European Grandeur start Paris (Summer 2020)

09/26/2019 through 09/30/2020
09/26/2019 through 10/28/2020
Insight Vacations

European Grandeur Start Paris (Summer 2020)
An all-encompassing journey of magnificent menus, outstanding scenery and incredible cultural heritage, this itinerary brings you face-to-face with Europe’s finest attractions. Celebrate Catalonia with a small-group pintxo (tapas) tasting, enjoy a tasting of robust Tuscan reds and ascend to the top of Europe on Mount Stanserhorn to learn about regional fauna and flora from a Swiss Ranger. You will meet passionate locals along the way who will share insider knowledge and enrich your experience.


Authentic Dining

  • Paris: Join your Travel Director and fellow guests to enjoy dinner and wine in the heart of Paris at a local restaurant.
  • Bordeaux: Enjoy a delicious Farm-to-Table dinner which has been cooked with local, fresh produce.
  • San Sebastian: Dine with the locals, in Basque tradition, with an evening of pintxos. Your progressive dinner enables you to select a variety of snack-sized delicacies, each with their own flavour and presentation, making each guest’s meal unique. Be sure to try some of the local Txakoli wine.
  • Avignon: At a local farm learn about olive oil and enjoy a tasting of the freshest produce.
  • 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.
  • Vienna: Café Central has been frequented by many of the elite, including revolutionary Trotsky and psychoanalyst Freud, since 1876. Still a meeting place for philosophers and storytellers, a local shares tales of a by-gone era, as you enjoy delicious Viennese specialities of coffee and Sachertorte.
  • Lucerne: Choose from a selection of fine restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening.
  • Dining Summary: 25 Breakfasts (B), 1 Morning Tea (MT) and 8 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

Insight Experiences

  • Vatican City: Enjoy VIP fast-track entry into the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, as well as exclusive access to the Bramante Staircase that is usually not open to the public. During your visit to St Peter’s Basilica, see Michelangelo’s ‘Pieta’ and Bernini’s intricately carved Papal Altar.
  • Venice: Witness the ancient skill of glassblowing and watch artisans create delicate works of art.
  • 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.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Paris: See the many attractions Paris has to offer such as Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, facades of the Louvre, the River Seine and its romantic bridges, the obelisk in the centre of the Place de la Concorde and enjoy a drive along the Champs-Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe.
  • Amboise: See the Royal Chteau beside the Loire River.
  • Bordeaux: Your Local Expert will show you the quayside facades, Grand Thétre, Triangle d’Or and magnificent Esplanade des Quinconces.
  • Burgos: See the burial place of El Cid in the magnificent Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Madrid: See the highlights of the city with your Local Expert. Visit the Old Town, travelling along the elegant Paseo de la Castellana, past the fountain in the Plaza de Cibeles, the Cervantes Monument and Royal Palace, before crossing the Puerta del Sol.
  • Toledo: Explore this magnificent ancient city with your Local Expert.
  • Toledo: Visit the Church of Santo Tomé to see an El Greco’s masterpiece.
  • Barcelona: Explore the heart of the Gothic Quarter with your Local Expert. See the cathedral, walk through the Roman gate and tour the narrow lanes and old squares. You will also enjoy a drive down Las Ramblas and the elegant Passeig de Grcia to witness some of the finest Modernist architecture. Journey through the Eixample district to see Gaudi’s extraordinary masterpiece, the mesmerising Sagrada Família.
  • Avignon: View the Pont d’Avignon and walk the medieval narrow streets of the Old Town to the Palais des Papes.
  • Nice: Take some time to stroll the Promenade des Anglais or relax on the beach.
  • Monaco: Enjoy a drive along part of the Grand Prix circuit and wander the old town with your Travel Director to see the Royal Palace and the yacht-filled harbour.
  • Pisa: See the famous gravity-defying Leaning Tower in the Square of Miracles, along with the 11th century cathedral and beautifully decorated baptistery.
  • Florence: Join a Local Expert to view the multi-coloured marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistery, adorned by Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise. Visit the political heart of the city, Signoria Square. See the area around Santa Croce Basilica, famous for the quality of its luxury goods.
  • Rome: See the mighty Colosseum and Roman Forum as well as other medieval buildings, Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches, scattered through the city.
  • Venice: With your Travel Director cruise to St. Mark’s Square and see the Doge’s Palace, Bridge of Sighs and St. Mark’s Basilica.
  • Postojna Caves: Explore the remarkable natural wonder of the Postojna Caves. Venture through a series of caverns and passages, hollowed out by the Pivka River for over two million years.
  • Zagreb: Your Local Expert will show you Roosevelt Square, the attractive facades of Ban Josip Jelacic Square and the cathedral. Ride the funicular to the medieval Upper Town to see the former Presidential Palace, Stone Gate, St. Mark’s Church and the Tower of Lotršcak.
  • Vienna: Tour the Ring Road to see the Hofburg Imperial Residence, Opera House, Parliament Building and Karlskirche.
  • Salzburg: Join your Local Expert for a visi…

Itinerary

Day 1 Welcome to Paris.
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Day 2 Paris, the City of Light.
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Day 3 Amboise and on to Bordeaux.
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Day 4 Bordeaux and San Sebastian.
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Day 5 Burgos and Madrid.
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Day 6 Madrid.
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Day 7 Madrid to Barcelona.
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Day 8 Barcelona, City of Gaudi.
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Day 9 Avignon, the City of Popes.
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Day 10 On the shores of Nice.
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Day 11 Pisa and the Tuscan Hills.
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Day 12 Renaissance Florence.
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Day 13 The Eternal City of Rome.
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Day 14 Exploring Papal Rome.
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Day 15 Rome at Leisure.
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Day 16 Autostrada del Sole to Venice.
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Day 17 Venice and the Magic of La Serenissima.
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Day 18 Venice to elegant Ljubljana.
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Day 19 Zagreb to Vienna.
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Day 20 Vienna and the Habsburgs.
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Day 21 Salzburg and on to Innsbruck.
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Day 22 Through Liechtenstein to Lucerne.
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Day 23 Lakeside Lucerne and the Stanserhorn.
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Day 24 Legends along the Rhine.
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Day 25 Cruising the canals of Amsterdam.
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Day 26 Depart Amsterdam.
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