European Classic - Standard Cabin (2014)Tour Package USD6731
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Day 1: Athens!You are met at the airport and transferred to your tour hotel where there is time to settle in and relax. Later, join your Insight Representative for a Welcome Drink. Your luxury hotel is ideally situated in the heart of Athens and is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World.(Buffet Breakfast)Day 2: The Glory of AthensJoin 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)Day 3: Mediterranean Legends CruiseBoard 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. Next day, 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. The following 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, lunch, and dinner, 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)Day 4: Fly to Italy & on to SorrentoAfter 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 cliff-top resort of Sorrento. Savour the stunning views over the Gulf of Naples.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)Day 5: Excursion to Capri, the Isle of DreamsIn the morning, cruise to the magical island of Capri. Weather permitting, ascend to Capri town by open top taxi for a guided tour. Browse in the exclusive boutiques before descending to the port by funicular. 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)Day 6: Ill-fated Pompeii & on to RomeDrive 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)Day 7: Papal RomeIn 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)Day 8: Follow the Highway of the Sun to VeniceFollow 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)Day 9: Venice & the Magic of La SerenissimaWake 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 at a traditional arts centre on the island of Giudecca. The afternoon is at leisure.(Buffet Breakfast)Day 10: Exploring Renaissance FlorenceWhile travelling south into Tuscany, enjoy the sweeping view of the Florence skyline from Piazzale Michelangelo before your sightseeing tour. Visit the Academy Museum with a local expert to see Michelangelo’s original ‘David ’, then walk 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 and enjoy an insight to 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)Day 11: Florence at LeisureToday is completely at leisure in this remarkable city, treasure-house of the Italian Renaissance.(Buffet Breakfast)Day 12: Pisa, Monaco & NiceTravel 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)Day 13: Exploring the Cote d’AzurExploring the Cote d’Azur. After a restful night, explore the medieval village of Eze, miraculously perched high on a rock and surrounded by ancient walls. After taking in the views, 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)Day 14: Up through the Alps to Lakeside LucernePass through the Italian Lake District en route to Switzerland. Stunning Alpine scenery surrounds you on the way to Lucerne.(Buffet Breakfast)Day 15: Lucerne’s Lions & DragonsIn 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 selection of ambience and local cuisine offered on your Dine-Around evening.(Buffet Breakfast / Dine Around)Day 16: A Diner de Célébration in ParisDrive 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)Day 17: Paris, the ‘City of Lights’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 splendid Opera House. See the obelisk in the Place de la Concorde and drive along the Champs Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe. Ascend to the viewing platforms of the Eiffel Tower for spectacular views of the city. Then you are at leisure.(Buffet Breakfast)Day 18: Au revoir ParisAu revoir Paris. After breakfast, transfers from the tour hotel arrives Charles de Gaulle Airport at 08:00 & 11:00 hours.(Buffet Breakfast)
- Athens: See Hadrian’s Arch and the Temple of Zeus.
- Cruising: Visit the Greek Islands of Mykonos, Patmos, Santorini, Crete plus the Turkish port of Kusadasi.
- Sorrento: Watch the art of ‘intarsio’ wood inlaying.
- Rome: Visit St Peters Basilica in the Vatican City. See the Colosseum and overlook the Forum.
- Venice: Cruise, with commentary, to St. Mark’s Square. See the Doges’ Palace, Bridge of Sighs and St. Mark’s Basilica.
- Florence: View the Cathedral, ‘Gates of Paradise’ and Piazza Signoria. Traditional Florence leather-work demonstration
- Pisa: See the famous Leaning Tower.
- Monaco: Drive on part of the Grand Prix circuit. See the Grimaldi Royal Palace. See the tomb of Princess Grace.
- Eze: Explore the winding streets of this fortified medieval village.
- 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.
- General Note
- Departures on June 4th and August 13th coincide with peak season in Monaco and may be confirmed at the alternative hotel on the Cote d’Azur.
- Airport Transfers
- Locations Visited
- United Kingdom