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Welcome to Rome! On arrival complimentary transfers are provided to your hotel, departing the airport at 09.30, 12.30 and 15.30hrs. Later, meet your Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner in a local restaurant.
The day is devoted to the Eternal City. Join a Local Expert for an in-depth visit to the Vatican Museums with Insight’s special priority entry to avoid the crowds. Enjoy behind-the scenes access to the Bramante Staircase, a marvel of Renaissance architecture normally off-limits to visitors. Visit the Sistine Chapel where Popes are elected and admire Michelangelo’s famous ceiling. Continue to St. Peter’s Basilica to wonder at another of his works and stand beneath the dome which was completed after his death. During a walking exploration of Rome, toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain, visit the Pantheon.
A highlight for art lovers today is a visit to the Galleria Borghese, which houses a substantial part of the Borghese collection of paintings, sculptures and antiquities, begun by Cardinal Scipione Borghese, the nephew of Pope Paul V who reigned from 1605 to 1621. The rest of the day is yours to explore before joining for dinner at a local restaurant this evening.
Traveling into the heart of Italy, we take in the flavours of the Umbria region. Learn about the ingredients and Italian food culture when we join a local chef for a fascinating cooking demonstration, followed by lunch and a glass of wine, a magical culinary experience. Continue through the idyllic landscapes into Tuscany and on to Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance.
With a Local Expert, visit the Uffizi Gallery, one of the oldest and most famous art museums in Europe. Admire works by Michelangelo, Botticelli and Raphael amongst other masterpieces. Then embark on a sightseeing trip to see the multi coloured marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistry, adorned by Ghiberti’s “Gate of Paradise”. This evening is yours to enjoy the ambience of this timeless city.
We travel to Lucca and indulge in a wine and oil tasting with light lunch before heading to the fashion capital Milan.This evening, we are treated to a dinner of local flavours.
With our Local Expert we visit the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. An outstanding work of architecture and perhaps more famous for its connection to Leonardo da Vinci’s fresco of “The Last Supper” which is preserved inside its refectory* (dining hall). The Church Is one of the Renaissance Arts most important testimonies and has therefore been included as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Later, visit La Scala Opera House, regarded as one of the leading opera and ballet theatres in the world. The balance of your stay in Milan is yours to discover. Perhaps take an excursion into the Lake District? *Tickets to The Last Supper entirely subject to availability.
We say farewell Italy and travel into the mountains of Switzerland. We experience one of the greatest scenic highlights Europe has to offer! Climb to the top of Mount Stanserhorn by old-timer railway and the worlds only Cabrio cable car. At the peak, there’s time to enjoy glorious views of the central Alpine chain, explore the hiking trails or just relax and enjoy the panoramic terrace before descending and continuing to lakeside Lucerne.
Travelling into the Burgundy wine region of France, we stop in the walled town of Beaune. After an orientation with your Travel Director, continue to the French capital, Paris. This evening we will enjoy a typical French style dinner.
This morning on your orientation of Paris, see the Eiffel Tower, the façades of the Louvre, the obelisk in the centre of the Place de la Concorde and enjoy a drive along the Champs Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe. We visit Paris’s first digital art Museum, Ateiler des Lumières. With state-of-the-art visuals and audio, artists works become an immersive and panoramic show. Then there is time free to explore Paris at your leisure. This evening we visit the renowned Louvre Museum at night, offering a totally different perspective. Formerly a royal palace, the Louvre has embraced the history of France for eight centuries and features works admired across the globe, including the Mona Lisa, the Winged Victory of Samothrace, and the Venus de Milo.
Join your Local Expert to visit the Musée d’Orsay. The former Gare d’Orsay of Beaux-Arts architecture is now one of the largest museums in Europe and home to the largest collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces in the world. Be enthralled by the works of Monet, Manet, Degas, Cezanne, Van Gogh, amongst others. This afternoon, perhaps join an optional experience to Monet’s garden in Giverny to see the inspiration for some of his most famous works before heading back to Paris.
Travel into Belgium today and make a stop in the canal city of Ghent. Its centre is known for medieval architecture such as the 12th century Gravensteen Castle and Graslei, a row of beautiful facades reflected in the River Lys. Relax at a café terrace, shop for Belgian chocolates, or simply take in the atmosphere. Our journey today ends in the Dutch capital of Amsterdam, a vibrant metropolis and still a living museum of the 17th Century.
Admire world famous masterpieces in the Rijksmuseum. Among the collection are works by Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Johannes Vermeer. Then onto the Van Gogh Museum, home to the largest collection of Van Gogh paintings and drawings in the world.This evening enjoy dinner while cruising through the canals and celebrate our time on this extraordinary journey.
Your journey comes to an end after breakfast. Complimentary transfers to the airport depart at 08.00 and 10.00am.
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