Romantic Tours

Romantic Tours

For a special holiday with a loved one, we offer a range of romantic holidays to beautiful destinations that inspire relaxation, leisure and affection.

Experience the serenity of a South Pacific Island getaway. Relax on the pristine tropical beaches of Rarotonga the centrepiece of the Cook Islands, snorkel with giant manta rays on a coral reef off Fiji or dive through the famed underwater World War II museum in the waters of Micronesia.

Consider a European city break and wander through the cobblestone streets of Prague towards the famed opera house for a night of theatrical passion, take a gondola ride in Venice or admire the views over Paris from the Basilica of Sacré-Cœur before ambling through the artisan district of Montmartre.

Share the adventure of a rail journey with a Trans Siberian adventure from Moscow to China’s imperial city, Beijing. Discover the breath-taking beauty of the Canadian Rockies or enjoy platinum service travelling ‘The Ghan’ from Adelaide to Darwin through Australia’s red centre.

With our selection of romantic holidays we can arrange the perfect escape for two. Call us now on 1800 046 462 and chat with our experienced consultants today.

  • Proverbially, all roads lead to Rome, but this one includes grand views from the Eiffel Tower and Mount Pilatus, the atmospheric canals of Venice and the art of Renaissance Florence. Tour Pace - Comfortable/Active: This classic tour is moderately paced with two-night stays in all cities except for Salzburg. The travelling days are planned for your comfort with frequent rest stops.

    Road to Rome (2014)

    enquire now for price

    • INCLUDED FIRST CLASS SERVICES
      Escorted by one of Insight's expert Tour Directors - your ‘travelling concierge’, expert guide, consummate facilitator and friend in a foreign land who ensures your journey is as enjoyable as possible.

    • Baggage handling everywhere on tour, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel
      Hotel and restaurant tips included - you’ll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for coins or banknotes
      Free Wi-Fi in most hotel rooms or lobbies
      Personal radio headsets to give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights without missing any of your local expert’s fascinating insights and commentary
      Insight Flourishes - from time to time your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination
      Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight’s Luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom.
    • Complimentary on-board wi-fi where possible
      London Airport transfer service available.

    • Rome Airport transfers at scheduled times on the last day of your escorted journey.


    • INCLUDED QUALITY DINING
      A Welcome Reception with drinks and Welcome Dinner (WD)
      11 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 Dine-Around (DA), 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) 1 Highlight Lunch (HL) and 2 three-course table d’hôte Dinners or Buffets, plus tea or coffee (D)
      .
    Day 1
    Eurostar to Paris
    After 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 enjoy free time to explore.(Welcome Dinner)

    Day 2
    Paris, the City of Light
    After a restful night’s sleep, sightseeing with a local expert takes you by the Île de la Cité to see Notre Dame Cathedral with its famous tale of Quasimodo. Then around the imposing façades of the Louvre and Garnier’s splendid Opera House. See the obelisk in the centre of the Place de la Concorde and drive along the grand Champs Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe. Ascend to the viewing platforms of the Eiffel Tower for spect acular views of the city. The rest of the day is at leisure.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 3
    Dine-Around in Lucerne
    After an early breakfast, follow the autoroute across France’s great agricultural lands and on through the Burgundy wine region. After passing the Jura Mountains, cross into Switzerland at Basel before ending the day in lovely Lucerne. Tonight, enjoy a selection of ambience and local cuisine offered on your Dine-Around evening.(Buffet Breakfast / Dine Around)

    Day 4
    Lucerne’s Lions & Dragons
    In the morning, join your Tour Director to see the covered Chapel Bridge and stirring Lion Monument. Then embark on an exhilarating ride by cog-wheel train to the summit of Mount Pilatus. Admire the panorama of snow-capped peaks, before descending by cable-car over mountain crags and pine forests back to terra firma. There is time set aside to shop for fine watches and delicious chocolate in Lucerne.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 5
    Innsbruck and Salzburg, City of Mozart
    Drive into Austria and continue through the Arlberg Tunnel to mountain-ringed, Innsbruck. See the Golden Roof and Imperial Palace in the old town before following the Inn Valley, past the Wilder Kaiser mountain range to Salzburg, setting for the film, The Sound of Music. On arrival, photograph the city skyline from the Mirabell Gardens, then cross the river with your localexpertto see Mozart’s birthplace. Take a stroll through the Old Town’s narrow lanes to the domed cathedral and Residenz Fountain. Spend some time in the Grünmarkt in front of the University Church, where you'll find fruit, vegetables, fresh cheese, Mozart chocolates and bratwurst.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 6
    Down through the Tauern Mountains to Venice
    A morning at leisure and a chance to explore further this beautiful Austrian gem. Then a scenic drive through the Tauern Mountains brings you down to the Carinthian Lake District and across the Italian border to Venice.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Day 7
    Down through the Tauern Mountains to Venice
    Wake up refreshed and ready to embrace this most romantic city. Your hotel is only steps away from St Mark's Square, dominated by its magnificent Basilica and overlooked by the great Clock Tower where bronze Moors beat out the hours on a huge bell. Also in the square stands the immense Campanile and Doges’ Palace which is connected to the prisons by the Bridge of Sighs. While here, visit an arts centre to watch one of the few remaining craftsmen hand-blow Venetian glass. A visit to Venice would be incomplete without a gondola serenade. Glide along the atmospheric canals exploring the intimate and hidden parts of this unique city while musicians set the mood with traditional songs. The afternoon is at leisure.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 8
    Exploring Renaissance Florence
    Bid farewell to Venice and follow the highway past the university city of Bologna, into the wild Apennines and on to the peaceful landscapes of Tuscany. On arrival in Florence, visit the Academy Museum to see Michelangelo’s original ‘Statue of David’. Afterwards, walk with your guide to the marble clad Cathedral and Baptistery, where Ghiberti’s ‘Gates of Paradise’ have been recreated in all their glory. Next stop is Signoria Square, political heart of the city and still an open air gallery of Renaissance masterpieces.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Day 9
    Florence at Leisure
    The next day is completely at leisure in this remarkable city, treasure-house of the Italian Renaissance. At night, why not make the most of warm summer evenings and venture into the Tuscan countryside to taste the fine rustic dishes with some local Chianti wine.(Buffet Breakfast)

    Day 10
    Orvieto & the Eternal City of Rome
    En route south, hear an informative tutorial about the great Chianti wines that make this region so famous. Stop in the Umbrian hilltop town of Orvieto; its Cathedral is one of Italy’s most celebrated buildings. Take in the flavours of the region, learn about the ingredients and Italian food culture at Zeppelin Restaurant. Join a master chef for a fascinating live cooking demonstration, a followed by lunch and a glass of the Orvieto Classico wine - a magical culinary experience! Once in Rome, perhaps start the evening with a ‘passeggiata’ (traditional evening stroll).(Buffet Breakfast / Highlight Lunch)

    Day 11
    Papal & Imperial Rome
    In the morning join a local expert for an in-depth visit to the Vatican Museums, full of priceless art collected over the ages by the Popes. In order to avoid the crowds, Insight has arranged special VIP entrance together with behind the scenes access to the Bramante Staircase - a marvel of Renaissance architecture, normally off-limits to the general public. Now to the Sistine Chapel. Enjoy clear commentary via your audio headset as you admire Michelangelo’s famous ceiling. Next door in St Peter’s Basilica, view another masterpiece by Michelangelo, the Pieta, as well as the splendid dome, completed after his death. Cross the River Tiber to see the Colosseum, still echoing with the ghostly cries of gladiatorial combat and overlook the Forum. Later, there is time for last-minute shopping or sightseeing at your leisure. Tonight your tour reaches its zenith with a quintessential Italian experience! Enjoy an elegant four-course dinner with unlimited local wine at a Roman restaurant on the famous Piazza Navona. As you dine, you are serenaded with a private performance of popular songs and arias from some of Italy's best-loved operas.(Buffet Breakfast / Celebration Dinner)

    Day 12
    Arrivederci Roma
    Departure transfers arrive at Rome’s Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 07:00 & 09:30.(Buffet Breakfast)

    ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS
    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.
    Lucerne: View the emotive Lion Monument. See the covered Chapel Bridge and Jesuit Church.
    Innsbruck: See the Golden Roof and Imperial Palace.
    Salzburg: Walk through the Mirabell Gardens with a guide, see Mozart’s Birthplace and the Cathedral.
    Venice: Cruise, with commentary, to St Mark’s Square. See the Doges’ Palace, Bridge of Sighs and St Mark’s Basilica.
    Florence: Walk with your guide to the Cathedral, see the ‘Gates of Paradise’ and open-air gallery of Signoria Square.
    Tuscany: Enjoy a short tutorial about Chianti wines.
    Orvieto: Visit the pleasant Umbrian hilltop town.
    Rome: Visit St Peters Basilica in the Vatican City. See the mighty Colosseum and overlook the Forum
    Scenic Drives: Burgundy, Arlberg, Inn Valley, Tauern Mountains
    PREMIUM HOTELS AND LOCATIONS
    Cavalletto E Doge Orseolo is located 50 meters from Piazza San Marco, facing the romantic Orseolo Basin.
    A few minutes from the legendary Champs Elysées, rooms at the stylish Le Méridien Etoile feature modern decor overlooking a peaceful interior garden and courtyard.
    SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES AND DINING
    Eurostar: Relax on the smooth high-speed Eurostar train from London via the historic Channel Tunnel to Paris.
    Paris: Skip the queues and enjoy the views! Your tickets to the Eiffel Tower have been arranged in advance.
    Lucerne: Ascend Mt Pilatus by cog wheel rail for amazing views over the snow-capped Jungfrau and Eiger peaks.
    Salzburg: Explore one of Salzburg's long-standing institutions, the Grünmarkt in the Universitätsplatz.
    Venice: Visit an artisan showroom and workshop to see master craftsmen honouring ancient Venetian crafts.
    Venice: To the tune of accompanying musicians, you are serenaded through the atmospheric canals by gondola, past water-lapped doorways and rococo palaces.
    Florence: Visit the Accademia Museum with an art expert to see Michelangelo’s masterpiece, the Statue of David.
    Orvieto: At a restaurant in the medieval heart of Orvieto, Explore the art of Italian cooking with a qualified chef and master the art of making fresh pasta by hand. This is followed by lunch and a glass of Orvieto Classico wine.
    Rome: After VIP fast-track entry into the Vatican Museum and privileged access to the Bramante staircase you’re witness to Michelangelo's genius in the Sistine Chapel.
    Lucerne: You are offered a selection of restaurants on your Dine-Around evening. Choose your own ambience, cuisine and drinks for an intimate culinary experience.
    Rome: Dine with the tenors in an evening of food and fun! Enjoy a four-course menu complete with wine, to the rich tremolo of some of Italy’s best loved songs.
  • Romantic Holiday Packages

    • Proverbially, all roads lead to Rome, but this one includes grand views from the Eiffel Tower and Mount Pilatus, the atmospheric canals of Venice and the art of Renaissance Florence. Tour Pace - Comfortable/Active: This classic tour is moderately paced with two-night stays in all cities except for Salzburg. The travelling days are planned for your comfort with frequent rest stops.

      Road to Rome (2014)

      enquire now for price

      • INCLUDED FIRST CLASS SERVICES
        Escorted by one of Insight's expert Tour Directors - your ‘travelling concierge’, expert guide, consummate facilitator and friend in a foreign land who ensures your journey is as enjoyable as possible.

      • Baggage handling everywhere on tour, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel
        Hotel and restaurant tips included - you’ll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for coins or banknotes
        Free Wi-Fi in most hotel rooms or lobbies
        Personal radio headsets to give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights without missing any of your local expert’s fascinating insights and commentary
        Insight Flourishes - from time to time your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination
        Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight’s Luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom.
      • Complimentary on-board wi-fi where possible
        London Airport transfer service available.

      • Rome Airport transfers at scheduled times on the last day of your escorted journey.


      • INCLUDED QUALITY DINING
        A Welcome Reception with drinks and Welcome Dinner (WD)
        11 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 Dine-Around (DA), 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) 1 Highlight Lunch (HL) and 2 three-course table d’hôte Dinners or Buffets, plus tea or coffee (D)
        .
      Day 1
      Eurostar to Paris
      After 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 enjoy free time to explore.(Welcome Dinner)

      Day 2
      Paris, the City of Light
      After a restful night’s sleep, sightseeing with a local expert takes you by the Île de la Cité to see Notre Dame Cathedral with its famous tale of Quasimodo. Then around the imposing façades of the Louvre and Garnier’s splendid Opera House. See the obelisk in the centre of the Place de la Concorde and drive along the grand Champs Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe. Ascend to the viewing platforms of the Eiffel Tower for spect acular views of the city. The rest of the day is at leisure.(Buffet Breakfast)

      Day 3
      Dine-Around in Lucerne
      After an early breakfast, follow the autoroute across France’s great agricultural lands and on through the Burgundy wine region. After passing the Jura Mountains, cross into Switzerland at Basel before ending the day in lovely Lucerne. Tonight, enjoy a selection of ambience and local cuisine offered on your Dine-Around evening.(Buffet Breakfast / Dine Around)

      Day 4
      Lucerne’s Lions & Dragons
      In the morning, join your Tour Director to see the covered Chapel Bridge and stirring Lion Monument. Then embark on an exhilarating ride by cog-wheel train to the summit of Mount Pilatus. Admire the panorama of snow-capped peaks, before descending by cable-car over mountain crags and pine forests back to terra firma. There is time set aside to shop for fine watches and delicious chocolate in Lucerne.(Buffet Breakfast)

      Day 5
      Innsbruck and Salzburg, City of Mozart
      Drive into Austria and continue through the Arlberg Tunnel to mountain-ringed, Innsbruck. See the Golden Roof and Imperial Palace in the old town before following the Inn Valley, past the Wilder Kaiser mountain range to Salzburg, setting for the film, The Sound of Music. On arrival, photograph the city skyline from the Mirabell Gardens, then cross the river with your localexpertto see Mozart’s birthplace. Take a stroll through the Old Town’s narrow lanes to the domed cathedral and Residenz Fountain. Spend some time in the Grünmarkt in front of the University Church, where you'll find fruit, vegetables, fresh cheese, Mozart chocolates and bratwurst.(Buffet Breakfast)

      Day 6
      Down through the Tauern Mountains to Venice
      A morning at leisure and a chance to explore further this beautiful Austrian gem. Then a scenic drive through the Tauern Mountains brings you down to the Carinthian Lake District and across the Italian border to Venice.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

      Day 7
      Down through the Tauern Mountains to Venice
      Wake up refreshed and ready to embrace this most romantic city. Your hotel is only steps away from St Mark's Square, dominated by its magnificent Basilica and overlooked by the great Clock Tower where bronze Moors beat out the hours on a huge bell. Also in the square stands the immense Campanile and Doges’ Palace which is connected to the prisons by the Bridge of Sighs. While here, visit an arts centre to watch one of the few remaining craftsmen hand-blow Venetian glass. A visit to Venice would be incomplete without a gondola serenade. Glide along the atmospheric canals exploring the intimate and hidden parts of this unique city while musicians set the mood with traditional songs. The afternoon is at leisure.(Buffet Breakfast)

      Day 8
      Exploring Renaissance Florence
      Bid farewell to Venice and follow the highway past the university city of Bologna, into the wild Apennines and on to the peaceful landscapes of Tuscany. On arrival in Florence, visit the Academy Museum to see Michelangelo’s original ‘Statue of David’. Afterwards, walk with your guide to the marble clad Cathedral and Baptistery, where Ghiberti’s ‘Gates of Paradise’ have been recreated in all their glory. Next stop is Signoria Square, political heart of the city and still an open air gallery of Renaissance masterpieces.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

      Day 9
      Florence at Leisure
      The next day is completely at leisure in this remarkable city, treasure-house of the Italian Renaissance. At night, why not make the most of warm summer evenings and venture into the Tuscan countryside to taste the fine rustic dishes with some local Chianti wine.(Buffet Breakfast)

      Day 10
      Orvieto & the Eternal City of Rome
      En route south, hear an informative tutorial about the great Chianti wines that make this region so famous. Stop in the Umbrian hilltop town of Orvieto; its Cathedral is one of Italy’s most celebrated buildings. Take in the flavours of the region, learn about the ingredients and Italian food culture at Zeppelin Restaurant. Join a master chef for a fascinating live cooking demonstration, a followed by lunch and a glass of the Orvieto Classico wine - a magical culinary experience! Once in Rome, perhaps start the evening with a ‘passeggiata’ (traditional evening stroll).(Buffet Breakfast / Highlight Lunch)

      Day 11
      Papal & Imperial Rome
      In the morning join a local expert for an in-depth visit to the Vatican Museums, full of priceless art collected over the ages by the Popes. In order to avoid the crowds, Insight has arranged special VIP entrance together with behind the scenes access to the Bramante Staircase - a marvel of Renaissance architecture, normally off-limits to the general public. Now to the Sistine Chapel. Enjoy clear commentary via your audio headset as you admire Michelangelo’s famous ceiling. Next door in St Peter’s Basilica, view another masterpiece by Michelangelo, the Pieta, as well as the splendid dome, completed after his death. Cross the River Tiber to see the Colosseum, still echoing with the ghostly cries of gladiatorial combat and overlook the Forum. Later, there is time for last-minute shopping or sightseeing at your leisure. Tonight your tour reaches its zenith with a quintessential Italian experience! Enjoy an elegant four-course dinner with unlimited local wine at a Roman restaurant on the famous Piazza Navona. As you dine, you are serenaded with a private performance of popular songs and arias from some of Italy's best-loved operas.(Buffet Breakfast / Celebration Dinner)

      Day 12
      Arrivederci Roma
      Departure transfers arrive at Rome’s Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 07:00 & 09:30.(Buffet Breakfast)

      ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS
      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.
      Lucerne: View the emotive Lion Monument. See the covered Chapel Bridge and Jesuit Church.
      Innsbruck: See the Golden Roof and Imperial Palace.
      Salzburg: Walk through the Mirabell Gardens with a guide, see Mozart’s Birthplace and the Cathedral.
      Venice: Cruise, with commentary, to St Mark’s Square. See the Doges’ Palace, Bridge of Sighs and St Mark’s Basilica.
      Florence: Walk with your guide to the Cathedral, see the ‘Gates of Paradise’ and open-air gallery of Signoria Square.
      Tuscany: Enjoy a short tutorial about Chianti wines.
      Orvieto: Visit the pleasant Umbrian hilltop town.
      Rome: Visit St Peters Basilica in the Vatican City. See the mighty Colosseum and overlook the Forum
      Scenic Drives: Burgundy, Arlberg, Inn Valley, Tauern Mountains
      PREMIUM HOTELS AND LOCATIONS
      Cavalletto E Doge Orseolo is located 50 meters from Piazza San Marco, facing the romantic Orseolo Basin.
      A few minutes from the legendary Champs Elysées, rooms at the stylish Le Méridien Etoile feature modern decor overlooking a peaceful interior garden and courtyard.
      SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES AND DINING
      Eurostar: Relax on the smooth high-speed Eurostar train from London via the historic Channel Tunnel to Paris.
      Paris: Skip the queues and enjoy the views! Your tickets to the Eiffel Tower have been arranged in advance.
      Lucerne: Ascend Mt Pilatus by cog wheel rail for amazing views over the snow-capped Jungfrau and Eiger peaks.
      Salzburg: Explore one of Salzburg's long-standing institutions, the Grünmarkt in the Universitätsplatz.
      Venice: Visit an artisan showroom and workshop to see master craftsmen honouring ancient Venetian crafts.
      Venice: To the tune of accompanying musicians, you are serenaded through the atmospheric canals by gondola, past water-lapped doorways and rococo palaces.
      Florence: Visit the Accademia Museum with an art expert to see Michelangelo’s masterpiece, the Statue of David.
      Orvieto: At a restaurant in the medieval heart of Orvieto, Explore the art of Italian cooking with a qualified chef and master the art of making fresh pasta by hand. This is followed by lunch and a glass of Orvieto Classico wine.
      Rome: After VIP fast-track entry into the Vatican Museum and privileged access to the Bramante staircase you’re witness to Michelangelo's genius in the Sistine Chapel.
      Lucerne: You are offered a selection of restaurants on your Dine-Around evening. Choose your own ambience, cuisine and drinks for an intimate culinary experience.
      Rome: Dine with the tenors in an evening of food and fun! Enjoy a four-course menu complete with wine, to the rich tremolo of some of Italy’s best loved songs.

    Our Top 3 Romantic Holiday Packages

    • Proverbially, all roads lead to Rome, but this one includes grand views from the Eiffel Tower and Mount Pilatus, the atmospheric canals of Venice and the art of Renaissance Florence. Tour Pace - Comfortable/Active: This classic tour is moderately paced with two-night stays in all cities except for Salzburg. The travelling days are planned for your comfort with frequent rest stops.

      Road to Rome (2014)

      enquire now for price

      • INCLUDED FIRST CLASS SERVICES
        Escorted by one of Insight's expert Tour Directors - your ‘travelling concierge’, expert guide, consummate facilitator and friend in a foreign land who ensures your journey is as enjoyable as possible.

      • Baggage handling everywhere on tour, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel
        Hotel and restaurant tips included - you’ll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for coins or banknotes
        Free Wi-Fi in most hotel rooms or lobbies
        Personal radio headsets to give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights without missing any of your local expert’s fascinating insights and commentary
        Insight Flourishes - from time to time your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination
        Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight’s Luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom.
      • Complimentary on-board wi-fi where possible
        London Airport transfer service available.

      • Rome Airport transfers at scheduled times on the last day of your escorted journey.


      • INCLUDED QUALITY DINING
        A Welcome Reception with drinks and Welcome Dinner (WD)
        11 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 Dine-Around (DA), 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) 1 Highlight Lunch (HL) and 2 three-course table d’hôte Dinners or Buffets, plus tea or coffee (D)
        .
      Day 1
      Eurostar to Paris
      After 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 enjoy free time to explore.(Welcome Dinner)

      Day 2
      Paris, the City of Light
      After a restful night’s sleep, sightseeing with a local expert takes you by the Île de la Cité to see Notre Dame Cathedral with its famous tale of Quasimodo. Then around the imposing façades of the Louvre and Garnier’s splendid Opera House. See the obelisk in the centre of the Place de la Concorde and drive along the grand Champs Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe. Ascend to the viewing platforms of the Eiffel Tower for spect acular views of the city. The rest of the day is at leisure.(Buffet Breakfast)

      Day 3
      Dine-Around in Lucerne
      After an early breakfast, follow the autoroute across France’s great agricultural lands and on through the Burgundy wine region. After passing the Jura Mountains, cross into Switzerland at Basel before ending the day in lovely Lucerne. Tonight, enjoy a selection of ambience and local cuisine offered on your Dine-Around evening.(Buffet Breakfast / Dine Around)

      Day 4
      Lucerne’s Lions & Dragons
      In the morning, join your Tour Director to see the covered Chapel Bridge and stirring Lion Monument. Then embark on an exhilarating ride by cog-wheel train to the summit of Mount Pilatus. Admire the panorama of snow-capped peaks, before descending by cable-car over mountain crags and pine forests back to terra firma. There is time set aside to shop for fine watches and delicious chocolate in Lucerne.(Buffet Breakfast)

      Day 5
      Innsbruck and Salzburg, City of Mozart
      Drive into Austria and continue through the Arlberg Tunnel to mountain-ringed, Innsbruck. See the Golden Roof and Imperial Palace in the old town before following the Inn Valley, past the Wilder Kaiser mountain range to Salzburg, setting for the film, The Sound of Music. On arrival, photograph the city skyline from the Mirabell Gardens, then cross the river with your localexpertto see Mozart’s birthplace. Take a stroll through the Old Town’s narrow lanes to the domed cathedral and Residenz Fountain. Spend some time in the Grünmarkt in front of the University Church, where you'll find fruit, vegetables, fresh cheese, Mozart chocolates and bratwurst.(Buffet Breakfast)

      Day 6
      Down through the Tauern Mountains to Venice
      A morning at leisure and a chance to explore further this beautiful Austrian gem. Then a scenic drive through the Tauern Mountains brings you down to the Carinthian Lake District and across the Italian border to Venice.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

      Day 7
      Down through the Tauern Mountains to Venice
      Wake up refreshed and ready to embrace this most romantic city. Your hotel is only steps away from St Mark's Square, dominated by its magnificent Basilica and overlooked by the great Clock Tower where bronze Moors beat out the hours on a huge bell. Also in the square stands the immense Campanile and Doges’ Palace which is connected to the prisons by the Bridge of Sighs. While here, visit an arts centre to watch one of the few remaining craftsmen hand-blow Venetian glass. A visit to Venice would be incomplete without a gondola serenade. Glide along the atmospheric canals exploring the intimate and hidden parts of this unique city while musicians set the mood with traditional songs. The afternoon is at leisure.(Buffet Breakfast)

      Day 8
      Exploring Renaissance Florence
      Bid farewell to Venice and follow the highway past the university city of Bologna, into the wild Apennines and on to the peaceful landscapes of Tuscany. On arrival in Florence, visit the Academy Museum to see Michelangelo’s original ‘Statue of David’. Afterwards, walk with your guide to the marble clad Cathedral and Baptistery, where Ghiberti’s ‘Gates of Paradise’ have been recreated in all their glory. Next stop is Signoria Square, political heart of the city and still an open air gallery of Renaissance masterpieces.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

      Day 9
      Florence at Leisure
      The next day is completely at leisure in this remarkable city, treasure-house of the Italian Renaissance. At night, why not make the most of warm summer evenings and venture into the Tuscan countryside to taste the fine rustic dishes with some local Chianti wine.(Buffet Breakfast)

      Day 10
      Orvieto & the Eternal City of Rome
      En route south, hear an informative tutorial about the great Chianti wines that make this region so famous. Stop in the Umbrian hilltop town of Orvieto; its Cathedral is one of Italy’s most celebrated buildings. Take in the flavours of the region, learn about the ingredients and Italian food culture at Zeppelin Restaurant. Join a master chef for a fascinating live cooking demonstration, a followed by lunch and a glass of the Orvieto Classico wine - a magical culinary experience! Once in Rome, perhaps start the evening with a ‘passeggiata’ (traditional evening stroll).(Buffet Breakfast / Highlight Lunch)

      Day 11
      Papal & Imperial Rome
      In the morning join a local expert for an in-depth visit to the Vatican Museums, full of priceless art collected over the ages by the Popes. In order to avoid the crowds, Insight has arranged special VIP entrance together with behind the scenes access to the Bramante Staircase - a marvel of Renaissance architecture, normally off-limits to the general public. Now to the Sistine Chapel. Enjoy clear commentary via your audio headset as you admire Michelangelo’s famous ceiling. Next door in St Peter’s Basilica, view another masterpiece by Michelangelo, the Pieta, as well as the splendid dome, completed after his death. Cross the River Tiber to see the Colosseum, still echoing with the ghostly cries of gladiatorial combat and overlook the Forum. Later, there is time for last-minute shopping or sightseeing at your leisure. Tonight your tour reaches its zenith with a quintessential Italian experience! Enjoy an elegant four-course dinner with unlimited local wine at a Roman restaurant on the famous Piazza Navona. As you dine, you are serenaded with a private performance of popular songs and arias from some of Italy's best-loved operas.(Buffet Breakfast / Celebration Dinner)

      Day 12
      Arrivederci Roma
      Departure transfers arrive at Rome’s Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 07:00 & 09:30.(Buffet Breakfast)

      ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS
      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.
      Lucerne: View the emotive Lion Monument. See the covered Chapel Bridge and Jesuit Church.
      Innsbruck: See the Golden Roof and Imperial Palace.
      Salzburg: Walk through the Mirabell Gardens with a guide, see Mozart’s Birthplace and the Cathedral.
      Venice: Cruise, with commentary, to St Mark’s Square. See the Doges’ Palace, Bridge of Sighs and St Mark’s Basilica.
      Florence: Walk with your guide to the Cathedral, see the ‘Gates of Paradise’ and open-air gallery of Signoria Square.
      Tuscany: Enjoy a short tutorial about Chianti wines.
      Orvieto: Visit the pleasant Umbrian hilltop town.
      Rome: Visit St Peters Basilica in the Vatican City. See the mighty Colosseum and overlook the Forum
      Scenic Drives: Burgundy, Arlberg, Inn Valley, Tauern Mountains
      PREMIUM HOTELS AND LOCATIONS
      Cavalletto E Doge Orseolo is located 50 meters from Piazza San Marco, facing the romantic Orseolo Basin.
      A few minutes from the legendary Champs Elysées, rooms at the stylish Le Méridien Etoile feature modern decor overlooking a peaceful interior garden and courtyard.
      SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES AND DINING
      Eurostar: Relax on the smooth high-speed Eurostar train from London via the historic Channel Tunnel to Paris.
      Paris: Skip the queues and enjoy the views! Your tickets to the Eiffel Tower have been arranged in advance.
      Lucerne: Ascend Mt Pilatus by cog wheel rail for amazing views over the snow-capped Jungfrau and Eiger peaks.
      Salzburg: Explore one of Salzburg's long-standing institutions, the Grünmarkt in the Universitätsplatz.
      Venice: Visit an artisan showroom and workshop to see master craftsmen honouring ancient Venetian crafts.
      Venice: To the tune of accompanying musicians, you are serenaded through the atmospheric canals by gondola, past water-lapped doorways and rococo palaces.
      Florence: Visit the Accademia Museum with an art expert to see Michelangelo’s masterpiece, the Statue of David.
      Orvieto: At a restaurant in the medieval heart of Orvieto, Explore the art of Italian cooking with a qualified chef and master the art of making fresh pasta by hand. This is followed by lunch and a glass of Orvieto Classico wine.
      Rome: After VIP fast-track entry into the Vatican Museum and privileged access to the Bramante staircase you’re witness to Michelangelo's genius in the Sistine Chapel.
      Lucerne: You are offered a selection of restaurants on your Dine-Around evening. Choose your own ambience, cuisine and drinks for an intimate culinary experience.
      Rome: Dine with the tenors in an evening of food and fun! Enjoy a four-course menu complete with wine, to the rich tremolo of some of Italy’s best loved songs.

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