Multi Countries

Europe is a sheer smorgasbord for the senses, brimming with spices, sounds, and aromas. Travel just a few miles and as you cross borders, you’ll discover entirely new worlds of sensations. Every corner with its own unique personality. From the haunting fado of Portugal to the whirling of Turkey’s dervishes, the craic of the Irish to a life in pure passion in la bella Italia.

Tour TypeTrip NameNo. DaysBookingsPrice per person
Escorted TourHighlights of Eastern Europe17 Contact usFrom $4,150.00
Escorted TourHighlights of Europe15 Contact usFrom $4,775.00
Escorted TourRomantic European21 Contact usFrom $7,275.00
Escorted TourEuropean Grandeur28 Contact usFrom $9,450.00

Highlights of Eastern Europe

Eastern Europe reveals its colourful side on this elaborate encounter. With familiar favourites and lesser-known gems like Slovenia’s Lake Bled and the charming Polish city of Poznan. Explore ‘east’ and ‘west’ in the Croatian city of Zagreb, visit the Hungarian Sea and pay homage to those who lost their lives at Auschwitz, a reminder of the horrors of the Holocaust.

Itinerary  
Day 1: Arrive ViennaWelcome to Vienna. After check-in, your Local Specialist gives a superb historical account of the Habsburg dynasty during your sightseeing and walking tour of Old Vienna. Admire the Hofburg Palace, Imperial Boulevards, St. Stephen's Cathedral and 'Am Hof'. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception.
Hotel: Hilton Danube
Day 2: Vienna – Lake BledCross the Loibl Pass in the Karawanken Mountains to the green hills of Slovenia. Arrive later in Lake Bled, an earthly paradise and your home for the next two nights. A beautiful glacial lake in the Julian Alps, Lake Bled is a picturesque and serene escape set amid forests and mountains. There is time this afternoon to explore the medieval castle or take a boat ride on the lake. Dine tonight at your hotel.
Hotel: Hotel Park, 2 nights
Day 3: Lake BledSpend the day as you wish. Relax or consider joining an Optional Experience to the extensive maze of underground caves at Postojna.
Day 4: Lake Bled – Ljubljana – ZagrebIn the Slovenian capital Ljubljana, enjoy a sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist where you see the Opera House, Cathedral, National Museum, Castle and Three Bridges Square. Later cross the border into Croatia and arrive in Zagreb. Dine tonight at your hotel.
Hotel: The Westin Zagreb, 2 nights
Day 5: ZagrebA fascinating city, Zagreb combines the best of Eastern and Western Europe. Your Local Specialist shows you the landmarks in the lower and upper town including the majestic Cathedral, the Archbishop's Palace, St. Mark's Church and the Opera House. Spend the rest of the day seeing the sights of your choice.
Day 6: Zagreb – Lake Balaton – BudapestAcross the border in Hungary pause for photos on the shores of Lake Balaton, the largest lake in Central Europe and known affectionately by locals as the 'Hungarian Sea'. Continue to the capital Budapest on the banks of the romantic River Danube for your two-night stay.
Hotel: The Aquincum Hotel, 2 nights
Day 7: BudapestAdmire the city's sights with your Local Specialist during a walking tour of the city, featuring stunning views over the river from the Fisherman's Bastion. See Parliament and the Great Synagogue. Join your companions this evening for a delicious Hungarian Be My Guest dining experience.
Day 8: Budapest – Slovakia – KrakowTravelling north through Slovakia into Poland and past the foothills of the Tatra Mountains, you arrive in the picturesque city of Krakow. This evening perhaps sample some lively Polish entertainment with dinner.
Hotel: Qubus Hotel, 2 nights
Day 9: KrakowView the Royal Castle and Cathedral on Wawel Hill during a sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist. Your walking tour through the Old Town includes a visit to the Cloth Hall and the Mariacki Church. Spend the afternoon relaxing or exploring. Consider an Optional Experience to the unique Wieliczka Salt Mine, where underground chambers are hewn out of rock salt. Dine tonight at your hotel.
Day 10: Krakow – Auschwitz – Czestochowa – WarsawVisit the concentration camp at Auschwitz which is a permanent reminder of the horrors perpetrated during the Holocaust. Afterwards visit Jasna Gora Monastery, Poland's most famous shrine to the Virgin Mary featuring the iconic Black Madonna of Czestochowa. Finish the day in Warsaw where you dine tonight at your hotel.
Hotel: The Westin Warsaw, 2 nights
Day 11: WarsawVisit the Old Town and the site of the Warsaw Ghetto during your morning sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Admire the Palace of Culture and Science. This afternoon enjoy free time or consider a trip to the residence of Polish King Jan Sobieski III. Tonight you might like to attend a classical music recital.
Day 12: Warsaw – Poznan – BerlinCross Poland's central plains to Poznan. Stop to view the charming City Hall and see impressive Gothic churches. Continue west into Germany and arrive in the capital Berlin, one of Europe's most exciting cities.
Hotel: Steigenberger Hotel Am Kanzleramt, 2 nights
Day 13: BerlinThis morning enjoy a Cultural Insight experience with fantastic 360° views of the city from the Berlin TV Tower. Marvel at the city's great landmarks during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist including the Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag Building and Unter den Linden Boulevard. Relax or take an Optional Experience to discover the secret past of this magnificent city.
Day 14: Berlin - Dresden - PragueTravel through the Spreewald Forest to Dresden. Hear about the restoration of the city during your orientation tour which includes the Saxon Wall, Semper Opera House and 18th century Cathedral. Cross into the Czech Republic arriving later in the magnificent city of Prague - the political, cultural and economic centre of the Czech state for over 1,100 years. This evening enjoy a Regional Meal of Czech cuisine at a local restaurant.
Hotel: Andel's by Vienna House Prague, 2 nights
Day 15: PragueYour Local Specialist gives a comprehensive history of Prague during your sightseeing tour. Marvel at Prague Castle, the Astronomical Clock, Charles Bridge and the Old Town square. Visit the Cathedral of St. Vitus, then spend free time exploring or shopping for souvenirs.
Day 16: Prague - Tábor - ViennaDrive through Southern Bohemia and stop in Tábor once a Hussite stronghold. Later continue to the Imperial city of Vienna. Tonight celebrate with your fellow travellers and Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner.
Hotel: Hilton Danube
Day 17: Depart ViennaSay farewell to your newfound friends at the end of a wonderful holiday. Airport transfers are available.

Inclusions 
Meals: 16 breakfasts, 8 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation:16 nights
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

Highlights of Europe

Varied landscapes, magnificent scenery, history galore, and a treasure-trove of art and architecture… a glorious reflection of Europe at her best. This tour initially comprises of one night stays which makes for a lively start. However, two nights in Venice, Rome, Lucerne and Paris allow more time to relax or indulge in optional excursions.

Itinerary  
Day 1: London - BrusselsMeet your Tour Director and 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. Alternatively, join at the Brussels Hotel. In the afternoon, stroll through the beautiful Grand Place, with its gilded buildings and see the cheeky Manneken Pis. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and an opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a warm evening of dinner and wine.
Hotel: Brussels Marriott Hotel Grand Place
Day 2: Brussels - HeidelbergTravel into Germany and continue along the Rhine, via Bonn, to Boppard. Join a cruise, passing medieval hilltop castles and steep leafy vineyards to the village of St. Goar, near the legendary Loreley Rock. Continue on to Heidelberg to see the clifftop castle.
Hotel: Crowne Plaza Heidelberg City Centre
Day 3: Heidelberg - MunichStop in medieval Rothenburg ob der Tauber, still surrounded by its old walls and watch towers, frozen in time since the 16th century. Continue along the Romantic Road to the Bavarian capital of Munich. See the Ludwigstrasse, Marienplatz and soaring Town Hall. Stroll through Munich's open-air food market, the Viktualienmarkt, with its beer garden. At night, maybe sample a stein of beer in a local beer hall?
Hotel: Leonardo Royal Hotel Munich
Day 4: Munich - InnsbruckA short drive leads over the Austrian border to Salzburg, the city of Mozart and the ‘Sound of Music'. Sightseeing with a Local Expert shows you the formal gardens of Mirabell Palace which includes the fountains and statues where the 'Do, Re, Mi' scene in the film was created. Witness the imposing fortress, cathedral and Mozart's birthplace on the lively Getreidegasse before having free time for lunch. Next you will continue to Innsbruck, surrounded by the imposing peaks of the Nordkette mountains, where you will see the 14th century houses of Old Town, the impressive Imperial Palace and the delightful Golden Roof with your orientation tour.
Hotel: Innsbruck Hotel
Day 5: Innsbruck - Venice(Relaxed Start) Drive down through the Dolomites, crossing the Italian border and descend to the romantic city of Venice. Your prestigious hotel occupies an old convent building in the greenest part of the city centre.
Hotel: Best Western Premier Hotel Sant'Elena, 2 nights
Day 6: VeniceWaking up to the sights and sounds of Venice is a thrill for even the most experienced traveller. A morning boat transfer brings you to Giudecca Island to witness the age-old skills of glassblowers. Then cruise by Palladio's San Giorgio Maggiore to St. Mark's Square. Alight to see Lord Byron's Bridge of Sighs which connects the Doge's Palace to the prisons. In the square, the bell tower comes into view, plus the beautiful mosaics of St. Mark's Basilica and the Clock Tower Moors, who have been striking the hour for over 500 years. To the tune of accompanying musicians, you are serenaded through the atmospheric canals by gondola, past water-lapped doorways and Rococo palaces. The rest of the day is free to shop in the small arcades.
Day 7: Venice - RomeHead south over the Apennine Mountains and follow the 'Highway of the Sun' to the 'Eternal City' of Rome.
Hotel: Mediterraneo Palace Hotel, 2 nights
Day 8: RomeDuring your two-night stay, join a Local Expert for a private tour of the priceless art of the Vatican Museums and the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel. Your VIP visit includes fast-track entry and behind-the-scenes access to the Bramante Staircase, a part of the Vatican usually closed to the public. Then explore St. Peter's Basilica, one of the largest churches in the world. Cross the River Tiber to see the largest amphitheatre of the Roman Empire, the Colosseum then the afternoon is free for you to explore.
Day 9: Rome - FlorenceDrive to the Chianti Hills and the city of Florence. A Local Expert will accompany you to the Duomo, where the Gates of Paradise adorn the baptistery. Continue to Signoria Square, the political heart of the city, lined with fountains and statues it acts as a virtual open-air gallery of Renaissance masterpieces. Take the time to gaze at Neptune and David. Afterwards, there is time to shop.
Hotel: Hotel Londra
Day 10: Florence - Baveno(Relaxed Start) Journey past the capital of Lombardy, Milan, as you journey north to the beautiful Italian Lake District, a favourite retreat of the rich and famous where Alpine scenery combines with luxuriant subtropical vegetation. Relax and enjoy an afternoon at leisure at this popular resort and beautiful lake or perhaps take a cruise out to the lovely Borromean Islands?
Hotel: Grand Hotel Dino
Day 11: Baveno - Lucernce(Relaxed Start) In the morning, cross the Swiss border and enjoy Alpine scenery all the way to Lucerne. On arrival, see what Mark Twain described as 'the saddest and most moving piece of rock in the world', the emotive Lion Monument. In the evening, get together with your friends and choose from a selection of authentic local restaurants for your dining pleasure.
Hotel: Hotel Astoria, 2 nights
Day 12: Lucernce In the morning, head to the town of Stans, where we embark on a spectacular journey by funicular railway and open-top cable car to the summit of the stunning Stanserhorn. On a clear day, in addition to the beautiful mountains and surrounding hills, there are views as far as Alsace and the Black Forest in Germany. Then back to Lucerne, there is free time to stroll across the Chapel Bridge to the ornate Jesuit Church or spend time shopping in the traffic-free Old Town. Perhaps venture into the countryside to meet the local farmers for a delightful horse-drawn carriage ride?
Day 13: Lucernce - 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). During your time in Paris, see the imposing façades of the Louvre, the banks of the Seine with its many romantic bridges, the obelisk in the centre of the Place de la Concorde and drive along the Champs Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe. Enjoy a ‘Diner de Célébration' served with wine in a Parisian bistro, abundant with French ambience.
Hotel: Marriott Rive Gauche, 2 nights
Day 14: ParisIn the morning, meet your Local Expert who will take you on a walking tour of the bohemian Latin Quarter. Explore the myriad of streets situated on the left bank of the Seine, before continuing onto the Notre Dame Cathedral to see this masterpiece of French Gothic architecture. 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 for shopping or your own pursuits.
Day 15: Depart ParisTransfers arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport at 08:00 and 11:00, or depart for London via Gare du Nord for Eurostar option.

Inclusions 
Meals: 14 breakfasts, 6 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Rail:Eurostar Train Ticket: London - Brussels
Accommodation:14 nights
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

Romantic European

Your love affair with Europe begins in Brussels and will continue to kindle your spirit of adventure in Amsterdam, Prague and Budapest, with a grand finale embracing three of the world’s most romantic cities – Venice, Rome and Paris.

Itinerary  
Day 1: London - BrusselsAfter a warm welcome from your Tour Director, transfer to London's St. Pancras Station to board the high-speed Eurostar. Once you board the train, sit back and relax, while you are whisked through the historic Channel Tunnel to Brussels in just over two hours. Alternatively, join at the Brussels hotel. In the afternoon, walk with your Tour Director through the Grand Place, voted Europe's most beautiful square, lined with gilded buildings from the late 17th century and Gothic Town Hall. Stroll on through the back streets to the capital's most celebrated water feature, the cheeky Manneken Pis statue. 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.
Hotel: Marriott
Day 2: Brussels - AmsterdamLeave Brussels driving north into the Netherlands and on to lively Amsterdam. Continue through pleasant Dutch countryside to lively Amsterdam, the ‘City of Canals'. Drive across Dam Square, the heart of the city, past the Royal Palace and Mint Tower. Round-off the day with a taste of glamour as you visit one of the great diamond houses for a demonstration of cutting and polishing!
Hotel: Grand Hotel Amrath
Day 3: Amsterdam - WürzburgCross in to Germany and head for the romantic Rhine Gorge. In the quaint wine village of Boppard, take to the water for a delightful cruise past fortified towns and leafy vineyards. Rejoin the coach at St. Goar and continue to Würzburg. In the evening, see the Residenz Palace – the immense baroque palace of the Prince Bishops, one of the most important landmarks in Germany. There's also time to stroll through the heart of the old town, down to the Alte Mainbrücke, the 16th century bridge over the River Main, adorned with sandstone statues. From here, you can admire the city at night and appreciate the mightyMarienburg Fortress on the opposite side of the river.
Hotel: Maritim
Day 4: Würzburg - PragueFirst stop today is Nuremberg, still entirely enclosed by its massive town ramparts. Tour the old town, carefully rebuilt after wartime destruction and explore the bustling Hauptmarkt in the heart of the Altstadt - a picturesque setting for the aptly named Beautiful Fountain as well as local farmers' market and a gingerbread shop, dating back to 1610. Continue east to the Czech border, past the town of Pilsen renowned for its beer, to reach the ‘Golden City' of Prague.
Hotel: Majestic Plaza, 2 nights
Day 5: PragueIn the morning, join a Local Expert for guided sightseeing of one of the most beautiful and intact historical centres in Europe. Start with the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle, where you admire the stained glass of St. Vitus Cathedral and enjoy amazing views over the Old Town. Finish in the Old Town Square where the mechanical antics of the Astronomical Clock's glockenspiel delight onlookers each hour. The city is all yours to explore. You can take a river cruise through the heart of the city, rummage through the renowned antique shops or shop for the finest Bohemian crystal.
Day 6: Prague - BudapestIt's away through the beautiful forested countryside of Bohemia in the morning. After crossing the Slovakian border, continue to the capital of Bratislava, dominated by its imposing 9th century castle, perched high above the Danube. There's free time to take a leisurely walk through the Old Town to see the Maximillian Fountain. Cross into Hungary and follow the River Danube to Budapest for the evening.
Hotel: Corinthia Hotel Budapest, 2 nights
Day 7: BudapestYou are chauffeured along elegant boulevards to visit Heroes' Square. Now cross the mighty Danube to walk with your Local Expert along the medieval cobblestoned streets of the Castle District. Visit Matthias Church and enjoy sweeping views from the Fisherman's Bastion over the exquisite Parliament building, one of the largest in Europe. Spend the afternoon at the popular pedestrian shopping street of Váci Utca where the city's fine museums, historic squares and monuments are within easy reach.
Day 8: Budapest - ViennaBefore leaving the Hungarian capital, look out over the famous river dividing Buda and Pest - the two sides linked by the mighty Chain Bridge and the newer, elegant Elizabeth Bridge. Drive on, past the eagle overlooking the town of Tatabanya, to the Austrian border. Continue through pleasant farming country to the imperial capital of Vienna.
Hotel: Hilton Vienna, 2 nights
Day 9: ViennaVienna owes much of its present day charm to the long reign of the Habsburgs, so in the morning, join a Local Expert for a visit to Maria Theresa's Schönbrunn Palace and formal gardens. The grandiose Rococo interior of the palace is a dazzling confection of gilded mirrors, crystal chandeliers and frescoed ceilings. Your city sightseeing continues around the famous Ring Road, seeing the Parliament, Winter Palace and Opera House. The afternoon is at leisure.
Day 10: Vienna - VeniceThis day's route takes you past quiet villages, through Styria's forested mountains and into the Carinthian Lake District. Continue past Europe's warmest lake, the Wörthersee, to cross into Italy near Tarvisio. Then follow mountain valleys and cascading streams down to the Veneto Plain on your way to the unique city of Venice, where your hotel is close to the Grand Canal.
Hotel: Bauer Palladio Hotel & Spa, 2 nights
Day 11: VeniceCruise by Palladio's San Giorgio Maggiore to St. Mark's Square. Alight to see Lord Byron's Bridge of Sighs which connects the Doge's Palace to the prisons and the dazzling domed basilica. While here, visit an arts centre to watch one of the few remaining craftsmen blow Venetian glass. Then, set off through the canals by gondola while musicians set the mood with traditional songs. The afternoon is at leisure to browse through the shops on the Rialto Bridge or sit a while at a canal side café to sip the local wine.
Day 12: Venice - RomeHead into the Apennine Mountains and the peaceful landscapes of Tuscany. En route, learn about the Chianti wines that make this region so famous. Follow the course of the Tiber to your hotel in the Eternal City of Rome.
Hotel: Kolbe Hotel, 2 nights
Day 13: RomeIn the morning, you are joined by a Local Expert who guides you through the superb Vatican Museums culminating beneath Michelangelo's famous ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. Your VIP visit includes fast-track entry and the Bramante Staircase, a part of the Vatican closed to the general public. Continue inside the cavernous St. Peter's Basilica, mother church of the Catholic faith, seeing another Michelangelo masterpiece, the Pietà, as well as the splendid dome. Leave the Vatican City to cross the Tiber and stand outside the Colosseum, imagining yourself back in the days of the gladiators. The afternoon is at leisure.
Day 14: Rome - FlorenceDrive north into Tuscany and Piazzale Michelangelo for panoramic views over Florence. In the afternoon, join a local art historian to meet Michelangelo's original 'David' in the Accademia Museum. Then walk on to the multi-coloured marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistery, adorned by Ghiberti's 'Gates of Paradise'. You also visit the open-air gallery of Renaissance masterpieces in Signoria Square. See the area around Santa Croce Basilica - famous for the quality of its luxury goods and witness a demonstration of leather work.
Hotel:
UNA Hotel Vittoria, 2 nights
Day 15: FlorenceThe day is at leisure in the Renaissance capital. Traverse the medieval streets to the Ponte Vecchio, haggle for leather goods at the market around San Lorenzo or relax amid the terraces of the Boboli Gardens. Maybe have lunch al fresco or perhaps venture into the beautiful Tuscan countryside? The choice is all yours!
Day 16: Florence - LucerneHead north for the Italian and Swiss Lake Districts via the lake of Lugano. Continue into the heart of the Swiss Alps, passing through the Saint Gotthard Tunnel, one of the longest road tunnels in the world. You then travel alongside towering mountains and past rushing torrents, down to scenic Lake Lucerne. At night, for your Dine-Around evening, you are offered a fine selection of restaurants for your dining pleasure.
Hotel: Astoria, 2 nights
Day 17: LucerneIn the morning, view the emotive Lion Monument before enjoying some time shopping or strolling along the Chapel Bridge to the Jesuit Church. Later, we to the town of Stans, to embark on a stunning journey by funicular railway and open-top cable car to the summit of the stunning Stanserhorn.
Day 18: Lucerne - BeauneTravel to medieval Beaune, at the centre of the Burgundy winemaking region. Your hotel is located across the road from the entrance to the historic Old Town, so why not explore the cobbled streets or sip a glass from one of Burgundy's finest vintages?
Hotel: Hotel Henry II Beaune Centre
Day 19: Beaune - ParisIn the morning, travel to glittering Paris. During your time in Paris, see the imposing façades of the Louvre, the banks of the Seine with its many romantic bridges, the obelisk in the centre of the Place de la Concorde and drive along the Champs Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe. Enjoy a ‘Diner de Célébration' served with wine in a Parisian bistro, abundant with French ambience.
Hotel: Pullman Paris Montparnasse, 2 nights
Day 20: ParisMeet your Local Expert who will take you on a walking tour of the bohemian Latin Quarter. Explore the myriad of streets situated on the left bank of the Seine, before continuing to the Notre Dame Cathedral, a masterpiece of French Gothic architecture. 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 for last minute shopping or your own pursuits.
Day 21: Depart ParisTransfers arrive Charles de Gaulle Airport at 08:00 and 11:00.

Inclusions 
Meals: 20 breakfasts, 8 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Rail:Eurostar Train Ticket: London - Brussels
Accommodation:20 nights
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

European Grandeur

An epic adventure covering all points of the European compass. From Amsterdam in the north to Rome in the south, Vienna in the east and Madrid in the west.

Itinerary  
Day 1: London - ParisAfter a warm welcome from your Tour Director, transfer to London’s St. Pancras Station to board the high-speed Eurostar. Your comfortable two-hour rail journey takes you via the historic Channel Tunnel to Paris where you will have free time on arrival. Alternatively, join at the Paris hotel. During your time in Paris, see the imposing façades of the Louvre, the banks of the Seine with its many romantic bridges, the obelisk in the centre of the Place de la Concorde and drive along the Champs Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe. Afterwards, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.
Hotel: Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile, 2 nights
Day 2: ParisMeet your Local Expert who will take you on a walking tour of the bohemian Latin Quarter. Explore the myriad of streets situated on the left bank of the Seine, before continuing to the Notre Dame Cathedral, a masterpiece of French Gothic architecture. 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 rest of the day is at leisure. In the evening, perhaps visit one of the world-famous cabaret shows?
Day 3: Paris - BordeauxHead southwards towards Châteaux Country. Take a scenic drive along the Loire Valley to visit the enchanting 'Ladies Castle' of Chenonceau, the home of Diane de Poitiers (tragic mistress of Henri II) and later of his vengeful wife Catherine of Medici. After some time to stroll in the lovely gardens, continue on to the bustling seaport of Bordeaux with its unique 18th century character.
Hotel: Pullman Bordeaux Lac, 2 nights
Day 4: Bordeaux - LourdesBefore departure, join a Local Expert for a guided tour of France's finest 18th century architecture. The façades of the quaysides, the Grand Théâtre, Triangle d'Or and magnificent Esplanade des Quinconces all helped Bordeaux earn inclusion on UNESCO's World Heritage list. Your sightseeing culminates with a sample of the high quality wines which make up the region’s world known reputation, and learn about the great diversity of terroirs. Then drive through the vineyards of Sauternes and Graves to Lourdes - a place of pilgrimage. Visit the miraculous grotto, drink the spring waters credited with curative powers and join the torchlit procession - a moving experience never to be forgotten.
Day 5: Lourdes - MadridWelcome to a land of fiestas, food and Flamenco! Cross the Pyrénées and follow in the footsteps of El Cid via Burgos and over the Sierra de Guadarrama to the Spanish capital of Madrid.
Hotel: Gran Hotel Conde Duque, 2 nights
Day 6: MadridIn the morning, join a Local Expert for a sightseeing tour along the elegant Paseo de la Castellana, past the fountain in the Plaza de Cibeles. Drive down the Grand Vía to the Cervantes Monument and Royal Palace, before crossing the Puerta del Sol. A highlight is a visit to the magnificent Prado Museum, a rose-coloured palace housing works by Velázquez, Goya, Rubens and others. In the afternoon, relax at a café or shop in the trendy boutiques.
Day 7: Madrid - BarcelonaCross the Castilian plain, past Zaragoza. Continue to the vibrant port of Barcelona for the night.
Hotel: Meliá Sarrià, 2 nights
Day 8: Barcelona(Relaxed Start) Join a Local Expert in the heart of the Gothic Quarter. See the cathedral and walk through the Roman gate to tour the narrow lanes and old squares. Next, drive by the Ramblas and along the Passeig de Gràcia, adorned by some of the most flamboyant Modernist buildings. Continue through the Eixample district for a visit inside Gaudi’s extraordinary masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia Church. See the crypt where Gaudi is buried as well as the transept and central nave with its giant, tree-like pillars and spectacular vaulting. Why not take an optional trip to the ancient Monastery of Montserrat, dedicated to the ‘Black Madonna’?
Day 9: Barcelona - NiceCross the foothills of the Pyrénées Mountains in the morning and continue across the edge of the marshy Camargue, to the sunbaked landscapes which inspired the greatest works of Van Gogh and Cézanne. Continue to glamorous Nice, the fashionable French Riviera resort.
Hotel: Radisson Blu, 2 nights
Day 10: Nice (Relaxed Start) Unlock the secrets of the French perfume industry with a visit to a perfumery, where fragrance experts waft exclusive scents from stoppered bottles. Take a stroll along the fabled Promenade des Anglais, relax on the beach or perhaps consider an optional experience to other parts of the Riviera.
Day 11: Nice - FlorenceCross into Italy and follow the 'Flower Riviera' before arriving in Pisa. With a Local Expert, see the famous Leaning Tower in the 'Meadow of Miracles', and the 11th century cathedral and baptistry. Next, a short drive brings you to the Renaissance city of Florence. Enjoy skyline views from Piazzale Michelangelo.
Hotel: UNA Hotel Vittoria, 2 niohts
Day 12: FlorenceBegin the morning by joining a Local Expert to view the multi-coloured marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistery, adorned by Ghiberti's 'Gates of Paradise'. You also visit the open-air gallery of Renaissance masterpieces in Signoria Square, the political heart of the city. See the area around Santa Croce Basilica - famous for the quality of its luxury goods and see a demonstration of leather work. In the evening, don’t miss the chance to try the fine Florentine cuisine.
Day 13: Florence - RomeTravel through the Chianti hills on your way to hilltop Orvieto, a former papal stronghold, located on a rock pedestal overlooking a vineyard covered plain. Savour the distinctly medieval ambiance during your orientation tour and admire the richly decorated façade of the cathedral in Piazza del Duomo. There's time to shop for hand painted ceramics before continuing to the 'Eternal City'.
Hotel: Veneto Palace, 2 nights
Day 14: RomeWith a Local Expert visit the Vatican Museums, full of priceless art treasures collected by the Popes. Insight provides special VIP access to avoid the crowds, together with behind-the-scenes access to the Bramante Staircase - a marvel of Renaissance architecture normally off-limits to the general public. Once inside the Sistine Chapel, admire Michelangelo's famous ceiling. Next door, visit St. Peter's Basilica to admire Michelangelo's emotive 'Pieta' and see Bernini's intricately carved Popes' Altar. Then cross the Tiber to the Colosseum, the scene of many gladiatorial contests, and see the Roman Forum. The rest of the day is yours to shop in the trendy boutiques or relax at a sidewalk café.
Day 15: Rome - SorrentoIn the morning, head south, passing the brooding Abbey of Monte Cassino to Pompeii - the opulent Roman town which was preserved by layers of ash from the disastrous eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD79. A walking tour with a Local Expert through the cobbled streets will reveal the daily life of ancient Roman civilisation. Visit the Forum and peer into ancient shops and patrician villas, decorated with colourful wall paintings. Continue to the picturesque holiday town of Sorrento, bustling with life until late at night.
Hotel: Grand Hotel Cesare Augusto, 2 nights
Day 16: SorrentoIn the morning, board your cruise to Capri - the Isle of Dreams, where you will meet your Local Expert. Under the Mediterranean sun, take an open-top taxi up to Capri town, where you can explore the narrow alleyways, browse in exclusive boutiques and enjoy the views over the Tyrrhenian Sea. Descend to the port by funicular railway and cruise to Sorrento. Investigate the art of 'intarsio' or marquetry wood inlaying before a free afternoon. Perhaps take a drive along the famous Amalfi Coast with its clear blue waters and picturesque resorts?
Day 17: Sorrento - AssisiFollow the Highway of the Sun north before turning into the foothills of the Apennine Mountains to the hill-town of Assisi, a perfectly preserved medieval community of cobbled streets and houses of warm pink stone. With a Local Expert, visit the huge Basilica of St. Francis, housing the Saint's tomb. Built in the 13th century, the frescoes by Giotto heralded a new era in Italian art.
Hotel: Giotto Hotel & Spa
Day 18: Assisi - VeniceA delightful mountain drive takes you through the heart of the Apennines to the Po Valley. Continue through the marshes of the Venetian lagoon and across the causeway to the unique city of Venice. In the evening, take a stroll by the canals and listen to the romantic songs of the gondoliers as they drift beneath the bridges.
Hotel: Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio, 2 nights
Day 19: Venice(Relaxed Start) Wake up ready to embrace this romantic city. Witness the skill of glassblowers on a visit to a traditional arts centre. Only minutes away by private launch is St. Mark's Square where the city's former wealth and power is evidenced by the riches of St. Mark's Basilica. Admire also the Doge's Palace and its adjoining Bridge of Sighs. A highlight is a traditional gondola serenade. Relax and enjoy the atmosphere, music and songs as you drift along the romantic canals. The afternoon is at leisure to sit a while at a canal side cafe and sip the local wine.
Day 20: Venice - ViennaLeave the Adriatic coastline and drive through the spectacular Italian Alps, beneath towering cliffs alongside sparkling mountain streams. Cross into Austria and continue to Vienna - once the elegant heart of an empire which reached every corner of Europe. At night, maybe take the option of a delicious dinner in a historic country mansion with live music and drinks?
Hotel: Hilton Vienna, 2 nights
Day 21: ViennaIn the morning, join a Local Expert for a private tour of Maria Theresa's Schönbrunn Palace and formal gardens. Then get your cameras ready for a drive around the famous Ring Road. This grand boulevard, built along the lines of the old city walls, showcases many of the capital's architectural masterpieces, including the Opera House, magnificent Hofburg Imperial Residence and Parliament building. Maybe discover hidden squares of the old city in the afternoon?
Day 22: Vienna - InnsbruckPass the impressive Benedictine monastery of Melk before reaching the enchanting city of Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and the iconic musical 'The Sound of Music'. Join a Local Expert for a visit to the formal gardens of Mirabell Palace and Residence Square. You'll also see the house where Mozart was born and the immense cathedral. Later, continue to the mountain ringed Tyrolean capital of Innsbruck to see the Golden Roof and Imperial Palace.
Hotel: Hilton Innsbruck
Day 23: Innsbruck - Lucerne(Relaxed Start) Journey past flower-filled meadows and picturesque chalet-style villages to the Principality of Liechtenstein. Spend some time in its tiny capital, Vaduz, then cross into Switzerland and through glorious mountains to lakeside Lucerne. On arrival, visit Lucerne's proud Lion Monument, carved into a limestone cliff and dedicated to the heroic Swiss Guards who died defending King Louis XVI during the French Revolution.
Hotel: Astoria, 2 nights
Day 24: LucerneIn the morning, take time to stroll across the covered Chapel Bridge and see the baroque Jesuit church. Later, we embark on a scenic journey by funicular railway and open-top cable car to the summit of the stunning Stanserhorn. Take in the pristine mountain air and, on a clear day, views as far as Alsace and the Black Forest in Germany. For dinner, choose your own style of cuisine from our selection of restaurants.
Day 25: Lucerne - MainzPass through Zurich to Schaffhausen where the Rhine River thunders over the Rhine Falls with an awe-inspiring roar. Climb into the heart of the Black Forest and stop awhile in one of the centres of the wood-carving industry to meet skilled masters of the trade who still make cuckoo clocks by hand. For those with a sweet tooth, savour a taste of the delicious Black Forest cake. Then follow the Rhine Valley north, past the spa resort of Baden Baden to your hotel in Mainz.
Hotel: Hilton Mainz
Day 26: Mainz - AmsterdamTake to the water in the morning for a delightful scenic cruise past fortified towns and leafy vineyards. Disembark in the quaint wine village of Boppard and continue via Bonn to cross into the Netherlands and head for Amsterdam, a city with hundreds of tree-lined canals.
Hotel: Grand Hotel Amrâth, 2 nights
Day 27: AmsterdamDuring your orientation of Amsterdam, drive across Dam Square, the heart of the city, past the Royal Palace and Mint Tower. Round-off the morning with a taste of glamour as you visit one of the great diamond houses for a demonstration of cutting and polishing! Later, drive through the pleasant Dutch countryside for a photo-stop at one of the windmills, as well as a visit to a cheese farm and ‘Klompenhuis', where wooden clogs are made. Head on to the traditional fishing villages of Volendam, followed by Monnickendam for a rousing Celebration Dinner with wine. The perfect finale to your European Journey.
Day 28: Depart AmsterdamHotel transfers arrive at Schiphol Airport at 08:00 & 10:00.

Inclusions 
Meals: 27 breakfasts, 1 afternoon tea, 10 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Rail:Eurostar Train Ticket: London - Paris
Accommodation:27 nights
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary