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Tour Cat.: Discovery Tour

Duration: 33  days


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Tour Code: E916PMM310

Cat. Name: TourStyles

Tour Cat.: Discovery Tour

Duration: 33  days

Description:

Journey through Europe's diverse cultures, scenery and historic sights to Greece, the cradle of Western civilisation. After a relaxing cruise on the azure waters of the Aegean, return via Italy's most famous cities and over the majestic Alps to the glittering French capital. Tour Pace - Comfortable

Depart from London by Eurostar to Amsterdam

Meet your Tour Director and transfer to London's St Pancras Station to board the high-speed Eurostar. Your comfortable two hour rail journey takes you via the historic Channel Tunnel to Brussels. From here, it's a comfortable drive into The Netherlands. See the first of the windmills on the way to lively Amsterdam. Alternatively, join at the Amsterdam hotel. (For reduction, see date chart). 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.(Welcome Dinner) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 1
Accommodation: Okura Amsterdam


Amsterdam & the Dutch Countryside

After orientation sightseeing of Amsterdam, drive through the pleasant Dutch countryside to the traditional fishing village of Volendam. This is followed by a photo-stop at one of the windmills and a visit to a cheese farm and ‘Klompenhuis', where wooden clogs are made. Alternatively, use this time to perhaps visit the Rijksmuseum or the Anne Frank House? Back in Amsterdam, round off the day with a visit to a diamond cutting factory, whose industry dates back to the 16th century.(Buffet Breakfast) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 2
Accommodation: Okura Amsterdam


Glide past the Castles of the Rhine Valley to Heidelberg

Leave Amsterdam today, en route for Germany. Cross the extensive Ruhr Basin and head for the Romantic Rhine Gorge. In the quaint wine village of Boppard, board your cruise past fortified towns and leafy vineyards. Pass the twin strongholds of the ‘Enemy Brothers', the Cat and Mouse castles and hear the legend of the Loreley Rock. Rejoin the coach at St. Goar and continue to the university town of Heidelberg, dominated by its red sandstone castle.(Buffet Breakfast) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 3
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Heidelberg


To Innsbruck, Mountain-ringed Capital of the Tyrol

Skirt the northern Black Forest and head for the rolling Bavarian Alps. Stop beneath the royal castles of Hohenschwangau and King Ludwig's fairy-tale Neuschwanstein. 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.(Buffet Breakfast) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 4
Accommodation: Hilton, Innsbruck


Drive to Salzburg, City of Music, then on to Vienna

Make your way to Salzburg where 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic musical "The Sound of Music". A local expert joins you in the Cathedral Square by the domed cathedral and splendid Residenz Fountain (in the movie, this area is used in the scene where Maria sings "I have confidence" and again where the soldiers march in). Stroll through the old town's narrow lanes to see Mozart's birthplace on the Getreidegasse. Cross the river to the formal gardens of the Mirabell Palace and see the fountains and statues where the "Do, Re, Mi" scenes of the film were captured. Here, there is also a great chance to photograph the city skyline crowned by the castle heights. Later, drive along the Danube Valley, past the imposing Melk Abbey to the stately capital of Vienna.(Buffet Breakfast) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 5
Accommodation: Hilton Vienna


Vienna & the Habsburgs

In the morning, a local expert reveals the highlights of Schönbrunn Palace, full of frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers, mirrors and gilded ornaments. Spend some time in the formal gardens before going on to view St. Charles' Church, the Hofburg Palace, Parliament and State Opera House. The afternoon is all yours to explore the city at your leisure.(Buffet Breakfast) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 6
Accommodation: Hilton Vienna


Scenic drive through forested mountains to Zagreb

Drive through Styria's forested mountains and over the Slovenian border to Maribor. Follow the Drava River to Croatia and its pretty capital of Zagreb. On a guided tour, see the green squares and 19th century charm of the modern Lower Town. Move on with your local expert to the Upper Town, a medieval treasure chest of churches, cathedrals, palaces and stone gates.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 7
Accommodation: Sheraton, Zagreb


Journey to Plitvice and its crystal blue-green lakes

Time at leisure this morning. Maybe take an optional excursion to Tito's home town of Kumrovec before departing for one of Europe's finest natural wonders.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 8
Accommodation: Jezero, Plitvice


Follow the Dalmation coast to Split

Explore Plitvice Lakes National Park, a scenic wonderland of 16 inter-connecting lakes, flanked by thundering waterfalls and primeval forest. Visit Korana Canyon to see the 230 foot high falls and Tomicevo Pogledalo for panoramic views over the park. The landscape changes on the drive to the Dalmatian coast, as forests give way to rugged cliffs and turquoise coves. Visit Trogir, founded by the Greeks in 400BC. Admire the Romanesque cathedral and Renaissance Cipiko Palace before continuing to the port of Split.(Buffet Breakfast) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 9
Accommodation: President, Solin


Explore Split & on to the Adriatic Coast

Some 1700 years ago, the Roman Emperor Diocletian built his palace here; with your local expert today, explore the cobbled streets and buildings within that same palace. Venture into the underground rooms thought to have housed his slaves. Drive along the sun drenched coast, studded with rocky islands to beautiful Dubrovnik.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 10
Accommodation: Hotel Croatia, Cavtat


Dubrovnik, Pearl of the Adriatic

After a restful night's sleep, a guided sightseeing tour in the Old Town explores the stone-paved streets inside the 16th century bastions. See Onofrio's Fountain and the Rector's Palace, the city walls, as well as the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries. The afternoon is at leisure – maybe take a sunset cruise this evening?(Buffet Breakfast) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 11
Accommodation: Hotel Croatia, Cavtat


Kotor and the Albanian Capital of Tirana

Just over the border, visit the old town of Kotor, perched beside the only European fjord outside of Norway. Continue through the spectacular scenery of Montenegro. Then cross into the mysterious emerging country of Albania and stay in the warm hearted capital Tirana.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 12
Accommodation: Sheraton, Tirana


Drive through the mountains of Greece to Ioannina

On through spectacular scenery to the northern mountainous region of Greece and the pretty resort of Ioannina, on the banks of placid Lake Pamvotis.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 13
Accommodation: Du Lac Hotel/Grand Serai, Ioannina


To Athens, Cradle of Europe

Take a scenic drive to the ancient Greek capital. Your luxury hotel is ideally situated in the heart of Athens and is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World.(Buffet Breakfast) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 14
Accommodation: Divani Caravel Hotel/Crowne Plaza, Athens


The Glory of Athens

Join a local expert in the morning for Athens sightseeing. Enjoy glory in abundance, from the Parthenon and Acropolis to the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of the Wingless Victory and Hadrian's Arch. The afternoon is at leisure to explore at your own pace.(Buffet Breakfast) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 15
Accommodation: Divani Caravel Hotel/Crowne Plaza, Athens


Mediterranean Legends Cruise

Board your cruise ship and set sail for the lovely island of Mykonos with its dazzling sugar cube houses and white-washed windmills. Tonight, the maze of walkways, welcoming tavernas and nightlife are yours to explore. Wake up to find you have docked at the Turkish port of Kusadasi. Visit the bazaar or perhaps take an optional shore excursion to the ancient ruins of Ephesus? Sail to the island of Patmos where St John the Divine was exiled by the Emperor Domitian. This morning, dock at Heraklion in Crete. Perhaps you can take an optional visit to the Palace of King Minos? Later, cruise beneath the sheer cliffs of Santorini. Check out the capital of Thira, with it's clifftop restaurants and cafes, breathtaking views and amazing sunsets. While cruising, enjoy an exquisite variety of Mediterranean and international cuisine. Breakfast (BB), Lunch (L), and Dinner (D), is served on board daily. During your voyage, there is also a fun-filled Greek Evening and Dinner with entertainment.((3) Buffet Breakfast / (3) Lunch / (2) Dinner / Highlight Dinner) Duration
3 day(s)
Start Day
day: 16
Accommodation: Grand Hotel La Pace, Sorrento


Fly to Italy & on to Sorrento

After disembarking your cruise in Athens, there is time to explore the markets of the Plaka before transferring to the airport for the short flight to Italy. On arrival in Rome, drive to the beautiful clifftop resort of Sorrento. Savour the stunning views over the Gulf of Naples.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 19
Accommodation: Grand Hotel La Pace, Sorrento


Experience beautiful Capri, the Isle of Dreams

In the morning, cruise to the magical island of Capri. Weather permitting, ascend to Capri town by open top taxi with a local expert. Browse in the exclusive boutiques before descending to the port by funicular railway. Back in Sorrento, visit the lively Piazza Tasso to watch the art of ‘intarsio' wood inlaying. Afterwards, maybe explore the famous Amalfi Coast?(Buffet Breakfast) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 20
Accommodation: Veneto Palace, Rome


Drive to ill-fated Pompeii and onto Rome

Drive to the Roman town of Pompeii, buried by an eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD. A local expert explains the plight of the ill-fated citizens as you walk through the cobbled streets. Then it's on to Rome.(Buffet Breakfast) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 21
Accommodation: Veneto Palace, Rome


Papal Rome

In the morning, enjoy an in-depth guided visit to the Vatican Museums, including fast-track VIP entrance together with behind-the-scenes access to the Bramante Staircase, normally off-limits to the general public. Then enter the Sistine Chapel to admire Michelangelo's famous ceiling. Next door, tour St Peter's Basilica before crossing the Tiber to see the Colosseum and Roman Forum.(Buffet Breakfast) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 22
Accommodation: Carlton on the Grand Canal, Venice


Follow the Highway of the Sun to Venice

Pass the hill-towns of Umbria, and on through peaceful Tuscan landscapes. Descend past Bologna into the fertile Valley of the river Po. Cross the river's flood plains and continue to the glorious city of Venice.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 23
Accommodation: Carlton on the Grand Canal, Venice


Venice and the Magic of ‘La Serenissima

Wake up refreshed and ready to embrace this romantic city. Cruise down the canal to St. Mark's Square. See the Bridge of Sighs which connects the Doges' Palace to the prisons, the bell tower, beautiful mosaics of St. Mark's Basilica and the Clock Tower. During your stay, board a gondola for a serenade through the romantic canals accompanied by musicians and admire the skill of glassblowers and gondola-builders at a traditional arts centre on the island of Giudecca. Enjoy free time this afternoon.(Buffet Breakfast) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 24
Accommodation: NH Firenze, Florence


Travel through Tuscany to explore Renaissance Florence

While travelling south into Tuscany, enjoy sweepings view over Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo before your sightseeing. Walk with a local expert to the Cathedral and Baptistry, where Ghiberti's ‘Gates of Paradise' have been recreated in all their glory. Move on to Signoria Square, political heart of the city and now an open air gallery of sculpture with time to gaze at statues such as Neptune and David. Then enjoy an insight into traditional leather work. Round off your sightseeing with a delicious exploration of Tuscany's red wines, their robust flavours and absorbing history.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 25
Accommodation: NH Firenze, Florence


Free Time in Florence

Today is completely at leisure in this remarkable city, treasure-house of the Italian Renaissance.(Buffet Breakfast) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 26
Accommodation: Radisson Blu, Nice


Head to Pisa, Monaco and on to Nice

Travel west towards the Mediterranean and stop at Pisa to see the famous Leaning Tower in the 'Meadow of Miracles', and the 11th century Cathedral and Baptistry. The Highway of the Flowers takes you along the enchanting Italian Riviera, with fine views of the Mediterranean. Up through the Ligurian Alps now via numerous tunnels, and over into France. You soon enter Monaco, ruled by the Genoese Grimaldi family since the 13th century. See the Royal Palace, the yacht-filled harbour and visit the Cathedral, housing Princess Grace's tomb. Continuing along one of the 'Corniche' roads to glamorous Nice, the fashionable French riviera resort.(Buffet Breakfast) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 27
Accommodation: Radisson Blu, Nice


Exploring the Cote dAzur

After a restful night, Unlock the secrets of the French perfume industry with a visit to a perfumery, where fragrance experts waft exclusive scents from stoppered bottles. Back in Nice you are at leisure. Take a stroll along the fabled Promenade des Anglais, relax on the beach or perhaps consider an optional excursion to other parts of the Riviera.(Buffet Breakfast) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 28
Accommodation: Astoria, Lucerne


Up through the Alps to Lakeside Lucerne

Pass through the Italian Lake District en route to Switzerland. Stunning Alpine scenery surrounds you on the way to Lucerne.(Buffet Breakfast) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 29
Accommodation: Astoria, Lucerne


Lucernes Lions & Dragons

In the morning, ascend by cog-wheel railway to the summit of Mount Pilatus, long associated with a mysterious dragon, for sweeping panoramic views of the Alps. Back in Lucerne, see the Lion Monument, Jesuit Church and Chapel Bridge before free time for shopping. Tonight, enjoy a ion of ambience and local cuisine offered on your Dine-Around evening.(Buffet Breakfast / Dine Around) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 30
Accommodation: Pullman Paris Bercy


On to Paris for a ‘Diner de Célébration

Drive to Basel before crossing the Rhine to enter France. Travel through the wine-growing Burgundy region to glittering Paris. Tonight, head for the Latin Quarter, famous for its Sorbonne university and Boulevards St. Michel and St. Germain, for a ‘Diner de Célébration' served with wine in a typical Parisian bistro.(Buffet Breakfast / Celebration Dinner) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 31
Accommodation: Pullman Paris Bercy


Paris, the ‘City of Light

After breakfast, sightseeing with a local expert takes you by the Île de la Cité to see Notre Dame Cathedral. Continue past the imposing façades of the Louvre and by the romantic bridges of the Seine. See the obelisk in the Place de la Concorde and drive along the Champs Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe. Next, venture into the 'Metro de Paris' to admire its art nouveau inspired architecture and enjoy a short journey through the Paris metropolitan area aboard its rapid transit system. Ascend to the viewing platforms of the Eiffel Tower for spectacular views of the city. Then you are at leisure.(Buffet Breakfast) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 32


Au revoir Paris

Transfers arrive Charles de Gaulle Airport at 08:00 & 10:00 hours.(Buffet Breakfast) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 33


Country Locations

Albania Albania
Austria Austria
Belgium Belgium
Croatia Croatia
France France
Germany Germany
Greece Greece
Italy Italy
Netherlands Netherlands
Slovenia Slovenia
Switzerland Switzerland
United Kingdom England
HIGHLIGHT HOTELS AND LOCATIONS

  • Amsterdam: The bar on the 23rd floor of the luxurious Hotel Okura offers magnificent views.
  • Heidelberg: The Crowne Plaza is a few minutes' walk from the Neckar River, where you can cross medieval bridges to reach the centre of this Renaissance university city.
  • Ioannina: Situated next to the lake of legends, the Du Lac Hotel is a modern hotel offering excellent facilities.
  • Athens: The Divani Caravel is a luxury hotel situated in the heart of the Greek capital.
  • Venice: True to its name, the Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal couldn't be better located.

SIGNATURE DINING

  • Greek Cruise: Enjoy a fun-filled Greek evening and dinner with entertainment while cruising the Greek Islands.
  • Lucerne: You are offered a ion of restaurants on your Dine Around evening. Choose your own ambience, cuisine and drinks for an intimate culinary experience.
  • Paris: In the Latin Quarter, rendezvous with friends at a typical French bistro for a little wine and a Celebration Dinner. Bon Appétit!
  • Welcome Reception (WD), 32 enhanced or buffet breakfasts (BB), 1 Highlight Dinner (HD), 1 Dine-Around (DA), 3 lunches (L), 10 three course table d'hôte dinners, or buffets, plus tea or coffee (D) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD).

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES AND DINING

  • Eurostar: Relax on the smooth high-speed Eurostar train from London via the historic Channel Tunnel to Brussels.
  • Amsterdam: Journey through the polder landscape to an old cheese farm and witness the art of clog making.
  • Amsterdam: Learn how 400 years of craftsmanship and tradition have perfected the art of diamond-polishing.
  • Rhine Valley: Watch medieval hill-top castles, sleepy villages and vineyards slip by as you enjoy a scenic cruise.
  • Vienna: A private guided exploration of Schönbrunn Palace is a feast for the senses - frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers and gilded Rococo frames.
  • Plitvice: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, marvel at the water wonderland as you walk along stunning cascades.
  • Split: With a local historian, explore above and below ground within the walls of the Roman Emperor Diocletian's palace - now the heart of modern day Split.
  • Athens: Ascend the ‘Sacred Rock', the Acropolis, to admire the Parthenon built in 5th century BC as well as the smaller Temple of Athena Nike and Caryatid Beauties.
  • Isle of Capri: Cruise to the famous isle and in the style of the jet-set, ride up to town by open top taxi.
  • Pompeii: Walk with a local expert through the cobbled streets of the town, frozen in time since the 1st century.
  • Rome: Be among the few to gain VIP entrance into the Vatican Museums, see the Bramante Staircase and Michelangelo's ceiling in the Sistine Chapel.
  • Venice: Visit an artisan showroom and workshop to see master craftsmen honouring age-old Venetian crafts.
  • Florence: Enjoy a delicious exploration of Tuscany's red wines, their robust flavours and absorbing history.
  • Côte d'Azur: The secrets of perfume making are revealed during a guided tour of a perfume laboratory.
  • Mount Pilatus: A spectacular journey by cable car and cog-wheel railway! Ride to the ‘Dragons' Lair', the summit for expansive mountain views over Lake Lucerne.
  • Paris: Enjoy an exciting journey on the 'Métro de Paris'.
  • Paris: Ascend to the viewing platforms of the Eiffel Tower for glorious views of the city.

INCLUDED FIRST CLASS SERVICES
  • An expert Insight Tour Director - at the pinnacles of their careers, will smooth your way throughout your journey. They are your ‘travelling concierges', expert guides, consummate organisers and friends in a foreign land.
  • Insight motor coach - 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.
  • Personal radio headsets - 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.
  • Complimentary WiFi - the majority of Insight hotels have free WiFi access in lobby or bedroom areas. You will also find that WiFi is generally available on most touring coaches.
  • 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.
  • Transfers arrive Charles de Gaulle Airport at 08:00 and 10:00 hours.

(*) FLIGHTS NOT INCLUDED - Please ask for a quote

      
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