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Scientific Marvels of Europe - Insight Vacations

Scientific Marvels of Europe

Private Custom Group

Duration: 21 days • Countries visited: Italy, Switzerland, France, England
Group trip type: Art & History

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Day to Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Welcome to Florence

    Welcome to Italy! On arrival at Bologna airport, you will be met by your Travel Director and driver. We continue to our hotel in Florence where you’ll have time to settle in, before enjoying a welcome dinner at the hotel. (WD)

  1. Day 2: Discover Florence

    After a restful night’s sleep and breakfast at the hotel, we visit the Basilica di Santa Croce and Museo Galileo, home to the only surviving instruments designed and built by Galileo himself. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore Florence. (BB)

  1. Day 3: Florence at Your Leisure

    Enjoy a day at leisure. Explore captivating Florence at your own pace or join your Travel Director for a day trip to Vallombrosa to see the Monastery where Galileo studied. (Guided trips only available in July & August). (BB)

  1. Day 4: Bologna to Padua

    After breakfast at your hotel, spend the morning at leisure. In the afternoon, we drive through Bologna to Padua where you’ll enjoy a local 3-course dinner alongside a guest lecturer from the Padua University. (Lecturer organised by MTG.)  (BB, HD)

  1. Day 5: Padua to Venice

    Today we visit the Il Bo University, the second oldest university in Italy, for a guided trip. The afternoon is free for you to visit the Botanical gardens and St Anthony Basilica. Later in the afternoon, we continue to our hotel, situated in Mestre Venice, where we will stay for 2 nights. (BB)

  1. Day 6: Romantic Venice at Your Leisure

    After breakfast, the rest of the day is yours to explore romantic Venice at leisure. (BB)

  1. Day 7: Onto Swiss Geneva

    Les Nations Hotel After a restful night’s sleep, we cross the border to Switzerland. On arrival into Geneva enjoy a late afternoon cruise on Lake Geneva.   Afterwards we check into our hotel. (BB)

  1. Day 8: Nuclear Science in Cern & Geneva Exploration

    After breakfast we travel to CERN (subject to availability) to visit the European Organisation for Nuclear Research and see the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator. The remainder of the day is free to explore the city of Geneva. (BB)

  1. Day 9: Geneva to Paris

    Enjoy a delightful drive through the French countryside, as we make our way to Paris. On arrival you are free to relax or explore the city of love on your own. Gather for dinner at the hotel, during which you’ll enjoy the company of a guest speaker from the Marie Curie Museum. (Lecturer organised by MTG.) (BB, D)

  1. Day 10: Gardens of Paris

    Visit the Botanical Gardens in the morning. Here you will discover the Alpine Gardens, which contain 2000 mountain plants from all over the world. Wander through the rose garden, the iris garden and the Botany School's Garden, where 4500 species are labelled and regrouped by families. (BB)

  1. Day 11: Arts & Metier Museum in Paris

    Take time to visit the Arts and Metier Museum and spend the rest of the day at leisure to explore the wonderful city of Paris. (BB)

  1. Day 12: Science in Paris

    After breakfast in the morning, visit the Marie Curie Museum. Completely re-designed, the Museum reveals the life and times of a family of unusual physicists and their huge contribution to science. The rest of the day is at leisure. (BB)

  1. Day 13: Paris at Your Leisure

    Enjoy a day at leisure to explore the city of Paris. (BB)

  1. Day 14: Eurostar to London

    Bid farewell to Paris today, as we travel by Eurostar to London. On arrival we will be met and transferred to a local pub for lunch. We’ll then check into our hotel and you’ll have the rest of the day to enjoy at leisure. (BB, L)

  1. Day 15: Day Trip to Kent

    Today we travel to Kent to visit the Down House, the home of Charles Darwin, before returning to our London hotel. (BB)

  1. Day 16: Scientific Marvels of London

    Enjoy a full day of sightseeing, including a visit to the Royal Observatory, Flamsteed, Meridian Courtyard and Maritime Museum, and a cruise on the River Thames. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (BB)

  1. Day 17: Royal Society & Faraday Museum in London

    This morning we visit the Royal Society followed by a visit to the Faraday Museum at the Royal Institution.  Lunch is served at a local restaurant. (BB, L)

  1. Day 18: Westminster & Science Museum In London

    We spend the morning visiting Westminster Abbey and the afternoon exploring the Science Museum in Kensington. (BB)

  1. Day 19: Discover Cambridge

    After breakfast, we continue to the university town of Cambridge for a 2-night stop. Enjoy a private walking exploration of the town including a visit to Trinity College – the largest of the Cambridge Colleges. (BB)

  1. Day 20: Cambridge at Your Leisure

    Today is yours to explore at leisure.  We meet again in the evening to celebrate the end of our trip with a farewell dinner at our hotel. (BB, D)

  1. Day 21: Farewell from London

    Our science trip has come to an end. Transfer from Cambridge to the London Heathrow Airport for your flight home. (BB)

Meal Guide: BB = Buffet Breakfast, HD = Highlight Dinner, D = Hotel dinner, HL = Highlight Lunch, WR = Welcome Reception

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