European Breakaway - Insight Vacations

European Breakaway (Summer 2017)

Duration: 8 days Visiting: England, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France

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A sensational stay capturing the very essence of Europe in a short period of time. Travel from the canals of Amsterdam to the Swiss Alps, and elegant boulevards of Paris.

  1. Day 1

    Depart from London by Eurostar for Brussels

    After a warm welcome from your Tour Director, transfer to London's St. Pancras Station to board the high-speed Eurostar. After boarding the train, sit back and relax while you are whisked through the Channel Tunnel to Brussels in just over two hours! Alternatively, join at the Brussels hotel. In the afternoon, walk with your Tour Director through the Grand Place, voted Europe's most beautiful square, lined with gilded buildings from the late 17th century and the Gothic Town Hall. Stroll on through the back streets to the capital's most celebrated water feature, the cheeky Manneken Pis statue. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and an opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.

  2. Day 2

    Dutch Countryside and Amsterdam

    Leave Brussels and drive north into the Netherlands. Continue through pleasant Dutch countryside to lively Amsterdam, the ‘City of Canals'. Drive across Dam Square, the heart of the city, past the Royal Palace and Mint Tower. Round-off the day with a taste of glamour as you visit one of the great diamond houses - an industry dating back to the 16th century - for a demonstration of cutting and polishing!

  3. Day 3

    Glide past the Castles of the Rhine Valley to Heidelberg

    Leave Amsterdam, en route for Germany. Pass the border town of Arnhem, renowned for its 'Bridge Too Far'. Cross the extensive Ruhr Basin and head for the romantic Rhine Gorge. From the wine village of Boppard, enjoy a delightful river cruise past hilltop castles, sleepy riverside towns and leafy terraced vineyards. Continue on to Heidelberg.

  4. Day 4 - Relaxed Start

    Through the Black Forest to Lucerne

    (Relaxed Start) Head for the ancient city of Freiburg, before climbing into the heart of the Black Forest, home of the cuckoo clock industry. Learn about its origins from a master carver and see how these clocks are made. Continue into Switzerland to view the thundering Rhine Falls. Drive on to lakeside Lucerne where there's time to shop for chocolate or that special timepiece. For dinner, you are treated to a typical Swiss supper of hearty specialties at a local restaurant.

  5. Day 5

    Lucerne's Lakes and Lion

    In the morning, head to the town of Stans and embark on a scenic journey by funicular railway and open-top cable car to the summit of the stunning Stanserhorn. On a clear day, in addition to the beautiful mountains and surrounding hills, there are views as far as Alsace and the Black Forest in Germany. Back in Lucerne, see the stirring Lion Monument, dedicated to the Swiss Guards who died defending the King of France. During your free time, maybe take a stroll across the covered Chapel Bridge to the baroque Jesuit church? Perhaps venture into the countryside to meet the local farmers for a delightful horse-drawn carriage ride? For dinner, you are treated to a typical Swiss supper of hearty specialties at a local restaurant.

  6. Day 6

    Paris for a ‘Diner de Célébration’

    Drive past 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.

  7. Day 7

    Paris, The ‘City of Light’

    Meet your Local Expert who takes 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 by the Île de la Cité to see Notre Dame Cathedral with its famous tale of Quasimodo. Next, ascend to the viewing platforms of the Eiffel Tower for spectacular panoramas of the city. The rest of the day is at leisure for a shopping spree in the grand department stores or the elegant designer boutiques. By night, why not try one of the world famous cabaret shows for an evening of excitement and glamour?

  8. Day 8

    Au revoir Paris

    Transfers arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport at 08:00 & 11:00.

Highlights

 

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Eurostar: Relax on the smooth high-speed Eurostar train from London via the historic Channel Tunnel to Brussels.
  • Rhine Valley: Cruise beneath the semi-ruined castles and terraced vineyards. Sleepy villages slip by as you saunter upstream to the Loreley Rock.
  • Stanserhorn: A spectacular journey by a funicular railway and open-top cable car to the summit of the Stanserhorn for expansive mountain views.
  • Paris: With a Local Expert explore the myriad of streets of the Latin Quarter and Île de la Cité.
  • Paris: The Eiffel Tower draws some 7 million visitors annually, but your tickets are reserved in advance. Skip the queues and ride the elevator to the viewing platforms, for breathtaking panoramas over the city.
  • Black Forest: Watch skilled artisans at work, learn the history and ancient techniques of clock making.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Amsterdam: See Dam Square, the Royal Palace and Mint Tower.
  • Heidelberg: See the red sandstone castle and explore the baroque Old Town.
  • Rhine Falls: See the Rhine River thundering over the falls.
  • 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: Black Forest, Burgundy.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

  • Lucerne: Enjoy a traditional Swiss supper of hearty specialties at a local restaurant.
  • Paris: Rendezvous with your friends at a typical French bistro for a little wine and a rousing Celebration Dinner. Bon Appétit!
  • 7 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Restaurant Dinner (RD) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • Amsterdam: The Mövenpick Amsterdam City Centre offers spectacular views over the River IJ and is within walking distance from the historical city centre.
  • Heidelberg: The four-star superior Crowne Plaza provides stylish accommodation, just a five-minute walk from the historic Old Town.
  • Paris: A premium four-star hotel, the Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel is conveniently located by the Latin Quarter and Saint-Germain-des-Prés.

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.

Optional experiences

Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trip Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations. The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

Accommodation

 

Marriott Brussels

Brussels (Central) - Belgium

Marriott Brussels: Marriott, Located in the heart of Brussels within walking distance to the Grand Place. All guest rooms are elegantly designed and feature luxury bedding.

Movenpick Amsterdam City Center

Amsterdam (Central) - Netherlands

Crowne Plaza Heidelberg City Centre

Heidelberg (Contemporary) - Germany

A modern hotel located in the centre of historical Heidelberg.

Astoria Lucerne

Lucerne (Central) - Switzerland

A recently refurbished city centre hotel, just minutes from the lake. It has a lively rooftop bar with views of Lucerne as well as several restaurants and a coffee shop.

Marriott Rive Gauche Paris

Paris (Central) - France

The Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel is located on the Left Bank of the Seine River near the Latin Quarter and Saint-Germain-des-Pres.

GUEST REVIEWS & EXPERIENCES

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on 7784 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 08 October, 2017

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    Trip: Outstanding trip with excellent customer service!

    Service: Excellent service and attention to detail by our Tour Director, Chad Hartwin, and our primary bus driver Antonio. Chad usually anticipated our wants and needs before we had to ask him, and was quick to solve any minor problems and issues that arose. This tour covered a lot of geography in just 10 days, and both Chad and Antonio kept us on time and moving efficiently for the whole trip. If we take another tour, we will definitely look to Insight Vacations!

  • 01 October, 2017

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    Trip: The Cities and touring areas were interesting and varied, we particularly enjoyed the Rhine Cruise, the Amsterdam canal cruise and the farm visit in Switzerland.

    Service: The tour was well organised with good trips and extras.

  • 27 September, 2017

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    Trip: This tour checked off a number of cities that were on our bucket list, and gave us a great insight as to what we might want to concentrate on in a future vacation. Very well thought out and executed.

    Service: Our tour director and our driver were friendly, thoughtful and very professional. We felt very comfortable in their care from the moment we met them. Richard,- our director,- was quite knowledgeable about our destinations as well as the countryside along the way, and made each drive both fun and educational with extra anticdotes and stories. Although we had some challenges with weather, we felt we received great value for our travel dollars and are completely satisfied with our tour. This would not necessarily be, without the thoughtfulness and competence of Richard and Remi who were always prepared to do a little extra for us. It was very well done.

  • 24 September, 2017

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    Trip: Outstanding tour! We enjoyed our entire trip! So much was made special for our trip by our tour guide, Richard. He was absolutely wonderful!

    Service: We were very pleased with our tour! My husband and I will definitely be going on many more tours with you because of your great customer service. Everything went like clockwork and many wonderful experiences were provided. The knowledge of our tour guide (Richard) was exemplary as well as the driver's (Remi) skill at driving. We were so pleased with our entire trip. We highly recommend this organization to place anyone's next vacation.

  • 24 September, 2017

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    Trip: Loved seeing 6 countries.

    Service: Great schedule, hotels, activities, tour director and driver.

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