An Art Lover’s Taste of Europe - Summer 2021
From 19/09/2021 to 10/10/2021
Included Insight Services.
14 nights in First Class Hotel Accommodation as indicated.
Escorted by a professional Travel Director.
Luxury air-conditioned 40 seater coach with extended leg room, on-board washroom, and panoramic windows.
Insight Hotels include all service charges, taxes and porterage.
Airport arrival and departure transfers on Day 1 and Day 15.
A dedicated Well-Being Director throughout ensuring enhanced hygiene protocols and distancing.
Itinerary / more information
Day 1 - Arrive in Rome Welcome to Rome! On arrival complimentary transfers are provided to your hotel, departing the airport at 09.30, 12.30 and 15.30hrs. Later, meet your Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner in a local restaurant.(Dinner with Wine)
Day 2 - Rome Sightseeing The day is devoted to the Eternal City. Join a Local Expert for an in-depth visit to the Vatican Museums, with Insight's special VIP entry to avoid crowds and behind-the-scenes access to the Bramante Staircase, a marvel of Renaissance architecture normally off-limits to visitors. Visit the Sistine Chapel where Popes are elected to admire Michelangelo's famous ceiling. Continue to St. Peter's Basilica to wonder at another of his works and stand beneath the dome which was completed after his death. During a walking exploration of Rome, toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain, visit the Pantheon and enjoy free time in Piazza Navona.(Breakfast)
Day 3 - Galleria Borghese and free time A highlight for art lovers today, a visit to the Galleria Borghese, which houses a substantial part of the Borghese collection of paintings, sculptures and antiquities, begun by Cardinal Scipione Borghese, the nephew of Pope Paul V who reigned from 1605 to 1621. The rest of the day is yours to explore before joining for dinner at a local restaurant this evening.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 4 - Orvieto and on to Renaissance Florence Travel into the heart of Italy to the hilltop town of Orvieto, located on a rock pedestal overlooking a vineyardcovered plain. Here, take in the flavours of the region, learn about the ingredients and Italian food culture when you join a local chef for a fascinating cooking demonstration, followed by lunch and a glass of Orvieto Classico wine, a magical culinary experience. Continue through the idyllic landscapes of Umbria and Tuscany to Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance.(Breakfast / Lunch with Wine)
Day 5 - Renaissance Florence With a Local Expert, visit the Uffizi Gallery, one of the oldest and most famous art museums in Europe. Admire works by Michelangelo, Botticelli and Raphael amongst other masterpieces. Then embark on a sightseeing trip to see the multi coloured marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistry, adorned by Ghiberti's "Gate of Paradise". This evening is yours to enjoy the ambience of this timeless city.(Breakfast)
Day 6 - Florence to Milan We travel to Lucca and indulge in a wine and oil tasting with light lunch before heading to the fashion capital Milan. This evening, we are treated to a dinner of local flavours.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 7 - Explore Milan This morning, visit the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie with a Local Expert. It is an outstanding work of architecture and is perhaps even more famous for its connection to Leonardo Da Vinci's fresco of 'The Last Supper" which is preserved inside its refectory* (dining hall). The Church is one of Renaissance Arts most important testimonies and has therefore been included as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Later, visit the La Scala Opera House in Milan regarded as one of the leading opera and ballet theatres in the world. (Tickets to the Last Supper entirely subject to availability)(Breakfast)
Day 8 - Milan to Basel Farewell Italy and travel into the mountains of Switzerland. We experience one of the greatest scenic highlights Europe has to offer! We climb to the top of Mt Stanserhorn by old-timer railway and the world's only Cabrio cable car. At the peak, there's time to enjoy glorious views of the central Alpine chain, explore the hiking trails or just relax at the panoramic terrace before descending.(Breakfast)
Day 9 - Foundation Beyeler Museum This morning, explore Basel with your Travel Director, concluding with a visit to the Foundation Beyeler Museum. In 1997, the Foundation opened a museum designed particularly to house the private collection of Ernst and Hildy Beyeler. The collection houses over 300 pieces of art including works by Cezanne, Picasso, Rousseau, Mondrian, Klee, Ernst, Matisse and Newman. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy Basel at your leisure.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 10 - Lucerne to Paris Travelling into the Burgundy wine region of France, we stop in the walled town of Beaune. After an orientation with your Travel Director continue on to the French capital, Paris. This evening we'll enjoy a typical French Style dinner.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 11 - The Best of Paris This morning on your orientation of Paris, see the Eiffel Tower, the facades of the Louvre, the obelisk in the centre of the Place de la Concorde and enjoy a drive along the Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe. We visit Paris's first digital art Museum, Ateiler des Lumieres. With state-of-the-art visuals and audio, artists works become an immersive and panoramic show. Then there is time free to explore Paris at your leisure. This evening we visit the renowned Louvre Museum at night, offering a totally different perspective. Formerly a royal palace, the Louvre has embraced the history of France for eight centuries and features works admired across the globe, including the Mona Lisa, the Winged Victory of Samothrace, and the Venus de Milo.(Breakfast)
Day 12 - Mus?e d'Orsay Join your Local Expert to visit the Musee d'Orsay. The former Gare d'Orsay of Beaux-Arts architecture is now one of the largest museums in Europe and home to the largest collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces in the world. Be enthralled by the works of Monet, Manet, Degas, Cezanne, Van Gogh, amongst others. This afternoon, perhaps join an optional experience to Monet's garden in Giverny to see the inspiration for some of his most famous works before heading back to Paris.(Breakfast)
Day 13 - Paris to Amsterdam Travel into Belgium today and make a stop in the canal city of Ghent. Its centre is known for medieval architecture such as the 12th century Gravensteen Castle and Graslei, a row of beautiful facades reflected in the River Lys. Relax at a caf? terrace, shop for Belgian chocolate or simply take in the atmosphere. Continue on to the Dutch capital of Amsterdam, a vibrant metropolis and still a living museum of the 17th Century.(Breakfast)
Day 14 - Artistic Amsterdam Admire world famous masterpieces in the Rijksmuseum. Among the collection are works by Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Johannes Vermeer. Then onto the Van Gogh Museum, home to the largest collection of Van Gogh paintings and drawings in the world. This evening enjoy dinner while cruising through the canals and celebrate our time on this extraordinary journey.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 15 - Farewell Amsterdam Your journey comes to an end after breakfast. Complimentary transfers to the airport depart at 08.00 and 10.00am.(Breakfast) Authentic Dining Dining Summary: 14 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch with wine (LW), 6 dinners with wine (DW) Top Rated Highlights Vatican City: Visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Galleria Borghese: Explore Galleria Borghese. Uffizi Gallery: See the works of Michelangelo, Botticelli and Raphael in the Uffizi Gallery. Scenic Drive: Ascend Mt Stanserhorn by old-timer railway and the worlds only Cabrio cable car for breathtaking views. Santa Maria delle Grazie: Visit the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Paris: Visit Paris's first digital art Museum, Atelier des Lumieres. Paris: Explore the Louvre Museum at night. Musee D?rsay: Experience the largest collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces in the world at Musee D?rsay. Amsterdam: Admire famous masterpieces at the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
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