European Splendor

September 5, 2019 to September 17, 2019

Discover Europe’s grandeur and the legacy of the powerful Habsburg dynasty on this soul-stirring journey of Europe’s imperial cities with Insight Vacations Tour Director, Gigi Bromage. This 11-night guided tour will take you to England, Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria and Italy! WOW.

Be inspired by the family heritage of royalty as you meet a castle owner in the Rhine Valley and enjoy dinner at a family home in beautiful Budapest. Your journey culminates in timeless Venice with its romantic and lavish palaces.

Discover fairy-tale Germany, walking through the cobbled streets of Rothenburg with your Local Expert.

Step back in time in stately Vienna as your Local Expert brings the city’s elaborate Habsburgs heritage to life and enjoy a slice of Sachertorte at one of Vienna’s decadent cafes.  Learn about Venice’s fascinating gondola traditions from a gondolier during a private gathering. Join us for an experience of a lifetime!

Your journey begins aboard a motorcoach transfer from select cities to Chicago O’Hare, where you will board your overnight flight to Europe.

Your group will be transferred to your hotel, where the afternoon is free to enjoy a city You may want to stroll along the Thames to the iconic Tower Bridge and Tower of London. Tonight enjoy y our welcome dinner with your Travel Director.

Hotel: Amba Marble Arch (or similar)

Meal: Welcome Dinner with Wine

Today your Travel Director will introduce you to a Local Expert – a passionate resident who will share fascinating stories about the city, as you explore the city to see Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. Continuing past Downing Street, Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus. At the Household Cavalry Museum, uncover the secret messages hidden within a cavalryman’s uniform and try on the royal uniform for yourself. Meet a serving Royal Horse Guard at the Horse Guards Parade and discover what it takes to be part of HM The Queen’s Mounted Bodyguard. Stop at Buckingham Palace to witness the colorful Changing of the Guard ceremony, when available. Your afternoon is at leisure.

Hotel: Amba Marble Arch (or similar)

Meal: Buffet Breakfast

At 07:00, meet your Travel Director and transfer to London’s St. Pancras Station to board the high-speed Eurostar for a rail journey via the revolutionary Channel Tunnel. Once in Amsterdam, join your Travel Director in the evening for a Welcome Reception. Get to know your fellow guests during a cruise, along some of the many quaint, tree lined canals. Admire the elegant merchant houses from the 16th and 17th centuries, their facades are a reflection of when trade flourished during Amsterdam’s Golden Age. Relax as you pass stunning gables, beautiful churches and the iconic Magere Brug, better known as the Skinny Bridge. Disembark and venture to a local restaurant for your dinner.

Hotel: Hilton Amsterdam Hotel or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Cross into Germany and head for the romantic Rhine Gorge. Visit a castle set upon the Rhine, for a private estate viewing with the owner. Unlock the secrets of Rhineland’s modern kings and queens as you learn the history of the castle and surrounding area. Continue to Würzburg where there is time to stroll through the heart of the Old Town and down to the Alte Mainbrücke, the 16th-century bridge over the River Main, adorned with sandstone statues. From here, admire the city at night and appreciate the mighty Marienburg Fortress on the opposite side of the river.

Hotel: Maritim Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

In the morning, see the Residenz Palace – the immense baroque palace of the Prince Bishops and one of the most important landmarks in Germany. Venture to Rothenburg-ob-der Tauber, the most well-preserved town on the Romantic Road. With an artisan baker, enjoy a demonstration and learn the history of the traditional pastry Schneeballen (snowball), followed by a tasting. Continue east to the Czech border. Pass through the town of Pilsen, renowned for its beer before reaching the Golden City of Prague. With the afternoon free, perhaps take a river cruise through the heart of the city, rummage through the renowned antique shops or shop for the finest Bohemian crystal.

Hotel: Hotel Royal (or similar)
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Join a Local Expert in the morning for guided sightseeing of one of the most beautiful and intact historical centers in Europe. Start with the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle, to 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 that delights onlookers each hour. Then, the city is all yours to explore with the rest of the day at leisure.

Hotel: Hotel Royal (or similar)
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Start the day with a journey through the beautiful forested countryside of Bohemia. Journey through Slovakia and travel on to Hungary, following the River Danube to Budapest. Stand atop Gellért Hill where the colossal Liberty Statue is positioned in front of the Citadella watching over the city. Marvel at extensive panoramic views as you 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. With the afternoon free, perhaps join a cruise along the Danube to see the city form a different perspective. In the evening, enjoy an intimate dinner with the locals.

Hotel: Hotel President (or similar)
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Join your Local Expert for a visit to the grand Central Market Hall. Spread over three levels, the market is a foodie’s paradise, brimming with aromatic food stalls offering delicious salamis, spicy paprika, delicious Hungarian wines and an array of flavored Pálinkas, a traditional Hungarian fruit brandy. At the market you will be given the opportunity to taste authentic Hungarian delicacies from the region. Then, enjoy free time to browse the boutiques of Vaci Street. Continue your travels, past the eagle overlooking the town of Tatabanya, to the Austrian border and through pleasant farming country to the imperial capital of Vienna.

Hotel: Intercontinental Hotel (or similar)
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

In the morning, there is the option to join a private tour of Maria Theresa’s Schönbrunn Palace and formal gardens. Later, join your Local Expert for a walk through Innere Stadt, the first district and historic core of Vienna. Get your camera 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. At a typical Viennese Coffeehouse, meet a local who will share tales from a by-gone era as you enjoy coffee and delicious Sachertorte - a Viennese chocolate specialty.

Hotel: Intercontinental Hotel (or similar)
Meal: Buffet Breakfast, Morning Tea

This 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 en route to the unique city of Venice. Your final evening is truly a special experience, starting with a private water taxi along the Grand Canal, to arrive at your central hotel. Your Celebration Dinner is at a local restaurant, where you can toast the wrap-up of your adventures with good food, wine and company. Finish in true Venetian style - sip Bellini cocktails at twilight whilst being serenaded by an ensemble of talented musicians, and admire the peace of St. Mark’s Square long after the day-trippers have gone to their mainland hotels.

Hotel: B4 Boscolo Bellini Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Wake up to one of Europe’s most romantic cities. Witness the skill of glassblowers on a visit to a traditional arts center. 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. Also admire the Doge’s Palace and its adjoining Bridge of Sighs. A highlight is meeting a gondolier to learn about the age-old tradition of gondola navigation. With the rest of the day free, why not cruise along the Venetian lagoon to the island of Burano for a meal of local specialties and wine?

Hotel: B4 Boscolo Bellini Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Buffet Breakfast

Alas, you must bid farewell to this enchanting city. After breakfast you’ll transfer from the hotel to the Venice airport for your flight home. Upon arrival at Chicago O’Hare, your motorcoach transfer will return you to your original pick-up point.

Meal: Buffet Breakfast


Air-Inclusive Package Transportation Inclusions

  • Round-trip motorcoach transportation to Chicago O’Hare airport from select locations
  • Round-trip air from Chicago O’Hare to London, and return from Venice, Italy including current air taxes and fees
  • Round-trip airport/hotel transfers in London and Venice

Hotel Accommodations:

11 nights in 4-star hotels
  • Two nights in London at Amba Marble Arch (or similar)
  • One night in Amsterdam at Hilton Amsterdam Hotel (or similar)
  • One night in Wurzburg at Maritim Hotel (or similar)
  • Two nights in Prague at Hotel Royal (or similar)
  • One night in Budapest at Hotel President (or similar)
  • Two nights in Vienna at Intercontinental Hotel (or similar)
  • Two nights in Venice at B4 Boscolo Bellini Hotel (or similar)
 Hotel accommodations for 11 nights include hotel service charges, taxes and luggage handling. Similar hotels may be substituted.

Meals

  • Daily Buffet Breakfast
  • Five (5) dinners including a Welcome Dinner, three 3-course dinners, and a final evening Celebration dinner Venice

Sightseeing and Services

  • Eurostar High Speed train from London to Amsterdam  through the Channel Tunnel
  • A luxury air-conditioned 40-seat coach with extended leg room and an onboard restroom, for transportation and sightseeing
  • Premium experiences including:
    • London: London tour including views of Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Downing street, Piccadilly Circus, Household Cavalry Museum, Buckingham Palace and Changing of the Guard
    • Rhine: Visit a Rhine castle for a private estate tour
    • Wurzburg: Old town tour
    • Rothenburg: Residenz Palace demonstration of traditional pastry Schneeballen and tasting
    • Prague: Prague Castle, Old Town Square, Astronomical Clock
    • Budapest: City tour and Gellert Hill and Liberty statue, Budapest Central Market Hall visit
    • Vienna: Tour of Schonbrunn Palace and gardens, walking tour of Innere Statdt – the first district and historic core of Vienna, Ring Road, Viennese Coffeehouse visit
    • Venice: Cruise to St. Mark’s Square by private launch. See St. Mark’s Basilica, bell tower, clock tower, Doges’ Palace and Bridge of Sighs.
  • Handset for guided sightseeing visits and walking tours
  • Professional tour manager from Fox World Travel*
  • Insight Vacations professional local tour director
  • Customized, informative travel documents

Not Included: The price outlined above does not include: Travel Insurance, gratuities for airport porters, tour guides, motorcoach drivers, meals (other than those included in the package), optional excursions that may be offered, trip cancellation insurance, any items of a personal nature and anything not specifically listed as included in the package price.

Note: This package includes air that has not yet been assigned, the identity of the carrier, which may include the carrier’s code-share partner, will be assigned and disclosed at a later date.

* A minimum number of passengers are required for the Fox World Travel tour manager to accompany this group. If the minimum is not met, the tour will still include a professional local guide in the destination.  Hotels, tour itinerary and tour inclusions are subject to change.

Tour-Only

Tour Only
Arrange your own airfare
Based on double occupancy

Air-Inclusive

Tour and air included
Airfare from Chicago
Based on double occupancy

Single Supplement: $1,320.00
Initial Deposit: $400.00 per person.
Final Payment Due:
 No later than June 3, 2019

*Above base pricing is per person based on double occupancy. All air taxes and fees of $668.50 per person are included and subject to change. 

Insight Early Booking discount: $385.00 per person if paid by November 28, 2018

Insight Past Passenger Discount: $185.00 per person available for those who have traveled with Insight Vacations or sister companies, Uniworld, Brendan Vacations, Trafalgar or Contiki, within the last 5 years.

Flights from Chicago are pending

This package includes air that has not yet been assigned, the identity of the carrier, which may include the carrier’s code-share partner, will be assigned and disclosed at a later date.

Please note: Flight schedules are subject to change and FWT has no control over flight changes, delays or cancellations.  Tickets will be non-refundable once issued. Changes will be subject to a fee plus any fare difference. Additional restrictions may apply. A minimum number of passengers is needed for the group air. Checked baggage fees may apply.

Pricing and flight options from other cities available upon request.

Optional Insurance

Cancellation and travel protection is strongly recommended. Fox World Travel offers several plans with Travel Guard Insurance. Details and rates can be obtained from your travel consultant.

Cancellation Penalties

  • From date of deposit to June 3, 2019: Initial deposit of $400.00 per person
  • June 4 to July 1, 2019: 50% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • July 2 to August 5, 2019: 75% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • August 6, 2019 to 0 days prior to travel  No refund

Air is non-refundable once ticketed.

NOTE: Hotels and Daily Itinerary are subject to change.