Taste of Europe start Paris (Summer 2018)

Tour Type: Discovery Trip
Brochure Type: Europe 2018

This is the perfect journey for those seeking the allures of Europe through meaningful encounters with locals. Take a gourmet foodie walk through the backstreets of Paris and meet a Swiss Ranger on top of Switzerland's soaring Mount Stanserhorn. Then it's on to Venice to meet a gondolier who will share insights into the age-old tradition of gondola navigation. Taste of Europe reveals the very best of Europe. Experience small-group dining in intimate restaurants around Lucerne on your Dine-Around Evening. Sip Bellini cocktails in St. Mark's Square in Venice at sunset, long after the day-trippers have gone off to their mainland hotels.

Authentic Dining
  • Paris: Enjoy dinner in the heart of Paris at La Bouteille d'Or, perfectly positioned facing Notre Dame Cathedral. First opened as a tavern in 1631, La Bouteille d'Or has since evolved in to an elegant restaurant, boasting four centuries' of culinary excellence.
  • Paris: Meet a local foodie for a behind-the-scenes look into Parisian life and try some local delicacies in a patisserie, boulangerie, fromagerie and chocolatier on an off-the-beaten-track gourmet walking journey.
  • 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.
  • Venice: In St. Marks Square at sunset, long after the day-trippers have gone to their mainland hotels, sip Bellini cocktails canal-side before a delicious Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Included Quality Dining: 6 Buffet Breakfasts (BB) and 3 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.
Top Rated Highlights
  • Eurostar: Relax on the smooth, high-speed Eurostar train as you travel from London to Paris via the historic Channel Tunnel.
  • Paris: View the emotive Lion Monument and walk the covered Chapel Bridge to see the Jesuit Church when you explore with your Travel Director.
  • Paris: See 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 Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe.
  • Scenic Drives: Throughout your journey, enjoy the scenery as you pass the areas of Burgundy, the Swiss Alps, the Italian Lake District, Lombardy and Veneto.
  • Venice: 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.
Included Insight Services
  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay 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 destination.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If 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 from/to the airport.

Call (540) 636-1402 for more information or to book today! Mention code 14019962

Tour Operator
Insight Vacations
Offer valid through 9/30/2018
8 Days
Escorted - Yes
Day 1Your Journey BeginsYour Journey Begins: Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals).
Day 2ParisArrive Paris: During your time in Paris, you will also see the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, the facades of the Louvre, the banks of the River Seine with its many romantic bridges, Place de la Concorde and drive along the Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe. At 17:00, join your Travel Director, before you are escorted to the heart of Paris for your Welcome Dinner. Perfectly positioned facing Notre Dame Cathedral, you will dine at La Bouteille d'Or, an elegant restaurant boasting four centuries of culinary excellence. (Dinner with Wine)
Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel.
Day 3ParisParis, the City of Light.: In small groups, join a local foodie and venture into neighbourhoods where Parisians go about their daily lives. Explore a patisserie, boulangerie, fromagerie and chocolatier - all tiny and filled with character. Treat your senses as you sample the delicacies along the way. With the afternoon and evening free, why not head up the Eiffel tower or see the can-can performed at a famous French cabaret? Perhaps see the city from the second elevation of the iconic Eiffel Tower, or why not visit one of the world-famous cabaret shows? (Buffet Breakfast)
Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel.
Day 4LucerneBeautiful Burgundy and on to Lucerne.: Journey through the Burgundy wine region, before passing the Jura Mountains and crossing into Switzerland to arrive in glorious lakeside Lucerne. See the town'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. Then, take some time to stroll across the covered Chapel Bridge and see the baroque Jesuit Church. The rest of the day is at leisure to shop for fine watches and delectable chocolates. For dinner, choose your own style of cuisine from our selection of local restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening. (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
The Hotel Astoria Lucerne.
Day 5BavenoMountains and Lakes.: In the morning, embark on a scenic journey by funicular railway and open-top cable car to the summit of the stunning Mount Stanserhorn, where you will meet a Swiss Ranger and learn about local wildlife. Breathe in the pristine mountain air and, on a clear day, witness views as far as Alsace in France and the Black Forest in Germany. Continue your journey, across the Italian border. On the other side of the Dolomites, enter the beautiful Italian Lake District, a favourite retreat of the rich and famous where alpine scenery combines with lush subtropical vegetation. Arrive at Lake Maggiore's Baveno, noted for its narrow cobbled streets and charming 16th century square. (Buffet Breakfast)
Hotel Simplon, Baveno, Italian Lakes.
Day 6VeniceVenice, the Queen of the Adriatic.: Enjoy a morning at leisure, making the most of your final moments amongst the charming Italian Lake District before your travels continue east through Northern Italy, to the glorious city of Venice. (Buffet Breakfast)
B4 Bellini Venezia, Venice.
Day 7VeniceVenice & the Magic of La Serenissima.: Prepare to embrace one of Europe's most romantic cities. Visit St. Mark's Square, dominated by its magnificent basilica and overlooked by the great Clock Tower. Also in the square stands the immense Campanile and Doge's 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 blow Venetian glass. Meet a gondolier to learn about the age-old tradition of gondola navigation and how this skill is handed down from generation to generation. Your final evening starts with a water taxi ride along the Grand Canal to sip Bellini cocktails at sunset in St. Mark's Square, long after the day-trippers have returned to their mainland hotels. Toast the wrap-up of your adventures with good food, wine and company at your Celebration Dinner. (Buffet Breakfast / Celebration Dinner)
B4 Bellini Venezia, Venice.
Day 8VeniceArrivederci Venice.: Bid farewell to this enchanting city. Your departure transfer arrives at Venice Marco Polo Airport at 08:00 or 09:30. (Buffet Breakfast)

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DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
07/15/2018$2,745.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
08/19/2018$2,745.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
09/09/2018$2,900.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
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    Tour Type: Discovery TripBrochure Type: Europe 2018This is the perfect journey for those seeking the allures of Europe through meaningful encounters with locals.

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