the 16th and 17th centuries, their facades are a reflection of when trade flourished during Amsterdam's Golden Age. Relax as you pass stunning gables, beautiful churches and the iconic Magere Brug, better known as the Skinny Bridge. In the evening, toast your adventure and new-found friends during a Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 14 : Return To London

Location: London

Accommodation Name: on

Meals Included: Breakfast

In the morning, travel to Brussels for your high-speed Eurostar train journey. On arrival, you are transferred to your London hotel where your trip ends.

What's Included

  • MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experiences

    Every one of our tours includes at least one conscious travel experience that supports one or more or the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS). Look out for yours within the day-by-day trip itinerary.

  • Net-zero by 2050

    Travel knowing our 4-point climate action plan will ensure net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

  • Support Local

    Your tour directly supports local communities by visiting family-run businesses, UNESCO sites and places of cultural significance.

  • Sustainable Practices

    Every part of our business, from trip design to how we run our offices, aligns to our 5-year sustainability strategy which ensures a positive impact on people, the planet and wildlife.

  • Philanthropic Efforts

    Our not-for-profit, the TreadRight Foundation, invests in nature-based solutions to address climate change.

  • Hotel and Restaurant Tips Included

    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.

  • Baggage Handling

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

  • Insight Flourish

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

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

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

  • Scheduled Airport Transfers

    If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then 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 from/to the airport.

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to and from the tour's start and end points

    Flights before or after the tour are not included and must be arranged by travelers.

  • Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is not included and is recommended for all travelers to ensure that they are covered in case of unforeseen circumstances.

  • Some Meals

    Not all meals are covered by the tour.

    Some meals, especially during free time, are to be arranged by travelers.

  • Optional Excursions

    Excursions that are optional and not included in the tour price must be purchased separately.

  • Personal Expenses

    Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, minibar, and additional drinks/meals are not included.

Mode of Transport

Journey through peaceful Tuscan landscapes, to descend past Bologna into the fertile Valley of the River Po. Arrive at the glorious city of Venice by water taxi and savour a cocktail at sunset whilst you are serenaded by an ensemble of talented musicians, long after the day-trippers have returned to their mainland hotels, before enjoying dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodation

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

Check out our Q&As

  • Is there an option for a private tour?

    The information provided does not specify if there is an option for a private tour.

  • How many dinners with wine are included?

    There are 5 Dinners with Wine included in the tour.

  • What is the pick-up location in Rome?

    The pick-up location in Rome is Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport.

  • What type of accommodation is provided?

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

  • What is the starting location of the tour?

    The starting location of the tour is Rome.

  • Are there any activities that support UN Sustainable Development Goals?

    Yes, there are activities that support UN Sustainable Development Goals, such as the 'Dancing without Barriers' workshop in Vienna for UN SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities, the glassblowing workshop in Venice for UN SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, and the conservation talk at Mount Stanserhorn for UN SDG 15: Life On Land.

  • What countries will the tour visit?

    The tour will visit Italy, Slovenia, Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

  • What are the pick-up times from Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport?

    The pick-up times from Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport are 09:30, 12:30, and 15:30.

  • What is the ending location of the tour?

    The ending location of the tour is London.

  • Are there any boat/cruise excursions included?

    Yes, there are boat/cruise excursions included, such as arriving at the city of Venice by water taxi and cruising along the old waterways of Amsterdam.

  • 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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