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Welcome to Paris
Welcome to Paris, join your Tour Director at 17:00 for an orientation, passing the imposing façades of the Louvre. During your time in Paris, see the obelisk in the Place de la Concorde and drive along the Champs-Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe. In the evening, get together with your fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception and an opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.
Paris, the 'City of Light'
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, a masterpiece of French Gothic architecture. Later, ascend to the viewing platforms of the Eiffel Tower for spectacular panoramas of the city. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Beautiful Burgundy and Lucerne
Journey through the Burgundy wine region, before passing the Jura Mountains and crossing into Switzerland. Arrive in glorious lakeside Lucerne and enjoy a traditional Swiss supper of hearty specialties at a local restaurant.
Lucerne’s Lake and Lion
Join your Tour Director to see the covered Chapel Bridge and stirring Lion Monument. Embark on a spectacular journey, by cable car and cog-wheel railway, to the summit of Mount Pilatus for expansive mountain views over Lake Lucerne. Admire the panorama of snow-capped peaks, before descending back to terra firma. There is time set aside to shop for fine watches and chocolate in Lucerne.
Lucerne to Innsbruck
(Relaxed Start) Start the day with a journey to the heart of the Alps and visit the Principality of Liechtenstein. Spend some time in its tiny capital, Vaduz, with its castle located on a hillside overlooking the city. Drive into Austria and continue through the Arlberg Tunnel to mountain-ringed Innsbruck. Your orientation will show you the 14th century houses of the Old Town, the impressive Imperial Palace and the delightful Golden Roof.
The Dolomites to Venice
Leave Innsbruck and travel across the impressive Europa Bridge and through the Dolomites into Italy. Follow the Adige River through spectacular scenery to glorious Venice, known for over a thousand years as 'La Serenissima'.
The Magic of 'La Serenissima'
(Relaxed Start) In the morning, prepare to embrace this most romantic city. Your hotel is only steps away from St. Mark's Square, dominated by its magnificent basilica and overlooked by the great Clock Tower. Also in the square stands the immense Campanile and Doge's Palace which is connected to the prisons by the Bridge of Sighs. While here, visit an arts centre to watch one of the few remaining craftsmen blow Venetian glass. A visit to Venice would be incomplete 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. Enjoy a free time in the afternoon.
Pisa and Florence
Head into the wild Apennines and on to the peaceful landscapes of Tuscany. Stop to see the incredible Leaning Tower of Pisa with a Local Expert, from which Galileo is said to have conducted experiments on velocity and gravity. Also see the splendid cathedral and baptistry, decorated with mosaics and designs in solid marble. Your journey then continues to Renaissance Florence.
(Relaxed Start) Walk with your Local Expert to the marble-clad cathedral and baptistery, where Ghiberti’s 'Gates of Paradise' have been recreated in all their glory. Next stop is Signoria Square, an open-air gallery of Renaissance masterpieces, to spend time gazing at statues such as Neptune and David, along the front of the Palazzo Vecchio. After a demonstration of leather-work, there is free time to shop.
Orvieto and the Eternal City of Rome
Stop in the Umbrian hilltop town of Orvieto – its cathedral is one of Italy’s most celebrated buildings. Immerse yourself in the flavours and culture of the region at Zeppelin Restaurant, where you join a master chef for a fascinating live cooking demonstration, followed by lunch and a glass of the Orvieto Classico wine - a magical culinary experience! Continue to Rome, where you can perhaps start the evening with a ‘passeggiata’ (traditional evening stroll)?
Papal and Imperial Rome
Join a Local Expert for an in-depth visit to the Vatican Museums, full of priceless art collected over the ages by the Popes. In order to avoid the crowds, Insight has arranged your special VIP entrance, together with behind-the-scenes access to the Bramante Staircase - a marvel of Renaissance architecture and normally off-limits to the general public. Next, head to the Sistine Chapel to admire Michelangelo’s famous ceiling. In St. Peter’s Basilica, view another masterpiece by Michelangelo, the Pietà, as well as the splendid dome, completed after his death. Cross the River Tiber to see the Colosseum, still echoing with the ghostly cries of gladiatorial combat and overlook the Forum. Later, there is time for shopping or sightseeing at your leisure. In the evening, enjoy an elegant four-course dinner with unlimited local wine at a Roman restaurant. As you dine, you'll be serenaded with a private performance of popular songs and arias from some of Italy's best-loved operas.
Departure transfers arrive at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 07:00 and 09:30.
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.
Paris (Central) - France
The Pullman Paris Bercy Centre is conveniently located in Bercy village in the 12th arrondissement, amongst leafy patios. It offers a vibrant atmosphere and gastronomic-bistro inspired restaurants.
Innsbruck (Central) - Austria
Located in the city centre of Innsbruck, the Hotel Grauer Bär is a short stroll from historic Old Town. From the breakfast room and the spa area, enjoy panoramic views over the roofs of Innsbruck and the surrounding Tyrolean mountain scenery.
Venice (Central) - Italy
The outstanding Starhotels Splendid Venice, is perfectly positioned in the centre of Venice Island - only a stone's throw away from all the sights and walking distance to St. Mark's Square.
Florence (Contemporary) - Italy
This hotel is located in the historic district of San Frediano.
Rome (Contemporary) - Italy
Located in the heart of Rome, the luxurious Hotel Romanico Palace offers easy access to all the historical sites of the Eternal City.
31 January, 2018
Trip: We got a taste of a lot of things with a few added extras that made us feel special.
Service: Overall, our trip was great. Our tour guide Gary was exceptional.
29 January, 2018
Trip: Well planned and loved two nights accomadation at most stops.
Service: The way everything was sorted out in a timely manner by our guide.
15 January, 2018
Trip: We got what we had hoped for, which was the highlights. I thought it was well paced, having only one one-nighter. Gave us a great taster as we were first-timers to Europe.
Service: Our guide, Gary was professional, knowledgeable and nothing was too much trouble. We were very happy.
15 January, 2018
Trip: Great tour good selection of countries. Appropriate pace and time in cities.
Service: Cultural experience and locations were as advertised.
23 December, 2017
Trip: Very knowledgeable tour leader who was able to make the history of the areas come to life.
Service: Both the tour leader and the driver were excellent. They did everything possible to make the tour enjoyable for everyone even locating an alternate excursion when the weather was against us.
23 December, 2017
Trip: The included and optional activities were excellent. We didn’t have to wait in lines to buy tickets, everything was organised smoothly and we could pack in a lot of activities each day. Local experts/guides were all fantastic and were a real highlight of the trip.
Service: Excellent itinerary and optional activities, very good accommodation, seamlessly organised and comfortable coach. Would definitely recommend Insight.
14 December, 2017
Trip: too much on the last day. need to add more time in Rome
Service: great director and driver, would use them again
06 December, 2017
Trip: Covered all the areas of interest
Service: Tour guide's commentary and knowledge, friendly attitude.
03 December, 2017
Trip: Just perfect, tour director was also perfect. Wouldn't change a thing. Also everyone except us was given the option to fly to London before our trip, and did. Also others were offered extentions on the end of the trip like Spain etc... ans also did. Why were we not offered other trips before and after our trip when we booked? This was our first time doing this and would of been nice to get the options.
Service: Customer service was great, the whole trip was fantastic, until we got to Florence. Up till this point every Hotel was perfect, but almost everyone in our group agreed that this hotel was a total disaster. The room were awful and no one wanted to even be in their rooms. Also half of the staff were great and the other have seemed miserable. There were not many people who liked the meal we were served there either. This was truly the only blemish on the whole trip, but it was a BIG one.
28 November, 2017
Trip: There was the right balance of seeing the sights, with free time, and the local tour guides were exceptional
Service: The best way to express our experience with Insight, they exceeded our expectations, from the accommodations, to food, local tour guides, but most of all our tour director and driver (Peter and Lupo) I had high expectations coming into it, and they were continuously exceeded.
28 November, 2017
Trip: Gave us just enough in each country which in turn had us thinking when and where we would return to tour more in depth.
Service: Whole trip was awesome. Had a hotel change prior to trip. Was informed of change in a timely manner through AAA. Had no issues with the change. The transition into the new hotel was seamless.
27 November, 2017
Trip: We were kept busy the entire tour.
Service: The entire experience was fabulous we have not traveled with your company in the past. Our tour guides and drivers were excellent. Peter and Lola were friendly and approachable. Peter spent time with an elderly guest until she had to leave the tour it became too difficult to continue. Lola kept us entertained throughout the entire trip. we had a few hiccups during both tours but the TG's made it work. The drivers Lupo and Hadel can maneuver the coaches as if they were small cars and parked in tight places with ease. They made us feel safe and comfortable. Thank you so much for the adventure. We have already recommended your company to other friends.