Included Features:Guided sightseeing; inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE. ALSO INCLUDED: personal headset for included city sightseeing in Rome.
Rome And Tuscan Highlights Summer 2018
Weave your way from Rome on an At Leisure jaunt past golden olive groves and lush green vineyards to medieval bastions that have preserved Tuscany's unforgettable charm for centuries. Stay in the popular thermal spa resort of Montecatini, admire the exquisite marble Cathedral in Siena and embrace la dolce vita in true Tuscan style, learning to cook Italian pasta like only Mamma can.
City tour in Rome, Pisa and Florence Views of the ancient sites of Rome including the Colosseum, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the Tuscan city of Siena, the medieval town of San Gimignano, the Leonardiano Museum in the town of Vinci, the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
8 hot buffet breakfasts
4 dinners (including Be My Guest) with local wine
First class travel Highlights
Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
Hand-picked Insider Experiences
Optional Experiences and free time
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
VIP entry to many sights
Highlights Of Europe Return Eurostar (Winter 2018-19)This journey is perfect for those who want to experience the best of Europe. Explore quaint Germanic towns, appreciate the splendour of the quiet Italian Lakes and marvel at the most impressive cities on the Continent. Enjoy a private cruise along the canals of Amsterdam and enter Vatican City ahead of everyone else with special VIP access. Sip Bellini cocktails in St. Mark’s Square after the tourist day-trippers have gone home and dine on rich and delicious Italian cuisine in the hills of Tuscany. Join a castle owner on the Rhine for a private estate viewing and unlock the secrets of Rhineland’s modern kings and queens. Do as the Romans do and join a local family in their home for a lively dinner in the heart of Rome. Ascend legendary Mount Stanserhorn in Switzerland and meet a ranger for an in-depth exploration of the region’s fauna and ?ora.Additional Included HighlightsHeidelberg: See the red sandstone castle and explore the baroque Old TownInnsbruck: Walk the narrow streets of the Old Town, lined with medieval houses and arcades and see the Golden Roof and Imperial Palace. Venice: Cruise to St Mark?s Square and see the Doge’s Palace, Bridge of Sighs and St Mark?s Basilica. Rome: See the mighty Colosseum and Roman Forum as well as other Medieval buildings, Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches, scattered through the city. Florence: Visit the political heart of the city, Signoria SquareSee the area around Santa Croce Basilica, famous for the quality of its luxury goods. Lucerne: View the emotive Lion Monument and walk the covered Chapel Bridge to see the Jesuit Church. 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: Romantic Road, Tyrol, The Dolomites, Veneto, Apennine Mountains, Tuscany, Umbria, Chianti Hills, Italian Lake District, Swiss Alps, Burgundy.Authentic DiningParis: Meet a local foodie for a behind-the-scenes look into Parisian life. Sample some local delicacies in a ptisserie, boulangerie, fromagerie and chocolatier on a gourmet walking tour that takes you off the beaten track.Paris: Rendezvous at Le Petit Prince de Paris, an atmospheric French bistro that believes ‘There is no love more sincere than that of good food’. Your Celebration Dinner offers home-style cooking, using local ingredients and is accompanied by delicious French wines.Heidelberg: Revel in the merriment as you raise a stein and feast on local German specialties in a beer hall-style restaurant. Prost!Veneto: Delight in a prosecco tasting with the expert vignerons at a local winery and learn the secret to making the perfect Bellini.Rome: Food and family go hand in hand in Italy and are pillars of the Italian way of life. Experience it for yourself with an invitation from a local and join them for a truly Italian, home-cooked meal.Tuscany: Savour home-made cuisine at a family-style dinner with fresh ingredients prepared to traditional recipes, set among the beautiful Tuscan countryside.Italian Lake District: Choose your dining experience from a selection of hand-picked local restaurants, each offering their own unique cuisine and ambience on your Dine-Around Evening.Dining Summary:: 13 Buffet Breakfasts (BB) and 6 Dinners with Wine (DW) all tea or coffee.Insight ExperiencesStanserhorn: Journey to the summit of Mount Stanserhorn where you will learn about local wildlife from a Swiss Ranger.Rhine Valley: Delight in a private estate viewing of one of these Rhineland castles and learn more about these living cultural monuments situated along the Middle Rhine.Venice: Witness the ancient skill of glassblowing and watch artisans create delicate works of art.Venice: Meet a gondolier and learn about the age-old tradition of gondola navigation on the iconic Venetian canals.Vatican City: Be among the select few to gain VIP access into the Vatican Museums, see the Bramante Staircase and Michelangelo?s ceiling in the Sistine Chapel.Signature And Highlight HotelsParis: The Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel is located on the Left Bank of the Seine River near the Latin Quarter and Saint-Germain-des-Pres. Recently renovated, this modern property offers luxurious bedding in all rooms.Top Rated HighlightsEurostar: Relax on the smooth, high-speed Eurostar train from London via the Channel Tunnel.Amsterdam: Cruise in a glass-topped boat through the old waterways, where the wealthy merchants built mansions during the Golden Age of the 17th century.Florence: Join a Local Expert to view the multi-coloured marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistery, adorned with Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise.Christmas Markets: Embrace the magic of Christmas time in Europe. Select departures will allow you to have time to explore local markets.Additional five Star ServicesOur 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 …
A bridge between continents and cultures, Turkey has always been a meeting place for travellers eager to exchange just about everything. That trend continues with this activity-heavy romp through southern Turkey. Swap your trusty walking stick for a bike and a kayak as you hike, pedal, paddle, and ride your way through the steep canyons of the Lycian Way, past ancient ruins, around peaceful olive groves, and into small villages untouched by time in the valleys of Cappadocia. Exercise should always be this inspiring.
Ride around the valleys of Cappadocia on horseback, enjoy local hospitality in remote villages, go sea kayaking in spectacular coves, cycle from the mountains to the coast, trek the Lycian Way, hike through ruins and Turkish villages.
Hotels (8 nts), homestays (2 nts, shared bathrooms) overnight seater bus (1 nt).
Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local activity instructors.
Group Size Notes
Max 15, avg 10
10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Horseback riding. Hike to Chimera. Entrance to Pinara. Entrance to the Saklikent Gorge. Guided hike on the Lycian Way. Entrance to Kayakoy Village and Oludeniz Blue Lagoon. Mountain biking excursion. Half-day guided sea kayaking excursion. Internal flights. Transport between destinations and to/from included activities.