European Spotlight (2014)Tour Package USD3535
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Day 1: Eurostar to AmsterdamAfter a warm welcome from your Tour Director, transfer to London’s St Pancras Station to board the high-speed Eurostar. Your 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. 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)Day 2: Amsterdam, City of CanalsNext morning, see all the sights on an orientation tour past the Mint Tower, floating Flower Market and Royal Palace in Dam Square. Then board a special canal cruiser to glide under low bridges, past the magnificent gabled mansions of the 17th century merchants. Now a touch of glamour as you visit one of Amsterdam's famous diamond houses to watch craftsmen cut and polish the stones. Learn all about the '4 C's' (carat, colour, clarity and cut), some of the absorbing history and admire the sparkling finished product. The afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps join an optional excursion through the Dutch countryside to the pretty village of Volendam?(Buffet Breakfast)Day 3: Castles of the Rhine Valley & HeidelbergPass Arnhem, renowned for its ‘Bridge Too Far’, before crossing the German border bound for the Romantic Rhine. In the lovely little village of Boppard, nestled on the largest loop of the Rhine, embark on your scenic cruise. Drift past steep leafy vineyards, medieval hill-top castles and hear the legend of the Loreley Rock. Follow the Neckar river to Heidelberg, dominated by its red sandstone 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)Day 4: Bavarian Alps and Innsbruck, the mountainringed capital of TyrolSkirt the northern Black Forest and head for the rolling Bavarian Alps. Stop for a photo beneath the royal castles of Hohenschwangau and King Ludwig’s fairy-tale Neuschwanstein. Once over the Austrian border, continue to Innsbruck, capital of the Tyrol. Tour the architectural jewels of the city, seeing the Imperial Palace, delightful Golden Roof and the 14th century houses of the old town.(Buffet Breakfast)Day 5: Fair Verona & Venice, Queen of the AdriaticLeave Innsbruck and travel across the impressive Europa Bridge and cross the Brenner Pass into Italy. Follow the Adige River through spectacular scenery down to the great plain. Visit fascinating Verona, with its Roman Arena, maze of elegant squares and of course Juliet’s balcony. Now on to glorious Venice, known for over a thousand years as ‘La Serenissima’. Your stylish hotel has a rooftop bar overlooking the twinkling lights of Venice - why not enjoy the view with a pre-dinner cocktail?(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)Day 6: Venice & the magic of ‘La Serenissima’The following morning, visit a Venetian arts centre where local experts, craftsmen and practitioners of traditional skills still make gondolas by hand and blow glass into incredible works of art. Then relax on a private launch as it cruises to St Mark's Square. Stroll along the water’s edge to the Bridge of Sighs which connects the Doges’ Palace with the prisons. It was from here that Casanova made his daring escape! See St Mark’s Basilica and bell tower before embarking on a gondola serenade through the watery streets. Glide along the atmospheric canals exploring the intimate and hidden parts of this unique city while musicians set the mood with traditional songs. Now enjoy free time for your own pursuits.(Buffet Breakfast)Day 7: Through the Alps & on to LucerneTravel through some of the richest farmland in Europe as you cross northern Italy. Glimpse the beautiful Italian Lake District as you continue into the heart of the Swiss Alps. Towering mountains and rushing torrents give way to pretty Lucerne, a romantic collection of spires, steeples, medieval bridges and half-timbered houses, set beside its lake.(Buffet Breakfast)Day 8: Lucerne’s Lions & DragonsThis morning embark on a thrilling excursion by cog-wheel train and cable-car to the summit of one of Switzerland’s most famous mountains, Mount Pilatus. In medieval times, it was believed that dragons lived in these rugged clefts, but now the only amazing sights are over the snow-capped Jungfrau and Eiger peaks. Back in Lucerne view the emotive Lion Monument, 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 selection of authentic local restaurants for your dining pleasure.(Buffet Breakfast / Dine Around)Day 9: A Diner de Célébration in ParisDrive to Basel before crossing the Rhine to enter France. Travel through the 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)Day 10: Paris, the ‘City of Light’Wake up refreshed and ready to embrace this most romantic city. Meet your local expert who takes you past Notre Dame Cathedral and the imposing façades of the Louvre. Drive through the Place de la Concorde, where the guillotine once stood and down the Champs Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe. Now 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 to enjoy at our own pace.(Buffet Breakfast)Day 11: Au revoir ParisTransfers from the tour hotel arrives Charles de Gaulle Airport at 08:00 & 11:00 hours.(Buffet Breakfast)
- Amsterdam: See Dam Square, the Royal Palace and Mint Tower.
- Heidelberg: See the red sandstone castle and explore the baroque Old Town.
- Füssen: See the fairy-tale castle of Neuschwanstein.
- Innsbruck: Walk the narrow streets of the Old Town, lined with medieval houses and arcades, to see the Golden Roof and Imperial Palace.
- Verona: See the ancient Roman Arena and Juliet’s Balcony.
- Venice: Cruise, with commentary, to St Mark’s Square. See the Doges’ Palace, Bridge of Sighs and St Mark’s Basilica.
- 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: Fern Pass, Europa Bridge, Brenner Pass, Burgundy.
- Airport Transfers
- Locations Visited
- United Kingdom