European Treasures and Cruise Superior Start Amsterdam (2015)

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Tour Cat.: Discovery Tour

Duration: 19  days


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Tour Code: L916SMM210

Cat. Name: TourStyles

Tour Cat.: Discovery Tour

Duration: 19  days

Description:

An escorted journey that takes you from one side of Europe to the other, passing through a colourful variety of countries, cultures and landscapes. Journey from the canals of Amsterdam to the 'Roof of Europe', then down to the sparking island studded Adriatic Riviera and finish off with a relaxing three night Greek Island cruise. Tour Pace - Comfortable

Your Journey Begins in 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 a restful night's sleep, your Amsterdam orientation tour shows you the Mint Tower, Dam Square and Royal Palace. This afternoon, 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 for sightseeing. 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 and on to Vienna

Make your way to Salzburg ‘alive with the Sound of Music'. A local expert joins you in the Cathedral Square by the domed cathedral and splendid Residenz Fountain. 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 where there is 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 Am Stadtpark


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 Am Stadtpark


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. Then move on 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 feet 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 and head to Dubrovnik

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


Onwards to 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/Grand Serai, Ioannina


Athens, the 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/Crowne Plaza, Athens


The Glory of Athens

Join a local expert in the morning, for an Athens sightseeing tour. 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/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 take an optional excursion to the Palace of King Minos? Later cruise beneath the sheer cliffs of Santorini. Check out the capital of Thira, with it's cliff top 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.((2) Buffet Breakfast / (3) Lunch / (2) Dinner / Highlight Dinner) Duration
3 day(s)
Start Day
day: 16


Depart Athens

Disembark and transfer to the airport.(Buffet Breakfast) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 19


Country Locations

Albania Albania
Austria Austria
Belgium Belgium
Bosnia Herzegovina Bosnia
Croatia Croatia
Germany Germany
Greece Greece
Netherlands Netherlands
Slovenia Slovenia
SIGNATURE DINING

  • Greek Cruise: Enjoy a fun-filled Greek evening and dinner with entertainment while cruising the Greek Islands.
  • 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 18 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 Highlight Dinner (HD), 3 lunches (L) and 7 three course table dhôte Dinners or Buffets, plus tea or coffee (D).

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES AND DINING

  • Amsterdam: Journey to an old cheese farm.
  • Amsterdam: Learn the art of diamond-polishing.
  • Rhine Valley: Watch medieval hilltop 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.

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.
  • Athens Airport transfer on the last day of your escorted journey.

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

      
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