Highlights of Europe (Winter 2014-15)

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Tour Cat.: Regional Tour

Duration: 14  days

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Tour Code: W933WM109

Cat. Name: TourStyles

Tour Cat.: Regional Tour

Duration: 14  days


Tour Pace - Moderate: Shorter itineraries tend to be brisk and this tour is no exception. However, while making full use of the daylight hours, it still leaves the afternoons free in the towns and cities for you to explore the sparkling Christmas Markets at your leisure.

Eurostar to Brussels

Meet your Tour Director and transfer to Londons St Pancras Station to board the high-speed Eurostar. Your two hour rail journey takes you via the historic Channel Tunnel to Brussels. Alternatively, join at the Brussels Hotel. (For reduction, see date chart). At 15:00, stroll through the beautiful Grand Place, with its gilded buildings and see the cheeky Mannekin Pis. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and an opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a warm evening of dinner and wine.(Welcome Reception & Dinner) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 1
Accommodation: Marriott, Brussels

Castles of the Rhine Valley & Heidelberg

Travel into Germany to view the spires of Cologne Cathedral before continuing along the Rhine, via Bonn, to Boppard. Join a cruise, passing medieval hill-top castles and steep leafy vineyards to the village of St. Goar, near the legendary Loreley Rock. Continue on to Heidelberg to see the cliff-top castle. Dining among friends and good hospitality is part of the local culture so why not hit the old town tonight for a hearty German feast?(Buffet Breakfast) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 2
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza, Heidelberg

Rothenburg & the Romantic Road to Munich

Stop in medieval Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber, still surrounded by its old walls and watch towers, frozen in time since the 16th Century. Continue along the Romantic Road to the Bavarian capital of Munich. See the Olympic Stadium, Ludwigstrasse, Marienplatz and soaring Town Hall. Stroll through Munich's open-air food market, the Viktualienmarkt, with its beer garden and stalls piled high with fresh produce. Tonight, maybe sample a stein of beer in a local beer hall?(Buffet Breakfast) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 3
Accommodation: Westin Grand Arabellapark, Munich

Salzburg, City of Mozart

A short drive leads over the Austrian border to Salzburg, the city of Mozart and the ‘Sound of Music. Sightseeing with a local expert shows you the formal gardens of Mirabell Palace, the imposing fortress, cathedral and Mozarts birthplace on the lively Getreidegasse.(Buffet Breakfast) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 4
Accommodation: Castellani Park, Salzburg

Down through the Tauern Mountains to Venice

Enjoy a leisurely morning in Salzburg to shop for local marzipan specialties or seek out locations from the Sound of Music? Then stunning scenery surrounds you on the drive down through the Tauern Mountains to the Carinthian Lake District. Cross the Italian border and descend to the romantic city of Venice.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 5
Accommodation: Carlton on the Grand Canal, Venice

Venice & the Magic of La Serenissima

Waking up to the sights and sounds of Venice is a thrill for even the most experienced traveller! A morning boat transfer brings you to Giudecca Island to witness the age-old skills of glassblowers and gondola builders. Then cruise by Palladios San Giorgio Maggiore to St. Mark's Square. Alight to see Lord Byrons Bridge of Sighs which connects the Doges Palace to the prisons. In the square, the bell tower comes into view, plus the beautiful mosaics of St. Marks Basilica and the Clock Tower Moors, who have been striking the hour for over 500 years. The rest of the day is free for an optional gondola serenade or to shop in the small arcades.(Buffet Breakfast) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 6
Accommodation: Carlton on the Grand Canal, Venice

On to the Eternal City of Rome

Head south over the Apennine Mountains and follow the ‘Highway of the Sun to the 'eternal city' of Rome.(Buffet Breakfast) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 7
Accommodation: Kolbe, Rome

Papal & Imperial Rome

During your two night stay, join a local expert for a private tour of the priceless art of 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. Peters Basilica, one of the largest churches in the world. Now cross the River Tiber to see the largest amphitheatre of the Roman Empire, the Colosseum and look out over the Roman Forum. The afternoon is at leisure.(Buffet Breakfast) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 8
Accommodation: Kolbe, Rome

Exploring Renaissance Florence

Drive to the Chianti Hills and the city of Florence. A local expert accompanies you to the Duomo, where the Gates of Paradise adorn the Baptistery. Continue to Signoria Square, lined with fountains and statues. In the area around Santa Croce Basilica, view a demonstration of traditional leather-work. Afterwards, there is time to shop.(Buffet Breakfast) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 9
Accommodation: Adler Cavalieri, Florence

Through the Alps & on to Lucerne

Journey north past the Italian Lake District to the Swiss border and enjoy Alpine scenery all the way to Lucerne. On arrival, see what Mark Twain described as “the saddest and most moving piece of rock in the world”, the emotive Lion Monument.(Buffet Breakfast) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 10
Accommodation: Astoria, Lucerne

Lucernes Lakes & Lions

This morning, embark upon a thrilling cable car ride with incredible views, up into the Swiss mountains. Back in Lucerne, there is free time to stroll across the Chapel Bridge to the ornate Jesuit Church and spend time shopping in the traffic-free Old Town. This evening, get together with your friends and choose from a ion of authentic local restaurants for your dining pleasure.(Buffet Breakfast / Dine-Around with a la carte choices) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 11
Accommodation: Astoria, Lucerne

A 'Diner de Célébration' in Paris

Drive to Basel before crossing the Rhine to enter France. Travel through the lush wine-growing Burgundy region to Paris, the vibrant ‘Ville-Lumière (City of Light). Tonight, head for the famous Champs Elysees for a ‘Diner de Célébration, served with wine in an amazing Parisian bistro celebrated for its cuisine.(Buffet Breakfast / Celebration Dinner) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 12
Accommodation: Marriott Rive Gauche, Paris

Paris, the ‘City of Light

This morning, sightseeing with a local expert takes you by Notre Dame Cathedral, the imposing façades of the Louvre and Garniers Opera House. See the obelisk in the centre of the Place de la Concorde and drive along the Champs Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe. Now survey the city from the heights of the Eiffel Tower, built for the Worlds Exhibition of 1889. The afternoon is at leisure for shopping or your own pursuits.(Buffet Breakfast) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 13
Accommodation: Marriott Rive Gauche, Paris

Au revoir Paris

Transfers from your hotel arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport at 08:00 & 11:00 hours.(Buffet Breakfast) Duration
1 day(s)
Start Day
day: 14

Country Locations

Austria Austria
Belgium Belgium
France France
Germany Germany
Italy Italy
Switzerland Switzerland
United Kingdom England

  • Brussels: Walk through the Grand Place to the Mannekin Pis.
  • Cologne: View the Gothic Cathedral. Heidelberg: See the red sandstone castle and explore the baroque Old Town.
  • Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber: Visit Europes finest medieval town.
  • Munich: See the Olympic Stadium, Ludwigstrasse, Marienplatz and neogothic Town Hall.
  • Salzburg: Walk through the Mirabell Gardens with a guide, see Mozarts Birthplace and the Cathedral.
  • Venice: Cruise, with commentary, to St. Marks Square. See the Doges Palace, Bridge of Sighs and St. Marks Basilica.
  • Rome: Visit St. Peters Basilica in the Vatican City. See the mighty Colosseum and overlook the Forum.
  • Florence: Walk with your guide to the Cathedral, see the ‘Gates of Paradise and open-air gallery of Signoria Square. Witness a traditional Florentine leather-work demonstration.
  • Lucerne: View the emotive Lion Monument. See the covered Chapel Bridge and Jesuit Church.
  • Paris: See Notre Dame Cathedral, the façades of the Louvre Museum, the Place de la Concorde & Opera House. Drive along the Champs Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe.
  • Scenic Drives: Tauern Mountains, Swiss Alps, Burgundy.


  • Brussels: The Marriott is only a short stroll away from the beautiful Grand Place.
  • Heidelberg: The 4-star superior Crowne Plaza provides stylish accommodation, just a 5-minute walk from the historic Old Town.


  • 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: Rendezvous at a typical French bistro on the Champs-Élysées for a little wine and a rousing Celebration Dinner. Bon Appétit!
  • A Welcome Reception with drinks and Welcome Dinner (WD), 13 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 Dine-Around evening (DA), 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) and 1 three-course table dhôte dinners, or Buffets, plus tea or coffee (D).


  • Eurostar: Relax on the smooth high-speed Eurostar train from London via the historic Channel Tunnel to Brussels.
  • Rhine Valley: Watch medieval hill-top castles, sleepy villages and vineyards slip by as you enjoy a scenic Cruise.
  • Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber: Fortified by walls, picturesque and unspoiled, is a fairytale come true at any time of year.
  • Munich: Join the locals in the Viktualienmarkt or snuggle beneath the beergarden chestnut trees to watch the activities.
  • Venice: Visit an artisan showroom and workshop to see master craftsmen honouring age-old Venetian crafts.
  • Rome: Enjoy VIP fast-track entry into the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel including privileged behind the scenes access to the Bramante Staircase.
  • Lucerne: On a thrilling cable car ride, enjoy stunning Swiss mountain views.
  • Paris: To your pleasant surprise, your tickets to the Eiffel Tower have been arranged in advance. While others wait in line, take the elevator to the viewing platforms for unsurpassed views.

  • An expert Insight Tour Director - at the pinnacles of their careers and will smooth your way throughout your journey. They are your ‘travelling concierges, expert guides, consummate organisers and friends in a foreign land
  • Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel
  • Hotel and restaurant tips included - youll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus Insight hotels include all taxes and porterage.
  • Personal radio headsets - these give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights without missing any of your local experts fascinating insights and commentaries
  • 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
  • Insight motor coach - enjoy the unique comfort of Insights Luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom.
  • Insight motor coach - enjoy the unique comfort of Insights Luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom.
  • London Airport transfer service available. Paris Airport transfers at scheduled times on the last day of your escorted journey.

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