Splendid Europe - Classic Group, 2021
From 23/09/2021 to 27/10/2021
Rome: Enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travellers at a uniquely Roman local restaurant.
Venice: In St Marks Square at sunset, long after the day-trippers have gone to their mainland hotels, sip Bellini cocktails canal-side before dinner at a local restaurant.
Lucerne: Choose from a selection of restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening and hand-pick your preferred ambience, cuisine and drinks for an intimate culinary experience.
Amsterdam: Toast the culmination of your travels during a fabulous Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant.
Dining Summary: 13 Breakfast (B), 5 Dinner with Wine (DW)Vienna: Choose between a visit to a traditional coffeehouse to enjoy Viennese specialities of coffee and Sachertorte or alternatively, listen to the musical masterpiece of Mozart, as you take to the floor in a Viennese Waltz dance lesson.
Stanserhorn: Choose between a walk along beautiful scenic pathways for a chance to see native animals or alternatively, join a Swiss ranger to learn about local fauna and flora.
Vatican City: Gain VIP access into the Vatican Museums and admire the famous Bramante Staircase.
Witness the genius of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel and view the splendid dome of St.
Venice: Learn how the Venetian gondola is made on a visit to a traditional arts centre.
Rhine Valley: The beautiful scenery of the Rhine River is punctuated by the many castles dotted along its banks.
Delight in a private estate viewing of one of these Rhineland castles and learn more about these living cultural monuments located along the Middle Rhine.
Venice: Witness the ancient skill of glassblowing, now practised by precious few masters.
Watch artisans create delicate works of art using rare traditional practices.
The workshop advances SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.
The workshops master craftsmen teach visitors about the traditional craft of glassblowing and its history which dates back to the 15th century.
Every visit helps to support the workshop and the survival of this traditional craft.
Scenic Drives: Relax and take in the scenery of the Apennine Mountains, Valley of the River Po, Styria, Swiss Alps and Rhine Valley.
Rome: During your orientation with you Travel Director see the medieval buildings, including Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches, scattered throughout the city.
Venice: With your Travel Director cruise to St.
Mark's Square and see the Doge's Palace, Bridge of Sighs and St.
Ljubljana: Explore this elegant capital with your Local Expert, to see the castle City Hall, Cathedral of St Nicholas and Triple Bridge.
Maribor: Led by your Travel Director, explore this charming city, the second largest in Slovenia.
Take a moment to appreciate the blend of old and new architecture.
Vienna: Walk through the first district, Inner Stadt, as your Local Expert reveals why this is the historic core of the city.
You will also tour the Ring Road to see the Hofburg Imperial Residence, Opera House, Parliament Building and Karlskirche.
Salzburg: Join your Local Expert to visit the formal gardens of Mirabell Palace and Residence Square - both locations used in 'The Sound of Music.
' You will also see the imposing fortress, the immense cathedral and Mozart's birthplace on the lively Getreidegasse.
Innsbruck: Enjoy an orientation with your Travel Director as you walk the narrow streets of the Old Town, lined with medieval houses and arcades, to see the Golden Roof.
Vaduz: Admire the Royal family's residence, Vaduz Castle, which overlooks the capital and is surrounded by year-round snow peaked mountains.
Lucerne: During your orientation with your Travel Director, see the emotive Lion Monument, Jesuit Church and Chapel Bridge.
Stanserhorn Summit: A spectacular journey by cable car and cogwheel railway takes you to the summit for expansive mountain views over Lake Lucerne.
Amsterdam: Cruise along the old waterways, discovering the architectural gems of the old city, including mansions dating from the Golden Age of the 17th Century.
Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseasEnjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroomPersonal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentaryWe carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel doorHotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currencyWe also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotelsStay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available)From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destinationYou may purchase arrival transfers from London Heathrow and Gatwick airports on arrival days, or when additional nights accommodation has been booked through Insight VacationsIf your departure flights are as per the itinerary end dates, departure transfers are available at scheduled timesIf your flights are outside these times or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way to the airportAlternatively, please make your own way from/to the airport.
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Day Day 3 - Rome at Leisure The day is yours to enjoy Rome at your own pace. Perhaps take an optional experience to the ill-fated town of Pompeii, frozen in time when it was engulfed by an eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. Alternatively, spend some time in the boutiques of the Via del Corso, the Via Nazionale or the elegant designer stores near the Spanish Steps? As night falls, why not sip on prosecco at a sidewalk cafe in Piazza Navona - the Living Room of Rome - and enjoy life's pageantry pass by?(Breakfast)
Day Day 5 - Venice and the Magic of La Serenissima Wake up ready to embrace this romantic city. Admire the Doge’s Palace and its adjoining Bridge of Sighs. Witness the skill of glassblowers and learn how the Venetian gondola is made on a visit to a traditional arts centre, before taking a private cruise to St. Mark's Square where St. Mark’s Basilica exudes the city’s former wealth and power.(Breakfast)
Day Day 7 - Ljubljana to Vienna Follow the Drava River and cross over the Slovenian border to reach the 700-year-old university town of Maribor. Continue past Graz through Styria’s forested mountains and on to Vienna.(Breakfast)
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