Road to Rome Paris to Rome (Summer 2017)

A 13-Day Insight Tours tour starting from $3,585

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Tour Length: 13 Days
Countries Visited: France, Italy, Switzerland
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Tour Operator: Insight Tours
Tour Code: E924BN112
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Proverbially, all roads lead to Rome. This one includes grand views from the Eiffel Tower, the atmospheric canals of Venice and the art of Renaissance Florence.

 
ADDITIONAL FIVE STAR SERVICES
An expert Insight Tour Director, at the pinnacle of their career, will guide you on your journey. Serving as your 'travelling concierge', this skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'. Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort. A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries. Baggage handling everywhere, 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 foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels. Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi. 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. Included airport transfers at scheduled times on arrival and departure days.

 
Day 1: Your Journey Begins
Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals).

Day 2: Welcome to Paris
Welcome to Paris. In the afternoon, join your Tour Director for an orientation, passing the imposing façades of the Louvre. During your time in Paris, see the obelisk in the Place de la Concorde and drive along the Champs Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe. Get together for a Welcome Reception and an opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.(WD)

Day 3: Paris, the 'City of Light'
Meet your Local Expert who will take you on a walking tour of the bohemian Latin Quarter. Explore the myriad of streets situated on the left bank of the Seine, before continuing to the Notre Dame Cathedral, a masterpiece of French Gothic architecture. Ascend to the viewing platforms of the Eiffel Tower for spectacular panoramas of the city. The rest of the day is at leisure.(BB)

Day 4: Beautiful Burgundy and on to Lucerne
Journey through the Burgundy wine region, before passing the Jura Mountains and crossing into Switzerland. Arrive in glorious lakeside Lucerne and enjoy a traditional Swiss supper of hearty specialties at a local restaurant.(BB / RD)

Day 5: Lucerne's Lake and Lion
Join your Tour Director to see the covered Chapel Bridge and stirring Lion Monument. Embark on an exhilarating journey by funicular railway and open-top cable car to the summit of the stunning Stanserhorn. On a clear day, in addition to the beautiful mountains and surrounding hills, there are views as far as Alsace and the Black Forest in Germany. Admire the panorama of snow-capped peaks, before descending back to terra firma. There is time set aside to shop for fine watches and chocolate in Lucerne.(BB)

Day 6: Lucerne to Innsbruck
Start the day with a journey to the heart of the Alps to visit the Principality of Liechtenstein. Spend some time in its tiny capital, Vaduz, with its castle located on a hillside overlooking the city. Drive into Austria and continue through the Arlberg Tunnel to mountain-ringed Innsbruck. Your orientation will show you the 14th century houses of the old town, the impressive Imperial Palace and the delightful Golden Roof.(BB)

Day 7: The Dolomites to Venice
Leave Innsbruck to travel across the impressive Europa Bridge and through the Dolomites into Italy. Follow the Adige River through spectacular scenery to glorious Venice, known for over a thousand years as 'La Serenissima'.(BB)

Day 8: Venice and the Magic of 'La Serenissima'
In the morning, prepare 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. 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. 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. Enjoy a free afternoon.(BB)

Day 9: Journey through Tuscany to Pisa and on to Florence
Head into the wild Apennines and on to the peaceful landscapes of Tuscany. Stop to see the incredible Leaning Tower of Pisa with a Local Expert, from which Galileo is said to have conducted experiments on velocity and gravity. Also see the splendid cathedral and baptistry, decorated with mosaics and designs in solid marble. The journey then continues to Renaissance Florence.(BB / DW)

Day 10: Florence Sightseeing
Walk with your Local Expert to the marble-clad cathedral and baptistery, where Ghiberti's 'Gates of Paradise' have been recreated in all their glory. The next stop is Piazza della Signoria, still the political heart of Florence and an open-air gallery of Renaissance masterpieces. Spend time gazing at statues such as 'Neptune' and 'David' along the front of the Palazzo Vecchio. The area around Santa Croce Basilica is famous for the quality of its luxury goods of gold and leather. After a demonstration of leather-work, there's free time to shop or continue sightseeing. In the evening, 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.(BB)

Day 11: Hilltop Orvieto and the Eternal City of Rome
Stop in the Umbrian hilltop town of Orvieto; its cathedral is one of Italy's most celebrated buildings. Immerse yourself in the flavours and culture of the region at Zeppelin Restaurant. Join a master chef for a fascinating live cooking demonstration, 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).(BB / HL)

Day 12: Papal and Imperial Rome
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. Next, head to the Sistine Chapel to admire Michelangelo's famous ceiling. Next door in St. Peter's Basilica, view another masterpiece by Michelangelo, the Pietà, 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. In the evening, enjoy an elegant four-course dinner with unlimited local wine at a Roman restaurant. As you dine, you'll be serenaded with a private performance of popular songs and arias from some of Italy's best-loved operas.(BB / CD)

Day 13: Arrivederci Roma
Departure transfers arrive at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 07:00 & 09:30.(BB)

 
         
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TRAVEL DOCUMENTS: Necessary Travel Documents such as Passports and Visas is the responsibility of the traveler. Passports must be valid six months from your return travel date.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS
Paris: See Notre Dame Cathedral, the façades of the Louvre Museum, the Place de la Concorde. 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. Liechtenstein: Visit the tiny capital of Liechtenstein, Vaduz. 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 Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City. See the mighty Colosseum and overlook the Forum. Scenic Drives: Burgundy, Arlberg, Inn Valley, Tauern Mountains.

HIGHLIGHT HOTELS AND LOCATIONS
Paris: The 4-star Pullman Paris Montparnasse hotel is located in the heart of Paris. The hotel has been completely renovated and offers a bar, restaurant and fitness room.

SIGNATURE DINING
Lucerne: Enjoy a traditional Swiss supper of hearty specialties at a local restaurant. Orvieto: At a restaurant in the medieval heart of Orvieto, explore the art of Italian cooking with Chef Lorenzo and master the art of making fresh pasta by hand. Follow this with lunch and a glass of Orvieto Classico wine. Rome: Savour a four-course Celebration Dinner complete with wine, to the rich tremolo of some of Italy's best loved opera. 11 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 Highlight Lunches (HL); 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Restaurant Dinner (RD), 1 three-course table d'hôte Dinner (DW) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES
Paris: Venture with a Local Expert through the Latin Quarter, along the Seine and continue onto the Notre Dame Cathedral, a masterpiece of French Gothic architecture. Paris: Ascend to the viewing platforms of the Eiffel Tower and enjoy glorious panoramas. Stanserhorn: A spectacular journey by a funicular railway and open-top cable car to the summit of the Stanserhorn for expansive mountain views. Venice: To the tune of accompanying musicians, you are serenaded through the atmospheric canals by gondola, past water-lapped doorways and Rococo palaces. Pisa: See the incredible Leaning Tower with a Local Expert. Rome: After VIP fast-track entry into the Vatican Museums and privileged access to the Bramante Staircase, witness Michelangelo's genius in the Sistine Chapel.

 

 
 

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