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European Rhapsody

Operated by: Insight Vacations

11 Days from $3,395 per person
APR - OCT 2022
Schonbrunn Palace gardens in Vienna, Austria

Countries Visited

England, Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Italy ...more England, Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Italy

Locations Visited

London, Amsterdam, Wurzburg, Prague, Budapest, Vienna, Venice ...more London, Amsterdam, Wurzburg, Prague, Budapest, Vienna, Venice
  1. Day 1 Welcome to London.

    Welcome to London. After checking into your hotel, the afternoon is free to enjoy a city that is famous for its pomp and pageantry. Perhaps relax with a walk along the Serpentine in Hyde Park or window shop in the elegant boutiques of Knightsbridge? Alternatively, you may want to stroll along the Thames to the iconic Tower Bridge and Tower of London.

    hotel Amba Hotel Marble Arch/Park Plaza Victoria, London.
  2. Day 2 London to Amsterdam.

    At 07:00, meet your Travel Director and transfer to London’s St. Pancras Station to board the high-speed Eurostar for a rail journey via the revolutionary Channel Tunnel. Once in Amsterdam, join your Travel Director in the evening for a Welcome Reception. Get to know your fellow guests during a cruise, along some of the many quaint, tree-lined canals. Admire the elegant merchant houses from the 16th and 17th centuries, their facades are a reflection of when trade flourished during Amsterdam's Golden Age. Relax as you pass stunning gables, beautiful churches and the iconic Magere Brug, better known as the Skinny Bridge. Disembark and venture to Humphrey's Restaurant for your Welcome Dinner.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam.
  3. Day 3 Rhine Valley to Würzburg

    Relax with a scenic drive along the Rhine Valley to Würzburg. See the mighty Marienburg Fortress – the immense baroque palace of the Prince Bishops and one of the most important landmarks in Germany. On arrival, visit the imposing Würzburg Residenz, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a Local Expert. Marvel at intricate decorations and lavish staterooms boasting with French, Austrian and Venetian influences.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Maritim Hotel Würzburg.
  4. Day 4 Rothenburg and Golden Prague

    In the morning venture to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the most well-preserved town on the Romantic Road. Continue east to the Czech border, passing the town of Pilsen renowned for its beer, before reaching the Golden City of Prague. In the evening, perhaps take a river cruise through the heart of the city?(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel Royal Prague.
  5. Day 5 Prague, City of a Hundred Spires

    Join a Local Expert in the morning for guided sightseeing of one of the most beautiful and intact historic centres in Europe. Explore Prague with Insight Choice. Choose to explore Castle District or alternatively, walk through the Jewish Quarter and taste delicious Trdelník.Then, the city is all yours to explore with the rest of the day at leisure. Perhaps you may choose to rummage through the renowned antique shops or shop for the finest Bohemian crystal?(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel Royal Prague.
  6. Day 6 Through Bohemia to Budapest

    Start the day with a journey through the beautiful forested countryside of Bohemia. Journey to Hungary, following the River Danube to Budapest.In the evening, join a local expert to enjoy a scenic dinner cruise gliding past World Heritage Sites.The city’s spectacular night time beauty earns it the nickname 'Pearl of the Danube’.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hilton Garden Inn, Budapest.
  7. Day 7 The flavours of Budapest

    Stroll through the alleys of the Old Town of Buda and admire sweeping views from the Fisherman’s Bastion with a Local Expert.Drive along the beautiful Andrassy Avenue to Heroes' Square. Stand atop Gellért Hill where the colossal Liberty Statue stands in front of the Citadella watching over the city. Marvel at extensive panoramic views as you look out over the famous river dividing Buda and Pest - the two sides linked by the mighty Chain Bridge and the newer, elegant Elizabeth Bridge. Continue your travels, past the Turul Monument, a large eagle statue overlooking the town of Tatabanya, to the Austrian border and through pleasant farming country to the imperial capital of Vienna.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hilton Vienna.
  8. Day 8 Vienna and the Habsburgs

    In the morning, there is the option to join a private tour of Maria Theresa's Schönbrunn Palace and formal gardens.Later, get your camera ready for a drive around the famous Ring Road. This grand boulevard, built alongside the lines of the old city walls, showcases many of the capitol’s architectural masterpieces, including the Opera House, magnificent Hofburg Imperial Residence and Parliament.Later, join your Local Expert for a walk through Innere Stadt, the first district and historic core of Vienna.Explore Vienna with Insight Choice. Choose between a visit to a traditional Viennese Café to enjoy local specialities of coffee and sachertorte or alternatively, listen to a musical masterpiece of Mozart, as you take to the floor in a Viennese Waltz dance lesson.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hilton Vienna.
  9. Day 9 Along the shores of Lake Wörthersee to Venice

    This day's route takes you past quiet villages, through Styria's forested mountains and into the Carinthian Lake District. Continue past Europe's warmest lake, the Wörthersee, to cross into Italy near Tarvisio. Then follow mountain valleys and cascading streams down to the Veneto Plain en route to the unique city of Venice. Head via private boat to arrive at your central hotel. This evening, stroll past the entrance doors of the famous Opera House to La Fenice restaurant for a magical dinner. Indulge in traditional Venetian dishes that are enriched with inspiration from seasonal produce. Savour a cocktail at Café Florian at twilight whilst you are serenaded by an ensemble of talented musicians. Admire the tranquility of St. Mark's Square long after the day-trippers have gone to their mainland hotels before returning to your hotel along the Grand Canal.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio, Venice.
  10. Day 10 The Magic of 'La Serenissima'

    In the morning, prepare to embrace this most romantic city. Your hotel is located on the renowned Grand Canal. Visit 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 ancient prisons by the Bridge of Sighs. Witness the skill of glassblowers on a visit to a traditional arts centre. The rest of the day is free, perhaps shop in the small arcades?(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio, Venice.
  11. Day 11 Arrivederci Venice

    Alas, you must bid farewell to this enchanting city. Your departure transfer arrives at Venice Marco Polo Airport at 08:00 and 09:30.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
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Price Includes

Included Insight Services

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency
  • We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available)
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination
  • You may purchase arrival transfers from London Heathrow and Gatwick airports on arrival days, or when additional nights accommodation has been booked through Insight Vacations
  • If your departure flights are as per the itinerary end dates, departure transfers are available at scheduled times
  • If your flights are outside these times or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way to the airport
  • Alternatively, please make your own way from/to the airport

Authentic Dining

  • Amsterdam: Toast to the travels ahead during your Welcome Dinner of modern European cuisine at Humphrey's Restaurant, a trendy eatery located in the heart of the city and surrounded by 17th century homes.
  • Venice: Sip cocktails alongside the canals at Cafe Florian, while being serenaded by an ensemble of talented musicians and soak up the calming atmosphere long after the day-trippers have returned to their mainland hotels.
  • Budapest: Enjoy a scenic dinner cruise and take in the city's night time beauty as you float along the Danube.
  • Venice: Enjoy a special Venetian Celebration Dinner with wine at La Fenice, situated in the heart of this historic city.
  • Dining Summary: 9 Breakfast (B), 4 Dinner with Wine (DW)

Insight Choice

  • Prague : Choose to join a Local Expert to explore the courtyards of the Prague Castle and to visit the imposing St Vitus Cathedral. Alternatively, stroll through the Jewish Quarter with your Local Expert to hear how the Jewish community has shaped the history of Prague, and taste Trdelník, a traditional Czech pastry.
  • Vienna: Choose between a visit to a traditional coffeehouse to enjoy Viennese specialities of coffee and Sachertorte or alternatively, listen to the musical masterpiece of Mozart, as you take to the floor in a Viennese Waltz dance lesson.

Insight Experiences

  • Wurzburg: Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Würzburg Residence with a Local Expert.
  • Venice: Witness the ancient skill of glassblowing and watch artisans create delicate works of art.

Make Travel Matter

  • Venice: Witness the ancient skill of glassblowing, now practised by precious few masters. Watch artisans create delicate works of art using rare traditional practices.The workshop advances SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. The workshops master craftsmen teach visitors about the traditional craft of glassblowing and its history which dates back to the 15th century. Every visit helps to support the workshop and the survival of this traditional craft.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Eurostar: Relax on the smooth, high-speed Eurostar train as you journey from London to Europe via the revolutionary Channel Tunnel.
  • Amsterdam: Cruise along the old waterways, discovering the architectural gems of the old city, including mansions dating from the Golden Age of the 17th Century.
  • Würzburg: Stand on the statue-lined Alte Mainbrucke and see the Marienburg fortress.
  • Wurzburg: Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Würzburg Residence with a Local Expert.
  • Rothenburg ob der Tauber: Explore Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the most well-preserved town on the Romantic Road.
  • Prague: Led by your Local Expert, explore the delightful Old Town Square and see the detailed Astronomical Clock that delights onlookers each hour.
  • Budapest: Stroll through the alleys of the Old Town of Buda and admire sweeping views from the Fisherman's Bastion with a Local Expert. Drive along the beautiful Andrassy Avenue to Heroes' Square. Stand atop Gellert Hill where the colossal Liberty Statue stands in front of the Citadella watching over the city. Marvel at extensive panoramic views as you look out over the famous river dividing Buda and Pest - the two sides linked by the mighty Chain Bridge and the newer, elegant Elizabeth Bridge.
  • Vienna: Walk through the first district, Inner Stadt, as your Local Expert reveals why this is the historic core of the city. You will also tour the Ring Road to see the Hofburg Imperial Residence, Opera House, Parliament Building and Karlskirche.
  • Venice: With your Travel Director cruise to St. Mark's Square and see the Doge's Palace, Bridge of Sighs and St. Mark's Basilica.

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Carol Marciano
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
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very efficient- friendly and informative
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tour guide Gary Junge - the best we ever had and we have been all over the world- 1st time with GET / Insight
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