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Highlights of Europe

Operated by: Insight Vacations

15 Days from $4,308 per person
View of Arc de Triomphe in the evening in Paris, France

Countries Visited

England, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France ...more England, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France

Locations Visited

Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Innsbruck, Veneto, Venice, Rome, Florence, Baveno, Lucerne, Paris ...more Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Innsbruck, Veneto, Venice, Rome, Florence, Baveno, Lucerne, Paris
  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/Amba Hotel Grosvenor, London.
  2. Day 2 Depart from London by Eurostar and onto Amsterdam.

    Meet your Travel Director at 07:00 and transfer to London's St. Pancras Station to board the high-speed Eurostar. Your comfortable rail journey takes you through the Channel Tunnel en route to Amsterdam. Later, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception. Get to know your fellow guests as you cruise along some of the quaint, tree-lined canals to explore the heart of the Old City, before enjoying a pleasant evening of dinner and wine at a local restaurant.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Movenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre.
  3. Day 3 The Rhine Valley and Heidelberg

    Take a scenic drive through the Rhine Valley to see quaint villages, hilltop castles and hear the legend of the Loreley Rock.Follow the Neckar River to Heidelberg and visit Heidelberg Castle with a Local Expert.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Crowne Plaza Heidelberg City Centre.
  4. Day 4 Mountain-ringed Innsbruck

    Skirt the northern Black Forest and head towards the rolling Bavarian Alps. Stop beneath the royal castles of Hohenschwangau and King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein, rumoured to have inspired Walt Disney's iconic castle. Once over the Austrian border, continue to the Tyrolean capital of Innsbruck. Tour the architectural jewels of the city, seeing the Imperial Palace, Golden Roof and the 14th century houses of the Old Town.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel AC Hotel Innsbruck.
  5. Day 5 Across the Dolomites to Venice

    Continue your journey, crossing the Italian border and on through the Dolomites. Amongst the hills of Conegliano Veneto, stop at a local family winery where meticulous viticulture and manual harvesting produces distinguished prosecco with a natural balance. Savour a tasting of these luxurious sparkling wines and discover how to make the perfect Bellini. Continue to the romantic city of Venice, Queen of the Adriatic. In the evening, enjoy a dinner with wine.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hotel Indigo Venice - Sant'Elena.
  6. Day 6 The Magic of La Serenissima

    Wake up ready to embrace this romantic city. Witness the skill of glassblowers at a visit to a traditional arts centre. Take a private cruise to St. Mark's Square where the city's former wealth and power is evidenced by the riches of St. Mark's Basilica. Admire the Doge's Palace and its adjoining Bridge of Sighs. With the rest of the day free, why not cruise the Venetian lagoon to the island of Burano for a meal of local specialties and wine?(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel Indigo Venice - Sant'Elena.
  7. Day 7 The Eternal City of Rome

    Head into the Apennine Mountains and venture through the peaceful landscapes of Tuscany and Umbria. Follow the course of the Tiber to your hotel in the Eternal City of Rome. Italian culture is deeply rooted in hospitality with food, friends and family being central to everyday life. You’re invited into the home of a Roman local to experience Italian hospitality at its best, as you enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal with your host.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Welcome Piram Hotel, Rome.
  8. Day 8 Papal and Imperial Rome

    During your two-night stay, join a Local Expert for a private tour of the priceless art housed in the Vatican Museums and the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel. Your VIP visit includes fast-track entry and behind-the-scenes access to the Bramante Staircase, a part of the Vatican usually closed to the public. Then explore St. Peter’s Basilica, one of the largest churches in the world. Cross the River Tiber to see the largest amphitheatre of the Roman Empire, the Colosseum and enjoy the afternoon at your leisure.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Welcome Piram Hotel, Rome.
  9. Day 9 The Chianti Hills to Florence

    Drive to the Chianti Hills and the city of Florence. A Local Expert will accompany you to the Duomo where the Gates of Paradise adorn the baptistery. Continue to Piazza della Signoria, the political heart of the city, lined with fountains and statues it acts as a virtual open-air gallery of Renaissance masterpieces. A leisurely afternoon give you time to shop for quality goods, like gold and leather, which Florence is famous for. Alternatively, there is the option to visit the Accademia Gallery with an art historian to see Michelangelo's famed masterpiece, 'David.' In the evening, savour an authentic meal at a local trattoria in the heart of Florence.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hotel Londra, Florence.
  10. Day 10 Lake Maggiore

    Travel past Milan, the capital of Lombardy, as you journey north to the beautiful Italian Lake District, a favourite retreat of the rich and famous where Alpine scenery combines with luxuriant subtropical vegetation. Relax and enjoy an afternoon at leisure at this popular resort and beautiful lake. Perhaps choose to take a cruise to the lovely Isola Bella for a guided tour of the incredible palace and stunning Botanical Gardens? Later, the choice is yours for your Dine-Around Evening. Enjoy your preferred dining experience from a selection of hand-picked local restaurants, each offering their own unique cuisine and ambience.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hotel Simplon/Hotel Dino, Baveno, Italian Lakes.
  11. Day 11 The Alps and on to Lucerne

    In the morning, enjoy your last moments among the charming Italian Lake District before your travels continue across the Swiss border. Appreciate the Alpine terrain as you embark on a scenic journey by funicular railway and open-top cable car to the summit of the stunning Mount Stanserhorn. Take in the pristine mountain air and, on a clear day, witness views as far as Alsace and the Black Forest in Germany. Explore Stanserhorn with Insight Choice. Take a walk along beautiful scenic pathways for a chance to see marmots and other native animals. Alternatively, join a Swiss ranger and hear a talk about local wildlife and flora in the area. Continue to lakeside Lucerne where the afternoon is at your leisure. You may choose to enjoy a cruise on Lake Lucerne with its dramatic vistas.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel Astoria, Lucerne.
  12. Day 12 Lakeside Lucerne

    The emotive Lion Monument, carved into a limestone cliff, is a memorial dedicated to the heroic Swiss Guards who died defending King Louis XVI during the French Revolution, which is a source of great pride to the people of Lucerne. See this beautiful work before strolling across the Chapel Bridge to see the ornate Jesuit Church. With the day free, there is plenty of time for shopping for delectable chocolate and glamorous Swiss watches in the traffic-free Old Town. Perhaps venture into the countryside for a delightful horse-drawn carriage ride and meet the local farmers?(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel Astoria, Lucerne.
  13. Day 13 Sights and delights of Paris

    In the morning, journey through storybook scenery of forests and imposing mountain ranges, crowned by famous snowy peaks. Continue through the Alsace region to arrive in the vibrant City of Light. During your time in Paris, see the impressive Eiffel Tower, the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral and the imposing facades of the Louvre. Discover the banks of the Seine with its many romantic bridges, see the obelisk in the centre of the Place de la Concorde and drive along the Champs Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe. With the evening free, there are countless opportunities to enjoy the lively atmosphere of this glittering city. Why not visit one of the world-famous cabaret shows?(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel.
  14. Day 14 The Food and Flavours of Paris

    Start your day with an Insight Choice. Choose between shopping in quaint boutiques like a true Parisian for fashion, perfume or cosmetics with your Local Expert. Alternatively, join a Local Expert, an avid foodie, as you head into areas where Parisians go about their daily lives to explore small shops and sample local treats and delicacies. In the evening, embrace the charm of the Latin Quarter, during your Celebration Dinner at a typical Old Paris style bistro. Enjoy home-style cooking, using local ingredients, accompanied by delicious French wines.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel.
  15. Day 15 Au revoir Paris

    In the morning, bid farewell to your travelling companions as your journey comes to an end. Travel by high-speed Eurostar train for your journey back to London. On arrival, you are transferred to the Amba Hotel Marble Arch where your trip ends.(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

Top Rated Highlights

  • Heidelberg Castle: Delight in a visit to one of these Gothic castles with your Local Expert and learn more about these living cultural monuments situated along the Neckar river
  • Scenic Drives: Throughout your journey, enjoy the scenery as you drive along the Romantic Road and later pass the areas of Tyrol, the Dolomites, Veneto, Apennine Mountains, Tuscany, Umbria, the Chianti Hills, Italian Lake District, the Swiss Alps and Burgundy.
  • 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.
  • Heidelberg: Explore one of Germany's most enchanting cities during your orientation with your Travel Director.
  • Innsbruck: Enjoy an orientation with your Travel Director as you walk the narrow streets of the Old Town, lined with medieval houses and arcades, to see the Golden Roof.
  • 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.
  • Rome: See the mighty Colosseum and Roman Forum as well as other medieval buildings, Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches, scattered through the city.
  • Florence: Join a Local Expert to view the multi-coloured marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistery, adorned by Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise. Visit the political heart of the city, Signoria Square. See the area around Santa Croce Basilica, famous for the quality of its luxury goods.
  • Mount Pilatus: A spectacular journey by cable car to the summit of Mount Pilatus offers expansive mountain views over Lake Lucerne.
  • Lucerne: During your orientation with your Travel Director, see the emotive Lion Monument, Jesuit Church and Chapel Bridge.
  • Paris: See Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, facades of the Louvre, the River Seine and its romantic bridges, the obelisk in the centre of the Place de la Concorde and enjoy a drive along the Champs Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe.

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Reviews
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Marlina Leal
Saturday, October 5, 2019
Service
Andrew Anicough made our trip the best so far. He gave us so good info on each of the seven countries.He took care of every detail from our hotels to our bathroom breaks. All the time he made it seem like it was effortless.
Vacation
Our guide Andrew Anicough made our Highlights of Europe so wonderful. Andrew let us know what our plans for the day so clear we had everything planned for us. Our driver was such a good driver and all the excursions were wonderful. Loved it
Trusted Customer
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Service
Kaitlin Fitzgerald was knowledgeable about the tour and was able to get me signed up, make room accommodations with the friend I was joining and got me on non-stop flights. When I extended my stay at the end of the tour they were able to book the same flight the following week. Lucky, I know, given the holiday season!
Vacation
Knowledgeable Tour Director, Steve Fowler, has years of experience that eased our way across Europe. He has a good sense of humor, excellent knowledge to share regarding each city along with mini language lessons each day to help us feel more comfortable with each stop! Two days in each city gave us a chance to really learn about the cities. I thoroughly enjoyed my trip and the lovely people on the Tour!
Trusted Customer
Saturday, June 9, 2018
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GET offered a variety of European tours served by various carriers. Our preferences were matched well with the premium tour by Insght. Our GET contact,Caitlin, was knowledgeable, friendly and efficient. We also scheduled our flight through GET succeefully.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for sharing your experience! We will pass your compliments on to Caitlin. We're glad to hear we could be there to help you plan your wonderful European vacation and to know that you had such an amazing time. Thank you for being a part of our travel family!
Thursday, June 14, 2018
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Wonderful tour of Europe! We experienced so many highlights covering 8 Countries. It was “highlights”, so we knew that we would not have extensive visits in all of the monuments and museums. Since we have actually been to many on previous visits, this was quite acceptable. insight now includes wonderful experiences such is dining in homes and more personal activities which we thoroughly enjoyed. The tour was active pace; but, again we were prepared for this. Our tour director, Brendon, was beyond excellent!! He was such an expert is all areas!! We have toured before and thought we liked our director...... but he was such a cut above!!!! Our group was smaller than some, only 24. This was wonderful and we have made truly lasting friendships. This tour really emphasized the advantage of touring by coach. Driving through the countrysides of all the various countries was wonderful and truly memorable. The Dolomites need to be seen by everyone!!!
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