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ROMANTIC EUROPEAN

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St Vitus Cathedral - Prague, Czech Republic

St Vitus Cathedral - Prague, Czech Republic

Grand Place - Brussels, Belgium

Grand Place - Brussels, Belgium

Dam Square - Amsterdam, Netherlands

Dam Square - Amsterdam, Netherlands

Rhine Gorge - Germany

Rhine Gorge - Germany

Residenz Palace - Wuzburg, Germany

Residenz Palace - Wuzburg, Germany

Bratislavia, Slovakia

Bratislavia, Slovakia

Maximilian Fountain - Bratislavia, Slovakia

Maximilian Fountain - Bratislavia, Slovakia

Heroes' Square - Budapest, Hungary

Heroes' Square - Budapest, Hungary

Matthias Church - Budapest, Hungary

Matthias Church - Budapest, Hungary

Budapest Parliament Building - Budapest, Hungary

Budapest Parliament Building - Budapest, Hungary

Elizabeth Bridge - Budapest, Hungary

Elizabeth Bridge - Budapest, Hungary

Maria Theresa's Schönbrunn Palace - Vienna, Austria

Maria Theresa's Schönbrunn Palace - Vienna, Austria

Vienna Opera House - Vienna, Austria

Vienna Opera House - Vienna, Austria

Lake Worthersee - Austria

Lake Worthersee - Austria

Carinthian Lake District - Austria

Carinthian Lake District - Austria

San Giorgio Maggiore - Venice, Italy

San Giorgio Maggiore - Venice, Italy

Venice Grand Canal - Venice, Italy

Venice Grand Canal - Venice, Italy

Rialto Bridge - Venice, Italy

Rialto Bridge - Venice, Italy

Apennine Mountains - Tuscany, Italy

Apennine Mountains - Tuscany, Italy

Sistine Chapel - Rome, Italy

Sistine Chapel - Rome, Italy

St. Peter's Cathedral - Rome, Italy

St. Peter's Cathedral - Rome, Italy

Santa Croce Basilica - Florence, Italy

Santa Croce Basilica - Florence, Italy

Lake Lucerne - Switzerland

Lake Lucerne - Switzerland

Jesuit Church - Lucerne, Switzerland

Jesuit Church - Lucerne, Switzerland

Beaune Vineyards - Beaune, France

Beaune Vineyards - Beaune, France

Eiffel Tower - Paris, France

Eiffel Tower - Paris, France

Arc de Triomphe - Paris, France

Arc de Triomphe - Paris, France

Louvre - Paris, France

Louvre - Paris, France
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Travel Period : Valid until December 21, 2017

Description

Your love affair with Europe begins in Brussels, and will continue to kindle your spirit of adventure in Amsterdam, Prague and Budapest, with a grand finale embracing three of the world's most romantic cities - Venice, Rome and Paris.

Inclusions

    • An expert Insight Tour Director, at the pinnacle of their career, will guide you on your journey. Serving as your 'travelling concierge', this skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.
    • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort.
    • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.
    • Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel.
    • Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
    • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
    • Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
    • Included airport transfers at scheduled times on arrival and departure days.

    EXCLUSIONS

    The following are not included in the basic package price, but etravel PH can easily arrange them for you.
    • Airfare and Airline Taxes
    • Airport transfers
    • Pre and Post-accommodation which maybe necessary depending on flight schedule
    • Visa Fee and airport taxes
    • Personal expenses and other services that are not mentioned in the itinerary
    • Tips to guides, drivers, porters and waiters

Things we love

    • Eurostar: Relax on the smooth, high-speed Eurostar train from London via the historic Channel Tunnel to Brussels.
    • Rhine Valley: Watch medieval hilltop castles, sleepy villages and vineyards slip by as you enjoy a scenic cruise.
    • Nuremberg: Explore the local market, shop for gingerbread and see the 'Beautiful Fountain' in the Hauptmarkt.
    • Prague: Bewitched by the gargoyles of St. Vitus Cathedral and ghosts of Bohemian Kings, experience a private guided tour through the courtyards of Prague Castle with a Local Expert.
    • Budapest: Visit the colourful Matthias Church and gaze out over the Danube, to the giant domed Parliament, from the heights of the Fisherman's Bastion.
    • Vienna: A private guided exploration of Schönbrunn Palace will have all your senses tingling. Stand beneath frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers and gilded Rococo frames where Mozart performed as a child prodigy.
    • Venice: To the tune of accompanying musicians, you will be serenaded through the atmospheric canals by gondola, past water-lapped doorways and Rococo palaces.
    • Rome: Be among the select few to gain VIP access into the Vatican Museums, see the Bramante Staircase and Michelangelo's ceiling in the Sistine Chapel.
    • Florence: Visit the Accademia Museum with a local historian to study Michelangelo's original Statue of David.
    • Stanserhorn: A spectacular journey by a funicular railway and open-top cable car to the summit of the Stanserhorn for expansive mountain views.
    • Paris: Venture with a Local Expert through the Latin Quarter and see the Notre Dame Cathedral, a masterpiece of French Gothic architecture.
    • Paris: Ascend to the viewing platforms of the Eiffel Tower.
    • Eurostar: Relax on the smooth, high-speed Eurostar train to London via the historic Channel Tunnel to Paris.

Departure Dates

  • Aug-27 2017, Dec-21 2017, Jul-23 2017, Jul-30 2017, Aug-6 2017, Sep-17 2017, Sep-24 2017
  • Note:Pre and post-accommodation maybe necessary before and after the tour

Itinerary

    DAY 1 DEPART FROM LONDON BY EUROSTAR FOR BRUSSELS
    After a warm welcome from your Tour Director, transfer to London's St. Pancras Station to board the high-speed Eurostar. Once you board the train, sit back and relax, while you are whisked through the historic Channel Tunnel to Brussels in just over two hours. Alternatively, join at the Brussels hotel. In the afternoon, walk with your Tour Director through the Grand Place, voted Europe's most beautiful square, lined with gilded buildings from the late 17th century and Gothic Town Hall. Stroll on through the back streets to the capital's most celebrated water feature, the cheeky Manneken Pis statue. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and an opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.
    Hotel: Marriott, Brussels
    Welcome Reception and Dinner, Full Breakfast
     
    DAY 2 TO AMSTERDAM, CITY OF CANALS
    Leave Brussels driving north into the Netherlands and on to lively Amsterdam. Continue through pleasant Dutch countryside to lively Amsterdam, the ‘City of Canals'. Drive across Dam Square, the heart of the city, past the Royal Palace and Mint Tower. Round-off the day with a taste of glamour as you visit one of the great diamond houses for a demonstration of cutting and polishing!
    Hotel: Grand Hotel Amrâth, Amsterdam
    Buffet Breakfast
     
    DAY 3 CRUISE THE RHINE VALLEY AND ON TO WÜRZBURG
    Cross in to Germany and head for the romantic Rhine Gorge. In the quaint wine village of Boppard, take to the water for a delightful cruise past fortified towns and leafy vineyards. Rejoin the coach at St. Goar and continue to Würzburg, where you see the Residenz Palace – the immense baroque palace of the Prince Bishops, one of the most important landmarks in Germany. There's also time to stroll through the heart of the old town, down to the Alte Mainbrücke, the 16th century bridge over the River Main, adorned with sandstone statues. From here, you can admire the mighty Marienburg Fortress on the opposite side of the river.
    Hotel: Maritim, Würzburg
    Buffet Breakfast, Three-course Dinner with wine, plus tea or coffee
     
    DAY 4 NUREMBERG AND GOLDEN PRAGUE
    First stop today is Nuremberg, still entirely enclosed by its massive town ramparts. Tour the old town, carefully rebuilt after wartime destruction and explore the bustling Hauptmarkt in the heart of the Altstadt - a picturesque setting for the aptly named Beautiful Fountain as well as local farmers' market and a gingerbread shop, dating back to 1610. Continue east to the Czech border, past the town of Pilsen renowned for its beer, to reach the ‘Golden City' of Prague.
    Hotel: Majestic Plaza, Prague
    Buffet Breakfast, Three-course Dinner with wine, plus tea or coffee
     
    DAY 5 PRAGUE, CITY OF A HUNDRED SPIRES
    In the morning, join a Local Expert for guided sightseeing of one of the most beautiful and intact historical centres in Europe. Start with the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle, where you admire the stained glass of St. Vitus Cathedral and enjoy amazing views over the Old Town. Finish in the Old Town Square where the mechanical antics of the Astronomical Clock's glockenspiel delight onlookers each hour. The city is all yours to explore. You can take a river cruise through the heart of the city, rummage through the renowned antique shops or shop for the finest Bohemian crystal.
    Hotel: Majestic Plaza, Prague
    Buffet Breakfast
     
    DAY 6 BRATISLAVA TO BUDAPEST
    It's away through the beautiful forested countryside of Bohemia in the morning. After crossing the Slovakian border, continue to the capital of Bratislava, dominated by its imposing 9th century castle, perched high above the Danube. There's free time to take a leisurely walk through the Old Town to see the Maximillian Fountain. Cross into Hungary and follow the River Danube to Budapest for the evening.
    Hotel: Corinthia Hotel, Budapest
    Buffet Breakfast
     
    DAY 7 THE HIGHLIGHTS OF BUDA AND PEST
    You are chauffeured along elegant boulevards to visit Heroes' Square. Now cross the mighty Danube to walk with your Local Expert along the medieval cobblestoned streets of the Castle District. Visit Matthias Church and enjoy sweeping views from the Fisherman's Bastion over the exquisite Parliament building, one of the largest in Europe. Spend the afternoon at the popular pedestrian shopping street of Váci Utca where the city's fine museums, historic squares and monuments are within easy reach.
    Hotel: Corinthia Hotel, Budapest
    Buffet Breakfast, Three-course Dinner with wine, plus tea or coffee
     
    DAY 8 STATELY VIENNA
    Before leaving the Hungarian capital, 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. Drive on, past the eagle overlooking the town of Tatabanya, to the Austrian border. Continue through pleasant farming country to the imperial capital of Vienna.
    Hotel: Hilton Vienna, Vienna
    Buffet Breakfast
     
    DAY 9 VIENNA AND THE HABSBURGS
    Vienna owes much of its present day charm to the long reign of the Habsburgs, so in the morning, join a Local Expert for a visit to Maria Theresa's Schönbrunn Palace and formal gardens. The grandiose Rococo interior of the palace is a dazzling confection of gilded mirrors, crystal chandeliers and frescoed ceilings. Your city sightseeing continues around the famous Ring Road, seeing the Parliament, Winter Palace and Opera House. The afternoon is at leisure.
    Hotel: Hilton Vienna, Vienna
    Buffet Breakfast
     
    DAY 10 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 on your way to the unique city of Venice, where your hotel is close to the Grand Canal.
    Hotel: Bauer Palladio, Venice
    Buffet Breakfast, RD
     
    DAY 11 VENICE AND THE MAGIC OF ‘LA SERENISSIMA’
    Cruise by Palladio's San Giorgio Maggiore to St. Mark's Square. Alight to see Lord Byron's Bridge of Sighs which connects the Doge's Palace to the prisons and the dazzling domed basilica. While here, visit an arts centre to watch one of the few remaining craftsmen blow Venetian glass. Then, set off through the canals by gondola while musicians set the mood with traditional songs. The afternoon is at leisure to browse through the shops on the Rialto Bridge or sit a while at a canal side café to sip the local wine.
    Hotel: Bauer Palladio, Venice
    Buffet Breakfast
     
    DAY 12 ON TO THE ETERNAL CITY OF ROME
    Head into the Apennine Mountains and the peaceful landscapes of Tuscany. En route, learn about the Chianti wines that make this region so famous. Follow the course of the Tiber to your hotel in the Eternal City of Rome.
    Hotel: Kolbe Hotel, Rome
    Buffet Breakfast
     
    DAY 13 PAPAL AND IMPERIAL ROME
    In the morning, you are joined by a Local Expert who guides you through the superb Vatican Museums culminating beneath Michelangelo's famous ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. Your VIP visit includes fast-track entry and the Bramante Staircase, a part of the Vatican closed to the general public. Continue inside the cavernous St. Peter's Basilica, mother church of the Catholic faith, seeing another Michelangelo masterpiece, the Pietà, as well as the splendid dome. Leave the Vatican City to cross the Tiber and stand outside the Colosseum, imagining yourself back in the days of the gladiators. The afternoon is at leisure.
    Hotel: Kolbe Hotel, Rome
    Buffet Breakfast
     
    DAY 14 THROUGH TUSCANY TO EXPLORE RENAISSANCE FLORENCE
    Drive north into Tuscany and Piazzale Michelangelo for panoramic views over Florence. In the afternoon, join a local art historian to meet Michelangelo's original 'David' in the Accademia Museum. Then walk on to the multi-coloured marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistery, adorned by Ghiberti's 'Gates of Paradise'. You also visit the open-air gallery of Renaissance masterpieces in Signoria Square. See the area around Santa Croce Basilica - famous for the quality of its luxury goods and witness a demonstration of leather work.
    Hotel: Una Hotel Vittoria, Florence
    Buffet Breakfast, Three-course Dinner with wine, plus tea or coffee
     
    DAY 15 FREE TIME IN FLORENCE
    The day is at leisure in the Renaissance capital. Traverse the medieval streets to the Ponte Vecchio, haggle for leather goods at the market around San Lorenzo or relax amid the terraces of the Boboli Gardens. Maybe have lunch al fresco or perhaps venture into the beautiful Tuscan countryside? The choice is all yours!
    Hotel: Una Hotel Vittoria, Florence
    Buffet Breakfast
     
    DAY 16 ACROSS THE ALPS TO LUCERNE
    Head north for the Italian and Swiss Lake Districts via the lake of Lugano. Continue into the heart of the Swiss Alps, passing through the Saint Gotthard Tunnel, one of the longest road tunnels in the world. You then travel alongside towering mountains and past rushing torrents, down to scenic Lake Lucerne. At night, for your Dine-Around evening, you are offered a fine selection of restaurants for your dining pleasure.
    Hotel: Astoria, Lucerne
    Buffet Breakfast, Dine-Around
     
    DAY 17 LUCERNE’S LAKES AND LIONS
    In the morning, view the emotive Lion Monument before enjoying some time shopping or strolling along the Chapel Bridge to the Jesuit Church. Later, we to the town of Stans, to embark on a stunning journey by funicular railway and open-top cable car to the summit of the stunning Stanserhorn.
    Hotel: Astoria, Lucerne
    Buffet Breakfast
     
    DAY 18 CROSS INTO FRANCE AND ON TO BEAUNE
    Travel to medieval Beaune, at the centre of the Burgundy winemaking region. Your hotel is located across the road from the entrance to the historic Old Town, so why not explore the cobbled streets or sip a glass from one of Burgundy's finest vintages?
    Hotel: Hotel Henry II, Beaune
    Buffet Breakfast
     
    DAY 19 PARIS FOR A ‘DINER DE CÉLÉBRATION’
    In the morning, travel to glittering Paris. During your time in Paris, see the imposing façades of the Louvre, the banks of the Seine with its many romantic bridges, the obelisk in the centre of the Place de la Concorde and drive along the Champs Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe. Enjoy a ‘Diner de Célébration' served with wine in a Parisian bistro, abundant with French ambience.
    Hotel: Pullman Paris Montparnasse, Paris
    Buffet Breakfast, Celebration Dinner
     
    DAY 20 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. Insight ensures you leave the long queues at the Eiffel Tower behind - ascend by express elevator to the famous viewing platforms for breathtaking panoramas over the city. The afternoon is at leisure for last minute shopping or your own pursuits.
    Hotel: Pullman Paris Montparnasse, Paris
    Buffet Breakfast
     
    DAY 21 AU REVOIR PARIS
    Transfers arrive Charles de Gaulle Airport at 08:00 and 11:00.
    Buffet Breakfast

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