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26-Nights European Grandeur - Start Paris, return Eurostar, Small Group, 2023

European Grandeur - Start Paris, Return Eurostar, Small Group
See Paris icons like the Champs-Élysées through the eyes of your local expert, enjoy the gastronomic delights of Pintxos tasting tours en route to San Sebastian in Spain and try your hand at Venice glassblowing in Italy, all on the grandest of European tours. From boutique fashionista shopping in the avenues of Paris to Picasso's trail blazing masterpieces in Madrid, this cultural tour de force is all encompassing. Barcelona dazzles with Gaudi's unfinished masterpiece-La Sagrada Família, while Avignon serves up a palate tantalizing taste of traditional farm to table cooking. The French Riviera offers an abundance of opulence, with harbors in Nice and Monaco packed to the brim with luxury yachts, and in Vienna the regal history of Austria's Habsburg dynasty fires up the imagination.


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  • Paris: Explore the romantic and trendy Marais district with your Local Expert and admire the beautiful garden at Sully’s Mansion.
  • Paris: Join an avid local foodie on a walk through a local food market - Bastille Marché. Visit a variety of stalls and sample local treats and delicacies along the way.
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  • Madrid: Join the pillars of the local community on a neighbourhood walking tour and learn the history of the women's movement in Spain firsthand. This experience advances UN Sustainable Development Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities. Alternatively, visit the Reina Sofia Museum with an art historian to see Picasso's Guernica.
  • Madrid: Visit the Reina Sofia Museum with an art historian and see Pablo Picasso's masterpiece Guernica, one of the world's greatest anti-war paintings. Alternatively, join a neighbourhood walking tour to discuss social equity empowerment and learn about the history of women's movements in Spain.
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  • Vienna: Visit a traditional coffeehouse to enjoy Viennese specialities of coffee and Sachertorte.
  • Vienna: Listen to the musical masterpiece of Mozart and learn the Viennese Waltz, in an inclusive workshop designed to support the visually impaired community. Unique to Insight Guests, ‘Dancing without Barriers’ takes place in the dark, in a specially designed sensory studio, and will be a unique experience for all your senses. This specifically designed workshop focuses on inclusion and education around the topic of visual impairment. Through their foundation the organisation supports children from disadvantaged family and children with a visual impairment. This experience advances UN Sustainable Development Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities. Alternatively, visit a traditional Viennese café to enjoy local specialties of coffee and sachertorte.
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  • Stanserhorn: Walk along beautiful scenic pathw

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    Featured Destinations

    Paris

    Paris, world capital of art and culture, gathers some of the most famous museums and monuments in the world. Like all the world's great capitals, Paris lives at a fast pace, by day, by night and especially at rush hours. Bear in mind that museums and monuments are often less crowded during the week. Sights that should not be missed include: The Louvre and the Musee d'Orsay. Visit any of the many others according to your tastes and interests: the Musee Picasso, Musee Rodin, Musee Carnavalet, Musee Marmottan and the Arab Institute are just a few. Essential Paris monuments are the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe or the Grande Arche de la Defense.

    London

    London is undoubtedly one of the world's finest cities. In addition to numerous monuments from its more glorious past, London is equally well-known for its pageantry and tradition. London has something for everyone - wide boulevards buzzing with excitement far into the night, quiet squares and explorable alleyways. Visit this famous city's parks, museums, galleries, monuments, abbeys and churches, skyscrapers and ruins, Georgian squares. Take in such events as the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower, or the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, or even one of the many theatrical productions. Some of the most exclusive shops are found along Oxford, Bond and Regent Streets. An old favorite and one of the world's premier institutions is Harrods - offering everything from Chanel suits and sliced salmon to caviar and even pets.

    Madrid

    The capital of Spain since 1562, Madrid is located on the geographic center of the Iberian Peninsula. Because of its central location and high altitude, the climate of Madrid is characterized by warm dry summers and cool winters. Madrid is a city of great monuments. Among its highlights are the medieval center dating back to the Habsburg Empire and the Prado Museum. Madrid is not just a cultural destination. It is also a lively metropolis with many pubs, cafes, discotheques and nightclubs open late into the night.

    Amsterdam

    Cosmopolitan Amsterdam is most famous for its narrow, gabled houses lining the canals. Interesting attractions include the medieval weighhouse, Royal Palace on Dam Square, and New Church. Its most glamorous industry is the diamond trade. Not too far from Amsterdam are the flower centers of Aalsmeer, the picturesque fishing villages of Volendam and Marken, cheese markets at Edam and Gouda, and historic Haarlem, the main center of the bulb-growing industry. Enjoy the city’s sights from a glass-topped sightseeing boat which passes characteristic gabled houses and negotiates picturesque arched bridges. Facing Dam Square, the Royal Palace was built in 1648 and is still officially the royal residence, although the royal family resides in The Hague. The marbled Citizens Hall with inlaid maps of the world is worth seeing. One of Amsterdam’s most visited sites is historic Anne Frank House. Rijksmuseum, the city’s most prestigious museum, houses the largest collection of Dutch paintings in the world. Van Gogh Museum houses a striking collection.

    Barcelona

    Barcelona, the self-confident and progressive capital of Spain, is a tremendous place to be. Though it boasts outstanding Gothic and Art Nouveau buildings, and some great museums – most notably those dedicated to Picasso and Catalan art – it is above all a place where there's enjoyment simply in walking the streets, stopping in at bars and cafés, drinking in the atmosphere. A thriving port and the most prosperous commercial centre in Spain, it has a sophistication and cultural dynamism way ahead of the rest of the country. In part this reflects the city's proximity to France, whose influence is apparent in the elegant boulevards and imaginative cooking. But Barcelona has also evolved an individual and eclectic cultural identity, most perfectly and eccentrically expressed in the architecture of Antoni Gaudí. Scattered as Barcelona's main sights may be, the greatest concentration of interest is around the old town (La Ciutat Vella). These cramped streets above the harbor are easily manageable, and far more enjoyable, on foot. Start, as everyone else does, with the Ramblas.

    Bordeaux

    Surrounding Bordeaux are world-renowned vineyards and châteaux. Visitors from all over the globe come here to learn about the winemaking process - from growing grapes to harvesting, fermenting and bottling these top-quality wines. Here in the wine region the title of château can mean anything from a palatial residence to a basic winery. There are thousands of châteaux that rank from very modest family establishments to large famous properties where grapes are raised, fermented and then matured to produce the area’s famous wines. Visit Rue Ste. Cathérine - a half-mile-long pedestrian street leading through the Old Town’s major shopping area and marking the beginning of the elegant 18th-century city. - and Musée des Beaux Arts -- a museum with a large collection of 17th-century paintings by Flemish, Dutch and Italian masters as well as works by Delacroix.

    Rome

    Sprawled across seven legendary hills, romantic and beautiful Rome was one
    of the great centers of the ancient world. Although its beginning is shrouded
    in legend and its development is full of intrigue and struggle, Rome has always
    been and remains the Eternal City.


    Rome enjoyed its greatest splendor during the 1st and 2nd centuries when art
    flourished, monumental works of architecture were erected, and the mighty Roman
    legions swept outward, conquering all of Italy. These victorious armies then
    swept across the Mediterranean and beyond to conquer most of the known world.
    With Rome's establishment as capital of the western world, a new ascent to glory
    began.


    Today's Rome, with its splendid churches, ancient monuments and palaces, spacious
    parks, tree-lined boulevards, fountains, outdoor cafes and elegant shops, is
    one of the world’s most attractive and exciting cities. Among the most famous
    monuments is the Colosseum. As you walk its cool, dark passageways, imagine
    the voices that once filled the arena as 50,000 spectators watched combats between
    muscled gladiators and ferocious animals.


    Stop to see the remains of the Forum, once the city's political and commercial
    center. In later times, Rome's squares were enhanced with such imposing structures
    as the Vittorio Emanuele Monument and grandiose fountains like the Fontana di
    Trevi. Join the millions who stand in awe of Christendom’s most magnificent
    church and admire the timeless masterpieces of Michelangelo's frescoes in the
    Sistine Chapel.


    Rome jars the senses and captures the soul. Grasp all you can during the short,
    precious time you have available in the Eternal City. With so much to see and
    do, a day or two will only allow you a sampling of the city's marvelous treasures.


    Caution: As in many big cities and tourist destinations purse snatching
    and pickpocketing is common. Valuable jewelry and excess cash are best left
    in a safety deposit box in your hotel.


    Shopping For most visitors shopping for beautiful Italian leather articles,
    designer shoes, fashions for men and women, linens, knitwear, silk scarves and
    ties is a favorite pastime. Except for tourist-oriented shops, the majority
    of stores are closed on Sundays. Some of the department stores, such as Rinascente,
    open in the late afternoon on Sundays.


    Cuisine Rome's choice of restaurants is mindboggling as is the variety
    of cuisine. Whether your meal is at a top-rated restaurant or a rustic trattoria,
    you can be sure that you will enjoy your food, especially when accompanied by
    wines from the hill towns surrounding Rome.


    Other Sights Rome's attractions are endless, and depending on how much
    time you have at your disposal a careful selection has to be made about what
    to see. Be aware of horrendous traffic conditions and major construction work
    all around the city in preparation of Jubilee 2000, the Holy Year. Some of the
    sights not to be missed:


    Piazza Venezia - This busy square is easily recognized by its imposing Vittorio
    Emanuele II Monument. The white marble structure was inaugurated in 1911 as
    a symbol of Italy’s unification.


    The Forum - Once the civic heart of ancient Rome, today the remains include
    a series of ruins, marble fragments, isolated columns and some worn arches.


    Colosseum - No visit to Rome is complete without a stop at this awe-inspiring
    theater, which is among the world’s most celebrated buildings. Here ancient
    Rome flocked to see gladiatorial contests and numerous other spectacles.


    Trevi Fountain - Take a stroll to Rome's famous fountain. A spectacular fantasy
    of mythical sea creatures and cascades of splashing water, the fountain is one
    of the city's foremost attractions. Legend has it that visitors must toss a
    coin into the fountain to ensure their return to Rome.


    St. Peter's Square - Part of Vatican City, this square created by Bernini
    is considered one of the loveliest squares in the world. Twin Doric colonnades
    topped with statues of various saints and martyrs flank either side of the square.
    In the center stands an 84-foot obelisk, brought from Egypt in 37 A.D.


    St. Peter's Basilica - At the head of the square stands Christendom's most
    magnificent church, which was begun in 1452 on the site where St. Peter was
    buried. Throughout the following 200 years, such Renaissance masters as Bramante,
    Michelangelo, Raphael and Bernini worked on its design and created an unparalleled
    masterpiece. Of special note are Michelangelo's Pieta and the bronze canopy
    over the high altar by Bernini. The immense dome was designed by Michelangelo.


    Vatican Museum - To see this museum's immense collection would take days.
    As you enter, there are special posters that plot a choice of four color-coded
    itineraries. They are repeated throughout the museum and are easy to follow.
    It is a good idea to pickup a leaflet at the main entrance and concentrate on
    exhibits of major interest. Of course, the Sistine Chapel is a must. Most likely
    you may have to wait in line to enter.


    Venice

    With a great historic past and incomparable art treasures, Venice is renowned as one of the world’s great cities. Its 118 islands are separated by more than 150 canals and spanned by 400 bridges. During Venice's artistic golden age many magnificent structures were erected to create world-famous masterpieces. One of the best sightseeing routes is along Grand Canal, with many palaces lining the famous waterway. St. Mark’s Square offers access to some of Venice’s most famed attractions - St. Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace. From Piazza San Marco, a maze of narrow streets are lined with shops, cafés and restaurants. A popular pastime is sitting at an outdoor café facing the square while people-watching and letting the whole marvelous scenario unfold. Venice’s Murano, Burano and Torcello Islands comprise an area famous as home of Venice’s glass-blowing industry and known for their charm, skilled lace-making and medieval monuments. Relax on a gondola ride, see art treasures in museums, churches and palaces, and have a sumptuous meal - all in this incomparable city.

    Florence

    The creative explosion of the Italian Renaissance happened right here, leaving petite Florence more art treasures than most national capitals. View the masterworks of local heroes like Michelangelo and Botticelli, visit countless unforgettable basilicas, then climb up into Brunelleschi's soaring dome to watch the sun set among cypress-clad Tuscan hillsides.

    Nice

    Nice is undoubtedly the place for the opening up of art and culture. The Côte d'Azur has inspired, from time immemorial, the greatest painters, writers and musicians. It has compelled recognition of its avant-garde across the Atlantic, its museums are holding prestigious collections in edifices of renowned architecture. Nice is full of an extraordinary artistic and cultural heritage. The gentle way of life sustains the imaginary world of artists and stimulates their creativeness. A cultural and aesthetic atmosphere prevails here; the cultural life is intense. It is punctuated by temporary exhibitions in the museums and the municipal galleries, by the programming of the theatres of which the most important is the Theatre of Nice - National Dramatic Centre - directed by Jacques Weber. The Opera House of Nice's Theatre proposes events of great quality.

    Avignon

    Visitors to Avignon won't want to leave, and the town is too interesting to leave. Avignon is ancient, full of history, life, youth, art, music and activity. Just to "see" the town itself, a visitor could wander the narrow streets inside the fortified walls for days without tiring of them.

    Vienna

    Vienna is dominated by imperial castles and places: Schonbrunn, the magnificent summer residence, the Imperial Coach Collection, the Palm House, the Butterfly House, Belvedere Palace, magnificent state rooms in Hofburg, and the imperial crown in the Treasury. Stop by Ringstraße - the showplace of the monarchy built where Emperor Franz Joseph ordered the demolition of city walls. Important buildings include the State Opera, the Museums of Fine Arts and Natural History, Parliament, City Hall and Vienna University. The world capital of music. A long line of great composers Johann Strauss, Haydn and Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, Mahler and Schonberg all worked here. A city with splendid concert halls, such as the Golden Hall, from which the Philharmonic's New Year's Day concert is broadcast annually. International stars love to appear here in the State Opera, Volksoper, Konzerthaus, and at festivals like the Vienna Festival, the Klangbogen concerts during the Musical Summer, the Jazz Festval and the Haydn, Mozart and Schubert festivals.

    Lucerne

    Without a doubt one of the prettiest towns in Switzerland, Lucerne lies in the heart of the country on famous lake of Lucerne. Dotted with Renaissance and Baroque fountains, colorful paintings on the gables and commanded by the exquisite wooden bridge, the Kapellbrücke and Wasserturm, the 13th century octagonal water tower, Lucerne's character is pure charm. Spectacular views and sights abound from almost every vantage point in and around Lucerne. The Old Town Hall is a fine example of a Renaissance building while the City Wall, built between 1350 and 1405 stands proud above the city. A stroll along the quay leads past the modern health resort and onto the largest, most important Transport Museum in Europe and the only Planetarium in Switzerland. The famous Lion Monument and Glacier Garden make for remarkable viewing as do the mountain peaks surrounding the city. A short drive from town takes visitors to some of the most breathtaking landscapes on earth, and a short drive from Viewaldstätter Lake leads to nearby winter resorts and many more lakes.

    Innsbruck

    A city of enormous historical import as well as a renowned reputation for wintersports which has earned it the title "the world's winter capital". Landmarks include the famous Golden Roof, Hofburg Palace, Triumphal Arch and St. Anne's column which celebrates the freeing of the province from the Bavarians who occupied it during the War of the Spanish Secession in the early 18th century. To most people Innsbruck is synonymous with winter sports, and indeed, it could almost be called the world's winter capital: but there is much more to this historic city than skiing. It is the last large city to the west of the country and is the major centre of the Tyrol region including East Tyrol.

    Ljubljana

    This charming, inexpensive city with its relaxed pace, active cafe life and fondness for poets could be "the next Prague" with its own distinctive character. Several remaining structures show Roman and Baroque influences. The heart of the city lies on both sides of the Ljubljanica River. Over time, architects have used the Ljubljanica as an opportunity to build a handful of tasteful bridges. On one side of the river are the narrow cobblestone streets of the old town, which sits in the shadow of Ljubljana Castle. On the other side of the Ljubljanica is Tivoli castle, a graphic arts center, and the main shopping streets, lined by graceful art-nouveau buildings. The ultramodern Cultural and Congress Center, near the neo-rococo Opera House, is the setting for cultural performances. Worth seeing are the Franciscan Church and the Baroque town hall, with its monumental fountain. Hike to the top of 3,600-ft Mt. Katarina from Ljubljana. A trail begins in the suburb of Podutik before winding through spruce forests and up to a small church at the mountain's peak.

    Konigswinter

    The famous tourist destination of Konigswinter is located at the slopes of the Rhine river banks in the Siebengebirge Mountain, a climatically and geographically prime location.

    San Sebastian (Spain)

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