highlights of europe SUMMER 2017

Rates per person in USD:

Land Arrangement Rates

Varied landscapes, magnificent scenery, history galore, and a treasure-trove of art and architecture... a glorious reflection of Europe at her best

Starts on Returns on Twin Sharing Single Occupancy
June 3, 2017 June 17, 2017 US$4225 US$5305
June 10, 2017 June 24, 2017 US$4225 US$5305
June 17, 2017 July 1, 2017 US$4225 US$5305
June 24, 2017 July 8, 2017 US$4125 US$5205
July 1, 2017 July 15, 2017 US$4050 US$4970
July 8, 2017 July 22, 2017 US$4025 US$4945
July 22, 2017 Aug 5, 2017 US$4025 US$4945
July 29, 2017 Aug 12, 2017 US$3995 US$4895
Aug 5, 2017 Aug 19, 2017 US$3995 US$4895
Aug 12, 2017 Aug 26, 2017 US$3995 US$4895
Aug 19, 2017 Sep 2, 2017 US$4050 US$5110
Aug 26, 2017 Sep 9, 2017 US$4195 US$5255
Sep 2, 2017 Sep 16, 2017 US$4350 US$5430
Sep 9, 2017 Sep 23, 2017 US$4350 US$5430
Sep 16, 2017 Sep 30, 2017 US$4350 US$5430
Sep 23, 2017 Oct 7, 2017 US$4350 US$5430
Sep 30, 2017 Oct 14, 2017 US$4225 US$5305
Nov 4, 2017 Nov 18, 2017 US$3575 US$4455
Nov 18, 2017 Dec 2, 2017 US$3575 US$4455
Dec 2, 2017 Dec 16, 2017 US$3575 US$4455
Dec 20, 2017 Jan 3, 2018 US$3925 US$4855
Dec 27, 2017 Jan 10, 2018 US$3975 US$5035

Inclusions:

    SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

    • Eurostar: Relax on the smooth, high-speed Eurostar train from London via the historic Channel Tunnel to Brussels.
    • Rhine Valley: Watch medieval hilltop castles and vineyards slip by as you enjoy a scenic cruise.
    • Venice: Glide along the atmospheric canals exploring the intimate and hidden parts of this unique city while musicians set the mood with traditional songs.
    • Rome: Enjoy VIP fast-track entry into the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel including privileged behind-the-scenes access to the Bramante Staircase.
    • Stanserhorn: A spectacular journey by a funicular railway and open-top cable car to the summit of the Stanserhorn for expansive mountain views.
    • Paris: Venture with a Local Expert through the Latin Quarter and see the Notre Dame Cathedral, a masterpiece of French Gothic architecture.
    • Paris: With tickets to the Eiffel Tower prearranged, ascend and enjoy spectacular views of Paris.

    ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

    • Brussels: Walk through the Grand Place to the Mannekin Pis.

      Heidelberg: See the red sandstone castle and explore the baroque Old Town.

      Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber: Visit Europe's finest medieval town.

    • Munich: See the Olympic Stadium, Ludwigstrasse, Marienplatz and neogothic Town Hall.
    • Salzburg: Walk through the Mirabell Gardens with a guide, see Mozart's Birthplace and the Cathedral.
    • Venice: Cruise, with commentary, to St.
    • Mark's Square.
    • See the Doges' Palace, Bridge of Sighs and St.
    • Mark's Basilica.
    • Rome: Visit St.
    • Peters Basilica in the Vatican City.
    • See the mighty Colosseum and overlook the Forum.
    • Florence: Walk with your guide to the Cathedral, see the ‘Gates of Paradise' and open-air gallery of Signoria Square.
    • Witness a traditional Florentine leather-work demonstration.
    • Lucerne: View the emotive Lion Monument.
    • See the covered Chapel Bridge and Jesuit Church.
    • Paris: See Notre Dame Cathedral, the façades of the Louvre Museum, the Place de la Concorde.
    • Drive along the Champs Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe.
    • Scenic Drives: The Dolomites, Italian Lake District and Swiss Alps..

    AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

    • Lucerne: You are offered a selection of restaurants on your Dine-Around evening. Choose your own ambience, cuisine and drinks for an intimate culinary experience.
    • Paris: Rendezvous at a typical French bistro for a little wine and a rousing Celebration Dinner. Bon Appétit!
    • 14 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 3 three-course table d'hôte Dinner (DW), 1 Dine-Around evening (DA) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.

    STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

    • Brussels: The Marriott is located in the heart of Brussels within walking distance to the Grand Place. All guest rooms are elegantly designed and feature luxury bedding.
    • Heidelberg: The Crowne Plaza Heidelberg City Centre is in the heart of historical Heidelberg and includes its own swimming pool and sauna. Modern and well-appointed rooms.
    • Innsbruck: Hotel Innsbruck is located on the bank of the Inn River in the heart of the medieval Old Town. The panoramic spa area looks over the roofs of the Old Town and offers a variety of saunas as well as a sun terrace.
    • Paris: The Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel is located on the Left Bank of the Seine River near the Latin Quarter and Saint-Germain-des-Pres. Recently renovated, all rooms feature luxurious bedding, safes, high-speed Internet access and air conditioning.

    ADDITIONAL FIVE STAR SERVICES

    • An expert Insight Tour Director, at the pinnacle of their career, will guide you on your journey. Serving as your 'travelling concierge', this skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.
    • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort.
    • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.
    • Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel.
    • Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
    • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
    • Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
    • Included airport transfers at scheduled times on arrival and departure days.

Itinerary:

Highlights of Europe

  • Day 1 Depart from London by Eurostar for Brussels

    Meet your Tour Director and transfer to London's St. Pancras Station to board the high-speed Eurostar. Your two hour rail journey takes you via the historic Channel Tunnel to Brussels. Alternatively, join at the Brussels Hotel. (For reduction, see date chart). This afternoon, stroll through the beautiful Grand Place, with its gilded buildings and see the cheeky Mannekin Pis. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and an opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a warm evening of dinner and wine.

    Hotel: Marriott, Brussels

    Welcome Dinner, Full Breakfast

  • Day 2 Cruise past the Castles of the Rhine Valley to Heidelberg

    Travel into Germany to view the spires of Cologne Cathedral before continuing along the Rhine, via Bonn, to Boppard. Join a cruise, passing medieval hilltop castles and steep leafy vineyards to the village of St. Goar, near the legendary Loreley Rock. Continue on to Heidelberg to see the clifftop castle.

    Hotel: Crowne Plaza, Heidelberg

    Buffet Breakfast, Buffet Breakfast, Three-course Dinner with wine, plus tea or coffee

  • Day 3 Rothenburg and along the Romantic Road to Munich

    Stop in medieval Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber, still surrounded by its old walls and watch towers, frozen in time since the 16th Century. Continue along the Romantic Road to the Bavarian capital of Munich. See the Olympic Stadium, Ludwigstrasse, Marienplatz and soaring Town Hall. Stroll through Munich's open-air food market, the Viktualienmarkt, with its beer garden. Meet a local market stallholder and sample some of his delicious produce. Tonight, maybe sample a stein of beer in a local beer hall?

    Hotel: Leonardo Royal Hotel, Munich

    Buffet Breakfast

  • Day 4 Music and mountains of Austria

    A short drive leads over the Austrian border to Salzburg, the city of Mozart and the ‘Sound of Music'. Sightseeing with a Local Expert shows you the formal gardens of Mirabell Palace which includes the fountains and statues where the 'Do, Re, Mi' scene in the film was created. Witness the imposing fortress, cathedral and Mozart's birthplace on the lively Getreidegasse before having free time for lunch. Next you will continue to Innsbruck, surrounded by the imposing peaks of the Nordkette mountains, where you will see the 14th century houses of Old Town, the impressive Imperial Palace and the delightful Golden Roof with your orientation tour.

    Hotel: Hotel Innsbruck

    Buffet Breakfast

  • Day 5 Across the Dolomites to Venice

    (Relaxed Start) Drive down through the Dolomites, crossing the Italian border and descend to the romantic city of Venice. Your prestigious hotel occupies an old convent building in the greenest part of the city centre.

    Hotel: Best Western Premier Hotel Sant'Elena, Venice

    Buffet Breakfast, Three-course Dinner with wine, plus tea or coffee

  • Day 6 Venice & the Magic of 'La Serenissima'

    (Relaxed Start) Waking up to the sights and sounds of Venice is a thrill for even the most experienced traveller! A morning boat transfer brings you to Giudecca Island to witness the age-old skills of glassblowers and gondola builders. Then cruise by Palladio's San Giorgio Maggiore to St. Mark's Square. Alight to see Lord Byron's Bridge of Sighs which connects the Doges' Palace to the prisons. In the square, the bell tower comes into view, plus the beautiful mosaics of St. Mark's Basilica and the Clock Tower Moors, who have been striking the hour for over 500 years. No visit to Venice would be complete without a gondola serenade. Glide along the atmospheric canals exploring the intimate and hidden parts of this unique city while musicians set the mood with traditional songs. The rest of the day is free to shop in the small arcades.

    Hotel: Best Western Premier Hotel Sant'Elena, Venice

    Buffet Breakfast

  • Day 7 On to the Eternal City of Rome

    Head south over the Apennine Mountains and follow the ‘Highway of the Sun' to the 'eternal city' of Rome.

    Hotel: Mediterraneo Hotel, Rome

    Buffet Breakfast

  • Day 8 Papal & Imperial Rome

    During your two night stay, join a local expert for a private tour of the priceless art of the Vatican Museums and the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel. Your VIP 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. Now cross the River Tiber to see the largest amphitheatre of the Roman Empire, the Colosseum and look out over the Roman Forum. The afternoon is free to explore.

    Hotel: Mediterraneo Hotel, Rome

    Buffet Breakfast

  • Day 9 Over the Chianti hills to Florence

    Drive to the Chianti Hills and the city of Florence. A local expert accompanies you to the Duomo, where the Gates of Paradise adorn the Baptistery. Continue to Signoria Square, the political heart of the city, lined with fountains and statues it acts as a virtual open-air gallery of Renaissance Masterpieces. Take the time to gaze at Neptune and David. In the area around Santa Croce Basilica, view a demonstration of traditional leather-work. Afterwards, there is time to shop!

    Hotel: Hotel Londra, Florence

    Buffet Breakfast

  • Day 10 Lake Maggiore

    (Relaxed Start) Journey past the capital of Lombardy, Milan, 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 or perhaps take a cruise out to the lovely Borromean Islands?

    Hotel: Grand Hotel Dino, Baveno

    Buffet Breakfast, Three-course Dinner with wine, plus tea or coffee

  • Day 11 The Alps and on to Lucerne

    (Relaxed Start) In the morning, cross the Swiss border and enjoy Alpine scenery all the way to Lucerne. On arrival, see what Mark Twain described as 'the saddest and most moving piece of rock in the world', the emotive Lion Monument.

    Hotel: Astoria, Lucerne

    Buffet Breakfast

  • Day 12 Lakeside Lucerne

    This morning we head to the town of Stans, where we embark on a spectacular journey by funicular railway and open-top cable car to the summit of the stunning Stanserhorn. On a clear day, as well as the beautiful mountains and surrounding hills, there are views as far as Alsace and the Black Forest in Germany. Then back to Lucerne, free time to stroll across the Chapel Bridge to the ornate Jesuit Church or spend time shopping in the traffic-free Old Town. You could hire a bicycle and enjoy a pleasant ride beside the lake? In the evening, get together with your friends and choose from a selection of authentic local restaurants for your dining pleasure.

    Hotel: Astoria, Lucerne

    Buffet Breakfast, Dine-Around

  • Day 13 Paris for a 'Diner de Celebration'

    Drive to Basel before crossing the Rhine to enter France. Travel through the wine-growing Burgundy region to Paris, the vibrant ‘Ville-Lumière' (City of Light). During your time in Paris, see the imposing façades of the Louvre, the banks of the Seine with its many romantic bridges, the obelisk in the centre of the Place de la Concorde and drive along the Champs Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe. Enjoy a ‘Diner de Célébration' served with wine in a Parisian bistro, abundant with French ambience.

    Hotel: Marriott Rive Gauche, Paris

    Buffet Breakfast, Celebration Dinner

  • Day 14 Paris, the 'City of Light'

    In the morning, meet your Local Expert who will take you on a walking tour of the bohemian Latin Quarter. Explore the myriad of streets situated on the left bank of the Seine, before continuing to the Notre Dame Cathedral. Venture inside this masterpiece of French Gothic architecture to witness the beautiful stained glass windows and magnificent organ. Insight ensures you leave the long queues at the Eiffel Tower behind - ascend by express elevator to the famous viewing platforms for breathtaking panoramas over the city. The afternoon is at leisure for shopping or your own pursuits.

    Hotel: Marriott Rive Gauche, Paris

    Buffet Breakfast

  • Day 15 Au revoir Paris

    Transfers arrive Charles de Gaulle Airport at 08:00 and 11:00, or depart for London via Gare du Nord for Eurostar option.

    Buffet Breakfast

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