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Discover Europe’s grandeur and the legacy of the powerful Habsburg dynasty on this soul-stirring journey of Europe’s imperial cities. 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.
• 9 nights in Signature and Premium centrally located hotels
• 9 Buffet Breakfasts, 1 Morning Tea and 4 Dinners with Wine all with tea or coffee.
• Touring with an experienced Travel Director
• Signature Experiences, priority access and authentic Signature Dining
• Travel in business class comfort on Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom.
• Smaller group sizes
unless sold out prior. Availability is limited.
DAY 1: DEPART FROM LONDON BY EUROSTAR TO AMSTERDAM.
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. Alternatively, join at the Amsterdam hotel and meet your Travel Director at 17:00 for a Welcome Reception. Get to know your fellow guests during a cruise, along some of the many quaint, tree-lined canals, to explore the heart of the city, before enjoying a dinner and wine at a local restaurant. During your time in Amsterdam, see Dam Square, the Royal Palace, Mint Tower and the floating flower market.
Hotel: Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam. Dinner with Wine
DAY 2: LEGENDS ALONG THE RHINE
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 Wurzburg. Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
DAY 3: ROTHENBURG AND GOLDEN PRAGUE.
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 Prague Buffet Breakfast
DAY 4: RELAXED START - PRAGUE, CITY OF A HUNDRED SPIRES.
Join a Local Expert in the morning for guided sightseeing of one of the most beautiful and intact historical centres 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 Prague. Buffet Breakfast
DAY 5: THROUGH BOHEMIA TO BUDAPEST.
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, Budapest. Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
DAY 6: RELAXED START - THE FLAVOURS OF BUDAPEST.
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 flavoured Pálinkas, a traditional Hungarian fruit brandy. 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. At the market you will be given the opportunity to taste authentic Hungarian delicacies from the region.
Hotel: Hilton Vienna. Buffet Breakfast
DAY 7: RELAXED START - VIENNA AND THE HABSBURGS.
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 speciality.
Hotel: Hilton Vienna. Buffet Breakfast, Morning Tea
DAY 8: ALONG THE SHORES OF LAKE WÖRTHERSEE TO VENICE.
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: Bauer Palladio Hotel & Spa, Venice. Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
DAY 9: RELAXED START - THE MAGIC OF LA SERENISSIMA.
Wake up to one of Europe's most romantic cities. 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. 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 specialities and wine?
Hotel: Bauer Palladio Hotel & Spa, Venice. Buffet Breakfast
DAY 10: ARRIVEDERCI VENICE.
Bid farewell to this enchanting city with departure transfers by water taxi, arriving at Venice Marco Polo Airport at 08:00 and 09:30.Buffet Breakfast
*Conditions apply. Prices correct as at 20 Sep 2017 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Offers subject to availability. Agents may charge service fees, rates vary. Payments by credit card will incur a surcharge. Airfare not included. All savings are included in the advertised price. Exclusive offer applies to tour component on advertised dates only. Deposit of $200 per person is due within 7 days of booking or 13 Oct 2017, whichever is earlier. Full payment required by 14 Dec 2017. Offers may be withdrawn without notice and are not combinable with any other offers unless stated. Please check all prices, availability and other information before booking. Insight Vacations and Helloworld Travel booking terms and conditions apply, see in store for details.
*Conditions apply. Prices correct as at 20 Sep 2017 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Offers subject to availability. Agents may charge service fees, rates vary. Payments by credit card will incur a surcharge. Airfare not included. All savings are included in the advertised price. Exclusive offer applies to tour component on advertised dates only. Deposit of $200 per person is due within 7 days of booking or 13 Oct 2017, whichever is earlier. Full payment required by 14 Dec 2017. Offers may be withdrawn without notice and are not combinable with any other offers unless stated. Please check all prices, availability and other information before booking. Insight Vacations and Helloworld Travel booking terms and conditions apply, see in store for details.Read more